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Rolando McClain LB - McClain plans to play in 2014, the Carro...
McClain plans to play in 2014, the Carroll County Times reports.
Impacts: McClain's rights still belong to the Baltimore Ravens, after the team signed him last offseason, only to watch the young linebacker "retire" a few months later. McClain took a year off to get his off-the-field life in order but is seemingly satisfied with his progress and ready to play again. While he never figures to justify his status as a former top-10 pick, the 24-year-old McClain has all the raw tools to develop into a starting inside linebacker. Of course, whether he'll actually do so remains to be seen. With Daryl Smith slated to hit free agency, the Ravens could certainly use a cheap option at ILB.By Rotowire.com
Jay Feely K - ARZ Feely has re-signed with the Cardinals,...
Feely has re-signed with the Cardinals, according to the kicker's own twitter account.
Impacts: Feely is coming off a strong season that saw him make 30-of-36 (83.3 percent) field-goal attempts, including 3-of-5 from beyond 50 yards. The Cardinals will give reserve/futures signing Danny Hrapmann a look, but Feely will likely hold onto his job heading into his age-38 season. The veteran is still a solid kicker but doesn't have great range and is attached to a mediocre offense.By Rotowire.com
Michael Bush RB - The Bears plan to terminate Bush's contr...
The Bears plan to terminate Bush's contract, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impacts: Biggs adds that the move saves the Bears $1.85 million against the salary cap. Bush will now look to catch on elsewhere, with his short-yardage skills likely to earn him another NFL gig before too long.By Rotowire.com
Steve Smith WR - CAR The Panthers are reportedly trying to de...
The Panthers are reportedly trying to deal Smith, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: As Rapoport points out, the 34-year-old Smith's $7 million cap number, combined with his age, figure to make it tough for the Panthers to deal the wideout. In the absence of a trade, Smith would then presumably be a candidate to be released by Carolina.By Rotowire.com
Michael Bennett DE - SEA Bennett agreed to a deal with the Seahaw...
Bennett agreed to a deal with the Seahawks on Monday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
Impacts: As expected, Bennett didn't allow any hometown discount, as his four-year deal is worth $32 million, with $16 million of that guaranteed. He would have been one of the most highly sought-after defensive ends on the free-agent market after his 2013 campaign, in which he accumulated 8.5 sacks and 31 combined tackles. However, he'll remain in Seattle, where he'll be a key component in containing Colin Kaepernick of the division-rival 49ers.By Rotowire.com
Santonio Holmes WR - NYJ Holmes was released by the Jets on Monda...
Holmes was released by the Jets on Monday, the team's official site reports.
Impacts: The release of Holmes will save the Jets $8.25 million in cap room, making the move somewhat of a no-brainer for the team. The 30-year-old caught just 23 passes on 59 targets in 2013, totaling 456 yards and one score. Holmes would be the perfect candidate for a short-term, "prove it" deal for a team looking to add a potential deep threat. His 2014 fantasy potential will greatly depend on the quarterback situation and offensive scheme of the destination in which he happens to land.By Rotowire.com
LaMarr Woodley LB - PIT Woodley will be released by the Steelers...
Woodley will be released by the Steelers on Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Woodley will be classified as a post-June 1 cap casualty, which will make him a free agent starting at 4 ET on Tuesday. The seven-year veteran was due to make $8 million in 2014, and the Steelers didn't feel that the 29-year-old, who had just five sacks in 2013, was worth that type of cap hit. He'll be free to sign elsewhere and automatically becomes one of the top pass-rushing free agents on the market.By Rotowire.com
Josh McCown QB - CHI McCown indicated Monday that his represe...
McCown indicated Monday that his representatives have been in talks with four teams as free agency approaches, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: While the QB didn't name the teams, it's thought that the Bears, Buccaneers, Jets and Texans are the organizations most likely to pursue McCown in free agency. Meanwhile, he suggests that if he ends up leaving the Bears, it would most likely be in the event that he is provided with a scenario in which he would be able to compete for a starting assignment elsewhere.By Rotowire.com
Vontae Davis CB - IND The Colts are thought to be nearing a de...
