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Von Miller Lobbies For Broncos To Sign Kirk Cousins

Jan 31, 2018 3:08 PM

Von Miller hopes the Denver Broncos sign Kirk Cousins in the offseason.

"I've talked to him before. He knows exactly how I feel ... and what he would mean to our team, and what he would mean to a lot of teams," Miller told "The Dan Patrick Show" on Wednesday.

"We need Kirk. I would like to have Kirk. We have great quarterbacks now. Kirk could take us over the edge."

Denver currently has quarterbacks Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian and Chad Kelly on the roster.

The Broncos also own the No. 5 overall pick.

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Jaguars Expected To Keep Blake Bortles

Jan 31, 2018 8:39 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars are content with Blake Bortles and won't pursue another quarterback this offseason.

Bortles recently underwent wrist surgery. His $19 million contract is guaranteed for injury, so if he’s not ready to pass a physical on March 14, he's covered.

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Broncos Could End Up Releasing Aqib Talib

Jan 29, 2018 8:13 AM

The Denver Broncos are looking to trade Aqib Talib, but they could end up releasing the cornerback.

Talib is due an $11 million base salary in 2018, and he turns 32 next month.

He carries the third-largest cap hit on the Broncos, behind Von Miller and Demaryius Thomas.

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Cowboys To Open Contract Talks With DeMarcus Lawrence

Jan 29, 2018 12:17 AM

The Dallas Cowboys and DeMarcus Lawrence are set to open talks on a contract.

"It's great for them to prioritize me as being a Cowboy," said Lawrence, who's at the Pro Bowl in Orlando this week. "I'm not worried about it. I'm gonna let my agent worry about that part. ... I believe and trust in him 100 percent to get the job done."

Lawrence posted 14.5 sacks in a contract year.

"I would imagine that they're probably not just letting us get to free agency and leave Dallas," said agent David Canter.

"It's really up to them to want to do a deal that's in line with what the market is for a young, ascending, elite franchise-caliber defensive end," Canter said. "Whatever that number ends up being remains to be seen. But I do imagine and believe that we'll have multiple conversations over the next month or so. I think it's early right now."

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Le'Veon Bell Encouraged By Contract Talks With Steelers

Jan 25, 2018 11:13 AM

Le'Veon Bell has been encouraged by the progress he's made with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a contract extension.

Even though he declined to offer specifics, Bell said he is "happy" with what the team has presented to him.

"We are a lot closer than we were last year," Bell said. "I'm happy and the Steelers are happy right now where we're at. Obviously we have to continue to get it done."

Bell turned down a long-term contract in 2017 and played under a $12.1 million franchise tag. If the Steelers tag Bell again, it would be worth approximately $14.5 million.

Bell's career average of 129 yards from scrimmage per game is the most for an NFL player over the first five years of a career.

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Saints Confirm Expectation Of Re-Signing Drew Brees

Jan 24, 2018 3:01 PM

The New Orleans Saints have confirmed they would like to re-sign Drew Brees.

"We want him to be our quarterback, and we'll get going on that at some point," Mickey Loomis said.

Loomis said there have yet to be any negotiations with Brees.

"We'll get to it," Loomis said. "I'm not anticipating any big issues, so we'll see."

At the end of the Saints' season, Brees said he wants to re-sign and is not preparing to entertain offers from rival teams.

 

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Browns, 49ers Lead NFL In 2018 Cap Space By Huge Margin

Jan 24, 2018 10:51 AM

The Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers will lead the NFL in cap space in the 2018 offseason by a wide margin.

Spotrac currently projects the 49ers to have $119,909,412 in salary cap space available, assuming a league-wide salary cap of $178 million plus the $59,518,621 in remaining cap the team will roll over from 2017. The Browns project to have just over $112 million.

The next closest team are the Indianapolis Colts at $35.6 million.

The 49ers would like to agree upon a contract extension with Jimmy Garoppolo that could be front-loaded.

