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  • Dewey McDonald SEA LB
    Seahawks' Dewey McDonald: Re-signs with Seahawks
    1h ago

    Dewey McDonald , an exclusive-rights free agent, signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, Lindsey Wisniewski of USA Today reports.

    The Seahawks acquired McDonald from the Raiders for a conditional seventh-round pick last September. Primarily operating in a special teams role, McDonald went on to tally eight tackles and one deflected pass across 14 games. He'll be back in the mix to compete for a depth role at linebacker this summer.

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  • Derek Carr OAK QB
    Raiders' Derek Carr: Expected to be 'full go' for offseason activities
    1h ago

    Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Derek Carr (fibula) will be "full go" for offseason activities, CSN's Scott Bair reports.

    Carr broke the fibula in his right leg during a Week 16 game against the Colts on Christmas Eve last season and was initially slapped with a six-to-eight week timetable for recovery. However, that was the minimum requirement for healing and, according to Dr. Nick Grosso via the Bay Area News Group, Carr would need an additional four to six weeks before he'd be able to play football again. The Raiders begin offseason workouts on April 17th, which aligns almost perfectly with the back end of that timeline. Thus, by all accounts, it appears Carr's recovery couldn't have gone much better than it has so far and the fourth-year quarterback will be ready to begin preparations for the 2017 campaign with the rest of the team when voluntary practices commence next month.

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  • Marcus Mariota TEN QB
    Titans' Marcus Mariota: Sheds walking boot, eyeing training camp return
    2h ago

    Marcus Mariota (fibula) is out of his walking boot and is confident he'll be ready for training camp, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports. "I'm in a good spot," the quarterback remarked.

    Mariota has spent the offseason in recovery from a fractured fibula he suffered in the Tennessee Titans ' second-to-last game of the 2016 season. After swapping a motorized scooter for a walking boot in late February, the Titans QB is now free from wearing any appendage designed to help him move about. In fact, the Hawaii native, who is currently back home and has been running on the beach as part of his rehab, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that his recovery "is going a little better than planned." Next up for Mariota is awaiting clearance to return to football activities. He's scheduled to report to Nashville next month and will be reevaluated at that time.

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  • Andrew Luck IND QB
    Colts' Andrew Luck: Colts to be patient with franchise quarterback
    3h ago

    The Indianapolis Colts are relying on team doctors to determine how much of a workload Andrew Luck (shoulder) will carry this offseason. "We are not going to be rushing him," owner Jim Irsay said. "We are going to make sure, obviously, that the shoulder has to be ready and the doctors are going to give full approval before he starts putting real reps on it and that sort of thing. This is going to be a huge benefit in the long run. We really feel that he's going to be completely healed for the season and he's going to have a great season...If we need an extra arm in camp, as we start doing our work, we will be prepared for that."

    Irsay also stated how Luck, who underwent shoulder surgery in January, continues to heal well and recently received a positive checkup from his doctor regarding his recovery. Regardless, the Colts remain committed to restricting Luck's practice reps for the time being in order to make certain their franchise quarterback's throwing arm is in top shape entering the 2017 campaign, which is likely a wise move considering the health of his shoulder was consistently an issue last season and the reason he appeared on the injury report ahead of every single game. In the event Luck remains under heavy limitations when training camp opens up in July, look for Irsay and Co. to add an "extra arm" to make sure summer practices go smoothly.

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  • DuJuan Harris SF RB
    49ers' DuJuan Harris: Set to re-sign with Niners
    4h ago

    DuJuan Harris will re-sign with the San Francisco 49ers for the 2017 season, his agent, Andy Simms, reports.

