Pro Football Rumors
Jacksonville Jaguars: Could Brandon Allen be in contention for starting gig? | August 21st, 2017
The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback controversy continues to roll on. Florida Times Union writer Ryan O’Halloran considered possibly being named the starter.
Brandon Allen has been the Jaguars third-string quarterback project who is finally coming around this preseason. All preseason long Brandon Allen has been the better quarterback of the three but it is possible that the Jaguars are not ready to give up on Blake Bortles. If Blake Bortles does get cut all than likely Chad Henne and Brandon Allen would be the Jaguars backup option. But in the words of O’Halloran “stranger things have happened”.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaguars “might not” bring back offensive lineman Branden Albert | August 8th, 2017
It has been a wild 24-hours for Branden Albert. Yesterday, Branden Albert announced that he is coming out of his short-lived retirement and return to Jacksonville but it is being reported that Jacksonville might not take him back.
This offseason, Branden Albert was traded from the Dolphins to the Jaguars in the deal that sent tight end Julius Thomas to Miami. Branden Albert was set to compete for the starting left tackle job at Jaguars camp but opt to retire out of thin air one day.
The sudden retirement and quick return have put the Jaguars in an uneasy state with Albert. If the Jaguars do in fact don’t bring him back they could explore a trade or just outright release him from the roster, allowing him to test free agency. We should know the fate of Albert’s tenure in Jacksonville as earlier as this afternoon. Check back to this post later this afternoon.
Miami Dolphins: Dolphins considered Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick as potential replacements | August 6th, 2017
After signing former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to a one-year contract, Miami Herald writer Armando Salguero reports that Kaepernick, Kyle Orton and even Tim Tebow was considered as replacements.
It looks like the Dolphins plans were to reunite with a quarterback from Adam Gase’s past so they had to land with someone who is most ready and that was Jay Cutler. Tim Tebow, currently a New York Mets minor league player, is in the middle of the season so it seems likely that they were not fully invested in brining him in. Kyle Orton, 34, has been retired since 2014 after having productive seasons with the Bills following a rocky tenure with Denver Broncos.
The Dolphins have a better chance with working with Jay Cutler rather than Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow who have been away from football for years now. Jay Cutler is still likely the favorite to start the season as the starter.
Miami Dolphins: Dolphins and free agent quarterback Jay Cutler close to a deal? | August 5th, 2017
In a day where we have heard that Jay Cutler will remain retired to now that Cutler is close to signing a deal with the Dolphins. Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins are indeed close to a contract agreement according to Darren Heitner. The potential signing of Jay Cutler is an indication that Ryan Tannehill is a for sure done for the year and that Jay Cutler could be in line to be the starting quarterback. Jay Cutler, 34, has connections in Miami as his former offensive coordinator Adam Gase is the head coach in Miami which is why he was the top option for the team rather than Colin Kaepernick or Robert Griffin III. Once the contract is signed don’t expect Cutler to suit up for week one of the preseason but look for him to suite up in week two of the preseason vs. Baltimore.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Could the Jaguars shock us and “surprise” cut TJ Yeldon?
Mike Kaye of the First Coast News wrote in mailbag question that asked him who will be a surprise cut this year and he responded with TJ Yeldon. During the 2017 NFL Draft the Jaguars added LSU star running back Leonard Fournette to become the team’s long-term answer at running back. TJ Yeldon was drafted by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft and has been a mid-average running back who has also served as a receiving back for the team. This is going to be a battle to really watch for all training camp long as Yeldon does offer a little bit more as a receiving back as Chris Ivory provides a bit more on the ground and a little less in the receiving game, plus he is getting older having celebrated his 29th birthday back in March. (Source: Mike Kaye – First Coast News | June 12th, 2017)
New Orleans Saints: Saints exploring trades for RB Travis Cadet
The New Orleans Saints have no place for Travis Cadet anymore as they are now equipped with Adrian Peterson and rookie running back Alvin Kamara from Tennessee. Travis Cadet was a free agent at one earlier on in the offseason and even got interest from AFC East’s Bills and Jets. The Buffalo Bills could still be a landing spot for Cadet as they do not have a promising backup for LeSean McCoy as they only have Joe Banyard and Jonathan Williams. The New Orleans Saints could trade Cadet on a dime. (Source: Aaron Wilson – Houston Chronicle | June 11th, 2017)
Jeremy Maclin: Buffalo Bills are predicted as the favorite to possibly add Jeremy Maclin
After surprisingly getting cut by the Chiefs, Jeremy Maclin is now the most sought after free agent. In an NFL.com posted today the Buffalo Bills emerged as a suitable destination for Maclin. Outside of Sammy Watkins (when healthy), the Bills receiving depth is very questionable. The Bills have rookie Zay Jones, Andre Holms, Brandon Tate and Rod Streater, all of which are not promising receivers. The addition of Maclin will give Tyrod Taylor another dependable wide receiver who can make all the catches but also he will be able to be a huge mentor to Zay Jones as he is starting his NFL career this year. (Source: Nick Shook | June 4th, 2017)
Denver Broncos: Broncos spoke to free agent tight end Gary Barnidge
The interest in free agent tight end Gary Barnidge is picking up. The Denver Broncos have spoken to Gary Barnidge but it does not sound like if it is a discussion where they will bring him in for a workout. Since being released by the Browns, Barnidge has visited the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills and left both teams without a contract. Gary Barnidge was on Sirius XM Radio not too long ago and said that he would love to be a starting tight end but would be open to the idea of mentoring younger talent. Barnidge would be a good veteran addition to a Broncos core that has young talent in Jake Butt, Jeff Heuerman and Virgil Green. (Source: Sirius XM | May 30th, 2017)
Cleveland Browns: Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer on track to earn the starting job?
