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Le'Veon Bell To Become Unrestricted Free Agent As Steelers Decline Tag

Feb 20, 2019 2:03 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have elected not to use a franchise or transition tag on Le'Veon Bell.

"Le'Veon is still a great player," Kevin Colbert said. "We can't afford to use any other type of tags. Le'Veon will be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year."

The Steelers will receive a 2020 compensatory pick that could be worth as high as a third-round selection.

Bell declined to sign his franchise tender last year, leaving $14.5 million on the table and sitting out the entire season.

There was a battle brewing between the NFL and NFL Players Association over the value of a transition tag on Bell. Bell and the NFLPA would likely argue that the transition tag is close to $14.5 million based on the escalating value of tags, and the Steelers and the NFL would say it's closer to $9.5 million because Bell sat out.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Emmanuel Sanders Unlikely To Restructure Contract

Feb 20, 2019 10:28 AM

Emmanuel Sanders is unwilling to restructure his contract with the Denver Broncos.

"It ain't happening... no way Jose..." Sanders told a local Denver radio station.

The wide receiver has one year left on his three-year, $33 million contract extension, Sanders is set to count $12.937 million against the Broncos' salary cap.

He will miss the start of the season after tearing his Achilles in December.

Kevin Patra/NFL

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Adam Thielen's Agent Optimistic About New Deal

Feb 20, 2019 10:20 AM

Adam Thielen's agent, Blake Baratz, is optimistic that the wide receiver will receive a new deal from the Minnesota Vikings.

Thielen makes significantly less than teammate Stefon Diggs. Baratz doesn't believe his client will hold out for an adjusted deal.

"Adam's not that type of person," Baratz said. "I would never condone a player to hold out or be disruptive if it wasn't for a very valid reason, and [what's not] a valid reason, to me, is both sides working in good faith to come to a conclusion that makes sense for everybody."

Thielen is entering the third season of a four-year, $19.246 million base deal.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Charles Clay Signs One-Year, $3.25M Deal With Cardinals

Feb 19, 2019 3:25 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to sign Charles Clay to a one-year, $3.25 million deal.

Clay was scheduled to count $9 million against the Bills' salary cap in the final season of a five-year, $38 million contract. He finished last season with a career-low 184 receiving yards while averaging a career-low 8.8 yards per catch.

Kliff Kingsbury is familiar with with Clay from college.


Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Jaguars Pick Up Option On Calais Campbell

Feb 19, 2019 8:16 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars have picked up the 2019 option on Calais Campbell.

The Jaguars needed to make the decision by Wednesday because the defensive end is due a $3 million option bonus that day.

Campbell, 32, is due $12 million this coming season.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Colin Kaepernick 'Absolutely' Still Wants To Play

Feb 18, 2019 9:44 AM

Colin Kaepernick "absolutely wants to play" in the NFL, his attorney told CNN over the weekend.

Attorney Mark Geragos projected the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots as potential landing spots.

"I think you're going to see ... within the next two weeks that somebody is going to step up and do the right thing, and you want me to predict who?" Geragos said. "Besides the Panthers, it would not surprise me if [Patriots owner] Bob Kraft makes a move."

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Chargers Decline Option On DT Corey Liuget

Feb 14, 2019 9:15 AM

Corey Liuget will become a free agent after the Los Angeles Chargers decided not to exercise the 2019 option on the defensive tackle's contract.

Tom Telesco said it remains a possibility for Liuget to re-sign with the Chargers in free agency.

Selected No. 18 overall by the Chargers in the 2011 draft out of Illinois, Liuget was due to make $8 million in 2019, including a $4 million roster bonus due on the third day of the new league year in March.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

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

Texans Release Demaryius Thomas

Feb 12, 2019 11:26 AM

The Houston Texans will release Demaryius Thomas.

Thomas suffered a torn Achilles in December. Thomas was on a non-guaranteed $14 million salary in 2019.

Thomas said he was not thinking about retiring.

"My main priority right now is getting back healthy. I can still play, man. I'm not thinking about retirement. I just don't know where it will be," he told reporters, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Texans acquired Thomas from the Denver Broncos before the trade deadline.


