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Brandon Gibson WR - MIA Gibson (knee), who has been doing light...
Gibson (knee), who has been doing light jogging as he recovers from a torn patella tendon, said that he will definitely be ready to play by Week 1, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports.
Impacts: Having suffered the injury in October, Gibson will likely be ready by Week 1, but he still shouldn't be taken at his word. It sounds as if he still has a ways to go in the recovery process, and Week 1 is less than five months away. Health permitting, Gibson figures to serve as Miami's No. 3 receiver, a role he took kindly to before the injury last season.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Lloyd WR - SF Lloyd's one-year, $1.005 million contrac...
Lloyd's one-year, $1.005 million contract with the 49ers does not include any guaranteed money, CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impacts: Lloyd figures to compete for the No. 3 wideout role behind presumed starters Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, but as the entirely non-guaranteed deal indicates, the 32-year-old is no lock to make the final roster. Quinton Patton appears to be Lloyd's top competition for that No. 3 role.By Rotowire.com
Terrelle Pryor QB - OAK The Raiders are expected to release Pryo...
The Raiders are expected to release Pryor if they are unable to trade him by Monday, FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports.
Impacts: There's likely a fair amount of interest in Pryor as a project and novelty athletic quarterback, but the fact that he's not perceived as a potential starter means the Raiders might have trouble getting anything in a trade, especially since everyone knows they'll cut Pryor otherwise. If the Raiders don't select a quarterback high in the draft, they'll likely head into 2014 with Matt Schaub and Matt McGloin as their top two passers.By Rotowire.com
Colin Kaepernick QB - SF Contract talks between the 49ers and Kae...
Contract talks between the 49ers and Kaepernick are reportedly on hold for now, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: The report indicates that the two sides would like to get a deal done before the start of the 2014 regular season, with Matt Maiocco of csnbayarea.com suggesting that the 49ers are inclined to hold off on expediting an extension with the quarterback while police look into what has been described as a "suspicious incident" (allegedly involving Kaepernick, teammate Quinton Patton and Seattle's Ricardo Lockette) in Miami earlier this month. The 26-year-old Kaepernick finished the 2013 season with 3,197 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 91.6 passer rating in 16 games for the 49ers. He also recorded 524 rushing yards (on 92 carries) with four rushing touchdowns.By Rotowire.com
Robert Meachem WR - NO Meachem signed a one-year deal with the...
Meachem signed a one-year deal with the Saints on Friday.
Impacts: After a disappointing season with the Chargers, Meachem returned to the Saints for 2013, where he caught 16 passes for 324 yards and two scores. His utility to the Saints is based largely on his blocking ability as a receiver, leaving him with minimal fantasy value. Meachem is too far down on the Saints' depth chart to warrant much fantasy consideration, although he remains a threat to score any week in an offense led by QB Drew Brees.By Rotowire.com
Aldon Smith LB - SF Smith is not expected to have his fifth-...
Smith is not expected to have his fifth-year contract option picked up by the 49ers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Smith remains under contract through 2014, but the 49ers have until May 3 to pick up his team option through 2015, and it appears as though they have no intention to do so. In the wake of his most recent arrest, uncertainty surrounds the linebacker's availability for the start of 2014, so it's not overly surprising that the team is not inclined to pick up the option.By Rotowire.com
Muhammad Wilkerson DL - NYJ The Jets have exercised the fifth-year o...
The Jets have exercised the fifth-year option on Wilkerson's rookie contract at $6.969 million, the NY Daily News reports.
Impacts: The fifth-year option is a tough decision in some cases, but it's an obvious choice when you nail a first-round pick to this degree. As one of the better interior defensive linemen in the NFL, Wilkerson is worth far more than the option would pay him. In all likelihood, he and the Jets will agree to a multi-year extension either this offseason (most likely) or next. Wilkerson, along with Houston's J.J. Watt and perhaps a couple others, is one of the few 3-4 linemen who warrants IDP consideration outside of the deepest of leagues.By Rotowire.com
Rolando McClain LB - McClain was reinstated from the NFL's re...
McClain was reinstated from the NFL's reserve-retired list on Thursday, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Impacts: McClain's rights still belong to the Ravens, who he signed for last offseason before deciding to retire mere months later to get his life in order. Now, apparently ready to play football again, McClain has successfully been re-admitted to the NFL's pool of players. However, following an awful workout with Baltimore earlier this week, it's likely McClain will be released by the team and hit the open market. The eighth overall pick in 2010, McClain is still just 24 years old, but with significant character concerns, any potential suitor would be wise to approach McClain with caution.By Rotowire.com
Chris Johnson RB - NYJ Johnson, who underwent arthroscopic knee...
