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Josh McCown QB - CLE McCown agreed to terms on a three-year c...
McCown agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Browns on Friday, Mke Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.
Impacts: The Bills were said to be making push for McCown, but the Browns swooped in and inked the veteran signal caller, presumably to be their starter for the foreseeable future. McCown completed just 56.3 percent of his passes with an 11:14 TD:INT ratio in 11 games with the Buccaneers last season, but Brian Hoyer is set to hit free agency and Johnny Manziel proved unprepared for the starting job in his audition last year.By Rotowire.com
Darnell Dockett DE - Dockett was released by the Cardinals on...
Dockett was released by the Cardinals on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Dockett already acknowledged the possibility of a split, but it's still possible the two sides will work things out as the veteran defensive tackle prepares for his age-34 season. Never one to be shy about his opinions, Dockett seems to have a good relationship with the Arizona fanbase and organization. Now more than six months removed from tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee, Dockett should be healthy in time for the start of the 2015 season. He had 46 tackles (36 solo) and 4.5 sacks over 16 games in 2013, and he's long been more valuable than his statistics alone suggest.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Gibson WR - MIA Gibson was released by the Dolphins on F...
Gibson was released by the Dolphins on Friday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Gibson joins former teammate Brian Hartline, who was released by the Dolphins earlier in the day. With Mike Wallace's status with the team still in limbo, the only sure thing regarding Miami's receiving corps is that Jarvis Landry will have a significant role in 2015. Gibson played well as the Dolphins No. 3 wideout in 2013, before a torn patellar tendon ended his season early. He then struggled in 2014, producing just 5.8 yards per target on 51 looks. He may need to compete for a roster spot in training camp, depending on where he lands. The Dolphins are purging their roster of the players they unwisely overpaid in past seasons.By Rotowire.com
Vince Young QB - Young is registered for the NFL veteran'...
Barry Cofield DT - Cofield was released by the Redskins on...
Cofield was released by the Redskins on Friday, ESPN's John Keim reports.
Impacts: It probably wasn't much of a decision, as the transaction saves Washington approximately $4.1 million against the 2015 cap. Soon to be 31 years old, Cofield should catch on elsewhere, if he doesn't agree to a smaller contract with the Redskins. He has never topped 54 tackles or four sacks in a single season.By Rotowire.com
Zach Miller TE - CHI Miller signed a one-year extension with...
Miller signed a one-year extension with the Bears that will run through 2015, ESPN's Michael C. Wright reports.
Impacts: Miller missed the entire 2014 season because of a foot injury, but he was previously expected to serve as Martellus Bennett's top backup. With Bennett under contract at a very reasonable price for 2015, Miller is unlikely to have a significant role in the passing game. He may even need to compete for a roster spot.By Rotowire.com
Greg Little WR - Little was released by the Bengals on Fr...
Little was released by the Bengals on Friday.
Impacts: A former second-round selection of the Browns, Little has struggled with drops throughout his career, along with an inability to consistently get separation. He does offer an excellent combination of size and strength for a wide receiver, so he shouldn't have much trouble finding a team that will let him compete for a roster spot. At this point, it's probably safe to write Little off as nothing more than a depth player.By Rotowire.com
Chris Canty DE - Canty was released by the Ravens on Frid...
Canty was released by the Ravens on Friday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impacts: Canty's contract wasn't all that unreasonable, but he's not much more than a solid veteran, and the Ravens have some interesting young talent on the defensive line. Assuming the 10-year veteran doesn't re-sign with Baltimore, his absence should clear the way for Timmy Jernigan to join the starting lineup in 2015. With just 21.5 sacks in his 10 NFL seasons, Canty has never been much of an IDP producer.By Rotowire.com
Harry Douglas WR - Douglas has been released by the Falcons...
Douglas has been released by the Falcons, FOX Sports 1's Jenna Laine reports.
Impacts: A solid No. 3 receiver for most of his six seasons in Atlanta, Douglas exploded for a 85-1,067-2 receiving line in 2013, when Roddy White and Julio Jones were severely limited by injuries. Douglas doesn't stick out in any one regard, as he's 5-11 with average athletic ability for his position. Still, while there's not a whole lot to get excited about, he's a solid enough player that there will likely be teams with interest in bringing him in as a No. 2 wide receiver. Expectations should remain modest, but a move away from Atlanta could very well boost Douglas' fantasy outlook for 2015.By Rotowire.com
Brian Hartline WR - Hartline was released by the Dolphins on...
