The club hosted the former Stanford star on a pre-draft visit last week, according to the Charlotte Observer. The Panthers hold the No. 8 overall pick in the draft, and they’re the first team selecting with running back as a primary need.
McCaffrey also has upcoming visits scheduled with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos, who select at Nos. 17 and 20 in the first round, respectively, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $4.65 million with the Washington Redskins, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation. The deal has a base value of $2.3 million ($500,000 signing bonus, $1.55 million base salary, $250,000 per game roster bonuses, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported. The team later announced the signing.
Brown is coming off a breakout Pro Bowl season with the Buffalo Bills, compiling 149 tackles, four sacks, one interception, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
Terrelle Pryor was a big question mark in this free agency pool, as we wondered if teams would be willing to sign the converted quarterback to a longterm deal after a single (albeit breakout) season as a wide receiver. Instead, it appears Pryro is betting on himself by signing a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins, reportedly turning down a longer-term contract with the Browns. With DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon already out of the picture in Washington, Pryor will have big shoes to fill as one of the top pass-catchers in a pass-happy offense.
Walking out the doors of FedExField with Jackson and Garcon are also 214 targets, roughly 35 percent of Kirk Cousins’ attempted passes in 2016. Pryor saw 140 looks last season, bringing in 77 for 1,007 yards and four scores, so volume shouldn’t be an issue in his new home. As a size-speed freak, Pryor should help replace the downfield element lost with Jackson, while simultaneously improving the team’s struggles in the red zone. With Jamison Crowder primarily playing in the slot and last year’s first-round pick Josh Doctson still a health question mark, Pryor should start Week 1 as the No. 1 option for a passing attack that put up 9,189 yards and 55 touchdowns over the last two years.
Nico Marley, the grandson of late legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, has been signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent, the team announced on Tuesday.
Marley, a linebacker from Tulane, tried out for the team during its rookie minicamp over the weekend. As a senior, the undersized Marley (5-foot-8, 200 pounds) led the Green Wave with 88 tackles, including 14 for losses, and three sacks. He was a two-time first-team All-American Athletic Conference pick over his last two college seasons.
Perhaps the Redskins are hoping to trade Jones, but that remains a tall order when 31 other teams know he’ll eventually be released. The third-year back put moments of strong game film on tape over the past two seasons, but wound up in Gruden’s dog house after a rash of costly fumbles.
Just 24 years old, Jones will certainly find work elsewhere and could even wind up starting games in a pinch. That won’t happen in Washington, though, which begs the question: When will this tedious drama come to an end?
The Bednarik Award winner as the nation’s top defensive player immediately upgrades a Redskins defensive front that ranked 24th against the run in 2016. The Redskins are one of two teams to rank bottom five in the NFL in total defense in each of the last two seasons (49ers being the other).
At 6-foot-3, 286-pounds Allen is a stud run defender with positional versatility to play inside and outside along the D-line. He has power and range to be a menace along the line on all three downs. Putting Allen next to Ryan Kerrigan on passing downs will cause problems for offensive lines.