Report: Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks has surgery on ankle

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Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks had surgery on his ankle on Thursday, according to Tim McManus of

Kendricks had the surgery in Green Bay, which indicates a likelihood it was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson. Anderson, who used to be based in Charlotte before moving to Green Bay, is the foot and ankle specialist many NFL teams call upon when surgeries are necessary.

The surgery is only expected to sideline Kendricks a few weeks.

Kendricks has appeared in 85 career games for the Eagles with 74 starts over six seasons with the team.

Jaguars re-sign Ben Koyack

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The Jaguars re-signed exclusive rights free agent Ben Koyack, Ryan O’Halloran of the Jacksonville Times Union reports.

Jacksonville tendered Koyack on March 12.

Koyack, a seventh-round pick in 2015, spent his rookie season on the practice squad. He has appeared in 30 games over the past two seasons, with 10 starts.

Last season, he caught five passes for 38 yards and no touchdowns.

Report: Terrelle Pryor nearing deal with Jets

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It appears Terrelle Pryor apparently has decided his next destination.

The free agent receiver is closing in on a deal with the Jets, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The sides are “hammering out the final details and should be done tonight,” per Rapoport.

Pryor also visited Seattle, and the Browns expressed interest.

He joins a Jets team where he likely sees plenty of snaps. The team’s top returning receivers are Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunw and Jermaine Kearse, with questions surrounding Anderson and Enunw.

Pryor’s one season in Washington didn’t work out, but he had 1,007 receiving yards in 2016.

Raiders re-sign Shilique Calhoun

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Exclusive rights free agent Shilique Calhoun signed his tender, guaranteeing his return to the Raiders.

Calhoun, 26, was a third-round pick of the Raiders in 2016. He has played 19 games over the past two seasons.

The Raiders waived him after the preseason in 2017 but later signed him to the practice squad. Oakland promoted him to the active roster on October 14.

Calhoun appeared in nine games last season.

He has 11 tackles and half a sack in his career.

Ike Taylor out at NFL Network

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Previously suspended by NFL Network pending an investigation regarding allegations raised in a sexual harassment lawsuit, analyst Ike Taylor no longer is employed by NFL Network.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Taylor’s tenure with the league-owned broadcasting operation has ended.

Taylor, a former Steelers cornerback, was suspended along with former NFL running back Marshall Faulk and former NFL fullback Heath Evans after Jami Cantor’s lawsuit was amended to specifically accuse them of misconduct in the workplace.

It’s unclear whether Taylor left voluntarily or involuntarily, and there’s no update for now on the status of Faulk and Evans. An NFL Network spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Zach Mettenberger joins Spring League

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When it comes to quarterbacks with NFL experience, Johnny Manziel won’t be alone in the four-team Spring League. Former NFL quarterback Zach Mettenberger has joined the Spring League, too.

A sixth-round pick of the Titans in 2014, Mettenberger has 14 regular-season appearances and 10 regular-season starts. He threw for more than 2,300 yards in two years with the Titans.

Cut after 2015, Mettenberger spent time in 2016 with the Chargers and Steelers. He was out of the NFL for all of 2017.

The Spring League will play a two-week season, with games on April 7 and April 12.

Bears re-sign Sherrick McManis

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The Bears have re-signed core special teams player Sherrick McManis to a two-year deal, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Three other teams pursued McManis, per Biggs, but he elected to return to Chicago for a seventh season.

McManis, 30, led the Bears with 269 snaps on special teams despite missing three games. He tied Benny Cunningham with 12 tackles on special teams, and McManis also blocked a field goal and recovered a fumble.

He was a special teams captain last season.

McManis has made 80 tackles on special teams since the Bears acquired him from the Texans in a 2012 trade for fullback Tyler Clutts.

Rams sign Ramik Wilson to one-year deal

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The Rams announced a one-year deal with inside linebacker Ramik Wilson.

Wilson played three seasons with the Chiefs after they made him a fourth-round pick out of Georgia in 2015. He has played 30 games in his career.

He was set to become a restricted free agent when the new league year began last week, but the Chiefs declined to place a tender on Wilson. That made him an unrestricted free agent.

Wilson, 25, has 112 tackles, an interception, three pass breakups and a forced fumble in his career.

Report: Drew Stanton didn’t really visit Cleveland

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Drew Stanton did not visit Cleveland after all.

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal clarified an earlier ESPN report that the Browns hosted the former Cardinals quarterback.

Instead, according to Ulrich, the Browns’ braintrust briefly ran into Stanton while on the West Coast scouting draft prospects. The Browns notified the league of the talk.

So it doesn’t sound as if the Browns have any real interest in Stanton.

They already named Tyrod Taylor the starter for 2018 and are expected to draft a quarterback in the first round, perhaps with the No. 1 overall pick.

Report: Kevin Pamphile signs one-year deal with Titans

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Offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile signed a one-year deal with the Titans, Jenna Laine of ESPN reports.

Pamphile, 27, spent his first four seasons in Tampa Bay after the Bucs made him a fifth-round pick. He played left guard and right tackle for the Bucs but is capable of playing all five positions on the line.

Pamphile has played 53 games with 33 starts in his career, including 15 starts at left guard last season.

The Bucs wanted Pamphile back, per Laine, but it came down to a better opportunity for him in Tennessee.

Case against Zay Jones reportedly dropped for insufficient evidence

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The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office will not pursue vandalism charges against Bills receiver Zay Jones because of insufficient evidence, Mike Rodak of ESPN reports.

Jones was arrested Monday after a bizarre fight with his brother.

TMZ posted footage of a naked Jones struggling with his brother, Vikings receiver Cayleb Jones, at a Los Angeles apartment building. Zay yells, “I’m going to fight for Jesus,” before witnesses said Cayleb attempted to stop Zay from jumping out a 30th floor window.

