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Josh Hill
Josh Hill forced to locker room in 1Q
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 2:37 PM
Saints TE Josh Hill exited the NFC Championship Game with a potential head injury.
Analysis: Hill picked up 24 yards on a screen pass late in the first quarter, but he took a big hit at the end of that play. He was immediately walked into the locker room to be evaluated. With Ben Watson out, the Saints are down to Dan Arnold and Garrett Griffin at tight end.
Jason Garrett
Jason Garrett expected to call plays in 2019
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 12:54 PM
Chris Mortensen on Twitter
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports coach Jason Garrett is expected to be "more involved" with offensive play-calling next season.
Analysis: Dallas' assistant coaching positions will continue to live in perpetual motion this offseason as ex-Cowboys QB Jon Kitna will reportedly be brought on as the team's QB coach, likely bumping Kellen Moore to OC. Garrett being involved in play-calling would still be an odd juxtaposition since that's the same role he "gave up" to Bill Callahan back in 2013. Scott Linehan had formerly been the team's play-caller from 2014 on. After all of the dust and smoke settles, the Cowboys are expected to have the same offensive blueprint as they did in the latter half of 2018.
Benjamin Watson
Ben Watson (appendicitis) officially inactive
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 12:44 PM
Saints declared TE Benjamin Watson, WR Keith Kirkwood, DT Tyrunn Walker, OL Will Clapp, LB Manti Te'o, OL Derek Newton, and RB Dwayne Washington inactive for the Conference Championship against the Rams.
Analysis: TE Dan Arnold is active in place of Watson after being healthy-scratched in the Divisional Round. The Saints are also expected to utilize Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, and rookie Tre'Quan Smith in three-wide sets without usual slot wideout Kirkwood available on Sunday.
Justin Davis
Justin Davis among Rams inactives vs Saints
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 12:42 PM
Rams declared RB Justin Davis, DB Darious Williams, OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB Trevon Young, OL Jamil Demby, DT Sebastian Joseph-Day, and DT Tanzel Smart inactive for the Conference Championship against the Saints.
Analysis: It's the same list of players that were inactive in the Divisional Round. The Rams are seemingly at full strength for their showdown with the Saints in the Superdome.
Kellen Moore
Moore a 'leading candidate' for Cowboys' OC
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 12:22 PM
Adam Schefter on Twitter
ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms Cowboys QBs coach Kellen Moore is a "leading candidate" to replace Scott Linehan as the team's offensive coordinator.
Analysis: TEs coach Doug Nussmeier and Georgia OC James Coley are also in the running, though Moore appears to be the favorite to succeed Linehan as OC. It may seem like a leap of faith for Dallas to entrust its offense in the hands of a 30-year-old with only one year of coaching experience, but in reality Moore's role shouldn't change much as he'll likely cede play-calling duties to head coach Jason Garrett. Assuming he's promoted, Moore's old post as QBs coach will likely be filled by former NFL journeyman Jon Kitna.
Patrick Mahomes
Mahomes could be in line for $200M deal
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 12:05 PM
ESPN.com
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs are expected to extend Patrick Mahomes' contract after next season.
Analysis: That's the earliest the Chiefs can offer an extension. The 23-year-old Texas Tech alum has taken the league by storm, throwing for over 5,000 yards this year while becoming just the third player in NFL history to reach 50 touchdown passes in a single season. There's not much Mahomes can't do on a football field and it wouldn't be surprising if he became the league's first $200 million player. The likely NFL MVP can lead Kansas City to its Super Bowl appearance in 49 years with a win over New England in Sunday's AFC title game.
Rob Gronkowski
Gronk could retire to pursue acting career
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 11:34 AM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, there is a "strong possibility" Rob Gronkowski will retire this offseason.
Jon Kitna
Cowboys expected to tap Kitna as QBs coach
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 11:31 AM
Adam Schefter on Twitter
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cowboys are expected to hire Jon Kitna as QBs coach.
Analysis: The Cowboys' current QBs coach is Kellen Moore, though it appears Moore will be promoted to offensive coordinator in place of Scott Linehan, who was fired last week. Kitna has never coached in the NFL, though he has experience at the high school level and was going to serve as the OC for the AAF's San Diego Fleet before the Cowboys' job opened up. He's also familiar with the organization having spent four of his 17 NFL seasons with Dallas. Assuming he gets the job, Kitna will be tasked with getting the most out of franchise quarterback Dak Prescott.
Kareem Hunt
Report: 'Multiple teams' interested in Hunt
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 11:14 AM
ESPN.com
ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms "multiple teams" are interested in signing free agent RB Kareem Hunt.
Kellen Moore
Cowboys could promote Kellen Moore to OC
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 9:19 AM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys have considered promoting QBs coach Kellen Moore to offensive coordinator.
