Player Notes

  • Dolphins, Jags finalizing Albert-Thomas swap
    Citing league sources, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the Dolphins are working to finalize a trade sending Branden Albert to the Jaguars in exchange for Julius Thomas.

    Advice: The Miami Herald reported this late in the week, but the Sun-Sentinel got credit for the story on multiple media outlets today. The Sun-Sentinel hasn't (accurately) broken an NFL story in years. Either way, it's clear the Albert-for-Thomas deal has legs and at this point seems inevitable. Officially, no deal can be consummated until the start of the new league year on March 9. Today, 2:49 pm
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  • Many connections between Pace, Garoppolo
    Jimmy Garoppolo's agent, Donald Yee, represents Saints coach Sean Payton, with whom Bears GM Ryan Pace worked for ten years in New Orleans.

    Advice: There are all kinds of connections to be made like this around the NFL, but Pace's connections to Garoppolo especially stand out. Payton and Pace's Saints were rumored to be infatuated with Garoppolo in the 2014 draft and allegedly considered taking him toward the end of the first round. Payton, Pace, and Garoppolo are all alums of Eastern Illinois. Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, "Yee knows well just how much Payton and Pace valued Garoppolo in the (2014) draft," and "putting a deal together between those two wouldn’t be difficult." Today, 2:38 pm
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  • Romo willing to 'massage' contract for trade
    According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Tony Romo is willing to "massage" his contract in order to expedite a trade.

    Advice: This flexibility is critical if Dallas is going to get trade compensation. Romo must be willing to restructure his contract for any deal to get done, and if he wasn't it's entirely possible Romo would already have been released. The Cowboys should have a better idea of what they may be able to get for Romo when NFL teams convene at the Combine, which begins on Tuesday, February 28. Today, 2:17 pm
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  • Report: Rams could target Cousins in 2018
    MMQB's Albert Breer believes the Rams could be a player for Kirk Cousins if things don't work out with Jared Goff in 2017.

    Advice: The Redskins were once content to let the market determine Cousins' value, but the landscape has changed now that Cousins supporters Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan landed head-coaching jobs. Shanahan is already gunning for Cousins to join him in San Francisco, while Los Angeles could be a possibility next year if Goff falls flat again in 2017. With Cousins attracting interest elsewhere, the Redskins would be wise to lock him into a long-term deal as soon as possible. Today, 7:32 am
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  • 49ers a 'strong possibility' for Jacob Tamme
    According to ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure, the 49ers are a "strong possibility" to sign impending free agent Jacob Tamme.

    Advice: The 31-year-old said he loves being a Falcon but could opt to join his former OC Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. The 49ers just signed Vance McDonald to a five-year extension, though it wouldn't hurt to bring in a veteran to implement Shanahan's offense. Either way, Austin Hooper is slated for a bigger role. Today, 6:36 am
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  • Giovani Bernard expected to avoid PUP list
    Geoff Hobson of believes Giovani Bernard (ACL) will avoid the PUP list to start next season.

    Advice: Bernard tore his ACL last November and seems to be on schedule with his recovery. At worst, Hobson thinks Bernard could miss one or two games to start the season. The Bengals still have Jeremy Hill, but they'll need more depth with Bernard on the mend and backups Rex Burkhead and Cedric Peerman headed for free agency. Running back could be a position the Bengals address in the draft. Today, 6:19 am
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  • Patriots expected to pursue Martellus Bennett
    Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal believes the Patriots will "make a run" at free agent Martellus Bennett.

    Advice: Daniels believes Bennett will command "top dollar" as the best tight end available on the market. Outbidding teams in free agency has never been New England's MO, though the Patriots have over $61 million in cap space. Bennett finished third among tight ends with seven touchdowns despite playing through painful knee and ankle injuries. With Rob Gronkowski coming off his third back surgery, keeping Bennett would be a wise investment for the Patriots. Today, 6:06 am
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  • 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. Yesterday, 5:04 pm
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  • Cowboys likely to re-sign Kellen Moore
    The Cowboys are expected to re-sign free agent Kellen Moore.

    Advice: Moore missed all of 2016 to a broken ankle but should be healthy for OTAs. The Cowboys are higher on him than free agent Mark Sanchez. ESPN’s Todd Archer considers Moore the favorite to back up Dak Prescott. Yesterday, 11:32 am
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  • 1,000-yard season 'in play' for Rob Kelley?
    CSN Mid-Atlantic's JP Finlay believes 1,000 yards is "in play" for Rob Kelley in 2017.

    Advice: Colleague Rich Tandler is not so sure and expects the breakout rookie to face competition in camp. He almost certainly will, but Kelley played well before being slowed by a knee injury late in the season. Unless Washington brings in an early-round back, Kelley should open training camp as the favorite for carries. Kelley gained 601 yards on 151 carries (4 YPC) over his nine starts as a rookie. Yesterday, 9:58 am
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  • 49ers not looking for 'short-term fix' at QB
    49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he is not looking for a "short-term fix" at quarterback.

