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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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10 NFL teams most likely to make a draft day trade

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The NFL trade market has been unusually active this offseason, and there’s no reason to believe that’s going to change during the 2018 NFL Draft. In fact, there is already an abundance of speculation regarding a series of potential trades that may or may not come to fruition.

Most of the trade rumors orbit around two or three teams, but as we’ve seen in draft’s of the past, just about anyone is capable of making a shocking deal to either move up, move down or acquire an unexpected talent.

Here’s a look at 10 teams most likely to make a trade during the 2018 NFL Draft.

10. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks represent an interesting potential trade partner given that they have no picks in rounds two or three. They do however, have the No. 18 overall pick in Round 1, which could be used to move back and acquire additional Day 2 picks. And given the complete overhaul in Seattle this offseason, there are more than a handful of needs that require immediate attention. And it’s not as if Pete Carroll & Co. are shy about trading down, having done exactly that in the past. But there is also the added element of safety Earl Thomas, who is currently skipping voluntary workouts and could be targeted by the Dallas Cowboys. There are any number of possibilities for the Seahawks, and the likelihood is that they won’t sit on their hands.

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Report: Giants, Bills have ‘blueprint’ in place to swap draft picks

Dave Gettleman

The Buffalo Bills would love to land one of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s NFL Draft, but the four best may be off the board by the time they pick at No. 12. That could inspire them to try swinging a trade, and apparently they have already discussed that with the New York Giants.

Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com reports that the Giants, who currently hold the No. 2 overall pick, have a “blueprint in place” to swap picks with Buffalo.

Several people I’ve spoken with speculated that the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills likely have a blueprint in place for a trade that would allow the Bills to move up to the second spot in the draft. They also believe that the trade won’t happen until very late in the process, if it happens at all, as the Giants want to field further offers.

New Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has said he believes Eli Manning has multiple years left as an NFL starting quarterback, so it’s possible New York does not feel a sense of urgency to draft a QB. Recent reports have made it seem like they are leaning toward not drafting a QB, so the No. 2 overall pick could have a tremendous amount of trade value.

If the Giants choose to hang onto their pick, it’s probably because they’re set on drafting Saquon Barkley. Trading back to No. 12 would all but guarantee they cannot land the star running back.

Report: Chris Ivory agrees to two-year deal with Bills

The Buffalo Bills have one of the best starting running backs in football, but they have wasted no time bolstering their depth at the position this offseason.

According to multiple reports, Chris Ivory has agreed to a deal with Buffalo

Ivory enjoyed the majority of his success in the AFC East when he spent three seasons with the New York Jets. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2015 before signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he became more of a complimentary player. Last season, Ivory averaged just 3.4 yards per carry on 112 attempts while getting very little playing time behind Leonard Fournette.

While McCoy will turn 30 this offseason and is set to carry a cap hit of nearly $9 million next season, there has been no indication that the Bills plan to part ways with him. The signing of Ivory likely doesn’t change that.

Eric Wood does not confirm retirement at bizarre press conference

Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood had a press conference scheduled for Monday afternoon in which he was expected to formally announce his retirement, but reporters were left scratching their heads when he spoke for just two minutes and took no questions.

Wood showed up nearly an hour late to the session. He spoke briefly about the neck injury that he previously said a doctor told him would end his playing career, but he ended by saying he is still on the Bills’ roster. General manager Brandon Beane said the same.

What made the series of events even more bizarre was that some of Wood’s current and former teammates attended the press conference, and it seemed like they were going to give the the 31-year-old a big send-off.

Nick Veronica of the Buffalo News speculated that Wood may have gotten a second opinion on his neck, but it seems unlikely that Wood would be cleared to play based on what he tweeted last week. The more likely scenario is that the Bills are trying to figure out how to handle Wood’s retirement for salary cap purposes.

Wood’s salary of $4.8 million for 2018 is fully guaranteed for injury. As Matt Warren of BuffaloRumblings.com explained on Friday, Buffalo will also have to pay Wood a prorated portion of his signing bonus, and there are some dead money implications as well. All in all, Wood is scheduled to count a whopping $10.39 million against the cap next year. The Bills could spread some of the money out if Wood waits until after June 1 to make his retirement official, so perhaps that has complicated things.

Either way, what happened Monday was an embarrassing look for the team.

Bills hire Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator

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After just one season and a national championship at Alabama, Brian Daboll is heading back to the NFL.

Daboll, who served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator this past year, will join the Buffalo Bills in the same role.

Prior to joining Nick Saban’s staff for the 2017 season, Daboll was an offensive assistant and tight ends coach with the New England Patriots from 2013-2016. That was one of his two stints with the Patriots, as he first joined the team in 2000.

The Bills fired offensive coordinator Rick Dennison earlier this week after he spent just one season with the team. They ranked 29th in the NFL in total offense in 2017 and 31st in passing. With Tyrod Taylor already being linked to other teams, Daboll may have to help the Bills rebuild on the offensive side of the ball.

Bills fire offensive coordinator Rick Dennison

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The Buffalo Bills exceeded expectations by reaching the postseason this year, but that will not be enough for certain members of their coaching staff to keep their jobs.

On Friday, the Bills announced that they have fired offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, who was with the team for just one season. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media was told that Dennison’s dismissal could be part of a bigger coaching shakeup.

Dennison joined Sean McDermott’s staff last offseason after spending the previous two years as the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. It’s unclear how much say he had in Buffalo’s controversial decision to bench Tyrod Taylor earlier in the year in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman, which ended up being a disaster.

The Bills ranked 29th in the NFL in total offense this season and 31st in passing. A strong running game led by LeSean McCoy was one of the biggest reasons they were able to remain in the playoff hunt all season.

10 biggest disappointments of NFL wild-card weekend

Andy Reid

NFL wild-card weekend is complete, and we’re down to eight remaining teams in the postseason. Four teams are going home after suffering losses. That means plenty of goats will have an entire offseason to reflect on what went wrong for them at the worst possible time.

Here’s a list of 10 big disappointments from the first weekend of the NFL playoffs.

Andy Reid, Chiefs

The Chiefs’ second half collapse on Saturday will do nothing to dispel Reid’s reputation as a guy who can consistently get you to the playoffs, but doesn’t know how to win there. Up 18 points at halftime, the Chiefs sleepwalked through the second half, ultimately losing out to a Titans team that some viewed as the worst in the playoffs. Not everything that happened was Reid’s fault, but he ultimately bears responsibility — especially since this keeps happening on his watch.

Officiating in Chiefs-Titans game

A series of reports on Sunday indicated that referee Jeff Triplette, who headed the crew that worked the Chiefs/Titans game, was retiring. If he is, he certainly didn’t go out on a high note. His crew made several bizarre decisions during the game, most notably ruling Marcus Mariota down by forward progress, wiping out a fumble that could have changed the entire game. The explanation for that ruling was woefully insufficient. Playoff referees are supposed to get these assignments on merit, but it’s hard to see how Triplette and his crew got that assignment, especially after a performance like that.

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