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Marshawn Lynch RB - The Seahawks have reached an agreement t...
The Seahawks have reached an agreement to trade Lynch to the Raiders, pending the running back's passing of a physical Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. In return, the Seahawks will swap their sixth-round pick in 2018 in exchange for the Raiders' 2018 fifth-round pick, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
Impacts: Lynch sat out the 2016 season and announced his retirement from the NFL, but the 31-year-old couldn't turn down the allure of playing for his hometown team. According to Garafolo and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Lynch has agreed to sign a one-year, $3 million contract, which will include an additional $2 million if he gains more than 1,000 yards this season. Lynch projects to serve as the Raiders' starting running back following the offseason departure of Latavius Murray, and the team is hoping a year away from the game has helped rejuvenate him. The five-time Pro Bowler showed diminished effectiveness while fighting through injuries in his last season in 2015, playing seven games and averaging 3.8 yards per carry.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - The Seahawks have reached an agreement t...
The Seahawks have reached an agreement to trade Lynch to the Raiders, pending the running back's passing of a physical Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. In return, the Seahawks will receive the right to swap late-round picks with the Raiders in 2018, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
Impacts: Lynch sat out the 2016 season and announced his retirement from the NFL, but the 31-year-old couldn't turn down the allure of playing for his hometown team. According to Schefter, Lynch will sign a two-year deal with the Raiders once the team officially acquires his rights from the Seahawks. Lynch projects to serve as the Raiders' starting running back following the offseason departure of Latavius Murray, and the team is hoping a year away from the game has helped rejuvenate him. The five-time Pro Bowler showed diminished effectiveness while fighting through injuries in his last season in 2015, playing seven games and averaging 3.8 yards per carry.By Rotowire.com
Martavis Bryant WR - PIT Bryant was reinstated by the NFL on Tues...
Bryant was reinstated by the NFL on Tuesday, the Steelers' official site reports.
Impacts: Bryant can now return to all offseason team activities and facilities after being suspended all of last year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Prior to the beginning of the regular season, the league will review Bryant's progress during the offseason. As long as no issues arise, he will then be cleared to participate in all regular-season activities. The wideout will compete with Darrius Heyward-Bey for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Antonio Brown, a spot he held before last season's suspension.By Rotowire.com
LeGarrette Blount RB - Blount could sign with the Giants before...
Blount could sign with the Giants before the draft, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Blount seemingly hoped to reunite with the Patriots, but his former team instead signed both Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee. The 30-year-old bowling ball is left in a difficult position, as the few teams still in search of a power runner might be able to fill their need during a draft that has a strong crop of running backs. With Adrian Peterson headed to New Orleans on a two-year contract, Blount may feel some added pressure to sign before the start of the draft. The Giants are a sensible fit, likely hoping to boost their backfield without expending an early-round pick. Paul Perkins did show lead-back potential down the stretch of his rookie season, but it isn't hard to envision a three-headed backfield in which Blount handles a lot of early-down carries and goal-line work, while Shane Vereen (triceps) takes most of the obvious passing-down snaps and Perkins does a little bit of everything.By Rotowire.com
Adrian Peterson RB - Peterson (knee) is signing a two-year co...
Peterson (knee) is signing a two-year contract with the Saints, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Eventually willing to lower his asking price, Peterson likely was enticed by the idea of playing with Drew Brees, as the 32-year-old running back has spent most of his career stuck alongside mediocre or sub-par quarterbacks. While the New Orleans offense does provide ample scoring opportunities, Peterson will have to compete against Mark Ingram for carries, with Travaris Cadet likely chipping in on passing downs. This isn't an ideal situation for Peterson in terms of expected workload, but he could thrive on a per-carry basis as part of a New Orleans offense led by Brees, Ingram and wideouts Michael Thomas and Willie Snead. The Saints allotted 133 carries and 26 targets to last year's backup running back, Tim Hightower, even though Ingram didn't miss any games. Ingram did sit out at least three games, but no more than five, in each of the previous three years. Peterson should be back to full health before training camp -- if he isn't already -- coming off a season in which a torn meniscus and an adductor strain limited him to only 37 carries for 72 yards in three games.By Rotowire.com
Mike Gillislee RB - NE Gillislee will officially join the Patri...
