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Jaguars release RB Chris Ivory
$3.6 million saved against the salary cap
The Jaguars are done with Chris Ivory.
The team on Friday released the veteran running back after two up-and-down seasons in Jacksonville, saving the team $3.6 million in salary-cap room, per OverTheCap.com. (NFL.com)
FF Today's Take: While Ivory worked as the backup running back behind Leonard Fournette, he fell out of favor toward the end of last season as T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant became preferred options. Ivory saw 17 carries in Week 15 but registered just one carry the remaining of the regular season and through the playoffs. Ivory will turn 30 on March 22nd.
Colts, Vinatieri agree on one-year deal
23rd NFL season for veteran kicker
The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to a one-year contract with kicker Adam Vinatieri, who is returning for his 23rd NFL season, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Vinatieri has been kicking for the Colts since 2006. At 45 years old, Vinatieri is 58 points behind Morten Anderson on the all-time scoring list. Vinatieri is off the fantasy radar until the Colts can rectify their offensive struggles and/or welcome the return of Andrew Luck.
Alshon Jeffery has surgery on torn rotator cuff
Played with injury during 2017 season
#Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery had successful surgery this morning on a torn rotator cuff, sources say. He suffered it in training camp and played through it, somehow, on the way to a Super Bowl. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Jeffery reportedly suffered the injury during training camp last season and while he was limited in camp with a "shoulder" injury it wasn't thought to be as severe a torn rotator cuff. Jeffery re-signed with the Eagles this past December a deal that will keep him an Eagles through the 2021 season.
Dolphins place franchise tag on Jarvis Landry
Non-exclusive franchise tag
The Dolphins have placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on receiver Jarvis Landry, a move that would pay the receiver about $16 million next season if the sides do not agree on a long-term contract.
The Dolphins will continue to work with Landry on a multiyear deal but also have the right to rescind the tag if they choose.
FF Today's Take: The non-exclusive tag means Miami could get two first round picks if another team signs him to a long-term contract. The free agent WR market is very thin with Landry being one of the top options. Landry has averaged 105 per season over the last three years but working out of the slot, his yards per catch (10.4) is one of the lowest in the league.
Buccaneers release Doug Martin
Tampa save $6.75 million on salary cap
After six up and mostly down seasons, Doug Martin's run with the Bucs is over.
The two-time Pro Bowl running back was released by Tampa Bay Tuesday, a move that was expected after he failed to rush for less than 500 yards in four of the past five seasons.
The decision will save the Bucs $6.75 million that Martin was scheduled to earn in 2018. Because of the structure of his contract, the team will absorb no dead money on their salary cap. (Tampa Bay Times)
FF Today's Take: The move was somewhat expected considering the savings and the zero dead money against the cap. Martin had a stellar 1402 rushing yards and 7 total touchdowns in 2015 but has only played in 19 games the last two seasons averaging 2.9 yards per carry. Peyton Barber is the leader in the clubhouse for the most work out of the backfield but don't be shocked if the Bucs address the running back position in the draft or free agency.
Jets ready to make a play for Cousins
New York reportedly $70 million under salary cap
The game plan: It's simple: Get Kirk Cousins. The Jets want him badly, and sources say they're willing to pay whatever it takes -- unless the Washington Redskins decide to tag him for a third time (unlikely). Money aside, the Jets hope to convince him he'll have a chance to win in New York. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: With Josh McCown a free agent the Jets are in the market for a quarterback and are willing to make a run at Cousins. The Jets are reportedly $70 million under the cap giving them plenty of room to overpay for the Redskins QB. The Broncos and Vikings are also potential suitors giving Cousins significant leverage in negotiations.
Browns to pursue Terrelle Pryor?
