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|Report: Bills could tab Mike McCoy as new OC||01-10-2017|
|Mike Mccoy QB PHI|
WGR 550 Buffalo's Sal Capaccio reports if Panthers DC Sean McDermott is named the Bills' new coach, Capaccio "keeps hearing" ex-Chargers coach Mike McCoy "could join him" as offensive coordinator.
Sal Capaccio on Twitter
|There are obviously moving parts here, but it sure sounds like the Bills have "zeroed in" on McDermott as their next coach. McCoy is viewed by many as the top offensive coordinator on the market. The two have never coached together. McCoy's presence could be a reason Buffalo is leaning toward McDermott. McCoy has done well with numerous different quarterbacks.|
|Latavius Murray wants to re-sign with Raiders||01-10-2017|
|Latavius Murray RB OAK|
Impending free agent Latavius Murray expressed a desire to re-sign with the Raiders.
Sirius XM NFL Radio
|"I wanna stay put and finish what I started," Murray said. The former sixth-round pick got his first chance late in the 2014 season and never really looked back. He's rushed 543 times for 2,278 yards (4.2 YPC) and 20 touchdowns over the past 2.5 seasons, finishing with a career-high 12 end-zone trips this season. Murray continues to lose work to rookie DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, but remained the No. 1 back all year. He turns 27 next week. It will be interesting to see if the Raiders want to dump millions of more dollars into their offense.|
|Ravens: We could sign veteran receiver||01-10-2017|
|Pierre Garcon WR WAS|
Speaking Tuesday, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome admitted the team could sign a veteran receiver this offseason.
Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter
|Newsome said he'll be in the market for "complementary receivers" following Steve Smith Sr.'s retirement. Pierre Garcon or Kenny Britt would fit the bill in free agency, as would older options Anquan Boldin and Vincent Jackson. The Ravens have a lot of bodies at wideout, but no proven depth behind Mike Wallace.|
|Marvin Jones says he didn't have good season||01-10-2017|
|Marvin Jones WR DET|
Speaking about his 2016, Marvin Jones said "in terms of my standards, it wasn't good at all."
Detroit Free Press
|408 of Jones' 930 yards came in his first three games. "When you look at how I started, you wouldn't think it would end this way," Jones said. "Obviously, I had some uncharacteristic drops here and there and early on. I never had a season like this. I don't know what to say." Jones is still only 27 (in March), but he's now looked like more of a role player than No. 1 receiver with two different teams/quarterbacks. There's no real reason to expect a step forward in 2017.|
|Vance Joseph set to interview with Chargers||01-10-2017|
|Vance Joseph CB DEN|
Dolphins DC Vance Joseph will interview for the Chargers' head-coaching vacancy after meeting with the Broncos on Tuesday.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
|Joseph is considered the favorite to replace Gary Kubiak, but it doesn't hurt to talk with the Chargers and increase his leverage. He also wouldn't the first "favorite" to get passed up or slip away. Joseph's odds of landing a top job seem high.|
|Geronimo Allison facing marijuana charges||01-10-2017|
|Geronimo Allison WR GB|
Packers WR Geronimo Allison is facing marijuana charges stemming from a September arrest.
|Arrested in September, Allison was charged in December. He has a court date later this month. It's unclear if any of this is news to the Packers, but it's unlikely. With Jordy Nelson (ribs) banged up, Allison will probably be Green Bay's No. 3 receiver for the Divisional Round. He had a productive final few weeks of the regular season with Randall Cobb sidelined.|
|Storm Johnson gets offseason deal from 'Fins||01-10-2017|
|Storm Johnson RB MIA|
|Dolphins signed RB Storm Johnson, LB Lamin Barrow, CB Daniel Davie, OT Jesse Davis, QB Brandon Doughty, LB Deon Lacey, DE Arthur Miley, TE Chris Pantale, RB Senorise Perry, OT Terry Poole, DE Julius Warmsley and LB Brandon Watts to reserve/future contracts.||Johnson hasn't appeared in a game since 2014. The 2014 seventh-rounder turns 25 in July.|
|Randle signs reserve/future pact with Bears||01-10-2017|
|Rueben Randle WR CHI|
Bears signed WR Rueben Randle to a reserve/future contract.
Rich Campbell on Twitter
|Reserve/future deals aren't typically handed out to former second-round picks, but Rueben was eligible after spending 2016 on the street. Randle is barely two years removed from a 938-yard campaign, but didn't even come close to making the receiver-needy Eagles' 53-man roster last summer. Randle turns 26 in May.|
|C.J. Prosise must go 'full speed'||01-10-2017|
|C.J. Prosise RB SEA|
Coach Pete Carroll said C.J. Prosise (shoulder) will only be cleared for the Divisional Round if he can go "full speed" in practice.
