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Elway: Broncos open to trading fifth overall pick

According to The Athletic's Nicki Jhabvala, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said that he's open to trading the number-five overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

What It Means:

Elway noted that Denver is open to trading either up or down in this year's draft. If they stay at five, the Broncos plan to take the best available player. The team did sign Case Keenum in free agency, but they could still decide to go quarterback as they look toward the future. A number of teams could offer Denver a deal to grab the quarterback of their choosing.

This past season, the Broncos finished 21st in our power rankings and 31st in passing efficiency.

Source: Nicki Jhabvala, The Athletic

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Report: Giants releasing Brandon Marshall

The New York Giants are releasing wide receiver Brandon Marshall, reports Kimberley A. Martin of the Washington Post.

What It Means:

General manager Dave Gettleman said that the team will release Marshall on a "failed physical" designation. The 34-year-old's status with the team has been in question since undergoing ankle surgery in October. The move saves the Giants more than $5 million toward the 2018 cap.

Last season, Marshall played in just 5 games, totaling 18 catches and 154 yards.

Source: Kimberley A. Martin, Washington Post

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Dolphins expected to exercise DeVante Parker's fifth-year option

The Miami Dolphins are expected to exercise their fifth-year team option on wide receiver DeVante Parker.

What It Means:

At 25, Parker has yet to find his stride through three seasons in the NFL. The option is worth roughly $9.5 million for the 2019 season. However, there's a chance that the team could release the wideout as his option is only guaranteed for injury.

Through 3 seasons, Parker is averaging 46.3 catches, 636.0 yards and 2.7 touchdowns per year.

Source: Palm Beach Post

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Le'Veon Bell does not report to Steelers' offseason program

As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell did not report to the team's offseason program this week.

What It Means:

This isn't big news, as Bell was expected to remain away from the team until absolutely necessary. He is still unhappy with his contract situation, playing on the franchise tag for a second consecutive season. Talks for a long-term deal have stalled, which will likely result in him skipping training camp as well. He's expected to work out on his own and is doing so now in Miami.

Last season, Bell turned 406 touches into 1,946 yards and 11 touchdowns in 15 games.

Source: ESPN

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Report: Tom Brady not committed to playing for Patriots in 2018

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is reportedly up in the air about playing the 2018 season.

What It Means:

This report comes via ESPN's Adam Schefter, who adds "even though people who know him believe he will be back." Schefter expects him to return as well, though Brady is now 41 and with other priorities demanding his attention. There's also been some reported friction between the future Hall of Fame quarterback and coach Bill Belichick. This should make it even more likely that New England looks for a quarterback early in this year's draft.

In 2017, Brady's 162.4 Net Expected Points led the entire NFL, and by a sizable margin over the next-closest player.

Source: ESPN

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Cowboys' Jason Witten confirms he'll return in 2018

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten confirmed that he will play for the team in the 2018 season.

What It Means:

According to the Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota, Witten has no interest in a TV job at this time. He was reportedly being courted by FOX for a commentator position. Machota reports that Witten said, "Hopefully I can play until I'm 40. Just taking it one year at a time." The veteran tight end turns 36 in May and had restructured his contract just a few weeks ago.

Witten started all 16 games in 2017 but finished with his fewest catches (63) and lowest yardage total (560) since his rookie season.

Source: Jon Machota, Dallas Morning News

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Bears confirm Jordan Howard will be the featured back in 2018

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy has confirmed running back Jordan Howard will remain the team's featured back in 2018.

What It Means:

Rumors were swirling that Howard was on the move; however, new coach Nagy made it clear the third-year running back will remain the focus of the offense and the team's primary runner even as they look to find ways to use multiple backs, most notably Tarik Cohen. Howard could be in for a big season as the Bears' have added a plethora of weapons to improve the offense which scored just 16.5 points per game in 2017.

Howard rushed 276 times for 1,122 yards and 9 touchdowns while adding 23 catches for 125 yards through the air in 2017.

Source: Rich Campbell, Chicago Tribune

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49ers won't allow Reuben Foster to participate in team activities

According to ESPN's Nick Wagoner, the San Francisco 49ers will not allow linebacker Reuben Foster to participate in team activities while he addresses his legal matters.

What It Means:

In case you missed it, Foster was charged with felony domestic violence stemming from a February incident involving he and his live-in girlfriend. He faces more than 11 years in prison for multiple charges, and he could be subject to suspension convicted or not. The team said that the outcome of the legal process will dictate his status with the team.

In his rookie season, Foster rated out as Pro Football Focus' 4th-ranked linebacker. He started in all 10 of his appearances.

Source: Nick Wagoner, ESPN

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Patriots' Rob Gronkowski will not attend start of Patriots' offseason program

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will not attend the start of the team's offseason program, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

What It Means:

Gronkowski joins teammate Tom Brady, who will also sit out the beginning of the offseason due to a business trip overseas. Gronk is still considering whether to play in 2018, but he has reportedly had "good communication" with the team. Earlier reports suggested that he will likely return and, in doing so, put any friction to bed between the and the team.

In 2017, Gronkowski tallied 69 catches, 1,084 yards and 8 touchdowns in 14 games. He's posted at least 1,000 yards and 8 scores in three of the last four seasons.

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

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Eagles release Daryl Worley following Sunday arrest

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles have released cornerback Daryl Worley.

What It Means:

Worley was arrested around 6 AM on Sunday morning after becoming "combative" with Philadelphia police after they found him passed out inside a vehicle while blocking the highway. During the incident, Worley was tasered. There will be more details on the charges he is facing, but the Eagles aren't waiting around. They had acquired the corner in exchange for Torrey Smith this offseason. If there's any positive, it's that Worley's release will save them $670,000 in cap space.

Worley started 14 of 15 games in 2017 as he ended the year with 49 tackles, 10 passes defensed and 2 interceptions.

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

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