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  Packers | Julius Peppers unlikely back to GB    Mon Feb 20, 11:32 AM

Green Bay Packers impending free-agent LB Julius Peppers appears to be done with the Packers, according to beat writer Rob Demovsky.

Footballguys view: Peppers hasn't announced whether or not he's going to retire, but he clearly has something left to offer in the NFL. In 2016 (his age-36 season), Peppers posted 7.5 sacks in 16 games. We could see him returning to the Panthers as a part-time pass rusher.

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  Ravens | BAL could cut six    Mon Feb 20, 11:02 AM

Baltimore Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil ($6 million), S Lardarius Webb ($5.5 million), CB Shareece Wright ($2.6 million) C Jeremy Zuttah ($2.3 million), CB Kyle Arrington ($2.1 million) and S Kendrick Lewis ($1.8 million) could be cut to create $20.3 million in salary cap space.

Footballguys view: The Ravens only have $15 million in cap space at this time, and that ranks among the lowest in the league. Freeing up $20 million extra would put them around the middle of the pack in the NFL, and it would give them a fighting chance with some of the better free agents out there.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower could get transition tag    Sun Feb 19, 03:04 PM

New England Patriots impending free-agent LB Dont'a Hightower may be more likely to receive the transition tag than the franchise tag if the Patriots decide to use a tag on him, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

Footballguys view: Hightower would receive around $11 million if he receives the transition tag and the Patriots would have the first right of refusal if another team signed him. The franchise tag would be worth between $14.5 million and $15 million, which may be too rich for the Patriots.

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Donta Hightower player page


  NFL | Hype building for Myles Garrett    Sat Feb 18, 10:24 PM

Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett is going to 'completely torch' the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, according to Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network, and Jeremiah said the expectation is for Garrett's workout to rival that of Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney's 2014 appearance.

Footballguys view: Garrett should be the biggest standout player at the combine. At 6'4" 268, Garrett is a freak athlete who can move like a much smaller man. Garrett can wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks with multiple pass-rushing moves and burst to the passer. He should be the no.1 pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

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  Colts | Indy could pursue Melvin Ingram    Sat Feb 18, 02:22 PM

Los Angeles Chargers impending free-agent LB Melvin Ingram could receive interest from the Indianapolis Colts if he hit the free-agent market.

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  Cardinals | Arizona talking with Chandler Jones    Fri Feb 17, 02:41 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have had contract talks with the agent for impending free-agent LB Chandler Jones but no deal is imminent at this point.

Footballguys view: General manager Steve Keim said the team will place the franchise tag on Jones if the two sides are not able to reach a long-term agreement.

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  Steelers | Pittsburgh iffy on Lawrence Timmons    Thu Feb 16, 05:13 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent LB Lawrence Timmons could be playing for another team in 2017. General manager Kevin Colbert said he would love to have Timmons finish his career as a Steeler, but implied that the Steelers are willing to let Timmons test the free-agent market if he's deemed too expensive for them to keep.

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  Bills | Ramon Humber re-signed    Thu Feb 16, 03:47 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Ramon Humber was re-signed to an undisclosed deal Thursday, Feb. 16.

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  Bills | Lorenzo Alexander looking for lucrative deal    Wed Feb 15, 04:53 PM

Buffalo Bills impending free-agent LB Lorenzo Alexander will receive between $5 million and $10 million per season on a short-term deal this offseason, according to his agent.

Footballguys view: Alexander had a career-best 12.5 sacks in 2016, and he's hitting the open market on a high note. New head coach Sean McDermott is switching to a 4-3 defense, but Alexander feels he's a fit for any scheme.

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  Cardinals | Chandler Jones to be tagged if no deal    Tue Feb 14, 10:44 PM

Arizona Cardinals LB Chandler Jones will receive the franchise tag if both sides can't agree to terms on a multi-year contract, according to team president and owner Michael Bidwill, who said, 'He's a great pass rusher, but if we can't agree to terms that work for us, we're just going to franchise him, and his people know that.'

Footballguys view: The tag for a linebacker guarantees a one-year salary of $14.1 million this year. If tagged, Jones and the Cardinals would have until July 15th to work out a new long-term contract.

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  Raiders | Aldon Smith in domestic violence incident    Tue Feb 14, 12:15 AM

Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith is currently being investigated by San Francisco police regarding a domestic violence incident. An incident report was filed on Saturday, Feb. 11, and both Smith and the woman who filed the complaint are cooperating with the investigation. No arrests have been made or charges filed.

