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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Eagles will not tender restricted free agent DB Jaylen Watkins.

Restricted free agents of Watkins' caliber usually draw an original round tender, but the Eagles are in penny-pinching mode as they look to create some cap flexibility. A solid depth option who can play corner or safety, Watkins should find a new home.
Feb 20 - 10:03 AM

Free agent CB Vontae Davis is meeting with the 49ers Tuesday.

He met with the Bills and Browns last week. Davis struggled while dealing with injuries each of the last two seasons, but he is only 30 (in May) and was a Pro Bowler in 2015. He would be a quality flier for the 49ers.
Feb 20 - 9:38 AM

The New York Post's Brian Costello was told the Jets could offer Kirk Cousins $60 million in the first year of his contract.

New York is reportedly "willing to pay whatever it takes" to land Cousins, so this does not come as a surprise. It also makes some sense for the Jets, who have the cap space to both front-load the contract and make moves to improve the rest of the roster. The Broncos, Vikings, and Cardinals are also teams to watch in the Cousins sweepstakes.
Feb 20 - 9:32 AM

The Jets declined OT Ben Ijalana's $500,000 option bonus on Monday, allowing Ijalana to hit free agency.

Exercising Ijalana's bonus would have triggered his $4.5 million base salary for 2018, something the team clearly didn't want to do with its swing tackle. 29-year-old Ijalana has value as someone who can play both tackle spots, but the Jets are preparing to offer everything under the sun to Kirk Cousins next month, and this frees up even more money. Ijalana could re-sign later.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 19 - 7:03 PM

The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person doesn't expect the Panthers to use the franchise tag on free agent LG Andrew Norwell.

Carolina has a ton of money tied up in its offensive line with LT Matt Kalil, C Ryan Kalil, and RG Trai Turner. Tagging Norwell would leave the Panthers on the hook for a guaranteed $14.3 million-ish, money they'd likely prefer to use elsewhere. Norwell, 26, is one of the top overall free agents available.
Feb 19 - 6:15 PM

Bucs hired ex-Cardinals DL coach Brentson Buckner to the same position.

Buckner enjoyed a 12-year career before getting let go by the Panthers in 2006, ending his run as a player. He jumped into coaching a couple years later, landing the head coaching job at a local North Carolina high school. Buckner, 46, spent the last five seasons in Arizona as Bruce Arians' DL coach where he earned a reputation as one of the better DL coaches in the league.
Feb 19 - 6:03 PM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson says it "would not be remotely surprising" if the Dolphins showed interest in C.J. Anderson should he be released by the Broncos.

The Dolphins signed Anderson to a four-year, $18 million deal as a restricted free agent in 2016, but the contract was matched by Denver. There is now speculation the Broncos will release Anderson, freeing up nearly $5 million to use in Denver's Kirk Cousins pursuit. Anderson has a Dolphins confidante in ex-Broncos OC Adam Gase and would form a committee with Kenyan Drake in Miami.
Feb 19 - 5:35 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora "continues to hear" that LCB Marcus Peters "may not be long" for Kansas City.

La Canfora is not the first to mention a potential Peters trade, and he expects that chatter to "intensify" at the NFL Combine. The Chiefs were left in horrible salary-cap condition by fired GM John Dorsey and may not believe they can fit a forthcoming Peters extension onto their books. For 2018, however, Peters is signed for just $1.74 million. Ideally, the Chiefs would keep Peters for at least one more year, and perhaps revisit a trade next offseason.
Feb 19 - 4:43 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport seconded an ESPN New York report that the Jets are "willing to pay a lot of money to Kirk Cousins, maybe more than anyone else."

Rapsheet also noted the Jets hired Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator; Bates' system is similar to what Cousins ran in Washington. When discussing the Jets' competition for Cousins, Rapsheet first mentioned the Broncos, whom he expects to "go all in on a free agent quarterback." Rapsheet said the Cardinals are "in the mix as well," and to "keep an eye" on the Vikings.
Feb 19 - 4:22 PM

The Lions are not expected to release Eric Ebron.

Ebron's fifth-year, $8.25 million option is guaranteed for injury only, but GM Bob Quinn has said Ebron will be back. His salary becomes guaranteed on the first day of the new league year. Ebron is coming off another uneven year but did play slightly better down the stretch. The No. 10 overall pick of the 2014 draft has posted more than 600 yards receiving only once.
Feb 19 - 1:43 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports Julius Peppers is "leaning toward" returning for a 17th NFL season.

That's via a "source close to Peppers." Per the source, Peppers "doesn't want to commit to it yet." The Charlotte Observer believes that if Peppers does return, it will only be for the Panthers. Now 38, Peppers is recovering from surgery to repair a torn right labrum.
Feb 19 - 1:39 PM

The Dallas Morning News' David Moore expects the Cowboys to place the franchise tag on DE DeMarcus Lawrence.

Moore says the "goal" is to reach a long-term deal, but it is unlikely that happens before the March 6 deadline to apply the tag. Using the tag will give Dallas more time to negotiate, but it also guarantees Lawrence around $17.5 million for 2018, a number which could make long-term negotiations tricky. Lawrence exploded for 14.5 sacks in his contract year.
Feb 19 - 12:44 PM

ESPN's Tim McManus reports the Eagles will interview RBs coach Duce Staley and WRs coach Mike Groh for their vacant offensive coordinator job.

McManus adds the team does not currently plan to interview anyone else. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Eagles would not promote anyone to coordinator, but these interviews suggest otherwise. That said, the Eagles could also make Staley the run-game coordinator with Groh as the pass-game coordinator, avoiding the OC title. Even if someone is promoted, coach Doug Pederson will continue to run the offense.
Source: ESPN
Feb 19 - 11:32 AM

ESPN's Mike DiRocco expects the Jaguars to tag Allen Robinson if the two sides cannot work out a deal.

Robinson has been angling for a long-term deal through the media, saying he is close to full health and his ACL injury is "not really an issue," but DiRocco believes the Jaguars are looking for a "one-year, incentive-laden deal." The tag is expensive and does not contain any incentives, but it would give Jacksonville a year to make sure Robinson is back to full health before they invest long-term guaranteed money. Robinson will arguably be the top receiver available if he is allowed to hit the open market.
Source: ESPN
Feb 19 - 11:13 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs thinks "it would be a stunner" if the Bears retained ILB Jerrell Freeman.

Freeman played well in 2016, his first season in Chicago, but he missed four games because of a PED ban that year before being limited to one by a torn pectoral last season. Freeman also picked up another PED ban which will keep him out the first two games of 2018, his age-32 season. Chicago can save $3.5 million against the cap by cutting Freeman.
Feb 19 - 11:01 AM



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