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Saints | Sean Payton steps away (Tue Jan 25, 01:48 PM)     [jump to this story]

Bears | Chicago tabs Ryan Poles as general manager (Tue Jan 25, 01:22 PM)     [jump to this story]

49ers | Deebo Samuel finds end zone on Rams (Tue Jan 25, 12:15 PM)     [jump to this story]


  Bengals | Damion Square signed by Cincy    Tue Jan 25, 05:37 PM

Free-agent DT Damion Square (Raiders) signed to the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad Tuesday, Jan. 25. DT Doug Costin was released from the practice squad.

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  Titans | Tennessee adds a trio on futures deals    Tue Jan 25, 05:32 PM

The Tennessee Titans signed DB Shyheim Carter, DB Rodney Clemons and LB Nate Hall to undisclosed Reserve/Future contracts Tuesday, Jan. 25.

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  Patriots | Daniel Ekuale gets a futures deal with Pats    Tue Jan 25, 05:29 PM

New England Patriots DT Daniel Ekuale signed an undisclosed Reserve/Future contract Tuesday, Jan. 25.

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  Dolphins | D'Angelo Ross joins Miami    Tue Jan 25, 05:26 PM

Free-agent DB D'Angelo Ross (Patriots) signed an undisclosed Reserve/Future contract with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

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  Packers | Green Bay finalizes futures contracts    Tue Jan 25, 05:21 PM

The Green Bay Packers signed QB Kurt Benkert, WR Chris Blair, DB Kabion Ento, QB Danny Etling, DB Innis Gaines, LB Ladarius Hamilton, C Michal Menet, PK JJ Molson, OG Cole Van Lanen and LB Ray Wilborn to undisclosed Reserve/Future contracts Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Footballguys view: It's interesting that the Packers are stocking up on quarterbacks. Neither Benkert or Etling should do much in the future, but they give the team camp arms at least behind Jordan Love. If/when Aaron Rodgers is traded, the Packers will be in the market for more help at the position.

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  Cardinals | Nolan Cooney added by Arizona    Tue Jan 25, 05:18 PM

Free-agent P Nolan Cooney signed an undisclosed Reserve/Futures deal with the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

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  49ers | Jarrod Wilson waived by Niners    Tue Jan 25, 05:16 PM

San Francisco 49ers S Jarrod Wilson was waived Tuesday, Jan. 25.

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  Raiders | Vegas reaches out to Todd Bowles    Tue Jan 25, 02:27 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was requested to interview with the Las Vegas Raiders for their head coaching vacancy Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Footballguys view: Bowles has previous head coaching experience from his time with the Jets. He's put together a heckuva defense in Tampa, and Bowles brings a stability to the table the Raiders may find desirable. Bowles has also gotten interviews with the Jaguars, Bears, and Vikings.

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  Rams | Two added to LA Rams' practice squad    Tue Jan 25, 02:20 PM

Free-agent WR Warren Jackson and TE Kyle Markway were signed to the practice squad of the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

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  Rams | LAR parts with Ryan Santoso, Carson Tinker again    Tue Jan 25, 02:16 PM

Los Angeles Rams PK Ryan Santoso and LS Carson Tinker were released from the practice squad Tuesday, Jan. 25.

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  Saints | Sean Payton steps away    Tue Jan 25, 01:48 PM

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday, Jan. 25, according to a source.

Footballguys view: This news had been bubbling under the surface for some time. Now, Payton makes the announcement and reports indicate he will not be coaching anywhere else in 2022. The Saints made the playoffs in nine out of 15 seasons with Payton. They won seven division titles and a Super Bowl title with Payton as their head coach. Now, the Saints move forward with questions at the quarterback position and they are $74 million over the cap for 2022.

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  Eagles | Brett Toth out for a while    Tue Jan 25, 01:38 PM

Philadelphia Eagles OL Brett Toth (knee) recently underwent knee surgery that will require approximately nine months of recovery.

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  Bears | Chicago tabs Ryan Poles as general manager    Tue Jan 25, 01:22 PM

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs assistant director of player personnel Ryan Poles was named as the new general manager of the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, Jan. 25, according to a source.

Footballguys view: If you want things to turn around in Chicago, hiring a guy like Poles is a big part of the answer. Poles was the right hand man of Chiefs GM Brett Veach and could bring that eye for talent to the Windy City. The Chiefs will receive a third-round compensatory pick in each of the next two drafts for hiring Poles.