Jon Kitna
Cowboys could add Kitna to coaching staff
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 9:18 AM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are considering Jon Kitna for a position on the team's coaching staff.
Brian Bulcke
Rams already looking to extend Sean McVay
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 9:05 AM
CBS Sports
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Rams will explore a contract extension for coach Sean McVay this offseason.
Analysis: McVay signed a five-year deal when he joined Los Angeles in 2017 but the Rams are determined to do whatever they can to keep him long-term. The 32-year-old Jon Gruden disciple has quickly transformed the Rams, who were an afterthought under Jeff Fisher, into a perennial contender. McVay's league-wide impact has been reflected in this year's coaching hires with former assistants Matt LaFleur and Zac Taylor both landing top jobs.
Eric Berry
Berry likely to have surgery this offseason
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 8:59 AM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Eric Berry (heel) will likely undergo surgery this offseason.
Analysis: Berry is dealing with a rare heel condition called Haglund's deformity. The injury has limited him to just two games this season, though the All-Pro safety plans to gut it out against New England in Sunday's AFC title game. Berry should see plenty of Rob Gronkowski.
Brian Bulcke
Bengals pursuing Brian Callahan for OC
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 8:33 AM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Raiders QBs coach Brian Callahan is a candidate for the Bengals' opening at offensive coordinator.
Analysis: The Bengals are also pursuing Jack Del Rio, who coached alongside Callahan in both Oakland and Denver, for their open defensive coordinator position. Callahan has been a position coach in the league since 2015, but this would be his first coordinating gig. Cincinnati's staff should come together quickly once presumptive head coach Zac Taylor finishes his duties with the Rams, who face New Orleans in Sunday's NFC Championship.
Dee Ford
Franchise tag 'on the table' for Dee Ford
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 8:08 AM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs could use the franchise tag on impending free agent OLB Dee Ford.
Analysis: With Ford headed for free agency, keeping him on the franchise tag is a no-brainer for Kansas City. The 2014 first-rounder enjoyed a breakout year this season, totaling 13 sacks and a league-leading seven forced fumbles while earning PFF's No. 2 pass-rushing grade among 3-4 outside linebackers. Ford's projected salary under the franchise tag would be around $15.6 million.
Chris Jones
Chiefs looking to extend DE Chris Jones
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 8:01 AM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs are looking to extend DE Chris Jones this offseason.
Analysis: Jones was an absolute monster in 2018, registering a dominant 15.5 sacks-third in the league behind Aaron Donald and J.J. Watt-while earning All-Pro status for the first time in his career. With free agency looming in 2020, the Chiefs will do whatever they can to keep Jones from hitting the market. Per Rapoport, stud receiver Tyreek Hill is also in line for an extension while impending free agent Dee Ford could be a candidate for the franchise tag.
Tyreek Hill
KC hoping to lock up Tyreek Hill long-term
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 7:48 AM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs will look to sign Tyreek Hill to a long-term contract extension this offseason.
Kareem Hunt
Hunt suspension to come before free agency
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 7:26 AM
NFL.com
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the length of free agent Kareem Hunt's suspension will be determined before the start of free agency.
Analysis: In addition to the widely-circulated video of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman outside his Cleveland hotel room last February, the league is also investigating two other incidents, one involving a physical altercation at a club and another at a resort. The former Chief has yet to speak to NFL investigators, though his fate should be decided sometime before the start of free agency in March. Despite his off-field troubles, "several teams have been keeping tabs" on Hunt, who led the NFL with 1,327 rushing yards as a rookie in 2017 and was having an even better year prior to his release in 2018. Hunt has already been linked to the Bears, who are coached by former Chiefs OC Matt Nagy. Rapoport fully expects the 23-year-old to play in the NFL next season.
Morgan Burnett
Steelers S Morgan Burnett wants his release
Sat, Jan 19, 2019, 3:16 PM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Steelers S Morgan Burnett wants to be released prior to free agency.
Analysis: Burnett reportedly felt as if he played out of position with the Steelers as a linebacker in dime packages and wants a fresh start. He has two years remaining on his current deal. If granted his release, Burnett would likely sign on with an interested team as a full-time safety.
Seantrel Henderson
Texans ink OT Henderson to one-year extension
Sat, Jan 19, 2019, 3:12 PM
Houston Texans on Twitter
Texans re-signed RT Seantrel Henderson to a one-year deal.
Analysis: Henderson missed nearly all of the 2018 season with a broken ankle he suffered against the Patriots in Week 1. He'll be welcomed back with open arms in 2019 given Houston's leaky pass-pro the team flashed throughout the year. Either Julie'n Davenport or third-rounder Martinas Rankin will return to the bench.