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NFL Notes: Los Angeles, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, & Falcons
- Albert Breer reports that one absolute in regards to the Los Angeles situation is that Chargers C.E.O. Dean Spanos will have a stadium solution at the end of this, whether it’s in L.A. or San Diego.
- Breer added that it’s highly unlikely there’ll be two teams in L.A. and the Chargers stay in San Diego. Instead, it’s either two L.A. teams, or one L.A. team and the Chargers remain in San Diego.
- Breer says that should Inglewood be approved Wednesday, ground could be broken as soon as Thursday in large part due to Rams owner Stanley Kroenke‘s ability to start writing checks when needed.
- Breer was also told that in regards to relocation guidelines, an argument could be that the Raiders’ market didn’t “fail” because Levi’s is in it.
- Breer also points out that the Rams’ issue is that St. Louis has done more to keep its team than Oakland and San Diego have to keep their respective teams.
- Some owners are wary of disregarding relocation guidelines because relocation requires a market “failed“, or risk antitrust implications, per Breer.
- Breer notes Inglewood’s progress, Kroenke’s capital, along with support to get Spanos a solution as reasons that a Rams and Chargers joint stadium in L.A. makes the most sense.
- Breer added that should the Raiders be left out, they’d be seen as a wild card that could go in a number of different directions.
- Jason Cole reports that the L.A. subcommittee wants a vote in either January or February and want to get an exact date soon to allow the team’s a chance to succeed and be ready come the 2016 season.
- Cole added this virtually guarantees that football will be played in L.A. in the 2016 season.
- Kevin Acee reports that the NFL will set a date Wednesday for a special meeting in January, but won’t set a date for the relocation vote, which means it may or may not happen in January.
- Colts QB Andrew Luck says he’s pain free throwing a “fair, intense amount” and is making progress. (Zak Keefer)
- Barry Jackson discussed possible moves for the Dolphins come free agency this off-season including six starters who are pending unrestricted free agents: DE Olivier Vernon, DE Derrick Shelby, RB Lamar Miller, WR Rishard Matthews, MLB Kelvin Sheppard, S Louis Delmas.
- Jackson believes the Dolphins will attempt to keep Vernon and Miller at the very least, as well as their only restricted free agent S Jordan Kovacs.
- Jackson noted that the Dolphins also have five exclusive rights free agents in FS Michael Thomas, LB Mike Hull, OT Ulrick John, WR Matt Hazel, and TE Jake Stoneburner.
- Jackson also pointed that the Dolphins could clear out $45 million in cap space if they were to restructure the contracts of DT Ndamukong Suh, QB Ryan Tannehill, TE Jordan Cameron and cut WR Greg Jennings.
- The cap space could be increased to $50 million if they also cut DT Earl Mitchell and LB Koa Misi.
- The cap would jump to nearly $60 million should the Dolphins restructure CB Brent Grimes and DE Cameron Wake.
- Jackson also presented the possibility of cutting Mitchell, Misi, Grimes, Wake, Jennings, and Cameron while restructuring Tannehill and Suh would create just over $70 million in cap space.
- Falcons HC Dan Quinn says that RB Devonta Freeman has cleared concussion protocol and will practice fully Wednesday.
Tags Andrew Luck Brent Grimes cameron wake Dean Spanos Derrick Shelby Devonta Freeman Earl Mitchell Greg Jennings Jake Stoneburner Jordan Cameron Jordan Kovacs Kelvin Sheppard Koa Misi Lamar Miller Louis Delmas Matt Hazel Michael Thomas Mike Hull Ndamukong Suh Olivier Vernon Rishard Matthews Ryan Tannehill Sam Bradford Stanley Kroenke Ulrick John