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The Saints and free agent Drew Brees will meet at the NFL Combine to discuss a short-term deal.

This year's Combine will be held February 27 until March 5, so it's just under a week away. Per NFL Network's Rapoport, the expectation is Brees will not try to "break the bank" by looking to become the NFL's highest-paid quarterback, which he conceivably could do. Instead, Brees is expected to seek $20-25 million annually, less than Jimmy Garoppolo's $27.5 million per year from the 49ers.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 8:52 PM

Andrew Luck (shoulder) has begun throwing weighted footballs and is reportedly "full steam ahead" for 2018.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport went as far as to say Luck's shoulder is "fine," and that the problems now involve "parts around Luck's shoulder," which to us just confirms Luck's throwing arm remains problematic. It's worth remembering that at this time last year the Colts were promising Luck would be ready for Week 1, and even activated him from the PUP list last September, giving off the impression he'd at last play at some point in the first six games. He wound up never playing a snap.
Feb 21 - 8:37 PM

Broncos QB Chad Kelly has been working out with former Giants QB Phil Simms in advance of his first NFL season.

Last year's Mr. Irrelevant, Kelly missed his rookie season with wrist and knee injuries. He was declared fully health following the year. A favorite of Rookie Scouting Portfolio's Matt Waldman coming out of Ole Miss, Kelly showed NFL-caliber tools in college but struggled with off-field issues and health. As Trevor Siemian is limited and Paxton Lynch continues to look like a bust, Kelly is arguable the most talented quaterback in Denver's current roster. Kelly is the nephew and godson of Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly.
Feb 21 - 8:34 PM

Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is expected to be ready for Week 1.

Jeffery is out at least six months after rotator cuff surgery. He'll likely spend all of training camp and the preseason on the active/PUP list, but most signs point to him being back for the start of the season. The missed time could be a concern given Jeffery's history of conditioning issues and setbacks. The Eagles are counting on Jeffery to stay healthy after signing him to a four-year, $52 million extension.
Feb 21 - 6:44 PM

The Bengals are unlikely to re-sign free agent Tyler Eifert.

The Cincinnati Enquirer believes the Bengals would only want Eifert back on an incentives based one-year contract. Eifert is recovering from multiple surgeries, but he's only 27 and was a Pro Bowler as recently as 2015. He could get a better than expected deal this offseason if he proves he's healthy.
Feb 21 - 5:20 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer expects the Bengals to upgrade on TE Tyler Kroft.

Kroft set career highs in place of Tyler Eifert last year, but his production was more volume based than a true breakout. The Bengals run a tight end heavy scheme and may look to push Kroft back into a No. 2 role. Jimmy Graham, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Trey Burton are the top free agents available this offseason.
Feb 21 - 4:35 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Les Bowen reports "the goal" is for Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, though he "could" be ready during the preseason.

Jeffery underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff on Wednesday and could be sidelined upwards of six months. Even if he returns at some point during the middle of the preseason, it sounds like Jeffery is going to miss all of OTAs, minicamp, and training camp. The good news, however, is that the Eagles are bringing back the exact same offensive system, and Jeffery doesn't have to learn anything new on the field. However, there's a chance he could be rusty and not completely in game shape by the time Week 1 rolls around. Overall, it's not a huge concern.
Feb 21 - 2:39 PM

CBS Indianapolis' Mike Chappell doesn't expect the Colts to re-sign impending free agent Frank Gore.

Gore turns 35 in May and is unlikely to have much of a market. He's clearly on the 18th hole of his decorated career and is trying to hang on for a chance at a Super Bowl. That's not going to happen in Indianapolis right now. Chappell guesses Gore's hometown Dolphins could be interested in him. The Colts are fully expected to use a high pick -- possibly No. 3 overall -- on a running back.
Feb 21 - 2:32 PM

Alshon Jeffery underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder on Wednesday.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jeffery tore the rotator cuff in training camp last summer and played through it all the way through the Super Bowl. If true, that's incredibly impressive. Jeffery did miss time at the beginning of August with a shoulder injury but was never listed on the injury report with it during the season. Rotator cuff surgeries come with lengthy recovery timetables, so this could put Jeffery behind the eight ball at the start of camp this summer. He's a candidate to open camp on active/PUP but should be ready for Week 1.
Feb 21 - 11:36 AM

Free agent K Nick Folk (knee) has been medically cleared for football activities.

Folk was a disaster with the Bucs from Weeks 1-5 last season before getting released and then undergoing knee surgery. Folk is still young for a kicker at 33 years old and could get a chance to compete in someone's camp this summer.
Feb 21 - 10:42 AM

NBC Indianapolis' Bob Kravitz reports the Colts and impending free agent K Adam Vinatieri are "closing in" on a one-year contract.

The 45-year-old said after the season he intended to keep playing, and it always made sense for both sides to hammer out a new deal. Vinatieri went 29-of-34 on field goals last season and was 11-of-13 from 40-plus yards out.
Feb 21 - 10:30 AM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson admits the Bears will "probably" release WR Markus Wheaton.

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs said the same thing last week, and it's actually amazing the beat writers aren't considering it a given that it will happen. Wheaton was an utter bust as a free-agent signing last offseason, catching three passes in 11 games. He was one of GM Ryan Pace's many whiffs in free agency. There's no way Pace can justify paying Wheaton $5 million in 2018.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 10:13 AM

ESPN's David Newton "could see" the Panthers releasing Jonathan Stewart.

Stewart is entering the final year of his contract and is due a $1.9 million salary and $1.6 million roster bonus. Cutting him would save the Panthers over $3.7 million against the cap. Stewart turns 31 next month and averaged a career-worst 3.5 YPC last year despite running behind one of the league's better offensive lines. Stewart had two 100-yard rushing games in 2017 and failed to top 70 yards in the 14 others. Carolina could/should go younger at the position.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 10:01 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Broncos are expected to make Trevor Siemian available for trade this offseason.

Denver would be lucky to get anything more than a conditional sixth- or seventh-rounder, especially in what looks to be a loaded -- for its standards -- quarterback market via draft and free agency this year. Siemian has starting experience, sure, but he completely bombed out last season and is also recovering from left shoulder (non-throwing) surgery. Denver is going to overhaul its QB room.
Feb 21 - 9:38 AM

A league source told PFT's Mike Florio that the Dolphins quickly franchise-tagging Jarvis Landry is "being interpreted as a desire" by Miami to trade Landry.

The Dolphins slapped the tag on Landry on the first day teams were allowed to do so on Tuesday, which is pretty quick. Typically, tags come closer to the early-March deadline each year after both sides have exhausted all avenues in extension talks, buying the sides until July to hammer out a long-term deal. That very well could be the case here, as well, but the way the Dolphins have spoken of Landry the past year-plus makes this report believable. Prior to Tuesday, Miami's front office had been lukewarm at best when talking about Landry's Dolphins future. A trade would be complicated, as Landry would likely have to agree to a new long-term deal with the acquiring team, while the Dolphins would also want significant compensation. Landry being in Miami for 2018 doesn't appear to be a lock at this point.
Feb 20 - 10:08 PM



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