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  Saints | David Onyemata could have bigger role    Tue Jun 27, 04:51 PM

New Orleans Saints DT David Onyemata could receive a bigger role on defense this season because DT Nick Fairley (heart) has been ruled out.

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  Saints | Nick Fairley won't play this year    Mon Jun 26, 04:50 PM

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley (heart) will not play in 2017 due to his heart condition. His career is also in jeopardy.

Footballguys view: This condition was known since Fairley came into the league as a first-round pick out of Auburn in 2011. He has received opinions from at least three doctors about this issue and a conclusion was made that he's done for this year and maybe his career. Fairley is coming off a career-high 6.5 sack season in 2016 and losing him is a huge blow to the Saints defense. Back in March, the Saints re-signed Fairley to a four-year, $28 million contract, including an $8 million signing bonus. Sheldon Rankins (first-round pick in 2016) will be asked to do more in Fairley's absence.

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  Saints | Nick Fairley placed on NFI list    Mon Jun 26, 04:41 PM

New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley (heart) was placed on the Resereve/Non-Football Injury list Monday, June 26, with a heart condition, according to a source. It is a possibility that Fairley will not play in 2017.

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  Steelers | L.T. Walton practices with starters    Sat Jun 24, 10:24 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE L.T. Walton received first-team reps at defensive tackle during organized team activities and minicamp, due to an undisclosed injury to DT Javon Hargrave.

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  Vikings | Sharrif Floyd expected to be on PUP list    Fri Jun 23, 04:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, quadriceps) is expected to start the 2017 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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  Rams | Tyrunn Walker released    Thu Jun 22, 04:14 PM

Los Angeles Rams DT Tyrunn Walker was released Thursday, June 22.

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  Rams | LA Rams ink remaining draft picks    Tue Jun 20, 09:41 PM

Los Angeles Rams fourth-round WR Josh Reynolds, fourth-round LB Samson Ebukam, sixth-round DT Tanzel Smart, sixth-round FB Sam Rogers and seventh-round LB Ejuan Price signed their four-year rookie contracts Tuesday, June 20. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Grady Jarrett highly impressive this spring    Tue Jun 20, 12:38 PM

Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett 'totally jumped out' to the coaching staff during offseason workouts, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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  Saints | New Orleans not counting on Nick Fairley    Sun Jun 18, 05:04 PM

The New Orleans Saints are preparing as if DT Nick Fairley (heart) will not be able to play in 2017.

Footballguys view: Last we heard, Fairley was waiting on a third opinion from doctors regarding his heart condition. There is a chance that Fairley doesn't ever play football again.

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  Browns | Caleb Brantley inconsistent during workouts    Sun Jun 18, 04:40 PM

Cleveland Browns DT Caleb Brantley looked like a first-round pick at times during offseason workouts but looked like he did not deserve playing time at other points of the offseason, according to defensive line coach Clyde Simmons.

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  NFL | No decision from Vince Wilfork yet    Sat Jun 17, 02:43 PM

Free-agent DT Vince Wilfork (Texans) said he still has not decided if he will continue his playing career and that he does not have a timetable for his decision.

Footballguys view: Wilfork is not the player he used to be, and we can't see a ton of interest generating for him even if he wants to play in 2017. Texans GM Rick Smith believes Wilfork is likely done playing football.

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  Panthers | Star Lotulelei likely for camp    Fri Jun 16, 10:02 AM

Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (shoulder) had cleanup surgery in his shoulder this offseason and is expected to be ready for training camp, according to a source.

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  Saints | Tony McDaniel signed by Saints    Thu Jun 15, 04:00 PM

Free-agent DT Tony McDaniel (Seahawks) was signed to an undisclosed contract by the New Orleans Saints Thursday, June 15.

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  Steelers | Tyson Alualu limited Tuesday    Tue Jun 13, 10:26 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DT Tyson Alualu (calf) said he was limited during practice Tuesday, June 13, because of a calf injury. He said he will be ready for the start of training camp.

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  Dolphins | Ndamukong Suh to practice Wednesday    Tue Jun 13, 08:57 PM

Miami Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh did not participate in practice Tuesday, June 13, because of a family matter but will practice Wednesday, June 14, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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  Bills | Two Bills do not practice    Tue Jun 13, 08:24 PM

Buffalo Bills OT Cordy Glenn (ankle, back) and DT Kyle Williams (neck) did not participate in practice Tuesday, June 13. Glenn was working on the sidelines during practice.

