Chiefs agree to deal with DE Okafor

Chiefs agree to deal with DE Okafor

The Kansas City Chiefs continued to rework their defense as they signed defensive end Alex Okafor, the team announced on Thursday.

Contract terms were not disclosed, but multiple reports said the deal was for three years and $24 million.

A six-year veteran who played the last two seasons in New Orleans, Okafor arrives on the heels of the Chiefs also adding safety Tyrann Mathieu, whose deal was officially signed Thursday.

Kansas City opened up cap space recently with the release of linebacker Justin Houston and defensive back Eric Berry. The Chiefs also traded franchise-tagged pass rusher Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers, citing a poor fit in new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s 4-3 defense.

Okafor, 28, had four sacks, nine QB hits and 36 tackles last season for the Saints, who advanced to the NFC championship game. He started all 16 games in 2018, the first time in his career he has played a full season.

In 68 career NFL games with the Arizona Cardinals and Saints, the former 2013 fourth-round pick out of Texas has 22 sacks, 48 QB hits, 156 tackles and nine passes defensed. He had career highs of eight sacks and 13 QB hits in 2014 with the Arizona Cardinals.

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Falcons restructure QB Ryan’s deal for cap space

Falcons restructure QB Ryan's deal for cap space

The Atlanta Falcons have given themselves financial

Falcons restructure QB Ryan’s deal for cap space

The Atlanta Falcons have given themselves financial wiggle room this offseason by restructuring the contract of quarterback Matt Ryan, ESPN reported Tuesday.

The team created $7 million in cap space by converting $8.75 million of his 2019 base salary into a signing bonus.

Before the move, the Falcons had the least amount of cap room in the NFL at just more than $6 million, according to overthecap.com.

Ryan signed a five-year, $150 million contract last year.

Last week, the Falcons used the franchise tag on defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, guaranteeing him a one-year deal worth nearly $15 million in 2019 if the two sides don’t reach a long-term agreement by July 15.

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Reports: Bills to sign WRs Brown, Beasley

Reports: Bills to sign WRs Brown, Beasley

The Buffalo

Reports: Bills to sign WRs Brown, Beasley

The Buffalo Bills are revamping their wide receiver corps with the additions of free agents John Brown and Cole Beasley, according to multiple reports.

Brown is expected to sign with the Bills for three years, $27 million, and Beasley is reportedly getting $29 million over four years, according to the reports.

Brown played in all 16 games with the Baltimore Ravens last year, starting 15. He had 42 catches for 715 yards and five touchdowns. He has 22 touchdowns for his career, which started in Arizona. The Cardinals drafted the speedster in the third round of the 2014 draft.

Beasley played in all 16 games for the Dallas Cowboys last season, notching 65 catches for 672 yards and three touchdowns. Beasley, 29, has 23 career touchdowns in his seven-year career, all with Dallas.

He acknowledged his move to Buffalo on Twitter, also writing. “I’ll always love #cowboynation and I appreciate the time we have had together.”

The Bills’ leading receiver last year was second-year player Zay Jones, who posted 56 receptions, 652 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Reports: Jaguars agree with Foles for four years, $88M

Reports: Jaguars agree with Foles for four years, $88M

Reports: Jaguars agree with Foles for four years, $88M

The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Nick Foles on a four-year, $88 million contract, NFL Network reported Monday.

NFL Network reports incentives can push the maximum value of the deal to $102 million, and that incumbent Blake Bortles will be released in a few days. ESPN reports $50.125 million of Foles’ contract is guaranteed.

Over the last few weeks, all signs pointed to the Jaguars signing Foles, who was allowed to enter free agency by the Philadelphia Eagles after guiding the team to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Foles took over for Carson Wentz down the stretch again in 2018, when a back injury ended Wentz’s season, and pushed Philadelphia into a divisional playoff matchup at New Orleans.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman announced at the NFL Scouting Combine that Foles “deserves to lead a team.”

“We had conversations at the end of the season, and he knew where I stood and how I felt about him,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said. “Obviously, he’s a big part of our success the past two years. It’s an opportunity now for him to become a starter, and I’m excited for him to do that.”

Wentz was out during the Super Bowl run recovering from reconstructive knee surgery and last season missed the final month of the regular season, and two playoff games, with a fracture in his back. Wentz is expected to make a full recovery and return as the starter in 2019.

Financially, it would have been a major challenge for Roseman had the Eagles opted to franchise and trade Foles. Because of the value of the one-year tender, the Eagles first must have displayed to the league the salary-cap space to use the tag. In Foles’ case, more than $21 million was required to be shed in the form of restructured contracts or releasing players with hefty cap hits.

