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Julius Thomas no longer part of Jaguars' trade for Dolphins' Branden Albert

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas will not be going to the Miami Dolphins as part of the trade for offensive tackle Branden Albert, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.

What It Means:

Salguero reports that the Jaguars will now be giving up a conditional late pick in the 2018 NFL Draft as part of the trade. Albert is currently in Jacksonville meeting with the team's decision-makers, and as long as he gives his approval, expect the deal to become official within the next day or so. Despite not being part of the trade, it remains unlikely that Thomas is back in Jacksonville next season.

Thomas has been a bust during his two-year tenure with the Jaguars, recording only 76 catches for 736 yards with nine touchdowns in 21 games. Thomas averaged 0.42 Net Expected Points per target last season, finishing 29th out of the 32 tight ends with at least 50 targets.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Dolphins acquire Julius Thomas from Jaguars in separate deal

The Miami Dolphins acquired tight end Julius Thomas from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a late-round pick in the 2017 draft.

What It Means:

This deal is independent of the Branden Albert trade, which was originally expected to be a one-for-one swap for Thomas. He turns 29 in June and is coming off two extremely disappointing years in Jacksonville, catching nine touchdowns in 21 games. The move to Miami does reunite Thomas with Adam Gase, who was the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos when the tight end was a fantasy stud during Peyton Manning's final glory days. Perhaps Thomas will be able to return to TE1 form now that he's in a better situation in Miami.

Thomas averaged 0.42 Net Expected Points per target last season, finishing 29th out of the 32 tight ends with at least 50 targets.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Jaguars free up $8.5 million in cap space by cutting Jared Odrick

The Jacksonville Jaguars released defensive lineman Jared Odrick.

What It Means:

Odrick has a total of 7.5 sacks over his past 38 contests and is coming off a season limited to six games due to injury, and his release opens up $8.5 million in cap space for the Jaguars, so this wasn't a difficult decision to make. Despite the lack of production, Odrick can play both inside and outside on the line, so that versatility should bode well for the 29-year-old on the open market.

The Jaguars finished last season ranked 14th in opponent-adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points per play.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Victor Cruz met with Panthers over weekend

Free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz visited the Carolina Panthers over the weekend, according to Black and Blue Review.

What It Means:

This visit comes three days after ESPN's David Newton surmised that the Panthers may have interest in Cruz. According to reporter Bill Voth, at least one other team is also interested in the veteran's services.

Among the 56 wide receivers with between 25 and 75 targets this past season, Cruz's Reception Net Expected Points per target ranked 25th.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Giants considering using franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul

The New York Giants may use their franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, per ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan.

What It Means:

The Giants are reportedly keen on getting a deal with JPP done before he hits free agency, and it looks like they're set on having him stay whether they can get that deal finished in time or not.

Pierre-Paul recorded seven sacks in 12 games this past season, as well as forcing three fumbles and recovering one for a touchdown. The Giants finished second-best in opponent-adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points allowed per play.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Cowboys' Tony Romo willing to restructure contract to facilitate trade

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is willing to "massage" his contract in order to facilitate a trade, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

What It Means:

Romo is going to be forced to restructure his deal if the Cowboys want to receive any sort of trade compensation for the veteran quarterback. Otherwise, he's more than likely going to be released.

The question remains how good Romo will be in what will be his age-37 campaign. In 2015, he tossed -0.04 Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) per drop back on 127 drop backs, but generated 0.16 Passing NEP per drop back on 684 such plays in 2014.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Jags and Dolphins nearing completion of a Julius Thomas for Branden Albert trade

The Miami Dolphins are working to finalize a trade sending offensive lineman Branden Albert to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for tight end Julius Thomas.

What It Means:

The deal cannot be finalized until the start of the league's new year on March 9. The two principals in the deal are coming off disappointing seasons and would likely be released if not traded away. Thomas would likely become the Dolphins top tight end replacing another failed experiment in Jordan Cameron.

Thomas has been a bust in Jacksonville recording only 76 catches for 736 yards with nine touchdowns in 21 games. His net expected points per target of 0.42 ranked him 29th out of 32 tight ends with at least 50 targets in 2016.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Rams interested in Kirk Cousins if Washington doesn't sign him long-term

The Los Angeles Rams could be in the market for Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins if things don't work out with second-year Jared Goff in 2017, MMQB's Albert Breer believes.

What It Means:

That's assuming Cousins receives the franchise tag for the second year in a row. The Redskins were once content to let the market determine Cousins' value but the landscape has changed a bit. Shanahan is already gunning for Cousins to join the San Francisco 49ers while Los Angeles could be a possibility next year if Goff falls flat in 2017. With Cousins attracting interest elsewhere, Washington would be wise to lock him into a long-term deal as soon as possible.

Cousins earned the sixth-most Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) per drop back among the 39 quarterbacks to drop back at least 100 times in 2016; Goff's -0.28 Passing NEP per drop back ranked last. Goff's rookie performance was the eighth-worst among more than 600 quarterback seasons with at least 200 drop backs since 2000.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Cowboys will consult Tony Romo before any move

The Dallas Cowboys will "do right" by quarterback Tony Romo, MMQB's Albert Breer expects.

What It Means:

That means either trading Romo to a team of his choosing or releasing him and letting him test the open market. This belief is shared by a number of Cowboys staffers. Romo is expected to meet with owner Jerry Jones about his future before or during the upcoming Combine. The Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, and Kansas City Chiefs are among Romo's preferred landing spots.

The question remains how good Romo will be in what will be his age-37 campaign. In 2015, the veteran quarterback tossed -0.04 Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) per drop back on 127 drop backs, but generated 0.16 Passing NEP per drop back on 684 such plays in 2014.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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49ers could be landing spot for Falcons' Jacob Tamme

The San Francisco 49ers are a "strong possibility" to sign Atlanta Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme, according to ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure.

What It Means:

The 31-year-old said he loves being a Falcon but could opt to join his former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. The 49ers did just sign Vance McDonald to a five-year extension, though rookie Austin Hooper would be slated for a bigger role if Tamme winds up leaving Atlanta this offseason.

Among the 41 tight ends to see 30 targets or more in 2016, Tamme's 0.67 Reception Net Expected Points per target was 18th-best.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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