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    • Jordan Richards BAL FS
      Ravens' Jordan Richards: Sticking in Baltimore
      12h ago

      The Ravens signed Richards to a one-year contract Sunday, Ryan Mink of the team's official site reports.

      Richards initially joined Baltimore midway through the 2019 regular season after being released by New England, and his performance on special teams through nine games has earned him another chance for 2020. The 27-year-old scored via a failed punt attempt Week 17.

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    • Patrick Peterson ARI CB
      Cardinals' Patrick Peterson: Extension in the future?
      2d ago

      General manager Steve Keim confirmed Friday the team had discussed Peterson's contract with his representation, noting nothing has transpired yet, but that "we'd love to see him retire as a Cardinal," Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.

      Entering the final year of his five-year, $70.5 million extension, there was some chatter Peterson could ultimately be moved after an uneven campaign which saw the star cornerback suspended six games and also limited by a calf injury. There's reason to believe Peterson's less-than-stellar performance could simply be due to rust and poor circumstance, but the Cardinals aren't exactly in a position to move on either way considering their lack of true secondary depth. It's possible the team could simply let the 2011 first-round pick play out the final year of his contract in order to safeguard itself should Peterson not return to his All-Pro form, but Keim's comments seem to indicate a more proactive approach, which could lock up the soon-to-be 30-year-old to a long-term contract.

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    • Ethan Westbrooks SF DT
      Ethan Westbrooks: Cut by Niners
      2d ago

      The 49ers released Westbrooks on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Westbrooks was recently signed by the team Wednesday, but he was swiftly cut a few days after. Westbrooks failed to suit up in a 2019 regular-season game, while he's accumulated 79 tackles, nine sacks and a forced fumble across 67 games in his NFL career.

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    • Vernon III Hargreaves HOU CB
      Vernon Hargreaves: Cut loose by Houston
      3d ago

      Hargreaves was released by the Texans on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Hargreaves entered the NFL in 2016 as a No. 11 overall pick with Tampa Bay. He was never consistent in coverage and also struggled with injuries, eventually getting waived this past November. The Texans put in a waiver claim and then gave Hargreaves regular run in their injury-riddled secondary, but he didn't show nearly enough to justify the $9.9 million price tag on his fifth-year contract option for 2020. Given that he's a first-round pick and still only 24 years old, Hargreaves should draw some interest on the open market, even if it's for backup work rather than a starting role.

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    • Kwon Alexander SF MLB
      49ers' Kwon Alexander: Gets biceps surgery
      3d ago

      Alexander had surgery Friday to repair a biceps injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Signed to a four-year, $54 million contract last offseason, Alexander suffered a torn pectoral in late October but made it back on the field for the playoffs. He reportedly played through a biceps injury in the Super Bowl, finishing without a tackle despite playing 70 percent of defensive snaps. Alexander will turn 26 in August and should have time to get healthy before Week 1.

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    • Isaac Nauta DET TE
      Lions' Isaac Nauta: Spent time at fullback
      3d ago

      Nauta served as Detroit's primary lead blocker over the final six games of the 2019 season, Chris Burke of the Athletic reports.

      Burke also notes that the Lions "badly want a multifaceted fullback," and their top guy at that position, Nick Bawden (knee), has ended each of the past two seasons on injured reserve due to knee injuries. That's what paved the way for Nauta to serve as the team's lead blocker down the stretch in 2019, and Bawden's recovery from his most recent setback will presumably play a large role in how much time Nauta will see at fullback in 2020. In any case, Nauta's versatility as a blocker and receiver should help his odds of securing a roster spot in advance of Week 1,

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    • Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB
      Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger: On track for full recovery
      4d ago

      General manager Kevin Colbert said Thursday that Roethlisberger (elbow) is "on course" to make a full recovery, Bob Labriola of the Steelers' official site reports.

