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Chiefs acquire Frank Clark from Seattle for picks

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Frank Clark has been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in a large pick swap.

What It Means:

Clark, who was Seattle's best pass rusher a year ago, is filling a big need for the Chiefs, who let Dee Ford leave in free agency. The Seahawks are receiving the No. 29 pick in the 2019 draft, and the teams will swap 2019 third-rounders and 2020 second-round picks. Shortly after the trade went through, the Chiefs also signed Clark to a 5-year, $105.5 million deal.

In 16 games last season, Clark had 32 tackles, 14 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception.

Demaryius Thomas signs one-year deal with New England

Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots.

What It Means:

As a 31-year old coming off a season-ending Achilles injury, Thomas is signing a prove-it deal with the defending champions. If he can get healthy and play like his old self, that will greatly improve a Patriots' receiving corps suffering from the losses of Rob Gronkowski (retirement) and Chris Hogan (signed with Carolina).

In 15 games last season, Thomas caught 59 passes for 677 yards and five touchdowns.

Russell Wilson, Seahawks sign 4-year, $140 million extension

The Seattle Seahawks signed Russell Wilson to a 4-year, $140 million extension through 2023.

What It Means:

The deal includes a $65 million signing bonus with $107 million in total guarantees and makes Wilson the highest-paid player in the NFL. He will be 35 when the contract is up.

Wilson threw for 3,448 yards (8.1 yards per attempt) on a 65.6 completion percentage last regular season with 35 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He also rushed for 376 scoreless yards.

Panthers sign receiver Chris Hogan to a one-year deal

The Carolina Panthers and wide receiver Chris Hogan have agreed to a one-year contract.

What It Means:

Hogan will join the Panthers' receiving group after signing a one-year deal on Friday. Look for the veteran wideout to play behind D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel.

In 16 games last season, Hogan produced 35 receptions for 532 yards and 3 touchdowns.

C.J. Anderson signs a one-year deal with Detroit

The Detroit Lions signed former Los Angeles Rams running back C.J. Anderson to a one-year contract.

What It Means:

Anderson will work as the number two back behind Kerryon Johnson for the lions in 2019. He will replace LeGarrette Blount in the run-heavy Lions' offense. Theo Riddick joins Johnson and Anderson in the Detroit backfield.

Anderson rushed 43 times for 299 yards and 2 touchdowns with the Rams last season.

San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) expected to be cleared for full participation in training camp

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) is expected to be fully cleared for training camp.

What It Means:

According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, Garoppolo should be ready for training camp and is already bulking up in preparation to play a full season. "Quarterbacks, you want them to be a size where they can take the hits, and after that you want them to be as athletic as possible," said Shanahan last week.

In three games last season, Garoppolo produced 53 completions for 718 passing yards and 5 touchdowns.

Source: NBC Sports

Marlon Mack 'the featured guy' in Colts' backfield

Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack is "a little bit more the featured guy" in the backfield, head coach Frank Reich said.

What It Means:

“I mean, you saw that, when he’s healthy," Reich elaborated. "Nyheim [Hines] and Jordan [Wilkins] are still going to get their plays and take some of the load off ... but with emphasis on Marlon being the No. 1 guy.” Colts general manager added that the team believes Mack can "carry the load" and be a three-down back. After returning from injury in Week 6 last season, Mack racked up 1,068 yards and 10 touchdowns on 218 carries across 13 games, including the playoffs, with five 100-yard games in that span.

Mack finished the regular season with 908 yards and 9 touchdowns on 195 carries and 17 receptions (26 targets) for 103 yards and 1 touchdown in 12 games.

Source: NBC Sports

Trey Quinn to ‘dominate’ slot for Washington

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said he’s "excited for" second-year wide receiver Trey Quinn and is "ready to watch him jump into the slot role and dominate the position."

What It Means:

Quinn’s rookie year was limited to three games due to injury, but he’s been tabbed to replace Jamison Crowder in the slot for Washington next season.

Quinn caught 9 passes on 10 targets for 76 yards and a touchdown in 2018.

Bears trade Jordan Howard to Eagles for 2020 Draft pick

Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard has been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchanged for a sixth round draft pick in 2020.

