Brandon Marshall WR CHI 3 Hrs1 Comment
The Bears are reportedly considering trading Marshall (ribs), the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The notion that the team appears prepared to move on from Marshall, who signed an extension with the Bears last May, is echoed by NFL.com, though it's unclear if the team would be of a mind to release the wideout if a trade doesn't happen. Marshall is coming off an injury-marred 2014 season, in which he recorded 61 catches for 721 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games, with the report suggesting that the team's possible inclination to part ways with the wideout is motivated more by team chemistry considerations than finances.
Peyton Manning QB DEN 3 Hrs
Manning's return to the Broncos for the 2015 season has been confirmed, ESPN.com reports.
Per the report, Manning has agreed to a reduced salary (from $19 million to $15 million) for the coming season, a deal that was confirmed Thursday after the QB passed his physical. With the added financial flexibility created by Manning's re-worked contract as free agency approaches, the Broncos can now focus on maintaining a strong supporting cast around their franchise QB, who will return for his fourth season with the team.
Dwayne Bowe WR KC 3 Hrs
Bowe is a candidate to be released by the Chiefs if the team is unable to deal the wideout, NFL Network's NFL Ian Rapoport reports.
With Bowe slated to earn almost $11 million this coming season, per NFL.com, dealing the wideout would be a challenging endeavor for the Chiefs. If Bowe ends up being released, with the team already having bid adieu to fellow pass-catchers Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins, the Chiefs would clearly need to aggressively target the wideout position in both free agency and the NFL draft.
Harry Douglas WR ATL 6 Hrs
Douglas will visit the Titans on Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.
Douglas was released by Atlanta in late-February, and represents a potentially valuable addition as a slot receiver in free agency, especially for teams that are unable to dish out the high salary required for top free agent Randall Cobb. The 30-year-old hauled in 51 passes for 556 yards and two touchdowns over 12 games in 2014, and although this line doesn't live up to his 2013 numbers, his 7.5 yards per target is not a major dropoff from the year before. If the two sides are able to work out a deal, Douglas could see a slight uptick in targets in a less talented group of receivers, but the quality of quarterback play would remain a question mark.
Darnell Dockett DL ARI 6 Hrs
Dockett (knee) agreed to a two-year deal with the 49ers on Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The deal can't be put in writing until March 10, but the agreement to bring Dockett to San Francisco seems to be complete. The 33-year-old defensive lineman missed the entire 2014 campaign due to a torn ACL, but if the typical timeline for this injury holds up, he should be able to participate in the majority of training camp. Once healthy, Dockett will compete with the likes of Tony Jerod-Eddie and Tank Carradine to become a fixture in the defensive line rotation.
Vince Wilfork DL NE 7 Hrs
Wilfork will become an unrestricted free agent when eligible next week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The Patriots declined to pick up the team option on Wilfork's contract, so he will be free to explore other opportunities at the onset of free agency. The 33-year-old defensive tackle tallied 47 combined tackles in 2014, but didn't record a sack for the second straight year. The report, which was relayed by Schefter, came from Wilfork's personal Twitter account.
Keith Rivers LB DAL 21 Hrs
Rivers signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday, the National Football Post reports.
The Bengals selected Rivers with the ninth pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, and he responded with 70-tackle campaigns in his second and third season. However, prior to the fourth, he underwent wrist surgery and missed all of 2011. He was subsequently traded to the Giants prior to the 2012 campaign and signed with the Bills last offseason. After tallying 16 tackles in 12 games last year, he'll merely provide linebacker depth for the Cowboys.
Ronald Talley DL NYJ 23 Hrs
The Jets have signed Talley, nj.com reports.
Talley, who last played in the NFL in 2013 is thus reunited with with new Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who was previously the DE's defensive coordinator with the Cards. While Talley will boost the Jets' defensive line depth in 2015, he's off the IDP radar, as evidenced by his career mark of 14 tackles in 15 NFL contests.
Pierre Thomas RB NO 23 Hrs
The Saints have released Thomas, NFL.com reports.
With Thomas cut loose thanks to the team's salary cap situation and Mark Ingram on track to hit free agency, the Saints figure to have a new-look backfield in 2015. The 30-year-old Thomas was limited to 11 games (and 45 carries for 222 yards and two TDs) last year, but when healthy, he remains an asset as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. After recording 77 catches for New Orleans in 2013, Thomas caught 45 passes for 378 yards and a TD this past season.
Carson Palmer QB ARI 24 Hrs
Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that Palmer is "about a month ahead of schedule" in his recovery from a torn ACL in his left knee, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Palmer suffered the injury on Nov. 9, bringing his second season with the Cardinals to a close. He underwent surgery within a week and a half, and positive reports regarding his recovery effort started to emerge once the calendar flipped to 2015. Although he's expected to achieve full health by the time OTAs roll around, Arians relayed that he's apt to keep Palmer on the sideline during the Cardinals' offseason program. Thus, Palmer likely won't participate in any team drills until training camp commences.