Mike DeVito DL KC 3 hours ago1 Comment
DeVito (Achilles) indicated Monday that he felt healthy, but cautioned "you never know until you get out there," Adam Teicher of ESPN reports.
DeVito's 2014 campaign ended prematurely due to a torn Achilles, holding him to just one game for the season with just an assisted tackle. He restructured a one-year contract with the Chiefs in the offseason, and will likely start at defensive end once again in 2015.
Johnny Manziel QB CLE 6 hours ago2 Comments
Manziel is still viewed by many within the Browns' organization as part of their future plans, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Manziel has been participating in voluntary offseason workouts with the team, where head coach Mike Pettine was reached for comment. "He's very much in our plans," Pettine stated, adding that "His career with us just hit the pause button." It was reported earlier this offseason that many within the organization had "moved on" from Manziel, but this statement was highly refuted in the report. The young quarterback had his fair share of off-the-field issues during his rookie campaign in Cleveland, which ultimately landed him in a rehabilitation facility for a period greater than 10 weeks. Mix that with the on-field struggles in limited opportunities in 2014, and that left plenty to doubt Manziel's capability to be the face of the NFL franchise. He'll likely face stiff competition from recent signee Josh McCown for the starting quarterback job this summer, but the organization at least seems open to giving him another opportunity. It will be intriguing to see whether that notion holds up following next week's NFL draft, where the Browns own the 12th and 19th overall picks.
Jimmy Smith DB BAL 8 hours ago
Smith signed a four-year extension with the Ravens on Tuesday, the team's official website reports.
Smith is now under contract for the next five seasons on a deal worth up to $48 million. While he's missed 17 games through the first four years of his career, the 26-year-old cornerback performed at a high level when healthy in 2013 and 2014. Smith had season-ending foot surgery back in November, but the new contract makes it pretty clear that the Ravens aren't too concerned. While crucial to the Baltimore defense, Smith has never been much of an IDP, with just 140 tackles (121 solo) and five interceptions in his career.
Lance Dunbar RB DAL 8 hours ago
Dunbar signed his one-year contract tender with the Cowboys, worth $1.54 million, the team's official site reports.
Dunbar, who has worked in a third-down role over the past two season, will return to a Dallas backfield that had bid adieu to starter DeMarco Murray and has since added Darren McFadden. The team's RB depth chart also includes Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams, though we suspect that the Cowboys will add further depth at the position, at or around the upcoming NFL Draft.
Nate Solder NE 8 hours ago2 Comments
Solder was diagnosed and treated for testicular cancer in advance of the 2014 season, ESPN.com reports.
Solder, who was diagnosed in April of 2014, was then treated and recovered in time to play in all 16 games for the Patriots, who won Super Bowl XLIX. Solder has had checkups every three months since his surgery, per the Boston Globe and all of his results on that front have been good. The 27-year-old is slated to reprise his role as the Patriots' starting left tackle in 2015.
Jerrell Freeman LB IND 9 hours ago1 Comment
Freeman, a restricted free agent who remains unsigned, did not attend the Colts' offseason voluntary workouts that began Monday, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Freeman was given a tender offer by the Colts, but he hasn't signed the contract and appears to be skipping workouts in an effort to get a long-term contract. Freeman has until Friday to get an offer from another team, which the Colts could match. The Colts tendered Freeman a one-year, $2.35 million contract, which would require another team to give up a second-round draft pick to sigh him.
Philip Rivers QB SD 11 hours ago17 Comments
Rivers reported to voluntary workouts at Chargers Park on Monday assuming that he is and will remain the starting quarterback in 2015, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
It's business as usual for Rivers, but his future with the team has been a hot topic of conversation in San Diego. Rivers is entering a contract year and has expressed a desire to play it out, while the Bolts have recently worked out former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. This combination of events has fueled speculation that Rivers could be moved in a blockbuster draft day trade. Rivers is well-respected in the locker room, and many of his teammates have expressed support for their field leader, but this is a story that is not likely to go away any time soon.
Drew Stanton QB ARI 11 hours ago
Stanton said Tuesday that he'll be able to take part in all football activities during the offseason, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
After suffering a sprained ACL and Grade 2 MCL sprain in Week 15, Stanton didn't helm the offense for the rest of the regular season and even required surgery to combat an infection on Dec. 24. Heading into the playoffs, there was a belief within the Cardinals' organization that he may be able to suit up, if the team emerged victorious in the Wild Card round. Alas, that didn't come to pass, and coach Bruce Arians was required to trust in Ryan Lindley due to the absence of Carson Palmer (knee). With offseason workouts underway, Stanton admitted that he may take a cautious approach with his conditioning, but if Palmer's recovery from a torn ACL is at all delayed, Stanton is the clear option to fill in as the No. 1 signal caller.
Andre Ellington RB ARI 11 hours ago
Ellington (hernia) took part in the "Phase-1" portion of voluntary workouts Tuesday, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
The initial blame for Ellington's supbar sophomore campaign can be blamed on a tendon issue in his left foot, which he sustained shortly before the season opener and afflicted him thereafter. Once November rolled around, the Cardinals listed the running back on the injury report with a hip injury, and eventually, his season came to a close following hernia surgery on Dec. 8. More than four months removed from the procedure, his presence at the first offseason workout is a step in the right direction toward his overall health. Although his YPC dropped from 5.5 as a rookie to 3.3 last year, the addition of bulldozing guard Mike Iupati via free agency sets Ellington up for a bounce back, as long as he avoids the injury bug that has followed him into the professional ranks.
Tyler Bray QB KC 12 hours ago
Bray continues to rehab his torn ACL, the Kansas City Star reports.
At this stage, there isn't a specific timetable for Bray's return, but once he's recovered he'll look to re-establish a backup slot behind starter Alex Smith, who has bounced back from the lacerated spleen that ended his 2014 season.