What It Means:

Howard was deemed expendable after the the Bears inked former Seahawks running back Mike Davis to a 2-year, $6 million deal earlier in the month. Davis will team up with Tarik Cohen in the Bears backfield, while Howard will join an Eagles backfield led by Jay Ajayi. The draft pick can turn into a fifth rounder.

In 16 games last season, Howard carried the ball 250 times for 935 yards and 9 touchdowns, with another 145 yards on 20 receptions.

Isaiah Crowell signs on with Oakland

Former New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell has signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.

What It Means:

Crowell played well with the Jets a year ago, but with their signing of Le'Veon Bell, he was pushed out the door. Now, Crowell will likely be a spell to Marshawn Lynch, should he make a return.

In 13 games last season, Crowell rushed the ball 143 times for 685 yards and six touchdowns, and he also caught 21 passes for 152 yards.

Richard Rodgers re-signs with Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Eagles and tight end Richard Rodgers have agreed on a new two-year contract, as the veteran will continue to play for the 2017 Super Bowl champions.

What It Means:

Rodgers was sparsely used as a reserve last season, but it's never a bad thing to have an abundance of tight ends who can both catch passes and block efficiently.

In seven games last season Rodgers caught one pass for seven yards.

Jordy Nelson retires after 11 seasons

Free agent wide receiver Jordy Nelson is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons.

What It Means:

Nelson spent the first nine seasons of his career in Green Bay, before playing in Oakland last season. He caught 63 of 88 targets for 739 yards and 3 touchdowns last year.

For his career, Nelson caught 613 passes for 8,587 yards and 72 touchdowns.

Bills reportedly releasing Chris Ivory

The Buffalo Bills are releasing running back Chris Ivory, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

This was expected after the Bills signed Frank Gore. Ivory has averaged just 3.4 yards on 227 carries over the past two seasons. He turned 31 this month.

Ivory rushed 115 times for 385 yards and 1 touchdown in 13 games last season. He also caught 13 passes on 21 targets for 205 scoreless yards.

Derrius Guice (knee) expected to be full-go by Washington camp

Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice (knee) is expected to do individual work at OTAs and be a full-go for training camp, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

What It Means:

It appears Guice will be fine for the start of 2019, despite suffering multiple setbacks after tearing his ACL last preseason. The 59th overall pick from last year's draft, Guice will likely compete with Adrian Peterson for the lead job in Washington's backfield.

Guice rushed 471 times for 3,074 yards (6.5 yards per carry) and 29 touchdowns and caught 32 passes for 250 yards (7.8 yards per catch) and 3 touchdowns in 35 games for the LSU Tigers.

Giants intend to identify Eli Manning's successor

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur wants to find quarterback Eli Manning's successor "sooner than later."

What It Means:

Shurmur also wants the quarterback to learn behind Manning for a season. The Giants may choose their heir in the first round of this year's draft, as they hold the 6th and 17th overall picks.

Manning threw for 4,299 yards (7.5 yards per attempt) on a 66.0 completion percentage with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season.

Buccaneers believe Chris Godwin can catch 100 passes

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin can be "close to a 100-catch guy," believes head coach Bruce Arians.

What It Means:

Godwin is expected to be used more in the slot, the same position where Larry Fitzgerald strung together three consecutive 100-catch seasons while Arians was with the Arizona Cardinals. Next season will be Godwin's third in the league. He turned 23 in February.

Godwin caught 59 passes for 842 yards and 7 touchdowns on 95 targets last season.

Source: Greg Auman

49ers plan to keep Jerick McKinnon

San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon will remain with the team in 2019, general manager John Lynch said.

What It Means:

There was talk the 49ers would part ways with McKinnon after signing Tevin Coleman, but Lynch says that will not be the case. McKinnon and Coleman will likely compete for touches behind Matt Breida in what sets up to be a crowded backfield situation in San Francisco. Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson could also be involved. McKinnon missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in practice before Week 1.

