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  • 4/20, 7:58 am
    • Snead, a restricted free agent, is...

      Snead, a restricted free agent, is signing a two-year offer sheet with the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

      Analysis: The contract is worth up to $10.4 million, though it may be back-loaded or heavy on incentives. Regardless, the Saints are unlikely to match the offer, considering they recently signed Cameron Meredith away from the Bears on a similar contract and then re-signed Brandon Coleman, per ESPN.com's Mike Triplett. Snead would fill a clear need in the slot in Baltimore, where Michael Crabtree and John Brown -- primarily perimeter receivers -- have already been signed to replace offseason departures Mike Wallace (Eagles), Jeremy Maclin (unsigned) and Michael Campanaro (Titans). Snead entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and caught 141 passes for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in 30 games between the 2015 and 2016 seasons, thriving alongside Drew Brees while primarily working the slot. The 25-year-old never reintegrated into the New Orleans offense after starting last season with a DUI suspension and then a hamstring injury, catching eight passes in 11 games. The Saints won't receive any compensation if they decline to match the contract, after using an original-round tender on Snead. It was a clear sign the team considered him expendable, as a second-round tender would've prevented offer sheets and only cost about $1 million more. The Saints have five days to make their decision official.

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  • 4/20, 7:49 am
    • Cardinals coach Steve Wilks suggested that...

      Cardinals coach Steve Wilks suggested that Reddick will play strong-side linebacker in the Cardinals' base defense, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

      Analysis: Selected 13th overall in last year's draft, Reddick split time between inside and outside linebacker as a rookie in Arizona's 3-4 scheme, notching 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles across 445 defensive snaps (27.8 per game). He said in early April that he expected to play inside linebacker as the Cardinals transition to a 4-3 base defense, but it now seems Josh Bynes is ticketed for that role. While Reddick's versatility should come in handy for the Arizona defense, it won't necessarily lend itself to a three-down role or a plethora of pass-rushing opportunities. Chandler Jones and Markus Golden (knee) figure to serve as the primary edge rushers, assuming the latter recovers from a torn ACL in time for Week 1. Reddick should have a clear spot in the base defense, but he may need to compete with Golden or Bynes to earn snaps when the Cardinals deploy nickel formations.

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  • 4/20, 7:10 am
    • Cohen said he added muscle in...

      Cohen said he added muscle in the offseason and is up to 190 pounds, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      Analysis: Cohen checked in at 179 pounds ahead of last year's draft -- where he was a fourth-round pick -- and was listed at 181 for the regular season. Given that he's only 5-foot-6, his current weight likely falls in the upper range of where he can comfortably play without sacrificing too much speed. Cohen came out of the gate fast with at least four catches and 48 scrimmage yards in each of his first four games, but ultimately finished the year with only 87 carries for 370 yards and two touchdowns and 53 catches for 353 yards and another score. New head coach Matt Nagy confirmed Jordan Howard's status as the lead back, but Cohen nonetheless figures to be a big part of the offense as the Bears look to open up their passing attack for Mitchell Trubisky's second season. In addition to competing with Benny Cunningham for playing time on passing downs, Cohen likely will push Howard for early down work. Howard has been remarkably unreliable as a receiving option, dropping 12 of 82 targets (14.6 percent) in two NFL seasons.

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  • 4/19, 5:13 pm
    • Jones is not partaking in the...

      Jones is not partaking in the first week of Atlanta's voluntary offseason program while he attends the grand opening of his car dealership in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

      Analysis: Jones missed the entirety of the team's 2017 offseason program due to foot surgery, so head coach Dan Quinn's announcement in March indicating that Jones would participate in this year's workouts was news well-received by every tier of the Falcons' organization. Quinn reported that there is no cause for concern regarding Jones being absent in the early going. "It's not mandatory," Quinn said this week from the team facility, "but we knew (he wasn't) going to be here." Jones' prompt return to workouts is expected, as he aims to continue building rapport with Matt Ryan and the rest of the receiving corps.

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  • 4/19, 3:51 pm
    • McKay was released by the Bears...

      McKay was released by the Bears on Thursday.

      Analysis: McKay spent part of the 2017 season on the Bears' practice squad but never appeared in a regular season game. He'll look to make an opening day roster with another team in 2018.

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