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  Falcons | Dontari Poe to weigh in    Mon Jun 12, 09:22 AM

Atlanta Falcons DT Dontari Poe will weigh in Tuesday, June 13, and if he weighs less than 340 pounds, he'll earn $125,000.

Footballguys view: Poe plans to play this season at 330 pounds, and he's got a big bonus waiting for him if he hits the right number on the scale. Chronic back problems slowed him down with the Chiefs as a nose tackle. He's going to play a 3-technique in the Falcons 4-3 defense, and he should come off the field in nickel situations. A lighter weight and a reduced number of snaps could make Poe more effective in 2017.

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  Lions | A'Shawn Robinson working on pass rush    Sat Jun 10, 09:28 AM

Detroit Lions DT A'Shawn Robinson has spent the offseason working on his pass-rushing technique, after he had just two sacks and five quarterback hurries during his rookie season last year.

Footballguys view: He became a starter late in 2016 and played 59 percent of the team's defensive snaps over the final three games but defensive coordinator Teryl Austin hopes that Robinson can improve enough to be used as a three-down player.

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  Chiefs | Three roster moves made by Chiefs    Fri Jun 9, 12:09 PM

Kansas City Chiefs S Damariay Drew and DT T.J. Barnes were released Friday, June 9. Free-agent CB Keith Baxter (Packers) was subsequently signed.

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  Chiefs | Cam Thomas joins Chiefs    Thu Jun 8, 04:39 PM

Free-agent DT Cam Thomas (Rams) signed an undisclosed deal with the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, June 8.

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  Lions | Detroit signs two, cuts two    Thu Jun 8, 10:11 AM

Free-agent DL Ego Ferguson (Bears) and DT Bruce Gaston (Chargers) signed undisclosed deals with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, June 7. DTs Nick Names and Maurice Swain were cut.

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  Broncos | Zachariah Kerr seeing time at NT    Wed Jun 7, 06:13 PM

Denver Broncos DT Zachariah Kerr said he has received most of his snaps at nose tackle during offseason workouts but is willing to play at any of the defensive line positions.

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  Bengals | Cincinnati counting on Andrew Billings     Sun Jun 4, 08:42 PM

Cincinnati Bengals DT Andrew Billings 'knows the defense' after spending last season learning the system while recovering from a meniscus tear, according to defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, and Billings is being counted on to provide a run-stopping presence this season.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch should be at minicamp    Sun Jun 4, 06:23 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch has not been present for organized team activities this offseason but is expected to take part in the mandatory minicamp.

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  Saints | Nick Fairley dealing with heart condition    Sat Jun 3, 08:10 PM

New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley (heart) has been absent from OTAs due to a heart condition that could jeopardize his playing career, according to Fox Sports' Jennifer Hale.

Footballguys view: Fairley has been playing with this heart condition ever since he came into the league. The condition could shorten his pro career, and this is something to keep an eye on. Losing Fairley would be a big blow to the on-field product, but also it would come with salary cap ramifications. Back in March, the Saints re-signed Fairley to a four-year, $28 million contract, including an $8 million signing bonus. Sheldon Rankins (first-round pick in 2016) will be asked to do more in Fairley's absence.

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  Vikings | Sharrif Floyd optimistic about 2017 return    Wed May 31, 01:53 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (quad) believes it is 'a matter of not if, but when' he will return to the playing field in 2017. Floyd, who was on the field for practice on Wednesday, is unable to run for now after a surgery mishap left him with a nerve issue that is preventing his right quadriceps muscle from firing properly.

Footballguys view: A first-round pick in 2013, Floyd's availability for this season is a complete unknown. With his nerve issue, beginning the year on the PUP list is not out of the question.

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  NFL | Devon Still near full health    Wed May 31, 09:55 AM

Free-agent DE Devon Still (foot) is nearing full health from October Lisfranc surgery, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Still played a small handful of snaps for the Texans last year before a Lisfranc injury ended his season. He has never become an impact player, but there should be some interest in the former second-round pick when he's cleared medically.

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  Seahawks | Malik McDowell signs contract    Fri May 26, 07:30 PM

Seattle Seahawks second-round draft choice DT Malik McDowell has signed a four-year contract worth $6.955 million. The deal includes a $3.198 million signing bonus.

