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  Broncos | Von Miller talks dormant    Fri Jun 24, 02:22 PM

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller hasn't had contract discussions with the team since early June, according to sources. Miller is under the team's control for 2016 via the franchise tag.

Footballguys view: The Broncos have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal under the CBA, but the team had set an earlier deadline to get the deal done that coincided with the negotiations coming to a halt. Denver could rekindle talks at the deadline, but if they can't finish a deal, Miller could hold out instead of playing under the 14.129 million franchise tag.

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  NFL | Curtis Lofton hopes to play    Thu Jun 23, 04:45 PM

Former Oakland Raiders LB Curtis Lofton (ankle, knee) underwent offseason surgery on his ankle and knee, but he hopes to continue playing in 2016.

Footballguys view: Lofton is more of a downhill thumper than a versatile linebacker, and his surgeries probably won't help his case. He will likely have to wait for an injury to a starter before he gets a call.

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  Saints | Austin Johnson's job security unclear    Wed Jun 22, 11:40 PM

New Orleans Saints FB Austin Johnson is the only fullback on the roster currently. He has been on and off the roster recently, and his status heading into the season hinges on whether the team decides they need a fullback.

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  Bengals | Donte Whitner being recruited to CIN    Wed Jun 22, 01:11 PM

Free-agent SS Donte Whitner (Browns) is being recruited by Cincinnati Bengals LB Karlos Dansby to sign with the Bengals.

Footballguys view: Whitner was not brought back by the Browns, but he might stay in the division. The Bengals have an opening at safety that may come down to a battle between the inexperienced Shawn Williams, who did start four games last year and 2015 sixth round pick Derron Smith.

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  NFL | DeMeco Ryans wants to play    Wed Jun 22, 11:17 AM

Free-agent LB DeMeco Ryans (Eagles) hopes to sign with a team for 2016, but he is prepared if his career comes to an end.

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  Jets | Lorenzo Mauldin to play every down    Wed Jun 22, 01:13 AM

New York Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin had a strong rookie campaign, and the team expects him to be an every-down players in 2016.

Footballguys view: The Jets defensive line has been one of the strongest in the league for a while, but they have struggled to find edge rushers to take advantage of that strength. Maudlin has a chance to break through this year and should be considered a sack-heavy IDP league sleeper.

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  Packers | Sam Barrington staying patient    Tue Jun 21, 07:35 PM

Green Bay Packers LB Sam Barrington (foot) said it has taken an 'immense amount of patience' to rehabilitate from a serious foot injury he suffered last season. Barrington said he used the time off to find ways to get better. The expected starting middle linebacker is still focusing on growing as a player. Barrington acknowledged that whether or not he starts will be based on if he prepares himself the right way.

Footballguys view: Barrington had somewhat of a breakout season in 2014 before suffering this foot injury in 2015. He's almost back in action, but needs to prove that he can stay healthy after twice being placed on Injured Reserve since he came into the league as a run-stuffing seventh-round pick in 2013.

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  Broncos | Von Miller talks are stagnant    Tue Jun 21, 02:50 PM

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller's long-term contract negotiations with the Broncos have gone cold over the past 10 to 12 days, according to ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler. The two sides still have sizeable gap regarding guaranteed money. Fowler said Miller has supposedly explored holding out until March, at which point he would become a non-exclusive franchise player. Then, another team could offer a first-round pick and third-round pick for Miller.

Footballguys view: It's late June....and we'll be more optimistic about this situation than others. The two sides have until July 15th to make Miller the highest-paid defender in the NFL. Miller is entering his prime and the Broncos defense is the best in the league....so long as Miller is pressuring QBs on the outside. The math here is simple; pay the man!

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  Bills | IK Enemkpali has a big chance    Tue Jun 21, 01:08 AM

Buffalo Bills LB IK Enemkpali has worked with the first-team defense in offseason practice and he might push LB Manny Lawson for a starting job.

Footballguys view: Enemkpali is mainly known as the former Jets player who broke Geno Smith's jaw, but he may have a chance to rush the passer often for the Bills in 2016. During the team's recent minicamp, Enemkpali was getting by blockers with inside and outside pass-rush moves.

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  Saints | Dannell Ellerbe will be ready for camp    Sun Jun 19, 05:32 PM

New Orleans Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe (undisclosed) missed some practices this offseason because of undisclosed injuries but expects to be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: Over the last two seasons, Ellerbe has only played in seven games. During 2015 (his first year with the Saints), Ellerbe was limited by hip and toe injuries. He was forced to take a paycut earlier this offseason, but he could make an impact for the Saints this year if healthy.

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  Raiders | Shilique Calhoun signed    Sun Jun 19, 09:56 AM

The Oakland Raiders have signed LB Shilique Calhoun, their third-round selection in the 2016 NFL draft, to a four-year contract.

