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Orlando Scandrick CB - DAL Scandrick has agreed to a revised contra...
Scandrick has agreed to a revised contract with the Cowboys, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.
Impacts: Scandrick briefly skipped voluntary workouts in protest of a contract that pays him far below his market value, but he eventually decided to join his teammates in Dallas while negotiating with management. It doesn't appear that negotiations were too tenuous, and Scandrick should be back as a starter this season, even after the Cowboys drafted Byron Jones in the first round. Between Scandrick and Dez Bryant, the Cowboys have vocal leader on both sides of the ball.By Rotowire.com
Felix Jones RB - Jones and Ben Tate worked out for the Co...
Jones and Ben Tate worked out for the Cowboys on Thursday, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impacts: The Cowboys may want to add some competition for their in-house options to replace DeMarco Murray, but it's hard to imagine either Jones or Ben Tate would be of much use. Jones was out of the NFL in 2014, while Tate played for three different teams and looked entirely washed up. Even with owner Jerry Jones known to favor former Arkansas Razorbacks, it will be surprising if Jones gets a contract.By Rotowire.com
Johnny Manziel QB - CLE Manziel is expected to be a full partici...
Manziel is expected to be a full participant in Tuesday's OTA session, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Manziel spent 10 weeks in a rehabilitation facility this offseason, and the reception has been generally positive up to this point, as teammates have apparently taken notice of the personal changes he's made. New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo is the most recent of several within the organization to take note of Manziel's rededication to preparation, stating that "he's spent every hour that he's been allowed to spend in this building." Josh McCown seems to be the favorite to win the starter's job heading into camp, but if the praise sent Manziel's way so far holds true, Johnny Football could at least make the competition interesting in his sophomore campaign.By Rotowire.com
Marcell Dareus DT - BUF Dareus has been suspended for the Bills'...
Dareus has been suspended for the Bills' season opener for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, wivb.com reports.
Impacts: While Dareus -- who recorded 49 tackles and 10 sacks in 15 games last season -- can participate in the team's offseason program and preseason action, the Pro Bowler won't be eligible to suit up for Week 1, putting him on track to make his regular season debut on Sept. 20 against the Patriots.By Rotowire.com
Vick Ballard RB - IND Ballard (Achilles) is not participating...
Ballard (Achilles) is not participating in this week's OTA practices, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Impacts: Ballard tore his Achilles last year during a late-July practice, forcing him out for a second consecutive season following tearing an ACL early in the 2013 season. It's hard to predict how he'll fit into the Indianapolis offense until he returns to practice.By Rotowire.com
Derek Carr QB - OAK Carr's agent, Tim Younger, refutes repor...
Carr's agent, Tim Younger, refutes reports suggesting that the quarterback may need surgery on his right ring finger, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "I don't know where this idea came up that he's going to be having surgery," Younger noted. "The situation, I don't even want to call it an injury, is very minor, and we're just being cautious."
Impacts: Younger relayed that Carr is "probably going to be throwing before the end" of the Raiders' offseason workouts, which end June 4. In any case, he expects the second-year signal-caller to be 100 percent for the team's mandatory minicamp, which begins on June 9. Since Carr's rookie season ended, the Raiders have made a point of adding viable pass-catching options to mix, signing Michael Crabtree as a free agenct and then drafting highly-promising receiver Amari Cooper fourth overall and subsequently selecting tight end Clive Walford in the third round.By Rotowire.com
Ben Tate RB - Tate is slated to work out for the Cowbo...
Tate is slated to work out for the Cowboys on Thursday, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.
Impacts: Tate's 2014 campaign was largely forgettable, as he opened the season with a frustrating eight-game stint with Cleveland, before seeing work in three games with the Vikings and then the Steelers (in the playoffs) as well. In the wake of the departure of DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys curiously declined to select a running back in 2015 NFL draft, leaving the team with a backfield headed by Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams. Whereas Tate was a highly sought-after free agent last year, at this stage, it looks as though he's simply hoping to catch on somewhere as a depth option, with an eye toward re-establishing his on-field value.By Rotowire.com
Geno Smith QB - NYJ Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey relaye...