Tags: Houston Texans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Seahawks Expected To Tag Frank Clark

Feb 12, 2019 9:28 AM

The Seattle Seahawks are expected to use the franchise tag on defensive end Frank Clark, according to a report.

The move would come if they can’t reach a long-term deal with him before the March 5 deadline.

The cap figure for Clark under the tag is expected to be near $18 million.

Bob Condotta/Seattle Times

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Browns Sign Kareem Hunt To One-Year Deal

Feb 11, 2019 3:08 PM

The Cleveland Browns have signed Kareem Hunt on a one-year contract.

Hunt will be a restricted free agent after the contract expires, meaning the Browns will control his rights after next season.

Hunt was released by the Kansas City Chiefs following the release of a video shoving and kicking a woman.

The NFL placed Hunt on the commissioner's exempt list shortly before he was released. 

John Dorsey drafted Hunt for the Chiefs in 2017, when Dorsey was the team's GM.

"My relationship and interaction with Kareem since 2016 in college was an important part of this decision making process but we then did extensive due diligence with many individuals, including clinical professionals, to have a better understanding of the person he is today and whether it was prudent to sign him," Dorsey said in a statement.


Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Cardinals Sign Robert Alford To Three-Year Deal
Robert Alford was released by the Falcons on Tuesday after six seasons.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Eagles' Rumored Tag-And-Trade Plan For Nick Foles Violates CBA
The Eagles and Nick Foles are engaging in a contract dance this offseason.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Falcons Parting Ways With Matt Bryant
The Falcons are not exercising Matt Bryant's option for next season, making the 43-year-old kicker a free agent on March 13.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Giants Don't Pick Up Jonathan Stewart's Option
The Giants have decided not to pick up Jonathan Stewart's contract option for 2019, according to a source.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Nick Foles Informs Eagles He'll Void Option For 2019
The Eagles previously notified Nick Foles they would be picking up his option.

Tim McManus/ESPN

Dolphins Haven't Made Decision Yet On Ryan Tannehill
Multiple sources have said for weeks that Ryan Tannehill likely will not return to the Dolphins in 2019.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Russell Wilson, Seahawks Have Had No Extension Talks
Russell Wilson will likely look to beat the $33.5 million annual average agreed upon by Aaron Rodgers.

Rodney McLeod Agrees To Reworked Deal With Eagles
The Eagles entered the offseason more than $15 million over the salary cap.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Patriots Open To Extending Tom Brady's Contract
Tom Brady, who turns 42 in August, is only under contract through the 2019 season.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Giants Will Release Connor Barwin
Connor Barwin started three games and finished with one sack in his only season with the team.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Jacoby Brissett Wants To Be A Starter
Jacoby Brissett says that he'd rather be a starter than remain Andrew Luck's backup.

FOX 59/Indianapolis

Larry Fitzgerald Will Make $16M In 2019
Larry Fitzgerald will return to the Cardinals under a one-year deal.

Field Yates/ESPN

Eric Weddle Now Open To Playing Elsewhere
Eric Weddle is reversing course on his declaration that he'd either play for the Ravens in 2019 or retire.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Larry Fitzgerald Returning To Cardinals On One-Year Deal
Larry Fitzgerald had 69 catches for 734 yards and six touchdowns in 2018.


Cowboys Now Comfortable With Long-Term Deal For DeMarcus Lawrence
DeMarcus Lawrence played the 2018 season under the franchise tag and the Cowboys have become "more comfortable" with awarding him a long-term deal.

Dallas Morning News

Eli Manning's Agent Hasn't Heard From Giants Yet
The Giants could approach Eli Manning about a pay cut.

Tom Rock/Newsday

Partick Mahomes Could Land First $200M Deal In 2020
The Chiefs are expected to extend Patrick Mahomes' contract after next season, according to league sources.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Chargers Ready To Discuss New Contract With Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers says he wants to play a few more seasons and the Chargers want him around.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Seahawks Sign Paxton Lynch
Paxton Lynch didn't play in 2018 after he was released by the Broncos at the end of the preseason.

Alex Chippin/The Score

Jaguars Could Be Contenders For Nick Foles
It remains to be seen how a team could acquire Nick Foles this offseason -- whether he'll become a free agent or the Eagles will retain his rights to swing a trade.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk