fIt would be an understatement to say that Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is eager for Josh Gordon‘s return, as Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer writes. “I haven’t seen him out on the football field since training camp, so we’ll have to see where he’s at physically and everything,” said Shanahan. “We’ll try to get him in there, and as soon as he’s ready to go, we’ll make sure to work to get him the ball.” More from around the NFL..
- The Cardinals have extended the contract of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles through 2017, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. However, the deal will still allow him to pursue head coaching opportunities elsewhere. Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic (on Twitter) adds that the new salary puts him in the top five of NFL assistants and should pay him roughly $1-$1.5MM per season. Bowles figures to be a highly-coveted head coaching candidate this offseason.
- Following the Jaguars‘ release of linebacker Dekoda Watson, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com graded the club’s free agent signings from this past offseason. Overall, the report card isn’t pretty, with defensive ends Red Bryant (four-year, $19.5MM deal, $5.23MM guaranteed) and Chris Clemonds (four-year, $17.5MM deal, ~$5MM guaranteed) as the only B grades. Other notable additions like running back Toby Gerhart and defenisve tackle Ziggy Hood haven’t been worth the money.
- Browns coach Mike Pettine isn’t sweating his quarterback situation in the least. “It’s a good problem to have,” Pettine said in reference to Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel, according to SiriusXM NFL Radio (on Twitter). “We have a quarterback playing well looking for a contract and a first round pick sitting behind him.”