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  • Steelers GM discusses Martavis in past tense
    Appearing Wednesday at the Combine, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert spoke about suspended WR Martavis Bryant in the past tense.

    Advice: It doesn't mean the Steelers have moved on from Bryant, but Colbert is the second member of Pittsburgh's front office to infer the team isn't counting on Bryant for 2017. "Martavis was a great asset to us when he was available," Colbert said. In late January, president Art Rooney II replied, "I'm not sure at this point you can count on him" when asked about Bryant, adding Martavis still had "a ways to go" to become a serious candidate for NFL reinstatement. Today, 8:39 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (988th)
  • A.J. Green fully cleared for offseason
    A.J. Green (hamstring) has been cleared for the offseason program.

    Advice: Green was pushing to play late in the season after suffering a torn hamstring, so it's no surprise he's been deemed fully healthy two months since. Entering his age-29 season, Green should have a handful of elite seasons left. Today, 8:26 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (489th)
  • Bucs have had talks with FA Vincent Jackson
    Coach Dirk Koetter said the Bucs have "had talks" with free agent Vincent Jackson about returning for another season.

    Advice: At 34 years old, it's unclear what Jackson's plans are for 2017. He's coming off an ACL injury and hasn't been effective for a couple years now, so it's possible he's considering retirement. If he does opt to continue his playing career, Jackson shouldn't command much in terms of guaranteed money. Today, 7:32 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (999th)
  • Josh Gordon again applying for reinstatement
    Suspended WR Josh Gordon will apply for reinstatement on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gordon hasn't played since 2014, and it's becoming harder to believe he'll ever seriously commit to football. Applying for reinstatement is the most action he's seen with the NFL over the past couple years. Gordon's business manager is living with him and says Gordon is "in the best place mentally that he has been in dating back years before entering the NFL." Gordon entered rehab last September and was released from the program in late October. If he's reinstated -- a massive "if" -- the Browns aren't expected to welcome Gordon back. Today, 7:27 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (894th)
  • Mike Wallace expected to be back with Ravens
    Coach John Harbaugh anticipates Mike Wallace being back with the Ravens in 2017.

    Advice: Wallace's name has been floated as a potential cut due to his massive $8 million cap number, which is the fifth-highest on the team. But after losing Steve Smith Sr. to retirement and with Kamar Aiken headed for free agency, Baltimore can't really afford to let Wallace walk out the door. Wallace and Breshad Perriman should open the year as Baltimore's top two receivers. Today, 7:02 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.42 (146th)
  • Steelers have 'little interest' in Wheaton
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers have shown "little interest" in re-signing free agent WR Markus Wheaton.

    Advice: Reporter Ed Bouchette passed along something similar last week. Now 26, Wheaton is a career underachiever who had an injury-ruined 2016. He might have to wait until the second wave of free agency to find a new home. Yesterday, 2:10 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (907th)
  • Bucs bring back two ERFAs
    Bucs re-signed WR Freddie Martino and LB Adarius Glanton.

    Advice: Both players were exclusive rights free agents. A 2014 UDFA, Martino caught the first eight passes of his career last season. He'll be a long shot to make the 53-man roster. Yesterday, 1:05 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.77 (266th)
  • Titans looking for WRs & 'prepared to spend'
    Speaking on Good Morning Football, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo said the Titans will "make a push to bring in some receiver help."

    Advice: He added Tennessee will be "very active this offseason" and are "prepared to spend." The comments came up in a discussion about Alshon Jeffery, who is certain to land a monster deal as the best receiver available in free agency. If the Titans balk at Jeffery's asking price, they could turn to the draft to find a true No. 1 receiver. Clemson's Mike Williams, Western Michigan's Corey Davis, and Washington's John Ross are all first-round prospects. Yesterday, 9:44 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.32 (112th)
  • Report: Dolphins unlikely to re-sign Stills
    Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are unlikely to re-sign impending free agent Kenny Stills.

    Advice: Salguero reports the Dolphins will "make a strong pitch" at the Combine this week, but Stills is "more likely to leave via free agency than stay in Miami." Considering Salguero has already reported the receiver is likely to land around $12 million a year on the open market, it is not surprising the Dolphins are struggling to match that price. Only 24, Stills likely will be one of the hottest names when the legal tampering period opens next week. Yesterday, 6:34 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.08 (224th)
  • Report: Wentz appealing to free agent WRs
    ESPN's Tim McManus reports "several free-agent wide receivers" are "drawn to the idea" of playing with Carson Wentz.

