The Green Bay Packers typically eschew their annual option of franchising a player, and this year was no different, as they chose to not tag wide receiver Randall Cobb by Monday's deadline. He will have the chance to test the free-agent market beginning next Tuesday, though the Packers have exclusive negotiating rights with Cobb that run until Saturday afternoon, at which point other teams can speak with him.

That approach worked last season with a different Packers free agent.

Tuesday rumors roundup 

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Play Ball! The Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues are underway, and we already have a home run by the Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang against the Blue Jays.

On Monday, Rumor Central discussed how the Korean shortstop is more likely to take away at-bats from shortstop Jordy Mercer and third baseman Josh Harrison than from second baseman Neil Walker. Here are some of the rumors and news making the rounds on Tuesday:

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Possible replacements for Shaw 

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Brian Shaw was thought to be safe from the head coach hot seat, a place he had been for several months, with just six weeks remaining on the NBA regular season schedule, but that is not the case as he was was fired on Tuesday morning. Melvin Hunt will coach the team for the duration season while management compiles a list of candidates for the job. The team may go for a person with prior NBA head coach experience or a current top assistant on another team who is looking for their shot to runs a club.

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Mavs roster set for the season? 

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The second 10-day contract signed by backup center Bernard James expired on Monday, so on Tuesday the Dallas Mavericks had to let him go or offer a rest-of-season deal. The Mavs decided to Keep James for the duration of the 2014-15 season.

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The Detroit Lions drafted Ryan Broyles in the second round of the 2012 draft, but injuries marred his first two seasons. Ironically, he managed to stay healthy in 2014 but barely set foot on the field, because he was too far down the depth chart and the top options largely avoided the infirmary.

However, it appears the Lions are hoping that Broyles is far enough removed from his ruptured Achilles and two torn ACLs to make a mark in 2015.

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You can’t tell the 2015 San Diego Padres without a scoreboard thanks to all the moves that new general manager A.J. Preller made over the winter. There is a new staff ace in James Shields, and there also is a battle to see who will slot into the fifth spot in the rotation behind Shields, Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner and Ian Kennedy. Get your pencils ready:

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When the Arizona Cardinals released Darnell Dockett on Friday, they shed $9.8 million off of their salary cap. That doesn't mean they don't want the defensive end back for 2015, but only that they couldn't secure him at a price they felt was appropriate for a veteran who will turn 34 during the offseason and missed last season with a torn ACL.

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When the Washington Redskins selected Leonard Hankerson in the third round of the 2011 draft, the club hoped he would turn into a genuine outside threat. However, injuries have plagued him throughout most of his career -- he was active for just two games last season -- and he never really came through when he was on the field.

He is slated to become an unrestricted free agent a week from now, but will he end up re-signing with Washington?

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Bulls opens roster spot 

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The Chicago Bulls are going to be without Derrick Rose (knee) and Jimmy Butler (elbow) for several weeks and Taj Gibson (ankle) for an undetermined amount of time, so the team may look at filling the open 15th roster spot.

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Will Price stick with Cozart? 

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Managers often welcome competition for jobs, but Reds skipper Bryan Price is leaving no doubt that Zack Cozart will be his starting shortstop. That calls into question what the Reds will do with Eugenio Suarez, who was acquired from the Tigers in December as part of the deal for Alfredo Simon.

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Mirza Teletovic's future with Nets 

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The 2014-15 NBA season ended early for forward Mirza Teletovic due to multiple blood clots in his lungs and when discussing his future, he said re-signing with the Brooklyn Nets is his preference, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

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Although the New England Patriots hold an option on Darrelle Revis' contract for 2015, they aren't expected to invoke it because it would cost them a whopping $25 million in salary-cap space.

Will Revis work out a long-term deal with the Patriots, in lieu of the 2015 option?

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What is Huston Street worth? 

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Closer Huston Street is ready to resume talks on a contract extension with the Los Angeles Angels, reports Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. What can Street, who is acting as his own agent, expect to bring home?

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Darren Collison's core muscle surgery 

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Last week it was reported that Sacramento Kings starting point guard Darren Collison was headed for surgery to repair a "core muscle injury" and that procedure will be done on Tuesday, reports CSN Bay Area.

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Blake Griffin's next game 

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The Los Angeles Clippers have been without starting power forward Blake Griffin since Feb. 8 due to the right elbow surgery to stop the staph infection. On Monday, head coach Doc Rivers gave the media an update on Griffin's status has his return to the lineup is getting closer.

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