NFL roundup: Browns coaching candidates, Adrian Peterson surgery and more

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The Cleveland Browns are narrowing their search for a head coach, Adrian Peterson is set to have groin surgery and more you might have missed from Wednesday in the NFL.

The Cleveland Browns have narrowed it down to three candidates for their vacant head coaching position, according to reports. Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine seems to be discussed the most when it comes to the job, and after him, there's Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. On top of that, Greg Schiano could be on the radar, as the team reportedly interviewed him on Wednesday. That would be ... interesting, to say the least.

Here's what else you might have missed from Wednesday in the NFL:

Peterson to have surgery

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has elected to have surgery on his groin. Peterson will have the surgery soon, and shouldn't be out of commission for too long with said injury. It's considered minor, but the injury did force him to miss two games this past season, along with a foot injury. This marks the third consecutive offseason that Peterson has had to have surgery.

Pioli hired by Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have hired Scott Pioli is the team's assistant general manager. Pioli has been out of football for a year after failing to turn around the Kansas City Chiefs as its general manager. Pioli gained prominence with the New England Patriots, helping Bill Belichick build one of the NFL's most dominant dynasties. In Atlanta, he'll assist current general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

New York could cut Holmes

The New York Jets are expected to release wide receiver Santonio Holmes this offseason. Holmes is scheduled to have a cap hit of $8.25 million next season, and has a $1 million bonus due in March. The Jets would avoid a massive cap hit if they release Holmes before the bonus is due. Holmes is a solid receiver, but has dealt with significant injury issues over the past couple seasons.

Jets will try and re-sign Pace

While the Jets are expected to release Holmes, they're also expected to re-sign linebacker Calvin Pace. He's set to be an unrestricted free agent in March, but the team is expected to bring him back on, at the very least, a one-year contract. He's 34 and won't earn a big contract anywhere, but Pace is more valuable to the Jets than any other team at this point.

Sanchez could ... start next year?

While Mark Sanchez has been abysmal -- really abysmal -- he does have some upside. He's 27 years old and has a big arm, and if the Jets elect to release him this offseason, he could actually find himself ... with a job next season. According to a report, one coach said that Sanchez would start for some teams if he hit the open market. Such a situation seems unlikely, but it is what it is.

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