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Darrelle Revis charged with four felonies 02-16-2017
Darrelle Revis CB NYJ
Darrelle Revis has been charged with four felonies for his role in a weekend fight in Pittsburgh.

Daniel Wallach on Twitter
That includes two counts of aggravated assault. Revis is accused of knocking two men unconscious. It's a serious matter, likely not the count that will simply disappear. It's an ill-timed off-the-field issue for a 31-year-old corner coming off a lousy year. Revis is guaranteed $6 million for 2017, but this greatly increases the chances he gets cut loose, which would create $9.3 million in cap space for the Jets.
Luke Willson intends to test open market 02-16-2017
Luke Willson TE SEA
Free agent TE Luke Willson intends to test the open market.

Seattle Times
V.Y. in negotiations with Canadian team 02-16-2017
Vince Young QB CLE
Free agent Vince Young's agent says he's in talks with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Houston Chronicle
We wish the 33-year-old Young luck with his comeback. Canada would be a best-case scenario.
Broncos likely to be interested in Mitchell? 02-16-2017
Earl Mitchell DT MIA
NBC Denver expects the Broncos to express interest in free agent DT Earl Mitchell.

Mike Klis on Twitter
Reporter Mike Klis appears to just be connecting the dots, as Mitchell played for new Broncos coach Vance Joseph in Miami. Slowed by injuries with the Dolphins, Mitchell was limited to 306 snaps in 2016. He turns 30 in September.
Police list charges pending against Revis 02-16-2017
Darrelle Revis CB NYJ
Darrelle Revis is facing "pending" charges of aggravated assault, robbery, "conspiracy" and "making terroristic threats" following a weekend brawl in his native Pittsburgh.

Kimberly Martin on Twitter
Revis is alleged to have knocked two men unconscious. Per the police report, a man refused to stop filming Revis with his cellphone. The "robbery" charge would be because Revis (allegedly) took the phone and threw it in the street. This has the makings of a legal issue that could linger for most, if not all, of the offseason.
Ex-Rams and NYJ RB Stacy announces retirement 02-16-2017
Zac Stacy RB NYJ
Ex-Rams and Jets RB Zac Stacy has announced his retirement.

James Palmer on Twitter
The No. 160 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Stacy was the Rams' starting running back as a rookie, but averaged just 3.89 yards per carry. His career faded quickly thereafter. Going on 26, Stacy hangs up his cleats having scored 10 NFL touchdowns.
Ladarius Green (concussion) yet to be cleared 02-16-2017
Ladarius Green TE PIT reports Ladarius Green is not currently in the NFL's concussion protocol, but has still yet to be cleared.
In other words, uncertainty continues to take the day. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette guessed on Tuesday that Green would keep his roster spot, but Steelers president Art Rooney II was publicly noncommittal last month. Green's health has been one mystery after another since he signed a four-year, $20 million contract last March.
Revis involved in brawl; Details inconsistent 02-16-2017
Darrelle Revis CB NYJ
Darrelle Reivs was involved in a Pittsburgh brawl over the weekend.

ABC Pittsburgh
One Pittsburgh T.V. station is reporting Revis was an aggressor and could be charged with a felony, while another says he was attacked by up to five men. Revis as the aggressor is sounding like the more plausible story, as the other emanated from his lawyer. The situation should be updated some time in the next 24 hours.
Report: 'Fins holding off on cutting Albert 02-16-2017
Branden Albert OT MIA
The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have decided to hold off on releasing LT Branden Albert, and are "apparently going to pause and assess the possibilities."

Miami Herald
Only the Dolphins. Truly, only the Dolphins. Per ace reporter Armando Salguero, the Dolphins and Albert agreed to his release on Thursday morning, but the team has had an about-face due to "sudden and significant interest from at least one and perhaps other teams in acquiring Albert." It means the Dolphins will probably keep Albert on the roster through the start of the new league year on March 9. They are doing Albert dirty, not letting him choose his own team, and potentially severely depressing his value. Instead of having the market all to himself right now, Albert could end up having to fight for scraps in the second phase of free agency.
Browns make Charley Hughlett highest-paid LS 02-16-2017
Charley Hughlett LS CLE
Browns signed LS Charley Hughlett to a six-year contract through 2022.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
This is our first ever blurb on Hughlett, whom ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Browns are making the league's highest-paid long snapper. Were we to conduct film review on Hughlett, we suspect it would find that he is indeed good at snapping the ball longer than it is usually snapped.
Steelers not counting on CB Golson for 2017 02-16-2017
Senquez Golson CB PIT
The Steelers aren't counting on 2015 second-round CB Senquez Golson for 2017.

