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  Buccaneers | Bucs 'really like' Dalvin Cook    Tue Apr 25, 11:46 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 'really like' Florida State RB Dalvin Cook and will 'strongly consider' him if he's still on the board at No. 19.

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  49ers | 49ers could take Leonard Fournette    Tue Apr 25, 10:53 PM

Louisiana State RB Leonard Fournette could go to the San Francisco 49ers in the draft, as 'scuttlebutt in league circles' on Monday, April 24, was that the team might take him No. 2 overall.

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  Saints | Adrian Peterson will have clear role    Tue Apr 25, 06:36 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson will blend well with fellow RB Mark Ingram and will have a clear role in the Saints' offense, according to head coach Sean Payton.

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  Panthers | Carolina could trade back    Tue Apr 25, 05:26 PM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette's availability may dictate whether or not the Carolina Panther trade back from their No. 8 overall selection in the NFL draft, according to NFL Network's Mike Garofolo.

Footballguys view: The Panthers could take Christian McCaffrey (Stanford) with the 8th pick as he's been connected with the franchise. There's a small chance they could move back just a bit and still get McCaffrey. The Colts, Eagles and Broncos are likely destinations for the Stanford all-purpose back.

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  Vikings | Latavius Murray without a timetable    Tue Apr 25, 01:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) said there's no timetable for his return, but he's hoping to be ready for training camp.

Footballguys view: The Vikings added Murray in free agency with the idea that he could be a key piece in their RBBC with Jerrick McKinnon. We'll know more about his status as we get closer to the start of training camp.

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  Raiders | Marshawn Lynch, Raiders still talking    Tue Apr 25, 11:34 AM

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch and the Oakland Raiders are still talking about a revised contract, according to Seahawks general manager John Schneider. 'Nothing really new,'' Schneider said. 'They're still talking. The steps after that were to be that if they came to an agreement, (Raiders GM) Reggie (McKenzie) and I would discuss a form of compensation.'

Footballguys view: The deadline to get something done is likely Thursday or Friday during the 2017 NFL draft. If the Raiders can't work something out to add Lynch he may just stay retired in 2017.

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  Eagles | PHI remains interested in Joe Mixon    Tue Apr 25, 10:11 AM

Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon remains of interest to the Philadelphia Eagles, who continue to do extensive research into him.

Footballguys view: Mixon has first-round talent but a domestic violence incident from 2014 will likely cause his draft stock to fall into the second round or later. The Eagles have the 14th pick in the first round, but that would be a shock to see Mixon go off the board then given his off field incident. Maybe the Eagles would consider Mixon in round two.

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  Saints | Adrian Peterson terms    Tue Apr 25, 08:41 AM

Updating an earlier report, New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson landed a two-year, $7 million deal. He's guaranteed $3.5 million in 2017, which includes a $1 million salary and a $2.5 million signing bonus. The 2018 compensation is $3.5 million, and none of which is guaranteed. It includes $2.4 million in total roster bonuses (which includes a $750,000 roster bonus earned on third day of free agency plus $1.65 million in per-game roster bonuses), a $1.05 million salary and a $50,000 workout bonus.

Footballguys view: The Saints will use Peterson and Mark Ingram in a RBBC. Ingram should be the lead back, and he'll also be the receiving back as Peterson isn't much of an option on passing downs. We could see Peterson getting 200 or so touches this year as part of this committee. Last year it was Tim Hightower behind Ingram, and he ended up touching the ball 155 times.

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  Giants | LeGarrette Blount has mutual NYG interest    Tue Apr 25, 08:14 AM

Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) has mutual interest in the New York Giants, and that situation could heat up as we get close to the NFL draft.

Footballguys view: The Giants could close in on Blount so long as the price tag is agreeable. Blount would give them the power element they're missing. If added, Blount would be the banger between the tackles while second-year pro Paul Perkins would work as the speed/receiving back.

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  Saints | Adrian Peterson joining Saints    Tue Apr 25, 08:12 AM

Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) has agreed to an undisclosed deal with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, April 25.

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  Broncos | Broncos like Christian McCaffrey 'a lot'    Mon Apr 24, 10:08 PM

Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey is liked 'a lot' by the Denver Broncos, according to general manager John Elway.

Footballguys view: We agree. There's a lot to like about McCaffrey's game, and he's more than just a change-of-pace back. McCaffrey is unlikely to be on the board by the time the Broncos pick at 20th overall.

