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The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Raiders will not hire ex-Colts GM Ryan Grigson to a front office position.

Per reporter Michael Gehlken, it is something that could be revisited in the future. Grigson was most recently a Seahawks consultant. That job lasted less than a year.
Jan 22 - 5:24 PM

Redskins GM Bruce Allen does not expect Reuben Foster to be further suspended.

"I don't know why we would suspect a suspension," Allen said Tuesday. The latest domestic violence charges against Foster were dropped earlier this month. Foster spent the final month of 2018 on the commissioner's exempt list after being claimed off waivers from the 49ers. The NFL moves at a glacial pace in these cases, so it could be a few months before we get a resolution.
Jan 22 - 5:13 PM

Broncos signed OL Don Barclay to a reserve/future contract.

The ex-Packers starter spent 2018 out of the league. He made only three 2017 appearances. Barclay turns 30 in April.
Jan 22 - 5:02 PM

Tweeting on Tuesday, impending free agent Cole Beasley posted that the Cowboys' front office "pushes who they want to get the ball to" and said his role will be a bigger factor than money when deciding where to sign.

"More balls come my way in two-minute drill where nothing is planned," Beasley frustratedly said of his Cowboys usage. It certainly sounds like he will be moving on unless the Cowboys offer a lot more money than anyone else. Going on 30, Beasley's 65 catches in 2018 were the second most of his career.
Jan 22 - 4:27 PM

Speaking Tuesday about Alex Smith's (leg) health and a potential 2019 return, Redskins GM Bruce Allen said the team was "optimistic" but finished with "we'll see."

"We're optimistic, if anyone can come back it's Alex," was Allen's full comment, followed by "we'll see." Smith was spotted with an "external fixator" on his leg Monday and did not have the looks of someone who would be picking up a football any time soon. Smith seems extremely unlikely to be ready for Week 1. The question is if he is ready at any point in 2019.
Jan 22 - 4:23 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports ex-Jets and Bills coach Rex Ryan is a "name to watch" for the Chiefs' defensive coordinator vacancy.

Schefter's report is via "sources." Ryan has a habit of openly campaigning for jobs/inserting himself into the conversation, but he can't be dismissed out of hand in Kansas City. A deeply-flawed head coach, Ryan is an undeniably strong defensive mind. He got Bill Belichick's number more than once.
Jan 22 - 2:57 PM

Chiefs fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.

Sutton had been Andy Reid's defensive coordinator for Reid's entire six-year tenure in Kansas City, but his defense increasingly became a laughingstock as Reid continued to power up on offense. Per's Ian Rapoport, his firing comes after Reid and company "talked with players and coaches." The takeaway was apparently that Sutton's "lack of adjustments" were a "non-stop frustration." The Chiefs have seen some talent go out of the door on Sutton's side of the ball, but he still had enough to work with to be better. With the Chiefs in the midst of a Super Bowl window, replacing Sutton will be an attractive job offer.
Jan 22 - 2:47 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he would like to re-sign impending free agent Jared Cook but knows the "market for his services will be competitive."

Oftentimes a little hedge like that will mean a team is willing to let a player move on, but Cook was the Raiders' top receiving threat in 2018. We assume Gruden will make a genuine effort to re-sign him, but he is correct that 32-year-old (in April) Cook will have plenty of interest on the open market.
Jan 22 - 1:49 PM

Raiders coach Jon Gruden is unsure if impending free agent Marshawn Lynch intends to play in 2019.

Lynch was limited to six games by a groin/core muscle injury in 2018. He was running reasonably well for a terrible offense before going down. Lynch has averaged 4.26 yards per carry since returning in 2017 and arguably been more impressive from an "eye test" perspective. He turns 33 in April.
Jan 22 - 1:43 PM

Bengals hired Raiders QBs coach Brian Callahan as offensive coordinator.

Bill Callahan's son, Brian has been an NFL quarterbacks coach since 2015, spending 2015 in Denver before a two-year sojourn in Detroit. He joined Jon Gruden last offseason. A card-carrying cocoon member, it is entirely unclear if Callahan is qualified to run an NFL offense. It's possible new coach Zac Taylor serves as his own play-caller, anyways.
Jan 22 - 1:21 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Dolphins have allowed OC Dowell Loggains to speak with other teams.

Loggains interviewed for Miami's head-coaching vacancy, but he was passed over for the job. Now free to interview with other teams, Loggains is expected to join ex-Dolphins coach Adam Gase in New York.
Jan 22 - 11:47 AM

Texans rookie S Justin Reid is undergoing wrist surgery.

Reid posted the news himself on social media. "Thank you all for concern," Reid said. "Came from injuries [through] the season for those curious." This sounds like just a clean-up procedure, so it would be a surprise if Reid misses much if any time this offseason. The third-rounder played well across 906 rookie snaps, recording three interceptions and 88 tackles.
Jan 22 - 11:28 AM

The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec expects the Ravens to cut CB Jimmy Smith.

Smith is a talented corner who has played well when available, but the 30-year-old has not played more than 12 games in a season since 2015 and has managed that feat just twice in his career. Unless he is willing to take a pay cut on his $9.5 million base salary, the Ravens will have almost no choice but to move on.
Jan 22 - 11:22 AM

The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec expects the Ravens to cut Michael Crabtree.

Crabtree is currently scheduled to make $7 million in 2019, $5 million of which guarantees in mid-March. That is not an unreasonable number, but the Ravens have to find explosive and reliable weapons to put around Lamar Jackson. Crabtree is neither of those things at this point in his career. Even so, he should be able to find a new home if he hits the open market.
Jan 22 - 11:15 AM

The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec expects the Ravens to retain CB Brandon Carr.

That is assuming the soon-to-be-33 Carr wants to continue his career. Cutting Carr ahead of his mid-March roster bonus would save the Ravens $5 million against the cap, but it would cost them a durable and solid corner who held his own even with relegated to the slot at times in 2018. Especially with Jimmy Smith likely to be shown the door, it makes sense for Baltimore to keep Carr around.
Jan 22 - 11:06 AM

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