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Payton: Saints Want To Keep Mark Ingram (3/3 1:06 PT)

The Facts: The Saints have been in contact with Ingram as free agency nears and would reportedly like to work out a deal. During an interview at the Pelicans-Mavericks game Monday night in Dallas, Saints head coach Sean Payton indicated the club wanted to re-sign Ingram. “Obviously he’s someone that we want to keep,” Payton said. “Hopefully we can do that.” Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Ingram will become an unrestricted free agent on March 10. According to New Orleans Advocate staffer Nick Underhill, Payton said he had spoken with Ingram on Monday and that the club had a good working relationship with the tailback’s agent, Joel Segal. The 25-year-old Ingram rushed for a career-best 964 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014. The Saints' ability to reach a deal could be limited by lack of salary cap flexibility. ... Stay tuned. There will be other suitors.

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Usual Suspects -- Colts, Jags, Cardinals -- Will Have An Eye On DeMarco Murray (3/3 1:04 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Based on his understanding of Murray's situation, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport cautioned on Monday that there's a "slim chance" Murray will return to Dallas once the free-agent market opens next week. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: If Murray does defect from Texas, how would his market shape up in the era of the devalued running back? Rapoport identified four teams as potential suitors: The Colts (with $40 million to spend and a need at running back after swinging and missing on Trent Richardson; they are a lock to add a running back this offseason), the Cardinals and the Jaguars (who whiffed on Toby Gerhart as a feature back last year and relied more heavily on Denard Robinson, a player they still consider more of a complimentary type; the Jags also have more cap room than any other team). Rapoport also threw Seattle in the mix -- but only if Marshawn Lynch opts for retirement over a monster contract offer.

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Texans Give Andre Johnson Permission To Seek Trade (3/2 7:40 PT)

The Facts: According to Houston Chronicle staffer John McClain, the Texans gave Johnson permission to seek a trade. This came after the team told Johnson he'd have a reduced role this coming season. Johnson then asked to traded or cut instead.  Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: A 12-year veteran taken with the third overall pick by Houston in the 2003 draft, Johnson is due a $10.5 million base salary and is carrying a cap figure of over $16.1 million. Cutting Johnson would save the Texans $8.825 million in cap space and the Texans will release him if he's not traded. Johnson played in 15 games a year ago and caught 85 passes for 936 yards and three touchdowns as DeAndre Hopkins began to emerge as a viable weapon. ... It'll be interesting to see if Johnson garners any trade interest and what his value might be if so. Stay tuned.

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DeMarco Murray To Hit The Open Market (3/2 5:46 PT)

The Facts: While the Cowboys have mapped out their plan for Dez Bryant, they appear ready to allow the NFL's rushing champ, Murray, to hit the open market.  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: At the scouting combine, Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said if Murray did not sign before free agency began it would not preclude his return, citing Darren Woodson and Jay Novacek as past examples. Owner Jerry Jones said he wants the running back to be a Cowboy for life. And Murray has made it clear that money won't be the only factor in the decision where he plays in 2015. But the fact he'll hit the free-agent market clears the way for a move (and while it might not be the only factor, money will certainly be at the top of the list). We'll be watching his status closely.

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No Surprise; Not Tag For Randall Cobb (3/2 5:41 PT)

The Facts: Cobb is set to become a free agent as Green Bay chose not to franchise tag him. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: While he did not receive the designation, there are reports that Cobb and the Packers are working on a long-term deal to remain in Green Bay and he is looking to get $9 million per year. Cobb posted a career season in 2014, catching 91 balls for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns, all career highs. The Raiders and Jaguars would be among the teams likely to make a push for Cobb if he remains unsigned next Monday.

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Julius Thomas Will Test His Value As Unrestricted Free Agent (3/2 5:39 PT)

The Facts: The Broncos chose to tag Demaryius Thomas over Julius Thomas. Demaryius wasn't going anywhere. Julius, a one-dimensional, mostly red-zone producing tight end whose late ankle woes trumped his early rash of touchdowns, isn't worth re-signing. Reported by The Sporting News

Diehards Line: Well. ... He's not worth re-signing at the price he's looking for at the moment. It remains to be seen what that value actually is -- although he reportedly turned down a five-year, $40 million offer that wasn't structured to his specifications. The Broncos will likely try to retain him, but obviously price will be an issue and it appears there are those in Thomas' camp who aren't pleased with the way the TE has been treated by fans in Denver. ... Oakland, Atlanta and Jacksonville are all likely to have an interest.

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Jeremy Maclin Avoids Franchise Tag (3/2 5:34 PT)

The Facts: Maclin will reach the open market as the team decided Monday not to apply the franchise tag to the 26-year-old. Reported by CBS Boston

Diehards Line: Maclin, who posted a career season in 2014 with 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns, has remained hopeful and confident throughout the offseason a deal will get done to keep him in Philadelphia. Signing him to a long-term deal certainly seems to be in the Eagles' best interest, but much will depend on what other teams offer. Kansas City, where former Eagles HC Andy Reid is now working -- and where there's a need at the position -- will certainly be worth watching.