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  Bears | Jim Caldwell talking with Chicago again    Tue Jan 25, 01:16 PM

Former Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell is taking part in a second interview for the head coaching vacancy with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Footballguys view: Caldwell is a solid choice for any team that decides to make him a head coach again. It may not be the hottest name if the Bears add Caldwell, but he can bring consistency to the building that was missing under former head coach Matt Nagy. The Bears are also interested in Dan Quinn, but he's likely to have several offers to choose from.

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  Bears | Ryan Poles set to become Chicago's GM    Tue Jan 25, 01:05 PM

Kansas City Chiefs assistant director of player personnel Ryan Poles is reportedly finalizing a deal with the Chicago Bears to become the team's next general manager, according to sources.

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  49ers | Deebo Samuel finds end zone on Rams    Tue Jan 25, 12:15 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel had nine catches for 192 yards and a touchdown and 13 rushes for 81 yards and two scores in two games against the Los Angeles Rams this year.

Footballguys view: Samuel is banged up after the Divisional Round. He's got a sore knee and may have to be somewhat limited in practice this week.

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  49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo solid against Rams    Tue Jan 25, 12:10 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo was 38-for-51 (74.5 percent) for 498 yards, three touchdowns and two picks in two games against the Los Angeles Rams this season.

Footballguys view: Garoppolo is not one to light the stat sheet up. However, he can be efficient and effective as a passer. If he reduces his mistakes, as Garoppolo turnovers can kill their momentum, then the 49ers have a good chance of going 3-0 against the Rams this season.

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  Rams | Tyler Higbee a red zone beast against SF    Tue Jan 25, 12:09 PM

Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee had nine catches for 75 yards and three touchdowns in two games against the San Francisco 49ers this season.

Footballguys view: The 49ers are willing to let Higbee go off against them, so long as the Rams don't win. The Rams are 0-2 against the 49ers this last season, and now they'll face each other for a third time in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

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  Rams | Matthew Stafford meh against SF    Tue Jan 25, 12:00 PM

Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford was 47-for-73 (64.3 percent) for 481 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions in two games against the San Francisco 49ers this season.

Footballguys view: Stafford has been hot and cold as a passer this year. At times, Stafford's decisions are baffling and it causes the Rams to struggle. Other times, Stafford will look like an elite passer with dangerous throws that only a few in the NFL can make. We'll see if he can finally beat the 49ers this year after going 0-2 against them in the 2021 season.

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  Rams | Cooper Kupp solid against San Fran    Tue Jan 25, 11:59 AM

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp had 18 catches for 240 yards and a touchdown in two games against the San Francisco 49ers this season.

Footballguys view: Kupp is solid, or spectacular, against anyone he is up against. In the NFC Championship Game, Kupp will get his normal large role in the Rams passing game. Kupp has had success against the 49ers this year, but the Rams are 0-2 in the regular season against their division rival. We'll see if that can change with a chance to go to the Super Bowl on the line.

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  Buccaneers | Tristan Wirfs to undergo surgery    Mon Jan 24, 10:25 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OT Tristan Wirfs (ankle) is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his ankle, according to a source.

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  Packers | Rasul Douglas interested in returning    Mon Jan 24, 10:19 PM

Green Bay Packers impending free-agent CB Rasul Douglas said he would like to re-sign with the Packers this offseason but indicated he will be looking for more than the veteran minimum he received this season.

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  Eagles | Derek Barnett not expected back    Mon Jan 24, 10:10 PM

Philadelphia Eagles impending free-agent DE Derek Barnett is not expected to re-sign with the Eagles this offseason.

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  Jaguars | Travis Etienne plans to be ready for camp    Mon Jan 24, 09:36 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Travis Etienne (foot) said he should be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: Etienne said he could have returned this season but doctors wanted to make sure he was 100 percent recovered from September Lisfranc surgery. He should be ready for the start of training camp. In fact, the Jaguars might have him out there doing some work in OTAs and minicamp to get his conditioning where it needs to be.

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  Rams | Taylor Rapp on track to play    Mon Jan 24, 09:11 PM

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Rams S Taylor Rapp (concussion) is on track to play in the NFC Championship game, according to head coach Sean McVay.

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  Colts | Danny Pinter may push for starting job    Mon Jan 24, 09:10 PM

Indianapolis Colts OG Danny Pinter can compete for a starting guard job next season if impending free-agent OG Mark Glowinski does not return.

