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Matt Cassel QB - Coach Mike Zimmer hopes that the Vikings...
Coach Mike Zimmer hopes that the Vikings are able to bring Cassel back, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "I would love to have Matt Cassel back, if Matt Cassel wants to be back," Zimmer noted Thursday. "I don't know if that will happen or won't happen. But we're going to find a quarterback somewhere. And if it's not Matt Cassel, then we'll find someone else...If Matt wants to come back, I'm sure that we'll get it worked out."
Impacts: That said, Zimmer expects Cassel to explore other opportunities, with Houston already having been mentioned speculatively as a possible destination for Cassel, who turns 32 in May.By Rotowire.com
Devin Hester KR/PR - CHI The Bears have confirmed that they will...
The Bears have confirmed that they will not re-sign Hester, the team's official site reports.
Impacts: As a result, Hester will become an unrestricted free agent on March 11. After catching 23 passes in 2012, Hester was not a factor in the Bears' offense in 2013, making his impact with the team on special teams. At 31, it's unclear if Hester will be used much as a pass-catcher wherever he lands in 2014, but he can still contribute as a returner at this stage. This past season, he averaged 27.6 yards on 52 kick returns and 14.2 yards on 18 punt returns, including a TD.By Rotowire.com
Matt Cassel QB - Cassel is a candidate to sign with the T...
Cassel is a candidate to sign with the Texans in free agency, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impacts: If added by Houston, Cassel -- who spent his last two seasons, (2007-08) with the Patriots working with Texans coach Bill O'Brien -- could compete for the team's starting QB job, though at this stage there are still a couple of moving parts on that front, including the status of veteran Matt Schaub, as well as the distinct possibility the Texans will draft a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in May's NFL draft.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Pettigrew TE - DET Pettigrew looks likely to be headed for...
Pettigrew looks likely to be headed for free agency with the Lions electing not to use the franchise tag on him and their exclusive negotiating window closing Saturday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impacts: The Lions want to bring Pettigrew back, but he may no longer be in their price range, especially with the free agent tight end pool a little shallow this season.By Rotowire.com
D'Qwell Jackson LB - IND The Colts have signed Jackson to a four-...
The Colts have signed Jackson to a four-year, $22 million deal, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Impacts: The report notes that $11 million of Jackson's deal with the Colts is guaranteed. With Pat Angerer not expected to be re-signed by the team, look for Jackson to start at inside linebacker for Indy along with Jerrell Freeman. The 30-year-old Jackson -- who topped the Browns with 141 tackles in 2013 -- will thus be reunited with Rob Chudzinski, his coach in Cleveland in 2013, who is now a special assistant to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.By Rotowire.com
Devin Hester KR/PR - CHI Hester is expected to be released by the...
Hester is expected to be released by the Bears, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impacts: Hester stated that he and the organization are going to be going in different directions. It was also noted that he would like to be reunited with his former coach Lovie Smith with the Buccaneers. He has faded from the offense and served as a return specialist last season. If he finds a system that utilizes him on offense, he could return to some fantasy value in 2014.By Rotowire.com
Champ Bailey CB - Bailey will be released by the Broncos,...
Bailey will be released by the Broncos, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Bailey has played for 15 years in the league and the Broncos will save $10 million in cap space. The veteran said he would like to play again in 2014, so he should see some interest on the market. Injuries limited him to five regular season games in 2013 and it was the first season he did not record an interception.By Rotowire.com
Troy Polamalu S - PIT Polamalu has signed an extension with th...
Polamalu has signed an extension with the Steelers that will keep him with the team through the 2016 season, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: The report notes that Polamalu's deal is worth $20 million over the next three years and saves the Steelers $4.5 million against the salary cap this coming season. Polamalu, who will turn 33 in April, suited up in 16 games for the Steelers in 2013, recording 69 tackles, five forced fumbles, two sacks and two picks.By Rotowire.com
Larry Foote LB - The Steelers have released Foote, the t...