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Jordan Cameron Free To Test Open Market (3/2 5:32 PT)

The Facts: The Browns won't use their franchise tag on any player, meaning that Cameron will become a free agent on March 10.  Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Cameron had 24 catches for 424 yards and two touchdowns last season, at a salary of $1.431 million. It's not clear if the Browns will pursue him once he hits the open market. It's also not clear if Cameron wants to remain in Cleveland. Despite last year's concussion issues, there will be teams interested.

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Steelers Release Lance Moore (3/2 5:31 PT)

The Facts: Moore, a veteran wide receiver who signed with the Steelers last year, has been released. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: He caught just 14 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns last season. The 31-year-old Moore had some good seasons with the Saints and was a 1,000-yard receiver as recently as 2012. But he never seemed to fit in Pittsburgh’s offense, and he had asked for his release. Now Moore has gotten his wish and will be free to look for work somewhere else.

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Lions Re-Sign Dan Orlovsky (3/2 5:28 PT)

The Facts: The Detroit Lions have their backup quarterback for the 2015 season.  Reported by DetroitLions.com

Diehards Line: Orlovsky, who signed a one-year deal to be Matthew Stafford’s backup last season, has re-upped with the team on another one-year deal for next season. Orlovsky didn’t take a single snap in 2014, but HC Jim Caldwell referred to him as a “good wingman” during the season. Orlovsky, 31, is a veteran quarterback who’s had previous stints with Detroit, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis and Houston. The Lions don't plan to tender a restricted free agent tag on quarterback Kellen Moore, but Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told local reporters at the Combine that he’d like to have him back as well. The Lions kept Stafford, Orlovsky and Moore on the 53-man roster out of training camp last year. Orlovsky has a career record of 2-10 and has passed for 2,931 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions while completing 58.5 percent of his passes.

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Charles Clay Gets The Transition Tag (3/2 2:24 PT)

The Facts: The Dolphins announced that they have placed the transition tag on Clay, who was set to become a free agent next week. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The transition tag differs from the non-exclusive franchise tag in that it offers teams a chance to match other offers for the player without any compensation coming their way in the event they choose not to match the offer. It also pays the player the average of the top 10 players at the position from the previous year rather than the top five salaries covered by the franchise tag. For Clay, that salary would be $7.071 million although he’d have to sign the tag to eliminate the possibility that the Dolphins rescind it and move in a different direction. Clay had 58 catches for 605 yards in 2014 and was expected to be one of the top tight ends on the open market. Julius Thomas and Jordan Cameron now look like the best players at the position who will be set free on March 10.

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It's Official: Broncos Use Nonexclusive Franchise Tag On Demaryius Thomas (3/2 1:55 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... The Broncos have done the expected on Monday and placed their franchise tag on Thomas. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The move comes as little surprise after several reports out of Denver indicated that the two sides weren’t close to agreement on a long-term deal that would keep Thomas in Denver for years to come. General Manager John Elway indicated weeks ago that the team would use the tag if that’s how things played out. Denver announced that they used the non-exclusive tag, which means other teams can make a run at Thomas as long as he doesn’t sign it. The Broncos would have the right to match any offer and a team signing Thomas away would have to give the Broncos two first-round picks to make it happen. Thomas will make $12.8 million under the tag, which he can sign at any point. There’s also a window to agree to a multi-year deal until July 15 and Thomas would be on track for free agency again next year if he fails to do so.

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Patriots Place Franchise Tag On PK Stephen Gostkowski (3/2 1:54 PT)

The Facts: Patriots placed their franchise tag on Gostkowski, a league source has told ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: There was some speculation that safety Devin McCourty would get the team's franchise tag. But that's not the case. As Profootballtalk.com suggested earlier today, casual fans routinely scoff at the notion that a kicker is a “franchise player,” but kickers who get the franchise tag see a much lower one-year contract offer. For Gostkowski, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss estimates that the cash and cap number will be in the range of $4.5 million. By not tagging McCourty, the Patriots might have set the stage either to pay cornerback Darrelle Revis $20 million to keep him for 2015 (at a cap number of $25 million) or to give Revis a big-money extension. Whatever the case, Gostkowski gets the tag.

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Giants Place Franchise Tag On Jason Pierre-Paul (3/2 1:46 PT)

The Facts: Unable to come to terms on a longer deal, the Giants have placed the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per sources informed of the situation. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: The 2010 first-round pick will count just under $15 million against the team's salary cap for 2015. This was the ideal move for Jerry Reese and the Giants all along. If Pierre-Paul continues to work his way back to 2011 form, Reese will be able to clear the decks salary-cap wise and spend on a long-term deal. However, if some of Pierre-Paul's injury and maturity issues begin to surface, the team has an out after just one season. That isn't expected, though. Behind the scenes, the team has been impressed with Pierre-Paul's commitment to recovery after a damaging back surgery in 2013. The two-time Pro Bowl player had 12.5 sacks last season.

