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Josh McCown Agrees To Terms With Cleveland (2/27 5:31 PT)

The Facts: According to his agent, Mike McCartney, McCown has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: The Bills were also said to be in the hunt, which obviously helped the veteran signal caller get a deal he can live with in Cleveland. According to FOXSports.com's Mike Garafolo, McCown got a three-year contract. Released by the Buccaneers earlier this month, McCown enjoyed the finest season of his career with the Bears in 2013, throwing 13 touchdowns to just one interception in eight games. Things didn't go as well in Tampa Bay last season. He started 11 games in his time with the Bucs, completing 56.3 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a 70.5 quarterback rating. But with Cleveland looking for a starting QB, assume McCown is the leading candidate until further notice.

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Adrian Peterson Issues A Statement; Says Little (2/27 4:27 PT)

The Facts: On Thursday, Judge David Doty overturned the arbitration decision upholding the suspension of Peterson. While Peterson is not yet reinstated, he has been returned to the Commissioner-Exempt list, which allows him to speak to the Vikings. On Friday, he spoke publicly, via press release. "I was pleased to learn about Judge Doty's decision," Peterson said. "It is a positive step in protecting players' rights and preserving due process for all players." Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The statement continued: "It also brings me one step closer to getting back on the football field and playing the sport I love. As I prepare for my return to football, I am still focused on my family and continue to work to become a better father every day. ..." As PFT notes, Peterson says nothing about whether he does or doesn't want to return to the Vikings. Last week, he confirmed that he has some misgivings about returning to Minnesota, which holds his rights for the next three seasons. Meanwhile, the Vikings, Colts, Cardinals and Cowboys are all being mentioned as teams that could wind up with Peterson on their roster. We shall see.

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Reggie Wayne Still Considering His Future As He Rehabs From Surgery (2/27 4:23 PT)

The Facts: According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Wayne had triceps surgery and is now rehabbing as he mulls whether to play in 2015. The Colts wait, too.  Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: In case you missed it, Wayne's productivity fell off precipitously after he suffered an elbow injury. Whether the six-time Pro Bowler decides to return after getting passed by younger players remains to be seen. He sounded uncertain earlier this month and the decision could hinge of the success of his elbow surgery. Donte Moncrief owners should stay tuned; while Wayne's presence wouldn't preclude the second-year man to be from moving into the starting lineup, the veteran's absence wouldn't hurt.

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Aaron Dobson Putting In Extra Work This Offseason (2/27 4:22 PT)

The Facts: Dobson is anteing up for a season that could define his NFL career. After a pair of injury-shortened campaigns, Dobson dedicated himself to a new workout plan at Fischer Institute in Phoenix. Dobson has been in the program for two weeks and is expected to remain for 6-8 weeks before returning to Gillette Stadium for the April 20 start of offseason workouts. Reported by the Boston Herald

Diehards Line: Brett Fischer, who runs the facility, has vast experience with the Patriots, as he hosted Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty among a handful of defensive backs last offseason. He has a history of producing results. Fischer has seen a 2013 second-round pick who is motivated to come back strong after a couple of disappointing seasons. “He was talking about, ‘When I go up there (to Foxboro) and they see me again, I want to make sure they know I’m in the best shape of my life.’ He is really determined,” Fischer said. ... Dobson strained his hamstring in Week 13, and the Patriots placed him on injured reserve, though he didn’t require surgery. He only caught three passes for 38 yards in 2014, which was also interrupted on the front end because he underwent major surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot last March. As a result, Dobson didn’t debut at practice until Aug. 11, so he essentially missed nine weeks of offseason workouts and two weeks of training camp. Will different preparation this offseason lead to different outcome? We'll be watching for more.

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Dolphins Release WR Brandon Gibson (2/27 3:41 PT)

The Facts: In addition to the previously reported release of Brian Hartline, the Dolphins announced the release of Gibson on Friday. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Gibson signed a three-year $9.755 million contract that same offseason. His release will save the franchise $3.26 million. Gibson was a No. 4 receiver who caught 29 passes and one touchdown in just 516 snaps. The next task for the Dolphins brass will be to figure out how to proceed with Mike Wallace and his bloated contract. ... Stay tuned.

