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    • Domata Peko Sr. DEN NT
      Broncos' Domata Peko: Headed for free agency
      1h ago

      The Broncos will let Peko head to free agency, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

      Peko logged just 31 tackles (20 solo) and a half-sack with the Broncos last season and, despite noting his desire to re-sign with the club, the veteran will likely head elsewhere this offseason. At the very least, Peko's durability, with him having played 16 games in all but two seasons, shouldn't be a concern for teams interested in his services.

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    • Elie Bouka PHI DB
      Elie Bouka: Waived by Eagles
      3h ago

      Bouka was waived by the Eagles on Thursday, Adam Caplan of the NFL Network reports.

      Bouka spent the entire 2018 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. He'll look to find a depth role elsewhere this offseason.

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    • Demarcus Lawrence DAL DE
      Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence: Won't sign another franchise tag
      5h ago

      Lawrence (shoulder) is unwilling to sign a second consecutive franchise tender, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reports.

      Lawrence followed up a blow-up 2017 season with another quality effort in 2018 and has ultimately totaled 25 sacks over the past two years. Also proving durable after logging full, 16-game schedules in three of his past four campaigns, Lawrence will be among the hottest commodities of the 2019 offseason if he's allowed to hit the open market.

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    • Kurt Coleman NO SS
      Kurt Coleman: Being released by Saints
      5h ago

      Coleman is being released by the Saints, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports.

      Coleman was due over $5 million in 2019, which is a tad high for a 30-year-old backup safety. The Ohio State product could still serve as serviceable depth somewhere else around the league, though, just at a lower price tag.

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    • Kerryon Johnson DET RB
      Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Top dog entering 2019
      5h ago

      Johnson is expected to be a featured player in 2019 under new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Will Burchfield of 97.1 FM The Ticket reports. "[Johnson] is a guy that's talented in the running game, but I'm also excited to see some of things I've heard about, his ability in the passing game -- which I think can really be a bonus for our offense," Bevell recently said.

      The 2018 second-rounder was slowly brought along as the lead runner in the Lions backfield his rookie year, to the point where Johnson was seeing roughly 18 touches per game before going down with a minor knee sprain in Week 11. That respectable level of involvement could reasonably be viewed as the Auburn product's floor entering the 2019 season given Detroit's stated intent on moving to a more run-based, clock-controlling offensive system under Bevell. How effective that system will be greatly depends on the degree to which quarterback Matthew Stafford bounces back, but Johnson could be primed for a workhorse role regardless.

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    • Corey Liuget LAC DT
      Corey Liuget: Mostly healthy following surgery
      5h ago

      Liuget hinted in an interview with Kirk Morrison on SiriusXM Radio he's about "80-90 percent" recovered from a torn quadriceps injury that required surgery in November.

      Liuget technically is a free agent given the Chargers declined his $8 million team option last week, but the veteran defensive tackle did mention he'd be open to returning to the team should it be interested. After recording 21 sacks in his first five seasons with the club, Liuget has struggled to stay on the field, picking up just three sacks in 34 subsequent games, and will likely struggle to command a top-dollar deal given his age (he'll soon be 29) and recent injury history.

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    • Lamar Jackson BAL QB
      Ravens' Lamar Jackson: Working with new OC Roman
      1d ago

      Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman believes Jackson is gifted in terms of vision and instincts but still has work to do when it comes to passing fundamentals, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. "I think fundamentally is where [Jackson's] going to need to put most of his work," Roman said. "I think where to throw the ball and seeing guys open, I think those are things that he naturally has."

      Roman was promoted within the organization to replace Marty Mornhinweg, who led the successful transition to an offense based around read-option runs after Jackson replaced Joe Flacco at quarterback. The Ravens believe Roman can build on that success with the help of more sophisticated run designs, as his offenses finished eighth, fourth, third, fourth and first in the NFL for rushing yards in his five full seasons as a coordinator, per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. Roman is best known for his work with Colin Kaepernick and Tyrod Taylor -- mobile quarterbacks who became efficient passers in run-heavy offenses. The Ravens envision the same thing for Jackson, though he may have a difficult learning curve ahead while Roman installs new terminology and plays.

