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Eagles should avoid tagging Jeremy Maclin
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After committing significant money and draft picks to the wide receiver corps last year, the Eagles would be hard-pressed to use the franchise tag on J

Justin Houston news doesn't bring much clarity to his situation
The Kansas City Chiefs have put the franchise tag on linebacker Justin Houston, but it doesn't ensure smooth sailing.

The Titans need to chase Ndamukong Suh
The Titans are desperate for difference-makers, and Ndamukong Suh is a major difference-maker who they should try to acquire.

What you need to know about Jason Pierre-Paul and the franchise tag
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Barring a major last-second break in long-term contract negotiations, Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul is likely to be among the players to receive the tag.

Inside Slant: The other side of NFL wearable technology
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The NFL's technological boom has made players such as Andrew Hawkins wary about evaluation techniques.

Stephen Gostkowski a more likely candidate for tag than Devin McCourty
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If the Patriots use the franchise tag, there is a greater likelihood it will be assigned to kicker Stephen Gostkowski than safety Devin McCourty.

Broncos feel a draft, even during free agency
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With John Elway in charge, the Denver Broncos have been more willing to dive into free agency.

DeMarco Murray saga looking a lot like DeMarcus Ware saga
Are the Cowboys unwilling to make an offer to DeMarco Murray because they don't want to offend him, like they were with DeMarcus Ware last year?

Free agency hasn't gone smoothly for the Colts in recent years
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Misses on players like safety LaRon Landry have hurt team.

It is Ndamukong Suh tagging decision day
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The Lions have to make a decision today whether or not to use the franchise or transition tag on Ndamukong Suh.

Eagles should avoid tagging Jeremy Maclin
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After committing significant money and draft picks to the wide receiver corps last year, the Eagles would be hard-pressed to use the franchise tag on J

What you need to know about Jason Pierre-Paul and the franchise tag
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Barring a major last-second break in long-term contract negotiations, Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul is likely to be among the players to receive the tag.

DeMarco Murray saga looking a lot like DeMarcus Ware saga
Are the Cowboys unwilling to make an offer to DeMarco Murray because they don't want to offend him, like they were with DeMarcus Ware last year?

Thoughts on latest Redskins moves
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A little this and a lot of that: A few days ago I thought the Washington Redskins would do something with defensive linemen Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield.

First of two franchise tag deadlines looming on Monday
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Monday is the deadline to put the tag on Dez Bryant, but the next deadline is July 15, which is when a long-term deal needs to be finalized

Todd Herremans, James Casey weren't cap casualties
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PHILADELPHIA -- It’s that time of the year when the Philadelphia Eagles are getting their salary cap in order by releasing a few veterans and have a chance to scoop up some bargains as other teams do the same.

Running back moves show part of Cowboys' dilemma
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Pending free agent DeMarco Murray is approaching his late 20s, the age range where skills typically decline for running backs.

Todd Herremans tough to replace
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Somebody will line up in Todd Herremans' right guard spot for the Eagles. It won't be so easy to take his place in the locker room.

Redskins draft prospects: Randy Gregory
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The former Nebraska standout shows a lot of good traits on film, but will need to add weight and get better against the run.

Adrian Peterson's impact on the Cowboys
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Potential availability of star running back is enticing, but circumstances make it unlikely he will end up playing for Dallas.

Report: 49ers to release WR Stevie Johnson
Cutting Stevie Johnson would save the San Francisco 49ers $6.025 million in salary-cap space.

49ers now under projected cap ... barely
Only the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots have more to do to clear salary cap space this offseason.

Adding Chris Weinke important for Rams' QB pursuits
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- One way or another, the St. Louis Rams are going to add a young quarterback at some point this offseason. With that in mind, coach Jeff Fisher wanted to talk to former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke.

Cards re-sign Bradley Sowell, add new cornerback
Sowell is the Cardinals' first restricted free agent to agree to terms for 2015.

Cards fill need in Todd McShay's Mock 3.0 with outside linebacker
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Eli Harold of Virginia is the latest projection for Arizona.

Should 49ers kick tires on Reggie Bush?
Had 49ers lost season finale in 2005, they would have been in position to draft former USC running back.

Ricky Jean Francois' 49ers visit makes sense
Defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois will visit with the San Francisco 49ers, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan has confirmed.

About those daily Sam Bradford rumors
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St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead have dismissed most of the recent rumors involving QB Sam Bradford.

Talks between Cardinals, Darnell Dockett ramping up
Talks between Arizona Cardinals, Darnell Dockett ramping up as team seeks to keep longtime defensive lineman.

Cardinals took steps toward using analytics under GM Keim
Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim didnâ

It is Ndamukong Suh tagging decision day
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The Lions have to make a decision today whether or not to use the franchise or transition tag on Ndamukong Suh.