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Report: No Progress On Long-Term Deal For Demaryius Thomas (2/27 1:56 PT)

The Facts: According to CBS4 in Denver's Vic Lombardi, there hasn't been much progress on a long-term deal for Thomas. He expects to be franchise tagged on Tuesday.  Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: It will be no surprise if that's how it plays out. GM John Elway said at the NFL Scouting Combine last Thursday that the team will either sign Thomas to a long-term contract by the March 2 deadline or they will use the tag on him to ensure that he remains with the team for the 2015 season. Thomas has caught 297 passes for 4,483 yards and 35 touchdowns over the last three seasons and he should have plenty of big years ahead (Thomas doesn't turn 28 until December). Using the tag would still give the two sides until July to work out a long-term deal that both sides would prefer. ... Stay tuned.

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Shane Vereen Downplays Notion He Wants $5 Million A Year (2/27 1:50 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Vereen doesn't expect to make $5 million next year, and he wants that to be perfectly clear before the negotiation period gets particularly heated. New England's most dependable running back responded directly on Twitter to a report that he was "hopeful" to haul in the running back's equivalent of a mega-deal this offseason. "Haha not true," Vereen tweeted. "But who wouldn't be?!?!" Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: As NFL.com's Conor Orr suggested, "In a way it's sad that Vereen wants to make it known that he's not asking for $5 million. For a crucial piece of a complicated passing offense, his skill set and understanding are extremely valuable and should be weighted heavily come bargaining time." But that's the market as it stands now. Teams just aren't putting out top-end money for running backs. ... Vereen, 25, is coming off the first 16-game season of his career. His previous high was 13 back in 2012.

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Path Now Clear For Chiefs To Ramp Up Travis Kelce's Snaps (2/27 1:48 PT)

The Facts: It looks like the Chiefs are paving the way for Kelce to be their undisputed, lead tight end in 2015. On Thursday, the team announced the release of veteran TE Anthony Fasano, who had been their primary starter for the last two years. Reported by the Kansas City Star

Diehards Line: Kelce, who essentially had his entire rookie season wiped out because of a knee injury, bounced back to catch 67 passes for 862 yards and five touchdowns in 2014. He started 11 games, but with Fasano out of the mix, Star beat writer Terez A. Paylor reports the Chiefs will clearly be relying on him to be an every-down threat. The Chiefs currently have four other tight ends on the roster, including second-year pro Demetrius Harris, veteran Richard Gordon and developmental prospects Brandon Barden and Adam Schiltz. Harris, who is listed at 6-7 and 230 pounds, caught three passes for 20 yards in eight games (three starts) before a foot injury ended his season. He would appear to be in the mix for the No. 2 job, though free agency and the draft could change that.

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Bears Re-Sign TE Zach Miller (2/27 1:47 PT)

The Facts: Chicago has signed Miller to a one-year contract, the team said Friday morning on Twitter. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The 30-year-old Miller spent the 2014 regular season on injured reserve after suffering a foot injury in August. At the time of his injury, Miller was bidding to make the Bears, and he had just come off a six-catch, two-TD performance in Chicago's preseason opener. A Nebraska-Omaha product, Miller has caught 45 passes for 470 yards and four touchdowns in NFL regular-season play, all with Jacksonville (2009-2011).

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Bengals Release WR Greg Little (2/27 1:46 PT)

The Facts: The Bengals released Little, a veteran who was inactive for five of the last seven games and only played in the Wild Card Game because of injuries, on Friday. Reported by Bengals.com

Diehards Line: Little's biggest moments as a Bengal came when he signed and then called out his former head coach in Cleveland, Mike Pettine, and when he had two huge catches in the win over Baltimore at PBS. The move foreshadows what should be an active week next week at Paul Brown Stadium in the run-up to the March 10 start of free agency. It's believed the Bengals are going to be taking some visits with some of players that joined Little this week on the street.

