Mike Tolbert RB CAR (7) 1 day ago
Tolbert was released by Carolina on Tuesday, Max Henson of the Panthers's official site reports.
Tolbert had arguably his least effective year in Carolina in 2016, averaging only 11.6 total yards per game. With younger backs Fozzy Whitaker and Cameron Artis-Payne filling in backup roles behind starter Jonathan Stewart, combined with the fact that Tolbert was due $1.5 million in 2017, the Panthers decided to part ways with the fullback. Tolbert will finish his career in Carolina with 19 total touchdowns over five years.
Paul Soliai DL CAR (7) 1 day ago
Soliai will be released by the Panthers on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Soliai signed a two-year, $7 million deal only last year. He was owed a $500 thousand roster bonus Mar. 11, so apparently Carolina didn't find the former Pro Bowler worth keeping on. Soliai will look to find work as a run-stopping defensive tackle on an NFL roster in the coming months. He recorded only eight combined tackles in 2016.
QSam Brenner DEN (11) 2 days ago
Brenner (concussion) has cleared concussion protocol but is contemplating retirement, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Brenner spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve after suffering a head injury last July. He said he's feeling well and has been training as intensely as he normally does in the offseason, but it looks as if he is keeping an open mind to the possibility of ending his career in the name of mental health.
QKellen Moore QB DAL (7) 2 days ago
Moore (lower leg) is fully recovered from the season-ending leg fracture he suffered last summer, KTVB.com reports. "I'm 100 percent now. It's been good. For the last month or two I've been healthy. I've been able to start doing everything as usual," he elaborated.
Moore broke his fibula last August and spent the entire season on injured reserve. However, he appears to have been healthy for a while now and should be fully prepared to hit free agency at the end of the league year in March. The Cowboys like what they have in the Boise State product, so with Mark Sanchez an unrestricted free agent as well and Tony Romo (back) destined for a trade or release, Moore likely possesses the greatest odds of becoming Dak Prescott's backup in 2017.
QT.J. Lang GB (4) 2 days ago
Lang (foot) remains on crutches due to offseason hip surgery, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
In addition to an ailing hip, Lang is also nursing a broken left foot, but there is no word on whether he required surgery for that this offseason as well. There is no timeline for when he's expected to be back in action either, but with unrestricted free agency looming, Lang will presumably look to return to full form as soon as he can. Green Bay is the only place he's ever called home in his professional career, but considering the team hasn't even made contact with him yet, he doesn't appear to be one of the organization's top priorities.
QCole Wick TE DET (10) 2 days ago
Wick (knee) is healthy and "itching to get back" on the field, The Detriot Free Press reports.
Wick finished the 2016 season on injured reserve after tearing up his knee in Week 7. He declined to say whether he required surgery or not, but, regardless, he's healthy now and fully expected to attend voluntary offseason workouts in April. Outside of starter Eric Ebron, Wick is the only tight end under contract through 2017 who played a down for the Lions last year. Thus, he currently appears to be the frontrunner for No. 2 duties next season, although Detroit could always bring in competition for the role via free agency or the draft.
Tyron Smith DAL (7) 2 days ago
Smith has agreed to a restructured contract with the Cowboys, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.
Smith signed a lucrative eight-year, $109 million extension with Dallas back in July of 2014, but in restructuring his deal now, the All-Pro left tackle will help save the Cowboys over $17 million in cap space this year.
Travis Frederick DAL (7) 2 days ago
Frederick has agreed to restructured contract with the Cowboys, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.
Frederick and fellow lineman Tyron Smith's restructured deals will reportedly open over $17 million worth of cap space for the Cowboys heading into the new league year. Named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons, Frederick signed a six-year, $56.4 million extension with Dallas last August.
QJulius Thomas TE JAC (5) 2 days ago
Thomas will be traded from the Jaguars to the Dolphins in exchange for a late-round pick in this year's draft, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Thomas managed just 76 receptions for 736 yards and nine touchdowns in two seasons after signing a five-year, $46 million deal with the Jaguars in 2015, but in joining the Dolphins, he'll be reunited with coach Adam Gase, who served as his offensive coordinator with the Broncos in 2013 and 2014. Thomas scored 12 touchdowns in both of those seasons, emerging as a top fantasy tight end along the way. Although having Peyton Manning as his quarterback obviously helped his stock significantly at the time, Thomas should like his chances for improvement in his new setting, where he could cement himself as Miami's starting tight end given that Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims are both potential free-agent departures this offseason.
Julius Peppers LB GB (4) 2 days ago
Peppers doesn't figure to return to the Packers next season, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.
Peppers registered 7.5 sacks in a noticeably limited role last season, and although that production was impressive for someone his age, the Packers' many free-agent edge defenders may cause them to prioritize options younger than the 37-year-old this offseason. For his part, it's unclear whether Peppers will continue playing or opt to retire, thus complicating his situation further. What's certain, though, is that as the NFL's fifth-leading sack artist all time, Peppers can hold his head high no matter what his future holds.