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  • Laken Tomlinson: Dropped by Jets

    Tomlinson was released by the Jets on Monday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

    Tomlinson was cut for salary purposes, as the move saves New York roughly $8.1 million on the cap. He had been incredibly durable, as the veteran has started 114 consecutive games between the Jets and 49ers. The nine-year pro will now look for a new opportunity.

  • Lions' Jalen Reeves-Maybin: Gets new deal

    Reeves-Maybin (groin) signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract extension with the Lions on Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

    Reeves-Maybin played in all 17 regular-season games for Detroit last season, earning a spot on the NFC Pro Bowl roster as a special teamer. He finished his 2023 campaign with 20 tackles, 1.0 sack and two passes defended. According to Garafolo, the Tennessee product's new contract will make him the highest-paid core special teams player ever.

  • Tony Pollard RB | DAL

    Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Headed for free agency

    The Cowboys aren't expected to use the franchise tag on Pollard and likely will allow him to test free agency, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Schefter is reporting the same thing about Raiders RB Josh Jacobs and Giants RB Saquon Barkley, both of whom received franchise tags last offseason (just like Pollard). Each of the three suffered a statistical decline from 2022 to 2023, especially in terms of yards per carry, though Pollard did better late in the season and ultimately snuck over 1,000 rushing yards for the year. Schefter also reports that RBs Derrick Henry and Austin Ekeler will be allowed to test free agency, with a deep class at the position potentially harming all of them when it comes to salary negotiations.

  • Josh Jacobs RB | LV

    Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Not getting tag

    Jacobs (quadriceps) isn't likely to receive a franchise tag from the Raiders and figures to become a free agent in March, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    It would cost the Raiders about $14.15 million to tag Jacobs for a second straight offseason, and this time he's coming off a disappointing, injury-shorted year rather than a career-best breakout campaign. After taking 340 carries for a league-high 1,653 yards (4.9 YPC) in 2022, the 223-pound RB dropped to 233 carries for 805 yards (3.5 YPC) in 2023 before missing the final four games with a quad injury. Jacobs still figures to command starter money when he hits free agency a month after his 26th birthday, but it won't compare to what he would've gotten on the open market last offseason if the Raiders hadn't tagged him. It doesn't help that the upcoming free-agent class is a strong one for RBs, with other potential options including Saquon Barkley, Tony Pollard, Derrick Henry, Austin Ekeler, D'Andre Swift and Devin Singletary.

  • Saquon Barkley RB | NYG

    Giants' Saquon Barkley: Unlikely to be tagged

    The Giants will discuss a new contract with Barkley but aren't expected to use their franchise tag on him, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Schefter reports that there are no teams planning to use tags on RBs, including the three -- Giants (Barkley), Raiders (Josh Jacobs) and Cowboys (Tony Pollard) -- that did so last offseason. In addition to those three, the 2024 free-agent class includes six other RBs that got at least 200 touches this past season (Derrick Henry, Austin Ekeler, D'Andre Swift, Devin Singletary, Ezekiel Elliott and Gus Edwards). Some of those players may re-sign with their current teams before the start of the new league year, but most figure to hit the open market. It would cost the Giants about $12.1 million to tag Barkley for a second straight year.

  • Kirk Cousins QB | MIN

    Vikings' Kirk Cousins: Encouraged by progress

    Cousins, who is recovering from a torn right Achilles' tendon, posted a video Monday which showed him backpedaling and throwing recently in an indoor tennis facility, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.

    Cousins, whose 2023 season came to an end when he sustained the season-ending injury Oct. 29, noted in his social media post that he was "encouraged by the progress" he's made thus far. He's eligible to become a free agent next month and said earlier in February that he's on track with his recovery and expects to participate in OTAs and minicamp this spring. According to Seifert, the Vikings and Cousins have mutual interest in a reunion, but for now, the 35-year-old profiles as the best available option at his position ahead of NFL free agency.

  • Jayden Daniels: Not planning to throw at combine

    Daniels will attend the NFL Scouting Combine this week but doesn't plan to take part in throwing drills, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Daniels reportedly intends to wait until LSU's Pro Day on March 27 to throw and work out for NFL scouts. He spent the first three years of his collegiate career at Arizona State from 2019 through 2021 before winning the 2023 Heisman Trophy in his second season at LSU, making him a candidate to be selected early in the first round even though he's already 23 years old. USC's Caleb Williams and North Carolina's Drake Maye are strong favorites to be the first two quarterbacks drafted, with Daniels and Michigan's J.J. McCarthy the other two often mentioned as potential top-10 picks.

  • Caleb Williams: Won't throw at combine

    Williams doesn't plan to throw at the NFL Scouting Combine this week and will instead wait to throw at his pro day, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    The expected No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft will be in attendance for interviews and meetings at the combine in Indianapolis, but on-field drills aren't expected to be a part of the equation. Williams, the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner, has long been considered to be the favorite to go first overall, but his resume is being more closely scrutinized as the draft approaches. He finished his college career with a 66.9 percent completion rate, 9.2 yards per attempt, 93 passing touchdowns and 27 rushing touchdowns in three seasons spent between Oklahoma and USC. After his Heisman-winning campaign, Williams saw his production drop off in 2023, as his touchdown total dropped from 42 to 30, albeit in two fewer games. Williams' pro day is set for March 20, at which point his draft stock will become more solidified.

  • Tee Higgins WR | CIN

    Bengals' Tee Higgins: Officially gets franchise tag

    The Bengals applied their franchise tag to Higgins (hamstring) on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    According to Rapoport, Higgins' franchise tag number is expected to fall around $21.8 million for the 2024 season, but the tag may merely serve as a placeholder as the Bengals work toward a long-term extension with the receiver prior to the July 15 deadline. If the two sides are far apart on an extension, the Bengals also could look to trade Higgins, who would be a highly-sought after receiver given the weak crop of free agents at the position. Higgins was limited to just 11 games in 2023 due to rib and hamstring injuries, but he once again was productive in his fourth NFL season with 42 catches for 656 yards and five touchdowns. He should be back to full health before OTAs get underway in the spring, if he isn't already.

  • Tee Higgins WR | CIN

    Bengals' Tee Higgins: Expected to receive franchise tag

    The Bengals informed Higgins (hamstring) on Friday that he will receive the franchise tag, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    With the tag deadline still a week away, the Bengals have skipped negotiations for a long-term deal by letting Higgins know he will be franchised. A new contract still is a possibility, but this is apparently the most likely route as of now. The 25-year-old battled injuries during his fourth season in Cincinnati en route to career lows in yards (656) and touchdowns (five) in 12 games.

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