The Colts are thought to be nearing a deal with Davis, the CBS's Jason LaCanfora reports.
Impacts: The report further notes that the deal to keep Davis with the Colts could be done as soon as Monday. Davis is coming off a 2013 season in which he recorded 46 tackles and a pick in 16 games for the team.By Rotowire.com
Antonio Cromartie CB - The Jets have released Cromartie, accord...
The Jets have released Cromartie, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.
Impacts: The report adds that cutting Cromartie saves the Jets $9.5 million against the salary cap. Meanwhile, the team is thought to be open to the possibility of re-signing the cornerback -- who recorded 38 tackles and three picks for the team this past season -- at a reduced rate.By Rotowire.com
Jasper Brinkley LB - MIN The Vikings have signed Brinkley to a on...
The Vikings have signed Brinkley to a one-year deal, 1500espn.com reports.
Impacts: Brinkley, who recorded 27 tackles in 15 games with the Cardinals last season, returns to the Vikings, where he played the first four seasons of his career after being drafted by the team in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL draft. Brinkley started at middle linebacker for the Vikings in 2012, recording 99 tackles, with his addition to the 2014 mix giving the team some added depth at the position, following the release of Erin Henderson.By Rotowire.com
Everson Griffen DE - MIN Griffen signed a five-year, $42.5 millio...
Griffen signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract with the Vikings on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
Impacts: The 26-year-old has been handsomely rewarded after playing in all 48 games over the past three seasons, with an impressive 17.5 sacks during that span. This likely ensures Jared Allen won't be back with the team, so the Vikings figure to seek out a replacement to start opposite Griffen in the draft.By Rotowire.com
Tony Romo QB - DAL Romo says he's right on schedule in his...
Romo says he's right on schedule in his rehab from back surgery in December, the Dallas Morning News reports. "It's going good," Romo said. "We're getting close now. Usually it takes three months, it's just normal kind of roundabout date that they give you and we're right on schedule. Really ahead in a lot of ways. Just going to be ready to go here in about a month and rehab is going good, no setbacks of any kind."
Impacts: At this point there's no reason to think the back will be an issue for him next season. With some young, improving offensive lineman in front of him and Dez Bryant and Jason Witten still in the fold, Romo should once again be one of the stronger QB fantasy plays in 2014.By Rotowire.com
Hakeem Nicks WR - NYG Nicks has circulated medical assurances...
Nicks has circulated medical assurances to all clubs that his past foot and knee should not inhibit his 2014 season, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Dr. James Andrews wrote to teams to say Nicks' knee is "completely healed" from February 2013 PCL surgery, and Dr. Robert Anderson wrote that a recent MRI provided no discernible ankle or foot problems that would prevent the 26-year-old from playing in 2014. It's good news for Nicks with free agency set to begin Tuesday, but given the question marks surrounding his durability, he figures to have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason. The Giants are not expected to bring him back.By Rotowire.com
Rashard Mendenhall RB - ARZ Mendenhall is retiring from football, ES...
Mendenhall is retiring from football, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Slated to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, Mendenhall will instead call it quits. He hasn't looked particularly explosive the last few seasons and likely would have been forced to settle for a one-year deal at something close to the veteran's minimum. With the 26-year-old Mendenhall out of the picture, Andre Ellington's path to an increased role becomes even clearer. The Cardinals will obviously want a larger back to complement the speedy Ellington, and Stepfan Taylor should get a chance to earn that role, despite failing to make any noise as a fifth-round rookie in 2013.By Rotowire.com
Hakeem Nicks WR - NYG Nicks' troublesome left knee is complete...
Nicks' troublesome left knee is completely healed and no longer subject to swelling, while the wideout's ankle has shown mild degenerative changes that are "not unexpected given [his] career path," NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: The quote comes courtesy of Dr. Robert Anderson and Dr. James Andrews, both of whom were enlisted by Nicks' camp to vouch for the wide receiver's health. The pair of famous doctors reportedly circulated a letter to all 32 teams that should answer most of the (many) questions regarding Nicks' healthy. It sounds like his knee is finally back to 100 percent, while the ankle is not ideal but entirely playable. Perhaps Nicks will regain his explosiveness in 2014, but it's not something that should be counted on at this early stage of the offseason. First, he needs to find a team.By Rotowire.com
Sam Shields CB - GB Shields signed a four-year, $39 million...