Gillislee will officially join the Patriots after the Bills declined to match the two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet he signed with New England last week, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Impacts: Gillislee now enters a backfield already headlined by Dion Lewis (hamstring), James White and Rex Burkhead, effectively ruling out the possibility of LeGarrette Blount returning to the Patriots in the process. Although Buffalo's decision not to match will cost New England a fifth-round pick, Gillislee provides the team with an ascending backfield talent. In 15 games last year as LeSean McCoy's primary backup, Gillislee rushed 101 times for 577 yards and eight touchdowns, while catching nine of 11 targets for 50 yards and another score.By Rotowire.com
Adrian Peterson RB - Peterson (knee) is believed to be close...
Peterson (knee) is believed to be close to securing a contract with the Saints, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Peterson visited New Orleans earlier this month, and although he obviously left that meeting without a contract, the book was never shut on the possibility of him joining the Saints. Now, it appears that could be Peterson's next move, as a contract worth over $3 million in 2017 is reportedly in the works. Should Peterson indeed sign with the team, he'd figure to replace the departed Tim Hightower in splitting snaps with Mark Ingram, with Travaris Cadet serving as the preferred pass-catching tailback. Additionally, Peterson's first game as a Saint would not-so-coincidentally come in a Monday night affair on the road against his former team, the Vikings, in Week 1.By Rotowire.com
Odell Beckham WR - NYG The Giants will pick up Beckham's fifth-...
The Giants will pick up Beckham's fifth-year contract option, NFL Network's Kimberly Jones reports.
Impacts: Beckham, a first-round pick in 2014, has accounted for at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards, and 10 touchdowns in each season since entering the league, making New York's decision to exercise his option an absolute no-brainer. Firmly in the NFL's best-receiver argument, Beckham will now be under contract with the Giants through 2018 and likely ink a historic long-term extension before then. In the meantime, he'll welcome Brandon Marshall to the fold this season, when, along with rising second-year pro Sterling Shepard, New York's group of wideouts figures to be its deadliest since Beckham arrived.By Rotowire.com
Jimmy Garoppolo QB - NE While the Browns and/or Texans might mak...
While the Browns and/or Texans might make a late push to trade for Garoppolo, it's still unlikely the Patriots will part ways with their backup quarterback this offseason, The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reports.
Impacts: The Patriots clearly want a lot in return for Garoppolo, who is preparing for the final year of his rookie contract after thriving in his two starts last season. Cleveland has been the most frequently mentioned destination, but Houston might actually be a better fit, with the Texans boasting a playoff-caliber roster that doesn't have many weaknesses besides quarterback. Both teams are expected to select signal-callers in the early rounds of the draft, but one (or both) could make a late push for Garoppolo instead. The Browns have plenty of time to develop a young quarterback, whereas the Texans may be worried about wasting a talented roster because of poor play from Tom Savage and a rookie. While such a concern makes a lot of sense, it probably won't be enough to motivate Houston to meet the Patriots' lofty asking price.By Rotowire.com
Cam Newton QB - CAR Newton (shoulder) likely won't be allowe...
Newton (shoulder) likely won't be allowed to start throwing until late June, but he's still on track to be cleared for the beginning of training camp a month later, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official website reports.
Impacts: Still only three weeks removed from March 30 surgery to repair a partially-torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, Newton is on a cardio-heavy plan for the start of the Panthers' voluntary offseason program. He'll likely focus on the mental aspect of his game and endurance conditioning for the next couple months, before eventually easing into a more comprehensive routine that includes throwing and a regular weightlifting program. Newton's supporting cast looks similar to last season's, albeit with Charles Johnson and Russell Shepard replacing Ted Ginn (Saints) in the receiving corps, and left tackle Matt Kalil joining his older brother Ryan on the offensive line. The Panthers could still add more help, potentially using an early-round pick (or two) on a running back and/or wide receiver.By Rotowire.com
Tevin Coleman RB - ATL Head coach Dan Quinn did not mention Col...
