HOUSTON -- Until now, Andre Johnson's career has been rare. Elias Sports Bureau shared this:
Andre Johnson is one of four players in NFL history who played for only one franchise and has 1,000 career receptions. The others are Marvin Harrison (1,102 catches for the Colts), Reggie Wayne (1,070, Colts) and Hines Ward (1,000, Steelers). Four players in NFL history joined and played for a new team when they already had 1,000 lifetime receptions: Jerry Rice (Raiders and Seahawks), Cris Carter (Dolphins) Tim Brown (Buccaneers) and Terrell Owens (Bengals).

Johnson has been granted permission to seek a trade and has asked to be released if that doesn't work out. The financials would make this a difficult trade. Johnson is one of four receivers owed $11 million or more in 2015, joining Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Dwayne Bowe.

Let's take a look at some potential landing spots for the the soon-to-be former Texan.

The division first, where we'll look at every team:

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Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY SportsAndre Johnson is looking for a primary role with a serious contender.
Colts: Punter Pat McAfee went into recruiting mode on Twitter on Tuesday. The Colts are set with their No. 1 receiver T.Y. Hilton, but Reggie Wayne was their second-leading receiver and his future is uncertain at this point as he prepares for surgery. Would the Colts want to add another receiver in his mid-30s if Wayne departs? Would Johnson want to enter another situation where he'd be playing second fiddle? On the other hand, I'm sure he'd love to catch passes from Andrew Luck.

Titans: A team not close to contending, and one that has another unsettled quarterback situation, might not be of interest to Johnson. Receiver is one of the many areas where the Titans could use help, so they'd likely have interest.

Jaguars: They should be getting Justin Blackmon back and have been stocking up on young receivers in recent seasons, making their need for another receiver low. If Johnson wants to contend for a Super Bowl wherever he goes, this might not be the right fit in the short term.

Now a look around the rest of the league at some possibilities:

Patriots: A team-friendly deal might work here, though if salary is an issue this wouldn't be a likely landing spot. On the other hand, he'd get to play with an elite quarterback in Tom Brady, the kind of luxury he never has had with the Texans.

Bills: Buffalo has the cap space to take him on, but it is set with its top two receivers Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods. The Bills need a third receiver, but Johnson believes he's a starter.

Ravens: They're likely to lose Torrey Smith in free agency, creating a need here, and have shown in the past that they aren't afraid of signing older receivers. They signed Derrick Mason at age 35 and Steve Smith at age 34. Cap space is an issue for the Ravens. Without getting into the "is Joe Flacco elite?" discussion, this could be a good situation for Johnson, quarterback-wise.

Browns: A good receiver would be more than welcome here, but if Johnson wants to play for a contender, well ...

Raiders: Johnson's relationship with Derek Carr, plus the fact Carr was the best rookie of last year's quarterback class, could make this an appealing situation for Johnson. On the other hand, the Raiders aren't exactly an immediate contender.

Broncos: A reunion with Gary Kubiak might be appealing to both parties, and catching passes from Peyton Manning would certainly appeal to Johnson. The problem is, the Broncos aren't in need of receivers and don't have a ton of cap space available. If Johnson is seeking another location where he can be a starter, this likely won't be it. It could be a chance to be part of a contending team, though.

Falcons: Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was the Texans' receivers coach in 2006, then quarterbacks coach and finally offensive coordinator in 2008 and 2009. That connection is a plus, and the Falcons have a good quarterback. But they also have two very talented receivers, leaving little room for Johnson to have the role he wants.

Vikings: A connection that will cause people to talk about this one is that the same agent represents Johnson and Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Johnson is a very quarterback-friendly receiver. Minnesota hasGreg Jennings, but their second-leading receiver was running back Matt Asiata.
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PITTSBURGH -- Pat Narduzzi took a break from his new job as Pitt’s head football coach to watch Pro Day inside the practice facility the Panthers share with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Narduzzi had been Michigan State’s defensive coordinator before Pitt hired him to replace Paul Chryst, and more than a few of the scouts who helped fill the indoor practice facility on Tuesday asked Narduzzi about Spartans cornerback Trae Waynes.

"A lot of the guys I talked to today asked questions about him, and it sounds like he’s going to go in the top 10 or top 15 picks so (the Steelers) may have to trade up," Narduzzi said.

Indeed, the Steelers are unlikely to get a crack at picking Waynes if they stay at No. 22 in the first round.

That has been apparent since Waynes ran a blazing time of 4.31 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine last week. Waynes tested extremely well in Indianapolis, establishing himself as the top cornerback in the draft.

