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  • Giants cut reserve special teams WR Cody Core
    Giants released WR Cody Core.

    Advice: This move saves the team $2 million in cap space. Currently rehabbing a torn Achilles' that forced him to miss the entirety of last season, it's still possible the Giants re-sign Core to a team-friendly deal in free agency. The organization will at the very least dodge the $500,000 roster bonus he was due on March 20. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 1:40 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (676th)
     
  • Rapsheet: Fitzpatrick intends to play in 2021
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick does plan on playing in 2021.

    Advice: There's been some public debate (and refuting reports) on Fitzpatrick's status for 2021, but Rapoport confirms the 38-year-old veteran intends on testing the market. The former stated as early as last month that he still thinks he can be a starting quarterback, and he'll likely have the opportunity to prove as much as a coveted option with experience. The Broncos remain an ideal destination if only to compete with Drew Lock. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 1:21 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (951st)
     
  • Giants restructure TE Levine Toilolo's contract
    Giants restructured TE Levine Toilolo's contract.

    Advice: Initially set to make $2.95 million this upcoming year, the Giants probably would've moved on from Toilolo altogether had he not agreed to a restructured deal. He'll continue to be used sparingly as the team's third-string option in 2021. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 10:26 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.41 (401st)
     
  • Titans allowing Kalif Raymond to test free agency
    Titans will allow impending free agent WR Kalif Raymond to test free agency.

    Advice: The Titans will forego tendering Raymond, who was a restricted free agent. The 26-year-old special teamer was never able to become a full-time player in Tennessee but did flash proven chops as a deep threat from play-action, averaging 18.9 and 20.8 yards per catch the past two seasons. Perhaps he follows former Titans OC and new Falcons coach Arthur Smith to Atlanta. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:59 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.07 (357th)
     
  • Bills 'intent' on adding tight end in free agency
    The Athletic's Joe Buscaglia reports the Bills are "intent" on adding a tight end in free agency. 

    Advice: Dawson Knox last season, struggling through multiple injuries, saw a meager 3.75 targets per game in 11 contests, though a more dynamic tight end could command a larger target share in Buffalo's wildly pass-heavy offense. The team will have a range of free agent tight end options from which to choose, including Jonnu Smith, Cameron Brate, Hunter Henry, Kyle Rudolph, Gerald Everett, and possibly Zach Ertz. “At the end of the year, I thought we did a little bit, Dawson started to get his groove. But it was never where the opposing defense was like, ‘Man, we’ve got to stop their tight ends from going off,'" Bills general manager Brandon Beane said. "So we’ll look into that group.” Buscaglia said Smith "would immediately be the top tight end on the roster and has enough blocking abilities to stay on the field for all three downs," but mentioned his route running as a weak point that could make Henry the superior option for Buffalo. Everett, Buscaglia said, could be the best financial fit for the team.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:25 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.20 (183rd)
     
  • Steelers team site: Chase Claypool a 'diva'
    Steelers.com's Bob Labriola reported Chase Claypool's "diva quotient increased consistently over the course of his rookie season."

    Advice: It's an odd inclusion in a write up about how the team's wide receiver group projects for 2021. "Claypool didn't need very long to establish himself as a difference-maker, as a receiver capable of making plays down the field, and he was the offense's primary deep threat throughout the season," Labriola wrote. "If there was a negative, it was that it seemed as though Claypool's diva quotient increased consistently over the course of his rookie season. Whether that turns into a problem or comes to be viewed in the future as growing pains will develop over time." Claypool, 22, got into spats with opponents -- conflicts that didn't seem out of the ordinary. He wasn't an apparent distraction for the team in 2020. The touchdown machine should see a boost in playing time and targets in 2021 with JuJu Smith-Schuster likely signing elsewhere.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:26 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.64 (166th)
     
  • Mort: Lurie wants to go all in on Hurts in '21
    NFL reporter Chris Mortensen reports Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie "has instructed his group to prioritize making [Jalen] Hurts successful in 2021 as opposed to creating a true competition."

    Advice: Mortensen reports there isn't "internal unanimity" about Hurts as the starting QB in 2021, but Lurie has been clear that the second-year QB should be given a real shot. Mortensen replied to a tweet from the Philadelphia Inquirer's Les Bowen questioning Mort's report that the team is sure about Hurts as its starter in 2021. But Lurie's support would presumably carry significant weight with the team's new coaching staff. Mortensen said in February -- after the team traded Carson Wentz to the Colts -- that the Eagles "intend to bring in competition" for Hurts. Apparently that calculus could change with Lurie's input. The dual-threat Hurts could be a standout late-round QB pick in fantasy leagues if he wins the starting gig.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 6:29 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    20.30 (10th)
     
  • Peter King: Wilson to CHI a 'futile pipe dream'
    NBC Sports' Peter King said Seattle trading Russell Wilson to the Bears is a "futile pipe dream."

