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  Eagles | DeMeco Ryans practices    Thu May 28, 06:11 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles') practiced Thursday, May 28, although not in a full capacity. Ryans ruptured his Achilles' tendon seven months ago.

Footballguys view: The Eagles defense is getting healthier and could be really effective as we move forward. Ryan had a 110 plus tackle year in 2013, so it's not inconceivable he could replicate it this year. Overall this defense looks very promising.

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  Eagles | Kiko Alonso a full participant    Thu May 28, 12:41 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB Kiko Alonso (knee) was a full participant in organized team activities Thursday, May 28, according to Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.

Footballguys view: The Eagles were pretty confident this would be the case when they traded for him with the Bills. Alonso and Mychal Kendricks should be an very good pairing inside for Philadelphia's defense.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray sits out of OTAs    Thu May 28, 08:56 AM

Denver Broncos DE Shane Ray (toe) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 27. Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said Ray is close to returning from turf toe and will be fitted for orthotic inserts in his shoes. Ray could begin individual drills soon, Kubiak said.

Footballguys view: The Broncos have high hopes for Ray, but they can take it 'slow' with him since Von Miller and Demarcus Ware are the starters. Of course, Ray moving to outside linebacker makes every snap count, even OTAs, but he should be ready to go shortly and shouldn't have issues catching up.

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  Cowboys | Rolando McClain absent at OTAs    Wed May 27, 02:28 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain (knee) will not participate in organized team activities after receiving a knee scope recently, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Garrett said the knee is believed to be fine.

Footballguys view: A scope is a minor procedure, but it does take a bit of time to recover from. We'll likely see McClain near full strength by the start of training camp.

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  Patriots | Dane Fletcher returns    Wed May 27, 02:29 AM

Free-agent LB Dane Fletcher (Buccaneers) has returned to the New England Patriots on a one-year contract.

Footballguys view: The Patriots get more linebacker depth here after signing Brandon Spikes last week. Fletcher was mostly a special teams contributor when he was with the Patriots earlier in his career, but last year he started four games at inside linebacker for the Bucs.

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  Chiefs | Tamba Hali recovering     Tue May 26, 07:08 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Tamba Hali (knee) said he is feeling good as he recovers from a knee scope he underwent this offseason to remove loose cartilage.

Footballguys view: There's no word on when the scope happened, but it sounds like Hali is going to be ready to go when training camp starts. Hali took a $3 million pay cut earlier this year, and he's looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 where he compiled only six sacks.

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  Bengals | Vontaze Burfict has work to do    Tue May 26, 04:59 PM

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) will be rehabilitating throughout the summer and has a long road to recovery ahead of him, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Burfict is recovering from surgery on his left knee.

Footballguys view: Burfict is currently recovering from microfracture knee surgery, and his status for the start of training camp is up in the air. In fact, Burfict might not even be ready at the beginning of the regular season. He's a candidate to begin the regular season on the PUP list.

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  Raiders | Curtis Lofton not participating     Tue May 26, 04:02 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Curtis Lofton (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 26.

Footballguys view: The Raiders signed Lofton to a three-year contract earlier this year. He's a veteran leader with a ton of experience that can help out younger defenders on the team. As a seasoned veteran, Lofton doesn't need to take every single rep during the offseason.

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  Falcons | Brooks Reed injures groin    Sun May 24, 04:21 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Brooks Reed (groin) suffered a minor groin injury during a recent voluntary minicamp for veteran players.

Footballguys view: He could wind up missing the beginning of OTAs as a result. LB O'Brien Schofield is expected to receive reps with the first team during his absence.

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  Cowboys | Sean Lee likely to take part in practice    Fri May 22, 06:04 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) has been cleared to practice and is expected to participate in organized team activities next week.

Footballguys view: Getting Lee back on the field could provide a huge boost for the Cowboys defense. We'll see the Cowboys ease Lee back into action as he gets back into the swing of things.

