Player Notes

  • Report: 49ers may go 'hard' after Cousins
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers would go "hard" after Kirk Cousins if he is available.

    Advice: Even if the Redskins hit Cousins with another franchise tag, Schefter reports the 49ers may be willing to part with a trade package that includes the No. 2 overall pick to land the quarterback. With former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan almost certain to take over as head coach, Cousins would likely be open to a move to San Francisco. There is little doubt Washington will place the exclusive franchise tag on Cousins if the two sides cannot work out a long-term deal, but even that might not be the end of the saga. Today, 9:22 am
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  • Tom Brady has thrown 19 TDs, 0 INTs vs Tomlin
    Tom Brady has thrown 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions in six games against the Steelers with Mike Tomlin as the head coach.

    Advice: Brady has also averaged 314.8 yards per game and owns a passer rating of 127.5 in those contests. This Steelers defense is better than some of the units Brady has faced in the past, but that kind of success is at least worth noting. With both Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan likely to be higher-owned, Brady could be a somewhat sneaky option in DFS this weekend. Today, 7:37 am
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  • Bucs add QB Sean Renfree on futures deal
    Bucs signed QB Sean Renfree to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: Renfree has been out of the league since getting cut in the preseason. He was a backup for two years in Atlanta. Renfree could open training camp as the No. 3 quarterback behind Jameis Winston and Ryan Griffin. Yesterday, 5:02 pm
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  • Aaron Rodgers says he's 'under the weather'
    Aaron Rodgers admitted to reporters that he felt under the weather on Friday.

    Advice: "Rest fluids, all that stuff," Rodgers replied when asked what measures he's taken to deal with the illness. "We'll be okay. Jordy (Nelson) had it. Mason (Crosby) had it. I got it. We'll deal with it." Rodgers confirmed a flu or cold has been going around the team. It prevented Nelson from practicing on Friday. Rodgers did practice fully Friday and is not listed on the injury report. Yesterday, 12:47 pm
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  • Retirement a possibility for Tony Romo?
    Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website believes retirement is a serious possibility for Tony Romo this offseason.

    Advice: Romo has already said he plans to keep playing, but that could always change as he closes in on his 37th birthday, is coming off multiple back injuries, and is being squeezed out of Dallas. Jerry Jones' main goal is to send Romo to a place he wants to play, so we ultimately expect him to play at least another year. Yesterday, 6:45 am
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  • Joe Flacco happy Marty Mornhinweg is back
    Joe Flacco said he is happy the Ravens retained OC Marty Mornhinweg.

    Advice: Flacco said the offense was too "conservative" in November, but it does not sound like he puts all of the blame at Mornhinweg's feet. "I think the other thing you have to realize is that a lot of what we’ve been doing isn’t necessarily his offense," Flacco said. "I think this offseason will be a big point for him to get a lot of the stuff that he’s comfortable running. He and I can work through that stuff together. I think that’s the biggest thing." The Ravens need to improve the running game and find playmakers which allow them to be more aggressive in the passing game, but Flacco also needs to play better for the offense to take a step forward. Thursday, 9:44 am
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  • Andrew Luck looking at six-month timetable
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Andrew Luck (shoulder surgery) should be ready for "a full return" in six months.

    Advice: Luck underwent surgery on a lingering shoulder injury after the season. RapSheet reports he should be able to resume throwing in three months and return to full practice by mid-July. It looks like Luck will miss most if not all of the offseason program, but he should be ready for training camp. His Week 1 availability is not in doubt. Thursday, 8:18 am
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  • Marcus Mariota 'on track' and 'doing great'
    Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Marcus Mariota (broken leg) is "on track" and "doing great."

    Advice: "He should be back when we get this thing rolling," Mularkey added. It is not clear if things get "rolling" in OTAs or training camp, but there is no doubt Mariota will be ready for Week 1. Coming off a breakout season, Mariota should be able to take another step forward in 2017 if the Titans can surround him with one or two more weapons. Thursday, 7:11 am
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  • Browns likely to pursue Tyrod Taylor if cut
    ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon expects Cleveland to target Tyrod Taylor if he's released by the Bills.

    Advice: Taylor is fully expected to be released by Buffalo, and ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak reiterated it on Tuesday. The Bills brought in new coach Sean McDermott and are overhauling the coaching staff, while GM Doug Whaley has never seemed to be a big fan of Taylor after ex-coach Rex Ryan handpicked him and started him over Whaley's bust, E.J. Manuel. Taylor will have no shortage of suitors once he's free. He'd be a fine match in Cleveland with Hue Jackson. Tuesday, 5:24 pm
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  • Panthers working out Aaron Murray Tuesday
    Free agent QB Aaron Murray is working out for the Panthers on Tuesday.

    Advice: A fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2014, Murray was the only member of the Eagles' practice squad not signed to a reserve/future contract after the season. That is obviously not a great sign for his future, but he should latch on with someone as an offseason arm. Backups Derek Anderson and Joe Webb are both under contract with the Panthers for 2017. Tuesday, 9:48 am
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  • Andy Reid commits to Alex Smith for 2017
    Speaking at Monday's season-ending presser, Chiefs coach Andy Reid committed to Alex Smith as his 2017 quarterback.

    Advice: "Do I still think we can win with Alex?," Reid asked rhetorically. "Yeah, we were right there." It's not exactly the most ringing endorsement, but due $13.3 million between salary and bonuses, Smith will almost certainly be back under center for a fifth season in Kansas City. Smith has made no progress as a Chief, stubbornly minding the store while trying to avoid mistakes at all costs. With Smith going on 33, the Chiefs at the very least need a plan-of-succession in mind. Monday, 10:34 am
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  • O'Brien not committing to Osweiler for 2017
    Coach Bill O'Brien said it's "too early to know" if Brock Osweiler will be the Texans' starting quarterback in 2017.

