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|Tarvaris Jackson expected to test open market||02-13-2016|
|Tarvaris Jackson QB SEA|
ESPN 710 Seattle's Jessamyn McIntyre reports impending free agent QB Tarvaris Jackson will test the open market.
Jessamyn McIntyre on Twitter
|McIntyre reports there was a "strong market" last season for Jackson, who took less money to come back to the Seahawks. Jackson has had several stints as a starter throughout his career, but he has proven to be a backup-level player. He has not started a game since 2011. Going on 33, continuing to hold the clipboard for Russell Wilson will likely be his best available option.|
|Joe Thomas thrilled by Hue Jackson hire||02-13-2016|
|Joe Thomas OT CLE|
Browns LT Joe Thomas said he is "super excited" about new coach Hue Jackson.
|"When we were going through the coaching search, he was the No. 1 guy that I was hoping we'd hire," Thomas said. "For Jimmy (Haslam) to be able to land Hue I think is a huge coup." The spectre of another coaching change forced Thomas to openly wonder about his future with the organization in January, but he appears completely on board now. Thomas took home his sixth First-Team All-Pro honor last season and has not missed a snap in his nine-year career.|
|Cowboys believe Byron Jones best at safety||02-13-2016|
|Byron Jones CB DAL|
The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota reports the Cowboys believe Byron Jones is best suited to play safety.
Dallas Morning News
|Jones was forced to play corner as a rookie because of injuries, but he was arguably the best cover guy on the team. Orlando Scandrick's return along with some reinforcements should allow Jones to primarily play safety next season, but Dallas will not let his coverage skills go to waste. He will likely continue to cover tight ends and slot receivers in sub packages.|
|Cowboys expected to draft running back early||02-13-2016|
|Darren McFadden RB DAL|
The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota said he "would be very surprised" if the Cowboys did not use one of their first three picks on a running back.
Dallas Morning News
|The No. 4 overall pick is too early to reach for a running back, but a runner could be in the Cowboys' plans in the second round. Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott has expressed his desire to play for Dallas, but he is unlikely to last that long. Alabama RB Derrick Henry could be an option in the second, and Arkansas RB Alex Collins could be available when the Cowboys pick in the third. Regardless of who the they go with, Darren McFadden should expect rookie company in the backfield next season.|
|Nate Allen set to earn $3 million on new deal||02-13-2016|
|Nate Allen S OAK|
ESPN's Field Yates reports S Nate Allen's one-year deal with the Raiders is worth $3 million.
Field Yates on Twitter
|$1.85 million of that is guaranteed, and Allen can earn $2 million more through incentives. He was originally scheduled to earn $4.9 million guaranteed before being released this week. Knee issues limited Allen to five games last season, but he should be 100 percent for the offseason program.|
|'Inevitable' Amukamara hits the open market||02-13-2016|
|Prince Amukamara CB NYG|
NJ Advance Media's Jordan Raanan reports it "seems inevitable" the Giants allow impending free agent CB Prince Amukamara to test the free-agent market.
New York Daily News
|Raanan reports the Giants have yet to approach Amukamara about a new deal. That could change before March, but New York appears content to let the oft-injured corner set his value on the market. Amukamara is reportedly looking to average $10 million annually on his next deal.|
|No negotiations between Eagles and Thurmond||02-13-2016|
|Walter Thurmond CB PHI|
ESN Radio's Geoff Mosher reports the Eagles have yet to open contract negotiations with impending free agent S/CB Walter Thurmond.
Geoff Mosher on Twitter
|The two sides are expected to talk at the Scouting Combine, but Thurmond has already admitted he chances of returning are slim. Thurmond shined in his first year as a safety and played 16 games for the first time in his career. A long injury history will ding his value, but the versatile defensive back should get plenty of interest on the open market.|