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Top Offseason Storylines for All 32 NFL Clubs


Tuesday's Niners Daily looks at the most important offseason storyline for all 32 teams in the National Football League.

In today's NFL, it's hard not to care about all 32 clubs. Sure, readers of this post will be fans of the San Francisco 49ers, but if you're interested in one team, chances are you want to know about the rest of the league.

You'll also surely want to know more about San Francisco's 2015 opponents (Home games versus the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, away games against the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, plus home and away games against the Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks).

So without further delay, let's take a look at the biggest offseason storyline for each NFL club.

San Francisco 49ers

Veteran watch: Will the 49ers re-sign Frank Gore? And, will Justin Smith return for his 15th season and eighth in a 49ers uniform?
Arizona Cardinals

QB health: Carson Palmer's 2014 season ended after an ACL tear in Week 10. Arizona coach Bruce Arians said Palmer is "ahead of schedule" in his rehab. But will he be ready by September?

St. Louis Rams

Bradford's growth: The St. Louis Rams have invested a lot in franchise quarterback Sam Bradford. General manager Led Snead gave Bradford a vote of confidence at the NFL Scouting Combine. How will Bradford respond after missing all of 2014?

Seattle Seahawks Feed the beast: Everything Marshawn Lynch does is a story these days. Fans accross the NFC West will want to know if he signs a contract extension before the season opener, too.

Dallas Cowboys

Dez and the 'X': The Cowboys top wide receiver recently received a franchise tag. But will Dallas find a way to sign its top pass-cather to a long-term contract?

Philadelphia Eagles

Chip's Duck: Not that there's any merit to this pre-draft chatter, but would Chip Kelly and the Eagles be so bold as to trade up to draft Kelly's former Oregon quarterback, Marcus Mariota?

New York Giants

Odell-mania: Can Odell Beckham Jr. get any more popular? The long and short of it is, yes. Yes, he can.

Washington Redskins

RG III's II year: Washington's well-known quarterback enters his second year with Jay Gruden as his head coach. How much growth will be seen from the first-round draft pick?

Green Bay Packers

Out for revenge: It won't take much to motivate the Packers this offseason. The only question is if star receiver and chess piece Randall Cobb will return to the Pack or leave via free agency.'s "Around the NFL" crew has named their top 25 free agents of 2015. Free agency officially begins on March 10.

Detroit Lions

A defender named Suh: If Ndamukong Suh signs a big-money contract elsewhere this offseason, how will the Lions replace one of the fiercest defenders in today's NFL?

Chicago Bears

Fangio's Schemes: The Bears will transition to a 3-4 defensive scheme this offseason. New coordinator Vic Fangio, a familiar name to 49ers fans, will surely be preparing to stop all NFC West competition, including San Francisco and Colin Kaepernick.Minnesota Vikings

Peterson's Place: The Vikings have an "open dialogue" with Adrian Peterson this offseason. So will we see the star running back return after missing most of last season?

New Orleans Saints

Running back?: Mark Ingram nearly produced his first 1,000-yard season. He was 36 yards shy of reaching the mark. So with Ingram, a five-year veteran, set to hit the open market, will the Saints bring him back to build on his impressive year?

Atlanta Falcons

DQ era: The Falcons replaced one defensive-minded coach (Mike Smith) for another (Dan Quinn). How will the new-look Falcons perform under the former 49ers assistant coach? We'll know soon after the teams meet at Levi's® Stadium.
Carolina Panthers

Cam the man: Cam Newton enters the final year of his rookie contract looking for long-term security in Carolina. Newton had a traumatic season, which included walking away from a serious car accident. A refreshed Newton could have a big season with big-money riding on it.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the first pick... :This storyline writes itself. Who will the Bucs draft with the top pick in this year's draft, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Mariota from Oregon, or somebody else?

Denver Broncos

Manning's return: Does Peyton Manning want to play for new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak? Chances are, Manning will return. If, and when he does, will a re-structured contract help Denver bring back free-agent tight end Julius Thomas?

San Diego Chargers

Center of attention: It's time to give the offensive line some attention. It makes sense with San Diego. After center Nick Hardwick retired, the Chargers had a hard time finding stability at the position. That's surely something the team will address this offseason.

Kansas City Chiefs

Wide open: Stop me if you've heard this before: The Chiefs wideouts did not catch a touchdown pass last season. Kansas City will surely look to boost production in that position group next year.

Oakland Raiders

Sophomore season: Derek Carr made his case as the best rookie quarterback in last year's draft class. Carr took his lumps, but also had impressive wins over the Chiefs and 49ers. How will he develop in his first full offseason in the league, and with a new coaching staff, no less?

New England Patriots

On an island: Star cornerback Darrelle Revis has a huge cap number. Wait, that's an understatement. It's enormous. At $25 million, the defending Super Bowl champs have to decide if the veteran cornerback is worth retaining, or if they should re-negotiate a long-term contract. If Revis is released, the Pats have Malcolm Butler around.

Miami Dolphins

10-win quest: The Dolphins have finished 8-8 in each of the past two seasons. A 10-win year would surely get the franchise back in the postseason. So how do the Dolphins get to that level? Miami's brass is asking that question all offseason, searching for answers on how to overtake the Patriots.

New York Jets

Goodbye Rex: The Rex Ryan era is over. How will press conferences go with former 49ers defensive back Todd Bowles taking over? Better yet, what will the win-loss column look like?

Buffalo Bills

Welcome Rex: The former Jets coach moved to another AFC East rival this offseason. He also brought former 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman along. The Bills have knowledgable coaches and a powerful defense. Will the offense find its stride under Roman?

Baltimore Ravens

CB search: The Ravens finished the 2014 season with a banged-up secondary. What reinforcements will be brought in this offseason?

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell's toll: Le' Veon Bell became one of the best running backs in the league last season. But with the star runner facing a possible four-game suspension, how much production will the Steelers get out of the running game if he's limited to 12 games.

Cincinnati Bengals

Must-win baby: The Bengals are looking to get over the hump. That hump is the first round of the playoffs. So how will Cincinnati look to get past the Wild Card wound, a first-round bye in the playoffs would certainly help.

Cleveland Browns

Here's Johnny: What state will first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel be in after he returns from rehab? Manziel has a chance to learn from a new veteran, too, after the Browns signed Josh McCown last month.

Indianapolis Colts

Gore to Indy?: One reporter seems to think Frank Gore wants to play with Andrew Luck. Is that true? We'll know after the March 10 kick-off to free agency.

Houston TexansAndre says goodbye:

Houston's receiving stalwart Andre Johnson appears to want a change of scenery, according to reports. Should he leave, how will the Texans replace the franchise's all-time leading wideout?
Jacksonville Jaguars

All eyes on Blake: This is a big year for Blake Bortles, who threw 11 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 13 starts for the Jaguars. The third overall selection in last year's draft has the entire offseason, like his fellow rookie counterparts, to fully be groomed as a starting NFL signal-caller.

Tennessee Titans

Number two pick: After the Bucs hand in their draft card, the Titans have the biggest decision to make. Do they go quarterback, or stick with Zach Mettenberger as their franchise passer? Should they go defense, Tennessee will have plenty of attractive options in this year's deep pool of pass-rushing prospects.

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