Hartline was released by the Dolphins on Friday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Following consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, Hartline produced an ugly 39-474-2 receiving line on 63 targets in 2014. He's never been an explosive player, and his per-target production is typically underwhelming. With Mike Wallace also carrying a bloated contract, the Miami receiving corps may undergo an offseason overhaul. Jarvis Landry is seemingly assured of a big role in 2015, but it remains to be seen how the rest will shake out. As for Hartline, the 28-year-old wideout should be able to find a team that allows him to compete for a starting job in training camp. However, he's unlikely to re-emerge as a 1,000-yard receiver.By Rotowire.com
Steven Jackson RB - ATL Jackson was released by the Falcons on...
Jackson was released by the Falcons on Thursday.
Impacts: There was never any chance Jackson would be retained under the same contract, which called for a base salary of $3.75 million in 2015. It's possible the two sides will look to work out a less costly agreement, but it probably makes more sense for Jackson to move on. While far from the dominant force we saw in St. Louis, Jackson still offers a respectable combination of power running, pass blocking, and receiving skills. He'd profile well as a backup for a contending team, if he wants to continue playing and thinks he can stay healthy. As for the Falcons, the in-house options at running back are led by 2014 fourth-round selection Devonta Freeman, with both Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith slated to become unrestricted free agents.By Rotowire.com
Kendall Langford DT - STL Langford was released by the Rams on Thu...
Langford was released by the Rams on Thursday, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports.
Impacts: In Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers, the Rams have a pair of former first-round draft picks at defensive tackle. The team is reportedly willing to bring Langford back for a figure much lower than the $6 million he was scheduled to make in 2015, but it's believed the veteran defensive tackle will look for a starting job. If he ultimately returns to St. Louis, Langford will likely be the team's top defensive tackle off the bench.By Rotowire.com
Adrian Peterson RB - MIN Peterson's suspension has been overturne...
Peterson's suspension has been overturned by a federal judge, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impacts: Peterson was suspended for the season in November after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for disciplining his child with a switch and wasn't set to be eligible to be reinstated until Apr. 15. It looks like Peterson can recoup some of his lost salary due to the suspension, but more importantly he'll now likely be able to figure out his 2015 team before free agency begins on Mar. 10. Vikings management has said they want Peterson to return for 2015, but Peterson recently said he's uneasy with a return to the team and there are reports his agent told Vikings management his client would never play for the team again. There's also some thought the Vikings may trade him or release him if he doesn't take a pay cut since he's due $12.75 million next season and turns 30 next month. This ruling could still be appealed by the NFL, but unless there's a quick reversal it looks like the Vikings and Peterson could figure out his future before the start of free agent signings.By Rotowire.com
Reggie Bush RB - The Lions have released Bush, the team'...
The Lions have released Bush, the team's official site reports.
Impacts: Releasing Bush frees up some added cash to aid in the team's hoped-for re-signing of DT Ndamukong Suh. Bush will look to catch on elsewhere, presumably as a change-of-pace option, while the Lions will move forward with a backfield headed by Joique Bell, with Theo Riddick on hand to absorb some of Bush's previous duties, especially as a pass-catcher. George Winn is also under contract with Detroit, with the team also likely to consider adding a running back in the upcoming NFL draft.By Rotowire.com
A.J. Hawk LB - The Packers have released Hawk, the tea...
The Packers have released Hawk, the team's official site reports.
Impacts: According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, cutting Hawk, who recorded 89 tackles for the Packers this past season, will save the team $3.5 million against the salary cap. That added financial flexibility will no doubt come in handy this offseason, with the team hoping to re-up receiver Randall Cobb and right tackle Bryan Bulaga.By Rotowire.com
Terrence Brooks S - BAL Brooks will open the 2015 season on the...
Brooks will open the 2015 season on the physically unable to perform list, The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reports.
Impacts: A third-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, Brooks struggled in limited playing time as a rookie. He then saw his season ended early by a torn PCL and MCL, putting his status for the beginning of 2015 in question. On the bright side, there may be competition for one of the starting safety jobs in Baltimore, so Brooks could perhaps make an impact at some point in the season.By Rotowire.com
Julius Thomas TE - DEN Thomas is unlikely to re-sign with the B...
Thomas is unlikely to re-sign with the Broncos before the free agency period begins March 10, The Denver Post reports.
