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Hurns expects to resume running soon 02-05-2016
Allen Hurns WR JAX
Allen Hurns (thigh) expects to resume running in a month.
Hurns is two weeks removed from sports hernia surgery. He'll get a slow start to the offseason, but will be ready for OTAs.
Watson says he's been in talks with Saints 02-05-2016
Benjamin Watson TE NO
Free agent TE Ben Watson has been in talks with the Saints.

New Orleans Advocate
"I had a good conversation with Sean (Payton) and Mickey (Loomis)," Watson said. "I'd love to be playing there. If not there, we'll see where else. I think I'll know more in about a month." Coming off a career year, Watson expects to return for at least one more season. 35-year-old Watson could be willing to settle for a one-year deal.
Josh Gordon confident he'll be reinstated 02-05-2016
Josh Gordon WR CLE
ESPN Cleveland reports suspended WR Josh Gordon is confident he'll be reinstated.

ESPN Cleveland
Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged Gordon has applied for reinstatement, but declined to update his status. The league has 60 days to make a decision on Gordon, so there should be clarity on him prior to the draft. Despite multiple off-field letdowns, Browns VP of football operations Sashi Brown is open to keeping Gordon if reinstated.
Redskins in talks with Kirk Cousins 02-05-2016
Kirk Cousins QB WAS
Redskins president Bruce Allen said the team has opened extension talks with free agent Kirk Cousins.

CSN Washington
"We've had discussions with his representative," Allen said. "We feel good. Kirk wants to be a Washington Redskin. It will work itself out." Cousins is likely targeting an Alex Smith-type deal after throwing for 4,166 yards and leading the league in completion percentage. Franchising Cousins would cost around $19.7 million.
Thomas Davis (arm) probable for Super Bowl 02-05-2016
Thomas Davis LB CAR
Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (arm) is listed as probable for the Super Bowl. Coach Ron Rivera already confirmed Davis will start. Despite being just two weeks removed from surgery, Davis should play his normal snaps.
T.J. Ward, Stewart upgraded to probable 02-05-2016
T.J. Ward S DEN
Broncos safeties T.J. Ward (ankle) and Darian Stewart (knee) were upgraded to probable for the Super Bowl. The Broncos listed them as questionable on last week's injury report. Both will start after practicing in full the last two days. Chris Harris (shoulder) is also probable.
Archie and Eli weigh in on Peyton's retirement 02-05-2016
Peyton Manning QB DEN
Archie and Eli Manning think switching teams could be a deal breaker for Peyton Manning.
"He had some offers last year from teams, some teams talked to him," said Archie. "But I think that was going to be a lot of drama, again, to change teams, that he didn't want to go through. He did do that once, so I don't know that he would want to do that." Eli agreed that playing for a different team would be "tough" for Peyton. All signs are pointing to Sunday being Peyton's last game. Even if the Broncos are interested in keeping him, which seems unlikely, it's doubtful Manning would put himself through another year of wear and tear after missing six games to injury this season.
Lions president keeping tabs on Megatron 02-05-2016
Calvin Johnson WR DET
Lions president Rod Wood is hoping to introduce Calvin Johnson to GM Bob Quinn sometime next week.

