Tom Brady QB NE 1 hour ago
Following the release of Ted Wells' report, which notes that "it is more probable than not" that Patriots locker room personnel deflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game, ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests that Brady could face league discipline, the Boston Globe reports.
It remains to be seen, what, if any discipline Brady might face from the league, but ESPN.com suggests via Schefter that a call on that front could be "days" away. The Wells' report concludes that "based on the evidence, it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of Jim McNally (Officials Locker Room attendant) and John Jastremski (equipment assistant for the Patriots) involving the release of air from Patriots game balls." Brady is coming off a 2014 regular season in which he threw for 4,109 passing yards to go along with 33 TDs and nine picks in 16 games for the eventual Super Bowl Champions.
Darren Fells TE ARI 3 hours ago
Fells is slated for a larger role in the Cardinals' offense in 2015 following John Carlson's retirement Tuesday, the Cardinals' official site reports. "I never would have thought I'd be considered the veteran in the room," Fells said. "So I am definitely going to try and step into that role."
Indeed, with active status in 10 games last season, Fells enters the offseason program as the most experienced tight end on the Cardinals' roster. As the season proceeded, his usage increased, significantly outpacing veterans John Carlson and Rob Housler in each of the final four outings. Including the playoff loss at Carolina, the 29-year-old Fells finished the year with six catches (on 12 targets) for 72 yards and one touchdown. Fells' ability as a blocker was pointed to for the development, but Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com suggested that Fells' focus this offseason will be further understanding of the nuances of coach Bruce Arians' offense, particularly the blocking schemes. Expect Fells to contend with Troy Niklas (ankle), who is coming off an injury-plagued rookie campaign, and a potential free-agent addition.
Troy Niklas TE ARI 3 hours ago
Niklas (ankle) is in line for a larger role in the Cardinals' offense in 2015 following John Carlson's retirement Tuesday, the team's official site reports. "I don't think it really changes much," Niklas said. "I have high expectations for myself regardless because of how last season went. I have a chip on my shoulder, wanting to prove I can stay healthy and play at this level."
Niklas sustained a high left ankle sprain in Week 5, which forced inactive status in each of the next three games. After returning to duty in Week 9, he was utilized in three more contests, but an aggravation of the injury resulted in the rookie's placement on injured reserve with only three catches (on three targets) for 38 yards across seven appearances. With John Carlson's snaps up for grabs, Niklas is due for a significant increase in usage this coming season, considering his status as a second-round pick of the 2014 draft. However, the Cardinals' corps of tight ends lacks experience -- Niklas will contend with the likes of former college basketball player Darren Fells and 2015 seventh-rounder Gerald Christian -- meaning the organization may call upon a veteran hand due to coach Bruce Arians' propensity to utilize two tight-end sets.
Jermaine Kearse WR SEA 3 hours ago
Kearse has signed his one-year restricted free agent tender with the Seahawks, worth $2.356 million for the 2015 season, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.
Kearse, who caught 38 passes for 537 yards and a touchdown in 15 games in 2014, will thus reprise his role in the team's wideout corps, which also includes Doug Baldwin, with Ricardo Lockette, Paul Richardson, Kevin Norwood, Chris Matthews and Tyler Lockett also jostling for depth chart slotting. With the Seahawks a run-heavy team to begin with, and star TE Jimmy Graham now in the mix, Kearse's fantasy utility is limited to deeper formats.
Tyler Eifert TE CIN 4 hours ago
Eifert, who dealt with an elbow injury last season and is still bouncing back from shoulder surgery, expects to be fully recovered by the time training camp begins, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
At this stage, Eifert -- who played just one game last season -- has to avoid contact to his surgically-repaired shoulder, but he is able to run routes and catch passes as he continues his rehab. With Jermaine Gresham still unsigned and unlikely to return to the Bengals, draft picks Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah were added to bolster the team's TE depth. Assuming no setbacks though, Eifert will open the season atop the team's depth chart at the position, poised for a fantasy breakout after combining for 42 catches for 482 yards and two TDs over his first 16 NFL contests.
Mark Sanchez QB PHI 4 hours ago4 Comments
Sanchez indicates that he believes that there will be an open competition between him and Sam Bradford for the Eagles' top QB job this offseason, csnphilly.com reports.
With the NFL draft now in the books and Marcus Mariota a member of the Titans, the focus in Philly is now on the team's veteran options at QB. While the general assumption is that Bradford will open the season as the team's starter, he is coming off an ACL injury, so at a minimum, Sanchez figures to see his share of offseason reps in order to make a case for the assignment. Meanwhile, Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow are in line to compete for the team's No. 3 QB spot.
Shonn Greene RB TEN 4 hours ago
The Tennessean suggests that Greene's roster spot could be in jeopardy following the team's selection of David Cobb in the recent NFL draft.
It's a notion echoed by ESPN.com, though the veteran running back -- who has been away from the team's voluntary organized team activities to attend to a family matter -- remains slated to participate in the Titans' mandatory minicamp, which runs from June 16-18. With Bishop Sankey still atop the team's RB depth chart, Greene could well be squeezed out by Cobb, a fellow big back, assuming the rookie is able to stay healthy in advance of the 2015 season.
Chris Johnson RB NYJ 5 hours ago
Following the NFL draft, Johnson remains a free agent.
For now, there doesn't seem to be much free agent interest in Johnson, who was let go by the Jets in February, though the Dallas Morning News relays that Johnson himself suggests that he might be a good fit for the Cowboys, who did not draft a running back despite losing DeMarco Murray in free agency. Per NFL.com, Johnson, who sustained a gun shot wound to his shoulder during a March 8 incident in Florida, has resumed working out and doesn't appear to be exhibiting any lingering effects from the injury. At this stage, the Cowboys suggest that they are comfortable with their current backfield corps, but Johnson could draw some interest as the offseason progresses, once running back injuries mount.
Bishop Sankey RB TEN 5 hours ago
The Titans added depth behind Sankey in the recent NFL draft by selecting fellow running back David Cobb 138th overall this past weekend, ESPN.com reports.
As a rookie, Sankey, the first running back taken (54th overall) in last year's draft, recorded 569 rushing yards (on 152 carries) and two TDs, to go along with 18 catches for 133 yards. In his second season as a pro Sankey will no doubt look to improve on his average of 3.7 yards per carry, an outcome that coach Ken Whisenhunt suggests is plausible, with the running back set to be on board for a full offseason of preparation, after missing time last year due to school commitments. While Sankey remains atop the Titans' RB depth chart at this stage, the team views Cobb as a three-down back, so Sankey is clearly in line for some competition for touches from the rookie out of Minnesota.
Kevin Boothe OAK 22 hours ago
Boothe was released by the Raiders on Tuesday, ESPN.com's Bill Williamson reports.
After starting 32 games for the Raiders over the previous two seasons, Boothe was limited to a reserve role in 2014, appearing in just nine contests. The Raiders deemed the 31-year-old expendable and will look to some of their younger, cheaper lineman to replace him.