The Steelers have released Foote, the team's official site reports.
Impacts: The move saves the Steelers a little over $1 million in cap space. The 33-year-old linebacker -- who recorded 113 tackles and four sacks in 2012 -- played in just one game this past season after landing on IR with a biceps injury.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Browner CB - SEA Browner will be suspended for the first...
Browner will be suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season as part of his reinstatement after a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Browner played eight games last season before he was suspended for marijuana use. The NFL considered that a Stage 3 offense, which brought a one-year suspension, because he did not submit to urine tests while playing in the Canadian Football League from 2007 to 2010 after first failing a test for marijuana use while he was with the Denver Broncos in 2006. Browner threatened to sue the league, arguing that the NFL had no right to test him when he was playing in the CFL. The backtrack by the league likely saves Browner's career. He is free to sign with another team and participate in offseason and preseason practices.By Rotowire.com
Cortland Finnegan CB - STL Finnegan (eye) announced via Twitter on...
Finnegan (eye) announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he will be released by the Rams.
Impacts: The team hasn't officially released Finnegan just yet, as they don't have to cap space to do so until the new league year begins next Tuesday. It will happen, however, and St. Louis will save roughly $4 million by shedding the $10 million Finnegan was due for 2014. Now 30, Finnegan played in a career-low seven games last season due to eye and hamstring issues, but the Rams have expressed interest in bringing him back at a reduced cost.By Rotowire.com
Heath Miller TE - PIT Miller has signed a new three-year deal...
Miller has signed a new three-year deal that will keep him with the Steelers through the 2016 season, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impacts: Essentially, Miller's deal amounts to a two-year extension that will reduce his 2014 salary cap hit by more than $3 million. The 31-year-old tight end is coming off a season in which he recorded 58 catches for 593 yards and a TD in 14 games. He'll head into the 2014 season further removed from the serious late-season knee injury that ended his 2012 season, something that bodes well for an uptick in tight end's fantasy production, assuming he can stay healthy.By Rotowire.com
Davone Bess WR - The Browns have released Bess, the Clev...
The Browns have released Bess, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impacts: Bess, who missed the last two games of the 2013 season after leaving the Browns for personal reasons, finished the campaign with 42 catches for 362 yards and two touchdowns, while leading the NFL in dropped passes. The move comes less than a year after the Browns acquired the 28-year-old wideout from the Dolphins during the NFL Draft and then signed him to a three-year extension.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Browner CB - Browner was reinstated by the NFL on Tue...
Browner was reinstated by the NFL on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
Impacts: Browner was originally suspended for his second violation of the league's substance abuse policy on Dec. 18, but definitely didn't see eye to eye with commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the length of the suspension. After threats of legal action ensued, Browner and the league were eventually able to come to terms on a reinstatement. The free agent will now look to catch on elsewhere, with hopes that he can return to his 2011 Pro Bowl form.By Rotowire.com
LaMarr Woodley LB - PIT Woodley is expected to be released by th...
Woodley is expected to be released by the Steelers now that Jason Worilds has been signed to a one-year, $9.754 million contract, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impacts: With Worilds and Jarvis Jones locked in as starters, the release of Woodley, who has missed 14 games and parts of six others since signing a $61.5 million deal in 2011, would clear up $13.6 million in salary cap room for Pittsburgh. Woodley has recorded 56.5 sacks in his seven seasons with the Steelers and, assuming he is waived, should be able to find a home with another NFL team. Which team that is, and the role Woodley plays for them, will dictate his fantasy value in IDP leagues next season.By Rotowire.com
Jason Snelling RB - Snelling announced his retirement Tuesda...
Snelling announced his retirement Tuesday, Adam Caplan of Sirius XM reports.