Tim Twentyman on Twitter
Wood said he's kept in touch with Johnson, exchanging texts as recently as Wednesday. Johnson hasn't officially announced his retirement yet and the Lions are hoping a sit-down with Quinn will help him change his mind. If Megatron does return in 2016, the Lions will likely have to re-work his contract.
Haslam: Browns have reached out to Manziel 02-05-2016
Johnny Manziel QB CLE
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said the team has reached out to Johnny Manziel "several times" without a response.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
"We're not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player, we're worried about Johnny Manziel the person," said Haslam. Manziel's life is spiraling out of control. He was dropped by his agent on Friday and has reportedly refused to go to rehab despite his family's insistence. The most ominous quote came from Manziel's father, who told the Dallas Morning News, "I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday." Manziel is living in denial right now and needs to get help immediately.
Jets sign CFL LB Freddie Bishop 02-05-2016
Freddie Bishop DE DET
Jets signed LB Freddie Bishop to a two-year contract.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
He visited seven teams before signing. Bishop was a stud in the CFL, winning a Grey Cup with Calgary in 2014. Bishop joined the Lions in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of Western Michigan but was cut after OTAs.
Jets sign Kyle Brindza to reserve/future deal 02-05-2016
Kyle Brindza K NYJ
Jets signed K Kyle Brindza to a reserve/future contract.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Brindza made just 6-of-12 field goals before the Buccaneers cut him in October, though he drilled a a 58-yarder against Houston in Week 3. Randy Bullock filled in at kicker for the Jets after Nick Folk missed the final eight games with a quad injury.
Texans/Raiders to face off in Mexico City 02-05-2016
J.J. Watt DE HOU
Roger Goodell announced the Texans will play the Raiders on Monday Night Football November 21 in Mexico City.
The NFL hasn't had a regular season game in Mexico since 2005 when the Cardinals defeated the 49ers in front of 103,467 fans at Azteca Stadium. Like all Monday night games, Texans/Raiders will be broadcast on ESPN. The NFL will have four international games this year with one in Mexico and three more in London.
Mikel Leshoure resurfaces with BC Lions 02-05-2016
Mikel LeShoure RB DET
Former Lions RB Mikel Leshoure has signed with the CFL's BC Lions.

Alex Marvez on Twitter
The former second-round pick hasn't appeared in a game since 2013. He showcased for teams at last year's Veteran Combine but didn't get any bites. Leshoure is still just 25 but his NFL career is probably over.
Pamphlet seen as Mankins' replacement 02-05-2016
Kevin Pamphile T TB
Buccaneers GM Jason Licht sees Kevin Pamphile as Logan Mankins' eventual replacement at left guard.

Pewter Report
"He's done so many things for us from playing the tight end role as a blocker, swing tackle and he filled in for Logan at guard," said Licht. "That's where we think his future is." Mankins turns 34 in March and is entering the last year of his contract. Pamphile spent time at three different positions last year including right tackle and both guard spots. His only start came in Week 5 when Mankins was injured.
Montee Ball arrested Friday morning 02-05-2016
Montee Ball RB DEN
Free agent RB Montee Ball was arrested Friday morning in Madison, Wisconsin following an altercation with his girlfriend.

Wisconsin State Journal
Police were called to Ball's hotel around 3:40 a.m. after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend into a table. She suffered a cut that required stitches. He was taken to Dane County Jail on a tentative charge of "substantial battery." Ball spent time on New England's practice squad this year but didn't see any game action. His career is hanging on by a thread.
Donald Penn won't give Raiders a discount 02-05-2016
Donald Penn OL OAK
Impending free agent LT Donald Penn doesn't plan to give the Raiders a hometown discount.

Guy Haberman on Twitter
Penn compared himself to HBO, saying he's been playing at a "promotional price" but now the Raiders will have to pay "full price for the shows they love." Penn might not be on Game of Thrones level, but he was still one of the better tackles in football this year and should get a nice payday when he hits the open market. Cordy Glenn, Russell Okung and Kelvin Beachum are a few of the other big-name tackles in this year's free agent class.
Miami's O line not protecting Tannehill 02-05-2016
Ryan Tannehill QB MIA
No quarterback has been sacked more than Ryan Tannehill since 2012.

Palm Beach Post
Tannehill's 2015 season was one he'd like to forget but between the team's coaching instability and Miami's underachieving offensive line, it's easy to see why he had a hard time. Billy Turner and Dallas Thomas were two of the worst guards in football while Jason Fox looked out of his element filling in for Ja'Wuan James at right tackle. The Dolphins will obviously look to upgrade their offensive line at the draft, though Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil should be long gone by the time they pick at No. 8. Only Blake Bortles and Alex Smith were sacked more than Tannehill in 2015.
Bills, FA Incognito likely to ink new deal 02-05-2016
Richie Incognito G BUF
WGR 550's Sal Capaccio expects the Bills and impending free agent LG Richie Incognito to agree to a two-year contract.

