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Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray is expected to test the open market, ESPN's Josina Anderson reports. What It Means: Per Anderson, "the door will remain open" for a possible return to Oakland, though Murray will obviously explore other options. Murray lost work to rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard last season but still finished among the league leaders with 12 ...

The New York Jets have given up on impending free agent quarterback Geno Smith, ESPN's Rich Cimini doesn't believe. What It Means: While Cimini agrees that Smith could probably benefit from a change of scenery, he also points out that it wouldn't cost much to retain him. Smith could be agreeable to a one-year, prove-it deal, though the Jets may have reservations following surgery to ...

The New England Patriots could be interested in bringing back impending free agent wide receiver Michael Floyd, but only at the right price, ESPN's Mike Reiss believes. What It Means: Reiss believes the Patriots value Floyd's "physical presence," though his questionable chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady raised some red flags. Floyd didn't grasp New England's offens ...

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas' poor blocking was one reason the Jaguars decided to move on from him, according to the Florida Times Union. What It Means: One source said Thomas's presence on the field was a "giveaway" to the defense that the Jaguars were passing or running away from him. Instead of the every-down player Jacksonville envisioned when signing him to ...

New England Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch could be open to a team-friendly deal with the Patriots. What It Means: "If it’s smart to stay on the team that I’ve been productive on and the money is not too much different, then who knows," Branch said. Branch set a career high in tackles (49) last year and was a top-tier run stopper. Re-signing with New England could be his best opti ...

Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (shoulder surgery) said he expects to be ready for OTA's. What It Means: Siemian underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in January. "I am out of the sling and everything is going really well so far," Siemian said. Even if he is ready, Brandon Stokley of 104.3 The Fan Denver reported earlier this week Siemian is unlikely to practice i ...

San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid (torn biceps) said he is almost back to full health. What It Means: Earlier this month, Reid said he "would be practicing" if the 49ers had a game. Reid has struggled since a promising rookie season, and San Francisco is reportedly "contemplating" moving cornerback Jimmie Ward to his free safety spot. The talent-barren 49ers are in no p ...

The San Francisco 49ers "are contemplating" shifting cornerback Jimmie Ward to a safety role, the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows reports. What It Means: The 49ers are switching to a 4-3 scheme which will attempt to emulate the Seahawks' defense. If they move Ward to safety -- the position he was projected to play coming out of college -- he would likely be asked to play a free s ...

The Jacksonville Jaguars acquired left tackle Branden Albert from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a 2018 seventh-round pick. What It Means: This deal is about as official as it gets after executive vice president Tom Coughlin said he does not "see any reason" why the trade will not go through when the new league year begins on March 9. It is still unclear if Albert took a pay cut on t ...

Washington is "likely" to pursue Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, ESPN's John Keim reports. What It Means: The match makes sense. Campbell is one of the most impactful defensive lineman available while Washington needs to add playmakers to their front seven. There will be plenty of other teams interested if Campbell hits the open market, however, and Keim questions w ...

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles could be an option in free agency for the Philadelphia Eagles if he is released, ESPN's Tim McManus speculates. What It Means: Charles is set to count almost $6.2 million against the salary cap, and the Chiefs can save all of that by releasing him. Considering he is coming off two lost seasons due to knee issues and counts $6.2 million against th ...

It would "be surpris[ing]" if Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler ended up with the New York Jets, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. What It Means: Cutler to the Jets seems to be the rumor du jour, but Cimini has consistently shot those rumors down. Still, the dots are easy to connect with Cutler's former position coach and former teammates in New York, and the Jets are likely ...

The Baltimore Ravens are looking to add a possession wide receiver, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said. What It Means: "I think we're looking for a guy that can catch the ball, move the chains and get critical first downs when needed," DeCosta said. New York Jets veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall would seem to fit that description, and The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zre ...

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods said he is content with the second receiver role on the team. What It Means: "Sammy [Watkins] deserves being the number one," Woods said. "As long as we are progressing, moving the ball down the field and making plays, I have no problem with that." The comments suggest he is open to re-signing with the Bills, who have no receiving talent ...

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell's work ethic is outstanding, according to general manager Rick Spielman. What It Means: "I know that he is maybe the hardest-working kid I’ve ever seen. He is so determined to be a good player, and he has the skill set to do it," Spielman said. "He is going to be a good player with us. I do believe that in my heart." Offensi ...

Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny is expected back for a seventh season with the team. What It Means: New executive vice president Tom Coughlin spoke highly of Posluszny at Friday's press conference. Posluszny had one of the best seasons of his career in 2016, leading the Jags in tackles (133) as usual and earning PFF's fourth-best grade for inside linebackers among 5 ...

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles must avoid turnovers to maintain his starting job, executive vice president Tom Coughlin emphasized. What It Means: Bortles committed 22 turnovers last year -- 16 interceptions and six lost fumbles. The 16 picks were actually a career low. "Taking care of the football is paramount to that position," said Coughlin. "There can be no way t ...

It's "not out of the question" for the Cincinnati Bengals to draft a running back in the first round, ESPN's Katherine Terrell said. What It Means: We agree with Terrell's assessment that Cincinnati's backfield "isn't great at the moment." Giovani Bernard is coming off ACL surgery and backups Rex Burkhead and Cedric Peerman are both free agents. Jeremy ...

The San Francisco 49ers signed defensive tackle Earl Mitchell to a four-year, $16 million contract. What It Means: He'll get $5.5 million in year one. Mitchell drew a surprising amount of interest for a near-30 big man who hasn't recorded a sack in two years, and hasn't earned a positive run-defense grade from Pro Football Focus in a half decade. A 6-foot-2, 296-pound undersized nos ...

The Detroit Lions are a landing spot for New England Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch. What It Means: Branch would be an upgrade next to Haloti Ngata on a defense that struggled to stop the run. Branch shouldn't have a huge market despite anchoring the Patriots’ line the last two seasons. He's 32 years old and made just $2.75M in 2016. The Patriots were eighth-best in Adjusted Defen ...

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Eric Rogers's (ACL) agent anticipates his client being cleared for OTA's. What It Means: Rogers' progress is notable because he was a heralded signing out of the CFL last year, only to miss the entire season after tearing his ACL early in training camp. Entering camp, one beat writer predicted Rogers would win the Niners' third receiver job. Th ...

Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Kyle Williams' roster spot is "extremely vulnerable," according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News. What It Means: Williams will be 34 by the start of next season and the Bills would open up $6.8 million in cap space by releasing him. He played under Jim Schwartz in Buffalo, who is now the defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, so perhaps t ...

The Minnesota Vikings will meet with running back Adrian Peterson's agent next week to discuss his future with the team. What It Means: The Vikings can't afford to keep Peterson at his current performance level, and a release seems more likely than a restructured contract. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported last week that multiple general managers aren't interested in paying Pe ...

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said the team's starting running back job will not be opened to competition for 2017. What It Means: "DeMarco Murray is the guy," Mularkey stated. "He has shown he is the guy and he will continue to be that guy." In regards to what Derrick Henry's role will be like in his second season, Mularkey explained that "a lot is b ...

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) said he will "for sure" be ready to play Week 1. What It Means: "No doubt," Gronkowski said when asked if he'll be ready for the start of the 2017 season. He's coming off at least his third back surgery since 2009 and turns 28 in May, but Gronkowski says retirement is not even remotely an option. Coming off a season ...

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