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  Bengals | Vontaze Burfict's status uncertain    Fri May 22, 02:43 PM

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict's (knee) status for the start of training camp is uncertain at this point. Burfict hopes to be ready for camp and does not want to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Footballguys view: The PUP list to start camp is different from the PUP list to start the regular season. If on the PUP list at the start of training camp, Burfict would be clear to return at any time he's ready. If on the PUP list to start the regular season, Burfict would be forced to miss the first six weeks of the season. We feel he'll be ready for Week 1, but his status for the start of training camp is clearly up in the air.

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  Falcons | Joplo Bartu avoids suspension    Thu May 21, 07:14 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Joplo Bartu was fined $50,000 for an alcohol-related offense after a two-game suspension was rescinded, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Footballguys view: Bartu started 27 games over the last two years, but he will have to fight for a roster spot in 2015 due to the additions the Falcons made this offseason.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman had scheduled day off    Thu May 21, 07:06 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman didn't practice Thursday, May 21, as he had a scheduled day off. Bowman is still working his way back from last season's knee injury.

Footballguys view: We'll see Bowman with more of these days off in the future. The team doesn't need to rush him back at the cost of re-aggravating his injury.

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  Patriots | Brandon Spikes signed    Thu May 21, 11:05 AM

Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Bills) has re-signed with the New England Patriots on a one-year deal worth up to $2 million through on-field incentives.

Footballguys view: He'll rotate in for the Patriots, but ultimately his overall impact will likely be small, assuming his stays on the roster past training camp.

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  Redskins | Ryan Kerrigan has surgery    Wed May 20, 05:13 PM

Washington Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan (knee) has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss some of the organized team activities, according to a source.

Footballguys view: We think Kerrigan will miss most of the OTAs as Washington prepares for 2015. He's in extension talks with Washington, and this knee scope could impact those negotiations. However, we think Kerrigan should be ready in time for training camp.

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  Texans | Jadeveon Clowney on track    Tue May 19, 10:42 AM

Updating an ongoing story, Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is doing well in his recovery from microfracture surgery. Clowney has been working hard at rehabbing the knee, according to Texans head coach Bill O'Brien.

Footballguys view: Clowney had better get on track or the "bust" term is going to be flying around him more than it is today. He was the number one overall pick last year, but Clowney failed to stay healthy as a rookie and made no impact. At this time, he's almost six months removed from microfracture surgery.

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  49ers | No plans to sign Lance Briggs    Fri May 15, 07:19 PM

Free-agent LB Lance Briggs (Bears) has drawn interest from the San Francisco 49ers this offseason, but the 49ers have no immediate plans to sign the veteran with LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) looking great in his recovery from a serious knee injury.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman looking great    Fri May 15, 07:09 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) has made a strong return to the practice field in early workouts after missing all of last year with a knee injury. Bowman has been able to take part in all workouts from the team's first offseason practice. 'Bowman's looking great,' head coach Jim Tomsula said. 'Bow looks great. I'd say we're more treating Bow like a vet than we're treating Bow like a post-injury guy right now.' Bowman and LB Michael Wilhoite are projected to be the starting inside linebackers.

Footballguys view: Bowman is one of the last holdovers from the defense that went to the Super Bowl, and the 49ers are going to need him to play like his old self to avoid the cellar in the NFC West. He's a boom/bust IDP LB right now in both redraft and dynasty, but lots of tackle opportunity should be there.

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Michael Wilhoite player page


  Lions | Stephen Tulloch to participate in OTAs?    Wed May 13, 05:09 PM

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) plans to be ready for organized team activities later this month. Tulloch is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but said he'll start running more in a couple weeks.

Footballguys view: He can return to OTAs soon, but the team doesn't want him to celebrate anything. Tulloch was injured celebrating a sack last year, and now he's going to be eased back in during OTAs. He'll be near 100 percent at the start of the regular season if the recovery goes as planned.