Head coach Dan Quinn did not mention Coleman (ankle) when discussing players with injury restrictions at the Falcons' voluntary offseason program, Matt Winkeljohn of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "There's a couple guys ... (who) are going to be limited as far as the offseason goes. They're all participating in some fashion," Quinn explained. "Tru, Claiborne and Shelby are all participating in some fashion with workouts and rehab. Offensively, Julio Jones would be the one in that spot."
Impacts: Coleman's ankle injury in the Super Bowl appeared somewhat serious, but he didn't need surgery and there's been nothing to suggest it's a long-term concern. Quinn's comments support the notion that the 24-year-old running back is back to full health for the start of the Falcons' offseason program. Coleman will reprise his role as a valued complement to Devonta Freeman, who hopes to secure an extension prior to the start of the final season of his rookie contract. As a key part of the high-powered Atlanta offense even when Freeman is healthy, Coleman may be the most valuable No. 2 running back in the league.By Rotowire.com
Julio Jones WR - ATL Jones (toe) is participating in the Falc...
Jones (toe) is participating in the Falcons' voluntary offseason program in a limited fashion, with the expectation he'll be back to full strength for training camp, Matt Winkeljohn of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impacts: Still rehabbing from February surgery to remove a bunion, Jones has been walking around the team facility without a noticeable limp. His status as a limited participant likely will stretch beyond April workouts and into May, but he should be a full go for the start of training camp in late July, or possibly even for mandatory minicamp in mid-to-late June. His surgery came with an expected rehab timetable of four-to-five months.By Rotowire.com
Melvin Gordon RB - LAC Gordon, who participated in the team's f...
Gordon, who participated in the team's first on-field workout of the offseason, is still recovering from knee and hip injuries that sidelined him for the final three games of the 2016 season, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports.
Impacts: Head coach Anthony Lynn seems to be happy with Gordon's recovery progression stemming from a Week 14 dual hip and knee strains, although he admits the team is taking it slowly with its former first-round pick. "Right now he's kind of doing more things straight ahead, and as we continue on he'll do more lateral movements. But right now he's doing good." One of last year's breakout running backs, Gordon figures to be a major part of the Chargers offense once he returns to full health, especially with former receiving threat Danny Woodhead now in Baltimore. While there's a chance Gordon could see his carries reduced given Lynn's hope to involve multiple running backs in the game plan, the Wisconsin alum should nevertheless be an attractive fantasy option come the start of the new year.By Rotowire.com
Doug Martin RB - TB Martin (suspension) joined the Bucs as e...
Martin (suspension) joined the Bucs as expected for the start of offseason work Monday and made a positive impression on general manager Jason Licht, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "He looks great right now; he looks as good as I've seen him since I've been here, from a physical standpoint," Licht said. "He was in very good spirits. We're excited to have him, excited to see how he does out here in OTAs."
Impacts: Martin's physical and mental well-being has been subject of considerable intrigue this offseason, although reports have consistently had him doing very well in all aspects after completing a rehabilitation program early in 2017. This is a particularly pivotal time of year for the former Pro Bowler's future with the Bucs, with Licht acknowledging that the early, pre-draft portion of OTAs is a golden opportunity for the running back to "assert his place with the team." That wording seems to at least partly imply that the team is giving serious consideration to investing a premium draft pick on a running back, and recent visits and workouts with the likes of Florida State's Dalvin Cook, Texas' D'Onta Foreman and Oklahoma's Joe Mixon lend further credence to that theory. While the 10-day period preceding the draft naturally won't tell Tampa everything it needs to know about Martin's overall condition, the fact that he's arrived and looking as good as previously advertised is certainly a step in the right direction. Unwavering support expressed by team leaders Jameis Winston and Gerald McCoy on Monday also speaks volumes, and the reality is that the Bucs will likely take plenty of time to make a final decision on Martin's future, potentially even having him complete his suspension over the regular season's first three games before making a definitive call on his future.By Rotowire.com
Mike Gillislee RB - BUF The Patriots have extended an offer shee...
