NFL rumors: News on franchise tag deadline, free agency, cap cuts and more

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Thursday March 2nd, 2017

With the Super Bowl and the 2016 season behind us, the NFL off-season is well underway. The rumor mill is already churning with news of contract negotiations and potential trades.

The NFL scouting combine starts this week and the league year is set to begin in March 9 at 4 p.m. ET, leaving teams steadily preparing for the NFL draft in April.

Stay up to date on the latest NFL news and rumors below:

Thursday, March 2

• New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks is the object of trade talks with the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles emerging as potential trade partners. (Chris Mortensen, ESPN.com)

• Eagles backup quarterback Chase Daniel is drawing interest on the trade market. (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)

• Titans have agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Cassel. Cassel played in four games last season filling in for injured starting quarterback Marcus Mariota. (Team announcement)

• Titans general manager Jon Robinson says the team is “open for business” in regards to possibly trading the No. 5 overall pick in next month's draft.

• The Jets and Bears have emerged as possible landing spots for quarterback Mike Glennon.

• The Atlanta Falcons will tender restricted free agent wide receiver Taylor Gabriel. (Team announcement)

• Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is expected to be recovered from his broken leg in time to start next season, Pete Carroll said. (ESPN.com)

• The quarterback-needy Browns are “strongly considering” drafting North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky with the first pick. (Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com)

• Darrelle Revis’s recent arrest wasn’t the reason for his release, head coach Todd Bowles said. (NJ.com)

• Former Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery says he wants to sign with a contender. (Josina Anderson, ESPN.com)

• The Jets plan to release veteran receiver Brandon Marshall. (Kimberly Martin, Newsday)

Wednesday, March 1

• The Patriots are not expected to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. (Adam Schefter, ESPN.com)

• The Los Angeles Rams place the franchise tag on cornerback Trumaine Johnson for the second season in a row. (Team announcement)

• The league's salary cap will be set at $167 million for the 2017 season. (NFL.com)

• The Chiefs are not expected to franchise tag defensive tackle Dontari Poe, while the Ravens are not expected to place the tag on defensive tackle Brandon Williams. (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)

• Colin Kaepernick is opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com). Kaepernick was due almost $17 million in salary next season.

• Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is applying today for reinstatement according to his business manager. (Adam Schefter, ESPN.com)

• The Houston Texans are not expected to use the franchise tag on cornerback A.J. Bouye. (Adam Schefter, ESPN.com)

• Bills head coach Sean McDermott announces that defensive lineman Kyle Williams will return to the team next season.

• Dallas Cowboys right tackle Doug Free is considering retirement. (Mike Fisher, 105.3 The Fan)

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