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Richard Sherman Expects 49ers To Pursue Earl Thomas

Dec 28, 2018 11:40 AM

Richard Sherman expects the San Francisco 49ers to pursue Earl Thomas in free agency.

“If they need me to be, I have no problem with it,” Sherman told reporters on Thursday.

“I think this is a pretty attractive destination as is. But money is the best recruiter. I’ll give my two cents. I’ll give you my best recruiting pitch.”

The 49ers are expected to have $70 million in cap space.

“Would I love to play with Earl Thomas III? I would love to,” Sherman said. “I would love to have him back in the locker room. But I’m sure he’ll have a plethora of opportunities, and I’m sure we’re going to throw our hat in the ring.”

The 49ers have a group of young safeties, but no guaranteed starters among the group that includes Jaquiski Tartt, Adrian Colbert, Marcell Harris and D.J. Reed.

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Chiefs Sign Damien Williams To Two-Year, $8.1M Extension

Dec 28, 2018 10:20 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed Damien Williams to a two-year, $8.1 million extension. 

Williams, who began the season as a little-used, third-string running back, has emerged as an important player for the Chiefs in the past month since the release of Kareem Hunt.

Williams signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs during the offseason after playing four years as a backup for the Miami Dolphins.

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Ryan Tannehill Hopes To Finish Career With Dolphins

Dec 27, 2018 2:58 PM

The future of Ryan Tannehill with the Miami Dolphins is uncertain, but he would like to remain with the franchise.

"What's the good in wondering and pondering and wasting time thinking about it?" Tannehill said, via the Palm Beach Post. "It's out of my control now. I'm focused on winning this one game in Buffalo."

The Dolphins could save $13.18 million on Tannehill's $26.6 million salary cap number by cutting him.

"Honestly, I haven't put a whole lot of thought into it," Tannehill said. "I have a lot of belief in myself. I know what I can bring to the table wherever it is. But I want to be here. I want to finish my career as a Dolphin and win a championship here. That's what they brought me here for and that's what I came to do."

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DeSean Jackson Hopes To Leave Buccaneers In 2019

Dec 27, 2018 2:21 PM

DeSean Jackson would like to move on from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason.

Jackson is signed for next season with a base salary of $10 million, none of which is guaranteed.

Jackson had a verbal exchange with coach Dirk Koetter over him not practicing with a hand injury in the week following the team's victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12.

Jackson missed the next three games and returned in Week 16 against the Dallas Cowboys, finishing with one reception for 24 yards.

Chris Godwin has emerged as Tampa Bay's No. 2 receiver. 

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Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Tom Brady Restates Intention To Play In 2019

Dec 26, 2018 10:28 AM

Tom Brady has reaffirmed his plan to continue his playing career in 2019 and beyond.

"I absolutely believe I will. I know I've talked about it for a long time: I have goals to not only play next year, but beyond that," Brady said in his weekly interview on Westwood One. "I'm going to try to do it as best I possibly can. I'm going to give it everything I have, like I always have.

"It will certainly be a challenge. I don't take any of these things for granted, but I hope I can keep playing, and I hope I can keep playing at a championship level."

Brady's current contract with the New England Patriots expires after the 2019 season.

Brady discussed the place football has in his life.

"I've been able to be in a career for 19 years that I love. I wake up every day excited to go to work. I wake up every day fulfilled with what I'm doing. I don't think there's any greater gift in my life than to have that," he said.

"Along with that has come a lot of other very cool opportunities, but in my heart and soul, I love playing the sport of football and it's brought me so much joy in my life. It tests you in so many ways. I've been dealing with it for a long time. There's anxiousness and nerves, and joy and happiness. There's disappointment and frustration. The emotions run the gamut. But if you can stay and build your mental toughness, it's just been incredibly rewarding. I'm a very, very lucky man."


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Cardinals Claim D.J. Swearinger Off Waivers

Dec 26, 2018 9:02 AM

The Arizona Cardinals have claimed D.J. Swearinger off waivers.

Swearinger was released by Washington two days after he criticized the play calling of defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.

A source told ESPN that the decision to release Swearinger was easy because he had been warned several times about his critical remarks about the team.