Gerry Dulac on Twitter
Recovering from a Lisfranc injury, Golson has missed 32-of-32 games as an NFLer. He's due a modest $615,000 in 2017, but the Steelers won't want to pay that if they believe Golson won't be able to stay on the field.
Steelers won't urgently seek Ben successor 02-16-2017
Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert isn't planning to urgently pursue Ben Roethlisberger's successor this offseason.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Will we add a guy? Absolutely," Colbert said. "When? It's hard to say. Sooner or later we will have to address that." In other words, the Steelers aren't taking Roethlisberger's retirement musings very seriously. Colbert did make clear the team wants free agent Landry Jones back as Big Ben's No. 2.
Steelers hedge on keeping Lawrence Timmons 02-16-2017
Lawrence Timmons LB PIT
Speaking Thursday, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert hedged on re-signing ILB Lawrence Timmons.

Gerry Dulac on Twitter
"Would you like to have him stay? Absolutely," Colbert said. "(But) does it all fit? We can make it work, but at what cost?" You could say Colbert is lukewarm on retaining the 30-year-old, longtime Steeler. Timmons started all 16 games last season, but was somewhat of a liability as an every-down player. If he returns, it will be to reduced money and a reduced role.
Report: Dolphins could seek corner via trade 02-16-2017
Xavien Howard CB MIA
The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins could look to the trade market for cornerback help.

Adam Beasley on Twitter
LT Albert expected to find new team 'quickly' 02-16-2017
Branden Albert OT MIA
The Miami Herald expects free agent LT Branden Albert to find a new team "quickly."

Adam Beasley on Twitter
Per Beasley, Albert is already drawing interest. Albert hasn't appeared in more than 14 games in any of the past five years, and seemed in steep decline last season. He's the kind of name many teams will consider, but likely as a backup or right tackle.
Steelers confirm they want to keep QB Jones 02-16-2017
Landry Jones QB PIT
Speaking Thursday, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert confirmed he would like to re-sign No. 2 QB Landry Jones.

Gerry Dulac on Twitter
There was a Wednesday report that the Steelers view Jones as one of the league's top backups, so re-signing him appears it will be a priority. Colbert did say he isn't sure if the team needs to pursue Ben Roethlisberger's eventual successor yet. The Steelers clearly are not concerned about Ben's retirement musings.
Bills bring back special teamer Humber 02-16-2017
Ramon Humber LB BUF
Bills re-signed LB Ramon Humber.

Chris Brown on Twitter
Humber is a core special team, appearing in all 16 2016 contests. He turns 30 in August.
Steelers: No reservations about Le'Veon Bell 02-16-2017
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT
Speaking Thursday, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said the team has "no reservations" about free agent Le'Veon Bell, and that he hopes Bell retires with the team.
GM: We want Antonio Brown to retire a Steeler 02-16-2017
Antonio Brown WR PIT
Speaking Thursday, GM Kevin Colbert said he wants contract-year WR Antonio Brown to retire as a Steeler.

Gerry Dulac on Twitter
"I can say unequivocally we want Antonio Brown to retire as a Steeler," were Colbert's exact words. He went on to confirm that talks have already begun, and are a "priority" for a team also dealing with Le'Veon Bell's free agency. The best receiver in the NFL turns 29 in July.
Peppers 'appears to be done' with Packers 02-16-2017
Julius Peppers OLB GB
ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky reports Julius Peppers "appears to be done in Green Bay."

Peppers has still not announced if he will continue playing in 2017, but it sounds like he will not be back with the Packers either way. The veteran has been linked with the Panthers, who selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2002, and should get some interest as a situational pass rusher on the open market. The 37-year-old recorded 7.5 sacks last season and has at least seven sacks in all but one of his 15 seasons in the NFL.
Phins waive star-crossed corner Ekpre-Olomu 02-16-2017
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB MIA
Dolphins waived CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

Miami Herald
A top prospect in the 2015 Draft, Ekpre-Olomu has not recovered since suffering a horrific knee injury his final year in college. He fell to the sixth round in the draft, redshirted as a rookie, and was eventually waived by the Browns. The Dolphins claimed him last April, but he suffered another ACL tear in training camp. It is possible his career is over.
Lynn thinks he'll get more from Melvin Gordon 02-16-2017
Melvin Gordon RB SD
New Chargers coach Anthony Lynn believes he can get more out of Melvin Gordon.

