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    • Tracy Walker DET DB
      Lions' Tracy Walker: Poised for starting job
      12m ago

      Walker is the favorite to replace Glover Quin in the starting lineup for 2019, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

      A third-round pick in the 2018 draft, Walker came on strong at the end of his rookie season, averaging 32.5 snaps and 2.8 tackles over the final four games while also holding his own in coverage. His solid play may have contributed to the Lions' decision to release the 33-year-old Quin, a 16-game starter each of the past six seasons. The team likely intends to use Walker and Quandre Diggs as the starting safeties in 2019, with the latter coming off a 2018 campaign in which he piled up 78 tackles (64 solo), three interceptions (one for a touchdown) and eight passes defensed. Diggs is the safe IDP play, but Walker could get plenty of tackle opportunities in a defense that prefers to use its safeties interchangeably.

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    • Antonio Brown PIT WR
      Steelers' Antonio Brown: Agrees to meet with Rooney
      40m ago

      Brown had a change of heart and now plans to meet with Steelers owner Art Rooney II, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      This doesn't mean Brown has withdrawn his trade request, but it does give the Steelers one last opportunity to see if there is any way to mend the relationship. For all the frustration with his antics, the team can't be too happy about the prospect of taking a $21.12 million dead cap charge in 2019 if Brown is traded. There's also some question about what the Steelers would receive in a trade, as Brown's odd behavior and possible desire for a new contract will probably scare most teams away. The 30-year-old wideout has hinted at a desire to join the 49ers and recently tweeted his goodbye to Pittsburgh fans.

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    • Bruce Ellington DET WR
      Bruce Ellington: Cut by Lions
      1h ago

      Ellington (hamstring) was released by the Lions on Friday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

      Ellington caught on with Detroit late in the 2018 season, catching 23 of 30 targets for 132 yards in four games before a hamstring injury sent him to injured reserve. He's proven to be a competent slot receiver on a few different occasions, but persistent hamstring issues have kept him off the field for most of his pro career. Regardless of where he ends up, Ellington figures to enter training camp on the roster bubble.

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    • Glover Quin DET FS
      Glover Quin: Cut free by Detroit
      1h ago

      Quin was released by the Lions on Friday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

      The 33-year-old started all 96 games in his six seasons with Detroit, averaging 71 tackles and 3.2 interceptions per year. He was one of the better free safeties in the NFL during his prime, but the Lions would rather clear out $6.25 million in cap space at this stage of Quin's career. The veteran shouldn't have too much trouble finding a chance to compete for another starting job, while Tracy Walker is poised to take over as the top free safety in Detroit.

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    • Andy Dalton CIN QB
      Bengals' Andy Dalton: Resumes throwing
      2h 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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    • Mike Gillislee NO RB
      Mike Gillislee: Gets a look from Detroit
      4h ago

      Gillislee worked out for the Lions on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Gillislee was released by the Patriots on Sept. 1 and cut by the Saints about five weeks later, finishing 2018 with 16 carries for 43 yards in four games. The 28-year-old would make sense as a potential short-yardage back in Detroit, where LeGarrette Blount presumably will be allowed to walk after turning in an ugly 2018 campaign (2.8 yards per carry). Given their various needs on defense, the Lions likely hope to go cheap behind Kerryon Johnson in the backfield.

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    • Andy Dalton CIN QB
      Bengals' Andy Dalton: Resumes throwing
      2h 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
      5h 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
      1d 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
      2d 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
      2d 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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    • Josh Rosen ARI QB
      Cardinals' Josh Rosen: Gets vocal support from Kingsbury
      3d ago

      New head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday that Rosen "is our guy," Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

      Trade rumors involving Rosen started Monday when Kyler Murray declared his intention to focus on football rather than baseball. Kingsbury is known to have an affinity for the 21-year-old quarterback prospect, having said in October that he'd draft Murray at No. 1 overall if he could. It just so happens Kingsbury now has that opportunity, though he doesn't actually have final say over personnel decisions in Arizona. Regardless of how he actually feels, Kingsbury has a clear incentive to vocalize support for Rosen, a No. 10 overall pick who was put in a near-impossible position during his rookie campaign. Tuesday's comment won't kill the trade rumors.