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    • Andy Dalton CIN QB
      Bengals' Andy Dalton: Resumes throwing
      6d ago

      Dalton (thumb) has been tossing a football for the past two weeks and recently began shooting a basketball, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reports.

      Dalton seems to be on track in the rehab process after having surgery in late November to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. There have been some murmurs about the Bengals trying to find a new quarterback for their new coaching staff, but director of player personnel Duke Tobin recently said Dalton will enter 2019 as the starter. With two seasons remaining on a team-friendly contract, the 31-year-old quarterback may push for some type of financial commitment to back up the supportive words. Dalton was one of the few bright spots for Cincinnati in 2018 and has been a regular presence at the team facility while rehabbing during the early portion of the offseason. NFL rules demand that he waits until April to receive the new playbook from head coach Zac Taylor and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan.

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    • Case Keenum DEN QB
      Broncos' Case Keenum: Will be cut or traded
      6d ago

      Keenum likely will be traded or released after the Broncos agreed to acquire fellow quarterback Joe Flacco, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

      The Broncos would love to find a trade partner even if the compensation is menial, as they'll have to pay the guaranteed portion ($7 million) of Keenum's $18 million base salary if they end up cutting him. He'd need to accept a pay cut -- an unlikely proposition -- to have any chance at staying in Denver. Keenum collected $18 million from the Broncos in 2018, completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 6.6 yards per attempt with an 18:15 TD:INT as a 16-game starter in an injury-laden offense. He looked like a high-end backup more so than a solid starter, but his breakout 2017 campaign in Minnesota suggests he's good enough to win games when he's surrounded by a talented roster and competent coaching staff.

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    • Colt McCoy WAS QB
      Redskins' Colt McCoy: Making strides in rehab
      7d ago

      McCoy (leg) was recently seen without any support on his recovering leg, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.

      A fractured fibula planted McCoy on injured reserve for the conclusion of the 2018 season. However, it seems the quarterback has progressed well in his rehab, so much so that it's not a stretch to think he could be fully ready for the start of OTAs this spring. With Alex Smith (lower leg) not expected to play in 2019, McCoy is tentatively entering the offseason as the No. 1 signal-caller on the depth chart in Washington.

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    • Case Keenum DEN QB
      Broncos' Case Keenum: Likely done as starter in Denver
      8d ago

      The Broncos' impending trade for Joe Flacco likely marks the end of Keenum's tenure as the starting quarterback in Denver, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

      Signed to a two-year, $36 million contract last offseason, Keenum failed to replicate his Minnesota magic from 2017, completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 6.6 yards per attempt with an 18:15 TD:INT as a 16-game starter for the Broncos. The team can free up $11 million in cap space if Keenum is removed from the roster, while any team that trades for him would inherit an $18 million base salary that includes $7 million guaranteed, per OverTheCap.com. The significant commitment limits his trade value, but it shouldn't preclude some level of interest. There's also some chance -- however small -- the Broncos could retain Keenum and allow him to compete with Flacco for the starting job.

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    • Joe Flacco BAL QB
      Ravens' Joe Flacco: Heading to Denver in trade
      8d ago

      The Ravens agreed in principle Wednesday to trade Flacco to the Broncos, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

      The trade won't become official until March 13, when the new league year begins. Baltimore was only able to net a 2019 fourth-round pick in exchange for the quarterback, who is scheduled to earn an $18.5 million base salary in 2019, per OverTheCap.com. Of course, the 34-year-old might be willing to accept a pay cut in exchange for what might amount to one of his best opportunities around the NFL to win a starting job. It isn't clear what the Broncos plan to do with fellow quarterback Case Keenum, who is scheduled for a $21 million cap hit if he's on the roster or a $10 million charge if he isn't (per OverTheCap.com). The Broncos may envision a competition between Flacco and Keenum, or they could trade/release the latter and then bring in a young signal-caller.

