Player Notes

  • Brees says he won't test free agent market
    Impending free agent Drew Brees says he has no plans to test the market, and that he hopes to re-sign with the Saints before the start of the new league year.

    Advice: "I'm not in the mood to make anything secretive," Brees said. "It's the same way I felt two days ago. It's the same way I felt 12 years ago. That is that I'll be here as long as they'll have me, hopefully." Brees, who turned 39 on Monday, cannot be franchise tagged, giving him a little leverage even if he insists he doesn't want to test the market. Brees' main goal could be some guaranteed money for 2019. Yesterday, 1:15 pm
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  • Leonard Fournette 'OK' after fender bender
    Leonard Fournette was "OK" and able to drive home following a Tuesday fender bender.

    Advice: The story had some currency on social media, but seems barely worth reporting. We will update the situation if it somehow affects Fournette's practice status. Yesterday, 10:14 am
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  • GM thinks Mariota will 'adapt' to new coach
    Titans GM Jon Robinson has "zero concern" about Marcus Mariota playing for his third head coach since entering the league in 2015.

    Advice: "Marcus is a pretty resilient guy. He’s a very mentally tough guy," Robinson said. "I have zero concern in Marcus being able to adapt and learn, and do what’s best to get the offense going." Yet another coaching change is a concern for Mariota's development, but having him play another year with a coaching staff he regressed under in 2017 was a bigger worry. Assuming Robinson finds the right coach, this move should be good for Mariota's future. Yesterday, 8:15 am
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  • Fleener 'unlikely' to return on current deal
    ESPN's Mike Triplett believes it is "highly unlikely" Coby Fleener returns to the Saints on his current deal.

    Advice: Coming off a season in which he caught just 22 passes in 11 games, Fleener is set to count $8 million against the cap with a $6.3 million salary. There is almost no chance he sticks around at those numbers, and while a pay cut is possible, it is more likely the Saints cut him outright. Doing so would save $3.2 million against the cap. Yesterday, 7:29 am
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  • Licht: Doug Martin 'wasn't ever the same'
    Bucs GM Jason Licht said Doug Martin "wasn't ever the same" after returning from suspension.

    Advice: Martin looked great in his first game back, rushing for 74 yards and a score on just 13 carries against the Patriots, but it was all downhill from there. He was disciplined for a team-rules violation in Week 13, and he watched Peyton Barber jump him on the depth chart. The Bucs can wipe all of Martin's $6.75 million salary off the cap by cutting him. It would be a shock if that did not happen. Yesterday, 6:34 am
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  • McCarron wanted 'opportunity' to start in CLE
    A.J. McCarron said he wanted the "opportunity" to start in Cleveland.

    Advice: McCarron was all but traded to the Browns at the deadline, but the paperwork was not filed in time. "I think I would have had some success playing for Hue," McCarron said. "I would have loved the opportunity to go up there and get them a win, more than one win." While he was specifically talking about the Browns, it is pretty clear McCarron is just tired of being a backup. Whether he is deemed a restricted or unrestricted free agent at a hearing on February 15, McCarron will likely do everything he can to get out of Cincinnati this offseason. Yesterday, 6:27 am
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  • Steelers re-sign two ERFAs
    Steelers re-signed TE Xavier Grimble and LS Kameron Canaday to one-year contracts.

    Advice: They were exclusive rights free agents. Grimble, 25, operated as the Steelers' third tight end in 2017, playing 175 snaps and blocking on 63 percent of them. He will vie for a roster spot behind Jesse James and Vance McDonald in 2018. Monday, 2:09 pm
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  • Martavis Bryant wants to remain with Steelers
    Martavis Bryant says he wants to remain with the Steelers for 2018.

    Advice: 2017 should have been the final year of Bryant's rookie contract, but it tolled to 2018 after he was suspended for all of 2016. Frustrated with his role, Bryant tried to force his way out of Pittsburgh ahead of the trade deadline, earning himself a team-imposed Week 8 suspension. He returned following the Steelers' Week 9 bye and settled into a steady role down the stretch, catching 50 passes for 603 yards and three touchdowns on the year. The Steelers could be open to moving Bryant this offseason, but he's an extreme bargain at his $705,000 salary. The most likely scenario is Bryant playing out his Steelers deal. Monday, 11:28 am
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  • Falcons hand out reserve/future contracts
    Falcons signed QB Garrett Grayson, S Marcelis Branch, OL Daniel Brunskill, CB Deante Burton, WR Reggie Davis, TE Alex Gray, DL Joey Ivie, DL J.T. Jones and DL Taniela Tupou to reserve/future contracts.

    Advice: The No. 75 overall pick of the 2015 draft, Grayson quickly flamed out in New Orleans. He spent 2017 on the Falcons' practice squad. Monday, 11:13 am
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  • Allen Robinson expects to be healthy by March
    Impending free agent Allen Robinson (ACL) expects to be healthy and able to pass a physical before free agency opens in March.

