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Jake Rudock is slated to become the Lions' backup quarterback in 2017, The Detroit Free Press reports.


The 33-year-old Dan Orlovsky acted as the Lions' backup quarterback in each of the past three seasons, but over the weekend he was informed the team will let his contract expire this offseason and promote Rudock to the No. 2 role. Here, Detroit is essentially swapping veteran experience for the youth and upside Rudock brings to the table. However, since starter Matthew Stafford hasn't missed a game in six years, Rudock is highly unlikely to see any meaningful playing time in 2017.

The Texans likely won't use their franchise tag on A.J. Bouye, the Houston Chronicle reports.


After ranking in the top 10 in the NFL in terms of passes defended (16) last season, Bouye is a hot commodity as he becomes an unrestricted free agent for the first time. The only organization he's ever known, the Texans, are seemingly hamstrung by the commitments already made to others for 2017, including to fellow cornerbacks Kareem Jackson ($9 million) and Johnathan Joseph ($6.9 million). As a result, the front office likely won't allot more than $14 million in order to keep Bouye in the fold this fall. If the preceding comes to fruition, he should strike it rich on the free-agent market and become another team's No. 1 CB.

The Cardinals are expected to place their franchise tag on Chandler Jones, the Arizona Republic reports.


The NFL has entered the two-week stretch in which organizations can utilize both the franchise and transition tags, but decisions must be made by 4 PM ET on March 1. If the Cardinals make such a call, as expected, the two sides will have until July 15 to reach agreement on a multi-year contract. If terms aren't reached, though, Jones will play under a salary in excess of $15 million next season. No matter what comes to pass, he's slated to form a formidable pass-rushing duo with Markus Golden, who both reached double-digit sacks in 2016.

The Steelers are unsure about Senquez Golson's (foot) status for the 2017 season, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.


Golson hasn't appeared in a single game since being picked by the Steelers in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He had Lisfranc surgery on his foot in August and ended the 2016 season on injured reserve. He'll continue to work on rehabbing his injury in the hopes of making his debut at some point during the 2017 campaign.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (T, NYJ)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (hamstring) agreed to a plea deal Wednesday in the Hillsborough (Fla.) County Court for his DUI arrest last September, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.


The incident precipitated Seferian-Jenkins' release from the Buccaneers, with whom he spent the first two seasons of his career. Shortly after he was jettisoned, the TE-needy Jets claimed him off waivers, and while he led his positional group across the board, he accounted for just 10 catches (on 17 targets) for 110 yards across seven games due to a couple of injuries. Ultimately, he missed the season finale with a hamstring issue, which shouldn't hinder his ability to participate in the offseason program. Owed $1.1 million in 2017, Seferian-Jenkins could lose a portion of his salary if the league opts to punish him for a second DUI offense.

Ramon Humber re-signed with the Bills on Thursday, Mike Rodak of ESPN reports.


Humber played 16 games with the Bills in 2016, mostly on special teams, where he recorded 12 of his 16 total tackles. He will look to continue in that role in the coming season but could be promoted to a defensive role if Buffalo ends up hobbled by injuries.

C.J. Prosise (shoulder) is expected to achieve full health in advance of OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.


Prosise's rookie season was characterized by injury, as he dealt with a hip flexor in the offseason program, was hampered by a hamstring concern in the preseason, missed four games after suffering a chipped bone in his right hand in Week 1, and spent the Seahawks' final eight outings (including playoffs) tending to a broken scapula. When healthy, though, he flashed between Weeks 7 and 11, racking up 29 carries for 170 yards and one touchdown, which he supplemented with 16 receptions (on 18 targets) for 195 yards. With such production on his professional ledger, Prosise is poised to serve as a change-of-pace option, at worst, behind Thomas Rawls in 2017, but the potential exists for an elevated role due to Rawls' own injury history.

Tony Romo (Q, Dal)

Tony Romo expects to be released by the Cowboys this offseason, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.


A preseason compression fracture of the L1 vertebrae in Romo's back allowed the Cowboys to discover their quarterback for years to come in Dak Prescott, who along with fellow rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott helped their side to the No. 1 seed on the NFC side of the playoff bracket in 2016. With Prescott entrenched at the top of the QB depth chart, Dallas' front office has a tough call on its hands with Romo this offseason. If Romo is to be believed, he'll enter the open market in the coming weeks or months, giving him another chance to start elsewhere. Clearly, interested parties will have to weigh risk versus reward, but a 78-49 record as a starter and more than 34,000 passing yards on his odometer will likely supersede the soon-to-be 37-year-old's checkered medical chart.

Matthew Paradis (hip) had surgery again Tuesday, this time on his left hip, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.


Paradis had surgery on his right hip only a month ago, but even with this most recent left hip procedure, he's expected to be fully recovered by the time the 2017 regular season commences. According to Jhabvala, Paradis is the only Broncos player that has played every snap in each of the last two seasons, despite persistent pain in his hips, so the surgeries will likely help him stay more durable as time goes on.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee) was cut by the Dolphins on Thursday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.


Ekpre-Olomu never played a snap for the Dolphins, so it isn't surprising to see him go. He will look to recover from his knee injury and then likely fight for a spot on an NFL roster this coming fall.

Earl Mitchell was released by the Dolphins on Thursday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.


Mitchell was scheduled to earn $4.5 million in 2017, of which the Dolphins save $4 million by cutting him. The defensive tackle shouldn't be out of a job for long, however, as he is very talented and is an asset when it comes to stopping the run. With Mitchell gone, Jordan Phillips is expected to take over as the Dolphins' starting defensive tackle next to Ndamukong Suh (knee).