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    • Kerryon Johnson DET RB
      Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Top dog entering 2019
      5h ago

      Johnson is expected to be a featured player in 2019 under new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Will Burchfield of 97.1 FM The Ticket reports. "[Johnson] is a guy that's talented in the running game, but I'm also excited to see some of things I've heard about, his ability in the passing game -- which I think can really be a bonus for our offense," Bevell recently said.

      The 2018 second-rounder was slowly brought along as the lead runner in the Lions backfield his rookie year, to the point where Johnson was seeing roughly 18 touches per game before going down with a minor knee sprain in Week 11. That respectable level of involvement could reasonably be viewed as the Auburn product's floor entering the 2019 season given Detroit's stated intent on moving to a more run-based, clock-controlling offensive system under Bevell. How effective that system will be greatly depends on the degree to which quarterback Matthew Stafford bounces back, but Johnson could be primed for a workhorse role regardless.

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    • Jaylen Samuels PIT RB
      Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Locked into Bell-free backfield
      1d ago

      Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert mentioned Samuels as a factor in why the team is comfortable letting Le'Veon Bell leave in free agency this offseason, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

      James Conner is also a big part of the equation, not to mention the financial aspect and Bell's fractured relationship with the team. There was never a realistic scenario for Bell to rejoin the Steelers after sitting out an entire season, especially after the team saw what Conner and Samuels are capable of doing in heightened roles. Conner should enter training camp unchallenged as a starter, while Samuels made a strong case to log most of the action on passing downs after hauling in 26 of 29 targets for 199 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie. Conner was also productive in the passing game, but he doesn't have comparable receiving upside to Samuels, who often lined up as a tight end and H-back at North Carolina State.

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    • James Conner PIT RB
      Steelers' James Conner: Locked in atop backfield
      1d ago

      Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert pointed to Conner and Jaylen Samuels as part of the impetus for the organization's decision not to place a transition tag on Le'Veon Bell, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

      With the Bell saga finally coming to an end, Pittsburgh will move forward with Conner and Samuels in the backfield, hoping to regain some semblance of balance after ranking second in the NFL in pass-play rate (67.4 percent) in 2018. Conner did his part with 973 rushing yards, 497 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in 13 games, though he trailed off in the second half of the season even before he missed three weeks with a knee injury. The backfield arrangement in the Steelers' Week 17 win over Cincinnati might provide a glimpse into the future. In that contest, Conner had 14 carries and three catches, while Samuels had two carries and seven receptions. Conner developed into a useful pass-catcher in 2018, but Samuels provides more of a threat in obvious throwing situations.

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    • Todd Gurley LAR RB
      Rams' Todd Gurley: Perhaps more injured than reported
      1d ago

      Teammate C.J. Anderson believes Gurley's late-season knee injury was "a little bit more than what everybody in the building thought, including himself," Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports. "I would say sprained knee," Anderson said, when asked to describe Gurley's setback. "Obviously, it's the same knee injury he's had before in his career. Obviously I had surgery on my meniscus and once you have a knee, you always have a knee."

      Gurley and coach Sean McVay both insisted the 24-year-old was healthy throughout the playoffs, while running backs coach Skip Peete suggested Gurley technically was healthy but never regained his peak conditioning after missing Weeks 16 and 17. It's interesting to hear Anderson sound so skeptical about Gurley's health, especially because his willingness to talk about the injury might be taken as a hint he doesn't expect to re-sign with Los Angeles. The controversy over Gurley's playoff role may not go away anytime soon, but that doesn't mean it will have any impact on his ability to shoulder a huge workload for the third straight season in 2019. Concerns about durability or volume won't push him out of the first round in fantasy drafts, but they could be enough to leave him behind the likes of Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott at the very top.

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    • Mark Ingram NO RB
      Saints' Mark Ingram: Prefers to stay in New Orleans
      2d ago

      Ingram has already had discussions about re-signing with the Saints, Mark Inabinett of AL.com reports. "I've been talking to the Saints," Ingram said. "It's kind of like a thing where they say they want me back, I say, 'I want to be back,' it's just can we compromise on the value?"

