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Texans drop pursuit of Caserio, Patriots drop complaint

Fri Jun 14 6:48pm ET

Houston Texans Chairman and CEO D. Cal McNair arrives to the NFL football owners meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


HOUSTON (AP) The Texans have dropped their pursuit of Patriots executive Nick Caserio for their vacant general manager's job, and New England has withdrawn the grievance it filed against Houston.

Texans owner Cal McNair released a statement Friday saying the Texans would no longer seek interviews with Caserio.

''When we started the process to interview Nick Caserio for our EVP/GM position, we consulted the league office on numerous occasions, followed the procedures outlined in the league's rules and believed we were in full compliance,'' McNair said in the statement. ''We have now been made aware of certain terms in Nick's contract with the Patriots. Once we were made aware of these contract terms, I informed Mr. (Robert) Kraft that we would stop pursuing Nick.''

Brian Gaine was abruptly fired by the Texans last week. Subsequently, an 11-page complaint by former security coordinator Jeff Pope filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged his firing by the team was racially motivated.

Pope alleged that Gaine unjustly initiated the firing of Pope and eight other black employees during his 17 months on the job.

Player Notes
Daniel Jones Aug 13 12:42pm ET

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones will look to take a step forward in his second NFL season, and will be doing so with a new offensive coordinator in former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. In his first public comments since being hired in January, Garrett raved about the sophomore-signal caller's work ethic and the work Jones put in to learn the offense without the two being able to meet face-to-face due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jones showed huge upside last season with five-300 yard passing games and three games with four-plus touchdowns. His main issue was turnovers as he threw 12 picks and fumbled a league-leading 18 times. Garrett had great success with Dak Prescott, so expect him to help Jones improve in year two making him a good QB to target if waiting on the position in drafts.

George Kittle Aug 13 11:33am ET

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension Thursday, Aug. 13, that includes an $18 million signing bonus. The contract language is still being worked out.

Fantasy Spin: Kittle is an elite tight end that should be among the top two or three taken universally in fantasy.

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George Kittle Aug 13 11:30am ET

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle signed a five-year $75 million contract with $40 million guaranteed. The $15 million per season average makes Kittle the highest-paid tight end in the league by a wide margin over Hunter Henry's $10.6 million franchise-tag deal. Kittle caught 85-plus passes and gained 1,000-plus yards each of the past two seasons in becoming arguably the best tight end in football. The 26-year-old was named a First-Team All-Pro last season and now will be locked-into Kyle Shanahan's offense in San Francisco that was fourth in the NFL in total offense last year. Kittle should be one of the top-two tight ends drafted in fantasy within the top-25 picks.

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P.J. Hall Aug 13 10:53am ET

Free-agent DT P.J. Hall (Raiders) signed an undisclosed deal with the Houston Texans Thursday, Aug. 13.

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Everson Griffen Aug 13 9:43am ET

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys DE Everson Griffen agreed to a one-year deal with a $3 million base salary and includes $3 million in potential roster bonuses.

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Ezekiel Ansah Aug 12 11:23pm ET

Free-agent DL Ziggy Ansah (Seahawks) was offered a one-year, $910,000 minimum salary by the San Francisco 49ers, but it wasn't enough for Ansah to sign.

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K.J. Wright Aug 12 11:03pm ET

Seattle Seahawks LB K.J. Wright (shoulder) had a 'marvelous' recovery from shoulder surgery and was able to practice Wednesday, Aug. 12, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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Everson Griffen Aug 12 9:33pm ET

Free-agent DE Everson Griffen (Vikings) agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday, Aug. 12, according to a source.

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Everson Griffen Aug 12 9:20pm ET

The Dallas Cowboys signed free-agent defensive end Everson Griffen to a contract on Wednesday evening. Griffen had spent over a decade with the Minnesota Vikings and had multiple suitors during free agency. The veteran lineman has recorded 74.5 sacks across his past 77 games and adds an extra pass-rushing element to the Cowboys' defense. The unit gave up the 11th-fewest points per game last season, but also lost Robert Quinn and Byron Jones over the summer. The Cowboys project to be a middle-of-the-pack DST unit in 2020.

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Luke Stocker Aug 12 7:53pm ET

Updating a previous source, free-agent TE Luke Stocker (Falcons) is expected to re-sign with the Atlanta Falcons, according to a source Wednesday, Aug. 12.

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James Conner Aug 12 7:03pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner said Wednesday, Aug. 12, he never considered opting out, despite the fact he's a high-risk player as a cancer survivor. 'Going on four years now removed from cancer,' Conner said. 'I didn't really have to talk to my family. It was never a concern for me. I've been healthy for years now. It was an easy decision for me. I never really gave much thought to it. I'm healthy and my immune system is back healthy. I'm not worried.'

Fantasy Spin: Conner stands to have a good bounce-back season with QB Ben Roethlisberger back under center for the Steelers. He totaled just 464 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 116 carries over 10 games in 2019. This is also a contract season for him, and he should be targeted as a low-tier RB2.

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Chris Carson Aug 12 6:13pm ET

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (personal) is away from the team right now while dealing with family matters, according to head coach Pete Carroll Wednesday, Aug. 12.

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James O'Shaughnessy Aug 12 6:03pm ET

Updating a previous story, Jacksonville Jaguars TE James O'Shaughnessy (undisclosed) passed his physical Wednesday, Aug. 12.

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Mike Daniels Aug 12 5:53pm ET

Updating a previous story, free-agent DT Mike Daniels (Lions) officially signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, Aug. 12. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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Timmy Jernigan Aug 12 5:33pm ET

Free-agent DT Timmy Jernigan (Eagles) is expected to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the near future, according to sources. Jernigan visited the Jaguars Wednesday, Aug. 12.

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Luke Stocker Aug 12 5:33pm ET

Free-agent TE Luke Stocker (Falcons) visited the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday, Aug. 12.

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Tyrell Williams Aug 12 4:33pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (feet) is 'over the hump' with his plantar fasciitis issue but is continuing to do daily maintenance.

Fantasy Spin: Luckily, Williams hasn't missed any meaningful offseason work due to the issue. He's projected as the starter opposite rookie Henry Ruggs III, but there are plenty of bodies competing for targets with Hunter Renfrow, Nelson Agholor and Bryan Edwards also in the mix. Williams shouldn't be taken higher than a WR4.

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Nelson Agholor Aug 12 4:23pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders WR Nelson Agholor will 'do enough in this offense to make fantasy owners of (Henry) Ruggs, (Tyrell) Williams and (Hunter) Renfrow upset,' according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Fantasy Spin: Agholor had plenty of opportunity with the Philadelphia Eagles last season, but he caught just 39 of 69 targets for 363 yards and three touchdowns. It's unclear if Tafur is suggesting Agholor will do enough to be fantasy relevant himself or he'll just be taking away from the potential of his more appealing teammates.

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Cole Beasley Aug 12 4:13pm ET

Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley (back) passed his physical Wednesday, Aug. 12, and has been activated from the Active/Non-Football Injury list.

Fantasy Spin: Beasley should continue to be the slot receiver for the Bills and will see a solid amount of targets. He can be a late-round pick in deeper fantasy drafts and would have more value in point-per-reception leagues.

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Datone Jones Aug 12 4:13pm ET

Free-agent DL Datone Jones (Jaguars) is signing an undisclosed contract with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to a source Wednesday, Aug. 12.

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