<
>

NFL rumors roundup

Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports

Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Friday, Feb. 5:

  • The Atlanta Falcons seem to be leaning in favor of retaining wide receiver Roddy White, reports D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. White, who was drafted in the first round in 2005, has averaged 88.2 catches per season over his previous eight campaigns. Despite catching just 43 passes and being targetted 70 times last season, White is the franchise leader in touchdown receptions (63), catches (808) and yards receiving (10,863). The 34-year-old still has two years left in his contract. “It’s a combination, of course he can still play,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “It’s a combination of can we feature him in the best way for him and allow other players to come up through the system as well.” Atlanta must carefully weigh the pros and cons to retaining not only White, but other veterans as well, including O’Brien Schofield, Adrian Clayborn and Kroy Biermann.

  • It has been a long, injury-filled two years for New York Giants offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz. Between shattered ankles, damaged nerves and shifting metal plates in his left foot, Schwartz has been put through the ringer. The 29-year-old has played in just 13 games in two seasons since signing a four-year, $16.8 million contract. And the 11 games he played in during the 2015 season weren't exactly a walk in the park -- Schwartz fractured his ankle late in the year, but played through the injury, prior to suffering a final season-ending injury. So with all of his health issues, is he a player that New York wants to keep on its roster? Bringing back Schwartz would mean honoring a $3.95 million salary under a contract that was renegotiated last offseason. Alternatively, the franchise would save close to $2 million if it severed ties.

    If it is any sign of what is to come contract-wise for the O-lineman, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports that this offseason should be a refreshing move in a positive direction for Schwartz. With Ben McAdoo at the helm as head coach, the Giants also welcomed Mike Solari as their new offensive line coach. Already reportedly training at full speed, Schwartz should have a full offseason of training to look forward to.

  • The Arizona Cardinals came heartbreakingly close to returning to the Super Bowl for just the second time in franchise history. And the Cards are already planning ahead for how they will make another run for the big game next season. Kent Somers of az central sports discussed the disappointing end to Arizona's season with team President Michael Bidwill at the Super Bowl this week. "'It’s bittersweet,' Bidwill said of attending Super Bowl festivities. 'We were 60 minutes away from being in this game. It’s a motivator for the offseason, and we’re going to be doing everything we can do … to get back to the Super Bowl. We know that with a couple more pieces, we’re right there.'"

    What those moving pieces may look like has yet to be determined, but Arizona has 15 unrestricted and four restricted free agents who will hit the open market March 9. ESPN's Josh Weinfuss has begun taking a look at the likelihood of each free agent returning, and at what cost to the team. Weinfuss feels confident that Jermaine Gresham, Arizona's second-most targeted tight end and the team's leading pass blocker, has a high chance of remaining on the Cardinals' 2016 roster.

  • After a stellar rookie campaign with the Tennessee Titans topped off with an AFC South rookie of the year title, it's hard not to imagine Marcus Mariota maintaining a successful NFL career. In his 12 starts during 2015, Mariota completed 230-of-370 (62.2%) passes for 2,818 yards, with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His final passer rating was an impressive 91.5. NFL Network's Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner and Deion Sanders took part in a discussion for Titans online and weighed in on the Heisman-winner's football future. Said Warner: “I thought he had a great rookie year. And I thought he exceeded a lot of expectations. There were things he did really well and made some great decision. There’s a lot of things he can build off of, a lot to like. He had a really good rookie year and now the mission becomes: What is Year No.2 going to look like? What is he going to become now?”

    With the No. 1 pick in the upcoming 2016 draft, the Titans will certainly have their pick of players to surround their franchise centerpiece. In our second mock draft of 2016, Todd McShay predicted that Tennessee would select DE Joey Bosa from Ohio State to boost the roster's pass-rushing abilities.