The Jaguars gave Bortles, a first-round pick in 2014 who hasn’t developed into a consistent starter, a three-year, $54 contract last year, but he went 3-9 as a starter and was benched for Cody Kessler.

His release will save Jacksonville just $4.5 million against the cap, while leaving $16.5 million in dead money, unless Bortles is designated as a June 1 release. That would create an additional $5 million savings in 2019 by sending $5 million in dead money to 2020.

Foles, 30, has 68 touchdowns and 33 interceptions in 54 career games.

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Rams re-sign DE Fowler for reported $14M

Rams re-sign DE Fowler for reported $14M

The Los Angeles Rams re-signed defensive

Rams re-sign DE Fowler for reported $14M

The Los Angeles Rams re-signed defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. to a one-year contract late Sunday night, the team announced.

NFL Network reported Monday morning that Fowler’s deal is worth $14 million, right around what he would have earned on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract had it been picked up.

Rams head coach Sean McVay said at the NFL Scouting Combine that the team wanted to bring Fowler back, depending on the price, after acquiring the 24-year-old from the Jacksonville Jaguars before the trade deadline last season.

Fowler posted just two sacks and five QB hits in eight games with the Rams, but he had 1.5 sacks and three QB hits in three playoff games, and his pressure forced the interception in overtime of the NFC championship game that set up L.A.’s winning field goal.

The third overall pick in 2015 by Jacksonville, Fowler had his fifth-year option declined by the Jaguars. He has 16 sacks and 27 QB hits in 47 regular-season games (seven starts) since missing his entire rookie campaign with a torn ACL.

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Woods says he’s ready for Players Championship

Woods says he's ready for Players Championship

Woods says he’s ready for Players Championship

Tiger Woods arrived at TPC Sawgrass on Monday and declared himself ready for The Players Championship.

“I feel good, man,” he told Golfweek at the course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Last week, Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, citing a neck strain.

“I didn’t want to push it. No need to,” Woods said about his choice to drop out of the tournament he’s won eight times. “Not at my age. Can’t do that anymore.”

Woods, 43, said he took most of the week off and didn’t touch a club until Saturday.

“Everything is good,” Woods said. “I feel good. I needed last week off.”

This will be the fourth tournament of the year for Woods. He has finished in the top 20 in each, with his best finish a tie for 10th place in the WGC-Mexico Championship three weeks ago.

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Reports: Redskins, Collins agree to six-year, $84M deal

Reports: Redskins, Collins agree to six-year, $84M deal

Reports: Redskins, Collins agree to six-year, $84M deal

All-Pro safety Landon Collins and the Washington Redskins have agreed to a six-year, $84 million deal with $45 million in guarantees, NFL Network reported Monday.

That means the New York Giants, who declined to use a $11.15 franchise tag on Collins and allowed him to become a free agent, now will face him twice a year in the NFC East.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Collins can officially sign with the Redskins on Wednesday when the new league year begins.

The 25-year-old ended last season on injured reserve because of torn labrum in his left shoulder. He still led the team with 96 tackles, despite missing the final four games.

Collins has led the Giants in tackles in each of his four seasons after being selected in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft. Collins has 428 tackles and eight interceptions in 59 games, all starts.

The Redskins might not be done tweaking their roster. NFL Network reported they are trying to trade inside linebackers Zach Brown and Mason Foster to free salary cap space to make a run at Baltimore Ravens free agent C.J. Mosley.

Combined, Brown and Foster will count $13 million against the cap in 2019, but Washington could save $9.75 million by trading or releasing both players. Mosely is expected to command at least $13 million annually.

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NFL transactions: Lions spend huge on Flowers, Coleman

NFL transactions: Lions spend huge on Flowers, Coleman

NFL transactions: Lions spend huge on Flowers, Coleman

The Detroit Lions jumped head first into the free agent pool on Monday, agreeing to lucrative deals with defensive end Trey Flowers and cornerback Justin Coleman, shortly after adding wideout Danny Amendola on a one-year, $5.75 million pact.

Flowers reportedly will receive a five-deal that averages at least $16 million per season, while Coleman agreed to a four-year contract worth $36 million, according to NFL Network, making him the league’s highest-paid nickelback. Neither deal can be officially signed until the new league year opens on Wednesday.

All three players are former New England Patriots, though Coleman spent the last two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, and Amendola spent 2018 in Miami. The Lions are run by two former Patriots in general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia.

–All-Pro safety Landon Collins and the Washington Redskins have agreed to a six-year, $84 million deal with $45 million in guarantees, NFL Network reported.

