Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Tuesday, Feb. 9:
The Philadelphia Eagles have been the league's most active team this offseason, by far, and it sounds like more big news could arrive soon. We heard previously that the team was negotiating an extension with defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, and it sounds like the numbers are quite high. Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reports the two sides "are close to a deal" that will likely include more than $50 million in guaranteed money and could exceed $15 million per year. That would be a very hefty payday -- one of the largest for a defensive player in league history -- but it's the going rate for a player of Cox's caliber who is coming off of a rookie contract. Shorr-Parks questions whether the exorbitant price tag is worth it, citing Ndamukong Suh's monster deal with the Miami Dolphins, but it would be extremely difficult to let a top homegrown talent like Cox walk out the door. With the salary cap rising, the deal shouldn't look too bad in a few years, especially if Cox continues to play at an All-Pro level.
One of the biggest reasons the Dolphins hired Adam Gase was to aid the development of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who took a bit of a step back this season. One issue for Tannehill, according to wide receiver Greg Jennings, is that "he's been hand-held his entire career." Jennings offered that comment on the team's official radio show, The Finsiders, adding, "I'm going to speak for Ryan right now, which I typically don't do. He wants some more freedom." Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald heard similar things from Tannehill, who told Jackson last October that he asked then-offensive coordinator Bill Lazor for more freedom to audible, but to no avail. While Gase will certainly be a close ally of Tannehill's, it's no guarantee that he gives the 27-year-old the reins to the offense based on recent history. John Mullin of CSN Chicago reported in October that Gase actually shortened the leash on Jay Cutler with the Chicago Bears, choosing to "truncate... Cutler's flexibility options" within the playbook and provide "limited audible latitude." Gase obviously allowed Peyton Manning full freedom during his time with the Denver Broncos, but there's a big difference between The Sheriff and Tannehill, who didn't start at quarterback in college until halfway through the 2010 season. If Tannehill feels more comfortable with expanded audible power, then we'd guess Gase will oblige him at least somewhat. But don't assume Tannehill will receive full autonomy.
The Denver Broncos are in full celebration mode on Tuesday with a victory parade through the city, but it's not all good news. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports the NFL will consider suspending cornerback Aqib Talib for his blatant facemask penalty on Carolina Panthers receiver Corey Brown in Super Bowl 50. Talib admitted after the game that the play was intentional, but his on-field punishment only worked out to a single yard, as the foul was enforced half-the-distance-to-the-goal from the 2-yard line. Talib was suspended for one game in 2015 for poking Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in the eye, and that history could certainly impact the league's decision. Among the potential opponents for Denver to kick off the 2016 season against are the Panthers, the Colts and the New England Patriots, so any suspension would likely keep Talib out of a challenging matchup.
Cleaning up an item from last week, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones appears set to test the free-agent market this March. In an interview with NFL Media's Scott Hanson, Jones said he won't give the Bengals a hometown discount. "I'd like to be back, but at the same time, I am a free agent," Jones said. "It wouldn't be good for me not to test the waters a little bit." It's a pretty weak market for free-agent wide receivers, with Jones perhaps the second-best option after Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who may receive the franchise tag anyway. That could lead to a team overpaying for the 25-year-old Jones, who is coming off of a career-high 816 receiving yards. The Bengals have proven to be relatively conservative when it comes to handing out lucrative contracts, so it's a good bet that Jones will depart in free agency.