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  Jaguars | May pursue Brian Orakpo    Wed Mar 4, 02:19 AM

Free-agent OLB Brian Orakpo (Redskins) will have interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars if he hits free agency, per league sources.

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  Eagles | Kiko Alonso's rehab going well    Tue Mar 3, 08:02 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB Kiko Alonso's (knee) rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament is going very well, and he has increased his activities and has begun running, according to a source. 'I anticipate being 100% before camp. By camp, I definitely feel I'll be 100%,' Alonso said.

Footballguys view: Alonso was lost for the season early last July. The Eagles get a playmaker who can fly around the field on defense when healthy.

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  Bills | Kiko Alonso to be traded    Tue Mar 3, 06:42 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Kiko Alonso will reportedly be traded for Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy.

Footballguys view: Alonso is still recovering from the knee injury he suffered last year in July. If healthy, Alonso flies around the field and has a good nose for the ball.

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  Eagles | LeSean McCoy to be traded     Tue Mar 3, 06:39 PM

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy will reportedly be traded for Buffalo Bills LB Kiko Alonso.

Footballguys view: Well that escalated quickly. The Bills get a superstar running back in McCoy, and the Eagles get a quality linebacker in Alonso. McCoy will be the lead back in Rex Ryan's run-heavy offense, and his fantasy star should shine brightly. Alonso played for Chip Kelly in college at Oregon, and he'll be one of their top playmakers on defense.

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  Eagles | Trent Cole to be released    Tue Mar 3, 05:31 PM

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles LB Trent Cole will be released after both sides could not agree on a new contract, according to a source.

Footballguys view: With a cap number of $11.6 million, it's no surprise the Eagles have let Cole go. He's compiled 14.5 sacks over the last two years, and the aging veteran could draw some interest on the open market.

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  Eagles | Trent Cole not expected to take paycut    Tue Mar 3, 01:07 PM

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles LB Trent Cole is not expected to take a paycut. There are expected to be several teams interested in him if he does get released.

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  Redskins | Brian Orakpo likely to walk    Tue Mar 3, 08:47 AM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent LB Brian Orakpo had been working on a long-term deal to re-sign with the team, but sources said it's not looking good.

Footballguys view: This seemed to be in the cards for some time. Orakpo can be a dangerous pass-rusher when healthy. We're certain several teams will show interest in him on the open market.

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  Seahawks | Mister Alexander signed    Mon Mar 2, 05:42 PM

Free-agent LB Mister Alexander (Cowboys) signed with the Seattle Seahawks Monday, March 2. Details of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Originally signed by the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2011 out of Florida State, Alexander was primarily a special teams player. He then bounced to the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL in 2013. After that, Alexander played with the Omaha Mammoths in the Fall Experimental Football League in 2014 before the Cowboys added him to their practice squad. He'll be a longshot to make the Seahawks final roster.

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  Eagles | Brad Jones signs    Mon Mar 2, 03:44 PM

Free-agent LB Brad Jones (Packers) signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, March 2. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Jones will be able to immediately contribute on special teams. However, with the Eagles LB corps in upheaval, Jones could be in the mix for more playing time on defense than some think.

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  Eagles | Brad Jones to visit    Mon Mar 2, 01:13 PM

Free-agent LB Brad Jones (Packers) is scheduled to meet with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, March 2, according to a source.

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  Chargers | Dwight Freeney plans to play    Mon Mar 2, 01:12 PM

San Diego Chargers impending free-agent LB Dwight Freeney said he plans to play next season after considering retirement.

Footballguys view: Freeney's not the player he used to be, but he could help someone as a part-time pass-rusher. Freeney will look to sign with a team that is a contender and has a clear role for him.

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  Chiefs | Justin Houston franchise tagged    Mon Mar 2, 09:40 AM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston had the franchise tag placed on him Monday, March 2, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Chiefs aren't going to let one of the best pass-rushers in the league move on in free agency. They'll work diligently to get something done with Houston, but now they're also going to turn their attention to keeping center Rodney Hudson.

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  Giants | Jon Beason open to pay cut    Sun Mar 1, 07:06 PM

New York Giants LB Jon Beason is due a $1 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the new league year, which is March 15. 'You're going to do what is best for you and you try to work with the team and do what is best for the team,' Beason said after the season. 'I know when it comes down to it, (assistant general manager Kevin Abrams) and I and (general manager Jerry Reese) will make it happen.'

