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    • Bucs haven't approached V-Jax about pay cut
      Profootballtalk reports the Bucs have not approached Vincent Jackson about a pay cut.

      Advice: The Bucs are expected to keep Jackson despite his $12.2 million cap hit. Jackson turned 32 this offseason and managed just two touchdowns in 2014, but remains one of the league's better deep threats. Bucs GM Jason Licht said at the Combine that Jackson will "absolutely" return next season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:25 pm
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    • Shane Vereen not seeking $5M annually
      Free agent RB Shane Vereen denied a report that he's seeking $5 million annually.

      Advice: Rotoworld's No. 7 available running back, Vereen was never a realistic candidate to get $5 million on the open market. He should draw interest from multiple teams, but isn't going to break the bank. Vereen will likely settle for a deal in the range of three years and $10.5 million. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:26 pm
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    • Browns give Josh McCown three-year deal
      Browns signed QB Josh McCown to a three-year contract.

      Advice: McCown was reportedly in talks with Buffalo before signing in Cleveland. He'll give the Browns a veteran to compete with Johnny Manziel, but isn't a lock to open the season as the starter. McCown went 1-10 for the Bucs last year while posting an 11:14 TD-to-INT ratio. He has experience with OC John DeFilippo during their time in Oakland. The Browns are moving on from Brian Hoyer and replacing him with McCown. Cleveland remains without a long-term answer at quarterback. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:29 pm
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    • Reggie Wayne recently had triceps surgery
      Free agent Reggie Wayne recently underwent triceps surgery and is mulling whether to play or retire.

      Advice: 36 years old and having lost his effectiveness, Wayne would command no more than minimum-salary offers if he did decide to play one more season. He tore his ACL in 2013 and his triceps in 2014. The Colts would be better off moving forward with Donte Moncrief as the "X" receiver to T.Y. Hilton's Z. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:26 pm
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    • Dolphins release Brandon Gibson
      Dolphins released WR Brandon Gibson.

      Advice: This was an easy one to see coming. An average talent who ruptured his patellar tendon in 2013, Gibson never got back on track last season, operating as Miami's No. 4 receiver. He was owed nearly $3.5 million in salary and bonuses. Gibson can't win consistently on the outside and has lost quickness since his knee injury, hurting his ability to produce in the slot. He'll search for backup opportunities. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:39 pm
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    • Cards likely have interest in Peterson
      The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers expects the Cardinals to have interest if Adrian Peterson becomes available.

      Advice: The Vikings want to keep Peterson, but probably not at his $12.75 million salary. Peterson may balk at accepting a pay cut from a team he feels left him under the bus during his 2014 fight against the NFL. With their quarterback aging and coming off his second career ACL tear, the Cardinals have a major need for a workhorse runner. Somers also believes the organization is still "haunted" to some extent by drafting OT Levi Brown over Peterson in 2007. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:35 pm
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    • Bengals cut WR Greg Little
      Bengals released WR Greg Little.

      Advice: Little was only owed $745,000 and is not yet 26 years old, but he showed so little during his 2014 stint with the Bengals that they didn't so much as deem him worth carrying into the offseason. Little is a 2011 second-round bust. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:44 am
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    • Vince Young heading to the veteran combine
      Vince Young will attempt a comeback next month at the veteran combine.

      Advice: After filing for bankruptcy a year ago, Young's "comeback" is more of a thinly-veiled cash grab. Despite a disappointing career, Young was Rookie of the Year in 2006 and has been to two Pro Bowls. At age 31, he'll be hard-pressed to find a backup job. Young lasted just 11 days on the Browns' roster last spring. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:40 am
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    • Bears re-sign TE Zach Miller to 1-year deal
      Bears re-signed TE Zach Miller to a one-year contract.

      Advice: Miller, 30, was set to become a free agent. He had a monster preseason opener last fall, reeling in 6-of-6 targets for 68 yards and two touchdowns while working with the starters. He suffered a Lisfranc injury a week later and missed the season. Miller will compete for a roster spot in training camp. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:21 am
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    • Dobson committed to getting back on track
      Patriots WR Aaron Dobson is participating in a rigorous offseason training program in Arizona.

      Advice: Dobson showed potential as a rookie in 2013, hauling in 519 yards and four touchdowns. Injuries made him a non-factor last season (five targets in four games). A former second-round pick, Dobson is still only 23 years old, but is likely entering a make-or-break offseason with New England. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:53 am
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    • No progress made in Demaryius contract talks
      With Tuesday's deadline for the franchise tag approaching, the Broncos and free agent Demaryius Thomas are no closer to signing a long-term deal.

      Advice: Thomas fully expects to receive the franchise tag, which would pay him around $13 million. There's no way Demaryius is leaving Denver after the season he had in 2014 (111 catches, franchise record 1,619 yards). However, his large cap hit could force Peyton Manning to restructure his deal. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:09 am
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    • Dolphins throw in the towel on Brian Hartline
      Dolphins released WR Brian Hartline.