The Patriots have extended an offer sheet to Gillislee, who is a restricted free agent, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Per the report, their offer is for two years and a total of $6.4 million, including $4 million in the first year of the proposed deal. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, if the Bills don't match the offer, they'd receive a fifth-round draft pick from the Patriots. If Gillislee does end up with New England, it would effectively end the team's interest in re-signing power back LeGarrette Blount, who led the NFL with 18 rushing TDs in 2016, while averaging 3.9 yards a carry. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Gillislee put up some intriguing numbers of his own, running 101 times for 577 yards (5.7 YPC) and eight TDs in 15 games for Buffalo. He also caught nine passes for 50 yards and a receiving score. The Patriots' current backfield is comprised of newcomer Rex Burkhead, along with pass-catching aces Dion Lewis (hamstring) and James White, with D.J. Foster and Brandon Bolden in reserve.By Rotowire.com
Tyler Eifert TE - CIN Eifert (back) said his back feels great,...
Eifert (back) said his back feels great, yet he isn't sure if he will be ready for the start of training camp, ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell reports.
Impacts: Eifert seemed to hint last week that he expected to be ready for camp, but he may have been referring to Week 1 when he said he'd be "ready to go by the time it's go time." Still recovering from December back surgery, the 26-year-old tight end only resumed running a few weeks ago and still isn't quite moving at full speed. He also needs to build up his strength, as he's spent much of the past 11 months rehabbing -- first for his ankle and now his back. Despite playing at less than full strength for most of last season, Eifert was a major pass-catching threat when available, hauling in 29 passes for 394 yards and five touchdowns in only five games. Even with the durability concerns, he'll be a clear top-10 option at tight end if he's ready to go by Week 1.By Rotowire.com
Jay Cutler QB - Retirement is a legitimate option for Cu...
Retirement is a legitimate option for Cutler (shoulder) at this stage in the offseason, ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports.
Impacts: After missing out on a possible deal with the Jets last month, Cutler has drawn little to no interest from any team in the league. Combined with the fact he's made over $100 million in his 11-season career, has been sacked over 300 times and suffered a plethora of injuries along the way, it certainly seems to be a logical time for Cutler to throw in the towel. However, it's also possible he could simply take a year off from football with the intention of re-gauging his value on the open market next offseason.By Rotowire.com
Cam Newton QB - CAR Newton (shoulder) will be restricted fro...
Newton (shoulder) will be restricted from throwing throughout OTAs, ESPN's David Newton reports.
Impacts: Newton underwent surgery on March 30 to repair a partially-torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Despite this team-imposed ban on him throwing any footballs for the time being, Newton will still be allowed to participate in the Panthers' strength and conditioning program, which began Monday and lasts approximately two weeks. OTAs then continue on through June 9 with minicamp commencing June 13. If Newton isn't cleared to resume throwing by then, he'll likely be forced to wait until late July for the start of training camp to test out his surgically-repaired throwing arm.By Rotowire.com
Marcus Mariota QB - TEN According to Titans coach Mike Mularkey,...
According to Titans coach Mike Mularkey, Mariota (fibula) is probably ahead of schedule in his rehab process, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports.
Impacts: Mariota was present Monday for the start of Tennessee's voluntary offseason program, where he was reportedly walking around without showing any signs of a recent injury. Of course, his second season came to an end after he suffered a broken right fibula in Week 16. Now that he's already undergone surgery, moved past needing a walking boot, and begun putting weight on his leg, however, Mariota's rehab progress is more advanced than initially anticipated. Currently able to jog lightly, the quarterback's next step will be to run at full-speed, which he anticipates being able to do in 2-to-3 weeks. Although he isn't expected to be fully cleared until closer to training camp, Mariota says his rehab won't prevent him from throwing with teammates over the summer, marking another encouraging development for the Titans.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - Lynch has not yet reached terms on a con...