    Harris was one of the Niners' restricted free agents entering the offseason, but the team decided against extending him a contract tender, which effectively released him to the open market. However, coming off a season in which he averaged just 3.1 yards per carry, the diminutive running back likely didn't find many suitors rushing to secure his services for the upcoming campaign. Fortunately for Harris, he's now set to return to a San Francisco roster that is less crowded at the running back position than it was last season, considering the incumbent No. 2 runner, Shaun Draughn, recently latched on with the Giants. Thus, Harris is positioned to compete with only Mike Davis and Raheem Mostert for the backup role to starter Carlos Hyde this summer, although a rookie could certainly join the mix via the draft.

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  • Trevor Siemian DEN QB
    Broncos' Trevor Siemian: Backed to compete this spring
    5h ago

    According to Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, the team will "stay the course" at quarterback, where Trevor Siemian (shoulder) and Paxton Lynch will compete for snaps this spring, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

    Siemian earned Denver's starting quarterback job last season despite the team drafting Lynch in the first round last year. Although Siemian generally performed admirably, Lynch's long-term potential leaves him looking at another competition for snaps this spring. While that's hardly anything new for the Northwestern alumnus, who's on track to recover from a minor January surgery on his left shoulder in time for OTAs, Elway's comments seem to suggest the Broncos may no longer be interested in acquiring Tony Romo. In that scenario, Siemian would only need to beat out Lynch again to start, which is far more likely than him potentially keeping his place over Romo.

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  • Derek Carr OAK QB
    Raiders' Derek Carr: Expected to be 'full go' for offseason activities
    1h ago

    Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Derek Carr (fibula) will be "full go" for offseason activities, CSN's Scott Bair reports.

    Carr broke the fibula in his right leg during a Week 16 game against the Colts on Christmas Eve last season and was initially slapped with a six-to-eight week timetable for recovery. However, that was the minimum requirement for healing and, according to Dr. Nick Grosso via the Bay Area News Group, Carr would need an additional four to six weeks before he'd be able to play football again. The Raiders begin offseason workouts on April 17th, which aligns almost perfectly with the back end of that timeline. Thus, by all accounts, it appears Carr's recovery couldn't have gone much better than it has so far and the fourth-year quarterback will be ready to begin preparations for the 2017 campaign with the rest of the team when voluntary practices commence next month.

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  • Marcus Mariota TEN QB
    Titans' Marcus Mariota: Sheds walking boot, eyeing training camp return
    2h ago

    Marcus Mariota (fibula) is out of his walking boot and is confident he'll be ready for training camp, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports. "I'm in a good spot," the quarterback remarked.

    Mariota has spent the offseason in recovery from a fractured fibula he suffered in the Tennessee Titans ' second-to-last game of the 2016 season. After swapping a motorized scooter for a walking boot in late February, the Titans QB is now free from wearing any appendage designed to help him move about. In fact, the Hawaii native, who is currently back home and has been running on the beach as part of his rehab, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that his recovery "is going a little better than planned." Next up for Mariota is awaiting clearance to return to football activities. He's scheduled to report to Nashville next month and will be reevaluated at that time.

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  • Andrew Luck IND QB
    Colts' Andrew Luck: Colts to be patient with franchise quarterback
    3h ago

    The Indianapolis Colts are relying on team doctors to determine how much of a workload Andrew Luck (shoulder) will carry this offseason. "We are not going to be rushing him," owner Jim Irsay said. "We are going to make sure, obviously, that the shoulder has to be ready and the doctors are going to give full approval before he starts putting real reps on it and that sort of thing. This is going to be a huge benefit in the long run. We really feel that he's going to be completely healed for the season and he's going to have a great season...If we need an extra arm in camp, as we start doing our work, we will be prepared for that."

    Irsay also stated how Luck, who underwent shoulder surgery in January, continues to heal well and recently received a positive checkup from his doctor regarding his recovery. Regardless, the Colts remain committed to restricting Luck's practice reps for the time being in order to make certain their franchise quarterback's throwing arm is in top shape entering the 2017 campaign, which is likely a wise move considering the health of his shoulder was consistently an issue last season and the reason he appeared on the injury report ahead of every single game. In the event Luck remains under heavy limitations when training camp opens up in July, look for Irsay and Co. to add an "extra arm" to make sure summer practices go smoothly.

