Jerod Mayo LB NE 4 days ago
Mayo (knee) has agreed to a restructured contract that will keep him with the Patriots this season, NESN.com reports.
Mayo's cap hit was set to exceed $10 million in 2015, but per the report, the 29-year-old has agreed to a one-year pact worth $4.5 million. Mayo's last two seasons have been slowed by injuries, but his experience and leadership are assets to the team's defense and assuming his health in 2015, Mayo -- who racked up 53 tackles in six games last season -- is in line start at linebacker for the Pats, along with Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins.
Orlando Scandrick DB DAL 4 days ago
Scandrick -- who was not present Monday for the Cowboys' first voluntary workout this offseason -- plans to continue working out in California until the team address his contract, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Scandrick, who signed a contract extension with the team in 2013, is slated to earn a base salary of $1.5 million in 2015. It remains to be seen whether this evolves into a contentious holdout down the road, but when he is on the field, Scandrick is a key member of the Dallas secondary. Moreover, in 14 games this past season, he provided some IDP utility by notching 55 tackles, two picks, two forced fumbles and a sack.
Taiwan Jones DB OAK 4 days ago4 Comments
The Raiders plan to move Jones to running back, the team's official site reports.
Jones was originally drafted as a running back in 2011 before moving to cornerback in 2013. Now that he's healthy after missing 15 contests last season due to a foot injury, he'll provide the Raiders with RB depth and value as a special-teamer. Despite the position change, Jones is still off the fantasy radar, while working in a backfield that also rosters Latavius Murray, Trent Richardson, Roy Helu and fullback Marcel Reece.
Mike DeVito DL KC 4 days 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 5 days ago4 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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.