Impacts: A little more than two months removed from his 30th birthday, Snelling will call it a career after seven modest seasons. He finishes his career with 363 rushes for 1,420 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, but he was also effective through the air, racking up 168 catches (on 202 targets) for 1,249 yards and nine more scores. The line is quite nice for a seventh-round pick.By Rotowire.com
John Carlson TE - Carlson was released by the Vikings on M...
Carlson was released by the Vikings on Monday, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 reports.
Impacts: While the Vikings and Carlson's reps were attempting to hash out a restructure of the three years remaining on his contract, he'll instead enter the world of free agency, which he may find hostile due to a mere 40 receptions (on 61 targets) for 387 yards and one touchdown in his two seasons in Minnesota.By Rotowire.com
Jake Locker QB - TEN Locker will undergo a procedure to remov...
Locker will undergo a procedure to remove "hardware" from his right foot in a couple weeks, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports.
Impacts: Although Locker is unable to put any weight on the foot without a walking boot, he intends to run not long after undergoing the surgery. New coach Ken Whisenhunt is placing his trust on Locker's shoulders to run the offense in 2014, but in 23 career games across three seasons, he merely has a 22:15 TD:INT ratio and 7.1 YPA to his name.By Rotowire.com
Johnny Patrick CB - Patrick was released by the Chargers on...
Patrick was released by the Chargers on Tuesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impacts: Patrick, who recorded 38 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 13 games for the Chargers this past season, will now look to catch on elsewhere as a depth cornerback after just one season with San Diego.By Rotowire.com
Adam Carriker DT - Carriker (quadriceps) was released by th...
Carriker (quadriceps) was released by the Redskins on Tuesday.
Impacts: After Carriker missed the majority of the past two seasons due to issues with his quad, the investment in the defensive tackle clearly wasn't worth it for Redskins. The soon-to-be 30-year-old will likely have to prove his health, before another contract is extended his way.By Rotowire.com
Le'Ron McClain FB - McClain was released by the Chargers on...
McClain was released by the Chargers on Tuesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impacts: The Chargers freed up $2.5 million in cap space by cutting the fullback, but are now in the market for Ryan Mathews' lead blocker. On the other side of the coin, expect McClain, a seven-year veteran, to land another gig plowing lanes for another running back.By Rotowire.com
Jason Worilds LB - PIT Worilds signed the transition tag worth...
Worilds signed the transition tag worth $9.75 million with the Steelers on Tuesday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
Impacts: Worilds has increased his sack count in each of his four seasons, culminating in eight across 15 games last year. He supplemented his line with 63 tackles (43 solo), two forced fumbles, and two passes defended. The aforementioned one-year deal guarantees that no other organization can extend an offer sheet his way, while displaying that he's a key cog in Pittsburgh's defense.By Rotowire.com
Sean Lee LB - DAL The Cowboys converted $4.75 million of L...
The Cowboys converted $4.75 million of Lee's $5.5 million base salary in a signing bonus Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impacts: The transfer was made in order to help the Cowboys get closer to the salary cap threshold. Meanwhile, Lee has yet to receive medical clearance for the torn neck ligament that knocked him out of five of the final six games last season. He'll attempt to be healthy by the time the team's offseason program starts on Apr. 21.By Rotowire.com
Tony Romo QB - DAL Almost all ($12.5 million) of Romo's $13...
Almost all ($12.5 million) of Romo's $13.5 million base salary has been converted to a signing bonus, ESPN Dallas reports.
Impacts: Romo, who continues to rehab from back surgery performed in December, will soon enter the second season of the six-year contract extension that he inked in March of 2013. Expect him to be healthy for the commencement of OTAs in May.By Rotowire.com
Jason Avant WR - Avant was released by the Eagles on Tues...
Avant was released by the Eagles on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impacts: After eight years with the Eagles, the 30-year-old Avant hauled in his least number of receptions in five seasons in 2013, when he posted 38 catches (on 76 targets) for 447 yards and two touchdowns. The slot receiver should be able to find some takers on the open market, which could result in greater usage in a new passing attack. Moreover, with only four absences in the last seven seasons, his durability should aid in sustaining his waning fantasy value.By Rotowire.com
Greg Hardy DE - CAR Hardy signed a franchise tender worth $1...
