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  Saints | Nigel Bradham signing official    Fri Aug 7, 05:37 PM

Free-agent LB Nigel Bradham (Eagles) officially signed with the New Orleans Saints Friday, Aug. 7. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Bradham could be needed if third round pick Zach Baun can't convert to inside linebacker and Alex Anzalone can't stay healthy.

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  Titans | Vic Beasley activated    Fri Aug 7, 04:33 PM

Tennessee Titans LB Vic Beasley was activated from the Reserve/Did Not Report list Friday, Aug. 7.

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  Giants | Zak DeOssie retires    Fri Aug 7, 12:50 PM

New York Giants LS Zak DeOssie on Friday, Aug. 7, announced his retirement.

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  Titans | Vic Beasley reports    Fri Aug 7, 11:47 AM

Tennessee Titans LB Vic Beasley reported for COVID-19 testing Friday, Aug. 7.

Footballguys view: Beasley had been away from the team and missed the opt out deadline, so it will be an interesting test case if he has a change of heart about playing this year, especially if the reason he didn't show was concerns about coronavirus. The Titans are counting on him to give pass rush presence opposite Harold Landry after he fizzled out with Atlanta.

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  Cowboys | Leighton Vander Esch to play in middle    Thu Aug 6, 01:41 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch said he will be playing middle linebacker this season with LB Jaylon Smith moving to weakside linebacker.

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  Seahawks | SEA eyeing LBs    Thu Aug 6, 12:36 PM

Free-agent LB Clay Matthews (Rams) and LB Everson Griffen (Vikings) have received interest from the Seattle Seahawks.

Footballguys view: The two have a history with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll from their days together at USC. Seattle has been thinking about bringing back LB Jadeveon Clowney but his asking price might be too rich. Griffen has reportedly been getting interest from the Packers for some time but no deal has yet to materialize. Matthews hasn't gotten much interest on the open market but that could change with camps opening up around the league.

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  Falcons | Three off COVID list    Wed Aug 5, 12:13 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Danny Etling, LB Foyesade Oluokun and S Jaylinn Hawkins were activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aug. 5.

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  Giants | Markus Golden re-ups with NYG    Tue Aug 4, 12:02 PM

Free-agent LB Markus Golden (Giants) officially signed his one-year, $5.1 million deal with the New York Giants Tuesday, Aug. 4.

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  Vikings | Ben Gedeon not ready to practice    Mon Aug 3, 06:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Ben Gedeon (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 3.

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  Dolphins | Jerome Baker activated    Mon Aug 3, 06:21 PM

Miami Dolphins LB Jerome Baker was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Aug. 3.

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  Vikings | Two removed from COVID list    Mon Aug 3, 05:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings DE Ifeadi Odenigbo and LB Anthony Barr were activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Aug. 3.

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  Falcons | Foyesade Oluokun on COVID list    Sun Aug 2, 01:02 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Foyesade Oluokun was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 2.

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  Saints | Two players placed on PUP list    Sat Aug 1, 05:23 PM

New Orleans Saints LB Kiko Alonso (knee) and CB Johnson Bademosi (foot) were placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday, Aug. 1.

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  Giants | Markus Golden reports to camp    Sat Aug 1, 04:38 PM

Free-agent LB Markus Golden (Giants) reported to New York Giants' training camp Saturday, Aug. 1, according to a source. He needs to test negative for COVID-19 three times over four days and pass his physical before the two sides can finalize a contract.

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  Texans | Two start camp on PUP list    Fri Jul 31, 06:11 PM

Houston Texans LB Dylan Cole (undisclosed) and CB Gareon Conley (undisclosed) were placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 31.

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  Dolphins | Miami places two on COVID list    Fri Jul 31, 04:44 PM

Miami Dolphins DT Zach Sieler and LB Jerome Baker were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, July 31.

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  Broncos | Bradley Chubb to wear brace    Fri Jul 31, 03:25 PM

Denver Broncos DE Bradley Chubb (knee) said he plans to wear a brace on his surgically repaired knee this season.

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  Broncos | Bradley Chubb declares self ready    Fri Jul 31, 01:37 PM

Denver Broncos LB Bradley Chubb (knee) said Friday, July 31, his recovery from ACL surgery has gone well and said he'll be ready for Week 1. 'No doubt about it,' Chubb said in a Zoom media conference call.

Footballguys view: Getting Chubb back will be a great boost for the Broncos defense. Chubb was phenomenal as a rookie in 2018, snaring 12.0 sacks for the Broncos. Last year, Chubb played the 'Khalil Mack' role in the Vic Fangio defense but was only able to get 1.0 sack in four games before getting hurt. Having Chubb back at full strength will greatly help Von Miller on the other side.

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  Vikings | Anthony Barr on COVID list    Thu Jul 30, 06:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, July 30.

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  Saints | Nigel Bradham reaches deal with Saints    Thu Jul 30, 06:02 PM

Free-agent LB Nigel Bradham (Eagles) reached agreement on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints Thursday, July 30. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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  Giants | Markus Golden expected to join team    Wed Jul 29, 02:44 PM

Free-agent LB Markus Golden (Giants) is expected to sign the tender offer he received from the New York Giants and report to the team this week.

