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Saints | Drew Brees extension before free agency? (Mon Feb 8, 05:29 PM)     [jump to this story]

Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch's retirement confirmed (Mon Feb 8, 03:33 PM)     [jump to this story]

Broncos | Peyton Manning not rushing decision (Mon Feb 8, 12:48 PM)     [jump to this story]

Eagles | No decision on Sam Bradford (Mon Feb 8, 10:01 AM)     [jump to this story]

Browns | Josh Gordon confident in a return (Sat Feb 6, 01:35 PM)     [jump to this story]


  Saints | Khiry Robinson jogging     Wed Feb 3, 06:32 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson (leg) has been cleared for jogging. Robinson is recovering from a broken leg he suffered late last season.

Footballguys view: Robinson is a player to remember (and potentially snare) in dynasty leagues. If healthy, Robinson can be an explosive runner and receiver out of the backfield.

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  Saints | Sign Vick Ballard    Wed Feb 3, 06:09 PM

Free-agent RB Vick Ballard (Colts) signed a Reserve/Futures deal with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Footballguys view: Ballard is a decent all-purpose back, but injuries and inconsistencies have derailed his pro career.

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  Chiefs | Kashif Moore signs    Wed Feb 3, 06:05 PM

Free-agent WR Kashif Moore (Steelers) signed a Reserve/Futures contract with the Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Footballguys view: Moore has bounced around the league during his brief time in the pros. He'll compete for a roster spot on the Chiefs in the spring and summer.

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  Colts | Jack Doyle could have bigger role    Wed Feb 3, 05:46 PM

Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle may see an increase in usage in 2016 and could assume the backup tight end position if one of impending free-agent TEs Coby Fleener or Dwayne Allen don't re-sign.

Footballguys view: We have a feeling that Allen could move on in free agency (Steelers?) for a larger role. Fleener has a connection with QB Andrew Luck dating back to their college days together at Stanford. Doyle may see an increase in playing time, but we're not super excited by his fantasy potential if he's still a backup behind Fleener.

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  NFL | Jared Goff to be active at combine    Wed Feb 3, 05:24 PM

California QB Jared Goff said he will participate in all the drills, passing and otherwise, at the NFL combine.

Footballguys view: Goff could be the first QB off the board in the 2016 NFL draft, and there's a good chance he'll be a top-10 pick. We love that he's not afraid of competition, and Goff should be able to put on a show at the Scouting Combine. Goff has a fast processor and a smooth passing motion. He's got the makings of a franchise quarterback.

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  Browns | Travis Benjamin deal done soon?    Wed Feb 3, 04:34 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin may receive a new deal in the near future, according to his agent.

Footballguys view: Finally! A Browns story that doesn't have to do with QB Johnny Manziel. The Browns would be wise to lock up Benjamin. Proving he was more than just a punt returner, Benjamin had career-best numbers in receptions (68), receiving yards (966) and touchdowns (5). He finished as the 29th receiver in standard scoring leagues. With better play at the QB position in 2016, Benjamin could break into the top-20 at his position.

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  Jets | Sign Dri Archer    Wed Feb 3, 04:26 PM

Former Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer signed a Reserve/Futures contract with the New York Jets Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Footballguys view: Archer, a third-round pick of the Steelers in 2014, spent about half of the 2015 season out of the league. Lacking the size to be anything more than a change-of-pace back, Archer can contribute as a return man if needed.

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  Eagles | Philly could draft quarterback    Wed Feb 3, 03:46 PM

If Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford does not return in 2016, the Eagles could use a high draft pick on the position and look for a quarterback in free agency to help bridge the gap until that rookie is capable of starting, in the opinion of PhillyVoice.com's Jimmy Kempski.

Footballguys view: The Eagles have the 13th-overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. There may be as many as four QBs taken in the first round of the draft, but by the time the pick comes up for the Eagles guys like Carson Wentz (North Dakota State) and Jared Goff (California) could be gone. That would leave players like Connor Cook (Michigan State) or Paxton Lynch (Memphis) as options for the Eagles. Under new head coach Doug Pederson, a guy like Lynch would make some sense.

