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Vikings Likely To Decline Option On Teddy Bridgewater

Apr 26, 2017 12:16 PM

The Minnesota Vikings are unlikely to pick up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option by the May 2 deadline.

While the Vikings could still re-sign Bridgewater, they appear unwilling to guarantee his salary for 2018 at $11 million.

Bridgewater is still working his way back from his severe knee injury.

"The injury guarantee makes it tough to do," said one source on the Vikings' decision about whether to pick up the fifth-year option.

Bridgewater's injury led the Vikings to trade for Sam Bradford.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Raiders, Seahawks Agree Upon Marshawn Lynch Trade

Apr 26, 2017 10:38 AM

The Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks have agreed upon a trade involving Marshawn Lynch.

The Seahawks will swap their sixth round pick in 2018 for the Raiders' fifth rounder.

The only thing remaining is for Lynch to take a physical with the Raiders.

Lynch sat out the 2016 season after announcing his retirement.

Lynch's deal is for two seasons with a base of $9 million and max of $16.5 million.

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Vince Young Working Out For CFL's Roughriders

Apr 26, 2017 8:04 AM

Vince Young is participating in a three-day minicamp with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

"I'm just happy to be playing football," Young said.

Young, 33, hasn't played in an NFL regular season game since 2011, but he's hoping to earn an invitation to the Roughriders' preseason camp.

Riders head coach and general manager Chris Jones says it's an open competition for starting quarterback, and Young is one of five quarterbacks in camp.


Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

LeGarrette Blount, Giants Have Mutual Interest

Apr 25, 2017 4:47 PM

The New York Giants and LeGarrette Blount have mutual interest.

A deal could be agreed upon before the draft.

Blount would be a good complement for the Giants alongside Shane Vereen and Paul Perkins.

Kevin Patra/

Tags: New York Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jay Cutler Has No Plans To Retire

Apr 25, 2017 4:41 PM

Jay Cutler remains a free agent but his agent insists he doesn't want to retire.

"Jay wants to play football," agent Bus Cook said. "He never has mentioned retirement to me. Jay Cutler, as far as I know, is ready to play and wants to play, and his skill set is as good as any quarterback in the league."

Cutler had been with the Chicago Bears since 2009.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Adrian Peterson, Saints Finalize Two-Year Deal

Apr 25, 2017 9:11 AM

The New Orleans Saints have finalized a two-year, $7 million deal with Adrian Peterson.

The deal includes $3.5 million guaranteed in 2017.

"I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints," Peterson said in a statement to ESPN. "I'm really looking forward to this opportunity. Most importantly, I chose this team because it just felt right within my spirit. Additionally, my wife and family added their confirmation with the same feelings. On offense, it goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind Drew Brees. I feel like my skill set can make them even more dominant as a unit.

"They have a great offensive line, which is something that stood out to me as well. I could tell from talking to head coach Sean Payton over the last two weeks that he did his due diligence in evaluating how I could contribute. I also did a lot of homework on the defense as well. While I know that injuries have played a role in performance, I also see areas of potential with a lot of younger guys having the ability to step up. Lastly, it goes without saying that the Saints have an amazing fan base and I look forward to making them proud and creating everlasting memories."

Ian Rapoport/NFL

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Bills Decline To Match Patriots' Offer For Mike Gillislee

Apr 24, 2017 4:15 PM

Mike Gillislee will join the New England Patriots after the Buffalo Bills decided not to match a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet on Monday.

New England will send a fifth-round draft pick to Buffalo as compensation for the restricted free agent.

Just a year ago the Patriots signed Chris Hogan to a three-year, $12 million offer sheet which the Bills declined to match.

In addition to Gillislee, the Patriots have James White, Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead at running back.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Adrian Peterson, Saints Moving Towards Deal

Apr 24, 2017 3:48 PM

Adrian Peterson and the New Orleans Saints are moving towards a one-year deal.

Peterson could sign for approximately $3 million-plus for 2017.

The Saints already have Mark Ingram on their roster at running back.

