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  Jets | Options picked up for two Jets    Tue Feb 20, 03:42 PM

New York Jets DT Steve McLendon and LB Josh Martin had their options exercised Tuesday, Feb. 20.

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  Buccaneers | Chris Baker released    Tue Feb 20, 03:23 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Chris Baker was released Tuesday, Feb. 20, according to a source. He was due $4.88 million in 2018 of which $3 million would have been fully guaranteed.

Footballguys view: Baker had a disappointing single season with the Buccaneers. His effort was in question during his time in Tampa, and those lingering questions will hold back what little market there is for his services.

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  Eagles | Winston Craig signed by Eagles    Tue Feb 20, 02:56 PM

Free-agent DT Winston Craig (Eagles) re-signed with the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, Feb. 20.

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  Panthers | No franchise tag for Panthers?    Mon Feb 19, 06:54 PM

Carolina Panthers impending free-agents OG Andrew Norwell, DT Star Lotulelei and PK Graham Gano are among Carolina's free agents who are not expected to receive the franchise tag, according to The Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person.

Footballguys view: Norwell is one of the top free agents available at any position. The Panthers already have a ton of money invested in the rest of the offensive line, so they'll likely let Norwell hit the open market.

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Star Lotulelei player page


  Buccaneers | Brentson Buckner hired by Tampa Bay    Mon Feb 19, 06:40 PM

Former Arizona Cardinals defensive line coach Brentson Buckner was hired for the same position by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, Feb. 19, according to a source.

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  Cowboys | DeMarcus Lawrence to be tagged without a deal    Mon Feb 19, 02:30 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent DE DeMarcus Lawrence will receive the franchise tag, if no long-term deal can be reached.

Footballguys view: Tagging Lawrence would guarantee him around $17.5 million for 2018. It would also give the two sides more time to work out a long-term deal. The deadline to tag players is March 6th. Once tagged, the Cowboys would have until July 15th to get a new deal done.

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  Panthers | Julius Peppers leaning toward playing in 2018    Mon Feb 19, 02:21 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers (shoulder) is leaning toward playing in 2018, according to a source. Peppers is recovering from shoulder surgery and is not quite ready to commit to a return.

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  Lions | Franchise tag for Ziggy Ansah?    Sun Feb 18, 10:45 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah could receive the franchise tag despite the fact it would pay him around $17.5 million in 2018 because the Lions have more than $40 million in cap space, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

Footballguys view: By tagging Ansah, the Lions would then have until July 15th to work out a new long-term deal. A first-round pick in 2013, Ansah bounced back in 2017 with a 12.0 sack season after snaring only 2.0 sacks in 2016. The Lions don't have much depth behind him, so letting Ansah walk would be especially damaging for a team in need of pass-rushing help.

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  Buccaneers | Paul Spicer interviewed for coaching vacancy    Sun Feb 18, 09:50 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently interviewed assistant defensive line coach Paul Spicer for their defensive line coaching vacancy.

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  49ers | Tank Carradine could receive new deal    Sat Feb 17, 06:31 PM

San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent DE Tank Carradine is a candidate to receive a new contract before the start of free agency, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

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  Steelers | Two could be asked to rework deals    Sat Feb 17, 05:03 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Cameron Heyward and OT Alejandro Villanueva are two candidates to restructure their contracts this offseason, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.

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  NFL | Duke Ejiofor undergoes surgery    Sat Feb 17, 07:38 AM

DE Duke Ejiofor (Wake Forest) underwent surgery for a torn labrum in late January, but speculation is the operation will not affect Ejiofor's draft stock.

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  NFL | Bradley Chubb an elite prospect    Fri Feb 16, 11:01 PM

North Carolina State DE Bradley Chubb is 'a top-five pick all day' in the 2018 NFL Draft, according to Chad Reuter of NFL.com.

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  NFL | Harrison Phillips a safe pick    Fri Feb 16, 10:53 PM

Stanford DT Harrison Phillips is one of the safest prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft, according to Chad Reuter of NFL.com, and Reuter compared Phillips to Buffalo Bills DT Kyle Williams.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa talks with Brentson Buckner    Fri Feb 16, 05:12 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have interviewed former Arizona Cardinals defensive line coach Brentson Buckner for their vacant defensive line coaching position.

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  Eagles | Brandon Graham wants a new deal    Fri Feb 16, 08:55 AM

Philadelphia Eagles DE Brandon Graham is seeking a new deal as he enters the final year of his four-year contract that will pay him $7 million in 2018.

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  Broncos | Derek Wolfe healed up    Thu Feb 15, 09:28 AM

Denver Broncos DE Derek Wolfe (neck) had surgery this offseason to alleviate nerve pain in his neck. The procedure enlarges the passageway where the spinal nerve exits the spinal canal. Wolfe, who also underwent stem-cell treatments, said he had dealt with neck pain since 2013.