That means the New York Giants, who declined to use a $11.15 franchise tag on Collins and allowed him to become a free agent, now will face him twice a year in the NFC East.

NFL Network reported Washington is also trying to trade inside linebackers Zach Brown and Mason Foster to free salary cap space to make a run at Baltimore Ravens free agent C.J. Mosley.

–Former New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown will join the Oakland Raiders on a four-year, $66 million deal, according to ESPN.

The deal, with an average value of $16.5 million, would be the highest yearly pay for an offensive lineman, eclipsing Tennessee’s Taylor Lewan ($16 million).

Brown’s deal would guarantee $36.75 million, according to the report, which came just nine minutes after the beginning of the NFL’s legal tampering window.

–The New York Giants are still involved in potential trade talks regarding mercurial wideout Odell Beckham Jr., according to The Athletic.

Multiple reports throughout the offseason suggested the Giants would have to be overwhelmed to accept a deal for the wideout, which would leave the team holding $16 million in dead cap space.

–Free agent quarterback Nick Foles is expected to agree to a contract worth as much as $22 million per season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL Network reported.

Multiple outlets reported last week Foles was expected to join Jacksonville.

–Linebacker Kwon Alexander is set to join the San Francisco 49ers when free agency opens on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

A key part of the Tampa Bay defense and a 2017 Pro Bowler who is coming off a torn ACL, Alexander is getting a four-year deal worth $54 million, according to NFL Network. The deal also is said to have $27 million guaranteed.

–Defensive lineman Malik Jackson has agreed to a three-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles worth $30 million, ESPN reported.

Jackson was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, and the Eagles were pursuing help at defensive tackle with Haloti Ngata (free agent), Michael Bennett (trade with Patriots) and Timmy Jernigan ($13 million option likely to be declined this week) expected to move on in 2019.

–The Denver Broncos exercised the contract options of top receiver Emmanuel Sanders and cornerback Chris Harris, according to multiple reports.

Sanders will be back for a sixth season with the club and Harris will be entering his ninth.

–The Minnesota Vikings released offensive lineman Mike Remmers and declined the 2019 option for safety Andrew Sendejo, making both free agents.

Minnesota will save $4.6 million of Remmers’ $6.4 million cap hit for 2019 and all of Sendejo’s $5.5 million figure.

The Vikings also tendered two restricted free agents in safety Anthony Harris and tackle Rashod Hill.

–The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed free agent tight end C.J. Uzomah on a three-year, $18 million pact, per NFL Network, and right tackle Bobby Hart on a three-year, $21 million deal, per ESPN.

Uzomah, 26, had 43 catches for 439 yards and three touchdowns last season. Hart, 24, started all 16 games last season, allowing 11.5 sacks and taking 12 penalties.

–The New York Jets have agreed to re-sign cornerback Darryl Roberts, per multiple reports.

The team also hopes to move on from linebacker Darron Lee, according to the New York Daily News. Lee was a first-round pick in 2016, and the Jets — or any team acquiring him via trade — must decide this spring whether to pick up his fifth-year option.

–The Buffalo Bills will sign former Houston Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson, according to multiple reports.

Johnson, 26, was a first-round pick in 2015 but has missed 29 games through four seasons.

–The Arizona Cardinals will release tight end Jermaine Gresham once the new league year opens on Wednesday, ESPN reported.

Arizona can save $2.5 million of Gresham’s $8.2 million figure by releasing him, or $4 million with a post-June 1 designation, which would put $4.2 million in dead money on the cap in 2020.

–The Texans re-signed defensive lineman Angelo Blackson to a three-year deal worth $12 million, according to multiple outlets.

–The New York Giants re-signed restricted free agent center Spencer Pulley to a three-year deal. Multiple outlets reported the contract is worth a total of $9.6 million.

–The Baltimore Ravens exercised the 2019 option for cornerback Brandon Carr, as expected. He will make $6 million in 2019 while counting $7 million against the cap.

–The New Orleans Saints re-signed linebacker on a two-year deal worth more than $4 million, per NFL Network.

–The Chicago Bears re-signed restricted free agent tight end Ben Braunecker to a two-year deal.

–The Carolina Panthers re-signed safety Colin Jones to a two-year deal, per multiple reports.

–The Cleveland Browns officially announced the release of tight end Darren Fells.

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NFL transactions: Lions adding Flowers, Coleman, James

NFL transactions: Lions adding Flowers, Coleman, James

NFL transactions: Lions adding Flowers, Coleman, James

The Detroit Lions jumped head first into the free agent pool on Monday, agreeing to deals with defensive end Trey Flowers, cornerback Justin Coleman and tight end Jesse James, shortly after adding wideout Danny Amendola on a one-year, $5.75 million pact.