Ian Rapoport/

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Patriots Likely To Keep Malcolm Butler

Apr 24, 2017 11:52 AM

The New England Patriots are unlikely to trade Malcolm Butler this offseason.

Butler signed a one-year, $3.91 million tender with the Patriots last Wednesday, which means New England has the opportunity to trade him.

Butler visited the New Orleans Saints earlier in the offseason.

If Butler had signed an offer sheet with the Saints and the Patriots didn't match, the Saints would have had to surrender their first-round pick in the 2017 draft (11th overall) to New England.

Butler and the Patriots discussed a long-term extension this offseason.


Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Taylor Gabriel Signs Tender With Falcons

Apr 22, 2017 4:00 PM

Taylor Gabriel has signed his second round tender with the Atlanta Falcons worth $2.8 million.

Gabriel said in February that he wanted to stay with the organization "forever".

Gabriel had a breakout 2016 season at wide receiver.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Raiders Remain Interested In Acquiring Marshawn Lynch
The Raiders remain interested in acquiring Marshawn Lynch from the Seahawks.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Patriots Sign James White To Extension
James White finished first in receiving touchdowns (five) and third in receptions (60) and receiving yards (551) among NFL running backs.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Mike Gillislee Signs Two-Year Offer Sheet With Patriots
The Patriots have signed Mike Gillislee to a two-year offer sheet worth $6.4 million, according to sources.


Malcolm Butler Signs Tender With Patriots
The tender was at the first round level and carries a salary of $3.91 million for 2017.

Field Yates/ESPN

Buccaneers Exercise Fifth-Year Option On Mike Evans
In just three seasons, Mike Evans has totaled 238 receptions, 3,578 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Panthers Sign Kawann Short To Five-Year, $80M Deal
Kawann Short said he wanted to remain with the Panthers even if it meant the franchise tag.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Patriots May Move On From LeGarrette Blount If He Doesn't Sign Soon
If LeGarrette Blount doesn't sign the contract the Patriots offered him soon, the team may close the door on the running back returning next season.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Marshawn Lynch Agrees To Sign With Raiders
Marshawn Lynch has agreed to sign with the Raiders.

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Mike Gillislee Visits With Patriots
The Bills placed a fifth-round tender on the running back earlier this offseason.

Conor Orr/NFL

Marshawn Lynch Has Started Reinstatement Process
Marshawn Lynch has started the reinstatement process with the NFL in hopes of playing for the Raiders, according to Ed Werder.

Ed Werder/ESPN

Adrian Peterson Leaves Saints' Meeting Without Deal
Adrian Peterson seems like an odd fit due to the Saints' pass-happy offense.

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Kirk Cousins Doesn't Expect To Be Traded This Season
Kirk Cousins will make $23.94 million under the tag this season.

John Keim/ESPN

Dion Jordan Signs With Seahawks
Dion Jordan projects as a strongside linebacker in the Seahawks' base defense and a defensive end in their sub packages.

Adam Caplan/ESPN

Rams Open To Extension For Trumaine Johnson
The Rams haven't ruled out a trade, but they are also open to a contract extension with Trumaine Johnson.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Ravens Re-Sign Lardarius Webb
Lardarius Webb was cut by the Ravens four weeks ago.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Adrian Peterson Will Visit With Saints
Adrian Peterson has already visited with the Seahawks and Patriots.

Heath Evans/NFL Network

Anquan Boldin Still Wants To Play, Plans To Sign Closer To Camp
Anquan Boldin has reiterated that he wants to play this season, but he's in no rush to join a team.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

LeGarrette Blount On Free Agency: 'Give Me Some Money'
LeGarrette Blount is still a free agent despite a highly productive season with the Patriots last season.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Marshawn Lynch Meets With Raiders
A deal between the Raiders and Marshawn Lynch "eventually will happen," according to a source.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Adrian Peterson Leaves Visit With Patriots Without Contract
Adrian Peterson met with the Patriots on Monday, but left without a deal in hand.

Peter Schrager/Good Morning Football