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Footballguys #278 - 1/24 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #278 -- Thursday Night, January 24th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Friday. We've got some News and Notes so let's get to it.

J


1. CAR - Surgery for QB Cam Newton

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Thursday, Jan. 24.

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Newton was beat up in the 2018 season and missed two games as a result. Some speculate that Newton may need to take a year off to truly get healthy but a timetable for his return was not disclosed. This surgery was minor so now reports speculate that he'll be ready for the 2019 season. We'll know more about his status as his recovery rolls on.

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2. TB - WR Mike Evans excited about new coach

Source: NFL.com - Herbie Teope

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said he is excited about playing in the offensive scheme that head coach Bruce Arians will bring to the team.

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All Bucs skill position players (and Fantasy GMs) should be excited about what Arians can do with that offense. Evans has been a top-12 fantasy wide receiver in three of the five years he's been pro (including 2018 when he ranked 6th). He should be a WR1 once again in 2019 with Arians running the show.

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3. DEN - Denver adds WR Aaron Burbridge

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

The Denver Broncos signed WR Aaron Burbridge to a Reserve/Futures deal Thursday, Jan. 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Burbridge was a sixth-round pick of the 2016 NFL draft by the 49ers when he came out of Michigan State. He's been mostly injured ever since then. Burbridge is not a dynamic athlete and had some problems with drops way back in his college days.

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4. BAL - John Harbaugh signs extension

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh officially signed a four-year contract extension Thursday, Jan. 24. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Things change quickly around here. It wasn't that long ago during the 2018 season that Harbaugh was thought to be on the hot seat. Now, he gets a contract extension largely due to the Ravens postseason run this last season (after missing the playoffs for three years in a row). We'll see if Harbaugh can get the best out of young quarterback Lamar Jackson while still putting together a great defense.

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5. JAX - TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins not gone yet

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars impending free-agent TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins said earlier that he is leaving Jacksonville, but team spokesman Tad Dickman stated that the Jaguars have not yet made a decision on picking up Seferian-Jenkins' option or not.

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It sounds like the Jaguars are leaning towards not picking up his option. Seferian-Jenkins should have plenty of suitors on the open market because of his ability as a blocker and receiver.

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6. DET - RB Theo Riddick done in Detroit?

Source: Spotrac.com

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick is expected to be released or traded this offseason, which would save the Lions more than $3.4 million, according to Spotrac.

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Even though he caught 61 passes in 2018, Riddick was not quite himself averaging just 6.3 yards per catch. He's a receiving back who can catch 50-plus passes no matter where he goes.

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7. KC - OLB Dee Ford open to tag

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent LB Dee Ford wants to stay with the Chiefs and he said he wouldn't mind receiving the franchise tag this offseason.

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Most players don't like the franchise tag because it's a one-year deal and there is no long-term security. Ford seems to be open to the tag, and the Chiefs have plenty of big-money decisions coming up. Franchise tags for linebackers are expected to be worth at least $15 million.

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8. NFL - Senior Bowl participants impressing so far

Source: NFL.com - Daniel Jeremiah and Chase Goodbread

Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat, Missiouri QB Drew Lock, Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin, Texas A&M DT Daylon Mack, Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson, Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin, South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel, Wyoming DE Carl Granderson, New Mexico State LB Terrill Hanks and Georgia State WR Penny Hart have all stood out during Senior Bowl practices so far, in the opinion of NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah and Chase Goodbread.

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That's a helluva list, and it's a good one compiled by two well respected draft analysts. We've got our guys Cecil Lammey, Matt Waldman and Dr. Jene Bramel in Mobile, AL for the week of Senior Bowl practices. Lock has a big arm and might be the best quarterback at the event. Samuel makes catching passes look effortless and he can make plays in the red zone. Hart is the small-school standout who is having a great week of practice, showing off quickness and good concentration.

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9. NYG - QB Eli Manning may be on his way out

Source: Spotrac.com

New York Giants QB Eli Manning's agent has already said he expects Manning to return to the Giant in 2019, but Spotrac considers it a 'longshot.'

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We'd be surprised if Manning stayed with the Giants in 2019. He'll cost the Giants $11.2 million in dead cap at 38 years old. Expect the Giants to look at a quarterback (Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins?) with their first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

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10. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill looking at pay cut?

Source: Spotrac.com

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill could face a contract restructure in the form of a pay cut this offseason, but the Dolphins still face $13.4 million in dead cap with Tannehill, according to Spotrac.

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Tannehill has a cap hit of $26 million in 2019 and half of that (approximately) is dead money. He's a candidate to be released or traded but we can't imagine anyone having a ton of interest in the veteran passer.