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    • Mike Gillislee NO RB
      Mike Gillislee: Gets a look from Detroit
      4h ago

      Gillislee worked out for the Lions on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Gillislee was released by the Patriots on Sept. 1 and cut by the Saints about five weeks later, finishing 2018 with 16 carries for 43 yards in four games. The 28-year-old would make sense as a potential short-yardage back in Detroit, where LeGarrette Blount presumably will be allowed to walk after turning in an ugly 2018 campaign (2.8 yards per carry). Given their various needs on defense, the Lions likely hope to go cheap behind Kerryon Johnson in the backfield.

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    • Duke Johnson CLE RB
      Browns' Duke Johnson: Could face more competition
      3d ago

      Browns general manager John Dorsey said the signing of Kareem Hunt doesn't make Johnson expendable just yet, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

      The controversial signing might eventually pose a threat to Johnson, who is entering the first season of the three-year, $15.6 million extension he signed last offseason. The Browns will want to see how long Hunt is suspended before making any decisions, but it was interesting to hear Dorsey already wavering on his commitment to Johnson on the heels of a 2018 campaign in which the passing-down specialist had career-low marks for carries (40), catches (47) and targets (62). Johnson did maintain his impressive efficiency with 5.0 yards per carry, 6.9 per target and 9.1 per reception, so he should still have some trade value if the Browns eventually move in that direction.

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    • Kareem Hunt KC RB
      Kareem Hunt: Signs with Browns
      4d ago

      Hunt signed with the Browns on Monday.

      Hunt was released by the Chiefs on Nov. 30 after the public release of a video that showed him kicking and shoving a woman. The NFL is still in the process of reviewing his case for a likely suspension, leaving Hunt on the Commissioner Exempt list for the time being.

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    • Malik Williams ATL RB
      Steelers' Malik Williams: Heads to Pittsburgh
      6d ago

      Williams signed a contract with the Steelers on Friday, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

      Williams didn't see game action in 2018 as he was waived/injured by the Falcons at roster cutdowns due to a shoulder issue. The 22-year-old went undrafted out of Louisville last year and he'll look to make his NFL debut in 2019.

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    • Trent Richardson BAL RB
      Trent Richardson: Playing in AAF
      7d ago

      Richardson will play for the Birmingham Iron in the Alliance of American Football, Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Richardson may be the biggest name in the new league, but he hasn't played football since 2017 (in the CFL) and hasn't appeared in an NFL regular-season game since Dec. 2014. The third overall pick from the 2012 NFL Draft did have a couple nice performances during the 2017 CFL campaign, and he's still only 28 years old. A strong showing in the AAF likely would land Richardson an NFL tryout this spring/summer. Other prominent names in the upstart league include QB Christian Hackenberg, RB Denard Robinson, RB Zac Stacy and DB Rahim Moore.

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    • Adrian Peterson WAS RB
      Redskins' Adrian Peterson: Working to stay in Washington
      7d ago

      Peterson is going back and forth with the Redskins to work out terms for a new contract, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington (per Julie Donaldson) reports.

      It's no surprise to see both parties interested in a reunion, though there was some thought Peterson would prefer to switch teams now that Derrius Guice (torn ACL) seems to be making good progress in his rehab. The Redskins still hope the second-round pick will be ready for the lead role by Week 1, but that doesn't mean they'll skimp on an insurance plan. Peterson will turn 34 in March and is coming off a 2018 campaign in which he took 251 carries for 1,042 yards (4.2 average) and seven touchdowns while starting all 16 games for an injury-ravaged team. Given their major issues at quarterback, the Redskins likely envision a 2019 offense that relies on a three-headed backfield featuring Guice, Peterson and pass-catching specialist Chris Thompson. The team still has more than a month to work out a contract before Peterson can become an unrestricted free agent.

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    • Antonio Brown PIT WR
      Steelers' Antonio Brown: Agrees to meet with Rooney
      40m ago

      Brown had a change of heart and now plans to meet with Steelers owner Art Rooney II, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      This doesn't mean Brown has withdrawn his trade request, but it does give the Steelers one last opportunity to see if there is any way to mend the relationship. For all the frustration with his antics, the team can't be too happy about the prospect of taking a $21.12 million dead cap charge in 2019 if Brown is traded. There's also some question about what the Steelers would receive in a trade, as Brown's odd behavior and possible desire for a new contract will probably scare most teams away. The 30-year-old wideout has hinted at a desire to join the 49ers and recently tweeted his goodbye to Pittsburgh fans.

