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Bears to release kicker Cody Parkey at start of league year
The Chicago Bears have decided to release kicker Cody Parkey at the start of the league year (March 13) according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Parkey famously double-doinked the game-winning kick for the Bears in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs this season. His decision to appear on the Today Show following the miss was the final straw that prompted the Bears to decide to part ways after one season.
Parkey struggled in 2018, connecting on only 23-of-30 (76.7%) field goal attempts while missing 3 extra points kicks.
Rapoport: Bears expected to release Dion Sims
The Chicago Bears are expected to release tight end Dion Sims, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The Bears will save $6 million against the cap with the move. Sims only appeared in eight games last season, catching 2 passes for 9 yards on 4 targets.
Sims recorded 17 receptions (33 targets) for 189 yards and 1 touchdown in 22 games over two seasons for the Bears.
Antonio Brown will only be traded if Steelers benefit
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will only be traded if the deal is "beneficial to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization," general manager Kevin Colbert said.
Colbert added that Brown will not be dealt if the trade doesn't benefit the Steelers. At this point, it would be pretty shocking if Brown isn't wearing a different uniform by Week 1 of next season.
Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns on 168 targets in 15 games last season.
Steelers say Le'Veon Bell will not be tagged
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free agent running back Le'Veon Bell will not receive the franchise or transition tag, general manager Kevin Colbert said.
"Le’Veon will be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year," Colbert stated. James Conner and Jaylen Samuels will likely handle the bulk of backfield work for the Steelers in 2019. Bell turned 27 on Monday.
Bell totaled 1,946 yards and 11 touchdowns in his last active season.
Andre Ellington signs with Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed running back Andre Ellington.
Ellington hasn't appeared in a game since 2017 with the Arizona Cardinals under head coach Bruce Arians, who is now calling the shots in Tampa Bay. He spent the majority of his career with Arians in Arizona after being taken in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. Ellington, now 30, will likely compete for a pass-catching role out of the Bucs' backfield.
Ellington has 1,752 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 418 carries over 65 games for his career, plus another 1,368 yards and 3 touchdowns on 151 receptions (224 targets).
DeMarcus Lawrence refusing to sign franchise tender with Cowboys again
Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence will not sign the franchise tag if tendered again, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Lawrence will likely be tagged again if the two sides don't reach a long-term agreement by March 5, which would make mid-July as the real deadline. He turns 27 in April and would be due $20.5 million in 2019.
Lawrence recorded 61 tackles (40 solo) with 11 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 interception, and 1 pass deflection last season.
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