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I've been posting NFL Free Agent Rumors and NFL Draft Rumors daily on each page. These are listed per team, so click on each link if you're interested in seeing all of the rumors from your favorite team.

However, I received a suggestion to post all of the latest rumors in a daily format for those interested in multiple teams. That's what I've done on this new NFL Rumors page. Follow @walterfootball for NFL Rumors Updates.



NFL Rumors - July 11 Updates:
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Carlos Hyde will have to compete for a starting job. - Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
It's not surprising that Hyde isn't guaranteed the gig, as Tony Pauline reported back in the spring that the 49ers don't view him as a good fit for their offense. They also like fourth-round rookie Joe Williams, who will probably be the starter by the end of the season. -Walter






NFL Rumors - July 10 Updates:
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Emmanuel Sanders has eliminated fast food from his diet. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
Sanders admitted to constantly going to McDonald's and Burger King, but he has taken new measures after a disappointing 2016 campaign. Though quarterback continues to be a big problem, Sanders should be better in 2017 than he was last year. -Walter


Ron Rivera told the media that Cam Newton will run less this season. -
This was the plan, as the Panthers added some offensive weapons around Newton this offseason. Newton will still pick up plenty of rushing yardage, but his totals in that regard should be a bit down this year. -Walter


Adam Schefter said that he would be hesitant to draft Ezekiel Elliott this summer. -
Schefter is an avid fantasy player, and he notes that there's a chance Elliott is suspended for domestic violence. Of course, this could all be a ruse so that Schefter can land Elliott late in the first round of his fantasy leagues. Chet provides more analysis in his Fantasy Football Notes page. -Walter






NFL Rumors - June 27 Updates:
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Alshon Jeffery has had the best offseason of his career, according to his long-time receivers coach. -
Mike Groh has worked with Jeffery for almost five years, so this carries some weight. Jeffery will be paired with the best quarterback of his career thus far, and he seems poised for a great year. -Walter


Rookie tight end George Kittle has flashed at 49ers' OTAs and could be a starter this year. - Joe Fann, 49ers.com
Kittle isn't worth drafting in regular leagues, but he should be considered in keeper and dynasty formats. Kittle could post big numbers in 2018, especially if he's paired with Kirk Cousins. -Walter


Jamison Crowder will "definitely" be targeted more than Terrelle Pryor. - Rich Tandler, CSN Mid-Atlantic
Tandler is probably right, and Crowder and his ADP of 7.08 provides more value than Pryor and his 3.09 ADP. -Walter






NFL Rumors - June 19 Updates:
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Matt Ryan told the media that Austin Hooper has "improved exponentially" this offseason. -
Hooper's ADP is absurdly low at 14.01. He has great athleticism and plays in a high-powered offense, so the sky is the limit for him in his sophomore campaign. -Walter


Kelvin Benjamin has worked himself into shape. - Joe Person, Charlotte Observer
There were reports earlier in the offseason that Benjamin was 280 pounds. That apparently is not the case anymore, but Benjamin isn't out of the woods yet. Benjamin had similar sloth-like issues last offseason and got into shape, but had issues during real action. Benjamin will move up in the Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings, but I'm cautious about him. -Walter






NFL Rumors - June 18 Updates:
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Torrey Smith isn't a lock for a starting job. - Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer
This is a bit surprising, but it's not the greatest shock in the world, considering how poorly he played in San Francisco. Smith is still the favorite to be the No. 2 wideout, but he's being pushed by Nelson Agholor, who has thrived in OTAs. -Walter


Mike Zimmer told the media that Kyle Rudolph put a lot of work into his blocking this offseason. -
I heard at the Super Bowl that Rudolph was pissed about not being voted into the Pro Bowl. Rudolph is working harder than ever before to prove the doubters wrong, and it seems like he'll have a big year as a result. -Walter






NFL Rumors - June 16 Updates:
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Kevin White is at "full speed." - Rich Campbell, Chicago Tribune
White has struggled to stay healthy, playing four of 32 potential games in his career thus far. However, it sounds like he's 100 percent now, so he's worth a shot at his 12.01 ADP. -Walter


Christine Michael has been placed on injured reserve. -
So much for Michael finally panning out in Indianapolis. It's unclear what the injury is, but Michael won't be able to replace the 34-year-old Frank Gore. -Walter






NFL Rumors - June 15 Updates:
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Sammy Watkins took the majority of the snaps during Wednesday's practice. - John Kryk, Toronto Sun
This is a great sign for Watkins, who was battling an injury. Unfortunately, Watkins is very unreliable, so even this good news needs to be taken with a grain of salt. -Walter


Joe Mixon has looked like a "beast." - Albert Breer, MMQB
That's hardly a surprise, as Mixon was a top-10 talent who fell because of his infamous incident. With Jeremy Hill being lackluster and Giovani Bernard recovering from a torn ACL, it's not out of the question that Mixon could be the starter Week 1. He'll be moving up the Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings. -Walter


Matt Breida has been extremely impressive at OTAs. - Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee
Breida has making numerous great plays on a daily basis, particularly as a receiver coming out of the backfield. Neither Frank Gore nor Joe Williams is a natural pass-catcher, so Breida, who is extremely athletic, could serve in a prominent role this season. He'll need to beat out Tim Hightower to be a factor, so he's someone to watch in the preseason. -Walter


Doug Martin has been very explosive at Buccaneers OTAs. - Jenna Laine, ESPN
Laine has tweeted numerous times about how impressive Martin has been. It's not that surprising that Martin would rededicate himself after his lost 2016 campaign. He's a nice bounce-back candidate. -Walter


Phillip Dorsett is missing time with a hamstring injury. - George Bremer, Herald-Bulletin
Here we go again. Dorsett's absence means that Kamar Aiken is getting more of an opportunity. Aiken is in the Fantasy Football Sleepers List. -Walter




NFL Rumors - June 13 Updates:
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Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder have been Kirk Cousins' preferred targets at OTAs. - Mike Jones, Washington Post
Reed is hardly a surprise, but Crowder might be, given that the Redskins signed Terrelle Pryor this offseason. Crowder and his ADP of 7.10 provides more value than Pryor and his 3.11. -Walter


Andrew Luck wasn't committal when asked if he would be ready for the start of training camp. - Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star
Luck is coming off shoulder surgery and has lost some weight this offseason. He'll probably ready for Week 1, but this is slightly concerning, as Luck may not be 100 percent to start the year. -Walter


Zach Ertz has been Carson Wentz's top target at OTAs. - Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer
Wentz and Ertz developed a great rapport at the end of the 2016 season, with Ertz catching an average of eight passes per game over the final five weeks. Ertz is bound for a great 2017 campaign, and he'll move up the Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings. -Walter


Alshon Jeffery stood out at OTAs. - Jimmy Kempski, The Philly Voice
Doug Pederson agreed, praising Jeffery. There was a report last week that Jeffery wasn't impressive, but apparently, all other reports say otherwise. -Walter


John Ross may not be ready for the start of training camp because of shoulder surgery. - Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
Rookie receivers being behind in practice reps is never a good thing. Ross could be a quick study, but it sounds like he should drop in the Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter




NFL Rumors - June 11 Updates:
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The Giants have been working on more two-tight end sets at OTAs. - Jordan Raanan, ESPN
This impacts Sterling Shepard, as he's the third receiver in New York's offense now that Brandon Marshall is on the team. Shepard will move down in the Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


Cameron Brate may keep the starting tight end job to start the season. - Trevor Sikkema, Pewter Report
Jameis Winston has a great rapport with Brate, and O.J. Howard may need some time to develop. Howard's usage will increase as the year progresses, but it's looking like Evan Engram is the rookie tight end to own. -Walter




NFL Rumors - June 9 Updates:
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Evan Engram has been extremely impressive at OTAs, per multiple reports. -
Drawing Jordan Reed comparisons, Engram has been a major standout. I'm not a fan of rookie tight ends, but he's worth a shot at his 13.10 ADP. -Walter


Alshon Jeffery hasn't been very impressive at OTAs. - Eliot Shorr-Parks, NJ.com
Jeffery hasn't been bad, but hasn't really stood out either, per reports. He's probably a bit overrated right now, as he may have to drop in the Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


Thomas Rawls has been explosive at OTAs. - Gregg Bell, The Tacoma News Tribune
Rawls, highly motivated at blowing an opportunity last year, has been the top running back during Seahawks practices. Rawls at his 9.11 ADP is much more appealing than Eddie Lacy at 4.03. C.J. Prosise, meanwhile, is listed in the Fantasy Football Sleepers. -Walter




NFL Rumors - June 8 Updates:
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The Ravens and Jets have had trade talks regarding Eric Decker. - Albert Breer, MMQB
If these teams strike a deal, it'll be interesting to see what the Ravens surrender, given that New York's trade value for Decker took a hit when there was a leaked report about him being cut or dealt by the end of the week. -Walter


Adrian Peterson's new teammates have gushed over how great he has looked at OTAs. - Nick Underhill, New Orleans Advocate
Peterson is clearly motivated following a lost 2016 season, so it's reasonable to expect big things from him this year. Peterson is 32, and there have been running backs who have played on a high level into their 30s. Frank Gore, for example, just gained 1,000 rushing yards at the age of 33. Peterson will share touches with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, but he's worth a shot with his fourth-round ADP. He's likely to move up soon in the Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings. -Walter


Sammy Watkins and Zay Jones returned to practice this week. - Joe Buscaglia, WKBW Buffalo
Watkins still isn't out of the woods, as he could aggravate his troublesome foot. However, Jones' quick recovery is very encouraging. He'll move up a bit in the 2017 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings soon. -Walter




NFL Rumors - June 7 Updates:
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The Ravens are leaning toward Eric Decker over Jeremy Maclin. - Jamison Hensley, ESPN
These players are rated identically in my NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, and I imagine that teams would split over whom they'd favor. The Bills appear to be closing in on Maclin, making the Ravens the likely favorites to land Decker if/when he's released. -Walter


Brock Osweiler has been the most impressive quarterback at Browns OTAs. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
I guess this is like saying Jon Snow is the smartest Stark male. Osweiler doesn't have much competition, as he's battling a late-round prospect chosen in the third round and a raw rookie second-rounder. DeShone Kizer will probably finish as the starter at the end of the year, but Osweiler appears to be favored to start the opener. -Walter




NFL Rumors - June 6 Updates:
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Mike Williams is dealing with a mild disc herniation in his back. -
It's amazing that even the new Charger players are prone to injury. The coaching staff has said that Williams will miss the rest of the offseason program, and it's unclear when he'll be ready to return. The missed reps will certainly hurt Williams in the early going, meaning he's nothing but a late-round flier for now. He'll drop in the Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


Jeremy Maclin is visiting the Bills. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
The fit makes sense, as the Bills need a receiver with Sammy Watkins injured, and Maclin would reunite with LeSean McCoy and Sean McDermott. Unfortunately, this is not great from a fantasy perspective. Here are three other teams that make sense for Jeremy Maclin. -Walter


Mike Gillislee has the inside track to be New England's starting running back.
- Jim McBride, Boston Globe
Gillislee is the running back to own for fantasy purposes, as he'll be taking LeGarrette Blount's role in the red zone. Just keep in mind, however, that he could vanish for fumbling. -Walter




NFL Rumors - June 4 Updates:
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Eddie Lacy is attempting to lose weight by doing the P90X 30-day challenge. - Gregg Bell, Tacoma News Tribune
It would be nice if Lacy stopped eating cheeseburgers, too. Lacy has weight conditions in his contract, so it's possible that he could have a rebound season. However, he'll be sharing touches with two other running backs, which is why he has a spot in my Fantasy Football Busts List. -Walter


LeSean McCoy told the media that he's been recruiting Jeremy Maclin to play for the Bills. -
Maclin must be hoping he has better suitors than a middling team with a meddlesome owner. I listed the Bills as one of the four teams that make sense for Jeremy Maclin. Sammy Watkins and Zay Jones are both hurt, and it doesn't seem like Watkins will be around for much longer anyway. Plus, Maclin would be reunited with both McCoy and Sean McDermott. -Walter




NFL Rumors - June 2 Updates:
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The Buccaneers receiver who has made the most great plays in OTAs has been Chris Godwin. - Rick Stroud, Tampa Bay Times
Yes, this includes Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. Godwin has been terrific by all accounts, as Jameis Winston called him "amazing." I wouldn't spend anything more than a very late pick on Godwin right now - he currently has no ADP - but if the third-round rookie impresses during live action during the preseason, I will move him up my Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter




NFL Rumors - June 1 Updates:
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Corey Coleman is dealing with hamstring and middle-body injuries. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Here we go again. Coleman suffered through multiple injuries as a rookie, and now he's hurt again. I wouldn't mind selecting him in the late rounds, but Coleman is too much of a risk at his current ADP (8.11). Coleman is in the 40s of my Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


Latavius Murray is hoping to be ready during training camp at some point. - Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Murray just got out of a walking boot after ankle surgery. He was expected to be ready by training camp, but there's been a delay in his recovery, apparently. This will give Dalvin Cook the time he needs to supplant Murray, who is lower in my Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings than in most places. He will be on the fantasy football busts list, which will be released tomorrow. -Walter


Robert Kelley has decreased his body fat from 18 to 13 percent.  - John Keim, ESPN
Robert Kelley is "Fat Rob" no more! While many are anointing Samaje Perine as the Redskins' starting running back, Kelley is doing everything in his power to fend the rookie off. Kelley's current ADP is 5.11, which seems like solid value. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 31 Updates:
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Carlos Hyde has been the slowest and most indecisive running back on the team at OTAs. - Grant Cohn, Santa Rosa Press-Democrat
Hyde is being criminally overdrafted, as people haven't paid attention to Tony Pauline's report that the 49ers don't view him as a good fit on the team. I'm lower than most on Hyde in my Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings, and he'll be listed in my fantasy busts, which will be released Friday. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 30 Updates:
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Gary Barnidge revealed that he has spoken to the Broncos and Jaguars, and he has visited the Bills. -
All three teams have a big need at tight end. Of the three, the Broncos are the only ones with realistic playoff expectations, so Barnidge should aim to go to Denver. Barnidge is the top-available player, by far, in the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 27 Updates:
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Carson Wentz's mechanics have looked better in OTAs, and he has looked stronger overall. - Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Daily News
Unlike other quarterbacks from the 2016 NFL Draft who partied at the Super Bowl, Wentz actually cares about his career, so he has worked hard this entire offseason. It seems like his tireless work ethic has paid off, and thanks to an improved receiving corps, Wentz seems poised for a big 2017 campaign. Wentz's ADP is 12.01, which is absurdly late. Check out our Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


Allen Hurns has bulked up this offseason to avoid injuries. - John Reid, Florida Times Union
Hurns' hamstring helped ruined his 2016 campaign, which apparently served as a wake-up call. Hurns could provide value as a late-round pick; his ADP is currently at 14.01. Check out our Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings here. -Walter


DeShone Kizer is on the "fast track" to winning the Browns' starting quarterback job. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Cabot, along with Michael Silver, were the only ones who definitively said that the Browns were going to select Myles Garrett No. 1 overall, so this story is legit. Hue Jackson called Kizer a "quick study," and it's not like Kizer has much competition on his hands, despite what Brock Osweiler thinks of himself. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 25 Updates:
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Danny Woodhead is practicing fully. - Ryan Mink, BaltimoreRavens.com
Woodhead tore his ACL in Week 2, but he appears to be completely recovered. He'll be a nice PPR target as a big part of Baltimore's offense. Remember, Kenneth Dixon is suspended for the first four games of the season. Check out our Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings, which were updated today. -Walter


Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur told the media that he's been very impressed with Laquon Treadwell this offseason. -
There was a video circulating of Treadwell beating Xavier Rhodes for a deep pass. Treadwell caught only one pass last year, but he was a first-round pick and could rebound in his second season. Check out our updated Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 24 Updates:
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Adam Gase told the media that Jay Ajayi could see as many as 350 carries in 2017. -
That's a lot of carries, as Ajayi had 260 in 2016. In fact, it's too many; his 2018 campaign could be adversely affected if he receives such an enormous workload. However, it's great for his 2017 fantasy owners. There's some concern with his offensive line, but Ajayi's volume should make up for it. Check out the Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for more. -Walter


The Seahawks are not expected to immediately sign Colin Kaepernick. - Bob Condotta, Seattle Times
Kaepernick must not have performed well during Wednesday's tryout, which can't be a surprise, given that he's been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL over the past couple of seasons. -Walter


Ezekiel Elliott injured his head during a car accident Sunday night, and he will be held out of practice for the time being. - Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com
Elliott was the passenger during the accident, but this is his second off-field incident during the offseason, and he's still under investigation for assault. Elliott is a great player, but comes with more risk this season, including the projected decline of Dallas' offensive line. Elliott is behind both David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell in our Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings. -Walter


Mike Williams has been out for a couple of weeks with tightness in his back. -
Williams hurt his back during the first week of rookie minicamp, and hasn't been seen since. This wouldn't be a huge issue for a veteran, but Williams needs the reps to make an impact early in the year. Our updated Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings are available here. -Walter


The Seahawks are working out Colin Kaepernick today. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Kaepernick wasn't really available prior to May 9 because of compensatory-pick implications, so he's generating interest now. The Seahawks need a better No. 2 signal-caller, and Kaepernick fits as the top available player in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings, just barely edging out Robert Griffin. -Walter


Kareem Hunt has already impressed with short-area burst and balance. - Terez Paylor, Kansas City Star
ESPN's Adam Teicher, meanwhile, has predicted that Hunt will lead Kansas City in rushing. Hunt is the Chiefs running back to own, but he'll split the workload with Spencer Ware, at least early in the season. Our 2017 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings are available here. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 23 Updates:
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Tyler Eifert told the media that he isn't sure if he'll be ready for training camp. -
Eifert is coming off back surgery, which is pretty scary. Eifert's durability is definitely a huge question mark, as he has missed 26 games over the past three seasons. There's no guarantee he'll be ready for Week 1, and even if he is, he may not be 100 percent.  -Walter


Martavis Bryant has packed on 10 pounds of muscle this offseason, checking in at 225. - Dale Lolley, Observer-Reporter
It's nice that Bryant has spent time working out rather than getting into trouble. This should make fantasy owners more secure in drafting him. Our Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings are available here. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 22 Updates:
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Orlando Franklin is visiting the Jaguars. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Jacksonville, of course, can use all the blocking help it can get. Franklin bombed in San Diego, but he's talented enough to rebound. Franklin is the top player available in the NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


Gerald Hodges is visiting the Bills and Giants. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Hodges is the top-rated player in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings, and both teams could use his services. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 18 Updates:
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Joe Williams has a strong chance to immediately unseat Carlos Hyde. - Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
Williams is someone to target in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts, though his ADP could begin to push upward. Kyle Shanahan specifically asked John Lynch to draft Williams in the fourth round despite his character issues, and Tony Pauline reported earlier that the 49ers don't believe Hyde is a good fit for their offense. Williams will move up our Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings shortly. -Walter


It's believed that the Ravens could have interest in Ryan Mathews. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
Mathews hasn't officially been released yet, but it's only a matter of time with LeGarrette Blount now on the roster. With Kenneth Dixon serving a four-game suspension, the Ravens would need someone to go along with Danny Woodhead in the backfield. -Walter


Zay Jones is week-to-week with a knee sprain. -
Both Buffalo wide receivers are hurt, as Sammy Watkins is missing time with a foot issue. Jones should be ready for training camp, but as a rookie, he needs all the reps he can get. -Walter


Kelvin Benjamin told the media that he knows he needs to be in the best shape of his life. -
Benjamin showed up to workouts at 280 pounds, reportedly, but he apparently been working out harder to lose weight. Our Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings are available here. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 17 Updates:
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The Eagles signed LeGarrette Blount. -
Blount becomes an intriguing RB3, as he figures to have a high touchdown count behind Philadelphia's prolific offensive line. Wendell Smallwood takes the biggest hit, as he was the logical starter prior to this move with Ryan Mathews on his way out. Our 2017 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings will be updated shortly to reflect this. -Walter


Carson Palmer told the media that John Brown looks stronger and more explosive. -
Brown was sick all last year with a sickle-cell issue, so he seems poised to have a bounce-back 2017 campaign. The only issue is whether Palmer will keep regressing. Check out our 2017 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 15 Updates:
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The Seahawks have legitimate interest in Colin Kaepernick. - Michael Silver, NFL Network
There have been conspiracy theories about why Kaepernick hasn't been signed yet. While some teams don't want to deal with distractions, the real reason Kaepernick hasn't signed is because teams would've had to surrender a compensatory pick had they added him prior to May 9. Now that the Seahawks won't have to do so, they could bring him in as a viable backup behind Russell Wilson. Kaepernick was sixth in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


Eddie Lacy has checked in at 253 pounds, triggering a $55,000 bonus. - , SportsTrust Advisors
Lacy had to be under 255 pounds to achieve this bonus, so he just barely got there. The fact that Lacy barely scraped by to pick up $55,000 doesn't bode well for him this season. The Seahawks have said they want Lacy at 245 during the year, so we'll see if he gets there. I have my doubts. -Walter


Mike Williams is not projected as a starter for the Chargers. - Eric Williams, ESPN
Uhh... what? Why would the Chargers pass on Malik Hooker to select a receiver No. 7 overall whom they wouldn't even play over Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin? I'll still find it shocking if Mike Williams doesn't contribute a good amount as a rookie. You can check out our Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings here. -Walter


Bill O'Brien told the media that D'Onta Foreman reported to Texans minicamp out of shape. -
This could be an instance of a coach being intentionally demanding of a rookie, or Foreman could really just be out of shape. Either way, this isn't a good start for Foreman's bid to become Houston's No. 2 running back. That said, he'll still have a great chance to overtake Alfred Blue if he gets into shape and has a nice preseason. Our Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings are available here. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 14 Updates:
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John Fox praised Kevin White's offseason. -
Fox called White "very healthy" and said that he has been working very hard this spring. White completely bombed last year, but that could mean that he might provide a ton of value late in fantasy drafts this summer. With Alshon Jeffery gone, he's the No. 1 receiver. Our 2017 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings are updated. -Walter


Elijah Hood impressed coaches at Raiders minicamp. - Albert Breer, MMQB
Hood was a seventh-round pick, so he still has a lot of work to do to be relevant, but it wouldn't be the craziest thing in the world if he contributed this season. Marshawn Lynch is the lead back, but he hasn't played well since 2014. Oakland's other running backs are underwhelming as well. Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings are available here. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 12 Updates:
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Victor Cruz will visit the Bears on Monday. - Art Stapleton, USA Today
Cruz will also be visiting the Ravens and Jaguars. The Bears need a replacement for the recently released Eddie Royal. While Cruz is a shell of his former self, he's much better than Royal; Cruz is 20th, while Royal is 43rd in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 11 Updates:
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Josh Gordon's reinstatement bid has been denied. - Tom Pelissero, USA Today
This is not a surprise; to quote Matvei, "Roger Goodell runs the NFL like a Saudi dictator." There are players who have committed far worse crimes than Gordon playing right now, and any sane man would've reinstated him already. It's a shame, as Gordon was slotted in the top 40 of the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Victor Cruz will be visiting the Jaguars, and there is mutual interest with the Ravens. - Josina Anderson and Art Stapleton, ESPN / USA Today
Baltimore makes a ton of sense for Cruz, as the team whiffed on wideouts in the 2017 NFL Draft. Not counting Josh Gordon, Cruz is the No. 2 available player in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 10 Updates:
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The Eagles and Saints are discussing a trade. - Kyle Scott, Crossing Broad
This trade is presumably Mark Ingram for Jason Kelce. The Eagles whiffed on an every-down runner in the draft to replace Ryan Mathews, so Ingram would be a nice solution. Kelce, meanwhile, would give the Saints needed insurance in the wake of the Max Unger injury. Ingram is a better player than Kelce, so this move would favor the Eagles more, but Ingram has fallen out of favor in New Orleans, so I understand why the Saints would do this. If anything happens, check out my NFL Trade Grades page for grades and a poll. -Walter


Gerald Hodges visited the Jets. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
The Jets tried to sign Dont'a Hightower in free agency, but failed. Hodges would be a nice fallback option. Hodges is the best-available player in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


Christine Michael visited the Patriots. - Field Yates, ESPN
Michael has good talent, but can't put things together mentally. He's the fifth-best-available player in the NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


The Ravens could still address their receiver need via trade. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
Zrebiec mentioned Sammy Watkins as a possible choice, but wrote that Jordan Matthews is a more realistic option. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 6 Updates:
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The Eagles are still attempting to trade Mychal Kendricks. - Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice
Kendricks is a poor fit for the Eagles' 4-3 defense. He'd be better in a 3-4, and teams like the Packers and Steelers could use him. -Walter


Tre Boston revealed that he is visiting the Steelers, Chargers and Bills. -
Boston makes the most sense for the Chargers, who passed on Malik Hooker. Boston is 18th in the NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter




NFL Rumors - May 1 Updates:
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The Eagles are expected to release Ryan Mathews. - Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice
Despite failing to obtain a running back until Day 3 of the draft, it appears as though the Eagles are done with Mathews. Wendell Smallwood is a nice sleeper, as all the Eagles have otherwise at the position are Darren Sproles and rookie Donnel Pumphrey. -Walter


Kelvin Benjamin has shown up to pre-draft workouts at 280 pounds. - Dov Kleiman, NFL reporter
If Benjamin has aspirations to become an offensive tackle, he hasn't informed anyone about it. Just 15-20 more pounds, Kelvin, you're almost there! In all seriousness, Benjamin has been overweight before, but never like this. Coincidentally, the Panthers drafted a receiver and haven't picked up his fifth-year option yet. Benjamin might have some late-round value because of this - he'll be avoided in most drafts - but he shouldn't be chosen early at all until he gets his weight under control. -Walter




NFL Rumors - April 28 Updates:
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The Redskins may look to trade up for Dalvin Cook. - John Keim, ESPN
Keim says Cook is Washington's top running back. The Redskins need a running back to supplant Robert Kelley. -Walter


The Buccaneers, Chargers and Jets have reached out to Green Bay about moving up to No. 33.  - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Tampa Bay could be moving up for Dalvin Cook; the Chargers may want a quarterback; and New York could consider a top cornerback like Kevin King. -Walter


