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Impending free agent LG Ronald Leary said it was "exciting to be able to play ball again" down the stretch this season.

Leary was limited to four starts last season and opened this season on the bench behind La’el Collins, but an injury to Collins allowed him to start 13 games including the Divisional Round loss to the Packers. "Going into the season I didn’t think I was going to be playing at all," Leary said. "So I’m glad I was able to remind people I could play ball." The Cowboys are unlikely to re-sign Leary with Collins waiting in the wings, but he should have no shortage of suitors on the open market.
Jan 16 - 10:56 PM

Seahawks signed WR Kenny Lawler to a reserve/future contract.

A seventh-round rookie out of Cal, Lawler made some noise during the offseason program but spent the year on the practice squad. Not blessed with above-average athleticism, Lawler's ceiling is as a possession receiver, and he will need to bulk up to fill that role. He will compete for a spot at the bottom of the roster this summer.
Jan 16 - 10:41 PM

Impending free agent CB Brandon Carr said he will consider retirement this offseason.

Carr made the statement after the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers. Only 30, this is likely just a player venting some frustration in an emotional moment, but it at least is worth noting. Carr did not live up to his contract in Dallas, but he has been a solid, reliable starter. He will receive plenty of interest in free agency if he decides to keep playing.
Jan 16 - 10:38 PM

Jets signed RG Brian Winters to a four-year extension through 2020.

The deal is reportedly worth around $8 million per year. Winters was set to hit free agency this spring, but the Jets locked him up before he could get to the open market. Winters finished the season on injured reserve because of a torn rotator cuff, but he has been a solid starter at right guard for the better part of the last two seasons after struggling on the left side early in his career. After undergoing shoulder surgery in late December, Winters may not be ready for training camp.
Jan 16 - 7:42 PM

ESPN's John Keim reports the Redskins will interview current OLBs coach Greg Manusky for their vacant defensive coordinator position.

Manusky has nine years of experience coordinating an NFL defense, most recently with the Colts from 2012-15. His defenses have been middling at best, and the wheels fell off his last year in Indianapolis. Manusky would not be an exciting hire, but Washington has yet to interview any better in their search.
Source: ESPN
Jan 16 - 6:39 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports trading Tony Romo is the Cowboys' "No 1. priority this offseason."

"We know he's not going to be on the Cowboys in 2017," Rapoport said confidently about Romo. He again said Romo would like to land with the Broncos, but added Denver does not "seem inclined to make that move." With it all but decided Romo will be playing elsewhere next season, the only questions remaining are where he ends up and how he gets there. Those questions should dominate the discussion this offseason.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 16 - 6:29 PM

Redskins signed CB Tharold Simon, formerly of the Cardinals.

An underachiever for his skill set, Simon stands 6-foot-2, 202 with adequate athleticism but has been unable to earn jobs in Seattle and Arizona. Simon was drafted by the Seahawks when Redskins GM Scot McCloughan worked there.
Jan 16 - 5:47 PM

Seahawks signed RB George Farmer, C Ross Burbank, FS Pierre Desir, DT Tylor Harris, DT Shaneil Jenkins, FB Malcolm Johnson, WR Kenny Lawler, TE Marcus Lucas, C/G Will Pericak, and RB Kelvin Taylor to reserve/future contracts.

It's the Seahawks' practice squad. Farmer is a onetime receiver the Seahawks converted into a pass-catching back. Farmer fell behind Alex Collins late in the season and will enter 2017 behind Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise as well.
Jan 16 - 5:16 PM

Texans fired OC George Godsey.

It was officially announced as a "mutual parting of ways." Godsey spent the last two seasons as Houston's offensive coordinator, but Bill O'Brien retook playcalling duties in late September. Whether Godsey was a problem or not, the Texans felt the need to "part ways" with someone for their impotent offense, and it certainly wasn't going to be the guy (GM Rick Smith) who signed Brock Osweiler. The Texans are back to the drawing board at quarterback for 2017.
Jan 16 - 5:03 PM

Texans signed RB Kenny Hilliard, DE Brandon Dunn, TE RaShaun Allen, OT Laurence Gibson, WR Tevin Jones, OLB Eric Lee, ILB Shakeel Rashad, and OG Chad Slade to reserve/future contracts.

They all finished the season on Houston's practice squad. Hilliard often impresses in preseason games, but he's been unable to get past Alfred Blue for the past two seasons.
Jan 16 - 5:02 PM

Cowboys signed TE Connor Hamlett, CB Jeremiah McKinnon, CB Duke Thomas, LS Zach Wood, RB Rod Smith, DB Jameill Showers, CB Sammy Seamster, DE Lenny Jones, LB Jeremiah George, WR Shaq Evans, OG Kadeem Edwards, and OG Klay DeBord to a reserve/future contract.

They are mostly practice squad players. Hamlett is a former undrafted free agent out of Oregon State. He caught a 17-yard touchdown in Week 5 against the Patriots.
Jan 16 - 4:47 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave OC Darrell Bevell a strong statement of support in Monday's season-ending presser.

Specifically, Carroll said folks who criticize Bevell "don't know what they're talking about." The 2016 Seahawks finished 12th in the NFL in yards but only 18 in points scored while dealing with league-worst offensive line play. Bevell would be easier to evaluate if his offensive line weren't so easily penetrated. Ultimately, the offense Bevell oversaw did reasonably well with what it had.
Jan 16 - 4:05 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that he's "not sure" if Jordy Nelson (ribs) will be able to practice by Wednesday.

McCarthy did say Nelson "worked out" on Monday as he attempts to stay in shape while sitting with fractured ribs. We'd consider Nelson a long shot to face the Falcons at this stage of the week, but Nelson could try to gut it out if he feels well by the weekend. The Packers head to the Georgia Dome on Sunday.
Jan 16 - 4:01 PM

The 49ers are currently interviewing Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer for their GM vacancy.

Fitterer spent the last 15 seasons with the Seahawks, arriving as an area scout and working his way up to a right-hand-man position behind GM John Schneider. The 49ers have also shown interest in Fitterer's co-personnel director Trent Kirchner, and Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable as a head-coaching candidate.
Jan 16 - 3:54 PM

The Seahawks expect FS Earl Thomas (broken tibia) to be ready for Week 1 of the 2017 season.

Thomas' difference-making presence was felt severely down the stretch as Seattle allowed point totals above 30 in three of their final six games and became increasingly vulnerable to big plays, both in the run and pass games. Thomas turns 28 in May. The Seahawks have him signed for $8.5 million in 2017.
Jan 16 - 3:40 PM


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