Redskins Re-Sign Brian Quick

Brian Quick is back with the Redskins, according to an announcement from his agent. The Redskins released Quick in November of last year, but they want to take another look at him for depth at wide receiver. 

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Currently, the Redskins are pretty thin at wideout and the status of Paul Richardson and Robert Davis is uncertain as they rebound from serious injuries. There are also ankle injuries to Cam Sims and Trey Quinn to consider, so Quick at least has a path to making the final cut. Then again, a whole lot will change between now and September, so nothing is guaranteed for the veteran.

Quick, 30 in June, spent the first five years of his career with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. In 2017, he hooked on with the Redskins, but injuries prevented him from ascending the depth chart. With the Rams, Quick had some promising moments, including a 41/564/3 line in his 2016 platform year.

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Bengals Release Vontaze Burfict

It’s the end of an era in Cincinnati. On Monday, the Bengals released linebacker Vontaze Burfict

Burfict, one of the league’s most controversial players, has been a pillar of the Bengals’ defense throughout his seven year career.

Over the years, Burfict has helped to anchor the Bengals’ front seven with his hard-hitting style. Unfortunately, his aggression blurred the line when it comes to rules and safety regulations. In seven seasons, Burfict racked up whopping 14 total fines and/or suspensions from the league office, including three times in 2018. Last year, his sanctions resulted from PEDs and hits on Antonio Brown, James Conner, and Andy Janovich. All in all, Burfict lost $4.2MM and ten games for his violations.

By releasing Burfict before the final year of his contract, the Bengals will take on $1.8M in dead money. However, they’ll save $5.5M on this year’s cap. Meanwhile, Burfict should find a decent market for his services, though you can expect teams like the Steelers to pass on him given their history together.

Burfict, 29 in September, went undrafted in 2012 thanks to a bad showing at the combine and rumors of a failed drug test. Quickly, Burfict proved that belonged in the NFL. As a rookie, he compiled 127 stops in 16 games (14 starts) and followed up with a Pro Bowl nod and a league-leading 177 tackles in his second pro season.

When on the field, Burfict is a bonafide difference maker as a middle linebacker. But, because of his issues, Burfict may not garner offers with guarantees beyond 2019 like many of his MLB counterparts have this offseason.

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Chiefs To Sign Bashaud Breeland

Former Packers cornerback Bashaud Breeland is signing with the Chiefs, a source tells ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky (on Twitter). It’s a one-year, incentive-laden deal that can be worth a max value of $5MM, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). 

Last year, Breeland had a bizarre journey through free agency. He entered March as one of the top cornerbacks available and the Panthers pounced quickly to sign the Redskins free agent to a three-year, $24MM deal. Unfortunately, the Panthers 86’d that deal after they discovered an infection in Breeland’s foot resulting from an off-the-field injury. Towards the end of September, the Packers inked Breeland to a minimum salary deal.

All in all, Breeland was on the field for just seven games (five starts), but he definitely made his presence known. Breeland had two picks and a fumble recovery in his short GB run.

Breeland should provide the Chiefs with additional firepower in the secondary after the release of Eric Berry. As it stands, Breeland projects to step into the starting lineup to replace Steven Nelson, who signed with the Steelers in free agency.

The Chiefs flirted with Breeland last season before he joined up with the Packers and they got their man less than a year later. He also has an old friend in Kendall Fuller, his ex-teammate in Washington.

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Cowboys To Meet With Clayton Geathers

Free agent safety Clayton Geathers will visit the Cowboys on Monday, a source tells ESPN.com’s Field Yates (on Twitter). Geathers isn’t a household name – like one-time Cowboys target Earl Thomas – but he could be a quality addition to the team’s secondary. 

Geathers, 27 in June, started in all 12 of his games for the Colts last season. Over the course of four seasons with Indianpolis, Geathers appeared in 41 games (24 starts) and spent time at both safety spots. Last year, Geathers held down the strong safety position and recorded 89 tackles plus a forced fumble. Last year, Geathers graded out as the No. 51 safety in the NFL out of 93 qualified players, positioning him as a starting-caliber safety, albeit a lower-tier one.

Last year’s safety market was depressed, but high-priced deals for Thomas, Tyrann Mathieu, and others indicate that second-tier options such as Geathers could find decent short-term deals. At minimum, guys like Geathers shouldn’t have to wait around until the fall like Eric Reid, Kenny Vaccaro, and others did in 2018.

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Texans To Meet With A.J. McCarron

The Texans are keeping themselves busy in the second week of free agency. On Monday, the Texans will meet with quarterback A.J. McCarron, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). 

Furthermore, the Texans have some interest in former Raiders tackle Donald Penn, as Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets. They’ll also meet with former Bills tackle Jordan Mills on Monday, a source tells Mike Florio of PFT (Twitter link).

Earlier this offseason, the Raiders said they’d be keeping McCarron in the fold for 2019. However, they had a change of heart along the way (or, they weren’t being entirely truthful about their intentions) and released the QB earlier this month.

It has been a strange few years for McCarron. In 2015, he started a few games in Andy Dalton‘s stead and showed some promise. Then, last March, he appeared to finally be on his way towards becoming a bonafide NFL starter when he hooked on with the Bills. Ultimately, he did not impress in his competition alongside Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen and was shipped to the Raiders. For the bulk of 2018, he held the clipboard and watched Derek Carr go 4-12 in his 16 starts.

McCarron could be a logical fit for the Texans, who may be looking for a new No. 2 behind Deshaun Watson. Last year, Brandon Weeden and Joe Webb served as Watson’s understudies, but both are free agents.