Footballguys view: McDowell is a big-bodied defender with the length to disrupt the quarterback from multiple spots on the line. Don't look at his numbers from college as they're not that impressive, but the potential with McDowell to be a solid pro is there. We'll see if he can take to pro coaching as questions from college about his work ethic and motor abound. He'll serve as a rotational player for the Seahawks.

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  Raiders | Treyvon Hester signs contract    Fri May 26, 05:31 PM

Oakland Raiders seventh-round draft choice DT Treyvon Hester signed his four-year contract Friday, May 26. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Three Vikings sign rookie deals    Fri May 26, 11:49 AM

Minnesota Vikings DT Jaleel Johnson, LB Ben Gedeon and OG Danny Isidora signed their rookie four-year contracts Friday, May 26.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay signing Stevie Tu'ikolovatu    Tue May 23, 04:56 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu is signing his four-year rookie deal Tuesday, May 23. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Eagles | Three Eagles absent    Tue May 23, 11:31 AM

Philadelphia Eagles DE Fletcher Cox, OT Jason Peters and P Donnie Jones are absent from voluntary workouts Tuesday, May 23, but head coach Doug Pederson said he has spoken with them.

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  NFL | Kedric Golston cleared    Sat May 20, 12:58 PM

Free-agent DT Kedric Golston (hamstring) received medical clearance a little over two weeks ago after he finished the 2016 season on the Reserve/Injured list because of hamstring injury. He worked out for the San Francisco 49ers earlier this week.

Footballguys view: Golston has been with Washington since he was a sixth-round pick out of Georgia in 2006. He only played in two games last year as injuries knocked him out for most of the season. He worked out for the 49ers this week and could latch on with some team for a minimum deal to work as a two-down run stuffer.

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  Seahawks | Nazair Jones signs contract    Fri May 19, 08:19 PM

Seattle Seahawks third-round draft choice DT Nazair Jones signed his four-year deal with the Seahawks Friday, May 19. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Jones is a run stuffer, and he's got the size, length and strength to win at the point of attack. He's not a pass-rusher, so the rookie from North Carolina is likely to come off the field on passing downs.

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  Browns | Caleb Brantley inks deal with Cleveland    Fri May 19, 04:07 PM

Cleveland Browns sixth-round pick DT Caleb Brantley signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 19. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: Brantley has the strength to be a force in the middle of the defensive line. He can work outside at end and help contain the run, but he also can move inside to tackle and stack up double teams if need be. The rookie from Florida will work as a rotational player behind Danny Shelton in 2017.

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  49ers | Kedric Golston works out for 49ers    Fri May 19, 09:41 AM

Free-agent DT Kedric Golston (Redskins) worked out for the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source.

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  Ravens | Chris Wormley signs contract    Fri May 19, 02:26 AM

Baltimore Ravens DT Chris Wormley, one of the team's third-round selections, signed his rookie contract Wednesday, May 17.

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  Browns | Larry Ogunjobi signs contract    Thu May 18, 02:16 PM

Cleveland Browns DL Larry Ogunjobi signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Colts | Grover Stewart signs with Colts    Thu May 18, 01:09 PM

Indianapolis Colts DT Grover Stewart signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Browns | Charges against Caleb Brantley dropped    Wed May 17, 02:41 PM

Cleveland Browns DT Caleb Brantley's battery charge in Florida has been dismissed because of insufficient evidence, according to the Florida State Attorney's Office.

Footballguys view: Brantley could've been a second- or third-round pick but on April 13th, he was involved in a physical altercation with a woman that resulted in the woman being knocked unconscious. On the field, Brantley has a stout frame and can create interior pressure on the passer. He was a rotational player in college (never played in half of Florida's defensive snaps) for the Gators, and that role should continue in the pros.

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  Falcons | Atlanta meeting with Sean Lissemore    Wed May 17, 02:12 PM

Free-agent DT Sean Lissemore (Chargers) is meeting with the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday, May 17.

Footballguys view: This is Lissemore's first known visit since the Chargers released him earlier this year. Going on 30, Lissemore has only played in eight games over the last two years and missed all of the 2016 season due to injury. The Falcons needed defensive line help this year and that's why they signed DT Dontari Poe and DE Jack Crawford in free agency, then they spent their first-round pick on Takkarist McKinley.

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  NFL | Vince Wilfork still undecided    Wed May 17, 09:45 AM

Free-agent DT Vince Wilfork (Texans) said Wednesday, May 17, he still hasn't made a firm decision on retirement.