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11. NE - New England ground game on roll

Source: NESN.com - Mike Cole

Since Week 11, the New England Patriots are averaging 5.4 yards per rush on 116 carries out of '21' personnel - easily better than the league average of 4.7 yards, according to Sharp Football Stats.

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The Patriots can move the ball successfully on the ground with multiple backs. RB Sony Michel has been the primary beneficiary, rushing for 242 yards and five touchdowns on 53 carries in two postseason games.

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12. PHI - WR Breshad Perriman a possible fit

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Cleveland Browns WR Breshad Perriman could be a free agency target for the Philadelphia Eagles, in the opinion of Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski, who believes Perriman's speed could be a missing component in the Eagles' passing game.

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A first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Perriman was a bust for the Ravens. He moved on to the Browns in 2018 and made some plays here and there -- finishing with 16 catches for 340 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles could use some deep speed on offense, but we think it's DeSean Jackson who could best fill that role in 2019. Jackson is still under contract with the Buccaneers but is expected to be released this offseason.

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13. PHI - Philly a fit for RB Kareem Hunt?

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

The Philadelphia Eagles could be a landing spot for former Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt, in the opinion of Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski, who believes the team may be willing to move past Hunt's off-the-field incident based on their previous interest in Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon when he was coming out of Oklahoma -- Mixon was also recorded striking a woman.

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Hunt is facing a lengthy suspension, and there is a belief that he will be informed about his discipline from the league before the start of free agency. The Eagles could use a back like Hunt, but they are far from the only team interested.

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14. DEN - Denver could draft QB at No. 10

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

The Denver Broncos could use their first-round pick (10th overall) to select either Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, Duke QB Daniel Jones, Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins or Missouri QB Drew Lock, according to 9News' Mike Klis, who believes the team would then use QB Case Keenum as a bridge for at least a chunk of 2019.

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Rumors have Lock as the favorite of the Broncos. Lock has been solid at the Senior Bowl but he certainly has plenty of things to work on. He's got a big arm and can make off-platform throws with ease. His footwork needs a ton of work and Lock has to show a better feel for making full-field reads. We'll see if the Broncos go ahead and select Lock with the 10th overall pick.

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15. NO - QB Drew Brees has big 2019 cap hit

Source: The Times-Picayune - Josh Katzenstein

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is scheduled to count $33.5 million against the salary cap in 2019, which is $4 million more than any other player in the NFL. General manager Mickey Loomis said the team has options to reduce the number if they need to this offseason.

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The Saints may have to massage that number in order to be any sort of player in free agency. Brees has a $11.9 million roster bonus due on the third day of the new league year.

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16. WAS - Washington talks with three QB prospects

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Duke QB Daniel Jones, Penn State QB Trace McSorley and North Carolina State QB Ryan Finley have met with the Washington Redskins at the Senior Bowl this week.

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Washington is likely to be in the market for a quarterback. Alex Smith is their starter but after a devastating injury in 2018, we may not see Smith anytime soon. His status for Week 1 is in serious doubt and we may not see him at all in 2019. Jones has been linked to Washington on #DraftTwitter and might be an option for them in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft.

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17. DAL - DeMarcus Lawrence to have surgery

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (shoulder) said will undergo shoulder surgery at some point this offseason.

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Reports indicate Lawrence has been playing with a torn labrum for two years. He is waiting to hear from his doctor as to when the surgery can be planned. Lawrence says 'he loves to be a Cowboy' and it's a good bet he sticks in Dallas...for an inflated price. He played under the franchise tag in 2018.

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18. SF - WR Pierre Garcon not expected back

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon is expected to be released this offseason. He is scheduled to make $6 million in 2019.

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No surprise here. Garcon joined the 49ers in 2017 and has only played in 16 games over the last two seasons. He's not the same player he used to be but some team might want to bring him in as veteran depth.

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19. SF - QB Jimmy Garoppolo may take part in workouts

Source: NFL.com - Jeremy Bergman

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) hopefully will be able to participate in organized team activities this offseason, according to general manager John Lynch.

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Garoppolo injured his ACL in Week 3 of the 2018 season. Lynch said Garoppolo has not had any setbacks during his rehab. Even if Garoppolo gets some work in during OTAs we'd imagine he'd be at least a little bit limited. There's no need to give him too much too soon as Garoppolo continues to rehab. It looks like he's going to be full strength by the time training camp rolls around in the summer.

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20. NFL - Will Grier dealing with injury

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

West Virginia QB Will Grier (ankle) said he is still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered during the season but expects to be 100 percent by the NFL Scouting Combine.

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Grier has had an up-and-down week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He has improved as the week has gone on, and that's a good sign for the young quarterback. Grier has not shown any ill effects of the ankle injury in practice this week.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for being a part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J