As Wyatt says in the article, Cassel is going to play a pretty big role in the offseason program. There is news that Marcus Mariota is progressing in his rehab, perhaps even ahead of schedule, but there is still little to no chance that will be able to take part in the OTAs.
Where the Dontari Poe situation really goes in six directions at once, though, is which Dontari Poe you're getting. Are you getting the brick wall from 2013, where he played a ridiculous 1,063 snaps at D-tackle and Pro Football Focus called him an "excellent run defender" that also, as a nice little onion-ring-in-your-fries bonus, "brought enough as a pass-rusher in collapsing the pocket up the middle"? Or are you getting 2014-2016 Dontari Poe, who certainly hasn't been a slouch or a liability by any means, but quite simply hasn't measured up to the bar he set for himself in his sophomore campaign?
Arenas' most recently played with the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 28, 2014. The New York Jets released him at the end of training camp before the start of the 2015 season. Last year, Arenas was part of the Buffalo Bills' offseason program, but he was released on Aug. 7 before playing in a preseason game.
"Here’s what the best part of it is. How strong of an endorsement can you have when the owner, the head coach and the general manager all say, "You’re my starter in 2017,’" Dorsey said.
Berry’s first-year cap number will only be $5 million but the Chiefs didn’t have much to begin with. Poe’s market is probably higher than what the Chiefs can afford and with so much cap room available on other teams I would not expect him back if he hits free agency on March 9.
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Bicknell, the son of former Boston College coach Jack Bicknell, was receivers coach for the San Francisco 49ers last season. He previously was with the Philadelphia Eagles (2013-15), Kansas City Chiefs (2007-09) and Buffalo Bills (2010-12).
Deshaun Watson, who comes in with the greatest amount of championship experience as a starting quarterback, weighed in at 6’2 and 221 pounds, which should help boost his draft stock a bit for any scouts concerned with size. Another player overcoming some concerns is Mitch Trubisky who clocked in at just over 6’2 and 222 pounds, which will help scouts who were harping on him being too short for the pro level.
"The funny thing about that is, you might look at it as ‘getting the deal done now’ but that whole process has been going on now for almost a year-plus, maybe," Dorsey said. "The beauty of it is: First off, a deal of this magnitude does not unfold unless you have the blessing of ownership. That’s first and foremost. The good thing about it is, Eric’s representatives were in town that Sunday, so what I decided it was best for us to do was all sit down as a group on Monday.
"I also let him know that I want to stay in an open line of communication because I don’t like to let good football players go," Dorsey said. "I’m going to let the process take its way out. As long as that line of communication is open, I’d like to have him back."
When asked who his inspiration was at the Combine’s media availability Thursday, the answer for Conner was easy. "Eric Berry," he said. "The same exact cancer, [and he] returned to the field just like I did. Yeah, him. Same exact thing. One of my biggest inspirations is Eric."
This will create $7.5 million in cap space for the Jets. It does create a need for the go to guy role on offense. The Jets surely could use a big-time receiver to help out whomever plays quarterback for them next season.