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February 25
07:44 PM

Nick Mangold released by Jets
Long-time Jets center Nick Mangold was released by the team Saturday. The 11-year veteran, who played his entire career in new York, told the media he is not retiring despite his release. He is expected to have a robust market in free agency.

Fantasy Spin:
The New York Jets have released center Nick Mangold on Saturday.
01:44 AM

49ers sign DT Earl Mitchell to 4-year, $16M deal
Current 49ers nose tackle Glenn Dorsey is slated for free agency with no guarantees for returning. As the team transitions to a 4-3, they'll need a big-bodied space-eater. At 6'3", 310 lbs, Mitchell fits the mold. While his 5.5 sacks over 7 seasons is nothing to be impressed by, his primary job will be to occupy interior lineman allowing others to fill the holes.

Fantasy Spin:
After having the worst rushing defense in the league in 2016, the 49ers addressed a key position by signing run-stuffer Earl Mitchell to a 4-year deal. $5.5M of the $16M will be paid in his first year.
February 24
11:32 PM
T Siemian (DEN)

Trevor Siemian not expected to practice fully until training camp
Siemian, who underwent offseason shoulder surgery, is not expected to practice in full until training camp due to his recovery from the procedure. Although he will likely be on the field for OTAs in the spring, the Broncos are unlikely to give their presumed starting quarterback a full workload at that time as a precaution.

Fantasy Spin:
Brandon Stokley of 104.3 The Fan Denver reports Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemain (shoulder) is not expected to resume practicing in full until training camp.
11:15 PM
J Doctson (WAS)

Josh Doctson's rehab progressing
Doctson missed all but two games in his rookie season due to a lingering Achilles injury suffered in the offseason. He was placed on the injured reserve list in October as a result. Barring a setback, the impending sophomore wideout appears to be on track for OTAs in the spring. If both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson depart via free agency this offseason, Doctson would be in line to open the 2017 campaign as one of the team's starting wide receivers along with Jamison Crowder.

Fantasy Spin:
Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (Achilles) posted a video of himself on social media running drills at Redskins Park Friday.
11:02 PM
B Bortles (JAX)

Blake Bortles' starting job could be in jeopardy
Bortles, who committed 22 total turnovers (16 interceptions and six lost fumbles) in 2016, will have to limit his mistakes to remain the team's starter moving forward, per Coughlin. Despite his ball security issues, Bortles has shown enough upside to likely keep his job at least for the start of next season. Playing in 16 games, he threw for 3,905 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 359 yards and three scores in 2016. If Jacksonville adds offensive line help to protect their sometimes shaky signal caller, their offense will be a more cohesive unit in 2017.

Fantasy Spin:
Jacksonville Jaguars vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin told the media that the "key" for Blake Bortles to remain the team's starting quarterback is "limiting his turnovers."
09:17 PM
D Carter (NEP)

49ers sign WR DeAndre Carter
Carter was an undrafted free agent in 2015 that was signed by the Ravens. He was waived and later signed/waived by the Raiders and Patriots from 2015-16. The 49ers have holes in multiple places on their roster and the WR position was especially poor after finishing dead last in receiving yards in 2016. Part of the blame could be on the QB, but a WR corps of Torrey Smith, Quinton Patton and Jeremy Kerley isn't scaring anyone.

Fantasy Spin:
The San Francisco 49ers have signed 23-year-old WR DeAndre Carter to a two-year deal.
05:33 PM
R Gronkowski (NEP)

Rob Gronkowski 'will be ready' for 2017
Gronkowski suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 12 of the regular season. It was the third of his career. Gronkowski, who only played in eight games last season, accumulated 25 receptions for 540 yards and five touchdowns. It was his worst statistical season since 2013. Although he will enter 2017 as a starter, the Patriots could ultimately limit his role in an attempt to prolong longevity.

Fantasy Spin:
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) told the media he "will be ready" for the 2017 season.
04:12 PM
N Folk (NYJ)

Nick Folk cut by Jets
After playing for the team since 2010, Folk was cut by the Jets on Thursday. The 10-year veteran was successful on 27-of-31 field goal attempts and 24-of-26 extra point attempts in 2016. He'll likely sign with another team and compete for a job at some point this offseason. However, he may have to wait until training camp to find another suitor. In the wake of Folk's release, the Jets saved $3 million in salary cap space.

