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  • 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. 24 minutes ago
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.62 (36th)
  • 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. Yesterday, 5:57 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    17.47 (37th)
  • Gus Bradley says he wants to re-sign TE Lewis
    Coach Gus Bradley wants to re-sign free agent TE Marcedes Lewis.

    Advice: Lewis was reduced to a blocking role last year, failing to score a touchdown for the first time since 2011. The Jaguars want to keep him as their No. 2 tight end behind injury-prone starter Julius Thomas. Lewis shouldn’t require much more than the $2.65 million salary he made in 2015. Yesterday, 3:52 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.86 (2479th)
  • Reggie Bush expects to resume running soon
    Free agent Reggie Bush (knee) expects to resume running in two weeks.

    Advice: 30-year-old Bush plans to play at least one more season. He’s recovering from a torn meniscus, but should be ready for training camp. Unlikely to draw interest as more than a third-down back, Bush may cost a near-NFL-minimum deal. Yesterday, 3:11 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2431st)
  • David Johnson expected to be bellcow back
    Fox Sports 910 Phoenix's Mike Jurecki expects David Johnson to serve as the Cardinals' "bellcow" back in 2016.

    Advice: Andre Ellington will return as a lightly used change of pace. Johnson showed bellcow-back ability down the stretch of his rookie season, successfully handling touch totals of 24, 24, 33, 12, 14, 21, and 24 in Arizona's final seven games, including the playoffs. Johnson should be one of the top-five running backs off the board in 2016 fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 3:07 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    16.77 (14th)
  • Raiders expected to pursue running back help
    According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Raiders will be "looking to add another running back" this offseason.

    Advice: Although Latavius Murray's final rushing stats (266-1,066-6) look solid on paper, Murray mixed in long bouts of ineffectiveness and also seemed to fall into coach Jack Del Rio's doghouse a few times. Caplan suggests the Raiders could make a run at free agent Matt Forte, who would almost certainly take over for Murray as Oakland's starter. The Raiders are flush with cap space and could easily beat out most teams if Forte is looking to break the bank. The Raiders were major players in the 2015 DeMarco Murray "sweepstakes." Yesterday, 2:34 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.74 (79th)
  • 49ers void Anquan Boldin's contract
    The final three years of Anquan Boldin's contract voided.

    Advice: He’s now a free agent. The move leaves the 49ers with $2.7M in dead money. Boldin managed a 69/789/5 line despite playing through injuries and a combination of Colin Kaepernick/Blaine Gabbert. He’ll be one of top wideouts available despite entering his age-36 season. Yesterday, 2:30 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.67 (110th)
  • Bridgewater pressured nearly 48% of dropbacks
    Teddy Bridgewater faced pressure on nearly 47 percent of his 2015 dropbacks.

    Advice: He absorbed 44 sacks, sixth most in the NFL. The Vikings know their offensive line was a huge weakness, firing OL coach Jeff Davidson immediately after the season. The Vikings now have decisions to make on an ineffective and/or injury-riddled tackle crew of Matt Kalil, T.J. Clemmings, and Phil Loadholt. RG Mike Harris is a free agent and LG Brandon Fusco is coming off a down year. Yesterday, 1:56 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.03 (70th)
  • Josh Scobee works out with Buccaneers
    The Buccaneers worked out four kickers this week including Josh Scobee.

    Advice: The others were Nate Freese, Mike Meyer and Cameron Starke. We last saw Scobee in Pittsburgh where he made 6-of-10 field goals before getting cut. Connor Barth finished the year as Tampa Bay's kicker but clearly the Bucs are open to other options. Yesterday, 12:32 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2498th)
  • Irsay: Luck's contract will be a 'shocking number'
    Colts owner Jim Irsay said Andrew Luck's contract extension will be "a shocking number."

    Advice: "It's going to be a shocking number," said Irsay. "Nine figures and probably a $20 million starting point per year." $20 million a year for Luck wouldn't be all that 'shocking,' especially considering some of the deals signed by lesser quarterbacks like Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick in recent years. But Irsay's message is crystal clear: Luck isn't going anywhere. Entering the last year of his rookie deal, the Colts would be wise to lock Luck up this offseason. The 26-year-old could be headed for the largest contract in NFL history. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2559th)
  • End of an Era: RG3 passes exit physical
    Robert Griffin III passed his exit physical.

