As time goes on, it would appear to make more and more sense for Miami to keep Goran Dragic beyond the Feb. 23 trade deadline. For at least two reasons. (1) As expertly pointed out by our own Zach Lowe in his latest “Ten Things” dispatch, Miami is sinking into prime draft position just fine even with Dragic on the roster because so much else is missing. (2) Isn’t it smarter for the Heat to wait to see where they lands in the lottery in May — and what kind of shot they’ll have at selecting someone like Washington’s Markelle Furtz or UCLA’s Lonzo Ball — before surrendering The Dragon? As long as Pat Riley is headed for an upper-echelon lottery pick as it is, there’s little reason to rush into a deal. The wiser move might well be waiting to get a better handle on what sort of player Miami will be drafting.
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The Colts will not re-sign linebacker Erik Walden, who led the team in sacks with 11 this season. General manager Ryan Grigson proved with Jerrell Freeman last offseason that he’ll go only so far financially when it comes to re-signing free agents. Walden just happened to nearly double his career high in sacks during his contract year, w
Kyle Hendricks Limited Jersey The Jaguars will not bring tight end Julius Thomas back. He has been a disappointment since signing a five-year, $46 million ($24 million guaranteed) contract in March 2015 and has missed 11 games in two seasons due to various injuries. He does have nine touchdown catches, but the Jaguars have him catching short passes and trying to turn up field and break tackles when he’s more successful down the field and on seam routes. Jacksonville didn’t miss him when he was out of the lineup for the final four games. He also has the fourth-highest cap figure ($8.3 million) in 2017. — Mike DiRocco
The Titans will have two new starting cornerbacks. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau might not love relying on rookies at the spot, but Tennessee needs an influx of better players who can cover outside. Maybe 2016 fifth-rounder LeShaun Sims can earn a spot. But the Titans would be well-served to spend draft and free-agency resources to revamp the position to such a degree that the team has two newcomers in the lineup. — Paul Kuharsky