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Volume 22, #49 -- Friday Night, June 5th, 2020
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1. SF - RB Raheem Mostert extension looming?

Source: The Athletic - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert soon could receive a contract extension this offseason, in the opinion of one team beat reporter.

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Mostert was the best 49ers running back last year and Tevin Coleman only has one year left on his contract, so a modest extension for Mostert makes sense. The 49ers will likely continue their RBBC plan in the regular season, but Mostert is the most valuable member and could outproduce his mid-round fantasy draft stock.

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2. NE - QB Jarrett Stidham working with Edelman

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham has regularly been working out with WR Julian Edelman as both are based out of Massachusetts.

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This is as good news as you could hope for if you are invested in Edelman. He should be the leading target for an offense that will take a step back in passing efficiency. Stidham should be the starter to open the season, but Brian Hoyer is waiting in the wings if the 2019 fourth-round pick fails.

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3. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger an award favorite

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is a co-favorite, along with Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski to win the 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award, according to odds posted by MGM.

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The durability of both is in question, but the year off for Gronkowski could improve his ability to stay on the field, and Roethlisberger should be more effective passing than he was in Week 1 last year, when he was playing with his elbow injury.

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4. HOU - Brad Seely retires

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Houston Texans special teams coordinator Brad Seely announced his retirement Friday, June 5.

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Seely has been in the league since 1989 and won three rings under Bill Belichick in New England. Houston's special teams improved 26th in the league before he took over in 2018 to 4th last year, according to Football Outsiders. The Texans did not name his successor, but assistant special teams coach Tracy Smith has worked with Seely for ten years and could take over seamlessly.

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5. GB - Jon Runyan signs rookie deal

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Green Bay Packers sixth-round draft choice OT Jon Runyan Jr. signed a four-year contract with the Packers Friday, June 5. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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The son of the former Pro Bowl Eagle tackle could kick inside to guard in the NFL. He has good football acumen but needs to develop strength and refine his technique to make it in the NFL.

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6. NYJ - NYJ interested in Kyle Long

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

Retired OL Kyle Long (Bears) has had discussions with the New York Jets about coming out of retirement.

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The Jets lured Ryan Kalil out of retirement last year, but the results weren't great, with Kalil ending up on injured reserve in November. Long's body had broken down due to multiple surgeries, so even if there is actually something to this story, Jets fans shouldn't get their hopes up about Long saving the rebuilding offensive line.

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7. KC - Andrew Soroh back with Chiefs

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Free agent S Andrew Soroh (XFL) on Friday, June 5, agreed to a deal to re-sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Soroh was with the Chiefs last summer as an undrafted free agent, but was let go at the final cutdown date. He ended up being a sixth round pick by the New York Guardians in the XFL defensive back draft and recording 20 tackles and an interception. His familiarity with the Chiefs system and safety/linebacker versatility could give him an outside shot to make the team.

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8. PHI - RB Devonta Freeman unlikely to PHI

Source: NJ.com - Zack Rosenblatt

Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) is unlikely to land with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Freeman also apparently has not heard from the Bucs even though Bruce Arians indicated that they would be interested if his price dropped. The veteran has good pass blocking and receiving skills, but he has lost burst and only fits as a role player even though he reportedly wants starter money. He will likely have to wait for a running back injury to get strong interest from a team.

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9. TB - RB Devonta Freeman seeking out Bucs

Source: Twitter

Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) suggested on Twitter that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should contact him directly. 'I read in the media that Tampa Bay Buccaneers are interested,' Freeman tweeted. 'A number of teams are interested, but we can't negotiate through the media, the Buccaneers can reach out to me directly.'

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The Bucs don't have a veteran presence in the backfield but beat writers have suggested that once the team drafted Ke'Shawn Vaughn in the third round, that they foreclosed the possibility of signing a veteran back. Bruce Arians indicated that there was some interest in Freeman recently, but at a lower price than what he wants. It sounds like the Bucs never reached out to him, so Arians statement might not be a reason to think that they will sign Freeman or another back before the season.

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10. CIN - William Jackson trade offers rebuffed

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Cincinnati Bengals CB William Jackson III (labrum) was the target of 'mutliple' trade inquiries from other teams before the trade deadline last season, and the Bengals turned all of them down.

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Jackson was considered a rising star at cornerback at one point, but playing through a torn labrum last year lowered his level of play. The team signed Trae Waynes this offseason, but Jackson is back on his fifth-year option and the Bengals could still sign him to a long-term deal if he bounces back. If not, it sounds like his services are still wanted elsewhere and a trade could get done before the deadline.

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11. SF - QB Jimmy Garoppolo headed for greatness?

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo continues to receive lavish praise from the team this offseason, the latest coming from head coach Kyle Shanahan on Thursday, June 4. 'When you have to talk to Jimmy about one of the best quarterbacks of all time (Tom Brady) being available, I know Jimmy has a goal to be that,' Shanahan said on a video call with reporters. 'I know Jimmy. I believe Jimmy has the ability to be that, and that's what both of us are going for. If we can get him there and he has the ability to do it, we're going to be pretty happy with who we have for a long time.'

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The 49ers are doing the right thing by building up his confidence, although it still stands that Garoppolo was a small part of their offense in the playoffs and failed when he had a chance to regain the lead in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. If Kirk Cousins was going to be available next year, he might be the favorite to be the 2021 49ers quarterback. We'll be watching to see if Garoppolo has any additional self-doubt after how his season ended.

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12. MIA - Jonathan Hubbard to work at OG, OT

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins OT Jonathan Hubbard said part of the reason he signed with the Dolphins is that they plan to line him up at both offensive guard and offensive tackle.

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Hubbard got $35,000 guaranteed and picked Miami out of three teams, in part because of his conversation with Brian Flores. The Dolphins offensive line is under construction, so there could be opportunity there down the line for him. Hubbard was part of a line at Northwestern State (La.) that gave up a sack on only 3.9% of their 517 pass attempts with him in the lineup.

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13. MIA - Two UDFAs to compete for No. 4 DT job

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins DTs Ray Lima and Benito Jones are expected to compete with DT Zach Sieler for the No. 4 defensive tackle job during training camp.

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Lima got $27,000 and Jones $25,000 so the Dolphins see some potential there, but the team could also keep only three defensive tackles, so their best long-term opportunity might come after a stay on the practice squad. Lima was a three-year starter at Iowa State and Jones was a former five-star prospect and Freshman All-SEC first team and Freshman All-American third-team at Ole Miss.

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