Footballguys view: Smith has yet to be reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, even though he's been cleared to do so since late last year. This incident is still under investigation, and Smith is cooperating with authorities. Even if nothing comes from this, it's not a good sign for Smith.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower a candidate to be tagged    Tue Feb 14, 12:05 AM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is 'the prime candidate to receive the franchise tag' if the team decides to use it, according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com

Footballguys view: The Patriots have plenty of cap space to sign Hightower to a long-term deal. They could use the franchise tag as leverage to give themselves more time to work out a multi-year contract.

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  Steelers | Pittsburgh talking with Lawrence Timmons    Mon Feb 13, 06:05 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent LB Lawrence Timmons started contract talks with the Steelers Monday, Feb. 13.

Footballguys view: Turning 31-years old this offseason, Timmons could stay with the Steelers if he accepts a home-town discount.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman rehabbing well    Mon Feb 13, 03:41 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (Achilles') said his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles' tendon has been easier to deal with than his rehab for a torn anterior cruciate ligament last year.

Footballguys view: Bowman added that there is no timetable yet for when he'll be cleared to fully participate in football activities.

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  Falcons | Sean Weatherspoon interested in returning    Sun Feb 12, 05:53 PM

Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent LB Sean Weatherspoon said he wants to re-sign with the Falcons this offseason.

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  Falcons | Two Falcons may test free agency    Sun Feb 12, 05:50 PM

Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent LB Paul Worrilow and FS Kemal Ishmael are expected to hit the free-agent market this offseason.

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  Raiders | Oakland willing to wait on Aldon Smith    Fri Feb 10, 10:25 PM

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he won't count on LB Aldon Smith being reinstated, but the team will 'welcome' him back if it happens.

Footballguys view: Smith was cleared to return late last season, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell never made the decision to activate Smith. Lord only knows when Goodell will get around to reinstating the oft-troubled pass-rusher.

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  Bills | Reggie Ragland not a fit in new defense?    Fri Feb 10, 12:25 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Reggie Ragland, who is still recovering from a torn ACL last summer, may be too big (6-2, 252 pounds) to play inside in new head coach Sean McDermott's defense, as Thomas Davis (6-1, 231) and Shaq Thompson (6-1, 220) both relied on speed and athleticism with the Carolina Panthers. As such, the Buffalo News 'Vic Carucci believes it 'remains to be seen' whether or not he is a good fit in the new scheme.

Footballguys view: The Bills moved up in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft to select Ragland. He's a large-bodied thumper, but he lacks the athleticism to work on the outside as a pass-rusher.

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  Steelers | Pittsburgh wants Lawrence Timmons back    Fri Feb 10, 12:20 PM

Impending free-agent LB Lawrence Timmons is not at the top of the Pittsburgh Steelers' offseason priority list, but the club 'has shown interest' in bringing him back, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Timmons may be too pricey for the Steelers to keep. He can play on all three downs, and Timmons had 114 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2016.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower may test the market     Thu Feb 9, 04:28 PM

New England Patriots impending free-agent LB Dont'a Hightower said he's been in contact with former teammate and current Cleveland Browns LB Jamie Collins and other players to better handle the free-agent process. When asked if Hightower would take less money to stay with the Patriots, Hightower only said 'we'll see,' and that he has a long process to go through.

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Donta Hightower player page
Jamie Collins player page


  Colts | D'Qwell Jackson let go    Thu Feb 9, 02:10 PM

Indianapolis Colts LB D'Qwell Jackson was released Thursday, Feb. 9.

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  Giants | Uani' Unga waived    Wed Feb 8, 05:36 PM

New York Giants LB Uani' Unga was waived Wednesday, Feb. 8.

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  Patriots | No surgery for Dont'a Hightower    Wed Feb 8, 04:49 PM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee, shoulder) will not need to undergo any surgeries this offseason even though he dealt with knee and shoulder injuries during the season.

Footballguys view: Hightower missed three games this year, and he was never fully healthy dealing with these nagging injuries. A free agent this offseason, avoiding surgery should help his market value. The Patriots have the third-most salary cap space ($65 million) at this time, so if they want to keep Hightower they'll be able to afford him.

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  Ravens | C.J. Mosley should have option exercised    Wed Feb 8, 03:05 PM

Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley likely will have his fifth-year option picked up this offseason.

Footballguys view: A first-round pick in 2014, Mosley has missed only two games in his pro career. The tackling machine will be under the control of the Ravens through the 2018 season with the fifth-year option in place.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower could receive tag    Wed Feb 8, 03:04 PM

New England Patriots impending free-agent LB Dont'a Hightower is a candidate for the franchise tag if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement on a long-term deal.

Footballguys view: The Patriots have plenty of salary cap space this year. In fact, they have the third most at this time (around $65 million). They could place the tag on Hightower to keep him under their control while working behind the scenes to get him signed before the July 15th deadline.