ESPN analyst Todd McShay has the Minnesota Vikings taking Waynes with the 11th overall pick in his latest mock draft.

Waynes intercepted three passes and broke up eight others last season, and Narduzzi said the 6-foot, 186-pounder showed his mettle by primarily playing man coverage with the Spartans.

"He’s a smooth, fast corner,” Narduzzi said. “I think he proved his speed at the combine, and he’s a great kid on top of that."
The New York Jets announced Tuesday that ticket prices for the 2015 season will remain flat for season-ticket holders. Smart move, considering the product and outcome of last season.

Once again, the ticket prices will range from $50 to $162.50, which averages to $114 per ticket. A year ago, that ranked sixth in the NFL. It doesn't include club seats, which are way more expensive.

Owner Woody Johnson, in a renewal letter to season-ticket holders, mentions the hirings of general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles, saying he's "optimistic about the future." He said his goal is to make MetLife Stadium a "fearsome place to play." There were times last season when it was tough for his own team.
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles have made moves to give themselves about $33 million in space under the 2015 NFL salary cap.

That’s a good thing, because the Eagles have also put themselves in position to fill a lot of holes in free agency.

The release of cornerback Cary Williams on Tuesday, along with the departures of guard Todd Herremans and tight end James Casey last week, subtracted $13.3 million from the Eagles’ 2015 salary cap. Williams’ release cleared about half of that, or $6.5 million. Casey’s release cleared $4 million, and the release of Herremans cleared $2.8 million.

But releasing Williams creates an urgency for the Eagles to add some defensive backs in free agency. With cornerback Bradley Fletcher and safety Nate Allen already due to become free agents, the Eagles need three new starters in their secondary.

Williams’ release leaves the Eagles with only Nolan Carroll, slot cornerback Brandon Boykin, and 2015 fourth-round pick Jaylen Watkins at cornerback. Starting safety Malcolm Jenkins returns, as do special teamers Chris Maragos, Chris Prosinski, and last year’s sixth-round pick, Ed Reynolds.

There is always the draft, of course. Several mock drafts have had the Eagles selecting a cornerback -- Washington’s Marcus Peters is often mentioned -- or a safety such as Alabama’s Landon Collins in the first round.

But it is a big step from college to the NFL for many defensive backs. If the Eagles hope to improve their secondary immediately, then free agency seems like a safer approach.

The Eagles also created a hole in their starting offensive line with the release of Herremans. They have some in-house candidates. Andrew Gardner, Allen Barbre, and Matt Tobin all started games in 2014. But none really distinguished himself as a potential upgrade from Herremans. That might require a draft pick.

There isn’t any urgency to replace Casey. He found his playing time reduced because of the emergence of second-round 2013 pick Zach Ertz. Casey excelled on special teams, however. Trey Burton, who had a strong rookie season on special teams, can fill in at tight end if needed.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One of the more interesting stops during the open locker-room period for the Carolina Panthers is near the far end where No. 91 Colin Cole has resided the past two seasons.

Cole has a way of putting things into perspective like few others.

So it came as no surprise on Tuesday the perspective he put on the Panthers signing him to a one-year extension at an age -- he'll be 35 in June -- when most NFL defensive tackles are contemplating retirement or already enjoying it.

"It's just like a tire not being driven for however long," said Cole, who was out of football for almost 2½ years after being released by Seattle in 2011. "That tire still has tread on it."


More on that later.

Cole also put in perspective where the Panthers, in his opinion, appear to be with defensive end Greg Hardy, a soon-to-be unrestricted free agent not expected to be re-signed when free agency begins on March 10.

While Cole is among many Carolina players who would welcome back Hardy, who has remained on the commissioner's exempt list since his domestic violence charges were dropped on Feb. 9, he understands why management might think otherwise.

It goes beyond the perception of Hardy in terms of his May 13 arrest for the charges of assaulting and threatening to kill ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder. It goes beyond a Mecklenburg County judge dropping the charges on Feb. 9 because Holder refused to cooperate with the district attorney's office after reaching a financial settlement with Hardy.

It has to do with what it could cost to re-sign Hardy and how the team played last season with the 2013 Pro Bowl selection participating in only one game.

After a slow start, the Panthers finished in the top 10 in total defense for the third straight season.

