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  • Patriots' Malcolm Butler: Could remain with Patriots

    According to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, the team doesn't intend on trading Butler, Kevin Patra of reports.

    Butler visited the Saints a couple weeks ago to gauge their interest in him as a restricted free agent. Although the parties were unable to strike a deal, Butler's future is complicated by the fact that the Patriots placed a first-round tender on him. That enables New England to match any offer extended to Butler, or receive a first-round pick should they opt not to. Because of those stipulations, a trade seemed to be Butler's most likely route of departure, but Kraft's comments Monday suggest the cornerback could stick around. After signing Stephon Gilmore to a $65 million contract this offseason, the Patriots have a ready-made replacement for Butler, but potentially retaining him on a $3.91 million tender would nonetheless represent excellent value for this season's defense.

  • Vikings' Mackensie Alexander: Will get chance to win nickel corner job

    Alexander (undisclosed) will get a chance to win the starting nickel corner job after the departure of Captain Munnerlyn in free agency, head coach Mike Zimmer told a local radio station, according to ESPN 1500 Twin Cities.

    It's possible the Vikings could sign a cornerback late in free agency to play nickel corner, but it looks like Alexander will get a shot at a regular role. Alexander played just 68 snaps last season, so it's a little surprising he'd be a prime candidate for the job. However, Zimmer has confidence in the 2016 second-round draft pick. Alexander was placed on injured reserve after an abdomen injury late last season, but it's not thought to be an issue as spring practices approach.

  • Kevon Seymour CB | BUF

    Bills' Kevon Seymour: Big opportunity for second-year corner

    With Stephon Gilmore moving on to the Patriots, Seymour is currently listed as a starting corner opposite Ronald Darby, reports. "Last year I had a nice opportunity to get my feet wet and get the understanding of what being a starter felt like," Seymour said. "Now, the opportunity is here and I'm going to take full advantage of it as much as I can and I'm definitely excited about that."

    Seymour was just a sixth-round pick out of USC during last year's draft, but he quickly out-kicked the coverage in terms of slotting and now he's got a good chance to start. The Bills will probably replenish their secondary in the draft, but with wideout and safety being bigger needs, Seymour's almost certain to be the favorite to start. We'll see how he does picking up new coach Sean McDermott's defense.

  • Deiondre' Hall CB | CHI

    Bears' Deiondre' Hall: Arrested Saturday night

    Hall was arrested Saturday night after a disturbance at a bar in Cedar Falls, Iowa, The Chicago Tribune reports.

    Hall was accompanied by a former teammate at Northern Iowa in Packers CB Makinton Dorleant and ultimately charged with three misdemeanor counts for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and interference. We'll wait and see if the league decides to dish out a punishment.

  • Timmy Jernigan DE | BAL

    Ravens' Timmy Jernigan: Could be available in trade

    The Ravens may consider trading Jernigan, who is preparing for the final season of his rookie contract, reports.

    The perennially cap-strapped Ravens have invested a lot in other parts of their defense, most recently giving out huge contracts to NT Brandon Williams and S Tony Jefferson. The 48th overall selection in the 2014 draft, Jernigan may have priced himself out of the team's range with his solid play the past two years. He's recorded either four or five sacks in each of his three seasons while also providing a strong presence against the run the past two campaigns.

  • Johnathan Hankins: Could stay with Giants

    Hankins could still re-sign with the Giants, reports.

    With the exception of Baltimore's Brandon Williams, the market for defensive tackles hasn't quite shaped up the way many players were hoping. Hankins ultimately may have to settle for an annual salary far lower than what he was expecting, or else accept a one-year contract similar to the one Dontari Poe signed with Atlanta. He may have thought he'd priced himself out of the Giants' range, but it now appears Hankins could stick with the team for at least one more year. He's arguably the top interior lineman left on the market.

  • Zach Brown ILB | BUF

    Zach Brown: Deciding between Oakland and Miami

    Brown, an unrestricted free agent, is believed to be deciding between the Raiders and Dolphins, The Miami Herald reports.

    Brown visited with the Raiders and Dolphins, then went back to Buffalo to explore a reunion with the Bills. He apparently didn't like what he heard in Buffalo, narrowing his decision down to the other two teams. With contract offers falling shy of what he expected, Brown might consider taking a one-year deal that allows him to hit the market again next offseason, even though he just enjoyed a breakout 2016 campaign with 149 tackles (97 solo) and four sacks.

  • Rey Maualuga MLB | CIN

    Rey Maualuga: Released by Bengals

    Maualuga was released by the Bengals on Saturday.

    Maualuga has been with the Bengals since they drafted him in 2009. He spent his first seven seasons as a starter before starting just six of 14 games in 2017. In hindsight, his reduced role last year could be seen as a foreshadowing of his eventual exit. The addition of free agent Kevin Minter likely sealed the deal. Both Minter and Vincent Rey figure to handle a majority of the middle linebacker duties heading into training camp.

  • Calvin Pryor SS | NYJ

    Jets' Calvin Pryor: Team unlikely to exercise fifth-year option

    The Jets are unlikely to exercise Pryor's fifth-year option, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

    A first-round pick in 2014, Pryor disappointed in 2016 after a promising 2015 campaign. While he's locked in as the team's starting strong safety for this upcoming season, the Jets can save $7 million by not picking up his fifth-year option for 2018. If that's what the team ultimately decides to do, 2017 will be a contract year for Pryor in which he'll need to step up his play to earn a big deal in free agency.

  • Wallace Gilberry: Re-signs with Bengals

    Gilbert has re-upped with the Bengals, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.

    Gilberry signed with the Lions last offseason after spending the previous five years in Cincinnati. Detroit placed him on injured reserve in October and released him shortly thereafter, allowing him to rejoin the Bengals for the second half of the year. The 32-year-old may have to compete for a roster spot at this point in his career, as he only has six sacks over the past three seasons.