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  Eagles | Sam Bradford unlikely to return?    Wed Feb 3, 03:32 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford has a good chance of not returning to Philadelphia next season, according to Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com. Kempski said he would lean heavily towards Bradford not being re-signed.

Footballguys view: New head coach Doug Pederson has spoken highly of Bradford, but there's no guarantee they'll work to keep him. Bradford is an okay starter, and he'd be a decent fit in Pederson's offense. However, injuries and inconsistencies have hurt Bradford throughout his career and those problems could give the team pause when considering a long-term deal for him.

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  Packers | T.J. Lang to have surgery    Wed Feb 3, 03:06 PM

Green Bay Packers OG T.J. Lang (shoulders) said he is scheduled for surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday, Feb. 3. It is unknown at this point if he will also have surgery on his left shoulder.

Footballguys view: This surgery (or surgeries) could end up sidelining 'Twanger for anywhere from 4-6 months. That means his availability for the start of training camp is up in the air. Lang struggled with these shoulder problems for most of the 2015 season, and 2016 is a contract year...so getting healthy should help him play even better this season.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning has struggled deep    Wed Feb 3, 02:01 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning ranked 33rd out of 35 quarterbacks this year with 27.5% accuracy on his passes that traveled 20 yards or more downfield, according to Pro Football Focus.

Footballguys view: You don't need advanced stats to know that...just watch Manning this season. His arm strength isn't great (but it's not as bad as some think), but it's his long accuracy that really suffers. Against the Panthers in Super Bowl 50, Manning should keep many passes close to the line of scrimmage.

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  Jets | Brandon Marshall doesn't want Kaep    Wed Feb 3, 01:46 PM

New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall said he doesn't want the team to acquire San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and wants the team to re-sign impending free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. 'I don't want Kaepernick,' Marshall said on ESPN's 'First Take.' 'I think he's good. My guy's Fitz,' Marshall explained. 'It's nothing against Kaepernick, but what I'm saying is that I have my quarterbacks and I'm good.'

Footballguys view: Fitzpatrick and the Jets are expected to discuss a contract extension in the coming weeks. Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said he's 'like very much' to re-sign Fitzpatrick this offseason. Even if Fitzpatrick is not the QB of the future, he's likely the QB of the now for the Jets.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning has time for decision    Wed Feb 3, 12:10 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning will be given plenty of time to make a decision on his future following Super Bowl 50, according to general manager John Elway. 'He's got plenty of time, whatever time he needs. I think it's never going to be a quick decision. You don't want it to be. It's one that's going to change his life ... and it's always a hard decision,' Elway said, 'so we'll give him plenty of time.'

Footballguys view: Plenty of time indeed, but Manning does have to pass a physical before the start of the new league year in early March. Manning's body is crumbling as we speak, so we'd be shocked to see him return for another year.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning to need hip replacement    Wed Feb 3, 12:05 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (hip) said he's been told he'll need a hip replacement surgery 'down the road' and that he'll try to handle any potential issues with his neck and back in the future.

Footballguys view: Well, that's just something that happens with an older player. Hip surgery would be a major procedure and one that could keep him out of action for a while. With age and injuries piling up, we just don't see Manning playing after Super Bowl 50.

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  Rams | Peyton Manning drawing Rams interest    Wed Feb 3, 10:40 AM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is receiving interest from the Los Angeles Rams if he decides to play in 2016. The Rams have had internal discussions about pursuing Manning if he opts to play next season, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Manning is going to have time to decide whether or not he wants to retire after Super Bowl 50. While his time in Denver may be done, we could see him choose to play elsewhere for one last season in 2016.

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  Cowboys | Tony Romo pauses surgery four weeks    Wed Feb 3, 09:10 AM

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (clavicle) will be re-evaluated in four weeks before making a final decision on surgery to his left collarbone, according to sources. Romo had a CT scan a week ago on the collarbone, which showed good bone growth.

Footballguys view: Whether or not he needs surgery won't have much of an impact on his offseason. Regardless of whether or not he goes under the knife, Romo is likely to be very limited at OTAs and minicamp. The team needs him ready for training camp, and they need him to stay healthy during the regular season so they can make a playoff run.