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  Dolphins | Dolphins moving on from Ndamukong Suh?    Thu Feb 15, 01:53 AM

Miami Dolphins DL Ndamukong Suh could be jettisoned by the team this offseason due to the fact that he would count 'a staggering $26 million against the cap,' and 'confidants' of owner Stephen Ross indicated during this past season that he was ready to move on from Suh.

Footballguys view: Seems to be a theme for Suh. We think there will be interest in him if the Dolphins cut him loose, but he won't command the money he has made in the past.

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  Seahawks | Three RFAs expected to receive offers    Wed Feb 14, 07:41 PM

Seattle Seahawks restricted free-agent RB Mike Davis, DE Dion Jordan and CB Justin Coleman are expected to receive tender offers this offseason.

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Dion Jordan player page
Justin Coleman player page


  Seahawks | Michael Bennett due roster bonus    Wed Feb 14, 07:26 PM

Seattle Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is scheduled to receive a $3 million roster bonus March 18.

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  Texans | Christian Covington medically cleared    Wed Feb 14, 03:21 PM

Houston Texans DE Christian Covington (biceps) was medically cleared for football activities Wednesday, Feb. 14.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch scheduled to receive bonus    Mon Feb 12, 12:41 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch is scheduled to receive a $1 million bonus on the first day of the league year. Branch would make $1.7 million in 2018 if the Patriots decide to pay the bonus.

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  Buccaneers | Brentson Buckner may be option for staff    Sun Feb 11, 01:50 PM

Former Arizona Cardinals defensive line coach Brentson Buckner could be a candidate for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line coaching position, in the opinion of the Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman.

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  Ravens | Baltimore talking with Brent Urban    Sun Feb 11, 12:44 PM

Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent DE Brent Urban has had some contract talks with the Ravens this offseason.

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  Bengals | Two linemen in line for extensions    Sun Feb 11, 12:31 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals likely will to try to sign DE Carlos Dunlap and DT Geno Atkins to contract extensions before the start of next season.

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  Dolphins | Andre Branch ahead of schedule    Sat Feb 10, 04:26 PM

Miami Dolphins DE Andre Branch (knee) said he is ahead of schedule in terms of his rehab from offseason knee surgery but would not say if he will be ready for offseason workouts.

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  Steelers | Two Steelers restructure contracts    Sat Feb 10, 01:55 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers OG David DeCastro and DE Stephon Tuitt have agreed to restructure their contracts, which has created $13.26 million in salary cap space for the Steelers, according to a source.

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  49ers | Cassius Marsh terms    Fri Feb 9, 09:26 AM

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers DE Cassius Marsh's two-year deal is worth a maximum of $12.7 million with incentives. The base value is $7.7 million with $3.1 million guaranteed.

Footballguys view: Marsh was on three teams (Seahawks, Patriots, 49ers) in 2017 but seemed to find a role as a rotational player for the 49ers at the end of the year. He'll continue to play special teams and rotate on the defensive line for the 49ers in 2018.

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  Panthers | More on Julius Peppers surgery    Thu Feb 8, 05:46 PM

Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers (shoulder) underwent surgery Thursday, Feb. 8, to repair the labrum in his shoulder, according to a source. Peppers has not decided if he will play in 2018.

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  Panthers | Julius Peppers undergoes surgery    Thu Feb 8, 04:32 PM

Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery Thursday, Feb. 8.

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  49ers | Cassius Marsh given extension    Wed Feb 7, 03:55 PM

San Francisco 49ers DE Cassius Marsh was re-signed to a two-year contract extension Wednesday, Feb. 7. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Nick Fairley released    Mon Feb 5, 05:37 PM

New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley (heart) was released with a non-football illness designation Monday, Feb. 5.

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  Patriots | Free agency decisions ahead for New England    Mon Feb 5, 01:55 PM

The New England Patriots face the prospect of losing several key free agents. The Patriots have to address key impending free agents in OTs Nate Solder, Cameron Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle, along with RB Rex Burkhead, WR Danny Amendola, CB Malcolm Butler, WR/ST Matthew Slater and RB Dion Lewis. New England is projected to have approximately $17 million in salary cap space. TE Dwayne Allen, TE Martellus Bennett, DT Alan Branch, LB David Harris and RB Mike Gillislee all could be released to create more cap space.

Footballguys view: Solder is their franchise left tackle, and there's not a lot of talent at the position in this free agent class. There is speculation that Solder will end up retiring.

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  NFL | Marcus Davenport a top prospect?    Sun Feb 4, 10:13 PM

Texas-San Antonio DE Marcus Davenport has 'great size and ability' and is a 'first-round guy' in the 2018 NFL Draft, according to Mike Mayock of NFL.com.

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  NFL | Harrison Phillips the total package    Sun Feb 4, 10:05 PM

Stanford DT Harrison Phillips has a 'nice combination of power and some quickness' and is going to be a 'heck of a player' in the NFL, according to Mike Mayock of NFL.com.

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  Seahawks | Cliff Avril could be released    Sun Feb 4, 09:31 PM

Seattle Seahawks DE Cliff Avril is a potential cap casualty this offseason, according to Brady Henderson of ESPN.com, and the Seahawks could save as much as $6.5 million in cap space for 2018 by releasing Avril.