Footballguys view: He is set to count $7.37 million against the salary cap in 2015. The Giants are trying to decide if he is worth keeping, and Beason is open to possibly re-working his deal.

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  Lions | Stephen Tulloch ahead of schedule    Sun Mar 1, 12:59 PM

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) said he is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and that his knee feels stronger than it did before the injury.

Footballguys view: Be careful when celebrating a sack. Tulloch wants to return to the Lions, but the veteran could potentially be asked to restructure his deal as Detroit needs more money to sign Ndamukong Suh. The Lions would save $3.2 million by releasing Tulloch.

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  Titans | May show interest in James Harrison    Sun Mar 1, 12:46 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent LB James Harrison could receive interest from the Tennessee Titans since they added assistant head coach/defense Dick LeBeau this offseason.

Footballguys view: The move would make a lot of sense for both sides. Harrison is not the player he used to be, but he could work well as a part-time pass-rusher for the Titans.

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  Chiefs | Justin Houston moving closer to tag status    Sun Mar 1, 02:18 AM

Free-agent LB Justin Houston (Chiefs) is moving closer to franchise tag status with the Kansas City Chiefs. There were rumors talks on a new deal had begun, but sources indicate the rumors are false and the team will likely slap the tag on Houston.

Footballguys view: The Chiefs aren't going to let Houston go. He'll likely be tagged, and the team will have until July 15th to work out a new long-term deal.

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  Texans | Brian Cushing had multiple surgeries    Sat Feb 28, 02:55 PM

Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (wrist, knee, ankle) underwent multiple surgeries following the 2014 season. Cushing had surgery to repair a broken right wrist and also had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and left ankle.

Footballguys view: Cushing said he's still on schedule to be ready for the offseason program. The Texans should take it easy on him as he comes back from these surgeries.

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  Dolphins | May have interest in Dan Skuta    Sat Feb 28, 02:48 AM

Free-agent LB Dan Skuta (49ers) may be looked at the Miami Dolphins because he is capable of playing inside and outside linebacker.

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  Steelers | Jason Worilds to hit market    Thu Feb 26, 12:16 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers do not plan to use the transition tag on impending free-agent LB Jason Worilds, allowing him to hit free agency March 10, a league source said Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Footballguys view: Worilds has had 15.5 sacks over the last two seasons, the most by any Steelers player during that time. The Steelers are in desperate need of clearing up cap space. At this time, they are about $7 million over the cap. The new league year begins on March 10th, and they'll need to get their cap situation lined up before then.

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  Chargers | Jarret Johnson officially cut    Wed Feb 25, 05:33 PM

San Diego Chargers LB Jarret Johnson was officially released Wednesday, Feb. 25, following his retirement.

Footballguys view: This is merely a technicality. Johnson has decided to retire, and that save the Chargers $5 million in cap space.

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  Packers | A.J. Hawk released    Wed Feb 25, 04:39 PM

Green Bay Packers LB A.J. Hawk was released Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Footballguys view: No surprise here given Hawk's price tag and his recent play. The move will save them $3.5 million against the salary cap in 2015. We could see a team like the Chiefs or the Broncos interested in the veteran inside linebacker even though he's not the player he used to be.

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  NFL | Edgar Jones retires    Wed Feb 25, 07:45 AM

Free-agent LB Edgar Jones (Browns) has announced his retirement after seven seasons in the NFL.

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  Raiders | Nick Roach may sit out next season    Wed Feb 25, 07:15 AM

Oakland Raiders MLB Nick Roach (head) is still having headaches related to a concussion he suffered last season, and he may not play next season according to team sources.

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  Dolphins | Koa Misi could move positions    Wed Feb 25, 02:02 AM

Miami Dolphins LB Koa Misi could be moved from middle to strong-side linebacker if the team acquires a starting-caliber linebacker in free agency. Head coach Joe Philbin said the move of Misi to middle linebacker last season did not work out 'as well as I would have liked it to work.'

