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NFL Notes: Bills, Broncos, Cardinals, Seahawks

Bills

  • Adam Schefter reports that Bills RB LeSean McCoy (sprained ankle) is expected to be a “game-time decision” and a “close call” for Sunday’s playoff game against the Jaguars.

Broncos

Broncos VP John Elway made it clear that upgrading their quarterback situation will be their No. 1 priority this offseason.

“I think there is no doubt we’ve got to get better at that position,” Elway said, via DenverBroncos.com. “For us to have a chance to get better, we’ve got to get better at that position.”

Obviously, that position didn’t perform as well as we wanted it to. I thought it would perform better that it did,” Elway said. “And it’s not just on them; I think there’s a lot of circumstances that went into that, that put them in tough situations. But we didn’t perform as well as we’d like to, so that’s obviously a position that we feel like we have to get better at going into next season.”

  • Elway said of their plans for Gary Kubiak: “We’re going to enlarge Gary’s role on the personnel side. Involved in free agency as well as the draft.” (Mike Klis)
  • Broncos HC Vance Joseph announced Tuesday that they will retain Bill Musgrave as their offensive coordinator for the 2018 season. Joseph added that the way Musgrave managed the offense was how he envisioned the offense from the get-go. (Nicki Jhabvala)
  • Elway admitted that QB Paxton Lynch‘s future will be a “topic of discussion” this offseason. (Nicki Jhabvala)
  • Alex Marvez reports that the Broncos are interesting Sean Kugler for their offensive line coaching job on Tuesday.
  • Marvez adds that it’s possible Jeff Rodgers could return as the Broncos’ special teams coach.
  • Mike Klis reports that the Broncos will also interview current OL assistant Chris Strausser for top OL job

Cardinals

  • Ian Rapoport mentions that there’s no definitive answer regarding whether Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald will retire from the NFL.
  • However, Fitzgerald has been noncommittal and sources close to him have told Rapoport that he may not want to learn a new system.
  • Rapoport adds that he wouldn’t be surprised if Fitzgerald retired along with HC Bruce Arians and QB Carson Palmer.
  • It’s worth mentioning that Mike Jurecki is hearing that the talk of Fitzgerald not wanting to learn a new system may not be accurate.
  • Following the news that Palmer has retired from the NFL (NFLTR), Josh Weinfuss points out that the Cardinals will pick up $14 million of cap space.

Seahawks

  • Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said of his future during a radio interview Tuesday: “I am not retiring.” (Bob Condotta)
  • Carroll later told reporters: “I ain’t going anywhere. I’m fired up to get going.” (Curtis Crabtree)
  • Carroll expects GM John Schneider to back in Seattle next year, despite the fact that the Packers are searching for a new GM. (Bob Condotta)
  • As for CB Richard Sherman, Carroll mentioned that he will have surgery on his other leg soon that will be a 4-6-week recovery. Carroll added that Sherman’s recovery from Achilles surgery is going well. (Bob Condotta)
  • According to Carroll, they would “love” to have TE Jimmy Graham back next year: “We’ve talked to him. We love Jimmy and we’d love for him to be with us.” (Curtis Crabtree)
  • Carroll also said they’d “love” to have CB Byron Maxwell back too. (Curtis Crabtree)
  • Carroll couldn’t say much about DL Malik McDowell and his future, but said it’s up to doctors: “At this point we have to just wait.” (Curtis Crabtree)

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