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Bears hired former Buccaneers QB Ryan Griffin as an offensive assistant.

26 February 2024

This presumably ends Griffin’s playing career, as the 34-year-old now joins the coaching ranks. Griffin threw for only 18 yards in his playing career but stuck around as a backup for 10 seasons after joining the Saints as a UDFA in 2013. Griffin is expected to work the quarterbacks and receivers and could be responsible for developing some high-profile rookies in the very near future.

Rams tendered RB Ronnie Rivers.

26 February 2024

With Rivers tendered, the second-year back is now locked in to return to the Rams in 2024. With less than three accrued seasons under his belt, a one-year contract at league minimum was all the Rams need to retain Rivers for next year. Rivers joined the Rams as a UDFA in 2022 after, and has rushed 41 times for 150 yards in his brief career as a backup while adding another 10 receptions for 51 yards.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports the Dolphins have informed Xavien Howard he will be released at the start of the league year.

26 February 2024

The Dolphins selected Howard in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The soon-to-be 31-year-old corner has spent his entire career with the Dolphins, earning four Pro Bowl nods and one First-Team All-Pro nomination over that span. Injuries limited Howard to 13 games in 2023, and he managed just one interception while earning a PFF coverage grade of 51.9 — the lowest mark of his career. The ball-hawking corner has twice led the league in interceptions and should have a relatively strong mark ...

ESPN’s DJ Bien-Aime says people he trusts have told him Xavien Howard is interested in joining the Texans.

26 February 2024

This report comes shortly after it was announced the Dolphins would be releasing Howard at the start of the new league year. The veteran corner will be free to sign with any team and could be eyeing the up-and-coming Texans, who are fresh off a 10-7 season and appearance in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. Howard will be 31 at the start of next season and could make for a strong pairing with cornerback Derek Stingley, who totaled five interceptions last season while earning a PFF covera ...

Steelers released C Mason Cole.

26 February 2024

The Steelers entered the offseason with problems at center, which can be directly linked back to Cole, who started all 34 regular season games for them over the last two seasons. With Cole now gone, it goes without saying that the Steelers will officially look to address the center position this offseason via either the draft or free agency. The release of Cole saves the Steelers roughly $4.75 million in cap space for 2024.

49ers released CB Isaiah Oliver.

26 February 2024

Oliver was signed to a two-year contract by the 49ers last offseason but is gone after one season. The veteran corner tallied 67 tackles and one interception on the year and earned a PFF coverage grade of 70.9. Oliver appeared in all 17 regular season games on defense for the 49ers but saw his snaps slashed after Week 8. He did not log a defensive snap in the postseason. His release clears just over $2 million in cap space for the 49ers.

Rams re-signed WR Demarcus Robinson to a one-year, $5 million contract.

26 February 2024

It took a while for Robinson to leave his mark on the 2023 season, but the veteran receiver, who didn’t register a catch until Week 9, finished the year with a line of 26-371-4 while averaging a solid 14.3 YPR. Robinson scored in four consecutive games for the Rams last season and saw four games in which he was targeted five or more times. As long as Puka Nacua and Cooper Kupp are there to absorb the majority of the targets, Robinson will have little to no upside as a fantasy asset. However, h ...

Speaking at the NFL Honors in Las Vegas, Jets owners Woody Johnson said the team needs “a backup quarterback” for the 2024 season.

26 February 2024

It’s safe to say Johnson isn’t a Zach Wilson guy. In addition to emphasizing the Jets’ need for a backup, Johnson took things a step further by saying, “We didn’t have [a backup quarterback] last year.” The Jets are almost certain to move on from Wilson, whether via trade or release, as the former No. 2 overall pick has struggled to live up to his loft draft capital. Through 34 NFL games, Wilson has thrown for 6,293 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 25 interceptions while completing a mere 5 ...

NFL.com’s Judy Battista reports, “there could be a proposal for a March vote on a version of the XFL model as a way to address the kickoff.”

25 February 2024

According to Battista, the Competition Committee “discussed at length the XFL kickoff” and added that the NFL wants to keep kick returns in the game, but there were “too few returns this season.” While some of this may be due to returners being concerned for their own health, the lack of returns can probably be more connected to the number of kickoffs being pinned deep into/out of the end zone by kickers. Regardless, the XFL’s kickoff rule has been proven to reduce high-impact collisio ...

Speaking on the I Am Athlete podcast, Russell Wilson said he hopes to remain with the Broncos next season.

25 February 2024

Wilson, who was benched for the final two games of last season, said he has “more fire now than ever” to win but that he also wants to be in a place that wants him. While the Broncos and head coach Sean Payton haven’t officially laid out their plans for Wilson next season, early signs point to the team moving on from him one way or another. In two seasons with the Broncos, Wilson has thrown for 6594-42-19 while going 11-19 as a starter. Wilson, 35, also said over the next five years he hop ...

