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  • Johnny Manziel re-hires agent, presumably to try comeback, but who would sign him?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 hr ago

    Johnny Manziel hired his old agent, Erik Burkhardt, who dropped Manziel last year. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Burkhardt took Manziel back after “Burkhardt had him make serious commitments.”

    And that is supposedly the signal that Manziel wants to play in the NFL again. And that’s great. Here’s the hangup: Why would any team sign Manziel?

    Rapoportalso reportedthat Manziel “is drawing real interest from teams” at this week’s scouting combine, which is hard to believe. To think teams suddenly believe in Manziel again because he got an agent to work with him again is ignoring … well, everything else. Not the least of which is that on Tuesday – less than 24 hours before the report that teams are interested in him – Manziel was in a Dallas courtroom explaining to a judge why he missed a deadline to update the court on the stipulations of his domestic violence case being dismissed.

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  • Bills unafraid to go right to deadline with Tyrod Taylor, coach Sean McDermott says

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Buffalo Bills have a little more than a week to make a call on bringing back quarterback Tyrod Taylor. New head coach Sean McDermott feels like that is plenty of time to be “methodical” about making a decision.

    McDermott said at the NFL scouting combine on Wednesday that he and general manager Doug Whaley jointly will decide Taylor’s fate, which must happen prior to March 11. At that point — assuming Taylor is healthy enough to pass his physical — the Bills would be on the hook for a payment of $27.5 million and a salary-cap hit of almost $16 million in 2017.

    “We are absolutely in accord,” McDermott said of his working relationship with Whaley. “Doug and I have gotten off to a great start. Doug and I have had great meetings … healthy, productive meetings.

    “So sometimes you disagree, but those disagreements are healthy. That goes for every meeting. At the end of the day we’re going to have the right decision for the Bills’ organization, and I think Doug and I are off to a great start.”

    “If that’s what it takes, yes,” he said.

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  • NFL free agency preview: Some interesting possibilities at quarterback for a change

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    When the Washington Redskins gave quarterback Kirk Cousins the exclusive franchise tag Tuesday, it took the most intriguing name off the market. Cousins can’t negotiate with any other team under that tag.

    There’s a decent mix of reliable backups and intriguing young players beyond Romo, Taylor and Cutler, who will be 1-2-3 on this list in some order if and when they’re available. Here are the top-10 quarterbacks slated to hit free agency on March 9:

    TOP 10 FREE-AGENT QUARTERBACKS

    1. Mike Glennon: He played well his first two years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Then Jameis Winston entered the picture and Glennon threw 11 passes the next two seasons.

    Glennon is a big, strong-armed pocket quarterback, just 27 years old and shouldn’t command an enormous contract, yet could be a starter for a team in need. If there’s one name on this list that has underrated potential it’s Glennon, a third-round pick in 2013.

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  • Did Vance Joseph just hint Broncos will be in the running for Tony Romo?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    INDIANAPOLIS — Sometimes it’s more about what a person doesn’t say than what they do. Especially when football coaches are talking.

    Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph kicked off the 2017 NFL scouting combine by answering a lot of questions about his quarterback situation, namely with holdovers Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch

    “We’ve got two young guys that combined to win nine games last year as starters, probably should have won two more, so we’re fine there with those two kids,” Joseph said.

    And that’s two. The Broncos are fine. But what about adding a veteran quarterback to the mix … perhaps one that rhymes with … Bony Domo?

    “No one is available that we can talk about,” Joseph said.

    Adding Romo would be a John Elway-like stroke. He has made big, bold moves in free agency before and won’t be afraid to again. As much faith the Broncos might have in Siemian and Lynch to be a good team, Elway might believe that Romo could make the Broncos a championship-level team. However, as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport has said, Romo might have to take a massive paycut to make it work.

    If the Broncos are stuck with their two young QBs, is there faith they can survive?

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  • Who is buying that the Patriots are reportedly 'not expected' to trade Jimmy Garoppolo?

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    The NFL scouting combine got underway in Indianapolis on Tuesday, with the first groups of players arriving in the city for their rigorous four-day job interviews. From a media/viewer standpoint, the action really got underway on Wednesday morning, with new Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph appearing in front of cameras and reporters.

    Over Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, general managers and/or head coaches from 29 of the NFL’s 32 teams (Washington, New Orleans and New England are the exceptions, at least according to the schedule the league circulated) are expected to be at a podium to discuss the draft and their respective teams.