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    • Bruce Ellington DET WR
      Bruce Ellington: Cut by Lions
      1h ago

      Ellington (hamstring) was released by the Lions on Friday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

      Ellington caught on with Detroit late in the 2018 season, catching 23 of 30 targets for 132 yards in four games before a hamstring injury sent him to injured reserve. He's proven to be a competent slot receiver on a few different occasions, but persistent hamstring issues have kept him off the field for most of his pro career. Regardless of where he ends up, Ellington figures to enter training camp on the roster bubble.

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    • Christian Kirk ARI WR
      Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Nearly back to full health
      1d ago

      Kirk (foot) said Wednesday that he expects to be fully healthy by the end of February.

      Kirk previously suggested he wouldn't face any limitations when the Cardinals hold OTAs in May, but the wideout is apparently going to be back to full strength well in advance of Arizona's offseason program. The fact that Kirk won't be forced to miss any workouts bodes well for his chances of gaining quick familiarity with new coach Kliff Kingsbury's offensive scheme. Prior to breaking his left foot in December and requiring surgery, Kirk had solidified himself as a starter for the Cardinals, finishing his rookie campaign with 43 receptions for 590 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games.

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    • Pierre Garcon SF WR
      49ers' Pierre Garcon: Set to hit free agency
      1d ago

      The 49ers informed Garcon on Thursday that they won't exercise his $6 million team option for 2019, allowing him to become a free agent in March, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

      The transaction only clears $1.53 million in cap space for the 49ers, but that provided enough of a benefit for the team to part ways with an aging wideout who missed 16 of 32 games due to injury during his two seasons in San Francisco. Set to turn 33 years old in August, Garcon most likely will have to settle for a one-year deal on the open market and probably won't be counted on to fill much more than a depth role with his next team.

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    • Keith Kirkwood NO WR
      Saints' Keith Kirkwood: Calf injury wasn't serious
      2d ago

      Kirkwood (calf) returned to workouts within days of the Saints' season-ending playoff loss to the Rams, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

      Kirkwood showed promise as a rookie in 2018, catching 13 passes for 209 yards and two scores. Four of those receptions were for more than 20 yards, and he added another touchdown in the Saints' divisional-round victory over Philadelphia. The undrafted Temple product unfortunately strained his calf during that game against the Eagles, though, and he was consequently unable to practice all week ahead of the NFC Championship Game against Los Angeles. However, Kirkwood's quick return to workouts suggests the aforementioned strain won't affect his availability for New Orleans' offseason workout program this spring.

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    • Emmanuel Sanders DEN WR
      Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders: Making progress in recovery
      2d ago

      Sanders (Achilles) is no longer wearing a walking boot on his injured foot but is moving around with a "slight limp," Zack Kelberman of CBS 4 Denver reports.

      Sanders originally tore his ACL in early December and was given a six-month timeline for his recovery. He appears to have avoided any setbacks in the two months since suffering the injury, and while it seems unlikely he'll be available for OTAs this spring, Sanders should be ready to go well before the start of training camp. That said, it's possible Sanders could take his time getting back onto the field considering the soon-to-be 32-year-old is entering a contract year in 2019 on a team that is grooming two other young receivers for the future.

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    • Benjamin Watson NO TE
      Saints' Ben Watson: Could move to broadcasting
      4h ago

      Watson (appendix) is drawing interest from ESPN for a job on television, Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News reports.

      A generous broadcasting offer could tilt the 38-year-old tight end toward retirement if he's on the fence, though he'd likely still have opportunities if he waited another year or two. Watson started four of 16 games for the Saints in 2018, hauling in 35 of 46 targets for 400 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 32 snaps per game. Appendicitis held him out of the NFC Championship Game, but he should be healthy soon enough, if he isn't already. Watson presumably doesn't have any interest in playing for a team besides New Orleans.

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    • Greg Olsen CAR TE
      Panthers' Greg Olsen: Could still consider broadcasting
      10d ago

      Olsen (foot) said his mindset is to focus on rehab so he can play football in 2019, but he doesn't want to shut the door on any potential opportunities in broadcasting, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

      Olsen auditioned for a job with ESPN last March, then signed a two-year, $17.1 million extension (through 2020) in April. Coming off a second straight season marred by his problematic right foot, the veteran tight end has made multiple comments suggesting he plans to play another year. He could still change his mind if the rehab from December surgery doesn't go well, but it does seem he truly wants to play. Olsen will turn 34 in March and is believed to be facing a rehab timeline of 3-to-4 months. He should be healthy for training camp, if not for part of the offseason program.