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  Dolphins | Kiko Alonso should be ready for workouts    Mon Feb 6, 08:12 PM

Miami Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso (thumb) is expected to be ready for offseason workouts even though he recently underwent thumb surgery. Alonso is expected to be sidelined for six weeks because of the surgery.

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  Jets | Three Jets players may be on bubble    Mon Feb 6, 06:47 PM

New York Jets OT Ryan Clady, OT Breno Giacomini and LB Erin Henderson are candidates to be released this offseason because the Jets could save salary cap space if they can be released. The team would save $10 million in cap space if they cut Clady, $4.5 million if they released Giacomini and $2.6 million if they cut Henderson.

Footballguys view: The Jets swapped a fifth round pick for a seventh to get Clady when D'Brickashaw Ferguson retired last spring, but it's questionable whether he is worth his big price tag for 2017.

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  Patriots | Super Bowl inactives for Pats    Sun Feb 5, 05:02 PM

The New England Patriots have declared CB Cyrus Jones, RB D.J. Foster, QB Jacoby Brissett, SS Jordan Richards, CB Justin Coleman, OT LaAdrian Waddle, WR Michael Floyd inactive for Super Bowl LI

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  Raiders | Aldon Smith could be reinstated in March    Sun Feb 5, 03:04 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith is expected to be reinstated from his substance abuse-induced suspension in March 'barring a slip-up', according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Smith met with commissioner Roger Goodell in December, but his reinstatement was deferred for three months.

Footballguys view: Smith is still under contract with the Raiders and could be the "2" in a lethal one-two pass rush combination with Khalil Mack. The Raiders had a disappointing end to 2016 when Derek Carr went down, but they are poised to do bigger and better things in 2017 with some breaks like Smith's uneventful return to play.

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  Cowboys | Reunion possible for Dallas, DeMarcus Ware    Sun Feb 5, 03:01 PM

Impending free-agent LB DeMarcus Ware is 'leaving the door open' to play next season in Dallas, where he spent the first nine seasons of his career.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys could certainly use pass rush punch, and rejoining them would represent a shot for Ware to get another ring before retiring. Even if he is just a role player on passing downs at this point, Ware will draw plenty of interest on the open market.

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  Patriots | New England pursued DeAndre Hopkins    Sun Feb 5, 02:04 PM

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins was a primary trade target for the New England Patriots during the season. Prior to dealing LB Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns for a conditional third-round pick, the Patriots asked for Hopkins in a potential trade for Collins.

Footballguys view: Hopkins will be a free agent in 2018, so if the Texans are unsure about signing him long-term, trading him would make sense. It still seems very likely that they are planning on retaining him, so this is more about the Patriots looking for talent at wide receiver than the Texans making Hopkins available.

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Jamie Collins player page


  Redskins | Junior Galette already under contract    Sat Feb 4, 08:00 PM

Updating a previous story, Washington Redskins LB Junior Galette is already under contract after spending all of the 2016 season on the non-football injury list, essentially rolling over the terms of last year's agreement into the 2017 season.

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  Texans | Benardrick McKinney coming into his own    Sat Feb 4, 12:48 AM

Houston Texans LB Benardrick McKinney led the team with 129 tackles, and he was the only player in the NFL with at least 100 tackles and five sacks. General manager Rick Smith said McKinney still has another level to reach.

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  Cardinals | Daryl Washington not likely to return    Fri Feb 3, 11:53 PM

Arizona Cardinals LB Daryl Washington is unlikely to return to the team in 2017, according to a team source, even if he is reinstated.

Footballguys view: Washington should be picked up in deep dynasty IDP leagues as he could have value this year, but it sounds like it won't be in the role he flourished in previously in Arizona.

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  Patriots | Friday injury report for Patriots    Fri Feb 3, 04:49 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (toe), FS Nate Ebner (concussion), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) and DT Vincent Valentine (back) were limited during practice Friday, Feb. 3, and are listed as questionable for Super Bowl LI.

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  Broncos | DeMarcus Ware wants to return to Denver    Fri Feb 3, 04:00 PM

Denver Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware stated that he plans on playing 2017 and that he would like to remain with the organization. 'Hopefully I come back there, and I want to,' Ware said. 'But it's also about the man who writes the checks and that's (general manager John) Elway. But I'm ready, I'm passionate and I want to lead that defense.'

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  Bills | Lorenzo Alexander eyeing QB situation    Fri Feb 3, 03:09 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander said that whoever is the team's quarterback in 2017 will 'factor into his decision' regarding a return to the organization next season. He added that he supports QB Tyrod Taylor and says he 'hopes' he remains the starting quarterback.