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  49ers | SF interested in Lance Briggs    Mon May 11, 10:16 PM

The San Francisco 49ers are interested in free-agent LB Lance Briggs (Bears), a source said Monday, May 11. Any player signed after May 12 does not count against the NFL's formula for awarding compensatory picks.

Footballguys view: The 49ers are in need of linebacker help in any way possible. NaVorro Bowman and Michael Wilhoite should be the 49ers' starting inside linebackers this season. They didn't select a linebacker in the draft, but they did add Nick Bellore and Philip Wheeler in free agency.

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  Texans | Whitney Mercilus signs extension    Mon May 4, 06:47 PM

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus signed a four-year contract extension worth $26 million Monday, May 4. The deal includes $10.5 million in guaranteed money.

Footballguys view: Instead of picking up his fifth-year option, the Texans went ahead and got a long-term deal done with Mercilus. He may not be the pass-rusher many envisioned when he came out of Illinois in 2012, but he's a strong run-defender and obviously a key piece to what Houston does defensively.

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  Seahawks | Bruce Irvin's option won't be picked up    Mon May 4, 01:00 PM

Seattle Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin will not have his fifth-year option picked up by the Seahawks, and Irvin was not happy about the decision, sending out several profane tweets Monday, May 4. The option would have paid him $7.8 million in 2016.

Footballguys view: This move was expected. Irvin will play the 2015 season at $1.5 million and become a free agent after the season. Head coach Pete Carroll said the team still hopes to re-sign the talented pass-rusher.

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  Eagles | Philly made big push for Marcus Mariota    Fri May 1, 12:51 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles offered the Tennessee Titans two first-round picks, one third-round pick, DT Fletcher Cox, CB Brandon Boykin, LB Mychal Kendricks and QB Sam Bradford in exchange for the 2nd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Chip Kelly tried as hard as he could, but it's difficult to move up from the 20th spot to 2nd overall. We'll see how Mariota works out with the Titans as he seems to be a bit of an odd fit. In Philadelphia, we would have been much more excited about Mariota's pro prospects.

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Mychal Kendricks player page


  Eagles | Making big offer for No. 1 or No. 2    Thu Apr 30, 08:06 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles are willing to trade two first-round picks, a third-round pick, DT Fletcher Cox, CB Brandon Boykin, LB Mychal Kendricks and possibly other things in order to acquire the first or second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: It wasn't enough. It seems insane that the Titans didn't pull the trigger on that trade, but they took Marcus Mariota. He's a great prospect so you can't blame him but that's a lot of talent left on the table.

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Brandon Boykin player page
Mychal Kendricks player page


  49ers | Philip Wheeler signed    Thu Apr 30, 03:15 PM

Free-agent LB Philip Wheeler (Dolphins) signed with the San Francisco 49ers Thursday, April 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Just a depth addition for a front seven which took a few hits this off season.

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  Seahawks | Not picking up option on Bruce Irvin    Wed Apr 29, 11:25 PM

The Seattle Seahawks do not plan on picking up the fifth-year option on LB Bruce Irvin, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Irvin may be on the trade block as there are rumors the Seahawks will ship him off to Atlanta at some point during the 2015 NFL draft. Stay tuned.

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  Broncos | Danny Trevathan to be ready for training camp    Wed Apr 29, 04:51 PM

Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) said he should be at full speed when training camp starts in late July. Trevathan is practicing on a limited basis during voluntary minicamp as he is recovering from season-ending knee surgery.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman back at practice    Wed Apr 29, 04:13 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) participated in voluntary minicamp Tuesday, April 28. It was Bowman's first practice since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in the 2014 NFC Championship against the Seattle Seahawks.

Footballguys view: Bowman's injury has been one that forces us to ask if he'll ever be the same. The retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland have been devastating for a 49ers LB corps that needs a healthy Bowman.

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  Bengals | L.J. Fort released    Wed Apr 29, 03:02 PM

Cincinnati Bengals LB L.J. Fort was waived Wednesday, April 29.