Shields signed a four-year, $39 million contract with the Packers on Saturday, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.
Impacts: At first glance, the contract seems like a bit much, but the Packers have plenty of cap room, and quality starting cornerbacks don't come cheap. This deal is likely a sign of things to come, as Shields nearly hit the $10 million-per-year mark, despite ranking in the second or third tier of prospective free agents. He figures to start across from Tramon Williams again, and the Packers' cornerback group has the potential to rank among the league's best, if Casey Hayward (hamstring) can bounce back from a disappointing sophomore campaign to regain his dominant rookie-season form in the slot. Shields piled up 61 tackles (51 solo), four interceptions and 17 pass defenses in just 14 games this season, making him a nice sleeper IDP option heading into 2014.By Rotowire.com
Red Bryant DE - JAC Bryant has agreed to terms on a four-yea...
Bryant has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Jaguars, jaguars.com's John Oehser reports.
Impacts: Bryant, one of the better run-stuffers available in free agency, was recently released by the Seahawks to free up approximately $5.5 million in cap space. He could replace disappointing former first-round draft pick Tyson Alualu as the Jaguars' run-stopping defensive end, and he's big enough (6-4, 323 pounds) to move inside to defensive tackle, if necessary. Bryant's never been much of an IDP option, with just 3.5 sacks and 121 tackles in 64 career games.By Rotowire.com
Jermichael Finley TE - GB Finley's neurosurgeon will examine his s...
Finley's neurosurgeon will examine his scans Saturday and determine if he'll be fully cleared, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Free agency opens next Tuesday, and Finley is hoping to receive full medical clearance ahead of that date. The 26-year-old underwent spinal fusion surgery in November, a procedure which seemed likely to jeopardize Finley's playing career, but his neurosurgeon said last month that there's a "99.9 percent" chance Finley makes a full recovery. If he receives clearance, Finley should receive plenty of interest from around the league, though likely not from the Packers.By Rotowire.com
Jeff Cumberland TE - NYJ Cumberland agreed to a new deal with the...
Cumberland agreed to a new deal with the Jets on Friday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
Impacts: This seems like a practical move on the Jets' part, because while Cumberland isn't an elite talent, he was the most productive player at the position for New York last season despite seeing seven fewer targets than Kellen Winslow. Winslow's future with the team is uncertain, and if he leaves, Cumberland's role could grow significantly in 2014. That is, assuming the Jets don't go after a tight end early in the draft.By Rotowire.com
Matt Cassel QB - MIN Cassel will re-sign with the Vikings, Ia...
Cassel will re-sign with the Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Just Thursday, coach Mike Zimmer said he was hopeful the team would bring Cassel back, and while Houston reportedly had eyes on the 31-year-old, Zimmer's got his wish. The quarterback position is still a glaring hole for Minnesota, and the club figures to upgrade on Day 1 of the draft, but Cassel at least provides them with a serviceable placeholder and/or a veteran backup option.By Rotowire.com
Doug Baldwin WR - SEA The Seahawks placed a second-round RFA t...
The Seahawks placed a second-round RFA tender on Baldwin on Friday, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: While the tender leaves Baldwin free to negotiate with other teams, it's highly unlikely that any organization would surrender a second-round draft pick for the right to give him a long-term deal. In all likelihood, the Stanford product will either sign the one-year tender or reach an agreement with the Seahawks on a contract extension.By Rotowire.com
Darren Sproles RB - NO Sproles will be released by the Saints,...
Sproles will be released by the Saints, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Sproles' scheduled $3.4 million base salary is rather reasonable given his past production, but the Saints are so strapped for cap space that this can hardly be considered a surprise. The speedy Sproles was a bit disappointing for fantasy owners in 2013, but he still displayed excellent burst when healthy, and his 71 receptions ranked fourth among NFL running backs. While leaving New Orleans and Drew Brees probably won't be a positive development for Sproles' fantasy value, that prognosis could easily change in the next few months, depending on where he lands.By Rotowire.com
John Carlson TE - ARZ Carlson (concussion) agreed to a two-yea...
