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Report: Jaguars exploring quarterback options 02-23-2018
Blake Bortles QB JAX
ProFootballTalk reports the Jaguars are "exploring their quarterback options" in free agency.

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The Jaguars have Blake Bortles under control through 2019, but his fifth-year option is guaranteed for injury only. Assuming he can pass a physical, Jacksonville can shed his entire $19 million salary to make a run at a free agent. The Jaguars have been linked to Kirk Cousins and may view Sam Bradford, Case Keenum, and Teddy Bridgewater as upgrades on Bortles. There should be more clarity on Jacksonville's quarterback situation after next week's Combine.
Browns not expected to re-sign Isaiah Crowell 02-23-2018
Isaiah Crowell RB NYJ
The Browns are expected to move on from free agent Isaiah Crowell.

Tony Grossi on Twitter
This isn't surprising after the Browns passed on extending Crowell last year. Entering his age-25 season, Crowell should draw interest as an early-down committee back in power schemes. The Browns may look to replace Crowell with one of their two first-round picks.
Panthes likely to cut Charles Johnson 02-23-2018
Charles Johnson DE CAR
The Charlotte Observer expects the Panthers to release DE Charles Johnson.

Charlotte Observer
This is an easy decision with Johnson coming off a zero-sack season. 31-year-old Johnson has no plans to retire but isn't going to be back with the Panthers. Carolina can create $3.25 million in cap savings from cutting Johnson.
Jets LG James Carpenter not a lock to return? 02-23-2018
James Carpenter OG NYJ
ESPN New York considers LG James Carpenter a candidate for release.

ESPN New York
Carpenter had a down 2017, grading near the bottom of PFF's ratings. The Jets have $15 million tied up in LT Kelvin Beachum and RG Brian Winters but aren't as committed to Carpenter, who's owed $6.8 million in the final year of his deal. Releasing Carpenter would save $4.7 million versus the cap. Carpenter is still just 29 (next month) and hasn't missed a start in three years with New York.
Steelers not shopping Martavis Bryant? 02-23-2018
Martavis Bryant WR OAK
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Steelers "have not made any attempts to move" Martavis Bryant.

Jason La Canfora on Twitter
La Canfora added that the Steelers "aren't calling teams or soliciting calls" on Bryant. This conflicts with an earlier report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who said Pittsburgh was "listening to potential deals." Bryant ruffled feathers by complaining about his role last season but is only due $705,000 in 2018. Ultimately we'd expect the Steelers to stand pat.
11-year vet David Harris announces retirement 02-23-2018
David Harris OLB NE
Former Jets and Patriots LB David Harris announced his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons.

Sportstars on Twitter
Harris spent his first 10 seasons with the Jets before finishing his career with the Patriots in 2017. A second-round pick out of Michigan in 2007, Harris was one of the league's better linebackers during his heyday, earning an All-Pro selection in 2009. Harris played sparingly in his final year, logging just 181 snaps over 10 games for New England. He recorded 1,110 tackles, 37 sacks, six interceptions and four fumble recoveries over 164 NFL appearances. He's likely ticketed for the Jets' Ring of Honor.
Bucs considering reunion with Mike Glennon? 02-23-2018
Mike Glennon QB ARZ
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times expects the Buccaneers to monitor Mike Glennon "closely" this offseason.

Tampa Bay Times
It's a near certainty that Glennon will be cut this offseason after losing his starting job to Mitchell Trubisky and the Bucs are looking for a signal-caller to back up Jameis Winston. Glennon began his career in Tampa before joining the Bears on a three-year deal last offseason. The Bucs could also look to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, who served as Winston's backup in 2017.
Ex-OL Jon Martin threatens suicide, revenge 02-23-2018
Jonathan Martin T CAR
Former Dolphins and 49ers OL Jonathan Martin has been taken into police custody after posting a disturbing image on Instagram of a shotgun and ammunition, threatening "suicide" and/or "revenge".

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Martin was the famous victim of "Bullygate" while with the Dolphins back in 2013. In the photo he posted on Friday, Martin wrote, "When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge." In the photo, there was a shotgun and several rounds of shells lying on a bed, and Martin tagged former Dolphins teammates OG Richie Incognito and C Mike Pouncey. Martin also tagged two others, presumably from his old high school, while also tagging the #MiamiDolphins and #HarvardWestlake, his high school. Harvard Westlake subsequently shut down its campus after seeing the image. Martin was then taken into custody shortly after. The 28-year-old hasn't played in the NFL since 2014 and clearly has some mental issues. Thankfully, it didn't turn ugly.
Cameron Jordan recovering from foot surgery 02-23-2018
Cameron Jordan DE NO
Saints DE Cameron Jordan recently underwent surgery on his left foot.

