NFL Rumors: Latest on Ed Reed and More Buzz from Around the League
There is no offseason for NFL rumors. In this constantly changing league, there is always some news bubbling behind the scenes.
Even in this time of year when the majority of free agents are signed and teams are just beginning offseason work.
Here is a look at three of the more interesting rumors floating around.
Did the Ravens Know More About Ed Reed's Hip Than the Texans?
Ed Reed is preparing to start his 12th NFL season, and for the first time in his legendary career, he will do so for a team that is not the Baltimore Ravens.
Did the Ravens make the right call with Reed?
The Houston Texans signed Reed in free agency as the Ravens were content to watch him walk away. It appears now that they may have had some information that helped them with this process.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio heard that the Ravens "knew that Reed’s hip was bothering him. The Texans apparently didn’t."
As the Associated Press (via USA Today) reports, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Reed's recovery from hip surgery is going "really well." However, it is also added that he "will miss all of the Texans' organized team activities."
I don't know if this information would have changed the Texans' desire to sign Reed, but it seems likely that it helped facilitate the Ravens' decision to let him leave.
Reshad Jones Contract and Offseason Workouts
Entering his fourth year in the league, safety Reshad Jones is unhappy with his contract.
This was going to be the impetus for Jones skipping OTAs. However, as the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports, Jones has had a change of heart.
He has decided to not miss any more of the offseason work. The change, as Salguero states, based on information from a "source close to the safety," occurred after Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland "gave [Joel] Segal [Jones' agent] some assurance that the Dolphins would open discussions with Jones on a contract extension 'eventually' if the player showed up."
As Salguero also notes, Jones is in the last year of his rookie deal and is signed to make $1.3 million this season.
Now, the Dolphins benefit by getting a safety who had 94 combined tackles and four interceptions last year in their offseason program, but the franchise has to be sure to honor its word.
It will cost them dearly down the road if it gets out that the front office is making promises to players it has no intention of keeping.
Will Delanie Walker Be a Fantasy Star in Tennessee?
Last year, Titans tight end Jared Cook was a popular sleeper pick in fantasy drafts. He never really justified this status as he caught just 44 passes for 523 yards and four touchdowns.
Cook has since moved onto the Rams, and the Titans signed former 49ers tight end Delanie Walker. So, it is time to cue up the Walker sleeper talk. And it may be more justified this year.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post explains.
The Titans think they can get more out of Delanie Walker than they did Jared Cook. In fact, their coaches are planning on playing Walker for more snaps than they played Cook. Why? They think Walker is a more versatile tight end. They see him as a player who can do the things Cook did in terms of splitting out and creating mismatches, and they also see him as a player who can be an in-line tight end who is a factor in the run game and run the more traditional tight end pass routes.
Walker had just 344 receiving yards last year, but he was also behind Vernon Davis on the depth chart. Walker isn't a transcendent talent at tight end, but he has more athleticism than people give him credit for.
He doesn't have the greatest hands, so he isn't going to put up elite numbers. But he should get plenty of targets and plenty of opportunities in the red zone.
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