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Bills release tight end Charles Clay on Friday

The Buffalo Bills have released tight end Charles Clay on Friday.

What It Means:

By releasing Clay, the Bills were able to save 4.5 million against their cap. The 30-year tight end struggled with his production after signing a five-year $38 million dollar contract in 2015 but look for him to latch on with another team at some point during the off-season.

In four seasons with Buffalo, Clay hauled in 178 receptions for 1,822 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Antonio Brown will reportedly meet with Steelers owner

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will meet with team owner Art Rooney II, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

Brown apparently had a change of heart, as Rapoport previously reported that he would not meet with Rooney. The receiver officially requested a trade from the Steelers earlier this week following a tempestuous season in Pittsburgh. Brown turns 31 this summer.

Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns on 168 targets in 15 games last season.

Schefter: Broncos 'most likely' letting Brandon Marshall walk

The Denver Broncos are "most likely" going to release linebacker Brandon Marshall, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

Marshall played the past six seasons in Denver after spending his rookie year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Injuries have limited Marshall to 11 games in two of the past three seasons. He turns 30 in September.

Marshall recorded 41 tackles (21 solo) with 1 pass deflection in 11 games last season.

Nick Foles, Jaguars expected to have 'mutual interest'

Free agent quarterback Nick Foles, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to have "mutual interest," reports Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.

What It Means:

The Jaguars are one of only a few teams in need of a new quarterback, so the match makes sense. Blake Bortles will likely need to find a new NFL home for 2019.

Foles averaged 282.6 passing yards (7.2 yards per attempt) on a 72.3 completion percentage with 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in five games last season.

Broncos reportedly deal 4th-round pick to Ravens for Joe Flacco

The Denver Broncos acquired quarterback Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick, per multiple reports.

What It Means:

The Broncos had two 2019 fourth-round picks as a result of trading Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans midseason. They will send their own pick to Baltimore and keep Houston's, but it won't be official until the new league year starts on March 13. Flacco, a 34-year-old with a recent history of back and hip issues, has averaged just 6.4 yards per pass attempt (YPA) over the past four seasons. Case Keenum will reportedly be traded or released.

Flacco threw for 2,465 yards (6.5 YPA) on a 61.2 completion percentage with 12 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in nine games for Baltimore last season.

Broncos reportedly expected to release or trade Case Keenum

The Denver Broncos "will now shop" quarterback Case Keenum after acquiring Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

The Broncos signed Keenum to a 2-year, $36 million deal last offseason, but it looks like his tenure will only last one season. He turns 31 this upcoming Sunday.

Keenum threw for 3,890 yards (6.6 yards per attempt) on a 62.3 completion percentage with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 16 games for the Broncos last season.

Ravens reportedly agree to trade Joe Flacco to Broncos

The Baltimore Ravens have "agreed in principle" to trade quarterback Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

The trade will not become official until the new league year starts on March 13, so details may not be revealed until then. New Broncos head coach Vic Fangio spent one season in Baltimore with Flacco under center, so there's some familiarity there. The 34-year-old quarterback will likely compete with Case Keenum for starting duties in Denver, although there's still a decent chance they spend an early-round pick on a signal-caller. As for Baltimore, Lamar Jackson will open 2019 as the starting quarterback.

Flacco threw for 2,465 yards (6.5 yards per attempt) on a 61.2 completion percentage with 12 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in nine games last season.

Eric Reid re-signs with Panthers for 3 seasons

The Carolina Panthers re-signed defensive back Eric Reid to a 3-year, $22 million contract.

What It Means:

Reid made his Panthers debut in Week 5 and became an immediate starter. "I feel comfortable here. I was excited just to get (the deal) done," the 27-year-old said. "I fit well into this defense." The 49ers originally drafted Reid in the first round of the 2013 draft.

Reid recorded 66 tackles with 1 interception and 5 pass deflections in 13 games for the Panthers last season.

Duke Johnson not expendable 'yet' for Browns

Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson's future with the team is uncertain, per comments from general manager John Dorsey on Monday.

What It Means:

“I don’t think it makes him expendable yet,” Dorsey replied when asked about Johnson during a press conference addressing Kareem Hunt's signing. It sounds like Johnson may fall out of the mix once Hunt returns from what is expected to be a lengthy suspension. The 25-year-old back averaged 5.0 yards per carry and 9.1 yards per catch last season, but only saw 5.4 touches per game.