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Cowboys Apply Franchise Tag To Dez Bryant, As Expected (3/2 12:45 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... The Cowboys have franchised Bryant, a source has told FOXSports.com's Mike Garafolo. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: The Cowboys made no secret of the fact this was coming if the two sides failed to agree on a long-term deal before the today's deadline to apply tags. So Bryant is now in line to make $12.823 million this year if he signs the tag. The two sides would then have until July 15 to work out a long-term contract that would give Bryant the security (and guaranteed money) he wants while providing the Cowboys more flexibility to work within the cap (which jumps to $143 million this year). ... As Garafolo put it: "We'll see where it goes from here."

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Vikings In Contact With Adrian Peterson (3/2 12:37 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... The Vikings officials have communicated with Peterson since last Thursday's ruling by a federal judge that enabled team officials to reach out to the star running back. "We've had open dialogue,' general manager Rick Spielman said Monday. "I'll just say it's beneficial that we're able to talk to him just like it's beneficial we're able to talk to any player." Reported by the St. Paul Pioneer-Press

Diehards Line: U.S. District Judge David Doty of Minneapolis last Thursday vacated a Dec. 12 arbitration award that favored the NFL, clearing the way for Peterson to be reinstated from a suspension for a child-abuse incident. The NFL said it had filed a notice of appeal, a process that could last to June, but Peterson was moved from the suspension back to the commissioner's exempt list, enabling Vikings officials to communicate with him. Spielman wouldn't say who in the organization has talked to Peterson since last Thursday's ruling. He said HC Mike Zimmer is allowed full communication. "We are able to have communication now with Adrian,' Spielman said. "We'll keep all those communications internal. I don't want to sit here and give you guys a blow-by-blow every day. I think it's been very clearly stated that we want Adrian Peterson back. There's no question about the talent and he's a unique talent and he's under contract with us.' Peterson has three years left on his contract, including $12.75 due in 2015, but none of it is guaranteed. ... Stay tuned.

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Eagles Haven't Asked LeSean McCoy To Take A Pay Cut... Yet (3/2 12:36 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles have not approached McCoy about restructuring his contract. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: While there has been a lot of speculation about whether they would ask him for a pay cut (or a restructuring that pays him the same amount but in a different way), agent Drew Rosenhaus confirms that PFT that the team has not yet approached him with a request to do either thing. That might not mean anything, as they could at any time, but the dot-connecting is reasonable, considering he's scheduled to count $11.9 million against the salary cap. That's especially true following a year in which he gained nearly 300 fewer yards on the same amount of carries (1,607 to 1,319), and had just over half as many catches as the year before. As PFT notes, McCoy has said he's willing to shuffle some paperwork around to create cap room, but isn't interested in a pay cut.

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Jacoby Jones To Visit Titans, Bengals (3/2 12:35 PT)

The Facts: Geoff Hobson of the team's website reports that Jones is scheduled for a visit with the team. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports the same as well as the visit with the Titans. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Neither the Bengals nor Titans are expected to use their franchise tag on Monday, leaving them free to work on other matters before the start of the new league year next week. Jones was released by the Ravens last week, leaving him free to sign with Cincinnati, Tennessee or any other team that's interested in bringing him on board. Jones had just nine catches for the Ravens last season, but did average 30 yards per kickoff return. That would represent an improvement for each team, although neither team would seem to have a pressing need for Jones's services on offense given the overall makeup of their receiving groups.

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Ndamukong Suh Will Hit The Open Market (3/2 12:33 PT)

The Facts: The Detroit Lions announced Monday that they will not franchise tag Suh, their star defensive tackle.  Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: The tag would have cost Detroit $26.8 million because his renegotiated salary in 2014 was $22.4 million (the tag calls for 120 percent increase in a player's salary from the previous season). According to NFL.com, the number seemed prohibitive from the start. The reality of paying such an exorbitant amount to one player -- regardless of his importance to one of the NFL's top defenses -- likely persuaded GM Martin Mayhew to decide against the tag. Suh will hit the open market with the rest of the free agents on March 10.

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Chiefs Apply Franchise Tag To Justin Houston (3/2 12:31 PT)

The Facts: NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per a source of the team's plans, that Kansas City will place the franchise tender on pass rushing LB Houston just a few months after he finished the 2014 season as the NFL's sack leader (22).  Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Rapoport adds that Houston will not sign the tag any time soon, per a source informed of the player's thinking. PFT is reporting that Houston might be considering sitting out until Week 10. ... Houston is just 26 and has made three straight Pro Bowls in Kansas City. The tag, which will cost the Chiefs roughly $14 million, is a relative bargain considering the mega-deal a team would have been willing to hand Houston on the open market. With pass rushers at an increasing premium, the move ensures Andy Reid and the Chiefs the opportunity to arrange some numbers so they can invest in Houston well beyond the 2015 season.

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