Eric Reid says he knows why his free-agent market is quiet

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- One of the excuses for why Colin Kaepernick has been out of the NFL for more than a year now is that he's a poor scheme fit for many teams.

The argument, which usually has come in the form of an anonymous quote from a team executive, is that Kaepernick is a running quarterback and that teams prefer their passers to be ...Read more

Ravens sign wide receiver Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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BALTIMORE -- Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Friday morning that he would have had interest in wide receiver Michael Crabtree regardless of whether Ryan Grant passed his physical or not. What he didn't say, but what should be quite obvious, is with Grant's deal falling apart because of concerns over his ankle, the sense of urgency to ...Read more

Packers sign CB Kyle Fuller to offer sheet; Bears must decide if they will match

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CHICAGO -- The Bears will have to match terms dictated by the rival Packers if they want to keep cornerback Kyle Fuller.

The Packers signed the 2014 first-round draft pick to an offer sheet Friday, and the Bears will have to review the deal and determine if they want to match it or lose him to the Packers and receive no compensation. Terms of ...Read more

Panthers deal with Bashaud Breeland falls through after failed physical

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers reached an agreement to sign cornerback Bashaud Breeland earlier this week, but that won't happen now, the team announced Friday.

The Panthers announced that Breeland has failed his physical because of a non-football related injury and would not be signed.

The two sides agreed to terms on Tuesday, the ...Read more

Vikings sign Sheldon Richardson to fill defensive tackle hole

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Sheldon Richardson, the 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, is coming to Minnesota in hopes of jumpstarting his promising and still-young career as a starting tackle in coach Mike Zimmer's top-ranked defense.

The 6-3, 297-pound Richardson arrived in Minnesota Thursday night to the hoopla of quarterback Kirk Cousins' signing ...Read more

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome says backing out of Ryan Grant deal was strictly medical decision

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BALTIMORE -- The Ravens initially scheduled to have general manager Ozzie Newsome seated alongside his two wide-receiver additions, John Brown and Ryan Grant, on the stage at the Under Armour Performance Center on Friday. However, only Brown joined Newsome Friday morning, leaving the longtime Ravens' decision maker to answer questions about the ...Read more

Rosen is more than just a slinger

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LOS ANGELES--He could wind up in Denver, or Buffalo, or East Rutherford, N.J., but former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was unmistakably Southern Californian as he shuffled around under cloudless skies in flip-flops and a baggy hoodie.

"I live and die in these things," he said, motioning to his feet.

But Rosen did his best work Thursday in ...Read more

Earl Thomas trade rumors swirl as report states Seahawks in talks 'with several teams'

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SEATTLE -- Another day, another Earl Thomas trade rumor.

But this one comes with the added gravity that Seattle is now said to be talking to "several teams" about Thomas instead of just the Dallas Cowboys, who have long been thought to be interested, and that Seattle may actually be getting the kind of offer that could make it realistic to pull...Read more

Kirk Cousins' lucrative Vikings contract is cost of doing business in high-stakes NFL

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The Vikings were coming off a division championship in 2008 when they jumped at the opportunity to replace former second-round pick Tarvaris Jackson as their starting quarterback with Brett Favre. They paid the Hall of Famer $12 million for the 2009 season, and boosted his 2010 salary from $13 million to $16 million to lure him back one more ...Read more

Vikings sign Cousins, making him highest-paid QB in league

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Kirk Cousins is officially the Vikings quarterback.

Cousins put pen to paper Thursday on a reported three-year, $84 million contract that makes him the highest-paid quarterback in the league. The Vikings and Cousins' agent, Mike McCartney, finalized the deal while Cousins toured U.S. Bank Stadium and the team's new Eagan headquarters.

After a ...Read more

Raiders agree with RB Doug Martin; look for defensive help

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Raiders on Thursday reportedly agreed to terms with running back Doug Martin and were connected with at least three defensive free agents -- including one that opted to stay with his original team.

Martin, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will join the Raiders, according to NFL Media.

Martin, released by the Bucs, ...Read more

Reports: Raiders signing Jordy Nelson, releasing Michael Crabtree

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The Raiders' first big signing in free agency came Thursday with the addition of former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson, per multiple reports. The first to note the official deal was actually James Jones, Nelson's former teammate in Green Bay and a former Raiders receiver.

As a result of Nelson's signing, Oakland will release ...Read more

Panthers agree to terms with Pro Bowl DT Dontari Poe

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have played against him often, and now he'll be on their side.

Carolina reached an agreement to sign former Falcons defensive tackle Dontari Poe on Thursday afternoon, a source confirmed to the Observer. Poe is expected to sign his contract in the next 24 hours, according to the Washington Post's ...Read more

Dolphins reportedly agree to terms with guard Josh Sitton

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The Dolphins have agreed to contract terms with guard Josh Sitton, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, according to ESPN.

Sitton, a 31-year-old, 10-year veteran who has played left guard and right guard for Green Bay and Chicago, played left guard for the Bears last year.

Sitton is regarded as a skilled pass blocker. He missed the final three ...Read more

Dolphins release center Mike Pouncey, acquire 49ers center Daniel Kilgore

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The Miami Dolphins continued the franchise's 2018 overhaul by releasing starting center Mike Pouncey in a move that clears $7 million in cap space.

Before the release was announced, Pouncey posted a cryptic Instagram message that featured the words "Be wanted!! To be continued."

In the post, Pouncey wrote, "Let's see where life takes us baby."...Read more

Could Chad Henne be returning to Dolphins?

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It is possible that quarterback Chad Henne will get a second opportunity to make a better impression on Miami Dolphins fans.

Henne, who produced a 14-19 record as the Dolphins' starter from 2009 to 2011, is being considered as a possible replacement for backup quarterback Matt Moore, whom the Dolphins aren't expected to re-sign, according to ...Read more

Chargers bringing in kicker Janikowski for look-see; sign safety Phillips, tight end Green

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LOS ANGELES -- As teams retooled their rosters in the first moments of free agency, the Los Angeles Chargers unsurprisingly took a more subtle approach.

Some teams needed quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers or top line offensive linemen. Some needed players who could sack the quarterback or lock down on the outside. Those are the ...Read more

Vikings acquiring quarterback Trevor Siemian in trade with Broncos

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The Vikings have a backup quarterback.

Trevor Siemian is being traded from the Broncos to the Vikings, the Star Tribune confirmed, in a deal that also swaps draft picks. The Vikings are sending an undisclosed 2019 draft pick to Denver in exchange for Siemian and a 2018 late-round pick.

Siemian, 26, leaves a Broncos logjam and comes to the ...Read more

Quarterback market settles as Falcons work on Matt Ryan's contract extension

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The winds of quarterback change were intense as the NFL began its new business year on Wednesday.

The Falcons, who are in the midst of negotiating a contract extension with quarterback Matt Ryan, had to pay close attention with the hopes that deals didn't spin out of control in free agency.

The key deal for the Falcons was the Vikings giving ...Read more

Dolphins cut Ndamukong Suh, finalize Robert Quinn and Jarvis Landry trades

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The Miami Dolphins have released defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, and tight end Julius Thomas, undoing two of the major acquisitions Mike Tannenbaum, the team's vice president of football operations, has spearheaded the past three offseasons.

These transactions have been expected for days, but didn't become official on the NFL's books until ...Read more