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  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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)
  • Robby Anderson to work with Chad Johnson
    Robby Anderson will train with former NFL receiver Chad Johnson this offseason.

    Advice: Anderson also worked with Johnson leading up to last year's draft. Johnson has dabbled in coaching before, working as a guest instructor at Browns training camp last summer. He and Anderson share some similarities as thin-framed outside receivers with game-changing speed. Anderson's arrow is pointing up after finishing sixth among rookies with 587 receiving yards last season. Tuesday, 12:21 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.62 (177th)
  • 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)
  • Jace Billingsley will have a role in 2017?
    Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes Jace Billingsley will compete for the Lions' slot receiver job in 2017.

    Advice: It is early in the offseason for reporter favorites to emerge, but Billingsley's name has come up a couple times recently. An undrafted sophomore out of Eastern Oregon who stands 5-foot-8, 189 pounds, Billingsley caught 12 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns last preseason before spending most of the year on the practice squad. He looks like a name to know in deep Dynasty circles. Monday, 8:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (728th)
  • Cruz: Meeting with Panthers 'went well'
    Free agent WR Victor Cruz said his meeting with the Panthers "went well."

    Advice: The Record's Art Stapleton writes a deal does not appear to be "imminent," but there is "mutual" interest between Cruz and Carolina. Considering Panthers GM Dave Gettleman was with the Giants when Cruz broke through and they need receiving help, a match makes sense on paper. Still, Cruz did not appear to have much left in the tank in 2016. Monday, 4:44 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.39 (305th)
  • Report: Victor Cruz visiting the Panthers
    The Black and Blue Review reports free agent Victor Cruz visited the Panthers over the weekend.

    Advice: Other reports have the visit as happening on Monday. Per reporter Bill Voth, Cruz met with GM Dave Gettleman. Voth reports at least one other team is interested. The visit comes three days after ESPN's David Newton speculated the Panthers could have interest. Cruz came up with the Giants while Gettleman was still with the organization. The Panthers need receiving help, but it's unclear if 30-year-old Cruz could really help anyone at this point. Monday, 11:04 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.39 (305th)
  • Browns don't plan to franchise Terrelle Pryor
    The Browns don’t plan to franchise free agent Terrelle Pryor.

    Advice: This conflicts with a previous report the Browns were leaning toward the tag with Pryor. It sounds there's more optimism for an extension after the Browns met with Pryor’s agent this week. The Browns have until March 1 to make a decision on Pryor. Pryor is targeting $10-11 million annually. Feb 18, 5:04 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.00 (165th)
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