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  Dolphins | Miami interested in Mason Foster    Wed Feb 25, 02:01 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent LB Mason Foster is a player the Miami Dolphins are reportedly interested in, as they search for a starting linebacker in the offseason.

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  Dolphins | Expected to pursue David Harris    Wed Feb 25, 02:00 AM

The Miami Dolphins are expected to pursue free-agent LB David Harris (Jets), as team management has told multiple people they want to add a starting linebacker. Dolphins president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum drafted Harris out of Michigan in 2007.

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  Dolphins | Jason Trusnik won't return    Wed Feb 25, 01:59 AM

The Miami Dolphins have decided not to re-sign impending free-agent LB Jason Trusnik, barring a last-minute change.

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  Dolphins | Dannell Ellerbe might not be back    Wed Feb 25, 01:58 AM

The Miami Dolphins have not informed LB Dannell Ellerbe of his status for 2015, but many expect he might be released.

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  Dolphins | Philip Wheeler not likely to return    Wed Feb 25, 01:57 AM

The Miami Dolphins have not informed LB Philip Wheeler of his status for 2015, but many expect he might be released.

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  Chiefs | Interest in Benardrick McKinney    Tue Feb 24, 06:46 AM

Mississippi State LB Benardrick McKinney is drawing interest from the Kansas City Chiefs, who may like him as insurance in case free-agent LB Justin Houston (Chiefs) walks away.

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  Bills | Have contract talks with Larry Dean    Mon Feb 23, 08:50 PM

Buffalo Bills impending free-agent LB Larry Dean has had preliminary contract talks with the Bills, but no deal is imminent at this point, according to a source.

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  Broncos | Candidates to be re-signed    Mon Feb 23, 06:20 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent LB Nate Irving, C Will Montgomery and TEs Virgil Green and Jacob Tamme are priorities to be re-signed this offseason. However, Irving figures to test the free-agent market with LBs Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall set as inside linebackers.

Footballguys view: Green is an underrated receiver who could take on a much larger role if Julius Thomas moves on in free agency. Tamme could return because he's a good special teams player and very close to QB Peyton Manning. Irving is a decent player--primarily as a two-down thumper--but he could draw some interest on the open market.

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  Buccaneers | Mason Foster not in team's plans?    Mon Feb 23, 04:27 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent LB Mason Foster is not expected to be re-signed by the team, because his questionable coverage skills aren't a good fit for head coach Lovie Smith's Cover 2 scheme on defense.

Footballguys view: It might be time for Foster to move on. Foster seems to be a much better fit with the Atlanta Falcons.

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  Steelers | James Harrison wants to play    Mon Feb 23, 03:07 AM

Free-agent OLB James Harrison (Steelers) has decided he wants to play football in 2015. Harrison would prefer to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers if at all possible.

Footballguys view: Harrison could stick around in Pittsburgh, or he could follow former Steelers DC Dick LeBeau to the Titans.

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  Falcons | Might pursue David Harris    Sun Feb 22, 11:15 PM

Updating previous report, the Atlanta Falcons are expected to pursue New York Jets impending free-agent LB David Harris if he hits the market. Head coach Dan Quinn was the defensive line coach for the Jets during Harris' first two seasons.

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  Falcons | Likely interested in Mason Foster    Sun Feb 22, 11:14 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent LB Mason Foster is expected to draw interest from the Atlanta Falcons. Assistant head coach Raheem Morris drafted Foster when he was head coach with the Buccaneeers.

Footballguys view: Foster does a good job of finding the ball-carrier as the plays unfold in front of him. He could be a tackling machine for head coach Dan Quinn and the new-look Falcons defense.

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  Falcons | Expected to tender Nathan Stupar    Sun Feb 22, 11:13 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Nathan Stupar is expected to receive the exclusive rights tender before the start of the new league year.

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  Browns | Meet with Jabaal Sheard    Sun Feb 22, 09:17 PM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent LB Jabaal Sheard's representation has met with the team, but he is not expected to be brought back barring an unforeseen late swing.

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  Broncos | Nate Irving receiving interest    Sun Feb 22, 01:29 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent LB Nate Irving (knee) is expected to be an option for some teams even though he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in November, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Irving is a two-down thumper as a run-defender, and he's better in coverage than some think. However, he's struggled with injuries during his pro career and that should keep his price down.

