Panthers retain tight end, Vikings bolster coaching staff, Bengals interest in top free agent

With NFL free agency just around the corner and the Combined NFL 2022 not too far away, here’s the latest news and rumors around the league from PFN National NFL Insider Aaron Wilson. Be sure to keep checking back here as we bring you the latest NFL news and rumors on February 25, 2022.

NFL News and Rumors: Browns appoint Drew Petzing as quarterbacks coach

The Cleveland Browns named Drew Petzing as their new quarterbacks coach, moving him from tight ends coach.

“We think he has a unique perspective that he can contribute with these quarterbacks and help their development,” coach Kevin Stefanski said. “He is an important part of our attacking staff, and we are delighted to have him and [offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt] work together.”

As previously reported, former offensive assistant TC McCartney is the new tight ends coach.

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The Browns also named Ashton Grant as their offensive quality control coach. Stephen Bravo-Brown, who was defensive quality control coach last season, has become assistant special teams coach. Callie Brownson will remain chief of staff but will also fill the role of assistant wide receivers coach.

Additionally, Jordan Thomas has been hired as assistant defensive line coach, Jeff Anderson is defensive quality control and Chris Kiffin is back as defensive line coach. He chose to stay instead of going to Mississippi.

“I think from year to year we had some changes with the staff, and we were lucky last year to bring the staff back in total,” Stefanski said. “This year we still have some changes, and I think that can be good. We have new coaches and we also move them to different positions, which allows them to grow and hear different points of view.

“TC is a really good young coach who has a ton of experience in NFL systems. We think he’s up for the challenge of coaching tight ends. I think he’s a great place to be. that young coaches grow up in. It’s something I did when I first became a position coach, and I think TC will do very well applying all the knowledge they already have.

Speaking of Brownson, Stefanski said: “Callie has done a great job in her role, and now in Year 3 she definitely has the ability to add more responsibility to the attacking side of the ball. She’s been a useful player for us. in the past and replaced coaches on game day so this is just another step in his career Coach O’Shea does a wonderful job mentoring coaches in this room so I know Chad is thrilled to get closer to Callie.

Panthers re-sign Ian Thomas to three-year, $16.95 million deal

The Carolina Panthers have re-signed veteran tight end Ian Thomas to a three-year contract.

It has a total value of $16.95 million, a two-year payout of $11.5 million over two years and $8 million guaranteed, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.

A former fourth-round draft pick, Thomas was a pending free agent. He caught 18 passes for 188 yards last season. As a rookie, Thomas caught 36 passes for 333 yards and scored twice.

NFL News and Rumors: Vikings finalize deal with Greg Manusky as linebackers coach

The Minnesota Vikings have finalized their deal with veteran assistant Greg Manusky as the new inside linebackers coach, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.

Manusky served as defensive coordinator for four NFL teams and coached for 19 seasons. He played linebacker in the NFL for 12 years, including with Washington, Kansas City Chiefs and Vikings, earning All-Madden team honors in 1991 for his style of play at Minnesota. Manusky played 113 straight games during a streak before retiring in 1999.

Manusky spent last season on the University of Kentucky defensive team. He coached linebackers in the NFL for Washington and the Los Angeles Chargers. Additionally, he served as defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and Washington. He worked for Marty Schottenheimer in Washington, Mike Singletary in San Francisco, Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis and Jay Gruden in Washington.

Manusky played collegiate at Colgate University and was named a Division I-AA consensus All-American and won Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, he played in the Blue-Gray Football Classic and was the first to twice win the school’s Hal W. Lahar Trophy, awarded annually to the most valuable defensive player. A year after retiring from the sport, Manusky made the Patriot League All-Anniversary Team in 2000.

Bengals among NFL teams should be interested in Ravens’ Bradley Bozeman

For some in NFL circles, veteran Baltimore Ravens center Bradley Bozeman is considered one of the best free agent offensive linemen along with Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen.

Bozeman is expected to attract interest from several NFL teams if he touches free agency, including the Cincinnati Bengals, which need an offensive line, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow sprained his knee in the Super Bowl loss to the Los Angeles Rams and has been sacked 7 times.

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Bozeman, 26, is a former sixth-round pick from Alabama and is considered a technically sound tackle and a high-character, community-minded individual. He started all but one game last season for the Ravens at center last season. He also started at left guard and played 49 of 62 career games. Bozeman is analytically one of the highest ranked centers in the NFL.

Two-time Crimson Tide national champion Bozeman (6-foot-5, 325 pounds) and his wife, Nikki, founded the Bradley and Nikki Bozeman Foundation, which aims to help at-risk children and their families educate them about the dangers of childhood bullying. The foundation has organized several food drives in partnership with Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries.

NFL News and Rumors: Browns promote Jonathan Decoster

Cleveland Browns promote Jonathan Decoster to offensive assistant to offensive quality control coach with promotion of TC McCartney from offensive assistant to tight ends coach, league sources say .

Decoster once coached tight ends at Old Dominion University. He was a graduate assistant at LSU, coaching tight ends.

At West Virginia State University, Decoster was the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. In Nevada, he was a certified offensive line assistant coach. With LSU, he coached Thaddeus Moss, the son of Randy Moss, and Foster Moreau, a fourth-round draft pick for the Raiders.

Decoster was a four-year starter at right tackle at Louisiana Lafayette.

As the league transitions to free agency, there will be plenty of news and rumors from all over the NFL regarding your favorite team. This includes chatter about which players will be on the move (or not) in free agency. Stay up to date and follow Pro Football Network Top 50 Free Agents Ranking to better understand the free agent market.