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    • Dwayne Allen NE TE
      Patriots' Dwayne Allen: No targets in Super Bowl win
      11d ago

      Allen didn't draw any targets while playing 21 of 72 offensive snaps Sunday in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

      As usual, Allen was limited to a blocking role during his time on the field and finished the postseason without any targets. Allen is under contract through 2019 but probably won't be in store for a significant role in the Patriots' passing game even if top tight end Rob Gronkowksi opts to retire over the offseason.

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    • Tyler Higbee LAR TE
      Rams' Tyler Higbee: Not targeted in Super Bowl
      11d ago

      Higbee didn't draw any targets during a 13-3 loss to New England in the Super Bowl.

      While he technically got the start, Higbee played fewer snaps (35) than fellow tight end Gerald Everett (44), who also finished the night without any catches. The Rams increased their usage of tight ends in the passing game after Cooper Kupp suffered a torn ACL in November, but neither Higbee nor Everett proved to be a reliable threat. Higbee figures to enter the final year of his rookie contract stuck in a timeshare, potentially losing even more work to Everett in 2019. If forced to pick between the two, Everett is the one with receiving upside.

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    • Gerald Everett LAR TE
      Rams' Gerald Everett: Blanked by Pats
      11d ago

      Everett finished without a catch on one target in a 13-3 loss to New England in the Super Bowl.

      Everett played 68 percent of snaps on offense, while fellow tight end Tyler Higbee handled 54 percent and didn't draw any targets. The Rams were fortunate to get increased production from their TE timeshare after wide receiver Cooper Kupp suffered an ACL tear in mid-November, but there's no question it was a major loss to have Kupp's targets redirected to Everett, Higbee and WR Josh Reynolds. There is some potential for Everett, a 2017 second-round pick, to take another step forward in his third pro season. Higbee has one season remaining on his rookie contract, but he simply hasn't displayed much of a ceiling in the passing game.

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    • Rob Gronkowski NE TE
      Patriots' Rob Gronkowski: Game-changing catch in SB LIII win
      12d ago

      Gronkowski brought in six of seven targets for 87 yards in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday.

      For the second straight game, Gronkowski proved he may not be quite as ready for pasture as some suggested throughout this past regular season. He was the Patriots' No. 2 pass catcher behind Julian Edelman, and it was his clutch 29-yard grab down to the two-yard line with 7:36 remaining that tilted a defensive slugfest in New England's favor. Coupled with his strong effort (six catches for 79 yards) in an AFC Championship Game win over the Chiefs, Gronkowski's performance Sunday indicates he still can serve as a downfield threat in addition to his impressive work as a blocker. However, the tight end said he'll take several weeks this offseason before he makes a decision about continuing his football career, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. Gronkowski will turn 30 in May and is coming off his least productive season in terms of fantasy points per game.

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    • Josh Lambo JAC K
      Jaguars' Josh Lambo: Inks four-year extension
      2d 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
      3d 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
      9d 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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    • Matt Bryant ATL K
      Falcons' Matt Bryant: Cut free by Atlanta
      9d ago

      Bryant announced Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that the Falcons informed him of his release from the roster.

      Bryant's post came a day after he noted that he intends to continue his career. If that's the case, Bryant will likely now need to find a home outside Atlanta, where he spent the past 10 seasons. He converted 88.7 percent of his field-goal attempts in a Falcons uniform, including 20 of 21 (95.2 percent) during the 2018 campaign. The 43-year-old missed three games with a hamstring injury, and he's been bothered by his back at times the past few seasons. Even with concerns about his durability, Bryant shouldn't have much trouble finding another job.

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    • Matt Bryant ATL K
      Falcons' Matt Bryant: No plans to retire
      10d ago

      Bryant said via Twitter on Tuesday that he is not retiring.

      Bryant is coming off his most efficient season as a kicker, as he made 20 of 21 field goals in 2018. The longtime Falcon will turn 44 in May and is under contract for two more seasons in Atlanta, as the team is likely to happily welcome his return in 2019.

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    • Greg Zuerlein LAR K
      Rams' Greg Zuerlein: Hits another 50-yarder
      11d ago

      Zuerlein (foot) knocked down one of his two field-goal attempts Sunday in the Rams' 13-3 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.