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  Steelers | Mike Adams remains under team control    Wed Feb 3, 01:03 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Mike X. Adams remains under team control for at least one more season due to an obscure stipulation in the collective bargaining agreement. He was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list before training camp and never activated, so his 2015 season will be tolled.

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  Redskins | Ziggy Hood sticks with team    Wed Feb 3, 01:02 AM

The Washington Redskins re-signed DE Ziggy Hood to a one-year deal Tuesday, Feb. 2, according to a source. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: A first-round pick for the Steelers in 2009, Hood has struggled with inconsistency and injury during his entire pro career. Just in 2015, Hood played for the Jaguars and the Bears. He worked out for Washington last month, and Hood will compete for a spot on the depth chart this offseason.

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  Redskins | Andre Roberts could be cap casualty    Wed Feb 3, 01:02 AM

Washington Redskins WR Andre Roberts is signed through the 2017 season with a cap hit of $5 million for 2016. Beat writer John Keim suggests the emergence of WR Jamison Crowder as the No. 1 slot receiver could mean Roberts is expendable. He has posted 46 receptions with two touchdowns in two seasons with Washington.

Footballguys view: Roberts has always wanted a larger role, but it never came to fruition with Washington. We'll see if he can land somewhere else and impress enough to earn more of a chance.

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  Jets | New QB for Gang Green?    Tue Feb 2, 10:08 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick reportedly 'wants out of San Francisco,' and sources said Tuesday, Feb. 2, that the New York Jets are his preferred destination. The team is aware and intrigued in Kaepernick's desire to play for the cub, but are still in early stages of their offseason planning and evaluation, sources said.

Footballguys view: Kaepernick may want out, but the 49ers may not let him go. It will be interesting to see how new head coach Chip Kelly puts together the roster in San Francisco. Kaepernick has a skill set that should work well in the Kelly system, but he may not want to play for the controversial head coach. Stay tuned.

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  Broncos | Denver DB runs afoul of law    Tue Feb 2, 10:06 PM

Denver Broncos S Ryan Murphy was questioned by San Jose police during a prostitution sting Tuesday, Feb. 2, according to sources. Murphy is a member of the Broncos practice squad. He was questioned and released by police.

Footballguys view: Murphy is still a part of the team, but he was sent back to Denver due to this incident.

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  Raiders | Future unclear for Mario Edwards    Tue Feb 2, 08:57 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. (neck) has a separate issue that his neck injury revealed that could be genetic, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie. There are more tests to come.

Footballguys view: Neck injuries are always tricky to deal with--especially if there's a problem that is genetic. A second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Edwards showed well as a rookie both as a run-stuffer and pass-rusher. In 14 games, Edwards finished the 2015 season with 33 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 2 passes defensed.

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  Cowboys | No major changes for Dallas offense    Tue Feb 2, 08:20 PM

Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he doesn't anticipate any major changes coming to the Cowboys' offense next season.

Footballguys view: The team doesn't need to make wholesale changes to the offense. They only need QB Tony Romo to stay healthy in order to make a run at the playoffs. If not, the team needs to find a better backup (Robert Griffin III?) behind Romo if (when?) he gets hurt again.

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  Chargers | Chris Harris hired by SD    Tue Feb 2, 07:50 PM

Former Chicago Bears quality control coach Chris Harris was hired by the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, Feb. 2, to serve as their assistant secondary coach.

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  Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick talks coming soon?    Tue Feb 2, 07:45 PM

New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets are expected to discuss a contract extension in the coming weeks.

Footballguys view: Fitzpatrick may not be the quarterback of the future with the Jets, but it just makes sense to keep him around as a placeholder while the team tries to find a young franchise quarterback. OC Chan Gailey has been able to get the best out of Fitzpatrick during their time together with the Jets, just like they did with the Bills years ago. Re-signing Fitzpatrick is the biggest no-brainer of all the Jets offseason decisions.

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  Broncos | Brock Osweiler expected to start next year    Tue Feb 2, 07:24 PM

Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler is expected to be the Broncos starting quarterback next season if they can sign him to an extension, even if QB Peyton Manning decides that Super Bowl 50 isn't his final game. Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp said Monday, Feb. 1, that Osweiler has done everything to put himself in a position to start for Denver next year. President and general manager John Elway said he's excited about Osweiler and is 'hoping to get something done with Brock this offseason.' Osweiler can become a free agent March 9.