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Le'Veon Bell Has Interest In Signing With Colts

Dec 21, 2018 5:40 PM

Le'Veon Bell reportedly has interest in signing with the Indianapolis Colts in free agency.

“He has his eyes on the Colts, no doubt about that,” an unnamed source told Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. “He sees [quarterback Andrew] Luck and that offense and all that cap room and they’re much closer than the Jets. He wants to go someplace he can win right away.”

Bell also has interest in signing with the New York Jets, who have been linked to him for months.

The Colts have a cheaper option at running back in Marlon Mack.

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Frank Gore Won't Need Surgery, Hopes To Play In 2019

Dec 21, 2018 12:49 PM

Frank Gore will not need surgery on his sprained foot and wants to return for the 2019 season.

An unrestricted free agent this offseason, Gore would like to return to the Dolphins if the two sides can work out a deal.

In 14 games this season, Gore led the Dolphins with 722 rushing yards and an average of 4.6 yards per carry. 

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Dez Bryant Wants To Play In 2019

Dec 21, 2018 8:32 AM

Dez Bryant didn't log a snap in an NFL game this season, but he's focused on playing in 2019.

"I have to (play again). I got business and I got ball," Bryant told KRLD-FM in Dallas. "I can't end like this. I have to throw the X up."

Bryant signed on with the New Orleans Saints in November, but tore his Achilles tendon in his second practice.

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Cardinals Claim Pharoh Cooper Off Waivers

Dec 20, 2018 8:23 AM

The Arizona Cardinals have claimed Pharoh Cooper off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams.

The Rams waived the return man on Tuesday and he could now play against them on Sunday.

"They're getting a great competitor, a tough football player. He has great instincts when the ball is in his hands, a hard worker. We think the world of him here," Sean McVay said.

The Rams waived Cooper to open a spot to sign C.J. Anderson, who was added as insurance with Todd Gurley dealing with a knee injury.

"Really, it wasn't anything that Pharoh didn't do. It was more a result of just a numbers deal, where two of our three running backs on the active roster were banged up, and we had to create a spot. That's really a big added bonus, and I wish him nothing but the best," McVay said.

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Larry Fitzgerald Remains Uncertain On Retirement
Larry Fitzgerald will be a free agent this offseason, but he has not interest in playing for another team.

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Rams Sign C.J. Anderson For Depth Behind Todd Gurley
Todd Gurley is considered day-to-day because of inflammation in his knee.

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Raiders Interested In Nathan Peterman
Nathan Peterman was released by the Bills on November 12.

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Alex Smith Released From Hospital With Encouraging Prognosis
If Alex Smith were unable to play, Washington would have to eat $20.4 million worth of salary-cap space next season and $21.4 million in 2020.

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Martavis Bryant Suspended Indefinitely By NFL
The Raiders traded a third round pick to the Steelers for Martavis Bryant.

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Saints Release Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall has played 178 regular season games without ever playing in the playoffs during his 13-season career.

Derek Newton Signs With Panthers
Derek Newton has signed with the Panthers, bringing him one step closer to a remarkable comeback.

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Jason Witten Can't Return To Cowboys At This Point In Season
Jason Witten cannot be reinstated to the Cowboys because he is on their reserve/retired list.

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Jason Garrett Has Tried To Convince Jason Witten To Return To Cowboys
Jason Witten has so far resisted those overtures and remains a color analyst with Monday Night Football.

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Kelvin Benjamin Signing With Chiefs
The deal is for one year, which means Benjamin will be a free agent this offseason.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Washington Signs Josh Johnson To Be Back Up QB
Josh Johnson last threw a regular season pass in 2011 while with the Buccaneers.

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Washington Unlikely To Sign Colin Kaepernick
The Redskins discussed signing Colin Kaepernick, but opted against doing so because they felt they'd have to change too much of their offense.

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Raiders Signing C.J. Anderson
C.J. Anderson has been a free agent since the Panthers released him on Nov. 12.

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Bills Release Kelvin Benjamin, Andre Holmes
Kelvin Benjamin was a first round pick 2014 by the Panthers.

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Kareem Hunt Clears Waivers, Becomes Free Agent
No team claimed Kareem Hunt on waivers, which made him a free agent on Monday afternoon.

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Executives Expect Kareem Hunt To Play In NFL Next Season
The investigation will take weeks to complete, according to league sources.

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