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Rapoport: Bears expected to release Dion Sims

The Chicago Bears are expected to release tight end Dion Sims, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

The Bears will save $6 million against the cap with the move. Sims only appeared in eight games last season, catching 2 passes for 9 yards on 4 targets.

Sims recorded 17 receptions (33 targets) for 189 yards and 1 touchdown in 22 games over two seasons for the Bears.

Source: Ian Rapoport

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Antonio Brown will only be traded if Steelers benefit

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will only be traded if the deal is "beneficial to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization," general manager Kevin Colbert said.

What It Means:

Colbert added that Brown will not be dealt if the trade doesn't benefit the Steelers. At this point, it would be pretty shocking if Brown isn't wearing a different uniform by Week 1 of next season.

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

Source: Ed Bouchette

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Steelers say Le'Veon Bell will not be tagged

Pittsburgh Steelers impending free agent running back Le'Veon Bell will not receive the franchise or transition tag, general manager Kevin Colbert said.

What It Means:

"Le’Veon will be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year," Colbert stated. James Conner and Jaylen Samuels will likely handle the bulk of backfield work for the Steelers in 2019. Bell turned 27 on Monday.

Bell totaled 1,946 yards and 11 touchdowns in his last active season.

Source: Jeremy Fowler

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Andre Ellington signs with Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed running back Andre Ellington.

What It Means:

Ellington hasn't appeared in a game since 2017 with the Arizona Cardinals under head coach Bruce Arians, who is now calling the shots in Tampa Bay. He spent the majority of his career with Arians in Arizona after being taken in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. Ellington, now 30, will likely compete for a pass-catching role out of the Bucs' backfield.

Ellington has 1,752 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 418 carries over 65 games for his career, plus another 1,368 yards and 3 touchdowns on 151 receptions (224 targets).

Source: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (buccaneers.com)

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DeMarcus Lawrence refusing to sign franchise tender with Cowboys again

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence will not sign the franchise tag if tendered again, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

What It Means:

Lawrence will likely be tagged again if the two sides don't reach a long-term agreement by March 5, which would make mid-July as the real deadline. He turns 27 in April and would be due $20.5 million in 2019.

Lawrence recorded 61 tackles (40 solo) with 11 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 interception, and 1 pass deflection last season.

Source: Tom Pelissero

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Patriots' Rob Gronkowski to decide in 'next couple weeks'

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will make a decision on his NFL future in the "next couple of weeks," agent Drew Rosenhaus said Tuesday.

What It Means:

"He’s thinking it through, he’s giving it a lot of thought," Rosenhaus said. "I imagine a decision will happen in the next couple of weeks." Gronkowski said the same thing after the Patriots' latest Super Bowl victory.

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.

Source: Field Yates

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Charles Clay joins Cardinals with 1-year deal

The Arizona Cardinals signed tight end Charles Clay, formerly of the Buffalo Bills, to a 1-year, $3.25 million contract.

What It Means:

Clay was released by the Bills last Friday, two days after the veteran's 30th birthday. His arrival in Arizona may lead to Ricky Seals-Jones being utilized more as a wide receiver. Clay caught at least 49 passes every season from 2013-17 while playing for the Bills and Miami Dolphins.

The eight-year veteran had 184 scoreless yards on 21 receptions (36 targets) in 13 games for the Bills last season.

Source: Arizona Cardinals (azcardinals.com)

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Antonio Brown meets with Steelers owner, agree 'time to move on'

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown met with team owner Art Rooney II on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Brown said it was a "great meeting" and that the two "cleared the air on several issues," but also "agreed that it is time to move on." The receiver is owed a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17, so the Steelers have monetary incentive to orchestrate a trade within the next month.

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

Source: Antonio Brown (@AB84)

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Cowboys reportedly letting Terrance Williams walk

The Dallas Cowboys declined wide receiver Terrance Williams' option year for 2019, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

What It Means:

Williams will become an unrestricted free agent in March. He only appeared in two games last season due to a foot fracture and three-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. It was the first time Williams failed to play all 16 games since the Cowboys selected him in the third round out of Baylor in 2013. He turns 30 in September.

The veteran wideout caught 232 passes on 374 targets for 3,377 yards and 20 touchdowns in 83 games over the past six seasons.

Source: Adam Schefter

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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.

Source: Adam Caplan

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