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Drew Brees Uninterested In Listening To Offers From Rival Teams

Jan 16, 2018 2:44 PM

Drew Brees doesn't plan on testing the free agent market, even if that means he will lose leverage in his next contract with the New Orleans Saints.

"I'm not in the mood to make anything secretive," Brees said with a laugh when asked about being chased down by the media for months with questions about his contract. "It's the same way I felt two days ago. It's the same way I felt 12 years ago. That is that I'll be here as long as they'll have me, hopefully."

Brees and the Saints last negotiated a one-year extension in September of 2016 in which he would be signed through 2017. Brees and the Saints didn't discuss an extension lsat offseason. The Saints cannot place the franchise tag on Brees, however, because of a clause in his current deal.

"We're just two days removed, so I really haven't given it a ton of thought -- other than, I know where my mindset's been the whole time, and that's that I'll be here," said Brees, who turned 39 on Monday.

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

Drew Brees Vows To Return To Saints

Jan 15, 2018 7:32 AM

Drew Brees reiterated after Sunday's playoff loss that he expects to return to the New Orleans Saints.

Brees, 39, will be an unrestricted free agent and has a clause in his contract that forbids the Saints from using the franchise tag on him.

"I mean, I'm more toward the end of my career than the beginning, I know that," Brees said of the disappointment following the loss in regards to his future. "That's all I divulge [about how long I plan on playing]. But the season ends, and this one will sting, but I think you look back at the things we accomplished and some of the memories that were made and the relationships that were built and the way this team came together. It really leaves me excited for the future of Saints football."

Mike Triplett/ESPN

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

Steelers Likely To Franchise Le'Veon Bell Again In 2018

Jan 14, 2018 10:58 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to use the franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell for the second straight game.

After playing on a $12.1 million tag in 2017, Bell's franchise number would be about $14.5 in 2018.

Bell said last week that he would consider sitting out or retiring if the Steelers tag him in 2018.

If Bell had signed the long-term offer from the Steelers last offseason, he would have earned $30 million over 2017 and 2018.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Le'Veon Bell Will Consider Sitting, Retiring If Steelers Use Tag

Jan 11, 2018 4:42 PM

Le'Veon Bell will consider sitting out or retiring if the Pittsburgh Steelers use the franchise tag on him for the second consecutive season.

Bell played on a $12.1 million franchise tag in 2017, and that number is projected to increase to around $14.5 million for next season. 

"I hope it doesn't come to that, but I would definitely consider it," Bell said before Thursday's practice.

Last July, Bell turned down a long-term contract that reports said was worth up to $30 million in the first two years because he felt the team didn't value his full skill set.

Asked what the Steelers should do this offseason, Bell said simply: "Value me."

"Just get the numbers straight, exactly where we want them. I'm not going to settle for anything," Bell said. "I know what I do and what I bring to the table. I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at."

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jay Gruden Will Make Contingency Plans In Case Kirk Cousins Leaves

Jan 2, 2018 5:27 PM

Jay Gruden was less than enthusiastic in describing the 2017 season of Kirk Cousins, who will again be a free agent.

"It's hard to say, 'Wow, this guy really was outstanding,'" Gruden said, speaking in general. "Kirk had his flashes where he was really good. From a consistent standpoint, over the course of 16 games, we're 7-9. He did some great things, threw for over 4,000 yards and [27] touchdowns. He's a very, very good quarterback without a doubt, but as far as getting us over the hump from 7-9 to winning the division with all the injuries we had, he competed and did some good things."

Washington must decide whether they want to use a franchise tag for a third time or apply the transition tag. 

Gruden said Washington must plan on the possibility of Cousins not returning.

"We have to," Gruden said. "There are ways to plan for it. We have to make sure we have all our ducks in a row whether he's here or not. We have to make this team better."

John Keim/ESPN

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Jimmy Garoppolo: I Like Being With 49ers

Jan 2, 2018 10:40 AM

The San Francisco 49ers went 5-0 with Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting quarterback.

“It was a good match between the 49ers and myself, and myself and the 49ers,” Garoppolo said.

“I think it was kind of the perfect match and it happened at the right time, and good things are coming from it.”

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.

“I like being here,” Garoppolo said. “I think we had a good thing going at the end of this year. And we’ll see what happens.”

Garoppolo plans on speaking to his agent, Don Yee, about their approach to negotiations.

“We really haven’t even gotten that far, yet,” Garoppolo said. “I’m supposed to talk with him (Yee) in the next couple of days and I’ll get down to L.A., and we’ll figure all that stuff out and go from there, I guess.”

Matt Maiocco/NBC Sports Bay Area

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

Raiders Likely To Part Ways With Michael Crabtree

Dec 31, 2017 3:32 PM

The Oakland Raiders will likely move on from Michael Crabtree in the offseason.

Sources say Crabtree's production is not worth the issues they've had with him off the field.

Crabtree is owed a $7 million salary in 2018, the third season of a four-year, $34 million extension he signed late in 2015. No dead money against the salary cap will accompany his anticipated release, given that extension included no signing bonus or guarantees in the deal’s second half. 

Crabtree entered Week 17 with 56 receptions for 601 yards and eight touchdowns.

