Fri Jan 28 1:03pm ET
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, Dallas Cowboys Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President Stephen Jones, center, and Owner Jerry Jones, right, are seen on the sidelines before a wild card NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday that defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, a candidate for several head coaching jobs, would instead remain in Dallas for ''years to come.''
Quinn, the former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons who just completed his first season as the Cowboys DC, had interviewed with the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. He was also a candidate for the Miami Dolphins head coaching vacancy.
Jones went on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Friday, a week after the scheduled end of his weekly segments with the team's flagship radio station. He said he wanted to do the extra appearance to discuss Quinn and Mike McCarthy, reiterating his support for the head coach after the Cowboys won the NFC East before losing a home playoff game to San Francisco.
''Mike was very involved in this process, and very involved in trying to give us every chance to keep Dan Quinn,'' Jones said. ''The idea of Mike twisting in the wind just wasn't the case at all.''
While indicating that Quinn turned down a head coaching offer - ''I believe that very much,'' Jones said - the owner didn't offer specifics or any details about a contract extension with the Cowboys.
Jones said it was third time while owning the team that he was able to persuade a coordinator to stay instead of accepting a head job. Jones mentioned Sean Payton, then an offensive coordinator for head coach Bill Parcells, staying with the Cowboys instead of becoming head coach of the Oakland Raiders, and then-OC Jason Garrett turning down another job to remain in Dallas, where he later became head coach before getting replaced by McCarthy.
Payton did leave to become head coach in New Orleans in 2006, but informed the Saints this week that he was leaving after a 16-year tenure in which he took the team to the playoffs nine times and won the Super Bowl in 2009. Payton said he planned to stay involved in football.
The availability of Payton, and his long friendship with Jones, had led some to speculate that he could replace McCarthy as coach. Jones said Friday that he hadn't spoken to Payton and that he didn't have to say anything to reassure McCarthy of his standing as coach after only two seasons with the Cowboys.
''No, I did not, because we're sitting here building together our future,''' Jones said. ''We've just really kind of had our heads down and getting this staff into shape, particularly at the top, with the coordinator level.''
Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, for the second year in a row, has also gotten interest from other teams.
''I do believe he'll be back next year,'' Jones said of Moore.
Quinn will return to an opportunistic Cowboys defense that has a couple of young playmakers in standout rookie Micah Parsons and league interceptions leader Trevon Diggs. Dallas led the NFL in takeaways.
San Francisco 49ers S Doug Middleton was released from the practice squad on Thursday, Jan. 27. In a related move, the team re-signed free agent S Jarrod Wilson.
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent TE Dalton Schultz ranks fourth among tight ends in receptions over the past two seasons.
Fantasy Spin: Schultz is coming off a career year, and despite a loaded receiving corps in Dallas, he has proven himself to be one of Dak Prescott's favorite targets. If he remains a Cowboy, he should be a dependable TE1 next season.
Green Bay Packers impending free-agent WR Davante Adams leads the NFL in both receptions (238) and touchdown catches (29) over the past two seasons and ranks second with 2,927 receiving yards in that span.
Fantasy Spin: Adams has proven to be one of the steadiest, high-end fantasy options at any positions the last few seasons, but some of his value is tied to his relationship with Aaron Rodgers. Adams would likely warrant WR1 consideration in any situation, but a continued relationship with Rodgers would be the ideal scenario.
Chicago Bears impending free-agent WR Allen Robinson led the NFL with 71 contested catches in his four seasons with the Bears, and he ranked 19th in the NFL with 293 receptions while working with quarterbacks who combined for the sixth-worst Total QBR.
Fantasy Spin: Robinson has done a lot of the heavy lifting in his time in Chicago and has produced decent numbers despite a lackluster supporting cast. A move to a better offense could instantly vault Robinson back into WR2 territory.