Hardy signed a franchise tender worth $13.1 million to remain in Carolina this season, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impacts: Hardy's deal prevents the Pro-Bowl defensive end from receiving interest from other teams this offseason, as he was previously slated to become a free agent. The 25-year-old tied the Panthers' team record with 15 sacks last season and has accumulated 26 quarterback take downs over the past two campaigns. Hardy will now be able to negotiate a long-term extension with Carolina during this season, which would help keep the Panthers' front seven among the league's best moving forward. Expect Hardy to be one of the best IDP options at his position next fall, especially as second-year defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short garner more attention from opposing offenses inside the trenches.By Rotowire.com
Jairus Byrd S - BUF The Bills have elected not to franchise...
The Bills have elected not to franchise Byrd (back), WGR550.com reports.
Impacts: Unless a deal is struck between Byrd and the Bills between now and Mar. 11, the safety is slated to hit free agency. In such a scenario, he'll be one of the most sought-after defenders on the open market, after recording 48 tackles and four picks in 11 games for the Bills this past season.By Rotowire.com
Jason Worilds LB - PIT The Steelers have placed their transitio...
The Steelers have placed their transition tag on Worilds, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impacts: The transition tag for linebackers is worth $9.754 million. Meanwhile, the move gives the Steelers the right of first refusal to match any offer that Worilds may receive from another team. In 15 games (including 11 starts) for the Steelers this past season, he recorded 63 tackles and eight sacks.By Rotowire.com
Bernard Pollard S - TEN The Titans have signed Pollard to a mult...
The Titans have signed Pollard to a multi-year deal, The Tennessean reports.
Impacts: In his first year with the Titans, the hard-hitting safety racked up 99 tackles and three picks, while making 16 starts at strong safety. It's a role that the 29-year-old will reprise with the team in 2014, which gives him continued IDP relevance this coming season.By Rotowire.com
Victor Cruz WR - NYG Cruz says he's fully recovered, after ha...
Cruz says he's fully recovered, after having his knee scoped in late December, the New York Daily News reports.
Impacts: Cruz appears to be near full strength, but the real news here are his targeted aspirations regarding his role in the offense of ex-Packers QB coach Ben McAdoo. Similar to Randall Cobb in the sense that he could see a few snaps in the backfield, Cruz wishes to be a dynamic but also a deep threat out of the slot position. If this vision comes to fruition, Cruz could be headed for a fantasy turnaround in 2014.By Rotowire.com
Anquan Boldin WR - SF Boldin signed a two-year extension with...
Boldin signed a two-year extension with the 49ers on Monday, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impacts: The 49ers have been consistent in saying that signing Boldin was a high priority this offseason, and they came through with this statement Monday. He's been one of quarterback Colin Kaepernick's favorite targets since his arrival in San Francisco, leading the team in receptions (85), targets (130) and yards (1,179) in his first season since coming over from Baltimore. A healthy Michael Crabtree may cut into his targets a bit in 2014, but on the other hand, it could take some of the attention away from Boldin, making it slightly easier for the 6-1 receiver to get open. At 33 years old, Boldin potentially has a couple more seasons of solid fantasy productivity ahead of him.By Rotowire.com
Brian Orakpo LB - WAS The Redskins have applied their franchis...
The Redskins have applied their franchise tag on Orakpo, the Washington Post reports.
Impacts: The franchise tag price for a linebacker is a hefty $11.455 million, but the Redskins were of no mind to let Orakpo walk, after a season in which the three-time Pro Bowler led the team with 10 sacks.By Rotowire.com
Vontae Davis CB - IND The Colts will not use the franchise tag...