Footballguys view: We love the upside that Calhoun has as a pass-rusher. Over the last three years at Michigan State, Calhoun had an outstanding 128 quarterback pressures and 26.5 sacks. He is expected to serve as a backup to LB Bruce Irvin as a rookie, but Calhoun has the ability to be an impact starter someday for the Raiders defense.

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  Chiefs | Dee Ford dealing with tendonitis     Sat Jun 18, 08:07 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Dee Ford (knee) is dealing with tendonitis in his knee, but he practiced Thursday, June 16, in a limited capacity.

Footballguys view: The Chiefs need to be careful here. Ford could be one of their primary pass-rushers in 2016. Linebacker Justin Houston is coming back from an ACL injury, and his status for the start of the regular season is up in the air. Tamba Hali is not quite the player he used to be and will likely play a more limited role this season. That means it's time for Ford to shine.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly should be ready for camp    Sat Jun 18, 03:28 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) should be ready to go for the start of training camp, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

Footballguys view: Getting their superstar LB at full strength will greatly benefit the Panthers defense. They have a rock-solid front seven on defense, but we will be watching to see how their secondary comes together after parting ways with former franchise player CB Josh Norman. Kuechly had surgery in February for a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

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  Chiefs | Justin Houston to miss start of camp    Fri Jun 17, 07:03 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston (knee) will not be ready for the start of training camp because he is recovering from a knee injury.

Footballguys view: Houston's status for the start of the regular season is also up in the air. The team is going to limit him in training camp if he does actually get to practice. The hope is Houston is going to be eased in at the beginning of the regular season.

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  Chiefs | Dee Ford bothered by knee    Thu Jun 16, 10:06 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Dee Ford (knee) exited practice with a sore knee Wednesday, June 15.

Footballguys view: The Chiefs need to be cautious here. They already have LB Justin Houston returning from a knee injury, but his status for the start of the regular season is up in the air. Tamba Hali is not quite the same player as he used to be, and he's been missing minicamp with his own knee injury. We should see Hali play a smaller role in 2016, so the Chiefs really need Ford to get healthy, stay healthy and make an impact as a pass-rusher.

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  Ravens | Two others unlikely to play much    Thu Jun 16, 07:37 PM

Baltimore Ravens LBs Terrell Suggs (Achilles') and Elvis Dumervil (foot) are not expected to see much playing time during the preseason, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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  Ravens | Terrell Suggs could be ready for season    Thu Jun 16, 02:06 PM

Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles') has a real chance to be ready for the season, but he's unlikely to play in the preseason, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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  Ravens | No timetable for Terrell Suggs    Thu Jun 16, 02:02 PM

Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles') looks good and is rehabbing at the team's facility, according to head coach John Harbaugh. However, there is no clear timetable for when Suggs will begin practicing.

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  Broncos | Von Miller threatens to sit out    Thu Jun 16, 12:29 PM

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller posted on Instagram Thursday, June 16, that he will not play the 2016 season under the franchise tag.

Footballguys view: We've heard this before and we'll see. Not playing the whole season impacts his benefits and other aspects fans don't know about, which is why you rarely see guys actually follow through. The Broncos wouldn't fall apart if he sat out, but the defense would certainly take a hit. We'll keep you updated as things progress.

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  Texans | Whitney Mercilus should be ready for camp    Wed Jun 15, 07:40 PM

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 15, but should be ready for the start of training camp.

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  Texans | Jadeveon Clowney on the field    Wed Jun 15, 07:27 PM

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (illness) participated in practice Wednesday, June 15, after missing practice Tuesday, June 14, because of an illness.

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  Ravens | Elvis Dumervil should be at camp    Wed Jun 15, 06:13 PM

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil (foot) said recently underwent a foot procedure but should be able to return to action for training camp.

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  Redskins | Two linebackers should be at camp    Wed Jun 15, 05:37 PM

Washington Redskins LBs Junior Galette (Achilles') and Perry Riley (foot) are expected to be ready for training camp, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

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  Bills | Jerry Hughes misses practice    Wed Jun 15, 04:49 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Jerry Hughes (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 15, because of an illness.

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  Broncos | Von Miller doesn't want to sit out    Wed Jun 15, 03:49 PM

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller said he does not want to sit out the 2016 season to wait for a long-term extension. Miller said he and the Broncos still have a month to negotiate that long-term deal and he would like to remain with Denver for the rest of his career.

Footballguys view: Fully guaranteed money seem to be the hold-up for this deal. We'll see if the two sides can find a middle ground. This defense would be hurt - though likely not devastated - if Miller sat out.