    Advice: The Texans handed Osweiler $37 million guaranteed last offseason, and he proceeded to be a total disaster and the main reason the Texans were held back from bigger and better things. His $16 million salary for 2017 is guaranteed, and Osweiler carries a $19 million cap hit. He would count $25 million against the cap if the Texans release or trade him. There just don't seem to be many other avenues for the Texans to travel unless they make a run at Tony Romo. Monday, 9:51 am
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  • Big Ben goes TD-less in win over Chiefs
    Ben Roethlisberger completed 20-of-31 passes for 224 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

    Advice: The Steelers didn't score a single touchdown, but still managed to win on the back of Chris Boswell's six field goals. Big Ben had a 17-yard touchdown to Antonio Brown knocked away by CB Marcus Peters just as Brown was coming to the ground with the ball, and Roethlisberger's pick was a tipped ball at the line that fell into Eric Berry's arms in the end zone. Big Ben's road woes are well documented, and he'll now head to Foxboro for the AFC Championship. He missed the Steelers' Week 7 game against the Patriots with a torn meniscus. Sunday, 8:58 pm
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  • Dak shows poise in first career playoff game
    Dak Prescott completed 24-of-38 passes for 302 yards with three touchdowns and one interception while adding 13 yards on two carries Sunday in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

    Advice: Prescott made one rookie mistake on Sunday—Micah Hyde intercepted his errant screen pass to Cole Beasley in the third quarter. But aside from the pick, Prescott was as poised as any rookie quarterback we’ve seen in the postseason. He put Dallas on his back in the second half, chipping away at the Packers’ 18-point lead and eventually tying the game on a gutsy two-point conversion. Dak had his most success throwing to Dez Bryant, who snared nine-of-12 targets for two touchdowns and a season-high 132 yards. Both of Prescott's carries resulted in third-down conversions. The Cowboys’ decision to spike the ball on first down with under a minute remaining will be hotly debated, but ultimately that wasn’t Dak’s call. Prescott had an impossibly good rookie season, ousting mainstay Tony Romo from his pedestal as the team’s franchise quarterback. There’s no reason to think he’ll slow down anytime soon. Sunday, 5:57 pm
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  • Carson Wentz could work with QB specialist
    Carson Wentz said he'll consider bringing in a coach to work on his mechanics this offseason.

    Advice: "It's definitely in consideration," said Wentz. "Again, I don't have a lot of answers for my offseason yet because I haven't had a ton of time to think about it, but I could see that happening." Wentz showed promise in his first year as the Eagles' signal-caller but fell into some bad habits. Ex-NFL backup Ryan Lindley mentored Wentz leading up to the draft, and Wentz could also seek help from noted QB guru Tom House. Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan are among the many big-name quarterbacks who have worked under House's tutelage. Sunday, 8:17 am
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  • Zimmer still unsure of Bridgewater's status
    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer admitted he isn't sure when Teddy Bridgewater will return from his knee injury.

    Advice: "I don't know when Teddy will be back," he said bluntly. Bridgewater suffered a gruesome injury last summer, tearing his ACL and dislocating his knee. The Vikings have indicated that Sam Bradford will remain the starter even if Bridgewater is healthy for the start of next season. Despite his injury, the Vikings are expected to exercise Bridgewater's fifth-year option for 2018. Sunday, 8:00 am
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  • Russ Wilson under siege as 'Hawks eliminated
    Russell Wilson completed 17-of-30 passes for 225 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Seahawks' 36-20, Divisional Round loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: He added six carries for 49 yards. True to form for the 2016 Seahawks, Wilson was under siege from the opening snap, often having the rush in his face before he could even make his first read. Much healthier than he was early in the season, Wilson did an excellent job of negating it by either climbing or abandoning the pocket, but too much was put on the Seahawks' franchise player's plate. Limited by injuries nearly the entire year, Wilson wasn't himself this season, but was hardly the 10-5-1 Seahawks' problem. Wilson looks more mature as a passer every year, and showed no physical letdown when at full health. Provided the 'Hawks can at least marginally upgrade their offensive line, Wilson will be a no-brainer "bounce-back candidate" in 2017. Saturday, 4:55 pm
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  • Ryan plays at MVP level as Falcons advance
    Matt Ryan completed 26-of-37 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons' 36-20, Divisional Round win over the Seahawks.

    Advice: Ryan simply shredded the Seahawks, playing at an MVP level from the Falcons' methodical opening drive. Ryan completed passes to eight difference receivers, making Atlanta's passing attack essentially indefensible behind a rock-solid offensive line. Ryan will have a solid matchup in either the Cowboys or Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Saturday, 4:52 pm
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  • Texans have quiet list of inactives
    Texans declared QB Brandon Weeden, S Quintin Demps, OLB John Simon, ILB Max Bullough, OG Walker, WR Wendall Williams and DE Ufomba Kamalu inactive for the Divisional Round against the Patriots.

    Advice: The Texans are healthy as they look to spring one of the biggest upsets of all time in New England. Saturday, 3:50 pm
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  • McGloin wants to sign somewhere he can start
    Impending free agent Matt McGloin said he wants to sign "somewhere they'll give me a chance to compete for a starting role."

    Advice: McGloin didn't show much in his only 2016 start before going down with a shoulder injury. He's had some preseason success but is a 58 percent career passer. The Texans are a potential landing spot for McGloin, who played under coach Bill O'Brien in college. McGloin could end up this year's Chase Daniel. Friday, 3:20 pm
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