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  Texans | No talks with Brooks Reed    Sun Feb 22, 09:40 AM

Houston Texans impending free-agent LB Brooks Reed has not started contract talks with the Texans at this point.

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  Cowboys | Rolando McClain faces fine    Sun Feb 22, 07:37 AM

Clarifying a previous item, free-agent LB Rolando McClain (Cowboys) faces a monetary fine for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy a third time.

Footballguys view: McClain finally had a decent season as a pro with the Cowboys in 2014, and now this. He would face a four-game suspension if another violation takes place.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower has surgery    Sun Feb 22, 07:22 AM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and will be sidelined for approximately six or seven months.

Footballguys view: Hightower could be an option to begin the season on the PUP list if he is not on schedule or ahead of schedule in his recovery. He missed four games in 2014, but he still finished second on the team with six sacks.

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  Bears | Chicago may pursue David Harris     Fri Feb 20, 04:51 PM

New York Jets impending free-agent LB David Harris is expected to receive interest from the Chicago Bears if he hits the free-agent market, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Bears have a lot of defensive problems, but Harris will only be a portion of a fix. He could be a good rotational guy and John Fox does know his way around a defense though. It wouldn't be a bad landing spot for him.

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  Falcons | David Harris expected to be target    Fri Feb 20, 04:46 PM

New York Jets impending free-agent LB David Harris is expected to receive interest from the Atlanta Falcons if he hits the free-agent market, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Jets might be interested in bringing Harris back if the price is right, but he isn't worth the money on a huge contract. Atlanta is looking to reboot their defense again, and Harris could at least be a solid rotational player for them.

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  Packers | Brad Jones cut    Fri Feb 20, 04:29 PM

Green Bay Packers LB Brad Jones was released Friday, Feb. 20. The team will save $3.75 million in salary cap space.

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  Packers | A.J. Hawk had surgery    Fri Feb 20, 10:46 AM

Green Bay Packers LB A.J. Hawk (ankle) had surgery to remove several bone spurs from his ankle after the season. Hawk lost weight to try and compensate for the injury later in the season.

Footballguys view: Hawk still hasn't quite fulfilled the promise he once held and the Packers are going to have to look at other options to fill the middle of the defense at some point. As it stands though, Hawk might be able to play at a higher level than he did last season if he's 100% healthy.

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  Cardinals | Larry Foote joins coaching staff    Thu Feb 19, 12:04 PM

Free-agent LB Larry Foote (Cardinals) has joined the Arizona Cardinals' coaching staff as he contemplates the future of his playing career. Foote will sign his contract with the team later this week, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Arians said Foote could return to playing before rosters are cut down.

Footballguys view: I suppose you could say he has one 'Foote' in retirement! No? Ok, on a less corny note, any time a player takes a coaching position with a team, it's easy to figure he feels like he is done. Foote played poorly in the latter half of the 2014 season, and by the end of it he his level of play tended towards terrible. We expect him to call it a career or if he doesn't to have little impact on the field at all next season.

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  Cowboys | Sean Lee ahead of schedule    Thu Feb 19, 12:52 AM

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) is expected to be a full participant when the team begins its official offseason program in April. 'I think Sean is ahead of target,' executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday, Feb. 18. LB Rolando McClain was signed to replace Lee, and the team isn't see where Lee will play in 2015. If McClain is re-signed, Lee might play the weak-side linebacker spot.

Footballguys view: Great news for the Cowboys here. We thought their defense would fall apart when Lee got hurt last year. Instead, the team came together and played strong in 2014. With Lee back, expect them to be even better this season.

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Sean Lee player page


  49ers | Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman to return on current deals    Wed Feb 18, 08:12 PM

San Francisco 49ers LBs Patrick Willis (toe) and NaVorro Bowman are expected to return next year on their current contracts, general manager Trent Baalke hinted at.

Footballguys view: Willis is scheduled to make $8.315 million, and Bowman will make $5.45 million. Willis continues to rehab his toe after having season-ending surgery and Bowman is over a year removed from a knee injury.

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  Raiders | Sio Moore could miss OTAs    Wed Feb 18, 06:49 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore (hip) will be brought along slowly this offseason, following surgery after the season, and will likely miss organized team activities.

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