Impacts: According to The Denver Post, Broncos general manager John Elway is not scheduled to meet with Thomas' agent before March 10. The tight end thus seems likely to hit the open market, and while that wouldn't necessarily rule out a return to Denver, Thomas can probably find a better contract elsewhere. It's pretty clear that Demaryius Thomas is the Broncos' far greater priority, as would be expected.By Rotowire.com
DeAndre Hopkins WR - HOU Hopkins recently underwent surgery to re...
Hopkins recently underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist, KHOU 11 Sports reports.
Impacts: Hopkins called his wrist procedure "minor" and reportedly expects to return to normal health in a couple weeks. With that outlook, the emerging wideout should be fine once the beginning of next season rolls around. During just his second NFL campaign, Hopkins posted an impressive 76 catches for a team-high 1,210 receiving yards and six touchdowns last term.By Rotowire.com
Jason Pierre-Paul DE - NYG Pierre-Paul is expected to receive the G...
Pierre-Paul is expected to receive the Giants' franchise tag, should he fail to reach a long-term contract extension with the team by Mar. 2, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Pierre-Paul posted a much-improved 12.5 sacks during his contract year last season, and by doing so, JPP put himself in great position to cash-in this offseason. With the Giants looking to maintain their accomplished pass-rusher, Pierre-Paul is expected to either sign a long-term deal or be franchise tagged in the coming weeks. As a result, it appears Pierre-Paul will remain with the Giants next season, when he'll look to build on his resurgent campaign last term.By Rotowire.com
James Harrison LB - PIT Harrison has decided he wants to play on...
Harrison has decided he wants to play one more season, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "I decided to hold off on retirement, so it's time to pack up and head to AZ to start my training so I can be ready to play another year," Harrison wrote on Twitter and Instagram Sunday.
Impacts: The ball is in the Steelers' hands now, as Harrison becomes an unrestricted free agent March 10 if Pittsburgh does not sign him before then. Currently, Jarvis Jones is the only outside linebacker with experience under contract.By Rotowire.com
Charles Clay TE - MIA Clay is expected to re-sign with the Dol...
Clay is expected to re-sign with the Dolphins, The Palm Beach Post reports.
Impacts: Clay had reportedly also drawn interest from the Bills, but all it ended up doing was driving his price tag up from about $4 million to an expected range of over $5 million. The 26-year-old tight end battled through a knee injury in 2014, but still managed to finish the season with 58 receptions for 605 yards and three touchdowns. If he remains healthy next year, it's probably safe to assume he will be able to best his numbers from the 2014 campaign.By Rotowire.com
Jadeveon Clowney LB - HOU Clowney is "doing well" in his...
Clowney is "doing well" in his recovery from December knee surgery, according to Houston general manager Rick Smith, the Texans' official site reports. "We expect that he would hopefully make a full recovery and be able to help us next year," added Smith.
Impacts: Knee problems, beginning in Week 1, limited Clowney to four games played in 2014. Both Smith and head coach Bill O'Brien are optimistic for the linebacker's return for the 2015 season.By Rotowire.com
Jeremy Lane CB - SEA Lane (arm/knee) has been diagnosed with...
Lane (arm/knee) has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, in addition to a compound arm fracture, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Impacts: Lane's knee now appears to be the larger of his two issues, even though the broken wrist is quite serious in its own right. Lane probably won't be ready for the start of the 2015 season, given that he suffered the torn ACL during the Super Bowl.By Rotowire.com
Junior Galette LB - NO Galette will not face charges in relatio...
Galette will not face charges in relation to a recent domestic violence arrest, but a civil lawsuit was filed Thursday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impacts: While the misdemeanor charges against Galette have been dropped, the civil lawsuit is expected to continue. The lack of criminal charges decreases the chance that Galette will face punishment from the NFL, but it doesn't entirely rule out the possibility.By Rotowire.com
Demaryius Thomas WR - DEN Broncos general manager John Elway said...
Broncos general manager John Elway said Thursday that the team will use its franchise tag on Thomas, if the two sides are unable reach a long-term agreement before the March 2 deadline for the tag, USA Today's Lindsay Jones reports.
Impacts: Elway confirmed what was already known, as its nearly unthinkable that the Broncos would allow Thomas to get away. Of course, hammering out an agreement could still take some time, and Thomas may not want to participate in team activities without a multi-year contract.By Rotowire.com
Robert Griffin QB - WAS Speaking at the NFL combine, coach Jay...
Speaking at the NFL combine, coach Jay Gruden noted that he anticipates Griffin being Washington's starter at QB heading into the 2015 season. "Robert ended the season as our starter and we anticipate that going forward," Gruden indicated Wednesday. "He'll be the No. 1 guy."