    Advice: It is great news for the Eagles, who need a No. 1 receiver in the worst way. Still, no receiver is going to take significantly less money just to play with an ascending quarterback, and Philadelphia might not have the financial muscle to be serious contenders for someone like Alshon Jeffery. Kenny Stills might be more in their range, but there are reports he will fetch around $12 million per year. If the Eagles really want to upgrade their receiver position via free agency, they will have to spend top dollar. Yesterday, 6:19 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.08 (224th)
  • Hawkins has spoken to 'quite a few teams'
    Free agent WR Andrew Hawkins said he has spoken to "quite a few teams" since his release from the Browns on Monday.

    Advice: It would be shocking if a new free agent said different. Hawkins added he requested his release several weeks ago. It is an understandable decision considering he has seen just 97 total targets the last two years and the Browns' quarterback situation, but the 31-year-old slot man is unlikely to find a hot market. Monday, 6:56 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.94 (294th)
  • Bucs tender four ERFA including Humphries
    The Bucs tendered exclusive rights free agent WR Adam Humphries.

    Advice: They also tendered CB Jude Adjei-Barimah, LB Adarius Glanton, and WR Freddie Martino. All four must accept the tender or sit out 2017. Undrafted out of Clemson, Humphries has 82 catches for 882 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons with the Bucs working primarily out of the slot. Even with Tampa Bay looking to upgrade the receiver corps, he should win a roster spot in camp. Monday, 5:40 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.02 (164th)
  • Steelers make Antonio Brown highest-paid WR
    Steelers signed WR Antonio Brown to a four-year, $68 million extension through 2021.

    Advice: Including a $19 million signing bonus, the extension will pay Brown $17 million annually and makes him the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver, passing A.J. Green's $15 million annual average. The top wideout of his generation -- and arguably the best we've seen since Randy Moss -- Brown has 100-plus catches in four straight years and double-digit touchdowns in three straight. Brown turns 29 in July. Because his game relies on route running and not elite athleticism, Brown should age well into his 30s. Monday, 2:25 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.31 (399th)
  • Browns not expected to franchise tag Pryor
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms the Browns will not franchise tag free agent Terrelle Pryor.

    Advice: The Browns have 48 hours to make a decision, but it appears they already have. The MMQB's Albert Breer first reported nine days ago that Pryor wouldn't be franchised. Pryor is reportedly seeking $10-$11 million annually in long-term talks. At least publicly, he's saying he wants to stay in Cleveland. Monday, 12:11 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.00 (165th)
  • Report: Progress on new Antonio Brown deal
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there has been "significant progress" on long-term contract talks between the Steelers and Antonio Brown.

    Advice: The goal is to have a new long-term deal hammered out by March 9, the start of the new league year. Brown has one year left on his current deal and will probably become the league's highest-paid receiver on his next contract. Monday, 9:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.31 (399th)
  • 'Hard to see' Skins re-signing DeSean Jackson
    CSN Mid-Atlantic's JP Finlay believes it's "hard to see a scenario" where the Redskins re-sign free agent DeSean Jackson.

    Advice: Finlay's colleague, Rich Tandler, agrees. It's not that the Redskins don't want Jackson back; he's simply expected to price himself out of Washington's range. Fellow free agent Pierre Garcon is expected to be the Redskins' higher priority, and Jamison Crowder is also up for an extension soon. Jackson should have no problem clearing $10 million per year on the open market. The Eagles, Bucs, and Rams have all been linked to Jackson. Monday, 9:01 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.56 (85th)
  • Browns cut WR Andrew Hawkins, clear $1.8M
    Browns released WR Andrew Hawkins.

    Advice: This was fully expected after Hawkins again played a minor role in Cleveland's offense, amassing 33 catches for 324 yards and three scores. Signed to a four-year deal in 2014, Hawkins had a solid first season with the Browns with a 63-825-2 line on 101 targets. But Hawkins saw just 90 total targets over the past two years. A slot man only at 5'7/180, Hawkins turns 31 in March. Monday, 8:43 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.94 (294th)
  • FA Kenny Stills expected to get $12M per year
    According to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, the market for free agent Kenny Stills is "already in the $12 million-a-year" range.

    Advice: It sounds absurd; Only six NFL receivers make $12 million annually. With the salary cap rising each year, however, lower-tiered players will start making more money. Stills caught nine touchdowns in 2016 and isn't yet 25. He's also more than a one-trick deep threat. The Eagles are already said to be preparing to make a run at Stills when free agency opens March 9. Salguero doesn't expect the Dolphins to come close to Stills' asking price. Monday, 6:32 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.08 (224th)
  • Alshon Jeffery expected to hit open market
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears will not use the franchise tag on free agent Alshon Jeffery.