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Vince Young To Work Out At Upcoming Veteran Combine (2/27 1:38 PT)

The Facts: Michael Sam's not going to be the only curiosity at the NFL's first veteran combine on March 22. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Young will be there taking part as well. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Young had allegedly retired, and taken a job at the University of Texas, but he apparently has the itch to play again. He's been out of the league since being cut by the Browns last offseason (roll that around in your head for a moment), saying at the time his retirement was "definitely official, I think in my book." Young, a former first-round draft pick, made a pair of Pro Bowls with the Titans, but also floundered through stints with the Eagles, Bills and Packers as well.

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Report: Mike Wallace Not Interested In Restructuring (2/27 9:46 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... While NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports of the Dolphins shopping Wallace, the wideout has no plans to rework his contract to remain with the team. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Thursday that, according to unnamed sources, Wallace has told the Dolphins he will not restructure the final three years and $32.9 million remaining on his five-year, $60 million contract signed in 2013. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: According to the Sun-Sentinel, Wallace, displeased with the conservative nature of the team's offense, would rather test the free-agent market than re-work the details of his contract. The Dolphins would save $6.9 million on the cap with $5.2 million in dead money this season by cutting Wallace with a post-June 1 designation. There are four options: Wallace can play under his current contract for one more year (when he becomes immensely more cuttable); be traded; be cut; or restructure his contract. If he doesn't want to do the latter, cutting him might become the best option for the Dolphins.

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Falcons Release Harry Douglas (2/27 9:43 PT)

The Facts: PFT has learned, via a league source, that the team has released Douglas, the veteran wide receiver as they continue to get their house in order ahead of the start of the new league year. The move comes a day after the Falcons parted ways with running back Steven Jackson. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Douglas was set to make $3.5 million in the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Falcons in 2012. None of that money was guaranteed, so the Falcons will be able to put it toward other uses this offseason. Douglas battled injuries while playing in 12 games for the Falcons last season and finished the year with 51 catches for 556 yards and two touchdowns. He had 85 catches for 1,067 yards in 2013 as he stepped into a larger role with Julio Jones out of the lineup, but he’s been best suited for a complementary role on offense over the course of his career. As PFT suggests, Douglas will likely have a few teams interested in giving him a chance. He is free to sign with them before other free agents flood the market on March 10.

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Dolphins Releasing Brian Hartline (2/27 9:37 PT)

The Facts: According to agent Drew Rosenhaus, the Dolphins have said Hartline will be released on Friday. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Hartline was due to earn a base salary of $5.9 million this year, the third of a five-year, $30 million contract. He received $7 million to sign; $4.2 million must still be accounted for on the salary cap. In his first season under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, Hartline had the lowest yardage output of his career with 474, despite starting all 16 regular-season games in 2014. He surpassed 1,000 yards in 2013 and 2012. As PFT notes, the move gives the 28-year-old a 10-day head start on the open market.

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The Latest: Vikings Now Allowed Contact With Adrian Peterson (2/27 12:30 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... A statement team officials issued didn’t expressly address the question of whether the Vikings can now speak directly to Peterson, who has been restored from suspended status to the Commissioner-Exempt list. Per a team source, they can.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As PFT's Mike Florio notes, that’s a huge development for the Vikings, who hadn’t been able to make their case directly to Peterson as to why he should return for a ninth season with the team. Meanwhile, ESPN.com's Kevin Siefert reminded readers the Vikings have a history of trading star players when they are disgruntled. In the past 10 years, they have shipped away a Hall of Fame WR (Randy Moss, 2005), a franchise QB (Daunte Culpepper, 2006) and arguably their best player (Percy Harvin, 2012). Seifert added there are people in the Vikings' organization who desperately want him back, but there are others who are conflicted. Add their uncertainty to Peterson's public uneasiness, the outcome is hard to predict. If the Vikings want to keep him, their one bit of leverage is money. They almost certainly can (and would) pay him more than any other team to play in 2015. One last note for tonight: On Thursday, Adrian’s father, Nelson Peterson, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the elder Peterson has heard “rumors” of three potential destinations for Adrian, Arizona, Indianapolis and Dallas. Nelson Peterson didn’t say who he heard the rumors from. All three teams make sense, and they mesh with rumors that have been making the rounds in league circles for the past few months.

