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Lions potential landing spot for Alan Branch? 02-24-2017
Alan Branch DT NE
The Oakland Press considers the Lions a landing spot for free agent Alan Branch.

Oakland Press
Branch doesn't have direct ties to Detroit, but went to college at Michigan. He would be an upgrade next to Haloti Ngata on a defense that struggled to stop the run. Branch doesn't project for a huge market despite anchoring the Patriots' line the last two seasons. He made just $2.75M in 2016.
Niners do 4-year, $16M deal with DT Mitchell 02-24-2017
Earl Mitchell DT MIA
49ers signed DT Earl Mitchell to a four-year, $16 million contract.

Mike Garafolo on Twitter
Browns could move RG John Greco to center 02-24-2017
John Greco C CLE
The Browns could move RG John Greco to center.

ESPN
Moving Greco would allow Cam Erving to play right tackle after his disastrous 2016. The Browns also want to add a starter at guard with Greco and Joel Bitonio recovering from Lisfranc surgeries. Greco isn't a lock to be ready for Week 1.
Seahawks could have interest in Breno Giacomi 02-24-2017
Breno Giacomini OT NYJ
The Seattle Post Intelligencer suggests the Seahawks could pursue free agent OT Breno Giacomini.

Seattle Post Intelligencer
Giacomini was a two-plus year starter in Seattle before signing with the Jets. The Seahawks could have interest in him as a fallback option at right tackle given his experience in Tom Cable's scheme. Giacomini is recovering from back surgery but expects to be ready for training camp.
Vikings open to Matt Kalil returning 02-24-2017
Matt Kalil OT MIN
Vikings GM Rick Spielman is open to re-signing free agent LT Matt Kalil.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
It falls in line with previous reports Minnesota wants Kalil back. The Vikings reportedly "felt good" about Kalil before losing him to a hip injury last season. Kalil's health and declining play could force him to settle for prove-it offers.
Vikings noncommittal on Sharrif Floyd 02-24-2017
Sharrif Floyd DT MIN
Vikings GM Rick Spielman wouldn't commit to DT Sharrif Floyd returning in 2017.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Floyd missed all but one game last year to a clean-up knee procedure. He's the Vikings best interior lineman behind Linval Joseph but durability concerns have his status up in the air. Minnesota has until March 9 to pick up Floyd's $6M option.
Bengals to address running back in Round 1? 02-24-2017
Jeremy Hill RB CIN
ESPN's Katherine Terrell said drafting a running back in the first round is "not out of the question" for the Bengals.

ESPN.com
We agree with Terrell's assessment that Cincinnati's backfield "isn't great at the moment." Giovani Bernard is coming off ACL surgery and backups Rex Burkhead and Cedric Peerman are both headed for free agency. Meanwhile Hill is entering a contract year and has averaged an underwhelming 3.67 yards per carry over his last two seasons. The Bengals hold the No. 9 pick in this year's draft. LSU's Leonard Fournette and Florida State's Dalvin Cook could both be going in that range.
Bills DT Kyle Williams could lose roster spot 02-24-2017
Kyle Williams DT BUF
The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci considers DT Kyle Williams' roster spot "extremely vulnerable."

Buffalo News
Especially if the Bills keep Tyrod Taylor, they will have to make some cap-saving moves. Turning 34 in June, Williams carries an $8.3 million cap number and would save the Bills $6.8 million if released. Williams would make a lot of sense in Philadelphia as a replacement for impending free agent NT Bennie Logan. Williams had a monster year under Eagles DC Jim Schwartz with Buffalo in 2014, dominating as both an interior pass rusher and run defender.
Vikes to meet with Peterson's agent next week 02-24-2017
Adrian Peterson RB MIN
The Vikings will meet with Adrian Peterson's agent next week to discuss his future with the team.