"That plays a big factor," Cole said. "That plays a big factor in everybody's career. In order to stay relevant in this business, you have to be able to last physically [and be on the field]. And then when you have a situation where you're out a couple of months or a year and the team is forced to find the next guy, if somebody comes in and does their job well, especially when it comes to doing it for less pay, you can move on without him."

Cole may be old in the NFL in terms of his age, but he's all the wiser for it.

After signing a five-year, $21 million deal in 2009 with Seattle, Cole was released prior to the 2011 season. He was unable to be ready for the opener because of an ankle injury, and the team already had moved on to Brandon Mebane at nose tackle. The team also had signed free-agent tackle Alan Branch.

So Cole not only sat out the 2011 season but the entire 2012 season before the Panthers called in 2013. He thinks the time away from the game actually extended his career.

"I figure I've got three or four more years," Cole said. "I don't see myself done after this year."

Cole is what general manager Dave Gettleman calls a space-eater. He eats up blocks so linebacker Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis can make tackles.

He's also a leader. Although not outspoken, he helps teammates keep things in proper perspective.

That he could be had for a low price -- $1.05 million with a salary-cap number of only $665,000 -- also is a plus.

"What I was told was everybody loved having me around, that they feel I'm a core player, a key contributor," Cole said. "They said they wanted to bring me back because I add great depth and experience."

And he puts things into perspective like few others in the Carolina locker room.
ESPN front office analyst Mark Dominik, the former general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, might have more educated insight on cornerback Darrelle Revis than most.

 Dominik, of course, was the Buccaneers’ primary personnel decision-maker when the team traded for Revis in 2013.

What does Dominik think will happen with Revis this offseason?

“I think Revis stays in New England, and I think you’re going to see Revis on a more marginal deal,” Dominik said Tuesday on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” program.

“I think when you say marginal, look, I know how important winning was for Darrelle Revis. I think as a player, once you get that elixir that your feel you realize it’s not all about anything else. I think he’s looking for a home, and I think he felt like home was there.

“I think Revis stays at a reasonable rate, whether that’s the $12 to $14 [million per year]. Maybe it’s more the $12 million for five years, at $60 million, and it’s done.

“I think New England is going to get a discount, and I think it’s going to be hard for Revis to not want to stay there.”

EXTRA POINT: Dominik's scenario comes in below our own projected market for Revis.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tuesday marked a week until free agency begins at 4 p.m. ET and until then, teams will work around-the-clock to make sure they're either under the salary cap or to free up enough cap space to be competitors for free-agent needs.

And when the legal negotiating period begins Saturday, there'll be a number of veteran free agents who were recently cut looking for new homes.

Here's a list of the top recently-cut veterans who are on the market, with positions and former teams:
TAMPA, Fla. – In the latest sign that drafting Jameis Winston with the No. 1 pick is the most likely course of action, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting the Florida State quarterback on a pre-draft visit.

What’s unusual here is the timing. Potential top draft picks usually don’t make their visits to teams until just a few weeks before the draft. This year’s draft isn’t until the end of April. A team official said the visit was scheduled for now because the Bucs want to be able to devote their full attention to free agency when it begins March 10.

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But the Bucs appear earger to get to know Winston. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that ownership (the Glazer family) will be heavily involved in the meetings with Winston. Take that as a sign that the visit could be a final hurdle in deciding whether to draft Winston.

The Glazers generally stay out of football matters, but they have final say over situations as big as this. That’s because they could be paying Winston millions of dollars and making him the face of the franchise.

Although Winston has had some off-field issues, including an allegation of a sexual assault, coach Lovie Smith said at the scouting combine that the club’s research into the quarterback’s background had not produced anything that would eliminate Winston from the team’s draft board.

Smith also has talked highly of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, and the team is expected to have him in for a visit at some point before the draft. But the early visit by Winston makes it appear more than ever that he’s the leading candidate.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- When the Green Bay Packers announced last week that they would open up Lambeau Field to fans for Brett Favre's induction into the Packers Hall of Fame, former team president Bob Harlan offered a glimpse into what this summer's ceremony might entail.

"We have featured people coming in to participate in the ceremony," said Harlan, who now serves on the Hall of Fame's board of directors. "To say it's going to be a historic evening when you see the people who are going to be here, you can't say enough about how historic it is."

The guest list is typically left up to the inductee, but it's safe to say plenty of Favre's old coaches and teammates will be present.

In fact, the invitations for the July 18 event already have gone out.

Thanks to Indianapolis Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who began his career as one of Favre’s understudies, we can see exactly what the invites look like:



In a telephone interview, Hasselbeck said he will do everything in his power to make it back for the event and expects many of Favre's former teammates to do the same.

