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Jarrett Boykin WR - CAR Boykin signed a one-year contract with t...
Boykin signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Friday, ESPN's David Newton reports.
Impacts: Boykin caught just three passes for the Packers in 2014, after hauling in 49-of-82 targets for 681 yards and three touchdowns the previous season. He did well to land with a team that lacks complements to Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen, but Boykin will still have to prove in training camp that he's worthy of a role in the Carolina offense. With Benjamin locked in as the No. 1 wideout, the likes of Boykin, Jerricho Cotchery, Philly Brown, Ted Ginn and Brenton Bersin could all be part of a wide-open competition for snaps. Of course, the Panthers may still opt to address the position in April's draft.By Rotowire.com
Alan Ball CB - CHI Ball signed a one-year contract with the...
Ball signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Friday, ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports.
Impacts: The 29-year-old Ball has played in 93 NFL games, getting the start in 44 of those contests. He largely struggled in Jacksonville the past two seasons, and he'll now join a team that has Tim Jennings and Kyle Fuller on the roster. Ball could compete with incumbent Demontre Hurst for the nickelback role.By Rotowire.com
Terence Newman CB - CIN Newman agreed to a one-year, $2.5 millio...
Newman agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Vikings on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impacts: Newman will likely compete with Captain Munnerlyn and Xavier Rhodes for a starting spot at corner, but will give the Vikings extra depth at the position wither way.By Rotowire.com
Brian Quick WR - STL Quick is progressing in his recovery fro...
Quick is progressing in his recovery from the torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder that he suffered back in October, ESPN.com reports. "He's coming [along]," coach Jeff Fisher said Wednesday. "Making progress. It was a very, very difficult early rehab process. It was an extensive, extensive injury. He's starting to see the light now. He's doing good. He's worked hard."
Impacts: With that in mind, it's unclear if Quick will be ready in time for training camp in July. "There will be some question marks there," Fisher acknowledged. "He may be. I can't say. The next three or four months are going to be important." Prior to sustaining his injury, Quick had recorded 25 catches for 375 yards and three touchdowns in seven games for the Rams, and once he is up to speed this summer the fourth-year wideout will look to reclaim a key role in the team's 2015 passing attack, which will be helmed by newcomer Nick Foles.By Rotowire.com
Victor Cruz WR - NYG Coach Tom Coughlin relayed Wednesday tha...
Coach Tom Coughlin relayed Wednesday that he saw Cruz (knee) do some running recently, noting that the wideout looks lighter and in shape, Newsday reports.
Impacts: While Coughlin remains optimistic that Cruz will bounce back well from his torn patellar tendon, a firm timetable for the wideout's return to game action has yet to be solidified. "I'd be careful of what I would say there," Coughlin said. "Hopefully it's the first game, but, you know what, if it isn't, we've done that one before. We just went through it." Coughlin was, of course, referring to how Odell Beckham Jr. was sidelined for the first few weeks of the 2014 season, before returning to make a significant impact as the season progressed. Either way, the report suggests that the hope continues to be that Cruz will participate in training camp this summer, in some capacity.By Rotowire.com
Jordy Nelson WR - GB Nelson, who recently underwent a procedu...
Nelson, who recently underwent a procedure on his hip, is expected to be fully recovered in six-to-eight weeks, espnwisconsin.com reports.
Impacts: While any offseason surgical procedure is notable when it comes to key skill players like Nelson, coach Mike McCarthy has downplayed his receiver's hip issue. "He had some postseason work done," McCarthy said of Nelson. "He'll be fine in a couple weeks. I've seen him. [I think] it's 6 to 8 weeks [recovery time], but really he should answer that. But it's nothing serious." McCarthy further noted that the issue Nelson had addressed was something that was "kind of hindering him after the Pro Bowl and something he felt he needed to get cleaned up." The wideout is coming off a career-high 98-catch season that resulted in a Packers' single-season franchise record 1,519 yards, to go along with 13 touchdowns.By Rotowire.com
Adrian Peterson RB - MIN Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Monday...
Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Monday that his client doesn't want to play for the Vikings. "I don't think it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota. Why would it be?" Ben Dogra told ESPN.
