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Free agent K Nick Folk (knee) has been medically cleared for football activities.

Folk was a disaster with the Bucs from Weeks 1-5 last season before getting released and then undergoing knee surgery. Folk is still young for a kicker at 33 years old and could get a chance to compete in someone's camp this summer.
Feb 21 - 10:42 AM

NBC Indianapolis' Bob Kravitz reports the Colts and impending free agent K Adam Vinatieri are "closing in" on a one-year contract.

The 45-year-old said after the season he intended to keep playing, and it always made sense for both sides to hammer out a new deal. Vinatieri went 29-of-34 on field goals last season and was 11-of-13 from 40-plus yards out.
Feb 21 - 10:30 AM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson admits the Bears will "probably" release WR Markus Wheaton.

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs said the same thing last week, and it's actually amazing the beat writers aren't considering it a given that it will happen. Wheaton was an utter bust as a free-agent signing last offseason, catching three passes in 11 games. He was one of GM Ryan Pace's many whiffs in free agency. There's no way Pace can justify paying Wheaton $5 million in 2018.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 10:13 AM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson believes Bears OLB Pernell McPhee will have to take a pay cut to return in 2018.

McPhee is due a $200,000 roster bonus in June but has a massive $7.2 million salary and has been completely unable to stay healthy with Chicago. When on the field, McPhee plays tough and still has gas in the tank, but he's entering his age-30 season on a rebuilding Bears squad that may not consider him necessary. Dickerson thinks McPhee's leadership could keep him around.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 10:09 AM

ESPN's David Newton "could see" the Panthers releasing Jonathan Stewart.

Stewart is entering the final year of his contract and is due a $1.9 million salary and $1.6 million roster bonus. Cutting him would save the Panthers over $3.7 million against the cap. Stewart turns 31 next month and averaged a career-worst 3.5 YPC last year despite running behind one of the league's better offensive lines. Stewart had two 100-yard rushing games in 2017 and failed to top 70 yards in the 14 others. Carolina could/should go younger at the position.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 10:01 AM

Bucs CB Jude Adjei-Barimah (knee) has been medically cleared for football activities.

Adjei-Barimah missed all of last season on I.R. with a fractured right kneecap. The 2015 UDFA played 290 snaps in 2016 and has the ability to play slot and outside. Adjei-Barimah will compete for a spot this summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 9:56 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Broncos are expected to make Trevor Siemian available for trade this offseason.

Denver would be lucky to get anything more than a conditional sixth- or seventh-rounder, especially in what looks to be a loaded -- for its standards -- quarterback market via draft and free agency this year. Siemian has starting experience, sure, but he completely bombed out last season and is also recovering from left shoulder (non-throwing) surgery. Denver is going to overhaul its QB room.
Feb 21 - 9:38 AM

A league source told PFT's Mike Florio that the Dolphins quickly franchise-tagging Jarvis Landry is "being interpreted as a desire" by Miami to trade Landry.

The Dolphins slapped the tag on Landry on the first day teams were allowed to do so on Tuesday, which is pretty quick. Typically, tags come closer to the early-March deadline each year after both sides have exhausted all avenues in extension talks, buying the sides until July to hammer out a long-term deal. That very well could be the case here, as well, but the way the Dolphins have spoken of Landry the past year-plus makes this report believable. Prior to Tuesday, Miami's front office had been lukewarm at best when talking about Landry's Dolphins future. A trade would be complicated, as Landry would likely have to agree to a new long-term deal with the acquiring team, while the Dolphins would also want significant compensation. Landry being in Miami for 2018 doesn't appear to be a lock at this point.
Feb 20 - 10:08 PM

Dolphins assigned the franchise tag to WR Jarvis Landry.

Tuesday was the first day teams were allowed to use their franchise tag. Miami is wasting no time, and this hints the two sides may be close on an extension. If Landry does play 2018 under the franchise tag, he'll be guaranteed roughly $16 million, making him the league's third-highest-paid receiver for the year, behind only Antonio Brown and Dez Bryant. It's a large chunk of change for a slot receiver who didn't crack 1,000 yards last season despite leading the league with 112 catches. Landry's 8.8 YPR average in 2017 ranked 114th of 118 qualified receivers. Landry, however, did score a career-best nine touchdowns, and the Dolphins obviously believe he's capable of replicating that in the future. This could be bad news for DeVante Parker, who has just one year left on his contract with Miami needing to make a decision on his 2019 fifth-year option this offseason.
Feb 20 - 8:20 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are expected to use the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jarvis Landry.

This pretty much goes against everything that has been hinted at by the Dolphins and the local media for the past year or so. It had previously been expected that Landry would leave the Dolphins as a free agent, especially since they have Kenny Stills on a big contract and former first-rounder DeVante Parker at receiver. Perhaps the organization isn't as high on Parker after a really disappointing 2017 and is choosing to build around Landry at the position. On the tag, Landry will at least be guaranteed around $16 million for 2018, though both sides could be close on an extension. Landry led the league in catches last season.
Feb 20 - 8:00 PM

Speaking in a Tuesday interview, Andrew Luck (shoulder) insisted he does not need another operation.

"That is not an option for me right now," Luck said. "That ship has sailed as far as I'm concerned. Which is a relief, I'm not going to lie." Luck was speaking in a pre-recorded interview at a Colts "town hall." Skeptics could latch onto the "right now" in Luck's statement, but he seems to genuinely believe he won't need to go back under the knife. His comments come the same day coach Frank Reich said the team is "hopeful" Luck will participate in OTAs. Luck also said he was "in the middle of sort of a little bit of throwing" and plans to soon progress to "heavier throwing."
Feb 20 - 7:31 PM

DT Sharrif Floyd is awaiting resolution of a grievance he filed against the Vikings in September.

Battling a lingering, and likely career-ending, knee injury, Floyd spent 2017 on the reserve/NFI list. That got the Vikings out of paying his entire $6.757 million salary. Teams can pay "an amount of their choosing" to players on the NFI list. The Vikes settled on $2.006 million. Floyd contends he should have been on the PUP list instead of NFI, and entitled to his full salary.
Feb 20 - 6:46 PM

Browns LT Joe Thomas hopes to have a decision on his 2018 status by the start of free agency.

"Whether I’m going to come back or retire, I think, from their perspective, having a certain need going into free agency is important," Thomas said. The reality is, the Browns will need to know even sooner than that so they can begin planning for the future if Thomas hangs up his cleats. We doubt he will leave the Browns in a lurch.
Feb 20 - 6:29 PM

NFL.com's Mike Garofolo reports "billionaire hedge fund manager" David Tepper has emerged as the "frontrunner" to buy the Panthers.

One of the richest men in the country, Tepper is currently a minority owner in the Steelers. He is the founder and president of Appaloosa Management, a "global hedge fund firm based in Miami Beach." Regardless of whether or not it's Tepper, someone extremely rich is going to buy the Panthers.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 6:22 PM

New Colts coach Frank Reich is "hopeful" Andrew Luck (shoulder) will be ready to throw in OTAs in April.

We've learned not to put much stock in the Colts' "hopes" for Luck's surgically-repaired shoulder but it's still better than the alternative. There figures to be dozens of updates on Luck's progress, or lack thereof, between now and training camp. The smartest thing to do is to consider Luck questionable for Week 1 until genuine signs of progress are demonstrated.
Feb 20 - 6:11 PM


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