"I think we'll always be aggressive," Kyle Shanahan said. "I think we were aggressive last year. I think being aggressive is you've got to look at what your options are and what you believe is the right way to go. Whatever you decide on that, being aggressive is going out and getting those guys. I think that's exactly what we did last year, maybe not a lot of high guys that seemed like it, but we went and got all the guys that we wanted to, that we targeted from the beginning. I didn't feel like we lost on anybody. We'll go into this year the same way."

Six of the top-10 spenders in free agency in 2017 reached the playoffs as it has become one of the NFL's best competitive advantages.

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Josh McCown Wants To Continue Career, Remain With Jets

Jan 24, 2018 8:20 AM

After being noncommittal about his future near the end of the season, Josh McCown says that he wants to continue playing football and would like to return to the New York Jets.

"Right now, that's how it's looking," McCown said on the NFL Network. "At this time of the year, I go through those conversations with my family, talk with them through that, pray through that.

"But where we're at right now, I feel like I want to play. ... I'm looking forward to the next few months, seeing what happens, and I'll be ready to go."

McCown, who turns 39 on July 4, is a pending free agent after playing on a one-year contract that earned him $7.625 million, including playing-time bonuses.

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Blake Bortles Hopes To Return To Jaguars Next Season

Jan 23, 2018 8:30 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars picked up the fifth-year option on Blake Bortles' contract for 2018, but there is no guarantee he'll return to the team.

The quarterback's $19.053 million salary only becomes fully guaranteed on the first day of the league year (March 14). The Jaguars haven't indicated whether they want him to return.

"I've enjoyed my four years here in Jacksonville, and I would love to be able to play here for as long as they would let me," Bortles said. "What they do and all the decisions that are made are kind of out of my control. I'd be thrilled to be able to stay here and play here, and hopefully that can happen."

Bortles very nearly led the Jaguars to a victory over the New England Patriots and the trip to the Super Bowl this past Sunday.

He completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,687 yards and 21 touchdowns with 13 interceptions during the regular season and led the Jaguars to a 10-6 record and the AFC South title.

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Le'Veon Bell Missed Pittsburgh's Walk-Through, Arrived Late To Game

Jan 20, 2018 10:43 AM

Le'Veon Bell arrived late to the Steelers' playoff game last week against the Jaguars and missed practically the entire Saturday walk-through. Bell showed up approximately five minutes before it ended.

Bell and the Steelers are facing another contract showdown in the offseason. Bell has threatened to sit out or retire if the Steelers use the franchise tag on him again in 2018.

Bell has been seeking a long-term contract.

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Falcons Prioritizing Extension For Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan signed a five-year, $103.75 million extension in July of 2013 that included $59 million guaranteed.

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Jarvis Landry Feels Disrespected By Contract Talks With Dolphins
Jarvis Landry isn't happy with how contract talks have played out with the Dolphins, but he still wants to remain with the team.

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Drew Brees Uninterested In Listening To Offers From Rival Teams
The Saints cannot place the franchise tag on Drew Brees because of a clause in his current deal.

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Drew Brees Vows To Return To Saints
Drew Brees reiterated after Sunday's playoff loss that he expects to return to the Saints.

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Steelers Likely To Franchise Le'Veon Bell Again In 2018
After playing on a $12.1 million tag in 2017, Le'Veon Bell's franchise number would be about $14.5 in 2018.

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Le'Veon Bell Will Consider Sitting, Retiring If Steelers Use Tag
Le'Veon Bell played on a $12.1 million franchise tag in 2017.

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Jay Gruden Will Make Contingency Plans In Case Kirk Cousins Leaves
Jay Gruden was less than enthusiastic in describing the 2017 season of Kirk Cousins, who will again be a free agent.

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Jimmy Garoppolo: I Like Being With 49ers
Jimmy Garoppolo will be a free agent this offseason and the 49ers will tag him if they are unable to agree upon a long-term contract.

Matt Maiocco/NBC Sports Bay Area