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  Chiefs | Derrick Johnson hoping to return by camp    Fri Feb 3, 12:24 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') is optimistic he will be able to run by the start of offseason workouts and hopes to be ready by training camp, according to the Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor.

Footballguys view: Johnson tore his left achilles late in the season. He came back from a torn right achilles suffered in 2014, but that one came much earlier in the season. The Chiefs wouldn't save much money by releasing him, so he'll likely be with the team even if he's not ready for Week 1.

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  Broncos | DeMarcus Ware not done    Fri Feb 3, 10:23 AM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent DE DeMarcus Ware (back) said he feels like a new man a month after back surgery, and he wants to play in 2017.

Footballguys view: Ware might not be as effective without Von Miller on the other side of his defensive front, but he can still provide an edge rush presence that many teams need in a small role a la Dwight Freeney, who has a chance to get a ring with the Falcons on Sunday. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph apparently wants Ware to return, but his price on the open market and the team's strong depth at OLB could make that a tough sell if they decide to pony up for the services of Tony Romo.

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  Patriots | New England's Thursday injury report    Thu Feb 2, 07:14 PM

New England Patriots DTs Alan Branch (toe), Vincent Valentine (back), FS Nate Ebner (concussion) and LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) were limited participants in practice Thursday, Feb. 2.

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  NFL | LaMarr Woodley unlikely to play again    Thu Feb 2, 12:45 PM

Free-agent LB LaMarr Woodley (Cardinals) has not filed his retirement papers at this point but indicated that he is not interested in playing again.

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  Dolphins | Kiko Alonso expected to get original tender    Thu Feb 2, 12:20 PM

Miami Dolphins restricted free-agent LB Kiko Alonso is expected to receive the original-round tender offer this offseason, in the opinion of the Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly. The Dolphins would receive a second-round pick if they lost Alonso during free agency.

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  Patriots | Wednesday injury report for Patriots    Wed Feb 1, 06:16 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (toe), FS Nate Ebner (concussion) and LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) were limited during practice Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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  Cardinals | Kevin Minter wants to return    Wed Feb 1, 05:05 PM

Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent LB Kevin Minter said he would like to re-sign with the Cardinals this offseason because he is comfortable with the team.

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  Steelers | Steelers want James Harrison back    Tue Jan 31, 10:17 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II said the team is 'open' to the possibility of LB James Harrison returning in 2017. Rooney added that he thinks Harrison is open to it as well.

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  49ers | San Francisco suing Aldon Smith    Tue Jan 31, 07:50 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith is being sued by his former team, the San Francisco 49ers, for more than $340,000 in signing bonus money. According to the lawsuit, Smith was obligated to repay the 49ers for part of his signing bonus after being suspended nine games in 2014 for failing a drug test. Smith has paid $844,396.82 of $1,186,027 that he owes San Francisco. Thus, the 49ers are seeking $341,630.18.

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  Redskins | Junior Galette returning to Redskins    Tue Jan 31, 05:40 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent LB Junior Galette announced Tuesday, Jan. 31, that he will re-sign with Washington Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Footballguys view: Galette's contract will be his third with Washington despite not yet playing a regular season down for the team. He has torn each of his achilles tendons the last two summers after leaving the Saints under the shadow of a domestic violence incident. He would provide the defense with much needed edge rush presence if he can return to form in 2017.

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  Bills | Lorenzo Alexander wants to stay    Tue Jan 31, 02:35 PM

Buffalo Bills impending free-agent LB Lorenzo Alexander said he would love to return to Buffalo. Alexander has played for four teams in the last five years but tallied a career-high in tackles (76) and sacks (12.5) in 2016.

Footballguys view: Alexander was a one-time special teams ace who has graduated to defensive star heading into his age 34 season. He can play inside linebacker in addition to outside linebacker, so that should add value on the free agent market.

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  Dolphins | Kiko Alonso had surgery    Tue Jan 31, 02:11 PM

Miami Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso (thumb) underwent a follow-up surgery on his injured thumb soon after Miami's playoff loss, according to a source. His recovery time is expected to be six weeks.

Footballguys view: Alonso actually played 15 games heading into his restricted free agent season and was mostly a success for the Dolphins. The team should try to keep him to prop up their weak linebacker corps.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray may start in 2017    Mon Jan 30, 06:32 PM

Denver Broncos LB Shane Ray may be one of the starting outside linebackers next season since LB DeMarcus Ware is an unrestricted free agent and is coming off back surgery. Ray played 58.1 percent of the defensive snaps this season and finished with eight sacks.

Footballguys view: Ray was able to be a good complement to Von Miller as a pass rusher, and the team also has Shaq Barrett, who has already made his share of big plays. Ray will get the immediate bump in IDP leagues, but the Broncos will be in good hands without Ware even if Ray's production levels off.

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