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NFL rumors roundup

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Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Wednesday, Nov. 11:

  • The Chicago Bears' win on Monday night in San Diego further highlighted the improvement that quarterback Jay Cutler has shown under offensive coordinator Adam Gase this season. Under Gase's guidance, Cutler's 2.0 interception rate this season is well below his career rate (3.3) and would be his best mark for a full season if maintained. Considering the QB's progress, NFL Media's Gil Brandt -- the Cowboys' longtime VP of player personnel -- expects to hear Gase's name come up "for both NFL and college head-coaching jobs" this offseason. It was somewhat surprising that Gase didn't get a head-coaching job last season after interviewing for several openings, including those of the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers. Perhaps the Broncos' decision to pass -- despite knowing Gase well from his six years with the team -- was a warning flag for other teams. The 37-year-old is six years younger than the league's most youthful full-time head coach (Mike McCoy), and two years clear of Miami Dolphins interim HC Dan Campbell. Still, his success with a desperado quarterback in Cutler could make Gase a sought-after candidate for teams with young QBs.

  • Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's future still seems to be up in the air, but Bleacher Report's Jason Cole hears from a few team executives that three or four teams would have interest in the QB if the Lions were to make him available. It's unclear if Detroit will do so, but Cole notes that many teams aren't impressed with 2016 QB draft class, and Stafford's talent and reasonable contract (two years, $33.5 million without any guaranteed money after this season) make him an appealing alternative option. Cole guesses the 49ers, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets all might be interested in Stafford. If there are that many suitors, it's likely the Lions could get a pretty decent return in an offseason trade if they so desire. How they handle the 27-year-old QB moving forward will draw plenty of attention.

  • Now that New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis (torn ACL) has been placed on injured reserve, the team's backfield situation will be under a microscope this weekend to see who fills Lewis' role. Tom Curran of CSN New England passes along plenty of praise for backup running back James White from offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. McDaniels said White will "have an opportunity now to step in there and play a little bit more," which could mean the second-year back will get the first crack at replacing Lewis. At the same time, it's fair to expect Brandon Bolden -- who caught a touchdown after Lewis' injury on Sunday -- to get some chances as well, and it's hard to expect White to be as effective as the shifty Lewis has been. At least for now, we'd expect White to have some value in PPR leagues but be relatively unreliable on a week-to-week basis. Perhaps LeGarrette Blount's fantasy value will get the largest boost in Lewis' absence.

  • As they search for more depth in the wake of Andrew Luck's injury, the Indianapolis Colts are "trying to lure" quarterback Jason Campbell out of retirement, according to Pro Football Talk. It's an odd bit of news, but it at least makes some sense due to Campbell's familiarity with offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski from their time in Cleveland together in 2013. Perhaps the Colts think they can get the 33-year-old Campbell up to speed in Chudzinski's system more quickly than they could with other free-agent quarterbacks. Regardless, Matt Hasselbeck will start in Luck's absence as the Colts try to keep their lead in the AFC South. UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Campbell is "highly unlikely" to come out of retirement this year, as four teams have already tried to talk him out of it without success. Schefter adds that Campell returning for the 2016 season is a "maybe."

  • In an under-the-radar but interesting observation, 9NEWS.com's Mike Klis thinks Broncos guard Louis Vasquez "is hurting," noting that Vasquez has played through back and knee injuries in the past two years. Vasquez missed 18 snaps against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, the first offensive plays he has missed all season. His play has also fallen off in the past two seasons, with Pro Football Focus grading Vasquez around average in 2014 and 2015 after he finished No. 4 out of 78 guards in their 2013 rankings. It's not a great sign for a Broncos offensive line that has already had serious issues elsewhere this season and is on to its third left tackle in journeyman Ryan Harris.

  • The San Diego Chargers' offensive injuries simply aren't slowing down, and it appears tight end Antonio Gates still isn't fully healthy since spraining his MCL on Oct. 18. Via the Union-Tribune's Michael Gehlken, Gates said, "I feel the sharp pains in cuts. I can’t explode. The fatigue in certain parts of my leg. I know it’s all from compensating from the knee." Gates is easily the most reliable target left in San Diego, but any 35-year-old with a nagging injury is going to struggle to separate from coverage. Perhaps the Chargers' bye week will help Gates get close to full strength.

  • NFL Media's Ian Rapoport offers another bit of Chargers injury news: Wide receiver Malcom Floyd (torn labrum) plans to attempt to play through his injury for the rest of the season. The 34-year-old announced before the start of the season that he would retire after this year, and it seems he doesn't want to go out with a season-ending injury. The decision will certainly require toughness and Floyd might be too limited to be particularly productive, but he may be able to help the Chargers compensate for Keenan Allen's absence.