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NFL Notes: Trade Candidates, Doug Marrone, Buccaneers, Dolphins, & Texans

Trade Candidates

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports takes a look at 10 players who could be available ahead of next week’s trade deadline.

Marvez breaks his list of trade candidates to down three groups: Realistic, unlikely and highly unlikely.

Doug Marrone

Former Bills HC Doug Marrone says that he has no regrets about opting out of his contract after last year, even though he never secured another head-coaching job and is currently an assistant with the Jaguars.

“It’s a decision I made for me and my family,” Marrone said, via Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN. “It was the best decision for me.”

Marrone did say that he wants to return to head-coaching position at some point.

“But it’s obviously not something I’m actively going out and looking for,” Marrone said. “With my situation in Jacksonville, I feel it’s a great opportunity that Gus and Dave and [owner] Shad [Khan] gave me. To work with this group of young linemen and be part of this offense … I’m excited about that. But I think the head-coaching stuff was something I was good at.

Buccaneers

  • Aaron Wilson reports that the Buccaneers worked out C Ben Gottschalk on Tuesday.

Dolphins

  • According to Armando Salguero, there’s no truth to the report that Steelers OC Todd Haley could be a candidate for the Dolphins head coaching job next year.

Texans

  • Tania Ganguli reports that Texans GM Rick Smith was always on board with cutting QB Ryan Mallett, but he felt that it was best to wait until after their Week 7 game against the Dolphins or they would be without a backup quarterback.
  • Regarding the Texans’ power structure, Albert Breer notes that HC Bill O’Brien reports to owner Bob McNair and has final say over the 53-man roster, so Smith technically couldn’t have overruled him.
  • Aaron Wilson reports that Mallett’s teammates are “not surprised or displeased” by the team’s decision to release Mallet.
  • According to Wilson, Mallett had done a lot of damage to himself in locker room.
  • Adam Caplan mentions that Mallett loses $562,500 in per game roster bonuses now that he’s been released.