Felton plans to retire from professional football following the 2017 season, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
With fewer teams in the modern NFL making use of fullbacks in their offense, a market hasn't opened up this season for Felton, who has said he has kept himself in shape and would be receptive to joining a playoff-contending team down the stretch before calling it quits. Assuming Felton remains unsigned the rest of the way, he'll finish his nine-year career with 178 rushing yards and 421 yards. As is typical with most fullbacks, Felton was most valuable as a run blocker during his stints with five teams, most memorably earning a Pro Bowl nod with the Vikings in 2012 for leading the way during Adrian Peterson's 2,097 rushing-yards campaign.
Felton is expected to sign with the Falcons on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Felton, now 34, is expected to join the reigning NFC champions after spending the past two seasons up in Buffalo. The fullback has bounced all over during his seven seasons in the league, including stints with the Lions, Vikings, Panthers, and Bills. If he signs with the Falcons, he'll likely serve as a run blocker for the two-headed monster that is Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman (ankle).
Felton (foot) is active for Saturday's contest against Miami.
Felton's status comes as little surprise after he practiced at least in a limited fashion each day this week. He hasn't had many carries but has been a key blocker in the Bills' run game.
Felton (foot) practiced on a limited basis for the third straight day Friday and is questionable for Saturday's game against the Dolphins.
It looks like Felton will play, as the Bills try to do harm to their rival's playoff chances. Felton only has six carries all season, but has been a pivotal factor in LeSean McCoy's success in 2016.
Felton (back) is active for Sunday's contest against Miami.
Felton sat out most of practice this week, but was able to participate in a limited fashion on Friday. Although he hasn't seen many carries this season, he's been a valuable blocker for the Bills' No. 1-ranked rushing attack.
Felton (back) practiced on a limited basis Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Miami.
The Bills have the NFL's top rushing attack, but they'll head into this week's contest with some question marks, given the injuries to both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Felton, a valuable blocker.
Felton (back) did not practice Thursday.
Felton has just two rushing attempts all season, but he still helps out with Buffalo's power rushing game. The league's top-ranked run attack could have a different look this week if both Felton and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) are unable to go against division-rival Miami.
Felton, cut last week by the Bills, is about to be re-signed by the team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Bills kept a younger (and cheaper) Glenn Gronkowski at fullback over Felton, but the team's run game struggled against the Ravens on Sunday and it looks like they want to bring Felton's veteran skills back to try and open up some more holes this week against the Jets. If the fullback position wasn't avoided by so many teams these days, a guy with Felton's football skills probably would have been snapped up by now, so the Bills should consider themselves lucky they're getting their guy back.
Felton has been released by the Bills, ESPN's Adam Scheffer reports.
Felton was a pretty big favorite to land the fullback job, but in the end coach Rex Ryan decided he liked undrafted rookie Glenn Gronkowski better. While fullbacks are a dying breed in the NFL, there's still a pretty good chance Felton could get picked up by a team looking to open up some holes for an elite running back.
The Bills announced Wednesday that the team has signed fullback Jerome Felton. The signing comes on the heels of the Bills' acquisition of LeSean McCoy to serve as the team's lead running back.
"I got to meet LeSean Tuesday and we hit it off right off the bat," Felton said, per the team's website. "We’re going to have a good year and I told him life is going to get easier for him. We’re both excited about it. I played with another great running back in Minnesota and LeSean is cut from the same cloth so I’m looking forward to it."
Felton's four-year deal is set to pay him $9.2 million, and the fullback will receive $4 million in guaranteed money, per ESPN.com. He'll count $1.75 million against the cap in 2015.
The Bills are signing former Vikings fullback Jerome Felton, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He opted out of his contract after spending the past three seasons in Minnesota.
The Bills have agreed to terms with fullback Jerome Felton, according to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News on Tuesday. Felton is line for a four-year deal worth $2.3 million. He will turn 29 in July.
The Bills "hope to sign" fullback Jerome Felton, who would serve as the lead blocker for recently acquired LeSean McCoy, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Felton spent the past three seasons in Minnesota, then opted out of his contract.
He made the Pro Bowl in 2012 when he helped Adrian Peterson rush for 2,097 yards.
Vikings fullback Jerome Felton told ESPN.com he's opted out of his contract, making him a free agent. Felton had a $2.45 million non-guaranteed option he could have exercised.
But Felton told the St. Paul Pioneer Press he didn't expect the team to keep him at that price. Now he can find a better fit on the open market.
Vikings wideout Cordarrelle Patterson got the green light Week 15 against the Lions.
Patterson entered the contest listed as questionable due to a hamstring injury. He was not listed on the injury report on Wednesday or Thursday, but was limited in practice on Friday due to the issue. He'll attempt to play through it against Detroit.
The team will also have Jerome Felton, Everson Griffen, Jabari Price and Harrison Smith. All four players were listed as probable heading into the game.
The Vikings have ruled safety Robert Blanton (ankle, knee), guard Charlie Johnson (ankle), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) and linebacker Anthony Barr (knee) out for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (hamstring) was the only player listed as questionable on Minnesota's final injury report. Meanwhile, fullback Jerome Felton (neck), safety Harrison Smith (shoulder), defensive end Everson Griffen (back) and cornerback Jabari Price (hamstring) were all deemed probable for Week 15.
The Vikings backup rushers didn't do much Week 11 against the Bears.
Free safety Andrew Sendejo actually did make a difference, leading the team in rushing. He gained 48 yards on a fake punt. It was his only rush of the game.
Jerome Felton got one carry, gaining 3 yards. Matt Asiata also had one carry, but gained 2 yards. Asiata also had three receptions for 12 yards.
They'll look for more Week 12 against the Packers.
While it is uncertain if running back Adrian Peterson will rejoin the Vikings roster this season, fullback Jerome Felton and running back Jerick McKinnon would welcome Peterson back to the team. The duo have stayed in touch with Peterson, who is away from the team while he deals with child abuse allegations.
"I think we’d be happy to have him back," McKinnon said, per ESPN. "He’s a leader on this team. He’s done a lot for this team, this organization, over the past years. I think it’d be good for the team, having his leadership back, and of course his ability and talent and everything he can do as well."
Felton said he has traded text messages with Peterson several times since he has been away from the team.
"He’s staying strong. He’s doing as good as he can, despite the circumstances. I just showed him my support," Felton said. "He’s one of the top five players in the world. That would be exciting if we could get him back."
Vikings running back Jerome Felton received two carries Week 7.
Felton did well with his limited work, picking up 21 rushing yards on just two attempts. He was not targeted in the passing game. Felton will look for more Week 8 against the Buccaneers.
The Vikings will have all but one player listed as probable Week 5 against the Packers.
Jerome Felton, Michael Mauti, Jerick McKinnon, Captain Munnerlyn, Josh Robinson and Rodney Smith will all give it a go Thursday.
McKinnon is expected to see time at running back behind Matt Asiata. He entered the week with an ankle injury, but will play through it.