Jason Cole on Twitter
The Vikings will have a similar sit-down with Terence Newman's agent. Newman is contemplating retirement while Peterson still wants to play but isn't in the Vikings' budget. Peterson could be facing a relatively quiet free agent market if the two sides part ways, which seems likely. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported last week that many GMs have balked at the idea of paying Peterson $5 million annually. Peterson has risen from the dead before but that's not something teams can bank on.
Mularkey: Titans RB job is not a competition 02-24-2017
Derrick Henry RB TEN
Coach Mike Mularkey said the Titans' starting running back job will not be opened to competition for 2017.

titansonline.com
"DeMarco Murray is the guy," Mularkey stated. "He has shown he is the guy and he will continue to be that guy." Henry averaged 4.45 yards per carry, scored five touchdowns, and caught 13-of-15 targets during a promising rookie campaign, but he will open 2017 as a complementary, game-plan-specific back. "Derrick, as you saw, some games he was more involved than others," Mularkey explained. "And a lot is based on how we are going to attack the opponent."
Niners ink DeAndre Carter to two-year deal 02-24-2017
DeAndre Carter WR SF
49ers signed WR DeAndre Carter to a two-year contract.

Sacramento Bee
Carter has bounced around the league since going undrafted out of Sacramento State in 2015, spending time with the Ravens, Raiders and most recently the Patriots. The 23-year-old has yet to play an NFL snap.
Coughlin: Blake Bortles must limit turnovers 02-24-2017
Blake Bortles QB JAX
Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin emphasized that Blake Bortles must avoid turnovers to maintain his starting job.

Florida Times Union
Bortles committed 22 turnovers last year -- 16 interceptions and six lost fumbles. The 16 picks were actually a career low. "Taking care of the football is paramount to that position," said Coughlin. "There can be no way the ball is turned over to that extent." Coughlin added he believes improved pass protection and "components around him" will give Bortles a better shot at success, hence the Jaguars' trade for LT Branden Albert.
Paul Posluszny expected back in 2017 02-24-2017
Paul Posluszny MLB JAX
Jaguars MLB Paul Posluszny is expected back for a seventh season with the team.

Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter
New EVP Tom Coughlin spoke highly of Posluszny at Friday's press conference. Posluszny had one of the best seasons of his career in 2016, leading the Jags in tackles (133) as usual and earning PFF's No. 4 inside linebacker grade among 59 qualifiers. Signed only through 2017, "Poz" turns 33 in October.
Redskins to meet with free agents at Combine 02-24-2017
DeSean Jackson WR WAS
The Redskins will meet with their impending free agents at the Combine next week in Indianapolis.

Washington Post
That includes Chris Baker, Vernon Davis, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson as well restricted free agents Will Compton, Ty Nsekhe and Chris Thompson. Jackson has expressed interest in remaining with the Redskins though the team is "lukewarm" about that possibility, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. Garcon and Jackson are both expected to command annual salaries in the range of $9-11 million. It's a near certainty that at least one of those two will be moving on.
Siemian won't practice fully until training camp 02-24-2017
Trevor Siemian QB DEN
According to Brandon Stokley of 104.3 The Fan Denver, it's unlikely Trevor Siemian (shoulder) will practice fully until training camp.

104.3 The Fan Denver
Siemian underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder shortly after last season. He's still expected to be ready for OTAs but won't be given a full workload until training camp opens. Siemian had his moments last year but remains a placeholder for the Broncos while first-round pick Paxton Lynch continues his development.
Cardinals bring back Ross on one-year deal 02-24-2017
Jeremy Ross WR ARZ
Cardinals re-signed WR Jeremy Ross to a one-year contract.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
Ross joined the Cardinals late last season, appearing in two games. He logged 39 snaps in that span, securing all four of his targets for 37 yards and a touchdown. The 28-year-old gives Arizona some wide receiver depth and should be a core player on special teams.
Verner not expected to land in Tennessee 02-24-2017
Alterraun Verner CB TB
ESPN's Paul Kuharsky doesn't believe free agent Alterraun Verner is "in play" for the Titans.

Paul Kuharsky on Twitter
Verner played his first four seasons in Tennessee, earning an All-Pro selection during his breakout 2013 campaign. Despite his history with the team, the 28-year-old looked washed up in Tampa Bay last season and will probably have to settle for a backup gig in free agency. The Titans need secondary help after allowing the third-most passing yards last season but Verner isn't the answer.
Broncos signed DT Bobby Richardson 02-24-2017
Bobby Richardson DE KC
Broncos signed DL Bobby Richardson.