      Roethlisberger continues to recover from elbow surgery undergone on his throwing arm Sept. 23, and all reports regarding his progress have been optimistic thus far. The 37-year-old signal-caller will need to clear stages in his rehab process before receiving full medical clearance, and it remains to be seen whether he'll manage to attain a clean bill of health in time to kick off training camp, but it currently looks as though Roethlisberger is trending in the right direction for the start of the 2020 season. The six-time Pro Bowler's return to the starting lineup would no doubt provide a notable boost for Pittsburgh's offense, which struggled in 2019 with Devlin Hodges and Mason Rudolph (shoulder) at the helm.

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    • Matthew Stafford DET QB
      Lions' Matthew Stafford: Not being shopped
      4d ago

      General manager Bob Quinn said rumors about the Lions shopping Stafford (back/hip) are "100 percent false," Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

      The rumors mostly suggest Detroit would trade Stafford and then select a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick in April's draft. It sounds like a reasonable strategy in a vacuum, but Stafford's contract would force the team to absorb $32 million in dead money in the event of a trade or release, compared to a $21.3 million cap hit in 2020 if he stays with the team, per NFL.com's Kevin Patra. A trade would be a concession to an all-out rebuild, which wouldn't jibe with the Lions' aggressive approach to the 2019 offseason, nor would it align with the personal interests of Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia. The team's leadership presumably intends to build a stronger roster around Stafford, perhaps reassessing next offseason if it doesn't work out well in 2020. The 32-year-old quarterback said he'll be healthy before spring practices begin.

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    • Jameis Winston TB QB
      Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: Gets LASIK surgery
      5d ago

      Winston (thumb) recently underwent LASIK surgery to improve his vision, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      Winston has dealt with nearsightedness since his college days at Florida State, and question marks surrounding his vision resurfaced at the end of the 2019 season when coach Bruce Arians suggested the quarterback couldn't read the scoreboard. Whether at the behest of Tampa Bay's coaching staff or through his own discretion, Winston has now had the laser-assisted eye procedure with the hope it will help his overall performance. Winston, who became the first signal-caller in NFL history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions last season, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

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    • Andy Dalton CIN QB
      Bengals' Andy Dalton: Will be involved in trade talks
      5d ago

      Dalton will have a say in trade negotiations this offseason, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Expected to draft Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in April, the Bengals will first explore options for trading Dalton, who has started 133 regular-season games and four playoff contests through nine seasons. The Bengals intend to find a trade that the 32-year-old approves of, hoping for a cordial exit for their longtime starting quarterback. Should nothing materialize, the Bengals can release Dalton without incurring any dead money, freeing up $17.7 million in 2020 cap space in the process, per OvertheCap.com. The veteran signal-caller would then become an unrestricted free agent.

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    • Tyrod Taylor LAC QB
      Chargers' Tyrod Taylor: May get crack at starting job
      5d ago

      Chargers general manager Tom Telesco implied Taylor and Easton Stick could have a chance to compete for the starting quarterback job in 2020, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

      Telesco didn't really get into details, merely mentioning that the team likes its internal options. With Philip Rivers set to sign elsewhere, the Chargers have often been mentioned as a sensible destination for Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, a probable first-round pick who recently was named Senior Bowl MVP. Taylor is under contract through 2020, while Stick -- a 2019 fifth-round selection -- is signed through 2022.

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    • Taysom Hill NO QB
      Saints' Taysom Hill: Wants to play QB eventually
      6d ago

      Hill said he'll leave New Orleans if he doesn't eventually get a chance to start at quarterback, Rob Maaddi of The Associated Press reports.

      Hill presumably understands that he won't have a shot at the starting job until Drew Brees decides to retire, something that hasn't officially been determined but doesn't seem likely to happen this offseason. Hill may be hinting at a desire to replace Teddy Bridgewater -- an impending free agent -- as the No. 2 quarterback, though it would be tricky for the 29-year-old to take on that responsibility while also handling his accustomed roles as a gadget player on offense and a member of multiple special teams units. For what it's worth, former Saints special teams coach Mike Westhoff told Zach Gelb of CBS Sports Radio that he expects Hill to be the eventual successor to Brees in New Orleans. Hill is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this offseason, and the Saints presumably will use a first- or second-round tender to provide some protection from offer sheets.