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  Titans | Vic Beasley doesn't report    Tue Jul 28, 05:36 PM

Tennessee Titans LB Vic Beasley was placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report list Tuesday, July 28, according to a source.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower to sit out season    Tue Jul 28, 09:14 AM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower opted out of the 2020 season. Hightower became a first-time father on July 16. His mother also has Type 2 diabetes.

Footballguys view: Hightower is unlikely to get the 'high risk' stipend as his opt-out is considered voluntary. The Patriots will miss the veteran linebacker who excels on the field, especially in run defense. Replacing Hightower will be no easy task.

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  Texans | Houston meets with two FAs    Mon Jul 27, 08:03 PM

Free-agent TE Geoff Swaim (Jaguars) and LB Kyle Emanuel (Chargers) met with the Houston Texans Monday, July 27, according to sources. They are scheduled to undergo physicals with the team Tuesday, July 28.

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  Panthers | Adarius Taylor signs with CAR    Mon Jul 27, 06:56 PM

Free-agent LB Adarius Taylor (Browns) signed with the Carolina Panthers Monday, July 27. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Bears | Chicago cuts three    Sun Jul 26, 09:38 PM

Chicago Bears LB Devante Bond was released Sunday, July 26. The team also waived S Kentrell Brice and WR Alex Wesley.

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  Giants | Markus Golden asked to re-sign    Thu Jul 23, 06:52 PM

Free-agent DE Markus Golden (Giants) was asked to re-sign with the New York Giants Thursday, July 23, according to the league's official transaction report.

Footballguys view: Golden is going to be a value at a little over four million. He'll be the team's best edge rusher, with hopes that Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines and Kyle Fackrell provide some punch on the other side.

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  Giants | Markus Golden not signing tender yet    Wed Jul 22, 05:40 PM

Free-agent LB Markus Golden (Giants) does not plan to sign the tender offer he received from the New York Giants at this point even though he is not allowed to sign with any other team, according to a source.

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  Ravens | Three to compete for OLB job    Sat Jul 18, 06:00 PM

Baltimore Ravens LBs Tyus Bowser, Jaylon Ferguson and Pernell McPhee will compete for one of the starting outside linebacker jobs during training camp.

Footballguys view: Bowser was a second round pick in 2017 and has the highest ceiling. Ferguson was a third round pick last year and more of a natural sack artist. McPhee has the most experience by far and started seven games for the Ravens last year, but the team might be hoping one of the youngsters steps up and outplays him in camp.

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  Buccaneers | Shaquil Barrett officially under tag    Thu Jul 16, 05:12 PM

Updating a previous story, Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Shaquil Barrett officially signed his franchise tag tender Thursday, July 16.

Footballguys view: Barrett is still working on a grievance to be paid as a defensive end instead of outside linebacker but otherwise it sounds like the relationship between him and the team is still very good and he would definitely be in strong consideration to get a long term deal next year if he plays anywhere near the level he did last year.

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  NFL | Mychal Kendricks cleared    Wed Jul 15, 05:49 PM

Free-agent LB Mychal Kendricks (Seahawks) has been medically cleared to return to the field, according to a source.

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  Buccaneers | Shaquil Barrett expected to sign tender    Tue Jul 14, 02:01 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Shaquil Barrett told NFL Network he intends to sign his franchise tender Tuesday, July 14. The two sides haven't made much progress toward a long-term deal.

Footballguys view: Barrett had already said he understood that the nature of these times made an extension more difficult. The Bucs have kept the defensive line together in an attempt to maximize the Super Bowl window with Tom Brady and Barrett is a big part of that.

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  Jets | NYJ unlikely to pursue top DE free agents    Sun Jul 12, 01:32 PM

Free-agent DEs Jadeveon Clowney (Seahawks), Everson Griffen (Vikings) and DE Markus Golden (Giants) likely will not receive interest from the New York Jets because the team wants to move their unspent salary cap space to next season, in the opinion of the New York Post's Brian Costello.

Footballguys view: The Jets are still looking to the future and don't want to invest to upgrade the leagues' most underwhelming edge rush group. Golden is likely to return to the Giants, Clowney could still end up with the Seahawks, but Griffen is almost certainly not coming back to the Vikings.

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  Seahawks | Shaquem Griffin on bubble?    Thu Jul 9, 07:01 PM

Seattle Seahawks LB Shaquem Griffin looms as a 'bubble' player entering training camp, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.

Footballguys view: Griffin was a feel good story when the Seahawks took him in the fifth round in 2018 and reunited him with his twin brother Shaquill. He needs to make an impact as a situational pass rusher or hope his special teams prowess wins him a job this summer.

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  Saints | Kiko Alonso on track for camp    Thu Jul 2, 05:19 PM

New Orleans Saints LB Kiko Alonso (knee) is on track to be ready for the start of training camp, according to NewOrleans.Football's Nick Underhill.

