Report: Chiefs use franchise tag on Justin Houston
Houston, 26, has recorded 48 1/2 sacks over his first four seasons in the NFL and produced 22 sacks in 2014, which led the league. Signing the one-year deal would be worth about $13 million.
Lions will not use franchise tag on Ndamukong Suh
If the Lions cannot work out a deal with Suh, he'll become a free agent March 10. Using the franchise tag on Suh would've cost the Lions $26.9 million in 2015. Suh is considered one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL.
Report: Packers' Jarrett Bush arrested for public intoxication
Bush was placed in a detention hold and then released. Bush has played for the Packers since 2006 and serves as their special teams captain.
Report: Eagles working on new contract with Trent Cole
Cole is due to make $11.6 million next season and the team would save $8.4 million by cutting Cole.
Report: Eagles have not contacted McCoy about restructuring contract
McCoy is due to count $11.95 million against the cap in 2015, but previously said he'd be willing to restructure his contract if asked, but won't take a pay cut.
Ravens' Victor Hampton arrested for DWI
Hampton was pulled over after going 100 mph in a 55-mph zone. He faces DWI, speeding, reckless driving and open container charges. Passengers in the car were arrested on marijuana and concealed weapons charges.
Hampton was on the Bengals offseason roster and Giants practice squad last year. He signed with the Ravens in January.
Eagles' Howie Roseman not sold on trading up in NFL draft
Speaking on a panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on Saturday, Roseman talked about the price and ramifications of trading up in the draft to acquire just one player.
"When you’re looking at trading up, at some point, your board drops off so dramatically in terms of how you evaluate that player,” Roseman said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “But the history of trading up for one player, when you look at those trades, isn’t good for the team trading up and putting a lot of resources into it.
"Because the guys who are really good at the draft, if you’re hitting on 60 percent of your first-round picks, that’s a pretty good track record. And then it’s dropping as you go through the rounds. So really, the more chances you get, the more tickets to the lottery you get, the better you should be doing.”
This is relevant for the Eagles given the speculation the franchise could trade up to pick Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner
However, the Eagles, currently slotted in the first round at pick No. 20. To move up that far in the draft to take Mariota would require a significant price, likely including 2015 draft picks, to do so.
Report: Raiders to release LaMarr Woodley
Woodley is entering the second year of a two-year contract. He's scheduled to make $3.85 million with a salary cap hit of $5.1875 million.
Chiefs' De'Anthony Thomas working on being a receiver this offseason
That could change in 2015.
According to the Kansas City Star, Thomas said he's worked this offseason on becoming more of a complete receiver.
“Yes, I have the ability to run the whole [route] tree,” Thomas said. “That’s what I’ve been working on this offseason. I’m running all those routes in the sand [during beach workouts]. And once the time comes to come on the grass, I feel like it’s going to be a lot easier because I’ve prepared myself.”
Thomas ran for 113 yards and totaled 156 receiving yards in a reserve role. He made a big impact in the return game, combinging for 833 punt and kickoff return yards with a touchdown.
With Thomas transitioning into being more of a receiver first, he's modeling him game after Steelers wideout Antonio Brown. Both are shorter targets, making the comparison fitting for Thomas. Thomas is listed at 5-feet-8, 176 pounds and Brown is 5-feet-10, 186 pounds.
Brown had a career season in 2014, totaling 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns.
“I’m very impressed with Antonio Brown,” Thomas said. “He’s a great player, and I feel like I have the same ability to make the same plays like him and help the team and be that [kind of impact] player.”
Report: Dolphins eyeing CBs Brandon Flowers, Kareem Jackson
Looking to upgrade at cornerback, the
The Dolphins don't appear sold on cornerback Cortland Finnegan for future seasons with the organization discussing alternative options.
In 2014, Flowers totaled 52 tackles and three interceptions after signing a one-year deal with the Chargers. Jackson recorded 57 tackles and three interceptions in his fifth season for the Texans.
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