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NFL Notes: Earl Mitchell, Browns, Packers, Raiders, Redskins

Earl Mitchell

New 49ers DT Earl Mitchell explained during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that he had offers from the Seahawks and Broncos, but felt more comfortable signing with San Francisco.

I had offers from Seattle and Denver. It came down to me wanting to be around some familiar faces in San Francisco,” Mitchell said.

Browns

  • Peter King of TheMMQB.com writes that the Browns will be in a “tough spot” at quarterback if they don’t trade for Jimmy Garoppolo or try to steal Kirk Cousins away from the Redskins in free agency.
  • The Browns have a ton of draft picks to work with, but there aren’t any top-tier quarterback prospects worth taking with the No. 1 overall based on the overall consensus. One option for Cleveland could be to pair some of their other picks with the No. 12 overall selection to move up for a quarterback after they use their top on one of the top defenders in this year’s class.
  • King doesn’t think the Patriots will trade Garoppolo, but he would offer New England their No. 12 and No. 65 overall picks for Garoppolo if he was running the Browns.

Packers

The Green Bay Packers announced that they’ve hired three new coaches on Monday.

  • Jeff Blasko – Assistant offensive-line
  • Tim McGarigle – Defensive quality control
  • David Raih – Offensive perimeter

Raiders

Vic Tafur wouldn’t rule out the possibility of the Raiders signing Packers free agent RB Eddie Lacy this offseason.

Reports from this past weekend mentioned that Oakland will likely allow RB Latavius Murray to test the free agent market, so the Raiders figure to be in the mix for some running backs.

We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.

Redskins

  • JP Finlay of CSN Mid-Atlantic writes that it’s “hard to see a scenario” where the Redskins re-sign free agent WR DeSean Jackson. Finley expects Jackson to have interest from a number of teams and specifically mentions the Eagles, Buccaneers, Chiefs and 49ers as teams that could make sense for him in free agency.
  • Rich Tandler takes a look at whether Chiefs free agent DT Dontari Poe could make sense for the Redskins this offseason. According to Tandler, Poe would be an ideal addition for the Redskins, as he would give them a credible nose tackle in the middle of their defense to build around. The downside, of course, is that Poe could be the available defensive tackle in this year’s market, which means it’s going to require a top-dollar contract to sign him. If he commands as much as some of the highest paid interior linemen in the NFL, Tandler says it’s unlikely the Redskins will be a serious option.