      Ingram has a good thing going in the Bayou splitting work with Alvin Kamara behind an impressive offensive line, but it's hard to argue against a 29-year-old running back prioritizing guaranteed money above all else. While his recent comments suggest there's a chance he re-signs before the start of free agency, the more likely scenario involves Ingram testing out the open market, with the option to come back to New Orleans if he's disappointed by the money offered elsewhere. Given their tight cap situation, the Saints may be inclined to bring in a rookie or a cheaper veteran to complement Kamara in the backfield, rather than paying Ingram close to market value.

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    • Kalen Ballage MIA RB
      Dolphins' Kalen Ballage: Praised for work ethic
      2d ago

      Ballage's work ethic and athleticism have made a strong impression on running backs coach Eric Studesville, one of the few holdovers from the old coaching staff in Miami, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports. "[Ballage]'s a big, physical body," Studesville said. "He can run. He's athletic. He's got a lot of growth to do as far as seeing and recognizing things. His work ethic is tremendous. He's got speed for a big man."

      A size-speed freak with subpar college production, Ballage was selected at No. 131 overall (fourth round) in the 2018 NFL Draft and spent most of his rookie season playing special teams. He finally got his shot on offense when Frank Gore suffered a season-ending foot injury Week 15, immediately responding with a 75-yard touchdown scamper against Minnesota. The rookie averaged just 3.3 yards on his 35 other carries and 6.2 yards on nine catches, with 12 of his 45 touches (27 percent) going for no gain or a loss. The hit-or-miss style isn't optimal in an offense that already has Kenyan Drake doing a better version of the same thing, but the 237-pound Ballage does at least have theoretical potential to develop into a between-the-tackles grinder if he can improve his vision, toughness and upright running posture. He seems to have support from Studesville, but there's no guarantee other members of the overhauled Miami coaching staff will agree. We'll have a better read on Ballage's dynasty value once the Dolphins start to make some moves during the offseason.

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    • Antonio Callaway CLE WR
      Browns' Antonio Callaway: Charges dropped
      10h ago

      Callaway had the marijuana-related charge from last August dismissed this offseason as part of a plea agreement, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

      Callaway could still be disciplined by the NFL under the league's policy on substances of abuse. The 22-year-old has a long history of off-field issues dating back to his time at the University of Florida, and he started his pro career in the substance abuse program after turning in a diluted sample at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

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    • Emmanuel Sanders DEN WR
      Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders: Likely staying in Denver
      1d ago

      The Broncos haven't asked Sanders (Achilles) to take a pay cut and are expected to keep him under contract for 2019, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

      Sanders carries a $10.15 million base salary for the final season of his three-year contract, with $1.5 million becoming guaranteed at some point this offseason. It's a big expense for a player who will be nine months removed from an Achilles tear at the start of his age-32 season, but the Broncos apparently are confident Sanders can be a top target for new quarterback Joe Flacco. The veteran wide receiver seems to be making good progress in the early stages of his recovery and no longer requires a walking boot on his injured foot.

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    • Danny Amendola MIA WR
      Dolphins' Danny Amendola: Could be released
      1d ago

      The Dolphins aren't certain to retain Amendola ahead of the 2019 season, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

      Amendola led the Dolphins in receptions (59), targets (79) and receiving yards (575) in the first season of a two-year, $12 million contract, but his release would clear up $6 million in cap space to help the front office kick off a rebuild under the new coaching staff. The 33-year-old slot specialist seemingly would be more valuable to a team that has a real chance to compete in 2019.

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    • Antonio Brown PIT WR
      Steelers' Antonio Brown: Won't come cheap in trade
      1d ago

      Steelers general manger Kevin Colbert said Wednesday that he'll try to trade Brown this offseason but won't make a deal if the offers from interested parties are unsatisfactory, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

      Between his age, recent antics and presumed desire for a new contract, Brown essentially has made it impossible for the Steelers to receive comparable on-field value in a trade. The team should still be able to acquire at least one early draft pick or a quality player in exchange, with the option of refusing all suitors if the offers are poor. Brown would then be left in a tricky situation, forced to choose between sitting out the 2019 season (with no pay) or awkwardly playing in Pittsburgh after he burnt so many bridges. Most NFL organizations will want no part of the situation, but the Steelers only need two or three teams involved in discussions to push the bidding up. Colbert expects trade talks to begin soon and mentioned that the team won't release Brown if no deal is found, per Bob Labriola of the Steelers' official site.