Footballguys view: Earlier reports indicate that Osweiler is looking for around $12 million annually and a short-term deal. That number might be a little high, but the Broncos are one of the best teams when it comes to salary-cap gymnastics. They might be able to get something done with Osweiler before the start of the new league year.

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  Saints | Dennis Allen remains with Saints    Tue Feb 2, 06:55 PM

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen will remain in the same position for the 2016 season.

Footballguys view: Allen failed as head coach of the Raiders, but he's a good defensive coordinator. He took over for Rob Ryan in November and helped stop the bleeding (a bit) on the Saints defense. Allen could continue to get more from this defense, but this team needs to add better talent on that side of the ball to help Allen out.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick wants to leave    Tue Feb 2, 06:39 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick wants to leave the 49ers and join the New York Jets, according to sources. The Jets are aware of and intrigued by Kaepernick's aspiration, but they are still in the early stages of their offseason planning and evaluation, according to sources.

Footballguys view: It's interesting that Kaepernick would want to leave now that Chip Kelly is the head coach. If somehow/someway he ends up with the Jets, we'd be intrigued...largely because of OC Chan Gailey. For years, Gailey has been able to adapt his system to get the best out of his quarterbacks.

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  Colts | Indy wants to re-sign Adam Vinatieri    Tue Feb 2, 06:31 PM

Indianaplis Colts PK Adam Vinatieri could be re-signed by the Colts this offseason. Owner Jim Irsay said they would like to retain Vinatieri, and he is hoping to get that done.

Footballguys view: We don't see this as being a problem. It's good for both sides to stay together if the dollars work out.

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  Colts | Good chance for new Andrew Luck deal?    Tue Feb 2, 06:00 PM

Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck is healthy and there's a good chance he'll receive a new deal this offseason, according to owner Jim Irsay. Irsay said there's a good chance the Colts and Luck can get a long-term deal done this offseason. There haven't been any major negotiations yet, but Irsay said that's going to be happening as March approaches.

Footballguys view: In the near future, Luck will be the highest paid player in the NFL. So long as he's healthy, the Colts can make a run at the division title and playoffs. He's a franchise quarterback and the future face of the NFL.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning dinking and dunking    Tue Feb 2, 05:39 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning targeted 62% of his passes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage during the regular season, and he connected on 69.9% of those throws with four touchdowns and nine interceptions. During the playoffs, 63% of his throws are of the short variety, with 35% of his throws between 10 and 19 yards, which was up from 24% during the regular season. Manning has thrown 20 of his 24 pass attempts at intermediate range to the right or middle of the field during the playoffs.

Footballguys view: Whatever works, right? Manning's passing chart shows a lot of throws close to the line of scrimmage. However, he's in the top 10 of air-yards-per-attempt average this season. Manning will get rid of the ball quickly against the Panthers, and it's up to the weapons like Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas to make something happen after the catch.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton excellent in red zone    Tue Feb 2, 05:30 PM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has a 105.6 passer rating and has posted a 39:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the red zone since 2014. He's thrown 26 red zone touchdowns this year without a single interception. The Denver Broncos ranked 20th in red zone efficiency in 2015, with 22 touchdowns allowed in 37 red zone possessions.

Footballguys view: The headline should just read; Cam Newton Excellent. Going up against the Broncos defense is going to be tough, but we have a feeling Newton will find a way to make plays with his arm and legs.

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  Panthers | Carolina an offensive juggernaut    Tue Feb 2, 05:28 PM

The Carolina Panthers have scored 30-plus points in eight of their last nine games (including the playoffs) and are averaging 36.1 points and 385.3 total yards in that span under offensive coordinator Mike Shula.

Footballguys view: It's interesting to note that with all these head coach openings, Shula would not get a sniff. The Panthers have outscored their opponents 266-121 in the first halves of games in the regular season. They outscored the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals by a combined margin of 55-7 in the playoffs, and they have seven touchdowns and two field goals in 13 first-half possessions.