The Browns once again attempted to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo on Thursday night. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
The poor Browns can't obtain Garoppolo, as the Patriots won't budge. The silver lining is that Garoppolo will be a free agent after this season, so Cleveland can just sign him next spring if Tom Brady doesn't retire. -Walter


Quarterback is in play for the Saints on Day 2. - Mike Triplett, ESPN
If you check out the NFL Draft Rumor Mill, you'll see that quarterback was actually in play for the Saints in the first round, though it was unlikely. New Orleans needs its quarterback of the future. -Walter


The Packers are getting interest from teams looking to trade up for Davis Webb or DeShone Kizer. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Green Bay made a great trade to slide into the 33rd spot, as they'll have all day to make a deal with a team desperate to land a coveted prospect. If the Packers stay put, both Charlie and I have slotted Joe Mixon to them in our 2017 NFL Mock Re-Draft Round 2. -Walter


The Browns refuted Ian Rapoport's report that they're attempting to trade for Kirk Cousins. -
Ah, so now the Browns are talking to the media. I think the Browns should deal for Cousins, just to screw over the 49ers for giving Mitchell Trubisky to Chicago, but I'm more spiteful than most people. -Walter




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The Browns will select Myles Garrett. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Let's not be like ESPN and actually cite sources correctly, so let's point out that Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer was the first to definitively say that Garrett would be the pick. If Garrett is indeed the selection, the damage has been done to ESPN's mock drafts, though I'm sure everyone's mocks will be screwed up by various trades and bad-team stupidity. -Walter


The Chiefs love Patrick Mahomes and are willing to trade up for him. - Matthew Fairburn, NewYorkUpstate.com
So do the Texans (I have them taking him in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft), so this could turn into quite the arms race. Some teams believe Mahomes is the top quarterback in this class. -Walter


Myles Garrett will be the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, per multiple sources. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Cleveland fans better hope so. Check out my NFL Draft Grades for my grades for the Browns taking either Garrett or Mitchell Trubisky. -Walter


Several prominent mock drafts have slotted Deshaun Watson to the Jaguars. -
This includes Dane Brugler's mock, as well as that of the Florida Times Union. I wouldn't doubt Jacksonville doing something stupid like this. The Jaguars have reached for quarterbacks over elite players twice this decade. I'm not sure why they'd believe the third time would work, but they appear set on taking the mantle as the dumbest team in the NFL from the Browns. -Walter


The Cowboys shouldn't be overlooked for Gareon Conley. - Tom Pelissero, USA Today
Dallas has taken chances on many troubled players over the years, so it's not a surprise that the team has been linked to Conley. -Walter


The Broncos are in trade discussions with the Titans. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Tennessee owns the fifth and 18 picks, so it's likely that it's for the latter choice. The Broncos want Garett Bolles or Haason Reddick, while the Titans can move down a couple of spots and still pick up Adoree Jackson, per the 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Joe Mixon has generated the most interest from the Packers, Vikings, Bengals and Jaguars. - Peter King, MMQB
Charlie Campbell reported that the Packers were considering Mixon in the first round, per the NFL Draft Rumor Mill. We've heard the Bengals and Jaguars linked to Mixon as well, but this is the first time the Vikings have come up. -Walter


"Wouldn't be shocked if the Chargers beat the Panthers to the punch on selecting Christian McCaffrey."
- Jason La Canfora, CBS
It's unclear why any team would spend two first-round picks in three years on running backs. This sounds like smoke, but it's the NFL Draft and crazier things have happened. -Walter


A high-ranking executive said, "I want Myles Garrett." - Josina Anderson, ESPN
There's been a buzz about Mitchell Trubisky going first overall, but Hue Jackson won't even support that pick. I'm sticking with Garrett atop my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Cardinals have put a lot of work into DeShone Kizer. - Tom Pelissero, USA Today
Kizer is an option for the Cardinals if they trade down, but not at No. 13. The Steelers have been linked to Kizer as well. -Walter


The Broncos are exploring the possibility of trading up. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Denver wants either Haason Reddick or Garett Bolles, but there's a good chance both will be off the board, as is the case in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Michael Silver said that it's a good assumption that Myles Garrett will be the first-overall pick. -
Silver is very close to Hue Jackson. It's worth noting, however, that Jackson isn't on board with the Mitchell Trubisky pick, so there could be some sort of civil war going on in the Cleveland front office. Nothing would surprise me about the Browns at this point. -Walter


It's pretty clear Hue Jackson isn't on board with Mitchell Trubisky at No. 1 overall. - Keith Britton, 923 The Fan
Only the Browns would select a quarterback their head coach isn't on board with. Logic would dictate that Cleveland will take Myles Garrett, but "logic" isn't a word generally associated with the Browns. -Walter


It's unlikely that Haason Reddick makes it to the Colts' pick at No. 15. - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Reddick is one of the hottest names in the draft, and so I agree. Reddick is slotted to the Cardinals in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Buccaneers want to trade down because they know Dalvin Cook has no suitors from Nos. 20 to 28. - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
I actually discussed a potential trade Tampa could have with Seattle in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. If the Buccaneers move down to No. 26, they'd likely be able to select Cook, while the Seahawks could land their coveted prospect, Garett Bolles. -Walter


The Redskins will take Charles Harris if he's available at No. 17. If he's gone, Jabrill Peppers and Dalvin Cook are options. - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
I completely agree with this, and I'd actually have Harris slotted to the Redskins if Reuben Foster weren't available in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Myles Garrett is still the likely pick. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Cabot reports that Cleveland is still discussing moving into the top eight. Additionally, ESPN's Jeff Darlington says that the 49ers are skeptical about Cleveland taking Trubisky. Browns fans better hope that Cabot is right, or this would be yet another draft failure by Cleveland. -Walter


There is growing chatter that the Jaguars will select Deshaun Watson at No. 4 overall. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
I don't even know where to begin. Some of the smartest front offices in the NFL view Watson as a third-round pick, so selecting Watson fourth overall in the second round actually makes more sense than this (as seen in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft). The Jaguars have reached for pedestrian quarterback prospects twice this decade (Blaine Gabbert over J.J. Watt; Blake Bortles over Khalil Mack), so their failure to learn from their mistakes would doom the franchise once again. Then again, this could be a ploy on Jacksonville's part to get Chicago to select Watson so that perhaps Solomon Thomas falls to them. -Walter


Mitchell Trubisky is square in consideration for the Browns' No. 1 overall pick. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have mocked Trubisky to the Browns. I ordinarily would've laughed this off as pre-draft smoke nonsense, but the Browns are the dumbest organization in professional sports, and only a baseball front office would pass on a sure thing in Myles Garrett to select a mediocre quarterback prospect with 13 college starts. This would echo the Jaguars reaching for Blaine Gabbert over J.J. Watt, or the Jaguars reaching for Blake Bortles over Khalil Mack. Basically, the Browns are mimicking the Jaguars, only they're doing it with the No. 1 overall selection. -Walter




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"Adoree Jackson made a lasting impression (in a meeting with the Redskins.) Wouldn't surprise me at 17." - Master Tesfatsion, Washington Post
Some may think Jackson is too rich for the top 20, but we've heard otherwise. Mike Mayock agrees, as he slotted Jackson to the Titans at No. 18 in his mock draft. Jackson is fourth in our 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Ravens have considerable interest in Corey Davis. - Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle
Wilson used to work for the Baltimore Sun, and the Ravens are rumored to be in the receiver market. However, Davis has durability concerns and could fall to the second round. We have the Ravens taking Cam Robinson in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Mike Mayock slotted Jamal Adams No. 2 overall to the 49ers in his one and only 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -
If this pick turns out to be true, Adams would be the highest safety chosen in the NFL Draft since 1991, when the Browns selected Eric Turner No. 2 overall. The rest of Mayock's top five were: 1. Browns - Myles Garrett; 3. Bears - Marshon Lattimore; 4. Jaguars - Leonard Fournette; 5. Browns (via trade) - Mitchell Trubisky. -Walter


"If the Jets are unable to trade down, I believe they’ll draft Hooker with the No. 6 pick." - Manish Mehta, New York Daily News
This is Mehta's opinion, but it's noteworthy that he thinks Hooker will be chosen over Jamal Adams because the Jets need a center-fielder safety rather than a strong safety like Adams. Mehta also lists Leonard Fournette and Marshon Lattimore as options. -Walter


"For the Seahawks, Garett Bolles is the target. They plan on offensive line in the first round." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
Galko expects the Seahawks to move up, and they'd likely have to do so to pass both the Broncos and Giants. Coincidentally, the Buccaneers have discussed trading down... -Walter


The 49ers are interested in Mitchell Trubisky. - Steve Wyche, NFL Network
Here's more Trubisky nonsense. The 49ers could certainly like Trubisky, but taking him at No. 2 and blocking the possibility of Kirk Cousins would be insane. It's more likely than not that this is smoke to force the Browns into taking Trubisky so that Myles Garrett falls to No. 2 overall. -Walter


"I continue to hear that Mitchell Trubisky is square in consideration, and may turn out to be the No. 1 overall pick." - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Schefter noted that Myles Garrett could still be the pick, but this is what he's heard from other executives around the NFL. I don't see how this makes any sense, given that the Browns have spent so much energy talking to teams about trading up from No. 12. I still say it's Garrett. By the way, you can check out my grade for the Browns picking Myles Garrett here. -Walter


"Word from a league source: Chiefs trying to move up, but for an inside linebacker and not a quarterback. Reuben Foster/Jarrad Davis maybe?" - Matt Miller, NFL reporter
I'm not sure why Andy Reid would move up for an inside linebacker when he doesn't value the position very much. -Walter


"Eagles haven’t taken a running back in first round since Keith Byars in 1986, but personnel guy from another team told me he thinks they take Dalvin Cook." - Les Bowen, Philadelphia Daily News
Once upon a time, I had Cook slotted to the Eagles in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but I moved off him after his poor combine and subsequent reports from multiple Eagles beat writers who said that running back was not an option in Round 1. -Walter


Davis Webb would be Cleveland's backup plan if the team can't land Mitchell Trubisky. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
The Browns seem like they're bidding against themselves at this point for Trubisky, as the Bills are the only threat to pick him. Webb would be a nice consolation prize, as he has more upside than Jared Goff. Coincidentally, Cleveland preferred Goff over Carson Wentz last year, so the front office can't exactly be trusted to select a talented quarterback. I have Webb going to the Giants in Round 2 of the 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Dolphins are not "locked in" on Forrest Lamp. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald
Tony Pauline reported that the Dolphins loved Lamp a couple of days ago, but Salguero is denying that rumor. Salguero has been steadfast in his belief that the Dolphins are targeting an edge rusher. -Walter


The Buccaneers have spoken to at least three teams about moving down. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
I'm willing to bet that one of them is Houston. The others are unknown, but it's not surprising Tampa Bay wants to trade down. Pretty much every team wants to move down in this draft. -Walter


The Titans have received offers for the No. 5 pick and are thinking about moving back in the 2017 NFL Draft. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
These offers are likely from the Browns, who seemingly believe they need to jump the Jets to pick a quarterback, which would be incorrect. If Tennessee makes this move, the front office needs to be congratulated for once again taking advantage of an incompetent organization. -Walter


"If you're looking for who San Fraancisco really wants, look no further than a certain big running back from Bayou country." - Greg Gabriel, Pro Football Weekly
The big running back Gabriel is referring to is, of course, Derrius Guice. No, wait, Leonard Fournette. It's not common to see a running back to go as high as No. 2 anymore, but Fournette is a special talent in a weak draft. There are some who believe Fournette is the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson, so having him in the backfield with Kirk Cousins in 2018 and beyond would make for a tremendous foundation. Gabriel, by the way, thought the 49ers would take a quarterback two days ago, but has since admitted that it was smoke to get Cleveland to pick Mitchell Trubisky. -Walter


"Everything I'm hearing now says Bears will not go quarterback at 3." - Greg Gabriel, Pro Football Weekly
Gabriel is the former scouting director of the Bears, so it's likely he has great info on this. A quarterback to Chicago at No. 3 overall never made much sense after paying Mike Glennon so much money, but I think the Bears could trade up into the back end of the first to take Deshaun Watson, which is what I have happening in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


If the Ravens remain at 16, Cam Robinson enters the conversation. If the Ravens trade down, it might be for Takkarist McKinley. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
We've had Robinson going to the Ravens for several weeks now, ever since Charlie Campbell reported that Baltimore loves him. McKinley would make sense in a trade down, but he may not be available. Pauline noted that Ozzie Newsome really likes the UCLA edge rusher. -Walter


The Jets, Chargers, Saints and Cardinals have shown the most interest in Davis Webb, who is expected to go in Round 2. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Webb strangely has more upside than his predecessor, Jared Goff, which makes you wonder what in the world the Rams were smoking last year. I have Webb slotted to the Giants in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but I've had him going to the Chargers and Cardinals in earlier updates. -Walter


The Packers are "gearing up" to take T.J. Watt. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
If so, they'll be disappointed if the draft goes the way mock predicts it will, as I have Watt going to the Lions in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Seahawks and Falcons are in discussion for a trade. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Moving down makes sense for the Seahawks, who could still nab Obi Melifonwu in front of the Saints. The Falcons, however, could be eyeing Forrest Lamp by moving ahead of the Chiefs. It's likely that Lamp would be the target because all of the second-tier edge rushers will almost certainly be off the board. -Walter


The Steelers are gauging interest in DeShone Kizer. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
In fact, per Charlie, the Steelers sounded nervous that Kizer wouldn't slip to them at No. 30. The Steelers need an heir apparent to Ben Roethlisberger, who discussed retirement this offseason. Taking Kizer would mimic Green Bay's decision to select Aaron Rodgers in the 2005 NFL Draft when Brett Favre was waffling back and forth about continuing to play. -Walter


One team has heard that the 49ers will select Pat Mahomes at No. 2 overall. - Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com
This isn't news, but rather what one high-ranking official on an NFC team told me. There are some who believe Mahomes is superior to Mitchell Trubisky, so this selection would be just as logical as San Francisco taking Trubisky. My money, however, is on another position. -Walter


Quarterback is in play for the Saints in the first round. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Charlie writes that a quarterback later on in the draft is more likely for the Saints, but they'll at least consider one in the opening frame after doing some heavy scouting on the signal-callers. -Walter




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The Bears are considering Solomon Thomas, Jamal Adams and Marshon Lattimore if they remain at No. 3. - Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune
It's notable that a quarterback is not one of the members of this list, though I have Chicago moving up for Deshaun Watson into the bottom of the first round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The scuttlebutt around the league is that the 49ers will select Leonard Fournette. - Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune
Add Fournette to the long list of names rumored to San Francisco, though he makes more sense than any of the quarterbacks. I had Fournette slotted to the 49ers prior to today's 2017 NFL Mock Draft update. -Walter


It wouldn't be shocking if Christian McCaffrey is chosen before No. 8 overall. - Daniel Jeremiah
Carolina and McCaffrey seem like a great match, but the Stanford runner is drawing tons of interest. A reader posted an entry on why he thinks the 49ers will draft Christian McCaffrey No. 2 overall. -Walter


The Giants and LeGarrette Blount have mutual interest. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
New York needs a running back, but has plenty of holes to fill in the draft. Signing Blount to pair with Paul Perkins would fill the void at running back. -Walter


The Browns are talking to three teams about trading up into the top eight. - Michael Silver, NFL Network
Silver is great friends with Hue Jackson, so this report is definitely legitimate. Cleveland's front office needs to realize that in a weak draft where almost every single team wants to move down, they're the only team in the top half of the draft attempting to trade up, so they better not give up much. The Browns are desperate to land a mediocre quarterbacking prospect in Mitchell Trubisky, which appears to be a mistake because their baseball front office doesn't know how to translate quarterback play to their analytics quite yet. -Walter


The Dolphins would be happy with either Derek Barnett or Charles Harris. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald
It's very unlikely Barnett would be on the board, while Harris is less than a 50-50 shot. That's obviously bad news for the Dolphins, who appear to be hunting for an edge rusher. Barnett and Harris are fourth and fifth in our 2017 NFL Draft Defensive End Prospect Rankings. -Walter


Gareon Conley has been accused of rape. - , TMZ.com
Conley has denied the allegations, while his agent has called this "ludicrous and ridiculous," but there's still a good chance that as with La'el Collins last year, Conley goes undrafted. Some of the teams we reached out to think the allegations might be bogus, but they appear to be confused about the situation. I've had Conley slotted to the Redskins in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft for a while now, but he won't be there in tomorrow's update.  -Walter


The Panthers could select Christian McCaffrey even if Leonard Fournette is on the board. - Todd McShay, ESPN
If that sounds crazy, it is. Some consider Fournette to be a better prospect than Ezekiel Elliott, so I'm not sure why Carolina would prefer McCaffrey over the LSU product. I have Fournette and McCaffrey at Nos. 6 and 8, respectively, in the updated 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Cardinals and Chiefs "continue to come up in conversations" regarding Pat Mahomes. - Todd McShay, ESPN
I'm not buying the tight-lipped Cardinals taking Mahomes, but I think the Chiefs would if he happened to fall to No. 27. I have Houston picking Mahomes two selections earlier in the 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Buccaneers really like Dalvin Cook and will pick him if he's available at No. 19. - Todd McShay, ESPN
There have been some rumblings about Cook slipping to the second day of the draft because he tested very poorly, but some teams still watch film. Cook's excellent vision is unmatched, and he would fill a hole for the Buccaneers. We have Cook going to Tampa in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Bills do not want to pick a quarterback in the first round. - Joe Buscaglia, WKBW Buffalo
There's been some discussion about Buffalo picking Deshaun Watson or Mitchell Trubisky, but the Watson speculation never seemed right. I think the Bills would strongly consider Trubisky, however. -Walter


The Redskins are divided on Dalvin Cook. - Peter King, MMQB
King wrote that he heard this in his mock draft. Cook tested extremely poorly at the combine, but his excellent vision won't factor into those numbers. It's still more likely than not that he's chosen in the first round - we have him to the Buccaneers in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft - but he could conceivably slip into Day 2. -Walter




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The Jets have spent a lot of time analyzing Pat Mahomes. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
Cimini, however, predicts the Jets won't take a quarterback at No. 6 overall. Perhaps the Jets will attempt to trade into the bottom of the first round. That said, Mahomes could be long gone, as one team believes the 49ers will select Mahomes at No. 2 overall, per the NFL Draft Rumor Mill. -Walter


The Colts and Redskins are interested in Jarrad Davis. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
It's sounding like Davis could go earlier than speculated. Davis is third in our 2017 NFL Draft Inside Linebacker Rankings, but he has top-five intangibles and is generating lots of interest as a consequence. -Walter


The Dolphins are "locked in" on Forrest Lamp. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
In other words, the Dolphins love Lamp. Apparently. I still think the Dolphins would prefer Jarrad Davis, as slotted here in the 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but Lamp makes a lot of sense. -Walter


The Saints, Cardinals and Patriots are showing big interest in Marcus Maye. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Maye's stock is soaring, and there's some speculation now that he could be chosen in the first round, though the second frame is still more likely. Maye is seventh in our 2017 NFL Draft Safety Prospect Rankings. -Walter


"The Cowboys have Adoree Jackson as a first-round target ... another cornerback the team likes an awful lot is Cordrea Tankersley." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Jackson is our pick in the 2017 NFL Mock Draft, and Tankersley would make sense on Day 2 if the Cowboys select an edge rusher at No. 28 overall. -Walter


"The San Francisco 49ers are, according to a scouting source with the team, in love with Reuben Foster and Fournette if Garrett is gone." - Matt Miller, NFL reporter
It would be shocking if the 49ers chose Foster No. 2 overall. Perhaps they'd do so after trading down. Fournette seems like a great option, however. -Walter


The Saints are closing in on a deal with Adrian Peterson. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
New Orleans is planning to go with a defensive-heavy draft, so signing an offensive player makes sense. Mark Ingram had an up-and-down 2016 campaign, and Peterson would give the Saints a potential upgrade if he can rebound. Peterson could continue to decline, but he'll likely be motivated after his atrocious season. I wouldn't bet against him bouncing back. -Walter


Jabrill Peppers has tested positive for a diluted sample at the combine. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Reuben Foster did the same, but some teams that were considering him in the top 20 have told us that he's still an option. Peppers might be a different story because he was just a fringe first-round prospect (he's been linked to the Steelers at No. 30, which is why I've attached them to this report.) This could definitely cause Peppers to fall to Day 2. I already had him sliding all the way to the 42nd pick in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


If Zay Jones falls to the Seahawks in Round 2, they'll scoop him up. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
I definitely agree with this, but Jones is unlikely to be available for Seattle in the second frame. Jones is sixth in our 2017 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


John Ross is in the conversation for the Bengals at No. 9 overall. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
There have been rumors about Ross slipping to the second round because of injury concerns - which is what's happening in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft - but not according to this report. The Bengals are looking to double up on receivers, so Ross at least makes sense from a needs standpoint. -Walter


The Ravens want to mimic the Cowboys by building a dominant offensive line. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
Charlie Campbell reported several weeks ago that the Ravens love Cam Robinson, and he's been slotted at No. 16 to us in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft ever since. -Walter


The Saints are leaning toward keeping their picks rather than trading them for Malcolm Butler. - Peter King, MMQB
The Patriots may want too much for Butler - as is the case for Jimmy Garoppolo - so perhaps the Saints are trying to lower the asking price. Either way, New Orleans is not going to obtain a better player than Butler at No. 32 overall than Butler. -Walter


The 49ers are strongly considering Mitchell Trubisky. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Yesterday, there was a Deshaun Watson rumor for the 49ers. I'd like to point out that all of this could be smoke, with the 49ers, who are desperate to trade down, trying to create interest for the pick. The 49ers would be insanely stupid to take a pedestrian prospect like Trubisky over a better player, as it would echo picking Blaine Gabbert/Blake Bortles over J.J. Watt/Khalil Mack. It would also block San Francisco from ever getting Kirk Cousins, which seems like a strong possibility. -Walter




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"Told yesterday that Christian McCaffrey doesn't get past Carolina." - Greg Gabriel, Pro Football Weekly
McCaffrey is a very logical pick for the Panthers. I have him slotted there in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


San Francisco supposedly wants Deshaun Watson. - Greg Gabriel, Pro Football Weekly
Uhh... what? If the 49ers take Watson at No. 2 overall, it'll be one of the worst draft picks in NFL history. No team we've spoken to has Watson in the first round, with some of the smarter front offices even slotting him as a third-round prospect. This would also block the 49ers from landing Kirk Cousins next spring. This makes no sense on so many levels. Then again, the 49ers did hire a TV analyst to be their general manager, so all bets are off. -Walter


The Jets are expected to take Jamal Adams "unless someone else is unexpectedly available." - Rich Cimini, ESPN
It's unclear who that "someone else" is, but my money would be on Leonard Fournette. The Jets could also be hoping to trade down. I slotted Adams to the Jets today in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The 49ers, Titans, Jets and Bills are attempting to trade down. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
With lacking top-tier talent in this class, it's no surprise that so many teams want to move down. Unfortunately for them, they may have trouble finding suitors. A stupid team like the Browns will likely be moving up for a pedestrian quarterback prospect, but that could be it. Charlie Campbell reported a few days ago in the NFL Draft Rumor Mill that the 49ers were "desperate" to trade down. -Walter




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Mitchell Trubisky is still under "serious consideration" for the No. 1 overall pick. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
I'd say this is some sort of smokescreen, but the Browns have already stated that they don't want to trade out of the top spot. Only they would be foolish enough to screw this up, as it would echo the Jaguars reaching for Blaine Gabbert rather than selecting J.J. Watt, who went one pick later in the 2011 NFL Draft. It's worth noting that this pick would be doubly foolish, since Cleveland's baseball front office is unable to configure its quarterback analytics. Then again, these are the Browns we're talking about, so I guess we should've known that they were bound to do something stupid. -Walter




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"Dolphins will take Forrest Lamp or a top-rated pass rusher at 22." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
I'm actually going to have something different slotted to the Dolphins in the next 2017 NFL Mock Draft, which will be released Sunday. But this report could obviously be correct. -Walter


The Jets don't believe Jamal Adams will be available at No. 6 overall. - Jenna Laine, ESPN
Laine tweeted the following: "Jamal Adams told me the Jets basically told him in his visit, 'You're wasting your time. Why are you here?' They don't think he's there at 6." I actually have Adams slipping to No. 7 overall in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, so I disagree with the Jets' take. I suppose one of us is wrong, and it's probably me. -Walter


The Falcons are looking to trade up from No. 31. - D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Most of the edge rushers who fit what the Falcons are looking for could be available at No. 31, so it makes me think that Atlanta could be trading up for Forrest Lamp. I have them taking Jordan Willis in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Giants' preference - as far as offensive tackles are concerned - appears to be Garett Bolles.  - Jordan Raanan, ESPN
That might be like asking what disease you'd like to be injected with, however. The tackles in this class are extremely underwhelming, but if the Giants go that route at No. 23, it appears as though they'll take Bolles. The Utah product is third in our 2017 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The five players the Eagles are targeting are Charles Harris, Derek Barnett, Gareon Conley, Christian McCaffrey and John Ross. - Eric Galko, The Sporting News
All five players make sense, though it's unclear why Mike Williams wasn't included in the list. Also, all the Eagles beat writers seem to believe the team won't be drafting a running back, so McCaffrey could be crossed off the list. -Walter


Tyus Bowser is generating late interest from the Cowboys. - Dane Brugler, CBS
I actually have Bowser going one selection later to the Packers in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, so the range definitely fits. Bowser would fit Dallas' major need for an edge rusher. -Walter




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The Jets really like Charles Harris, and he could be at the top Jets' big board. - James Parks, CBS
If the Jets removed unrealistic candidates like Myles Garrett and Leonard Fournette, this is definitely plausible. There's been growing buzz that Harris will be chosen in the top 15, and New York could potentially obtain Harris if it moves down to No. 12, per the trade Charlie Campbell referenced in the NFL Draft Rumor Mill. -Walter


Nathan Peterman said he's getting the most interest from the Cardinals, Chargers and Jaguars. -
All three teams could conceivably pick Peterman on Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft. Peterman is seventh in our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