Mario Williams was released by the Dolphins on Thursday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.


Considering Williams' poor 2016 season, during which he recorded only 1.5 sacks and was eventually replaced as a starter by Andre Branch, it is not surprising to see him get the axe. He would have been owed $10.5 million against the cap in 2017, of which the Dolphins save $8.5 million by releasing him. With Williams gone, Branch could yet again be called upon to start on the Dolphins' defensive line.

Sports agent Leigh Steinberg announced Wednesday that he has signed Vince Young, who wants to attempt a football comeback.


Considering that Young hasn't suited up in the NFL since 2011 and he's now 33 years old, this seems like a long shot, but the No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 draft seems to think he can play again. We'll see if any teams agree.

Branden Albert will be released by the Dolphins on Thursday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.


Albert's release signals the start of Laremy Tunsil's tenure at left tackle for the Dolphins, who the team has pegged a future Hall of Famer since they drafted him in the first round of the 2016 draft. The move also saves Miami $7.2 million in cap space, but the Dolphins surrender a good player in Albert, who will surely be sought after throughout the coming months. Look for him to have a job at either guard or tackle by the time the 2017 regular season commences.

Melvin Gordon (R, SD)

New head coach Anthony Lynn believes Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) could rise to another level in his third season, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports. "He did a hell of a job from his rookie year to his sophomore year," Lynn said. "And I told him we can take this to another level. We're going to do some things running-wise that I can think can help him."


It's interesting to note that Lynn did not discuss Gordon's burgeoning receiving skills, instead opting to discuss what he could improve while running the ball. Given Danny Woodhead's impending free agency, it remains to be seen if the Chargers view Gordon as a three-down back or if they'll prefer to utilize him strictly in the ground game. Regardless, it's clear Lynn and the rest of the Chargers' staff took notice of the Wisconsin alum's breakout 2016 campaign. Assuming he recovers from a hip strain and a knee sprain that caused him to miss the final three games of the regular season, Gordon should certainly be considered one of the top fantasy running backs entering the 2017 season.

Nick Mangold (ankle) will not require surgery, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.


Mangold was only able to play eight games in 2016 before being placed on injured reserve. The center has been a cornerstone of the Jets' offensive line for 11 years now but may be asked to walk before training camp starts, as he's scheduled to earn $9.075 million this coming year, including a $2.4 million bonus due at training camp. The Jets will need to decide if Mangold's injury-riddled 2016 is worth the financial risk of keeping him on for the coming season, or if he is worth letting go, which the team recently did with veteran tackle Ryan Clady (shoulder).

William Gholston (elbow), an unrestricted free agent the Bucs wish to retain, nevertheless isn't a candidate for the franchise or transition tags, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.


The soon-to-be fifth-year pro was one of the Bucs' most effective run stoppers in 2016, tallying 49 tackles (37 solo) and equaling a career high with three sacks over 14 games. However, the team and Gholston will have to come to terms on a multi-year dear for him to remain in Tampa, as the 2017 franchise tag for defensive ends is expected to be about $17 million, while the rarely-used transition tag is likely to run approximately $14 million. Although the team regards Gholston as one of its most dependable components along the front seven, those costs would be prohibitive relative to his overall impact and upside. The Bucs may allow Gholston to test the open market before entering into negotiations for his return in earnest, and could seek out a more dynamic pass-rushing presence as his potential replacement in the interim.

Terrelle Pryor (W, Cle)

The Browns don't expect to use the franchise tag on Terrelle Pryor (finger), Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.


The Browns' desire to retain Pryor isn't in question; the issue at hand is the price it would take to re-sign him. Should Cleveland slap Pryor with the franchise tag, the Browns would be on the hook to pay him north of $15 million in 2017. By comparison, Julio Jones and A.J. Green are scheduled to make $11.5 million and $10.3 million in base salary, respectively. The deadline to assign franchise tags is March 1. After that, Pryor and the Browns have until March 9 to reach a long-term deal or else the receiver will hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent. Pryor is progressing from the finger surgery he underwent in mid-January, as the video he posted on Twitter today revealed he's now able to hold weight in his right hand. Barring any sort of setback, he should be full go for the start of offseason workouts in April regardless of whatever roster he's on.

Kelvin Beachum is headed to the free-agent market, NFL.com's Mike Garafolo reports.


In what was somewhat of a surprising move, the Jaguars elected not to exercise Beachum's option for 2017. He has until March 9 to try and reach a new deal with Jacksonville, but if the two sides can't agree to terms, Beachum will be free to sign with any team.

Connor Shaw (lower leg) expects to return in time for OTAs, The State reports. "I'm getting the strength back. I'm back running and throwing, so taking it day by day and getting better every day," the quarterback said.


Shaw missed the entire 2016 campaign due to a broken leg suffered in the preseason. When healthy, he'll enter a fluid Bears quarterback picture. Not only is Jay Cutler (shoulder) facing an uncertain future with the organization due to his underwhelming on-field performance since signing a seven-year, $126 million contract in 2014, but the other two names above Shaw on the depth chart, Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, are both set to be unrestricted free agents. Shaw and No. 5 QB David Fales, on the other hand, will be restricted free agents. Further complicating matters is the likelihood of the team selecting a quarterback in this year's draft. All in all, at this point in time it is anyone's guess what the future holds in store for the 25-year-old.