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    • Ty Johnson DET RB
      Lions' Ty Johnson: No lock for 2020 roster
      3d ago

      Johnson isn't guaranteed a roster spot in advance of the 2020 season, Chris Burke of the Athletic reports.

      On the surface, Johnson's 4.3 yards per carry from 2019 seems respectable for a sixth-round rookie. Take out his 40-yard scamper from Week 17, though, and that number drops to 3.8, which seems much more representative of a player who seemingly struggled as a runner on a weekly basis. In fact, it's hard to say Johnson fared well as a receiving option either considering he averaged just 4.5 yards on his 24 receptions. Add it all up and Johnson may be dependent on an impressive showing in offseason workouts, possibly as a return man on special teams, to stick around behind Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough in 2020.

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    • Kenyan Drake ARI RB
      Cardinals' Kenyan Drake: Negotiating with Arizona
      3d ago

      Drake and the Cardinals have engaged in contract talks, with GM Steve Keim saying he hopes to re-sign the running back, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

      Keim also commented on David Johnson, whose $10.2 million base salary for 2020 is fully guaranteed. Specifically, Keim said Johnson won't be released this offseason, adding that the 28-year-old should still have a key role on offense even if he isn't the starter. There aren't many teams in the modern NFL giving large contracts to multiple running backs, but the Cardinals arguably could make it work while they have QB Kyler Murray on a rookie deal. Drake certainly made his case for a handsome payday, averaging 80.4 rushing yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry in eight appearances for the Cardinals. He was limited to a 6.1-yard average on 28 catches, but that's largely because his average depth of reception was 3.2 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Johnson, on the other hand, had an average depth of 4.1 yards beyond the LOS on his 36 receptions, producing 10.3 YPR.

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    • David Johnson ARI RB
      Cardinals' David Johnson: Won't be cut
      3d ago

      Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said Johnson won't be released this offseason, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. "Cutting him is not an option," Keim said. "You can't just have one back."

      Keim merely states the obvious, considering Johnson's three-year, $39 million extension includes a fully guaranteed $10.2 million base salary for 2020, per overthecap.com. A trade isn't out of the question, but the Cardinals presumably would need to give up something else -- or renegotiate Johnson's contract to eat some of the salary -- to facilitate a trade for for a 28-year-old running back, who hasn't looked especially good since 2016. Johnson did produce 10.3 yards per catch and 7.9 per target in 2019, so he still has value for passing downs if nothing else. Fellow running back Kenyan Drake can become an unrestricted free agent in March, while Chase Edmonds has two years remaining on his rookie contract.

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    • Rashaad Penny SEA RB
      Seahawks' Rashaad Penny: Making rehab prgoress
      3d ago

      Penny (knee) used a stationary bike Tuesday, taking a step forward in his rehab from a torn ACL, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.

      Penny tore up his knee Week 14 and had surgery later in December. Coach Pete Carroll said the injury involved damage beyond an ACL tear, but Carroll also mentioned in early January that the Seahawks were pleased with Penny's early progress. The 24-year-old faces a challenge to make it back on the field for the early part of the 2020 campaign, while backfield mate Chris Carson is expected to recover from a hip fracture without needing surgery, potentially returning to practice as soon as May or June.

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    • Spencer Ware IND RB
      Chiefs' Spencer Ware: Looking for home in 2020
      4d ago

      Ware (shoulder) will head into the 2020 offseason set to become an unrestricted free agent.

      Ware's knowledge of the offense paid off late in the season when the Chiefs were lacking depth at the position due to injury, resulting in Ware's addition to the roster. Unfortunately, his campaign ended just three weeks after it began due to a rotator cuff tear, landing him back in the free-agent market this offseason with an injury to boot. He'll likely have to prove to teams he's healthy ahead of 2020 before landing a gig.