    Advice: That was the only hurdle in the way of the Redskins cutting him. Washington still needs to lock up Kirk Cousins but RG3 is as good as gone. The Browns, Rams and Texans are a few teams that could be in the market for a quarterback, though we're guessing Griffin III will have to settle for a backup job. Yesterday, 11:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2529th)
  • Kenny Bell to have big role in passing game
    ESPN's Adam Caplan expects second-year WR Kenny Bell to have a "pretty good role" in the Bucs' 2016 passing game.

    Advice: A fifth-round pick last May, Bell suffered a hamstring injury in training camp and missed his rookie season. Now healthy, Bell (6'1/197) is expected to compete for No. 3 receiver duties behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. 24-year-old Bell is a name to watch in Dynasty leagues after he tore up last year's Combine with a 4.42 forty and 41.5-inch vertical. Yesterday, 7:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2154th)
  • Would be upset if Bears don't re-sign Miller
    ESPN's Jeff Dickerson believes it "would be an upset" if the Bears don't re-sign free agent Zach Miller.

    Advice: Miller is said to be seeking $5 million annually after his breakout second half of the season. But Miller has never been able to stay healthy, turns 32 next season, and we doubt he'd get that money from any other team. Miller has said multiple times he wants to stay in Chicago where he could potentially replace Martellus Bennett if the Bears decide to release the veteran. Yesterday, 7:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1874th)
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:39 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    17.47 (37th)
  • Bucs expected to bring back Vincent Jackson
    The Bucs are fully expected to bring back Vincent Jackson.

    Advice: A poor free agent wide receiver market can't hurt V-Jax's case to stay in Tampa Bay, where he is owed a $9.78 million base salary, all of which would come off the salary cap books were Jackson released. The Bucs are flush with cap space already, however, and they're very unlikely to find a better option across from Mike Evans this offseason. Jackson turned 33 last month. Yesterday, 6:30 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2266th)
  • Report: Doug Martin to hit free agent market
    The Tampa Bay Times reports free agent Doug Martin is looking to "hit the jackpot" after finishing No. 2 in the NFL in rushing, and will hit the open market.

    Advice: Bucs GM Jason Licht claims Martin and the team have a "mutual" desire to stay together, but beat writer Rick Stroud reports they "aren't really that close in reaching an agreement." Martin is expected to ask for $8 million per year, or what DeMarco Murray received from the Eagles last offseason. "We'll have to see how it goes," Licht conceded. 27 years old and not much of an asset in the passing game, Martin is a candidate to get overpaid should he hit the market in March. Yesterday, 6:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.19 (71st)
  • Could Titans be interested in Doug Martin?
    TitanInsider's Terry McCormick wonders if the Titans could be interested in free agent Doug Martin.

    Advice: McCormick is simply connecting the dots, as new Titans GM Jon Robinson was hired away from the Bucs and obviously has a familiarity with Martin. Martin has expressed his desire to re-sign with Tampa Bay, but running backs typically chase the highest dollar since their shelf lives are much shorter. The Titans have a mound of money to blow and a desperate need at running back. Wednesday, 10:46 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.19 (71st)
  • Reggie Bush (knee) says he is not retiring
    Impending free agent Reggie Bush (knee) said he is not retiring.

    Advice: Bush's first and likely only season with the 49ers ended early after he slipped on the concrete at the Edward Jones Dome and tore his meniscus Week 8. Bush should be ready for training camp, but it is not a given he will find a new home before then. Soon-to-be 31, Bush has played in 16 games total the last two seasons. Monday, 7:35 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2431st)
  • Doug Martin: I want to re-sign with the Bucs
    Free agent Doug Martin says he wants to re-sign with the Bucs.

    Advice: "I love Tampa and Tampa loves me," Martin said. "I’ve got a house out there so I do wish I’ll go back to Tampa." Martin also said he wouldn't complain if slapped with the franchise tag. The Bucs are well on the record as wanting Martin back. An accord will likely be reached. Thursday, 2:24 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.19 (71st)
  • '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. Thursday, 9:24 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    17.47 (37th)
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