Flowers reportedly will receive a five-deal that averages at least $16 million per season, while Coleman agreed to a four-year contract worth $36 million, according to NFL Network, making him the league’s highest-paid nickelback. Terms have yet to be reported on James’ deal.

None of the three can be officially signed until the new league year opens on Wednesday.

–The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Nick Foles on a four-year, $88 million contract, NFL Network reported.

NFL Network reports incentives can push the maximum value of the deal to $102 million, and that incumbent Blake Bortles will be released in a few days.

ESPN reports $50.125 million of Foles’ contract is guaranteed.

–Seven-time Pro Bowler Terrell Suggs is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, NFL Network reported, ending his 16-year tenure with the Baltimore Ravens.

Suggs starred in high school in Chandler, Ariz., and in college at Arizona State.

The 36-year-old was drafted 10th overall by the Ravens in 2003 and is the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks (132.5, next most is 70), tackles for loss (193, next most is 99), forced fumbles (33, next most is 19) and games played (229).

–All-Pro safety Landon Collins and the Washington Redskins have agreed to a six-year, $84 million deal with $45 million in guarantees, NFL Network reported.

NFL Network reported Washington is also trying to trade inside linebackers Zach Brown and Mason Foster to free salary cap space to make a run at Baltimore Ravens free agent C.J. Mosley.

–Former Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown will join the Oakland Raiders on a four-year, $66 million deal, according to ESPN.

The deal, with an average value of $16.5 million, would be the highest yearly pay for an offensive lineman, eclipsing Tennessee’s Taylor Lewan ($16 million).

Brown’s deal would guarantee $36.75 million, according to the report, which came just nine minutes after the beginning of the NFL’s legal tampering window.

–Frank Gore, the NFL’s oldest active running back who turns 36 in May, agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Buffalo Bills, according to ESPN.

The Bills will also sign former Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Kroft, according to his agent. Per NFL Network, Kroft’s deal is for $18.75 million and up to $21 million.

–The Giants are still involved in potential trade talks regarding mercurial wideout Odell Beckham Jr., according to The Athletic.

Multiple reports throughout the offseason suggested the Giants would have to be overwhelmed to accept a deal for the wideout, which would leave the team holding $16 million in dead cap space.

–Linebacker Kwon Alexander is set to join the San Francisco 49ers when free agency opens on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

A key part of the Tampa Bay defense and a 2017 Pro Bowler who is coming off a torn ACL, Alexander is getting a four-year deal worth $54 million, according to NFL Network. The deal also is said to have $27 million guaranteed.

–The Philadephia Eagles acquired former wideout DeSean Jackson from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and signed defensive lineman Malik Jackson to a three-year deal worth $30 million, according to multiple reports.

The Eagles will reportedly send a 2019 sixth-round pick and receive a 2020 seventh-rounder in return for DeSean Jackson, who will also receive a three-year contract worth $27 million with $13 million guaranteed. A second-round pick by Philadelphia in 2008, the wideout spent his first six years with the Eagles.

Philadelphia also declined guard Stefen Wisniewski’s $3 million option for 2019, per NFL Network, making him a free agent.

–The Denver Broncos exercised the contract options of top receiver Emmanuel Sanders and cornerback Chris Harris, according to multiple reports.

Sanders will be back for a sixth season with the club, and Harris will be entering his ninth.

–The Tennessee Titans re-signed safety Kenny Vaccaro on a multi-year deal and informed safety Johnathan Cyprien he will be released.

According to NFL Network, Vaccaro received a four-year, $26.5 million pact with $11.5 million guaranteed.

The team also agreed to sign free agent wide receiver Adam Humphries to a four-year, $36 million deal, according to multiple reports.

–The New York Jets have agreed to sign free agent wide receiver Jamison Crowder to a three-year, $28.5 million deal with $17 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports.

The Jets also will re-sign cornerback Darryl Roberts, per multiple reports, and hope to move on from linebacker Darron Lee, per the New York Daily News.

Lee was a first-round pick in 2016, and the Jets — or any team acquiring him via trade — must decide this spring whether to pick up his fifth-year option.

–The Minnesota Vikings released offensive lineman Mike Remmers and declined the 2019 option for safety Andrew Sendejo, making both free agents.

Minnesota will save $4.6 million of Remmers’ $6.4 million cap hit for 2019 and all of Sendejo’s $5.5 million figure.

–The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed tight end C.J. Uzomah on a three-year, $18 million pact, per NFL Network, and right tackle Bobby Hart on a three-year, $21 million deal, per ESPN.

Uzomah, 26, had 43 catches for 439 yards and three touchdowns last season. Hart, 24, started all 16 games last season, allowing 11.5 sacks and taking 12 penalties.

–The Buffalo Bills will sign former Houston Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson, according to multiple reports.

Johnson, 26, was a first-round pick in 2015 but has missed 29 games through four seasons.

–The Arizona Cardinals will release tight end Jermaine Gresham later this week, ESPN reported.

Arizona can save $2.5 million of Gresham’s $8.2 million figure, or $4 million with a post-June 1 designation, which would put $4.2 million in dead money on the cap in 2020.

–The Texans re-signed defensive lineman Angelo Blackson to a three-year deal worth $12 million, according to multiple outlets.

–The New York Giants re-signed restricted free agent center Spencer Pulley to a three-year deal worth a reported $9.6 million.

–The Baltimore Ravens exercised the 2019 option for cornerback Brandon Carr, securing his $6 million salary.

–The New Orleans Saints re-signed linebacker Craig Robertson on a two-year deal worth more than $4 million, per NFL Network.

–The Chicago Bears re-signed restricted free agent tight end Ben Braunecker to a two-year deal.

–The Carolina Panthers re-signed safety Colin Jones to a two-year deal, per multiple reports.

–The Cleveland Browns officially announced the release of tight end Darren Fells.

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Report: Titans re-sign Vaccaro for four years, $26.5M

Report: Titans re-sign Vaccaro for four years, $26.5M

The Tennessee Titans are

Report: Titans re-sign Vaccaro for four years, $26.5M

The Tennessee Titans are re-signing free agent safety Kenny Vaccaro on a four-year, $26.5 million pact, NFL Network reported.

The deal includes $11.5 million guaranteed, per the report.

Vaccaro, 28, joined Tennessee on a one-year, $1.1 million deal last August after a weak market greeted him in free agency, and after the Titans lost starting safety Johnathan Cyprien to a torn ACL in training camp.

Vaccaro totaled 58 tackles (three for loss), two sacks, an interception and four passes defensed in 13 games (all starts) for the Titans. A former first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2013, he has nine interceptions and 34 pass breakups in 81 career games (80 starts) across six seasons.

NFL Network adds that the Titans have officially released Cyprien, who was set to count $6.25 million against the cap this season.

Tennessee will save $4.75 million, with $1.5 million in dead money with Cyprien’s release.

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Titans re-sign Vaccaro; agree with WR Humphries

Titans re-sign Vaccaro; agree with WR Humphries

The Tennessee Titans re-signed safety

Titans re-sign Vaccaro; agree with WR Humphries

The Tennessee Titans re-signed safety Kenny Vaccaro on a multi-year deal and informed safety Johnathan Cyprien he will be released, the team announced Monday.

The team also agreed to sign free agent wide receiver Adam Humphries to a four-year, $36 million deal, according to multiple reports. He cannot officially sign until the new league year opens on Wednesday.

Per NFL Network, Vaccaro received a four-year, $26.5 million pact with $11.5 million guaranteed.

Vaccaro, 28, joined Tennessee on a one-year, $1.1 million deal last August after a weak market greeted him in free agency, and after the Titans lost Cyprien to a torn ACL in training camp.

Vaccaro totaled 58 tackles (three for loss), two sacks, an interception and four passes defensed in 13 games (all starts) for the Titans. A former first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2013, he has nine interceptions and 34 pass breakups in 81 career games (80 starts) across six seasons.

Humphries, 26, had 76 catches for 816 yards and five touchdowns last season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, all career highs. He has 219 catches for 2,329 yards and nine scores through 60 games (17 starts) across four seasons after going undrafted out of Clemson in 2015.

Cyprien was set to count $6.25 million against the cap this season. Tennessee will save $4.75 million, with $1.5 million in dead money with his release.

The 28-year-old had 57 tackles, one sack and one pass breakup in 10 games (all starts) in 2017, his first year with the Titans, before missing all of last season.

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Titans re-sign Vaccaro for reported $26.5M

Titans re-sign Vaccaro for reported $26.5M

The Tennessee Titans re-signed safety Kenny

Titans re-sign Vaccaro for reported $26.5M

The Tennessee Titans re-signed safety Kenny Vaccaro on a multi-year deal and informed safety Johnathan Cyprien he will be released, the team announced Monday.

According to NFL Network, Vaccaro received a four-year, $26.5 million pact with $11.5 million guaranteed.

