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  Falcons | Coach fine with Dontari Poe's weight    Sun Apr 23, 07:12 PM

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said he was comfortable with DT Dontari Poe's weight when he reported for offseason workouts this past week but did not disclose the weight.

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  NFL | Vince Wilfork not expected to play    Fri Apr 21, 05:34 PM

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said he does not believe free-agent DT Vince Wilfork (Texans) will play again.

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  NFL | Grover Stewart received 24 visit requests    Wed Apr 19, 11:40 PM

Albany State DT Grover Stewart is believed to have received the most requests this spring to work out for NFL teams or fly in for an official visit, according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

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  Cowboys | Dallas meets with three defensive prospects    Wed Apr 19, 08:31 PM

Michigan State DT Malik McDowell, Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey and Youngstown State DE Derek Rivers recently met with the Dallas Cowboys, according to sources.

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  Bengals | Andrew Billings cleared to activities    Wed Apr 19, 03:20 PM

Cincinnati Bengals DT Andrew Billings (knee) has been cleared to participate in football activities and has started cutting and performing football moves. He currently weighs 332 pounds but said he will get down to 320 pounds for the season.

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  Bengals | Several Bengals should be ready for camp    Wed Apr 19, 03:04 PM

Cincinnati Bengals OG Clint Boling (shoulder), FS George Iloka (shoulder) and DT Brandon Thompson (knee) should all be ready for the start of training camp.

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  Raiders | Dan Williams released    Tue Apr 18, 05:00 PM

Oakland Raiders DT Dan Williams was released Tuesday, April 18.

Footballguys view: Williams is a big bodied run stuffer who should get some interest on the open market. He's only a rotational player, and his weight is always a concern, but Williams should have a few teams looking at him. The Raiders clear up $4.5 million in cap space with this move.

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  Colts | More Johnathan Hankins terms    Tue Apr 18, 09:06 AM

Updating previous reports, Indianapolis Colts DT Johnathan Hankins has a $3 million base salary in 2017 and a guaranteed $7 million roster bonus this year. He didn't receive a signing bonus.

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  Seahawks | Malik McDowell visiting Seahawks    Mon Apr 17, 12:10 PM

Michigan DT Malik McDowell is visiting the Seattle Seahawks Monday, April 17, according to a source.

Footballguys view: McDowell is big, has a large wingspan and can dominate in the middle of the line. That's the good...but the bad is there too. McDowell was known to take plays off in college and his technique can get lazy as the game goes on. He's raw, but the potential is there for him to be one of the more disruptive players in the league.

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  Panthers | Kawann Short signs extension    Mon Apr 17, 09:45 AM

Carolina Panthers DT Kawann Short signed a five-year, $80 million deal with the Panthers Monday, April 17, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Short was reportedly seeking a deal that paid him more annually, but $16 million per year is nothing to sneeze at. It makes him the third-highest paid 4-3 defensive tackle in the league behind Ndamukong Suh and Fletcher Cox. Short may not get 11.0 sacks like he did two years ago, but 5-7 sacks is quite reasonable for the stout run defender.

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  Texans | Nazair Jones meets with Houston    Sat Apr 15, 05:00 PM

North Carolina DT Nazair Jones met with the Houston Texans earlier this week, according to a source.

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  Steelers | Treyvon Hester to visit Pittsburgh    Fri Apr 14, 09:15 PM

Toledo DT Treyvon Hester will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, and Hester had representatives from 13 teams attend his workout Thursday, April 13.

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  Steelers | Treyvon Hester to visit Pittsburgh    Fri Apr 14, 09:15 PM

Toledo DT Treyvon Hester will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, and Hester had representatives from 13 teams attend his workout Thursday, April 13.

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  Rams | Aaron Donald will have similar role    Fri Apr 14, 07:14 PM

Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald said he will have a similar role on defense even though the team will be moving to a 3-4 defensive alignment under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. 'I'm still going to be a 3-technique; still a penetrate, get-up-field type of guy. I got to come here during the offseason and got to sit down and talk with him. I like his game plan and how he's going to use us, and the position he's going to put us in to have success,' Donald said.

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  Colts | Johnathan Hankins expected to start at NT    Fri Apr 14, 06:45 PM

Indianapolis Colts DT Johnathan Hankins is expected to start at nose tackle in the team's 3-4 defensive alignment.

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  Saints | Charles Walker working out for Saints    Fri Apr 14, 11:16 AM

Oklahoma DT Charles Walker is working out for the New Orleans Saints Friday, April 14.

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  Colts | Johnathan Hankins chooses Colts    Thu Apr 13, 01:37 PM

Free-agent DT Johnathan Hankins (Giants) is signing a three-year, $30 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, April 13, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Giants were never giving him that deal, considering the price range of their defensive line. Hankins is a decent player and should help a pretty bad Colts defense.

