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NFL Notes: Roster Cuts, Panthers, Patriots, Steelers

Roster Cuts

Jason Fitzgerald of takes a look at eight tight ends who could be potential cuts this offseason and how much cap space each team would save.

Fitzgerald’s list includes:


  • The Carolina Panthers announced Thursday that veteran DL Julius Peppers underwent shoulder surgery.
  • Peppers posted on his Instagram account that “everything went smooth and I’m recovering well.


  • According to Albert Breer, Patriots HC Bill Belichick has been doing work on the draft and free agency and a team source said: “He’s certainly not acting like he’s leaving anytime soon.”
  • Breer’s sense regarding Josh McDaniels is that his new contract with the Patriots will reflect his desire for stability, more than it will a desire for money and should be between four to five years.
  • Breer says that the presence of executive Nick Caserio being in New England factored into his decision to stay, given that they’re close.
  • Breer believes the retirement talk surrounding TE Rob Gronkowski is “real.”


  • The Steelers announced Thursday that they’ve hired former Penn State and UCLA DC Tom Bradley to be their secondary coach, replacing Carnell Lake.
  • Bradley said of the opportunity: “I want to thank Coach (Mike) Tomlin and the entire Steelers organization for this opportunity. I am excited to be a part of such a rich tradition here. We have a great nucleus in the defensive backs room, and my goal is to help this group continue to grow and develop as we all work toward one goal.”