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Dez Bryant seen as 'distraction' on Cowboys' sidelines
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant's behavior on the sidelines "can be a distraction," said team Executive Vice President Stephen Jones.
Jones referred to Dez as a "fiery guy" whose "emotion both on and off the field" is not only a distraction for the passionate receiver, but for teammates as well. Jerry's son added that Bryant and Dak Prescott's chemistry is "a work in progress" and that the Cowboys "just have to really get our hands around, when you put all the full body of work together, where that's headed.” At 29, coming off one of his least productive campaigns and owed $12.5 million in 2018, it sounds like Bryant may not be back in Dallas next season.
Dez averaged 9.5 FanDuel points in 16 games this season, with 69 receptions for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns on 132 targets.
Steelers' Le'Veon Bell expected to sign with 'highest bidder,' Raiders on radar
MMQB's Peter King expects Pittsburgh Steelers impending free agent running back Le'Veon Bell is expected to "go to the highest bidder" and the Oakland Raiders are a team to "watch," according to Peter King of The Monday Morning Quarterback.
King is only speculating, but he's one of the most well-connected people to the NFL and Marshawn Lynch certainly didn't do anything to guarantee a second season in Oakland. That said, Bell will be highly sought after if he opts to become a free agent, so the Raiders will have plenty of competition for the young back's services. It's also possible that the Steelers create enough cap space to bring him back.
Bell averaged 20.3 FanDuel points in 15 games during the regular season, with 1,291 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground, in addition to 655 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns on 85 catches (106 targets) through the air.
Vikings' Dalvin Cook (ACL) has resumed jogging
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (ACL) said he has resumed jogging.
Cook doesn't have a timetable for returning to football activities but this suggests he's progressing through his rehab and could possibly be back by the start of training camp. After a brilliant start to his rookie campaign, Cook's season came to an abrupt end in Week 4 due to a torn ACL.
Cook averaged 15.0 FanDuel points in four games this season, with 74 carries for 354 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, along with 11 receptions (16 targets) for 90 yards.
Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater sees himself as a starter in 2018
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he "definitely" sees himself as a starter in 2018.
Bridgewater, Case Keenum, and Sam Bradford are all headed for free agency, meaning the Vikings have some decisions to make under center. In an ideal world for Minnesota, Bridgewater would re-sign to backup either Keenum or Bradford next offseason, but it appears the 2014 first-rounder has other plans. The question is whether or not another team around the league is willing to give him a chance. Teddy has attempted just 2 passes over the past two seasons due to a brutal knee injury he suffered heading into the 2016 campaign.
When Bridgewater last played a full season in 2015, he completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 3,231 passing yards with 14 touchdowns and 9 interceptions across 16 games.
Arizona Cardinals hire Steve Wilks as their next head coach
The Arizona Cardinals have hired former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks as the next head coach.
Wilks spent last season as the Panthers' assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. He was a defensive backs coach for Carolina since 2012 and has spent time with the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers in a similar role before that. He replaces Bruce Arians who retired after 5 seasons with Arizona.
The Cardinals finished 2017 with an 8-8 record while owning the 16th-best overall nERD rating. Their defense ranked 30th and their offense 6th, according to our metrics.
Cleveland Browns hire Todd Haley as new offensive coordinator
The Cleveland Browns have hired former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley to the same position on their team, per Michael Silver Sports Illustrated.
Haley spent the last six season with Pittsburgh but had his contract not renewed after reported disagreements with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He takes over Browns' play-calling duties from head coach Hue Jackson, who has been in charge of the offense the last two seasons.
The Browns finished the season 0-16 while scoring just 14.6 points per game, the worst mark in the league.
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