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  Giants | Johnathan Hankins has four-year offer from NYG    Wed Apr 12, 08:39 PM

Free-agent DT Johnathan Hankins (Giants) has been offered a four-year deal by the New York Giants worth $28 million and it is still on the table, according to sources.

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  NFL | Terrance Knighton retiring    Wed Apr 12, 07:28 PM

Free-agent DT Terrance Knighton (Patriots) has decided to retire from professional football.

Footballguys view: Affectionately known as "Potroast" we'll see Knighton finish his pro career after spending 2016 out of football. A big-bodied run stuffer (to say the least), Knighton is going to pursue a career in coaching.

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  NFL | Several teams interested in Malik McDowell    Wed Apr 12, 06:52 PM

Michigan State DT Malik McDowell is meeting with the Washington Redskins Wednesday, April 12. He has already met with the Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts. He also worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Footballguys view: McDowell is huge, measuring in at 6'6" 296 pounds and he can be quite disruptive on the defensive line. He's got the length and strength to be dominant inside, but McDowell is known for taking plays off. His technique is incredibly raw, but the upside is there for him to be a Pro Bowl player. He may go off the board at some time in the first round.

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  Dolphins | Miami has talked with Johnathan Hankins    Wed Apr 12, 06:32 PM

Free-agent DT Johnathan Hankins (Giants) has talked with the Miami Dolphins this offseason, but the Dolphins are not interested in meeting his asking price.

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  Colts | Indy unlikely to add Johnathan Hankins    Wed Apr 12, 05:17 PM

Free-agent DT Johnathan Hankins (Giants) likely will not sign with the Indianapolis Colts this offseason even though he met with the Colts Tuesday, April 11, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Hankins has a pretty rich price tag...or at least that's what the speculation is. There's a reason why he's just not simply back with the Giants. The Dolphins are reportedly interested too.

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  Rams | Aaron Donald set to break the bank    Wed Apr 12, 12:28 PM

Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald could end up being the game's highest-paid defensive player for the end of the season, according to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez.

Footballguys view: Donald is one of the best defenders in the game, and he's set to break the bank. Denver Broncos DE/LB Von Miller owes that designation right now, as he is working under a six-year contract worth $114.5 million with $70 million guaranteed.

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  Rams | Aaron Donald's option picked up    Wed Apr 12, 09:01 AM

Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald's fifth-year option was exercised Wednesday, April 12, which is worth $6.9 million guaranteed for injury.

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  Colts | Johnathan Hankins met with Colts    Tue Apr 11, 05:10 PM

Free-agent DT Johnathan Hankins (Giants) visited the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday, April 11, according to a source.

Footballguys view: There was reportedly another team besides the Giants interested in Hankins, and it looks like the Colts are that team. It makes sense with their huge need to add defensive line help. Perhaps a small bidding war will get underway for the veteran tackle.

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  NFL | Davon Godchaux receiving interest    Mon Apr 10, 06:37 PM

Louisiana State DT Davon Godchaux is scheduled to work out for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft. He is also receiving interest from the Green Bay Packers.

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  Eagles | Beau Allen having surgery    Mon Apr 10, 09:24 AM

Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles DT Beau Allen (pectoral) will have surgery Wednesday, April 12, to repair his ruptured pectoral muscle. He hopes to return by the start of the season.

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  NFL | Caleb Brantley's work ethic questioned    Sun Apr 9, 11:15 PM

Florida DT Caleb Brantley's answers 'felt a little fake' when asked about his work ethic in an interview after the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, according to a scouting director. 'On the surface he sounds good, but you felt the whole time like it was a big sales job,' the scouting director said.

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  Eagles | Beau Allen to miss at least four months    Sun Apr 9, 09:20 AM

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles DT Beau Allen (pectoral) is expected to be sidelined for four to six months after suffering a pectoral injury while working out, according to a source.

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  Giants | Johnathan Hankins drawing more interest    Sat Apr 8, 09:07 PM

Free-agent DT Johnathan Hankins (Giants) is drawing interest from another team in addition to the New York Giants.

Footballguys view: The Giants have reportedly offered Hankins a multi-year deal, but he's waiting for a better offer. If there is another team interested, then perhaps he could use the leverage for more money.

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  Eagles | Beau Allen suffers injury    Sat Apr 8, 05:26 PM

Philadelphia Eagles DT Beau Allen (chest) suffered an undisclosed injury to his chest and pectoral area while working out last week and is expected to need surgery, according to sources.

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  Buccaneers | J.R. Sweezy reworks deal    Sat Apr 8, 02:41 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG J.R. Sweezy agreed to restructure his contract, according to source. Sweezy will have the chance to make up to $25.5 million in the final four years of the contract. The new deal also gives the team protection in case Sweezy has further back problems.