Carlson (concussion) agreed to a two-year contract with the Cardinals on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Another concussion last season had Carlson contemplating retirement (reportedly), but he said last month that he felt "great" and will now head to Arizona on a two-year deal. The 29-year-old caught just one touchdown in his two seasons with Minnesota (27 games), but considering Carson Palmer's propensity for dumping off to the tight end, it's at least possible Carlson could return to fantasy relevance in 2014.By Rotowire.com
Chad Henne QB - JAC Henne agreed to a two-year contract with...
Henne agreed to a two-year contract with the Jaguars on Friday, Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com reports.
Impacts: The veteran signal caller will be back in Jacksonville for another two years, likely to bridge the gap while the team grooms a successor. It didn't work out for the Jaguars the last time, as Blaine Gabbert has been a bust, but the club will presumably try its hand again in this year's draft. Henne completed 60.6 percent of his passes for 3,241 yards last season but threw more interceptions (14) than touchdowns (13), and figures to again only be a fantasy option in two-quarterback leagues.By Rotowire.com
Lance Moore WR - NO Moore will be released by the Saints on...
Moore will be released by the Saints on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Moore was due $3.6 million in 2014, therefore wasn't receiving much attention on the trade market, as the Saints couldn't afford to keep him at that price. At 31 years old, Moore likely has another contract left in him, but his productivity is bound to take a hit without Drew Brees getting him the ball and Sean Payton calling the shots.By Rotowire.com
Sidney Rice WR - Rice (knee) is on pace to be healthy eno...
Rice (knee) is on pace to be healthy enough to participate in the OTAs of the team that signs him, USA Today reports.
Impacts: Rice was a cap casualty for the Seahawks, and is readying himself to test the free agent waters on what will likely be a short term deal. The 27-year-old caught 15 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns in 2013, before his season was cut short due to an ACL injury. Wherever he ends up signing, that team will be able to take comfort in the fact that Rice will be able to build a rapport with their quarterback during the offseason.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Spikes LB - NE Spikes says he's 100 percent recovered f...
Spikes says he's 100 percent recovered from the knee injury that caused him to finish 2013 on the IR, Field Yates of ESPN Boston reports.
Impacts: Spikes won't be back with the Patriots, but the news suggests he'll be healthy for whatever team he chooses to sign with. The 26-year-old run-stopper produced 86 combined tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery over his 2013 campaign.By Rotowire.com
Matt Cassel QB - Cassel has been linked to the Texans, th...
Cassel has been linked to the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports. The news was first reported by CBSSports.com and NFL.com.
Impacts: According to both sites, Cassel is a candidate to become a starter in Houston. Cassel began his career in the New England organization at a time when Houston head coach Bill O'Brien coached there.By Rotowire.com
Matt Cassel QB - Coach Mike Zimmer hopes that the Vikings...
Coach Mike Zimmer hopes that the Vikings are able to bring Cassel back, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "I would love to have Matt Cassel back, if Matt Cassel wants to be back," Zimmer noted Thursday. "I don't know if that will happen or won't happen. But we're going to find a quarterback somewhere. And if it's not Matt Cassel, then we'll find someone else...If Matt wants to come back, I'm sure that we'll get it worked out."
Impacts: That said, Zimmer expects Cassel to explore other opportunities, with Houston already having been mentioned speculatively as a possible destination for Cassel, who turns 32 in May.By Rotowire.com
Devin Hester KR/PR - CHI The Bears have confirmed that they will...
The Bears have confirmed that they will not re-sign Hester, the team's official site reports.
Impacts: As a result, Hester will become an unrestricted free agent on March 11. After catching 23 passes in 2012, Hester was not a factor in the Bears' offense in 2013, making his impact with the team on special teams. At 31, it's unclear if Hester will be used much as a pass-catcher wherever he lands in 2014, but he can still contribute as a returner at this stage. This past season, he averaged 27.6 yards on 52 kick returns and 14.2 yards on 18 punt returns, including a TD.By Rotowire.com
Matt Cassel QB - Cassel is a candidate to sign with the T...