Impacts: The Peterson drama takes another turn, but the overall dynamics haven't changed. Peterson is reluctant to return to the Vikings after he felt that some in the organization were not supporting him when the team worked with the NFL to put him on the commissioner's exempt list last September. However, the Vikings maintain they want him to play for the team in 2015 and will not release him. He could be trying to force a trade or obtain a contract extension. Peterson is under contract for $13 million in 2015 and doesn't have any guaranteed money beyond 2015. The Vikings may be playing coy in order to trade Peterson before the NFL Draft, so the drama could continue into April. Peterson remains on the restricted list from his suspension in November after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for disciplining his child with a switch. His suspension was overturned by a federal judge in February who asked the NFL to rework his suspension to follow previous protocol for personal conduct punishment, but the NFL hasn't issued a new ruling. Peterson is eligible for reinstatement from his suspension on Apr. 15, but that deadline isn't an obstacle for the Vikings to make any transaction for him in the offseason.By Rotowire.com
J.J. Watt DE - HOU Watt has agreed to a restructured contra...
Watt has agreed to a restructured contract, ESPN's Field Yates reports.
Impacts: Most of Watt's 2015 base salary will convert into a signing bonus, creating cap space for the Texans this season at the expense of cap space over the following few seasons. Watt should be in for another huge season, and he's a perpetual favorite for Defensive Player of the Year honors.By Rotowire.com
Louis Delmas S - MIA Delmas (knee) re-signed with the Dolphin...
Delmas (knee) re-signed with the Dolphins on a one-year contract Friday, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Impacts: Delmas was a nice addition for the Dolphins in 2014, until his injury woes resurfaced in a major way. He suffered a torn right ACL in early December, leaving him unlikely to be ready for Week 1 of the 2015 campaign. Delmas is a solid starter when healthy, but he averaged just 13 games over his first six NFL seasons. Still only 27 years old, he could re-emerge as a starter at some point in 2015.By Rotowire.com
LaMichael James RB - MIA James re-signed with the Dolphins on a o...
James re-signed with the Dolphins on a one-year contract Friday, Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post reports.
Impacts: The former second-round draft pick spent two games with Miami in 2014, gaining nine yards on just three carries. The Dolphins have a shaky running back group behind Lamar Miller, but there's still no guarantee James will have a significant role, or for that matter even make the final roster. It wouldn't be surprising to see Miami target a running back in the middle rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft.By Rotowire.com
George Selvie DE - Selvie signed a one-year, $1.4 million c...
Selvie signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Giants, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Selvie started 29 of the 32 games he played for the Cowboys over the past two seasons, piling up 60 tackles and 10 sacks over that stretch. The 28-year-old probably won't be a starter or an IDP option in 2015, but the Giants found a nice bargain to improve their defensive line depth. There is some chance Selvie could compete with Damontre Moore and/or Robert Ayers (pectoral) for the starting spot opposite Jason Pierre-Paul.By Rotowire.com
Nick Hayden DT - Hayden reached a one-year agreement with...
Hayden reached a one-year agreement with the Cowboys on Thursday, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.
Impacts: Hayden started all 16 games for the Cowboys in both 2013 and 2014, but he doesn't have much to show for it from a statistical perspective. He hasn't recorded a sack since 2011, and he's never piled up more than 25 tackles in a season.By Rotowire.com
Ahtyba Rubin DT - SEA Rubin agreed to a contract with the Seah...
Rubin agreed to a contract with the Seahawks on Thursday, John Boyle of the Everett Herald reports.
Impacts: Following a seven-year stint in Cleveland that included 75 starts in 99 games, Rubin has found a new NFL home. It's been a few years since he was anywhere near the IDP radar, and while the Seahawks are thin at defensive tackle, Rubin won't necessarily be a starter.By Rotowire.com
Bernard Pierce RB - JAC The Jaguars claimed Pierce off waivers T...
The Jaguars claimed Pierce off waivers Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impacts: A third-round draft pick back in 2012, Pierce was recently released by the Ravens in the aftermath of a DUI arrest. He had a strong rookie season working behind Ray Rice, but then struggled in both 2013 and 2014. While Pierce doesn't offer much in terms of pass blocking, receiving or elusiveness, he does have a decent combination of size and speed. He'll likely have to compete for a roster spot, though he's fortunate to land with a team that doesn't have much talent at running back. If the DUI sticks, Pierce will eventually have to serve a mandatory two-game suspension.By Rotowire.com
Patrick Robinson CB - SD The Chargers have signed Robinson to a o...
The Chargers have signed Robinson to a one-year deal, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Robinson, who recorded 39 tackles and two picks with the Saints last season, adds depth to the Chargers' secondary (along with fellow newcomer Jimmy Wilson) following the free agent departures of Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilchrist.By Rotowire.com
Jacob Tamme TE - ATL The Falcons have signed Tamme, the team...
The Falcons have signed Tamme, the team's official site reports.
Impacts: Tamme, who recorded 14 catches for 109 yards with two touchdowns with Denver this past season, gives the Falcons, who started Levine Toilolo at tight end in 2014, added depth at the position, along with fellow newcomer Tony Moeaki, who also signed with the team on Thursday.By Rotowire.com
Dwayne Bowe WR - CLE The Browns have signed Bowe, NFL.com re...
The Browns have signed Bowe, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: The Browns were understandably looking to upgrade their wideout situation, with Josh Gordon suspended again. Bowe is now in line to head a receiving corps in Cleveland that also includes fellow newcomer Brian Hartline and slot man Andrew Hawkins. While the team's QB situation has yet to be solidified, the change of scenery figures to do the 30-year-old Bowe some good, as he's coming off a 2014 season in which he failed to score a touchdown, though he did record 60 catches for 754 yards in 15 games for the Chiefs.By Rotowire.com
Alan Ball CB - CAR The Panthers have signed Ball to a one-y...
The Panthers have signed Ball to a one-year deal, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Ball, who recorded 22 tackles and a pick in seven starts for the Jaguars in 2014 prior to landing on IR with a biceps injury, is thus a candidate to start at cornerback for the Panthers this coming season opposite Josh Norman.By Rotowire.com
Charles Clay TE - BUF The Dolphins will not match the five-yea...
The Dolphins will not match the five-year, $38 million offer sheet that Clay signed with the Bills, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: While the Dolphins are content to proceed with a tight end corps headed by Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims, Clay now tops the Bills' depth chart at the position, on the heels of a 2014 season in which he caught 58 passes for 605 yards and three TDs in 14 games for Miami. Clay battled through knee and hamstring issues this past season, but assuming his health, he'll be a big part of the Bills' offense in 2015, with a decent boost in his numbers a reasonable expectation. The Bills are clearly banking on such an outcome, having made Clay the fourth-highest paid tight end in the NFL, per The Buffalo News.By Rotowire.com
Greg Hardy DE - DAL Hardy has signed a one-year deal with th...
Hardy has signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Per the report, Hardy's incentive-laden contract with the Cowboys could be worth up to $13.1 million. Hardy, who remains on the Commissioner's Exempt List, could face a suspension to start the upcoming NFL season, but when the defensive end (who recorded 15 sacks for the Panthers in 2013) takes the field for Dallas, he'll provide his new team's pass rush with a major boost.By Rotowire.com
Bernard Pierce RB - The Ravens have released Pierce, the Ba...
The Ravens have released Pierce, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impacts: The move follows the running back's arrest early Wednesday morning on DUI charges. The departure of Pierce, who carried 93 times for 366 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games for the Ravens this past season, leaves the team with a running back depth chart currently headed by starter Justin Forsett and second-year pro Lorenzo Taliaferro.By Rotowire.com
Charles Clay TE - Clay has signed a five-year, $38 million...
Clay has signed a five-year, $38 million offer sheet from the Bills, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.
Impacts: Clay's deal reportedly contains more than $20 million in guaranteed money -- an enticing offer for the 28-year-old tight end. Since Clay is a restricted free agent and carries the transition tag, the Dolphins will now have five days to match the offer. Considering they just signed former Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron to a two-year deal, it seems unlikely they'll consider competing with those terms, though they certainly have the cap room to do so. If they choose not too match, Clay should end up as the top Buffalo tight end option in 2015.By Rotowire.com
Jermaine Gresham TE - Gresham may undergo back surgery Thursda...
Gresham may undergo back surgery Thursday, but he would still likely be ready for training camp, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Gresham will meet with a doctor Wednesday, at which point the decision on surgery will presumably be made. The timing is unfortunate for the veteran tight end, and this explains why he hasn't yet found a home in free agency. A 2010 first-round pick, Gresham is arguably the biggest name still available at his position, but he doesn't offer great receiving skills, and now faces questions about his availability for training camp. He may end up settling for a one-year deal or a longer contract with very little guaranteed money. The Raiders and Browns are both thought to be in the market for a veteran tight end, while the Bills, Ravens, Saints and Falcons could also use help at the position. The Bengals are likely happy to move forward with Tyler Eifert following Gresham's up-and-down tenure in Cincinnati.By Rotowire.com
Trent Richardson RB - OAK Richardson signed with the Raiders on Tu...
Richardson signed with the Raiders on Tuesday.
Impacts: The Raiders return Latavius Murray and already signed Roy Helu, so the 24-year-old Richardson will have to fight for any kind of meaningful role. The former No. 3 overall pick may also need to compete for a roster spot, as his first three years in the league couldn't have gone much worse. The contract details, when available, will likely provide a better idea as to Richardson's chances of making the final roster.By Rotowire.com
Steve Johnson WR - SD Johnson signed a three-year contract wit...
