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NFL Notes: Broncos, Jets, Redskins, Saints

Broncos

  • Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post mentions that the Broncos face big decisions regarding LT Russell Okung and RT Donald Stephenson.
  • Of the two, Wolfe¬†considers Okung to be at least an adequate left tackle, which happens to be a scarce position to target during the offseason, so the Broncos may approach him about a restructured contract.

Jets

  • Rich Cimini of ESPN writes that the Jets can clear $17 million of cap space by releasing LT Ryan Clady ($10 million savings), RT Breno Giacomini ($4.5 million) and LB Erin Henderson ($2.6 million) this offseason.
  • However, Cimini still considers CB Darrelle Revis to be the most intriguing situation for the Jets in the coming months. Cimini believes Revis’ return to the Jets hinges on renegotiating his contract and ultimately reducing his $15.3 million cap figure. New York has until March 11 to make a decision regarding Revis before his $2 million roster bonus is due.
  • Other notable players to watch for the Jets this offseason including C Nick Mangold and LB David Harris.
  • If the Jets got aggressive this offseason in terms of shedding salary, Cimini estimates they could clear around $50 million of cap space.

Redskins

JP Finlay of CSN Mid-Atlantic offers six potential safety targets that could make sense for the Redskins this offseason.

  • Finley’s list includes free agent options such as Eric Berry (Chiefs), Barry Church (Cowboys), Johnathan Cyprien (Jaguars) and Tony Jefferson (Cardinals).
  • As for possible draft targets, Finlay mentions UConn’s Obi Melifonwu and OSU’s Malik Hooker as two players to keep an eye on in the coming months.

Saints

  • Mike Triplett of ESPN can’t see the Saints making WR Brandin Cooks available for trade this offseason, despite the fact that he expressed frustration with his role this past season.
  • Triplett points out that Cooks’ contract will be “super-bargain” at just $1.56 million in salary and bonuses for the 2017 season. Picking up Cooks’ fifth-year option will run them around $8 million or so for the 2018 season.
  • If the Saints are to field trade offers for Cooks, Triplett writes New Orleans may ultimately decide that it doesn’t make sense for them to invest $10 million per year in him as part of a long-term contract, given that they’ve managed to replace other key weapons in their offense such as TE Jimmy Graham and WR Kenny Stills.
  • Triplett believes former first-round LB Stephone¬†Anthony could be a trade candidate, considering that a change of scenery could benefit him. The problem for the Saints is that he may only net them a fifth- or sixth-round pick in return.
  • According to Triplett, “there is no way” the Saints will retain veteran S Jairus Byrd at his current salary. Even so, Triplett believes he may have shown enough for the team to look to renegotiate his contract to something more reasonable.

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