Johnson, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery back in January to repair a meniscus tear, indicated Thursday that there are no signs of arthritis in his knee, the Daily News reports. "No, that's not accurate," said Johnson, who signed with the Jets on Wednesday. "I'm pretty sure if they had major concerns of my knee or whatever, pretty sure I wouldn't have passed the physical."
Impacts: It remains to be seen how much Johnson -- who has not missed a game over his last five seasons -- will be able to do once the Jets' offseason program gets going, but in any case, the running back doesn't believe that his knee will be an issue come training camp. "Once offseason workouts start, I'm ready to get in there with the trainers of the Jets and we'll see where I'm at and go from there," Johnson noted Thursday.By Rotowire.com
Chris Johnson RB - NYJ While ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests tha...
While ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests that the Jets have some concerns about the condition of Johnson's knee, said concerns were evidently not serious enough to deter the team from inking the running back to a two-year deal.
Impacts: While Schefter's report suggests that Johnson (who is bouncing back from a January procedure to address a meniscus issue) has some arthritis in his knee, it must be pointed out that the 28-year-old back has played in all 16 games five seasons in a row. In any case, with Chris Ivory in the Jets' backfield and Bilal Powell on hand as well, it's reasonable to expect Johnson's workload (he had 279 carries in 2013) to take a hit this season, though he was presumably added to the mix for his big-play potential and thus figures to see his share of touches, even if the Jets employ an Ivory (power) and Johnson (speed) combo in 2014.By Rotowire.com
Chris Ivory RB - NYJ The Jets plan to use newcomer Chris John...
The Jets plan to use newcomer Chris Johnson in tandem with Ivory this coming season, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Meanwhile, the addition of Johnson bumps Bilal Powell down a notch on the team's depth chart. When both Ivory and Johnson are healthy, they project as a capable one-two combo out of the Jets' backfield, with Ivory slotting in as a power back, thanks to his tackle-breaking ability and Johnson working more as a speed back and pass-catcher out of the backfield. In any case, while the addition of Johnson should help spark the Jets' ground game this coming season, Ivory's fantasy value takes a hit as a result of the move.By Rotowire.com
LaMichael James RB - SF The 49ers are reportedly trying to deal...
The 49ers are reportedly trying to deal James, csnbayarea.com reports.
Impacts: Since being made a second-round pick by the 49ers in the 2012 draft, James has recorded just 39 carries for 184 yards in 14 regular season contests, while making his biggest impact with the team as a returner. Given that Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore are ahead of James in the 49ers' RB pecking order heading into the 2014 season, a change of scenery would probably be a good thing for James, in both real and fantasy terms.By Rotowire.com
Sidney Rice WR - SEA Rice (knee) has agreed to a one-year dea...
Rice (knee) has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.
Impacts: Rice visited with the Jets on Wednesday, but came away without a deal, and tweeted from his personal account that he'd be re-signing with the Seahawks, a fact confirmed by multiple sources. Rice is several months removed from ACL surgery, but has recently been cleared to begin making cuts, an important step in his recovery. Rice had received interest from several suitors, but he'll instead take his services back to the defending Super Bowl champions in Seattle, where he recorded 15 catches for 231 yards and three scores in his injury-shortened 2013.By Rotowire.com
Chris Johnson RB - NYJ Johnson (knee) has signed a two-year dea...
Johnson (knee) has signed a two-year deal with the Jets, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The base value of his deal is reportedly $8 million.
Impacts: While it figures to be difficult for Johnson to see as many carries (279) as he did last season en route to recording 1,077 rushing yards for the Titans last season, he makes for a nice complement to Chris Ivory, who emerged as the Jets' busiest back down the stretch last season. Moreover, Johnson's ability as a pass-catcher figures to boost the team's backfield -- which also rosters Bilal Powell -- while his durability (he's suited up for all 16 games in his last five seasons) is also a plus, given Ivory's injury history.By Rotowire.com
Mike James RB - TB James -- whose 2013 season ended with a...