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  • Trevor Siemian DEN QB
    Broncos' Trevor Siemian: Backed to compete this spring
    5h ago

    According to Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, the team will "stay the course" at quarterback, where Trevor Siemian (shoulder) and Paxton Lynch will compete for snaps this spring, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

    Siemian earned Denver's starting quarterback job last season despite the team drafting Lynch in the first round last year. Although Siemian generally performed admirably, Lynch's long-term potential leaves him looking at another competition for snaps this spring. While that's hardly anything new for the Northwestern alumnus, who's on track to recover from a minor January surgery on his left shoulder in time for OTAs, Elway's comments seem to suggest the Broncos may no longer be interested in acquiring Tony Romo. In that scenario, Siemian would only need to beat out Lynch again to start, which is far more likely than him potentially keeping his place over Romo.

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  • Paxton Lynch DEN QB
    Broncos' Paxton Lynch: Receives support from Elway
    5h ago

    According to Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, the team will "stay the course" at quarterback, where Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian (shoulder) will compete for snaps this spring, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

    Lynch's rookie season was spent vying for reps behind Siemian, so his continued competition there is nothing new, but Elway's comments seem to suggest the Broncos may no longer be interested in acquiring Tony Romo. In that scenario, Lynch would have a much better chance of earning Denver's starting job this season, since dethroning Siemian is far more realistic than Lynch potentially playing over Romo. Whether Elway sticks with Siemian and Lynch as his top options this offseason remains to be seen, but his most recent statements appear favorable for the Broncos' current signal-callers.

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  • Trevone Boykin SEA QB
    Seahawks' Trevone Boykin: Arrested Monday morning
    12h ago

    Trevone Boykin was arrested Monday morning on charges of suspicion of possession of marijuana and public intoxication, Eline de Bruijn of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Boykin, who starred at TCU in college, was back in Dallas when a car he was riding in crashed into a bar and injured eight people. Although Boykin was a passenger in the vehicle, he was still arrested and taken to a local jail. Not only will Boykin's legal situation now have to play out, but he could also face league discipline for his alleged role in Monday's incident.

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  • DuJuan Harris SF RB
    49ers' DuJuan Harris: Set to re-sign with Niners
    4h ago

    DuJuan Harris will re-sign with the San Francisco 49ers for the 2017 season, his agent, Andy Simms, reports.

    Harris was one of the Niners' restricted free agents entering the offseason, but the team decided against extending him a contract tender, which effectively released him to the open market. However, coming off a season in which he averaged just 3.1 yards per carry, the diminutive running back likely didn't find many suitors rushing to secure his services for the upcoming campaign. Fortunately for Harris, he's now set to return to a San Francisco roster that is less crowded at the running back position than it was last season, considering the incumbent No. 2 runner, Shaun Draughn, recently latched on with the Giants. Thus, Harris is positioned to compete with only Mike Davis and Raheem Mostert for the backup role to starter Carlos Hyde this summer, although a rookie could certainly join the mix via the draft.

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  • Le'Veon Bell PIT RB
    Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Doesn't have timetable at moment
    1d ago

    Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team does not have a rehab timetable for Le'Veon Bell (groin), The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac reports. "Our goal is to have [Bell] 100 percent for the 2017 season," Colbert said.

    Bell had surgery March 13 to repair the core muscle injury that left him sidelined for most of the AFC championship game. He also received the Steelers' franchise tag earlier this offseason, with the two sides hoping to reach a long-term agreement while Bell recovers from his surgery. There's still plenty of time before the July 15 deadline, and Bell's rehab process isn't expected to interfere with his Week 1 availability. While the current injury shouldn't have too much impact on negotiations, the Steelers can't ignore that their star running back has missed 20 out of a possible 70 games since entering the league in 2013.