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    • Adam Thielen MIN WR
      Vikings' Adam Thielen: Hoping for new deal
      1d ago

      Thielen's agent is cautiously optimistic the Vikings will reward his client with a new contract this offseason, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

      Thielen has two seasons remaining on a four-year, $19.25 million contract, with base salaries of $5.85 million in 2019 and $5.35 million in 2020, per OverTheCap.com. He's arguably the best value in the league for a player not on a rookie contract -- a result of being a late bloomer who signed his deal after a 967-yard breakout campaign in 2016. Thielen took another leap in 2017 with 1,276 receiving yards, followed by 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018. He can easily make the case he's more valuable than teammate Stefon Diggs, who signed a five-year, $72 million extension in July. Of course, the issue is leverage in negotiations rather than on-field value, especially with Thielen's agent suggesting the 28-year-old isn't planning on a holdout. An extension would make sense for all parties, but it's hard to imagine any resolution in which Thielen approaches his open-market value.

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    • DeVante Parker MIA WR
      Dolphins' DeVante Parker: Not expected to stay in Miami
      1d ago

      Parker is unlikely to return to the Dolphins in 2019, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

      The 14th overall pick from the 2015 draft is technically under team control for 2019 via the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, but the $9.4 million salary is guaranteed for injury only. Parker suffered a shoulder injury in November, but he's presumably fine to pass a physical after playing in six straight games to close out the season. He was held to 10 catches for 84 yards during that stretch, finishing the year with a 24-309-1 receiving line on 47 targets (6.6 yards per target) in 11 games. His YPT mark has decreased each year he's been in the league, but the 26-year-old still should draw some interest on the open market thanks to his draft pedigree and 6-foot-3 frame. Parker has nine touchdowns and four 100-yard games through 54 NFL appearances.

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    • Dion Sims CHI TE
      Bears' Dion Sims: Officially sent packing
      6h ago

      Sims was officially released by the Bears on Thursday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      This was the clear way to go for Chicago given the $6 million in cap relief Sims' release provides -- not to mention the significantly underwhelming return on investment he provided when healthy. There could be a modest market for his services somewhere out there this offseason for teams in need of blocking from the tight end position.

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    • Josh Hill NO TE
      Saints' Josh Hill: Likely option for starting role
      8h ago

      Hill (concussion) could be in play for the starting tight end spot entering the 2019 season, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

      This shouldn't come as much of a surprise given Benjamin Watson (appendicitis) has openly contemplated retiring following the team's NFC Championship loss to the Rams. Without a first-round pick this season as a result of a draft-day trade last year with the Packers, it seems likely the Saints will opt to use what remaining draft capital it has on improving other areas of need. The emergence of Dan Arnold and Garrett Griffin as potential depth options certainly will dissuade the Saints from investing premium resources on another tight end, but it's worth pointing out that despite playing the most offensive snaps of his six-year career, Hill only managed to record 16 receptions, 185 yards and a touchdown. Those figures would rise should he lock down a starting role, but it's difficult to project a substantial jump in production even with the No. 1 role all too himself as the Saints have been diligent about spreading the ball around to a variety of different targets in recent years.

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    • Dion Sims CHI TE
      Dion Sims: Release imminent
      1d ago

      The Bears intend to release Sims in the near future, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

      This is an obvious decision since Sims' release saves Chicago $6 million in cap space with less than $400,000 in dead money. After an unproductive 2018 campaign in which he caught just two of four targets for nine yards in eight games, Sims probably won't be in store for a lucrative contract this offseason. His aptitude as a blocker might be enough for him to garner interest somewhere else as a reserve tight end.

