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1 Offseason Move Every NFL Team Could Regret

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By Justis Mosqueda | Bleacher Report

On Saturday, we broke down one move each NFL team made that gives room for optimism. Today, the other shoe drops.

We will go team-by-team, taking you through some of most questionable moves franchises have made this offseason. In two or three years, we may be able to pinpoint a drop-off in record or a coach's tenure based on these risky decisions.

Some players got overpaid this offseason. Others should still be in their old uniforms. Some teams clearly "lost" a trade. Others did not prioritize a championship window.

Every franchise started the offseason in a different place, but contextualizing where teams stood before the new league year and where they are now allows us to second-guess some of their decisions.

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Mark Ingram intrigued by playing with Lamar Jackson

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By Herbie Teope - Around the NFL Writer |

Running back Mark Ingram arrives in Baltimore with two 1,000-yard rushing campaigns on his eight-year career while with the New Orleans Saints.

The powerfully built 5-foot-9, 215-pound rusher entertained returning to New Orleans and reportedly drew interest from the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers before electing to sign with the Ravens.

So, why decide on Baltimore? Turns out Ingram was thoroughly "a thousand percent" attracted to playing with quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Ravens' run-heavy offense.

"That was very interesting and something that really caught my attention," Ingram told reporters during Friday's introductory news conference. "To have the opportunity to be in an offense that runs the ball and have Lamar with his run-pass option...

NFL players tackle big issues while working on Capitol Hill

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By James Brown, Alvin Patrick | CBS News

NFL players Michael Thomas, Austin Carr and Ryan Hunter are used to running, blocking or catching for a living. But for the last couple of weeks, they have been running around the halls of Congress, tackling the big issues facing the country.

"I've been fortunate to sit in on meetings with foreign policy administrators from the Middle East, whether it be constituents from the state of Missouri and the city of Kansas City, St. Louis," said Hunter, an offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs. He's interning for freshman Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri.

"This is fun because we're both new together. So Ryan's new, I'm new. We're kind of learning the ropes together," said Hawley, a Republican. "I think it's phenomenal that NFL players like Ryan, who are very busy guys and have a career that they're pursuing, want to be involved in their communities, want to be involved in service."

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Dolphins reach agreement with Ryan Fitzpatrick, reportedly on a two-year deal

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By Cindy Boren | Washington Post

For Miami, Ryan Tannehill is out, Ryan Fitzpatrick is in.

Fitzpatrick, the man behind Fitzmagic last season in Tampa Bay, has reached agreement with the Dolphins, who last week traded Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans after seven seasons. The Dolphins met with Teddy Bridgewater last week, but he chose to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints. According to ESPN, Fitzpatrick agreed to a two-year deal.

With Jameis Winston suspended three games at the start of the 2018 season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, Fitzpatrick was the starter and passed for eight touchdowns in winning the first two games. He then threw three touchdown passes — and...

Mark Ingram to Saints fans: ‘I will bleed black and gold forever’

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By Jennifer Armstrong - | The Times-Picayune

It’s been an emotional week for former New Orleans Saint Mark Ingram.

The 29-year-old running back, whose eight-year run in New Orleans ended this week when he signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens, bid farewell to the “best fans ever” in a social media post Friday (March 15) that had to be posted on Instagram because it was too long for Twitter.

Ingram thanked everyone in the organization from owner Gayle Benson and her late husband, Tom, general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton to the team nutritionist, ticket office staff and media members who covered his career.

He saved his most effusive praise for his former teammates.

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Mark Ingram shares his locker room philosophy with Ravens

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By Jennifer Armstrong - | The Times-Picayune

Former New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram spoke at his introductory press conference with his new team, the Baltimore Ravens, on Friday (March 15).

Seated alongside new Ravens safety Earl Thomas and flanked by coach John Harbaugh and general manager Eric DeCosta, Ingram was asked about his reputation as being “legendary in the locker room.”

“I don’t try to do anything special or be anything I’m not ... I just try to treat people the way I want to be treated and love on my brothers, man,” said Ingram, a 2011 first-round NFL draft pick by New Orleans and Heisman Trophy winner. “When you have a locker room that loves each other and cares about each other genuinely, you perform better, just from my experience.”

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The NFL-AAF relationship is working. But the ideal scenario for both sides still a ways off

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Jason Munz | Memphis Commercial Appeal

Bill Polian’s vision for the Alliance of American Football, from the very beginning, has been crystal clear.

The upstart league, which is halfway through its 10-game regular season that began the week after the Super Bowl, wants nothing to do with competing against the mighty NFL. Rather, the AAF’s goal is to act in concert with professional football’s big league in hopes of becoming a proving ground for those in search of another shot (think Trent Richardson, Rashad Ross and Zach Mettenberger) and a training ground for the not-quite-ready-for-primetime fringe players (recent examples being Danny Etling, J.T. Barrett and Bo Scarbrough).

Five games in and...

How Nick Foles-Jaguars signing impacts Teddy Bridgewater

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The last time Nick Foles took the field, he threw two interceptions in a postseason loss to the New Orleans Saints. After that, the Jacksonville Jaguars rewarded the Eagles’ former Super Bowl hero with a four-year, $88 million contract with escalators reaching as high as $102 million and more than $50 million in guarantees. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first reported the signing. This raises questions for the future of New Orleans backup Teddy Bridgewater, shutting the door on a potential landing-spot for the young quarterback in Jacksonville.

With the Jaguars off the board and a flurry of pre-negotiating window trades behind him, this leaves only the Miami Dolphins as a possible option for Bridgewater if he wants to earn a starting gig in 2019. The 26-year old quarterback has patiently worked his way back from a horrific knee injury, looked polished enough in preseason for the Saints to acquire him in a trade, and by all means should be a starter somewhere in the league. It just doesn’t look like there’s any starting jobs available at this time.

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Landon Collins to join Washington with 6-year, $84 million deal: report

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By Christopher Dabe - | The Times-Picayune

Landon Collins, a New Orleans native who played in high school at Dutchtown, will join the Washington Redskins with a six-year deal worth up to $84 million with $45 million guaranteed over the first three years, NFL Network reported Monday (March 11).

Collins became an unrestricted free agent when the New York Giants opted last week not to keep him under the franchise tag designation, which now appears to have opened the door for a much larger financial payoff. Collins played four seasons with the Giants after they selected him out of Alabama in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

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