Vaccaro, 28, joined Tennessee on a one-year, $1.1 million deal last August after a weak market greeted him in free agency, and after the Titans lost Cyprien to a torn ACL in training camp.

Vaccaro totaled 58 tackles (three for loss), two sacks, an interception and four passes defensed in 13 games (all starts) for the Titans. A former first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2013, he has nine interceptions and 34 pass breakups in 81 career games (80 starts) across six seasons.

Cyprien was set to count $6.25 million against the cap this season. Tennessee will save $4.75 million, with $1.5 million in dead money with his release.

The 28-year-old had 57 tackles, one sack and one pass breakup in 10 games (all starts) in 2017, his first year with the Titans, before missing all of last season.

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Report: Jaguars, QB Foles near agreement

Report: Jaguars, QB Foles near agreement

Report: Jaguars, QB Foles near agreement

Optimism is brimming in Jacksonville that free agent quarterback Nick Foles will agree to a contract worth as much as $22 million per season with the Jaguars on Monday, NFL Network reported.

Mike Silver of NFL Network said a deal was likely Monday between the Jaguars and Foles, who was allowed to enter free agency by the Philadelphia Eagles after guiding the team to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Foles took over for Carson Wentz down the stretch again in 2018, when a back injury ended Wentz’s season, and pushed Philadelphia into a divisional playoff matchup at New Orleans.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman announced at the NFL Scouting Combine that Foles “deserves to lead a team.”

“We had conversations at the end of the season, and he knew where I stood and how I felt about him,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said. “Obviously, he’s a big part of our success the past two years. It’s an opportunity now for him to become a starter, and I’m excited for him to do that.”

Wentz was out during the Super Bowl run recovering from reconstructive knee surgery and last season missed the final month of the regular season, and two playoff games, with a fracture in his back. Wentz is expected to make a full recovery and return as the starter in 2019.

Financially, it would have been a major challenge for Roseman had the Eagles opted to franchise and trade Foles. Because of the value of the one-year tender, the Eagles first must have displayed to the league the salary-cap space to use the tag. In Foles’ case, more than $21 million was required to be shed in the form of restructured contracts or releasing players with hefty cap hits.

The Jaguars have to decide what to do with Blake Bortles, a first-round pick in 2014 who hasn’t developed into a consistent starter.

Jacksonville opted to sign Bortles to a three-year contract last year but he went 3-9 as a starter and was benched for Cody Kessler.

Foles, 30, has 68 touchdowns and 33 interceptions in 54 career games.

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Agent: Gronkowski undecided on return

Agent: Gronkowski undecided on return

Agent: Gronkowski undecided on return

Agent Drew Rosenhaus said Monday that All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski has yet to decide whether to return to the New England Patriots for a 10th NFL season.

Rosenhaus, speaking on ESPN’s “NFL Live,” added that Gronkowski is fully healthy and that he has advised his client to take his time.

“I talked to Rob last night and he won’t even tell me. He hasn’t made a decision yet,” Rosenhaus said. “I honestly don’t know. I’m waiting to see like everybody else.”

In a Feb. 19 appearance on the same show, Rosenhaus said “I imagine a decision will happen in the next couple of weeks.”

Gronkowski’s decision will affect the Patriots’ offseason moves. Free agency begins March 13, and the NFL draft will be held April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

and the Patriots will need to know soon whether they are looking for an NFL-ready starting tight end or one who could back up Gronkowski.

Gronkowski has one year left on his contract and is due to earn $9 million in 2019. He turns 30 in May.

Injuries have limited Gronkowski through the years, and he’s played in just 115 games since entering the league as a second-round draft pick in 2010. He has 521 career receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns.

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Report: 49ers to sign LB Alexander for $54M

Report: 49ers to sign LB Alexander for $54M

Linebacker Kwon Alexander is

Report: 49ers to sign LB Alexander for $54M

Linebacker Kwon Alexander is set to join the San Francisco 49ers when free agency opens on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

A key part of the Tampa Bay defense and a Pro Bowler in 2017, Alexander is getting a four-year deal worth $54 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The deal also is said to have $27 million guaranteed.

He reportedly texted several of his teammates earlier Monday to tell them he would miss them, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.

Alexander, 24, tore the ACL in his right knee on a non-contact play against the Cleveland Browns in Week 7, ending the final season of his rookie deal with the Bucs.

Alexander had 45 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and two passes defensed in six games last season.

Alexander reportedly had been in discussions with the team about a contract extension before the injury. The team reportedly hoped to keep him at a lower price tag after the injury.

He is expected to be back to full health by the start of the 2019 season.

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Report: DL Jackson joins Eagles

Report: DL Jackson joins Eagles

Defensive lineman Malik Jackson has

Report: DL Jackson joins Eagles

Defensive lineman Malik Jackson has agreed to a three-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles worth $30 million, ESPN reported Monday.

Jackson was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, and the Eagles were pursuing help at defensive tackle with Haloti Ngata (free agent), Michael Bennett (trade with Patriots) and Timmy Jernigan ($13 million option likely to be declined this week) expected to move on in 2019.

Jackson, 29, can slide outside in certain packages and was asked to play a versatile role in previous stops with the Denver Broncos and Jaguars.

He has 11.5 sacks combined the past two seasons and was in the top 10 among defensive tackles in QB pressures in 2018, per Pro Football Focus, with 51.

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Vikings release OG Remmers, decline S Sendejo’s option

Vikings release OG Remmers, decline S Sendejo's option

Two Minnesota Vikings

Vikings release OG Remmers, decline S Sendejo’s option

Two Minnesota Vikings starters from last season will be free agents to start the 2019 league year as right guard Mike Remmers was released and safety Andrew Sendejo’s option was declined.

Sendejo, 31, played in only five games last season and was due $5.5 million if the Vikings picked up the option. They’ll instead run with Anthony Harris, who replaced Sendejo after his injury and graded as a top-five safety by Pro Football Focus.

Sendejo started 58 games with the Vikings since joining the team in 2011.

Remmers played 27 games — all starts — over the past two seasons with the Vikings.

He has played for six NFL teams — including two tours with the Vikings — and turns 30 in April. He has ties to the New York Giants in that he played right tackle for the Vikings under now-Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and also played for the Carolina Panthers during Dave Gettleman’s time as general manager.

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Steelers to take $21.12M cap hit despite Brown trade

Steelers to take $21.12M cap hit despite Brown trade

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Steelers to take $21.12M cap hit despite Brown trade

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ trade of wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders can be consummated Wednesday when the new NFL year begins. And while he will be gone, he won’t be forgotten.

That’s because the Steelers must devote $21.12 million of their 2019 cap space to Brown.

The Steelers will take a dead-money cap hit of $11.4 million for the remainder of his $19 million signing bonus with the Steelers and $9.72 million from his restructured contract in 2018.

Despite the salary cap cost, the team is saving $15 million in cash from his salary.

Brown will be receiving that amount – and more – from the Raiders.

The Raiders will pay Brown $50.1 million over the next three seasons, with $30.1 million of it guaranteed. He had no guaranteed money left on his contract with the Steelers.

The 30-year-old wideout now becomes the top offensive threat in Oakland after a remarkable but sometimes turbulent nine-season stint with Pittsburgh. Brown has surpassed 1,250 receiving yards in six straight years and hauled in double-digit touchdowns in four of his past five seasons.

Quarterback Derek Carr seemingly embraced his soon-to-be teammate on social media after word of the trade spread Saturday night.

When Brown tweeted a video that showed him with Carr at the Pro Bowl, he captioned it: “Love at first Sight……@derekcarrqb”

Carr’s response: “Brother let’s get to work!”

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Reports: Steelers ship WR Brown to Raiders

Reports: Steelers ship WR Brown to Raiders

The Oakland Raiders acquired wide receiver

Reports: Steelers ship WR Brown to Raiders

The Oakland Raiders acquired wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night, according to multiple media outlets.

The Steelers will receive third- and fifth-round draft picks in exchange for the eccentric wide receiver, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Raiders will add money to Brown’s existing contract, which now calls for $50.1 million over the next three years with $30.1 million guaranteed.

Brown quickly embraced the deal. He posted a photo illustration of himself in a Raiders uniform only minutes after the deal was first reported.

The 30-year-old wideout now becomes the top offensive threat in Oakland after a remarkable but sometimes turbulent nine-season stint with Pittsburgh. Brown has surpassed 1,250 receiving yards in six straight years and hauled in double-digit touchdowns in four of his past five seasons.

The Steelers reportedly had sought a first-round pick for Brown before settling on Oakland’s offer. Several other teams, including the Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans, also had expressed interest in acquiring the playmaker before Pittsburgh decided to send him west.

Trade rumors had swirled for months amid a public spat between Brown and the Steelers. The disgruntled veteran did not play in last year’s must-win regular-season finale because he was “banged up,” which prompted Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to tell him to go home.

During the offseason, Brown held firm with his criticism of the franchise. He also ripped veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, whom he felt wrongly blamed him for an interception in a loss to the Denver Broncos in late November.