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  Patriots | Mike Gillislee will receive carries    Mon Apr 24, 07:44 PM

New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee is expected to receive a role like the one free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) had this past season.

Footballguys view: Blount had a very fantasy relevant role with 18 rushing touchdowns to lead the league in 2016. Fantasy owners need to watch this situation closely for re-draft leagues, and dynasty owners who have Gillislee may have hit the jackpot.

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  Patriots | LeGarrette Blount likely to find new team    Mon Apr 24, 07:43 PM

Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) likely will not re-sign with the New England Patriots this offseason after the Patriots signed RB Mike Gillislee.

Footballguys view: The Patriots don't ...uh..mess around. They had an idea what they could get Blount for, and they had a breaking point with their leading rusher from 2016. Blount misread the open market and hasn't generated much interest out there in free agency.

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  Bills | Jonathan Williams may be No. 2 RB    Mon Apr 24, 06:16 PM

Buffalo Bills RB Jonathan Williams appears to be the leading candidate for the No. 2 running back job next season with RB Mike Gillislee signing with the New England Patriots.

Footballguys view: Losing Gillislee isn't great, but we really like Williams as a natural runner between the tackles. Williams is now the primary handcuff for LeSean McCoy owners in deeper leagues.

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  Saints | Mark Ingram will be the starter     Mon Apr 24, 04:56 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram would still be the lead running back even if free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) signed with the Saints, according to The New Orleans Advocate's Nick Underhill.

Footballguys view: That makes sense, but if Peterson is added he's going to have a large role as well. The Saints rushed the ball over 400 times last year, and they could easily split those carries between Ingram and Peterson. Ingram would continue as a pass catching back as Peterson doesn't excel in that area.

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  Bills | Buffalo receives fifth-round pick    Mon Apr 24, 04:25 PM

In exchange for New England Patriots RB Mike GIllislee, the Buffalo Bills will gain the Patriots' fifth-round pick (163rd overall).

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  Patriots | Mike Gillislee officially joins Patriots    Mon Apr 24, 04:05 PM

Buffalo Bills RB Mike Gillislee's two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet was not matched by the Bills, thus officially making him a member of the New England Patriots, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Gillislee is expected to take over LeGarrette Blount's role...and that is quite fantasy relevant. In 2016, Blount led the league with 18 rushing touchdowns and finished second in carries with 299. We'll see Gillislee work as the primary ball carrier with James White working as the pass catching back. Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis will fit in somehow too.

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  Saints | Adrian Peterson nearing deal with Saints    Mon Apr 24, 03:41 PM

Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) is coming close to a deal with the New Orleans Saints that would pay him $3 million this year, according to sources. The deal is not done, but it is looking optimistic.

Footballguys view: Peterson will split time with Mark Ingram if/when added. He's not a receiving back, so Ingram should have more value in PPR leagues.

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  Redskins | WAS looking to add another RB    Mon Apr 24, 03:57 AM

The Washington Redskins are looking to add another running back via the draft or free agency to complement RBs Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley.

Footballguys view: This is a wide running back class, so plenty of teams will be looking for added depth at the position. Kelley is the team's banger while Thompson is the change-of-pace back. Washington may be in play for an all-purpose back like Kareem Hunt (Toledo) in the mid rounds.

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  Giants | Paul Perkins wants to be three-down back    Sun Apr 23, 05:48 PM

New York Giants RB Paul Perkins said his goal is to become a three-down running back for the Giants.

Footballguys view: Perkins is a speedy change-of-pace back, but he's got the chance to be more. He's intent running inside even though that's not his forte. Perkins has the speed to make the corner, but he doesn't try to take every run outside. The Giants are looking at veteran thumpers like Adrian Peterson or LeGarrette Blount, and they could also try to find a big back in the 2017 NFL draft. Needless to say, Perkins is going to have competition for touches this season.

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  Redskins | Chris Thompson contract update    Sun Apr 23, 05:25 PM

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson signed his one-year tender offer worth $2.746 million.

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  Giants | NYG still interested in veteran running backs    Sun Apr 23, 09:49 AM

The New York Giants are one of several teams continuing to keep close tabs on free-agent RBs LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) and Adrian Peterson (Vikings), in the hopes that their salary demands will go down prior to the draft.

Footballguys view: We like the upside of second-year pro Paul Perkins, but the team could see him as more of a speedy change-of-pace back only. The interest in a two-down banger like Blount of Peterson shows they will likely be using a RBBC in 2017. Stay tuned here. With the 2017 NFL draft coming up this week, we could see the Giants add a big back to the mix.

