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NFL Notes: Broncos, Falcons, Lions, Redskins

Broncos

  • Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post expects the Broncos to sign at least one starting offensive tackle in free agency, while an upgrade at guard could also be in order.
  • Wolfe mentions Ravens RT Rick Wagner, Bengals LT Andrew Whitworth, Lions RT Riley Reiff, Lions G Larry Warford and Cowboys G Ronald Leary as possible free agents that would fit the team’s needs.
  • Wolfe writes that signing Cardinals impending free agent DE Calais Campbell makes sense for Denver due to his abilities as a pass rusher and run defender.

Falcons

  • The Falcons announced that they have converted WRs coach Raheem Morris to become their passing game coordinator.

Lions

Redskins

  • John Keim of ESPN could see Redskins QB Kirk Cousins exceeding Colts QB Andrew Luck‘s average salary of $24.594 million, but is unsure if he will match Luck’s guarantees of $87 million.
  • Although surpassing Luck’s contract would make him the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback, there is a chance Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr all receive lucrative contract extensions this offseason that could pay out higher than Luck’s contract. As a result, Cousins could see his price tag increase if he signs an extension after these players are addressed by their respective teams.
  • For what it’s worth, Keim writes that Cousins’ agent is “well aware” of their leverage towards negotiations given that his franchise tag figure of $23.94 million is likely to be his base asking price.
  • Interesting enough, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk points out that the Redskins could use the transition tag on Cousins in 2018 instead of the franchise tag, which would pay $28.78 million in 2018 as opposed to $34.47 million. The transition tag would result in a 20 percent increase from the $23.94 million owed for the 2017 franchise tag.

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