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  Patriots | Two RFAs likely to receive offers    Mon Jan 24, 08:12 PM

New England Patriots restricted free-agent FB Jakob Johnson and WR Gunner Olszewski are expected to receive tender offers this offseason.

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  Chiefs | Tyrann Mathieu in protocol    Mon Jan 24, 07:49 PM

Kansas City Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu (concussion) is going through the concussion protocol but is feeling good, according to head coach Andy Reid.

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  Rams | Ernest Jones has a chance to play    Mon Jan 24, 07:42 PM

Los Angeles Rams LB Ernest C. Jones (ankle) has a chance to be available for the NFC Championship game. He has been designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list.

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  Rams | Taylor Rapp making progress    Mon Jan 24, 07:24 PM

Los Angeles Rams S Taylor Rapp (concussion) is making progress in his recovery from a concussion.

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  Rams | Andrew Whitworth expected to practice    Mon Jan 24, 07:24 PM

Los Angeles Rams OT Andrew Whitworth (knee) is expected to participate in practice this week and is on track for the NFC Championship game.

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  Rams | Joseph Noteboom suffers injury    Mon Jan 24, 07:10 PM

Los Angeles Rams OT Joseph Noteboom (pectoral) suffered a strained pectoral muscle during the Divisional Round playoff game and will be monitor during the week, according to head coach Sean McVay.

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  49ers | Jeff Wilson dealing with injury    Mon Jan 24, 06:53 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Jeff Wilson Jr. (ankle) has been diagnosed with an ankle sprain but still has a chance to play in the NFC Championship game.

Footballguys view: We'll see what Wilson can do during the week of practice. A regular ankle sprain can be dealt with, and Wilson could play with that ailment. A high-ankle sprain would likely knock him out of action. This seems to be the former and not the latter. If Wilson plays against the Rams, he'll give the team another weapon in the backfield behind Eli Mitchell.

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  49ers | Trent Williams' status uncertain    Mon Jan 24, 06:48 PM

San Francisco 49ers OT Trent Williams' (ankle) status for the NFC Championship game is uncertain at this point because of a sprained ankle.

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  49ers | Deebo Samuel dealing with sore knee    Mon Jan 24, 06:43 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel (knee) is dealing with a sore knee after being hit in the knee by a helmet during the Divisional Round playoff game.

Footballguys view: Samuel gave it his all in the game against the Packers, sometimes hobbling off the field after making a big play. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said he expects Samuel to practice Wednesday, Jan. 26.

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  Buccaneers | John Hurst to sign future contract    Mon Jan 24, 06:39 PM

Free-agent WR John Hurst will be signing a Reserve/Future contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Footballguys view: Undrafted out of West Georgia in 2020, Hurst has been with the Buccaneers twice in his career. He's got speed and ball-tracking ability over his shoulder. Hurst knows how to find a soft spot in a zone, and he's not afraid of making tough grabs over the middle. In super deep dynasty formats, we'll keep an eye on Hurst.

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  49ers | Ambry Thomas making progress    Mon Jan 24, 06:30 PM

San Francisco 49ers CB Ambry Thomas (knee) is making progress in his recovery and has a chance to play in the NFC Championship game. The team hopes that Thomas will be able to practice Wednesday, Jan. 26.

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  Bills | Harrison Phillips hopes to return    Mon Jan 24, 06:11 PM

Buffalo Bills impending free-agent DT Harrison Phillips said he hopes to re-sign with the Bills this offseason, but the two sides have not had any contract discussions at this time.

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  Chiefs | Josh Gordon expected to join practice squad    Mon Jan 24, 06:04 PM

Free-agent WR Josh Gordon (Chiefs) is expected to join the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad if he clears waivers.

Footballguys view: If Gordon clears waivers, he will join the Chiefs practice squad. It's been years since he's been effective on the field, and Gordon has not done much during his time with the Chiefs.

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  Chiefs | Daurice Fountain heads back to practice roster    Mon Jan 24, 05:42 PM

Kansas City Chiefs WR Daurice Fountain reverted back to the practice squad Monday, Jan. 24.

Footballguys view: Fountain was called up for the Divisional Round. A talented player set back by injuries as a pro, Fountain may get called up as the Chiefs continue to march on in the postseason.

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  Bengals | Trent Taylor back to practice squad    Mon Jan 24, 05:41 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Trent Taylor was returned to the practice squad Monday, Jan. 24.

Footballguys view: That's what the Bengals have been doing with Taylor. He's a return man option in addition to what he can do as an underneath receiver.

