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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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NFL Salary Cap Up Again; Will Be $143 Million Per Team In 2015 (3/2 12:31 PT)

The Facts: The 2015 NFL salary cap is officially in. And it's high. The NFL told teams Monday that the 2015 salary cap will be $143.28 million -- well above its December estimate of $138 million. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: The salary cap figure has ballooned in recent years as the effects of new bulging television deals are being figured into the amount. The total has jumped $10 million each of the past two seasons. Several teams will enter the free-agent market on March 10 with large chunks of cap space available. Per OverTheCap.com -- based on a $143 million projection with additional cap carry over where applicable -- the Jaguars have $68.2 million, the Raiders $55.4 million, the Browns $53.74 million and Jets $51.45 million in cap space. The salary cap news on Monday coincided with the franchise tag deadline.

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Demaryius Thomas To Get Nonexclusive Franchise Tag (3/2 12:08 PT)

The Facts: Regardless of how overpowering Thomas may be on the field, the Broncos will catch him in the game of franchise tag Monday and he will be it in a bargaining move that all but ensures the team of retaining their star wide receiver for the 2015 season. Specifically, the Broncos are expected to use the "nonexclusive" tag on Thomas.  Reported by the Denver Post

Diehards Line: As Post staffer Mike Klis explained, the "nonexclusive" tags makes it possible for other teams to negotiate with Thomas, although the Broncos would have the right to match any offer. Moreover, should the Broncos decide against matching an offer, the team signing away Thomas would have to compensate Denver with two first-round draft picks. The Broncos have tried to sign him to a long-term deal. Their offer last August would have made him the league's third-highest-paid wide receiver at about $13 million per year. Thomas was seeking something north of $15 million per. Thomas is coming off three big seasons in which he had 94, 92 and 111 catches. His yards in those three seasons were 1,434, 1,430 and 1,619. He scored 10, 14 and 11 touchdowns. During that three-year span, no other wide receiver in the NFL had more receiving yards and Thomas was second only to Antonio Brown in catches and second to Dez Bryant in touchdowns.

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Could Le'Veon Bell's Suspension Be Four Games? (3/1 5:12 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... The new substance-abuse policy imposes a two-game suspension for a first-offense DUI. By landing on probation for a July 2014 DUI arrest arising from marijuana use, Bell is expected to be suspended for two games. But there’s a catch that could result in a doubling of Bell’s expected punishment. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: According to PFT's Mike Florio, the new substance-abuse policy makes a two-game suspension the standard penalty for a DUI arising from alcohol use. For violations of the law involving other substances of abuse, a first offense exposes the player to a suspension of “up to four” games. Florio went on to note it's unclear whether the NFL will give Bell, who becomes the test case for the new substance-abuse policy, four games, three, two, or fewer. The prior substance-abuse policy also exposed players to a suspension without pay of “up to four” games for violations of the law for substances other than alcohol. Still, it would be a surprise if Bell gets less for DUI-marijuana under the new policy than he would get for DUI-alcohol under the new policy. But don’t be surprised if he gets more, especially since alcohol is legal in Pennsylvania and marijuana currently isn’t. ... Stay tuned.

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Cowboys Ready For DeMarco Murray To Test Free-Agent Market (3/1 1:47 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... The Cowboys have one franchise tag to use on March 2, and Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones made clear Saturday that tag will be used on wide receiver Dez Bryant. Jones described talks with unrestricted Murray's agents as "slow" up to this point. "[Murray] is probably going to, you know, get some peace and see what's out in the market and then we'll talk and see. I do believe deep down he'd love to stay in Dallas." Reported by FOXSports.com

Diehards Line: Last season, Murray led the league in rushing with 1.845 yards and broke Emmitt Smith's franchise record for most yards in a season. Dallas finished 12-4, went undefeated in December, and won their second playoff game since 1997. Murray's performance on the field and leadership in the locker room were integral to this success. If Murray hits the free agent market, Jones isn't worried about the fourth-year running back going elsewhere. "We've had some really good football players go into free agency: Jay Novacek and Darren Woodson and, you know, they still sign with the Cowboys. So, just because you're a free agent doesn't mean you're not necessarily going to end up back in Dallas. ..." Teams can begin negotiating with unrestricted free agents on March 7, and teams and players can begin signing contracts on March 10. ... Stay tuned.

