New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams is using his embarrassing season-ending missed tackle as inspiration to get swole, the Jacksonville Jaguars released Chris Ivory, and the NFL competition committee is discussing changes to defensive pass-interference penalties. All this and more in today’s Fleur-de-Links:
Dolphins and agent for Miami’s franchised player Jarvis Landry scheduled to meet Wednesday in Indianapolis to discuss the WR’s future, per sources. Multiple sources believe the Dolphins are interested in trading Landry.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 26, 2018
As free agency takes shape in a depth-starved class, interest comes in surprising places. Blocking TEs like #Lions Darren Fells, #Raiders Lee Smith & #Broncos Virgil Green, for instance, are all going to earn more than expected because of poor draft talent there & lack of options— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2018
The Saints and Cowboys discussed a trade Kenny Vaccaro for Orlando Scandrick last years. Might Saints be interested in Scandrick again via trade or as a free agent pickup. Rams could also be intriguing landing spot if they dont resign their nickle cb— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) February 27, 2018
#Saints Draft Picks after compensatory picks have been given:— Jake White (@TrueWhoDat12) February 24, 2018
Around the NFC South
What you need to know about Drew Brees' upcoming contract negotiations | NOLA.com
March 14 is the most important deadline for the Saints.
After major changes in the slot last season, Saints could look to add a playmaker to the offense | Saints | theadvocate.com
It was easy to see some of the ways the Saints' offense changed last season.
Kenny Vaccaro expected to leave New Orleans in free agency – ProFootballTalk
Kenny Vaccaro "likely is on the way out" of New Orleans when he hits free agency next month, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. That is not a surprise considering Vaccaro has not lived up to the expectations that followed him as the 15th overall pick in 2013.
Tom Benson remains hospitalized, in stable condition – ProFootballTalk
Saints owner Tom Benson remains in the hospital, after he was admitted last week with flu-like symptoms. Via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Benson remains in the intensive care unit at Ochsner Medical Center, but is in stable condition.
Cover 3: What Matters, What Doesn't For Bucs At Scouting Combine | Pewter Report
With the 2018 Scouting Combine now upon us, we dive into what matters and what won't for the Bucs this week.
Marty Hurney says Panthers want to keep Ryan Kalil | Panthers Wire
Marty Hurney says Panthers want to keep center Ryan Kalil.
Marty Hurney: Devin Funchess has “just scratched the surface” – ProFootballTalk
Now that the Panthers have removed the interim tag from Marty Hurney's General Manager title, he can stop worrying about getting the job and focus solely on doing it.
Falcons set to clear space for Ryan’s new deal
It's salary-cap casualty season around the NFL and the Falcons, who are working on an extension for quarterback Matt Ryan, are close to making some moves.
Falcons GM: No Interest in Tevin Coleman Trade, Could Give RB Contract Extension | Bleacher Report
Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team is not interested in trading running back Tevin Coleman during an interview Monday on 92.9 The Game.
Bevell on Baker Mayfield-Russell Wilson Comparison | SI.com
Darrell Bevell, the offensive coordinator for the first six seasons of Wilson’s career, broke down three hours of film on Mayfield to see how the QBs are alike, and what the Heisman winner did that will and will not translate to the NFL
Marcus Peters’s volatile demeanor was too much for the Chie | SI.com
Kansas City decided it could no longer deal with its Pro Bowl corner, and 28 other teams took a pass on him. Can Peters rebuild his rep with the Rams?
Questions to ask 2018 draft's top QB prospects at NFL Combine - NFL.com
Is Baker Mayfield a good enough athlete? How is Josh Rosen's medical report? Tom Pelissero talks to NFL talent evaluators about the questions teams will be asking QBs at the combine.
The Jaguars’ Decision to Extend Blake Bortles Isn’t a Joke - The Ringer
In many people’s eyes, Jacksonville’s choice to hand Bortles a three-year extension might seem absurd. Look closer, though, and there’s logic behind the Jags’ move.
NFL could change DPI from spot foul to 15-yard penalty - NFL.com
The NFL is reportedly looking at implementing a number of rule changes, some expected (clarifying the catch rule) and some not so.