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Browns Still In The Hunt For Josh McCown (2/27 12:29 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... The Browns, like the Bills, are vying to sign McCown, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Thursday night. Furthermore, John Wawrow of the Associated Press reported McCown has engaged in “contract discussions” with Buffalo and Cleveland.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Now, we wait to see with whom McCown signs and what he garners. The signing team will likely be out of the mix for a veteran quarterback, which could winnow the options for soon-to-be free agents like Brian Hoyer (Cleveland) and Mark Sanchez (Philadelphia). ... According to PFT's Mike Wilkening, for McCown, the motivation to get a deal done now is clear. Released by the Buccaneers earlier this month, he’s the only veteran passer currently getting any interest before free agency begins on Tuesday, March 10. The Bills and Browns have reason to get a deal done, too. Their shopping at the position would be done, and the cost would be on the books. They could turn their attention to other options when the market opens next month. And the needs of both clubs go beyond quarterback. ... Stay tuned.

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Colts Re-Sign Matt Hasselback (2/27 12:26 PT)

The Facts: The Colts announced they had signed pending free agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to a one-year deal, keeping their trusted backup in house. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Having Andrew Luck as their starting quarterback minimizes the need for a Plan B for the Colts. And while the Colts hope he doesn’t change that anytime soon, Hasselbeck is a comforting presence. The 39-year old hasn’t started a game since he was in Tennessee in 2012. But the former Seahawks starter has added some gravity to the locker room, and been a good sounding board for Luck during his development, so keeping him made sense for both sides.

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The Falcons Release Steven Jackson (2/26 6:30 PT)

The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Falcons have released Jackson. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: The move comes as no real surprise. ... Jackson turns 32 in July and his release saves the Falcons $3.75 million against the salary cap. It also opens the door to younger, fresher legs in new coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense. Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers (assuming he's re-signed) will both get ample opportunity to show what they're capable of in Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme. The team could also re-sign Antone Smith, who has proven to be a dangerous weapon despite limited touches. An updated and more detailed version of this story is available now.

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NFL Files Appeal In Adrian Peterson Case (2/26 4:32 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... The suspension of Peterson was overturned by U.S. District Judge David S. Doty. The NFL is appealing the ruling. “[W]e believe strongly that Judge Doty’s order is incorrect and fundamentally at odds with well-established legal precedent governing the district court’s role in reviewing arbitration decisions,” the NFL said in statement released to PFT. “As a result, we have filed a notice of appeal to have the ruling reviewed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In the interim, Adrian Peterson will be returned to the Commissioner Exempt List pending further proceedings by appeals officer Harold Henderson or a determination by the Eighth Circuit Court.” Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The NFL suspended Peterson on Nov. 18 stemming from a no contest plea on what the league called "an incident of abusive discipline" toward his 4-year-old son. Because the appeal was denied, Peterson was not eligible for reinstatement prior to April 15. The NFLPA felt that the NFL's arbitrator exceeded his authority by suspending Peterson and filed suit in Doty's court. Doty agreed. Now the NFL is taking the next step. ... Stay tuned.

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Cowboys Have No Comment On Dez Bryant's 2011 Police Report (2/26 2:49 PT)

The Facts: On Thursday morning, the media company partially owned by the Cowboys published a police report from a July 2011 incident at a Wal-Mart in Lancaster, Texas. The Cowboys tell PFT that they have no comment on the police report. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Previously, the Cowboys haven’t officially commented on the reports and rumors of an incident at a Dallas-area Wal-Mart; as recently as last night, the Cowboys said they’re “not in the business of commenting on rumors or an alleged tape the contents of which no one can validate.” Folks like COO Stephen Jones has told members of the Dallas media that the team has no knowledge of any video. In contrast, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media declares that the Cowboys have known about the incident that occurred in a Wal-Mart parking lot “for some time” and have “taken particular interest in it.” As PFT's Mike Florio recounted, this story became an open secret among national NFL media members not because of the police report but because of the rumored existence of a video. So now the race to get the video (or a clear statement that there is no video) intensifies, whether the video comes from law enforcement, from Wal-Mart, or from someone else who happens to have it and may be inclined to swap it for cash. ... Stay tuned.

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