- According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, there’s been talk in NFL circles of the 49ers possibly targeting DE Ezekiel Ansah in free agency this offseason.
- Barrows writes that there’s a thinking that Ansah might not be as well suited for a Matt Patricia-style defense in Detroit as he would be for the 49ers’ version of the 4-3.
- We have Ansah featured in our Top 100 – 2018 NFL Free Agents list.
“I believe (John) Dorsey will block out the noise and take the best guy (in Allen),” the executive said. “And the Browns will be good very soon.”
The executive added that “the best comp for Allen (6-5, 233) is Big Ben (Roethlisberger) when he came out of college.”
- ESPN’s Mel Kiper surprised some people today by projecting Allen to the Browns at the top of his 2018 Mock Draft, despite the consensus being that Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen are the top-two quarterback prospects.
- A few weeks ago, there was some buzz that there’s “no way” new Browns GM John Dorsey will pass on Allen with the No. 1 overall pick. (NFLTR)
Falcons HC Dan Quinn told reporters on Thursday that he plans to move Vic Beasley back to defensive end next season.
“I have re-assessed it,” Quinn told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He played six games at linebacker and two injured. I’m going to put him full-time, all-the-time back at pass rusher. I thought it was best for the team even though some of his production would go down.
“His best role is doing what he does. He won’t go back to linebacker.”
- Quinn mentioned that he plans to speak with former Panthers QB coach Ken Dorsey about a position. (D. Orlando Ledbetter)
- As for RB Devonta Freeman, Quinn said that he won’t require surgery for his PCL tear/MCL sprain. (Vaughn McClure)
Vikings OL Joe Berger said previously he plans to retire after the 2017 season, but he plans to take some time this offseason before making anything official.
“My thought is that  is it,” Berger said, per Ben Goessling. “However, I’m not going to try to make that decision in the middle of all this. We’ll make that decision in March, April.“