Cassel is a candidate to sign with the Texans in free agency, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impacts: If added by Houston, Cassel -- who spent his last two seasons, (2007-08) with the Patriots working with Texans coach Bill O'Brien -- could compete for the team's starting QB job, though at this stage there are still a couple of moving parts on that front, including the status of veteran Matt Schaub, as well as the distinct possibility the Texans will draft a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in May's NFL draft.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Pettigrew TE - DET Pettigrew looks likely to be headed for...
Pettigrew looks likely to be headed for free agency with the Lions electing not to use the franchise tag on him and their exclusive negotiating window closing Saturday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impacts: The Lions want to bring Pettigrew back, but he may no longer be in their price range, especially with the free agent tight end pool a little shallow this season.By Rotowire.com
D'Qwell Jackson LB - IND The Colts have signed Jackson to a four-...
The Colts have signed Jackson to a four-year, $22 million deal, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Impacts: The report notes that $11 million of Jackson's deal with the Colts is guaranteed. With Pat Angerer not expected to be re-signed by the team, look for Jackson to start at inside linebacker for Indy along with Jerrell Freeman. The 30-year-old Jackson -- who topped the Browns with 141 tackles in 2013 -- will thus be reunited with Rob Chudzinski, his coach in Cleveland in 2013, who is now a special assistant to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.By Rotowire.com
Devin Hester KR/PR - CHI Hester is expected to be released by the...
Hester is expected to be released by the Bears, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impacts: Hester stated that he and the organization are going to be going in different directions. It was also noted that he would like to be reunited with his former coach Lovie Smith with the Buccaneers. He has faded from the offense and served as a return specialist last season. If he finds a system that utilizes him on offense, he could return to some fantasy value in 2014.By Rotowire.com
Champ Bailey CB - Bailey will be released by the Broncos,...
Bailey will be released by the Broncos, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Bailey has played for 15 years in the league and the Broncos will save $10 million in cap space. The veteran said he would like to play again in 2014, so he should see some interest on the market. Injuries limited him to five regular season games in 2013 and it was the first season he did not record an interception.By Rotowire.com
Troy Polamalu S - PIT Polamalu has signed an extension with th...
Polamalu has signed an extension with the Steelers that will keep him with the team through the 2016 season, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: The report notes that Polamalu's deal is worth $20 million over the next three years and saves the Steelers $4.5 million against the salary cap this coming season. Polamalu, who will turn 33 in April, suited up in 16 games for the Steelers in 2013, recording 69 tackles, five forced fumbles, two sacks and two picks.By Rotowire.com
Larry Foote LB - The Steelers have released Foote, the t...
The Steelers have released Foote, the team's official site reports.
Impacts: The move saves the Steelers a little over $1 million in cap space. The 33-year-old linebacker -- who recorded 113 tackles and four sacks in 2012 -- played in just one game this past season after landing on IR with a biceps injury.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Browner CB - SEA Browner will be suspended for the first...
Browner will be suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season as part of his reinstatement after a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Browner played eight games last season before he was suspended for marijuana use. The NFL considered that a Stage 3 offense, which brought a one-year suspension, because he did not submit to urine tests while playing in the Canadian Football League from 2007 to 2010 after first failing a test for marijuana use while he was with the Denver Broncos in 2006. Browner threatened to sue the league, arguing that the NFL had no right to test him when he was playing in the CFL. The backtrack by the league likely saves Browner's career. He is free to sign with another team and participate in offseason and preseason practices.By Rotowire.com
Cortland Finnegan CB - STL Finnegan (eye) announced via Twitter on...
Finnegan (eye) announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he will be released by the Rams.
Impacts: The team hasn't officially released Finnegan just yet, as they don't have to cap space to do so until the new league year begins next Tuesday. It will happen, however, and St. Louis will save roughly $4 million by shedding the $10 million Finnegan was due for 2014. Now 30, Finnegan played in a career-low seven games last season due to eye and hamstring issues, but the Rams have expressed interest in bringing him back at a reduced cost.By Rotowire.com