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|Vikes to meet with Peterson's agent next week||02-24-2017|
|Adrian Peterson RB MIN|
The Vikings will meet with Adrian Peterson's agent next week to discuss his future with the team.
Jason Cole on Twitter
|The Vikings will have a similar sit-down with Terence Newman's agent. Newman is contemplating retirement while Peterson still wants to play but isn't in the Vikings' budget. Peterson could be facing a relatively quiet free agent market if the two sides part ways, which seems likely. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported last week that many GMs have balked at the idea of paying Peterson $5 million annually. Peterson has risen from the dead before but that's not something teams can bank on.|
|Mularkey: Titans RB job is not a competition||02-24-2017|
|Derrick Henry RB TEN|
Coach Mike Mularkey said the Titans' starting running back job will not be opened to competition for 2017.
|"DeMarco Murray is the guy," Mularkey stated. "He has shown he is the guy and he will continue to be that guy." Henry averaged 4.45 yards per carry, scored five touchdowns, and caught 13-of-15 targets during a promising rookie campaign, but he will open 2017 as a complementary, game-plan-specific back. "Derrick, as you saw, some games he was more involved than others," Mularkey explained. "And a lot is based on how we are going to attack the opponent."|
|Niners ink DeAndre Carter to two-year deal||02-24-2017|
|DeAndre Carter WR NE|
49ers signed WR DeAndre Carter to a two-year contract.
|Carter has bounced around the league since going undrafted out of Sacramento State in 2015, spending time with the Ravens, Raiders and most recently the Patriots. The 23-year-old has yet to play an NFL snap.|
|Coughlin: Blake Bortles must limit turnovers||02-24-2017|
|Blake Bortles QB JAX|
Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin emphasized that Blake Bortles must avoid turnovers to maintain his starting job.
Florida Times Union
|Bortles committed 22 turnovers last year -- 16 interceptions and six lost fumbles. The 16 picks were actually a career low. "Taking care of the football is paramount to that position," said Coughlin. "There can be no way the ball is turned over to that extent." Coughlin added he believes improved pass protection and "components around him" will give Bortles a better shot at success, hence the Jaguars' trade for LT Branden Albert.|
|Paul Posluszny expected back in 2017||02-24-2017|
|Paul Posluszny MLB JAX|
Jaguars MLB Paul Posluszny is expected back for a seventh season with the team.
Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter
|New EVP Tom Coughlin spoke highly of Posluszny at Friday's press conference. Posluszny had one of the best seasons of his career in 2016, leading the Jags in tackles (133) as usual and earning PFF's No. 4 inside linebacker grade among 59 qualifiers. Signed only through 2017, "Poz" turns 33 in October.|
|Redskins to meet with free agents at Combine||02-24-2017|
|DeSean Jackson WR WAS|
The Redskins will meet with their impending free agents at the Combine next week in Indianapolis.
|That includes Chris Baker, Vernon Davis, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson as well restricted free agents Will Compton, Ty Nsekhe and Chris Thompson. Jackson has expressed interest in remaining with the Redskins though the team is "lukewarm" about that possibility, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. Garcon and Jackson are both expected to command annual salaries in the range of $9-11 million. It's a near certainty that at least one of those two will be moving on.|
|Siemian won't practice fully until training camp||02-24-2017|
|Trevor Siemian QB DEN|
According to Brandon Stokley of 104.3 The Fan Denver, it's unlikely Trevor Siemian (shoulder) will practice fully until training camp.
104.3 The Fan Denver
|Siemian underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder shortly after last season. He's still expected to be ready for OTAs but won't be given a full workload until training camp opens. Siemian had his moments last year but remains a placeholder for the Broncos while first-round pick Paxton Lynch continues his development.|
|Cardinals bring back Ross on one-year deal||02-24-2017|
|Jeremy Ross WR ARZ|
Cardinals re-signed WR Jeremy Ross to a one-year contract.
Adam Caplan on Twitter
|Ross joined the Cardinals late last season, appearing in two games. He logged 39 snaps in that span, securing all four of his targets for 37 yards and a touchdown. The 28-year-old gives Arizona some wide receiver depth and should be a core player on special teams.|
|Verner not expected to land in Tennessee||02-24-2017|
|Alterraun Verner CB TB|
ESPN's Paul Kuharsky doesn't believe free agent Alterraun Verner is "in play" for the Titans.
Paul Kuharsky on Twitter
|Verner played his first four seasons in Tennessee, earning an All-Pro selection during his breakout 2013 campaign. Despite his history with the team, the 28-year-old looked washed up in Tampa Bay last season and will probably have to settle for a backup gig in free agency. The Titans need secondary help after allowing the third-most passing yards last season but Verner isn't the answer.|
|Broncos signed DT Bobby Richardson||02-24-2017|
|Bobby Richardson DE KC|
Broncos signed DL Bobby Richardson.