Johnson signed a three-year contract with the Chargers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Johnson won't be the No. 1 wide receiver like he was back in Buffalo, but he should have a better opportunity than the one he got in San Francisco last season. At the very least, he'll be the No. 3 wide receiver for an offense that just allowed Eddie Royal to produce a 62-778-7 receiving line in that role. Johnson also has plenty of experience working on the outside, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him push Malcom Floyd for playing time in two-wide sets.By Rotowire.com
Steve Johnson WR - Johnson is expected to sign with the Cha...
Johnson is expected to sign with the Chargers, NBC's Diane Marie Russini reports.
Impacts: Johnson would certainly fill a need for San Diego, as the team is left thin at wide receiver in the wake of Eddie Royal's departure for Chicago. At the very least, Johnson would be the Chargers' No. 3 wideout, and he'd likely push Malcom Floyd for snaps in two-wide formations. This is one of the better scenarios for Johnson to rehab his fantasy value, following a year spent as the No. 3 wide receiver in a balanced offense.By Rotowire.com
Vince Wilfork DT - HOU Wilfork has signed with the Texans, the...
Wilfork has signed with the Texans, the Boston Herald reports.
Impacts: The 33-year-old Wilfork isn't a major IDP factor these days, having recorded 47 tackles for the Patriots in 16 games last season, but he remains an asset as a run defender and should step right into the starting nose tackle position for Houston.By Rotowire.com
Cecil Shorts WR - Shorts is meeting with the Texans on Mon...
Shorts is meeting with the Texans on Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impacts: The 27-year-old Shorts, who has played for the Jaguars for the past four seasons, is coming off a campaign in which he recorded 53 catches for 557 yards and a TD in 13 games. The Texans' interest in the wide receiver makes perfect sense, given the team's lack of proven depth at the position in the wake of the release of Andre Johnson.By Rotowire.com
Kurt Coleman S - CAR Coleman signed a two-year deal with the...
Coleman signed a two-year deal with the Panthers on Monday.
Impacts: Coleman will reunite with his former defensive coordinator, Sean McDermott, who coached him as a rookie in 2010. Forced into action for some games last season after Eric Berry was lost to health issues, Coleman played well in the role, recording three picks and a forced fumble, while adding 37 tackles (34 total). Coleman could compete for a starting spot alongside Roman Harper, but should also be a big contributor on special teams.By Rotowire.com
Michael Johnson DE - CIN Johnson signed a four-year deal with the...
Johnson signed a four-year deal with the Bengals on Sunday worth approximately $24 million.
Impacts: Johnson was released by the Bucs earlier in the offseason after a disappointing 2014 campaign in which he recorded just four sacks and 27 tackles in 14 games. Johnson, who played with the Bengals from 2009 to 2013, will return for a second stint with Cincinnati to help boost the team's pass rush. Johnson, who has combined for 7.5 sacks in 29 games over the last two seasons, recorded a career-high 11.5 sacks for the Bengals in 2012.By Rotowire.com
Greg Jennings WR - MIN Jennings was cut by Minnesota on Saturda...
Jennings was cut by Minnesota on Saturday.
Impacts: The acquisition of Mike Wallace led the Vikings to cut the aging Jennings, who is only two years removed from signing a five-year, $47.5 million deal with Minnesota. Jennings is good enough to contribute somewhere in the NFL, but it might not be in a starting role with age 32 arriving in September. He caught 59 passes for 742 yards and six touchdowns last year.By Rotowire.com
Reggie Bush RB - SF Bush agreed to contract terms with the 4...
Bush agreed to contract terms with the 49ers on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Bush presumably didn't cost much given his age (30), injury history, and poor 2014 campaign in Detroit, and his role in San Francisco figures to be that of a change-of-pace back behind 2014 second-round pick Carlos Hyde, and perhaps Kendall Hunter, too. Despite his name recognition, Bush doesn't seem likely to establish much fantasy value in 2015.By Rotowire.com
Mike Wallace WR - MIN Wallace and a seventh-round pick were tr...
Wallace and a seventh-round pick were traded from the Dolphins to the Vikings for a fifth-round pick Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impacts: Wallace will line up opposite Greg Jennings in 2015 giving the Vikings a solid one-two punch for their young quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater. Along with the duo, the Vikings have breakout receiver Charles Johnson and a strong receiving tight end in Kyle Rudolph, and possibly a returning Adrian Peterson. While Bridgewater doesn't have the arm strength to match Ryan Tannehill, he should have enough to make Wallace a threat vertically again in 2015.By Rotowire.com
Ben Roethlisberger QB - PIT Roethlisberger agreed to a contract exte...