    Advice: Robinson was able to undergo surgery just days after tearing his left ACL in Week 1, suggesting the injury was a clean tear. Even though it is unlikely he will be 100 percent by the time free agency opens on March 14, this injury should not seriously damage his market. Robinson is likely looking for something close to the four-year, $58 million deal Davante Adams signed with the Packers in December. Monday, 9:09 am
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  • Escobar signs reserve/future deal with Browns
    Browns signed TE Gavin Escobar to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: A 2013 second-round pick by the Cowboys, Escobar is one of the many tight ends of the future Jason Witten has vanquished. Escobar spent training camp last year with the Chiefs before landing on the Ravens' roster for two games. He is a long-shot to crack the final 53 in Cleveland. Monday, 8:01 am
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  • DeMarco Murray thinks he's still a top-end RB
    DeMarco Murray "definitely" believes he is still a top-end running back.

    Advice: "I am very confident in myself and I am excited," Murray said. "I am excited about the future, and my future. I know what kind of player I am." It would be surprising for him to say anything else, but the reality is Murray took a step back in his age-29 season even before being sidelined by a knee injury late in the year. The Titans can wipe all of Murray's $6.5 million salary off the cap by cutting him, making that the most likely outcome. Monday, 7:36 am
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  • Bell 'definitely' wants to stay in Pittsburgh
    Le'Veon Bell said he "definitely" wants to re-sign with the Steelers.

    Advice: "I never want to leave this city, but obviously, circumstances and things like that," Bell cautioned. The running back has threatened to sit out or retire if the Steelers hit him with the franchise tag again -- he waited until September 4 to sign his tender last season -- but that appears to be where this situation is headed. The tag will be worth around $14.5 million for Bell. Monday, 6:17 am
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  • Rex Burkhead (knee) expected to play in AFCCG
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Rex Burkhead (knee) is expected to play in the AFC Championship Game.

    Advice: Burkhead was close to suiting up against the Titans, so he should be ready to go following another week of practice. That said, Burkhead reportedly was not moving well in practice last week, although he did show improvement later in the week. Dion Lewis will remain the lead back even if Burkhead suits up. Monday, 6:04 am
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  • Ted Ginn impresses with eight catches Sunday
    Ted Ginn racked up eight catches for 72 yards on 11 targets Sunday in the Saints’ Divisional Round loss to the Vikings.

    Advice: With Xavier Rhodes glued to Michael Thomas, Ginn spent most of the afternoon tangling with Trae Waynes. That matchup worked to Ginn's advantage, especially in the second half when the veteran contributed six catches for 53 yards. Ginn had a touchdown called back on an illegal shift in the second quarter and was also the intended receiver on the first of Drew Brees' two interceptions. A gadget player in his early years, Ginn has enjoyed a career resurgence by topping 700 receiving yards in each of his last three seasons. He'll be someone to consider as a late-round dart throw in fantasy drafts next summer. Sunday, 6:45 pm
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  • Rudolph absorbs five catches in win over NO
    Kyle Rudolph corralled five-of-eight targets for 28 yards Sunday in the Vikings’ Divisional Round win over the Saints.

    Advice: Rudolph drew a pair of end-zone targets in the opening quarter but couldn't make good on either one. He never broke the big one on Sunday, managing a long gain of just eight yards. He also committed a costly penalty that negated a first down with Minnesota driving in the fourth quarter. At least Rudolph looked healthy after struggling with a sprained ankle down the stretch. The Vikings can earn their first conference championship in over 40 years with a win over Philadelphia next Sunday. Sunday, 6:44 pm
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  • Allen Hurns goes 1/12/0 against Steelers
    Allen Hurns caught 1-of-2 targets for 12 yards in the Jaguars' Divisional Round win over the Steelers.

    Advice: He tied Keelan Cole for third among Jaguars wideouts in targets; Marqise Lee led the way with six, and Dede Westbrook saw three. Hurns is the Jags' full-time slot receiver, a position against which the Patriots struggled down the stretch. Sunday, 2:26 pm
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  • Blake Bortles avoids mistakes in Jags upset
    Blake Bortles completed 14-of-26 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown and rushed five times for 35 yards in the Jaguars' Divisional Round upset win over the Steelers.

    Advice: He committed zero turnovers and took zero sacks. The Jaguars focused on the running game and high-percentage completions for Bortles, who handed off three times to Leonard Fournette for touchdowns and got his own on a 14-yard scoring pass to FB Tommy Bohanon. Bortles’ best throw came on a 45-yard bomb to Keelan Cole deep down the middle in the second half. After an abysmal showing in the Wild Card Round, Bortles rebounded for a much more composed performance supplemented by productive scrambles that kept the chains moving. The Jaguars now visit Foxboro for the AFC Championship. Sunday, 2:12 pm
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  • Teddy inactive; Bradford to back up Keenum
    Vikings declared QB Teddy Bridgewater, QB Kyle Sloter, WR Stacy Coley, RB Mack Brown, OG Danny Isidora, DL Tashawn Bower, and C Cornelius Edison inactive for the Divisional Round against the Saints.

    Advice: With Sam Bradford healthy following knee surgery, he is getting the nod to back up Case Keenum over Bridgewater, who is an impending free agent and may have played his final snap as a Viking. Sunday, 12:18 pm
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  • Zay Jones to undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday
    Zay Jones will undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

    Advice: The news was announced by Jones' father, former NFL linebacker Robert Jones. According to his father, the second-round rookie played most of the season with a torn labrum. That may explain why Jones caught just 27-of-74 targets while earning PFF's No. 107 grade among wide receivers. Jones should be healthier in 2018, though he'll be working under a new offensive coordinator and may have a new quarterback as well. Sunday, 9:03 am
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