The Colts will not use the franchise tag on Davis, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: The two sides are working on a new deal, but it looks like the Colts will let the impending free agent reach the open market, if talks fail, rather than pay the $11.834 million one-year franchise tag cost.By Rotowire.com
Peyton Manning QB - DEN Following a neck exam Monday, Manning ha...
Following a neck exam Monday, Manning has been fully cleared to play this coming season, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Manning's contract with the Broncos requires him to get his neck checked out yearly, before his salary is guaranteed, but after the outstanding season that he put up in 2013, in which he threw for 5,477 yards and a record 55 TD passes, it's not especially surprising that his health checked out fine. The soon-to-be 38-year-old will thus retain his status as one of fantasy's elite QBs in advance of the 2014 season.By Rotowire.com
Brian Orakpo LB - WAS If they are unable to come to terms on a...
If they are unable to come to terms on a long-term deal with Orakpo prior to Monday's 4:00 ET deadline, the Redskins are reportedly prepared to use their franchise tag on the linebacker, according to ESPN.com.
Impacts: After missing the final 14 games of the 2012 season with a torn pectoral muscle, Orakpo missed just one game in 2013 -- the Redskins' season finale -- while recording 60 tackles and a team-high 10 sacks. Previous reports suggested that the decision whether or not to tag him would be a close call, but this latest report suggests that bringing back the pass rusher is a priority for the franchise.By Rotowire.com
Aaron Dobson WR - NE Over the next 10-to-14 days, Dobson -- w...
Over the next 10-to-14 days, Dobson -- who is now slated to continue his workouts at Gillette Stadium -- will find out if an offseason featuring plenty of rest has alleviated his foot issues, or if he'll require surgery to repair his troublesome left foot, the Boston Herald reports.
Impacts: In the event that a surgical procedure is required, it would then be unlikely that Dobson, whose offseason thus far has not included any running, would be cleared in time in advance of the Patriots' offseason program, which opens on Apr. 21. While it's somewhat concerning that his foot remains an issue, there is nothing in the report that would suggest that the wideout's status for the regular season -- or training camp, for that matter -- is in any peril.By Rotowire.com
D'Qwell Jackson LB - Jackson is slated to meet with the Bronc...
Jackson is slated to meet with the Broncos, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer.
Impacts: The 30-year-old linebacker was recently let go by Cleveland, but Jackson -- who has already been in touch with the Titans-- is sure to draw his share of interest in free agency on the heels of a season in which he led the Browns with 141 tackles.By Rotowire.com
Peyton Manning QB - DEN Manning is slated to undergo an exam on...
Manning is slated to undergo an exam on his surgically-repaired neck on Monday, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: The report points out that Manning passed his exit physical following the Super Bowl, with the quarterback already having expressed his intention to play for the Broncos in the 2014 season. That's the anticipated outcome, which should be solidified following Monday's neck exam, assuming no unexpected findings.By Rotowire.com
Jairus Byrd S - BUF The Bills are reportedly unlikely to sig...
The Bills are reportedly unlikely to sign Byrd in advance of free agency, wgr550.com reports.
Impacts: The report indicates that the Bills have already made Byrd a significant offer on a long-term deal, so given that the two sides have not come to terms at this stage, it appears as though the safety is inclined to test the open market. Moreover, the report also suggests that it now appears unlikely that the Bills will apply the franchise tag on Byrd, with a decision on that front due on Monday. The safety is coming off a season in which he recorded 48 tackles and four picks in 11 games for the Bills.By Rotowire.com
Malcom Floyd WR - SD Floyd (neck) was recently cleared for li...
Floyd (neck) was recently cleared for light weightlifting, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Floyd was cleared to resume running about a month ago, and got the green light to start lifting weights after a recent visit with a spine specialist. The 32-year-old admitted, however, that he still has soreness in his neck, nearly six months after suffering the injury, and his status for the start of training camp seems uncertain at this point.By Rotowire.com