    Advice: "You want to make a commitment to somebody," Shanahan said. "In order to do that, you better make sure you’re on the same page with everyone else and you put the time in, you talk to people who’ve been with these guys." These comments would seem to shoot down reports of Matt Schaub and Brian Hoyer being options, but those guys will be nothing but bridge quarterbacks at best. The 49ers could commit to an early-round pick like UNC's Mitch Trubisky and still have him compete with a veteran in camp. With little chance of winning right now, that might even be the best option. Yesterday, 6:51 am
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  • GM indicates Ladarius Green will return
    Steelers GM Kevin Colbert indicated Ladarius Green (concussion) will be back with the team in 2017.

    Advice: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette wrote the same earlier this week. It makes sense for the Steelers to take a shot on Green, who was a difference-maker when on the field and would free up under $2.75 million of cap space if released. That said, he only managed six games his first year in Pittsburgh and still has not been cleared from a Week 15 concussion. Like last year, it will not be surprising if Green spends most of the offseason on the sidelines. Yesterday, 6:38 am
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  • '50 percent' chance Kap returns to 49ers
    The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows believes there's a "50 percent" chance Colin Kaepernick returns to the 49ers.

    Advice: Due $16.9 million in salary and bonuses, Kaepernick should theoretically want to stay in San Francisco because that's the only way he would earn that much money. Kaepernick has an opt-out clause that can't officially be exercised until March 2. In December, national reports from both ESPN and NFL Network had Kaepernick preparing to opt out. That was before Kyle Shanahan was hired. Friday, 5:48 pm
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  • Schaub, Hoyer could be on Niners QB radar
    In addition to Matt Schaub, the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows names Brian Hoyer as a free agent quarterback the 49ers might pursue.

    Advice: Schaub has been previously speculated as a fit in San Francisco after spending the last two years with Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta. Hoyer played for Shanahan in Cleveland, and has been far more effective in recent years than Schaub. Barring an unlikely-if-intriguing match with Kirk Cousins, the 49ers will be scraping the bottom of the barrel for veteran quarterback options. Barrows didn't rule out the Niners signing both Hoyer and Schaub in free agency. Friday, 5:41 pm
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  • Nick Foles to be on Bills' QB radar?
    Bleacher Report's Ty Dunne expects the Bills to "chug along with a Nick Foles-ish" quarterback in 2017, "and start over."

    Advice: That means cutting Tyrod Taylor and signing someone like Foles to bridge the gap to a younger quarterback. Owed $6.4 million, Foles is expected to be released by the Chiefs shortly. Dots can connect him to Buffalo, where new QBs coach David Culley was on the Eagles' staff when Foles was drafted and the Chiefs' staff when Kansas City signed Foles last year. Foles turned 28 in January. Friday, 5:18 pm
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  • Amer Abdullah should be ready for OTAs
    Amer Abdullah (foot) remains on track for OTAs.

    Advice: Abdullah was close to returning late in the season, but never made it back. He’s been cleared to run and should be 100 percent for the start of OTAs. Abdullah is the favorite to open 2017 as the Lions’ No. 1 back. Friday, 5:10 pm
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  • Re-signing Stills remains priority for Miami
    The Miami Herald reports re-signing free agent Kenny Stills remains the Dolphins' top priority.

    Advice: Stills was a major part of Adam Gase's offense last year but is going to be hard to keep from reaching the market. Beat reporter Adam Beasley projects him to command a four-year, $40 million contract with around $15 million guaranteed. That may price Stills out of Miami's range given their depth at receiver. The Dolphins also need to sign walk-year WR Jarvis Landry to an extension. Friday, 4:02 pm
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  • Vikings hoping to re-sign Patterson
    ESPN’s Ben Goessling expects the Vikings to "make a strong effort" to re-sign free agent Cordarrelle Patterson.

    Advice: The Vikings want to keep Patterson, but only at a "reasonable price." That could be difficult with multiple teams likely to have interest. Patterson set career highs under OC Pat Shurmur last year and is a candidate to see more time at running back with Adrian Peterson's future up in the air. Re-signing with the Vikings would give Patterson his best chance at an offensive role. Friday, 2:35 pm
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  • Bills to part ways with Tyrod Taylor?
    Bleacher Report's Ty Dunne guesses the Bills will part ways with Tyrod Taylor and "roll with a low-cost veteran" at quarterback.

    Advice: Dunne's opinion is noteworthy because he is a former Buffalo reporter. Dunne expects the Bills to be "patient," sign a veteran, and perhaps draft a quarterback in 2017 or wait for 2018 to select their signal caller of the future. The free agent quarterback market is poor, as usual. After Kirk Cousins, top names include Mike Glennon, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Geno Smith. Friday, 11:43 am
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  • Torrey Smith excited about Shanahan offense
    Torrey Smith said he's "excited" to play in coach Kyle Shanahan's offense.

    Advice: "He tailors it to people’s strengths, which is always a plus," Smith said. "So I’m excited to see what his plan is for us. The offense, I have experience with it." Smith caught a career-best 11 touchdowns under Gary Kubiak in Baltimore. Kubiak and Shanahan run a variation of the same offense. Of course, the 49ers don't have a quarterback, yet. And Smith's future with the team is a bit up in the air with $8 million owed to him in salary and bonuses. Friday, 6:32 am
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