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  NFL | Glen Coffee wants to return    Sat Apr 22, 05:47 PM

Former San Francisco 49ers RB Glen Coffee has been reinstated from the retirement list and wants to return to pro football.

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  Bills | BUF holding off on Mike Gillislee decision    Sat Apr 22, 11:04 AM

The Buffalo Bills have until Monday, April 24, to decide whether or not they plan on matching the two-year, $6.4 million offer from the New England Patriots for restricted free-agent RB Mike Gillislee.

Footballguys view: The Patriots are going to force the Bills hand here either way. With Jonathan Williams as a second-year back behind superstar LeSean McCoy, the Bills may decide to let Gillislee walk.

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  Dolphins | Miami interested in Marquell Beckwith     Sat Apr 22, 10:07 AM

The Miami Dolphins contacted Alabama State RB Marquell Beckwith earlier this week.

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  NFL | Five teams interested in Devine Redding    Sat Apr 22, 09:37 AM

Indiana RB Devine Redding has worked out privately for the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts and is also drawing interest from the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, according to multiple sources.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay eyeing Samaje Perine?    Fri Apr 21, 09:49 PM

Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have shown the most interest in him.

Footballguys view: The Bucs are looking at running back with the future of Doug Martin (suspended the first three games of the year) up in the air. Perine is likely to be a second or third round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He reminds us of Michael Turner (former Falcons starter) because of his power, quickness and ability to grind down defenses or gash them with a big play.

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  Panthers | Christian McCaffrey on Carolina's radar?    Fri Apr 21, 09:30 PM

Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey can run, catch and 'carry the load' and is one of the every-down running backs in the 2017 NFL Draft, according to Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman.

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  Browns | Isaiah Crowell has not signed    Fri Apr 21, 07:28 PM

Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell has not signed his tender offer at this point.

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  Redskins | Chris Thompson signs tender    Fri Apr 21, 04:10 PM

Washington Redskins restricted free-agent RB Chris Thompson signed his tender offer Friday, April 21.

Footballguys view: It's a one-year tender worth $2.7 million this year. He will continue to work as Washington's pass-catching back with Rob Kelley working as the banger between the tackles. We expect Washington to look for RB help in the 2017 NFL draft as well.

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  Raiders | Marshawn Lynch has until draft day to sign    Fri Apr 21, 03:03 PM

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie hinted he wants a deal done with free-agent RB Marshawn Lynch no later than the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur.

Footballguys view: There is a deadline in this situation, and the Seahawks need to accept. Lynch is still under Seattle's books and needs to be traded away or released to make a move to Oakland. He wants to play for his hometown Raiders and they'd be an even better offense with a guy like Lynch toting the rock. We want to see this happen...not because we're fans of the Raiders, but because we want to see Lynch in the NFL again.

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  Chiefs | C.J. Spiller back to old form?    Fri Apr 21, 02:19 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB C.J. Spiller has 'that speed and twitch back', according to general manager John Dorsey.

Footballguys view: With the Jamaal Charles era over in Kansas City, the team is looking for a speedy change-of-pace back. They already have Spencer Ware as the lead back, and Charcandrick West can be a fine part-time player. Spiller is no lock for the 53-man roster, and his fantasy value is limited by the two RBs in front of him on the depth chart.

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  Patriots | More on James White terms    Fri Apr 21, 09:48 AM

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots RB James White's three-year extension is worth $12.69 million with $5.69 million guaranteed and a $4 million signing bonus.

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  Browns | Isaiah Crowell doesn't sign tender    Fri Apr 21, 09:19 AM

Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell has yet to sign his tender, and the deadline to sign offer sheets with other teams was Thursday, April 20.

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  NFL | Leonard Fournette ranked highly by execs    Thu Apr 20, 10:25 PM

Louisiana State RB Leonard Fournette was ranked as the top running back in the 2017 NFL Draft by 10 of the 16 NFL executives polled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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  NFL | Dalvin Cook could slide in draft    Thu Apr 20, 09:09 PM

Florida State RB Dalvin Cook could slide out of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, according to NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein. Zierlein said he has head from NFL personnel that Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey and Louisiana State RB Leonard Fournette are the only running backs who will be selected in the first round.

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  Broncos | Zac Brooks also retired    Thu Apr 20, 05:39 PM

Denver Broncos RB Zac Brooks was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Thursday, April 20.


