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.
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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Possible OT draft targets for Panthers 

January, 22, 2015
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It's no secret that the Carolina Panthers had trouble protecting quarterback Cam Newton this season. Only four quarterbacks were sacked more times than Newton (43), and when grading the Panthers O-line based on pass-blocking, Pro Football Focus ranked the unit 26th.

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As the Cincinnati Bengals try once again to figure out how to push their team beyond the first round of the playoffs, it will be interesting to see how they handle free agency during the offseason.

Coach Marvin Lewis suggested this week that they will be more aggressive this time around.

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The St. Louis Rams continue to search for their next offensive coordinator after the Green Bay Packers declined their request to interview quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and the Indianapolis Colts declined their request to speak with special assistant to the head coach Rob Chudzinski.

Chud's contract with the Colts expires soon, though, so he still could fill the Rams' OC vacancy. In the meantime, the Rams have scheduled a Thursday interview with someone else.

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Will Le'Veon Bell be suspended in 2015? 

January, 22, 2015
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Lost amidst the hype generated by Le'Veon Bell's breakout 2014 campaign that earned him the Most Improved Player award handed out by the Pro Football Writers Association was the fact that he was arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana during the preseason.

His legal case was pushed back enough that the NFL has not handed down any sort of punishment to date, but that doesn't mean that Bell is out of the woods with the league just yet.

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How hot is Jay Gruden's seat in 2015? 

January, 22, 2015
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To say that Jay Gruden's first season as head coach of the Washington Redskins was a bumpy ride would be an understatement. Yet, despite public clashes with his star quarterback and losing seven of their final eight games, Gruden remains the head coach heading into 2015.

How hot will his seat be when the 2015 regular season gets underway?

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