"The Patriots had a private meeting with S Obi Melifonwu at UConn. If NE deals Malcolm Butler for first-round pick, Melifonwu in play." - Charlie Campbell
Melifonwu certainly would make sense for the 32nd-overall pick, but he may not be there. I have the Seahawks taking him in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


General manager Jerry Reese told the media that the Giants have focused more on quarterback scouting this year than in the past. -
This is understandable, given Eli Manning's age, declining play and emerging off-field concerns. Given that the Giants have revealed this fact, however, tells me that they won't be selecting a quarterback early this year. That could definitely happen next year though. Check out our early 2018 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


Reuben Foster has failed his drug test. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
I'm linking the Cardinals to this because that's where I currently have Foster going in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. Foster is claiming that this is a result of food poisoning, but he'll be placed in the league's substance-abuse program regardless. This sort of incident could prompt Foster to slide into Day 2. -Walter




NFL Rumors - April 19 Updates:
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The Jets and Browns are discussing a draft trade. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Browns are attempting to move up to No. 6 overall to select Mitchell Trubisky. You can read more about the details in our NFL Draft Rumor Mill. -Walter


Joe Mixon remains in consideration for the Eagles' pick. - Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice
It remains to be seen how many teams still have Mixon on their board, but the Eagles apparently are fine with taking him. We have Mixon slotted to the Bengals in the second round of our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Joe Mixon won't slip past the Jaguars' selection in Round 2 if Leonard Fournette isn't the pick in Round 1. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
There's been talk recently that Mixon won't be selected until the third day, so this report is a surprise. Mixon is sixth in our NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


 "The Los Angeles Chargers have done their due diligence on Mitchell Trubisky." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
This isn't a surprise, as the Chargers should be checking out quarterbacks with Philip Rivers entering the twilight of his career. It's unlikely that they'll spend the seventh-overall pick on Trubisky, but if they fall in love with him, they could conceivably pull the trigger. -Walter


The Raiders will not take Dalvin Cook. - Eric Galko, Sporting News
No explanation was given, but Cook could conceivably be available at No. 24 overall. I have Cook going to the Buccaneers in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Corn Elder told the media that the Cardinals, Jaguars and Dolphins have shown the most interest in him. - No Source
The Miami prospect is 22nd in our 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter




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"The Jaguars are the one wild card people around the league believe are in play for a quarterback." - Eric Galko, The Sporting News
It's unlikely that Jacksonville will spend a first- or second-round pick on a signal-caller, but 2018 is extremely possible if Blake Bortles continues to struggle. 
-Walter


 "Christian McCaffrey has received a draft guarantee from a team presently selecting in the teens." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
This is why McCaffrey has canceled all private workouts going forward. The Eagles, Colts and Ravens could qualify as teams willing to give McCaffrey a guarantee, and I can't see him making it past Tampa Bay. -Walter


The interest the Bills have in Mitchell Trubisky seems genuine. - Ryan Talbot, NYup.com
I think this is legitimate, though Talbot's report kind of bursts my mock draft update's bubble. -Walter


"The Chiefs have shown interest in Ohio St. speed merchant Curtis Samuel, who I think would be a great fit." - Terez Paylor, Kansas City Star
The Chiefs need a receiver, and Samuel may not be available in the second round. Perhaps he'd be a target if Kansas City moves down. Samuel is fourth in our 2017 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Prospect Rankings -Walter


The Cardinals like Patrick Mahomes - Peter King, USA Today
This is obviously bad news for the Texans and other teams looking to move up from the 30s. It remains to be seen, however, if Arizona is willing to use such a high selection on a quarterback when it has a chance of making a deep playoff run now. 
-Walter


The 49ers, Bears and Jets are the three teams most eager to move down. - Peter King
All three make sense. The 49ers have a ton of holes on their roster, so they need more picks. The Bears apparently want a quarterback, but No. 3 is way too high to take any of them. The Jets would love to take a defensive back, but there are so many quality secondary players in this class, so why not move down? -Walter


Bill O'Brien "absolutely loves" Patrick Mahomes. - Tom Pelissero, USA Today - Tom Pelissero, USA Today
There's a reason I've been slotting Mahomes to the Texans in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft for the past three months. The only question is whether Mahomes will make it to Houston. There's a good chance he will, but if not, Deshaun Watson would be the favorite. -Walter




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"The Dallas Cowboys, who are in the market for a 'war daddy' pass rusher, have made no secret of their attraction to Charles Harris." - Charean Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Harris tested poorly at the combine, but still could be  first-round pick. Harris is fifth in our 2017 NFL Draft Defensive End Prospect Rankings. -Walter


"The Bears have conducted some of the most exhaustive research and evaluations in recent memory not of one quarterback but multiple quarterback prospects. And the expectation here is that Deshaun Watson will be the Bears' selection." - John Mullin, CSN Chicago
The Bears could have an all-time worst offseason if they end up paying a backup-caliber quarterback tons of money and then use the third-overall pick on a second-day prospect. I have Watson slotted in the second round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter




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"Exiting the Senior Bowl, I made mention that Justin Evans could be the pick of the Dallas Cowboys late in Round 1, and that conversation has been resurrected. ... The other franchise I'm told is considering Evans late in the first frame is the Atlanta Falcons." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Pauline went on to say that Evans wouldn't slip past the Buccaneers in Round 2. Evans is sixth in our 2017 NFL Draft Safety Prospect Rankings. -Walter


"The Saints and Titans have shown a lot of interest in Gareon Conley." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Conley's stock is red hot, and there's a good chance he's chosen in the top 20. Conley is third in our 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


"Lots of folks in the Carolinas are jumping on the Howard bandwagon, but I haven't yet gotten the sense the Panthers' decision-makers are locked in on the Alabama tight end." - Joe Person, Charlotte Observer
Howard has become a chic pick for Carolina in recent weeks, but apparently, he's not going to be picked there. I've had Howard slotted to the Panthers in a previous update, but have since moved on to Christian McCaffrey in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans has drawn interest from several NFL teams, including Lions, Steelers, 49ers and Chargers." - Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle
All of these teams could use a third-day pick on a backup quarterback. Evans is 10th in our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


Hue Jackson wants to select Myles Garrett No. 1 overall. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Adam Schefter reported a difference of opinion for the Browns, so it appears as though the front office is considering Mitchell Trubisky. That would be beyond stupid, as they stand a good chance of obtaining him at No. 12 overall, which is what I have happening in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"I think Takkarist McKinley, T.J. Watt and Derek Rivers would be the best fits in the Packers' 3-4 front, and they seem like the most likely matches for the Packers in the first round." - Dan Dahlke, LombardiAve.com
This isn't really a rumor, but I didn't have much for the Packers. I mentioned this site's take because it was one of the few that connected Kenny Clark to Green Bay prior to the 2016 NFL Draft. Dahlke also listed Tre'Davious White and Quincy Wilson as cornerbacks who fit the Packers' scheme the best. -Walter




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"I'm told Chidobe Awuzie could be in play for the Tennessee Titans with their second selection in the first round, pick 18." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
A corner makes sense at No. 18 if the Titans pass on Marlon Humphrey with the fifth pick. I have Tennessee taking John Ross at the 18th slot in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"Many I've spoken with believe there's a real good chance Oakland bypasses Zach Cunningham and takes a cornerback in the first frame." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Pauline has slotted Cunningham to Oakland, hence the reference to the Vanderbilt linebacker. Yesterday, I cited a report linking the Raiders to Kevin King. -Walter


"Dalvin Cook to the Bucs sounds like it's something everyone wants on both sides from what I'm hearing." - Booger McFarland, ESPN
As a former Buccaneer, Bogger McFarland could have close Buccaneer sources, and I can say that Cook is definitely  a possibility if he's available. Cook's stock is slipping, so it's conceivable that he could fall to No. 19. I have him dropping to the 17th spot in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Seahawks and Raiders are expected to discuss a trade involving Marshawn Lynch. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
The Seahawks shouldn't expect much beyond a late-round pick, as this is just a formality.  -Walter




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"Keep an eye on this name, Jets fans: Florida safety Marcus Maye. Visited Jets this week. Has some big fans in the building." - Manish Mehta, New York Daily News
Maye could be chosen in the second round, as he's sixth in our 2017 NFL Draft Safety Prospect Rankings. -Walter


"Kevin King will visit Raiders today. I'm not going to go through EVERY visit but this is a big one. Raiders like him." - , The Raiders Daily
King was once seen as a second-day selection, but there's been some buzz about him sneaking into the back end of the first round. King is fifth in the 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


John Lynch told the media there's interest for the No. 2 overall pick. -
"We're open for business," Lynch said. "We'll listen to anything." That doesn't exactly sound like there's interest, but the Titans said the same thing last year and ended up trading the pick. The difference, however, is that there's no quarterback worth moving up for this year. -Walter


Odds are that the Jets will trade Sheldon Richardson on draft weekend. - Connor Hughes, NJ.com
Richardson has character concerns, so the Jets won't be getting full value for him. The Broncos and Cowboys previously showed interest in Richardson. -Walter




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Many around the league haven't erased the possibility of the Bears taking a quarterback at No. 3. - Dane Brugler, CBS
Brugler mocked Mitchell Trubisky to the Bears today. Meanwhile, Aaron Leming of BearReport.com thinks Chicago will take Deshaun Watson. The Bears would look crazy if they spent the third-overall pick on a quarterback after giving Mike Glennon so much money, especially given how mediocre this class is at the position. It would be better if the Bears moved up from the second round into the 24-30 range. That's what I've projected in today's 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"Just had an NFL exec tell me, 'Don't be surprised if Myles Garrett isn't the No. 1 pick.' Exec convinced a QB is in discussion at No. 1." - Adam Schefter, ESPN
It's clear that this executive expects the Browns to be as stupid as usual, because only the Browns would pass on an elite pass-rushing prospect to select a middling quarterback - especially when they can probably get that signal-caller at No. 12 overall! This wouldn't be as horrible as the Rams trading the farm for Jared Goof, but it would be close. -Walter


The 49ers could select Leonard Fournette at No. 2 overall. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
"The new front office wants a bigger back to run the offense and they’re ready to give up on Carlos Hyde," Pauline said. This would certainly shake up the mock draft world, as most mocks have Solomon Thomas slotted to the 49ers. Fournette would make a lot of sense though, as Hyde hasn't been able to stay healthy. -Walter


Ben Roethlisberger is lobbying the Steelers to take a tight end in the first round. Meanwhile, GM Kevin Colbert would love to land Jabrill Peppers with the 30th pick. - Aditi Kinkhabwala, NFL Network
David Njoku could certainly be there at No. 30, as could Peppers. In my updated 2017 NFL Mock Draft, I have Njoku available, but Peppers coming off the board one selection earlier. I have DeShone Kizer slotted to the Steelers, as he is a real possibility as well. -Walter


"Based on the info I've been given and one interesting piece all the way back in February, I'm inclined to believe the Bears favor Deshaun Watson." - Aaron Leming, BearReport.com
This is over the other quarterbacks. The Bears could take Watson at No. 3, though that would make them look stupid for spending so much on Mike Glennon. It's also worth noting that there's no confirmed visit with Watson, which is important because Chicago has met with its previous first-round selections under Ryan Pace. -Walter




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"Not sure why you consider David Njoku a slam dunk. I'd be surprised if he's their pick at 23 even if he's on the board." - Jordan Raanan, ESPN
Njoku is a very popular pick for the Giants - he was voted in during the 2017 NFL Reader Mock Draft - but Raanan doesn't believe that he's much of an option for the first round. -Walter


"A lot of teams putting in work on NC State S Josh Jones. Rams visited his high school; Colts and Cardinals called there to check on him." - Dave Birkett, Detroit Free-Press
Jones is ninth in our NFL Free Agent Safety Prospect Rankings. -Walter


"Back in February, I wrote that Bills are the team I expect to draft Mitch Trubisky. Real interest." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
Trubisky seems like the only quarterback the Bills would select in the first round, despite retaining Tyrod Taylor. Mike Williams and O.J. Howard seem more likely, but Trubisky is definitely an option. -Walter


Leonard Fournette is definitely "in the mix" at No. 8 for the Panthers. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Carolina has expressed great interest in Fournette. Unfortunately for the Panthers, it's less than a 50-50 chance that he'll be there, as the Jaguars and Jets could easily select him. Fournette is third on our 2017 NFL Draft Big Board. -Walter


Marshawn Lynch has expressed interest in playing for the Patriots if his discussions with the Raiders don't go well. - Jeff Howe, Boston Herald
While Adrian Peterson doesn't seem to be a viable option for the Patriots because of his checkered past, Lynch would be quite the haul, assuming he's in good shape. -Walter


Numerous "football people" believe Leonard Fournette is in play for the Browns at No. 1. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
This sounds like people pushing for Khalil Mack to be the top pick of the 2014 NFL Draft when everyone knew the Texans would be selecting Jadeveon Clowney. Myles Garrett is almost certainly the pick, but stranger things have happened. I have Fournette slotted to the Jaguars in the 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


It's more likely that Malcolm Butler will play for the Saints than the Patriots next year. - Albert Breer, MMQB
Breer cites a potential trade during draft week, and it's easy to see that happening. New England could recoup its No. 32 overall pick and then trade it to the Seahawks for Richard Sherman, potentially. -Walter




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O.J. Howard is "clearly" atop the Giants' big board, and the Giants also like Christian McCaffrey. - Jordan Raanan, ESPN
Unfortunately for the Giants, both could be long gone by No. 23. I have Howard and McCaffrey going eighth and 19th, respectively, in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but there have been reports that the latter will be chosen in the top 10. -Walter


"The Bears absolutely like Malik Hooker, but the big unknown is how the top decision-makers feel about his medicals." - Jeff Dickerson, ESPN
Hooker is definitely in play at No. 3, as are Jamal Adams, Jonathan Allen and Solomon Thomas if he gets by San Francisco. However, his medical issues could push him down a bit. Hooker is second on our 2017 NFL Draft Big Board. -Walter


Leonard Fournette could be in play for the Jets at No. 6. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
"Could" doesn't even seem like the right word. I have a difficult time seeing Fournette slip past the Jets, given their approach to taking the best player available. Fournette may not even make it to the sixth pick, as I have him slotted to the Jaguars in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter




NFL Rumors - April 7 Updates:
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"Bears showed a ton of interest in Deshaun Watson at pro day." - Jonathan Jones, Sports Illustrated
Taking Watson at No. 3 overall would be a mega reach, considering that no team we've spoken to has him as a first-round prospect. Watson is slotted to the Chiefs in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft, so the Bears would have to trade up into the bottom of the first round. -Walter


"Brad Kaaya had a one on one with Coach Gase. Miami has a long interest in him." - Simon Clancy, BBC Radio
The Dolphins still can't be completely sold on Ryan Tannehill, so Kaaya makes sense as a third-round pick. Kaaya is sixth in the 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Bills are smitten with Deshaun Watson. - Matt Miller, NFL reporter
The Bills will only draft Mitchell Trubisky in the top 10. That's what we've heard. There's been no indication that the Bills like Watson. -Walter


"I believe if Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky or Pat Mahomes is available when the Texans pick 25th, they'll definitely take one." - John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Considering I've had Mahomes slotted to the Texans in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft since what seems like the beginning of time (save for a 1-week exception), I would definitely agree. This, however, wouldn't have been the case had the team signed Tony Romo. -Walter




NFL Rumors - April 6 Updates:
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The Dolphins have strong interest in Obi Melifonwu and Chidobe Awuzie. - Simon Clancy, BBC Radio
Miami has been looking at big nickel corners. Melifonwu may not be available at No. 22; I have him going off the board one pick earlier in the 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Adrian Peterson will visit the Saints. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
New Orleans improved its offensive line this offseason by signing Larry Warford, so Peterson would have a nice chance to bounce back with the Saints, especially with Drew Brees drawing attention away from him. The Saints are unlikely to select a running back at No. 11, so this could be their only chance to definitely improve their backfield. -Walter


"Along with the Panthers, the Broncos and Redskins loom for Christian McCaffrey (not sure he’s still there for either team)." - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
You can add the Buccaneers to that list as well. McCaffrey's stock is soaring right now, with team executives believing he'll be chosen in the top 10, per FOX Sports' Peter Schrager. Other teams in the 11-20 range that make sense for McCaffrey are the Eagles (No. 14), Colts (No. 15) and Ravens (No. 16). McCaffrey is 17th on our 2017 NFL Draft Big Board. -Walter


"Heard from multiple front office execs over last few days. Feeling is now Christian McCaffery goes Top 10." - Peter Schrager, FOX Sports
So much for McCaffrey going in the second round! I've had McCaffrey going to the Buccaneers at No. 19 in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft since the combine, but he'll apparently be off the board much earlier than that. I've attached this to the Jets, Panthers and Bengals to this because they're the likely spots for McCaffrey if he goes in the top 10. The Jets might be a long shot because there will be better prospects available (Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker, perhaps Leonard Fournette), but the Panthers seem the most likely destination. Carolina needs a running back, but probably won't want Dalvin Cook because of his character concerns. The Bengals make sense as well, but they won't have any qualms about taking Cook. -Walter


Redskins head coach Jay Gruden hinted that the team's first-round pick won't be a guard. -
Thanks to e-mailer Jared R. for alerting me about this. "We’re getting there, but we’ve had, what, two first-round picks since I’ve been here?" Gruden said. "One of them hasn’t played a down, or played one game, and the other one is a guard. We have got to utilize our picks." I just slotted Forrest Lamp to the Redskins in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but that apparently is not going to happen. -Walter


There is very little chance Richard Sherman is traded. - Albert Breer, MMQB
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported that the Seahawks want a very good player, plus a high draft pick for Sherman, which could be why he won't be dealt. Also, Sherman is 30 next year and has a history of insubordination, so he may not be as appealing as some casual fans may believe him to be. -Walter


Ozzie Newsome said the team is willing to draft a receiver at No. 16 if a wideout is the best player available. -
In other words, he's taking Mike Williams if he falls to No. 16. It's unclear if John Ross or Corey Davis would qualify as the top player available, and I have to believe Baltimore would select Cam Robinson over either of those wideouts. Charlie Campbell reported recently that the Ravens are high on Cam Robinson. -Walter


"The Texans will use a high draft choice, possibly a first-round pick, on a quarterback." - John McClain, Houston Chronicle
I get the sense that this wouldn't have been the case had the Texans signed Tony Romo, but there might be some panic in the building about having to start Tom Savage. I've been mocking Patrick Mahomes to the Texans pretty consistently in the first round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"Dolphins have eye on Charles Walker." - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald
Miami needs someone to start next to Ndamokung Suh, and Walker would work as a second-day selection. Walker is eighth in our 2017 NFL Draft Defensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter




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Marshawn Lynch is visiting the Raiders today. - Pat McAfee, Barstool Sports
Lynch was previously connected to the Raiders, and he seems serious about returning to the NFL. He'd be a great fit for the Raiders, assuming he's in good shape. Oakland still has one of the top offensive lines in the NFL. -Walter


The Patriots would likely attempt to acquire Richard Sherman if they lost Malcolm Butler to the Saints. - Jeff Howe, Boston Herald
If the Patriots get their 32nd-overall pick back from the Saints in exchange for Butler, they could then use that to acquire Sherman. It would create some awkward moments in the locker room between Sherman and Tom Brady, but the Patriots would have a legitimate chance of going 16-0 again with Sherman on the roster. -Walter


Seahawks GM John Schneider told the media that the trade discussions surrounding Richard Sherman are real. -
I guess this is what happens when a player speaks out against authority too much. The Seahawks are right to trade Sherman now. His trade value will only go down from here, as he'll turn 30 next March. He's also become quite the nuisance, so it might be better for Seattle's morale if he's gone. The only problem for the Seahawks is that with a great class of corners coming in - check out the 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings - it could be difficult to get full value for him, as teams may think they can address their cornerback woes through the 2017 NFL Draft. -Walter


The Patriots and LeGarrette Blount are interested in working out a contract. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Blount is reportedly asking for $1 million more than the Patriots are willing to pay, but it sounds like a deal could get done to bring him back. -Walter


Nick Mangold is visiting the Ravens. - Jamison Hensley, ESPN
Baltimore needs a center after trading Jeremy Zuttah. Mangold is the top player available in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings page.  -Walter




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It's believed that the Browns have Mitchell Trubisky atop their quarterback board. They are also intrigued by Patrick Mahomes and would consider Deshaun Watson at No. 12. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
With the quarterback spots drying up, there's a good chance Trubisky falls to No. 12, which is what I have happening in my updated 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"Carolina hopes to address its need for speed at the receiver position during the draft's second day." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
The Panthers lost Ted Ginn, and Devin Funchess has been a disappointment, so this makes sense. Here's the list of 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


Tony Romo has announced his retirement. -
This is a major bummer for the Texans and Broncos, whom I'll issue Disaster Grades for shortly. It's a shame, as Romo still had several years of high-level play remaining, but he apparently wants to move on with a new career. That new career is being a CBS TV analyst, and he'll displace the atrocious Phil Simms. I think I speak for everyone when I say, "thank God." -Walter




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Neither the Broncos nor Texans will trade for Tony Romo. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
And why would they? The Cowboys can't keep Romo on the roster. The only reason Romo is still in Dallas is because Jerry Jones is being delusional. It's only a matter of time before Romo is released, and the sooner it happens, the sooner Jones can stop looking like a petty child. -Walter


The Patriots may have hosted Adrian Peterson just to do his agent a favor.  - Tom Curran, CSN New England
Bob Kraft spoke out about child abuse when Peterson was suspended a couple of years ago. The Patriots also don't have Joe Mixon on their board. It doesn't appear as though Peterson will be playing for New England in 2017. -Walter




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"Dolphins showing significant interest in Chris Wormley, Taco Charlton and Jordan Willis." - Simon Clancy, BBC Radio
It's extremely unlikely that Charlton will be available for the Dolphins in the first round, but they could settle for Wormley or Willis by moving down. It makes sense that they'd want to add a pass-rusher, given their lacking young talent at the position. Here are the 2017 NFL Draft Defensive End Prospect Rankings. -Walter


Adrian Peterson is visiting the Patriots. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Peterson has no market right now after coming off a horrible season. If he's smart, he'll go to New England, have a bounce-back year, win the Super Bowl, and then get paid more next spring. Peterson is 37th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Zach Brown will visit the Redskins. - John Keim, ESPN
Brown is one of the top free agents still available. He's coming off a very good year in Buffalo and would be an upgrade for the Redskins' poor linebacking corps. Brown is 44th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


"The Titans are leaning defense at No. 5; offense at No. 18. They like cornerbacks like Alabama's Marlon Humphrey and Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore. However, it sounds like they like safeties Jamal Adams from LSU and Malik Hooker from Ohio State more. With the fifth pick, it sounds like Tennessee's inclination is toward a safety over cornerback. The value is better at safety and on the defensive side of the ball. The Titans sound inclined to help their offense with No. 18. The players who sound like options there are Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams, Alabama tight end O.J. Howard, and Washington wide receiver John Ross." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Adams and Ross are my predicted players in the 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"Oakland feels all of the early-round picks can be devoted to the defensive side of the ball." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Raiders are really hurting at defensive tackle and linebacker, so all of their pre-Day 3 picks could be ued on defense. Here are the 2017 NFL Draft Defensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


"The Saints are leaning pass rush at No. 11. The 2017 NFL Draft is very strong at the cornerback position and the Saints feel that they could land a good corner with their second pick." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Taco Charlton and Derek Barnett are the two favorites to be the pick, but a sleeper like Charles Harris or Takkarist McKinley isn't out of the question either. I have Charlton going to the Saints in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"There is a group of first-round offensive weapons who are in play for Tampa Bay. Sources say that Alabama tight end O.J. Howard, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, Washington wide receiver John Ross, and Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis are all possibilities. Sources say that Miami tight end David Njoku could also creep into that conversation." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Buccaneers may have signed DeSean Jackson, but they are certainly not finished upgrading their offensive talent. I have Tampa taking McCaffrey with its first-round pick in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"The San Francisco 49ers (No. 2 overall) and Chicago Bears (No. 3 overall) have shown serious interest in getting to know Jonathan Allen." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Both teams could really use Allen, but it remains to be seen how his shoulders check out. I have Allen going to the Bears in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"The Cowboys have Adoree' Jackson graded in the first round, and he could be in play at No. 28 overall. Dallas likes Jackson's cover skills and ability to prevent separation." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Cowboys will be looking for defensive line and secondary help at No. 28 overall, though taking a falling receiver like Corey Davis wouldn't be out of the question. Jackson is fourth in our 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Giants aren't expected to select a quarterback early in the draft.
- Jordan Raanan, ESPN
This is contrary to other reports, and New York has worked out the quarterbacks in this class. The Giants need a quarterback, but it could be that they just aren't impressed with this year's crop. Both Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes are available to them in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"The Jets are unlikely to draft a quarterback in the early rounds, as they aren't impressed with this class of quarterbacks overall." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Jets are also encouraged with Christian Hackenberg's development and plan on playing him this year. It's not out of the question that he's the opening-day starter. If he fails, the Jets will have some great quarterbacks to choose from next year, as seen in my 2018 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"The Ravens have Alabama's Cam Robinson as their top-rated offensive tackle, and he is one of the players they are considering drafting with their first-round pick." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Robinson makes a lot of sense, as he'd be a perfect replacement for Ricky Wagner. I have Robinson slotted to the Ravens in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter




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"I can tell you the New York Jets have strong interest in Patrick Mahomes, but I was asked not to go any further." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Some consider Mahomes to be the top quarterback in this class, and he certainly won't be there for the Jets in the second round. I have him being picked in the 20s of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft -Walter


Teams are concerned about Colin Kaepernick's vegan diet. - Matt Maiocco, NBC
It's a legitimate concern, as Arian Foster's vegan diet ruined his career. Kaepernick is rail thin and will have trouble staying healthy. Of course, there are other documented issues as well. That said, there's so much hoopla for Kaepernick not drawing interest, yet the same thing is happening to Jay Cutler, who is the superior player. He's above Kaepernick in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter




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"Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, DeShone Kizer, Brad Kaaya and Jerod Evans are quarterbacks I believe the Giants have interest in. Any of top four in play at 23 depending on their board." - Art Stapleton, USA Today
I've had Watson slotted to the Giants for a while in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but moved on. I still may go back to it. Taking a quarterback makes sense, as Eli Manning doesn't have much time remaining in the NFL. The pick would mirror the Packers selecting Aaron Rodgers when Brett Favre was still quarterbacking the team. -Walter


"I was informed Tarell Basham of Ohio and Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon were second-round targets for the Bengals." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
I currently have Mixon slotted to the Chiefs in the third round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but he could easily be taken in the second frame. -Walter


Joe Mixon is on the Chargers' draft board. - Dan Woike, San Diego Union-Tribune
The Chargers aren't in the market for an early-round running back, but this is noteworthy because of Mixon's off-the-field concerns. Mixon, who will likely be chosen on Day 2, is ninth in our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Ravens love Leonard Fournette. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
I imagine many other teams do as well. Unfortunately for the Ravens and others, Fournette is unlikely to fall very far; I have Jacksonville selecting him at No. 4 in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter




NFL Rumors - March 29 Updates:
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"Lots of talk/rumor about Carolina (picking at No. 8) trying to obtain 49ers' No. 2 pick. Told there's nothing currently in the works." - Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee
This would be a blockbuster deal, and it raises the question about whom the Panthers would select at No. 2 overall. It almost has to be one of three players. It could be Leonard Fournette (leaping Jaguars, Jets); Solomon Thomas (leaping Jaguars, Jets, 49ers themselves); and Jamal Adams (leaping Bears, Titans, Jets, Chargers). I have them being selected at Nos. 4, 2 and 5, respectively in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. The 49ers, meanwhile, could obtain someone like Mike Williams, Taco Charlton, Derek Barnett or Cam Robinson at No. 8. -Walter


"The Broncos are genuinely interested in Bucknell offensive tackle Julie'n Davenport." - Nicki Jhabvala, Denver Post
Davenport is seventh in the 2017 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Prospect Rankings, so taking him on Day 2 makes sense. -Walter


The Patriots have inquired about Richard Sherman, whom the Seahawks have discussed trading. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
It sounds like the Seahawks are tired of Sherman's antics, so perhaps New England will pull the trigger if Malcolm Butler is dealt. Trading for Sherman would require giving up a first-round pick, which the Patriots currently do not have in 2017. Perhaps they'd send their 2018 pick to Seattle in addition to something else. Speaking of the 2018 class, I'll have a 2018 NFL Mock Draft update tomorrow. -Walter


Preston Brown could be on the trading block. - Joe Buscaglia, WKBW Buffalo
Brown was a three-down linebacker for the Bills last year, but struggled. He may not be a good fit for the new defense, plus he's an impending free agent in 2018. There's no much appeal here, so the Bills probably wouldn't get anything better than a sixth-round pick. -Walter




NFL Rumors - March 28 Updates:
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"Six teams that have expressed significant interest since Harvey Langi’s workout including the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers." - Rob Rang, CBS
Langi is 14th in the 2017 NFL Draft Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


The Chargers and Giants have said that they're comfortable with drafting young quarterbacks this year. -
Both Philip Rivers and Eli Manning are entering the final years of their careers, so New York taking a signal-caller at 23 and Los Angeles getting one in the second round makes sense. Here are the 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings. -Walter


Told by Saints source team has no interest in signing Johnny Manziel. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Sean Payton met with Manziel, but that was just to discuss his actual return; not to the Saints. Manziel is 20th in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


Hue Jackson told the media that the Browns will not be trading the No. 1 overall pick. -
Unlike last year when the Titans said they were open for business, Cleveland has decided to keep the top selection. Myles Garrett is the overwhelming favorite, as seen in today's 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Saints GM Mickey Loomis said his team is "kicking the tires" on Malcolm Butler. -
Unfortunately for the Saints, the Patriots are not budging with a trade. New England has a good chance of getting a sixth Super Bowl victory in 2017, especially with Butler, so it's understandable why the team wouldn't want to deal Butler. I have the Saints taking a cornerback at No. 32 overall in today's 2017 NFL Mock Draft update, but that would change if they were to acquire Butler. -Walter


Rey Maualuga will visit the Chiefs. - Terez Paylor, Kansas City Star
Kansas City needs help at inside linebacker with Derrick Johnson injured, but the worn-down Maualuga isn't the answer. He wouldn't be a bad depth signing, but he's 14th in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


The Titans are locked in on Marshon Lattimore. - Matt Miller, NFL reporter
We've heard that they like other cornerbacks like Marlon Humphrey and Adoree Jackson. -Walter




NFL Rumors - March 27 Updates:
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The Giants are predicted to select Zach Cunningham in Jordan Raanan's mock draft. - Jordan Raanan, NJ.com
"I'm basing this off the fact he's a player they like and who has attracted their interest." Cunningham is slotted to the Redskins in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"I believe the Jets will trade out of this spot." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Tony Pauline predicted this in his mock draft, which is available at DraftAnalyst.com. I have the Jets taking O.J. Howard in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Patriots do not want to trade Malcolm Butler. - Larry Holder, NOLA.com
New England could have one of the best cornerback tandems we've seen in a while if they don't move Butler. However, they'll stand just to get a third-round compensatory pick for Butler if they keep him for one more year. They should be able to obtain a first-rounder for Butler if they deal him this offseason, so a trade could still happen. -Walter


The Giants are interested in Nick Mangold. - Pat Leonard, New York Daily News
New York doesn't need a center, but there's some chatter that Mangold could play guard. Either way, Mangold is 21st in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Owner Mike Brown would trade A.J. McCarron at the right price, perhaps to Cleveland with No. 9 for the Nos. 12 and 33 picks. - Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
If this trade sounds lopsided, it is. Per the NFL Trade Value Chart, McCarron would be worth 430 points, which is the 47th-overall pick. There's no way McCarron is worth more than a third, so the Browns would be getting ripped off. -Walter


The Browns plan on making another run at Jimmy Garoppolo. - Tony Grossi, ESPN
Adam Schefter has been adamant that New England won't be dealing with Garoppolo, so the Browns need to blow the Patriots away with a great trade. A reader just published a mock draft where the 49ers acquire Jimmy Garoppolo. -Walter




NFL Rumors - March 25 Updates:
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James Connor, Bran Allen, Bucky Hodges, Ifeadi Odenigbo and Zach Banner are five prospects the Lions have shown lots of interest in. - Dave Birkett, Detroit Free-Press
Connor and Hodges are the two top prospects, and will likely be chosen in the third round. -Walter




NFL Rumors - March 24 Updates:
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The Saints and 49ers spent the most time with DeShone Kizer at the Notre Dame pro day. - Eric Edholm, Yahoo!
Kizer is second in the 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings, but stands a realistic chance of dropping to the second round. -Walter


"I'm told the Miami Dolphins, who did not meet with Chris Wormley in Ann Arbor, have a lot of interest in his services." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
No. 22 might be a bit too early for Wormley, but perhaps the Dolphins think they can get him in the second round. Wormley is fourth in our 2017 NFL Draft Defensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Broncos haven't "closed the door" on Tony Romo. - Troy Renck, Denver Channel
Romo sounds like he'd rather play for the Texans, but the Broncos could still blow him away with a better deal. We'll see what happens, but it'll have to require Jerry Jones to stop being so petulant and do right by his long-term quarterback. -Walter


Tony Romo believes that his 2017 options are playing for the Texans or going into broadcasting. - Jeff Darlington, NFL Network
It's not helping that Jerry Jones is doing his long-time quarterback a disservice by holding him hostage. However, it makes sense that Romo would prefer Houston, as he would like to stay close to home with a third baby on the way. -Walter


The Packers though about meeting with Adrian Peterson, but decided against it. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
It says a lot that the running back-starved Packers won't consider Peterson, who is reportedly asking for $8 million in the first year of his contract. There's no way that's happening in this market, so Peterson needs to be more realistic. Peterson is 37th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Michael Floyd is a long shot for the Patriots with Brandin Cooks on the roster. - Mike Reiss, ESPN
Floyd is a lethargic receiver with off-the-field problems, so he's going to have trouble finding interest. Floyd is 14th in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter




NFL Rumors - March 23 Updates:
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"Buccaneers continue to look hard at Obi Melifonwu -- three-hour meeting today with DBs coach Brett Maxie after pro day yesterday." - Greg Auman, Tampa Bay Times
The highly athletic Melifonwu is gaining a lot of steam and stands a good chance of being chosen in the first round. I have Melifonwu going to the Saints in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


It's likely that the Patriots will sign Darrelle Revis. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Revis was incredible for the Patriots during their fourth Super Bowl run, but took the money and became fat and happy in New York. Revis has completely fallen off, but perhaps all the skepticism will serve as motivation. He's 99th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Sean Payton met with Johnny Manziel about a return to the NFL. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Manziel has apparently been clean and drew interest at the combine. There's a real chance he'll return to the NFL, but he'll have to stay sober for much longer to earn the trust of NFL decision-makers. -Walter


The Eagles definitely like James Conner. - Mark Eckel, NJ.com
Eckel also says the Eagles will not draft a running back in the first round, echoing the sentiments of Jeff McLane from the Philadelphia Inquirer. I have Philadelphia taking Dalvin Cook in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but perhaps that'll change next week. -Walter




NFL Rumors - March 21 Updates:
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Mark Sanchez is visiting the Bears. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Chicago got rid of Jay Cutler, but Mark Sanchez is so much worse. Sanchez is not a good reserve signal-caller; he's 30th in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


Gerald Hodges will visit the Seahawks. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Seattle could use another linebacker, and Hodges is an underrated player; he's 42nd in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


If Kirk Cousins is traded to the 49ers, it'll be right before the draft. - Mike Jones, Washington Post
The reason I won't be mocking Mitchell Trubisky (or any other quarterback) to the 49ers at No. 2 overall in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft is because they seem focused on acquiring Kirk Cousins either this spring or next. -Walter


It's very unlikely the Eagles will spend a first-round pick on a running back. - Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer
McLane did add "never say never." It's unclear if McLane is basing this on sourced information or draft history. If the latter were reliable, the Cowboys never would've selected Tyron Smith. Dalvin Cook is a great option for the Eagles, and I have them drafting him in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Zach Brown visited the Dolphins and will meet the Bills soon. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Brown is one of the better free agents still available. He's 44th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Jets are very intrigued by Mitchell Trubisky. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
Cimini is pointing to the fact that the Jets sent a full contingent to his pro day, which they would be foolish not to do. However, the Jets like Christian Hackenberg's development, per Charlie Campbell, and they would be foolish not to utilize the "Suck for Sam" strategy if Hackenberg doesn't pan out. Darnold is the top pick in our 2018 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter




NFL Rumors - March 20 Updates:
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The Saints are close to a deal with Malcolm Butler. - Mike Giardi, CSN New England
It's nice that a contract is almost in place for Butler, but the Saints need to come up with a trade with the Patriots. They could give back the No. 32 overall selection, which they surrendered for Brandin Cooks. I have the Saints taking Obi Melifonwu with that pick in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Browns are "fairly confident" they can obtain Mitchell Tribusky at No. 12 overall. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Trubisky's spots in the top 11 have dried up, with the 49ers trying to obtain Kirk Cousins in the next 12 months; the Bears paying big bucks to Mike Glennon; and the Bills bringing back Tyrod Taylor. If the Jets don't take Trubisky, he'll likely drop to No. 12, which is what I have happening in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Keenan Robinson visited the Bills. - Field Yates, ESPN
Buffalo could use depth at linebacker, and Robinson would certainly be a quality backup. Robinson is 17th in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


Robert Blanton visited the Cowboys. - Todd Archer, ESPN
Dallas needs safety help after losing Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox, but Blanton is not the answer. Blanton is 40th in the NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings. -Walter


Bradley McDougald visited the Browns. -
McDougald is an underrated free agent safety; he's 66th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. The Browns are desperate at safety, and McDougald would help. -Walter




NFL Rumors - March 18 Updates:
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"The Steelers probably wouldn’t part with a first-round pick for T.J. Watt and wouldn’t expect him to be available in the second frame." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Pittsburgh has shown interest in Watt, but doesn't see him as a first-round prospect, apparently. Watt is seventh in our 2017 NFL Draft 3-4 Outside Linebacker Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Seahawks will likely be forced to cut Marshawn Lynch if he comes out of retirement. - Sheil Kapadia, ESPN
Lynch would be owed $9 million, which is too much money for a Seattle team that has about $14 million in cap space. This is music to the Raiders' ears, as they're attempting to lure Lynch out of retirement. -Walter


The Jaguars will pick a running back in the top half of the draft. - Mike DiRocco, ESPN
In other words, Leonard Fournette? The LSU product is considered a better prospect than Ezekiel Elliott, who went No. 4 overall. The Jaguars have the fourth pick. I have them selecting Fournette in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter




NFL Rumors - March 17 Updates:
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The Panthers and Bengals offensive line coaches spent a lot of time with Taylor Moton at his pro day. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Both teams have obvious needs for tackles, and Moton is sixth in our 2017 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


Mychal Rivera is visiting the Jets. - Manish Mehta, New York Daily News
New York desperately needs a tight end, but Mychal Rivera is 17th in the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. O.J. Howard could be an option at No. 6 overall. -Walter


Ryan Clady will visit the Seahawks. - Field Yates, ESPN
The Seahawks are desperate for tackle help, and Ryan Clady is sadly their top choice in free agency. He's the best player available in the NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


Marshawn Lynch has asked the Seahawks for his release. - Jordan Schultz, Huffington Post
As it stands now, the Raiders would have to trade for Lynch if he came out of retirement. This way, they can just sign him. It remains to be seen if Seattle will grant his wish, but there's no reason for the Seahawks to hold on to him if he doesn't want to play for them. -Walter


Josh McCown is visiting the Jets. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
McCown was awful for the Browns last year and doesn't have much left to offer teams. The Jets should avoid him. He's 21st in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


The Raiders are attempting to acquire Marshawn Lynch. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
And no, not as a commercial spokesman. The Raiders want to lure Lynch out of retirement. To obtain him, however, they'd have to trade for him, as Lynch is still under contract with the Seahawks. It's unclear if Lynch is in good shape or not, but if the Raiders want him so badly, he must have been working out in between shooting ads. The Raiders have a big need at running back, and if Lynch is even 80 percent of what he used to be, he'd be a huge boon for Oakland's offense. I have the Raiders selecting a running back in Round 4 of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter




NFL Rumors - March 16 Updates:
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The Seahawks are open to trading Richard Sherman. - Michael Lombardi, The Ringer
Sherman is nearing 30, and he's owed about $22 million over the next two seasons. He also has said some controversial things that have undoubtedly bothered ownership. The Seahawks might as well trade Sherman while he has great value because that won't last very long. I have Seattle taking a cornerback in the second round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Ricky Jean-Francois is visiting the Seahawks. - Field Yates, ESPN
Formerly of the Redskins, Jean-Francois would provide decent depth up front. He's 20th in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Saints and Malcolm Butler have mutual interest in a trade and extension. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
New Orleans may have to surrender the No. 32 overall pick it just obtained in the Brandin Cooks trade. Butler, listed atop the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings, would provide a huge boost for the Saints' poor defense. -Walter


Dekoda Watson is visiting the Seahawks. - Field Yates, ESPN
Watson is 36th in the NFL Free Agent Outside Linebacker Rankings, as he is much more of a special-teamer than a regular defensive player. -Walter


Darius Butler is visiting the Redskins. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
With such a great group of cornerback prospects entering the NFL, it's not a surprise that there are plenty of talented corners still available in free agency. Butler is 15th in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


"During the combine I consistently heard daily rumors that the Denver Broncos could take Christian McCaffrey in Round 1." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
McCaffrey would be a nice fit in Denver, but the Broncos would need the Buccaneers, Redskins, Eagles and others to pass on him. McCaffrey is third in our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


John Jenkins is visiting the Bears. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Jenkins is just a reserve run-stuffing nose tackle. He's 34th in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Raiders and Lions are two teams to watch for as spots for Adrian Peterson. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Both teams have needs at running back, but they'll likely wait until either Peterson drops his asking price, or if they whiff on the position in the 2017 NFL Draft. There are a ton of talented 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospects in this class. -Walter




NFL Rumors - March 15 Updates:
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Dontari Poe left Miami without a deal. - Hal Habib, Palm Beach Post
Poe is having trouble getting a team to match his demands, as there might be concern with his injuries. Poe will visit the Raiders next. He's 25th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Deshawn Shead is visiting the Bills. - Sheil Kapadia, ESPN
The Bills lost Stephon Gilmore and need a viable replacement. Shead played well in 2016, but it's unknown how he'll perform outside of Seattle's system. Shead is eighth in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


The Bills offered Andre Holmes a 3-year contract worth $4.5 million. -
That's about right for Holmes, who is 43rd in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


Chris Gragg announced that he's visiting the Jaguars. -
Jacksonville needs a replacement for Julius Thomas, but Gragg is not the answer. Gragg is 13th in the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


Tim Lelito is visiting the Lions. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
The Lions have one weakness remaining on the offensive line unless Laken Tomlinson lives up to his first-round billing. Lelito is not the answer, however; he's 18th in the NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


Connor Barwin is visiting the Rams. - Gary Klein, LA Times
Barwin plays better in a 3-4, and the Rams are moving to that scheme. Barwin is seventh in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter




NFL Rumors - March 14 Updates:
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"Malcolm Butler has very much warmed up to the idea of playing in New Orleans and closer to home." - Mike Giardi, CSN New England
New Orleans will have to surrender the No. 11 pick unless the Patriots and Saints work out another trade. Butler was rumored to be the compensation for Brandin Cooks, so perhaps New England can recoup its No. 32 overall selection. Butler would be a great addition to a New Orleans defense that has been awful for a while. -Walter


The Browns aren't expected to make a run at Kirk Cousins. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
The NFL tabloids wrote Tuesday that the Browns were attempting to acquire Cousins, but Mary Kay Cabot has reported that Cleveland is unwilling to part with the required compensation, even though the team has a billion draft picks. I'm sure the Browns would like Cousins, but Washington's asking price is too high, especially considering that Cousins will hit the market next spring. The 49ers are the favorites to land Cousins then anyway. -Walter


Jared Cook is visiting the Raiders. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Oakland makes much more sense than Minnesota, another team Cook is visiting. The Raiders have met with quite a few free agent tight ends this offseason. Cook is 71st in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Kevin Minter is visiting the Bengals. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Minter already visited the Colts. Both Indianapolis and Cincinnati are hurting for linebackers, so Minter signing with either team would make a lot of sense. Minter is seventh in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


Bradley McDougald is visiting the Seahawks. - Jenna Laine, ESPN
The signing would make sense, as the Seahawks need a quality backup safety after what happened last year. McDougald is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings. -Walter


The Jets are offering Dont'a Hightower the most money. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Hightower has the choice of taking the most money and signing with the Jets, or making sure his football career is as good as it can be by staying with the Patriots. Hightower is 29th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


"Source said the Texans are interested in sending a second-round pick to New England if can get Malcolm Butler signed long term."
- Eric Edholm, Yahoo!
The Texans have a history of dealing their second-day selections, but they're moving up in the first round most of the time. This would be much different, as Butler was one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL last year. Butler would be a great replacement for A.J. Bouye, as he's right above Bouye in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. However, it sounds as though the Patriots might be getting a better deal from the Saints. -Walter


Jared Cook is visiting the Packers. - Tom Pelissero, USA Today
This can't make Kyle Rudolph happy, as he's already angry about being snubbed from the Pro Bowl. Still, Cook's talent might be too great to ignore. Cook is 71st in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Latavius Murray is visiting the Vikings. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Minnesota would be the ideal spot for Murray despite the team's troubles on the offensive line. Murray would have the workload mostly to himself. He's 85th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Seahawks are still meeting with Jamaal Charles despite signing Eddie Lacy. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
That's a bit of a surprise, as the Seahawks now have a crowded backfield. Still, Charles would be a high-upside addition if Seattle can get him cheaply. Charles is 87th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Malcolm Butler is visiting the Saints. - Brett Martel, Associated Press
The Saints can sign Butler to an offer sheet, and if the Patriots decline to match, New Orleans will send New England a first-round pick, which could be worth it for Butler. He's a five-star player in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter




NFL Rumors - March 13 Updates:
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The Chargers and Browns are interested in Geno Smith. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Smith doesn't really fit into Hue Jackson's offense. The Chargers, meanwhile, could potentially develop Smith to be Philip Rivers' successor, though that's a long shot. Smith is eighth in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


The Cowboys have interest in Joe Mixon. - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
Mixon, if you somehow missed it, punched a woman a few years ago, but there are some teams that are interested. Mixon is 10th in the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings -Walter


The Raiders are closing in on a deal with Cordarrelle Patterson. - Vic Tafur, San Francisco Chronicle
Patterson is a dynamic return specialist, but hasn't developed as a receiver. He's still young though - he turns 26 in February - and could evolve into a quality offensive player. Patterson is 10th in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


"Can confirm Dolphins have been doing their due diligence on defense. Very active interviewing LB/CB/Edge prospects. Interest in Zach Cunnigham." - Jared Tokarz, NFLDraftInsider
I have Cunningham off the board at No. 22 in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but he makes a ton of sense for the Dolphins. -Walter


Jared Cook will visit the Seahawks. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Tight end may not seem like an obvious need for the Seahawks, but Jimmy Graham will be a 31-year-old free agent next spring. Cook is the top player available in the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


Brian Schwenke is visiting the Colts. - Field Yates, ESPN
Schwenke could provide needed depth at center for the Colts. He's 14th in the NFL Free Agent Center Prospect Rankings. -Walter


Adrian Peterson left Seattle without a contract. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
This isn't a surprise because it's likely that Peterson asked for too much money in a buyer's market for running backs. The Seahawks are also meeting with Jamaal Charles and Latavius Murray. Peterson, Charles and Murray is second, seventh and sixth, respectively, in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


The Jets have contacted Josh McCown. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
For what, I'm not sure, because McCown's quarterbacking skills eroded last year. McCown is 21st in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


Kevin Minter is visiting the Colts. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Indianapolis is desperate for linebacker help, and Minter would help. Minter is in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings, checking in at No. 88. -Walter


Keenan Robinson is visiting the Bengals. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Cincinnati needs linebacker help, but Keenan Robinson is not the answer. Robinson is 17th in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


Erik Walden is visiting the Titans. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Tennessee better not overpay Walden, as he lucked into 11 sacks in 2016. Walden is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Outside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


Jarvis Jones is visiting the Cardinals. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Jones was a huge first-round bust, but would provide depth. Jones is eighth in the NFL Free Agent Outside Linebacker Rankings, but that's solely based on potential. -Walter


Datone Jones is visiting the Vikings. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
If 2016 was any indication, the Vikings sorely need depth on their defensive line. Jones is the second-best player available in the NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


The Jets have been in contact with Jay Cutler. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Cutler doesn't have the greatest market, so the Jets can take their time deciding on what they want to do with their quarterbacking situation. If the sign Cutler, it would give Christian Hackenberg one more year to develop. Cutler is 61st in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Rex Burkhead is visiting the Patriots. - Field Yates, ESPN
Burkhead would be a nice, little signing, as he's the fifth-best player available in the NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


Kayvon Webster announced that he's visiting the Rams. -
Los Angeles has overpaid for poor talent this offseason, so perhaps they'll offer Webster a $50 million contract even though he's 42nd in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


The Eagles are expected to release Chase Daniel. - Adam Caplan, ESPN
What, you're telling me no one wanted a noodle-armed No. 3 quarterback with a big contract!? -Walter


Dont'a Hightower will visit the Steelers. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Hightower would be a great replacement for Lawrence Timmons, as he's the fifth-best free agent still available, per the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Alex Okafor is visiting the Saints. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
New Orleans needs pass-rushing help, but Okafor wouldn't do much besides provide depth. He's 25th in the NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


Davon House is visiting Pittsburgh. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
House wouldn't be much help for the Steelers, as he's 30th in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter




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Malcolm Butler wants out of New England. - Mike Giardi, CSN New England
Butler has a lot to be frustrated about, including all of the trade rumors, as well as New England's decision to pay Stephon Gilmore a ton of money when Butler out-performed Gilmore by a wide margin in 2016. Butler could be dealt in short order. -Walter


Connor Barwin is visiting the Bengals. - Adam Caplan, ESPN
The Bengals certainly have enough money to sign him after letting Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth walk. Barwin struggled in Philadelphia's 4-3 after thriving in the 3-4, so it wouldn't make much sense for him to sign in Cincinnati. -Walter


Eddie Lacy left Minnesota with a contract. - Ben Goessling, ESPN
Again, that doesn't mean that he won't sign with the Vikings. However, Lacy is now traveling back to Green Bay. Lacy is fourth in the NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


Dontari Poe is visiting the Jaguars. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Jacksonville doesn't really need another run-stuffer, but the team has signed a bunch of high-profile players all offseason. Poe is the second-best player available in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Jets are interested in Dont'a Hightower. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
Hightower would provide a much-needed upgrade at inside linebacker, but comes with injury risk. He's 29th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Dontari Poe left Indianapolis without a contract. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Before Colt fans get discouraged, Terrelle Pryor left Washington without a deal, and then proceeded to sign with the Redskins. Poe is sixth in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


T.J. Lang told a radio show that he has narrowed his choices down to the Packers, Lions and Seahawks. -
Nice weather isn't a concern for Lang, apparently. All three teams need offensive line help (the Packers do if Lang leaves), and they'd all be lucky to have him, as he's the best player available per the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Dontari Poe has upcoming visits to the Falcons, Dolphins and Raiders, and he's hoping to sign with the Colts. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Poe is reportedly still on the market because of back issues, but his signing comes with great upside. Poe is the second-best player available in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter




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Adrian Peterson and Latavius Murray are both visiting the Seahawks. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Peterson might be out of the Seahawks' price range, but he could take less to play for a winner. Murray seems like a more realistic option. -Walter


The Bills are interested in Andre Smith. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Smith is going to visit Buffalo on Sunday. The Bills are desperate for right tackle help, and Smith as the ability to offer an upgrade, but he's been a big disappointment. Smith is 11th in the NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


Latavius Murray is visiting the Jaguars. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Murray would join another crowded running back rotation, but would struggle behind a worse offensive line. Murray is sixth in the NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