Lynch has not yet reached terms on a contract with the Raiders, Jerry McDonald of The Mercury News reports.
Impacts: Lynch was reported earlier Friday to have closed a deal with the Raiders, but it appears that isn't yet the case. Nonetheless, it seems the Oakland native will soon clear the way for the Seahawks to trade him to the Raiders. While Lynch, whose rights still belong to Seattle, will need to be reinstated before any transaction is made between the teams, that too seems a formality. By mostly all accounts, Lynch figures to be in silver and black this season, but just when his ticket home will be punched remains to be seen.By Rotowire.com
Jadeveon Clowney LB - HOU Clowney (knee) had his fifth-year contra...
Clowney (knee) had his fifth-year contract option exercised by the Texans on Friday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impacts: Clowney, the first overall pick in 2014, is now under contract with the Texans through the 2018 campaign. After having a minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in January, if Clowney remains healthy, he could sign a long-term extension prior to next season. Nonetheless, the 24-year-old will now have the comfort of not entering a contract year this term. After moving from outside linebacker to defensive end last season, Clowney showed just why he was so highly regarded coming out of college, registering 52 tackles and six sacks in 14 games while being named to his first Pro Bowl along the way.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - Lynch has agreed to contract terms with...
Lynch has agreed to contract terms with the Raiders, NFL Network's Mike Silver reports.
Impacts: Lynch's rights are still held by the Seahawks, but after they gave him permission to negotiate with the Raiders, now a trade is the only transaction left for Lynch to officially join his hometown team once he's reinstated. With a contract in place in Oakland, Lynch's one year in retirement appears destined to come to a close before long, assuming he's reinstated and the Raiders and Seahawks can work out a deal. Behind arguably the best offensive line in football, Lynch would figure to fill the departed Latavius Murray's role as the Raiders' lead tailback, with rising second-year pros Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington around to keep him fresh while serving as change-of-pace options also capable of contributing in the passing game.By Rotowire.com
Roddy White WR - White announced on Twitter his retiremen...
White announced on Twitter his retirement from the NFL on Friday.
Impacts: White spent this past season out of football following his release from the Falcons last March. A first-round pick out of UAB in 2005, White played all 11 of his NFL seasons for the Falcons, becoming the franchise's leader in nearly every receiving category along the way. In total, White accumulated 808 catches, 10,863 receiving yards and 63 touchdowns, getting named to four Pro Bowls in the process. With his playing days over, the 35-year-old will now reportedly join the coaching staff of an Atlanta-area high school football team.By Rotowire.com
Matthew Stafford QB - DET Stafford (finger) is in the early stages...
Stafford (finger) is in the early stages of negotiating a contract extension with the Lions, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.
Impacts: Stafford is entering the last season of the five-year, $76.5 million extension he signed back in 2013, so the Lions hope to lock him in on another long-term deal before preparations for the upcoming campaign intensify. Although it reportedly could be a few months before Stafford inks his contract, the fact that his representatives and the Lions have engaged recently signals the start of that process. With Jim Bob Cooter serving as his offensive coordinator for most of the past two seasons, Stafford has put together his two best campaigns in terms of completion percentage as well as two of his three best touchdown-to-interception ratios.By Rotowire.com
Jeremy Hill RB - CIN Hill said he isn't worried about the pos...
Hill said he isn't worried about the possibility of Cincinnati using an early draft pick on a running back, NFL.com's reports. "If they wanna draft the back high, go ahead and do it," said Hill. "They're probably going to be my backup."
Impacts: With Giovani Bernard (knee) rehabbing from a torn ACL and Hill coming off back-to-back seasons with under 4.0 yards per carry, the Bengals figure to draft a running back for the first time since using a second-rounder on Hill in 2014. Depending on how early the position is addressed, Hill could even enter training camp as an underdog to retain his role as Cincinnati's lead ball carrier. The team also figures to address a line that lost left tackle Andrew Whitworth and left guard Kevin Zeitler -- players that Hill referred to as the team's two best offensive linemen. Despite scoring 30 touchdowns in 47 career games, the 24-year-old running back will enter his contract season with a ton to prove. If he doesn't get his YPC mark back above 4.0, he may be pigeon-holed as a goal-line/short-yardage specialist when he hits the open market next offseason.By Rotowire.com
Devonta Freeman RB - ATL Freeman intends to be in attendance for...