Mike Klis on Twitter
|Richardson made 11 starts for the Saints in 2015 after signing as an undrafted free agent. He was released at the end of training camp last summer and later spent time on the Chiefs' and Redskins' practice squads. The offseason just started but already the Broncos seem to be putting an emphasis on their run defense, which ranked near the bottom of the league last season.|
|Gronkowski 'for sure' will be ready Week 1||02-24-2017|
|Rob Gronkowski TE NE|
Rob Gronkowski (back) said he will "for sure" be ready to play Week 1.
|"Uh, yes," Gronkowski said when asked if he'll be ready to go for the season opener. "No doubt." Gronkowski is coming off his third known back surgery after he required 2009 and 2013 operations to repair herniated disks. As for his playing future, Gronk said he's not yet even thinking about retirement. Still just 28 (in May), Gronkowski's body has been through a lot in such a short period of time, but he keeps coming back better than ever. He averaged a monstrous 21.6 yards per catch on 25 grabs in 2016. Gronkowski is still the TE1 in fantasy.|
|Coughlin won't completely commit to Bortles||02-24-2017|
|Blake Bortles QB JAX|
Speaking Friday, Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin wouldn't completely commit to Blake Bortles as the starting quarterback.
|However, Coughlin didn't indicate the Jaguars will be moving on from Bortles, according to ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco. When he was first introduced as the new EVP, Coughlin said Bortles "is our quarterback." It suggests the Jaguars will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option, but Bortles isn't going to get an extension this offseason after his dreadful 2016. The Jaguars are a dark horse to make an addition at quarterback either in free agency or the draft, but Bortles remains the heavy favorite to be under center as the starter come Week 1.|
|Giants re-sign LS DeOssie to 2-year deal||02-24-2017|
|Zak DeOssie LS NYG|
Giants re-signed LS Zak DeOssie to a two-year contract.
Aaron Wilson on Twitter
|DeOssie has been handling the longer-than-normal snaps in New York since 2007.|
|Josh Doctson running drills at Redskins Park||02-24-2017|
|Josh Doctson WR WAS|
Josh Doctson (Achilles') has progressed to running receiver drills.
Master Tesfatsion on Twitter
|In a series of Snapchat videos posted by Doctson on Friday, he's seen doing some ladder drills and route-running at Redskins Park. Doctson didn't look to be running at full speed, but it's certainly progress. Coach Jay Gruden had hoped February would bring more results in Doctson's rehab, and it appears the sophomore is on track for OTAs. If DeSean Jackson and/or Pierre Garcon leave as free agents, and Doctson can stay healthy, he could be in for a big year-two leap.|
|FA Trent Cole wants to keep playing||02-24-2017|
|Trent Cole OLB IND|
Free agent OLB/DE Trent Cole plans to continue his playing career.
Sirius XM NFL Radio
|Cole will be entering his age-35 season. He missed nine games last season due to a back injury but was able to return late in the year and is now healthy. Cole managed just five sacks across two seasons with the Colts as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He's spent most of his career as a 4-3 end. The Colts aren't expected to re-sign him. Cole will likely have to settle for one-year offers.|
|Chiefs take flier on 29-year-old C.J. Spiller||02-24-2017|
|C.J. Spiller RB KC|
Chiefs signed RB C.J. Spiller.
Terez Paylor on Twitter
|Spiller has name recognition, but he hasn't been a factor on the field for years. He was a massive free-agent flop in New Orleans in 2015 and bounced around between the Saints, Jets, and Seahawks last season before eventually being released in December. Spiller will turn 30 before the season. He'll try to carve out a pass-catching role in K.C., but we won't hold our breath.|
|Jets showed interest in Beachum last year||02-24-2017|
|Kelvin Beachum OT JAX|
The Jets were interested in free agent LT Kelvin Beachum last offseason.
NJ Advance Media
|Beachum chose to sign with the Jaguars instead, but now the Jets again need to find two starting tackles after cutting both LT Ryan Clady and RT Breno Giacomini. Swing tackle Ben Ijalana is also a free agent. Beachum had a down year in Jacksonville but should be better a year removed from surgery.|
|Jets to ask Eric Decker for a pay cut?||02-24-2017|
|Eric Decker WR NYJ|
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano thinks it's a "good bet" the Jets will ask Eric Decker to take a pay cut.
|Coming off major shoulder and hip surgeries, Decker is due a $7.25 million salary and slated to count $8.75 million against the cap. He's not expected to be ready for spring practices. If Decker declines a pay cut, the Jets could end up releasing him and saving $5.75 million against the cap. Brandon Marshall seems more likely to be cut, but it's not out of the question both could be gone.|