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    • James Conner PIT RB
      Steelers' James Conner: Still viewed as starter
      4d ago

      Steelers GM Kevin Colbert still views Conner (quadriceps) as a starting running back, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "We hope James can regain it," Colbert said. "And, if he's healthy, there's no reason he shouldn't. We don't want to say we don't have a starting running back because we feel we do."

      Colbert said Conner was a disappointment in 2019 but also acknowledged that the running back was one of the top players at his position the year prior. There were still some flashes of good form last season, namely a four-week stretch from late September to late October in which Conner produced 449 total yards and five touchdowns. His season-end mark of 4.0 yards per carry fell a half-yard shy of his 2019 number, but it was still better than what Benny Snell (3.9 YPC) and Jaylen Samuels (2.7 YPC) managed in the same broken offense. Conner is entering the final season of his rookie contract in 2020, while Snell and Samuels both are signed beyond the upcoming season. There hasn't been any substantiative update on the quad injury that prevented Conner from playing Week 17.

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    • Paul Richardson WAS WR
      Paul Richardson: Cut by Washington
      3d ago

      Richardson is being released by Washington, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

      It isn't clear if Richardson was approached about a pay cut before the final decision was made. Either way, he'll be free to immediately sign with a new team, after making it just two seasons deep on a five-year, $40 million contract. Richardson, who will turn 28 in April, missed the final five games of 2019 with a hamstring injury. A 44-703-6 receiving line for the 2017 Seahawks represents the only productive season on his NFL resume.

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    • Diontae Johnson PIT WR
      Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Undergoes sports hernia procedure
      4d ago

      Johnson is recovering from sports hernia surgery, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

      Johnson appears to have undergone the procedure to address an issue he played with during the 2019 regular season, though he wasn't forced to miss any time. A typical recovery for such injuries can take up to six weeks, which would put Johnson on track for training camp, though particularly severe instances can sometimes cause players to miss extended time. The Toledo product led Pittsburgh in catches (59) and receiving touchdowns (five) as a rookie, and he stands to benefit from more consistent play at the quarterback position in 2020, with Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) progressing well in his own recovery from surgery.

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    • Marqise Lee JAC WR
      Jaguars' Marqise Lee: Likely to be cut
      4d ago

      Lee (shoulder) likely will be released this offseason for salary cap reasons, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official website reports.

      Lee never had much chance to make good on his four-year, $34 contract, suffering an ACL tear in August 2018 and then dealing with knee, foot and shoulder injuries in 2019. The 28-year-old wide receiver won't be back in Jacksonville for 2020 unless he accepts a sizable pay cut.

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    • Demarcus Robinson KC WR
      Chiefs' Demarcus Robinson: Quiet during playoffs
      5d ago

      Robinson caught just three of six targets for 35 yards during the Chiefs' three postseason games in 2019.

      Robinson didn't play a snap on offense during Kansas City's Super Bowl LIV win over the 49ers, while rookie Mecole Hardman handled a depth role in the team's receiving corps in addition to contributing in the return game. The 25-year-old Robinson is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and Kansas City could choose to let him walk in favor of providing more opportunities for Hardman to showcase his explosive skill set.

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    • Jalen Hurd SF WR
      49ers' Jalen Hurd: Healthy after lost rookie season
      5d ago

      Hurd has made a full recovery from the back injury that sidelined him for his entire rookie season, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

      The third-round pick should be ready for the start of the 49ers' offseason program in April after failing to see any action in 2019 upon suffering the injury in the preseason. With Emmanuel Sanders scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, it isn't out of the question for Hurd to compete for a starting job at receiver, though a backup role seems more likely. Listed at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Hurd played running back for most of his college career and has been discussed as a potential tight end, but the Niners seem to view him as an oversized wide receiver.