      Zuerlein's misfire came from 48 yards out with five seconds remaining, when the game was essentially already decided. It won't diminish what was another outstanding regular season and postseason for the 31-year-old, whose 53-yarder in the third quarter was the second-longest in Super Bowl history. The Rams earned their spot in the big game in the first place thanks to Zuerlein's game-winning 57-yard conversion in overtime against the Saints in the NFC Championship Game.

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    • Tracy Walker DET DB
      Lions' Tracy Walker: Poised for starting job
      12m ago

      Walker is the favorite to replace Glover Quin in the starting lineup for 2019, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

      A third-round pick in the 2018 draft, Walker came on strong at the end of his rookie season, averaging 32.5 snaps and 2.8 tackles over the final four games while also holding his own in coverage. His solid play may have contributed to the Lions' decision to release the 33-year-old Quin, a 16-game starter each of the past six seasons. The team likely intends to use Walker and Quandre Diggs as the starting safeties in 2019, with the latter coming off a 2018 campaign in which he piled up 78 tackles (64 solo), three interceptions (one for a touchdown) and eight passes defensed. Diggs is the safe IDP play, but Walker could get plenty of tackle opportunities in a defense that prefers to use its safeties interchangeably.

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    • Glover Quin DET FS
      Glover Quin: Cut free by Detroit
      1h ago

      Quin was released by the Lions on Friday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

      The 33-year-old started all 96 games in his six seasons with Detroit, averaging 71 tackles and 3.2 interceptions per year. He was one of the better free safeties in the NFL during his prime, but the Lions would rather clear out $6.25 million in cap space at this stage of Quin's career. The veteran shouldn't have too much trouble finding a chance to compete for another starting job, while Tracy Walker is poised to take over as the top free safety in Detroit.

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    • Denzel Perryman LAC MLB
      Chargers' Denzel Perryman: Can hit free agency
      4h ago

      Perryman (knee/hamstring) can become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official website reports.

      The 2015 second-round pick has already missed 22 regular-season games, most recently suffering a season-ending LCL injury in Week 10 of 2018. Perryman was on pace for his first 100-tackle campaign prior to the injury, averaging 48 snaps per game as a starter at middle linebacker. He should be healthy before training camp in 2019, but it isn't clear if he'll re-sign with the Chargers or find a larger contract elsewhere. The 25-year-old might actually prefer a short-term deal, as a healthy campaign would set him up for a massive pay day down the road.

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    • Brian Poole ATL CB
      Falcons' Brian Poole: Gets chance to hit open market
      4h ago

      Poole doesn't expect to be tendered as a restricted free agent, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

      It seems the Falcons have already notified the 26-year-old cornerback of their intention to let him test the open market. Poole is coming off a 2018 campaign in which he piled up 74 tackles (53 solo), three interceptions and three sacks from the nickelback spot, but his work in coverage apparently didn't impress the Atlanta front office. He may have to settle for a No. 4/5 cornerback job if other teams have a similar assessment.

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    • Brandon Marshall DEN ILB
      Broncos' Brandon Marshall: Expected to hit open market
      5h ago

      The Broncos told Marshall they won't exercise his contract option for 2019, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

      Marshall handled most of Denver's defensive snaps through the first seven games of the 2018 campaign, but he never regained his starting job after a Week 8 knee injury led to five consecutive absences. While he's undoubtedly declined from his 2014-15 peak, Marshall is 29 years old and just two seasons removed from a 106-tackle, three-sack campaign as a 16-game starter in 2017. He should at least find a chance to compete for a starting job, while Denver figures to move forward with Josey Jewell and/or an offseason acquisition next to Todd Davis at inside linebacker. It doesn't seem especially likely, but the Broncos haven't ruled out the possibility of re-signing Marshall if he's willing to accept a smaller contract, per Mike Klis of 9News Denver.

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      Despite agreeing to a two-year contract with New Orleans last offseason, Okafor is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the league year March 13, Herbie Toepe of NFL.com reports.

      At the time Okafor signed, he was coming back from an Achilles injury that prematurely ended his 2017 season. As part of the deal, Okafor's representatives reportedly bargained for a clause in Okafor's contract that allowed the defensive end to become an unrestricted free agent if he totaled at least three sacks in 2018. Since Okafor ultimately recorded four sacks, he was able to trigger the clause, which now sets the 28-year-old up for a potential pay raise on the open market this offseason.

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