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Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

More Chris Ballard: "I'm a realist. We have work to do. And I think at every position we have work to do."

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts GM Chris Ballard on developing the roster: "Draft, develop where these guys are home grown. You want to be able to have your own players"

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, the Jets exercised options for NT Steve McLendon and LB Josh Martin, sources confirmed. (First reported by NFL Media.) McLendon, 32, who will make $3.1 million in 2018, still is an excellent run defender and locker-room leader. Martin is one of their top special teams players and ascended to a starting job late in the season. His salary will be $1.8 million.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

New Colts coach Frank Reich said he's "hopeful" QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) will be throwing when OTAs start in early April.

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans K Ryan Succop has signed a 5-year, 20 million extension, a source told ESPN. The deal includes 7.25M guaranteed and 8.25M in the first two years.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

After his release from the Bucs, Chris Baker released the following statement: "I am thankful to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Organization, Glazer Family, Coach Koetter, and GM Jason Licht for the opportunity last season. I am looking forward to the next chapter in my career. I am thankful for the chance to continue to follow my dreams. God always has a plan."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots DT Alan Branch was asked on sports radio WEEI's "Dale and Holley Show with Rich Keefe" if he knew Malcolm Butler wouldn't play in Super Bowl LII and said, "I didn't know anything, honestly. On our team, gossip doesn't travel, let's say that. ... I noticed he wasn't in the game, but then again, you never know the reason for what's going on at a certain time in that organization, especially."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints have re-signed long snapper Zach Wood to a 1-year, $555,000 deal, a source confirmed -- no surprise since he was an exclusive rights free agent who played well after signing with New Orleans just days before the regular season started last year. It's possible the Saints will bring in some competition for him, but the former Cowboys defensive lineman has a good chance to lock down the job after his promising debut season. Wood's new deal was first reported by NOLA.com.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, the Bucs have released defensive tackle Chris Baker, as first reported by the NFL Network. This was hardly a surprise. He finished with just 0.5 sacks in 2017.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs will officially introduce new defensive line coach Brentson Buckner in a press conference on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Add backup tackle Ulrick John to the Packers list of unrestricted free agents. His agent confirmed that John indeed is unrestricted. He had been listed as restricted by multiple outlets, including ESPN.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Tuesday marks the beginning of the two-week window in which teams can designate franchise (or transition) tag players, something the Seahawks haven't done since 2010 with kicker Olindo Mare. Sheldon Richardson is their only realistic candidate for the tag this year, though the cost may make that prohibitive. Losing Richardson in free agency would be a blow to a defensive line that may already be without a lot of firepower in 2018 with Cliff Avril and Malik McDowell both injured and Michael Bennett a candidate to be released. It's a matter of cost, though. The franchise tag for defensive tackles is projected at around $14.5 million. That would represent an increase of more than $6 million from what Richardson made in 2017, and it would eat up all of the cap space Seattle currently has available. Richardson had one sack and a handful of impact plays in 2017 as he adjusted to Seattle's 4-3 defense, something he admitted wasn't easy having played in a 3-4 his first four seasons. If the Seahawks end up tagging Richardson (or signing him to a long-term deal), this much will be clear: they expect greater production now that he has a full year in their defense under his belt.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have hired Brian Picucci as an offensive quality control assistant. He graduated from Syracuse in 1994 and played fullback/tight end for the Orange. He was most recently the offensive coordinator at FCS Maine.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jaguars announce they have picked up option years on TE Marcedes Lewis and backup OL Josh Wells and Tyler Shatley. The 2018 season will be Lewis' 13th with the team.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Doug Martin just posted the following statement on his Instagram. He called it a "bittersweet" day.