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    • Daurice Fountain IND WR
      Colts' Daurice Fountain: Gets back on field
      7d ago

      Fountain (ankle) returned to the practice field Monday, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

      Fountain was placed on injured reserve in August after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated and fractured left ankle, so he didn't play at all during the season. His return to the field already likely means he'll be ready for training camp and to battle for a roster spot.

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    • Isaac Nauta DET TE
      Lions' Isaac Nauta: Spent time at fullback
      3d ago

      Nauta served as Detroit's primary lead blocker over the final six games of the 2019 season, Chris Burke of the Athletic reports.

      Burke also notes that the Lions "badly want a multifaceted fullback," and their top guy at that position, Nick Bawden (knee), has ended each of the past two seasons on injured reserve due to knee injuries. That's what paved the way for Nauta to serve as the team's lead blocker down the stretch in 2019, and Bawden's recovery from his most recent setback will presumably play a large role in how much time Nauta will see at fullback in 2020. In any case, Nauta's versatility as a blocker and receiver should help his odds of securing a roster spot in advance of Week 1,

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    • Greg Olsen CAR TE
      Greg Olsen: Talking contract with three teams
      3d ago

      Olsen is in contract negotiations with Buffalo, Washington and Seattle, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

      A previous report suggested Olsen could make his decision Friday, choosing between the three aforementioned teams or the start of a new career in broadcasting. The tight end was released by the Panthers at the beginning of February and will celebrate his 35th birthday March 11.

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    • Daniel Brown NYJ TE
      Jets' Daniel Brown: Inks one-year extension
      4d ago

      Brown signed a one-year contract extension with the Jets on Thursday.

      Brown appeared in all 16 regular-season games with the Jets in 2019, hauling in seven catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. He also played a key role on special teams. The veteran tight end stands to handle a similar role on the tight end depth chart for 2020.

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    • Greg Olsen CAR TE
      Greg Olsen: Could decide Friday
      4d ago

      Olsen could make a decision Friday between continuing his NFL career or switching to broadcasting work, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

      Olsen recently visited Buffalo, Washington and Seattle, and he also has an open offer from at least one television network. The tight end, who will turn 35 in March, seemingly intends to sign a new contract before the start of the new league year if he does indeed continue his football career.

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    • Anthony Firkser TEN TE
      Titans' Anthony Firkser: Nabs one-year extension
      4d ago

      Firkser agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with the Titans on Thursday, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports.

      Despite operating as Tennessee's No. 2 tight end behind Jonnu Smith last season, Firkser was a key contributor for the Titans and has been rewarded with another offseason to develop with the team. He hauled in 14 of 24 targets for 204 yards and one score across 15 regular-season games in 2019, in addition to hauling in a 22-yard touchdown during the AFC Championship Game loss to Kansas City. He was set to become an exclusive rights free agent this offseason.

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    • Chris Herndon NYJ TE
      Jets' Chris Herndon: Might be looking at timeshare
      5d ago

      Teammate Ryan Griffin (ankle) said that he's excited to team up with Herndon (ribs) in 2020, Ethan Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

      Between a suspension, a hamstring injury and a season-ending rib injury, Herndon was limited to one game and 18 snaps in his second NFL season. Meanwhile, Griffin caught 34 passes for 320 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, starting at tight end in all 13 of his appearances before an ankle injury held him out for the final three weeks. Griffin was expecting a six-month recovery process after December surgery, which likely means Herndon will be healthy before his teammate. With Griffin signing a three-year, $9.6 million extension in November, the two tight ends should compete for snaps in 2020, though they could also see work at the same time in certain formations. A healthy position group -- if it ever happens -- might inspire coach Adam Gase to deviate from his preference for three-wide formations.

