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Thursday, February 25, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL AT THE COMBINE: RUMOR MILL SWIRLING

By Eric C. Wright

Indianapolis, IN.--The 2016 NFL Combine is in full swing and not just measuring prospects are part of the deal as the 32 various teams also have pressing free agency questions to answer.  Let's get to all the latest.

-The Denver Broncos are putting together what multiple outlets are reporting to be a monster contract for linebacker Von Miller.  While they have the franchise tag to use if a deal is not reached, there is growing talk that there are parameters in place for a contract.  If Miller does sign, the Broncos could then use the franchise tag on Malik Jackson or Brock Osweiler.

-Travis Benjamin is a really hot commodity as he gets set to hit the market.  The big-play/deep wideout is expected to receive courting from the New York Giants, San Diego Chargers, and Atlanta Falcons.  Also the Cleveland Browns are expected to put up a big fight to retain Bejamin who would be a big piece for whoever they draft at number 2. 

-Speaking of the Browns, they are now set to draft either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz at number 2.  There is a firm battle among the team's hierarchy regarding the two and who to take.

-Josh Gordon is expected to find out any day that he has been reinstated by the league and the Browns will hold onto him. 

-Talks continue between Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins, with varying degrees of promise. 

-Some key measurements:

QB Jared Goff:  6-4/215
OT Jack Conklin:  6-5/308
OT Taylor Decker:  6-7/310
QB Carson Wentz:  6-5/237 

-The New York Jets are becoming a story here as they will use the franchise tag for the second year in a row on DE Muhammud Wilkerson but this time around they will try and trade him.  The New York Giants and San Diego Chargers are very interested.  The Jets also haven't ruled out bringing back free agent DT Damon Harrison.

-The Chicago Bears are doing everything they can to keep WR Alshon Jeffery from hitting the open market.  If a new deal can't be reached, they could franchise him.

-Seattle Seahawks GM Jon Schneider threw cold water on the assumptions Thomas Rawls will be the clear starting running back to start 2016.  Some competition will be throw into the equation for Rawls in training camp but he still is set to dominate carries for the team. 

 

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