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  Redskins | Stacy McGee expected to work at DE    Fri Apr 7, 04:29 PM

Washington Redskins DT Stacy McGee is expected to be used as a defensive end in the team's 3-4 defensive alignment even though people outside the organization believe he would be a better fit at nose tackle.

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  Dolphins | Miami worked out Malik McDowell    Sun Apr 2, 06:34 PM

Michigan State DT Malik McDowell had a private workout with Miami Dolphins defensive line coach Terrell Williams last week.

Footballguys view: McDowell could be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft...and he could be a dominate player at the pro level. Emphasis on the "could" part there as McDowell has a ton of work to do in order to play up to his potential. First, he needs technique work to improve his balance, leverage and footwork. Second, McDowell needs to overcome the "lazy" label that some have given him. Finally, McDowell needs to show that he can be a coachable player. The tools (length, strength, athleticism) are all there but he's not a finished product.

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  Lions | Detroit 'glad' Haloti Ngata is back    Sat Apr 1, 11:20 AM

Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata missed multiple games for the second straight season and is coming off the worst statistical season of his career, but announced in early March he would be returning for a 13th season, something head coach Jim Caldwell addressed at the owners meetings this week.

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  Bengals | Andrew Billings may start in 2017    Fri Mar 31, 07:10 PM

Cincinnati Bengals DT Andrew Billings appears to be the most likely candidate to start at defensive tackle next season with DT Domata Peko signing with the Denver Broncos.

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  Giants | Offer made to Johnathan Hankins    Mon Mar 27, 02:12 PM

Free-agent DT Johnathan Hankins (Giants) has had a multi-year offer on the table from the New York Giants for several weeks now. Terms of the proposed deal have not been disclosed.

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  NFL | Chris Wormley turns in good workout     Sat Mar 25, 11:43 PM

Michigan DT Chris Wormley participated in his pro day Friday, March 24, and general managers in attendance view him as a second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Wormley is well disciplined as a player on the edge. He'll keep containment as a run defender, but Wormley can also get some pressure from the outside. Scouts compare his skill set to that of Jared Crick (Broncos).

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  Giants | Johnathan Hankins back to NYG?    Sat Mar 25, 09:14 PM

Free-agent DT Johnathan Hankins (Giants) has a 'good shot' at re-signing with the New York Giants, according to beat writer Paul Schwartz.

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  Lions | Johnathan Hankins may be too pricey for DET    Sat Mar 25, 09:48 AM

Free-agent DT Johnathan Hankins (Giants) may not be an option for the Detroit Lions because he is likely too expensive to sign, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein.

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  Steelers | Pittsburgh meets with Chris Wormley    Fri Mar 24, 07:16 PM

Michigan DT Chris Wormley had dinner with representatives from the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, March 23. Wormley said he is also scheduled to meet with the Baltimore Ravens.

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  Rams | Tyrunn Walker joins LA Rams    Thu Mar 23, 08:57 PM

Free-agent DT Tyrunn Walker (Lions) agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Rams Thursday, March 23.

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  Dolphins | Ndamukong Suh to be ready for OTAs    Thu Mar 23, 07:35 PM

Miami Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh (knee) is expected to be ready for offseason workouts and organized team activities in April despite undergoing minor knee surgery in January.

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  Dolphins | Miami has contacted Johnathan Hankins    Wed Mar 22, 08:06 PM

Free-agent DT Johnathan Hankins (Giants) has been contacted multiple times by the Miami Dolphins, but he is still looking for a lucrative contract.

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  Steelers | Tyson Alualu expected to be used as DE, DT    Wed Mar 22, 04:30 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DT Tyson Alualu expected to be a backup to all three of the defensive line positions in the team's 3-4 defensive alignment.

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  Vikings | Minnesota showing interest in Malik McDowell    Wed Mar 22, 03:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer worked out Michigan State DT Malik McDowell at his pro day Wednesday, March 22.

Footballguys view: McDowell is likely to be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He's got the length and strength to attack from the edge, where the potential to be special is there. McDowell didn't put up the expected numbers in 2016 as he dealt with an ankle injury and there's concern that he might be a bit lazy.

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  Steelers | Tyson Alualu contract update    Wed Mar 22, 02:42 PM

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers DT Tyson Alualu signed a two-year contract worth $6 million. The deal includes $1.75 million in guaranteed money.

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  Steelers | Tyson Alualu signs with Steelers    Tue Mar 21, 04:38 PM

Free-agent DT Tyson Alualu (Jaguars) signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, March 21, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Steelers | Tyson Alualu visiting Steelers    Mon Mar 20, 12:27 PM

Free-agent DL Tyson Alualu (Jaguars) is visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, March 20.

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  Lions | Jordan Hill signs with Detroit    Mon Mar 20, 10:45 AM

Free-agent DT Jordan Hill (Jaguars) was signed by the Detroit Lions Monday, March 20, on an undisclosed deal.

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