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  Broncos | Danny Trevathan limited    Wed Apr 29, 01:03 PM

Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) said he has been limited during offseason workouts since he is returning from multiple knee injuries. Trevathan said his goal for this upcoming season is to stay healthy.

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  Broncos | Danny Trevathan works out    Wed Apr 29, 01:42 AM

Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) was able to take part in workouts as the team started its offseason program Tuesday, April 28.

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  Texans | Jadeveon Clowney doing well    Tue Apr 28, 02:05 PM

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is doing well in his progress from microfracture knee surgery, according to general manager Rick Smith. Smith said he is encouraged by Clowney's recovery and expects him to be a major contributor in 2015.

Footballguys view: Clowney's rookie season was a wash due to this knee injury. He needs to start putting up the numbers on the field to avoid being labeled a first-round bust. If healthy and motivated, Clowney has the potential to be one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL.

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  Colts | Jerrell Freeman signs tender    Mon Apr 27, 09:55 AM

Indianapolis Colts LB Jerrell Freeman signed his restricted free-agent tender Monday, April 27.

Footballguys view: Freeman had held off signing his tender as he wanted a new long-term deal with the Colts. The deadline to sign his tender is Friday, and Freeman had no leverage as zero teams showed interest in signing him away.

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  Patriots | Jerod Mayo a rarity for New England    Sat Apr 25, 08:18 PM

New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo was drafted in the top 10 of the NFL Draft in 2008, making him one of just two players drafted in the top 10 in head coach Bill Belichick's 15 seasons with the team.

Footballguys view: Yes. A history lesson here....and that's about it. The Patriots are usually drafting at the end...or near the end...of the first round because they play deep into the playoffs most seasons.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly's option picked up    Sat Apr 25, 07:08 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly's fifth-year option was exercised Saturday, April 25. Kuechly will make $11.1 million in 2016.

Footballguys view: The biggest no-brainer decision in the history of the planet.

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  Eagles | Philly pursuing Marcus Mariota?    Fri Apr 24, 05:54 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota could be selected by the Philadelphia Eagles if the team could make trades with the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans, according to one draft rumor.

Footballguys view: Of course they're looking to add Mariota. The rumor states the Eagles would trade QB Sam Bradford to the Browns for the 19th overall pick, then the Eagles would trade DT Fletcher Cox, LB Mychal Kendricks, the 19th overall pick and the 20th overall pick to the Titans for the second overall pick where they would select Mariota.

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Fletcher Cox player page
Mychal Kendricks player page


  Lions | Stephen Tulloch ready    Fri Apr 24, 10:55 AM

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) said he could play Thursday, April 23, if necessary, seven months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Footballguys view: Expect the Lions to take it easy on Tulloch, regardless of how he feels. We can expect some minor work during OTAs and then they'll ease him in during training camp. One would also assume they will ask him to avoid hurting himself again while celebrating.

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  Ravens | C.J. Mosley to be limited in workouts?    Thu Apr 23, 04:34 PM

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (wrist) could be limited in offseason workouts with a wrist injury. 'I'm going to do everything I can. I don't know how much physically I can do. I'm definitely going to be out on the field,' Mosley said.

Footballguys view: Mosley is a stud linebacker, and the Ravens would be wise to just take it easy on him as he recovers from this injury.

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  Ravens | C.J. Mosley expects to take part in workouts    Wed Apr 22, 12:09 PM

Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (wrist) said he plans to participate in offseason workouts even though he underwent wrist surgery earlier in the offseason.

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  Browns | Two players sign tenders    Mon Apr 20, 05:44 PM

Cleveland Browns S Johnson Bademosi and LB Craig Robertson signed their exclusive rights free-agent tenders Monday, April 20.

Footballguys view: Bademosi totaled 12 tackles in 14 games last season while Robertson made 99 tackles with two interceptions and one touchdown in all 16 games.

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  Giants | Jon Beason not fully cleared yet    Mon Apr 20, 04:54 PM

New York Giants LB Jon Beason (foot, toe) still has rehabilitation to do before he is cleared for full participation in the offseason program, but said he still feels good.

