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  Patriots | David Harris likely to make team    Fri Jun 23, 10:12 AM

New England Patriots LB David Harris is a near lock to make the 53-man roster.

Footballguys view: With $1.25 million in guaranteed money, Harris is a near lock for the final roster. Not a shock given his veteran experience and ability to still be a two-down run-stuffer. Harris should play on early downs, leaving LB Shea McLellin for sub-package situations.

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  Patriots | Shea McClellin likely in passing-down role    Fri Jun 23, 10:11 AM

New England Patriots LB Shea McClellin is likely to be used in a 'passing-game' role to utilize his coverage skills.

Footballguys view: That's why the team added David Harris after the Jets released him. Harris is not a player you want in on passing downs, but he's a better run-defender than McClellin. The combination should work out nicely for the Patriots.

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  Cardinals | Haason Reddick should start right away    Thu Jun 22, 03:31 PM

Arizona Cardinals rookie LB Haason Reddick is expected to start immediately over injured LB Deone Bucannon (ankle), according to Darren Urban of azcardinals.com.

Footballguys view: Reddick can start right away and he can make an instant impact. In college at Temple, Reddick constantly made plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage. He's a bit undersized at 6'1" 237 pounds but he has great athleticism, burst and a knack for pressuring the quarterback.

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  Chiefs | Dee Ford had quiet second half    Wed Jun 21, 06:33 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Dee Ford recorded 10 sacks in his first nine games in 2016 but failed to record a sack in the final seven games of the regular season.

Footballguys view: We'll see if Ford can be more effective as the season goes on. With Justin Houston back at full strength, the Chiefs should be able to get after the passer early and often.

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  Patriots | David Harris financials    Wed Jun 21, 01:31 PM

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots LB David Harris signed a two-year deal worth $6.75 million, according to a source.

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  Patriots | David Harris agrees with Patriots    Wed Jun 21, 10:23 AM

Free-agent LB David Harris (Jets) agreed to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots Wednesday, June 21, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Harris is a two-down thumper who can stuff the run. He's not the same player he used to be, but Harris can still be an effective pro. Harris will compete for playing time in a crowded linebacker group behind Donta Hightower.

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  Vikings | Two Vikings competing for OLB job    Mon Jun 19, 07:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings LBs Edmond Robinson and Emmanuel Lamur appeared to share the snaps at weakside linebacker evenly during minicamp.

Footballguys view: Robinson received most of the work with the first-team defense when Lamur was sidelined with an injury early this offseason.

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  Jets | Demario Davis loses weight    Sun Jun 18, 05:12 PM

New York Jets LB Demario Davis said he has lost five pounds this offseason and believes he is much faster than he was in previous years.

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  Lions | Tahir Whitehead misses workouts    Sun Jun 18, 04:47 PM

Detroit Lions LB Tahir Whitehead (undisclosed) was did not participate in organized team activities or minicamp because he is recovering from an undisclosed injury.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower limited    Fri Jun 16, 10:18 AM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (undisclosed) hasn't fully participated in practices this offseason.

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  Dolphins | More Dolphins nursing injuries    Thu Jun 15, 04:31 PM

Miami Dolphins LB Koa Misi's (neck) status for training camp remains unclear as he continues to recover from a neck injury. OT Laremy Tunsil (hamstring) and WR Rashawn Scott (foot), however, are expected to be healthy enough to participate in training camp.

Footballguys view: Tunsil is the most important piece here, as his move to left tackle is critical to the offense. Tunsil has more than showed he can handle the rigors of a full season, so we feel confident he will be Ok this season.

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  Titans | Kevin Dodd should be ready for camp    Thu Jun 15, 01:16 PM

Tennessee Titans LB Kevin Dodd (foot) is expected to be ready for training camp, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

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  Bears | Three Bears could miss start of camp    Wed Jun 14, 07:16 PM

Chicago Bears OG Josh Sitton (chest), OG Kyle Long (ankle) and LB Danny Trevathan (knee) may not be ready for the start of training camp because they are recovering from injuries.