Mike Klis on Twitter
Richardson made 11 starts for the Saints in 2015 after signing as an undrafted free agent. He was released at the end of training camp last summer and later spent time on the Chiefs' and Redskins' practice squads. The offseason just started but already the Broncos seem to be putting an emphasis on their run defense, which ranked near the bottom of the league last season.
Gronkowski 'for sure' will be ready Week 1 02-24-2017
Rob Gronkowski TE NE
Rob Gronkowski (back) said he will "for sure" be ready to play Week 1.

ESPN.com
"Uh, yes," Gronkowski said when asked if he'll be ready to go for the season opener. "No doubt." Gronkowski is coming off his third known back surgery after he required 2009 and 2013 operations to repair herniated disks. As for his playing future, Gronk said he's not yet even thinking about retirement. Still just 28 (in May), Gronkowski's body has been through a lot in such a short period of time, but he keeps coming back better than ever. He averaged a monstrous 21.6 yards per catch on 25 grabs in 2016. Gronkowski is still the TE1 in fantasy.
Coughlin won't completely commit to Bortles 02-24-2017
Blake Bortles QB JAX
Speaking Friday, Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin wouldn't completely commit to Blake Bortles as the starting quarterback.

ESPN.com
However, Coughlin didn't indicate the Jaguars will be moving on from Bortles, according to ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco. When he was first introduced as the new EVP, Coughlin said Bortles "is our quarterback." It suggests the Jaguars will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option, but Bortles isn't going to get an extension this offseason after his dreadful 2016. The Jaguars are a dark horse to make an addition at quarterback either in free agency or the draft, but Bortles remains the heavy favorite to be under center as the starter come Week 1.
Giants re-sign LS DeOssie to 2-year deal 02-24-2017
Zak DeOssie LS NYG
Giants re-signed LS Zak DeOssie to a two-year contract.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
DeOssie has been handling the longer-than-normal snaps in New York since 2007.
Josh Doctson running drills at Redskins Park 02-24-2017
Josh Doctson WR WAS
Josh Doctson (Achilles') has progressed to running receiver drills.

Master Tesfatsion on Twitter
In a series of Snapchat videos posted by Doctson on Friday, he's seen doing some ladder drills and route-running at Redskins Park. Doctson didn't look to be running at full speed, but it's certainly progress. Coach Jay Gruden had hoped February would bring more results in Doctson's rehab, and it appears the sophomore is on track for OTAs. If DeSean Jackson and/or Pierre Garcon leave as free agents, and Doctson can stay healthy, he could be in for a big year-two leap.
FA Trent Cole wants to keep playing 02-24-2017
Trent Cole OLB IND
Free agent OLB/DE Trent Cole plans to continue his playing career.

Sirius XM NFL Radio
Cole will be entering his age-35 season. He missed nine games last season due to a back injury but was able to return late in the year and is now healthy. Cole managed just five sacks across two seasons with the Colts as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He's spent most of his career as a 4-3 end. The Colts aren't expected to re-sign him. Cole will likely have to settle for one-year offers.
Chiefs take flier on 29-year-old C.J. Spiller 02-24-2017
C.J. Spiller RB KC
Chiefs signed RB C.J. Spiller.

Terez Paylor on Twitter
Spiller has name recognition, but he hasn't been a factor on the field for years. He was a massive free-agent flop in New Orleans in 2015 and bounced around between the Saints, Jets, and Seahawks last season before eventually being released in December. Spiller will turn 30 before the season. He'll try to carve out a pass-catching role in K.C., but we won't hold our breath.
Jets showed interest in Beachum last year 02-24-2017
Kelvin Beachum OT JAX
The Jets were interested in free agent LT Kelvin Beachum last offseason.

NJ Advance Media
Beachum chose to sign with the Jaguars instead, but now the Jets again need to find two starting tackles after cutting both LT Ryan Clady and RT Breno Giacomini. Swing tackle Ben Ijalana is also a free agent. Beachum had a down year in Jacksonville but should be better a year removed from surgery.
Jets to ask Eric Decker for a pay cut? 02-24-2017
Eric Decker WR NYJ
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano thinks it's a "good bet" the Jets will ask Eric Decker to take a pay cut.

SNY
Coming off major shoulder and hip surgeries, Decker is due a $7.25 million salary and slated to count $8.75 million against the cap. He's not expected to be ready for spring practices. If Decker declines a pay cut, the Jets could end up releasing him and saving $5.75 million against the cap. Brandon Marshall seems more likely to be cut, but it's not out of the question both could be gone.