"I think there's just a lot of respect for certain things, and that's a dead time in our offseason," said Hasselbeck, who spent three seasons (1998-00) in Green Bay. "Aside from some family commitment that I don't know about yet, I'm going to do everything in my power to be there. I think it's really cool. Thanks to Brett for [the invitation]."

Hasselbeck was one of several quarterbacks the Packers drafted, developed and then traded away during Favre's 16 years with the team. The list also includes Ty Detmer, Mark Brunell and Aaron Brooks. Hasselbeck, a sixth-round pick in 1998, said he actually became closer with Favre after the Packers traded him to the Seattle Seahawks in 2001.

"My first year, Brett was still a wild man," Hasselbeck recalled. "That second year he was trying to quit drinking and then the third year he did, so that third year it was a totally different experience. All those other guys that Brett had been with -- Chewy [Mark Chmura] and Frankie [Winters] -- were gone."

Like Favre, Hasselbeck got his first chance to start under coach Mike Holmgren, who left the Packers after the 1998 seasons to coach the Seahawks.

"When I left, Brett was really, really helpful," Hasselbeck said. "It was really hard for me that first year in Seattle. I had gotten hurt. I essentially got benched for Trent Dilfer and Holmgren was so, so hard on me. The only thing that gave me hope was that I knew that Holmgren had been harder on Brett. So I can remember phone calls with him [talking] about that."

Hasselbeck said he was on the fringes of Favre's inner circle during his time in Green Bay.

"I did Thanksgiving with the Favres and Christmas with the Favres, but it was probably Chewy, Frankie and Deanna [Favre] that got me the invite," Hasselbeck said. "And I was probably closer in age to Brett's daughter, Brittany. When I'd do Thanksgiving over there, I'd end up playing Battleship with Brittany while everyone else sat around watching football."
It was a week ago when Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said it will be tough to bring in a player with domestic abuse in his background.

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Does that mean the Ravens won't consider re-signing cornerback Cary Williams?

Williams, 30, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, was a starter for the Ravens' 2012 Super Bowl team and tied for the team lead with four interceptions. Despite his down season last year, he would upgrade the Ravens at cornerback, one of the biggest weaknesses on the team in 2014.

But it's unknown whether the Ravens' hard stance on domestic violence applies to Williams. He served a two-game suspension in 2010 as a member of the Ravens for an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred the previous year while he was with the Tennessee Titans. Even though Williams was not arrested, the NFL suspended him for a violation of the personal conduct policy.

So, do the Ravens not think about bringing back Williams because of this alleged incident? Or is Williams an exception because the Ravens have a history with him?

During his four seasons with the Ravens (2009-12), he had no off-the-field issues. Williams was so well-liked by the organization that the Ravens offered him a three-year, $15 million contract extension before the 2012 season, but he turned it down.

Williams signed a three-year, $17 million contract with the Eagles after the Ravens won the Super Bowl, and he started every game for Philadelphia the past two seasons. He struggled at times last season and ranked No. 49 among cornerbacks by Pro Football Focus after allowing five touchdown passes.

Re-signing Williams makes a lot of sense for the Ravens. They're familiar with his ability and his fiery attitude, and Williams would probably come at a modest price, which is key for a team with not much cap room. He would press Ladarius Webb for a starting job, and at the very least be a significant step up from Asa Jackson at nickelback.

Before that reunion can happen, the Ravens have to decide where Williams falls under the team's new stance on domestic violence.
Pass-rusher Brian Orakpo isn't the only Washington Redskins player the Atlanta Falcons will look into once the free-agent negotiating period begins Saturday.

It's a safe bet the Falcons will express interest in tight end Niles Paul, if Paul is not re-signed before then. The 6-foot-1, 245-pound Paul is one of several tight ends headed for free agency who has played in Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme. The others include Jordan Cameron of the Cleveland Browns and Owen Daniels of the Baltimore Ravens. Cameron has had concussion issues, while Daniels will turn 33 during the 2015 season.

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Paul, who turns 26 in August, wouldn't be a flashy pickup, but the Falcons aren't expected to invest heavily in a top tight end, such as Denver's Julius Thomas. However, Paul, a former fifth-round draft pick who just completed his fourth NFL season, would be more than capable of playing his role.

Just ask former Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman, who was teammates with Paul for three seasons.

"He's as tough as s---," Grossman said of Paul. "He's like the one guy in the locker room you do not want to pick a fight with. He's just a tough wide receiver/tight end who shows up on special teams all the time.