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  • Theo Riddick DET RB
    Lions' Theo Riddick: Recovering from surgery on both wrists
    1d ago

    Theo Riddick had surgery on both wrists late last season, the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Riddick missed the final four games of the season with a wrist injury, but it was never revealed if he had surgery. While it turns out he actually needed procedures on both wrists, Riddick is still expected to be a full participant when organized team activities begin later this spring. Backfield mate Ameer Abdullah (foot) has already been fully cleared to return, but even with him and Riddick both expected to be healthy, the Detroit Lions are rumored to have interest in drafting a running back.

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  • Lance Dunbar DAL RB
    Rams' Lance Dunbar: Ready for change-of-pace role
    3d ago

    Rams head coach Sean McVay envisions Lance Dunbar in a role that aligns with how the running back views himself, ESPN.com reports. "He had me going," Dunbar said. "He had me ready to play."

    Dunbar's one-year contract is worth up to $3 million, suggesting the Rams expect him to be an important part of the offense in a complementary role to early-down workhorse Todd Gurley. McVay mentioned Washington's Chris Thompson when explaining the role he envisions for Dunbar, who displayed impressive pass-catching chops during his time in Dallas. It seems Dunbar has a clear path to the No. 2 running back job, though the Rams likely would utilize a committee if Gurley were to suffer an injury.

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  • Adrian Peterson MIN RB
    Adrian Peterson: May need to reduce contract demands
    3d ago

    Adrian Peterson (knee) remains unsigned in part because of his hefty contract demands, ESPN.com reports.

    Peterson was reportedly asking for more than $8 million in the first year of a contract, which would be in line with the deals given to top running backs the past few years. Considering he's coming off a major injury and just turned 32 years old, he may have to settle for something closer to the deal Eddie Lacy recently signed with Seattle -- a one-year contract worth up to $5.5 million. There are still some potential fits -- namely, Oakland and Green Bay -- but Peterson will first have to accept that teams aren't going to pay a premium for what he accomplished in the past. Other teams that may be in the market for an early-down runner include the Lions, Patriots, Buccaneers and Giants.

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  • Jonathan Stewart CAR RB
    Panthers' Jonathan Stewart: Signs extension through 2018
    4d ago

    The Carolina Panthers signed Jonathan Stewart to a one-year extension through 2018, the team's official website reports.

    Previously entering the final season of a five-year, $36.5 million contract he signed in 2012, the 30-year-old running back was scheduled for a 2017 cap hit of $8.25 million. The extension likely redistributes some of that charge to 2018, ending any speculation about the possibility Stewart could be released. He had 218 carries for 824 yards (3.8 YPC) and nine touchdowns in 13 games last season, missing at least three contests for a fifth consecutive year. The Panthers could still select a running back early in the upcoming draft, as Stewart's age and injury history are cause for concern, while backfield mates Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker both profile as complementary pieces.

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  • Josh Gordon CLE WR
    Browns' Josh Gordon: Expected to be traded or released if reinstated
    2d ago

    The Cleveland Browns likely will trade or release Josh Gordon (suspension) if he is reinstated by the NFL, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Gordon applied for reinstatement in early March and expects to get an answer around the time of the NFL Draft. He's been suspended for 43 of the last 48 regular-season games, with his only appearances since 2013 occurring late in the 2014 season. He'll still only be 26 years old for the upcoming season, and he did look good in his two appearances last preseason, but then entered an inpatient rehab facility instead of rejoining the Browns after Week 4. While his willingness to take responsibility for his actions should help his case, Gordon's lengthy track record of substance-abuse issues means that any reinstatement likely would have a slew of conditions attached. Given his age and modest contract, Gordon might still fetch a middle-round pick in a trade. It's also possible, though not likely, that the Browns might reconsider their stance and give Gordon another shot.

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  • Josh Gordon CLE WR
    Browns' Josh Gordon: Expects to hear about reinstatement by early May
    3d ago

    Josh Gordon (suspension) expects to hear about the status of his reinstatement application by late April or early May, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.

