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Chargers Won't Re-Sign Antonio Gates

Apr 27, 2018 6:04 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers informed Antonio Gates they do not intend to re-sign him.

Gates would like to continue his playing career even if it is not with the Chargers.

Gates played 478 snaps, finishing with 30 catches for 316 receiving yards and three touchdowns. 

Philip Rivers said two weeks ago that he and Gates talked through text messages about his future.

"Shoot, I've been not only locker mates but spent a lot of time with Antonio over the last 14 seasons," Rivers said. "Great player. Great person. We all know our friendship. You'd love for him to get one more shot to be with us and go make a run at it. ... If it were not to work out, and if he were to decide to hang it up, who knows? He's had a heck of a run. He has nothing left to prove, that's for sure."

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jason Witten Likely To Retire To Become Monday Night Football Analyst

Apr 27, 2018 1:05 PM

Jason Witten is considering retirement to join ESPN as a color analyst for Monday Night Football.

Witten has a meeting set on Friday with Jerry Jones to inform him of his decision. It won't become final without Jones' blessing.

Despite having signed a new four-year contract and saying he planned to play beyond this season, Witten has been engaged in talks to become a game analyst with multiple networks, including ESPN, for several weeks, sources said.

"I know this: The burn is strong inside me to play at a high level and to be a part of one of these groups of guys and one of the leaders to see this thing through and go try to compete for a championship," Witten said after the Cowboys' season-ending win against the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 31.

"When I wake up tomorrow, that's where my focus will be on as I move forward. It hurts because you don't get a whole lot more opportunities at this and I realize that. But rest assured that I'm going to do everything in my power to help us be better as we move forward. And I think it needs to be clear that it starts with yourself."

Tony Romo similarly retired last offseason to become a color analyst with CBS.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Greg Olsen Agrees Upon Two-Year Extension With Panthers

Apr 26, 2018 11:12 AM

Greg Olsen and the Carolina Panthers have agreed upon a two-year extension worth $8.55 million per year.

The max value of the deal is $10.05 million.

Olsen has also been a candidate this offseason to work in television full time.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Dez Bryant Rejected Ravens' Multiyear Offer

Apr 25, 2018 6:22 PM

Dez Bryant rejected a multiyear offer from the Baltimore Ravens.

Bryant is seeking a lucrative one-year deal in order to get back on the market in 2019 as he hopes to prove himself again.

The Ravens signed Willie Snead after Bryant rejected their offer.

The Cowboys released Bryant on April 13.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Cowboys Rule Out Re-Signing Dez Bryant

Apr 24, 2018 4:33 PM

Jerry Jones has ruled out the possibility of the Dallas Cowboys re-signing Dez Bryant even at a reduced rate.

"We need to move on knowing that we don't have Dez," Jones said in a news conference Tuesday.

Bryant was released by the Cowboys on April 13th.

The Cowboys did not offer Bryant a pay cut and did not designate him a post-June 1 cut.

Bryant had been slated to make $12.5 million and count $16.5 million against the cap in 2018. The Cowboys saved $8.5 million against the cap by cutting him.


Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Seahawks Haven't Ruled Out Signing Colin Kaepernick

Apr 23, 2018 8:02 PM

The Seattle Seahawks have yet to rule out signing another backup quarterback, which could include Colin Kaepernick.

The Seahawks reportedly canceled a meeting with Kaepernick over a discussion on his anthem stance.

“I think that got blown up like that was a big marker,’’ Pete Carroll said. “I think we have been working at this thing for some time now so I don’t think that really is as telling as it came across. We’re aware of him. He’s a fine football player and there may be a place for him. We’re not sure about where that fits just yet.’’

Carroll was asked specifically about the importance of Kaepernick’s stance on the anthem.

“I think he’s continuing to work on the stuff that’s really important to his heart," said Carroll. That’s what it looks like. He’s been recognized with an award just recently. Everything’s important. We take everything into account to make the decisions that we make. It’s no different for the quarterback spot than any other spot we’re considering.”

Bob Condotta/Seattle Times

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Ravens Sign Willie Snead To Two-Year, $7M Deal

Apr 23, 2018 11:02 AM

The Baltimore Ravens signed Willie Snead to an offer sheet last week and it will not be matched by the New Orleans Saints.

Snead was tendered at the lowest level so Baltimore does not owe any compensation for signing the wideout.

