Tyron Smith DAL 1 Hr
Cowboys exercised LT Tyron Smith's team option for 2015.
Going by the 2014 transition-tag numbers, Smith will be due $10.039 million in 2015. He's making $2.079 million this season. The No. 9 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Smith has missed one game in three years, and emerged as a Pro-Bowl talent on Tony Romo's blindside. Still only 23, he'll get locked up long-term sooner rather than later.
A. J. Green WR CIN 2 Hrs
Profootballtalk reports the Bengals have yet to begin extension talks with A.J. Green.
Donald Jones WR NE 2 Hrs
Retired WR Donald Jones underwent a kidney transplant in December, and is now playing baseball for the Atlantic League Somerset (N.J.) Patriots.
Still only 26, Jones' kidney issues forced his retirement last August. It appears it will be permanent. Jones finished his football career with 82 catches for 887 yards and six touchdowns across 35 games.
Aldon Smith LB SF 2 Hrs
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers are not planning to release embattled OLB Aldon Smith.
However, Rapsheet believes Smith will begin the year suspended, and potentially even in jail. Smith was already due to appear in court on April 29 on gun and DUI charges before his bizarre Sunday arrest for making a bomb threat at LAX. It's pretty safe to assume Smith won't be appearing in all 16 games this season.
Muhammad Wilkerson DL NYJ 3 Hrs
Jets exercised RE Muhammad Wilkerson's team option for 2015.
It's expected to be worth roughly $6.969 million. Wilkerson is coming off a monster season, gobbling up the run while notching 10.5 sacks. Although he's now under team control for the next two seasons, it's possible the sides hammer out an extension before Week 1.
Chris Snee NYG 4 Hrs
Giants RG Chris Snee (hip and elbow surgery) is expected to participate in the "bulk" of the team's offseason program.
However, Snee remains without a timeline for full clearance. Provided he's healthy, Snee should remain the Giants' starting right guard.
Corey Liuget DL SD 4 Hrs
Chargers exercised RE Corey Liuget's team option for 2015.
The move locks Liuget in for 2015, but is guaranteed for injury only. That means the Bolts could still move on from Liuget prior to the beginning of the 2015 league year, though it's unlikely they will. Under the terms of the CBA, he'll make the average of the third- through 25th-highest paid players at his position during his option year. Liuget appeared to be coming on in 2012, but was a less effective pass rusher and run stopper last season.
Jimmy Smith DB BAL 4 Hrs
Ravens exercised RCB Jimmy Smith's team option for 2015.
J. J. Watt DL HOU 4 Hrs
Texans exercised LE J.J. Watt's team option for 2015.
It's the no-brainer to end all no-brainers. Watt has emerged as a singular force in the Texans' 3-4 defense, winning Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012. He's been a first-team All-Pro each of the past two seasons. Watt will make a paltry $1.907 million in 2014, but that number will skyrocket in 2015, absent an extension. Under the terms of the CBA, former top-10 picks get the average of the 10-highest paid players at their position in their option year.
Donovan McNabb QB MIN 5 Hrs
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Department confirms Donovan McNabb spent one day in jail as part of a plea agreement stemming from a December DUI arrest.
"I have had other high profile athletes who have been incarcerated with no problems and this latest athlete follows that same pattern," the sheriff said. What remains unclear is how the entire episode flew under the radar for nearly half a year. Either way, it's now in the past for McNabb, who appears poised to keep his multiple jobs in the media.