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LeGarrette Blount hopes to re-sign with Eagles
Free agent running back LeGarrette Blount said that he hopes to re-sign with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason.
Speaking in an interview with NFL Network, Blount said, "Obviously, I like it a lot there. They like me a lot there." He also went on to praise running backs coach Duce Staley, who could become the team's new offensive coordinator. Working against Blount's return is a tight salary cap and three other viable backs on board. An option would be for him to take a discount in order to make a run at a second straight championship with Philadelphia.
Over 16 games, Blount turned 173 carries into 766 yards and 2 scores. He contributed a single touchdown on 8 catches in the passing game.
Report: Jets 'willing to pay whatever it takes' to sign Kirk Cousins
The New York Jets are reportedly "willing to pay whatever it takes" to land free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins.
While MMQB's Peter King "guesses" that Cousins will end up with the Denver Broncos, the Jets are also in a good spot to make a run at the coveted signal caller. The Jets are projected to have more cap space, and they could create more to make room for him. The only sticking point could be Cousins' desire to play for a team with a good, proven defense.
In 2017-18, Cousins completed 64.3% of his passes for 4,093 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also ran for 179 yards and 4 scores as he started 16 games for the Redskins.
Free agent Julius Peppers 'leaning toward' returning for 17th season
Free agent defensive end Julius Peppers is reportedly "leaning toward" returning for his 17th NFL season.
The Charlotte Observer's sources say that Peppers "doesn't want to commit to it yet." If he does return, it would only be with the Panthers, with whom he's spent 9 of his previous 16 seasons. Peppers, who turned 38 in January, is recovering from surgery to repair a torn right labrum.
Peppers appeared in all 16 games, tallying 21 tackles, 11 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in 2017.
Lions not expected to release Eric Ebron
The Detroit Lions are not expected to release tight end Eric Ebron.
Ebron carries a club option for the 2018 season and it's guaranteed for injury only. Shedding his salary would give the Lions some flexibility but general manager Bob Quinn has said that Ebron will return. At 24, Ebron's been mildly disappointing through four seasons. But he has shown the ability to produce for stretches of time.
After posting 53 catches, 574 yards and 4 scores in 2017, Ebron has now made it back-to-back seasons with at least 50 catches, 500 yards and a touchdown.
Cowboys expected to place franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence
According to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Cowboys are expected to place the franchise tag on defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.
Lawrence's contract is up and the two sides don't appear to be closing in on a long-term deal. The deadline for Dallas to use the tag is March 6th, so the time to make a decision is coming quickly. Tagging Lawrence would guarantee him around $17.5 million for 2018.
In 2017, Lawrence was dominant with 15 sacks and 4 forced fumbles in 16 games.
Jaguars expected to tag Allen Robinson for 2018
The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to use the franchise tag on wide receiver Allen Robinson if the two sides can't come to a long-term deal.
Robinson's looking for a long-term deal and has been noting that his ACL injury is "not really an issue." However, ESPN's Mike DiRocco expects the Jaguars to be looking for a "one-year, incentive-laden deal." The franchise tag doesn't carry incentives and is a bit more pricey, but it would give the Jags some time to figure out if Robinson will be healthy moving forward.
Limited by the injury, Robinson caught 1 ball for 17 yards in 2017. He had 73 catches, 883 yards and 6 touchdown catches in 2016.
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