Liz Mathews on Twitter
|Playing on Saturday, Tuesday is already the "Wednesday" of the Seahawks' practice week, so it gets Prosise off on the wrong foot. Prosise would be a nice addition for a Seahawks offense that's been struggling for its signature big plays.|
|Terrell Suggs fully expected back for 2017||01-10-2017|
|Terrell Suggs OLB BAL|
Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome confirmed OLB Terrell Suggs is expected back for a 15th season in 2017.
Jamison Hensley on Twitter
|The No. 10 overall pick of the 2003 draft is recovering from a torn biceps, but remained an effective player in 2016. He appeared in 15 games after being limited to one appearance in 2015 by a torn Achilles'. Suggs turns 35 in October.|
|Ravens holding out hope Sr. returns in 2017||01-10-2017|
|Steve Smith WR BAL|
Speaking Tuesday, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said he was "still hoping" Steve Smith Sr. returns in some capacity next season.
Jason La Canfora on Twitter
|It's unclear how Bisciotti was, as he admitted he knew there was no way Sr. would subject himself to training camp. Bisciotti said he was "still hoping" Sr. showed up at the team facility in September. Sr. seems at peace with his delayed decision to hang it up. We're guessing he's played his final down.|
|Ravens owner: We need Joe Flacco to be better||01-10-2017|
|Joe Flacco QB BAL|
Speaking about Joe Flacco on Tuesday, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said "we need more out of Joe."
Jamison Hensley on Twitter
|"I think Joe would agree with that," Bisciotti helpfully added. Coming back from a torn ACL, Flacco actually threw for a career-high 4,317 yards in 2016, but only because he was forced to dial up an absurd 672 attempts. That's not Ravens football. Flacco struggled mightily to make big plays, and averaged a woeful 6.42 yards per attempt. The first year back from a torn ACL can be tough for a quarterback - even Tom Brady wasn't quite himself in 2009 - but days shy of his 32nd birthday, Flacco will be on the spot to be better next season.|
|Browns CB Joe Haden undergoes groin surgery||01-10-2017|
|Joe Haden CB CLE|
Browns CB Joe Haden underwent groin surgery.
Joe Haden on Twitter
|He said the procedure "went great!" Haden was ineffective playing through two groin injuries this season, and he has been on a downward trend the last two seasons. He needs a healthy bounce-back season in 2017.|
|Austin Hooper 'trending in right direction'||01-10-2017|
|Austin Hooper TE ATL|
ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) is "trending in [the] right direction" to play Saturday.
Adam Caplan on Twitter
|Hooper sat out the final two weeks of the regular season, but Caplan said he "moved around well" in his return to practice last week. It would be a surprise if he is not on the field against the Seahawks.|
|Tomlin: Ben's foot 'shouldn't be an issue'||01-10-2017|
|Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT|
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Ben Roethlisberger's foot "shouldn't be an issue."
Andrew Siciliano on Twitter
|Roethlisberger was in a walking boot after Sunday's win over the Dolphins, but he had shed the boot by Monday and said he will be "good to go." Ben will likely take a maintenance day during Wednesday's practice, but there is no doubt about his availability for this week.|
|Le'Veon Bell may get rest day Wed, will play||01-10-2017|
|Le'Veon Bell RB PIT|
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Le'Veon Bell might be held out of Wednesday's practice, but he is fully expected to play this week.
Dave Lolley on Twitter
|Ben Roethlisberger (foot) is also expected to be held out, but neither is in any danger of sitting out Sunday's game. Bell saw 23 touches in his first meeting with the Chiefs in Week 4, and he is a good bet to top that number this week.|
|Ladarius Green still in concussion protocol||01-10-2017|
|Ladarius Green TE PIT|
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Ladarius Green is still in the concussion protocol.
Ed Bouchette on Twitter
|Green got in two full practices last week but was held out on Friday after Tomlin said they did not get the results they wanted from a post-practice test. With Green likely to follow a similar routine this week, his status probably will not be clear until Friday at the earliest.|
|Demarcus Lawrence (back) expected to play||01-10-2017|
|Demarcus Lawrence DE DAL|
Jerry Jones said he expects DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) to play in Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Packers.
