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Alex Tanney (foot) is expected to be ready for offseason workouts.

Tanney spent 2017 on IR after going down in the preseason finale. An exclusive rights free agent, Tanney should return to compete for a role behind Marcus Mariota.
Source: WMBD-TV
Feb 17 - 7:20 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Vikings are expected to hire Todd Downing as a senior offensive assistant.

Downing was fired this offseason after a one-year stint as Oakland's offensive coordinator. He'll join John DeFilippo as an experienced playcaller to help replace Pat Shurmur. Downing is expected to focus on the Vikings' passing game.
Feb 17 - 7:14 PM

Redskins LT Trent Williams (knee) is expected to sit out OTAs.

Coach Jay Gruden doesn't expect Williams to be ready until late July. Williams played through knee issues for most of 2017 before getting surgery in December. The Redskins don’t have any concerns over his Week 1 status.
Feb 17 - 7:02 PM

Titans RT Jack Conklin (knee) will open training camp on the PUP list.

Conklin is less than a month removed from ACL surgery. The Titans are hoping he can return for the start of the season, but he's a strong candidate for reserve/PUP, costing him at least the first six weeks. Tennessee should add veteran depth behind Conklin this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Feb 17 - 6:21 PM

The Seahawks don’t plan to re-sign free agent Eddie Lacy.

This is expected after Lacy finished the final weeks of 2017 as a healthy scratch. Coming off a down year with a history of conditioning issues, Lacy is going to struggle for guaranteed money this offseason. The Seahawks have a healthy Chris Carson returning and look likely to add a running back in the draft.
Feb 17 - 5:15 PM

The MMQB's Albert Breer reports Kirk Cousins can file a grievance to block the Redskins from franchising him.

The Redskins want to tag-and-trade Cousins, but the CBA prevents them from tagging him without any plans to sign him. Washington would also need to commit at least $28.7 million in cap space to keep Cousins from free agency, putting them in a bad leverage spot. Cousins remains likely to hit the open market this offseason, where he'll become one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the league. The Jets, Vikings, and Broncos are the top suitors for Cousins.
Feb 17 - 4:05 PM

The Ravens have opened talks with free agent RE Brent Urban.

This was expected after John Harbaugh said he wanted to re-sign Urban last month. Urban is recovering from September Lisfranc surgery but is hoping to get cleared for OTAs. A one year prove-it deal would make sense for both sides.
Feb 17 - 3:02 PM

Ravens FS Tony Jefferson is a candidate to restructure his contract.

The Ravens need to clear cap space and can save $3.3 million from converting Jefferson's salary into a bonus. Joe Flacco ($8.25 million in savings), Jimmy Smith ($4 million), Marshal Yanda ($3 million) and Eric Weddle ($2.75 million) are also candidates to restructure.
Source: ESPN
Feb 17 - 2:39 PM

ESPN's Jeff Darlington reports Rob Gronkowski has been thinking about retirement for "quite some time."

Darlington went on to say it isn't just a reaction to the Super Bowl loss or Gronk's recent concussion and that he's been considering it "long before both instances." It still seems likely that Gronk will return for the 2018 season, but as more reports continue to emerge, it wouldn't be surprising to see him retire.
Source: Boston.com
Feb 17 - 1:21 PM

Chiefs signed CB David Amerson to a one-year, $2.25 million contract.

Amerson can earn another $3.75 million through incentives. This, of course, is not the destination the Raiders would have picked. Amerson, 26, stays in the AFC West with Kansas City, which needs a starting right cornerback across from LCB Marcus Peters with Kendall Fuller in the slot. Amerson was a 2015 revelation in Oakland after a trade from Washington, then fizzled out immediately after signing a 2016 five-year, $34 million deal. On a one-year prove-it contract with the Chiefs, Amerson will have full motivation in 2018.
Feb 16 - 8:03 PM

The Green Bay Press-Gazette expects the Packers to extend Aaron Rodgers after the draft.

The Packers have Rodgers signed through 2019 but want to extend him this offseason. Rodgers will likely wait to see what Kirk Cousins gets in free agency before signing, so it may be closer to training camp until anything gets done. Rodgers' next deal will make him the highest paid player in the league with an annual salary in the range of $30 million. There have been rumblings Green Bay could give Rodgers a fully guaranteed short-term extension.
Feb 16 - 7:15 PM

The Eagles plan to pick up Nelson Agholor's fifth-year option.

Agholor shed his bust status in 2017, leading the Eagles in catches and setting career highs in yards (768) and touchdowns (8). The Eagles may look to extend him this offseason to lower his future cap hits. FanRag's Geoff Mosher expects Agholor to command $9 million-plus annually.
Feb 16 - 6:14 PM

The Eagles are expected to move on from Torrey Smith this offseason.

Smith signed a three-year deal last offseason but is owed a non-guaranteed salary in 2018. With Nelson Agholor having a breakout year and Mack Hollins cutting into Smith's snaps down the stretch, he's unlikely to be brought back. The Eagles can save $5 million from releasing Smith.
Feb 16 - 6:06 PM

49ers DE Arik Armstead (hand) is on track for OTAs.

Armstead spent the final 10 games on IR, but his status for offseason workouts was never in doubt. Coming off a solid first year as a 4-3 end in DC Robert Saleh's scheme, Armstead should be counted on for heavy snaps in 2018.
Feb 16 - 5:23 PM

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, ESPN is targeting Peyton Manning to replace Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football.

Per Marchand, ESPN is willing to "back up the truck" for Manning, though he's also being pursued by Fox as a color man for Thursday Night Football. Manning eventually sees himself in a John Elway role running football operations for an NFL team, but reportedly hasn't closed the door on broadcasting. ESPN is considering a complete overhaul of MNF and may even look to replace lead announcer Sean McDonough. Matt Hasselbeck served as a color analyst for ESPN's coverage of the Pro Bowl and may be the leading in-house candidate to replace Gruden should Manning pass on the job.
Feb 16 - 4:15 PM



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