MAC Confrence (ID# 235849)
  • Pats unlikely to use the franchise tag
    The Patriots are not expected to use the franchise tag this offseason.

    Advice: The Pats franchised Stephen Gostkowski last offseason but none of their free agents are worthy of being tagged this time around. Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston views Akiem Hicks as New England's top free agent. The projected number for defensive tackles under the franchise tag is $13.7 million, which is far too steep a price for a role player like Hicks (only 484 snaps this year). Today, 5:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.63 (1175th)
  • Saints likely to ask Colston for pay cut
    ESPN's Mike Triplett considers Marques Colston a candidate for a pay cut.

    Advice: Colston is owed $3.2 million in salary/bonuses with a $5.9M cap hit. He isn’t a lock to return after playing a part-time role last year. The Saints have Brandon Coleman as an in-house replacement. Yesterday, 6:14 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2051st)
  • Kevin Johnson played through Jones fracture
    Texans rising second-year CB Kevin Johnson says he played through a Jones fracture in his foot for eight games as a rookie.

    Advice: Johnson underwent post-season surgeries on both his left foot and left wrist. He suffered the foot injury at midseason and fractured his wrist in Houston's Wild Card loss to Kansas City. Johnson still flashed big-time ability in his first NFL campaign, most memorably shutting down A.J. Green (5-67-0) in the Texans' Week 10 Monday Night Football upset of the Bengals. Yesterday, 5:30 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.78 (1649th)
  • DeAndre Hopkins intends to improve RAC
    DeAndre Hopkins says one of his offseason priorities is to improve his run after catch.

    Advice: Hopkins made 2015 highlight reels as a dominant winner of contested catches and one-handed grabs. With only 201 yards after catch, however, Hopkins ranked a lowly 118th in the NFL in that statistic. Hopkins says he considers himself to have "finished last in" yards after catch. It's a reminder that Hopkins may still offer room for significant improvement; he doesn't turn 24 until June. Yesterday, 5:22 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.59 (22nd)
  • Bengals SS Williams could see bigger role
    Bengals SS Shawn Williams is a candidate for an expanded role.

    Advice: Williams had an impact on semi-regular snaps last year, recording 32 tackles and two interceptions. His presence could make free agent George Iloka expendable. Williams has a chance to start in 2016. Yesterday, 5:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.87 (1709th)
  • Browns could have interest in Osweiler
    The MMQB's Peter King suggests the Browns are the top competition for free agent Brock Osweiler.

    Advice: The Browns are projected to take a quarterback at No. 2 overall, but have a ton cap space ($33.2M) to make a run at Osweiler. With Von Miller expected to be franchised, Osweiler could max his value on the open market. Osweiler is the favorite to open 2016 as Denver’s starter, but is going to command higher than the $12.25M AAV Nick Foles got from the Rams. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    38.86 (37th)
  • Miami could ask Brent Grimes for pay cut
    The Miami Herald considers CB Brent Grimes a candidate for a pay cut.

    Advice: Grimes has been rumored as a potential cut due to his $9.5M cap hit. The Dolphins are desperate for cap space, but have no choice but to pay Grimes his full salary. Releasing Grimes would cost Miami $3M in dead money. Yesterday, 1:57 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.27 (1584th)
  • Dolphins could release TE Jordan Cameron
    The Miami Herald believes the Dolphins should release Jordan Cameron.

    Advice: Cameron is due a non-guaranteed $7.5 million. Releasing him could be the only option if he doesn’t accept a pay cut. Cameron had just a 35/386/3 line his first season in Miami. Yesterday, 1:32 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.26 (188th)
  • Owen Daniels considering retirement
    Broncos TE Owen Daniels is considering retirement.

    Advice: "Of course. That's definitely an option," said Daniels. "But I'm a man of my word, I signed a three-year deal, so I'd like to keep playing." Daniels turns 34 in November. It sounds like he’ll play next season, but isn’t a lock to return at his $3.5M salary. Yesterday, 12:40 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.38 (174th)
  • Broncos S Shiloh Keo arrested on DUI charge
    KBOI Boise reports Broncos S Shiloh Keo was arrested for driving under the influence early Saturday morning in Ada County, Idaho.

    Advice: Keo was booked into the Ada County Jail at 2:19 a.m. Saturday morning. Keo played his college ball at the University of Idaho and still makes his home there in the offseason. A fifth-round pick of the Texans in 2011, Keo spent 2014 out of the league before latching on with the Broncos in December. Yesterday, 9:41 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1478th)
  • Talib fined $26,044 for Super Bowl penalties
    Broncos CB Aqib Talib was fined $26,044 for his conduct in the Super Bowl.

    Advice: Talib racked up two personal fouls in the win including a dangerous play in which he grabbed and twisted Corey Brown down by his facemask. Talib admitted after he grabbed the facemask on purpose. The NFL was reportedly considering a suspension for the infraction, but this fine likely puts that possibility to bed. A repeat offender who was suspended for Week 10 after poking Colts TE Dwayne Allen in the eye, Talib is lucky to escape without a ban. Yesterday, 8:57 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.33 (1608th)
  • Tarvaris Jackson expected to test open market
    ESPN 710 Seattle's Jessamyn McIntyre reports impending free agent QB Tarvaris Jackson will test the open market.