McKinnon has 474 rush attempts for 1,918 yards and 7 touchdowns over 58 career games. He's also caught 142 passes on 191 targets for 984 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Drew Rosenhaus: Rob Gronkowski would return to Patriots

Retired tight end Rob Gronkowski's agent Drew Rosenhaus "wouldn't be shocked" if the future Hall of Famer returned to the New England Patriots.

What It Means:

“If the team was struggling or they needed him at some point next year, and let’s just say hypothetically Tom Brady gave him a call and said ‘Rob, I need you.’ I wouldn’t be shocked if he came back to play a few games,” Rosenhaus said. Turning 30 in May, Gronkowski is ready to move on to off-field passions, but he could always return for another postseason run.

Over 115 career games, Gronk reeled in 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns (0.69 touchdowns per game) on 795 targets.

Jared Cook reportedly committed to Saints

Free agent tight end Jared Cook will still sign with the New Orleans Saints despite renewed interest from the New England Patriots following Rob Gronkowski’s retirement, reports Peter King of NBC Sports.

What It Means:

Multiple reports last week said Cook was headed to New Orleans, but he still hasn't put pen to paper. However, King claims Cook will not waver, even with the Patriots in need. Cook will turn 32 in two weeks.

Cook caught 68 passes for 896 yards and 6 touchdowns on 101 targets for the Oakland Raiders in 2018.

Jeremy Maclin hangs them up

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, and Baltimore Ravens, announced his retirement after nine seasons.

What It Means:

Maclin's final season came with the Ravens in 2017 before he was left unsigned last year. The 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Maclin posted back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns in 2014 and 2015, but injuries limited him to just 24 games over his final two years in the league. Maclin turns 31 in May.

Maclin caught 513 passes (838 targets) for 6,824 yards and 49 touchdowns in 114 career games.

Washington's Colt McCoy underwent leg surgery

Washington Redskins quarter Colt McCoy had surgery on his right leg, reports The Athletic's Tarik El-Bashir.

What It Means:

El-Bashir is told the operation was "preventative maintenance" and McCoy is expected to be ready for the start of Washington's offseason activities. It's the second leg surgery since December for McCoy, who turns 33 at the beginning of September. McCoy and Keenum are expected to compete for the starting job.

McCoy threw for 372 yards (6.9 yards per attempt) on a 63.0 completion percentage with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in three games last season.

Phillip Lindsay (wrist) likely to miss Broncos' OTAs

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (wrist) is unlikely to be ready for the start of OTAs, head coach Vic Fangio announced.

What It Means:

Lindsay and offseason addition Bryce Callahan (foot) will both be sidelined for what the Broncos call bonus minicamp. Coming off a 1,000-yard rookie campaign that was cut a game short due to wrist surgery, Lindsay could return for training camp at the end of July.

Lindsay rushed for 1,037 yards and 9 touchdowns on 192 attempts in his first NFL season. He also caught 35 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown on 47 targets.

Buccaneers' Jameis Winston targeting 250 pounds

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston hopes to play at 250 pounds this season.

What It Means:

That would make Winston, who is currently listed at 231 pounds, the heaviest player at his position in the NFL. "I’m going to play bigger this year," the 25-year-old quarterback said. "A solid 250. It’s just about hydration and being at the peak body, too." Winston is heading into the final year of his contract.

Jameis threw for 2,992 yards (7.9 yards per attempt) on a 64.6 completion percentage with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions over 11 games (nine starts) in 2018. He also rushed for 281 yards and a touchdown.

Hunter Henry (knee) on track for Chargers' OTAs

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry (knee) is on track to be ready for the start of OTAs, general manager Tom Telesco said.

What It Means:

Henry returned for the Divisional Round after missing the entire regular season and has been able to avoid a setback, so this was never in doubt. The 2016 second-round pick turned 24 last December.

Henry has 81 career catches (115 targets) for 1,057 yards and 12 touchdowns in 29 games.

Source: Al Butler

Patriots' Rob Gronkowski announces retirement

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has officially announced his retirement from the NFL, per his Instagram account.

What It Means:

This was a long-debated question following the Patriots' Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams in February, and now one of the best tight ends of all time will call it quits. We'll have to wait five years to see if he's a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee.

In 115 career games, Gronkowski hauled in 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns.

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