    Gordon applied for reinstatement in early March, eyeing a return to regular-season action for the first time since December 2014. He was conditionally reinstated last summer from an indefinite ban, needing to serve another four-game suspension before playing in a game. Gordon ultimately entered an inpatient rehab facility instead of returning after four weeks, thereby failing to meet the terms for reinstatement. The league may outline a similar condition this time around, but regardless, the Cleveland Browns are expected to part ways with Gordon. Set to turn 26 in April, the talented wideout shouldn't have a hard time finding another team willing to give him a shot.

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  • Kelvin Benjamin CAR WR
    Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin: Gets fifth-year option picked up by Panthers
    3d ago

    Kelvin Benjamin will have his fifth-year option picked up by the Carolina Panthers , Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

    This comes as little surprise as Benjamin, when healthy, has been the team's best receiver since landing in Carolina in 2014. He hauled in 63 of 118 targets for 941 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 and proved to be a reliable threat deep down the field with 10 receptions of 20 or more yards. According to Person, Benjamin's option figures to be in the $8 million range in 2018.

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  • Julio Jones ATL WR
    Falcons' Julio Jones: Says recovery is still on track
    3d ago

    Julio Jones (toe) seemed to be moving around pretty well during a Wednesday appearance at the Georgia State Capitol, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Recovering from March 6 surgery to address a bunion, Jones was wearing a boot but didn't need crutches to walk. He said his foot feels good, and while he'll still miss the Atlanta Falcons ' offseason program, the 28-year-old wideout remains on track for training camp. With no crucial offseason additions or losses, the 2017 Atlanta offense should look very similar to the 2016 iteration.

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  • Brian Quick WAS WR
    Redskins' Brian Quick: Agrees to sign with Washington
    4d ago

    Brian Quick has agreed to terms on a contract with the Washington Redskins , NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

    Selected 33rd overall in the 2012 draft, Quick finally started living up to the Rams' expectations early in the 2014 campaign, only to suffer a severe shoulder injury after seven games. He struggled to bounce back from the injury and caught just 10 passes the following year, but he did re-emerge as a modest contributor last season, hauling in 41 of 79 targets for 564 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games. While Jamison Crowder and fellow free-agent signee Terrelle Pryor are locked in as key pieces in the Washington offense, Quick could get a chance to push 2016 first-rounder Josh Doctson (Achilles) for a spot in three-wide sets. The Redskins hope Doctson will bounce back from a lost rookie season and earn a leading role, but the 27-year-old Quick provides some form of insurance if that doesn't happen. The most likely scenario has Quick serving as the No. 4 wideout, providing an occasional big-play threat on limited snaps.

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  • Quinton Patton SF WR
    Jets' Quinton Patton: Heading to Jets
    4d ago

    The New York Jets and Quinton Patton (foot) agreed to terms on a contract Thursday, Eric Allen of the team's official site reports.

    A fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2013, Patton managed just six receptions across 10 games in his first two seasons before landing a regular role within the offense. Despite the uptick in snaps beginning in 2015, uninspiring offenses under the direction of head coaches Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly didn't translate to significant output, as evidenced by a combined 67 catches (on 120 targets) for 802 yards and one touchdown during that stretch. With the move to New York, Patton will now be jostling with a number of options -- wideouts Eric Decker (shoulder), Quincy Enunwa, and Robby Anderson, plus pass-catching backs Matt Forte (knee) and Bilal Powell -- in an offense led by graybeard quarterback Josh McCown.