Sal Capaccio on Twitter
Both the Bills and Incognito have expressed a desire to continue their relationship after Incognito made the Pro Bowl and was Pro Football Focus' No. 2 guard. Incognito turns 33 in July. Capaccio guesses he'll command around $6 million per year on a new contract, which falls in line with what fellow veteran Chiefs LG Ben Grubbs received in a revised contract last year.
Rivera confirms Thomas Davis will start SB50 02-05-2016
Thomas Davis LB CAR
Coach Ron Rivera confirmed WLB Thomas Davis (arm) will start and play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Broncos. Davis broke his arm in the NFC Championship game against the Cardinals, but quickly had surgery to stabilize the injury. At 33 years old (next month), Davis has been determined to play in the big game, as he may never make it back.
Todd Gurley's foot 100 percent healthy 02-05-2016
Todd Gurley RB STL
Todd Gurley said his foot is 100 percent healthy.

Nick Wagoner on Twitter
Gurley was in a walking boot at the end of the season and missed Week 17 with a mild case of turf toe. He played in last weekend's Pro Bowl, so the issue is well behind him. Gurley will train at EXOS Performance in LA this offseason and should be a surefire first-round pick in redraft and dynasty drafts this summer.
Rueben Randle unlikely to be re-sign with NYG 02-05-2016
Rueben Randle WR NYG
The Newark Star-Ledger doesn't envision the Giants re-signing impending free agent Rueben Randle.

Newark Star-Ledger
Beat writer James Kratch isn't sure if the Giants even want Randle back, but he also suspects Randle will get more money from another team than the Giants will be willing to pay. Randle seemed to frustrate ex-coach Tom Coughlin a great deal, but it's unclear how OC-turned-coach Ben McAdoo felt about the 24-year-old. Randle is entering a market with not much receiver talent available, so it's possible a team drastically overpays him.
Giants RG Schwartz battled numerous injuries 02-05-2016
Geoff Schwartz G NYG
Giants RG Geoff Schwartz said he played with damaged nerves in his foot/ankle before suffering a broken ankle in Week 12.

Newark Star-Ledger
Schwartz's time with the Giants has been an injury-filled nightmare for the 29-year-old. Since signing a four-year pact prior to the 2014 season, Schwartz has appeared in just 11 games and played at less than 100 percent in many of them. Schwartz said he's training at full speed now and is excited to get back to full health in time for a normal offseason program.
Manziel dumped by his own agent on Friday 02-05-2016
Johnny Manziel QB CLE
Johnny Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt, has parted ways with the quarterback.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
'Fair to assume' Lynch's time in Seattle over 02-05-2016
Marshawn Lynch RB SEA
NFL Network's Michael Robinson said it's "fair to assume" that Marshawn Lynch won't be back with the Seahawks.

950 Seattle
Robinson, of course, is the Seahawks' former fullback and Lynch's best friend. "I don't think that's a slight to Marshawn, just after a while, a back gets older, still wants more money," Robinson said. "A team has to be prepared to get younger at some point. And I think the injury didn't help this year. The fact that he didn't get the yards that he usually gets didn't help this year. So we'll see." Robinson also said he knows if Lynch will retire or not, but passed on spilling the beans. The Seahawks can save $6.5 million by releasing Beast Mode.
Cowboys 'out' of the Johnny Manziel running 02-05-2016
Johnny Manziel QB CLE
WFAA Dallas' Mike Leslie reports the Cowboys are "out" on Johnny Manziel.

Mike Leslie on Twitter
We're not sure if they were ever "in," quite frankly, but we're sure owner/GM Jerry Jones has at least considered it. Manziel has strongly hinted at wanting to play in Dallas ever since he entered the league as a 2014 first-rounder. After all of his off-field issues, it's uncertain whether Manziel will even be in the league in the 2016 season. The Rams may be one club desperate enough.
Brandon Browner tweets goodbyes to Saints 02-05-2016
Brandon Browner CB NO
Saints CB Brandon Browner strongly hinted on Twitter that he's being released by New Orleans.

Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
"I truly did love the city, really wanted to do well," Browner wrote. "Some of the best people, best hospitality, and food. And a city that will show you a good time. How could you beat that?" Browner was a colossal bust for the Saints after signing a three-year, $15 million contract last offseason. He was easily the worst corner in the league in 2015 and committed a league-high 23 penalties. The Saints will save just $950,000 against the cap by releasing him.