Chicago Bears mailbag: John Fox could target some Broncos in FA
Thanks to everyone participating in this week's Twitter mailbag.Let's get started.

Earnest Byner tries to help ease Brandon Bostick's anguish
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Earnest Byner uses his experience with "The Fumble" to write an inspirational book and give counsel to former Green Bay TE Brandon Bostick.

Todd McShay mocks an offensive lineman to the Detroit Lions
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NFL analyst sees team adding versatile Florida State prospect Cameron Erving.

Jon Gruden: Time for Bears to give another QB a chance
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As Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox evaluate Jay Cutler to determine whether to bring him back for the 2015 season, ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden thinks it’s time the club gives another signal-caller an opportunity.

Don't judge A.J. Hawk on his draft position
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A.J. Hawk exits gracefully and as the Packers all-time leader in tackles.

Theo Riddick should receive larger role with Reggie Bush's release from Lions
Detroit will move on at running back, and Riddick will get the first shot at Bush's carries.

Vikings are among NFL's analytics 'skeptics'
The Vikings certainly use analytics as a tool, but to say they have a deep reliance on them would probably be stretching it.

A look into the tracking systems of the Detroit Lions
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The Zephyr tracker and the Zebra technology have combined to give Detroit a still-emerging picture of how deep analytics could go.

Some leftover Lions thoughts and notes from the NFL combine
Here are some quick-hit impressions following four days in Indianapolis.

Will the franchise tag sting the Falcons?
The Falcons won't use the franchise tag on any of their players this season, but they could feel the affect of the tag being used around the NFL.

Which way the wind blows for Bucs at No. 1
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Recent speculation had the Buccaneers willing to deal the top pick to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jonathan Massaquoi also no longer in Falcons' plans
Defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi was one of four players the Atlanta Falcons released Friday, a fall from grace for the 2012 5th-round pick.

Could flooded RB market lower Mark Ingram's price tag?
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An NFL draft class that's deep at running back also could affect the size of Mark Ingram's next deal.

McShay, Kiper agree on Panthers selecting tackle T.J. Clemmings
Carolina has a glaring need for an offensive tackle.

New pass-rusher projected to Saints in Todd McShay's latest mock draft
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Vic Beasley of Clemson is among the prospects moving up rapidly in mock drafts.

Panthers' Bersin, Folkerts give up their hair for kids
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Two Panthers players happy to donate long hair to children with cancer.

Report: Michael Oher visits Panthers
The offensive tackle, subject of the movie, "The Blind Side," was released by the Tennessee Titans.

Bucs need to keep RB Doug Martin
Doug Martin hasn't done much since his rookie season, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shouldn't be in a rush to get rid of him.

Antone Smith: Who wouldn't want to be a Falcon?
Antone Smith is just waiting to see what his NFL future holds.

Stephen Gostkowski a more likely candidate for tag than Devin McCourty
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If the Patriots use the franchise tag, there is a greater likelihood it will be assigned to kicker Stephen Gostkowski than safety Devin McCourty.

Who is next to go in Miami?
The expected roster purge is officially underway with the Miami Dolphins.

Jets notes: Analytics, Marcus Mariota and QB chatter
A look at what's going on around the New York Jets.

Patriots' Nick Caserio on analytics and Akeem Ayers
The Patriots acquired Akeem Ayers in the middle of the 2014 season and asked him to perform techniques the Titans did not ask him to execute.

Bills must turn to backup plan after losing Josh McCown race
With Josh McCown going to Cleveland, the Buffalo Bills have to resort to Plan B in their quest to sign a veteran quarterback.

Stevan Ridley: 'I have something to prove'
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Running back Stevan Ridley is one of several New England Patriots players scheduled for unrestricted free agency on March 10, and he shared his mindset on the process during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s “Movin’ the Chains” program on Friday.

Would Adrian Peterson trade work for Bills?
Idea of Buffalo Bills dealing for Adrian Peterson is worth exploring

Todd McShay's latest mock: Marcus Mariota to Jets
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The Oregon quarterback would be available with the No. 6 pick, according to the latest Todd McShay mock draft.

Inside look: Marcus Mariota vs. Jameis Winston in passing accuracy
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Marcus Mariota has demonstrated better accuracy from inside the pocket than Jameis Winston, the presumptive No. 1 overall pick.

Free agent-to-be C.J. Spiller speaks highly of Chan Gailey
Free-agent running back C.J. Spiller speaks highly of old head coach, current New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.

Justin Houston news doesn't bring much clarity to his situation
The Kansas City Chiefs have put the franchise tag on linebacker Justin Houston, but it doesn't ensure smooth sailing.