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey relayed Wednesday that Smith is on track to remain the Jets' starting quarterback, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
Impacts: Per the report, Gailey notes that it was "never a thought" for the team to have a quarterback competition between Smith and veteran addition Ryan Fitzpatrick in training camp. In any case, despite throwing 34 interceptions over his first two pro seasons, Smith will remain the Jets' presumed top QB in the absence of an injury. In an effort to provide Smith with added pass-catching weapons this coming season, the Jets traded for veteran wideout Brandon Marshall and drafted the speedy Devin Smith in the second round of the NFL draft. The newcomers will bolster a pass-catching corps that returns wideouts Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, as well as a pair of capable tight ends in Jeff Cumberland and Jace Amaro.By Rotowire.com
Muhammad Wilkerson DE - NYJ Wilkerson is skipping the Jets' voluntar...
Wilkerson is skipping the Jets' voluntary OTAs, which began Tuesday, nj.com reports.
Impacts: Wilkerson, who is under contract with the Jets for 2015 at a salary of $6.97 million, is looking for a contract extension, an outcome that seems likely down the road, given the team's stated desire to keep the defensive end in the fold. In any case, Wilkerson's presence is not considered mandatory until next month's three-day minicamp. Wilkerson is coming off a 2014 season in which he recorded 56 tackles and six sacks in 13 games.By Rotowire.com
Vontaze Burfict LB - CIN Burfict's (knee) status for the start of...
Burfict's (knee) status for the start of the coming season remains up in the air, the Bengals' official site reports.
Impacts: Per the report, it could be a "tight call" as to whether the linebacker will ready for Week 1, with the possibility remaining that he could start the season on the Bengals' PUP list. Burfict -- who is bouncing back from microfracture knee surgery -- was limited to just five games and 29 tackles last season. In 2013, he racked up 171 tackles for the Bengals.By Rotowire.com
Stevan Ridley RB - NYJ Ridley (knee) took part in positional dr...
Ridley (knee) took part in positional drills during the Jets' OTAs Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports.
Impacts: Ridley was reportedly moving well Wednesday, which is certainly a positive sign for a player coming off knee surgery. He remains on track to be ready to go when training camp begins in July.By Rotowire.com
Derek Carr QB - OAK Carr is dealing with an injury to his ri...
Carr is dealing with an injury to his right ring finger, which may require surgery, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports.
Impacts: Carr sat out Tuesday's OTA's with what the team initially called an undisclosed injury, but it now appears to be something that could cause him to miss significant offseason time. If he undergoes surgery, Carr could sit out the rest of OTA's, but the team is reportedly optimistic that he'd be ready for the start of training camp. In Carr's absence Tuesday, Christian Ponder worked with the first-team offense.By Rotowire.com
Carson Palmer QB - ARZ Palmer (knee) participated in individual...
Palmer (knee) participated in individual and 7-on-7 drills during the Cardinals' first OTA on Tuesday, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impacts: Palmer told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic that he felt "rusty" but moved well considering he's sixth months and two days removed from the procedure to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. While Palmer remains two months away from receiving the all-clear, coach Bruce Arians relayed that the quarterback could ease into 11-on-11 work during next month's minicamp. Expect Palmer to be a full participant once training camp commences in late July.By Rotowire.com
Shayne Graham K - NO Graham was released by the Saints on Tue...
Graham was released by the Saints on Tuesday.
Impacts: The 37-year-old converted 19-of-22 field goal attempts last season, finishing as the Saints' leading scorer. Nonetheless, it looks like the franchise will go in another direction, with younger options Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker competing for the starting gig.By Rotowire.com
Justin Smith DT - SF Smith announced his intention to retire...
Smith announced his intention to retire from the NFL on Monday.
Impacts: Smith's decision to retire comes after a wildly productive 14-year career that included five Pro Bowl and two All-Pro selections. The fourth overall pick in 2001, Smith posted 880 tackles and 87 sacks while playing for the Bengals and 49ers over the course of his career. With Smith known to be strongly considering retirement, the 49ers went ahead and drafted defensive lineman Arik Armstead in the first round this offseason, offering a raw talent to help try and fill Smith's significant absence going forward.By Rotowire.com
Ryan Tannehill QB - MIA Tannehill signed a contract extension wi...
