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Broncos' Domata Peko: Headed for free agency
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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.

Elie Bouka: Waived by Eagles
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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.

Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence: Won't sign another franchise tag
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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.

Kurt Coleman: Being released by Saints
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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.

Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Top dog entering 2019
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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.

Corey Liuget: Mostly healthy following surgery
by RotoWire Staff | Special to
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.

Bears' Dion Sims: Officially sent packing
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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.

Ravens' Tavon Young: Getting three-year extension
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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.

Updating a previous report, Young was apparently convinced for a longer time period than initially believed, and in the process he was made one of the highest-paid slot cornerbacks in the league. With outside corners Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr and Jimmy Smith all under contract in 2019 as well, not to mention safeties Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson, the Ravens might just boast the most intimidating secondaries in the league entering the 2019 campaign.

Panthers' Damian Parms: Getting another chance in Carolina
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Parms signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Thursday, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports.

Parms is re-upping with Carolina after spending the 2018 campaign on injured reserve with a shoulder injury he picked up during the preseason. The FAU product has yet to appear in an NFL game since entering the league four seasons ago.

Saints' Josh Hill: Likely option for starting role
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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.