Rex Burkhead is visiting the Falcons. - Field Yates, ESPN
Running backs have no market, which is why Burkhead is auditioning to be Atlanta's No. 3 runner. Burkhead is 10th in the NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


Cordarrelle Patterson is visiting the Bears. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Patterson would carry on Chicago's tradition of having a great return game if he happens to sign with the Bears. Patterson is 10th in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, but only because of his ability as a return specialist. -Walter


The Browns are attempting to trade Brock Osweiler for a third-round pick. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
I thought I was at my fiancee's sister's wedding this afternoon. Instead, I was apparently transported through a portal to a weird, alternate dimension where overpriced, crappy quarterbacks are traded for second-day picks. Who do the Browns think they arei that they can get a third-round pick for Osweiler? The Texans GAVE the Browns a second-rounder just to take Osweiler! -Walter


It would be a "major upset" if the Cowboys were able to trade Tony Romo. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
It was reported that Dallas would cut Romo, but then Jerry Jones got this crazy idea that he could still trade his long-time veteran quarterback despite his absurd price tag. The sooner Jones realizes he's wrong, the sooner Romo can find a new home. -Walter


The Jets would consider trading Sheldon Richardson to the Bengals for A.J. McCarron. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
If you're wondering why the Jets would deal a talented, young defensive lineman for a backup quarterback with a lollipop arm, it's because Richardson has an extensive history of off-the-field issues, which the Bengals don't really care about. Cincinnati would still have to offer a draft pick or two to make the deal even. -Walter


Geno Smith is visiting the Giants. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
If the Giants are in the market for an underachieving quarterback who can't grasp an offense, Smith is their guy. Smith is eighth in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter




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Bennie Logan is visiting the Redskins this weekend. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Logan is a great run-stuffer and would be a great addition to Washington's poor defensive line. Logan is eighth in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Buccaneers are interested in Nick Foles. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Foles is a mediocre backup and would be a fine addition in the wake of Mike Glennon's departure. Foles is ninth in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


The Patriots are still trying to trade Malcolm Butler. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Butler wasn't a part of the Saints' deal, as expected, but he could still be dealt. The Patriots don't have the funds to extend Butler in the wake of the Stephon Gilmore signing, which is a strange thing considering that Butler was so much better than Gilmore in 2016. Butler (restricted) was first, while Gilmore was fifth in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


Robert Griffin is intrigued by the idea of signing with the Jets. - Connor Hughes, NJ.com
I'm not sure why the Jets would want Griffin over Jay Cutler, barring major financial differences. Cutler is second, and Griffin is sixth in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


The Browns won't be acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots no matter what they offer. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
This is silly, as everyone has a price. If the Browns offered the Patriots four first-round picks, for example, New England would say yes in a heartbeat. The Patriots are likely trying to build up lots of leverage for Garoppolo so that they get a king's ransom for him. -Walter


Kirk Cousins will not negotiate a contract with the Redskins while Bruce Allen is employed. - Chick Hernandez, CSN Mid-Atlantic
There's been a major backlash from the Scot McCloughan firing - click the link for a grade - though sources told me that there's definitely legitimacy to it. Still, the Redskins have handled it poorly, and now Cousins is demanding for someone to lose his job. It's not a good look for Cousins, and so the Redskins should think about just trading him to the 49ers right now. -Walter


The Browns are attempting to trade Brock Osweiler. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Yeah, good luck with that. Osweiler, at $16 million, has absolutely no value. The Browns could literally request just a ham sandwich back for Osweiler, and the other 31 teams would all decline. Cleveland could decide to cut Osweiler, but with so much cap space, why not try to develop him? -Walter


The Panthers working to sign Julius Peppers. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Peppers would be returning home to the team that originally drafted him in 2002. He's obviously a shell of his former self, but he can still play well, so he would help out a bit. Peppers is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


The Steelers are interested in Marcus Cooper. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
This would only for depth purposes, as Cooper is 38th in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


The Packers have broken off talks with Jared Cook. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Cook has seen the sort of contracts tight ends far worse than him have gotten, and he understandably wants a big pay day. The Packers won't budge, as they're smart enough to realize how great this incoming tight end draft class happens to be. Cook is 72nd in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


There's mutual interest between Jay Cutler and the Jets. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Cutler could start as the Jets continue to work with Christian Hackenberg. Charlie Campbell reported that the Jets like how Hackenberg has been developing, but he may not be ready yet. The Jets have been briefed on how to handle Cutler, who is 62nd in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Terrelle Pryor left the Redskins without a contract. - Master Tesfatsion, Washington Post
The Redskins sorely need help at receiver with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon gone, but they've had trouble identifying talent in the wake of their front office woes. Pryor is 20th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings, and perhaps he would've been signed had the Redskins not already overpaid several scrubs. -Walter


Justin Hunter and Lawrence Guy visiting the Patriots. - Field Yates, ESPN
Hunter seems like the sort of reclamation project Bill Belichick would take on. Hunter had great potential coming out of Tennessee, but has barely done anything in the NFL. He's 27th in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. Guy, meanwhile, is a solid run defender who used to play for the Ravens. He's 13th in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Patriots are working to re-sign Dont'a Hightower. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
New England won the Super Bowl without one stud linebacker, but two would be difficult. Hightower is 29th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings page. -Walter




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Terrelle Pryor is visiting the Redskins. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
After losing Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, landing Pryor would be huge. Pryor is 20th in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Jabaal Sheard will visit the Dolphins. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Sheard has also been connected to the Cowboys. Sheard is coming off a down year, but can still do a little of everything. He's 78th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Latavius Murray will visit the Seahawks. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
He'll join Eddie Lacy as running backs the Seahawks want to add to their rotation. Murray is 84th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Manti Te'o is visiting the Saints. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Te'o would go along with the theme the Saints have of bringing in linebackers who were big names in college but happen to be awful in the NFL. Te'o, perhaps the next James Laurinaitis, is 14th in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


Gerald Hodges is visiting the Chiefs. - , NFL Tabloid
Hodges came out of nowhere to play well last year in the wake of NaVorro Bowman's injury. The Chiefs need inside linebacker help with Derrick Johnson having injury woes. Hodges is second in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


The Ravens are interested in Morris Claiborne. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
Baltimore has to find a cornerback to play across from Jimmy Smith. Claiborne is the third-best-remaining player in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


Eddie Lacy will visit the Seahawks and Vikings. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Seattle wants a running back to rotate with Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, while Minnesota is in search for a starter. Lacy is the second-best-available player in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


The Steelers are in discussion with Brandon Flowers. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Fowler is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings, as he is a buy-low option after playing just six games last year. -Walter


The Seahawks are working hard to sign T.J. Lang. - Jordan Schultz, Huffington Post
That would be a huge boost for Seattle's awful blocking unit. Lang is seventh in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Rams, Dolphins and Eagles are interested in Kayvon Webster. - Troy Renck, Denver7
It's unclear why. Webster is 41st in ou NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings, so he should be avoided unless it's for the minimum. -Walter


The Browns will make a run at Jimmy Garoppolo leading up to the draft. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
The Browns have two ones and two twos this year, and a one and three twos in 2018. They have the ammunition to trade for Garoppolo without removing too many resources. If they get Garoppolo, he'll be protected by an outstanding offensive line (assuming right tackle is addressed, which is what I have happening in the 2017 NFL Mock Draft.) -Walter


The Texans will not trade for Tony Romo, but they'll be interested if he's a free agent. - John McClain, Houston Chronicle
So much for Jerry Jones' grand-master plan for trading Romo. The Texans are still the favorite to acquire Romo, but will do so via free agency, apparently. Regardless, I expect Houston to select a quarterback early in the NFL Draft. I have them doing so in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


J.J. Wilcox will visit the Buccaneers and Seahawks. - Brandon George, Dallas Morning News
Tampa needs a new starting safety, while Seattle is in the market for a capable backup after what transpired last year. Wilcox is 13th in the NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings. -Walter


The Texans have traded Brock Osweiler and a 2018 second-round pick to the Browns for cap relief. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Wow, what the hell is this, the NBA? I can't recall there being too many salary dumps in the NFL, but now we have one. I'll have grades on this shortly in the NFL Free Agent Grades page. -Walter


The Bears are interested in Jared Cook. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Chicago has Zach Miller, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy. It would be nice to steal Cook away from the arch-rival Packers, provided he doesn't cost very much. Cook is second in the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


Alshon Jeffery is leaning toward signing with the Eagles. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
The Eagles saw Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Kenny Britt and Robert Woods sign elsewhere today, but Jeffery is rated above all of them in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Jets are hoping to trade for Trevor Siemian. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
I don't think any team is truly hoping to trade for Siemian, but the Jets are desperate for a veteran to start while Christian Hackenberg develops. Jay Cutler is the favorite to sign with the Jets, and he's currently third in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


The Cowboys are now expected to trade Tony Romo rather than cut him. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
So much for Romo being a free agent. The Cowboys will presumably deal him to either Houston or Denver, and it makes sense because there's bound to be heavy competition between the two teams for his services. The Cowboys might as well get something for him. -Walter


The 49ers are interested in Martellus Bennett. - Ben Volin, Boston Globe
Why? The 49ers are already paying big bucks to Vance McDonald and a decent amount to Garrett Celek, so bringing in Bennett doesn't make much sense. That said, we've seen crazier things today. -Walter


The Bears are interested in Logan Ryan. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Chicago keeps missing out on free agents outside of its new overpaid quarterback, but Ryan would help make up for it. Ryan is 18th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Jaguars are "closing in" on A.J. Bouye. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Bouye would be making the foolish mistake of taking money and going to a terrible franchise. Bouye is the top-remaining player in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


The Buccaneers are the favorite to land Chris Baker. - Jenna Laine, ESPN
This would be huge, as Tampa has needed a talented player next to Gerald McCoy for the longest time. Baker is fourth in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Saints are closing in on a big-money deal with Nick Fairley. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Oh no. Fairley has played well under two 1-year "prove it" deals the past couple of years, but a big-money contract will allow him to become lethargic again, as he's wont to do. Fairley is ninth in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Raiders are very interested in Martellus Bennett. - Jeff Howe, Boston Herald
Oakland has a big need for a tight end, and Bennett is the top player available. That said, the 2017 NFL Draft Tight End Prospects are so talented that the Raiders would be foolish to overpay. -Walter


It's believed Brandin Cooks will be traded Thursday afternoon. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
It looks like it's coming down to the Titans, Eagles and Patriots, though Philadelphia could be out of the running after signing Torrey Smith. -Walter


Multiple teams have already contacted the Redskins for Kirk Cousins, but the Redskins have declined all offers. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Washington is losing Cousins no matter what next year, so they would be foolish not to obtain something for him now. -Walter


Kirk Cousins has asked Daniel Snyder for a trade. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Cousins has presumably lost both of his receivers, and given the financial situation and front-office mayhem, it's no wonder why. The Redskins could obtain the No. 2 overall pick and something else from the 49ers in a trade for Cousins, and I'm sure they'd look into selecting Mitchell Trubisky, which I had the Bears doing in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft before they signed Mike Glennon. -Walter


The Eagles and Colts are pursuing Alshon Jeffery. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Philadelphia just signed Torrey Smith, but needs one more wideout. The Colts don't make much sense though, but we'll see. Jeffery is second in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Browns are attempting to sign J.C. Tretter. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Tretter won't be as good for the Browns as he was for the Packers, but he would be an enormous upgrade over the anemic Cameron Erving. Tretter is second in the NFL Free Agent Center Rankings. -Walter


The Jets and Bills were only willing to offer Mike Glennon $8-$10 million per year. - Albert Breer, MMQB
They backed out once they heard the insanity the Bears were offering. It's confirmed tht Chicago is the only team interested in Glennon at above $10 million per season. -Walter


The Steelers have "solid" interest in Logan Ryan. - Jeff Howe, Boston Herald
Ryan would help resolve Pittsburgh's long-time cornerback issues, as he's fourth in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


The Bears are offering Alshon Jeffery $13 million per year. - Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune
That's a lot of money for a receiver who has trouble staying on the field. Also, I can't blame Jeffery for not wanting to return to Chicago because the prospect of playing with Mike Glennon doesn't seem great. Jeffery is 23rd in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Patriots and Saints are discussing a trade that would swap Malcolm Butler and Brandin Cooks. - Dianna Marie Russini, ESPN
Wow. The Patriots just spent big money on Stephon Gilmore, but their interest in Cooks is surprising, as Tom Brady seems to have an adequate amount of weapons. The Saints seem like they'd win that trade, as they'd obtain a legitimate shutdown corner. Butler would be huge for New Orleans' awful defense. -Walter


The 49ers have interest in Connor Barwin. - Albert Breer, MMQB
It appears as though the 49ers weren't paying attention to Barwin and his struggles in the 4-3. Barwin, who should be in a 3-4, is now 72nd in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Titans are interested in Dont'a Hightower. - Terry McCormick, Titan Insider
This is another need the Titans need to fill. Inside linebacker, cornerback and safety are the three problematic areas. Hightower is atop the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


The Titans are interested in A.J. Bouye. - Terry McCormick, Titan Insider
Signing Bouye would be a huge boost for a poor secondary, and it would also strip a resource away from a rival. Bouye is 10th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Lions and Bills are showing the most interest in Jared Cook. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Both teams need tight ends, but they better not overpay for him with so many promising rookie tight ends in this class. Cook is right behind Martellus Bennett at No. 2 in the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


The Bears have made a strong offer to A.J. Bouye. - Jeff Dickerson, ESPN
The Bears missed out on Stephon Gilmore, but are now pursuing a better cornerback to fix their secondary woes. Bouye is atop the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


The Seahawks and Jamaal Charles have mutual interest. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Charles would have to prove that he's healthy, of course, and Andy Reid made it sound like his knee was shot. Hopefully that's not the case. Charles is seventh in the NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


Mike Glennon is set to earn $14.5 million per year from the Bears. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
And yet, the Bears were bidding against themselves. SMH. Glennon will somehow be earning more than twice as much as Brian Hoyer despite being strictly worse than Hoyer. Glennon is behind Hoyer in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


The Jets have interest in Ahkello Witherspoon. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
The rising cornerback would fill a huge need. He's a likely second-round pick. Witherspoon is 13th in our NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter




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The Saints have interest in Kevin Zeitler. - Josh Katzenstein, New Orleans Times-Picayune
New Orleans values interior line blocking, and the team has a need at guard. Zeitler is atop the NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


The Colts are very interested in Jabaal Sheard. - Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star
New England took one of Indianapolis' players today, so the Colts are trying to reciprocate. Sheard had a down year, but was still solid in run support and not completely lost as a pass-rusher. Sheard is ninth in the NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


The Colts, 49ers and Falcons are interested in Dontari Poe. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Only the Colts are running a 3-4 of those three, so this is a bit odd. Poe is coming off an injury-laden year, but is still sixth in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Jaguars will likely sign Calais Campbell. - Dianna Marie Russini, ESPN
Campbell has played for a contender for years, but now he's cashing in and going to a place where many NFL careers come to an end. Campbell is sixth in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings, so he looks like a huge upgrade on paper, but will likely be a disappointment. -Walter


The Ravens are expected to sign Tony Jefferson. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
It appears as though Jefferson is turning down more money from the Browns, which is an indication that he cares about his career than a short-term financial gain. It'll bode well for the Ravens, as Jefferson is 15th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


It wouldn't be surprising if the Jets called the Broncos about Trevor Siemian. - Tom Pelissero, USA Today
If the Broncos sign Tony Romo, obviously. Siemian would be available for a trade, much like Tom Savage would be if Romo went to Houston. -Walter


"Pete Carroll and the Seahawks closely inspecting Cam Robinson at Alabama pro day.  Carroll's head did a 180 as Robinson walked by." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Robinson doesn't quite fit what the Seahawks look for in an offensive lineman though, and he's unlikely to drop to No. 26 anyway. -Walter


Chandler Jones will soon sign a contract with $50 million guaranteed. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Wow. It's a massive amount of dough, but Jones is one of the top edge rushers in the NFL. Jones is fourth overall in the NFL Top 100 Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Kirk Cousins wants "nothing to do" with the Redskins, and he'd rather be in San Francisco. - Michael Silverback, NFL Network
Cousins might be the only NFL player in the league right now who wants to play for the 49ers, but that's what happens when your team refuses to pay you and then exiles its general manager for some reason. -Walter


The Dolphins are interested in J.J. Wilcox, Terrell McClain and Duron Harmon. - Barry Jackson, Miami Herald
Miami needs defensive depths, so all three players make sense. Of the three, Wilcox is the only one in the NFL Top 100 Free Agent Rankings, coming in at No. 69. -Walter


There are rumblings of Brandon Williams signing with the Giants. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
Johnathan Hankins was a major disappointment last year, and he happens to be a free agent anyway. Williams, a monstrous run-stuffing nose tackle, would be a great replacement. He's third in our NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


Lawrence Timmons is visiting the Dolphins. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Timmons would've been a great signing two years ago, but he has regressed recently. He's 12th in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


Stephon Gilmore's talks with the Bears aren't going very well. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
There was reported interest, but Gilmore is reportedly fielding calls from other teams now. Gilmore is fifth in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


The Chargers have strong interest in Russell Okung. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
Okung would fit right in because he's injury-prone, much like the Chargers' other offensive linemen. Okung has great talented, however, which is why he's 31st in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Browns are offering the most money for Tony Jefferson, but the Ravens are in negotiations as well. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
The Browns have the financial edge because they have the most cap space in the NFL. Then again, Jefferson would have to play for the Browns. If he cares about his career, he'll sign with the Ravens. Jefferson is 15th in our NFL Free Agent Top 100 Rankings. -Walter


The Patriots are trading for Dwayne Allen. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Compensation is currently unknown, but Field Yates tweeted that it's likely for a late-round pick. Allen is a skilled tight end, but hasn't played 16 games in a season since 2012. Still, he'll be owed just $2.5 million in 2017 and $4.5 million in 2018, which is less than Jermaine Gresham received, and Allen has more upside. It's clear that the Patriots will be losing Martellus Bennett, but if Allen is healthy, there's not much of a drop-off. -Walter


The Browns are pursuing Tony Jefferson. - Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon-Journal
Cleveland's secondary never recovered from losing Tashaun Gipson. Jefferson would provide a huge boost, as he's third in the NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings. -Walter


Barry Church is expected to land with the Jaguars, barring a change of heart. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
It's a solid move by the Jaguars to replace John Cyprien if Cyprien costs too much. Church is fourth in the NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings, while Cyprien is second. -Walter


The 49ers have signed Marquise Goodwin. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Formerly of the Bills, Goodwin can run very fast, and, umm, that's about it. Goodwin isn't much of a football player, but he'll be a situational deep threat, which is something Kyle Shanahan wants in his offense. Goodwin was 26th in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The 49ers have agreed to terms with Brian Hoyer. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
This is a great move, provided it's not for too much money. Hoyer worked with Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland, where he went 7-4 as a starter in 2014. Aside from Tony Romo, Hoyer was the top player available in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


O.J. Howard has scheduled visits with the Buccaneers and Titans. - Chase Goodbread, NFL Network
These are the first reported team visits, so I thought I'd make a note of it. Plus, Howard is projected to be a top-20 pick. You can check out the full NFL Draft Prospect Visits Tracker here. -Walter


The Giants, Jaguars and Bills are interested in Martellus Bennett. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
All three teams need tight ends, especially the Jaguars, who traded Julius Thomas to Miami. That said, teams would be foolish to overpay Bennett because of all the great tight ends in the 2017 NFL Draft class. Bennett is atop the 2017 NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


The Bills are keeping Tyrod Taylor with a restructured deal. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
This is a great move. Taylor is a solid quarterback and was far from the problem in Buffalo. I never could've imagined the Bills keeping Taylor after the stunt they pulled in Week 17 last year, but they've apparently kissed and made up. I'll have a grade for this soon. -Walter


The Broncos are interested in Menelik Watson. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
The Broncos are desperate for tackles, but Watson wouldn't help. He's 17th in the NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Jets are very interested in Nick Perry. - Connor Hughes, NJ.com
New York has needed an edge rusher for a long time. Perry has great talent, but wasn't productive at all prior to 2016. Still, Perry is fifth in our NFL Free Agent Edge Rusher Rankings. -Walter


"Dallas Cowboys will release Tony Romo on Thursday barring trade offer." - , FOX Sports Radio
So... why would teams offer a trade if the Cowboys are going to release him. That makes no sense, but I guess it doesn't matter because teams weren't going to trade for Romo at his salary. I have Romo going to the Texans in my NFL Offseason Quarterback Predictions. -Walter


Russell Okung is drawing interest from the Panthers and Giants. - Troy Renck, Denver7
The Broncos are also in the mix. All three of these teams are desperate for offensive tackles. Okung is right behind Andrew Whitworth as the No. 2 player in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Vikings, Eagles and 49ers have interest in Domata Peko. - Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Those teams must not have watched Peko recently, as he has been awful. Peko is 39th in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Lions are expected to sign Ricky Wagner. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Wagner had drawn interest from the Bears and Bills, but the Lions are coming away with the top right tackle in free agency. The Lions had a huge need at the position with Riley Reiff heading into free agency, and Wagner is two spots ahead of Reiff in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


Brian Hoyer has gotten significant interest from the 49ers and Jets. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Rapoport noted that the Jets nearly signed Hoyer two years ago, but opted for Ryan Fitzpatrick instead. As for the 49ers, Hoyer wouldn't preclude them from selecting a quarterback early in the 2017 NFL Draft. Hoyer is ahead of Mike Glennon in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


Josh McCown is visiting the Cowboys today. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
McCown was awful last year, but perhaps he'll be a functional No. 2 quarterback behind Dallas' elite offensive line. -Walter


Pierre Garcon is set to make $16 million in his first year with the 49ers. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Holy crap. I like Garcon a lot, but that's quite a bit of money for a 31-year-old receiver. Garcon is expected to continue to play well into his 30s because of his elite route-running ability, but given how deep this receiving class is in the 2017 NFL Draft, you have to wonder why the 49ers would pay Garcon so much, especially considering that they are paying on past production. Garcon is third in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Colts, Jaguars and Browns are interested in Kevin Zeitler. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Zeitler is a stud guard, coming in at No. 3 in our NFL Free Agent Top 100 Rankings. Zeitler is going to command a massive contract, but all three of these teams can afford to pay him the big bucks he deserves. -Walter


Adrian Peterson is more interested in joining the Raiders than the Raiders are interested in Peterson. - Adam Caplan, ESPN
I sound like a broken record, but Peterson is not going to get the money he's searching for because the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospects are just so good in this class. Peterson will soon realize that he'll have to take less money, so perhaps that'll prompt him to sign with a Super Bowl contender like the Patriots, or perhaps the Raiders after all. -Walter


The Texans are concerned about losing A.J. Bouye to the Eagles. - Ed Werder, ESPN
As they should be, since the Eagles are pursuing Bouye very aggressively. Bouye is atop our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings (for unrestricted players only.) -Walter


The Bills are "all over" Ricky Wagner. - Michael Lombardi, The Ringer
The Bears are as well, but they've previously been linked to him. Buffalo has a huge void at right tackle, and Wagner is No. 3 in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Bills are interested in Kyle Juszczyk. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
As are the Browns. Juszczyk is one of the top fullbacks in the NFL, so it's hardly a surprise that there's a strong market for him. -Walter


The Redskins and Jaguars are interested in Barry Church. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Church had his best year in 2016 and is fourth in our NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings. The Redskins desperately need a safety, while the Jaguars will have to replace John Cyprien if he departs via free agency. -Walter


The deal between Mike Glennon and the Bears is "all but done." - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Oh, Bears... It'll be interesting to see how much Chicago is paying Glennon, considering that they were the only team interested in signing Glennon. It must be reminded that Glennon is beneath Brian Hoyer in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


Dontari Poe is one of the Redskins' top priorities. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Poe would fill a huge need, as the Redskins have a horrible defensive line. Poe struggled last year because of a back injury, but he's still very talented. He's sixth in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The 49ers wish to sign Pierre Garcon. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Garcon hadn't played for Shanahan, but he happened to be Kirk Cousins' favorite target. Cousins won't have anyone to throw to if the 49ers trade for him. Garcon is third in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Browns are very interested in Kyle Juszczyk. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
It may sound humorous that the Browns are so intrigued by a fullback, but Juszczyk is a 4.5-star free agent and the top player on our NFL Free Agent Fullback Rankings. -Walter


The Seahawks have no interest in Adrian Peterson. - Tom Pelissero, USA Today
Adrian Peterson's father revealed that the Seahawks had interest in his son, but that never seemed like a true statement. Peterson is going to find it difficult to sign somewhere for desired money because of how strong the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospects are. -Walter




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"Vikings are certainly in on plenty of linemen, but I'd expect Ricky Wagner is high on that list, from what I heard today." - Ben Goessling, ESPN
Minnesota needs numerous upgrades on the offensive line, and Wagner would be a great place to start. Wagner is the top free agent right tackle in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Panthers have scheduled a private workout with John Ross. - Joe Person, Charlotte Observer
This is the first scheduled prospect workout of the 2017 draft season, so I thought I'd make a note of it. You can check the full list of 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Visits Tracker here. -Walter


The Cowboys are not interested in DeSean Jackson. - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
This refutes an earlier report. This is misinformation season, after all, so it's not a surprise to see contradictions like this. Jackson has been rumored to Tampa the most. Jackson is fifth in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Chiefs are not interested in Tony Romo. - Jane Slater, NFL Network
Because Alex Smith is so great. Or rather, Andy Reid's stubbornness. The good news for Kansas City fans is that I have the Chiefs selecting a quarterback in the first round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Adrian Peterson's father told the media that his son is drawing interest from the Raiders and Seahawks, and that he felt slighted by Minnesota's contract offers. -
It's difficult to believe what a player's parent says, but the interesting portion is the second part about the Vikings. Peterson might feel slighted now, but he'll change his tune once he realizes how bad the running back market will be. Peterson would be bettr off taking less money to play for a great team like New England. -Walter