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  Bengals | Tyler Eifert has sprain    Tue Feb 2, 05:14 PM

Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Benglas TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) suffered an ankle sprain in the 2016 Pro Bowl. He simply needs rest and will be fine for all offseason activities.

Footballguys view: Phew! Good news for the Bengals here. The Pro Bowl is not a game where you want to see your guys get hurt. It sounds like a scare and nothing more.

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  Browns | Trades for Johnny Manziel unlikely    Tue Feb 2, 05:02 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be cut March 9, according to a source, as reported earlier. The Browns will entertain any late-round trade offers for Manziel, but they don't expect that to transpire, especially after Manziel's off-field antics.

Footballguys view: Who would trade for Manziel? Yes, it's a QB-desperate league...but Manziel has so many problems off the field--not to mention his on-field deficiencies--that giving up assets for him seems unlikely.

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  Cowboys | Dallas unlikely to sign Johnny Manziel    Tue Feb 2, 04:43 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is unlikely to sign with the Dallas Cowboys if he is released by the Browns, according to ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer. Archer said the Cowboys need a reliable backup quarterback, and that it's hard to imagine Dallas signing Manziel for such a need.

Footballguys view: Yeah, we're just not as sure that Jerry Jones will stay away from Manziel a second time. Jones wanted to select Manziel in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, but fortunately was convinced to sign OG Zack Martin instead. If Manziel is on the open market, we have a feeling Jones just won't be able to resist. Perhaps the Cowboys can add a reliable backup too, and then work to develop Manziel.

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  Dolphins | Rishard Matthews likely gone    Tue Feb 2, 04:36 PM

Miami Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews isn't expected to return to Miami, according to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Footballguys view: Matthews wanted out last year, but he stayed and ended up putting up some decent numbers. In 11 games, Matthews had 43 catches for 662 yards and four touchdowns. His season was cut short by a ribs injury, but if he's healthy he can produce. We're excited by the fantasy potential of an Adam Gase Dolphins team, but it looks like Matthews won't be a part of what could be a dangerous offense.

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  Panthers | Jared Allen could play     Tue Feb 2, 04:23 PM

Carolina Panthers DE Jared Allen (foot) has practiced very well and head coach Ron Rivera likes his chances of being available to play in Super Bowl 50.

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  Panthers | Jared Allen still up in air    Tue Feb 2, 03:51 PM

Carolina Panthers DE Jared Allen (foot) looked good in practice Monday, Feb. 1, but head coach Ron Rivera said the team won't know if he'll play in Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos until Friday, Feb. 5.

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  Chargers | Tight ends to be issue for Chargers?    Tue Feb 2, 02:46 PM

San Diego Chargers TEs Antonio Gates, Ladarius Green, David B. Johnson and John Phillips will all become free agents if they are not re-signed by March 9. Gates is expected to return, however.

Footballguys view: Gates seems like one of those players that is going to retire with the team he started with. The former basketball star was quite a find for the Chargers, and he proved last year that he's still got something left in the tank. The Green experiment is over as he never played up to his potential with the Chargers. Phillips is a nice all-purpose tight end, but he does get banged up a lot. The position is clearly going to be one of emphasis in the offseason.

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  Bears | Zach Miller seeking $5 million per year    Tue Feb 2, 02:45 PM

Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March of 2016, is asking for $5 million per year in his next contract, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Miller showed well in 2015, with career-best numbers in catches (34), yards (439) and touchdowns (5). Those numbers are decent, but they're not exactly at the top of the charts. It seems like $5 million annually might be a little rich considering Miller's injury history and limited track record.

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  Broncos | T.J. Ward, Darian Stewart will practice    Tue Feb 2, 02:28 PM

Denver Broncos FS T.J. Ward (ankle) and FS Darian Stewart (knee) will both practice Wednesday, Feb. 3, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.

Footballguys view: Ward and Stewart are two critical players for the Broncos defense. They'll have to stay disciplined when asked to cover against Cam Newton and the high-powered Panthers offense. Ward may even be asked to "spy" Newton from time to time.

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  Browns | Teams interested in Johnny Manziel    Tue Feb 2, 02:21 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel said three teams have shown interest in him: the Los Angeles Rams, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys. The Rams were interested in Manziel during the NFL Draft and the Chiefs apparently have no interest in him now. Manziel and the Cowboys have been rumored for a while, and Dallas may be Manziel's best bet if he is indeed released by the Browns.

