Report: Jaguars decline contract options for Mychal Rivera, Arrelious Benn

The Jaguars have declined contract options for tight end Mychal Rivera and wide receiver Arrelious Benn, Mike Kaye of First Coast News reports. They will become free agents in March. The Jaguars picked up three contract options earlier Tuesday, keeping tight end Marcedes Lewis, offensive tackle Josh Wells and guard Tyler Shatley for 2018. Jacksonville [more]

Cal McNair on Brian Cushing: He will always be part of the Texans family

Releasing Brian Cushing wasn’t much of a decision for the Texans. The emergence of second-year linebackers Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole made Cushing expendable, saving Houston $7.64 million against the salary cap. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t hurt the Texans to do what they did Tuesday. The Texans think highly of Cushing, who they [more]

Buccaneers are cutting Chris Baker

The Buccaneers just hired a new defensive line coach, and they’ve already starting remaking the group he has to work with. Via Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Buccaneers are cutting veteran defensive tackle Chris Baker. He was scheduled to make $4.875 million this season, and $3 million of it would have been guaranteed [more]

Eagles sign Winston Craig

The Eagles signed defensive tackle Winston Craig, the team announced Tuesday. Craig, 22, originally signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh last May. The Eagles waived him out of the preseason. He signed to the team’s practice squad December 8 before the Eagles cut him again January 9. Craig made 166 [more]

Jaguars exercise options on Tyler Shatley and Josh Wells

Tight end Marcedes Lewis wasn’t the only member of the Jaguars to get his contract option picked up on Tuesday. In addition to confirming that Lewis’ deal was extended through the 2018 season, the team also announced that they have also exercised their options on the contracts of offensive linemen Josh Wells and Tyler Shatley. [more]

Ron Jaworski: Dak Prescott did not play as well as he can play but has the talent

Dak Prescott vowed not to have a sophomore slump, but in the end, he did. The Cowboys quarterback still won nine games, but his numbers were down in every area except interceptions, which increased from four in 2016 to 13 in 2017. Ron Jaworski said he believes it was a combination of things that affected [more]

Doug Martin: I believe best football is ahead of me

The Buccaneers cut running back Doug Martin on Tuesday, ending a six-year run with the Buccaneers that featured two 1,400-yard seasons and two trips to the Pro Bowl. Those seasons are well in the rear-view mirror at this point, however. Martin struggled over 19 appearances in 2016 and 2017 and served a four-game suspension for [more]

Eagles want trademark on “Philly Special”

The Eagles used “Philly Special” to help them win the Super Bowl and they can’t claim ownership of the play’s design because they got the idea for it from watching others use it before Nick Foles‘ touchdown in Minneapolis. They are moving to take some ownership of the name of the play, however. Darren Rovell [more]

If Chiefs are moving on from Marcus Peters, now is the time to do it

Despite the shouts of FAKE NEWS! coming from Chiefs fans who disagree with the notion that cornerback Marcus Peters could be traded, the talk in league circles regarding the possibility that the Chiefs will entertain offers (if not initiate them) remains real. So why would they want to do it? The Chiefs became sufficiently exasperated [more]

Torrey Smith hopes to stay in Philly in 2018

Wide receiver Torrey Smith won a Super Bowl with the Ravens, which means he earned his second title when the Eagles beat the Patriots earlier this month. Smith believes the reason why there hasn’t been a repeat winner since 2004 is “because there’s a lot of change within the team” from one year to the [more]

Saints bring back their long snapper

The Saints took care of one of their own free agents at a key position Tuesday. No, not that one. Via Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints re-signed long snapper Zach Wood to a one-year deal. Wood was about to be an exclusive-rights free agent (which means not really a free agent at all [more]

Chiefs’ Laurent Duvernay-Tardif finishing medical school, wants “M.D.” on his jersey

A handful of NFL players have suffixes like “Sr.” or “Jr.” or “III” after their last names on their jerseys. Now one player has an idea for a new one. Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who is finishing up his medical degree this offseason, wants the back of his jersey to say, “Duvernay-Tardif M.D.” “I [more]