James -- whose 2013 season ended with a broken left ankle last November -- is progressing well in his recovery, the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Impacts: The report notes that James, who played at about 228 pounds last season, has added some muscle to his upper body. Meanwhile, James has been running and in his words, is "very, very close" to being fully cleared. Once he's up to speed, James (who now checks in at 232 pounds) is in line to compete with Bobby Rainey for work behind the Bucs' top back, Doug Martin.By Rotowire.com
Josh Freeman QB - NYG Freeman and the Giants have agreed to a...
Freeman and the Giants have agreed to a one-year deal, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Freeman is thus in line to compete for the Giants' No. 2 QB job with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib. Given his NFL starting experience (he has 60 to his credit), Freeman should have the edge to secure that role. Starter Eli Manning recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ankle, which paves the way for Freeman and co. to see added opportunities during the team's offseason workouts, while Manning recovers.By Rotowire.com
Malcom Floyd WR - SD Floyd, who continues to recover from a n...
Floyd, who continues to recover from a neck injury that he sustained this past September, is slated to participate in the Chargers' voluntary workouts, which begin April 22, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impacts: Floyd, who has been running and lifting of late, will be limited, however, and despite his progress, it remains unclear if he will be able to play this coming season. A decision that front will largely be based on the risk of re-injury and will no doubt be carefully weighed by Floyd and the Chargers' medical staff.By Rotowire.com
Matt Flynn QB - Flynn agreed to a contract with the Pack...
Flynn agreed to a contract with the Packers on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Flynn will head back to the team he led to the playoffs at the end of last season. He will assume the role of Aaron Rodgers' top backup again, though he could face a training camp challenge from fellow quarterback Scott Tolzien.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Lloyd WR - SF The 49ers have signed Lloyd to a one-yea...
The 49ers have signed Lloyd to a one-year contract, CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impacts: Though Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree are slated to start at wideout for the 49ers, Lloyd figures to have a chance to compete for the team's No. 3 slot. Also in the mix on that front is Quinton Patton -- who finished last season in that role -- while Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood, Chuck Jacobs, Devon Wylie, DeMarco Sampson and David Reed round out the team's current rostered receiving options. Lloyd, who will turn 33 in July, caught 74 passes for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games in 2012 for the Patriots, but at this stage he has much to prove before being considered anything more than a late-round fantasy dart.By Rotowire.com
Kyle Rudolph TE - MIN Rudolph's left foot has been fully heale...
Rudolph's left foot has been fully healed for about two months, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Impacts: Rudolph, who was limited to eight games in 2013 after suffering a fractured foot on Nov. 3, finished up the season with 30 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns. The report adds that the tight end has been studying tape of the Browns from last season in order to become more familiar with how he might be used in (new coordinator) Norv Turner's offense, a system in which fellow tight ends Jordan Cameron and Antonio Gates (while Turner was with the Chargers) have been productive.By Rotowire.com
Chris Johnson RB - Johnson (knee) is slated to visit the Je...
Johnson (knee) is slated to visit the Jets on Tuesday, the Daily News reports.
Impacts: The report suggests that the Jets are one of three teams interested in signing Johnson, who was recently released by the Titans. If he ends up joining the Jets' backfield, he'd be a nice complement to Chris Ivory, but in such a scenario it's hard to imagine Johnson seeing as many carries (279) as he did last season en route to recording 1,077 rushing yards.By Rotowire.com
Sidney Rice WR - Rice -- who suffered an ACL injury back...
Rice -- who suffered an ACL injury back on Oct. 28 -- indicated Monday that he has been cleared to begin cutting, the Seattle Times reports.
Impacts: It's another significant step in the unsigned wideout's recovery from his knee injury, with the report suggesting that the Saints, Giants, Packers and Rice's 2013 team, the Seahawks, are all thought to have interest in his services.By Rotowire.com
Demaryius Thomas WR - DEN Despite numerous reports to the contrary...
Despite numerous reports to the contrary, Thomas didn't suffer a separated shoulder during the Super Bowl and has been working out with Peyton Manning at Duke University, the Denver Post reports.
Impacts: Thomas apparently missed the first day of Manning's offseason workout, which led to the speculation that the wideout was still hurt. It's unclear how much Thomas is working out with Manning, but he'll likely take it easy until he's completely healthy. Thomas is a free agent after this season and could garner a big contract, if he can show that he's over the shoulder injury. Coming off two huge seasons with Manning under center, Thomas is averaging 93 catches for 1,432 yards and 12 touchdowns over that span.By Rotowire.com
Von Miller LB - DEN Miller, who underwent surgery in January...