Tannehill signed a contract extension with the Dolphins through the 2020 season on Monday.
Impacts: Tannehill is coming off a career-high 4,045 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions last season, making him the sort of ascending talent the Dolphins feel comfortable locking down as their quarterback long-term. Additionally, Tannehill will have new offensive weapons DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron surrounding him this season, offering further reason to like Tannehill's rising fantasy value heading into the upcoming campaign.By Rotowire.com
Chimdi Chekwa CB - The Patriots have released Chekwa, the...
The Patriots have released Chekwa, the team's official site reports.
Impacts: In the wake of parting ways with starters Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, it would seem as though retaining cornerback depth would be a priority for the Patriots, but the team has also waived Kyle Arrington and Alfonzo Dennard this offseason. Look for further moves by New England to address the situation in the coming months.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Spikes LB - NE Spikes signed a one-year deal with the P...
Spikes signed a one-year deal with the Patriots on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Spikes spent the first four seasons of his career with the Patriots, and had his best year in 2012, tallying 92 combined tackles and five forced fumbles. After collecting 54 combined tackles in 2014 with the Bills, Spikes will return to his original pro team, where his ability as a run-stuffer will bolster New England's linebacking corps. At the very least, he'll provide an insurance policy in the case that Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower suffer any setbacks in the recovery from their respective knee and shoulder injuries.By Rotowire.com
Orlando Scandrick CB - DAL Scandrick is in line to join his Dallas...
Scandrick is in line to join his Dallas teammates for voluntary workouts on Monday, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.
Impacts: Scandrick, who is seeking a new contract, had been staying away from the Cowboys' facility since the team's workouts began on April 20. His plans to join the team's workouts hint at progress on that front, with Archer suggesting that the cornerback could have a deal worked out by the end the coming week.By Rotowire.com
Tom Brady QB - NE Though the NFL Players Association had c...
Though the NFL Players Association had called for an independent arbitrator to hear the case, commissioner Roger Goodell is slated to preside over Brady's appeal of the four-game suspension handed to him by the league on Monday, ESPN.com reports. "Commissioner Goodell will hear the appeal of Tom Brady's suspension in accordance with the process agreed upon with the NFL Players Association in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello relayed in a statement on Thursday.
Impacts: In the wake of the 243-page report submitted by league-appointed attorney Ted Wells, Brady was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the coming season for his reported role in "Deflategate." At this stage, a timetable for Brady's appeal hearing is not yet in place, but a reduction of the quarterback's punishment remains a potential outcome. In the meantime, however, second-year signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo is on track to start at QB for the Patriots when the team opens its 2015 regular-season slate.By Rotowire.com
Robert Turbin RB - SEA Turbin underwent offseason hip surgery,...
Turbin underwent offseason hip surgery, and his timeline for a return to the field is uncertain, FOX Sports reports.
Impacts: If Turbin's recovery stretches into the regular season, it could open up some extra carries for Christine Michael. If both running backs are healthy, they'll likely split the work behind entrenched starter Marshawn Lynch, though it's possible one or the other emerges as the clear top backup. Turbin is entering the final season of his rookie contract, after rushing for 310 yards on 74 carries (4.2 YPC) in 2014.By Rotowire.com
Steven Jackson RB - Jackson, who was released by the Falcons...
Jackson, who was released by the Falcons in February, recently said he is only willing to sign with a contender, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Jackson likely has his eyes on a backup role with a top-notch team, but he may have a hard time finding the right fit. If nothing comes up, it's possible he'll retire, as his 32nd birthday is in July. Jackson averaged just 3.7 yards on 190 carries for the Falcons last season, and while he's unlikely to get that many touches in 2015, he may be able to find a decent team with a better offensive line.By Rotowire.com
Corey Wootton DE - DET The Lions have signed Wootton, the Detr...
The Lions have signed Wootton, the Detroit News reports.
Impacts: Wootton can play either defensive tackle or defensive end, though with the Lions he figures to compete with Darryl Tapp, Devin Taylor, Larry Webster and Phillip Hunt for DE playing time behind starters Jason Jones and Ezekiel Ansah.By Rotowire.com
Adrian Peterson RB - MIN Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he d...
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't expect Peterson to be disgruntled or disruptive when he reports to workouts based on recent conversations he's had with him, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "There's a lot of ifs and nuts and candies and buts there," Zimmer said. "I don't think there will be any issues, no."
Impacts: Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said in March that Peterson doesn't want to play for the Vikings, but he's since backed off that stance after Minnesota failed trade him before the NFL draft. Peterson doesn't need to participate in any offseason practices until a June 18 mandatory minicamp. We may only know then if Peterson plans to hold out or take similar action in hopes of forcing a trade or a contract extension (Peterson has no more guaranteed money in his deal after 2015).By Rotowire.com
Tony Romo QB - DAL Romo says he feels fully healthy this of...
Romo says he feels fully healthy this offseason for the first time since his 2013 back surgery, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports. "Just the ability to have an offseason – I haven't had that in a few years," Romo said in an interview with the Cowboys' flagship radio station 105.3 The Fan. "I'm really able to push it a little bit right now, which has been exciting with the legs, the upper body and some of the stuff I haven't been able to do for two, two and a half, three years."
Impacts: A dominant offensive line and a career season from DeMarco Murray helped Romo to his own career-best 69.9% completion rate, 34:9 TD:INT ratio and 113.2 QB rating last year. Even with Murray now in Philadelphia, it's possible that a healthier Romo might be able to repeat or even exceed his 2014 performance.By Rotowire.com
Victor Cruz WR - NYG Cruz (knee) relayed Tuesday that he was...
Cruz (knee) relayed Tuesday that he was "75-to-80 percent" healthy, Jordan Raanan of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impacts: Cruz has been testing his knee by cutting and running routes, but he's not yet to the point in his recovery where he can practice his techniques against defensive backs. The 28-year-old wideout is working his way back from a patellar tendon tear and remains optimistic that he'll be ready to go for Week 1.By Rotowire.com
Dennis Pitta TE - BAL Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday...
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that Pitta (hip) "has a chance" at playing in 2015, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impacts: Harbaugh acknowledged that Pitta is currently practicing, and the team is now just seeing how he holds up during those sessions before assessing his ability for the upcoming season. The Ravens drafted Maxx Williams in the second round of the NFL Draft, but adding Pitta back into the tight-end ranks would give the Ravens a needed extra weapon in the passing game after the team lost Torrey Smith in free agency.By Rotowire.com
D.J. Swearinger S - TB The Bucs have claimed Swearinger off wai...
Lance Moore WR - Moore signed a one-year deal with the Li...
Moore signed a one-year deal with the Lions on Tuesday, MLive.com's Kyle Meinke reports.
Impacts: Moore will likely have to compete for a roster spot, after catching just 14-of-27 targets for the Steelers in 2014. He'll turn 32 in August, but he does have the Lions' lack of depth at his position working in his favor.By Rotowire.com
Orlando Scandrick CB - DAL Scandrick is in Dallas to meet with the...
Scandrick is in Dallas to meet with the Cowboys about his contract situation, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impacts: Scandrick has been working out on his own in California, as he's displeased with his current contract situation. He's slated for a base salary of just $1.5 million in 2015, following a 2014 campaign in which he was the Cowboys' most reliable cornerback. Assuming an in-season holdout is avoided, Scandrick figures to enter Week 1 as a starter, even after the Cowboys drafted Byron Jones in the first round.By Rotowire.com
Justin Blackmon WR - JAC Blackmon (suspension) applied for reinst...
Blackmon (suspension) applied for reinstatement but was denied by the NFL, 1010 XL's Mike Dempsey reports.