Broncos feel a draft, even during free agency
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With John Elway in charge, the Denver Broncos have been more willing to dive into free agency.

Broncos set to formally place franchise player tag on Demaryius Thomas
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John Elway said it on Feb. 19 and the Denver Broncos will follow through with it on Monday when the team is expected to formally place the franchise player tag on wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.

Justin Houston, D'Anthony Thomas honored; Gary Green picked for Chiefs hall
Green played with Chiefs from 1977-83; MVP Houston approached NFL sacks record.

A closer look at RB draft prospects
The Chargers need an every-down running back, and this is a good draft to find one, from Melvin Gordon, Buck Allen, Jay Ajayi and more.

Broncos have stuck to the profile in free agency
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The Broncos prefer players heading into their second NFL contracts, not the kind of players who are released as salary-cap casualties.

Does new year mean new free-agency approach, success for Raiders?
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Team in position to spend big in free agency, knows adding talent is key to turning franchise around.

Free-agency breakdown: Terrance Knighton
Terrance Knighton would like to return, but it's likely he'd have to take less money than he'd receive on the open market.

Raiders set to have more than $53 million in cap room
Raiders can afford to spend in free agency, but many NFL teams are flush with cap space.

Pros and cons of Raiders pursuing A.J. Hawk
Hawk, who was cut by the Packers, could be a decent fit for the Raiders. But does Oakland want an older player as their middle linebacker?

Did Browns sign Josh McCown with Johnny Manziel in mind?
Look at McCown as the favorite to be the starter in Week 1.

Browns money guide: How to manage $53 million in cap space
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Spending on an outside linebacker and quarterback in free agency could make sense this offseason.

Bengals cut Robert Geathers, Greg Little
Release of veterans was not unexpected as team prepares for a busy offseason.

Brian Hartline a fit for the Browns?
Two former Ohio State star receivers and Northeast Ohio natives were released last week and could be Browns targets.

Browns still in discussions with Josh McCown
McCown's camp has talked with a few teams in the last 24 hours. The Browns are believed to be one of them. No deal is imminent.

Why Ravens rank second in NFL in dead money
One reason why the Ravens won't be able to do much in free agency is because of "dead money," consumed by players no longer on the roster.

Steelers are $8 million under projected salary cap
An expected $10 million spike from last year and the restructuring of a pair of contacts put the Steelers at $8.025M under if the cap is $143 million.

Earnest Byner tries to help ease Brandon Bostick's anguish
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Earnest Byner uses his experience with "The Fumble" to write an inspirational book and give counsel to former Green Bay TE Brandon Bostick.

Bengals RBs 'left a lot of meat on the bone' in 2014
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Hue Jackson was encouraged by the work his running backs in 2014, but he's convinced the unit has barely scratched the surface of what it can do.

Free-agent alternatives to Justin Forsett aren't enticing for Ravens
If the Baltimore Ravens lose Justin Forsett in free agency, the free-agent options to replace him aren't terribly attractive.

The Titans need to chase Ndamukong Suh
The Titans are desperate for difference-makers, and Ndamukong Suh is a major difference-maker who they should try to acquire.

Free agency hasn't gone smoothly for the Colts in recent years
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Misses on players like safety LaRon Landry have hurt team.

Titans fans should hope these four players get cut elsewhere
Tamba Hali, Trent Cole, Art Jones and Anthony Collins would be good scheme fits for the Titans if they're released.

Todd McShay has Colts selecting an offensive lineman
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For the second time in three mock drafts, ESPN's Todd McShay has the Colts selecting LSU's Laâ

Colts re-signing Matt Hasselbeck is good for Andrew Luck
Matt Hasselbeck spent the past two seasons joining coach Chuck Pagano as being an extra set of eyes for Andrew Luck.

McShay mocks another offensive tackle to the Texans
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He sees a need on the Texans for a left tackle, and notes that Andres Peat's arm length is a strength.

Greg Cosell of NFL Films: 'I'm not blown away by Leonard Williams'
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Touted draft prospect might not be Tennessee Titans' pick at No. 2 overall if they feel the same as draft analyst.

On Greg Cosell's belief Randy Gregory is more athletic than Clowney
Greg Cosell of NFL Films offers his thoughts on why he thinks Nebraska DE Randy Gregory is a better athlete than Jadeveon Clowney.

David Quessenberry in remission; Chris Myers, Ryan Mallett want to be back
Texans offensive tackle shares the good news; Chris Myers and Ryan Mallett say they would like to come back to Texans.

Top administrator Don MacLachlan out in Titans' shakeup
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The resignation of longtime Tennessee Titans vice president of administration and facilities, Don McLachlan, is another blow in a tough year.


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