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Latavius Murray RB - MIN Murray's ankle surgery was related to bo...
Murray's ankle surgery was related to bone spurs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impacts: Less than a week removed from signing with the Vikings, Murray went under the knife Wednesday for an issue that became known during a mandated physical. He's expected to be healthy in time for training camp, but his absence from the offseason program could put him behind the eight ball as he attempts to build a rapport with quarterback Sam Bradford and the rest of the offense. Throughout three seasons with the Raiders, he averaged 4.2 YPC and gathered in 91 of 119 targets (76.5 percent). Typically, sure hands would indicate that he's poised for a three-down role, but Jerick McKinnon has experience within the system, while the Vikings are a candidate to select a running back in April's draft, two factors that may place a damper on Murray's expectations.By Rotowire.com
Cam Newton QB - CAR Newton is slated to undergo arthroscopic...
Newton is slated to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder on March 30, Max Hanson of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impacts: Newton suffered a partial tear of his right rotator cuff in Week 14 of last season, after which his practice participation alternated between limited and full in preparation for the final three games. While he didn't miss an offensive snap down the stretch, he statistically posted the worst campaign of his six-year career, completing a miserable 53 percent of his throws for 3,509 yards with a 19:14 TD:INT ratio, while failing to reach 500 yards on the ground (359 yards, to be exact) for the first time. After the season, the Panthers placed a specific rehab schedule upon him. "We developed a plan for Cam to take a period of rest, a period of rehabilitation and treatment, and then start a gradual throwing program the first part of March," head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. "Cam started his program, and the early parts of his rehab had been going well. However, as we worked to advance him into the next stage -- the strengthening stage, the throwing stage -- he started to have an increase in his pain level and started having pain while throwing. As a result, Dr. Pat Connor [head team physician] felt the most prudent procedure would be to arthroscopically repair the shoulder." Newton is expected to require 12 weeks before commencing "an early throwing program" and 16 weeks before throwing in a team setting. With attendance during the offseason program ruled out, he'll aim to be ready by the start of training camp in late July.By Rotowire.com
Keenan Allen WR - SD Allen (knee) won't be a full participant...
Allen (knee) won't be a full participant when the Chargers begin team activities on April 3, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impacts: This shouldn't come as much of a surprise given Allen is less than a year removed from tearing his ACL. However, the 25-year-old did state he is almost able to do "everything," including running and cutting, which would indicate Allen should be ready to go for training camp. Should Allen stay healthy, he figures to be a major force in an offense that loves to chuck the ball.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - Lynch is putting real consideration into...
Lynch is putting real consideration into whether he'll come out of retirement and join the Raiders, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Lynch officially retired last May with two years remaining on his contract with the Seahawks, so if he indeed files for reinstatement, Seattle would own his rights upon his return. However, with Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise (shoulder), and now Eddie Lacy (ankle) around, the Seahawks have clearly moved on from Lynch, who would reportedly only come back to play for his hometown Raiders anyway. While Lynch would need to be traded or released by Seattle to punch his ticket to Oakland, it sounds like suiting up in 2017 is real possibility. Although the Raiders boast a pair of exciting second-year tailbacks in DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, the experienced Lynch would add a power-running option in the wake of Latavius Murray's departure this offseason.By Rotowire.com
Jason Pierre-Paul DE - NYG Pierre-Paul (groin) re-signed Friday wit...
Pierre-Paul (groin) re-signed Friday with the Giants on a four-year contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impacts: Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Pierre-Paul's new contract is expected to pay around $17 million annually, and includes $54 million guaranteed. The Giants had previously slapped the franchise tag on the defensive end in February, but the team was committed to negotiating a longer-term deal with Pierre-Paul after he turned in a stellar bounce-back campaign in 2016 after he missed half of the 2015 season while recovering from a fireworks accident. He notched seven sacks in 12 games to lead the team before suffering a season-ending groin injury in Week 13. It's expected that Pierre-Paul will be back to full strength by the start of training camp, and at just 28 years old, he should have at least a couple years of elite-level production left in him.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - The Raiders hope to lure Lynch out of re...
The Raiders hope to lure Lynch out of retirement, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Lynch retired prior to the end of his Seattle contract, which means the Seahawks would have to release him or agree to trade him to the Raiders. The 30-year-old Oakland native might consider coming out of retirement for his hometown team, with the recent departure of Latavius Murray leaving the Raiders in search of a power runner. Lynch had four consecutive seasons with more than 1,200 rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns from 2011 to 2014, but injuries limited him to seven games and 417 rushing yards (3.8 YPC) in 2015 -- ultimately leading to his retirement announcement via Twitter during that season's Super Bowl. While he hasn't publicly stated a desire to resume his career, Lynch could be tempted by the opportunity to help his hometown team continue its recent ascent. He'd join a backfield that's currently headed by a pair of second-year players, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. The Raiders are also rumored to have interest in Adrian Peterson, whose departure from Minnesota was confirmed when the Vikings signed Murray.By Rotowire.com
Jared Cook TE - OAK Cook has signed a two-year deal with the...
Cook has signed a two-year deal with the Raiders, reportedly worth up to $12.2 million, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Per the report, the first year of the the soon-to-be 30-year-old's deal is fully guaranteed. Cook, who caught 30 passes (on 51 targets) for 377 yards and a TD in 10 games for the Packers in 2016, figures to have an opportunity to supplant Clive Walford as the Raiders' top pass-catching option at tight end. In any case, he'll provide QB Derek Carr with another weapon on offense to work in tandem with top wideouts Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.By Rotowire.com
Dontari Poe DT - ATL Poe agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 mi...
Poe agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 million contract with the Falcons on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impacts: Poe was one of the last big-ticket players available in free agency. The 6-foot-3, 346 pound defensive tackle recorded a career-low 27 combined tackles in 16 games played last season, but his massive frame is still capable of wreaking havoc on opposing offenses. Atlanta was 26th in the NFL with 4.5 yards allowed per carry in 2016, so Poe will be welcomed as a boost to the Falcons' run defense as they try to make another push deep into the playoffs.By Rotowire.com
Adrian Peterson RB - Peterson (knee) appears to be on the mov...
Peterson (knee) appears to be on the move after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings on Thursday morning.
Impacts: After younger running backs like Eddie Lacy (ankle) landed a one-year pact with the Seahawks and Murray signed a three-year deal with just one season guaranteed (according to Field Yates of ESPN) this offseason, Peterson has found a rather tepid market for his services. The development is surprising, in a sense, due to all that Peterson has accomplished since entering the NFL in 2007: seven 1,000-yard seasons on the ground, one of the seven 2,000-yard campaigns in the history of the league (and an accompanying MVP award in 2012), and 102 total touchdowns (No. 21 all-time) in 123 games. On the other hand, he has a legitimate injury history on the ledger, namely seven games missed in his final collegiate season at Oklahoma in 2006, a season-ending torn ACL and MCL in his left knee in 2011, and a 2016 season in which he made just three appearances due to a torn meniscus in his right knee. When an organization takes a chance on Peterson, it's unclear exactly what type of role he'll take on, but a lead-back role may be withering away as roster construction continues unabated.By Rotowire.com
Latavius Murray RB - Minnesota signed Murray to a three-year...
Minnesota signed Murray to a three-year deal early Thursday, the Vikings' official site reports.
Impacts: The Vikings have officially moved on from the Adrian Peterson era with the move. During his three-season stint with the Raiders, Murray recorded a 1,000-yard campaign in 2015, while ranking fifth in the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns last year. His contract with the Vikings can be voided after one season, per Field Yates of ESPN, so Murray in essence received a prove-it deal.By Rotowire.com
Eddie Lacy RB - SEA Although the Seahawks will make a concer...
Although the Seahawks will make a concerted effort to ensure Lacy (ankle) stays in shape, head coach Pete Carroll said he wants the 26-year-old running back to stay big, ESPN's Sheil Kapadia reports.
Impacts: According to Kapadia, Lacy's target weight will be in the 240s, which is probably around where he was in 2016 prior to suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5. According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the 26-year-old running back checked in at 267 pounds during one of his free agent visits, putting him 20 to 25 pounds north of where the Seahawks want him by Week 1. It appears Lacy's weight will be a big story for the second straight offseason, just as it was at this time last year when he was coming off a disappointing 2015 campaign in which he was visibly hampered by his excess weight. A contract season provided plenty of motivation last time around, and the Seahawks are hoping for the same after signing him to a one-year, $5.5 million deal that includes $3 million guaranteed. Lacy is nearly five months removed from surgery which carried an estimated rehab timetable of four to six months, but the extra weight he's carrying probably doesn't help the process. While his contract makes him the early favorite to lead Seattle's backfield, Lacy has serious issues surrounding his health and conditioning, in addition to facing competition from teammates Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise (shoulder).By Rotowire.com
Latavius Murray RB - Murray is slated to visit the Vikings on...
Murray is slated to visit the Vikings on Tuesday, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Impacts: Murray's name had been associated with the Seahawks, but with Eddie Lacy having signed with Seattle, Murray could potentially land a deal with the Vikings, who allowed Adrian Peterson to hit the open market. Meanwhile, the report notes that the Raiders have not made retaining Murray a priority. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder, who turned 27 in January, is coming off a 2016 campaign in which carried 195 times for 788 yards and 12 TDs, to go along with 33 catches for 264 yards in 14 games for Oakland.By Rotowire.com
Eddie Lacy RB - SEA Lacy (ankle) has inked a one-year, $5.55...
Lacy (ankle) has inked a one-year, $5.55 million deal with the Seahawks that includes $3 million worth of fully guaranteed money, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Lacy, whose 2016 season was limited to five games due to a left ankle injury that required surgical repair, will now look to re-boot his career with the Seahawks, who the Seattle Times notes also brought in fellow free agent running backs Adrian Peterson (knee), Jamaal Charles (knee), and Latavius Murray for visits. With that in mind, it's clear that the team was looking to upgrade its backfield, which also includes holdovers Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise (shoulder). Assuming a full recovery from his ankle woes and no conditioning/weight issues, Lacy, who turns 27 in June, appears poised to head Seattle's rushing attack in 2017, with Prosise likely to make his mark in a complementary/change-of-pace role. The move presumably represents a hit to Rawls' workload/outlook next season, while Lacy will look to reestablish his market value in the hopes of securing a long-term deal down the road.By Rotowire.com
Cordarrelle Patterson WR - OAK Patterson signed a contract with the Rai...
Patterson signed a contract with the Raiders on Monday, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impacts: Patterson spent the first four years of his career in Minnesota, although high expectations for the athletic receiver were never met after a rookie season where he compiled a career-best 469 receiving yards and nine total touchdowns. At 25 years old, Patterson initially slots into the No. 4 spot on the depth chart behind Seth Roberts, but it's not a foregone conclusion that Roberts will remain ahead of Patterson when the 2017 campaign ultimately kicks off. Additionally, Patterson will likely serve as the team's top kick returner moving forward.By Rotowire.com
David Johnson RB - ARZ Johnson relayed Saturday that his left k...
Johnson relayed Saturday that his left knee is healthy, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. "My wheel is good. Good to go already. Back training, full throttle. Doing everything," Johnson said.
Impacts: Johnson electrified throughout the 2016 season, pacing all NFL players in yards from scrimmage (2,118) and touchdowns (20). In the Cardinals' Week 17 thrashing of the Rams, though, he didn't have much of a chance to get in the act, as he injured his left knee early in the second quarter. Thankfully, he was diagnosed with a mere MCL sprain, which is accompanied by a 6-to-8 week recovery timetable. Just over a month later, a video emerged of Johnson jumping out of a pool with the message, "Progress going great!" His statement this weekend confirmed as much, meaning he should be available for the entirety of the offseason program.By Rotowire.com
Le'Veon Bell RB - PIT Bell (groin) underwent surgery Monday to...
Bell (groin) underwent surgery Monday to repair a core muscle injury, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Bell was previously anticipated to avoid going under the knife, but nearly two months after a groin injury kept him sidelined for the majority of Pittsburgh's AFC championship game loss, surgery was ultimately deemed the best course of action to help him long term. While Bell, who has missed 20 of 70 possible games since entering the league, will now be forced to come back from another injury, the procedure's six-week timetable doesn't figure to keep him out of action very long. After receiving the Steelers' franchise tag two weeks ago, July 15 also represents a target date for Bell, as he has until then to reach a multi-year extension with the team.By Rotowire.com
Nick Foles QB - Foles agreed to a two-year contract with...
Foles agreed to a two-year contract with the Eagles on Monday.
Impacts: After spending the last two seasons in Missouri with the Rams and Chiefs, Foles will head back to the place where he began his career in 2012. The 27-year-old once looked like he might be the permanent solution at quarterback for the Eagles after tossing 27 touchdowns against just two interceptions over 13 games in 2013, but he regressed the following season and appears to have settled into backup duties at this stage of his career. Foles will serve as the understudy for second-year signal-caller Carson Wentz, and his addition will likely prompt the Eagles to release well-regarded backup Chase Daniel.By Rotowire.com
Brandin Cooks WR - NE The Saints dealt Cooks and a fourth-roun...
The Saints dealt Cooks and a fourth-round pick to the Patriots for first- and third-round selections, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.
Impacts: It appears that the Saints were unable to wrest cornerback Malcolm Butler from New England, but with five picks in the first three rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft, they'll have numerous chances to bolster the unit. Meanwhile, Cooks provides a deep threat to an offense predicated on precise, short throws from Tom Brady. The fit may not be ideal, but because he doesn't turn 24 years old until March and is entering the final year of his rookie deal -- if his fifth year option isn't picked up, that is -- the Patriots will gamble that adding Cooks to the mix provides a wrinkle absent from the offense during their run to Super Bowl LI.By Rotowire.com
Martellus Bennett TE - GB The Packers signed Bennett on Thursday,...
The Packers signed Bennett on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impacts: Shortly after word leaked that negotiations between the Packers and tight end Jared Cook had deteriorated, general manager Ted Thompson arguably upgraded the position with the addition of Bennett. Although Bennett served as the Patriots' No. 1 TE for much of last season with Rob Gronkowski (back) sidelined for much of it, the former still racked up 55 receptions (on 73 targets) for 701 yards and a career-best seven touchdowns. Exchanging Tom Brady for Aaron Rodgers shouldn't hinder Bennett's volume in the slightest, even with Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb on his side.By Rotowire.com
Terrelle Pryor WR - Pryor (finger) is signing a one-year, $8...
Pryor (finger) is signing a one-year, $8 million deal with Washington, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Rather than cashing in on his breakout season with a multi-year deal, Pryor is betting he can back it up and get a huge contract at this time next year. His decision is a bit surprising, but he'll still be handsomely paid for his services in 2017, helping the Redskins replace free-agent departures DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. The team likely envisions a wideout trio comprised of Pryor, 2016 first-round selection Josh Doctson and slot maven Jamison Crowder. It's a trio with no shortage of upside, complemented by an excellent group at tight end. Kirk Cousins, who signed his franchise tender Friday, might now be more amenable to sticking around in Washington even if he doesn't get a long-term deal. He reportedly asked the team for permission to seek a trade. Meanwhile, Pryor is still recovering from finger surgery but should be healthy long before training camp.By Rotowire.com
Danny Woodhead RB - BAL Woodhead (knee) has officially signed wi...
Woodhead (knee) has officially signed with the Ravens.
Impacts: This signing might have seemed a bit surprising at first glance, but it made a lot more sense once the Ravens announced that Kenneth Dixon will be suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season. Dixon's backfield mate, Terrance West, isn't much of a pass catcher -- making Woodhead a sensible addition to the Baltimore backfield. It's still surprising to see the 33-year-old get a three-year contract while recovering from a torn ACL, but the structure of the deal probably limits Baltimore's investment beyond the first season. Assuming Woodhead makes a full recovery from the injury he suffered in Week 2, he should be a valuable target for Joe Flacco on check-downs. Woodhead said Friday that his knee feels great, adding that he'd only continue playing if he knew he could be the same player he was in past years, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley.By Rotowire.com
Mike Glennon QB - CHI Glennon has officially signed with the B...
Glennon has officially signed with the Bears.
Impacts: Glennon will reportedly get a three-year, $45 million contract that includes $18.5 million guaranteed. His deal isn't quite in the neighborhood of the monstrosity Houston handed to Brock Osweiler last offseason, but this still represents a hefty commitment for a player who's attempted just 11 regular-season passes since 2014. Most of Glennon's experience came in his rookie season of 2013, when he completed only 59.4 percent of his passes for a mere 6.3 yards per attempt, albeit with a solid 19:9 TD:INT ratio on a talent-deficient Bucs team. The deal should allow Chicago to move on from Glennon without much issue after one season if things don't work out.By Rotowire.com
Kenny Britt WR - Britt signed with the Browns.
Britt signed with the Browns.
Impacts: The Browns confirmed Britt is joining the franchise on a four-year contract for a reported $32.5 million, including $17 million guaranteed, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The sizable contract should ensure Britt of a starting job opposite Corey Coleman. The 28-year-old Britt is coming off the first 1,000-yard season of his career, and while he should see plenty of snaps and targets in Cleveland, it's unclear who will be throwing him the ball. Poor quarterback play seemingly has been the lone constant throughout Britt's unorthodox career.By Rotowire.com
Ted Ginn WR - NO Ginn signed with the Saints.
Ginn signed with the Saints.
Impacts: As expected, Ginn found a new home within the NFC South, after spending three of the past four seasons in Carolina. He'll likely serve as a return specialist and deep threat for the Saints, with his presence potentially making it easier to stomach a trade sending Brandin Cooks out of town. Cooks has been the subject of trade rumors the past few weeks, as the Saints badly need to improve on defense and already have two other talented young wideouts in Michael Thomas and Willie Snead. Should Cooks ultimately be dealt, Ginn could earn a regular spot in three-wide formations in a potent New Orleans offense.By Rotowire.com
Robert Griffin QB - CLE The Browns released Griffin on Friday.
The Browns released Griffin on Friday.
Impacts: The Browns are thus in the midst of their latest QB overhaul, after having added Brock Osweiler (for now) and reportedly being poised to make a run at trading for New England's Jimmy Garoppolo. Griffin has had trouble staying healthy over the course of his NFL career, but he's just 27 years old and a former No. 2 overall pick, so he'll no doubt be afforded an opportunity to kickstart his career elsewhere. In such a scenario though, we doubt that he'll be simply handed a starting job.By Rotowire.com
Kirk Cousins QB - WAS Cousins is expected to sign the Redskins...
Cousins is expected to sign the Redskins' franchise tag in the near future, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impacts: There's nary a recipient of a franchise tag worthy of two first-round selections, and clearly Cousins falls within this arena in NFL circles. One potential landing spot was seemingly filled when the 49ers brought former college teammate Brian Hoyer into the fold this week. With no other interested party emerging, Cousins may see the writing on the wall and opt to stick with the only team he's known as a professional. If he indeed remains in Washington, the offense will boast different playmakers following the departure of wide receivers Pierre Garcon (to the 49ers) and DeSean Jackson (to the Bucs). However, Cousins will still have tight ends Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis at his disposal, as well as a pair of intriguing wideout prospects, Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson (Achilles).By Rotowire.com
DeSean Jackson WR - TB Jackson is joining Tampa Bay on a three-...
Jackson is joining Tampa Bay on a three-year, $35 million contract that includes $20 million guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Jackson's speed and elusiveness make him an ideal complement to the hulking Mike Evans in a young and talented Buccaneers offense. After bouncing back to (barely) produce his fifth career 1,000-yard campaign in his third and final season in Washington, the 30-year-old Jackson made out quite well in negotiations for an aging wideout with durability concerns. He'll be the unquestioned No. 2 target in a Tampa Bay offense that previously lacked complementary weapons behind Evans. Jameis Winston has the arm strength to find Jackson deep down the field, but Evans presumably will continue to hog the QB's attention near the end zone.By Rotowire.com
Alshon Jeffery WR - Jeffery is signing a one-year, $14 milli...
Jeffery is signing a one-year, $14 million deal with the Eagles, ESPN.com's Josina Anderson reports.
Impacts: Coming off a pair of disappointing, injury-plagued seasons, Jeffery clearly believes he can boost his value and then cash in with a multi-year contract to his liking next offseason. Despite being hampered by a slew of lower-body issues, Jeffery produced 1,628 receiving yards in 21 games (77.5 YPG) the past two seasons, after posting back-to-back 1,000-yard showings in 2013 and 2014. The Eagles also added Torrey Smith to a receiving corps that already included Jordan Matthews and TE Zach Ertz, but Jeffery will be the clear favorite to lead the team in targets if he's healthy. Eagles QB Carson Wentz could take a big step forward in his second season.By Rotowire.com
Robert Griffin QB - CLE The Browns are expected to part ways wit...
The Browns are expected to part ways with Griffin, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Griffin was unable to revive his career in Cleveland, completing just 59.2 percent of his passes for 6.0 yards per attempt in five appearances. The team's decision to take on Brock Osweiler (and his contract) essentially cemented Griffin's exit. Now five years removed from his brilliant rookie season, the 27-year-old would be lucky to find a shot to compete for a starting job. He may have to settle for an outright backup gig.By Rotowire.com
Brock Osweiler QB - CLE The Texans are trading Osweiler to the B...
The Texans are trading Osweiler to the Browns, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Per the Houston Chronicle, in exchange for taking on Osweiler's hefty contract, the Texans also sent a the Browns a second-round draft pick in 2018 and exchanged a sixth-round choice this year for a fourth-rounder from the Browns. The deal makes sense for both sides, as the Browns can use the draft pick to rebuild and could also use another body at quarterback, while Houston has a much more competitive roster that could benefit from the additional cap space. The Texans will presumably use some of that cap space to acquire Tony Romo or another quarterback. Meanwhile, Osweiler could be in the mix for the starting job in Cleveland, where Robert Griffin, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan are all under contract, at least for the time being.By Rotowire.com
Tony Romo QB - DAL The Cowboys are seeking to trade Romo to...
The Cowboys are seeking to trade Romo to either the Broncos or Texans, Chris Mortenson of ESPN reports.
Impacts: There was a widespread belief that the Cowboys would release Romo at the start of the new league year Thursday, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Having said that, Romo's contract is quite amenable for cap purposes, with a $14 million base salary in 2017 and team options of $19.5 million and $20.5 million for the next two campaigns. If the Cowboys are unable to work out a trade, the Broncos and Texans are the favorites to land the soon-to-be 37-year-old quarterback as a free agent.By Rotowire.com
Martellus Bennett TE - NE Bennett said he will be moving on from N...
Bennett said he will be moving on from New England, Patriots.com reports.
Impacts: After acquiring Dwayne Allen in a trade with Indianapolis, the Patriots presumably won't be willing to meet Bennett's asking price. Boasting a strong track record along with a well-rounded skill set, the soon-to-be 30-year-old won't have any trouble finding a starting job and a hefty multi-year deal. Bennett is almost universally viewed as the top tight end on the free agent market.By Rotowire.com
Jay Cutler QB - Cutler (shoulder) was granted his releas...
Cutler (shoulder) was granted his release from the Bears, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: The veteran QB, who is bouncing back from surgery on a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder on Dec. 3, will now be free to sign elsewhere. Cutler's inevitable departure from the Bears was cemented by the team's deal with fellow QB Mike Glennon. Per Schefter, the Jets could consider bringing Cutler into the mix, but if they don't pursue him, the soon-to-be 34-year-old signal-caller figures to find limited options in free agency.By Rotowire.com
Torrey Smith WR - PHI Smith will sign a three-year, $15 millio...
Smith will sign a three-year, $15 million deal with the Eagles on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impacts: Smith was most recently in San Francisco, where poor quarterback play limited him to 110 receptions for 930 yards over his two-year stint with the 49ers. He will now join a more promising situation in Philadelphia, with Carson Wentz directing the offense. The Eagles lacked a true deep threat in 2016, but got exactly that in Smith. The veteran wideout has recorded a touchdown of at least 50 yards in each of his six NFL seasons, and should open things up down the field for Wentz and a Philadelphia offense that was 24th in the league in passing yards per game last year.By Rotowire.com
Robert Woods WR - BUF Woods is expected to sign with the Rams,...
Woods is expected to sign with the Rams, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: The deal is expected to be for five years and $39 million, which will include $15 million guaranteed. That seems like quite a bit for a receiver that's never eclipsed 700 yards in a season, but the Rams need a starting wideout with Kenny Britt likely headed to the Browns, while Woods gets to head back home to USC territory. Meanwhile, the Bills may be forced into taking a receiver with the 10th overall pick, as they currently have Sammy Watkins and a bunch of fringe players, almost none of whom has starting potential.By Rotowire.com
Mike Glennon QB - TB Glennon is in line to sign a three-year...
Glennon is in line to sign a three-year deal with the Bears on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impacts: Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Glennon's deal with the Bears is slated to be a three-year, $45 million contract that includes $18.5 million guaranteed. That's a hefty price to pay for a QB who has only made eight regular season appearances over the last three seasons, but it's clear that the Bears are committed to moving on from previous starter Jay Cutler. According to Rapoport, Chicago is still expected to draft a quarterback, which underscores the Bears' desire to engineer a complete re-boot at the QB position. Meanwhile, Glennon's fantasy upside in 2017 will be largely tied to his supporting cast, and at this stage who he will be throwing to remains a fluid situation, with top wideout Alshon Jeffery a candidate to sign elsewhere in free agency.By Rotowire.com
DeSean Jackson WR - WAS Jackson intends to sign with Tampa Bay,...
Jackson intends to sign with Tampa Bay, barring any last-minute breakdowns in negotiations, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Jackson had been considering as many as three other teams according to reports, but he'll land in an offense led by Jameis Winston, giving the young quarterback another option to stretch the field. The 30-year-old had his third 1,000-yard season in four years for Washington in 2016, so he should have plenty left in the tank to be a difference-maker. Also helping Jackson's case is the fact he'll be lining up across from the 2016's fourth-leading receiver in Mike Evans (1,321), who should draw most of the attention from opposing secondaries.By Rotowire.com
DeSean Jackson WR - WAS The Bucs are expected to be Jackson's mo...
The Bucs are expected to be Jackson's most aggressive suitor in free agency, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Although the list of potentially interested teams also includes the Eagles, Patriots and Cowboys, Laine reports that Tampa Bay remains Jackson's likeliest landing spot once free agency officially kicks off at 4pm Eastern on Thursday. The Bucs boast the most cap space -- approximately $66 million -- of the interested teams, and the Patriots, the next closest with $62 million available, are unlikely to venture outside of their general philosophy of pursuing more moderately-priced free agents. The Eagles could be somewhat of a wild card given that they're the team that brought Jackson into the league in 2008, but aren't believed to have the ability to offer him what he's likely expecting in annual salary. Despite being flush with cap space, the Bucs would still have to weigh any potential Jackson signing against the need to eventually extend No. 1 receiver Mike Evans, who will enter the fourth season of his five-year rookie contract in 2017. Ultimately, they appear to have the money to make it work, which would provide them with one of the more potentially explosive size/speed combinations at the receiver position in the NFL.By Rotowire.com
Danny Woodhead RB - SD Woodhead is set to sign with the Ravens,...
Woodhead is set to sign with the Ravens, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
Impacts: The pass-catching specialist spent most of 2016 on the mend following a Week 2 tear of his ACL, but Rapoport indicates he's fully recovered from the issue. San Diego offered Woodhead a contract, but it appears he will find a role with a Baltimore squad that has no true lead back at this point. While it's unlikely the 33-year-old will head the Ravens' backfield, he could find himself touches again in the passing game and offer potential utility in PPR leagues.By Rotowire.com
Kenny Stills WR - MIA Stills signed a four-year, $32 million c...
Stills signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Dolphins on Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: The Dolphins traded for Stills two seasons ago, and while his first year in Miami was largely considered a disappointment, he proved his worth this past season by collecting a career-high nine touchdowns while serving as the team's primary deep threat. However, with Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, Leonte Caroo and Julius Thomas set to round out QB Ryan Tannehill's receiving corps in 2017, Stills will be hard-pressed to improve upon his 2016 numbers as there are only so many targets to go around in what's turning into a run-centric Dolphins offense.By Rotowire.com