    Advice: King rightfully questions what Chicago could offer that would entice the Seahawks to trade away their franchise player. Even if the Bears offer Khalil Mack, Nick Foles, the 20th pick in the NFL Draft, and their 2022 first rounder, King said the Seahawks would be unlikely to make the deal and incur at $39 million cap hit in 2021. Seattle's draft position -- the team has a single selection in the first 125 picks -- makes it nearly impossible to find a quarterback of the future if they deal Wilson to Chicago. The Bears are reportedly "prioritizing" acquiring Wilson, but the team would have to blow away the Seahawks with an offer in the coming weeks.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 6:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.44 (4th)
     
  • 'Multiple teams' want to acquire Zach Ertz
    NFL Network's Mike Silver reports multiple teams have reached out to the Eagles about trading for Zach Ertz.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 5:02 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.03 (155th)
     
  • Teams calling Detroit to trade for QB Chase Daniel
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions "have had trade discussions with other teams regarding their backup QB Chase Daniel."

    Advice: Daniel has been in the NFL for a decade and has earned a total of five starts. He has thrown eight touchdowns and seven interceptions on his 261 career pass attempts. Despite his lack of starting talent, Schefter added that "Daniel has been considered an ideal mentor for young QBs." It's hard to remember a time that a team traded for a quarterback because of their teaching abilities but it likely won't require much to purchase Detroit's backup passer. Daniel learned how to mentor young quarterbacks while serving as Drew Brees' backup for four years across two stints with New Orleans, according to Schefter. He most recently started for the Bears in 2019, throwing two scores and two interceptions in a losing effort to Oakland.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 5:29 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (727th)
     
  • Report: Multiple teams calling Philly about Ertz
    NFL Network's Mike Silver reports "multiple teams have called the Eagles about the possibility of trading for" TE Zach Ertz.

    Advice: Ertz is coming off his worst NFL season but he had gone to three consecutive Pro Bowls before his disastrous 2020 campaign. His counting stats took a dip in part because of his brief stay on IR but his efficiency numbers also contributed to the downturn. Ertz averaged 4.7 yards per target and only caught half of the passes thrown his way. Both marks were lows across his eight-year career. Contending teams could look to poach Ertz from the Eagles in the hopes that he reclaims some of his previous skill but they'll also likely need to give him a new contract. Ertz was pushing for a new deal from the Eagles prior to the 2020 season but both parties were unable to come to an agreement. Seattle and Indianapolis were previously reported to be interested in Ertz and both landing spots make sense for the veteran tight end.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 4:50 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.03 (155th)
     
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick leaning toward retirement?
    ESPN Denver's John Clayton reports Ryan Fitzpatrick "looks like he's going to retire."

    Advice: Fitzpatrick last month said he still thinks he can be a starting quarterback. The Broncos reached out to Fitzpatrick but believe he's "going to be out of the mix." Fitzpatrick averaged 232 yards per game with the highest completion-percentage (68.5%) of his career before getting benched for Tua Tagovailoa in Week 6. He turns 39 in November. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (951st)
     
  • Odell Beckham (knee) 'on track' in recovery
    The Akron Beacon Journal reports Odell Beckham (knee) is "right on track" in his recovery.

    Advice: The Browns haven't put a timetable on Beckham's return, but he's been setback-free in his rehab. He'll be nine months removed from surgery at the start of training camp. Coach Kevin Stefanski said the Browns are "in a good spot" to keep both Beckham and Jarvis Landry. Beckham will count $15.8 million against the cap if Cleveland doesn't trade him this offseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:29 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (897th)
     
  • Brady, Bucs reworking deal to create cap space
    Josina Anderson reports the Buccaneers are "getting close" to finalizing a reworked contract for Tom Brady.

    Advice: Tampa Bay is projected to have roughly $19 million in cap space with a number of key players — Chris Godwin, Shaq Barrett, Ndamukong Suh, Antonio Brown — scheduled to hit the open market. Any restructured/extended contract would simply allow the team to spread Brady's earnings across multiple years, making it easier to retain impending free agents for another Championship run. Brady, 43, has already said he'd "consider" playing beyond 45 years old and will undoubtedly walk away whenever he deems fit (and not a day earlier). NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 3:04 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.11 (9th)
     
  • Kyle Rudolph interested in signing with Patriots?
    NESN's Doug Kyed reports free agent Kyle Rudolph is interested in signing with the Patriots.

    Advice: The Patriots were involved in trade talks for Rudolph before he signed an extension with the Vikings in 2019. They could be a potential landing spot, though Rudolph isn't much of an upgrade on Ryan Izzo and would likely block 2020 third-rounders Dalton Keene and Devin Asiasi. Rudolph has also been linked to the Browns. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 9:21 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (501st)
     
  • Titans re-signed FB Khair Blasingame
    Titans re-signed FB Khari Blasingame to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Blasingame was an exclusive rights free agent. The 24-year-old has appeared in 21 games over the last two seasons, turning 10 targets into 8-93 with zero rushing attempts on a total of 233 snaps in that span. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 6:54 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.26 (411th)
     
  • 49ers re-signed RFAs Ross Dwelley, Marcell Harris
    49ers re-signed TE Ross Dwelley to a one-year contract.

