NFL Player News

  • Andrew Hawkins WR | CLE

    Andrew Hawkins: Released by Browns

    Hawkins was released by the Browns on Monday.

    Hawkins' release will save Cleveland $1.8 million in cap space heading into free agency, where they'll seek to retain the services of top wideout Terrelle Pryor. After posting a career-high 63 catches for 824 yards upon signing with the Browns in 2014, Hawkins saw his role diminished over the last couple years, culminating in just 33 grabs for 324 yards and three scores this past season. Soon to be 31 years old, the shifty veteran wideout will now seek to land elsewhere ahead of the upcoming campaign.

  • Wes Horton DE | CAR

    Panthers' Wes Horton: Signs two-year extension

    Horton has signed a two-year contract to remain with the Panthers.

    Horton's deal with keep him in Carolina through the 2018 campaign. Undrafted out of USC, Horton has been released and re-signed by the Panthers three times since entering the league in 2013, but after starting 10 of his 11 games played last year, he'll now enjoy some job security heading into the upcoming season.

  • Dontari Poe NT | KC

    Chiefs' Dontari Poe: Could hit open market

    Poe is anticipated to become an unrestricted free agent unless he and the Chiefs are able to reach agreement on a long-term contract prior to Wednesday's deadline to designate franchise players, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.

    Poe posted a career-low 27 tackles and 1.5 sacks while earning $6.1 million under his fifth-year option last season. With both he and safety Eric Berry thus far unsuccessful in negotiations for long-term extensions, the Chiefs may have to prioritize a player with their franchise tag ahead of Wednesday's deadline. Despite his reluctance, Berry is expected to receive that designation, which would result in Poe becoming an unrestricted free agent. Should that occur, the 26-year-old Poe would figure to garner significant interest from teams in need of a disruptive 3-4 nose guard, likely spelling the end of his time in Kansas City.

  • Eric Berry DB | KC

    Chiefs' Eric Berry: Expected to be tagged

    Berry is expected to receive the Chiefs' franchise tag unless he and the team reach agreement on a long-term deal prior to Wednesday's deadline, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.

    Berry and defensive tackle Dontari Poe are both in search of long-term contracts to remain in Kansas City, but unless either one of them unexpectedly secures such a deal, it's anticipated that Berry will be designated as the Chiefs' franchise player for a second straight season. After holding out during training camp last year, Berry has made it clear that he'll refuse to play under the tag in 2017, which, barring an unforeseen development in the next couple days, figures to result in another standoff between the Chiefs and their five-time Pro Bowler this offseason.

  • Josh Doctson WR | WAS

    Redskins' Josh Doctson: Expected to be healthy by end of March

    Doctson (Achilles) is expected to be 100 percent healthy by the end of March, Brian McNally of 106.7 FM The Fan reports.

    Doctson was limited to just two games as a rookie while recovering from an Achilles injury sustained during the past offseason, and landed back on IR in October upon suffering a setback. The wideout has made strong progress in his recovery since the season ended, as he took part in running and catching drills last week and is expected to increase his activities in the weeks to come. If Doctson proves to be healthy when training camp opens in the summer, he could challenge for a starting role if the Redskins fail to restock their receiving corps when Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson become free agents in March.

  • Alshon Jeffery WR | CHI

    Bears' Alshon Jeffery: Will become free agent

    The Bears won't apply the franchise tag to Jeffery for the 2017 season, allowing him to become a free agent, ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson reports.

    While playing under the franchise tag in 2016, Jeffery turned in a rather disappointing season, hauling in 52 catches for 821 yards and only two touchdowns while missing four games due to a suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Despite his downturn in performance the last two years, the 26-year-old Jeffery figures to generate plenty of interest in free agency, and could see his numbers climb if he lands in a favorable passing offense. The Bears would likely have interest in retaining Jeffery, but they could be priced out of his market.

  • Falcons' Ryan Schraeder: No surgery required

    Schraeder (ankle) will not require ankle surgery, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "No surgery," he said. "It's not that big of a deal. It just hurts like heck."

    Schraeder went down in the Super Bowl with a torn ankle ligament and wasn't expected to need surgery anyway. However, it still isn't clear when he'll be cleared to play again. He has until April 17 before the Falcons' offseason program starts up.

  • Mario Addison LB | CAR

    Panthers' Mario Addison: Signs with Panthers

    Addison signed with the Panthers on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

    Addison's deal is expected to go through the 2019 season. Last season, Addison tallied 27 tackles and led the team with 9.5 sacks.

  • Matt Elam DB | BAL

    Ravens' Matt Elam: Arrested on multiple drug charges

    Elam was arrested on three drug-related charges in Miami on Sunday, NFL.com's Jeremy Bergman reports.

    Elam was initially pulled over for reckless driving early Sunday morning, but police booked him on charges of marijuana possession, possession with intent to sell or deliver and possession of a controlled substance. The former first-round pick appeared in nine games as a backup for the Ravens last season, collecting four tackles. He's set to become a free agent in March after the Ravens declined his fifth-year option, but the arrest could hurt his chances of landing with a team.

  • Tony Romo QB | DAL

    Cowboys' Tony Romo: Has not had conversations with team yet

    Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones is expected to make the decision on the future of Romo soon, but Jones said he has not yet spoken with the veteran quarterback, Charean William of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    It was previously reported that the two sides would speak before the NFL Scouting Combine, and that begins Tuesday. Rookie Dak Prescott stepped in for the injured veteran and had a magical season. Prescott is expected to start in 2017, but it is possible the veteran Romo could be kept around as insurance. It would likely take a pay cut to make that happen. Vegas even has odds on Romo's 2017 team, and the Cowboys are considered the favorite (along with the Broncos).