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  Eagles | Week 21 Inactives    Sun Feb 4, 04:44 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have declared DL Destiny Vaeao, DT Elijah Qualls, WR Marcus Johnson, CB Sidney Jones, LB Steven Means, RB Wendell Smallwood, OT William Beatty inactive for Week 21.

Footballguys view: Smallwood had a chance to fill some of Darren Sproles role when Sproles went down, but Corey Clement stole his thunder.

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  Patriots | Super Bowl inactives for Patriots    Sun Feb 4, 04:42 PM

The New England Patriots have declared DL Alan Branch, WR Bernard Reedy, OL Cole Croston, LB David Harris, TE Jacob Hollister, WR Kenny Britt, RB Mike Gillislee inactive for Week 21.

Footballguys view: Mike Gillislee was seen as a possible sly Patriots pilfer from a division rival a la the Chris Hogan deal, but it ended up being a bust because Gillislee was ineffective or hurt for most of the season. He's unlikely to be back next year.

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Mike Gillislee player page


  Patriots | Alan Branch will not play    Sun Feb 4, 01:22 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch said he will be one of the inactive players for the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Footballguys view: Branch was actually spotted eating at a Panda Express in the Mall of America hours before the game. He was a much bigger part of last year's Super Bowl Champion.

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  NFL | Rasheem Green not NFL ready?    Sat Feb 3, 11:15 PM

Southern California DT Rasheem Green has a high ceiling but isn't strong enough to handle NFL competition yet, according to an AFC scout. 'He probably would have been a top-10 pick next year,' the scout said. 'He's not strong enough to handle NFL guys yet, so this year might be a redshirt year for him. He's going to be a dude when it all comes together.'

Footballguys view: Green is a DE/DT tweener, but projects as a core defensive line presence with versatility and the ability to hold up against the run and be a force in the pass rush. He should go off the board in the second round.

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  Rams | Aaron Donald named DPOY    Sat Feb 3, 09:05 PM

Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald was named the 2017 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year Saturday, Feb. 3.

Footballguys view: Donald deserves to be one of the highest paid defensive players in the game and the Rams should take care of that this offseason.

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  Eagles | Three sick Eagles players feeling better    Sat Feb 3, 05:34 PM

Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor (illness), DT Timmy Jernigan (illness) and CB Ronald Darby (illness) have all dealt with illnesses this week but are feeling better, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

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  Patriots | Super Bowl injury report for Patriots    Fri Feb 2, 05:18 PM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion), CB Malcolm Butler (illness), CB Brandon King (knee) and DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Feb. 2, and have been removed from the injury report for Super Bowl LII.

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Malcolm Butler player page


  Eagles | Super Bowl injury report for Eagles    Fri Feb 2, 04:21 PM

Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi (ankle), DT Fletcher Cox (calf), CB Ronald Darby (illness), LB Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) and DT Timmy Jernigan (illness) fully participated in practice Friday, Feb. 2, and are not on the injury report for Super Bowl LII.

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  Ravens | Brandon Williams may re-work deal    Fri Feb 2, 03:09 PM

Baltimore Ravens DT Brandon Williams probably will be asked to restructure his contract this offseason in order to create salary cap space, according to owner Steve Bisciotti.

Footballguys view: Williams stepped up last year after the team traded Timmy Jernigan to the Eagles. Michael Pierce is also growing into a solid starter next to him, as the Ravens continue to stay strong on the interior defensive line even as the names change.

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  Falcons | Takkarist McKinley surgery deemed minor    Fri Feb 2, 12:56 AM

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons DE Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) had the surgery on his left shoulder characterized as 'minor' by the team and is expected to 'be back strong.'

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  Falcons | Takkarist McKinley has shoulder procedure    Thu Feb 1, 09:18 PM

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons DE Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) had surgery on his left shoulder Thursday, Feb. 1. There is no immediate timetable for his recovery.

Footballguys view: McKinley had a handful of impact plays in his rookie year and seemed to translate well, especially when you consider that his shoulder wasn't healthy. He and Vic Beasley could be an excellent edge rush duo next season.

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  Eagles | Thursday practice report for Eagles    Thu Feb 1, 05:34 PM

Philadelphia Eagles DT Timmy Jernigan (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Feb. 1. DT Fletcher Cox (calf), LB Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) and CB Ronald Darby (illness) fully participated in practice.

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Fletcher Cox player page
Timmy Jernigan player page
Ronald Darby player page


  Patriots | Thursday practice report for Patriots    Thu Feb 1, 05:30 PM

New England Patriots CB Malcolm Butler (illness), CB Brandon King (knee) and DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (concussion) fully participated in practice Thursday, Feb. 1.

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Malcolm Butler player page


  Falcons | Takkarist McKinley undergoing surgery    Thu Feb 1, 04:21 PM

Atlanta Falcons DE Takkarist McKinley (undisclosed) is undergoing surgery for an undisclosed injury Thursday, Feb. 1.

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