Impacts: Following a 2014 campaign in which the team started three signal-callers –- Griffin, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy -- Gruden has for now, at least, quieted a potential QB controversy leading up to the 2015 campaign. Per NFL.com, the decision to stick with Griffin seems largely tied to the team's "large-scale investment" in the QB, along with a lack of viable alternatives at this stage, either in-house or in free agency. Griffin is coming off a 2014 season in which he threw for 1,694 yards, to go along with just four touchdowns and six interceptions in nine games. He also ran 38 times for 176 yards and a TD in that span.By Rotowire.com
Peyton Manning QB - DEN Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday t...
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday that he expects Manning to return for the 2015 season, Denver Post reports.
Impacts: Nearly three weeks after saying he was "not interested in making this a lingering thing," Manning still has yet to announce his decision whether to return for an 18th NFL season. However, Kubiak doesn't seem concerned in the least, saying that Manning and GM John Elway are simply "working through the process." Manning, who recently underwent a comprehensive physical and received a strong assessment, is set to make $19 million in salary this upcoming season.By Rotowire.com
Thomas DeCoud S - DeCoud was released by the Panthers on T...
DeCoud was released by the Panthers on Tuesday.
Impacts: A one-time Pro Bowler with the Falcons, DeCoud struggled in his first season as a Panther, eventually ceding most of his snaps to rookie Tre Boston, who held up well in an expanded role. Boston will likely open 2015 as Carolina's starting free safety, while DeCoud will hope to generate interest as a potential starter in free agency.By Rotowire.com
Wes Welker WR - DEN Welker denied reports that he was consid...
Welker denied reports that he was considering retirement Monday, telling the Denver Post that he is "just getting ready for 2015."
Impacts: Welker has dealt with numerous concussions over the past few years and is coming off a season in which he caught only 49 passes for 464 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games, his lowest yardage total since 2005. He'll become a free agent next month, and while the Broncos could re-sign him, it appears more likely that they'll try to get 2013 second-round pick Cody Latimer more involved in the offense behind Demaryius Thomas -- who is likely to be hit with the franchise tag -- and Emmanuel Sanders.By Rotowire.com
Josh McCown QB - McCown, a free agent who visited with th...
McCown, a free agent who visited with the Bills on Monday, has left Buffalo without a contract and apparently will be visiting with at least one or two more teams, The Buffalo News reports.
Impacts: Don't take this as a sign McCown is not going to sign with the Bills. The team may have one of the least stable starters in EJ Manuel, which would give McCown a very good chance to compete for the starting job. McCown also has ties to Aaron Kromer, the Bills' new offensive line coach. We'll see how things go the rest of the week, but it seems like a decent shot the Bills will be adding perhaps two quarterbacks this offseason (hello, Mark Sanchez?) to compete with Manuel for the starting gig.By Rotowire.com
Jerick McKinnon RB - MIN McKinnon, who underwent surgery to addre...
McKinnon, who underwent surgery to address the lower back issue that landed him on IR this past December, is close to completing his post-surgery rehab, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impacts: The report indicates that McKinnon -- who recorded 538 rushing yards in 11 games this past season -- should finish up his post-surgery rehab program in a couple of weeks, with the running back relaying that he'll be ready to participate in the Vikings' offseason workout program (which begins in April) without any limitations. McKinnon's role in his second NFL season, however, hinges largely on Adrian Peterson's future with the team.By Rotowire.com
Josh McCown QB - McCown is visiting with the Bills on Mon...
McCown is visiting with the Bills on Monday with the hope of reaching an agreement on a contract after he was recently released by the Bucs, ESPN's Adam Schefter and Mike Rodak report.
Impacts: The Bills are looking for a new quarterback following the retirement of Kyle Orton at the end of the 2014 season. McCown struggled in his only season with the Bucs, but the Bills are likely intrigued by the success that the veteran had with Chicago in 2013 (13:1 TD:INT, 8.2 YPA) while filling in for Jay Cutler.By Rotowire.com
Chris Johnson RB - NYJ The Jets declined the second-year option...
The Jets declined the second-year option on Johnson's contract, making him a free agent, ESPN New York's Rich Cimini reports.
Impacts: Johnson underwhelmed in his lone season with the Jets, running for just 663 yards (4.3 YPC) and one touchdown while catching 24 passes for 151 yards and a score. He'll turn 30 in September and is nowhere near the player he used to be, but he ought to find work of some sort if he looks for it. With that said, Johnson's chances of earning much in the way of pay or playing time don't seem good. There's a big surplus of running back talent in both the draft and free agency. Among several other notables, all of DeMarco Murray, Justin Forsett, Ryan Mathews, Roy Helu, Mark Ingram, Knowshon Moreno, Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen are also free agents.By Rotowire.com
Shayne Graham K - NO The Saints re-signed Graham to a one-yea...