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  • Julius Thomas MIA TE
    Dolphins' Julius Thomas: Accepts smaller contract with new team
    3d ago

    Julius Thomas restructured his contract to eliminate $12.6 million, essentially turning it into a two-year, $12.2 million deal with $7.5 million guaranteed, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

    Thomas wouldn't have been traded if he wasn't willing to restructure the five-year, $46 million contract he signed with the Jaguars in March of 2015. He was still dealt for a pittance -- a seventh-round pick -- but the willingness to renegotiate at least helped him land with a team that looks like an excellent fit. In addition to having a clear need at tight end, the Miami Dolphins are coached by Adam Gase, who was Thomas' offensive coordinator with the Broncos in 2013 and 2014. The 28-year-old tight end had 24 touchdowns in 27 games between those two seasons, highlighted by 788-yard, 12-touchdown performance over 14 games in 2013.

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  • Mychal Rivera OAK TE
    Jaguars' Mychal Rivera: Inks deal with Jaguars
    5d ago

    The Jacksonville Jaguars and Mychal Rivera agreed to a contract Wednesday, the team's official site reports.

    Rivera visited some TE-needy teams this offseason (the Jets and Colts) but ultimately settled on the Jaguars, who currently roster six other players at the position. Helping his cause for playing time, though, is his stature as an H-back, from which he hauled in 146 of 230 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns during his four seasons with the Raiders. Depending on how the Jaguars emerge from this year's draft, Rivera's primary competitor for work at the moment is a long-time Jag, Marcedes Lewis (calf).

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  • Kellen Davis NYJ TE
    Kellen Davis: Visits Cleveland
    6d ago

    Kellen Davis (elbow) visited the Browns on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

    After spending the first five seasons of his career with the Bears, Davis is on the verge of joining his sixth organization in as many years, three of which he's played for. The Browns were actually one of them, rostering the tight end during the 2013 offseason and preseason before axing him just before the start of the regular season. Since leaving Cleveland, he's been available for 45 games, starting 20, with the Seahawks, Lions, and Jets over the last four seasons, yet he's managed a measly six receptions (on 19 targets) for 50 yards and two touchdowns. In 2016, he was unable to haul in his only target before landing on IR with an elbow injury, so he's clearly reaching the end of the line as a professional.

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  • Mychal Rivera OAK TE
    Mychal Rivera: Scheduled to visit Indy next
    7d ago

    Mychal Rivera left his visit with the Jets without signing a deal and is scheduled to visit Indianapolis next, Peter Schrager of FOXSports.com reports.

    Rivera might've had a real shot at the starting gig in New York, whereas he'd only be in the mix for No. 2 duties -- behind Jack Doyle -- if he were to sign with the Colts. A 2013 sixth-round selection, Rivera caught 38 passes as a rookie and 58 more in 2014, but he only had 32 and 18 receptions the past two seasons while ceding snaps to Clive Walford -- whose own inconsistency contributed to Oakland's recent signing of Jared Cook. Rivera is a decent underneath target, but his lack of speed and ideal size will make it tough for him to re-emerge on the fantasy radar, regardless of where he ultimately signs.

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  • Brandon Williams IND TE
    Colts' Brandon Williams: Reaches agreement with Colts
    7d ago

    Brandon Williams (concussion) signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.

    Williams arrives in Indianapolis after the team traded tight end Dwayne Allen earlier this offseason. With only Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope remaining at the position, Williams adds depth to the Colts' options, even though his four-year totals of six receptions for 80 yards are rather uninspiring.

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  • Brandon Williams SEA TE
    Brandon Williams: Visiting with Colts
    8d ago

    Brandon Williams (concussion) is headed to Indianapolis to visit with the Colts, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

    A blocking specialist, Williams only has six receptions in 45 career regular-season games. He'd provide depth behind Jack Doyle for an Indianapolis team that traded Dwayne Allen to the Patriots earlier this month. It's unclear if Williams has made a full recovery from the concussion he suffered during the playoffs.

