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  • Purdy will undergo surgery, expected back by camp
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Brock Purdy will undergo surgery to repair his torn UCL and is expected to make a "full recovery & be ready for training camp."

    Advice: Rapoport added Dr. Keith Meister of the Texas Rangers will perform the surgery a day after meeting with Purdy on February 21st. Previous reports on Purdy's recovery suggested he would be out for six months, making a return in time for training camp unlikely. It's possible Purdy doesn't need Tommy John surgery, shortening his rehab time, though it's equally likely Rapoport's source is giving an optimistic projection of Purdy's timeline. Either way, Trey Lance should be considered the favorite to start for the 49ers in Week 1. However, given Purdy's success, Lance will have a short leash once Purdy is ready to retake the field. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 3:04 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    15.98 (124th)
     
  • In lead to be starter in 2023
    Washington head coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that Howell will be the "quarterback to beat" during the offseason program, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

    Advice: A 2022 fifth-round pick, Howell was a healthy scratch for the majority of his rookie season, but he served as Washington's starting signal-caller Week 18 against the Cowboys, completing 11 of 19 passes for 169 yards, one touchdown and one interception while taking five carries for 35 yards and another score in a 26-6 win. Considering Rivera's comments, the Commanders don't seem poised to make a big offseason splash at quarterback this offseason after bringing on Carson Wentz last March. While Wentz is under contract for 2023, the team can move on from him without any dead-cap hit. As for the other quarterbacks on Washington's 2022 roster, Taylor Heinicke will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so if the team cuts Wentz, Howell's only competition for reps this spring and summer will be Jake Fromm, barring further additions to the group. Rotowire.com Today, 1:30 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    12.17 (2382nd)
     
  • Surgery scheduled
    Purdy is slated to meet with Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas on Feb. 21 before undergoing surgery to repair the complete tear of the UCL is his right throwing elbow on Feb. 22, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Advice: Purdy suffered the injury during the 49ers' loss in the NFC Championship Game at Philadelphia on Jan. 29. The Niners had some concern that he may require Tommy John surgery, but considering he's expected to be ready for training camp, per Rapoport, Purdy appears set to undergo the InternalBrace repair. San Francisco enters the offseason with just two quarterbacks under contract -- Purdy and Trey Lance (ankle) -- with the latter expected to be healthy for the offseason program. Head coach Kyle Shanahan has yet to name a starter or commit to a favorite in the competition for San Francisco's quarterback duties in 2023, but Purdy at least will be given a chance to reclaim the gig after his impressive run as the starter for the team as a seventh-round rookie this past season. Rotowire.com Today, 12:10 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    15.98 (124th)
     
  • Production drops in 2022
    Smythe secured 15 of 20 targets for 129 yards and one score across 16 games with Miami in the 2022 regular season. He also handled two carries for one yard and a touchdown.

    Advice: Smythe and Mike Gesicki both saw their receiving stats plummet under first-year head coach Mike McDaniel, whose arrival coincided with the Dolphins' usage of two-tight-end sets dropping off significantly. Gesicki is headed for free agency this offseason while Smythe is entering the final year of his contract in 2023, but that hardly guarantees that Smythe will see the overwhelming share of snaps at tight end in 2023. Even if he does, Smythe will operate primarily as a blocker and is unlikely to handle heavy volume as a pass catcher. Rotowire.com Today, 9:58 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    2.31 (1928th)
     
  • Cowboys plan to restructure Zeke, tag Pollard
    Cowboys RB Tony Pollard is expected to receive the franchise tag.

    Advice: Pollard underwent surgery last month after going down in the Divisional Round. The injury hasn't changed the Cowboys' view on Pollard, with the expectation he'll be ready for the start of the season. Dallas plans to restructure Ezekiel Elliott and franchise Pollard, which would pay him $10 million in 2023. Tagging Pollard would give Dallas until July to reach a long-term deal. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:51 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    11.09 (46th)
     
  • Ezekiel Elliott expected to take 'large pay cut'
    ProFootball Network's Tony Pauline reports Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is expected to take a "large pay cut" to remain with the team.

    Advice: Cowboys GM Jerry Jones said the team wants Elliott, who is scheduled to make $16.7 million, back for 2023. Releasing Elliott ($5M cap savings) remains in play but would come with $12 million in dead money. Elliott returning on a restructured deal may be the likeliest outcome here, allowing Dallas to keep him on the roster at a reduced salary. The Cowboys also have an interest in bringing back free agent Tony Pollard this offseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:20 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    13.58 (21st)
     
  • Saints request Derek Carr visit, granted by Vegas
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders have granted Derek Carr permission to visit the Saints.

    Advice: RapSheet adds that the visit is expected to happen on Wednesday but that no deal is imminent between the two parties. It appears, at least for now, that the Saints are leaving no stone unturned as they hunt for their quarterback of the future. Carr's no-trade clause also leaves a few hurdles yet to clear before any discussions commence.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:51 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2485th)
     
  • Vrabel on Tannehill: 'Evaluating entire roster'
    Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Ryan Tannehill "seemed excited" about new OC Tim Kelly, but also noted "Ran [Carthon] and I are evaluating the entire roster."

    Advice: It's been speculated about the Nashville media that a return for Kelly could mean a return for Tannehill as Tennessee's starting quarterback in 2023. Vrabel stopped short of saying that the Kelly elevation is a bridge to Tannehill being on the roster, but didn't necessarily say anything that would lead us to believe the Titans are planning to move on from Tannehill either. Tannehill's future remains an open question heading into free agency, as he carries a $36.6 million cap hit that the Titans can move on, saving as much as $27 million in cap space if they release Tannehill with a post-June 1 designation.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:07 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2499th)
     
  • Rodgers to 'darkness retreat,' deciding on future
    Aaron Rodgers told the Pat McAfee Show that he plans to attend a "darkness retreat" where he will contemplate his future before making any decisions. 

    Advice: OK then. Rodgers' decision remains one of the biggest stories of the offseason, but it doesn't sound like anything concrete has been decided, as has been the case for the last three weeks. At least it's gathering a lot of attention. Tune in next week, when more attention will be gathered and maybe something will change or maybe it will just remain in the Rodgers Spinning ThinkingFace Emoji zone.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:00 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    17.97 (74th)