  Falcons | Devonta Freeman deal won't come soon    Thu Apr 20, 03:38 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is expected to receive a contract extension, but a deal is not anticipated in the near future. It is not likely that the two sides will commence negotiations before training camp and negotiations could spill into the regular season. Freeman has one year remaining on his rookie contract.

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  Eagles | Joe Mixon still 'under consideration'    Wed Apr 19, 09:24 PM

Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon remains under consideration for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2017 NFL Draft next week, according to a source.

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  49ers | San Francisco hosts four prospects    Wed Apr 19, 09:05 PM

Updating a previous report, LSU RB Leonard Fournette joined Iowa TE George Kittle, Michigan S Jabrill Peppers and Florida CB Teez Tabor as draft prospects who visited the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, April 19.

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  Colts | Indy open to taking Joe Mixon    Wed Apr 19, 07:54 PM

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard indicated the Colts would be open to selecting Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon in the 2017 NFL Draft as long as they did their homework on the prospect and have considered the risks of the selection.

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  Patriots | James White contract update    Wed Apr 19, 03:46 PM

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB James White's three-year contract extension is worth as much as $15 million, according to a source. The deal includes $4.69 million in guaranteed money.

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  Dolphins | Damien Williams has not signed tender    Wed Apr 19, 02:20 PM

Miami Dolphins restricted free-agent RB Damien Williams has not signed his tender offer at this point, according to executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum.

Footballguys view: Williams had a visit with the Patriots, but they ended up signing Mike Gillislee (Bills) to an offer sheet instead. The deadline for RFAs to get an offer from another team is April 21st.

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  Seahawks | Two Seahawks sign tenders    Tue Apr 18, 07:45 PM

Seattle Seahawks RBs Terrence Magee and Troymaine Pope signed their exclusive rights tenders Tuesday, April 18.


  Patriots | James White agrees to extension    Tue Apr 18, 07:11 PM

New England Patriots RB James White agreed to a three-year contract extension Tuesday, April 18, according to a source. He is now signed through 2020. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Patriots are making moves at running back. Earlier on Tuesday, the Pats offered a contract to Bills RFA Mike Gillislee. They added Rex Burkhead in free agency earlier this year too. White, a favorite of QB Tom Brady, should continue as a change-of-pace back for the Pats.

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  Bills | Mike Gillislee's offer unlikely to be matched    Tue Apr 18, 03:25 PM

Buffalo Bills restricted free-agent RB Mike Gillislee's two-year, $6.4 million offer from the New England Patriots is not expected to be matched by the Bills, according to a source.

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  Patriots | Pats offer contract to Mike Gillislee    Tue Apr 18, 01:40 PM

The New England Patriots have offered Buffalo Bills restricted free-agent RB Mike Gillislee a two-year, $6.4 million contract, according to a source. The first year of the deal is worth $4 million.

Footballguys view: It looks like the Patriots are making a move so strong the Bills won't match. Just like last year when they lost WR Chris Hogan. The Bills would net a fifth-round pick if they lose Gillislee. Losing a main backup behind LeSean McCoy would open the door for second-year pro Jonathan Williams to do more.

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  NFL | Raiders-Beastmode union has deadline?    Tue Apr 18, 12:32 PM

Retired RB Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks) has an agreement in place to join the Oakland Raiders, if the Seattle Seahawks trade his rights. However, the deal may have a deadline of the 2017 NFL Draft. Oakland could move on if it drafts a power back, in the opinion of NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Footballguys view: There are more than a few power backs the Raiders could go with if they can't get something done with Lynch. The story of Lynch going to Oakland (where he's a hometown hero) is great, but they've got to get something done or risk the deadline passing.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah in 'really good spot'    Mon Apr 17, 10:48 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) began the team's offseason program on time Monday, April 17. It's the first time he will go through this after missing last year's offseason work while rehabbing from shoulder labrum surgery. He's still 'getting there' in regards to his injury, but added that he's 'at a really good spot.'

Footballguys view: Abdullah has a good skill set, but only as a change-of-pace back. The Lions have tried to use him in a larger role, and his body breaks down. If used properly, Abdullah can be a playmaker for their offense.

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  Browns | George Atkinson staying with CLE    Mon Apr 17, 08:02 PM

Cleveland Browns exclusive rights free-agent RB George Atkinson III signed his tender offer Monday, April 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.