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  • Roberto Aguayo TB K
    Buccaneers' Roberto Aguayo: Has renewed pressure with Folk signing
    7d ago

    Roberto Aguayo is facing a make-or-break training camp and preseason with the recent signing of Nick Folk, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

    The much-heralded 2016 second-round pick from Florida State had a rocky start to his NFL career, making just 71 percent of his 31 field-goal attempts, worst in the league in 2016. Aguayo's problems were largely centered on kicks of 40-plus yards, a distance from which he was only 4-for-10 despite his longest attempt on the season coming from just 43 yards away. It was a stark contrast to his storied college career, one that saw him win the Lou Groza Award and leave the Seminoles as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history. Aguayo certainly has the pedigree to right the ship, however, and also can look to two of the league's longest-tenured and most successful kickers, fellow FSU alumnus Sebastian Janikowski and Stephen Gostkowski, for inspiration. The former went 22-for-32 in his rookie season in 2000 after enduring even more pressure as a first-round pick, while the latter was successful on just 70 percent of his attempts in his first season as well. Folk certainly serves as formidable competition for Aguayo, though, considering his proven track record and the fact that he boasts success rates of between 81.3 and 91.7 percent on his attempts over the last four seasons.

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  • Nick Folk NYJ K
    Buccaneers' Nick Folk: Signs with Bucs
    10d ago

    Nick Folk will sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , Peter Schrager of FOX Sports reports.

    Folk converted 27 of 31 field goals in 2016, which is a solid campaign in its own right, but it's especially impressive if you know that three of his four missed attempts were actually blocked. Meanwhile, Roberto Aguayo, for whom the Bucs traded up in the second round of last year's draft, was true on just 22 of 31 attempts in a disappointing campaign. While it's fair to wonder whether Folk's signing was simply a motivational tactic to get the underperforming youngster going, this could turn into an outright competition for the starting job if Aguayo continues to fall short of expectations.

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  • Greg Zuerlein LAR K
    Rams' Greg Zuerlein: Signs deal with Rams
    13d ago

    Greg Zuerlein agreed to a three-year deal with the Rams on Tuesday, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Zuerlein attempted only 22 field goals in 2016 but converted 19 of them and was perfect from inside of 40 yards. The kicker's deal will keep him with the Rams through the 2019 season. At this point, the main thing limiting Zuerlein's fantasy production is the Rams offense, which was last in the league in both yards and points per game last season.

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  • Chandler Catanzaro ARI K
    Jets' Chandler Catanzaro: Jetting to New York
    17d ago

    The New York Jets and Chandler Catanzaro agreed to a contract Friday, Eric Allen of the team's official site reports.

    Among the 14 field-goal misfires in Catanzaro's three-year career, five of them occurred in the cozy confines of University of Phoenix Stadium last season, contributing to a success rate of 75 percent in that realm. He also hit just 91 percent of his extra points from the longer distance over the last two campaigns, but perhaps the move to the outdoors will be beneficial for the 26-year-old kicker. First, though, he'll have to outlast Ross Martin to land the Jets' No. 1 placekicker gig.

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  • Chandler Catanzaro ARI K
    Chandler Catanzaro: Doesn't receive tender from Cards
    17d ago

    Chandler Catanzaro didn't receive a restricted free-agent tender from the Cardinals, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

    Catanzaro was afforded multiple game-winning field-goal attempts last season, namely in Week 1 against the Patriots and Week 7 versus the Seahawks, but he was unable to connect. By season's end, he was successful on just 21 of 28 field goals and 43 of 47 extra points, barely eking out triple-digit points for the third consecutive campaign. The Cardinals signaled that they may be moving on with Thursday's signing of veteran placekicker Phil Dawson, but there's a chance Catanzaro could re-sign at a lesser price than the aforementioned RFA tender in order to let the best man take the role in 2017.

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  • Connor Barth CHI K
    Bears' Connor Barth: Re-signs with Bears
    17d ago

    Connor Barth signed a one-year contract extension with the Chicago Bears on Friday, Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune reports.

    Barth will remain in Chicago for a second season after converting 18 of 23 field-goal attempts (78.3 percent) and 31 of 32 extra-point attempts last year.