Johnson gained 201 scoreless rush yards on 40 carries and caught 47 passes for 429 yards and 3 touchdowns on 62 targets last season.

Texans reportedly releasing Demaryius Thomas

The Houston Texans are expected to release wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on Tuesday, reports James Palmer of NFL Network.

What It Means:

The Texans acquired Thomas from the Denver Broncos for a fourth-round pick in October, but he's due $14 million in 2019, so it wound up being more of a rental than long-term investment. He only caught 23 passes for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns in seven games for Houston before suffering an Achilles' tear. Thomas turned 31 in December.

DT caught 59 passes for 677 yards and 5 touchdowns on 89 targets in 15 games last season.

Antonio Brown: 'Time to move on' from Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown tweeted it is "time to move on and forward."

What It Means:

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Brown also officially requested a trade, which was first reported in January. This is the first time the receiver has publicly expressed a desire to leave Pittsburgh, although it hasn't been much of a secret. Brown will turn 31 this summer.

Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns on 168 targets in 15 games for the Steelers last season.

Browns sign Kareem Hunt to 1-year contract, suspension still pending

The Cleveland Browns signed running back Kareem Hunt, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, to a 1-year contract.

What It Means:

Hunt will remain on the commissioner's exempt list until his inevitable suspension is handed down from the league's office. Browns general manager John Dorsey drafted Hunt in Kansas City, so it's not a big surprise to see the two reconnect in Cleveland. Nick Chubb is expected to open the 2019 season as the Browns' workhorse back, but Hunt will likely work his way into the mix once eligible. He turns 24 in August.

Hunt rushed 181 times for 824 yards and 7 touchdowns and had 26 receptions (35 targets) for 378 yards and another 7 touchdowns over 11 games for the Chiefs in 2018.

Broncos' Phillip Lindsay (wrist) remains in air cast ahead of OTA's

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay's arm is still in an air cast following offseason wrist surgery.

What It Means:

There's still time before OTA's for Lindsay to get healthy, but if he misses more time he could miss them.

Lindsay ran for 1,037 and nine touchdowns in his rookie year.

Giants won't exercise Jonathan Stewart's option

New York Giants running back Jonathan Stewart is set to become a free agent for the 2019 season.

What It Means:

Stewart had a team option that was set to pay him $2.77 million, but the team didn't give him a spot on the roster and will let him go out into the free agent market.

In three games this season, Stewart ran the ball six times for 17 yards.

Source: Dan Duggan

Panthers' Greg Olsen (foot) plans to play next season

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (foot surgery) confirmed he plans to play in 2019.

What It Means:

“My plan right now, I’m in every day doing my foot rehab, trying to get this thing finally back to where I was used to,’’ Olsen said. “It seems like it’s been a long time since it was. Yeah, that’s what I’m preparing for and that all starts with getting my foot right.’’ It was reported in December that Olsen intends to return next season, so this isn't a surprise. The veteran tight end has been limited to just 16 games over the past two seasons due to chronic foot issues. He turns 34 in March and has two years left on his current contract.

Olsen had 27 receptions for 291 yards and 4 touchdowns on 38 targets over nine games in 2018.

Nick Foles reportedly declines Eagles option, enters free agency

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles declined his $20 million option.

What It Means:

Foles forfeited $2 million to void the final year of his deal and enter free agency. The Eagles can apply the franchise tag in an effort to trade Foles, rather than letting him walk, but it appears he will be playing for another team in 2019. Foles turned 30 in January.

Foles averaged 282.6 passing yards (7.2 yards per attempt) on a 72.3 completion percentage with 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in five games last season.

Washington's Derrius Guice (knee) running at full speed

Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice (knee) posted a video of himself running at full speed in a straight line on Wednesday.

What It Means:

It's an encouraging sign after it was revealed in mid-December that Guice needed three additional surgeries for a torn ACL he suffered last preseason, although there's still uncertainty regarding his availability for 2019. He turns 22 this summer.

Guice rushed 471 times for 3,074 yards (6.5 yards per carry) and 29 touchdowns and caught 32 passes for 250 yards (7.8 yards per catch) and 3 touchdowns in 35 games for the LSU Tigers.