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  Bears | Two players absent Tuesday    Tue Jun 14, 08:52 PM

Chicago Bears LB Pernell McPhee (knee) and OL Ted Larsen (undisclosed) were not present for minicamp Tuesday, June 14. McPhee is recovering from offseason knee surgery, while head coach John Fox did not disclose Larsen's ailment.

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  Ravens | Elvis Dumervil had procedure    Tue Jun 14, 05:53 PM

Baltimore Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil (undisclosed) recently underwent a preventative procedure, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Harbaugh did not elaborate on Dumervil's issue, but it is the reason for Dumervil's absence from practice Tuesday, June 14.

Footballguys view: Nothing like specifics. Once anything is dug up about this 'procedure' then we'll be able to comment. This doesn't seem that serious at this time.

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  Broncos | Denver extends Brandon Marshall    Tue Jun 14, 04:23 PM

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall agreed to a four-year extension Tuesday, June 14, according to a source. It includes a $10 million signing bonus.

Footballguys view: Marshall was cut three times by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the Broncos scooped him up in 2013 and he's developed into one of their best players on the league's best defense. He'll take over at WILL for the Broncos this year with Danny Trevathan (Bears) moving on in free agency.

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  Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin, Luke Kuechly on the side    Tue Jun 14, 10:19 AM

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) and LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) are working on the side Tuesday, June 14.

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  Saints | Hau'oli Kikaha has third ACL tear    Tue Jun 14, 02:08 AM

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints LB Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which he had repaired twice in college.

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  Colts | Veteran Robert Mathis looking good    Mon Jun 13, 11:17 PM

Indianapolis Colts DE Robert Mathis (Achilles') is fully recovered from a torn Achilles' tendon which kept him out in 2014, and with limited playing time in 2015. He has been a full participant in the team's offseason program, save for a few days he was held out for rest. Beat writer Zak Keefer noted he looked fast and ready when on the field.

Footballguys view: Achilles' injuries aren't as devastating as they used to be. He was slowed by the injury last season, but it sounds like Mathis is better this offseason. The Colts had 35 sacks last year, but with Mathis back near full strength that number could grow.

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  Chiefs | Justin Houston may be at minicamp    Sat Jun 11, 03:47 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston (knee) could be present for minicamp next week, although he probably won't practice, according to head coach Andy Reid. Houston is still recovering from surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Footballguys view: Houston's status for Week 1 of the regular season is up in the air right now. The Chiefs need to be cautious with him, and Houston may end up having to start the season on the PUP list--forcing him out of the first six weeks of the regular season.

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  Raiders | Khalil Mack can be more consistent    Fri Jun 10, 06:33 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack recorded 15 sacks in 2015, but defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said he wants to see Mack play more consistently this upcoming season.

Footballguys view: He's not going to play Michael Schofield (Broncos) every week. Mack is a star in the league, but if he's more consistent then he'll be an even greater asset for the Raiders defense in 2016.

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  Texans | Whitney Mercilus sits out    Fri Jun 10, 03:13 PM

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, June 10.

Footballguys view: The Texans need to be careful here as hamstring injuries can be tricky to deal with. Mercilus has been increasing his activity over the last week and is not dealing with a serious injury.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall talking deal with DEN    Fri Jun 10, 02:44 AM

Denver Broncos restricted free-agent LB Brandon M. Marshall is in advanced contract negotiations with the team before his deadline Wednesday, June 15. He has a second-round, $2.553 tender attached to him. If he doesn't sign by Wednesday, Marshall's deal could be reduced to a 10% raise from the $585,000 salary he made last season, although the Broncos would probably re-up him for the $2.553 million.

Footballguys view: Marshall is taking over at weak-side inside linebacker since Danny Trevathan (Bears) moved on in free agency. We have a feeling the team will be able to get something done with Marshall before next Wednesday's deadline.

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  Cowboys | Sean Lee expects to be ready for camp    Thu Jun 9, 07:32 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) said he would be shocked if he was not ready for the start of training camp. Lee believes he's on pace to be on the field when that time comes.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys defense will be better with a healthy Lee back on the field. We'll see if he can be ready...then stay healthy for the upcoming season.

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  Eagles | Ty Powell retires    Thu Jun 9, 04:39 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB Ty Powell was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Thursday, June 9.

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  Saints | Hau'oli Kikaha likely out for season    Thu Jun 9, 01:56 PM

New Orleans Saints LB Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to sources, and he'll likely miss the 2016 season.

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  Broncos | Von Miller talks still ongoing    Thu Jun 9, 01:43 PM

Updating previous reports, Denver Broncos LB Von Miller and the Broncos continue to have contract negotiations, according to a team source, despite reports that talks broke off.

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  Broncos | Von Miller could sit out in 2016    Wed Jun 8, 11:34 PM

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos LB Von Miller rejected a six-year, $114.5 million deal at some point between Monday, June 6, and Wednesday, June 8. A source close to Miller said the player actually accepted two significant parts of the offer Monday: specifically, the length of the contract (six years) and the overall money ($114.5 million). However, the guaranteed money is apparently where the impasse is, and the impasse has escalated so quickly that Miller could sit out the 2016 season entirely.