Snead's contract will be a two-year, $7 million deal with another $3.4 million in incentives.

Snead reported to the Saints' workouts last week without signing his restricted free agent tender.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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

Giants Aren't Currently Interested In Dez Bryant

Apr 23, 2018 8:40 AM

Dez Bryant has expressed a desire to join the New York Giants, but the feeling doesn't seem to be mutual.

Following his release from the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants are not interested in the wide receiver.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

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

Seahawks Don't Expect Earl Thomas To Hold Out

Apr 20, 2018 8:12 AM

Earl Thomas is skipping voluntary workouts, but the Seattle Seahawks don't expect him to hold out later this summer.

"No, I don't. I don't," John Schneider said when asked if the team felt Thomas was a threat to hold out. "He has not said he would hold out. His representatives told me that."

The general manager added that he hasn't spoken to the defender's representatives about a new contract since the combine.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Giants Release Brandon Marshall

Apr 19, 2018 6:39 PM

Brandon Marshall has been released by the New York Giants after failing a physical.

Marshall signed a two-year, $11 million deal last offseason.

Marshall was struggling before suffering a left ankle injury in Week 5 that required season-ending surgery.

Marshall had a cap hit of $6.2 million for the 2018 season, which would have been the seventh highest on the team. The Giants will save $5.156 million by releasing him. According to NFL Players Association records, the team was $4.9 million under the cap as of Thursday morning.

Marshall has been working in broadcasting over the past few years.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

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

Todd Gurley Willing To Wait His Turn To Get Paid
The Rams still haven't worked out a new contract with Aaron Donald, but they don't have to worry about Todd Gurley complicating things.

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Dez Bryant: Playing For Giants Would Be 'Crazy'
Dez Bryant has said he'd like to play the Cowboys twice this year following his release, indicating that he'll remain in the NFC East.

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Ravens Showing Strongest Interest In Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant initially said he preferred to remain in the NFC East.

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Broncos Release C.J. Anderson
C.J. Anderson rushed 245 times for 1,007 yards and three touchdowns last season.

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Browns Sign Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon had 18 catches for 335 yards and one touchdown in 2017 after coming off his lengthy suspension.

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Eagles Release Daryl Worley After Sunday Arrest
The Eagles acquired Daryl Worley in a trade that sent Torrey Smith to the Panthers last month.


Rob Gronkowski Still Weighing Future, Won't Attend Offseason Program
Rob Gronkowski has a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract for 2018 that is tied to attending a percentage of the voluntary workouts.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Danny Amendola Was Offered Significantly Less By Patriots
Danny Amendola signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Dolphins.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Seahawks Sign Sebastian Janikowski
A back injury kept Sebastian Janikowski on the sideline throughout the 2017 season.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Cowboys Cut Dez Bryant
The Cowboys were expected to ask Dez Bryant to take a pay cut.

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Seahawks Postpone Colin Kaepernick Workout Over Anthem Issue
Seattle is still considering bringing in Colin Kaepernick for a workout.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Robert Kraft: Rob Gronkowski's Status Not 'An Issue'
There were reports that the tight end could be traded, but the Patriots have never considered moving Rob Gronkowski.

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Bears Don't Match Saints' Offer To Cameron Meredith
The Bears have declined to match the Saints' two-year, $10 million offer sheet to Cameron Meredith.


Cowboys Expected To Ask Dez Bryant To Take Pay Cut
Dez Bryant would have a dead cap hit of $8 million in 2018 if he is released.

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Khalil Mack Seeking More Than $65M In Guarantees
Khalil Mack was a no-show for the Raiders voluntary workouts on Monday.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Khalil Mack Doesn't Show Up For First Day Of Voluntary Workouts
Khalil Mack is waiting for a contract extension as he enters the final season of his rookie deal.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Eric Reid To Meet With Bengals
Eric Reid was the first player to protest beside Colin Kaepernick.

Katherine Terrell/ESPN

Odell Beckham Jr. Reports To Giants' Voluntary Workout Program
Odell Beckham stayed away most of last spring as he eyes a new contract.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Saints Sign Cameron Meredith To Two-Year, $10M Offer Sheet
Cameron Meredith had 66 receptions, 888 yards and four touchdowns in 2016.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Rams Wanted To Trade For Brandin Cooks Last Offseason
The Rams hope to sign Brandin Cooks and Aaron Donald to contract extensions.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN