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Andre Johnson WR - HOU Johnson has informed the Texans that he'...
Johnson has informed the Texans that he'd like to be traded or cut prior to next season, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impacts: The Texans have given Johnson's camp permission to seek a trade, and the general belief is that if they're unable to find a deal, the Texans would be willing to cut the 12-year veteran. The situation arose after Houston asked Johnson to take a reduced role next season, something the 34-year-old is not comfortable doing. If Johnson, who caught 85 passes for 936 yards and three scores last season, is not traded, cutting him would save the Texans over $8 million against the cap, giving them roughly $22 million in cap space to spend in free agency.By Rotowire.com
Lance Moore WR - Moore was released by the Steelers on Mo...
Moore was released by the Steelers on Monday, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impacts: Moore dealt with a groin injury early in the season and never established any kind of consistent role in the Pittsburgh offense. Now heading into his age-32 campaign, the former Saint may need to compete for a roster spot wherever he lands, despite being just three years removed from a 1,000-yard season. New Orleans would be a logical landing spot, but even in that scenario, Moore probably wouldn't have a big role in the offense.By Rotowire.com
Brad Jones LB - PHI Jones signed a two-year contract with th...
Jones signed a two-year contract with the Eagles on Monday.
Impacts: Recently released by the Packers, Jones struggled with both injuries and ineffective play in 2014, but he does have 36 career starts to his name. He's a candidate to start next to Mychal Kendricks in Philly's 3-4 defense, but Jones probably won't have a three-down role, even if he gets the job. So long as Kendricks stays healthy, Jones is unlikely to emerge as an IDP option.By Rotowire.com
Dez Bryant WR - DAL Bryant officially received the franchise...
Bryant officially received the franchise tag from the Cowboys on Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports.
Impacts: Bryant and the Cowboys will now try to iron out a long-term contract. While the situation will certainly grab headlines, there's little question that he'll have a star on his helmet in 2015.By Rotowire.com
Cortland Finnegan CB - Finnegan was released by the Dolphins on...
Finnegan was released by the Dolphins on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Finnegan started all 12 games he played in 2014, but he'll likely have trouble finding another starting job, in the wake of a lackluster season. Having recently turned 31, he has minimal upside for both real-life and IDP purposes.By Rotowire.com
Charles Clay TE - MIA The Dolphins have placed their transitio...
The Dolphins have placed their transition tag on Clay, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: The transition tag gives Miami the right to match any contract that Clay signs with another team. It's somewhat cheaper than the franchise tag, with the number for tight ends approximately $7.07 million. The Dolphins hope to sign Clay to a long-term deal, but this does leave open the possibility that the tight end could end up elsewhere. However, it would likely take an overpay to pry him away from the Dolphins.By Rotowire.com
Stephen Gostkowski K - NE The Patriots used their franchise tag on...
The Patriots used their franchise tag on Gostkowski, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Excellent on both field goals and kickoffs, Gostkowski is unquestionably one of the top two or three kickers, both in real life and for fantasy. There was never much doubt he'd return to New England, and the team's use of the franchise tag all but ensures that fate.By Rotowire.com
Jason Pierre-Paul DE - NYG Pierre-Paul received the Giants' franchi...
Pierre-Paul received the Giants' franchise tag for the 2015 season Monday, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.
Impacts: Pierre-Paul was expected to receive the tag if the two sides couldn't reach a long-term contract extension prior to the deadline. Since the latter hasn't materialized, the former has. It's likely that Pierre-Paul won't sign the tag right away as the two sides continue to negotiate for a longer deal. If that doesn't occur, the 26-year-old would end up making $14.8 million in 2015. Pierre-Paul finished the 2014 campaign with 12.5 sacks, 77 tackles, and three forced fumbles, which was much improved over the 2013 season, when he was only able to take the field in 11 of 16 games and start six.By Rotowire.com
Demaryius Thomas WR - DEN Thomas will receive the franchise tag fr...
Thomas will receive the franchise tag from the Broncos on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impacts: Thomas is projected to make nearly $13 million for the 2015 season as part of the tag. The move will likely allow tight end Julius Thomas to test the free agent market, while keeping the Broncos' top wideout under team control for another season. Demaryius snagged 111 passes for 1,619 yards, both career-highs, and added 11 receiving touchdowns in 2014.By Rotowire.com
Justin Houston LB - KC Houston will receive the Chiefs' franchi...
Houston will receive the Chiefs' franchise tag for the 2015 season, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Per the report, the franchise tender for linebackers in 2015 is expected to be in the $13 million range. Houston recorded a league-leading 22 sacks in 2014, falling a half-sack short of Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22.5. While Houston's franchise tag from the Chiefs is now is place, ESPN's Adam Teicher notes that the linebacker's situation remains fluid, given that Houston is not obliged to sign the tender. Ideally, the two sides will eventually agree on a long-term deal, and they have until July 15 to do so.By Rotowire.com
Ndamukong Suh DT - DET Suh will not receive the Lions' franchis...
Suh will not receive the Lions' franchise tag for the 2015 season.
Impacts: Tagging Suh would have cost the Lions $26.9 million for the 2015 season, but the club decided the price was too steep to warrant the move. Instead, he'll likely become a free agent and be allowed to test the market. He finished the 2014 season with 8.5 sacks, a career-high 21 tackles for loss and 37 quarterback hurries, and will likely demand a substantial contract as the top defensive tackle in free agency.By Rotowire.com
Ndamukong Suh DT - DET Suh will not receive the Lions' Franchis...
Suh will not receive the Lions' Franchise tag for the 2015 season.
Impacts: Tagging Suh would have cost the Lions $26.9 million for the 2015 season, but the club decided the price was too steep to warrant the move. Instead, Suh will likely become a free agent and will be allowed to test the market. He finished the 2014 season with 8.5 sacks, a career-high 21 tackles and 37 quarterback hurries, and will likely demand a large contract as the top defensive tackle in free agency.By Rotowire.com
DeMarco Murray RB - DAL Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones indic...
Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones indicated on Saturday that Murray would be allowed to test free agency, the Dallas Morning News reports. "There is an expectation that he will get back to us before he signs with another club," Jones said. "There's a hope that he would. But that would be unfair to him and for other clubs to say he's going to bring something back. We hope we get to visit with him. We'll see what happens."
Impacts: There's still time for the Cowboys and Murray to reach an agreement on a contract, before free agency officially begins, but all signs point to the club letting Murray test the market. Coming off a career season, he should command a hefty payday, though his workload will be a concern to most teams, and if he doesn't return to Dallas, they should have plenty of options to replace him in a draft class loaded with running backs.By Rotowire.com
Dez Bryant WR - DAL Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones confi...
Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones confirmed Saturday that the team has informed Bryant's agent that it will use the franchise tag on the receiver prior to Monday's deadline, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.
Impacts: While the franchise designation likely won't please Bryant, owner Jerry Jones indicated during the NFL Combine earlier in February that such a move would likely only be a "placeholder" until player and team come to terms on a more lucrative long-term contract. With at least 85 catches, 1,200 yards, and 12 touchdowns in each of the last three seasons while not missing a single game, Bryant has firmly established himself as one of the elite talents at his position. He won't turn 27 until November and should have a few prime years left in him.By Rotowire.com
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