Jon Machota on Twitter
|Lawrence may need surgery after the season to repair the back issue which kept him out the final three games of the regular season, but he plans to play through the injury in the playoffs. Dallas is also expected to get back CB Morris Claiborne (groin) and DT Tyrone Crawford (shoulder, hamstring).|
|Jerry: Morris Claiborne will return Sunday||01-10-2017|
|Morris Claiborne CB DAL|
Jerry Jones said CB Morris Claiborne (groin) will play in Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Packers.
Brandon George on Twitter
|Claiborne was on his way to a career year before going down in Week 8, so his return should be a big boost to the defense, especially with Aaron Rodgers coming to town. DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) and DT Tyrone Crawford (shoulder, hamstring) are also expected to return.|
|Bucs guaranteed Derel Walker $100,000||01-10-2017|
|Derel Walker WR TB|
Bucs signed WR Derel Walker to a two-year contract.
Greg Auman on Twitter
|The deal includes $100,000 guaranteed. It is a big chunk of change for the CFL star, indicating the Bucs were facing competition for his signature. A Texas A&M product, Walker recorded 198 catches for 2,699 yards and 16 touchdowns in two years with the Edmonton Eskimos.|
|Vance Joseph interviewing with Denver Tuesday||01-10-2017|
|Vance Joseph CB DEN|
Dolphins DC Vance Joseph is interviewing for the Broncos' head coaching vacancy Tuesday.
Adam Schefter on Facebook
|Joseph is scheduled to meet with the 49ers on Thursday, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that is if Denver "lets him go" while 9 News Denver's Mike Klis also suggested Joseph could be offered the job on Tuesday. If the Broncos do not land Joseph, Klis expects them to turn their focus to Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan.|
|Eagles 'certainly' want Jason Peters back||01-10-2017|
|Jason Peters OT PHI|
Eagles EVP Howie Roseman said the team "certainly" wants LT Jason Peters to return next season.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
|"He has really ingrained himself as a leader of this football team," Roseman said. "Anyone who watched us play saw the impact he has on the game. We certainly want to have him back." While Peters, who will turn 35 later this month, is still a top-flight left tackle, money will be the primary sticking point in his return. Peters is owed a $9.95 million salary and will cost $11.2 million against the cap next year. While his play this season justifies that salary, the Eagles are already paying RT Lane Johnson like a left tackle, and they could use the cap space. Still, it sounds like Peters is in Philly's plans moving forward.|
|Giants will 'evaluate' moving Flowers to RT||01-10-2017|
|Ereck Flowers OT NYG|
Giants GM Jerry Reese said the team will "evaluate" moving 2015 first-round pick Ereck Flowers to right tackle.
Pro Football Talk
|"He is an early-out junior, still a young player, but it is time for him to show us the fruits of being a first-round draft pick," Reese said. "I do think that he is a big, strong kid who has a chance to be a really good player, so I still believe he has a chance to be a good player." The Giants' insistence on keeping an overmatched Flowers at left tackle cost them the opportunity to add someone like Donald Penn in free agency, but it sounds like they will not make that mistake again this offseason. If they are serious about improving the offensive line, Flowers should not be starting at left tackle next season.|
|'Seems likely' Vikes use Bridgewater's option||01-10-2017|
|Teddy Bridgewater QB MIN|
ESPN's Ben Goessling said it "seems likely" the Vikings will exercise Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option.
|Minnesota has until May to make their decision. Bridgewater is rehabbing a severe knee injury which involved a torn ACL, a dislocated knee, and other structural damage. It is unlikely he is ready for Week 1, it is possible he is never the same player, and the Vikings have already tabbed Sam Bradford as their starter for next season. Still, the option is guaranteed for new injury only, so there is not much risk to locking up Bridgewater for an extra year to see how the knee progresses.|
|Giants starting to think about the 'next QB'||01-10-2017|
|Eli Manning QB NYG|
GM Jerry Reese said the Giants have "started to think about who is the next quarterback" after Eli Manning.
|"Eli is 36," Reese said. "So we will look into that as we move into the offseason." Reese also said Manning has entered the "back nine of his career" in his season-ending press conference. It is somewhat odd to hear a general manager be this forthcoming, but Reese is correct. The Giants need to start planning for a future without Eli.|
|Jamaal Charles: I still want to play football||01-10-2017|
|Jamaal Charles RB KC|
Jamaal Charles (knee, injured reserve) said he "still wants to play football."
|This never seemed to be in question, but it is still good to hear. Charles had surgery to repair both menisci in November, but he likely would have been able to get back on the field in the playoffs if the Chiefs had not been forced to use their return spot on a linebacker. Charles had only 40 yards on 12 carries this season and has played in just eight games the last two years. It is likely the Chiefs decide to move on this offseason, and Charles may have to settle for a prove-it deal on the open market.|