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Packers Still Working On Long-Term Deal For Randall Cobb (3/1 1:46 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... According to two NFL sources familiar with the Packers plans, the team hasn't in any way given up on its efforts to re-sign Cobb, who caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014, his fourth NFL season. Set to turn 25 in August, Cobb is viewed as a core player that the Packers definitely want to keep. Reported by ESPNMilwuakee.com

Diehards Line: Earlier this week, CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora reported that the Packers were focusing on their other free agents. ESPN's Ed Werder reported Thursday that there had been little progress between the Packers and agent Jimmy Sexton on a deal for Cobb. Cobb took to his Twitter account Thursday, although he did not refer to La Canfora's report specifically. "Rule #1: Don't believe everything you hear in the media," Cobb tweeted. Whether they tag Cobb or not, ESPNMilwaukee.com's Jason Wilde believes it's likely that negotiations with Sexton will go down to the final hours before the free-agent market opens on March 10. Earlier this month, Demovsky reported on ESPN.com that Cobb and Sexton were seeking a deal that would average $9 million per year. If the salary cap ends up being the $143 million the NFL Players Association projected it will be, the Packers will have nearly $33 million in cap room to work with.

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Further Evidence That Vincent Jackson Returns With Full Pay (3/1 1:45 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... The Buccaneers want to keep Jackson in the equation as they attempt to bounce back from a miserable 2014 season. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported Sunday that Jackson will return in 2015 at his base salary of $9.78 million. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: The report jibes with the previous report by Profootballtalk.com and what we heard at the combine from GM Jason Licht, who said Jackson, 32, would "absolutely" be back for a fourth season in Tampa. Jackson, unlike other big-ticket Bucs players in recent years, has lived up to his contract with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. There had been speculation that the Bucs would approach Jackson about restructuring his contract. He carries a $12.2 million cap hit in 2015, one of the highest figures for a wide receiver. ... As NFL.com notes, Jackson and Mike Evans make up one of the best 1-2 wide receiver combinations in football. If the Bucs take Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick -- as many suspect -- he'll land in a very nice situation in the playmaker department.

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Jeremy Maclin Not Stressing About Getting New Deal With Eagles (3/1 1:43 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... It still sounds as if y Maclin expects to get a deal done with the Eagles, instead of leaving in free agency on March 10. "I've always said I want to be here in Philadelphia, but I've also always said I understand it's a business," Maclin said Saturday. "Both sides have made it known that we both want each other back, so the rest of it is in God's hands. If it's supposed to happen, it'll happen. I want to be here." Reported by the Philadelphia Daily News

Diehards Line: Monday is the deadline for the Eagles to ensure Maclin returns by sticking the franchise tag on the team's 2014 top receiver. Maclin said he had no idea if that would happen, and said he didn't know until a reporter told him that the franchise figure for a wideout would be about $12.8 million for 2015. But as Daily News staffer Les Bowen suggests, the tag might not be an attractive option for the team because all the money would count toward the 2015 cap, using up about half the current available room, before free agent shopping starts. Asked how he would feel if he were tagged, Maclin said: "It's part of the business. ... My side and the Eagles, if we're going to come to a head, we will." Maclin, who turns 27 in May, came back from missing 2013 because of knee surgery to catch 85 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He was the team's first-round draft choice, 19th overall, in 2009.

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Justin Forsett Doesn't Want To Be A One-Year Wonder (3/1 1:41 PT)

The Facts: Forsett ran for 1,266 yards, caught 44 passes and scored eight touchdowns as Baltimore advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs. He did all that on a one-year, $730,000 contract that will leave him as a free agent in a little more than a week if he doesn't re-sign with the Ravens. Staying put is Forsett's top choice and he's "praying that everything works out" with the Ravens. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Wherever Forsett winds up, though, he plans more of the same in 2015. "I want to build upon it," Forsett said. "I want to be great. I didn't come in this league to be a one-year wonder. Every time I got an opportunity I was able to seize it and I want to continue to do that." As PFT notes, there's a fairly deep group of free agent running backs that will be joined by a fairly deep group of backs in the draft, something that won't help Forsett's chances of getting out of the "friend zone" of short-term commitments from teams. His six years as a journeyman before breaking out in a running back-friendly offense could also be a deterrent since Forsett won't be able to prove he's more than a one-year wonder until he's already signed a deal.

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