NFL Notes: Broncos, Eagles, Giants, Seahawks & Steelers



Broncos FS Darian Stewart says he will play in the Super Bowl despite suffering a grade two MCL strain in his right-knee during the AFC Championship game.

I’ll be fine for the Super Bowl,’’ Stewart said, via Mike Klis of 9News NBC. “When you want something bad enough nothing will keep you out.’’


  • Eagles executive Howie Roseman said the team hopes to extend a “couple of other guys” before the start of the free agent period. (Alex Marvez)
  • It is worth mentioning that the Eagles are reportedly in long-term extension discussions with DE Fletcher Cox.


  • Paul Schwartz of the New York Post believes the Giants should target a pass-rusher with their No. 10 overall pick and mentions BYU DE Bronson Kaufusi as a suitable candidate.


Seahawks DL Jesse Williams announced that he has been medically cleared to resume playing football after undergoing surgery for Papillary Type 2 cancer back in May. He was later placed on the non-football injury list in September.

Finally Got the All clear to return to Football,” Williams said on Twitter. “Now just wait for my Opportunity.”

Williams, 25, is currently an exclusive rights free agent for the Seahawks. Seattle could retain him by making a qualifying offer by March 9, or he will become an unrestricted free agent.

Williams has yet to appear in any regular season games as he sustained season-ending injuries in each year of his career since being drafted in 2013.


Steelers owner Art Rooney II said the team intends to improve their pass defense this offseason through the NFL Draft and free agency.

I think when you look statistically, we weren’t where we would like to be in pass defense,” Rooney said, via Mark Kaboly Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I would say that’s an area we know we want to improve in. We certainly made progress on defense and got better as the year went on.”

Kaboly lists defensive backs William Gay, Antwon Blake, Brandon Boykin, Robert GoldenWill Allen and Cortez Allen as players that could potentially get released from the team.

Obviously, we have to look at some opportunities this offseason, both in terms of free agency and the draft,” Rooney said. “So, it’s something we have to keep working on.

Kaboly also believes fourth round rookie CB Doran Grant could be moved to safety for 2016.

In 2015, the Steelers finished the season ranked No. 21 in total defense while ranking No. 30 against the pass.

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