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    • Hayden Hurst BAL TE
      Ravens' Hayden Hurst: Gets screw removed from foot
      2d ago

      Hurst revealed Monday that he's finally back at full strength after having a screw removed from his foot, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

      The No. 25 overall draft pick had the screw placed in his foot in late August to help stabilize a stress fracture, leading to four consecutive absences to kick off his career. The 25-year-old finished the season with 13 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown in 12 games, while fellow rookie tight end Mark Andrews -- a third-round selection -- caught 34 passes for 552 yards and three scores. Andrews is the superior fantasy asset heading into 2019, but the Ravens should have plenty of snaps for both players if they allow Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams to walk in free agency. The team likely plans to expand Hurst's role even if Boyle or Williams sticks around.

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    • Rob Gronkowski NE TE
      Patriots' Rob Gronkowski: Expected to make 2019 decision soon
      2d ago

      Gronkowski's (thigh) agent Drew Rosenhaus expects the tight end to make a decision on retirement within the next couple weeks, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

      Gronkowski presumably hopes to avoid a repeat of last offseason when he waited until late April to confirm his intention of playing in 2018. There have been a few small hints that he's leaning toward playing at least one more season, including his presence at the Patriots' facility in Foxborough to receive treatment for a thigh injury he suffered during the Super Bowl. It sounds like he will announce his decision sometime before the start of the new league year March 13.

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    • Scott Simonson NYG TE
      Giants' Scott Simonson: Signs one-year contract
      2d ago

      Simonson signed a one-year contract extension with the Giants on Tuesday, Matt Lombardo of NJ.com reports.

      Primarily known for his run-blocking capabilities, Simonson did wind up starting four games for the Giants in 2018 thanks to a litany of injuries to Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison, recording a career-high nine catches and 86 total yards through 16 games. The 26-year-old won't threaten Engram's status as the team's top tight end, and likely wouldn't challenge Ellison either should the Giants wind up keeping the backup tight end, who has two years left on an untenable four-year, $18 million contract.

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    • Chris Boswell PIT K
      Steelers' Chris Boswell: Will have competition
      9h ago

      General manager Kevin Colbert indicated that Boswell (groin) will have competition for his position ahead of the upcoming season, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.

      Boswell is due a $2 million roster bonus in March, so if he sticks around through the offseason to actually "have competition," he'd probably have a long leash entering the preseason. The hope is that Boswell can return to his 2017 Pro Bowl form.

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    • Kai Forbath JAC K
      Kai Forbath: Cut by Jags
      2d ago

      The Jaguars released Forbath on Tuesday, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

      Forbath was a late-season injury replacement for Josh Lambo (groin), who signed a four-year extension with the Jaguars last week. The 31-year-old kicker shouldn't have too much trouble finding a chance to compete for a starting job, as he's converted 85.7 percent of his career field-goal attempts, including 11 of 18 from 50-plus yards.

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    • Robbie Gould SF K
      49ers' Robbie Gould: Headed for franchise tag
      3d ago

      Gould is expected to receive the franchise tag, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

      The 49ers got their money's worth on Gould's two-year, $4 million contract, with the veteran converting 72 of 75 field-goal attempts (96 percent) and 55 of 59 extra-point tries (93.2 percent). The 36-year-old is now headed for a significant raise, be it through a long-term contract or a franchise tag for approximately $5 million. Given their abundance of cap space and determination to compete for the playoffs in 2019, the Niners presumably won't allow Gould to slip away. His likely draft slotting of top-10 kicker should be justified as long as Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) avoids major rehab setbacks.

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    • Josh Lambo JAC K
      Jaguars' Josh Lambo: Inks four-year extension
      8d ago

      Lambo announced Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Jaguars.

      In a league where kicking has proved paramount of late, it was a priority for Jacksonville to lock down one of the NFL's more successful legs of the past couple seasons. Not only did Lambo recently set a franchise record for most consecutive field goals (24) in 2018, but he nailed a career-long 57-yarder and boosted his conversion rate on field-goal attempts to 85.7 percent over four seasons. He could be in the discussion for fantasy consideration in 2019 depending on how Jacksonville's offensive personnel looks when training camp rolls around.