Impacts: The Jaguars seem to view any future contribution from Blackmon as a bonus, and it now seems the former No. 5 overall selection is in danger of missing another season. Dynasty owners may want to wait for something more definitive, but it appears the Jags are ready to move forward with a receiving corps led by Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns, not to mention TE Julius Thomas.By Rotowire.com
Tom Brady QB - NE Brady has been suspended for the first f...
Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season for "violations of the NFL Policy on Integrity of the Game," according to NFL.com.
Impacts: Monday's ruling follows the release of independent investigator Ted Wells' report, which noted that it was "more probable than not" that Brady was "at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" pertaining to the reported deflation of Patriots' game balls during the AFC Championship Game. The report further relays that the team will also be fined $1 million and will lose a 2016 first-round draft pick, as well as a 2017 fourth-round choice. It remains to be seen if an appeal could result in a reduction of Brady's suspension, but as it stands, Jimmy Garoppolo is now in line to start at QB for the first quarter of the Patriots' 2015 regular season slate.By Rotowire.com
D.J. Swearinger S - The Texans have waived Swearinger, the...
Ryan Kerrigan LB - WAS Kerrigan and the Redskins are discussing...
Kerrigan and the Redskins are discussing a long-term contract extension, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Kerrigan is fresh off a breakout 2014 campaign that included a career-high 13.5 sacks to go with 64 tackles. Additionally, Kerrigan finished second among 3-4 outside linebackers league-wide with 51 quarterback hurries. At 26 years old, the former first round pick has not missed a game during his four-year career and has totaled at least 7.5 sacks each season. With former teammate Brian Orakpo elsewhere, Kerrigan's new contract could make him the center piece of the Redskins' linebacking corp for years to come.By Rotowire.com
D.J. Swearinger S - The Texans plan to part ways with Sweari...
The Texans plan to part ways with Swearinger, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: The Texans have been trying to move Swearinger, with the 2013 second-rounder coming off a season in which he recorded 73 tackles and two picks. While the report does not clarify whether he will be traded or released, the safety is in any case, not in the team's 2015 plans.By Rotowire.com
Kyle Arrington CB - Arrington was released by the Patriots o...
Arrington was released by the Patriots on Monday, csnne.com reports.
Impacts: Arrington played in 14 games for the Patriots in 2014, accumulating 39 tackles, two forced fumbles and one sack. The report notes that it's still possible that the slot corner -- who was scheduled to make $3 million in 2015 -- could potentially rejoin the team down the road at a reduced rate. With Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner no longer in the mix and Arrington having been cut, the Patriots have now parted ways with their top three cornerbacks in 2014.By Rotowire.com
Fred Davis TE - NE Davis agreed to a one-year contract with...
Davis agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impacts: Davis -- who is coming off a year-long NFL suspension for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy, joins a New England TE corps that already includes Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler, Tim Wright, Michael Hoomanawanui and sixth-round pick A.J. Derby. While Davis has displayed some upside as a pass-catcher in the past, he'll need to look sharp this summer in order to secure a roster spot with the Patriots.By Rotowire.com
Tom Brady QB - NE According to the New York Daily News, Br...
According to the New York Daily News, Brady will be suspended for his alleged role in New England deflating footballs.
Impacts: Reporter Gary Myers writes that Roger Goodell will likely announce his decision on Brady next week. Myers added that "It is no longer a matter of if the NFL commissioner will suspend Brady, but for how long he will suspend him," and that Goodell could choose to discipline Brady for both the cheating allegations and also Brady's refusal to cooperate with the investigation into the matter. If Brady misses time, 2014 second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo will start.By Rotowire.com
Josh Brent DT - DAL Brent has been moved to the Reserve/Reti...
Brent has been moved to the Reserve/Retired List, Nick Eatman of dallascowboys.com announces.
Impacts: Brent is only 27, so it's not like he's grown out of the game. There's no shortage to the personal problems Brent had to deal with off the field, so he might be leaving the game to get his life in order. Rolando McClain once dealt with a similar situation then later returned, so it's not 100 percent we've seen the last of Brent in the NFL.By Rotowire.com
Kamerion Wimbley DE - Wimbley has elected to retire as an NFL...