Footballguys view: Beason is a seasoned veteran who doesn't need every rep of the offseason. The Giants would be wise to take it easy on him as he continues to rehab. Beason should be ready some time in training camp.

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  Chiefs | Derrick Johnson ready for workouts    Mon Apr 20, 01:57 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') will be able to participate in offseason workouts, according to head coach Andy Reid.

Footballguys view: Getting Johnson back will be a huge boost for the Chiefs defense. They just didn't look the same without him last year, and Johnson can roam around and make plays as a run-defender or in coverage.

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  49ers | Working on new deal with Michael Wilhoite    Fri Apr 17, 04:46 PM

San Francisco 49ers exclusive rights free-agent LB Michael Wilhoite is working with the team on a new contract, according to general manager Trent Baalke.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall undergoes surgery    Fri Apr 17, 02:59 PM

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (foot) underwent foot surgery last month. Marshall should be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: Marshall is going to be asked to do a lot in the team's new 3-4 defense under Wade Phillips. Working as the "Sam" (strong-side inside) linebacker, Marshall will clean up as a run-defender. It won't be a surprise to see him lead the team in tackles this season so long as he can stay healthy.

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  Broncos | Danny Trevathan back at 100%    Thu Apr 16, 09:51 PM

Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) participated in team-organized workouts Monday, April 13, and said he was at 100% after suffering a dislocated kneecap last season.

Footballguys view: The Broncos would still be wise to stay cautious with Trevathan. He came back from his first knee injury last year only to almost immediately suffer another knee injury. Look for the team to ease him back into action with the hopes of having him fully participate at the beginning of training camp. He will play the "bow" linebacker spot (weak-side inside) in the Broncos new 3-4 defense under Wade Phillips.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower rehab going well    Thu Apr 16, 01:53 PM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) is doing well in his rehab from surgery in early February on his shoulder, but he's likely to miss training camp this summer with a timetable for recovery around six to seven months. Hightower is hoping that he can be ready for the start of the regular season. 'Right now, I'm doing well. The doc likes everything he's seen. I just had my checkup. I'm right on track, if not better,' Hightower said. 'I'm not sure what I'm going to be able to do as far as OTAs and training camp and all that other stuff goes. But I'm looking forward to being back.'

Footballguys view: Hightower had surgery to repair a torn labrum and while rehab is going well, he may still miss OTAs....maybe even training camp. With Jared Mayo hurt (though he may be back sooner), things are a little thin, but the Pats don't want to rush him back.

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  Jaguars | Paul Posluszny extended    Thu Apr 16, 08:32 AM

Jacksonville Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny signed a one-year extension Wednesday, April 15.

Footballguys view: Not a shock as the Jaguars have to keep one of their more talented players in house, even though Posluszny struggled last season. One year isn't a huge commitment so if he can't turn it around they can cut him loose.

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  Seahawks | Picking up Bruce Irvin's option?    Tue Apr 14, 06:39 PM

Seattle Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin's fifth-year option is expected to be picked up for 2016.

Footballguys view: They won't have to make this move until next offseason. The team will want to see how things work out with Irvin before they commit to him with a new long-term deal.

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  Jets | Joe Mays signs    Mon Apr 13, 04:28 PM

Free-agent LB Joe Mays (Chiefs) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Monday, April 13.

Footballguys view: Mays is a two-down thumper who is shot out of a cannon as a run defender. He's a liability in coverage, and there are times when he misreads the play and gets out of position as a tackler.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman expected to ready for workouts    Fri Apr 10, 04:02 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is expected to be on the field for offseason workouts, according to head coach Jim Tomsula.

Footballguys view: Bowman is one of the last key names left from the 49ers three-year run to the NFC title game and the Super Bowl form 2011-2013. If he can't come back full speed, the 49ers defense will be down to two players in common with the Super Bowl starting lineup in 2012, with Justin Smith pondering retirement and possibly reducing that number even further.

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