Penn, meanwhile, saw his Raiders run end over the weekend. The Raiders are moving forward with high-priced pickup Trent Brown, but Penn indicated that he plans to continue playing. The Texans, who have been forced to make adjustments on the fly at tackle, could be intently interested in adding someone with Penn’s pedigree.

 

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Lions To Meet With Spencer Ware

Former Chiefs running back Spencer Ware will visit the Lions on Monday, a source tells ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). The Lions already have Kerryon Johnson as their primary back and Theo Riddick as their pass-catching specialist, but Ware could provide the club with additional depth. 

Ware first made noise in 2015 when he ran for 403 yards with the Chiefs and averaged 5.6 yards per carry in a limited sample. In 2016, he was the Chiefs’ starter and amassed 921 yards with a 4.3 yards per tote average. His usage fluctuated over the course of three healthy years in KC, but the 27-year-old’s 4.7 ypc shows promise.

Ware appeared to be primed for stardom after that ’16 season, but a torn PCL cost him the 2017 campaign. Last year, he had an opportunity to shine again after Kareem Hunt was cut, but a hamstring injury took him out of the running for the final stretch. He returned for the AFC title game, but didn’t have a major role in the loss to the Pats.

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Eagles’ Haloti Ngata Retires From NFL

After 13 years in the NFL, Haloti Ngata is calling it a career. On Monday morning, Ngata took to Instagram to bid farewell to the Eagles and the game he loves. 

Just a man standing on top of the world with a heart full of gratitude,” Ngata wrote. “Thank you Lord for letting me play the game I love for 13 unforgettable years. I’m retiring on top. I might be finished playing football, but I’m holding tight to the friendships, memories and wisdom I’ve gained along the way.”

Ngata 35, enjoyed a long run as one of the league’s most feared defensive linemen. Over the course of his 13-year career, Ngata earned five Pro Bowl nods, two First-Team All-Pro selections, and captured a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens.

Last year, Ngata was initially set for a fill-in role with Philly, but he wound up seeing more snaps than expected while Tim Jernigan was sidelined. His final year ended with 17 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. He ranked as Pro Football Focus’ 55th best interior defender – a respectable placement for an aging veteran.

Ngata will be missed by the Eagles, though the recent addition of Malik Jackson and the continued presence of Fletcher Cox should offset the loss. It’s also likely that the Eagles will target defensive tackle help in the draft.

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Cowboys To Meet With Randall Cobb

On Monday, the Cowboys will host free agent wide receiver Randall Cobb, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Cobb, a longtime fixture of the Packers’ offense, profiles as one of the best veteran free agents remaining on the market. 

The Cowboys’ need for help at wide receiver was glaring for the first half of the 2018 season, though they took a huge step towards filling that void with their midseason acquisition of Amari Cooper. More reinforcements are needed, especially with additional attention being paid to Cooper, so the Cowboys are exploring quality WR2 options such as Cobb.

Cobb has been a major producer in the Packers’ offense for a long time, but he is coming off of three straight down years. In 2016, he missed three games and finished out with 60 catches, 610 yards, and four touchdowns. In 2017, he put up a 66/653/4 line while missing only one game, though many of those contests were played without the services of Aaron Rodgers. Then, last year, injuries limited him to nine games and a 38/383/2 line.

His performances over the last three seasons are a world away from his career-high 1,287 receiving yards in 2014, or even his 800+ yard showing in 2015. Still, he won’t turn 29 until August and he could be a strong value addition for Dallas. If the Cowboys were to put Cobb and a healthy Allen Hurns alongside Cooper, they could have a potent group at WR. The return of tight end Jason Witten should also help with the Cowboys’ aerial attack.

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Seahawks To Meet With Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson‘s free agent tour is underway. The former Raiders and Packers receiver is set to visit the Seahawks on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets

Aside from the Seahawks, Nelson has also drawn interest from the Patriots, Titans, and Chiefs, according to Schefter. The Raiders, who released Nelson last week, may also have interest in bringing him back on a lesser deal.

Nelson, 34 in May, wasn’t in top form last season, but he did show that he can still play. Last year, he averaged 12.2 yards per reception while catching balls from Derek Carr. That was a step up from 2017, when he averaged a career-low 9.1 yards per reception when he was mostly catching passes from quarterbacks that were not named Aaron Rodgers. All in all, Nelson had 63 grabs for 739 yards and three touchdowns last season.

The former second-round pick and Super Bowl hero caught 97 passes for 1,257 yards and 14 TDs during his last full season with Rodgers.

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Giants To Re-Sign WR Cody Latimer

The Giants’ receiving corps will look quite different in 2019, but part of the previous group looks to be staying in the fold.

Cody Latimer revealed (via Instagram) he will be back with the Giants next season. Residing as a free agent after inking a one-year deal to join the Giants last season, Latimer is now in line to be part of the post-Odell Beckham Jr. Giants receiving corps.

This is likely another low-cost agreement for the Giants, who are thin on answers beyond Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate. Both Russell Shepard and Bennie Fowler previously joined Latimer as free agents. The Giants are bringing back RFA Corey Coleman, however. Latimer figures to join Coleman as depth.

A hamstring injury limited Latimer to six games last season, but despite the Giants being out of playoff contention during the season’s second half, they made him an IR-return candidate. Primarily known for his special teams work with the Broncos, the physically imposing target caught 11 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown during his Giants debut — which also came under former Broncos wideouts coach Tyke Tolbert.

A former second-round pick, Latimer has not panned out as a pass-catcher, having hauled in just 46 receptions for 635 yards in five seasons. This deal may not guarantee he makes the Giants’ roster, but it’s clear the organization likes what it saw during a limited sample last season.

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