“Lamar Jackson should play WR” take sparks internal ESPN disagreement

On Monday, ESPN analyst Bill Polian reiterated his belief that former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson should switch to receiver at the next level. Many disagreed, including another ESPN analyst. Said Damien Woody, “[People] already want Lamar Jackson to switch positions?! We’ve seen plenty of bum QBs, that are still in the league . . . get [more]

Texans officially move on from Brian Cushing

In a move first reported over the weekend by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans have parted way with veteran linebacker Brian Cushing. PFT has confirmed that the release officially happened on Tuesday. A first-round pick in 2009, Cushing became the first two-time NFL defensive rookie of the year after a PED suspension [more]

Bears cut Jerrell Freeman

Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman spent all but one game of last season on injured reserve, was given a 10-game suspension and said he was suffering from memory loss. So it wouldn’t be surprising if Freeman is done playing in the NFL. He’s definitely done with the Bears, who released him today, a league source tells [more]

Report: Eagles to name Mike Groh offensive coordinator

The Eagles are filling their post-Super Bowl vacancies in-house, and have apparently settled on which way they’re going. According to Tim McManus of ESPN.com, the team has decided to promote receivers coach Mike Groh to offensive coordinator. Of course, it’s a largely ceremonial job, since head coach Doug Pederson calls the plays. But after coordinator [more]

DirecTV tries to address Twitter complaints about Sunday Ticket price hike

For corporate America, social media has become equal parts science and art. Great care must be taken regarding what is said on official corporate accounts, but those things must be said in a way that reflects, at a minimum, a basic degree of self-awareness. The folks at DirecTV are lacking when it comes to the [more]

Jaguars pick up option on Marcedes Lewis

The Jaguars finally got back to the playoffs in their beat-up old Marcedes. So they might as well roll with him another year. Via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars are picking up the option on veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis‘ contract, meaning he’ll spend his 13th season with the team. The 33-year-old [more]

Bucs cut Doug Martin

Doug Martin‘s once-promising tenure in Tampa Bay has come to an end. Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht told Martin this morning that he’s being released, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Although Martin is a two-time Pro Bowl running back, the move comes as no surprise. Licht said last month that Martin didn’t [more]

Tag window is officially open

It’s Tuesday, February 20. Which means the tag window is officially open. Every team has the ability to use the franchise tag or the transition tag, from now through March 6 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Unless a team is hoping to send a powerful message, chances are that any tags will be exercised far closer [more]

Report: Eagles won’t tender Jaylen Watkins as RFA

The window to use franchise and transition tags opened on Tuesday, but that’s not the only kind of decision involving potential free agents that teams will be making before the start of the new league year. They’ll also be deciding whether or not to tender the restricted free agents on their roster. Ian Rapoport of [more]

Vontae Davis meeting with the 49ers

Cornerback Vontae Davis‘ search for a new home has taken him to California. Davis, who became a free agent when the Colts released him during the 2017 regular season, met with the Bills and Browns last week. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that he’s made his way across the country to meet with the 49ers [more]

Colts to add Reggie Wayne to their Ring of Honor

Receiver Reggie Wayne arrived in Indianapolis 17 years ago as a complement to Marvin Harrison and another weapon for Peyton Manning. Wayne will return as a permanent member of the franchise’s legacy. The Colts have announced that Wayne will be added to the team’s Ring of Honor during the 2018 season. “No one is more [more]

John Fox: Bears are “closer than people think”

The Bears fired John Fox after the season, and are about to cut bait on the signature free agent from last year’s class. But the former coach thinks the team is in better shape than the one he inherited, at least. Fox told John Mullin of NBC Sports Chicago that it was difficult not seeing [more]

Bill Polian’s take on Nick Foles gives the lie to his past claims about Tom Brady

Bill Polian is a Hall of Fame General Manager, but as an ESPN analyst he’s struggling to get his stories straight. Polian says the Eagles should turn down anything but a monster trade offer for backup quarterback Nick Foles. According to Polian, a reliable backup like Foles is so valuable that the Eagles shouldn’t even [more]