Footballguys view: He should probably gets things cleaned up off the field before worrying about his next landing spot. Manziel seems finished with the Browns--and vice versa. If he's out of trouble and motivated, Manziel has flashed just a little bit as a starter. Some team will be interested in taking Manziel to see if a second chance is all he needs.

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  Jets | Matt Forte an option for New York?    Tue Feb 2, 02:10 PM

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte wouldn't be ruled out as an option for the New York Jets to sign if he becomes available, in the opinion of ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini.

Footballguys view: That's all good, but it seems to be a little bit dreamy. At this time, the Jets only have $10 million in cap space according to OverTheCap.com. Yes, there will be some salary-cap gymnastics done in order to free up more space but how much would they need to add Forte?

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel likely gone in March    Tue Feb 2, 12:44 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be released after the new league year begins March 9, according to a source. Releasing Manziel this month would count $4.6 million against the salary cap. The Browns released a statement from new director of football operations Sashi Brown Tuesday, Feb. 2, that expressed disappointment in Manziel for his latest off-field incident, but stopped short of saying his run in Cleveland is over.

Footballguys view: Nobody should be shocked by this headline. Manziel's immaturity off the field has hampered his chances of proving himself on the field. He's flashed a tiny bit as a starter, but there's still much to prove and develop for Manziel as a pro quarterback.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning talks arm strength    Tue Feb 2, 12:26 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning conceded that his arm isn't as strong as it used to be entering Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers. 'My arm is what it is,' Manning said. 'Honestly, my having a little time off to heal my foot helped some of the other parts. ... My arm feels OK. My arm has not been the same since I was injured four years ago. ... If I could throw left-handed it would be a lot easier. ... It's just different than it was. ... It's got a few yards on it, miles on it, however you want to say it.'

Footballguys view: The arm strength talk is overblown. Manning has never had a rocket arm, and he certainly won't now. It's interesting to note that Manning ranks 9th this year in air-yards-per-attempt average (9.15 yards). However, he's among the lowest in the league on completion percentage of passes that travel over 20 yards. Manning has more arm strength than some think, but his accuracy is a bit shoddy when asked to throw long.

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  Panthers | Thomas Davis using hard brace    Tue Feb 2, 12:20 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis (forearm) was using a 'hard brace' instead of a cast on his broken right arm in practice Monday, Feb. 1, and thinks he might play in Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos while wearing it.

Footballguys view: Davis won't be a 100 percent against the Broncos, but that's not going to keep him off the field. Range of motion could be an issue with the brace, but we can still see Davis making big plays in Super Bowl 50.

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  Bengals | Bronson Hill signs with Bengals    Tue Feb 2, 11:30 AM

Free-agent RB Bronson Hill (Saints) signed a reserve/future contract with the Cincinnati Bengals Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Footballguys view: A former Eastern Michigan standout, Hill played all four games with the Bills in the preseason after entering the league in 2015 as an undrafted free agent. During the regular season, he spent time on the Bears, Dolphins, and Saints practice squad.

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  Texans | Arian Foster cleared to jog    Tue Feb 2, 10:19 AM

Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (Achilles') has been cleared to jog without pivoting, cutting or explosive activity.

Footballguys view: Foster is still facing a lengthy recovery from this major injury. While Achilles' injuries aren't as devastating as they used to be, it's still something to be cautious with during a return--especially for an older back like Foster.

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  Panthers | Jared Allen says he's ready    Tue Feb 2, 08:31 AM

Carolina Panthers DE Jared Allen (foot) practiced Monday, Feb. 1, and said he's 100% ready to play in the Super Bowl. 'I feel great,' Allen said. 'Honestly, I feel, hopefully, I'll be a tremendous factor in this game. So, as far as physically, 100% ready to go, just preparing like normal.'

Footballguys view: We can't believe Allen is actually going to play with this severe foot injury, but hey...guys have played in the Super Bowl with a broken leg (Jack Youngblood anyone?). He'll be on the field as a part-time pass-rusher against the Broncos.

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