Footballguys view: The Broncos were hoping an early offer would get him at minicamps and assure them that he would be in training camp, but he didn't accept it quick enough we guess. We suspect Miller will be in camp, but keep your eyes locked here--and listen to our own Cecil Lammey on 104.3 the Fan in Denver - to make sure you have all the information.

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  Broncos | DeMarcus Ware still a spectator    Wed Jun 8, 11:27 PM

Denver Broncos LB DeMarcus Ware (back) continued to watch practice from the sideline Wednesday, June 8, as the team remains cautious with him following back problems that flared up in the past two weeks. Head coach Gary Kubiak now expects Ware to remain sidelined for the entire minicamp. 'I don't think it makes much sense. What do we have here? Four days or something like that to really do that,' Kubiak said. 'We'll get the entire summer to make sure he's feeling good before we get back out there.'

Footballguys view: It's not that big of a concern, but it is a bit surprising that he has yet to practice this offseason. Ware is going to be a part-time player for the Broncos this year, opening the door for guys like Shaq Barrett and Shane Ray to do more.

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  Patriots | Rob Ninkovich takes reps at LB    Wed Jun 8, 10:40 PM

New England Patriots DE/LB Rob Ninkovich has been the starting defensive end for each of the past five seasons, but he has been taking almost all of his practice reps at minicamp as an off-the-line linebacker. Most of his work has been lining up next to LB Jamie Collins. Ninkovich has been dropping into coverage in 7-on-7 drills, displaying his unique athleticism and versatility.

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  Redskins | Two players still hurting    Wed Jun 8, 06:50 PM

Washington Redskins LB Perry Riley (foot) has shed his walking boot, but is still not participating in practices. OG Shawn Lauvao (ankle) is not practicing yet either.

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  Cowboys | Dallas signs two more players     Wed Jun 8, 06:25 PM

Free-agents LB Brandon Hepburn (Eagles) and OT Bryan Witzmann (Saints) were signed by the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday, June 8.

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  Eagles | Jordan Hicks cleared    Wed Jun 8, 03:18 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB Jordan Hicks (quadriceps) has been cleared to practice, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

Footballguys view: His quadriceps injury is still not 100%, but the Eagles are monitoring his workload leading up to training camp. Hicks claims the ailment is nothing serious, however.

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  Broncos | Von Miller talks break off?    Wed Jun 8, 02:01 PM

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller passed a team-imposed deadline Tuesday, June 7, to agree on a long-term contract. The Broncos have withdrawn their multi-year offer, and Miller will play the 2016 season on his $14.129 million franchise tag. The two sides reached a partial agreement on years and total value in recent days that would have made Miller the highest-paid defensive player, but there were significant differences in how the deal was structured.

Footballguys view: There's five weeks to work out a deal. Miller has not yet signed his franchise tender, and the two sides have until July 15th to work something out. The total contract sounds good ($114.5 MM) but the guaranteed money that reportedly offered ($39.8 MM) is way too low for a player like Miller. The Broncos will have to pay more guaranteed money if they want Miller on a long-term deal.

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  Dolphins | Kiko Alonso feels healthy    Wed Jun 8, 01:27 PM

Miami Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso (knee) said he feels healthy Wednesday, June 8, after multiple knee injuries.

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  Broncos | Denver makes offer to Von Miller    Wed Jun 8, 01:09 PM

The Denver Broncos proposed a six-year, $114.5 million deal to LB Von Miller that includes $39.8 million guaranteed in the first two years of the deal, according to sources close to the team. However, no deal is imminent.

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  Broncos | Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware not practicing    Wed Jun 8, 01:00 PM

Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talib (leg) and DE DeMarcus Ware (back) are not taking part in practice Wednesday, June 8.

Footballguys view: Talib was involved in another incident involving a firearm and was shot in the leg. He's going to be okay as the injury was incredibly minor, but right now with an ongoing investigation underway the veteran corner is not going to be on the practice field. Talib could be in a lot of trouble with the law..and the league, but it may take some time to lay down any punishment (if any).

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  Lions | Kroy Biermann visiting Lions    Wed Jun 8, 10:18 AM

Free-agent DE Kroy Biermann (Falcons) is visiting the Detroit Lions Wednesday, June 8.

Footballguys view: The Lions still want to find pass-rushing help if they can. Biermann has spent his entire eight-year pro career with the Falcons. As a part-time player in 2015, Biermann had only 2.5 sacks. If added, Biermann would only be counted on for veteran depth and wouldn't see the field that much unless injuries strike ahead of him on the depth chart.

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