Michael Gehlken/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Davante Adams Agrees To $58M Extension With Packers

Dec 29, 2017 4:24 PM

The Green Bay Packers have agreed upon a four-year, $58 million contract extension with Davante Adams.

Adams will receive $32 million in the first two seasons.

Adams was scheduled to become a free agent.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Brandon Marshall Wants To Return To Giants

Dec 29, 2017 9:33 AM

Brandon Marshall would like to return to the New York Giants next season at the age of 33.

Marshall missed the final 11 games of the season due to ankle surgery.

Marshall has continued to train and rehab at the Giants' facility.

"I'm all-in on football. I've rebuilt my body. I think I'm two great years away from -- and I'll say it, I want to be a Hall of Famer, and I think I got two great years to go to be mentioned with some of the greats," Marshall said. "I'm not just playing this game just to be a guy; I want to be remembered for the product that I put out on the field.

"So these last few years have been tough, last year with the Jets, this year with the Giants. But I'm hopeful that the next couple years for me will be some amazing years and some of my best work."

Marshall could earn up to $5.5 million, but he produced just 18 catches for 154 yards in five games before suffering the injury and needing surgery.

Marshall understands the reality of the situation.

"You know how it is, you get to the plus side of 30, a production slip, you get injured, the business side of it, history says that you're going to get cut or they are going to ask you to take a pay cut," he said. "That's the business side of it, that's history. So I'm prepared for that. I've had a lot of change in my life, but one of the reasons why I came to this organization was for stability and also not to be an environment that we created this year, right? So I was looking for more stability, but I'm built for this and I'll learn from it."

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

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

Kirk Cousins Wants To Be Associated With Winning

Dec 27, 2017 11:03 AM

Kirk Cousins wants Washington to be a team known for winning without drama.

"I want this brand, this organization, to be associated with winning and when people around the league and our fans that support this league think about this organization, I want them to think of winners," Cousins said.

He was asked about the possibility of finishing 8-8. 

Washington could use the franchise tag on Cousins again this offseason.

Cousins could conceivably end up with the Steelers if Ben Roethlisberger retires while the Giants, Vikings, Cardinals, Broncos, Jaguars, Bills, Jets and Dolphins are also potential destinations.

Cousins was previously linked to the 49ers but they are set at quarterback following their trade for Jimmy Garoppolo.  

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Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

James Harrison Agrees To Sign With Patriots
James Harrison was recently released by the Patriots.

Field Yates/ESPN

NFL Could Have 11 Teams Making Change At QB This Offseason
The 2018 draft class could have as many as five quarterbacks selected in the first round.

Bill Barnwell/ESPN

Robert Griffin III Says He Turned Down Offers From Cardinals, Ravens
Robert Griffin III hasn't found an NFL home since the Browns cut him in the offseason.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

John Mara Would Like Giants To Keep Eli Manning In 2018
The Giants could draft a quarterback but still retain Eli Manning.

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Patriots To Sign Kenny Britt
Kenny Britt was released last week by the Browns.

Field Yates/ESPN

49ers Waiting Until Offseason To Discuss Contract With Jimmy Garoppolo
The 49ers can use the franchise tag on Jimmy Garoppolo, which means there is a lack of urgency on their end.

Associated Press

C.J. Fiedorowicz May Retire Due To Recurring Concussions
C.J. Fiedorowicz's contract extension has a de-escalator if he's cut due to a pre-existing condition such as a concussion.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Browns Release Kenny Britt
Kenny Britt has 18 receptions for 233 yards and two touchdowns this season.


Alshon Jeffery Signs Four-Year, $52M Extension With Eagles
Alshon Jeffery now ranks behind only DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant in guaranteed money among wide receivers.

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49ers Anticipate Signing Jimmy Garoppolo To Franchise Tag
The 49ers have ample cap space to sign Jimmy Garoppolo to a $25 million deal for one season.

Eric Branch/San Francisco Chronicle

Darren McFadden, Cowboys Agree To Release
Darren McFadden has been inactive over the past two weeks despite the suspension of Ezekiel Elliott.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Chiefs Sign Darrelle Revis
The Chiefs needed depth at cornerback.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Seahawks Waive Dwight Freeney After Four Games
Dwight Freeney recorded three sacks during his brief run with the team.

Brady Henderson/ESPN

Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald Agree On One-Year Extension
He currently ranks sixth in the NFL's all-time receiving list with 15,066 yards. Barring injury, he should finish the season third, behind only Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens.


Patriots Claim Martellus Bennett Off Waivers
Martellus Bennett was released this week by the Packers.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Packers Release Martellus Bennett
Martellus Bennett hasn't played since he announced during the Packers' bye week that he was "pretty sure" this would be his last NFL season.


AJ McCarron Files Grievance, Seeking Unrestricted Free Agency In 2018
The ruling could determine whether the Browns can sign AJ McCarron this offseason without giving compensation to the Bengals.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

49ers Not Yet Committed To Jimmy Garoppolo
The 49ers have approximately $60 million in cap space should they want to pursue Kirk Cousins, or they could use their high first round pick on a quarterback in the draft.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Texans Sign Matt McGloin
Matt McGloin played for Bill O'Brien at Penn State.

Aaron Wilson/Houston Chronicle

Brian Hoyer Signs Three-Year Deal With Patriots
Brian Hoyer played for the Patriots between 2009 and 2011.

Field Yates/ESPN