Andre Johnson WR HOU 3 Hrs6 Comments
Johnson has informed the Texans that he'd like to be traded or cut prior to next season, the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texans have given Johnson's camp permission to seek a trade, and the general belief is that if they're unable to find a deal, the Texans would be willing to cut the 12-year veteran. The situation arose after Houston asked Johnson to take a reduced role next season, something the 34-year-old is not comfortable doing. If Johnson, who caught 85 passes for 936 yards and three scores last season, is not traded, cutting him would save the Texans over $8 million against the cap, giving them roughly $22 million in cap space to spend in free agency.
Bernard Pollard DB TEN 5 Hrs
Pollard (Achilles') will be released by the Titans, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.
Pollard, who was limited to five games last season due to an Achilles' injury, will thus look to catch on elsewhere once his health is re-established.
Dwight Freeney LB SD 7 Hrs
Freeney plans to play another season in 2015, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next week, Freeney has just nine sacks in 34 games over the last three seasons. While not the gameplan-ruining monster he once was, he seemingly has enough left in the tank to keep contributing as a situational pass rusher. Now 35 years old, Freeney has long been out of the IDP conversation.
Danny Lansanah LB TB 8 Hrs
The Bucs have tendered Lansanah an exclusive-rights free agent contract, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
With the 29-year-old Lansanah coming off a breakout season, this was a non-decision for the Bucs. A 2008 UDFA, Lansanah bounced around the league for quite some time, before finally getting his big break in 2014. He's one of the better stories in the NFL, and while he'll almost certainly start in 2015, he won't necessarily have a three-down role. Lavonte David is locked in as an every-snap superstar, and the Bucs may end up retaining starting middle linebacker Mason Foster, who can soon become an unrestricted free agent.
Lance Moore WR PIT 8 Hrs
Moore was released by the Steelers on Monday, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsbrugh Tribune-Review reports.
Moore dealt with a groin injury early in the season, and he never established any kind of consistent role in the Pittsburgh offense. Now heading into his age-32 campaign, the former Saint may need to compete for a roster spot wherever he lands, despite being just three years removed from a 1,000-yard season. New Orleans would be a logical landing spot, but even in that scenario, Moore probably wouldn't have a big role in the offense.
Dan Orlovsky QB DET 8 Hrs
Orlovsky signed a one-year deal with the Lions on Monday, the team's official website reports.
One again forced to make some difficult personnel decisions, the Lions will go cheap at the backup quarterback spot, allowing for spending elsewhere. The team does seem to value Orlovsky to some extent, as it would be even cheaper to go with either Kellen Moore or a late-round pick in the upcoming draft. Still, Orlovsky has never impressed when given the chance, and he's probably one of the lesser backup quarterbacks in the league.
Brad Jones LB PHI 8 Hrs
Jones signed a two-year contract with the Eagles on Monday.
Recently released by the Packers, Jones struggled with both injuries and ineffective play in 2014, but he does have 36 career starts to his name. He's a candidate to start next to Mychal Kendricks in Philly's 3-4 defense, but Jones probably won't have a three-down role, even if he gets the job. So long as Kendricks stays healthy, Jones is unlikely to emerge as an IDP option.
Dez Bryant WR DAL 9 Hrs
Bryant officially received the franchise tag Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports.
Bryant and the Cowboys will now try to iron out a long-term contract. While the situation will certainly grab headlines, there's little question that Bryant will have a star on his helmet in 2015.
Cortland Finnegan DB MIA 9 Hrs
Finnegan was released by the Dolphins on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Finnegan started all 12 games he played in 2014, but he'll likely have trouble finding another starting job, in the wake of a lackluster season. Having recently turned 31, Finnegan has minimal upside for both real-life and IDP purposes.
Charles Clay TE MIA 9 Hrs1 Comment
The Dolphins have placed their transition tag on Clay, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The transition tag gives Miami the right to match any contract that Clay signs with another team. It's somewhat cheaper than the franchise tag, with the number for tight ends approximately $7.07 million. The Dolphins hope to sign Clay to a long-term deal, but this does leave open the possibility that the tight end could end up elsewhere, though it would likely take an overpay to pry him away from the Dolphins.