"That's kind of how he got his reputation as a rookie, on special teams. Then after a couple of years, they moved him to tight end because he was so strong and could show that, especially in the zone running scheme where basically all you have to do is get your hat in front of the defensive linemen and cut them off. He was strong enough to hold them off in situations where he actually had to do the things normal tight ends do."

Paul, who started his NFL career at wide receiver and then became the starting fullback before transitioning to tight end, obviously can catch the ball. He caught a career-high 39 passes for 507 yards and a touchdown in 2014 while starting seven games.

Paul was a track athlete coming out of high school before attending Nebraska. He posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.51 at the NFL combine.

"Obviously, he's a mismatch for linebackers trying to cover him, with his speed," Grossman said. "I think tight end is a great position for him. A lot of teams have big tight ends that are like extra offensive linemen. I think he's the opposite of that. But he's athletic and really strong. He's perfect for Kyle's system. They don't ask him to block Jason Pierre-Paul one on one."

ESPN analyst Ryan Clark, who played in Washington last season, offered his thoughts on what Paul brings to a team.

"Tough player," Clark said. "He's a grinder. He played really well and produced big as the No. 1 pass-catching tight end when Jordan Reed (hamstring) was out. He's also a really good special-teams guy and a good locker room dude as well."

The Falcons have a tight end with playing experience in Levine Toilolo, yet it remains unclear what role the 6-8 Toilolo will have coming off a season with his share of drops.

Shanahan previously discussed his expectations of a tight end. We will see if Paul reunites with his old coach and ends up in a Falcons uniform.
The Baltimore Ravens reportedly paid running back Ray Rice $1.588 million to settle their grievance, which wraps up the team's financial fallout from one of the most embarrassing chapters in franchise history.

Here is the final tally on the Ravens' cap and wallet since the team released Rice on Sept. 9:

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Dead money: $14.25 million. The Ravens carried $4.75 million in dead money in 2014 and $9.5 million in 2015. That total hit accounted for 5 percent of the Ravens' salary cap in those two years. There are only four players who counted more against the cap in 2014 and 2015 combined (defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, quarterback Joe Flacco, cornerback Lardarius Webb and guard Marshal Yanda), and Rice didn't play one snap for the team.

Jersey exchange: Estimated between $600,000 and $800,000. Team officials said they spent "six figures" in the Rice jersey exchange last September. Nearly 8,000 Rice jerseys were exchanged for those of other Ravens players.

Additional salary: $1.588 million. When the Ravens cut Rice, they knew the grim cap ramifications. The Ravens probably didn't expect to pay nearly half of Rice's salary for that season. As a result of the settlement, Rice collected $1.588 million from his grievance, or 44.9 percent of the $3.529 million he had been seeking. From a cap standpoint, the Ravens were charged $1.411 million in 2014 when Rice field his grievance and will receive a $177,000 cap charge in 2015.

What can't be counted is the toll this scandal took on the Ravens' reputation. In the end, the Ravens are probably lamenting that just as much as the millions lost.

"I think that we are a team and an organization that cares, obviously, about our reputation, and when it takes a hit, then you examine what you do," owner Steve Bisciotti said last month. "I think specifically if you go back to the Ray Rice thing, we certainly are more aware. We’ve been able to tap resources in the community that have furthered our knowledge, our sensitivity and our responsibility. And I do think that for the Ravens and then society in general, I think it is a positive, and it’s our obligation to turn that negative into a positive. I’m very encouraged that all we have to do is be aware and be sensitive, and we will do a job that Baltimore is proud of going forward.”
PHILADELPHIA – If the Eagles can’t – or won’t – keep running back LeSean McCoy at his 2015 salary cap number then it begs the question: Why did Eagles owner Jeff Lurie keep Howie Roseman in charge of the cap and contract negotiations?

Roseman was the general manager in 2012, when the Eagles agreed to a new five-year, $45-million contract with McCoy. The deal included a signing bonus of $8.5 million and a total of $20 million guaranteed. The last of that guaranteed money is $1 million of McCoy’s 2015 salary of $9.75 million.

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Tom Pennington/Getty ImagesLeSean McCoy is due a lot of money for 2015, but he has shown over the past two seasons that he deserves it.
That salary and McCoy’s cap number of $11.95 million have led to much speculation about whether McCoy is at risk to be released this month. McCoy himself has said he is willing to restructure his contract to lower the cap hit, but that he is not willing to take a reduction in salary.