"He did a hell of a job from his rookie year to his sophomore year," Lynn said. "And I told him we can take this to another level. We're going to do some things running-wise that I can think can help him." It is the second time since being hired Lynn has said he can help Gordon get to the next level. Gordon found the end zone 12 times in just 13 games as a sophomore, but he was still limited to 3.9 yards per carry. If Lynn can help improve his efficiency on the ground, the sky is the limit for Gordon's fantasy stock.
Eagles view Isaac Seumalo as future at center 02-16-2017
Isaac Seumalo OG PHI
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Daily News reports the Eagles view Isaac Seumalo as the future at center.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
McLane adds any decision to cut current center Jason Kelce would have more to do with Seumalo than Kelce's play or cap charge. Seumalo also could be an option at left guard if the Eagles decide to move on from Allen Barbre. After being moved all around the line as a rookie, the Eagles need to find a permanent home for Seumalo if he is going to develop into the player they obviously believe he can be.
Report: Patriots, Brady considering extension 02-16-2017
Tom Brady QB NE
The Boston Herald reports the Patriots and Tom Brady have "mutual interest" in a contract extension, but that nothing is imminent.

Jeff Howe on Twitter
Going on 40, Brady is already signed through 2019. His most recent extension came just last year, though it includes cap hits of $22 million in both 2018 and 2019. That, of course, is modest for a player of Brady's stature and effectiveness. Considering Brady's age and team-friendly contract, there certainly won't be a sense of urgency from the Pats to extend him. Perhaps Brady is angling for a deserved raise.
Steelers want long-term deal with Villanueva 02-16-2017
Alejandro Villanueva OT PIT
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers want to sign ERFA LT Alejandro Villanueva to a long-term deal.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
As an exclusive rights free agent, the Steelers can keep Villanueva on a cheap, one-year tender this year and a still cheap first- or second-round tender as a restricted free agent in 2018. They apparently want to do right by their left tackle, however, who has played reasonably well in 26 starts over the last two seasons. Buying now could also allow Pittsburgh to lock up Villanueva to a relatively cheap deal for the next several seasons. A deal worth around $9 million per year could work for both sides.
Report: Packers fined Lacy for weight issues 02-16-2017
Eddie Lacy RB GB
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports free agent Eddie Lacy was "fined for not making weight over the last couple of seasons."

Green Bay Press-Gazette
Per reporter Pete Dougherty, "it's unclear how often or how much." As Dougherty points out, it clearly didn't work. Lacy lost weight to much fanfare last offseason, but Dougherty reports he gradually gained it back, and may have even been a few pounds up in January. Dougherty guesses Lacy could be limited to offers of $2 million plus incentives because of his weight and ankle issues. He'll be a fascinating case on the open market.
Seferian-Jenkins agrees to plea in DUI case 02-16-2017
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE NYJ
Austin Seferian-Jenkins agreed to a plea deal in his DUI case which will keep him out of jail.

Seferian-Jenkins was charged with DUI last September, but he pleaded down to a reckless driving charge. He was sentenced to one year of probation, 50 hours of community service, and DUI school. He will also pay a $500 fine. Despite escaping jail time, Seferian-Jenkins is likely facing a two-game suspension.
Dolphins release FA bust Mario Williams 02-16-2017
Mario Williams DE MIA
Dolphins released DE Mario Williams.

Miami Herald
Dolphins move on from DT Earl Mitchell 02-16-2017
Earl Mitchell DT MIA
Dolphins released DT Earl Mitchell.

Mike Garafolo on Twitter
The move saves $4 million against the cap. Mitchell should have been a good fit opposite Ndamukong Suh, but injuries derailed his time in Miami. He will likely have to settle for prove-it deals on the open market.
Martellus Bennett not an option for Dolphins? 02-16-2017
Martellus Bennett TE NE
The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports free agent Martellus Bennett is not an option for the Dolphins.

The Miami Herald
"Bennett will never play for the Dolphins as long as the current administration is running the organization," Salguero wrote confidently. It is not a secret Bennett and coach Adam Gase did not see eye to eye while the duo were together in Chicago, and that discord is likely what Salguero is referencing. Miami is expected to re-sign Dion Sims, but they still need to find some more help at tight end.
Thielen's agent angling for long-term deal 02-16-2017
Adam Thielen WR MIN
Restricted free agent Adam Thielen's representation is pushing for a long-term deal.

As a restricted free agent, the Vikings should be able to retain Thielen on a second- or, to be safe, first-round tender, but agent Blake Baratz is clearly looking for a long-term commitment. "They have the ability to do right by him, and he's far exceeded anyone's expectations," Baratz said. "We want to do something that makes sense for the team and makes sense for Adam. Otherwise, someone's going to be unhappy." A former undrafted free agent, Thielen should be looking to cash in coming off a breakout season, but the Vikings might want to see him do it again on a one-year tender, especially with 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell waiting in the wings.
Mariota not expected to be ready for OTAs 02-16-2017
Marcus Mariota QB TEN
Coach Mike Mularkey said Marcus Mariota (broken fibula) is not expected to be ready for OTAs.