Free agent wideout could return to Cleveland
I do believe the Browns will pursue Terrelle Pryor, and I think he would want to come back to Cleveland. I don't think he ever he really wanted to leave in the first place. Pryor will be a free agent in March, and will be on the Browns' radar. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
FF Today's Take: Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Kabot believes Cleveland will take a run at the free agent wideout who busted out with the Redskins last season. Pryor dealt with an ankle injury that eventually required surgery in November. He reportedly is open to coming back to Cleveland so a reunion is likely.
AJ McCarron wins grievance, set be a free agent
Arbitrator paves way for McCarron to be unrestricted free agent
An independent arbitrator ruled that the 27-year-old AJ McCarron won his grievance against the Bengals regarding their decision to place him on the non-football injury (NFI) list at the start of 2014.
He will now become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 14. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
FF Today's Take: The Benqals thought McCarron injured his shoulder outside of football and away from the team in 2014 and as a result did not accrue a season toward free agency. McCarron thought the NFI listing was bogus. The arbitrator's agreement and decision paves the way for McCarron to be an interesting acquisition for quarterback needy teams like Arizona, Cleveland, Minnesota, Denver and the New York Jets.
Larry Fitzgerald will play in 2018
Cardinals star WR will return for his 15th NFL season
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald announced told Cardinals coach Steve Wilks that he will play in 2018, according to a team spokesman. Fitzgerald didn’t provide the rationale behind his thinking, but clearly he wasn’t scared off by the prospect of playing for a new head coach, Steve Wilks, in a different offense. (Arizona Republic)
FF Today's Take: Fitzgerald will return for his 15th season despite losing quarterback Carson Palmer and head coach Bruce Arians from last year's team. He's posted 100 catches in each of the last three seasons finishing as a top ten wide receiver in PPR leagues. The Cardinals are currently searching for a quarterback.
Will the Broncos move on from C.J. Anderson?
Two years left on his contract, zero dead money cap hit
The team also seems intent on getting Devontae Booker into the No. 1 role. Coach Vance Joseph, somewhat surprisingly to many with the team and in the league, fired assistant head coach/running backs coach Eric Studesville after the 5-11 finish, a move Anderson was particularly critical of on social media. Add it all up and Anderson appears to be headed elsewhere. If that's the case, the Dolphins will have interest given the Broncos matched Miami's deal two years ago to keep Anderson. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Jeff Legwold who covers the Broncos for ESPN is of the opinion that the Broncos may move on from Anderson and roll with Booker as their lead back. Booker averaged 3.8 yards per carry last season but only managed 79 rushing attempts behind C.J. Anderson (245). If the Broncos go young at the position, DeAngelo Henderson could see an increased workload in 2018.
Colts to hire Frank Reich as head coach
Eagles OC headed to Indianapolis
Frank Reich will be the Colts’ new coach. Five-year deal with the team has been agreed to and about to be finalized, source says. @espn reported earlier he was the fave. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: The Colts were left at the alter by Patriots' OC Josh McDaniels and had to re-open their coaching search. Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell were also interviewed for the vacancy.
49ers, Garoppolo agree on blockbuster deal
Five-year deal, guarantee unknown
The 49ers and QB Jimmy Garoppolo have agreed to a five-year, $137.5 million contract, source says. The biggest deal in NFL history on a average-per-year basis. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: We're still waiting for the contract details and the guaranteed money but it sounds like Garoppolo will be the highest paid NFL player on a per year basis. It will be quite a chunk of change for player with so little starting experience. He started five games with San Francisco last year, completing 67 percent of his passes, averaging 308.4 yards and 1.2 touchdowns.
McDaniels bails on Colts, returns to Pats as OC
Colts back to square one in coaching search
"After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts' new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team," the team said in a statement. "Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head-coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field." (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Whoa. Reports suggest Patriots owner Robert Kraft sweetened the deal for McDaniels and ultimately convinced him stay on as the offensive coordinator. Speculation about Bill Belichick's future is running wild but it appears Belichick will continue serve as the Patriots HC for the near future. The Colts are now back to square one in their coaching search with most of the viable options already at a destination.