New Orleans Times-Picayune
The surgery will require a 4-6 week recovery. If Jordan was injured last year, he sure didn't play like it. The 28-year-old appeared in every game for New Orleans while earning All-Pro honors for the first time in his career. It would be a surprise if Jordan isn't ready for OTAs.
Report: Dolphins expected to deal Landry 02-23-2018
Jarvis Landry WR CLE
According to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, it would be a "stunner" if the Dolphins did not trade franchise player Jarvis Landry in the next few weeks.

Miami Herald
Per Beasley, the Dolphins remain "open" to signing Landry to a long-term deal but a trade remains the "likeliest outcome." The Ravens should be in the mix for Landry after attempting to trade for him last year. Beasley also mentioned the Browns, who own six of top 65 picks in the upcoming draft, and the 49ers as possible suitors. If the Dolphins can't trade Landry in the coming weeks, it would severely limit their options in free agency.
Nick Novak fully recovered from hip injury 02-23-2018
Nick Novak K LAC
Free agent K Nick Novak has fully recovered from his strained hip.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
He suffered the injury in a Thanksgiving win over Dallas. The Chargers will allow Novak to reach the market, though they haven't closed the door on re-signing him. Travis Coons filled in at kicker after Novak went on I.R. in early December.
Eagles moving on from Trey Burton 02-23-2018
Trey Burton TE CHI
According to Matt Lombardo of, the Eagles are unlikely to re-sign free agent TE Trey Burton.
Burton was a backup in 2017 but played well when called upon, totaling 112 yards and three touchdowns in two games without Zach Ertz. He also threw a touchdown pass to Nick Foles on the famous Philly Special play in Super Bowl LII. The 26-year-old should catch on as a starter elsewhere.
Report: Chiefs wanted Robert Quinn from Rams 02-23-2018
Robert Quinn DE MIA
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs "were pushing to trade for" Rams OLB Robert Quinn in talks around CB Marcus Peters, but Quinn is unlikely to be part of the package.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Quinn, 28 in May, was once one of the most feared pass rushers in the sport after accumulating 40 sacks from 2012-2014, but he missed a bunch of time to injury in 2015 and 2016 before notching 8.5 sacks in his first year as a 3-4 outside linebacker under DC Wade Phillips last year. There's been some chatter the Rams could release him, which would clear over $11.4 million in cap space. But since they weren't willing to make Quinn part of the trade for Peters, it sounds like Quinn will be back in L.A. Draft picks are expected to go to Kansas City.
Emmanuel Sanders' ankle at 95 percent 02-23-2018
Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN
Emmanuel Sanders said his ankle is about "95 percent."

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Sanders battled a sprained ankle throughout 2017, missing four games and falling short of 1,000 yards for the first time in four seasons. He's been rehabbing the injury in Houston since the end of the season and appears to be making progress. "It's going well, my ankle is recovering," said Sanders. "It got damaged on a tackle and it lingered." The 30-year-old should be ready for OTAs in a couple of months.
Rams likely to move on from Trumaine Johnson 02-23-2018
Trumaine Johnson CB NYJ
The Rams will likely move on from free agent CB Trumaine Johnson following the team's acquisition of Marcus Peters.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
The Rams assigned him the franchise tag for the second straight year in 2017, but never came close to reaching a long-term deal and will now let Johnson walk after acquiring Peters from Kansas City. Johnson regressed last season, earning PFF's No. 75 grade out of 120 qualifiers at cornerback. Despite this, the 28-year-old should be among the most coveted defensive backs on the market this winter.
Report: Chiefs shipping Marcus Peters to Rams 02-23-2018
Marcus Peters CB LA
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs and Rams are "in the final stages of talks" on a trade that will send CB Marcus Peters to Los Angeles.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Per Schefter, the deal is expected to be agreed to as early as Friday, barring an unexpected snag. Of course, the deal can't become official until the new league year opens on March 14, but it appears the Rams have their new No. 1 corner. With Trumaine Johnson set for free agency next month and no signs of a long-term deal, Peters will likely slide into his spot on defense. No. 2 CB Kayvon Webster is still recovering from a late-season Achilles' tear. Peters irked many in the Chiefs' organization at times, but there's no denying he's a top 5-10 corner in this league and is first among all corners in interceptions (19) since entering the league in 2015. Peters has two more years of team control on his rookie contract.
Jags pink-slip Chris Ivory, clearing over $3M 02-23-2018
Chris Ivory RB BUF
Jaguars released RB Chris Ivory. It was an expected move. Ivory turns 30 next month and fell out of favor in Jacksonville after the team drafted Leonard Fournette. Ivory opened last season as the No. 2, but he was quickly passed up by T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant. Ivory was inactive week in and week out at the end of the year. He missed multiple games to injury during his time with the Jaguars and averaged a pitiful 3.59 YPC on 229 rushing attempts. The move clears over $3.6 million in cap space.
Dolphins hosting FA CB Vontae Davis on Friday 02-23-2018
Vontae Davis CB BUF
Free agent CB Vontae Davis is visiting the Dolphins on Friday.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Jameis Winston popped for careless driving 02-23-2018
Jameis Winston QB TB
Jameis Winston was cited for careless driving after being involved in a minor car accident last week.