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    • Matt Bryant ATL K
      Matt Bryant: No plans of retirement just yet
      9d ago

      Bryant said Tuesday that he wants to continue playing in the NFL and remains confident in his abilities to perform at a high level, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. "I want to go where I'm wanted," the 43-year-old kicker explained. "I can still hit from 57 yards. I can still make the game-winning kick."

      Atlanta elected to let go of the ever-reliable Bryant last Wednesday, clearing up cap space for much-needed roster moves on both sides of the ball and providing Giorgio Tavecchio with an opportunity to become the Falcons' full-time place kicker. There are multiple teams who could use the services of Bryant, who connected on an extraordinary 20 of 21 field-goal tries last year. Though his ultimate destination remains up in the air, there is one team of the seven that posted a sub-80 percent field-goal rate that seems to make a lot of sense. When asked about returning to the Buccaneers, an organization in which he spent four seasons between 2005 and 2008, Bryant reported to ESPN's Vaughn McClure that "They are definitely an option. I could definitely (see myself) going back there to play. Bucs special teams coach Keith (Armstrong) knows me, and I know him."

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    • Giorgio Tavecchio ATL K
      Falcons' Giorgio Tavecchio: Set to replace Matt Bryant
      15d ago

      Tavecchio is expected to replace Matt Bryant as the Falcons' kicker for 2019, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

      The team informed Bryant of his release Wednesday, presumably intending to go cheap at the position. Tavecchio's strong performance in 2018 may have contributed to the plan, as he didn't miss any kicks (five field goals and eight extra points) in the three games he played when Bryant was injured. It's still possible the Falcons could bring in competition, considering Tavecchio missed five field goals with Oakland in 2017. He doesn't need to be great to provide fantasy utility, with the Falcons playing in a dome and coming off five consecutive seasons finishing eighth or better in total yards.

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    • Domata Peko Sr. DEN NT
      Broncos' Domata Peko: Headed for free agency
      1h ago

      The Broncos will let Peko head to free agency, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

      Peko logged just 31 tackles (20 solo) and a half-sack with the Broncos last season and, despite noting his desire to re-sign with the club, the veteran will likely head elsewhere this offseason. At the very least, Peko's durability, with him having played 16 games in all but two seasons, shouldn't be a concern for teams interested in his services.

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    • Elie Bouka PHI DB
      Elie Bouka: Waived by Eagles
      3h ago

      Bouka was waived by the Eagles on Thursday, Adam Caplan of the NFL Network reports.

      Bouka spent the entire 2018 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. He'll look to find a depth role elsewhere this offseason.

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      Lawrence followed up a blow-up 2017 season with another quality effort in 2018 and has ultimately totaled 25 sacks over the past two years. Also proving durable after logging full, 16-game schedules in three of his past four campaigns, Lawrence will be among the hottest commodities of the 2019 offseason if he's allowed to hit the open market.

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      Coleman is being released by the Saints, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports.

      Coleman was due over $5 million in 2019, which is a tad high for a 30-year-old backup safety. The Ohio State product could still serve as serviceable depth somewhere else around the league, though, just at a lower price tag.

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      Liuget technically is a free agent given the Chargers declined his $8 million team option last week, but the veteran defensive tackle did mention he'd be open to returning to the team should it be interested. After recording 21 sacks in his first five seasons with the club, Liuget has struggled to stay on the field, picking up just three sacks in 34 subsequent games, and will likely struggle to command a top-dollar deal given his age (he'll soon be 29) and recent injury history.

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      Ravens' Tavon Young: Now highest-paid nickelback in NFL
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      Young (sports hernia) is receiving a three-year, $27 million contract to remain with the Ravens through the 2022 season, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports.

      This amount makes Young the highest-paid nickelback in the league. With outside corners Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr and Jimmy Smith all remaining under contract with Baltimore in 2019 -- not to mention safety Tony Jefferson and six-time Pro-Bowler Eric Weddle -- the Ravens boast one of the more intimidating secondaries in the league at this point in the offseason.

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