March 2017


Quarterback Geno Smith reportedly won’t move too far for his next NFL job. It appears he’s moving from the New York Jets to the New York Giants to back up Eli Manning. Giants expected to sign former Jets QB Geno Smith, per @JordanRaanan and me.
The New York Giants and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul have agreed to a new four-year contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Giants placed the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul in February, which guaranteed him a one-year tender contract for $16.9 million. It was believed that the Giants and Pierre-Paul wanted to keep JPP in the fold long term, and reducing his 2017 salary-cap figure should help alleviate things.
Running back Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings are officially parting ways as the NFL team confirmed that he won't return to the club next season. General manager Rick Spielman announced that the Vikings will not resign Peterson to a contract for the 2017 season. Minnesota did not say whether they offered the 31-year-old Peterson any type of deal.
When tight end Jared Cook arrived in Oakland for a free-agent visit, the Raiders had plenty of selling points to lure him onto the team with a dynamic offense on an up-and-coming franchise. A film session with quarterback Derek Carr proved to be the final straw to get Cook to sign a two-year deal with the Raiders on Thursday. Cook helps upgrade a position group that already includes Clive Walford and Lee Smith as the Raiders look to build on last season's 12-4 record that ended a 13-year playoff drought.
Another domino fell in running back free agency Wednesday night, with Latavius Murray landing with the Minnesota Vikings, seemingly ending the Adrian Peterson era there. The options are drying up, writes Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson, and it’s fair to wonder now where Peterson might land — there’s no obvious choice — and how much money he might play for. Peterson isn’t commanding a front-line salary, as his wintry market clearly shows, and the team he eventually joins might have to expect commensurate results.
Free agent linebacker Zach Brown is visiting the Oakland Raiders as the team looks for an upgrade at the position, a person familiar with the visit told The Associated Press. Brown will meet with the Raiders on Wednesday, said the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly discussing free agent visits. NFL Network first reported the visit.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that free agent guard John Jerry has agreed to return to the New York Giants.
The Oakland Raiders signed All-Pro kickoff returner and speedy receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to a free-agent contract Monday. Patterson has averaged 30.4 yards per kickoff return in his career, second only to Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (30.6 yards) since 1941. The Raiders last returned a kick for a touchdown in 2011, when Jacoby Ford did it against Cleveland.
The Detroit Lions signed free agent guard T.J. Lang to a three-year contract. Lang reportedly will receive $28.5 million with $19 million guaranteed. Lang spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers and was a Pro Bowl selection last season for the first time.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants have signed former San Diego Chargers offensive lineman D.J. Fluker to a one-year, $3 million deal.

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