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  Jets | Demario Davis accepts pay cut    Wed Jun 14, 07:15 PM

New York Jets LB Demario Davis accepted a pay cut after he was traded to the Jets, according to a source. Davis was scheduled to make $3.7 million but will now receive a $900,000 base salary and can make an additional $1.225 million in incentives.

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  Bills | Preston Brown working with starters    Wed Jun 14, 04:58 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Preston Brown has been working at middle linebacker with the first-team defense during minicamp. LB Reggie Ragland is working with the second-team defense at the position.

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  Chiefs | Derrick Johnson takes part in drills    Tue Jun 13, 11:54 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') participated in individual drills during practice Tuesday, June 13.

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  Chiefs | No knee problems for Justin Houston    Tue Jun 13, 10:56 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston said he knee is feeling good and that he is not dealing with any swelling in the knee.

Footballguys view: Houston has been bothered by knee problems each of the last two years and has been limited to 16 games total during that time. One of the best pass rushers in the league when healthy, Houston could easily post double-digit sacks in 2017.

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  Ravens | Two injured Ravens should be ready for camp    Tue Jun 13, 09:51 PM

Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (toe) and LB C.J. Mosley (shoulder) are expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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  Dolphins | Two Dolphins likely to miss minicamp    Tue Jun 13, 08:59 PM

Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) and LB Koa Misi (neck) likely will not participate in the minicamp this week because of injuries.

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  Rams | Robert Quinn had minor surgery    Tue Jun 13, 07:11 PM

Los Angeles Rams DE Robert Quinn (wrist) recently underwent minor surgery on his hand, according to head coach Sean McVay, and was sporting a cast around his right wrist. He will be ready for training camp.

Footballguys view: It's minor and not really a big deal, but it is yet another injury for Quinn. He's played in 17 games combined over the last two years due to various injuries. Getting him back on track is something we expect from new DC Wade Phillips.

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  Ravens | Many Ravens sidelined at minicamp    Tue Jun 13, 04:37 PM

Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (toe), WR Quincy Adeboyejo (undisclosed), LB Brennen Beyer, LB C.J. Mosley (shoulder) and OG Marshal Yanda (shoulder) did not practice at minicamp Tueday, June 13.

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  Dolphins | Lawrence Timmons impressing at workouts    Mon Jun 12, 07:55 PM

Miami Dolphins LB Lawrence Timmons has been impressive during offseason workouts and has shown good speed during practice, according to QB Matt Moore.

Footballguys view: The Dolphins gave Timmons a two-year, $12 million contract with $11 million guaranteed. They need him to boost their linebacking corps in 2017. Miami was 30th against the run last year, and Timmons should be able to improve that area of their defense.

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  NFL | Retirement not an option for David Harris    Sun Jun 11, 07:29 PM

Free-agent LB David Harris (Jets) is not considering retirement at this point and has received interest from a few teams.

Footballguys view: Harris isn't the player he used to be, but he can still be a sound starter in the NFL. We should see him latch on with a new team before training camp.

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  Chargers | Melvin Ingram signs four-year deal    Sun Jun 11, 05:38 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Melvin Ingram signed a new four-year contract Sunday, June 11, worth $66 million, according to a source. The deal includes $42 million in guaranteed money.

Footballguys view: The two sides had up to July 15th to make a new deal happen, and they got this done a month before the deadline for franchise-tagged players. Ingram is going to continue to combine with Joey Bosa to provide the Chargers with great rushers on the edge. He'll move from outside linebacker to "Leo" rusher in Gus Bradley's new 4-3 defense in 2017.

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  Dolphins | Three Dolphins working at MLB    Sun Jun 11, 04:43 PM

Miami Dolphins LBs Kiko Alonso, Lawrence Timmons and Mike Hull have all received snaps at middle linebacker during offseason workouts and will continue to share snaps during the upcoming minicamp.

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  Titans | No timetable for Kevin Dodd    Sun Jun 11, 04:22 PM

Tennessee Titans LB Kevin Dodd (foot) said he has no timetable for his recovery from foot surgery but his hope is that he will be fully healthy for the start of the regular season.