Zay broke free, according to TMZ, and entered a public balcony area, where he smashed his foot through a window. Photos showed blood on the floors and windows.

Jones’ father, former Cowboys linebacker Robert Jones, tweeted Zay is “gonna be fine.”

Report: Jordan Matthews visited Packers on Thursday

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Jordan Matthews is one of the top remaining free agents on the market. He already has visited the Cardinals, and Thursday, Matthews took a trip to Green Bay, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Matthews, 25, was a second-round pick of the Eagles in 2014. They traded him to the Bills in exchange for Ronald Darby last year.

Matthews caught only 25 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown in 10 games before going on injured reserve last season.

He underwent three surgeries last year. He had thumb surgery in early October. In December, Matthews went back underneath the knife for surgeries on his left knee and right ankle.

The Packers released Jordy Nelson last week after signing tight end Jimmy Graham.

Report: Drew Stanton visited Browns

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The Browns already named Tyrod Taylor their starting quarterback for 2018, and they are expected to draft a quarterback in the first round. But that doesn’t mean they’re done kicking the tires on other quarterbacks.

Cleveland hosted free agent Drew Stanton for a visit, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Stanton, 33, spent the past four seasons in Arizona.

The Lions made him a second-round pick in 2007. In his career, Stanton has played 38 games with 17 starts.

He has an 11-6 career record, completing 52.4 percent of his passes for 4,059 yards with 20 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

Owners to vote on 10 rule changes, 12 bylaw changes, 5 resolution changes

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The league is considering a number of significant (and some not particularly significant) changes at next week’s owners’ meeting.

Among the changes are 10 new playing rules, 12 new bylaws and five new resolutions. Those are detailed below:

2018 Playing Rules Proposals Summary
1. By Competition Committee; Makes permanent the playing rule that changes the spot of the next snap after a touchback resulting from a free kick to the 25-yard line.

2. By Competition Committee; Changes standard for a catch.

3. By Competition Committee; Makes the penalties for Illegal Batting & Kicking the same.

4. By Los Angeles Chargers; Amends Rule 15, Section 2, Article 5 to add fouls for roughing the passer and fouls against players in a defenseless posture as reviewable plays in the instant replay system.

5. By Washington; Amends Rule 15, Section 2, Article 5 to add review of personal fouls as reviewable plays in the instant replay system.

6. By New York Jets; Amends Rule 8, Section 5, Articles 1-4 to change the enforcement for defensive pass interference.

7 By Competition Committee; Authorizes the designated member of the Officiating department to instruct on-field game officials to disqualify a player for a flagrant nonfootball act when a foul for that act is called on the field.

8. By Competition Committee; Conforms the amount of time in which a team must challenge a play if there is a television commercial break following the play in question.

9. By Competition Committee; Eliminates the requirement that a team who scores a winning touchdown at the end of regulation of a game to kick the extra point or go for two-point conversion.

10. By Competition Committee; If there is a turnover, a team may win an overtime game, even though it scores on its second possession.

2018 Bylaw Proposals Summary
1. By Competition Committee; Makes permanent the liberalization of rules for timing, testing, and administering physical examinations to draft-eligible players at a club’s facility.

2. By Buffalo; For one year only, amends Article XVII, Section 17.4 to liberalize the rule for reacquisition of a player assigned via waivers.

3. By Buffalo; For one year only, amends Article XVII, Section 17.6 to liberalize the
procedures for players placed on Reserve/Retired.

4. By Denver; Amends Article XVII, Section 17.16 to permit clubs to trade players from Reserve/Injured.

5. By Miami; Amends Article XVII, Section 17.1 to remove the requirement that a non-vested player be placed on waivers to be removed from the 90-player roster prior to the roster reduction to 53 players.

6. By Minnesota; Amends Article XVIII, Section 18.1 to replace the 10-day postseason claiming period with a 24-hour period.

7. By San Francisco, Arizona, and Los Angeles Chargers; Reduces the competitive equity that exists between teams who have morning body clock start times on long road trips.

8. By Competition Committee; Permits coaches to review video displayed on League-issued tablets on the sidelines and in the coaches’ booth.

9. By Competition Committee; A player who is designated for return is eligible to be activated after eight games, not eight weeks.

10. By Competition Committee; Lengthens the period to execute an Injury Settlement from five business days to seven business days.

11. By Competition Committee; Changes the deadline to reinstate players from certain Reserve List categories.

12. By Competition Committee; Updates Reserve/Military List procedures to reflect the current League calendar.

2018 Resolution Proposal Summary
G-1. By Washington; Allows opposing teams to receive the League’s postgame responses to any officiating inquiries submitted by either team.

G-2. By San Francisco; Requires all NFL stadiums by 2021 to have three separate and permanent locker rooms to be exclusively designated for female football staff on game days as follows: game officials, home club staff members, and visiting club staff members.

G-4. By Competition Committee; Permits a club to negotiate and sign a head coach candidate during the postseason prior to the conclusion of the employer club’s season.

G-5. By Competition Committee; For one year only, permits an interested club to contact a Vested Veteran before clubs have been notified of the player’s termination via the Player Personnel Notice if (i) the players is not subject to the Waivers System and, (ii) the employer club has publicly announced the player’s release.

Mike Wallace agrees to deal with Eagles

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The Super Bowl champions are adding some deep speed to their passing game.

Free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace has agreed to terms with the Eagles, Peter Schrager of NFL Network reports.

The 31-year-old Wallace was one of the best deep threats in the NFL early in his career with the Steelers, but in recent years with the Dolphins, Vikings and Ravens he hasn’t made as many big plays. Last year he caught 52 passes for 748 yards and four touchdowns.

Wallace was the No. 80 player in our Free Agent Top 100.