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  • 2/19, 3:50 pm
    • Peppers (shoulder) is "leaning toward" playing...

      Peppers (shoulder) is "leaning toward" playing in 2018 but isn't thought to have interest in signing with a team other than Carolina, Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer reports.

      Analysis: Peppers -- who was born in North Carolina and attended both high school and college in the state -- spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Panthers after the team selected him in the first round of the 2002 draft. He was a force to be reckoned with during his time there, earning the 2002 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award along with two first-team All-Pro (2004, 2006) and two second-team All-Pro selections (2008, 2009). After spending the subsequent seven seasons of his career with Chicago and Green Bay, Peppers returned to the Panthers in 2017 and proved he still has plenty left in the tank after tying for the team lead with 11 sacks. While the 38-year-old free agent is approaching what could be his 17th season in the NFL and just underwent shoulder surgery to address an undisclosed injury he's reportedly been playing with for "quite a while," it would seemingly be a mutually beneficial decision for the storied defensive end to return for another season in a role as a situational pass rusher.

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  • 2/19, 12:50 pm
    • Galette said last week in a...

      Galette said last week in a radio appearance with 106.7 The Fan Washington that he doesn't expect the Redskins to re-sign him when he becomes a free agent at the start of the new league year, Scott Allen of The Washington Post reports."I haven't spoken to [the Washington front office] personally," Galette said. "But speaking to my agent, Drew Rosenhaus...he just basically said they're pretty much gonna let me test free agency, because I'm pretty sure that if it was the other way around, I think they would have offered me a deal and nothing has been offered. There's nothing else left for me to believe but they want me to test free agency."

      Analysis: Galette has spent each of the past three seasons with Washington, though he didn't make his team debut until 2017 after suffering Achilles' tears in his first two training camps. The 29-year-old was forced to settle for a part-time role upon returning to action for all 16 games last season, finishing with 20 tackles (14 solo) and three sacks. Though he has a pair of double-digit sack campaigns on his career ledger, Galette's injury history and advancing age may make it difficult for him to secure more than a one-year guaranteed commitment from a team in free agency this offseason.

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  • 2/19, 12:10 pm
    • Driskel underwent surgery to repair the...

      Driskel underwent surgery to repair the broken left arm he suffered in late December and isn't expected to miss time when the Bengals begin their offseason workout program in April, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

      Analysis: Driskel, the Bengals' No. 3 quarterback last season, suffered the injury to his non-throwing arm while taking reps at wide receiver in a practice and landing awkwardly on an attempted catch. Though Driskel's surgery required the insertion of a rod into his arm for stabilization, it doesn't sound like he'll face any restrictions by the time Organized Team Activities get underway. With an arbitration ruling granting AJ McCarron free agency status this spring and the signal caller not expected to re-sign with Cincinnati, Driskel could enter training camp as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, barring the Bengals adding other experienced or NFL-ready options via trade, free agency or the draft.

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  • 2/19, 11:21 am
    • The Cowboys will use their franchise...

      The Cowboys will use their franchise tag on Lawrence before the 3 p.m. EST deadline on March 6, but plan to continue negotiating with the defensive end through mid-July on a long-term contract, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.

      Analysis: Dallas' top priority this offseason is re-signing Lawrence, a goal executive vice president Stephen Jones reiterated at the Senior Bowl last month, according to Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports. At the very least, Lawrence will return to Dallas next season and take home a hefty payday while the franchise tag remains in place, but the Cowboys are hopeful that will only be a temporary arrangement until they're able to reach terms on a long-term deal with the 25-year-old, who notched a career-high and team-leading 14.5 sacks last season. The Cowboys will have until July 16 to work out an extension with Lawrence and lower his cap hit for 2018 in the process.

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  • 2/19, 11:09 am
    • Colts head coach Frank Reich said...

      Colts head coach Frank Reich said last week that Luck (shoulder) has yet to begin a throwing program, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

      Analysis: Reich's comments confirm what general manager Chris Ballard announced a week prior; essentially, Luck's rehab program for his surgically repaired shoulder continues to move along slowly but steadily as he inches closer to throwing again. While it's expected that Luck will start a throwing program soon, there isn't any official timetable for that to happen, which puts his availability for the start of the Colts' offseason workouts in the spring into question. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Luck has recently been in California meeting with throwing experts, who have been monitoring the progress of his recovery.

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