Fantasy Spin:
The New York Jets released kicker Nick Folk on Thursday.
04:04 PM
C Spiller (NYJ)

C.J. Spiller signs with Kansas City
The Chiefs added running back depth Friday when they signed Spiller to a one-year deal. The oft-injured rusher will compete for a roster spot in a crowded Chiefs backfield that currently has Jamaal Charles, Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware under contract for 2017.

Fantasy Spin:
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed running back C.J. Spiller on Friday.
12:52 PM

Dalvin Cook compared to Fred Taylor
"In his prime, Taylor had elite, game-changing ability, and that is what separates Cook from the other backs in this class," writes the PFF team. "He can turn the slightest crease into a big play, and he can contribute as a weapon in the passing game." Cook is expected to be either the first or second running back taken in this years draft and is assured a spot in the first round barring any character concerns that come to light as the process plays out. He should slot in as his team's top RB right away, making him worth drafting in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts next season.

Fantasy Spin:
Pro Football Focus compares former FSU running back Dalvin Cook to former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor.
12:25 AM

DeShone Kizer to partake in Gruden's QB Camp
After a down year for Kizer and Notre Dame in 2016, Kizer was still one of seven selected to participate in the camp. When speaking about Kizer, Gruden said that he "has perhaps the biggest arm in this draft". Whether or not you believe Kizer's ability to translate his skills and big arm to the next level, this camp will give Kizer the opportunity to demonstrate his abilities, for better or for worse. Either way, look for Kizer's draft stock to fluctuate based on his camp performance.

Fantasy Spin:
DeShone Kizer is one of seven incoming quarterbacks to be chosen to participate in Gruden's QB Camp.
February 23
07:43 PM
R Tannehill (MIA)

Ryan Tannehill on track for offseason workouts
Tannehill, who missed the final three games of the regular season and the playoffs, is on track to be ready for the start of Miami's offseason program. The 28-year-old signal caller sustained a partially torn ACL and Grade 2 MCL sprain in Week 14, but will not require offseason surgery to repair the knee, per reports. Although Tannehill is reportedly "good to go," he is expected to play the 2017 season with a supportive knee brace.

Fantasy Spin:
Miami Dolphins beat writer Armando Salguero reports quarterback Ryan Tannehill (knee) "is healed and will be available for the start of the team’s entire offseason program."
02:15 PM
J Cutler (CHI)

Jay Cutler not a guarantee to play in 2017
Cutler is going to be 34 to start the 2017 season and has battled a multitude of injuries in the last few years, but this still seems like a very unrealistic scenario. Cutler will more than likely be released by the Bears, and when he is he should have no problem finding a new team. He should be considered a QB2 in most leagues regardless of where he lands.

Fantasy Spin:
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler isn't a lock to play in 2017.
12:29 PM
M Mariota (TEN)

Marcus Mariota doing 'very well'
Mariota's recovery has been a hot topic throughout the early portion of the offseason. And in what should make Titans fans extremely optimistic, reports state that their franchise quarterback is doing "very well." The team expects Mariota to be ready for the start of training camp in July, but his availability for spring workouts remains up in the air.

Fantasy Spin:
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey told the media quarterback Marcus Mariota (leg) is doing "very well" in his recovery from a broken fibula.
12:21 PM
D Pitta (BAL)

Dennis Pitta could be on his way out of Baltimore
Pitta, who caught a 86 targets for 729 yards -- both career highs -- and two touchdowns in 2016, could be on his way out of Baltimore because of his $5.5 million salary due for 2017. He accomplished those marks after not playing a meaningful NFL game since 2014 due to a lingering hip injury. Pitta, 31, could cash in on the open market if the Ravens decide to move on from him. The tight end position in this year's free agent class is light and headlined by Patriots big man Martellus Bennett.

Fantasy Spin:
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo told the media Baltimore Ravens brass "may balk" at the idea of paying tight end Dennis Pitta his $5.5 million salary due for 2017. Garafolo added that Pitta could be a free agent if the Ravens elect to move on from him.

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