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  • Dewey McDonald SEA LB
    Seahawks' Dewey McDonald: Re-signs with Seahawks
    1h ago

    Dewey McDonald , an exclusive-rights free agent, signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, Lindsey Wisniewski of USA Today reports.

    The Seahawks acquired McDonald from the Raiders for a conditional seventh-round pick last September. Primarily operating in a special teams role, McDonald went on to tally eight tackles and one deflected pass across 14 games. He'll be back in the mix to compete for a depth role at linebacker this summer.

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  • Malcolm Butler NE CB
    Patriots' Malcolm Butler: Could remain with Patriots
    6h ago

    According to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, the team doesn't intend on trading Malcolm Butler , Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

    Butler visited the Saints a couple weeks ago to gauge their interest in him as a restricted free agent. Although the parties were unable to strike a deal, Butler's future is complicated by the fact that the Patriots placed a first-round tender on him. That enables New England to match any offer extended to Butler, or receive a first-round pick should they opt not to. Because of those stipulations, a trade seemed to be Butler's most likely route of departure, but Kraft's comments Monday suggest the cornerback could stick around. After signing Stephon Gilmore to a $65 million contract this offseason, the Patriots have a ready-made replacement for Butler, but potentially retaining him on a $3.91 million tender would nonetheless represent excellent value for this season's defense.

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    Vikings' Mackensie Alexander: Will get chance to win nickel corner job
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    Mackensie Alexander (undisclosed) will get a chance to win the starting nickel corner job after the departure of Captain Munnerlyn in free agency, head coach Mike Zimmer told a local radio station, according to ESPN 1500 Twin Cities.

    It's possible the Minnesota Vikings could sign a cornerback late in free agency to play nickel corner, but it looks like Alexander will get a shot at a regular role. Alexander played just 68 snaps last season, so it's a little surprising he'd be a prime candidate for the job. However, Zimmer has confidence in the 2016 second-round draft pick. Alexander was placed on injured reserve after an abdomen injury late last season, but it's not thought to be an issue as spring practices approach.

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  • Kevon Seymour BUF CB
    Bills' Kevon Seymour: Big opportunity for second-year corner
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    With Stephon Gilmore moving on to the Patriots, Kevon Seymour is currently listed as a starting corner opposite Ronald Darby, Buffalo Buffalo Bills .com reports. "Last year I had a nice opportunity to get my feet wet and get the understanding of what being a starter felt like," Seymour said. "Now, the opportunity is here and I'm going to take full advantage of it as much as I can and I'm definitely excited about that."

    Seymour was just a sixth-round pick out of USC during last year's draft, but he quickly out-kicked the coverage in terms of slotting and now he's got a good chance to start. The Bills will probably replenish their secondary in the draft, but with wideout and safety being bigger needs, Seymour's almost certain to be the favorite to start. We'll see how he does picking up new coach Sean McDermott's defense.

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  • Deiondre' Hall CHI CB
    Bears' Deiondre' Hall: Arrested Saturday night
    1d ago

    Deiondre' Hall was arrested Saturday night after a disturbance at a bar in Cedar Falls, Iowa, The Chicago Tribune reports.

    Hall was accompanied by a former teammate at Northern Iowa in Packers CB Makinton Dorleant and ultimately charged with three misdemeanor counts for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and interference. We'll wait and see if the league decides to dish out a punishment.

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  • Timmy Jernigan BAL DE
    Ravens' Timmy Jernigan: Could be available in trade
    1d ago

    The Baltimore Ravens may consider trading Timmy Jernigan , who is preparing for the final season of his rookie contract, ESPN.com reports.

    The perennially cap-strapped Ravens have invested a lot in other parts of their defense, most recently giving out huge contracts to NT Brandon Williams and S Tony Jefferson. The 48th overall selection in the 2014 draft, Jernigan may have priced himself out of the team's range with his solid play the past two years. He's recorded either four or five sacks in each of his three seasons while also providing a strong presence against the run the past two campaigns.

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