In January, Mularkey said Mariota would be back "when we get this thing rolling," but the coach said they are going to be "over-cautious" with the injury in a radio interview on Wednesday. "He's on schedule," Mularkey said. "You guys know Marcus like I do. He's probably gonna over-train to come back as quickly as he can, and we're probably gonna have to put the reins on him to hold back a little bit." Despite the caution, Mariota should be ready for training camp.
Werder: Tony Romo expects to be released 02-16-2017
Tony Romo QB DAL
ESPN's Ed Werder reports Tony Romo expects to be released.

Ed Werder on Twitter
Werder does not expect Garoppolo to be traded 02-16-2017
Jimmy Garoppolo QB NE
ESPN's Ed Werder does not expect the Patriots to trade Jimmy Garoppolo.

Ed Werder on Twitter
Report: Dolphins releasing LT Branden Albert 02-16-2017
Branden Albert OT MIA
Dolphins released LT Branden Albert.

Mike Garafolo on Twitter
The news comes via NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, who added the Dolphins will turn to 2016 first-rounder Laremy Tunsil at left tackle. Albert misses two or three games every season, and his play has been trending down the last couple years. At 32, it is fair to question how much more he has left in the tank. Still, he should receive plenty of interest in a suddenly improving tackle market. Cutting Albert saves the Dolphins $7.2 million against the cap.
C.J. Prosise expected to be ready for OTAs 02-16-2017
C.J. Prosise RB SEA
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times expects C.J. Prosise (shoulder) to be "fully ready to go for OTAs."

Seattle Times
Prosise missed the final eight games of the season including the playoffs with a fractured scapula after missing time early in the season with a broken hand and most of the offseason program with hip and hamstring issues. All of those injuries led Pete Carroll to question his durability after the season. If he is going to retain a role behind Thomas Rawls, Prosise will need to stay healthy throughout the offseason program.
Texans not expected to use franchise tag 02-16-2017
A.J. Bouye CB HOU
The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports the Texans are not expected to use the franchise tag.

Houston Chronicle
A.J. Bouye is the only candidate for the tag among Houston's free agents, but he would cost over $14 million to retain on the one-year tender, all of which would count against the cap. The Texans do have over $25 million in cap space, but tagging Bouye would leave them zero flexibility in free agency. Bouye is expected to command over $12 million per year on his next deal and could touch $30 million guaranteed.
Matt Paradis undergoes second hip surgery 02-16-2017
Matt Paradis C DEN
Broncos C Matt Paradis underwent the second of two scheduled offseason hip surgeries on Tuesday.

Denver Post
This procedure was on his left hip after he had his right hip repaired in early January. Paradis reportedly hopes to be ready for the start of the season, but he will almost certainly begin training camp on the PUP list. The Broncos likely will have to replace both tackles and may be looking for upgrades at guard as well, so getting Paradis healthy and ready for the start of the season is of the utmost importance.
Jake Rudock set to backup Matthew Stafford? 02-16-2017
Jake Rudock QB DET
Former Lions No. 2 Dan Orlovsky said Detroit will use Jake Rudock as Matthew Stafford's backup in 2017.

Ross Tucker on Twitter
A sixth-rounder last year, Rudock spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad before the Lions promoted him in late November to keep the Bears from poaching him. That move indicated Detroit is high on the young quarterback, so this news is not particularly surprising. Despite injury concerns early in his career, Stafford has not missed a game since 2010.
Free agent QB Orlovsky not returning to Lions 02-16-2017
Dan Orlovsky QB DET
Free agent QB Dan Orlovsky said he will not be returning to the Lions.

Ross Tucker on Twitter
Orlovsky said the Lions will turn to 2016 sixth-rounder Jake Rudock at Matthew Stafford's backup. 34 in August, Orlovsky is a quality No. 2 who likely has a few years left. He should find a home.
Josh Mauga listed as unrestricted free agent 02-16-2017
Josh Mauga LB KC
The Chiefs' official site listed ILB Josh Mauga as an unrestricted free agent.
Mauga reportedly signed a three-year deal prior to the 2015 season, but it is possible those reports were wrong or the contract included a voidable year. Mauga missed all of 2016 with a torn labrum, and he has proven to be a replacement-level starter at best. Going on 30, Mauga likely will not break the bank if he hits the open market.
AD tweets about Giants' 'interesting moves' 02-16-2017
Adrian Peterson RB MIN
Adrian Peterson tweeted Wednesday about the "interesting moves" the Giants have made this offseason.

Adrian Peterson on Twitter
His interest was likely piqued by the release of Rashad Jennings on Monday. Peterson has said he would be interested in playing for the Giants if he leaves Minnesota, but he also recently said he would like to retire as a Viking. That is not going to happen unless he takes a big pay cut. He also does not appear to be a great fit with the Giants, who operated from the shotgun on over 70 percent of their snaps in 2016. Peterson likely will not be playing for the Vikings come September, but it would be somewhat surprising if he landed in New York.