    Advice: ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson confirmed RapSheet's report and added that the two sides haven't discussed an extension in weeks, putting Jeffery's chances of re-signing with the Bears at "slim." Tagging Jeffery would cost $17.5 million, pricey for a player who hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2014 and was suspended four games for PEDs last year. Jeffery will still land a monster deal as free agency's top wideout. The Eagles are fully expected to make a run at him. Monday, 6:19 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.32 (112th)
  • Pats could pursue Michael Floyd in free agency
    ESPN's Mike Reiss believes the Patriots could be interested in bringing back free agent Michael Floyd, but only at the right price.

    Advice: Reiss believes the Patriots value Floyd's "physical presence," though his questionable chemistry with Tom Brady raised red flags. Floyd didn't grasp New England's offense as quickly as the team hoped, which led to him being a healthy scratch for the last two playoff games. It probably won't cost much to keep Floyd, which could work to the Patriots' advantage. But if Floyd's price rises, it's doubtful New England would get in a bidding war. Floyd is currently serving a 120-day jail sentence following his second DUI. Sunday, 5:52 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.12 (159th)
  • Ravens looking to add a possession receiver
    Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta said the Ravens are looking to add a possession receiver.

    Advice: "I think we're looking for a guy that can catch the ball, move the chains and get critical first downs when needed," DeCosta said. Brandon Marshall would seem to fit that description, and The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec has already written the Ravens "would at least inquire" if the Jets release him. Baltimore also has a long history of signing veteran receivers at the tail end of their careers, and Marshall would not count towards the compensatory pick formula if he is released. It all makes too much sense to actually happen. Saturday, 6:24 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1095th)
  • Robert Woods content with No. 2 role
    Impending free agent Robert Woods said he is content with the No. 2 role in Buffalo.

    Advice: "Sammy [Watkins] deserves being the number one," Woods said. "As long as we are progressing, moving the ball down the field and making plays, I have no problem with that." The comments suggest he is open to re-signing with the Bills, who have no receiving talent behind Watkins and Woods. The former second rounder has averaged 51 catches for 613 yards and three touchdowns his four years in Buffalo. Saturday, 6:10 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.96 (263rd)
  • GM praises Laquon Treadwell's work ethic
    Vikings GM Rick Spielman praised 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell's work ethic.

    Advice: "He is maybe the hardest-working kid I’ve ever seen. He is so determined to be a good player, and he has the skill set to do it," Spielman said. "He is going to be a good player with us. I do believe that in my heart." OC Pat Shurmur called this offseason "very critical" for Treadwell after essentially a lost rookie season, but it sounds like the front office believes he is up to the task. With Cordarrelle Patterson an unrestricted free agent and Charles Johnson (RFA) not bringing much to the offense, Treadwell should be given every opportunity to carve out a big role. Saturday, 5:59 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (580th)
  • 49ers WR Rogers on schedule for OTAs
    The agent for 49ers WR Eric Rogers (ACL) anticipates his client being cleared for OTAs.

    Advice: Rogers' progress is notable because he was a heralded signing out of the CFL last year, only to miss the entire season after tearing his ACL early in training camp. Entering camp, one beat writer predicted Rogers would win the Niners' third receiver job. There is a ton of opportunity in San Francisco's receiver corps. 26-year-old Rogers stands 6-foot-3, 206 with 4.5-flat speed. Friday, 7:25 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (962nd)
  • Niners ink DeAndre Carter to two-year deal
    49ers signed WR DeAndre Carter to a two-year contract.

    Advice: Carter has bounced around the league since going undrafted out of Sacramento State in 2015, spending time with the Ravens, Raiders and most recently the Patriots. The 23-year-old has yet to play an NFL snap. Friday, 1:06 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (502nd)
  • Redskins to meet with free agents at Combine
    The Redskins will meet with their impending free agents at next week's Combine.

    Advice: That includes Chris Baker, Vernon Davis, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson as well restricted free agents Will Compton and Chris Thompson. Jackson has expressed interest in remaining with the Redskins, though the team is "lukewarm" about that possibility, according to the Washington Post. Garcon and Jackson are both expected to command $9-11 million annually. It's a near certainty that at least one will move on. Friday, 11:53 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.56 (85th)
  • Cardinals bring back Ross on one-year deal
    Cardinals re-signed WR Jeremy Ross to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Ross joined the Cardinals late last season, logging 39 snaps and parlaying four targets into 37 yards and a touchdown. The 28-year-old gives Arizona some wide receiver depth and should be a core player on special teams. Friday, 11:11 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (604th)
  • Josh Doctson running drills at Redskins Park
    Josh Doctson (Achilles') has progressed to running receiver drills.