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent LB Haason Reddick's 23.5 sacks over the past two seasons rank fifth in the NFL, and his 728 pass-rushing snaps in that span are fewer than any player ahead of him in sacks in that stretch.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson (knee) was able to suit up for practice on Thursday. He was limited during this session, but is on track to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Last week, Jefferson had two receptions for 29 yards during the Divisional Round victory. It sounds like Jefferson is on track to play this weekend, but isn't exactly the best DFS option. He'll be the third receiving option behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Cooper Kupp.
San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (ankle) was able to get in a limited practice on Thursday. He is recovering from an ankle injury he suffered during last week's Divisional Round. The 49ers are hopeful he can play this weekend versus the Los Angeles Rams. However, Wilson doesn't offer much fantasy value with Elijah Mitchell getting a majority of the carries. There's a small chance that Wilson makes a significant impact, assuming he's healthy enough to play on Sunday.
San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell (knee) was able to get in a limited session during Thursday's practice. Fantasy managers shouldn't be alarmed as the team is likely just managing his reps. He doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing the NFC Championship game against the Los Angeles Rams this weekend. Mitchell should be the workhorse back once again on Sunday. He has seen 20 or more touches in seven straight games. He'll be tough to ignore in DFS contests for this weekend.
Jacksonville Jaguars impending free-agent DT Taven Bryan is not expected to re-sign with the Jaguars this offseason.
Kansas City Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu (concussion) is on track to play in the AFC Championship game.
Free-agent CB Isaac Yiadom (Packers) recently worked out for the Indianapolis Colts.
Kansas City Chiefs RB Darrel Williams (toe) was limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 27. S Tyrann Mathieu (concussion), RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder), CB Rashad Fenton (back), WR Mecole Hardman (hip), WR Tyreek Hill (heel), LB Anthony Hitchens (back), DT Chris D. Jones (groin), CB L'Jarius Sneed (knee), CB Charvarius Ward (neck) and OG Andrew Wylie (elbow) fully participated in practice.
Free-agent LB John Simon signed a Reserve/Future contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Jan. 27. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill is not expected to be released or traded this offseason, according to Joel Corry of CBS Sports. The Titans would likely incur a dead cap charge of at least $57 million by releasing Tannehill, which would result in an $18.8 million loss in cap space. Trading Tannehill before June 1 would result in a dead cap hit of $28.4 million and give Tennessee $10.2 million in cap savings but leave his next team on the hook for his $29 million base salary for next season.
Houston Texans DT Vincent Taylor (Achilles) went on the Reserve/Injured list after tearing his Achilles in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was initially believed Taylor suffered an ankle injury in the opener that was going to sideline him six to eight weeks.
Kansas City Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu (concussion) returned to practice Thursday, Jan. 27.
On Thursday, the Chicago Bears hired former Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus to be their head coach. Eberflus took a Colts defense that was ranked 26th and 27th in total defense before he arrived and made them a top-10 unit. The Colts never featured tremendous pass rush rates and blitzed at one of the lowest rates in the league, but the Bears defensive scheme only blitzed 2.4% more and both teams ran a variation of a 4-3 base defense, so it's possible there won't be much change in philosophy. However, the biggest question will be who Eberflus hires as offensive coordinator and what that means for Justin Fields. Since Eberflus spent four years coaching under former NFL quarterback Frank Reich, it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that he soaked up some knowledge in that relationship and will use it to make a hire that's in the best interest of his quarterback's development.
After earlier reports that Byron Leftwich was set to be the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, reports surfaced early on Wednesday that the negotiations were held up because Leftwich wanted Jacksonville to get rid of General Manager Trent Baalke to hire Adrian Wilson, who is Vice President of Pro Scouting for the Arizona Cardinals. Not long after that, Adam Schefter reported that the Jaguars interviewed former Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio for their head coaching position. While we don't know where this will end up, Fangio has been a far more run-heavy coach in his career than we'd expect Leftwich to be since Leftwich has learned under Bruce Arians. It's possible that if Fangio were to be hired in Jacksonville, we could see a running back committee of Travis Etienne and James Robinson in the same way Denver deployed Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon this year. It would also potentially sap the upside of Trevor Lawrence, Laviska Shenault Jr., and D.J. Chark, so let's hope Jacksonville does the right thing here.