Report: Redskins interested in OG Mike Iupati
Mike Iupati | SF
(February 27, 2015 3:44 PM EST)
NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Redskins have "strong interest" in free agent OG Mike Iupati.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden has been transitioning away from smaller, athletic zone linemen to large power blockers for the last year and a half. Iupati is a 6-foot-5, 330-pound road grader whom new Redskins GM Scot McCloughan drafted in San Francisco. Iupati would be a natural fit in D.C. Per Russini, the Redskins can expect competition for Iupati's services from the Buccaneers.
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Dolphins release Brandon Gibson
Brandon Gibson | FA
(February 27, 2015 3:39 PM EST)
Dolphins released WR Brandon Gibson.
This was an easy one to see coming. An average talent who ruptured his patellar tendon in 2013, Gibson never got back on track last season, operating as Miami's No. 4 receiver. He was owed nearly $3.5 million in salary and bonuses. Gibson can't win consistently on the outside and has lost quickness since his knee injury, hurting his ability to produce in the slot. He'll search for backup opportunities.
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Cards likely have interest in Peterson
Adrian Peterson | MIN
(February 27, 2015 3:35 PM EST)
The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers expects the Cardinals to have interest if Adrian Peterson becomes available.
The Vikings want to keep Peterson, but probably not at his $12.75 million salary. Peterson may balk at accepting a pay cut from a team he feels left him under the bus during his 2014 fight against the NFL. With their quarterback aging and coming off his second career ACL tear, the Cardinals have a major need for a workhorse runner. Somers also believes the organization is still "haunted" to some extent by drafting OT Levi Brown over Peterson in 2007.
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Ravens re-sign DL Bilukidi
Christo Bilukidi | BAL
(February 27, 2015 3:17 PM EST)
Ravens re-signed DL Christo Bilukidi to a two-year contract.
Ravens management must like what it's seen from Bilukidi on the practice field, because he's failed to earn significant playing time since his 2012 rookie year in Oakland. The 25-year-old will vie for a roster spot in camp.
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Redskins cut Stephen Bowen
Stephen Bowen | FA
(February 27, 2015 3:11 PM EST)
Redskins released DE Stephen Bowen.
The combined savings from the Barry Cofield and Bowen cuts is nearly $10 million; releasing Bowen saved $5.5 million alone. Parting with Bowen was a no-brainer, as he was a total flop as a 2011 free agent signing and has battled myriad knee problems. The 31-year-old won't be coveted in free agency.
Redskins re-sign OT Compton
Tom Compton | WAS
(February 27, 2015 3:10 PM EST)
Redskins re-signed OT Tom Compton.
He was slated for restricted free agency. Compton's performance was abysmal when forced to start at right tackle late last season, but he's 26 years old (in May) and the Skins may believe he still has room for developmental growth. The Redskins badly need Morgan Moses to step up and become a starter.
Falcons part with longtime LG Justin Blalock
Justin Blalock | FA
(February 27, 2015 2:14 PM EST)
Falcons released LG Justin Blalock.
The move clears $3.8 million in cap room, but creates a need in Atlanta. The Falcons' starting left guard since he entered the NFL in 2007, Blalock was likely deemed a poor schematic fit for new OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-run game. Pro Football Focus gave Blalock above-average marks in 2014, and he just turned 31. Expect Blalock to draw interest from power-blocking teams.
Vikings cut OG Charlie Johnson
Charlie Johnson | FA
(February 27, 2015 2:13 PM EST)
Vikings released OG Charlie Johnson.
A 14-game starter on Minnesota's beleaguered line last season, Johnson graded out 56th among 78 guards in Pro Football Focus' ratings. Johnson isn't a high-level blocker, but does have the capability of playing both guard and tackle. The 31-year-old (in May) would make a nice swing lineman elsewhere.
Mike Iupati expected to hit free agency
Mike Iupati | SF
(February 27, 2015 1:59 PM EST)
Free agent OG Mike Iupati is expected to reach the open market.
Iupati's return to San Francisco "remains a possibility," per CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, but the 49ers appear willing to let the open market set Iupati's value. Iupati heads a free agent interior offensive line class that includes Orlando Franklin, Rodney Hudson, Stefen Wisniewski, and Clint Boling.
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'Building evidence' Eagles to target Mariota
Marcus Mariota | CLG
(February 27, 2015 1:53 PM EST)
According to Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski, "evidence continues to build" that the Eagles plan to trade up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
We've followed Kempski's work for years and can't ever remember him being wrong. Most notably, he called the DeSean Jackson release well in advance. Kempski acknowledges he previously believed Philly moving up for Mariota was "unrealistic," but now "it appears the Eagles are determined to get their guy." Moving up from No. 20 into the top-two picks would likely cost Philadelphia most of its 2015 draft class, in addition to a 2016 first-round pick.
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