Freeman intends to be in attendance for the Falcons' offseason program, which kicks off Monday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impacts: Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Freeman has mentioned a desire to stick in Atlanta, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff has reciprocated, stating that he expects discussions on an extension to happen before training camp, according to Alex Marvez of The Sporting News. Indeed, one domino has already fallen with regard to the Falcons' upcoming salary obligations with Desmond Trufant's (pectoral) recent extension, paving the way for Dimitroff and Freeman's representation to explore one for the running back. Although one sticking point in negotiations could be the presence of another dynamic running back, Tevin Coleman, also in the backfield, Freeman will show a commitment to the team by his participation at the voluntary portion of offseason workouts, which include strength and conditioning at the outset.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - The Seahawks and Raiders are expected to...
The Seahawks and Raiders are expected to work out a trade for Lynch, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Lynch began the process of filing for reinstatement and will now need to work out terms of a restructured contract before the Raiders agree to trade for him. He had two years remaining on his Seahawks contract when he retired, with the deal paying him a salary commensurate with his standing as one of the top running backs in the league. Oakland will presumably want Lynch to accept a major pay cut, as he'll turn 31 later in April and hasn't played since 2015. While his age, injury history and the long layoff create questions, Lynch could be highly productive in an Oakland offense that needs a lead back to replace Latavius Murray. The Raiders already have a franchise quarterback and talented receiving corps, in addition to what's arguably the best offensive line in the NFL.By Rotowire.com
Travis Kelce TE - KC Kelce (shoulder) should be fully ready f...
Kelce (shoulder) should be fully ready for training camp, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports. "I know from a rehabilitation standpoint, he's ahead," general manager John Dorsey said. "I can't say what level he'll be at, but he'll be 100 percent for training camp. For OTAs, he may be able to walk through and do some things."
Impacts: Kelce underwent shoulder surgery earlier in the offseason but afterward head coach Andy Reid expressed his belief that the star tight end would be ready for the start of training camp. Dorsey's comments not only affirm that notion but also suggest Kelce is in a good place in his recovery if he'll be healthy enough to join his team on the field this month, although admittedly in a very limited capacity. While Dorsey's comments also suggest Kelce could be restricted in some fashion for the entire offseason program, were speaking of a two-time All-Pro player who is already fully comfortable operating within the Chiefs' offense. A few missed reps in May and June shouldn't be any problem at all if he indeed returns in time for training camp in July.By Rotowire.com
Tyler Eifert TE - CIN Eifert (back) doesn't know if he will be...
Eifert (back) doesn't know if he will be cleared for OTAs or minicamp, but he said he will be ready for the start of training camp, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. "I'll be ready and healthy and strong and be ready to go by the time it's go time," Eifert said. "I'm close."
Impacts: Although he isn't yet running at full speed, Eifert said his back feels great and should be back to full strength at some point this summer. There's still some hope he could participate in OTAs and minicamp in May and June, but the larger focus will be on having him ready for the start of training camp in late July. Eifert missed the first six games of last season with an ankle injury and the final two games with a back injury, finishing with 29 catches for 394 yards and five touchdowns in eight appearances. He's only played 37 of a possible 64 regular-season games since entering the league as a first-round selection in 2013, but he's scored 18 touchdowns in 21 games over the past two seasons while averaging 3.9 catches for 48 yards per contest.By Rotowire.com
Carlos Hyde RB - SF Hyde (knee - MCL) has resumed running an...
Hyde (knee - MCL) has resumed running and cutting, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports. "I'm back to running. I can cut, just not all the way I like to run, but I'm making improvement," Hyde elaborated.