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  Chargers | Melvin Ingram still in contract talks    Sun Jun 11, 02:28 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DE Melvin Ingram is still in contract talks with the team, as he is one of two franchise-tag players yet to sign their tender. ESPN reporter Eric Williams believes Ingram will play under the tag rather than sign a new deal.

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  Dolphins | Miami not pursuing David Harris    Sat Jun 10, 12:36 PM

Free-agent LB David Harris (Jets) has not received interest from the Miami Dolphins since he was released from the New York Jets, but the Dolphins could show interest in Harris in the future.

Footballguys view: Harris may not be the player he used to be, but he's still capable of being a reliable starter. We imagine he'll find a new home before the start of training camp.

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  Jets | Randell Johnson waived    Sat Jun 10, 09:52 AM

New York Jets LB Randell Johnson was waived Friday, June 9.

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  Jets | Erik Walden has talked to Jets    Fri Jun 9, 02:53 PM

Free-agent LB Erik Walden (Colts) has been contacted by the New York Jets in recent weeks.

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  Jets | Spencer Paysinger joins Jets    Fri Jun 9, 10:59 AM

Free-agent LB Spencer Paysinger (Giants) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Friday, June 9.

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  Cardinals | Deone Bucannon likely to start on PUP list    Thu Jun 8, 02:29 PM

Arizona Cardinals CB Deone Bucannon (ankle) is expected to begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Bucannon is recovering from ankle surgery.

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  Bills | Reggie Ragland a full participant    Thu Jun 8, 10:49 AM

Buffalo Bills LB Reggie Ragland (shoulder) will participate in practice fully Thursday, June 8.

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  Chargers | Chris McCain limps off    Wed Jun 7, 06:43 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Chris McCain (undisclosed) limped off the field Tuesday, June 6, after suffering an undisclosed injury during practice. McCain has been working with the first-team defense during offseason workouts since franchise free-agent LB Melvin Ingram has stayed away from the workouts.

Footballguys view: McCain has seemed like a natural fit at the important LEO rush end position in Gus Bradley's defense. If he is out for an extended period, it could hurt the Chargers negotiating leverage with Ingram.

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  Jets | Three candidates for Jets MLB job    Wed Jun 7, 04:47 PM

New York Jets LBs Demario Davis, Bruce Carter and Julian Stanford are candidates to start at middle linebacker after the team decided to release LB David Harris.

Footballguys view: Davis should be considered the favorite. Even though none of these linebackers are top talents, the spot next to Darron Lee could be surprisingly good in IDP leagues with the amount of time the Jets defense will spend on the field.

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  Cowboys | Daryl Washington hopes to join Cowboys    Wed Jun 7, 02:25 PM

Free-agent LB Daryl Washington (Cardinals) said he would like to sign with the Dallas Cowboys.

Footballguys view: Washington has been out of the league for three years, but he's been reinstated by the NFL and is ready to go. The Cowboys need help on the defensive side of the ball, and Washington was an effective starter (and a Pro Bowl player) -- although it was years ago -- for the Cardinals. Dallas has no issue taking chances on players with baggage.

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  Texans | Brian Cushing should return for camp    Tue Jun 6, 03:42 PM

Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (shoulder) has not participated in organized team activities due to offseason shoulder surgery, but he is expected to be ready for training camp.

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  Jets | NYJ plans to release David Harris    Tue Jun 6, 01:59 PM

New York Jets LB David Harris is expected to be released shortly, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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  Jets | Trouble for Darron Lee    Tue Jun 6, 03:07 AM

New York Jets LB Darron Lee was seen on video allegedly in an altercation with a woman at the Governor's Ball Music Festival on Randall's Island. Jets DE Leonard Williams is also in the tape, allegedly restraining his teammate.

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  49ers | Elvis Dumervil joining 49ers    Mon Jun 5, 02:19 PM

Free-agent LB Elvis Dumervil (Ravens) agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers Monday, June 5. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: Dumervil was slowed by injury in 2016 and only registered 3.0 sacks in eight games. He should move back to DE in the 49ers 4-3 defense. Dumervil is not quite the player he used to be, but if healthy he could bring some heat from the edge.