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  Titans | Tennessee stocks up on futures deals    Mon Jan 24, 05:38 PM

The Tennessee Titans signed LB Jamal Carter, OT Christian DiLauro, TE Austin Fort, OT Derwin Gray, QB Kevin Hogan, WR Cody Hollister, LB Joseph Jones, WR Mason Kinsey, C Daniel Munyer, OG Jordan Roos and LB Tuzar Skipper to undisclosed Reserve/Future contracts Monday, Jan. 24.

Footballguys view: In super crazy deep dynasty formats we'll keep an eye on Austin Fort. Undrafted out of Wyoming, Fort dazzled in Broncos camp for a couple of years early in his career. It was unfortunate that his first two years in the league were marred by injury or else he could have seen the field and made plays. Fort has the athletic profile you want in today's tight end but has to stay healthy and impress to get a chance with the Titans in 2022.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa signs 10 to future contracts    Mon Jan 24, 05:33 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed RB Kenjon Barner, K Jose Borregales, TE Codey McElroy, OG John Molchon, LB Elijah Ponder, DE Benning Potoa'e, DT Willington Previlon, DB Rashard Robinson, DT Kobe Smith and DB Troy Warner to undisclosed Reserve/Future contracts Monday, Jan. 24.

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  Steelers | Anthony Miller inks futures contract with PIT    Mon Jan 24, 05:31 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Anthony Miller signed an undisclosed Reserve/Future contract Monday, Jan. 24.

Footballguys view: The Texans released Miller back in October, but the Steelers scooped him up on their practice squad for the rest of the season. Now, he's on a futures deal as he tries to turn his career around in Pittsburgh. A second-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Miller has seen his career knocked off track by injury after injury. If healthy, Miller could surprise some if he plays up to his potential.

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  Saints | Pair added by New Orleans on futures deals    Mon Jan 24, 05:28 PM

The New Orleans Saints signed RB Josh Adams and WR Kirk Merritt to Reserve/Future contracts Monday, Jan. 24. Terms of the deals were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: In crazy deep dynasty formats we will still watch Adams. He's a big back who can grind down a defense. Adams plays a little bit like Gus Edwards (Ravens), so you know some fantasy value is there. He's a long shot to be sure, but we'll stubbornly keep watching Adams as he continues to bounce around the league.

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  Bills | Buffalo inks several via future contracts    Mon Jan 24, 05:22 PM

The Buffalo Bills signed DT Brandon Bryant, OG Jacob Capra, WR Tanner Gentry, LB Joe Giles-Harris, DB Tim Harris, WR Isaiah Hodgins, DE Mike Love, DB Nick McCloud, TE Quintin Morris and DB Josh Thomas to undisclosed Reserve/Future contracts Monday, Jan. 24.

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  Falcons | Rashaad Coward signs with Atlanta    Mon Jan 24, 05:13 PM

Free-agent OL Rashaad Coward (Steelers) signed an undisclosed Reserve/Future deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, Jan. 24.

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  Packers | Important offseason for Jordan Love    Mon Jan 24, 05:10 PM

Green Bay Packers QB Jordan Love faces an important offseason, according to head coach Matt LaFleur. Love must master the offense and improve his footwork, according to LaFleur. Love has shown improvement, his coach noted.

Footballguys view: The Packers may be trading Aaron Rodgers away - per his request. That means Love is up next to be their starter. He's looked rough in the limited action he's seen, so improvement needs to be made this offseason. Love is athletic, has a strong arm and good mechanics as a passer. He needs to speed up his processor and get comfortable with what the Packers are asking him to do. At the same time, LaFleur needs to make sure they tweak the offense to fit Love's skill set more if he's the starter in 2022.

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  Bills | Olaijah Griffin inks two-year futures deal with BUF    Mon Jan 24, 04:42 PM

Buffalo Bills CB Olaijah Griffin will sign a two-year Reserve/Future deal Monday, Jan. 24.. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Panthers | Ben McAdoo hiring is official    Mon Jan 24, 04:39 PM

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys consultant Ben McAdoo was officially hired as the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Monday, Jan. 24.

Footballguys view: This is not a great move for the Panthers. Reports indicated that Panthers head coach Matt Rhule had to "knock it out of the park" with the hiring of a new OC...and McAdoo would not fit that description. However, he did have a successful offense (top 10 in yards) when he was the Giants coordinator years ago. If he can find that success with Carolina, more power to him. Now, about that whole new quarterback thing...

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