Will Vontaze Burfict be ready for 2015? 

January, 26, 2015
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The Cincinnati Bengals had outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict on the field for just five games this season, as he was limited due to a nagging left-knee injury. He eventually underwent surgery in October to repair the damage.

No surgery on tap for Jimmy Graham? 

January, 26, 2015
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On Sunday, I noted that New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was planning to use his appearance in the Pro Bowl to help determine whether he will undergo offseason surgery to repair the shoulder injury that troubled him through most of the season.

After catching three passes for 30 yards and two scores -- and looking rather spry while dunking on the goal-post crossbar twice -- he sounded positive about the joint.

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Vereen vs Wagner a key to SB XLIX? 

January, 26, 2015
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Only four running backs in the NFL racked up more receptions and receiving yards than Shane Vereen did during the 2014 campaign. Could his pass-catching skills exploit a potential weakness in the stout Seattle Seahawks defense during the Super Bowl?

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Room for improvement for Beckham Jr.? 

January, 26, 2015
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The 91-catch, 1,305-yard, 12-TD rookie campaign that Odell Beckham Jr. had in 2014 was amazing, but it's almost hard to process the fact that the first-year player did that in just 12 games. Beckham missed the first four weeks while recovering from a hamstring injury.

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Surgery still an option for TE Graham? 

January, 25, 2015
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The shoulder injury that bothered Jimmy Graham for much of the 2014 campaign was reportedly a sprain. He still is rehabbing from the injury, though he refused this week to share exactly what is wrong with the joint.

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Mutual interest between Hoyer, Browns? 

January, 25, 2015
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Veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer said numerous times in 2014 that he would like to re-sign with the Cleveland Browns during the upcoming offseason, at least under the right circumstances.

The Browns appear to have a mutual interest in bringing Hoyer back, as they recently contacted his agent.

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Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly came out on top of the recent front-office power struggle, as he wrestled total control of his roster from general manager Howie Roseman.

Technically, Roseman was "promoted" to executive vice president of football operations, a role in which he is supposed to remain in charge of the Eagles' salary cap and contracts.

However, it remains unclear exactly how involved Roseman will be this offseason in such matters.

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Ever since Matthew Stafford had his shoulder surgically repaired in 2010, he hasn't missed a game, so his backup has been glued to the bench.

Still, the Detroit Lions want to be prepared in case Stafford is felled by an injury, and with backups Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore set for free agency, it's a position the Lions may address long term via the draft.

To that end, the Lions met with a pro prospect this week at the Senior Bowl.

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Can Steelers fix their weak pass rush? 

January, 24, 2015
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The Pittsburgh Steelers' once vaunted defense has been fading in recent years. No longer dominant, they finished in the middle of the pack in yards and points allowed in 2014, but they finished 26th in sacks as they were unable to generate any sort of pass.

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Trading WR Wallace an option for MIA? 

January, 23, 2015
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Mike Wallace's future with the Miami Dolphins appears to be tenuous. He hasn't been thrilled with his usage and was benched for the second half of their season finale after getting into a verbal spat with a coach, but he is one of the top deep threats in the game; thus the conundrum.

If the Fins front office decides they no longer want the headache he sometimes gives them, they could try to trade him, but doing so may not be very realistic.

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Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald sports a salary-cap hit of more than $23 million for the 2015 campaign, which means that the Arizona Cardinals front office will have to make a tough call on whether or how to keep him on the team next season.

As his contract stands now, it carries $14.4 million in dead money. So, while the Cards would save about $9 million in cap space by cutting him, he still would count heavily against it.

Nonetheless, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill borrowed a phrase from Aaron Rodgers Thursday when discussing Fitzgerald's contractual situation.

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Patriots to rework Mayo's contract? 

January, 23, 2015
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The New England Patriots aren't thinking about Jerod Mayo at the moment -- they have some bigger things on their agenda. But once "Deflategate" and the Super Bowl are in the rear-view mirror, they will have to start focusing on the offseason.

At that point, they will have to decide what to do with Mayo's hefty contract, since it will pack a punch to their 2015 salary-cap.

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At some point in the coming weeks and months, the Dallas Cowboys are going to have to determine whether they can re-sign unrestricted free agents Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray. Part of the process of clearing enough cap space to do so will involve dealing with Tony Romo's contract, which is slated to pay him $17 million in 2015 with a cap number of $27.7 million.

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Offseason plans for Rams QB corps 

January, 23, 2015
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The signals the St. Louis Rams have sent out since their season ended continue to point toward them bringing Sam Bradford back in 2015, even though he is coming off of ACL surgery and his contract will count nearly $17 million against the salary cap.

Time will tell whether they also will re-sign Shaun Hill, who will be an unrestricted free agent, to be Bradford's primary backup, but they already are taking a look at the college ranks for options.

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Will Saints re-sign UFA Mark Ingram? 

January, 23, 2015
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2014 was a career-best campaign for Mark Ingram, who ended up with 226 carries for 964 yards and nine touchdowns, plus 29 receptions for 145 yards. He couldn't have asked for better timing to have those breakout numbers, since his rookie contract with the New Orleans Saints has run its course.

The question, then, as he heads toward free agency is whether he will re-sign with the Saints. Ingram suggested Thursday that there is mutual interest between the two sides.

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