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Willie Snead signs with Ravens after Saints decline to match offer sheet
The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Willie Snead, formerly of the New Orleans Saints, to a two-year, $7 million contract.
The deal includes a $2 million signing bonus, and after a year of injury and inconsistency for the Saints, they decided to let the former Ball State Cardinal walk. Snead will join Michael Crabtree in the new-look Ravens receiving core. Snead's signing probably means the Ravens are out on pursuing recently-released receiver Dez Bryant.
Snead had career-lows in every category in 2017, catching just 8-of-16 targets for 80 yards across 7 starts and 11 games played.
Elway: Broncos open to trading fifth overall pick
According to The Athletic's Nicki Jhabvala, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said that he's open to trading the number-five overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Elway noted that Denver is open to trading either up or down in this year's draft. If they stay at five, the Broncos plan to take the best available player. The team did sign Case Keenum in free agency, but they could still decide to go quarterback as they look toward the future. A number of teams could offer Denver a deal to grab the quarterback of their choosing.
This past season, the Broncos finished 21st in our power rankings and 31st in passing efficiency.
Report: Giants releasing Brandon Marshall
The New York Giants are releasing wide receiver Brandon Marshall, reports Kimberley A. Martin of the Washington Post.
General manager Dave Gettleman said that the team will release Marshall on a "failed physical" designation. The 34-year-old's status with the team has been in question since undergoing ankle surgery in October. The move saves the Giants more than $5 million toward the 2018 cap.
Last season, Marshall played in just 5 games, totaling 18 catches and 154 yards.
Dolphins expected to exercise DeVante Parker's fifth-year option
The Miami Dolphins are expected to exercise their fifth-year team option on wide receiver DeVante Parker.
At 25, Parker has yet to find his stride through three seasons in the NFL. The option is worth roughly $9.5 million for the 2019 season. However, there's a chance that the team could release the wideout as his option is only guaranteed for injury.
Through 3 seasons, Parker is averaging 46.3 catches, 636.0 yards and 2.7 touchdowns per year.
Le'Veon Bell does not report to Steelers' offseason program
As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell did not report to the team's offseason program this week.
This isn't big news, as Bell was expected to remain away from the team until absolutely necessary. He is still unhappy with his contract situation, playing on the franchise tag for a second consecutive season. Talks for a long-term deal have stalled, which will likely result in him skipping training camp as well. He's expected to work out on his own and is doing so now in Miami.
Last season, Bell turned 406 touches into 1,946 yards and 11 touchdowns in 15 games.
Report: Tom Brady not committed to playing for Patriots in 2018
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is reportedly up in the air about playing the 2018 season.
This report comes via ESPN's Adam Schefter, who adds "even though people who know him believe he will be back." Schefter expects him to return as well, though Brady is now 41 and with other priorities demanding his attention. There's also been some reported friction between the future Hall of Fame quarterback and coach Bill Belichick. This should make it even more likely that New England looks for a quarterback early in this year's draft.
In 2017, Brady's 162.4 Net Expected Points led the entire NFL, and by a sizable margin over the next-closest player.
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