NFL NewsWire: Combine Week

Dolphins grant WR Jarvis Landry permission to seek and facilitate a trade (via Adam Schefter)

This, along with the fact that Landry signed his tag on Sunday, will make it much easier for the Dolphins to eventually trade him. Now Landry will have the ability to go around to all the teams vying for his services, and negotiate an extension. If he can agree to terms of a contract with one of those teams, Miami can step in and work out a trade with that team. The Bears and Ravens are among the 5 or so teams interested in trading for Landry.

Rams trade DE Robert Quinn and their 2018 6th round pick to the Dolphins for their 2018 4th round pick and 2018 6th round pick (via Adam Schefter)

Robert Quinn got his career off to an excellent start in St. Louis, getting named a 1st team All-Pro in 2013, his 3rd NFL season. Since then, he has slowly been in decline, failing to generate the consistent pressure that made him a star, and spending much of 2015 and 2016 inactive. In 2017, he transitioned to outside linebacker for Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense, and recorded a solid 8.5 sacks. Next season in Miami, he will be back in his original defensive end spot in the Dolphins 4-3, and he will hope to get back to somewhere near his 2013 form. This move saves LA $11.4 Million against the cap.


Saints sign S Kurt Coleman to a 3-year, $18 million deal (via Nick Underhill)

Coleman was cut by the Panthers a few weeks ago, and it took him very little time to resurface with the division rival Saints. Coleman is a nice veteran depth piece entering his age 30 season, and should fill the hole left by Kenny Vaccaro, who will likely depart in free agency.


Bears have been throwing around RB Jordan Howard’s name in trade talks (via NBCSports Chicago)

More specifically, talks with the Miami Dolphins. The Bears and Dolphins have been firmly entrenched in trade talks with each other since Jarvis Landry was tagged last week, and one of the possibilities floating around was a trade that would send Miami Howard and the 8th overall pick for Landry, the 11th overall pick, and Miami’s 3rd rounder. Personally, I would be shocked if this trade actually went through, as it seems like more of a pipe dream for the Dolphins. Even though this potential blockbuster is unlikely to ever take shape, it is worth noting how Matt Nagy and the new Bears coaching staff views the young running back. There is some who believe that Howard, despite his talent and age, is a poor fit in Matt Nagy’s system because of his inexperience catching passes out of the backfield. It is a tidbit that is unlikely to develop into anything major, but it is something worth monitoring as the offseason progresses.


Steelers place franchise tag on RB Le’Veon Bell (via Ian Rapoport)

There was optimism early in negotiations that the two sides would be able to get something done before the tag deadline, but that did not happen, and Bell gets the tag for the second consecutive offseason. The tag will pay Bell around $14.5 million next season, unless he and Pittsburgh can work out an extension by July 16th. If not, it is likely that Bell will skip training camp, just like he did last year.


Eagles reportedly offered a 2nd round pick for Nick Foles (via FanRagSports)

Since the Nick Foles backup-to-Super Bowl Champion story that occurred this past postseason, this is the least shocking news to hit Philly. The Eagles likely responded to that trade offer with a firm NO. The Eagles have been very transparent about their asking price for Foles, a 1st rounder and a 4th rounder. With all the Quarterbacks available this offseason through free agency and the draft, it is unlikely anyone meets that asking price. This is a perfectly okay scenario for Philadelphia, as they appear more than content to hang onto Foles throughout the entirety of his contract year next season.


Cowboys place franchise tag on DE Demarcus Lawrence (via Adam Schefter)

Lawrence was a revelation for the Cowboys last season, breaking out for 14.5 sacks on the year. He and Dallas were unable to come to an agreement on an extension ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, so the Cowboys slap Lawrence with the tag. If the sides cannot agree to an extension by July 16th, Lawrence will play under the tag for $17.5 million.


Seahawks have been shopping DE Michael Bennett and FS Earl Thomas in trade talks (via Charles Robinson)

Ian Rapoport reported late on Tuesday night that Earl Thomas is in fact part of the Seahawks plans in 2018, but I don’t doubt that Seattle listened to offers involving Thomas during the week at the combine. The other name floated around was Michael Bennett, and he seems way more likely to get traded than the aforementioned Thomas. There was some talk of a trade that would send Michael Bennett to Atlanta, where he could reconnect with former Seahawks defensive coordinator and current Falcons head coach Dan Quinn.


Raiders release OLB Aldon Smith (via TMZ)

The troubled linebacker has been out of the league since 2015, but was still under contract by the Raiders as a part of their reserve/suspended list. The Raiders terminated that contract Tuesday after yet another domestic dispute involving Smith. His playing days are almost certainly over.


Falcons sign K Matt Bryant to a 3-year, $10.5 million extension (via ESPN)

One of the most reliable kickers in the game today, Bryant is now locked up until his age-45 season.


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