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Patriots signed RB Brandon Bolden to a one-year extension for $880,000.

The Patriots have primarily used Bolden on special teams and as a periodic role player on offense the past few seasons. In 2017, he only played eight offensive snaps prior to Week 17 of the regular season. Despite the New England backfield likely to undergo changes this offseason, Bolden probably won't find himself in a feature role come 2018.
Feb 24 - 9:15 AM

ProFootballTalk reports the Jaguars are "exploring their quarterback options" in free agency.

The Jaguars have Blake Bortles under control through 2019, but his fifth-year option is only guaranteed for injury. Assuming he can pass a physical coming off wrist surgery, Jacksonville can shed his entire $19 million salary to make a run at a quarterback. The Jaguars have been linked to Kirk Cousins and may view the other top free agents as upgrades on Bortles. Things should heat up on Jacksonville's quarterback situation after next week's Combine.
Feb 23 - 7:52 PM

The Browns are expected to move on from free agent Isaiah Crowell.

This isn't surprising after the Browns passed on extending Crowell last year. Entering his age-25 season, Crowell should draw interest as an early-down committee back in power schemes. The Browns may look to replace Crowell with one of their two first-round picks.
Feb 23 - 7:05 PM

The Charlotte Observer expects the Panthers to release DE Charles Johnson.

It's an easy decision with Johnson coming off a zero-sack season. 31-year-old Johnson has no plans to retire but isn't going to be back with the Panthers. Carolina can create $3.25 million in cap savings from cutting Johnson.
Feb 23 - 6:44 PM

ESPN New York considers LG James Carpenter a candidate for release.

Carpenter had a down 2017, grading near the bottom of PFF's ratings. The Jets have $15 million tied up in LT Kelvin Beachum and RG Brian Winters but aren't as committed to Carpenter, who's owed $6.8 million in the final year of his deal. Releasing Carpenter would save $4.7 million versus the cap. Carpenter is still just 29 (next month) and hasn't missed a start in three years with New York.
Feb 23 - 6:22 PM

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield will participate in throwing drills at the NFL Combine.

This falls in line with the recent trend of quarterbacks throwing the last two years. Wyoming’s Josh Allen, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold, and Louisville's Lamar Jackson are also expected to participate.
Source: NFL Network
Feb 23 - 6:02 PM

The Bengals were awarded a league-high four compensatory picks for the 2018 draft.

Dallas, Green Bay and Oakland also landed four picks. The Bengals are getting back some value after getting hit hard in 2017 free agency, losing Kevin Zeitler, Andrew Whitworth, Rex Burkhead, and Karlos Dansby. The Cardinals (97th overall) have the top compensatory pick in this year's draft.
Feb 23 - 5:15 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Steelers "have not made any attempts to move" Martavis Bryant.

La Canfora added that the Steelers "aren't calling teams or soliciting calls" on Bryant. This conflicts with an earlier report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who said Pittsburgh was "listening to potential deals." Bryant ruffled feathers by complaining about his role last season but is only due $705,000 in 2018. If the Steelers stand pat, Bryant will return as the No. 3 wideout behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Feb 23 - 4:47 PM

Former Jets and Patriots LB David Harris announced his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons.

Harris spent his first 10 seasons with the Jets before finishing his career with the Patriots in 2017. A second-round pick out of Michigan in 2007, Harris was one of the league's better linebackers during his heyday, earning an All-Pro selection in 2009. Harris played sparingly in his final year, logging just 181 snaps over 10 games for New England. He recorded 1,110 tackles, 37 sacks, six interceptions and four fumble recoveries over 164 NFL appearances. He's likely ticketed for the Jets' Ring of Honor.
Feb 23 - 3:32 PM

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times expects the Buccaneers to monitor Mike Glennon "closely" this offseason.

It's a near certainty that Glennon will be cut this offseason after losing his starting job to Mitchell Trubisky and the Bucs are looking for a signal-caller to back up Jameis Winston. Glennon began his career in Tampa before joining the Bears on a three-year deal last offseason. The Bucs could also look to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, who served as Winston's backup in 2017.
Feb 23 - 3:29 PM

Former Dolphins and 49ers OL Jonathan Martin has been taken into police custody after posting a disturbing image on Instagram of a shotgun and ammunition, threatening "suicide" and/or "revenge".

Martin was the famous victim of "Bullygate" while with the Dolphins back in 2013. In the photo he posted on Friday, Martin wrote, "When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge." In the photo, there was a shotgun and several rounds of shells lying on a bed, and Martin tagged former Dolphins teammates OG Richie Incognito and C Mike Pouncey. Martin also tagged two others, presumably from his old high school, while also tagging the #MiamiDolphins and #HarvardWestlake, his high school. Harvard Westlake subsequently shut down its campus after seeing the image. Martin was then taken into custody shortly after. The 28-year-old hasn't played in the NFL since 2014 and clearly has some mental issues. Thankfully, it didn't turn ugly.
Feb 23 - 3:26 PM

Saints DE Cameron Jordan recently underwent surgery on his left foot.

The surgery will require a 4-6 week recovery. If Jordan was injured last year, he sure didn't play like it. The 28-year-old appeared in every game for New Orleans while earning All-Pro honors for the first time in his career. It would be a surprise if Jordan isn't ready for OTAs.
Feb 23 - 3:05 PM

According to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, it would be a "stunner" if the Dolphins did not trade franchise player Jarvis Landry in the next few weeks.

Per Beasley, the Dolphins remain "open" to signing Landry to a long-term deal but a trade remains the "likeliest outcome." The Ravens should be in the mix for Landry after attempting to trade for him last year. Beasley also mentioned the Browns, who own six of top 65 picks in the upcoming draft, and the 49ers as possible suitors. If the Dolphins can't trade Landry in the coming weeks, it would severely limit their options in free agency.
Feb 23 - 2:47 PM

Free agent K Nick Novak has fully recovered from his strained hip.

He suffered the injury in a Thanksgiving win over Dallas. The Chargers will allow Novak to reach the market, though they haven't closed the door on re-signing him. Travis Coons filled in after Novak went on I.R. in early December.
Feb 23 - 2:14 PM

Jaguars signed coach Doug Marrone to a two-year extension through 2021.

Executive VP of football operations Tom Coughlin and GM Dave Caldwell have also agreed to two-year extensions. Marrone enjoyed a hugely successful 2017 season, leading Jacksonville to its first AFC title game since 1999. With excellent young talent on both sides of the ball (particularly on defense), the Jags should be a contender in the AFC for many years to come. This is Marrone's second head-coaching job following a previous stint in Buffalo.
Feb 23 - 2:01 PM

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