Jaguars still talking to DE Tyson Alualu
Tyson Alualu | JAC
(March 2, 2015 1:46 PM EST)
The Florida Times Union reports the Jaguars have "continued talks" with free agent DE Tyson Alualu.
If the Jags re-sign Alualu before free agency, it should be at a bargain price. The No. 10 overall pick of the 2010 draft, Alualu is Rotoworld's No. 33 free agent interior defensive lineman.
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Cowboys slap $12.823M franchise tag on Dez
Dez Bryant | DAL
(March 2, 2015 1:38 PM EST)
Cowboys assigned the franchise tag to WR Dez Bryant.
It's a one-year, $12.823 million tender. The sides now have until July 15 to work toward a long-term agreement. Bryant has expressed displeasure at the prospect of being tagged, and won't be in a hurry to sign. The Cowboys appear to have genuine interest in getting Bryant locked up, while owner/GM Jerry Jones has always been loath to let his stars walk. There's a legitimate chance the sides come to an accord some time over the next four months.
Lions 'still hopeful' of Ndamukong Suh deal
Ndamukong Suh | DET
(March 2, 2015 1:29 PM EST) reports the team is "still hopeful" of reaching a long-term agreement with free agent DT Ndamukong Suh.
There's reason to believe Suh will remain in Detroit; it just won't be via the franchise tag. The Lions' odds of retaining their defensive linchpin will be no better than 50-50 in a year where many teams find themselves flush with cap space.
Report: Orakpo won't be franchise tagged
Brian Orakpo | WAS
(March 2, 2015 1:07 PM EST)
NBC Washington reports that the Redskins won't franchise tag free agent Brian Orakpo for the second-consecutive season, but that "both sides" are working on a new deal.
Orakpo was never going to be tagged after tearing his pec for the third time last season. He mustered just half a sack across seven games. With Orakpo going on 29, the 'Skins will try to bring him back at a discount.
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Victor Hampton released two days after DWI
Victor Hampton | FA
(March 2, 2015 12:54 PM EST)
Ravens released CB Victor Hampton.
Two days ago, Hampton was driving 100 MPH in a 55 MPH while drunk. He was arrested on speeding, DWI, reckless driving, and open container charges. A passenger was charged with carrying a concealed firearm. Hampton's release is a predictable outcome for a player that has long been plagued by off-field woes.
Brad Jones visiting with Eagles Monday
Brad Jones | FA
(March 2, 2015 12:29 PM EST)
Free agent ILB Brad Jones is visiting the Eagles Monday.
Jones was released by the Packers last month after badly underperforming in both 2013 and 2014. The 28-year-old would be competition for the hole opposite Mychal Kendricks, where DeMeco Ryans is rehabbing a blown Achilles' tendon. The Titans could also be interested in Jones.
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Bucs shopping OT Anthony Collins
Anthony Collins | TB
(March 2, 2015 12:25 PM EST)
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bucs will cut OT Anthony Collins if they can't trade him.
Collins signed a five-year, $30M deal one year ago that included $15M guaranteed. But all the cash was up front, so the Bucs can move on from Collins and only leave $3M of dead money behind. We wouldn't expect GM Jason Licht to be able to swing a trade.
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NFL sets 2015 salary cap at $143.28 million
Roger Goodell | FA
(March 2, 2015 12:16 PM EST)
The 2015 salary cap has been set at $143.28 million.
In the midst of unprecendented popularity, the NFL continues to rake in massive revenue. That can be seen in the cap, which has risen from $123M in 2013 to $133M last year and now all the way up at $143M. According to, the Jaguars, Raiders, Browns, Jets and Colts have the most space right now. The Saints, Patriots, Ravens, 49ers and Chiefs have the least.
Report: Bucs, Jags, Raiders to go after Suh
Ndamukong Suh | DET
(March 2, 2015 12:05 PM EST)
Sources tell NBC4's Dianna Marie Russini that the Bucs, Jaguars and Raiders will be "hot" after free agent DT Ndamukong Suh.
In theory, the Lions could still get a deal done with Suh before free agency opens March 10. But now that he hasn't been franchise tagged, the way for Suh to maximize his payday is to create a bidding war. There will certainly be one, as first-team All-Pro players rarely hit the market in their prime. We'd add the Colts and Jets as teams that should be interested in breaking the bank for Suh.
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Kendall Langford visiting with Lions Monday
Kendall Langford | FA
(March 2, 2015 11:57 AM EST)
Free agent DT Kendall Langford is visiting the Lions Monday.
On the same day the Lions announced they won't use the franchise tag on Ndamukong Suh, they bring in Langford. Note that Nick Fairley is also a free agent. The 29-year-old Langford was released by the Rams last week, a move that saved them $6M in cap space. He had fallen behind stud Aaron Donald on the depth chart.
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