Footballguys view: Alonso tore his ACL in the playoffs so this is a great development for the defense, which is also getting back Sheldon Rankins, Alex Anzalone, and Marcus Davenport from injuries. Alonso, Anzalone, and third-round pick Zach Baun will compete for the linebacker job next to Demario Davis.

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  Giants | Market still cold on Markus Golden    Tue Jun 30, 10:11 PM

Unrestricted free-agent LB Markus Golden (Giants) has until July 22 - for the first day of NFL training camp, whichever is later - to find a new team or else his only option will be to sign a one-year, $4.125 million deal - the amount of the unrestricted free-agent tender the New York Giants placed on him on May 5 - with the Giants. According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, such a scenario appears likely as there has been 'no indication' other teams are pursuing him.

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  Buccaneers | Shaquil Barrett uncertain on tag    Thu Jun 25, 09:58 AM

Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Shaquil Barrett said he's about 50-50 if he'll sign the franchise tag, and he'll find out more information Friday, June 26. The tender is worth $15.8 million.

Footballguys view: Barrett exploded onto the scene last season, snaring 19.5 sacks in his first year with the Buccaneers. He is looking for a long-term contract and has until July 15th to get that deal done.

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  Dolphins | Shaq Lawson may open camp as starter    Wed Jun 24, 01:47 PM

Miami Dolphins DE Shaq Lawson is expected to open training camp as one of the starting defensive ends but will have to compete with Emmanuel Ogbah for the job.

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  Saints | Three LBs to compete for playing time    Sat Jun 20, 05:53 PM

New Orleans Saints LBs Kiko Alonso, Zack Baun and Alex Anzalone will compete for playing time during training camp.

Footballguys view: Baun is again mentioned as a candidate to move inside, which would add a lot of value to his IDP profile. Alonso and Anzalone have had trouble staying healthy throughout their careers, so Baun could be starting next to Demario Davis at some point this year.

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  Panthers | Tahir Whitehead to work in middle    Thu Jun 18, 06:28 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Tahir Whitehead will initially be used at middle linebacker, according to defensive coordinator Phil Snow.

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  Panthers | Marquis Haynes adds weight    Wed Jun 17, 04:09 PM

Carolina Panthers DE Marquis Haynes has bulked up to 240 pounds this offseason, according to defensive coordinator Phil Snow. He was listed at 235 pounds last season.

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  Saints | Kiko Alonso could start on PUP list    Sat Jun 13, 10:06 PM

New Orleans Saints LB Kiko Alonso (knee) will likely start training camp on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list.

Footballguys view: Alonso has not been able to stay healthy for long during his career and it's possible that he stays on the PUP list to open the season. Holder also mentions that the team sees third-round pick Zack Baun as capable of playing middle linebacker so this could be a situation in flux long term for IDP players to monitor closely.

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  NFL | Markus Golden optimistic about offer    Sat Jun 13, 05:22 PM

Free-agent LB Markus Golden's (Giants) representatives are optimistic that Golden will receive a contract offer before the start of training camp. Golden will return to the New York Giants if he does not join another team before camp.

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  Broncos | Bradley Chubb likely for Week 1    Fri Jun 12, 10:07 PM

Denver Broncos DE Bradley Chubb (knee) should be ready for the start of the regular season, according to defensive coordinator Ed Donatell.

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  Jets | Three could be options at OLB    Wed Jun 10, 06:06 PM

New York Jets LB Tarell Basham, Harvey Langi and Frankie Luvu may be candidates for one of the starting outside linebacker jobs during training camp.

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  Seahawks | K.J. Wright ahead of schedule    Sat Jun 6, 06:50 PM

Seattle Seahawks LB K.J. Wright (shoulder) said he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery and expects to be ready for Week 1 of the 2020 season.

Footballguys view: Wright's position is still a questionmark. He has been the weakside linebacker for a long time, but that's the natural position for first-round pick Jordyn Brooks, so they could shift him to the strongside. It's a big deal for Wright's IDP stock and Brooks' chances of having an impact in IDP leagues this year.

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  Rams | Three candidates for OLB job    Fri Jun 5, 08:50 PM

Los Angeles Rams LBs Samson Ebukam, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Terrell Lewis are expected to be the three main candidates for the outside linebacker job opposite LB Leaonrd Floyd.

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  Browns | Cleveland not considering Clay Matthews    Sun May 31, 01:11 PM

Free-agent LB Clay Matthews (Rams) is not receiving interest from the Cleveland Browns at this point.

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  Cardinals | Arizona unlikely to add Markus Golden    Sat May 30, 08:14 PM

Free-agent LB Markus Golden (Giants) likely will not be an option for the Arizona Cardinals, in the opinion of AZCardinals.com's Darren Urban.

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  Ravens | Matt Judon update    Fri May 29, 09:17 AM

Updating previous reports, Baltimore Ravens DE/LB Matt Judon signed a one-year, $16.808 million tender, which is the midpoint between defensive end and linebacker tenders.

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