Impacts: Hyde finished the 2016 campaign on injured reserve after suffering a torn MCL in his left knee during the Niners' second-to-last game of the season. While his comments suggest he still has progress to make before receiving clearance to partake in football activities, there hasn't been anything to suggest he's at risk of not being ready for the start of training camp in July.By Rotowire.com
Keenan Allen WR - SD Allen (knee) estimates he's 85 percent h...
Allen (knee) estimates he's 85 percent healthy but should return to full health soon with the help of his rehab work, Ricky Henne of Chargers.com reports.
Impacts: Allen tore his right ACL in Week 1 of last season, putting him seven months removed from the injury. Los Angeles' top wideout was back running prior to the calendar turning to 2017 and was previously expected to return to practice sometime between OTAs and the preseason. Considering Allen's update that he's approaching 100 percent again, it wouldn't be surprising if he's ready for training camp, which would be great news for both he and the Chargers.By Rotowire.com
C.J. Anderson RB - DEN According to Broncos coach Vance Joseph,...
According to Broncos coach Vance Joseph, Anderson (knee) is fully prepared to participate in OTAs, Mike Klis of NBC 9News Denver reports.
Impacts: Anderson's 2016 campaign ended after he suffered a torn right meniscus in Week 7. After undergoing surgery to repair that injury in late October, Anderson has been running at full speed for over two months. With Joseph revealing the tailback has since been cleared for Denver's offseason program, any injury concerns over Anderson should be hushed, which is great news for him ahead of this season. With the addition of offensive linemen Ronald Leary and Menelik Watson, as well as the return of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, a fully healthy Anderson could enjoy more room to run this term and remains projected as the team's starter after Devontae Booker failed to take advantage of his absence last year.By Rotowire.com
Paxton Lynch QB - DEN According to coach Vance Joseph, Lynch h...
According to coach Vance Joseph, Lynch has a 50/50 chance of earning the Broncos' starting quarterback job over Trevor Siemian (shoulder), Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post reports.
Impacts: Lynch, the Broncos' first-round pick last year, only made three appearances as a rookie, throwing for 497 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Despite that limited playing time, which came as a result of Siemian beating him out for Denver's starting gig, Lynch profiles as a good fit in new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's wide-open scheme. Furthermore, given his pedigree, the Broncos clearly place high value on his long-term upside. As a result, he'll have another chance at earning the team's first-string duties over the next few months, making his progress important to monitor.By Rotowire.com
Trevor Siemian QB - DEN Siemian (shoulder) has been cleared to p...
Siemian (shoulder) has been cleared to participate fully in the Broncos' offseason program, according to coach Vance Joseph.
Impacts: Siemian's return to full health comes after the quarterback had a minor surgery on his left shoulder back in January. The Broncos' starter for the majority of last season was always expected to be ready for OTAs, so Joseph's confirmation that he's been cleared comes as no surprise. Nonetheless, it's encouraging to know Siemian enters Denver's offseason work with no limitations, as he'll now embark on another competition with Paxton Lynch for the team's starting gig in 2017. According to Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post, Joseph says Siemian's odds of earning that role are 50/50 right now, setting the stage for a decisive few months prior to Week 1.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - Lynch has privately expressed an interes...
Lynch has privately expressed an interest in returning from retirement to play for the Patriots if talks with the Raiders fail to culminate in a deal, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
Impacts: Lynch reportedly told the Raiders recently that he intends to come out of retirement, and according to all accounts, his first choice is to play for his hometown team. However, if the Oakland native is unable to reach terms with the silver and black, a signing with the Patriots would be quite the statement from Lynch. As it stands, New England is said to have an offer on the table to LeGarrette Blount, who led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns for them last season. However, if Blount continues to reject that offer, Lynch represents someone with a similar bruising running style that could fill that void. Whether that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but this latest report certainly adds another layer of intrigue to Lynch's situation.By Rotowire.com
Ben Roethlisberger QB - PIT Roethlisberger tweeted Friday that he's...
Roethlisberger tweeted Friday that he's informed the Steelers of his intention to return for the 2017 season.