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  49ers | Kyle Shanahan impressed with NaVorro Bowman    Sun Jun 4, 12:44 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (Achilles') hasn't missed any of the current OTA sessions and has impressed head coach Kyle Shanahan with his quick recovery from an Achilles' tear

Footballguys view: Shanahan may be impressed with Bowman's recovery, but some 49ers beat writers have been reporting that the veteran linebacker has been struggling. Beat writer Grant Cohn believes Bowman will be cut. The 49ers have around $70 million in cap space right now, and they could easily swallow the massive $14.6 million remaining in dead money on Bowman's deal. The team drafted his replacement when they selected LB Reuben Foster in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.

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  Eagles | Mychal Kendricks battling hammy injury    Sun Jun 4, 09:54 AM

Philadelphia Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) was limited in practice after sustaining a hamstring injury during OTAs last week.

Footballguys view: The Eagles don't want to get Kendricks more banged up with this hamstring injury, so they'll take it easy on him...especially if they still have him on the trade block. The problem with trading Kendricks is his contract. Due $6.6 million in 2017, there's still $9.1 million left in dead money on his deal. We'll see if the team ends up trading him, so they don't have to release him and take that cap hit.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall feels rejuvenated     Sat Jun 3, 10:47 PM

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall said he feels rejuvenated headed into the 2017 season, following an intense offseason regiment that included a diet change and barefoot workouts in the sand.

Footballguys view: Marshall just didn't look like himself last year with the Broncos. Since 2014, his per-game tackling has fallen from 8.1 to 6.9 to 4.5. In 2016, Marshall had only 52 tackles, with no sacks or turnovers, across 11 games. He's in the LB3/LB4 range in IDP leagues, but if healthy expect a bounce-back year.

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  Browns | Tank Carder could start at MLB    Sat Jun 3, 05:39 PM

Cleveland Browns LB Tank Carder appears to be the leading candidate to start at middle linebacker in 2017.

Footballguys view: The Browns will have a competition at that spot after trading DeMario Davis to the Jets for safety Calvin Pryor. A special teams player mostly, Carder only played 56 defensive snaps in 2016. He'll get a much larger opportunity this year.

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  Jets | Demario Davis may be asked to take pay cut    Sat Jun 3, 04:52 PM

New York Jets LB Demario Davis may be asked to take a pay cut if the Jets want him on the roster in 2017, in the opinion of ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini. He is scheduled to make $3.7 million in 2017.

Footballguys view: None of that $3.7 million is guaranteed, so Davis has no leverage if the team wants him to take a pay cut.

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  Bears | Lamarr Houston on track    Sat Jun 3, 02:34 PM

Chicago Bears LB Lamarr Houston (knee) said he is on schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament but does not want to predict when he may be completely recovered. Houston has been participating in organized team activities.

Footballguys view: Houston has a couple of knee injuries over the last three years, and he's not played up to the five-year, $35 million contract the Bears gave him in 2014. He's got a $6.9 million cap hit this year with around $1.9 million remaining in dead money.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman struggling in OTAs    Fri Jun 2, 09:19 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) struggled to keep up with TE Garrett Celek during OTAs, and beat writer Grant Cohn believes Bowman will be cut.

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  Texans | Houston signs two players    Fri Jun 2, 06:07 PM

Free-agent WR Dres Anderson (Bears) and LB Sio Moore (Cardinals) agreed to terms with the Houston Texans Friday, June 2, according to sources. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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  Texans | Houston interested in Sio Moore    Fri Jun 2, 05:08 PM

Free-agent LB Sio Moore (Cardinals) is receiving interest from the Houston Texans.

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  Texans | Houston cuts ties with two    Fri Jun 2, 02:51 PM

Houston Texans WR Keith Mumphery and LB Max Bullough were waived Friday, June 2.

Footballguys view: Mumphery was recently expelled and banned from Michigan State due to a violation of the school's relationship violence and sexual misconduct policy. Bullough was suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Neither player was in for a large role in 2017.

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