    Advice: The team also re-signed S Marcell Harris to a one-year deal. Both were slated to be restricted free agents. Dwelley, 26, has appeared in 43 games for the Niners over the last three seasons after going undrafted out of San Diego. He went 19-245-1 this past season with George Kittle missing a chunk of the season to injury. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 6:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.04 (432nd)
     
  • Report: Bears 'priority' is landing Russell Wilson
    According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears "have prioritized" making a run at Russell Wilson.

    Advice: Biggs is the Bears' ace beat writer and has been covering the club for a long time, so his words carry weight. Chicago's focus is on upgrading its quarterback spot with Mitchell Trubisky now headed to free agency and Nick Foles an obvious non-answer at the position. GM Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy need to swing big, and landing Wilson would obviously qualify. Wilson's agent said he'd accept a trade to four teams, and the Bears were on that list along with the Saints, Cowboys, and Raiders. New Orleans is in a salary-cap nightmare. Dallas seems intent on retaining Dak Prescott. And the Raiders haven't yet wavered in their support of Derek Carr. With the Seahawks "answering" calls on Wilson, the Bears should make every effort they can to acquire the 32-year-old. It would take a massive haul. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 6:37 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.44 (4th)
     
  • Russini: Seahawks answering calls on Wilson
    ESPN's Dianna Russini reports the Seahawks are answering trade calls on Russell Wilson. 

    Advice: Russini reports the Seahawks are not actively "shopping" Wilson, but that they are picking up when other teams call. That puts them a step ahead of the Texans, who are reportedly sending interested Deshaun Watson parties straight to voicemail. Russini confirms Wilson is "not happy" in Seattle. Instead of dying down, this story keeps gaining new dimensions. It is still a "believe it when you see it," but it is notable this was not immediately extinguished.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 10:18 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.44 (4th)
     
  • Report: Kyle Rudolph interested in Browns
    Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot reports Kyle Rudolph would be interested in signing with the Browns if the team doesn't retain David Njoku. 

    Advice: This comes as NESN's Doug Kyet reports the Patriots are interested in signing the veteran tight end. Cabot cited a source who said Rudolph -- released by the Vikings on Tuesday -- would be open to reuniting with Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, who was Minnesota's offensive coordinator in 2019. That year, the lumbering Rudolph caught 39 passes for 367 yards and six touchdowns on 48 targets. Njoku probably won't be back with Cleveland. He's heading into his fifth-year option year at $6.013 million, and since the salary isn't guarantee until the first day of the league year March 17, the Browns can release Njoku with no dead cap space or trade him. Rudolph's addition to Cleveland's roster likely won't affect Austin Hooper's opportunity any more than Njoku or Harrison Bryant did in 2020.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 6:53 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (501st)
     
  • Vikings release Kyle Rudolph after 10 seasons
    Vikings released TE Kyle Rudolph. 

    Advice: A Viking his entire 10-year career, Rudolph was on the record as not willing to take a pay cut, making this an expected cut. The move clears $5.037 million in cap space, a number that increases to $7.937 million if he is designated as a post-June 1 release. Headed into his age-32 campaign, Rudolph's 28 receptions last season were his fewest since his injury-shortened 2014. He made it clear in a February interview that did not sit well with him. Rudolph's experience and wingspan should draw plenty of interest as a goal-line threat and chain mover. His departure from Minnesota paves the TE2 way for Irv Smith, a third-year pro who could make the leap to TE1 status in 2021.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 2:43 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (501st)
     
  • Fitz believes he can start somewhere in 2021
    The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports Ryan Fitzpatrick "believes he’s played well enough the past couple of years to get a chance to at least compete for a starting job with some team."

    Advice: The Dolphins' commitment to Tua Tagovailoa as the team's starter means Fitzpatrick would have to look elsewhere this offseason if he wants a starting gig. Fitzpatrick was less than thrilled with Miami's decision to bench him at midseason in favor of Tagovailoa, who struggled throughout the second half of the season. The Broncos reportedly have interest in Fitzpatrick, though the team remains in the Deshaun Watson conversation. Drew Lock could be the latest young quarterback to lose his starting job to Fitz if he signed with Denver. The grizzled veteran has a lengthy history of unseating young signal callers, including Geno Smith, Jameis Winston, and Josh Rosen. The Dolphins will need to remove any and all competition for Tua to be the team's opening day starter. There's almost no chance Fitzpatrick returns to South Florida.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Feb 26, 8:24 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (951st)
     
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