The Cowboys and Patriots are interested in DeSean Jackson. - Mike Jones, Washington Post
New England seems like a weird fit, but Dallas makes more sense, as the team is desperate for a No. 2 receiver. Jackson would continue his tour of the NFC East, to the chagrin of the Giants, though it remains to be seen how he and Dez Bryant would mesh together. Jackson is 39th in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Broncos are discussing a possible return with Russell Okung. - Jesse Palmer, NFL Network
Denver is desperate on the offensive line, but Okung is the top realistic option for them. Okung is 31st in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Keep an eye on the Browns for a potential Trumaine Johnson trade. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
The Browns have the cap space and draft picks to acquire Johnson. I have Cleveland taking a corner at No. 12 overall in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but Johnson would obviously fill that need. Perhaps No. 33 and something else could get it done. -Walter


The Jaguars, Bears, Buccaneers and Titans are interested in A.J. Bouye. - Mike DiRocco, ESPN
It was reported earlier that Philadelphia is already talking to Bouye. Given that Bouye is atop our 2017 NFL Free Agent Cornerback Prospect Rankings, it's understandable that all of these teams have such interest in the Texan star. -Walter


The Eagles are interested in Kayvon Webster. - Brandon Lee Gowton, Bleeding Green Nation
This, presumably, would only be for depth purposes because he's 41st on our 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Eagles have reached out to A.J. Bouye and are already discussing a deal. - Eliot Shorr-Parks, NJ.com
Bouye is very talented and would provide a huge boost for a poor Philadelphia secondary. He is 10th in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Rams are attempting to trade Trumaine Johnson. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Rapoport said the Rams would get a "significant draft pick haul" for Johnson. A second and perhaps something else seems fair, as Johnson is 12th in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Bills are out of the Mike Glennon sweepstakes, joining the Jets and 49ers. - John Mullin, CSN Chicago
That leaves... the Bears? If so, why is Glennon set to make $15 million per year when only one team is interested in him? It truly makes no sense, so the Bears will earn the Millen of all Millen grades if they pay that much to Glennon, who didn't even crack our NFL Top 100 Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Patriots want two first-round picks for Jimmy Garoppolo. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
That's a bit absurd, considering that Garoppolo has made a whopping two career starts and is a former second-round pick. Charlie Campbell reported that the Texans wouldn't even offer No. 26 for Garoppolo, so the Patriots should be excited if the Browns even offer up just No. 12 for him. -Walter


The Packers have contacted Davon House about returning to Green Bay. - Rob Demovsky, ESPN
House signed a $25 million contract a few seasons ago, but was so bad in Jacksonville that he was benched. House is 28th in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


"The Texans are a team Tony Romo has a lot of interest in, as are the Broncos." - Ed Werder, ESPN
As mentioned a few days ago, Romo to the Texans makes the most sense. Outside of need, it would allow him to stay close to home with a third child on the way. For more, check out my Predicted Quarterback Offseason Destinations. -Walter


It's more likely than not that the 49ers will acquire Kirk Cousins from the Redskins. - Michael Silverback, NFL Network
This is probably the best course of action for the 49ers as far as acquiring a quarterback this offseason is concerned. Even if it costs two first-round picks, it could be worth it; I detailed why it makes sense in the Kirk Cousins Trade Page. -Walter


The 49ers are not interested in Mike Glennon. - Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
Stock up for John Lynch. Glennon has some promise, but he's way too expensive for a quarterback with lackluster production. If the 49ers miss out on all the free agents, here are the 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings that they'll consider. -Walter


The Bears are pursing Stephon Gilmore. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Gilmore is coming off a down year, but is still fifth in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. The Bears need a top cornerback, and Gilmore would certainly fill that void. -Walter


The Vikings are making a strong push to re-sign Adrian Peterson. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Peterson cited the offensive line as a requirement for him to return to Minnesota, but it sounds like he's overestimating his market. It'll have to be for less money. The Vikings can take a running back in the NFL Draft, which is quite strong at the position. Check out our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings here. -Walter


The Bears are interested in Ricky Wagner. - Alex Marvez, Sporting News
Chicago has a great interior offensive line, but the tackles are lacking. Wagner is the top right tackle in the NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings, and will earn big money. -Walter


The Buccaneers are making a strong push for DeSean Jackson. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
This isn't the first time Jackson has been connected to the Buccaneers, who need a second wideout. Jackson is 39th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Cowboys are interested in signing Kenny Britt. - , NFL Tabloid
The Eagles and 49ers have expressed interest as well. Britt makes way more sense for Dallas than San Francisco, as he'd likely be more motivated playing for a winner. Britt would fill a big need for Dallas. -Walter


The Cardinals, Colts, Falcons, Giants, Lions, Saints, Seahawks and Vikings are in the market for D.J. Fluker.  - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Fluker has been very injury-prone, and he has played poorly as a result. He has potential, however, so it's not a surprise that teams have interest. Fluker is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


Jack Doyle is expected to earn $6 million per year. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Wow. Jack Doyle rules, but he doesn't rule that much. Doyle racked up impressive stats (59 catches, 584 yards, five touchdowns), but did so with Andrew Luck feeding him lots of targets. Any team giving Doyle $6 million per year will earn a Millen, even though he's fourth in the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. Doyle is a two-star player, and the 2017 NFL Draft class is stacked at tight end, so why would any team pay Doyle so much? -Walter


The Broncos have interest in Danny Woodhead. - Alex Marvez, Sporting News
Things fell apart for Denver once C.J. Anderson got hurt, so a backup running back is needed. Woodhead is coming off a torn ACL, but is still eighth in our NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


The Bears have interest in Cordarrelle Patterson. - Alex Marvez, FOX Sports
Chicago would be strengthening its return game, all while acquiring a tantalizing athlete who hasn't developed, but still has potential. Patterson is 10th in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, but only because he's such a great return specialist. This would be a nice signing - assuming it's for a reasonable price - as the Bears would be poaching a valuable player from a rival. -Walter


The 49ers are interested in Kenny Britt. - Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee
San Francisco had bad luck with another veteran wideout signing with them (Torrey Smith). It's hard to imagine Britt staying motivated, especially if he gets a big pay day. Britt is seventh in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, -Walter


The Colts are expected to pursue Chris Baker. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Indianapolis' previous regime spent big money on overpriced defensive line free agents, but signing Baker could yield different results. Baker was dominant for the Redskins, and he's fourth in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


Mike Glennon would prefer to go to Chicago. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
That might be because the Bears are willing to pay him the most money. The front office might as well begin updating their resumes if they decide to rely on Glennon leading them to the playoffs. -Walter


The Jets don't believe Mike Glennon is worth $14 million per year. - Manish Mehta, New York Daily News
It's likely that no other team does either, though one incompetent organization could surprise us for sure. Still, Jets fans can breathe a sigh of relief that they won't pay big bucks to a quarterback below Brian Hoyer in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


The 49ers would attempt to trade for Trevor Siemian if the Broncos acquire Tony Romo.  - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
Siemian would serve as a veteran stopgap for the rookie the 49ers opt to draft in that case, making them open for business for a signal-caller at No. 2 overall. Here's our list of NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Steelers have no interest at signing Terrelle Pryor at $10 million plus per year. - Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The price tag seems to be the hangup. The Steelers often try to find bargain-basement players via free agency, and Pryor, as the No. 1 player in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, will command too much money unless he takes less cash to play for a Super Bowl contender. -Walter




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Adrian Peterson would consider giving the Patriots a discount. - Karen Guregian, Boston Herald
Bill Belichick has a penchant for signing veterans on the cheap, so this would be another example. Peterson would be a great fit, as opposing defenses wouldn't be able to focus on him at all for the first time in his career. Plus, he'd be running behind a solid offensive line for a change. Peterson is 38th in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Jaguars are expected to pursue Calais Campbell. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
Campbell won't be playing in a 3-4 anymore, but the Jaguars could use him. They spent big money on Malik Jackson last offseason, but they're still in need of an interior pass-rusher with Jared Odrick gone. Campbell is No. 6 overall in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The 49ers, Bears, Jets, Lions, Raiders and Redskins have interest in Andre Holmes. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Holmes is 42nd in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, so I'm not sure why. He'd provide depth at most. -Walter


The Steelers are interested in Terrelle Pryor. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
That would be quite the addition. The Steelers have some dynamic play-makers on offense in Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Ladarius Green and Martavis Bryant, so Pryor could be seen as overkill. However, Green has an extensive injury history, and Bryant is very unreliable. With Green and Bryant out, the Patriots were able to smother Brown in the AFC Championship. They won't have such a luxury if Pryor is on the roster. Pryor rests atop our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Panthers are expected to pursue Barry Church. - Bill Voth, Black and Blue Review
Church would fill a big need for the Panthers at safety. He's coming off a great year and is fourth in our NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings. -Walter


The Vikings have expressed interest in Nick Mangold, but their top priority is a tackle like Ricky Wagner. - Darren Wolfson, 1500 ESPN
If you've been sleeping under a rock, you know that the Vikings have holes all over their offensive line, and both Mangold and Wagner would provide huge boosts. Wagner is third in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


Terrelle Pryor is drawing interest from the Giants, Titans, 49ers and Eagles. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Giants are an interesting team because they already have two talented receivers, but the other three are logical fits. Pryor sits atop our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Eagles are interested in Kenny Britt. - Tim McManus, ESPN
Philadelphia better be careful not to offer him a big contract. Britt has an extensive history of injury and lethargy. He tried hard in 2016, but happened to be in his contract year. He's 28 now, so perhaps he's grown up and will put great effort into his game, but the Eagles should give him a short-term "prove it" deal. Britt is seventh in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Bears have told Brian Hoyer that they want him back. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Hoyer did a good job in relief of Jay Cutler prior to getting hurt. He's a great backup, as he's second in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. He would be a better option than Mike Glennon. -Walter


The Titans may now be the frontrunners to acquire Brandin Cooks from the Saints. - Charles Robinson, Yahoo!
It could be that the Eagles have deemed No. 14 to be too expensive for Cooks, and they would be correct. No. 18 overall is more reasonable for Cooks, though it's still too expensive. Cooks is a great talent, but won't be nearly as productive out of New Orleans' high-octane offense. -Walter


The Redskins believe they can win with Colt McCoy. - Albert Breer, MMQB
And I believe I'm the Queen of England. That doesn't make it true. The Redskins couldn't even get into the playoffs with Kirk Cousins last year, and McCoy isn't even close in ability to Cousins. The Redskins would struggle to get to seven victories with the noddle-armed McCoy at the helm, but they apparently think differently. Perhaps they leaked this to Breer to somehow increase leverage in negotiations with Cousins. -Walter


The Panthers are expected to make a run at Matt Kalil. - Joe Person, Charlotte Observer
Kalil is only ninth in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings, but the Panthers are desperate for exterior blocking. -Walter


The Browns, Bills and Seahawks are interested in Kamar Aiken. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Aiken was criminally underutilized in Baltimore last year, so he could provide some value. Aiken is 15th in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Eagles are open to trading Jordan Matthews. - Charles Robinson, Yahoo!
If so, they'll need two wideouts, as Matthews is a solid No. 2 receiver. Here are our 2017 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The 49ers have interest in Mike Glennon. - Jenna Laine, ESPN
Considering that John Lynch has made two dubious signings already, this is hardly a surprise. Scroll down a bit to see what I think about Glennon earning $14-$15 million per year. -Walter


The Bills, Colts, and Jaguars have shown interest in Jack Crawford. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Crawford is 33rd in our NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings, so he wouldn't help any of these teams. -Walter


Julius Peppers announced that he'll return for another season. -
It doesn't sound like it'll be with the Packers, however, as they plan to move on. Peppers is 11th in our NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter




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The contract of Mike Glennon is expected to be worth $14-$15 million per year. - Charles Robinson, Yahoo!
The thinking is that because teams will have tons of cap space, they'll overpay for players. Well, just because a millionaire has lots of cash doesn't mean that he/she goes around spending $5,000 for a pack of gum. This is absolutely stupid, and any team that signs Glennon to a contract even close to this amount will earn a quick Millen grade. Glennon is just a two-star player in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


The Browns are very interested in Tyrod Taylor. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
There is a connection between the Browns and Taylor, which I mentioned in the Predicted NFL Offseason Quarterback Destinations. With the Browns almost certainly taking Myles Garrett, acquiring Taylor makes a lot of sense. -Walter


"Sources said the Browns were blown away by Garrett's Combine, both the interview and his off-the-charts workout, and that they're close to making him their No. 1 overall pick." - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Cabot previously reported that the Browns were very interested in Mitchell Trubisky, so this update is very significant. It appears as though the 49ers are on the clock. -Walter


The Seahawks have done a lot of work on Obi Melifonwu. - Eric Edholm, Yahoo!
Melifonwu is an extremely athletic safety. The Seahawks may not be able to get him in the second round, so they'll have to either trade up or move back from No. 26. Melifonwu is fourth in our 2017 NFL Draft Safety Prospect Rankings. -Walter


Myles Garrett is the favorite to be the first pick in the draft unless the Browns get "funky" with a quarterback. - Mike Mayock, NFL Network
There might be suspensions if the Browns do get funky with a quarterback, but why would they when the signal-caller class is so underwhelming. Cleveland would be crazy to pass on Garrett, barring a blockbuster trade. The Browns are taking Garrett in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Broncos are very high on Calais Campbell. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
Klis writes that Campbell is atop Denver's wish list outside of acquiring Tony Romo. Campbell is No. 6 in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter




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"Raiders fell in love with monster DE Tanoh Kpassagnon during interview I am told if he runs under 4.7. Raiders consider reaching for him." - Jared Tokarz, NFLDraftInsider.com
This sounds like an Al Davis requirement, but Kpassagnon would definitely enter second-round consideration with a strong effort Sunday. -Walter


The teams showing the most interest in Marlon Mack have been the Chiefs, Steelers, Broncos and Buccaneers. - Jared Tokarz, NFLDraftInsider.com
All teams have a need for a running back. Mack is 19th in our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


"Jerry Jones wouldn’t trade Tony Romo to a division rival, and there is an unspoken understanding that Romo wouldn’t sign with the Redskins as a free agent if he was released." - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
So much for the three-way trade with the 49ers. Romo is likely to go to the Broncos or Texans. Charlie Campbell reported that the Broncos will intently pursue Tony Romo. -Walter


The Saints turned down a trade offer in which they'd receive the No. 32 pick from the Patriots for Brandin Cooks. - Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com
Wow. Apparently, the Saints believe they can get a mid-first-round pick for Cooks, presumably from the Eagles (No. 14) or Titans (No. 18). Cooks is probably worth a second-round selection, but perhaps Tennessee or Philadelphia will disagree. -Walter


Ryan Mathews has probably played his final game as an Eagle. - Paul Domowitch, Philly.com
The coaching staff shied away from giving Mathews a full workload last year, and it's unlikely he'll return. With a draft class loaded at running back, the Eagles will have tons of options to choose from in April. Here are our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Lions are a potential fit for Sebastian Vollmer. - Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
If he's healthy. That's the big issue for Vollmer, as some retirement talk has surfaced. If he can get over his injuries, he'd be a fine replacement for Riley Reiff. Vollmer is eighth in the underwhelming NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


Many around the NFL believe DeSean Jackson will sign with the Buccaneers. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Jackson has never been a true No. 2 receiver, but that'll be the case in Tampa. Jackson is fifth in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


While many in the NFL believe that Mike Glennon will sign with the Bears, the Jets plan on making a big push for him. - Tony Pauline, Draft Analyst
Jet fans better hope that it's not that big of a push, as Glennon is this offseason's Brock Osweiler. Glennon is third in the underwhelming NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


"Caleb Brantley said Lions told them they've been hurting since Ndamukong Suh left and they need a dog along the defensive line." - Justin Rogers, Detroit News
It's nice that the Lions are letting everyone know what their needs are, though this one was obvious. Here are the 2017 NFL Draft Defensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


Terrelle Pryor has indicated some interest in signing with the Eagles. - Brandon Lee Gowton, Bleeding Green
Pryor heaped praise on Carson Wentz: "He's awesome ... That kid's going to be a baller." The Eagles are seeking to sign a free agent, and Pryor is atop our 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Eagles have given Allen Barbre permission to seek a trade. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Barbre played well last year, but the Eagles are ready to move on with 2016 third-rounder Isaac Seumalo.  -Walter


Dontari Poe is expected to leave Kansas City, signing elsewhere. - Adam Teicher, ESPN
Poe got off to a great start in his career, but has declined lately. Here's a list of the NFL Draft Defensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


Brandon Williams is expected to leave the Ravens, signing elsewhere. - Jamison Hensley, ESPN
Williams is a stud nose tackle, ranking third in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. Losing him would be a big blow. -Walter


Terrelle Pryor will likely leave the Browns, signing elsewhere. - Pat McManamon, ESPN
It figures that the Browns would lose yet another one of their few talented players despite having massive amounts of cap space. Pryor is atop our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Jaguars are attempting to trade Sen'Derrick Marks. - Ryan O'Halloran, Florida Times Union
Good luck with that. Marks was once a very good player, but hasn't been the same since tearing his ACL in 2014. Jacksonville will be hoping Jonathan Allen somehow falls to them at No. 4. Allen is being taken at No. 2 in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Steelers and Titans are interested in signing Dre Kirkpatrick. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Kirkpatrick would be a nice signing for both teams, filling a big need. Kirkpatrick is 10th in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


The Patriots and Brandon Marshall have some mutual interest. - Ben Volin, Boston Globe
Marshall is the type of veteran receivers Bill Belichick has signed over the years. Marshall struggled in 2016, but should be able to rebound. He's ninth in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


No one would be surprised if the Ravens picked a running back in the first round. - Jamison Hensley, ESPN
The question is whether Dalvin Cook will fall to Baltimore because Leonard Fournette won't. If not, that'll leave Christian McCaffrey. For more, check out our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Jets are high on Garett Bolles. - Tony Pauline, Draft Analyst
Taking Bolles at No. 6 would be a reach, as New York is likely to select Leonard Fournette, Marshon Lattimore or Malik Hooker. However, Bolles could be an option if the Jets move down. Bolles is No. 3 in our 2017 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter




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The Redskins don't want Tony Romo, and there's a growing sentiment that Romo will be joining the Texans. - Mike Jones, Washington Post
So much for that blockbuster three-team trade. The Texans and Broncos continue to make the most sense for Romo, as they have Super Bowl-contending rosters that are lacking quarterbacks. I have Romo going to the Texans in my NFL Offseason Quarterback Destinations prediction page. -Walter


A three-way trade may involve the Cowboys, Redskins and 49ers trading both Tony Romo and Kirk Cousins. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
In this crazy scenario, the Cowboys would move Romo to Washington (reminds me of Donovan McNabb going to Washington several years ago), the Redskins would trade Kirk Cousins to the 49ers, and Dallas would receive draft picks, including the No. 2 overall selection, where they'd take either Myles Garrett or Jonathan Allen. The Cowboys would win this trade, while the Redskins would appear to be the losers, just based solely on Romo's injury history. -Walter


Pierre Garcon told the media that he hasn't heard anything from the Redskins this offseason. -
It's unknown what exactly is going on with the Redskins, who appear to be in general disarray. Garcon is No. 3 in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Rams will not pursue Tony Romo. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
It's rare that a reporter will shoot down his own story within minutes, but here we are. It makes no sense for the Rams to sign Romo, and it's even less logical for Romo to go to Los Angeles. San Francisco makes no sense either. -Walter


The Jets could cut Eric Decker soon. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
New York has already released a bunch of players, including Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall and Nick Mangold, but the team apparently isn't done because of its poor cap situation. If Decker leaves, the Jets will likely go wideout early in the 2017 NFL Draft. Here are our 2017 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Rams and 49ers are doing work on Tony Romo. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
It's unclear why, as Romo would likely want to sign with a contender like the Texans or Broncos. Both the Rams and 49ers obviously need quarterbacks, but signing Romo makes very little sense for them. -Walter


The Patriots are exploring veteran options in case they trade Jimmy Garoppolo. - Jeff Howe, Boston Herald
Howe writes that the Patriots are looking for a first- and second-round picks for Garoppolo. They should be happy with a first, and they may get it from a desperate team. -Walter


The Jets are expected to target Tony Jefferson. - Connor Hughes, NJ.com
Jefferson is one of the top safeties available - he's third in our NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings - and he would fill a huge need for a horrible secondary. -Walter


The Raiders are "catching the attention" of Adrian Peterson. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Peterson would fill a huge need for the Raiders, and he would love to play behind their excellent offensive line. Peterson is 38th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Bills are leaning toward cutting Tyrod Taylor. - Vic Carucci, Buffalo News
Only the Bills would get rid of a viable starting quarterback for no reason. The Bills are in complete disarray, but they could do well to completely bottom out to win the Sam Darnold sweepstakes. I have Taylor going to the Browns in my 2017 NFL Offseason Quarterback Destinations page. -Walter


The Ravens will look into signing Brandon Marshall. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
Baltimore already stated that it wants a possession receiver, and Marshall is the type of big wideout Joe Flacco likes throwing to. Marshall is ninth in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


It would probably cost a second-round pick to acquire Brandin Cooks. - Alex Marvez, FOX Sports
The rumor from yesterday was that the Titans would surrender No. 18 overall for Cooks, but they have no second-round choice. The Eagles could offer their second-rounder for Cooks. -Walter


The Bears are expected to pursue Stephon Gilmore and Mike Glennon in free agency. - Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune
While Glennon is an overrated, two-star free agent, Gilmore is No. 26 in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings list. -Walter




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Denver's tight ends coach Geep Chryst, is the brother of Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst.  - Cameron Wolfe, Denver Post
Ryan Ramcyzk and T.J. Watt are the top Wisconsin products, and the former fills a huge need. Ramcyzk, despite having injury issues, is No. 2 in our 2017 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Bengals want at least a second-round pick for A.J. McCarron. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
I think I have more of a chance of becoming the Queen of England than the Bengals do of getting a second-round pick for A.J. McCarron, but it's cute that they're dreaming big. -Walter


The Patriots will trade Jimmy Garoppolo if the price is right. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
This disputes yesterday's Adam Schefter report about the Patriots not trading Garoppolo at all. New England was likely trying to increase leverage by leaking that to Schefter. -Walter


The Cowboys are attempting to trade Alfred Morris. - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Good luck with that. Morris averaged 3.5 yards per carry behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. The year before, he mustered just a 3.7 YPC figure in Washington. Morris appears to be washed up. -Walter


The Buccaneers offered Mike Glennon a contract worth $8 million per year, but he turned it down. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Crazy. That's about twice as much as Glennon deserves to make. Some team is going to pay Glennon much more than he's worth, much like the Texans did with Brock Osweiler, and Glennon is going to disappoint, much like Osweiler did. I have the Bills signing Glennon in my Predicted NFL Offseason Quarterback Destination page. -Walter


The Bengals will take Leonard Fournette if available at No. 9. - Aditi Kinkhabwala, NFL Network
Fournette would be a no-brainer as the best player available, but he'd have to get past the Jaguars, Jets and Panthers first. I have the Jets taking Fournette in the latest 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Browns are strongly considering Mitch Trubisky at No. 1 overall. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
While many around the league believe the Browns will take Myles Garrett, it appears as though Cleveland doesn't think the choice is so obvious. We have the Browns taking Garrett in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"People around the league I've spoken to, unanimously 'would be stunned' if the Browns took anyone other than Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall." - Benjamin Albright, Yahoo!
Garrett is the overwhelming favorite, despite the Browns' reported interest in Mitch Trubisky. -Walter


49ers GM John Lynch said DeShone Kizer "blew the doors off" in the interview with the 49ers last night. -
Kizer shouldn't be an option at No. 2, but perhaps the 49ers will move up into the back end of the first round to take him. I currently have Kizer going to the Chiefs at No. 27 in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Titans are the frontrunners to acquire Brandin Cooks. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
This trade, according to Mortensen, would involve Tennessee sending the No. 18 pick to New Orleans. I currently have the Titans taking O.J. Howard there in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Colin Kaepernick has opted out of his contract and will become a free agent on March 9. -
In other news, Kaepernick has stated that he will stand for the National Anthem in 2017. Regardless of his politics, Kaepernick is a poor quarterback who has regressed without Jim Harbaugh because he hasn't put the appropriate amount of work into film study. Despite this, however, he still may garner some interest, though it's already been reported that the Browns don't want him. Kaepernick will be added to the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings shortly. -Walter


The Giants will not be serious contenders for Adrian Peterson. - Connor Hughes, NJ.com
They still may sign Peterson if the asking price drops, with a strong class of runners - check out our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings - there's no need to overpay for a declining veteran. -Walter


Jaguars GM David Caldwell said that John Cyprien and Prince Amukamara will reach the open market. -
Cyprien and Amukamara are 14th and 27th, respectively, in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings list. -Walter


Chase Daniel is drawing trade interest on the open market. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Probably for a 27th-round pick. Why anyone would want to acquire one of the worst backup quarterbacks in the NFL is beyond me. -Walter


The Titans, 49ers and Eagles are potential suitors for Alshon Jeffery. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Jeffery would be much more appealing if he could stay on the field. Still, he's No. 2 in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


Mitch Trubisky is on the Browns' radar at No. 1 overall. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Trubisky makes much more sense than the overrated Deshaun Watson, who is not a fit for Hue Jackson's system. Still, it's likely that Cleveland takes Myles Garrett. Trubisky is, at least, atop our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Saints are discussing trading Brandin Cooks to the Titans and Eagles. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Both teams are desperate for a No. 1 receiver, and Cooks would qualify, though it's worth noting that his numbers have been inflated in New Orleans' offense. I assume it's for either the 18th or 15th pick, respectively. -Walter




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Doug Pederson said the team will evaluate signing Jamaal Charles. -
Charles will have to pass his physical first, and based on Andy Reid's tone during his combine press conference, it didn't sound like Charles is close to being healthy. -Walter


Panthers GM David Gettleman said the Panthers could be searching for a running back in the NFL Draft. -
With Jonathan Stewart bound to regress soon, the Panthers are certainly in the market for one. Carolina's M.O. has been to take the best player available, and that could be Leonard Fournette, if available, at No. 8. If not, here's the rest of the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Bengals will re-sign Andrew Whitworth. - Paul Dehner, The Cincinnati Enquirer
It's being reported that a deal is already in place. Whitworth, despite being 35, is atop our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings, so the Bengals would be crazy to let him get away. -Walter


