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Tyrod Taylor Could Undergo Sports Hernia Surgery, Cost Bills $30.5M

Dec 29, 2016 3:33 PM

Tyrod Taylor will be seen by Dr. William Meyers for a severe groin injury to determine if he needs surgery.

If that happens to Taylor, the clock will begin to tick on whether he can pass a physical before the third day of the 2017 league year.

The procedure could cost the Bills $30.5 million in guaranteed money to Taylor, who the franchise appears to prefer to move on from.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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Le'Veon Bell Wants To Re-Sign With Steelers

Dec 28, 2016 6:50 PM

Le'Veon Bell would like to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers long-term as he approaches free agency.

Bell addressed the media after winning the team's top honor as voted by players in the locker room, said "I want to be a Pittsburgh Steeler."

"We're going to try to do whatever it takes to make that happen," said Bell, who also won the team award in 2014.

Bell is averaging 157.0 yards from scrimmage per game.

The Steelers can place a franchise tag on Bell for $12.37 million. Bell has said in the past he's not worried about the contractual component of his future, only winning games this season.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

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Colin Kaepernick Won't Leave NFL For Political Pursuits In 2017

Dec 28, 2016 11:51 AM

Colin Kaepernick can be a free agent in 2017 and his future with the San Francisco 49ers remains uncertain as they rebuild.

On Tuesday, Kaepernick also shot down speculation he might turn to political and social pursuits full time when he offered an emphatic "yes" when asked whether he "for sure wanted to play in the NFL next season." 

Kaepernick has had some good moments this season and has seemed to have a good relationship with Chip Kelly. Kaepernick previously expressed gratitude for the support he received from Kelly for his protests. Those protests also have been better received in the Bay Area than they've been in other NFL markets, which could be appealing to Kaepernick.

Kaepernick is also healthy again and said he feels he has "gotten more and more back to myself" as the weeks have gone by.

"It has been a long time since I've felt this good," Kaepernick said. "I just felt fluid on the field. For me, that's something I want to be able to continue to build on and, especially moving forward, making sure that I'm doing everything to keep myself here and being able to improve that.

"I do know this is the best I've felt in a long time and, once again, I'm excited about that."

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Larry Fitzgerald Hints He May Play Elsewhere In 2017

Dec 20, 2016 7:53 AM

During an interview with Jim Gray on Westwood One, Larry Fitzgerald hinted that he may play for a team other than the Arizona Cardinals next season.

"No, I wouldn't say that I'm contemplating [retirement] right now," Fitzgerald said. "But I'm uncertain what I'm going to do moving forward. But I still love the game, I love the competition. I love being around the guys and competing for a championship. That's a lot of fun to me, and that's kind of where I’m at right now."

The question will be whether Fitzgerald believes the Cardinals, who have disappointed this season, can compete in 2017.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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Steelers Plan On Using Franchise Tag On Le'Veon Bell

Dec 16, 2016 12:15 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to use their franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell this offseason.

While the Steelers will attempt to sign Bell to a long-term deal, the tag will pay him $12.377 million for 2017 if no deal is reached.

Bell has been one of the NFL's most productive running backs throughout his career but he is also one strike away from a 10-game suspension. 

A new deal for Bell could pay him as much as the six-year, $85.28 million deal Adrian Peterson signed in September of 2011.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Patriots Claim Michael Floyd Off Waivers

Dec 15, 2016 4:22 PM

The New England Patriots have claimed Michael Floyd off waivers.

Floyd was released by the Arizona Cardinals this week following his arrest on a DUI charge.

Floyd has caught 33 balls for 446 yards and four touchdowns. In 2013, Floyd caught 65 balls for 1,041 yards but his production dropped in 2014 and 2015 to 841 yards and 849 yards respectively.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Waiver

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Cardinals Release Michael Floyd After DUI Arrest

Dec 14, 2016 4:26 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have released Michael Floyd two days after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer.

Floyd was found unconscious behind the wheel of his running vehicle at a Scottsdale intersection early Monday morning, according to police.

The wide receiver had three alcohol-related brushes with the law at Notre Dame, including a DUI.

Floyd was a first-round pick of the Cardinals in 2012.

ESPN

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Bengals Release Mike Nugent; Claim Randy Bullock

Dec 13, 2016 5:41 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals have released struggling kicker Mike Nugent.

Nugent missed his sixth extra point on Sunday.

The Bengals picked up Randy Bullock off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers in his place.

Katherine Terrell/ESPN

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Ravens Waive Devin Hester After Punt Miscue

Dec 13, 2016 5:33 PM

The Baltimore Ravens have released Devin Hester.

Hester decided not to field a punt deep in Baltimore territory against the New England Patriots on Monday night, which led to a safety.

The Ravens signed Hester to a one-year deal on Sept. 4.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

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Dolphins Sign T.J. Yates

Dec 13, 2016 2:01 PM

The Miami Dolphins have signed T.J. Yates to backup Matt Moore while Ryan Tannehill is out with a sprained ACL and MCL.

Yates was cleared to return to football activities in August after tearing his ACL last December.

Yates has thrown seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 20 career regular-season and postseason games. He signed with the Texans in 2015 after Ryan Mallett was released and he played in four games, including two starts.

Houston originally drafted Yates in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. 

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Jerry Jones Will Try To Keep Tony Romo In 2017
Jerry Jones acknowledged that keeping Tony Romo along with Prescott would be "unorthodox."

Will Brinson/CBS Sports

Bills Haven't Reached Decision On Tyrod Taylor For 2017
Tyrod Taylor's completion percentage is down three points from last year and he's on pace to throw five fewer touchdown passes than in 2015.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Seahawks Don't Expect Earl Thomas To Retire
The Seahawks expect Earl Thomas to resume his playing career next season despite openly talking about contemplating retirement following his season-ending broken tibia.

Bob Condotta/Seattle Times

Falcons Sign Robert Alford To Four-Year, $38M Extension
Robert Alford has become a solid contributor at cornerback in Dan Quinn's scheme.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Colin Kaepernick To Opt For Free Agency In Offseason
Colin Kaepernick hasn't ruled out a return to the 49ers.

Eric Branch/San Francisco Chronicle

Eagles Likely To Pursue DeSean Jackson In Offseason
DeSean Jackson and Doug Pederson are said to be big admirers of each other.

Adam Schefter/ESPN