    Advice: In a series of Snapchat videos on Friday, Doctson is seen doing some ladder drills and route-running at Redskins Park. Doctson didn't look to be running at full speed, but it's certainly progress. Coach Jay Gruden had hoped February would bring more results in Doctson's rehab, and it appears the sophomore is on track for OTAs. If DeSean Jackson and/or Pierre Garcon leave as free agents, and Doctson can stay healthy, he could be in for a big year-two leap. Friday, 7:37 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (579th)
  • Jets to ask Eric Decker for a pay cut?
    SNY's Ralph Vacchiano thinks it's a "good bet" the Jets will ask Eric Decker to take a pay cut.

    Advice: Coming off major shoulder and hip surgeries, Decker is due a $7.25 million salary and slated to count $8.75 million against the cap. He's not expected to be ready for spring practices. If Decker declines a pay cut, the Jets could end up releasing him and save $5.75 million against the cap. Brandon Marshall seems more likely to be cut, but it's not out of the question both could be gone. Friday, 6:31 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1056th)
  • Arizona could have interest in Pierre Garcon
    The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers "would not be surprised" if the Cardinals showed interest in free agent Pierre Garcon.

    Advice: Larry Fitzgerald is on his last legs in the desert, though he is still playing at a high level. Michael Floyd has been let go, while John Brown couldn't get his hamstrings right last season due to sickle-cell issues. Jaron Brown tore his ACL. A once-promising receiving corps now needs an injection of talent. Garcon is expected to command $9 million per year. Wednesday, 11:09 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.62 (83rd)
  • Steelers expected to let WR Wheaton go as FA
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette "wouldn't expect" the Steelers to re-sign free agent WR Markus Wheaton.

    Advice: Wheaton missed a ton of time with a shoulder injury last season and required surgery to repair a torn labrum in early January. He ended up catching just four passes for 51 yards and one score across three games following somewhat productive 2014 and 2015 seasons. Wheaton turned 26 earlier this month. He'll likely have to settle for one-year, prove it-type offers in free agency. Tuesday, 5:16 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (907th)
  • DeSean Jackson praises Carson Wentz
    Impending free agent DeSean Jackson was impressed by Carson Wentz's performance as a rookie.

    Advice: "He killed it," said Jackson. "He had a heck of a year. He showed he can do it all. He has the intangibles of being a big-time quarterback." Jackson thinks he still has 4-6 good years left in him and wouldn't mind ending his career where it started. "I mean, it’s definitely a great story and ending," said Jackson when asked about a return to Philadelphia. "It all sounds good, but you never know until the final decision is made." The Eagles, Buccaneers and Rams should be among Jackson's top suitors when he hits the open market. Tuesday, 10:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.56 (85th)
  • Sean Payton 'absolutely' expects Cooks back
    Saints coach Sean Payton said he "absolutely" expects Brandin Cooks to return in 2017.

    Advice: There had been chatter Cooks would be traded after making noise about his role during the season, but it never seemed particularly likely. Along with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead, Cooks gives the Saints' potent offense one of the best receiver groups in the league. New Orleans is expected to pick up his fifth-year option this offseason. Tuesday, 9:34 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.46 (65th)
  • OC: Offseason 'very critical' for Treadwell
    Vikings OC Pat Shurmur said this offseason will be "very critical" for Laquon Treadwell.

    Advice: The No. 23 overall pick last year, Treadwell managed just one catch as a rookie and was stuck behind an ineffective Charles Johnson on the depth chart all season. In the rookie's defense, he did deal with several injuries, but it was still a disappointing showing. With both Johnson and Cordarrelle Patterson headed to free agency, Treadwell should have a shot at more playing time moving forward, but he will need to earn it during the offseason program. Tuesday, 8:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (580th)
  • Report: DeSean Jackson could end up with Bucs
    ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Bucs are a possible landing spot for impending free agent DeSean Jackson.

    Advice: Speaking on Adam Schefter's podcast, Jackson said returning to Philadelphia would be a "great story," but he will be looking to get all he can out of this trip to free agency. With a quarterback on the rise and not much else besides Mike Evans in the passing game, the Bucs make a ton of sense as a potential landing spot, especially since Anderson also reports Jackson has "existing rapport" with Jameis Winston. Jackson has also been linked with the Rams. Tuesday, 8:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.56 (85th)
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