    But one of those three podium-holdout teams, the Patriots, is already part of the buzz this week, thanks to a couple of tweets. It began with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who reported that the Patriots will not trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo:

    In a move that will have a ripple effect on all QB-needy teams, Patriots are not expected to trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo, per league sources.

  • Colin Kaepernick opts out of 49ers contract, now needs to find a new home

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 hrs ago

    The free-agency market officially has another quarterback option for needy teams.

    Colin Kaepernick will opt out of his San Francisco 49ers contract, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Wednesday. That will begin an unpredictable free-agency period for Kaepernick.

    Before even getting to the national anthem protests, Kaepernick is no sure thing as a quarterback. Though, he is still intriguing in some ways. Kaepernick peaked in 2012 and 2013, and has never recaptured that. However, his 2016 season included just enough positives to pique teams’ curiosity, and just enough negatives to make prospective employers nervous. He had 16 touchdowns and four interceptions and a 90.7 passer rating on a truly dreadful 49ers team. He also had just 2,241 passing yards in 12 games and he displayed the same problems playing from the pocket that led to his 2014 and 2015 struggles.

    Are those glimpses enough to get a team interested in his services? We’re about to find out.

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  • Darrelle Revis' second act with Jets falls flat, team cuts him after two seasons

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago

    Darrelle Revis was signed by the New York Jets in 2015 to be the team’s headliner once again, but like most sequels, it wasn’t as good as the original.

    Revis, facing serious legal trouble in Pittsburgh after being accused of assaulting two men, was cut by the Jets on Tuesday night. The team announced the move. Less than two years ago, Revis was signed by the Jets for $70 million over five seasons, a reunion for the team’s 2007 first-round pick.

    Revis posted a message on Twitter thanking the Jets.

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    — Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) March 1, 2017

    The Jets had positive things to say about Revis as they cut him loose.

    Revis will be 32 years old next season, and now has some off-field concerns. The excitement the Jets had over bringing Revis back two years ago is long gone.

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  • Johnny Manziel misses deadline to update court on domestic violence case stipulations

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 21 hrs ago

    Johnny Manziel had to explain to a judge Tuesday why he didn’t meet a deadline to update the court on stipulations following his domestic violence case being dismissed.

    The Associated Press said Manziel told Judge Roberto Canas his “life is trending upward” and he’s “taking care of this” after he failed to update the court on the progress of him meeting stipulations related to the dismissal of his case, including participation in a substance-abuse program.

    Via the AP’s report, Manziel told the judge he didn’t trust the NFL’s substance-abuse program and planned to work through the NFL Players Association on it.

    While Manziel’s NFL career has all but dried up, he took to Twitter in January (before he deleted his account shortly after) to say he’s doing well. His off-field issues, especially with alcohol use, have been well documented throughout his football career.

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  • Minor surprise: New England Patriots won't franchise tag LB Dont'a Hightower

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 21 hrs ago

    The New England Patriots have a lot of salary cap space and linebacker Dont’a Hightower is a key part of their championship defense, so giving the franchise tag to Hightower seemed to be an easy move.

    The Patriots are rarely predictable, and they threw a curveball into free agency by deciding to not give Hightower the franchise tag. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Hightower was informed he wouldn’t be given the tag, and he’ll test the free-agent market.

    The Patriots are prudent with everything, and the estimated tag price at linebacker of $14.6 million is steep. But teams rarely want to lose key players, which Hightower clearly is, and New England will have more than $62 million in cap room (according to Spotrac’s estimates).

    It won’t be easy to find a player as good as Hightower in free agency to replace him, if the Patriots can’t re-sign him. But the Patriots rarely seem affected by losing good players, like when they traded linebacker Jamie Collins last season and it didn’t bother them at all.

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  • Franchise leading rusher Jamaal Charles to be released by Chiefs

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago

    On the same day they signed one franchise standout to a multi-year deal, the Kansas City Chiefs are parting ways with another franchise standout: Jamaal Charles.

    The Chiefs are releasingthe two-time All-Pro running back who has played just eight games over the past two seasons. Charles played just three games last season before ultimately being placed on injured reserve due to knee troubles.

    The move saves Kansas City nearly $6.2 million against the salary cap. Charles was set to make $3.75 million in base salary this year, plus roster and workout bonuses totaling $2.44 million.

    In a statement, Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt thanked Charles for his “contributions and dedication,” and general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid also shared thoughts on the running back.