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has said that DeShone Kizer “picks up things pretty quickly” and that he is a “quick study”. The Cleveland Browns opened OTA’s with second-year quarterback Cody Kessler as the starter. With head coach Hue Jackson backing Kizer, it is sounding like the Browns will not be holding back Kizer from winning the starting job. (Source: Cleveland.com | May 27th, 2017)
Washington Redskins: Redskins Matt Johns not reporting to OTA’s?
With the Washington Redskins already have they’re running back plans set with Samaje Perine, Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson, and Mack Brown. Matt Johns is just not in the plans for the Washington Redskins going forward. With camp opening up Matt Johns hopes to get traded away and be able to contribute and compete for a backup role with his new team. (Source: Ian Rapoport | May 24th, 2017)
San Francisco 49ers: Vance McDonald not to crack 53-man roster?
Under the old regime, Vance McDonald was awarded a hefty five-year, $35 million dollar contract but under the new regime, they tried trading Vance McDonald away during the draft. With no suitors found during the draft, it might be hard for the Niners to trade away McDonald without taking any hit. If they are to trade him away at any point they will have to eat up most of the contract’s money just to strike a deal. We will have to wait and see if the 49ers truly pull the plug on Vance McDonald. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle | May 22nd, 2017)
Miami Dolphins: Dolphins are not interested in signing Nick Mangold?
The Miami Dolphins are currently without starting center Mike Pouncey as he is recovering from stem cell surgery to repair his lingering hip injuries that sidelined him for 5 games in 2016. Mike Pouncey is expected to be ready by week one of the season but the Dolphins were open to adding an extra piece to their offensive line. Nick Mangold‘s name was brought up and would later be shut down as it sounds like he is looking for a starting role and the Dolphins don’t have that for him with Pouncey set to be ready to go week 1. The Dolphins will keep this an in house fix and as for Mangold, he will continue his search for a new home for 2017. (Source: Miami Herald | May 22nd, 2017)
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaguars worked out free agent cornerback Alterraun Verner last week
This has been the first known interest in free agency since being cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. The Jaguars possibly passed on him due to the fact that they are stacked in their secondary and finding time for Verner to play would be difficult. The Jaguars are just a pit stop as Verner could find a home right before the start of training camp. (Source: Florida Times Union | May 21st, 2017)
Philadelphia Eagles: Eagles likely to cut Ryan Mathews after Blount signing?
After signing LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract earlier this morning, the deal is likely the end of the line for Ryan Mathews. During his tenure with the Eagles, Ryan Mathews picked up where he left off with the Chargers and that continues his up and down performance that follows with the occasional injury. In his first season with the Eagles, he suffered a mid-season concussion and last season he ended the season on injured reserve with an herniated disc. In his two seasons with the Eagles, he did play in 13 games but was inconsistent in both seasons. If the Eagles do indeed cut Mathews he will be battling for a roster spot in 2017. (Source: Adam Schefter | May 17th, 2017)
New York Jets: Matt Forte thinking a career in broadcasting after NFL career?
In a picture posted by NBC Sports reporter Ross Tucker on Twitter shows New York Jets running back Matt Forte taking part in the NFL Broadcasting Boot Camp. This is usually the route where retired NFL talents turn to following a career in the NFL. The potential job is to keep former players involved in the sport at some capacity and Matt Forte would join Tony Romo, Ike Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew among others to go this route following their NFL career. (Source: Ross Tucker | May 16th, 2017)
Seattle Seahawks: Seahawks also keeping tabs on Robert Griffin III?
Along with the known interest in free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Seahawks head coach Pete Carrol has said that the Seahawks could look at Robert Griffin III as a backup to Russell Wilson. Robert Griffin III has not received any interest on the free agent market until today and with age and the ability to stay healthy not in his corner he could likely be passed on by the Seahawks as Kaepernick is a better option at this point than Robert Griffin III. ( Source: ESPN.com | May 15th, 2017)
Seattle Seahawks: Seahawks are all in on free agent Colin Kaepernick
It was well expected that Kaepernick‘s name would surface with a lot of interest following the NFL Draft last month. This is the first known team to have any interest in possibly wanting Kaepernick as he does come with some controversy and as well as a team having to sacrifice a draft pick for his services prior to May 3rd. The Seahawks do not have depth behind quarterback Russell Wilson so the addition of Kaepernick to the Seahawks would really bolster the depth behind Wilson and push Trevone Boykin into the developmental role at #3 on the depth chart. (Source: Mike Silver, NFL Network | May 15th, 2017)