Tampa Bay Times
He faces a $153 fine after rear-ending another vehicle, causing $4,000 worth of damage. Winston shouldn't face any discipline from the league.
Martellus Bennett not planning to retire yet 02-23-2018
Martellus Bennett TE FA
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Martellus Bennett wants to continue playing in 2018.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Bennett said in October that he planned to retire after the season, but that may have been part of his plan to get the Packers to release him. It worked, and Bennett was claimed off waivers by the Patriots. He ended up on I.R. with shoulder and hamstring issues in November. Due a $2 million roster bonus next month, the Patriots have a decision to make. Cutting Bennett would save them $6.2 million, but Bennett may be needed if Rob Gronkowski actually retires.
Panthers could 'overhaul' WR group this year 02-23-2018
Devin Funchess WR CAR
ESPN's David Newton believes the Panthers "could overhaul" their wide receiver group this offseason.
Newton mentioned Devin Funchess, Curtis Samuel, and Damiere Byrd as the only ones that can feel safe entering 2018. Funchess was the team's No. 1 wideout last year but is better suited as a No. 2 and is entering the final year of his contract. 2017 second-rounder Samuel's rookie season was an injury-filled nightmare, while Byrd is merely a hit-or-miss deep threat. Cam Newton needs an alpha-dog No. 1 wideout. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport mentioned the Panthers in Jarvis Landry trade talks, but Carolina seems more likely to use its first-rounder on a receiver. The free-agent crop just isn't very good this year.
Bengals OT Jake Fisher medically cleared 02-23-2018
Jake Fisher OT CIN
Bengals RT Jake Fisher (dysrhythmia) has been medically cleared for football activities.
Fisher was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat back in November. The former second-round pick was getting demolished as the starting right tackle and was one of Pro Football Focus' worst tackles when he went down in Week 9. Fisher has one year left on his deal and won't be guaranteed a spot.
TEN, CAR, NO, CHI interested in Landry trade? 02-23-2018
Jarvis Landry WR CLE
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport mentioned the Titans, Panthers, Saints, and Bears as teams that could be interested in a trade for franchise player Jarvis Landry.
The Titans were the first team out of RapSheet's mouth, while the other three clubs were kind of thrown out there at the end. Tennessee GM Jon Robinson has had a penchant for big trades since taking the job and needs a slot receiver after Eric Decker completely flopped as a free-agent pickup. The Titans do have sophomore Taywan Taylor as an option, but Landry would give Marcus Mariota a reliable safety blanket with Corey Davis and Rishard Matthews on the outside. Carolina and Chicago obviously also need plenty of help at receiver.
Seahawks likelier to extend than trade Thomas 02-23-2018
Earl Thomas FS SEA
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks are more likely to give contract-year FS Earl Thomas an extension than trade him.
Report: PIT listening to offers for Martavis 02-23-2018
Martavis Bryant WR OAK
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers are "listening to potential deals" for Martavis Bryant.
Rapoport made it a point to say the Steelers aren't necessarily shopping Bryant, but it sounds like they're all ears to offers. Bryant made a big stink midway through last season when he felt he wasn't playing enough, and the Steelers then made him a healthy scratch for Week 8. Bryant quit the social media complaining but was a disappointment with a 52-681-4 line. JuJu Smith-Schuster has emerged as the Steelers' No. 2 wideout. Bryant has one year left on his deal.