Footballguys view: Wilfork wasn't his old self with the Texans, and he really doesn't have much left to offer a pro team. It's not a firm decision, but he's probably just going to stay retired or get retired or whatever. Wilfork was a force in the middle for years with the Patriots, but his best days are behind him.

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  Dolphins | Davon Godchaux signs with Dolphins    Tue May 16, 06:08 PM

Miami Dolphins DT Davon Godchaux signed his four-year rookie deal Tuesday, May 16. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: At 6'3" 310 pounds, Godchaux is built like a bulldog..and he plays with a mean streak. He can extend his arms quickly and is technically sound when setting the edge against the run. He's a rotational player for the Dolphins up front.

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  Bengals | Five rookies sign with Bengals    Mon May 15, 03:00 PM

Cincinnati Bengals DT Ryan Glasgow, PK Jake Elliott, LB Jordan Evans, S Brandon Wilson and TE Mason Schreck signed their four-year rookie deals Monday, May 15.

Footballguys view: A seventh-round pick out of Buffalo, Schreck is known as a natural hands catcher and receiving tight end. He only had one drop on 59 receptions with the Bulls last year. He was the leading receiver in 2016, and now he hopes to make an impression for the Bengals. With his receiving ability and willingness to block, we could see the rookie work his way up the depth chart with time.

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  Jaguars | Two Jaguars released, two added    Mon May 15, 10:35 AM

Jacksonville Jaguars DT Louis Nix and SS Akeem Davis were released Monday, May 15. Undrafted free-agent S Jarrod Harper (West Virginia) and DT Kevin Maurice (Nebraska) were signed after trying out during last weekend's rookie camp.

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  Seahawks | Malik McDowell leaves practice    Sun May 14, 05:37 PM

Seattle Seahawks DT Malik McDowell (foot) left practice early Sunday, May 14, after his foot was stepped on but he should be fine.

Footballguys view: McDowell is going to line up at end for the Seahawks where his size and wingspan will come in handy. Coming out of Michigan State, there were plenty of questions about McDowell's work ethic but Seattle is a team known to work through those kind of problems with players. We should see the rookie work as a rotational player and potential starter for the Seahawks going forward.

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  Seahawks | Malik McDowell to move outside    Sat May 13, 11:27 PM

Seattle Seahawks DT Malik McDowell will be used more at defensive end, according to head coach Pete Carroll. 'I'm playing a whole different position,' McDowell said. 'Moving outside and going from taking double teams to taking single blocks here mostly.'

Footballguys view: McDowell has the capability of playing end or tackle on the defensive line. If motivated (sometimes a big IF for the Michigan State prospect), McDowell can be an incredibly disruptive player due to his length and strength when getting after the passer.

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  Buccaneers | Big year coming for Noah Spence?    Sat May 13, 10:18 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Noah Spence said he has put on more muscle but weighs about 10 pounds less than last season, and DT Gerald McCoy said Spence is ready for a 'breakout year' while DE Robert Ayers said Spence could be a '15-plus sack guy' this season.

Footballguys view: Spence has amazing upside as a pro, and we could see him as a double-digit sack guy for multiple years in the NFL. He fell to the second round of the 2016 NFL draft due to character concerns from back in his days at Ohio State. Spence transferred to Eastern Kentucky and has stayed on the right path since then.

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  Colts | Josh Boyd headed to Indianapolis    Fri May 12, 01:43 PM

Free-agent DL Josh Boyd (Packers) signed an undisclosed deal with the Indianapolis Colts on Friday, May 12. To make room for Boyd on the roster, the Colts waived OLB Curt Maggitt with an injury settlement.

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  Cowboys | Dallas signs most of its draft class    Fri May 12, 02:56 AM

The Dallas Cowboys signed draft picks CB Chidobe Awuzie, WR Ryan Switzer, S Xavier Woods, CB Marquez White, DL Joey Ivie, WR Noah Brown and DE Jordan Carrell to their rookie contracts Thursday, May 11. Third-round pick CB Jourdan Lewis is the team's lone unsigned draft choice.

Footballguys view: Switzer and Brown are the fantasy assets to consider in dynasty leagues here. While Switzer plays more like Wes Welker, Brown has drawn comparisons to Dez Bryant because of his ball skills. Switzer can work as a return man in addition to duties as a slot wide receiver. Brown is not as talented as Bryant, but he is fast and able to make crazy catches.

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