Falcons cut longtime kicker Matt Bryant

Kicker Matt Bryant was released by the Atlanta Falcons.

What It Means:

Bryant will turn 44 in May and said on social media that he will look to continue to play.

He was 20-for-21 on field goals and 33-for-35 on extra points in 2018.

Rams' Todd Gurley maintains health is fine

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley once again insisted he was healthy following Sunday's Super Bowl LIII loss to the New England Patriots.

What It Means:

"I know there’s been a lot of concern about my knee, but I really am fine," Gurley maintained, adding that he underwent an MRI after the team’s Week 15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and doesn't expect to need surgery this offseason. The 24-year-old back didn't play much in the first half against New England and finished with just 10 carries for 35 yards and 1 reception for a 1-yard loss. Gurley totaled only 16 touches between the Conference Championship and Super Bowl, compared to 22.5 touches per game during the regular season.

Gurley rushed for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns on 30 carries and caught 4 passes (7 targets) for 5 yards over three postseason games, with the bulk of that production coming against the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round.

Patriots' Rob Gronkowski to decide future in 'week or two'

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hopes to make a decision on his playing future in a "week or two."

What It Means:

Gronkowski was understandably more focused on celebrating his third Super Bowl victory after the game, but there have been signs that one of the greatest tight ends in the history of the league intends to retire this offseason. He missed three games in 2018 due to injuries and appeared to lose a step while on the field, evidenced by 52.5 receiving yards per game, the lowest since his rookie season. Gronk turns 30 in May and is due $9 million in base salary next year.

Gronkowski caught 47 passes on 72 targets for 682 yards and 3 touchdowns in 13 games during the regular season. He added 13 receptions (19 targets) for 191 scoreless yards in the playoffs.

Rapoport: Josh Gordon could be reinstated by Patriots training camp

New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon is "doing a lot better" and there is a "chance" he is reinstated by training camp, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

Gordon is expected to leave his rehab facility in Gainesville, Florida soon. His most recent suspension was handed down in December. The troubled receiver turns 28 in April.

Gordon caught 41 passes on 71 targets for 737 yards and 4 touchdowns in 12 games this for the Patriots and Cleveland Browns this past season.

Rob Gronkowski hauls in six receptions in New England's Super Bowl win

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski accumulated 87 receiving yards in Sunday's Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams.

What It Means:

Despite dealing with retirement rumors throughout 2018, Gronk was productive throughout the postseason with 13 receptions for 191 yards. Look for the 29-year old tight end to end his career on a high note with his third Super Bowl ring.

In 15 postseason games, Gronkowski hauled in 75 receptions for 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Julian Edelman explodes for 141 receiving yards in New England's Super Bowl Victory over the Rams

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman produced 10 receptions for 141 yards in Sunday's Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams.

What It Means:

Edelman was unstoppable during Super Bowl Sunday, accounting for a playoff-high ten receptions and 54% of New England's receiving production. In three games this post-season, the veteran slot receiver hauled in 26 receptions for 388 yards.

Heading into his last year of his contract, look for Edelman to remain Tom Brady's favorite target for the 2019 season.

Todd Gurley, C.J. Anderson to split carries for Rams versus Patriots

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley will not see workhorse usage in Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots on Sunday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

The Rams used the same approach in their postseason victories over the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, and the decision to implement it again is "based on a variety of factors," writes Rapoport, who spoke with Rams running backs coach Skip Peete last week. "We said, 'Going forward, we got to make sure you're fresh, you're healthy,'" Peete told Rapoport. "The workload that you had prior to you sitting out, probably can't go that route right now. He understood that." Gurley was out-touched by Anderson 17-5 in the NFC Championship.

numberFire's models expect Gurley to log 12.1 touches and Anderson to see 10.8 touches on Sunday.

Source: NFL.com

Report: Dolphins plan to release Ryan Tannehill

The Miami Dolphins are expected to release quarterback Ryan Tannehill, according to the Miami Herald.

What It Means:

Tannehill has been a below-average quarterback for the bulk of his career, averaging just 5.9 yet yards per dropback with a 4.2% touchdown rate and 2.6% interception rate.

He completed 176 of 274 passes (64.2%) for 1,979 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in 11 games in 2018.

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