    Advice: McIntyre reports there was a "strong market" last season for Jackson, who took less money to come back to the Seahawks. Jackson has had several stints as a starter throughout his career, but he has proven to be a backup-level player. He has not started a game since 2011. Going on 33, continuing to hold the clipboard for Russell Wilson will likely be his best available option. Yesterday, 7:42 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.24 (2690th)
  • Cowboys expected to draft running back early
    The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota said he "would be very surprised" if the Cowboys did not use one of their first three picks on a running back.

    Advice: The No. 4 overall pick is too early to reach for a running back, but a runner could be in the Cowboys' plans in the second round. Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott has expressed his desire to play for Dallas, but he is unlikely to last that long. Alabama RB Derrick Henry could be an option in the second, and Arkansas RB Alex Collins could be available when the Cowboys pick in the third. Regardless of who the they go with, Darren McFadden should expect rookie company in the backfield next season. Yesterday, 7:05 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    20.78 (36th)
  • 'Inevitable' Amukamara hits the open market
    NJ Advance Media's Jordan Raanan reports it "seems inevitable" the Giants allow RCB Prince Amukamara to test the free-agent market.

    Advice: Raanan reports the Giants have yet to approach Amukamara about a new deal. That could change before March, but New York appears content to let the oft-injured corner set his value on the market. Amukamara is reportedly looking to average $10 million annually. He's missed 13 games the past two seasons. Yesterday, 6:37 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.09 (1654th)
  • No negotiations between Eagles and Thurmond
    ESN Radio's Geoff Mosher reports the Eagles have yet to open contract negotiations with impending free agent S/CB Walter Thurmond.

    Advice: The two sides are expected to talk at the Scouting Combine, but Thurmond has already admitted he chances of returning are slim. Thurmond shined in his first year as a safety and played 16 games for the first time in his career. A long injury history will ding his value, but the versatile defensive back should get plenty of interest on the open market. Yesterday, 6:30 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.76 (1706th)
  • Osweiler expected to command more than Foles
    The Denver Post's Troy Renck believes Nick Foles' two-year, $24.5 million extension with the Rams "won't suffice" as a blueprint for free agent Brock Osweiler's pending contract with the Broncos.

    Advice: Renck does see Foles' deal as a "jumping off point" in talks with Denver, but anticipates Osweiler asking for "more years," and obviously more money. Still only 25 years old even with his four-year rookie contract expiring, Osweiler could conceivably offer more upside than his 2015 game film suggests. Osweiler had sometimes-frenetic movement in the pocket and long stretches where he couldn't get the offense moving, especially in the second halves of games. Friday, 5:57 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    38.86 (37th)
  • Osweiler wants to re-sign with Broncos
    Free agent Brock Osweiler expressed a desire to re-sign with the Broncos.

    Advice: "This is the best team in the world and we have a very special group in our locker room," Osweiler said. With Peyton Manning's future in question, Osweiler is the early favorite to be the Broncos' 2016 starter. But working out a contract will be the interesting part. The Broncos will likely want to only do a two- or three-year deal at mid-range money, while Osweiler could be looking to cash in after being at the controls when the Broncos went 5-2 down the stretch. Friday, 7:39 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    38.86 (37th)
  • Report: Talib could be suspended for facemask
    Pro Football Talk reports Broncos CB Aqib Talib could be suspended for intentionally tackling Corey Brown by his facemask in the Super Bowl.

    Advice: Talib grabbed and twisted Brown down by his facemask inside the five in the second quarter. It was his second personal foul of the first half. Talib indicated after the game he intentionally grabbed Brown's facemask to make the tackle. "My teammates knew what it was," Talib said. "He was on the 3-yard line. (With) a personal foul, he was on the 1 1/2-yard line, so it is what it is." Talib was suspended for Week 10 after poking Colts TE Dwayne Allen in the eye. Tuesday, 8:39 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.33 (1608th)
  • Owen Daniels goes 1-18 against Panthers
    Owen Daniels caught 1-of-2 targets for 18 yards in the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 win over the Panthers.

    Advice: Daniels' catch occurred on the game's first snap from scrimmage, sprinting across the seam for a gain of 18. Although Daniels still has reliable hands, his playmaking ability has understandably evaporated late in his career. The Broncos will have to decide whether 33-year-old Daniels is worth his $3.5 million scheduled in salary and bonuses. He'll turn 34 next November. Feb 7, 7:38 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.38 (174th)
  • 'Feeling' Denver will try to re-sign Osweiler
    ESPN's Rich Cimini reports the "feeling" around Denver is the Broncos will attempt to re-sign impending free agent Brock Osweiler.

    Advice: Osweiler gave back the starting job to Peyton Manning after a lackluster run in the middle of the season, but the Broncos are looking at a bleak situation at quarterback moving forward. Manning will likely retire after the Super Bowl, and the Broncos will not want to pay him $19 million or eat his $21.5 million cap hit even if he decides to play another season. With Osweiler a free agent, Manning's exit would leave 2015 seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian as the only quarterback on the roster. With not much help available in free agency or the draft, Osweiler may end up being the best option. Feb 4, 9:24 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    38.86 (37th)
  • Dolphins could ask Cameron to take pay cut
    The Palm Beach Post believes the Dolphins may ask Jordan Cameron to take a pay cut.

    Advice: Cameron was signed to replace Charles Clay's production, but he managed just 35 catches on 70 targets for 386 yards and three scores. There is almost no way Miami keeps Cameron at his scheduled $9.5 million cap hit. Releasing Cameron would save Miami all of his $7.5 million base salary against the cap. Feb 4, 7:47 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.26 (188th)
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