Colts make it official, hire Josh McDaniels as HC
Matt Eberflus expected serve as DC
The Colts had to wait for more than five weeks, but they finally named New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their new head coach -- landing the man they plan to pair with quarterback Andrew Luck for years to come. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Chuck Pagano was fired on New Year's Eve after six seasons as the Colts head coach. McDaniels brings five Super Bowl rings from New England and will poach Cowboys' Linebacker coach with Matt Eberflus, who is expected to serve as defensive coordinator. The Colts hired GM Chris Ballard just over a year ago.
Deshaun Watson to participate in OTAs?
Texans QB resumes running after torn ACL
In the latest batch of progress in his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson posted a video of himself running for the first time since injuring his knee.
Watson has said he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from an injury sustained in practice.
The Texans and Watson are hopeful that he will be able to participate in organized team activities on at least a limited basis. (Houston Chronicle)
FF Today's Take: Watson injured his knee roughly three months ago (November 2nd). We often hear a player is "ahead of schedule" in rehab but the biggest takeaway is there have been not setbacks to date. Given his monstrous output during Weeks 3 through 8 last season, Watson will come with a high ADP and likely be overvalued in redraft leagues.
Lions make it official, announce Patricia as HC
Patriots D-coordinator assumes head coaching duties in Detroit
For weeks, Matt Patricia had been expected to be named the head coach of the Detroit Lions once the New England Patriots' season ended. Now, after a 41-33 Patriots loss against Philadelphia in Super Bowl LII, it's happened.
The Lions officially announced Patricia as the 27th head coach in franchise history Monday, less than a day after he finished his final game as the Patriots' defensive coordinator. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Patricia has been the D-coordinator in New England since 2012 and his spent his entire coaching career with the Pats. Patricia also spent time on the offensive side of the ball, working as an offensive assistant and assistant offensive line coach. The Lions haven't won the NFC North since 1993.
Ozzie Newsome to step down as GM next year
Assistant GM Eric DeCosta will take over after 2018 season
Bisciotti said Newsome will step down as GM next year and DeCosta will take over. (Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Ravens will go through some high-level restructuring after the 2018 season. According to owner Steve Bisciotti, Newsome will stay on staff as a consultant. DeCosta has been the assistant GM since 2012. The Ravens have missed the playoffs in four out of the last five years.
Aaron Rodgers not worried about collarbone
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on ESPN Radio's Golic & Wingo talking about his collarbone: "Everything's fine. I swung a golf club yesterday in Scottsdale." Rodgers played in the PGA Tour's Waste Management Pro-Am. (ESPN - Rob Demovsky)
FF Today's Take: This hardly comes as a surprise since Rodgers was allowed to return to the field in Week 15 and did not suffer a setback - at least not one the team announced publicly - before being placed back on IR a couple of days later. It should be a non-issue for any owner hoping to draft the 34-year-old this spring or summer.
Deshaun Watson expected to throw at OTAs
Rehab from torn ACL reportedly going "very well"
QB Deshaun Watson is expected to be on-field, going through 7-on-7 work during OTAs, I’m told. His ACL rehab is going very well. (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)
FF Today's Take: It appears owners won't have to worry about Watson being ready in time for training camp. While Houston has work to do on the offensive line in order to make sure it can protect last year's first-round pick, Watson looked every bit like a long-term fantasy QB1 before his injury once he adapted to the pro game. He seems like a lock to be one of the first five quarterbacks to be taken off the board in fantasy drafts this offseason.
Gronkowski clears concussion protocol
"Ready to roll"
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared from the concussion protocol, he confirmed on Thursday.
"I'm cleared, ready to roll," he said, adding that he has no limitations. "It feels good." (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Now it's official. We've expected Gronk to be cleared at some point after suffering a concussion during the AFC Championship game a week and a half ago. He should be a key part of the Patriots gameplan in Super Bowl LII.