The offseason news fodder continues to build as NFL teams gear up for what lies ahead. Here’s a look at some of the latest news from around the league:
CHIEFS MAKING MOVE FOR QB
New head coach Andy Reid is already creating a buzz in Kansas City and it appears as if he’s ready to upgrade his quarterback situation. According to USA Today the team has yet to offer incumbent starter Matt Cassel a contract offer with a pay cut and they are prepared to release veteran. The paper also indicated that the Eagles and Chiefs talked about a trade involving former Reid pupil Nick Foles. Yahoo Sports reports the Chiefs also appear to be the most interested team in Alex Smith, and are unlikely to use the No. 1 pick on a quarterback.
PANTHERS LEANING TOWARDS KEEPING WILLIAMS
The Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers want to keep their highly-paid, backfield tandem intact. The team has already extended Jonathan Stewart’s contract last August and many speculated that they would part ways with DeAngelo Williams, 29, after June 1 to save on the cap hit. It now appears the team will opt to keep Williams at his current $5 million ($8.2 million cap hit) deal for this year or potentially restructure the deal. Ankle issues shortened Stewart’s 2012 campaign and Williams took of advantage with a big finish, including a franchise-record 210 yards in Week 17 against the Saints.
AUSTIN COULD BE CAP CASUALTY
Injuries and inconsistent production have plagued wide receiver Miles Austin over the past couple seasons and now the Cowboys are considering cutting the former Pro Bowler. ESPN’s Adam Schefter referred to Austin as the “most interesting potential salary-cap casualty in coming days” in a Saturday morning tweet. Dallas desperately needs to create some cap room and the team can save $3.6 million by releasing Austin. It is unclear whether or not the team has offered his a restructured deal or not. Austin has battled leg injuries but did manage to catch 66 balls for 943 yards and six TD’s in 15 games a year ago.
BIG THINGS EXPECTED FROM LESHOURE
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz spoke highly of second-year running back Mikel Leshoure at the NFL combine on Thursday. "He flashed enough highs that gives us optimism that he can (be explosive), but he also had enough inconsistency to say that he's not there yet," Schwartz told DetroitLions.com. "We still have high hopes for him and expect him to make a big jump”. After missing his rookie campaign due to a torn Achilles’ tendon, Leshoure finished with 1,012 total yards, including 798 rushing (3.7 ypcs), to go along with nine touchdowns.
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