The NFL offseason is in full swing, and while the draft and free agency are still a few weeks away, there is plenty action around the NFL as teams are making preparations for the start of the new year on March 9. Check out the latest news and rumors in our NFL Rumors Roundup.
Cowboys expected to cut Tony Romo instead of trading him
While it is a foregone conclusion that Tony Romo will not be back with the Dallas Cowboys next season, there remains the question of how the two sides will part ways. However, the Cowboys are expected to simply release him instead of trading him, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.
Source says Tony Romo expecting release, not trade, and believes he can start as #NFL QB 2-3 more seasons despite turning 37, injury history— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) February 16, 2017
Romo is due nearly $20 million next season on his current contract. He has said that he wants to go somewhere he can start, with the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos emerging as the favorites to land him.
Adrian Peterson to the Giants?
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is expected to be released once the new league year starts due his age (will be 32 next season) and $18 million cap hit. Peterson knows this and has said that he would be interested in joining the Buccaneers, Giants or Texans as a free agent. Well, one of those teams appear to have his full attention:
The Giants been making some interesting moves.— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) February 16, 2017
New York released both wide receiver Victor Cruz and starting running back Rashad Jennings this week, freeing up both extra cap space and a need for a starting running back. As such, it appears they are preparing to make a run at Peterson, and Peterson's tweet show he is reciprocating that interest.
A knee injury limited Peterson to just three games in 2016, in which he rushed for just 72 yards on 37 carries. In 2015, he led the league with 1,485 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
Texans won't use franchise tag on A.J. Bouye
Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye is considered to be one of the top free agents on the market this offseason, and while the Texans are hoping to re-sign him, they will not use their franchise tag on him, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
Although the Texans ideally would like to retain free agent cornerback A.J. Bouye and hammer out a contract extension, a relatively tight salary-cap situation is expected to preclude them from designating him as their franchise player.
The Texans have roughly $25 million in projected salary-cap space and it would cost just over $14 million to retain Bouye under a one-year franchise tender, all of which would count against the salary cap for the 2017 fiscal year.
Bouye had 63 tackles with an interception, 16 pass breakups and a sack last season.Back to the NFL Newsfeed