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    • Jason Myers SEA K
      Seahawks' Jason Myers: Gets $1.5 million guaranteed
      10d ago

      Myers has a $1.5 million contract guarantee kicking in Friday, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

      Given that the guarantee accounts for 57.7 percent of Myers' $2.6 million base salary, the Seahawks presumably would've cut him before Friday if they didn't intend to keep him as their starting kicker for 2020. The 28-year-old is entering the second season of a four-year, $15.45 million contract, after converting 23 of 28 field-goal attempts (82.1 percent) and 40 of 44 PATs (90.9 percent) in 2019. The Seahawks attempted fewer than 30 field goals each of the past three seasons, in part because they tend to play at a slow pace early in games, and in part because Russell Wilson is so efficient in the red zone.

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    • Robbie Gould SF K
      49ers' Robbie Gould: Takes step back in 2019
      11d ago

      Gould went 23-for-31 on field-goal attempts and 41-for-42 on point-after tries in 13 games during the 2019 regular season.

      Gould had a rough start to the 2019 season after finishing 2018 as the most accurate kicker in the league. The 36-year-old missed seven kicks over his first six contests (12-for-19), and then he went down to injury Week 9 in what appeared to be a disastrous campaign. Undrafted rookie Chase McLaughlin filled in admirably during Gould's three-week absence, which put the veteran's status as starter in jeopardy. The team went back to Gould in Week 13, and he responded by going 17-for-18 (including his first make of 50-plus yards) over his final eight games of the season (including the playoffs). The kicker's second-half bounceback should restore the 49ers' and fantasy owners' faith for the 2020 season.

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    • Joey Slye CAR K
      Panthers' Joey Slye: Sticking with Panthers
      11d ago

      Slye signed a one-year contract extension with the Panthers on Thursday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

      Slye converted 25 of 32 field-goal tries and 31 of 35 extra-point attempts across 16 contests in 2019. With Graham Gano (knee) expected to be healthy in time for the 2020 season, Slye will have to compete for Carolina's starting placekicker job.

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    • Eddy Pineiro CHI K
      Bears' Eddy Pineiro: Expecting competition
      20d ago

      Pineiro anticipates competition for the Bears' starting kicker job during the offseason, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "Last year, I had to compete against eight different guys, so I don't think that's going to change," Pineiro said. "Hopefully, it's not eight again, but I definitely expect competition."

      In the wake of Cody Parkey's ignominious end to the 2018 campaign, the Bears searched far and wide for a replacement, eventually landing on Pineiro after cycling through nearly 10 options. Through Week 11, there wasn't much of a difference, as Pineiro missed five of 17 field-goal attempts. He righted the ship thereafter, though, making all 11 kicks over the last six games. On top of that, he was relatively clean on point-after tries, making 27 of 29 for the season. Chicago's front office won't be blamed for bringing in a kicker during the offseason program and/or training camp, but Pineiro's end of the year at least gives him a leg up on any competition.

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    • Greg Joseph TEN K
      Titans' Greg Joseph: Limited chances in playoffs
      22d ago

      Joseph converted his lone field-goal attempt and all nine extra-point attempts over three postseason games.

      The field goal was a chip shot from 30 yards during the loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship, as the Titans finished drives throughout their run as the No. 6 seed. It was similar to Joseph's output in two regular-season games with Tennessee, as he made all nine extra points and didn't attempt a field goal. Joseph remains under contract for next season after signing ahead of Week 16, but he'll need a strong offseason to remain the Titans' kicker with Ryan Succop (knee) -- who landed on injured reserve -- still having three years and $11.75 million remaining on his deal.

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    • Younghoe Koo ATL K
      Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Likely to be tendered by Atlanta
      24d ago

      Koo is expected to be brought back by the Falcons on a one-year tender, Jason Butt of the Athletic reports.