And why should he? His agents and the Eagles negotiated this contract. This is the third year of a five-year deal. McCoy is just 26 years old and coming off the two most productive seasons of his career. A contract that would force a team to release a prime-of-his-career Pro Bowl player is, simply put, a terrible contract.

Coach Chip Kelly was not here when the McCoy deal was done. All Kelly has done in his two years in Philadelphia is hand the ball to McCoy 626 times and throw it to him 101 times (for 80 receptions). McCoy led the NFL in rushing in 2013. His numbers were down in 2014, but that had more to do with injuries to offensive linemen than anything McCoy did.

Kelly’s possible view was explained by guard Todd Herremans in an ESPN Radio appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic on Monday. Herremans’ explanation is all we have, given Kelly’s lack of media access.

“I think he values the quarterback position on his offense (the most),” Herremans said. “I think so. Well, the quarterback and the offensive line. Other than that, I think that he feels like he can kind of -- you know, the system will take care of it."

Kelly was certainly willing to trust his system to take care of the wide receiver position when he unceremoniously dumped DeSean Jackson last year. And it’s certainly true that Chris Polk has averaged 4.7 yards per carry over the last two years, while Darren Sproles averaged 5.8 yards in his first season with the team.

But the bigger number is that 626. Kelly has given McCoy the ball over 300 times per season, while Polk carried the ball just 57 times in two years and Sproles’ workload was reduced during the 2014 season. That’s a pretty definitive statement that Kelly values McCoy.

The Eagles have no pressing salary cap issues, no tangible reason they should do anything except pay McCoy the money they themselves agreed to pay him in 2015. Certainly, if restructuring so that he gets money in the form of a bonus will help the team’s cap flexibility, that’s no problem. But if the Eagles should find themselves tempted to part ways with McCoy because of his contract, they probably should feel the same about the guy who gave him that contract.
Join us today at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT for NFL Nation TV's Spreecast as we return for episode No. 46 with our sights fully set on free agency.

Host Paul Gutierrez (San Francisco 49ers reporter) and co-hosts Coley Harvey (Cincinnati Bengals reporter) and Mike Wells (Indianapolis Colts reporter) Will be joined by four other NFL Nation reporters throughout the show.

Michael Rothstein (Detroit Lions reporter) will take us behind the Lions' decision to avoid franchise-tagging defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, and also give us an idea of where the prized lineman might end up.

Mike Reiss (New England Patriots reporter) will join to make sense of New England's decision to place the franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski, instead of potentially doing so with free-agent defensive backs Darrelle Revis or Devin McCourty.

Todd Archer (Dallas Cowboys reporter) will give us an update on the Cowboys' apparent decision to let DeMarco Murray, 2014's rushing leader, test the open market.

Sticking with offense, Rob Demovsky (Green Bay Packers reporter) checks in to outline why the Packers may be content doing the same with receiver Randall Cobb, who reportedly was looking to stay in Green Bay for $12 million a year.

As always, viewers are encouraged to log in and ask the panelists questions as well as contribute in the chat feature.

The Miami Dolphins were ranked 24th against the run last season and are in desperate need of a stud defensive tackle.

Pending free agent and Pro Bowler Ndamukong Suh is set to hit the market next week as the most dominant defensive lineman available.

Are the two sides a match?

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According to ESPN analyst and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general Mark Dominik, the Dolphins have “a real shot” at landing Suh. Dominik's theory wasn’t based as much on team fit or a chance for Suh to compete for championships in Miami. Dominik believes the lack of state taxes in Florida puts the Dolphins in the running for a player such as Suh, who is expected to get one of the riches free-agent deals this offseason.

“When you’re talking about state taxes and you’re in Tennessee, Texas or Florida and you’ve got that up your sleeve, any one of those teams has a real shot,” Dominik said, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Although I agree the absence of state taxes is an advantage, the bigger question is whether the Dolphins can afford to pay for a big-ticket item like Suh. He is expected to garner a contract in the range of $100 million or more.

It is doubtful that the Dolphins dish out a $100 million contract to land Suh. Miami spent the past three days clearing about $13.5 million in cap room by releasing veterans Cortland Finnegan, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and Nate Garner. There will be more cuts, but it’s highly unlikely this is to set up a megadeal to get Suh to Miami. The Dolphins were big spenders in free agency the past two years, and this is the offseason the team is expected to take it easy and focus primarily on the draft.

If the Dolphins spend $100 million on one player this offseason, it would be starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, not Suh.

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