John Elway said the Broncos haven't moved on from Russell Okung. -
Denver declined Okung's option, but still wants to re-sign him at a cheaper price. Okung is injury-prone, but is No. 2 in the NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Browns will not pursue Colin Kaepernick. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Kaepernick makes no sense, as he doesn't fit the system, and he wouldn't be much of an upgrade over Cody Kessler. Kaepernick is expected to opt out of his deal soon. -Walter


Two landing spots have emerged for Mike Glennon: the Bears and Jets. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Fans of these teams will be hoping that the other lands the overrated quarterback free agent. There's talk that Glennon will earn a huge contract, echoing the mistake of Brock Osweiler a year ago. Glennon is third in the underwhelming NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


The Buccaneers won't aggressively pursue Adrian Peterson. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
There's no reason to. The draft class is loaded at the position - check out the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings for more - and according to ESPN's Jenna Laine, Doug Martin is looking refreshed after rehab. Peterson is going to discover that he doesn't have a very good market. -Walter


Chris Long said he won't be re-signing with the Patriots. -
Long wants more playing time and a potential larger contract now that he has won a Super Bowl. He's a declining player, however, and may not get what he's looking for. Long is 16th in our NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


The Broncos and Vikings are frontrunners for T.J. Lang. - Cecil Lammey, 1043 The Fan
Both teams are desperate for guard help, so signing Lang would be huge. Lang is third in our NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


Johnny Manziel is showing "real interest" from teams at the combine. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Manziel has gotten his act together (for now), so it's understandable that teams would be interested. The problem is that they won't be able to rely on Manziel staying clean. Manziel is 17th in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


Steelers GM Kevin Colbert spoke about Martavis Bryant in the past tense at the combine. -
"Martavis was a great asset to us when he was available," Colbert said, ominously. The Steelers know they can't count on Bryant, so they're likely to spend an early-round pick on a replacement. Here's our 2017 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Prospect Rankings.  -Walter


The Giants said they'll take a look at Adrian Peterson. -
Peterson is second on our NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings, but with such a good class of running backs in the draft, there's no reason for any team to overpay for Peterson. -Walter


The Patriots are not expected to trade Jimmy Garoppolo. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
That's what they're saying, and maybe they won't, but this could easily be a ploy to increase leverage. Some desperate team could offer them more than they're expecting. I have the Redskins trading No. 17 overall and other picks in my Predicted NFL Offseason Quarterback Destination page. -Walter


The Bengals have announced that they'll listen to trade offers for A.J. McCarron. -
The question is if there will actually be any trade offers for McCarron, given that there are so many quarterbacking options this offseason. -Walter




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The Cowboys will not pursue Adrian Peterson. - Charean Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
I suppose Dallas thinks Peterson would command too much money. Peterson was added to the 2017 NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings today, where he's ranked second. -Walter


The Vikings are showing interest in Latavius Murray. - Tony Pauline, Draft Analyst
Adrian Peterson's option was declined today, so the Vikings need a replacement. Murray isn't a great replacement, so here are the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Redskins' goal is to re-sign Chris Baker at the combine. - Tony Pauline, Draft Analyst
Baker is fourth in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings, so the Redskins would suffer a huge loss if they were to let him leave via free agency. -Walter


The Bills won't place the franchise tag on Stephon Gilmore. - Jay Skurski, Buffalo News
Gilmore struggled last year, so the Bills naturally don't want to give him $15 million in 2017. Gilmore is fifth in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


The Broncos are in the driver's seat for Tony Romo if he's willing to take a pay cut. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
If Romo wants to play for a Super Bowl contender that needs a quarterback, - i.e. Broncos, Texans - he'll need to do so because both teams are tight on cash. I have Romo going to Houston in my NFL Offseason Quarterback Destination Predictions. -Walter


Russell Okung would consider returning to the Seahawks. - Danny O'Neil, ESPN
Seattle should be thrilled to have him back, considering its offensive line situation. Despite having an extensive injury history, Okung is No. 2 in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Cowboys are high on Jamaal Charles' list for sure. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Dallas has interest in Adrian Peterson, but Charles would be a great consolation prize as Ezekiel Elliott's new backup. Charles, released today, is sixth in our NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


The Seahawks and Falcons are interested in Terrell McClain. - Eric Edholm, Yahoo!
McClain would be solid depth addition for both teams. He's 20th in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Redskins will not trade Kirk Cousins. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
They've decided that they won't be trading Cousins to the 49ers. That could always change, as this sort of statement just increases their leverage. -Walter


The Patriots will allow Dont'a Hightower to reach free agency. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Hightower won't be franchised, which is probably the right move even though he's the top player in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. His extensive injury makes it difficult to justify a move like that. -Walter


The Cowboys would pursue Adrian Peterson if he were released. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Peterson seemed worn down last year, but he'd be an incredible backup/insurance policy behind Ezekiel Elliott. Peterson would go from running behind the league's worst offensive line to the NFL's best blocking unit. -Walter


Kirk Cousins said that he'd prefer to be traded to the 49ers. -
Cousins would be going to a team devoid of talent, but he'd be paired with his former coach, Kyle Shanahan. I discussed the potential 49ers-Redskins Kirk Cousins trade here. -Walter


The Giants, Jets, Vikings and Chargers have shown interest in Russell Okung. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Hopefully Okung signs a better contract this time. Okung is injury-prone but still happens to be second in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter




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A quarterback to the Jets at No. 6? "I would emphatically tell you no."   - Mike Mayock, NFL Network
Charlie Campbell reported earlier that the Jets want to develop Christian Hackenberg, so signing a veteran makes more sense this offseason. -Walter


The chances of the Redskins re-signing DeSean Jackson are slim. - JP Finlay, CSN Mid-Atlantic
Jackson has stated that he wants to stay in Washington, but that won't be possible at his asking price. The Redskins would prefer to keep Pierre Garcon, who has a longer shelf life. Jackson is 39th in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Cowboys have interest in Josh McCown as their new No. 2 quarterback. - Ed Werder, ESPN
They must not have watched McCown play in 2016, as he was atrocious. McCown is listed behind Vince Young and Johnny Manziel in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


The chances of the Bears re-signing Alshon Jeffery are slim. - Jeff Dickerson, ESPN
Chicago won't be franchising Alshon Jeffery, and Dickerson reports that the two sides are far apart on compensation. Jeffery is No. 2 in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter




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Eric Berry told the media that he was pessimistic that a long-term deal could be reached before getting slapped with the franchise tag. -
Berry deserves a long-term contract after two great seasons coming off his cancer diagnosis. Berry is No. 2 in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


The Broncos are expected to discuss signing Tony Romo. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
Romo would be the perfect bridge for Paxton Lynch, who might need another year of preparation. I slotted Romo to the Texans in my 2017 NFL Offseason Quarterback Projections, but he could just as easily go to the Broncos. -Walter


Latavius Murray is expected to hit free agency. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
The Raiders could bring him back, but they reportedly want the market to set a price for him. Murray is fifth in our NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


Matt Elam was arrested on felony drug charges last night, prompting the Ravens too announce that he's not in their long-term plans. -
Elam missed all of 2015 with a torn bicep, and most of 2016 with a knee issue. Elam now has drug charges added to his resume, so he may never play in the NFL again.  -Walter




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Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said he wants to add a possession receiver this offseason. -
There will be options in free agency, and the draft is deep at receiver. Here's a look at our 2017 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Redskins are likely to pursue Calais Campbell. - John Keim, ESPN
Campbell would be a great fit, and he's one of the best free agents available. Campbell is sixth overall in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


Jamaal Charles could be an option for the Eagles if/when the Chiefs release him. - Tim McManus, ESPN
Charles is owed $6.2 million, so he's likely to be a cap casualty. He played for Doug Pederson in Kansas City, so Charles wouldn't have any problems adjusting to the system. -Walter




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Alterraun Verner is not in play for the Titans. - Paul Kuharsky, ESPN
Verner once played well for the Titans, but he's apparently not welcome back. Verner was horrible in Tampa and is currently 22nd in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


Kyle Williams' roster spot is "vulnerable." - Vic Carucci, Buffalo News
The Bills need to free up cap space to re-sign Tyrod Taylor, and Williams' cap number is north of $8 million. -Walter


Running back isn't out of the question for the Bengals in the first round. - Katherine Terrell, ESPN
Leonard Fournette could be available, and Dalvin Cook's off-field issues probably wouldn't bother Cincinnati. Jeremy Hill has been a disappointment, so either Fournette or Cook would be an upgrade. They're both atop the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


There's a lot of buzz that the 49ers could take Alabama LB Reuben Foster No. 2 overall. - Vic Carucci, Buffalo News
That would be insane, though it would match the trend of paying Earl Mitchell $16 million for some reason. Taking a non-pass-rushing linebacker at No. 2 overall is crazy enough; let alone one with an injury history, especially when his teammate, Jonathan Allen, is a better prospect. Reuben Foster is 27th in our latest NFL Draft Big Board -Walter


Alan Branch is a fit for the Lions. - Paul Pasche, Oakland Press
Branch is a monstrous run-stuffer, and the Lions could be better in that regard. He also went to Michigan. Branch is 10th in our NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


The Seahawks could pursue Breno Giacomini. - Stephen Cohen, Seattle Post Intelligencer
Seahawk fans better hope not. Giacomini once played for Seattle, but he was horrible for the Jets. Giacomini is 29th in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter




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The Eagles are unlikely to re-sign ILB Stephen Tulloch. - Jeff McClane, Philly.com
Tulloch is 33rd in our NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings so there was no need for the Eagles to retain him. -Walter


The Eagles will retain Jason Peters. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Peters is owed about $10 million in 2017, but the Eagles have a legitimate chance to make a deep playoff run, so they're wise to keep him. Peters turned 35 in January, but he had a great season in 2016. -Walter




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Kevin Minter said he wants to sign with the Jets. -
Minter's wish is to be reunited with Todd Bowles. Minter is seventh in our NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


The Redskins are wondering if they can sign Tony Romo when he's released. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
This would be an interesting move by the Redskins if they receive two first-round picks for Cousins from the 49ers. That would help salvage the situation, and Washington could take a quarterback with the 17th-overall pick (or perhaps San Francisco's 2018 first-rounder.) -Walter


The Cardinals are expected to show interest in Pierre Garcon. - Kent Somers, AZCentral Sports
Larry Fitzgerald may not be around much longer, while Michael Floyd is gone. Garcon would be a great No. 2. He's third in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Broncos are expected to give Andrew Whitworth heavy consideration in free agency. - Nicki Jhabvala, Denver Post
Despite being 35, Andrew Whitworth is atop our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. He would be a huge upgrade for Denver's poor offensive line. -Walter


The Lions aren't expected to re-sign guard Larry Warford or defensive end Devin Taylor. - Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Taylor struggled last year, while Warford is expected to be too expensive. Warford is No. 4 in our NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


It wouldn't be shocking if the 49ers and Redskins agreed to a trade involving Kirk Cousins. - Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network
I've discussed this already in the potential 49ers-Redskins Kirk Cousins Trade page. You can also vote on whether the 49ers should pull the trigger or not. -Walter


The Jets are expected to have interest in Jay Cutler when he's cut. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
There probably won't be a trade, with Cutler not being cleared medically (shoulder) until March. We've learned, however, that the Jets were briefed on how to handle attitude and mood swings. -Walter


The Patriots would have to have their "doors blown off" to trade Jimmy Garoppolo. - Tom Curran, ESPN
Curran expects that to happen, with New England receiving a first-round pick and more. Charlie Campbell reported earlier that the Texans thought a first-rounder was too much for Garoppolo. -Walter


The Titans could select a linebacker with one of their two third-round picks. - Jason Wolf, The Tennessean
Linebacker is definitely a need, and there should be some viable candidates in the third frame. Here's the list of NFL Draft Linebacker Prospect Rankings. -Walter




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It will be "hard" for the Patriots to re-sign Martellus Bennett. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
It's unclear how it'll be hard, considering the Patriots have more than $60 million in cap space. Bennett is going to get a big pay day, and New England simply may not want to fork over the money. -Walter


The Bears have been seeking a trade partner for Jay Cutler. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Good luck with that, Chicago. Even a deal for an eighth-round pick seems unlikely. Cutler should be released soon. -Walter


Nickel cornerback K'Waun Williams has contract offers from the Jets, Dolphins, Lions and 49ers. - Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
Williams was a solid nickel corner for the Browns before suffering an ankle injury that caused him to miss all of 2016. Williams is 21st in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


The Giants believe Eli Manning has only two or three quality years remaining. - Bob Glauber, Newsday
In other words, they'll be on the lookout for his successor this or next offseason. I have the Giants taking Deshaun Watson in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Raiders are unlikely to re-sign cornerback D.J. Hayden. - Paul Gutierrez, ESPN
Hayden was one of many first-round busts from the 2013 NFL Draft. He's currently 23rd in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings, though he'd be lower if it weren't for his potential. -Walter


It's more likely that the Bills will keep Tyrod Taylor than not. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Previous and more confident reports have said that the Bills will move on from Taylor. If the Bills keep Taylor, they'll have to pay him about $31 million over the next two years. -Walter


The Eagles likely won't re-sign Bennie Logan. - Zach Berman, Philadelphia Inquirer
Logan is a terrific run-stuffer, though he struggled a bit in 2016 because of a groin injury. He's eighth in our NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


Tampa Bay is a landing spot for DeSean Jackson. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
The Buccaneers need a second receiver with Vincent Jackson being on his last legs. I have to wonder if they'd want a problematic locker room guy around Jameis Winston, however. Jackson is No. 5 in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Cardinals have no interest in Jay Cutler. - Kent Somers, AZCentral Sports
Peter King speculated that Cutler could go to Arizona, but apparently that won't be the case. The Cardinals have stated that they want a long-term answer at quarterback. -Walter


The Lions are expected to add a running back this offseason. - Michael Rothstein, ESPN
Ameer Abdullah hasn't been able to stay healthy through two years, so the Lions need some insurance. Here's a look at the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter




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It's looking like Mitch Trubisky or DeShone Kizer to the Bears at No. 3 overall. - Peter King, MMQB
The Bears could have their pick if the Browns and 49ers take Myles Garrett and Jonathan Allen. I have Chicago taking Trubisky in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Cowboys will select a defensive player at No. 28 unless "they see John Ross or Zay Jones as a singular talent and the edge rushers or defensive backs they truly like are gone before 28." - Vince Langford, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
This makes sense, and it's likely that at least one of those receivers will be there at No. 28. We currently have the Cowboys taking Jabrill Peppers in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


At least one team, in addition to the Dolphins, is interested in trading for Julius Thomas. - Mike Kaye, First Coast News
It could be that the Jaguars or Thomas' agent leaked this to increase interest. Thomas is a lazy, overpaid tight end who has never been productive without Peyton Manning. Then again, he does have talent and can be obtained cheaply. -Walter


Victor Cruz met with the Panthers this weekend. - Bill Voth, Black and Blue Review
The Panthers need help at wideout, but Cruz isn't the answer, as he hasn't been the same since tearing his patellar tendon. Cruz is 18th in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


Andre Smith could re-sign with the Bengals. - Paul Dehner, Cincinnati Enquirer
Smith spent one season with the Vikings, and he barely played because of torn triceps. Smith thrived in Cincinnati for the most part. He's No. 10 in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


It wouldn't be shocking to see Jay Cutler sign with the Cardinals. - Peter King, MMQB
Cutler would back up Carson Palmer for a year, though he'd probably see time in 2017 because of how injury-prone Palmer is. Cutler would then start in 2018 and beyond. This would be a nice move for Arizona, as Cutler seems like a great fit in Bruce Arians' offense. -Walter




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The Dolphins and Jaguars are discussing a trade involving Branden Albert and Julius Thomas. - Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel
It's unclear if this is a straight-up trade, or if there will be draft picks involved as well. The Dolphins would be dealing their injury-prone left tackle for Jacksonville's lazy, underachieving tight end. -Walter


The Patriots will "make a run" at Martellus Bennett. - Mark Daniels, Providence Journal
Bennett is listed atop the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings, so he's going to command a sizable contract. The Patriots, however, have $61.1 million in cap space, so they can afford to re-sign him for insurance purposes. Then again, this draft class is loaded at tight end, so perhaps the Patriots will just let him walk. -Walter


The Rams could be a player for Kirk Cousins next offseason if Jared Goff continues to struggle. - Albert Breer, MMQB
The Rams gave up a king's ransom for Goff, but he was horrendous as a rookie. If he fails, and Cousins is franchised this offseason, the Rams might be willing to throw a ton of money Cousins' way. -Walter




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Terrelle Pryor won't be franchise tagged. - Albert Breer, NFL Network
It was reported earlier that Pryor would be tagged. Pryor will command a big contract, as he's listed atop the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


Sean Payton said that finding an edge rusher was a "must" this offseason. -
The Saints have nothing outside of Cameron Jordan. There's plenty of great pass-rushing talent in the draft, as you can see in our updated 2017 NFL Draft Defensive End Prospect Rankings. -Walter


Earl Mitchell is visiting the Seahawks, Falcons, 49ers and Broncos. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Mitchell is No. 17 in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings, so the team that signs him shouldn't be too excited. -Walter




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The 49ers could pursue Brian Hoyer. - Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee
Hoyer would serve as a veteran bridge for their next quarterback. He did a solid job in relief last year, and he's No. 2 in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


The Bills plan on "chugging along" with a Nick Foles-type backup in 2017 and then starting over. - Ty Dunne, NFL Reporter
The Bills will apparently be moving on from Tyrod Taylor. There will be plenty of talented quarterbacks next year; check out my 2018 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


"People who know" Kirk Cousins say that Cousins doesn't want to be with the Redskins anymore. - Jason Reid, ESPN
Cousins is apparently fed up with the front office. If he leaves, his most likely destination would be San Francisco to reunite with Kyle Shanahan. I've discussed a potential Redskins-49ers Kirk Cousins Trade here. -Walter


The Jaguars are interested in Branden Albert. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald
In other words, the Jaguars will be going from one injured left tackle to another. Albert can't stay healthy, but this apparently doesn't bother Jacksonville. Albert was reported to be released yesterday, but the Dolphins rescinded the move once they learned at least one team wanted to trade for him. Albert was a 2.5-star player in the NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings for a few hours. -Walter




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Darrelle Revis was injured in a street fight in Pittsburgh. -
No word if Blanka was involved. There are two sides of this story; one has Revis as the aggressor, while the other has Revis being attacked by five individuals. His lawyer has stated the latter. Either way, Revis is unlikely to return to the Jets next year. -Walter


GM Kevin Colbert said that he wants to re-sign Landry Jones, and that pursuing a successor for Ben Roethlisberger wasn't a high priority this offseason. -
It's unreal that the Steelers refuse to admit how horrible Jones is. Jones has been a boon for preseason NFL bettors, as fading the Steelers has been a great way to win money because Jones is so terrible. Jones is 22nd in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings, just ahead of Kellen Moore and Mark Sanchez. -Walter


Julius Peppers appears to be done in Green Bay. - Rob Demovsky, ESPN
Peppers has been linked to the Panthers, and he could go there, as it seems he won't be with the Packers next year. Peppers is 11th in our NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


Tony Romo expects to be released. - Ed Werder, ESPN
The Cowboys would be able to trade Romo if he had a lower salary, but he simply costs too much right now. Romo will be slotted alongside Kirk Cousins in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings once he's cut. -Walter


The Patriots are not expected to trade Jimmy Garoppolo. - Ed Werder, ESPN
For now. This could be a ploy to increase Garoppolo's trade value, which, according to everyone, is the second round. Charlie Campbell recently reported that the Texans believed New England's asking price to be too high. The 49ers, meanwhile, have expressed interest in Garoppolo, but if they can't get him, they could be forced to trade for Kirk Cousins. -Walter


Adrian Peterson remarked that the moves the Giants have made this offseason are interesting. -
The interesting move is the Giants cutting Rashad Jennings. Peterson, however, projects as a poor fit in the Giants' shotgun-heavy offense. -Walter


Martellus Bennett is not an option for the Dolphins. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald
Salguero cites that Bennett and Adam Gase had a big conflict in Chicago. The Dolphins need help at tight end, but they won't be signing the No. 1 free agent at that position. -Walter




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Terrelle Pryor has told his agents that he wants to stay in Cleveland. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
This has to be thrilling for the Browns, as Pryor is atop the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. The Browns have a ton of cap space, so they can afford to keep Pryor. -Walter


The Colts are unlikely to re-sign Mike Adams. - Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star
Adams is a talented player - he's No. 8 in our NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings - but he's 36, and Indianapolis' new front office wants to get younger. -Walter


The Broncos haven't discussed signing Victor Cruz. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
It was reported yesterday by ESPN's Jeff Legwold that the Broncos have been working to meet with Cruz, so this is a contradictory report of sorts. Wide receiver is sixth in our Denver Broncos NFL Team Needs page. -Walter


The Chiefs are expected to decline Nick Foles' option, making him a free agent. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
The Chiefs wisely don't want to spend $10.4 million on Foles, who struggled in relief of Alex Smith last year. We have the Chiefs selecting a quarterback in the first round of our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Vikings aren't expected to re-sign Captain Munnerlyn. - Matt Vensel, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Minnesota has strong depth at cornerback, and Xavier Rhodes will be receiving a large contract, so the Vikings don't really have the cap space to retain their current slot corner. Munnerlyn is 11th in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


The Steelers are expected to draft a cornerback in the first three rounds this April. - Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh spent a first-round choice on a cornerback last year, but the team still needs help at the position. 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings are available here. -Walter


The Broncos are working to meet with Victor Cruz. - Jeff Legwold, ESPN
Cruz struggled last year and appears to be done because of a torn patellar tendon. However, the Broncos are desperate for a third receiver, so it doesn't hurt to bring him in unless it costs more than the minimum. Cruz is 18th in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter




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New Browns QB coach David Lee likes Tyrod Taylor "a lot." - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Lee worked with Taylor for two years in Buffalo. Taylor is a solid starting quarterback who would be a massive upgrade over what the Browns currently have. He'd provide some stability, though signing him wouldn't preclude Cleveland from taking a quarterback on Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft. Check here for the 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


People who know Kyle Shanahan believe he'll be tempted by Kirk Cousins. - John Keim, ESPN
The problem is that the Redskins will almost certainly franchise Cousins, making the reunion between the two very unlikely. Cousins is No. 1, by a wide margin, in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


The Cardinals have said that they will use the franchise tag on Chandler Jones if they can't reach a long-term agreement. -
Arizona would be foolish to let Jones get away, as he's one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL. Jones is listed atop our NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


There's a 60-percent chance the Jets part ways with Nick Mangold and Brandon Marshall, and a 75-percent chance they release Darrelle Revis. - Darryl Slater, NJ.com
I'd vastly increase those percentages for Marshall and Revis. As you can see in the New York Jets Team Needs page, the Jets have a ton of needs and happen to be over the salary cap. -Walter




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The Patriots are not expected to get into a bidding war for Martellus Bennett. - Mike Reiss, ESPN
Bennett was a nice 1-year rental for the Patriots, but they won't overpay him. Bennett, who turns 30 this offseason, is atop our NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


Arthur Jones is "destined to be cut." - Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star
Jones signed a 5-year, $33 million contract a couple of offseasons ago, but he's been a major bust. The Colts need to clean house of Ryan Grigson's mistakes. -Walter


Trent Cole won't be coming back to Indianapolis. - Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star
Cole struggled to stay healthy last year, but wasn't bad when he was able to take the field. Rush linebacker was already high on the Indianapolis Colts Team Needs page. -Walter


Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said that finding a long-term quarterback is a priority this offseason. -
I have the Cardinals taking a quarterback in the third round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but they could easily spend an earlier selection on one. No. 13 is possible as well, as Arizona could take DeShone Kizer or Pat Mahomes at that juncture. -Walter


The Raiders are expected to move on from Latavius Murray. - Vic Tafur, San Francisco Chronicle
This is not a surprise, as the Raider coaching staff was reluctant to give Murray the majority of the workload. Murray is No. 5 in our NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


The Jets will probably release Ryan Clady by Wednesday. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
Clady was a bust signing, as he couldn't stay healthy. Offensive tackle was already listed highly in the New York Jets NFL Team Needs page. -Walter


Chances are the Rams are moving on from Kenny Britt. - Alden Gonzalez, ESPN
Britt has slacked off for most of his career, but he conveniently had a great season in his contract year. He's a major risk unless he's obtained for a 1-year "prove it" deal. He's seventh in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


Matt Schaub told the media that he wants to go to a team that will let him start in 2017. -
Matt Schaub, everyone! He'll be here all week! Schaub's only realistic chance to start, outside of injury, is to follow his former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to San Francisco, where can play until a rookie the team drafts is ready. Then again, the 49ers could trade for Jimmy Garoppolo. Schaub is currently No. 14 in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


The Ravens aren't expected to re-sign OT Ricky Wagner. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
The Ravens are prioritizing other free agents and believe they can obtain a cheaper replacement for Wagner, who had a great year. Wagner is No. 2 in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter




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DeSean Jackson told the media that he'd like to re-sign with the Redskins. -
Jackson cited that his house and family are in Washington. Jackson has been rumored to go to the Rams or Eagles, but he could easily remain where he is now. Jackson is No. 5 in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Patriots are expected to get a second-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo. - Ben Volin, Boston Globe
Charlie Campbell reported at the Senior Bowl that the Texans thought the Patriots' asking price for Garoppolo was too high, and other teams apparently think the same thing. Right now, the favorite to land Garoppolo would be the 49ers, who would surrender the 34th-overall pick, but New England will have lots of suitors as long as it doesn't expect a first-rounder in return. -Walter




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Myles Garrett has posted a video, pleading Jerry Jones to trade up for him. -
Garrett asked Jones to send Tony Romo and a "couple" of picks to the Browns for the No. 1 overall selection. It's doubtful that the Browns would take just a "couple" of picks and an old, injury-prone quarterback, but it's a great dream scenario for the Cowboys, who could use a better defensive end. We have the Browns picking Garrett in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Tyrod Taylor isn't open to restructuring his contract with the Bills. - Vic Carucci, Buffalo News
The Bills don't want to pay him 30.5 million, which is what his contract requires, so there is a chance they let him go, but much will depend on who they might be able to bring in to replace him. Taylor is a capable starting quarterback in the league with a chance to improve and would be coveted on the free agent market. -Chet_G


Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports "several league sources anticipate" the Eagles trying to sign free agent Alshon Jeffery. - Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports
Jeffery would be a great fit with the Eagles and their skeleton crew at wide receiver. Jeffery is the best receiver on the market and won't come cheap, but with a good, young quarterback in Carson Wentz, it would make sense to do their due diligence on Jeffery, who is second in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Chet_G


The Eagles are expected to trade Mychal Kendricks this offseason. - Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice
Kendricks was a great fit in the 3-4, but struggled in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme. The Eagles should be able to obtain a mid-round pick for Kendricks. -Walter


The Broncos aren't likely to pursue Colin Kaepernick despite showing interest in him last year. - Nicki Jhabvala, Denver Post
And why would they? Kaepernick was one of the league's worst passers last year, only compiling stats in garbage time. Kaepernick would be a clear downgrade from both Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. -Walter




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The Jets aren't expected to consider Deshaun Watson at No. 6 overall. - Manish Mehta, New York Daily News
The consensus is that Watson is a second-round prospect, and the Jets don't want to reach for a quarterback. They've also been happy with Christian Hackenberg's development. I have the other New York team taking Watson in the first round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Redskins view DeSean Jackson and are expected to move on from him. - Mike Jones, Washington Post
That's exactly what Jackson is, as he's a one-trick pony who disappears on occasion. Jackson is fifth in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


Rams, Eagles, Bears, Cowboys and 49ers are expected to have interest in Pierre Garcon. - Mike Jones, Washington Post
Four of those five teams are desperate for a receiver, with Chicago being the outlier. However, Alshon Jeffery is a free agent, which would explain the Bears' interest. Garcon is No. 3 in our&nbsp;<a href="http://walterfootball.com/freeagents2017WR.php" target="_blank">NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings</a>. -Walter


The Seahawks signed kicker Blair Walsh. - Field Yates, ESPN
Walsh was let go from Minnesota because he couldn't get his game right, but with Steven Hauschka a free agent, Walsh should get a good chance to win the job. He has proven himself to be one of the best kickers in the league when he's on.&amp;nbsp; -Chet_G


Kansas City's GM John Dorsey endorses Alex Smith as the team's 2017 quarterback. - Pat Sweeney, KCTV5
Smith continues to do just enough to be a useful starter, but not enough to get Kansas City over the hump. Without anyone better on the horizon, this of course isn't surprising.&amp;amp;nbsp; -Chet_G


Dont'a Hightower is expected to hit free agency. - Tom Curran, CSN NE
Tom Curran reports that there have been no significant talks between the Patriots and Hightower, who happens to be listed atop the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


Carson Palmer has announced his return to the NFL. -
Palmer was rumored to be headed into retirement, but he'll return for his 15th season. It's been speculated that Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald were tied at the hip, so we can assume Fitzgerald will return as well. We have Arizona taking Palmer's successor in the third round of the 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


The Bengals are expected to let Kevin Zeitler leave free agency. - Paul Dehner, Cincinnati Enquirer
If so, Cincinnati will lose one of the top guards in the NFL. Zeitler, who ranks No. 1 in our NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings, is set to earn a mammoth contract this offseason. -Walter


The Giants are expected to move on from Rashad Jennings. - Jordan Raanan, ESPN
Jennings is coming off a bad year and happens to have a cap figure of more than $3 million. Cutting him is a no-brainer. Here are the top NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


The Jets won't pursue Jay Cutler. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
Jason La Canfora speculated that the Jets could go after Cutler because they hired his former quarterbacks coach, but this report says the Jets have no interest. Here are the top NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter




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The Lions are targeting a tight end early in the 2017 NFL Draft. - Eric Galko, Sporting News
This class is loaded at the position. You can check out our 2017 NFL Draft Tight End Prospect Rankings here. -Walter


The Giants are high on David Njoku. - Tony Pauline, Draft Analyst
New York could really benefit from a tight end upgrade, and there are some who believe Njoku is worth a late first-round pick. Njoku is No. 2 in our 2017 NFL Draft Tight End Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Jets are a possibility to acquire Jay Cutler. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
The Jets just hired Cutler's former quarterbacks coach, so that's the connection. Cutler can start while the Jets continue to develop Christian Hackenberg. The Jets NFL Team Needs page is available here. -Walter


Brandon Marshall told the media that the Jets have given him no indication that they want to release him. - Darryl Slater, NJ.com
Marshall is coming off a horrible year, and he's owed $7.5 million. The Jets are also over the salary cap. Marshall may not have been given any indication yet, but it's hard to imagine him being back in New York. -Walter


Several teams have inquired about Antonio Brown, but the Steelers have declined all offers. - Mike Freeman, NFL Reporter
Brown caused some locker room problems this season, but the Steelers apparently have no interest in trading him. Brown's talent is just too great to give up on him. -Walter


It's unclear if the Steelers want to re-sign Lawrence Timmons. - Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Timmons was once one of the most underrated players in the NFL, but his play has regressed tremendously over the past couple of seasons. Timmons is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


The Saints could trade for Jimmy Garoppolo. - Albert Breer, MMQB
Albert Breer is just speculating, but it's a reminder that the Patriots have options to deal Garoppolo outside of the obvious destinations (Browns, 49ers, etc.) Drew Brees doesn't have much time left, so Garoppolo would be a high-potential successor. -Walter




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DeSean Jackson told the media that he plans on testing the market. -
Jackson will be hitting free agency for the first time, so he wants to see what he can earn in the final big contract of his career. He's been linked to the Eagles and Rams. -Walter




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The Jaguars wish to re-sign Prince Amukamara. - Mike DiRocco, ESPN
The Jaguars obtained Amukamara on a 1-year "prove it" deal, and he rewarded him with some great play. Amukamara has had trouble staying healthy, but he missed only a couple of games in 2016. He'll command a higher price tag this offseason. He's currently No. 6 in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter




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The Patriots tried to trade for Johnathan Joseph this season. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
The deal was Jamie Collins for Joseph, but the Texans declined. Houston also declined a trade involving DeAndre Hopkins. The Patriots really like Joseph, so it's possible that the Texans could trade him to New England this offseason for draft picks. -Walter


Adrian Peterson could sign with the Cowboys this offseason. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Peterson would give up the opportunity to start, which he would have if he were to sign with the Buccaneers and Giants. Then again, based on how he performed last year, it's unclear if Tampa Bay and New York would be willing to give him that chance. Peterson grew up near Dallas, and the Cowboys have shown interest in signing him. -Walter


Matt Schaub could follow Kyle Shanahan to San Francisco this offseason. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Schaub would sadly be an upgrade as a No. 2 over Blaine Gabbert, especially because he knows Shanahan's offense very well. -Walter


DeMarcus Ware is "leaving the door open" for a return to the Cowboys. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
The Broncos have Shane Ray ready to take over for Ware, so the former Cowboy could return home, as the team needs help at defensive end if Randy Gregory can't play. Ware is 10th in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter




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Kyle Shanahan said that he was high on Jimmy Garoppolo prior to the 2014 NFL Draft. - Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain-Dealer
The 49ers' presumptive head coach could certainly trade the No. 34 pick for New England's backup. -Walter


The Jets have their eyes set on Mike Glennon. - Connor Hughes, NJ.com
Signing Glennon is a fine move, as long as they don't overpay. Adam Schefter predicted that Glennon would earn upwards of $15 million annually, which would be way too much. Glennon is No. 3 in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter




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The Cowboys are expected to re-sign Barry Church, and they're also expected to move on from Terrance Williams. - Todd Archer, ESPN
Neither should be a surprise. Church had a great year in 2016, while Williams has never lived up to his potential. I have the Cowboys finding Williams' replacement in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


Sean Payton called Deshaun Watson "special" and said Watson has "things we're looking for." -
In other words, the Saints probably won't be taking Watson; otherwise Payton wouldn't be so open about it. Still, it's interesting that Payton is talking about quarterback prospects, as the Saints may want to find a successor for Drew Brees this year. -Walter




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The Browns and Jets have high interest in Mitch Trubisky. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Charlie Campbell refuted the Jets reports during Senior Bowl week. The Browns make sense though; Trubisky seems like a good fit for Hue Jackson's offense. They might just be able to land Trubisky at No. 12, especially if his height concerns turn out to be legitimate. Trubisky is rated second in our updated 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Cardinals are very high on Deshaun Watson. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
No. 13 would be too high (although possible) for Watson, as every team we've spoken to has a second- or third-round grade on the Clemson quarterback. Perhaps Arizona would be able to trade up into the back end of the opening round, just like the Vikings did to acquire Teddy Bridgewater. Watson is No. 4 in our updated 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Bills have a strong interest in Tony Romo. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Romo may not want to go there, however. He wants to play for a winner, and Buffalo has just one viable downfield threat, Sammy Watkins, who hasn't been able to stay healthy. -Walter


The Bears are highly interested in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
La Canfora cites that getting Garoppolo is Chicago's top priority. Also, the Bears aren't willing to surrender the third-overall pick. Chicago's second-rounder is a fair price. -Walter


Ron Rivera told ESPN that "our top runner can't be our quarterback." -
Jonathan Stewart is an injury-prone 30-year-old, so the Panthers will strongly consider Leonard Fournette (or even Dalvin Cook) if he falls to them at No. 8. Fournette is second on our 2017 NFL Draft Big Board. -Walter


The Ravens would inquire about Brandon Marshall if the Jets release him. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
Marshall is the type of big possession receiver Joe Flacco has enjoyed throwing to over the years. He hasn't had one in the past couple of seasons, however. -Walter


The Eagles will pursue Kenny Stills if the Dolphins don't re-sign him. - Eliot Shorr-Parks, NJ.com
Stills is a situational deep threat, and he would make for a decent third receiver in Philadelphia's offense. -Walter




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The Browns will try to trade for Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
It makes sense, as the Browns will miss out on the top quarterback(s) if they select Myles Garrett No. 1 overall. NFL team sources believe Garoppolo is worth a second-day pick, so the Browns could trade No. 33 to the Patriots.  -Walter


The Texans are not a landing spot for Tony Romo. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Romo will be too expensive for the Texans, who still have to pay Brock Osweiler. If the Texans go the veteran route, Jay Cutler is the most likely option. -Walter


"While it is very early in the process, here are five teams that are showing a lot of interest in emerging Connecticut safety Melifonwu: Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and Carolina Panthers." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Melifonwu had a terrific Senior Bowl and may have played himself into second-round consideration. -Walter


"Terrell McClain is entering free agency, and the Cowboys want to bring him back. However, they plan to let McClain test the market and see what offers he gets before bidding on his contact." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
McClain isn't rated highly in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings, as he's 19th, so the Cowboys are wise not to overbid. -Walter


"The Falcons might not be targeting a cornerback in the first round, but sources with Atlanta really like Adoree Jackson. They are very impressed with his coverage skills and think he is just a natural football player." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Falcons don't need a cornerback, as they have much greater needs, but if Jackson is their top player, they'll definitely give him some strong consideration. Jackson is No. 4 in our 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


"Two teams to keep an eye on for Mike Williams are the Titans and the Buccaneers. In speaking to sources at each team, they both are intrigued with Williams and what he would bring to their offense." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
It makes sense, as both teams need a receiver, but Williams could easily be off the board at Nos. 18 and 19. Williams is 16th on our 2017 NFL Draft Big Board. -Walter


Carson Palmer has moved his family out of Arizona and sold his home. - Mike Jurecki, FOX Sports
Palmer hinted at retirement, and this is an even stronger sign. Palmer could still return for one year, but no one should be surprised if he hangs up his cleats. -Walter




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"Sources with the Saints say their first-round pick might come down to the best available player at edge rusher or cover corner." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Charlie has heard that Derek Barnett is a likely candidate to be chosen by the Saints. -Walter


"There were reports that the New York Jets are all over North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky. When I told this to Jets sources, they rolled their eyes and shook their head. They said that general manager Mike Maccagnan has them work more in depth on early entry players later in the process and not during the fall, so it is way too early to say that for almost any non-senior." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Jets are apparently pleased with Christian Hackenberg's development. The Jets might as well give Hackenberg a chance because this draft class is pretty weak at quarterback. -Walter


"In speaking with Los Angeles Chargers sources, I get the impression that Ohio State safety Malik Hooker has caught their eye." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Hooker is the No. 1 player in our 2017 NFL Draft Safety Prospect Rankings. -Walter


"One team that has been rumored to be in the market for trading for Garoppolo is the Houston Texans. However, in speaking with Texans sources, that is very unlikely. Houston doesn't sound willing to be interested in dealing the necessary picks for Garoppolo."
- Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Charlie was told that Jay Cutler is a more likely option for the Texans. -Walter


"There has been talk that the New England Patriots are seeking a first-round pick for backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but in surveying teams around the league, they don't think Garoppolo is worthy of that price tag." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Two general managers think Garoppolo is worth a third-round pick, so he'll probably fetch a second-rounder. -Walter




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The Redskins will be targeting Eagles nose tackle Bennie Logan in free agency. - Mark Eckel, NJ.com
The Redskins desperately need a nose tackle, and Logan is a very good run-stuffer. Logan is eighth in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Jets could be interested in Colin Kaepernick. - Darryl Slater, NJ.com
Kaepernick played for new offensive coordinator John Morton, so there's a connection. The problem is that Kaepernick is terrible. -Walter


Larry Warford will not take a hometown discount. - Tim Twentyman, DetroitLions.com
Warford is one of the top NFL Free Agent Guards available. He's coming off a great year and deserves a huge contract. -Walter


The Broncos could sign Ted Ginn this offseason. - Cameron Wolfe, Denver Post
Ginn hasn't had success anywhere outside of Carolina, and he would be foolish to sign with a team that doesn't have a proven quarterback. He's 16th in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Steelers aren't expected to re-sign Jarvis Jones. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Jones has been a big disappointment thus far. He's No. 7 in the NFL Free Agent Outside Linebacker Rankings just based solely on his potential as a former first-round pick. -Walter




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Carson Palmer retiring this offseason is a serious possibility. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
According to Ian Rapoport, Palmer is "tired [and] worn down, and trying to see how his body responds." This was evident by Palmer's play in 2016, as he struggled in many games. One prominent NFL general manager told Rapoport that Palmer has played his final down in the NFL. If all of this is true, the Cardinals NFL Team Needs page will be updated. -Walter


The Broncos could have interest in Tony Romo if he becomes a free agent. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
Denver reportedly doesn't want to trade for Romo, but will be willing to sign him. Quarterback is No. 2 in our Broncos NFL Team Needs page. -Walter




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The Lions are expected to have interest in Logan Ryan. - Michael Rothstein, ESPN
Detroit's general manager had a hand in picking Ryan when he was with the Patriots, so the connection is logical. The Lions need another corner, and Ryan is No. 4 in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


The Packers want to re-sign Jared Cook. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Cook has failed to meet expectations throughout his career, but came up big in the playoffs. Perhaps he'll continue to play well now that he's paired with a great quarterback. -Walter


The Panthers could have interest in Julius Peppers. - Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer
Peppers played for the Panthers from 2002 to 2009. He performed well this past season, but he just turned 37 and could be a shell of his former self. Peppers is 11th in our NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


The Jets love Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson. - Darryl Slater, NJ.com
This makes sense, as New York has to find a better edge rush, and Anderson is a high-effort player. Anderson is 12th in our 3-4 Rush Linebacker Prospect Rankings. -Walter




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The Bengals could release Pacman Jones this offseason. -
Jones was arrested on four charges this month, and the Bengals would save $6.8 million by releasing him. Jones has been great over the years, but showed signs of regression in 2016. He'll turn 34 in September. -Walter


BuffaloBills.com considers Corey Clement to be the best running back prospect at the Senior Bowl. - Chris Brown, BuffaloBills.com
Clement's pass-protection skills have been cited. The Bills could use a Round 3-5 pick on a running back for depth behind LeSean McCoy. -Walter




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Kendall Wright would be a good fit for the Broncos. - Cameron Wolfe, Denver Post
Wright got off to a great start in Tennessee, but struggled with his work ethic. If Wright puts forth maximum effort, he would make sense as a slot receiver to complement Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Wright is currently 15th in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


The Eagles are expected to cut Leodis McKelvin.  - Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice
The Eagles torched McKelvin late in 2015, yet signed him the following offseason for some reason. The Eagles would save $3.2 million by cutting him. Check out the Philadelphia Eagles Team Needs here. -Walter


Lorenzo Alexander is not a system fit for Buffalo's new defense. - Mike Rodak, ESPN
It's nice a good sign for the Bills that their new regime can't cater the system to their best player. Coaches who value system over personnel always fail. Alexander notched 12.5 sacks in 2016. He's No. 2 in our NFL Free Agent Outside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


Kirk Cousins didn't respond positively when asked about re-signing with the Redskins. -
"I think you have to have an open mind, but ultimately it's not in my hands in the sense that the team is going to make that decision, and I'll react accordingly," Cousins said. It sounds as if he's resigned to the fact that the Redskins will franchise him. -Walter




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Redskins team president Bruce Allen said that on a scale from 1 to 10, Kirk Cousins' chances of returning to the Redskins was a 10. -
Cousins is likely to be overpaid this offseason, but it's not like the Redskins have much of a choice. Cousins is far and away the top player in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said that if the Browns eschewed Deshaun Watson, it would be like passing on Michael Jordan. -
OK, then. High-ranked personnel men on teams that draft well have Watson as a second- or third-round prospect, and those teams don't need quarterbacks, so there's no reason to smoke screen. Watson is more likely to be under consideration at No. 12 than No. 1. He's not in the top 50 of our 2017 NFL Draft Big Board. -Walter


Ben Roethlisberger told the media that he's considering retirement. -
"To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there's going to be a next season," Roethlisberger said to the press. This is obviously something Steeler fans don't want to hear, though Roethlisberger will probably return next year. Still, Pittsburgh better begin looking at the 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings -Walter




NFL Rumors - Jan 23 Updates:
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Terrelle Pryor will likely be franchise tagged. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Jamie Collins has been re-signed, so the Browns can franchise their other prominent free agent. Pryor is atop our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


<p>Mario Williams will be released this offseason. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald
Williams is due $8.5 million, and based on his play in 2016, he's not even worth a quarter of that. Williams' days in the NFL are coming to an end. -Walter


DeSean Jackson is a "natural fit" for the Rams. - Aiden Gonzalez, ESPN
Jackson could continue playing for Sean McVay if he signed with the Rams this offseason. He also grew up in Los Angeles. Jackson is No. 5 in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


Jason McCourty is a candidate for release this offseason. - Terry McCormick, Titan Insider
McCourty is a middling cornerback due $7 million in 2017, so it's understandable that the Titans would want to cut him. -Walter


The Browns reached out to Deshaun Watson and asked him to play for them in the Senior Bowl, but he declined. - Peter King, Sports Illustrated
The Browns are more likely to take Watson at No. 12 (or even No. 33) than first overall if they want him, but this could cause them to bypass him all together. Watson is No. 4 in our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter




NFL Rumors - Jan 21 Updates:
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The 49ers will "go hard" after Kirk Cousins if he becomes available. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
The 49ers are desperate for a quarterback, and Cousins would be light years better than what they've had since Jim Harbaugh left. The 49ers have no talent on their offensive roster outside of Joe Staley and Carlos Hyde, but Cousins may find the prospect of working with Kyle Shanahan again to be appealing. Cousins is by far the top-ranked player in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter




NFL Rumors - Jan 19 Updates:
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The Browns have made significant progress in negotiations with Jamie Collins, and he could be re-signed by this weekend. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
This would be an important move for the Browns, as Collins is atop our 2017 NFL Free Agent Outside Linebacker Rankings.  -Walter


Adrian Peterson listed the Giants, Buccaneers and Texans as teams he'd like to play for next year. - Andrew Krammer, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Given his massive salary and Minnesota's cap problems, it's unlikely Peterson will be back in Minnesota next year. It's unlikely Houston would sign Peterson because it has Lamar Miller, but New York and Tampa both make a lot of sense. -Walter


Bears GM Ryan Pace told the media that he'd like to improve the secondary this offseason.  -
Malik Hooker and Jamal Adams are options for the Bears at No. 3, but Jonathan Allen figures to be the best player available. Chicago may have to find a new cornerback or safety in Round 2 if it can't sign players at the position in free agency. -Walter




NFL Rumors - Jan 18 Updates:
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Ryan Mathews will likely be released if he doesn't take a pay cut. - Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice
Philadelphia's coaches have made it clear that they don't like Mathews very much. The Eagles are looking for a new running back, and I have them taking one in the second round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft.  -Walter




NFL Rumors - Jan 17 Updates:
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The Cowboys are expected to cut Tony Romo. - Todd Archer, ESPN
They'd like to trade him, but there are lots of hoops for them to go through, and teams already know that Dallas can't afford to keep him.  -Walter


The Jets are expected to cut Brandon Marshall this offseason.  - Rich Cimini, ESPN
Marshall appears to have lost a step, and he reportedly caused issues in the locker room. The Jets are better off moving on and rebuilding.  -Walter


The Browns are expected to target Tyrod Taylor if the Bills release him. - Pat McManamon, ESPN
The Bills foolishly played games with Taylor and will likely be losing a solid quarterback as a result. Taylor seems like a decent fit for Hue Jackson's offense. -Walter


The Vikings are expected to cut Brandon Fusco. - Ben Goessling, ESPN
Fusco signed a 5-year, $25 million deal, but has struggled ever since inking the contract.  -Walter


The Chargers are expected to cut Brandon Flowers. - Eric Williams, ESPN
Flowers, 31 this offseason, has a history of concussions, and he has hinted about retirement. -Walter


The Jaguars are expected to cut Julius Thomas this offseason. - Mike DiRocco, ESPN
Thomas was a massive bust free agent signing a 5-year, $46 million deal. Thomas has the athletic talent to bounce back, but the question is whether he's ever going to try hard again.  -Walter




NFL Rumors - Jan 16 Updates:
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Trading Tony Romo is the Cowboys' No. 1 priority this offseason. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
They almost have to send him packing, given the massive cap hit he carries. There will be tons of suitors, including the Texans, Bears, Jets and Bills. -Walter


The Jets will have interest in free agent quarterback Mike Glennon. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
If this is true, Jet fans should be prepared for more pedestrian quarterbacking. Glennon is ranked just one spot above Ryan Fitzpatrick in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


A.J. Bouye said he wants to re-sign with the Texans. -
Bouye was one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL this past season, emerging as a star despite opening the year as the No. 4 cornerback. Expect the Texans to retain Bouye, but to cut another cornerback in the process. -Walter




NFL Rumors - Jan 14 Updates:
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The Rams are expected to let Kenny Britt and Trumaine Johnson go in free agency. - Charles Robinson, Yahoo!
The Rams apparently want nothing to do with the Jeff Fisher era, so you have to wonder if they'd part ways with Jared Goof as well. -Walter




NFL Rumors - Jan 13 Updates:
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Matt McGloin told the media that he'd like to sign with a team that will give him a chance to compete for a starting job. -
In other words, a CFL team? Maybe the Texans will give him a chance because Bill O'Brien coached him successfully at Penn State. -Walter




NFL Rumors - Jan 12 Updates:
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The Dolphins wish to re-sign Kenny Stills, and they will be looking to upgrade Jermon Bushrod at guard. - Barry Jackson, Miami Herald
Both items make a lot of sense, just as long as they don't overpay for Stills, who is just an inconsistent deep threat. -Walter




NFL Rumors - Jan 11 Updates:
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Latavius Murray told the media that he would like to re-sign with the Raiders. -
This is strange, as the Oakland coaching staff often wanted to feature the other running backs. Murray is the fourth-ranked unrestricted free agent running back. -Walter


Ozzie Newsome told the media that the Ravens could sign a veteran receiver in free agency this season. -
Some of the top free agent veteran wideouts include Alshon Jeffery and Pierre Garcon. -Walter


The Giants aren't expected to prioritize re-signing Johnathan Hankins this offseason. - David Duggan, NJ.com
Hankins struggled in 2016, but dealt with an injury. He'll likely rebound next year. -Walter


It's possible that the Panthers will release Jonathan Stewart this offseason. - David Newton, ESPN
Cutting Stewart, 30 in March, would save more than $6 million in cap space. -Walter




NFL Rumors - Jan 6 Updates:
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Ryan Tannehill returned to practice on Friday, but won't play this week. - , Miami Herald
If Miami can beat Pittsburgh, Tannehill has a shot to play the following week in the Divisional Round, but if Matt Moore upsets the Steelers, it might be tough to sit him. -Chet_G




NFL Rumors - Jan 5 Updates:
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Malcolm Mitchell returned to practice on Thursday. - , Boston Herald
Mitchell missed their final regular season game with a knee injury, but it does appear he will be able to go next week in the Divisional Round and will be a touchdown threat whenever he suits up. -Chet_G




NFL Rumors - Jan 4 Updates:
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Lamar Miller is back at practice Wednesday. - Sarah Barshop, ESPN
Miller missed two games due to his ankle and appears to be healthy again and ready to roll. The Texans/Raiders game could go many ways, but both teams will look to hide their quarterback and win on their ground game and defense. -Chet_G




NFL Rumors - Jan 3 Updates:
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Connor Cook is expected to start against the Texans. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Matt McGloin's shoulder injury will keep him out of this game. Cook will likely be forced to throw the ball against Houston, which could get ugly. With Cook taking on Osweiler, this game has a good chance of getting ugly and staying that way, -Chet_G


Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Ladarius Green is still in the concussion protocol. - Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tomlin did go on to say that Green does have a chance to play on Sunday against the Dolphins and said he is "progressing rather well." This is good news for him and should add a good option for your DFS lineups. -Chet_G


Brock Osweiler will start Saturday's Wild Card game against the Raiders. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Tom Savage is still in the concussion protocol, so this makes sense and gives the Texans an easy choice between two bad options. -Chet_G




NFL Rumors - Jan 1 Updates:
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LeSean McCoy has left the game with an ankle injury. -
If this lasts throughout the offseason, the Bills will be kicking themselves for using such a key player in a meaningless Week 17 game. -Walter


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