      The 25-year-old kicker is set to become an exclusive-rights free agent upon the dawn of the new league year, but Atlanta wants to bring him back after he went 23-for-26 on field goals and 15-for-16 on extra points during his first campaign with the team. Coach Dan Quinn has made it clear, however, that unlike last year there is expected to be competition for the starting kicker job throughout the offseason. Giorgio Tavecchio was the lone kicker on Atlanta's roster to begin the 2019 preseason, but he converted just four of nine kicks during the exhibition slate before being ousted by veteran Matt Bryant and subsequently Koo, who made his season debut Week 10.

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    • Jordan Richards BAL FS
      Ravens' Jordan Richards: Sticking in Baltimore
      12h ago

      The Ravens signed Richards to a one-year contract Sunday, Ryan Mink of the team's official site reports.

      Richards initially joined Baltimore midway through the 2019 regular season after being released by New England, and his performance on special teams through nine games has earned him another chance for 2020. The 27-year-old scored via a failed punt attempt Week 17.

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    • Patrick Peterson ARI CB
      Cardinals' Patrick Peterson: Extension in the future?
      2d ago

      General manager Steve Keim confirmed Friday the team had discussed Peterson's contract with his representation, noting nothing has transpired yet, but that "we'd love to see him retire as a Cardinal," Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.

      Entering the final year of his five-year, $70.5 million extension, there was some chatter Peterson could ultimately be moved after an uneven campaign which saw the star cornerback suspended six games and also limited by a calf injury. There's reason to believe Peterson's less-than-stellar performance could simply be due to rust and poor circumstance, but the Cardinals aren't exactly in a position to move on either way considering their lack of true secondary depth. It's possible the team could simply let the 2011 first-round pick play out the final year of his contract in order to safeguard itself should Peterson not return to his All-Pro form, but Keim's comments seem to indicate a more proactive approach, which could lock up the soon-to-be 30-year-old to a long-term contract.

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    • Ethan Westbrooks SF DT
      Ethan Westbrooks: Cut by Niners
      2d ago

      The 49ers released Westbrooks on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Westbrooks was recently signed by the team Wednesday, but he was swiftly cut a few days after. Westbrooks failed to suit up in a 2019 regular-season game, while he's accumulated 79 tackles, nine sacks and a forced fumble across 67 games in his NFL career.

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    • Vernon III Hargreaves HOU CB
      Vernon Hargreaves: Cut loose by Houston
      3d ago

      Hargreaves was released by the Texans on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Hargreaves entered the NFL in 2016 as a No. 11 overall pick with Tampa Bay. He was never consistent in coverage and also struggled with injuries, eventually getting waived this past November. The Texans put in a waiver claim and then gave Hargreaves regular run in their injury-riddled secondary, but he didn't show nearly enough to justify the $9.9 million price tag on his fifth-year contract option for 2020. Given that he's a first-round pick and still only 24 years old, Hargreaves should draw some interest on the open market, even if it's for backup work rather than a starting role.

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    • Kwon Alexander SF MLB
      49ers' Kwon Alexander: Gets biceps surgery
      3d ago

      Alexander had surgery Friday to repair a biceps injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Signed to a four-year, $54 million contract last offseason, Alexander suffered a torn pectoral in late October but made it back on the field for the playoffs. He reportedly played through a biceps injury in the Super Bowl, finishing without a tackle despite playing 70 percent of defensive snaps. Alexander will turn 26 in August and should have time to get healthy before Week 1.

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    • Tony Jefferson BAL SS
      Tony Jefferson: Cut by Ravens
      3d ago

      The Ravens are releasing Jefferson, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

      The writing was on the wall Monday when fellow Ravens safety Chuck Clark signed a three-year extension. It was Clark who joined the starting lineup after Jefferson suffered a torn ACL in October, stepping in alongside Earl Thomas at safety. The 28-year-old Jefferson is free to sign with a new team immediately, but he may have trouble generating interest this early in the ACL rehab process. He had five consecutive seasons with 74 or more tackles prior to 2019, earning a reputation as one of the better run-stopping safeties in the NFL. Jefferson also does a nice job defending passes to the flat, while he struggles with deep coverage and one-on-one situations.

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