Roethlisberger agreed to a contract extension with the Steelers on Friday.
Impacts: The details of the contract are still forthcoming, but Big Ben was originally scheduled to earn $11.5 million next season. Coming off a career-best 4,952 passing yards in 2014 including 7.9 yards per attempt, it comes as no surprise that the Steelers want to keep the 33-year-old signal-caller in the fold past 2015.By Rotowire.com
Percy Harvin WR - BUF Harvin agreed to terms on a one-year dea...
Harvin agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Bills on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impacts: In 13 games (eight with the Jets and five with the Seahawks) last season, Harvin accumulated 51 receptions for 483 yards and one touchdown. While it was a down year for the six-year vet, Harvin's cause in 2014 wasn't helped by either the Seahawks' run-heavy attack or the Jets' overall issues in the passing game. While the quarterback situation in Buffalo isn't much better at first glance, Harvin will at least have other weapons around him to prevent the coverage from keying on him. He will join Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Chris Hogan and Marquise Goodwin in the receiving corps, and RB LeSean McCoy and QB Matt Cassel as offseason pickups for the team, the combination of which should draw some of the coverage and pressure off Harvin.By Rotowire.com
Kenny Stills WR - NO Stills was traded to the Dolphins on Fri...
Stills was traded to the Dolphins on Friday in exchange for linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round draft pick.
Impacts: As expected, the Dolphins and Saints were able to finalize a trade, with Miami adding Stills to a receiving corps that already includes Mike Wallace, Jarvis Landry and Jordan Cameron. There have also been rumors that the Dolphins still want to keep Charles Clay, but such a move would be hard to justify at this stage. Stills will no longer get to play with Drew Brees, but he figures to start on the outside and have a key role in Miami's offense. It is still possible the Dolphins could release Wallace, in which case there would be plenty of targets for both Landry and Stills to keep owners happy.By Rotowire.com
C.J. Spiller RB - BUF Spiller has reached an agreement to sign...
Spiller has reached an agreement to sign with the Saints, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Spiller will join a backfield that already includes Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, which could make carries somewhat hard to come by. However, with Pierre Thomas recently being released, the Saints were unsurprisingly in the market for a pass-catching back. If he can put his injury issues behind him, Spiller could prove to be an upgrade on Thomas in that role, offering breakaway speed to go with the strong receiving skills. It's an interesting landing spot for Spiller, as the Saints already have a lead back in Ingram but have long made heavy use of their backfield through the air. The gap between Spiller's value in PPR and standard leagues will be significant.By Rotowire.com
Kenny Stills WR - NO The Saints and Dolphins are in the proce...
The Saints and Dolphins are in the process of working out a trade for Stills, Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impacts: Stills will turn 23 in April, after posting an impressive 53-931-3 receiving line on just 85 targets in his second NFL season. He should fetch a pick that's at least a few rounds higher than the fifth-rounder he was originally selected with, assuming the trade is centered around draft picks. Stills would likely start across from Mike Wallace in Miami, providing an upgrade over the departed Brian Hartline. The Dolphins recently added tight end Jordan Cameron, while fellow tight end Charles Clay received the transition tag but now seems likely to sign elsewhere. Furthermore, 2014 second-round draft pick Jarvis Landry is locked into at least a key slot role, following a solid rookie season. It's possible the Dolphins will re-visit moving on from Wallace if this trade is finalized.By Rotowire.com
Nick Fairley DT - STL Fairley has reached an agreement to join...
Fairley has reached an agreement to join the Rams, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: The Rams announced Fairley's signing at the introductory press conference for new quarterback Nick Foles. Joining a front seven that already ranked among the NFL's best, Fairley may be somewhat limited in terms of snap count, which is probably for the best. While the former Lion won't be an IDP option, it should be entertaining to watch the St. Louis defensive line this upcoming seven.By Rotowire.com
Darren McFadden RB - DAL McFadden has agreed to a two-year contra...
McFadden has agreed to a two-year contract with the Cowboys, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Coming off three straight seasons in which he averaged fewer than 3.5 yards per carry, McFadden will look to bounce back with the Cowboys in his age-28 campaign. While the upgrade in his offensive line will be massive, McFadden's once-elite athleticism has waned over the years, and 2014 marked the first time he played all 16 games. Given McFadden's lack of recent success, he'll have to earn his touches with a strong training camp and preseason. After losing DeMarco Murray to the Eagles, Dallas figures to bring in another running back or two via free agency and/or the draft. The team also has Lance Dunbar, Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams under contract. McFadden's best-case scenario likely involves splitting touches with one or two other players.By Rotowire.com