Kellen Davis TE NYJ 2 Days
Davis has signed a one-year deal with the Jets, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
Davis, who did not catch a pass in six games with the Lions this past season, is now in line compete with Zach Sudfeld and Chris Pantale for depth TE slotting for the Jets behind Jace Amaro and Jeff Cumberland.
Branden Oliver RB SD 2 Days1 Comment
Following the free agent departure of Ryan Mathews, Oliver is a candidate the head the Chargers' backfield this coming season, ESPN.com reports.
"Ryan was very unique," coach Mike McCoy acknowledged with regard to Mathews. "He's different than what we have now. But as that physical guy, yes, you can say Branden is that physical guy we have now." With that in mind, as the team's running back depth chart stands, Oliver slots in as the top option, with Danny Woodhead slated to return in a change-of-pace role and Donald Brown on hand to work in a complementary role. That said, it wouldn't surprise us if the Chargers continued to add depth at the position, either in free agency or through the upcoming NFL draft.
Philip Rivers QB SD 2 Days
The Chargers have no plans to deal Rivers (back), NFL.com reports.
Rivers, who is slated to enter the final year of his contract, plans to play out his current deal, but the Chargers have no plans to deal the 33-year-old signal-caller. "It's not even on our radar," GM Telesco insisted on Monday. This coming season, Rivers -- who is coming off a 2014 campaign in which he racked up 4,286 passing yards to go along with 31 TDs and 18 picks -- is in line to helm a San Diego passing offense that bid adieu to slot man Eddie Royal, but added Stevie Johnson in free agency. Meanwhile, the team's RB corps remains a work in progress, following the free agent departure of Ryan Mathews.
Brandon Magee LB TB 2 Days
Magee was waived by the Buccaneers on Wednesday.
Magee spent most of 2014 as a contributor on special teams, making nine tackles with just one on defense. His season ended in Week 14 following a pectoral issue, and he's spending the spring as part of the Red Sox's training camp, joining the team's minor-league camp Wednesday.
Casey Matthews LB MIN 3 Days
Matthews agreed to terms with the Vikings on Tuesday, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Matthews played 16 total games in each of his first four seasons in the league, and racked up a career-best 53 combined tackles in 2014. He'll compete for a starting gig in an already-formidable group of Minnesota linebackers.
Letroy Guion DL GB 3 Days
Guion will avoid criminal charges stemming from his Feb. 3 arrest, the Green Bay Press Gazette reports.
Guion's case originally included felony possession of marijuana charges, but these will be dropped following a no contest plea agreement with local authorities. The defensive tackle remains unsigned for 2015, but should still see an opportunity to earn a role with a team, though a potential personal conduct policy suspension may hurt his chances. Signing with the Packers (who he played for in 2014) remains a possibility.
Mason Foster LB CHI 3 Days
Foster signed a one-year deal with the Bears on Tuesday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Foster spent his first four seasons with the Buccaneers, where he accumulated a total of 343 combined tackles and 6.0 sacks. He was limited to just 10 games in 2014 due to an Achilles injury, which is primarily responsible for his career-low tackles totals. Foster, now presumably healthy, should make an immediate bid to earn a starting linebacker gig in Chicago.
Taylor Mays DB MIN 3 Days1 Comment
Mays agreed to a one-year contract with Minnesota, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.
Mays played for head coach Mike Zimmer when he was defensive coordinator of the Bengals from 2011 to 2013. Mays could start next to Harrison Smith at safety.
Frank Gore RB IND 3 Days
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano made comments indicating that the team expects Gore to handle a heavy workload in 2015, CSN Bay Area reports. "He's a tough, hard-nosed, every-down back. He can play all three downs," Pagano said of Gore. "I don't think we would've gone after him and made the investment and made the decision to bring him in if we didn't feel that way."
While it's no secret that the Colts plan to use Gore as their primary back for early downs, it's somewhat less clear how the passing-down work will be split up. Gore has an excellent reputation as a pass blocker, but he didn't catch many balls over his final few seasons in San Francisco, while Dan Herron did nice work for the Colts in that department during the team's playoff run.
Louis Delmas DB MIA 3 Days
Dolphins general manager John Hickey said Delmas (knee) may be ready for full participation by June minicamp, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Despite suffering a torn ACL in early December, Delmas received a one-year, $3.5 million contract from the Dolphins. The team is clearly confident that the veteran safety will be ready by Week 1, with that sentiment echoed by Delmas himself. Still, it's best not to assume Delmas will be ready, given that he'll be just 10 months removed from the injury. If healthy, he figures to start at free safety again.