Impacts: Roethlisberger was always anticipated to continue playing, despite stating in January that he was unsure over his future after the Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs. Although he recently turned 35 years old and has a lengthy history of playing through pain, Roethlisberger remains one of the league's very best quarterbacks, evidenced by his 3,819 passing yards and 29 touchdowns versus 13 interceptions last season. Roethlisberger missed one game along the way due to meniscus surgery and was rested for Pittsburgh's regular-season finale, but in entering the 2017 campaign fully healthy, he'll look to pick up where he left off as the leader of arguably the league's most electric offense.By Rotowire.com
Adrian Peterson RB - Peterson (knee) is scheduled to visit wi...
Peterson (knee) is scheduled to visit with the Saints on Tuesday, ESPN.com's Josina Anderson reports.
Impacts: Peterson met with the Seahawks in mid-March and the Patriots last week, leaving both visits without a contract in hand. His list of possible destinations has thinned out as teams have signed other free-agent running backs, leaving the 32-year-old to explore some franchises that aren't necessarily great fits. If Peterson were to join the Saints, he'd have to compete with Mark Ingram for carries while playing in an offense that lives and dies with Drew Brees' right arm. Peterson would also have to settle for a contract that pays him far less than what he was initially seeking.By Rotowire.com
Julio Jones WR - ATL Jones is progressing well in his recover...
Jones is progressing well in his recovery from last month's surgery to remove a bunion from his foot, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Julio is doing good," head coach Dan Quinn said at the owners' meeting last week. "He had surgery on his foot. That part is coming along really well, the strengthening of his toe and foot. Like most surgeries, the first part is the healing and then comes the strengthening. He's starting to get into the strengthening phase."
Impacts: During any public appearance, Quinn and Jones himself can expect to be queried about the state of the wideout's health, despite the knowledge that a 4-to-5 month rehabilitation is expected. Consequently, there's little chance of Jones making an appearance during the offseason program, so these little tidbits of information will likely dominate the process as he aims for 100 percent capacity by the commencement of training camp.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - Lynch has told the Raiders that he inten...
Lynch has told the Raiders that he intends to come out of retirement, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. "Marshawn is trying to figure things out. The Raiders are trying to figure things out," Seahawks general manager John Schneider told 710 ESPN Seattle on Wednesday. "My understanding is that if he would want to come back and play that it would be for the Raiders, and that would be it."
Impacts: After meeting with the figureheads of the Raiders' organization, it only seems a matter of time before Lynch lands with his hometown team. Indeed, Schneider acknowledged as much Wednesday. "It's [the negotiation] one that will go in a smooth manner because of our relationship," he said, regarding his previous working relationship with Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie during their tenures in Green Bay. Despite spending a year out of football, Lynch's rights remain with the Seahawks, so trade discussions to figure out the appropriate amount of compensation may be ongoing. In the meantime, he's required to file papers to un-retire and will likely be asked to reach an agreement on a reduced salary. Once all the I's have been dotted and T's crossed, he'll be on his way to the Bay Area, where he would immediately slot in as the No. 1 running back in front of sophomore options DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.By Rotowire.com
Tony Romo QB - Romo was released by the Cowboys on Tues...
Romo was released by the Cowboys on Tuesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Romo will be designated as a post-June 1 release, meaning the Cowboys won't receive credit on the salary cap until June 2. In doing so, the Cowboys will save $14 million against the cap in 2017 but will still have to pay the veteran quarterback $10.7 million next season. If Dallas released Romo outright on Tuesday, they would only save $5.1 million against the cap and would have to pay Romo $19.6 next season. The release will free up enough cap space so that the Cowboys will not have to restructure the contracts of Dez Bryant or Tyrone Crawford, moves the team was willing to make on a tight budget this offseason. Romo has already reached a verbal agreement with CBS to be the No. 1 color commentator alongside Jim Nantz. He leaves the Cowboys as the team's all-time leader in passing touchdowns, passing yards, and passer rating.By Rotowire.com