Content provided by Rotoworld Player News - Friday, February 9th, 2018

Previous Day Next Day
Chad Kelly expected to throw at OTAs 02-09-2018
Chad Kelly QB DEN
Broncos QB Chad Kelly (wrist, knee) is on track for offseason workouts.

Denver Post
Kelly spent all of 2017 on NFI but looks to be close to fully recovered. He's over a year removed from ACL surgery and expected to be cleared to throw at OTAs. After taking a late-round injury flyer on Kelly, the Broncos will get to see what they have in him this offseason.
Boykin has charges dropped in March arrest 02-09-2018
Trevone Boykin QB SEA
Seahawks QB Trevone Boykin had the charges dropped from his March 2017 arrest.

Seattle Times
Boykin had multiple off-field issues last year, but none of them were serious. He spent all of 2017 on the practice squad and will return on a reserve/future deal. The Seahawks should add competition behind Russell Wilson this offseason.
Chargers could extend CB Casey Hayward 02-09-2018
Casey Hayward CB LAC
Chargers CB Casey Hayward could be extended this offseason.

ESPN
Hayward is entering the final season of a three-year, $15.3 million deal signed in 2016. He's in line for a raise coming off consecutive Pro Bowls and is a candidate to be locked up before training camp. 28-year-old Hayward will likely push for top-15 corner money.
Giants officially waive RT Bobby Hart 02-09-2018
Bobby Hart OT CIN
Giants waived RT Bobby Hart.

Field Yates on Twitter
It was originally reported that Hart was waived on December 30, but the move wasn't made official until Friday. He battled an ankle injury throughout 2017 while also drawing criticism for "quitting" on the team. The 23-year-old struggled over his 523 snaps, earning PFF's No. 76 grade out of 83 qualifiers at tackle.
Lynch has had 'multiple meetings' with Gruden 02-09-2018
Marshawn Lynch RB OAK
According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Marshawn Lynch has met with coach Jon Gruden at Raiders headquarters on "multiple occasions."

Michael Gehlken on Twitter
There were rumblings that Lynch had blown off Gruden, but apparently those rumors were unfounded. Lynch still has one year remaining on his contract but turns 32 in April. Beast Mode fared reasonably well in his return from a one-year hiatus, averaging 4.3 yards per carry with seven touchdowns in 15 games this past season. He'll be on the RB2/3 radar if he sticks with Oakland in 2018.
Sherman expects to stay in Seattle this year 02-09-2018
Richard Sherman CB SF
Richard Sherman expects to be back with the Seahawks in 2018.

Bob Condotta on Twitter
When asked if he had any doubts about returning to the Seahawks next season, Sherman said, "not in my mind." Coming off a torn Achilles that cost him the final seven games of 2017, Sherman will represent himself in contract negotiations. The 29-year-old will earn $11 million in the final year of his deal.
Larry Fitzgerald's 2018 salary guaranteed 02-09-2018
Larry Fitzgerald WR ARZ
Larry Fitzgerald's $11 million salary for 2018 becomes guaranteed on Friday.

Kent Somers on Twitter
Today is the fifth day of the new waiver period following Super Bowl LII. Fitzgerald will forfeit the $11 million if he retires, so Friday's guarantee should have no bearing on whether he decides to come back. The Cardinals could entice Fitzgerald to return by signing a top-flight quarterback like Kirk Cousins in free agency.
Garoppolo due $42.6 million in year one 02-09-2018
Jimmy Garoppolo QB SF
Jimmy Garoppolo is due $42.6 million in the first year of his five-year, $137.5 million contract.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
The 49ers have over $100 million in cap space for 2018, so it makes sense for them to front-load Garoppolo's contract. Garoppolo will then earn $18.6 million in 2019 before taking in another $25.2 million in 2020. It's a huge financial commitment for a player who's made just seven career starts, but if Garoppolo plays the way he did last season, he'll be worth the money.
Chiefs expected to release longtime OLB Hali 02-09-2018
Tamba Hali OLB KC
ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher expects the team to release OLB Tamba Hali.

ESPN.com
This is a no-brainer move for Kansas City. Hali missed most of last season, appearing in just six games and playing only 116 snaps behind Justin Houston, Dee Ford, and Frank Zombo. Hali is 34, and the Chiefs can clear over $7.6 million against the cap by releasing him. K.C. still needs pass-rush help.
Chiefs expected to release LBs Johnson, Hali 02-09-2018
Derrick Johnson LB OAK
ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher expects Kansas City to release ILB Derrick Johnson and OLB Tamba Hali.

ESPN.com
Johnson and Hali have each been with the team for over a decade after being first-round picks in 2005 and 2006. Johnson is 35 and has come back from a pair of Achilles' tears. He graded out as a top-five cover linebacker at Pro Football Focus last season, but the Chiefs appear to be ready to move forward with Reggie Ragland inside. Hali played just 116 snaps last season. Releasing Johnson and Hali would save the Chiefs a combined $15.7 million against the cap.
Titans writer predicts TEN will cut RB Murray 02-09-2018
DeMarco Murray RB FA
ESPN Titans reporter Cameron Wolfe predicts Tennessee will release DeMarco Murray this offseason.

ESPN.com
Bears 'likely' to release TE Dion Sims 02-09-2018
Dion Sims TE CHI
The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs believes it's "likely" the Bears release TE Dion Sims prior to March 16, when $4 million of Sims' contract becomes guaranteed.

Chicago Tribune
Sims received a "three-year, $18 million" deal from the Bears last offseason that included $10 million guaranteed. He already received $6 million of that in 2017 when Sims caught just 15 balls for 180 yards and one touchdown. Sims is paid too much, even though he's one of the best end-of-the-line pass blockers at his position. He was targeted one or zero times in seven games.
Lake Dawson has 2nd interview for Panthers GM 02-09-2018
Lake Dawson WR IND
Bills assistant director of college scouting Lake Dawson received a second interview for the Panthers' general-manager vacancy.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter
He's the lone candidate to reportedly get a second interview to this point, though NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Panthers are "not close" to offering the job to anyone. Carolina likely hit the reset button on the search after it was revealed interim GM Marty Hurney is being investigated for harassment against his wife. Dawson was a hot GM candidate a couple years back.
Lions GM Quinn loved Quandre Diggs at safety 02-09-2018
Quandre Diggs CB DET
Lions GM Bob Quinn thinks DB Quandre Diggs looked like a natural at safety the final month-plus of last season.

Detroit Free Press
Quinn and new coach Matt Patricia are going to sit down and decide where Diggs fits best, but Quinn seems to be on board with Diggs staying at safety. Maybe he'll be Patricia's new Patrick Chung as a safety/nickel combo who covers slot receivers and tight ends. Diggs is a bit small at 5'9/200, but he had three interceptions in four games at safety last season and also forced one fumble.
Lions not expected to re-sign C Swanson 02-09-2018
Travis Swanson C NYJ
The Lions are not expected to re-sign impending free agent C Travis Swanson.

Detroit Free Press
Swanson has missed 11 games over the last three seasons and has a troubling concussion history that has ended each of his past two seasons. When on the field last year, Swanson was one of Pro Football Focus' worst centers. The Lions are expected to move forward with Graham Glasgow at the pivot.