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports the Rams are expected to hire former Eagles DC Sean Desai “in a senior defensive role.”

25 February 2024

Desai was dismissed by the Eagles at the end of last season but fielded interest from the Bills and Falcons to fill their defensive coordinator vacancies. Now, the former defensive coordinator who lost play-calling duties to Matt Patricia in the middle of the season will head to the Rams to serve in a not-yet-specified senior defensive role. Desai has spent time with the Bears, Seahawks, and Eagles over the last 11 seasons and could be on the market for another coordinator role as early as next ...

Raiders beat writer Vincent Bonsignore believes the Raiders “will be hyperfocused” on QB at this year’s NFL Combine.

25 February 2024

The Raiders are widely believed to be one of the more quarterback-hungry teams this offseason. With Jimmy Garoppolo expected to be cut early into the offseason and second-year quarterback Aidan O’Connell profiling more as a career backup, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier this month that they could make “a potential move up in the draft” to secure a young signal-caller, which will likely be required of the team that currently holds the No. 13 overall pick in April’s draft. If ...

The Athletic’s Zack Rosenblatt said, “I don’t think it’s a lock the Jets lose Bryce Huff, though it feels headed in that direction.”

25 February 2024

Huff is set to enter free agency after posting a career-high 29 tackles, 10 TFLs, and 10 sacks in 2023. Huff joined the Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2020 and has totaled 17.5 sacks in 54 games, showing steady growth over each season. The veteran pass rusher has earned a PFF pass-rush grade of 86.8 or higher over the last two seasons and will be 26 at the start of next year. He should fetch plenty of interest on the open market

In an email sent to ESPN, former Commanders OC Eric Bieniemy said of his departure, “I was not fired. I actually just chose not to stay.”

25 February 2024

Bieniemy didn’t get into detail about what he was offered to do with the Commanders if he were to remain on staff, but the former offensive coordinator of the Commanders and Chiefs is now set to take his talents to the college game after accepting a job as UCLA’s associate head coach/offensive coordinator. Bieniemy also noted that he “had countless conversations and interviews with many teams” after he and the Commanders parted ways, which loosely confirms earlier reports from Adam Schef ...

KPRC2’s Aaron Wilson reports, “There is definitely mutual interest” between Nico Collins and the Texans to sign an extension.

25 February 2024

Collins is now eligible for an extension heading into the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. The former third-round pick finally lived up to his potential in 2023, going for 80-1297-8 in 15 regular season contests while averaging an impressive 16.2 YPR. Collins said if a potential extension, “If [the Texans] want to negotiate, we can,” but it doesn’t sound like he’s pressing to get a deal done this offseason, also adding he will “let it ride” if that’s what the team want ...

ESPN’s Pete Thamel reports former Chiefs and Commanders OC Eric Bieniemy has accepted UCLA’s offensive coordinator position.

25 February 2024

Per Thamel, new, first-time Bruins head coach DeShaun Foster wants to run an NFL system and was seeking a “splash hire.” Bieniemy is certainly that, though it’s stunning he couldn’t generate continued NFL interest after his one-year stint in Washington. Perceived as pass-happy and “old school” in his demeanor, Bieniemy has evidently worn out his NFL welcome for the time being. He has long been connected to college openings, but always as a head coach. It’s quite possible Bieniemy ...

Former NFL CB Richard Sherman was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Saturday morning.

24 February 2024

This marks the second time in three years that Sherman was arrested for driving under the influence. His previous case was dismissed following a guilty plea, resulting in two years probation and supervision in addition to court mandated courses. No further updates on the recent arrest were provided.

Saints restructured DT Nathan Shepherd’s contract.

24 February 2024

Per ESPN’s Field Yates, the move clears up just over $3 million in cap space. Shepherd is one of many Saints players who saw their contract restructured this week. New Orleans began the offseason projected at $75 million over the 2024 salary cap. They got some good news earlier this week when the NFL informed teams the cap would be $255 million this year. That is over $10 million higher than most analysts expected for the upcoming year. Between the cap boost and some contract reworks, the Sain ...

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals informed Tee Higgins they will franchise tag him.

24 February 2024

It was reported earlier in the month by The Athletic’s Paul Dehner that “all expectations” were that the Bengals would tag Higgins, who was set to be an unrestricted free agent. Higgins is expected to net about $21.8 million on the franchise tag as he and the Bengals will now look to run things back for at least one more season. It’s possible Higgins and the Bengals eventually come to an agreement on a long-term extension, but this extension buys the two sides extra time to figure things ...

KPRC2’s Aaron Wilson reports Patriots WR Kendrick Bourne is expected to test the free agent market this offseason.

24 February 2024

Bourne is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in Week 8 against the Dolphins. He was off to a good start to the year before going down, posting 37 receptions for 406 yards and four touchdowns, and is expected to have decent interest on the open market. Bourne will be 29 at the start of next season, but it’s hard to envision him walking into a significant role next season — even if fully healthy.

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