Miller, who underwent surgery in January to repair a torn ACL, is progressing in his recovery but said he won't rush back from the injury, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Miller was suspended for the first six games of last season and was only able to rack up five sacks in the eight games in which he played, before suffering the torn ACL in Week 16 against the Texans. If he's able to get back to full strength, he could be a solid IDP play this season, especially if teams focus their attention on newly-acquired pass rusher DeMarcus Ware.By Rotowire.com
Rashean Mathis CB - DET Mathis will sign a one-year deal with th...
Mathis will sign a one-year deal with the Lions, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Mathis, who recorded 47 tackles in 15 games (including 13 starts) for Detroit this past season, figures to compete with Darius Slay for work at right cornerback for the Lions this coming season.By Rotowire.com
Aldon Smith LB - SF After being booked on felony charges of...
After being booked on felony charges of making a false report of a bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday afternoon, Smith was subsequently released from custody after posting $20,000 bail, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impacts: "We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Sunday. "As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment." Smith, who missed five games last season while spending time in an alcohol treatment center, finished the 2013 campaign with 34 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 11 games. The 49ers will have to decide by May 3 whether to exercise their 2015 option on the 2011 first-rounder, but it's unclear if they'll do so in the wake of Smith's off-field issues.By Rotowire.com
Rob Gronkowski TE - NE Gronkowski (knee) will start jogging soo...
Gronkowski (knee) will start jogging soon, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.
Impacts: Gronkowski met with Dr. James Andrews earlier this week, and Breer says the early signs on Gronkowski's recovery are good. Given the late-season timing of the tear (Dec. 8), it remains uncertain whether Gronkowski will be available for the start of the season.By Rotowire.com
Damian Williams WR - MIA Williams signed a one-year deal with the...
Williams signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins, Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post reports.
Impacts: Williams spent his first four seasons in the league with the Titans, where his position on the depth chart limited his effectiveness over the 2013 season. There's potential here however, as Williams racked up 45 receptions for 592 yards and five touchdowns in the 2011 season. The Dolphins are faily crowded at the wide receiver position though, so Williams will have to carve out a role for himself during camp.By Rotowire.com
Josh Freeman QB - Freeman has drawn interest from the Gian...
Freeman has drawn interest from the Giants, the New York Daily News reports.
Impacts: Freeman has had a NFL career filled with peaks and valleys, as he followed up 2012's 4065 yard campaign by losing his job to Mike Glennon in 2013, before eventually being granted his release. The 26-year-old would serve as an insurance policy to Eli Manning, who is expected to need at least six weeks to recover from ankle surgery that he had on Thursday. In addition to depth, Freeman would provide an extra camp body to go along with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib, who are already on the Giants' roster.By Rotowire.com
Arian Foster RB - HOU Foster (back) intends to participate in...
Foster (back) intends to participate in Texans' OTAs, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impacts: Foster appears to be recovered from back surgery that limited him to just eight games in 2013, and it sounds as if he's healthy enough to join his teammates for offseason workouts that run from May 27 to June 13. Foster claims he has been working out for two months, and that the back injury that limited his effectiveness last year is behind him, meaning he shouldn't be limited in any way for these workouts. The 27-year-old will enter camp as the No. 1 back over the recently-signed Andre Brown, and after being limited to 542 rushing yards on 121 carries in 2013, he'll look to return to the the form that made him a quality back -- in both real and fantasy terms -- from 2010-12.By Rotowire.com
Sam Montgomery DE - CIN Montgomery (knee) has signed with the Be...
Montgomery (knee) has signed with the Bengals, Joe Reedy of FOX Sports Ohio reports.
Impacts: Montgomery had first-round potential coming out of college due to his immense athleticism, but injury and character issues plagued his entire first year in the league. The Bengals may have a steal here if they can properly manage his off-the-field issues, but Montgomery has yet to prove himself at the highest level.By Rotowire.com
Thomas DeCoud S - CAR DeCoud has signed a two-year deal with t...
DeCoud has signed a two-year deal with the Panthers, Carolina's team website reports.
