NFL Player News

  • Dean Lowry DE | GB

    Packers' Dean Lowry: Posts two sacks in rookie season

    Lowry recorded eight tackles and two sacks across 15 games during his rookie season in 2016.

    The Packers took Lowry in the fourth round of last year's draft as he's a great fit for a 3-4 defense as a five-technique defensive end. Although it took him some time to acclimate to the professional game, Lowry posted sacks in back-to-back games during Week 14 and Week 15, which represented the first and second of his career, respectively. However, with starters Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels under contract through 2019, Lowry likely doesn't have chance of cracking the starting lineup anytime soon.

  • Nick Perry OLB | GB

    Packers' Nick Perry: Resurgent 2016 campaign

    Perry finished the 2016 season with career highs in tackles (52), sacks (11), passes defended (4) and interceptions (1).

    Although Perry didn't live up to his first-round billing throughout his first four seasons in the league, the Packers brought him back for the 2016 season anyway on a one-year, $5 million deal. The move more than paid off considering Perry went on to post career highs across the board. Now set to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent, Perry could be destined for a sizable payday this offseason.

  • Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald: Opts out of Pro Bowl

    Fitzgerald (undisclosed) won't play in Sunday's Pro Bowl, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    Urban didn't cite a reason for Fitzgerald's absence, but after Seattle, a divisional foe, announced Doug Baldwin as the replacement, they noted an injury was to blame for his DNP, per John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site. Fitzgerald will thus embark upon his annual offseason travels, wherein he'll ponder his future in the NFL. Currently, he's locked up contractually through the 2017 campaign.

  • Koa Misi OLB | MIA

    Dolphins' Koa Misi: Potential salary-cap cut

    Misi (neck) is a potential salary-cap cut in the offseason, ESPN reports.

    Misi hasn't stayed healthy for an entire season since 2010 and made it through just three games in 2017 before landing on injured reserve with a neck injury. The Dolphins, who are expected to have a major overhaul at linebacker this offseason after ranking 29th in total defense and 30th against the run, could save $4.2 million by letting him go.

  • Mario Williams DE | MIA

    Dolphins' Mario Williams: Disappointing first season with Dolphins

    Williams is a potential salary-cap cut this offseason, ESPN reports.

    The Dolphins signed Williams to a two-year, $17 million contract last spring in order to replace the pass-rushing prowess Olivier Vernon (Giants) provided. However, Williams logged a career-low 1.5 sacks during his first season in Miami, a disappointing total considering he averaged 10.7 sacks per season over the last four years. Now due $8.5 million in 2017, Williams is a candidate to be cut this offseason in order to free up cap space.

  • Jamie Collins OLB | CLE

    Browns' Jamie Collins: Reaches extension with Browns

    Collins has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Browns.

    Collins' late-October trade from the Patriots to the Browns drew shockwaves around the league, and despite playing with significantly less talent around him, Collins remained a highly productive linebacker once arriving in Cleveland. The 27-year-old started all eight games after joining the Browns, finishing with 69 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in those appearances. Thanks to an average of over 105 stops per year since his 2013 rookie campaign, the Southern Mississippi product has earned a long-term deal worth $50 million, with $26 million in guarantees, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. In signing Collins, the Browns have locked down a key member of their defense going forward, and could further improve their defense with the first overall pick of this year's draft.

  • Packers' Richard Rodgers: Sees role reduced

    Rodgers caught 30 passes (on 46 targets) for 271 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games played this season.

    Rodgers benefitted from wideout Jordy Nelson's absence by tying for the team-lead with eight touchdowns last season, but with Nelson returning, Davante Adams emerging, and, most importantly, Jared Cook joining Green Bay, Rodgers' role was reduced this time around. While the 25-year-old was still able to help the Packers move the sticks here and there, Cook's significantly more dynamic skill set left Rodgers as the team's second option at tight end, which unsurprisingly hurt his production. Overall, Rodgers' numbers closely mirrored those from his rookie campaign, providing incentive for him to elevate his game as he enters the final year of his current contract next season.

  • Trevor Davis WR | GB

    Packers' Trevor Davis: Sparingly used as rookie

    Davis caught three passes (on six targets) for 24 yards and a touchdown in 11 appearances as a rookie this season.

    Davis also returned nine punts for 115 yards and three kickoffs for 64 yards. Drafted in the fifth round for his dynamic speed, Davis failed to carve out a meaningful offensive role. In fact, all three of his receptions came in Green Bay's Week 8 loss to the Falcons. Despite his lack of involvement, Davis will hope his year of experience will help him earn more action next season.

  • Mike Daniels DE | GB

    Packers' Mike Daniels: Finishes with 33 tackles in 2016

    Daniels recorded 33 tackles, including 4.0 sacks, and a pass defensed in 16 games played in 2016.

    Daniels has consistently been the Packers best defensive lineman for the past few years. He was a key cog in a Green Bay run defense that ranked eighth in the NFL and he was the best pass rushing lineman on the team. He hasn't sat out of a game in the past four seasons and will look to continue his run of consistently good play in 2017.

  • Jeff Janis WR | GB

    Packers' Jeff Janis: Catches 11 passes

    Janis finished this season with 11 receptions (on 19 targets) for 93 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played. He also rushed twice for 38 yards and another score.

    Janis' size and speed combination has made him an alluring commodity since entering the league as a seventh-round pick in 2014, and although this season was his most productive yet, the Saginaw Valley product remains a sparingly-used target in Green Bay's offense. Until he becomes more consistently involved, Janis figures to remain on the periphery of fantasy radars, but the fact that 2017 is the final year on his current contract could motivate Janis to make a bigger impact next season.