“He feels like he’s the owner,” Brown said during a recent appearance on “The Shop,” LeBron James’ HBO show. “Bro, you threw the (expletive) to the D-lineman! What the (expletive)? I’m over here wide open! You need to give me a better ball!”

A move to Oakland — and tens of millions in guaranteed money that Pittsburgh had not promised — represents a fresh start for Brown.

The Raiders drew scrutiny before the start of last season for trading Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears rather than meet his contract demands. Then the team shipped wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys, only to watch him thrive with his new team.

Brown’s arrival appears to signal a renewed aggressiveness in Oakland, where Jon Gruden will enter his second season at the helm. Brown also provides the best playmaking option yet for sixth-year quarterback Derek Carr, who is coming off a season in which he threw for a career-high 4,049 yards.

Last season, Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has 837 receptions for 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns in his career.

The Raiders are not scheduled to face the Steelers during the regular season.

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Report: Steelers ship WR Brown to Raiders

Report: Steelers ship WR Brown to Raiders

The Oakland Raiders acquired wide receiver

Report: Steelers ship WR Brown to Raiders

The Oakland Raiders acquired wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night, according to multiple media outlets.

The Steelers will receive third- and fifth-round draft picks in exchange for the eccentric wide receiver, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Raiders will add money to Brown’s existing contract, which now calls for $50.1 million over the next three years with $30.1 million guaranteed.

Brown quickly embraced the deal. He posted a photo illustration of himself in a Raiders uniform only minutes after the deal was first reported.

The 30-year-old wideout now becomes the top offensive threat in Oakland after a remarkable but sometimes turbulent nine-season stint with Pittsburgh. Brown has surpassed 1,250 receiving yards in six straight years and hauled in double-digit touchdowns in four of his past five seasons.

Last season, Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has 837 receptions for 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns in his career.

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Fitzpatrick leads over McIlroy at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Fitzpatrick leads over McIlroy at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Fitzpatrick leads over McIlroy at Arnold Palmer Invitational

England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick fired a 5-under-par 67 on Saturday to jump into a one-shot lead at 9-under 207 after the third round of competition at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Resort and Club in Orlando.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, the defending champion of this event, is lurking a shot in arrears of Fitzpatrick after a 66 on Saturday while Australia’s Aaron Baddeley of (69), Matt Wallace of England (70), and Kevin Kisner (70) are tied for third at 7 under.

Fitzpatrick climbed eight spots on the leaderboard and finished 54 holes in the lead thanks to a five-birdie, no-bogey round on Saturday.

“I just played really solid,” Fitzpatrick said. “I like the golf course a lot, so I do feel comfortable out there. The plan was to hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens and do as best you can and it sort of paid off today. And I holed a few more putts, which is great.”

The 24-year-old Fitzpatrick is ranked 44th in the Official World Golf Ranking but has never won on the PGA Tour in 44 tries. Fitzpatrick has won five times on the European Tour, most recently capturing the Omega European Masters in Switzerland the past two years.

“Obviously it’s a little bit of a stronger field than normal, but it’s just another golf tournament, really,” Fitzpatrick said. “That’s the attitude you got to try to go into it with. There’s water around here, the greens are firm, the rough’s thick. Someone was saying it’s a bit like a U.S. Open, which I could totally see.”

McIlroy started the day seven shots off the pace set by second-round leaders Tommy Fleetwood of England and Keegan Bradley at 9 under but played himself again into a position to win. McIlroy has top-five finishes in his past four events, the first time he’s done that in his Tour career.

“The golf course has played much tougher this year compared to the previous years,” McIlroy said. “Overall I played a really good round of golf, exactly what I needed to do, and I’m excited to be in the hunt for tomorrow.”

Fleetwood and Bradley enjoyed a four-shot lead after 36 holes but both fell off the pace by shooting a 76 and a 75, respectively.

Chris Kirk matched McIlroy for a third-round low 66 to jump 49 shots into a tie for sixth at 6 under, where was joined by Luke List (68), Charles Howell III (69), first-round leader Rafa Cabrera Bello (70) of Spain and Bradley (75).

Six players are at 5 under, including Tyrell Hatton (66) of England, Martin Kaymer (70) of Germany, Sungjae Im of South Korea (71) and Americans Jason Kokrak (68), Bubba Watson (71) and Fleetwood (76) of England.

Twenty-two players are within four strokes of Fitzpatrick’s lead, setting the table for a wild finish on Sunday.

“It’s just that sort of golf course, Baddeley explained. “If you hit good shots you get rewarded, and if you don’t you can sort of get penalized. And some of the pin locations are hard to get to so. So things like that make it difficult to keep like making a ton of birdies.”

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