Impacts: DeCoud, who registered 76 stops (62 solo) and six interceptions en route to a 2012 Pro Bowl selection, was released by the Falcons after posting just 65 tackles (44 solo) and no interceptions this past season. However, now on board with NFC South rivals Carolina, DeCoud could immediately assume a starting safety role given speculation surrounding the Panthers considering releasing Charles Godfrey for salary cap reasons. Coming off a torn Achilles, Godfrey's situation is yet to play out, but nonetheless, DeCoud should benefit from playing in a stout Panthers defense, which could allow him to improve on last season's statistical drop-off.By Rotowire.com
Eli Manning QB - NYG Manning, who is slated to have arthrosco...
Manning, who is slated to have arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, expects to be able to run in about six weeks, the Daily News reports. "I think it's smart to get this procedure done now so the ankle isn't an ongoing issue," Manning noted.
Impacts: Given that timetable, Manning could be available for for the Giants' on-field OTA's, which begin on May 29. Meanwhile, Manning is in line to do off-field work once the team's offseason program opens on April 21. Assuming no setbacks, Manning should be at, or near full strength in advance of training camp.By Rotowire.com
Ed Dickson TE - Dickson signed a one-year deal with the...
Dickson signed a one-year deal with the Panthers on Thursday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impacts: Dickson, who caught 25 passes for 273 yards and a TD for the Ravens in 2013, will provide the Panthers with an additional pass-catching option at TE to complement returning starter Greg Olsen. Give the team's unsettled wideout situation, it's plausible that Dickson -- who caught a career-high 54 passes for Baltimore in 2011 -- could see enough looks in two-tight end sets this coming season to carve out some deep-league utility while working in tandem with Olsen, who led the Panthers with 73 catches in 2013.By Rotowire.com
Ryan Broyles WR - DET Broyles (Achilles) was cleared to join t...
Broyles (Achilles) was cleared to join the Lions for their voluntary conditioning workouts, according to MLive.com
Impacts: It's been two ACL tears and a ruptured Achilles for Broyles the last three years, and he'll have an uphill climb to work his way into meaningful snaps for the Lions, who have already bolstered their wide receiver depth and are expected to continue to do so in the draft.By Rotowire.com
Jamie Collins LB - NE Collins, who played just 25 percent of t...
Collins, who played just 25 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps last season, is in line for an expanded role this season, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.
Impacts: The reports suggests that Collins, drafted 59th overall last year, will emerge as a three-down linebacker in his second year as a pro. Heading into the 2014 season, Collins is on track to start at linebacker for the Patriots, along with Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower. In such a capacity, he should easily improve on his rookie numbers (43 tackles) and thus attain IDP relevance.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Lloyd WR - Lloyd, who didn't play in the NFL last s...
Lloyd, who didn't play in the NFL last season, is said to be in talks with the 49ers about a possible return to the field, Matt Maiocco of csnbayarea.com reports
Impacts: The 49ers continue to seek depth behind top wideout options Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, and if Lloyd -- who will turn 33 in July -- enters the mix, he'd likely have a chance to compete (with the likes of Quinton Patton) for the team's No. 3 receiver gig. Lloyd -- was played for the 49ers from 2003-2005 -- caught 74 passes for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games in 2012 for the Patriots, with the report noting that the wideout turned down several opportunities to play last season.By Rotowire.com
Adrian Peterson RB - MIN Peterson, who is bouncing back from Janu...
Peterson, who is bouncing back from January groin surgery, expects to participate in the Vikings' offseason workouts, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impacts: While Peterson indicated that he can't put a specific date on his return, he suggested that he's headed in the right direction on that front. "I can't say I'm back right now," Peterson said, "but I'm not far off that at all." The Vikings' voluntary minicamp runs from April 29-May 1, while the team's offseason workouts are slated to take place in late May and early June.By Rotowire.com
Casey Hayward CB - GB Hayward, who was limited to just three g...
Hayward, who was limited to just three games this past season due to a hamstring injury, expects to be ready for the Packers' offseason program, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Impacts: The return of Hayward will bolster the Packers' secondary heading into the 2014 season, especially in the ball-hawking department. As a rookie in 2012, Hayward picked off six passes, as well as recording 53 tackles in 16 contests, including seven starts.By Rotowire.com
Demaryius Thomas WR - DEN Thomas' shoulder separation he suffered...
Thomas' shoulder separation he suffered in the Broncos' Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks two months ago is keeping him from joining his fellow receivers at Duke University for Peyton Manning's offseason workouts this week, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: The injury occurred on a vicious hit from Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor early in Super Bowl XLVIII. Thomas could still be limited in some of the OTA work in the weeks to come, but the Broncos don't expect issues when training camp opens.By Rotowire.com