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Titans claim Sam Ficken off waivers, cut fellow kicker Blake Haubeil

It didn’t take long for Sam Ficken to find a new home. Just a day after getting cut by the Jets, the kicker has been claimed by the Titans, the team announced Sunday. Tennessee cut fellow kicker Blake Haubeil in a corresponding roster move, and also announced they’ve placed tight end Briley Moore on injured reserve. A Penn State product, Ficken went undrafted in 2015. He didn’t even sign his first NFL contract until 2016, and didn’t make a regular season roster until December 2017 with the Rams. He kicked in a few games with Los Angeles between 2017-18, both times as a fill-in for an injured Greg Zuerlein.
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Bills could relocate to Austin if new stadium in Buffalo is not approved?

The Bills are currently pushing New York officials to approve a $1.5 billion plan to build a brand-new stadium and renovate the Buffalo Sabres’ arena. At the same time, they’re looking to ramp up the pressure. One owner of the Bills tells Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com that Austin, Texas, is a possible destination if things don’t work out. Beyond Austin, the Bills could ponder “other cities elsewhere that desire an NFL franchise and would pay handsomely for it.”
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Jordan Hicks discusses tough offseason, reduced role with Cardinals

It’s been a difficult offseason for Cardinals linebacker Jordan Hicks. He accepted a substantial pay cut in March, and then he watched his club select LB Zaven Collins with the No. 16 overall pick of the draft. Shortly thereafter, the team announced that Collins would take over Hicks’ starting ILB role, and Hicks was given permission to seek a trade.
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Giants reportedly met with free-agent center Austin Reiter

The Giants brought in a veteran O-lineman on Saturday, signing 30-year-old blocker Joe Looney. On Saturday morning, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reported that free-agent center Austin Reiter was expected to visit with Big Blue “in the coming days.”. However, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Reiter has already...
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Browns gave Paul DePodesta five-year extension in 2020

The Browns’ young GM/HC combo of Andrew Berry and Kevin Stefanski, both of whom were hired in January 2020, appear to have the team headed in the right direction. Although much of the current roster was constructed by former GM John Dorsey, the Browns finally got back to the postseason with Berry and Stefanski at the helm, and they look poised for an extended run of competitiveness.
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'No momentum' in contract talks between Josh Allen, Bills

That is because Allen knows it’s a question of when, not if, he gets his mega-deal. Jones suggests that, if a new contract is not in place by the middle of August, the two sides could table negotiations until next offseason, but that scenario would hardly threaten Allen’s future in Buffalo. Because the Bills have exercised Allen’s fifth-year option, the big-armed passer is under contract through 2022, and the franchise tag is a theoretical option for 2023 if it comes to that (of course, the Cowboys’ protracted talks with Dak Prescott demonstrated the danger of that approach).
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Saints to host CB Prince Amukamara

The 19th overall pick of the 2011 draft, Amukamara was on the Cardinals’ practice squad last year but didn’t appear in a game. He had spent the previous three seasons as a full-time starter in Chicago. Amukamara was originally drafted by the Giants, and he won Super Bowl XLVI with Big Blue as a rookie. After his first five years in New York, he signed a one-year deal with Jacksonville.
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Giants to sign veteran OL Joe Looney

Joe Looney and Jason Garrett are getting back together. The Giants are signing the veteran offensive lineman, a source told Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Garrett, now the Giants’ offensive coordinator, was Looney’s head coach for several years in Dallas. As Garafolo points out, Looney almost signed with New York last offseason before he ended up back with the Cowboys on a one-year deal. He ended up starting 12 games in Dallas last season. Originally a fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2012, Looney spent his first three seasons in San Francisco.
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Saints to sign RB Devonta Freeman

Financial terms weren’t immediately available, although it’s fairly safe to presume it was pretty cheap. The Florida State product became a starter for the Falcons in 2015, earning second-team All-Pro honors that year. In both 2015 and 2016 he made the Pro Bowl while having at least 1,500 all-purpose yards and 13 total touchdowns. It wasn’t too long ago that he was considered one of the league’s best backs, and a legit weapon in both the ground and passing games.
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49ers sign WR-turned-TE Jordan Matthews to one-year deal

Jordan Matthews has found his next team. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports that the veteran wideout (and hopeful tight end) is signing with the 49ers. The team has waived wideout Bennie Fowler to make room on the roster, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. The Niners have confirmed the moves.
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Titans reunite with veteran TE Luke Stocker

Luke Stocker is heading back to Tennessee. The Titans have signed the veteran tight end, reports Jim Wyatt of the team’s website. The team also waived defensive back Quenton Meeks and placed offensive lineman Brandon Kemp on injured reserve. This is a bit of a homecoming for Stocker; the tight...
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Packers WR Randall Cobb reworks contract

Specifically, Cobb and the Packers converted $4.075M of the player’s $5.25M salary into a signing bonus. The team also added a 2023 void year to the contract, thus dropping Cobb’s 2021 cap hit to $2.68M. While this move will provide the organization with some much-needed breathing room this season, it will also exasperate the team’s future cap concerns.
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Report: Justin Houston wants to play for Ravens, willing to sign for under market value

As La Canfora notes, the Ravens are Houston’s top choice, and it sounds like he’s willing to take a discount to make it happen. Houston is willing to sign for “considerably less than market,” and the player’s camp is ready to work with the organization with the understanding that the front office is dealing with cap constraints. As La Canfora tweets, Houston had more lucrative offers on the table, but he ultimately turned down contracts from his many suitors.
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Veteran RB Theo Riddick retires from NFL at age 30

Theo Riddick is calling it a career. On Friday, the Raiders placed the tailback on the reserved/retired list, marking the end of his NFL run. Riddick, 30, played a small role in six Raiders games last season. The former Lions outlet option totaled 57 yards on eleven touches. That came after a year Riddick spent on the Broncos’ IR list.
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Colts QB Carson Wentz to miss time with foot injury

Colts quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a foot injury that will sideline him for an undetermined period of time (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo). Garafolo doesn’t sense that the Colts are panicking about it, but it’s definitely a situation to watch as the season draws near. “He’s...
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Jets linebacker Jarrad Davis considered retirement

Jarrad Davis joined the Jets earlier this year on a one-year, $5.5M deal. But, according to the outside linebacker, that almost didn’t happen. “I contemplated walking away,” Davis said (via Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press). “I really did, man. But at the end of the day, like, I wouldn’t have felt right doing something else, you know?”
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Free-agent OL Evan Boehm works out for Giants

Boehm has played both center and offensive guard throughout his career, a pair of positions that appear to be accounted for on the Giants. Nick Gates and Jonotthan Harrison lead the depth chart at center, while Shane Lemieux and Will Hernandez are in line to start at guard. However, Harrison...