The Saints re-signed Graham to a one-year contract, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.
Impacts: Graham made 19-of-22 field-goal attempts in 2014, but his limited range means the Saints will likely bring in competition. Despite his lack of leg strength, Graham could be a strong producer if he wins the job, given that he'll be tied to the New Orleans offense.By Rotowire.com
Parys Haralson LB - NO The Saints have re-signed Haralson to a...
The Saints have re-signed Haralson to a one-year contract, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Haralson, who started 12 games for the Saints last season, primarily works as a run defender when the team run its 3-4 defense. The 31-year-old linebacker off the IDP radar in most formats, however, having finished up the 2014 and season with 35 tackles and three sacks.By Rotowire.com
Le'Veon Bell RB - PIT Bell faces a potential two-game suspensi...
Bell faces a potential two-game suspension to start the 2015 season as a result of his August arrest on marijuana and DUI charges, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impacts: It remains to be seen if and when such a ruling will be handed down by the league, but the report indicates that a two-game suspension is an expected outcome for Bell, who was the NFL's second-leading rusher this past season, with 1,361 yards to go along with eight rushing touchdowns. The 22-year-old running back was also the Steelers' second-leading receiver in 2014, with 83 catches for 854 yards and three receiving TDs. We'll await further word on Bell's status to start the coming season, but if he is indeed suspended, his value in re-draft formats will obviously take a bit of a hit, while the Steelers will need to come up with alternate backfield arrangements out of the gate.By Rotowire.com
Josh McCown QB - The Buccaneers have released McCown, Gr...
The Buccaneers have released McCown, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impacts: The second year of McCown's contract with Tampa Bay was not guaranteed, with the move saving the team $5.25 million under the salary cap. At this stage, it seems inevitable that the Bucs, who hold the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft will select a quarterback, either Orgeon's Marcus Mariota or Florida State's Jameis Winston. Currently, Mike Glennon and Seth Lobato are the only signal-callers on the team's roster.By Rotowire.com
Calais Campbell DE - ARZ Campbell underwent successful sports her...
Campbell underwent successful sports hernia surgery during the first week of February, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impacts: Campbell played through the injury from at least Week 13 through the Cardinals' wild-card playoff loss in Carolina. Additionally, he sat out Weeks 6 and 7 due to a sprained MCL in his right knee, but the ailments didn't stop the pass rusher from racking up 58 tackles (48 solo), seven sacks, nine tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one interception in 14 games last season. Upon returning to the Cardinals' facility Tuesday, he relayed that he expects to be healthy in time for the commencement of offseason workouts in the latter half of April.By Rotowire.com
Marques Colston WR - NO Although the Saints must trim somewhere...
Although the Saints must trim somewhere between $20 million and $30 million in salary-cap space, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com believes that the Saints will find a way to keep Colston in New Orleans for a 10th season by working out a pay cut with him. Colston, 31 years old, is due $7 million in salary and bonuses in 2015, plus another $7.8 million in 2016.
Impacts: Colston's 2014 totals of 59 catches, 902 yards and five touchdowns all set or matched career lows in a healthy season. He also struggled with dropped passes. While it's certainly possible that the Saints could move forward with a young core of receivers (Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills, Nick Toon, Jalen Saunders, Seantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman - flanked by tight end Jimmy Graham, who is essentially the team's No. 1 receiver), Colston led the Saints' receivers in snaps played last year by more than 200. As such, Colston may not be easy to replace, despite his recent decline in production. For fantasy purposes, Colston's value will almost certainly be higher in New Orleans, where he has the trust and accurate arm of Drew Brees, than elsewhere.By Rotowire.com
Richard Sherman CB - SEA Sherman (elbow) will avoid undergoing su...
Sherman (elbow) will avoid undergoing surgery and instead focus on rehab and treatment to repair his injury for the time being, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 reports.
Impacts: Sherman was anticipated to need Tommy John surgery to repair his injured left elbow; however, with his condition reportedly improving, there remains hope that he can avoid having such a procedure. Instead, Sherman will focus on rehab work and treatment to possibly bring his elbow back to health. While offseason surgery hasn't been completely ruled out, it appears the All Pro cornerback will avoid going under the knife for the time being.By Rotowire.com