NFL teams start trimming fat ahead of free agency

Dancin' Joseph Fauria scored seven touchdowns for the Lions in 2013 and should see his role expand...

Dancin' Joseph Fauria scored seven touchdowns for the Lions in 2013 and should see his role expand this season. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters/Files)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 PM ET

With NFL free agency on the horizon, the machinations have started, with players and owners both jockeying for position.

Brandon Weeden wants out of Cleveland. Of course, who doesn’t.

In Washington, Kirk Cousins has wearied of playing second banana to Robert Griffin III, telling the Washington Post: “I’m open to a trade ... as a backup you only have so much influence.”

The Saints moved further from the lineup that brought the city a Super Bowl, cutting four veterans. The Lions are playing fast and loose with a roster as they distance themselves from the disappointment of the Jim Schwartz era.

Cousins is looking for a starting role but speculation has him landing in Buffalo, providing EJ Manuel with competition for the No. 1 job.


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