      Advice: A low-ceiling receiver who is allergic to the end zone, Hartline bottomed out with a miserable 2014 season (39 catches for 474 yards in 16 games). It would have been preposterous for Miami to keep him at his $5.9 million salary. Hartline has a pair of 1,000-yard seasons on his resume, but he's a complementary receiver at best. Hartline's departure makes the Dolphins more likely to keep Mike Wallace and gives another boost to second-year slot WR Jarvis Landry. Still only 28, Hartline could be a starter on a team like the Browns. He also happens to be from Canton (OH) and played college football at Ohio State. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:19 am
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    • Freeman ready to take over Falcons' backfield
      When asked if Devonta Freeman was ready to become the Falcons' feature back, GM Thomas Dimitroff said, "no question."

      Advice: We figured as much after Steven Jackson was handed his walking papers on Thursday. Freeman showed flashes as a rookie, producing 248 yards on the ground and another 225 through the air. Atlanta is going to be a pass-first offense as long as Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are running the show, but Freeman should still have plenty of opportunities to contribute. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:09 am
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    • Falcons cut WR Harry Douglas, saving $3.5M
      Falcons released WR Harry Douglas.

      Advice: Douglas has been a productive wideout in Atlanta when either Julio Jones or Roddy White has been injured, but he’s going to be 31 this season and new OC Kyle Shanahan's offense is going to go through Jones even more than it has in the past. There was no reason to pay all three of Jones, White, and Douglas. The Falcons can get Douglas’ production as the No. 3 receiver at a much cheaper rate via a bargain free-agent signing or mid-round draft pick. The Falcons pick up $3.5 million in cap space by cutting Douglas, who posted a 51-556-2 line in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:08 am
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    • Travis Kelce is ready for an every-down role
      The release of Anthony Fasano makes Travis Kelce an "every-down tight end."

      Advice: Aside from athletic freak Jamaal Charles, Kelce was arguably the Chiefs' most prolific offensive player last season, grabbing 67 catches for 862 yards and five scores. Kelce might never leave the field now that Fasano is out of the picture. Assuming a clean bill of health, Kelce could easily put up Greg Olsen numbers next season (84 receptions, 1,008 yards, six touchdowns in 2014). Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:54 am
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    • Jeremy Hill dominated as Bengals lead runner
      Jeremy Hill averaged 5.6 yards per carry and a touchdown per game in the seven contests where he handled 15-plus carries as a rookie.

      Advice: Whereas Hill dominated in the feature back role, Gio Bernard was less effective on expanded rushing usage, managing a 4.12 YPC average and 0.7 TDs in his seven games with 14-plus carries. As beat writer Paul Dehner notes, Gio "excelled once shifted into a more situational, receiving role late in the season." Expect Hill to remain the Bengals' clear-lead running back in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:26 am
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    • Report: Mike Wallace unwilling to take pay cut
      The Sun-Sentinel reports Mike Wallace has informed the Dolphins he isn't willing to restructure the final three years of his contract.

      Advice: Wallace has three years and $32.9 million left on his contract, and the Dolphins would like him to take a pay cut if he's going to stick around in Miami. Wallace holds all the cards here. He's easily the team's biggest playmaker and is coming off a 10-touchdown season even with Ryan Tannehill's complete incapability of throwing any semblance of a deep ball. Wallace probably prefers to escape the dumpster fire that is the Dolphins. As our own Patrick Daugherty put it: "The same team that couldn't work with Brandon Marshall and Vontae Davis is now preparing to dump Wallace. Novel idea: Maybe just figure things out?" Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are barely replacement-level receivers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:11 am
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    • Report: Manning's restructure could be big
      Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Peyton Manning's restructured contract could create as much as $7-$9 million in cap space.

      Advice: The most-likely scenario would be turning a huge chunk of Manning's $19 million 2015 salary into a "signing bonus" that could be prorated over the next two seasons. A voidable year for 2017 could also be added. Cole speculates Manning will push for the Broncos to re-sign Julius Thomas with the savings. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:16 pm
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    • New Rams QBs coach praises Sam Bradford
      New Rams QBs coach Chris Weinke says Sam Bradford is the second-best quarterback he's ever evaluated coming out of college.

      Advice: That's behind only Andrew Luck. We're obviously not concerned with Weinke's draft evaluations, but the more Rams coaches talk up Bradford, the more apparent it becomes he's going to remain in St. Louis. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:22 pm
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    • Eagles are very likely to keep Darren Sproles
      Cutting Darren Sproles would only save the Eagles $600K against the cap.

      Advice: Sproles' versatility as a hybrid receiver/running back makes him a great fit for Chip Kelly's offense, even if the volume was lacking last season. He is certain to be back with the Eagles in 2015 as a pass-game complement to feature back LeSean McCoy and big back Chris Polk. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:56 am
      Week 17 Projected Rank
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