Sam Bradford QB PHI 4 days ago2 Comments

Bradford has informed the Eagles that he wants to be traded and will not participate in their offseason program any longer, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bradford's request for a trade comes after the Eagles traded into the draft's No. 2 slot, where they're widely expected to select another quarterback. That situation would cast a shadow over Bradford's starting position, something he evidently wouldn't appreciate after signing a two-year, $36 million extension with the team earlier this offseason. As a result, Bradford hopes to be dealt elsewhere in search of a less contentious starting gig, and will remain away from the Eagles while awaiting a trade.

Josh Norman DB CAR 4 days ago

Norman contacted Panthers team officials in an attempt to sign his franchise tag shortly after Carolina rescinded its offer last week, The Charlotte Observer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Norman was reportedly blindsided by the Panthers withdrawing their offer, but hoped to sign his $13.95 million tag once the team's plan to move on from him was made public. However, with general manager Dave Gettleman unwilling to meet Norman's long-term contract demands, and also intrigued by the cap flexibility that would be opened by parting with Norman, the Panthers declined on Norman's offer to sign. From there, Norman obviously ended up signing a record-setting five-year, $75 million deal with the Redskins, cementing his NFL future while making his departure from the Panthers official.

Tyler Kroft TE CIN 4 days ago

Kroft could be a candidate to receive more targets out of double tight end sets this season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kroft caught just 11 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown as a rookie last season, but with the Bengals incorporating new targets to their passing game this season, his familiarity with the offense could earn him an expanded role early on. While star tight end Tyler Eifert is obviously ahead of Kroft on the depth chart, Cincinnati often utilized two tight end sets last year, and could continue to do so in order to get Kroft more involved this term.

Trent Richardson RB OAK 4 days ago

Richardson, who once weighed as much as 240 pounds, is now to just 218 pounds, the Ravens' official website reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cut by the Raiders during training camp last year, the former No. 3 overall pick spent the entire 2015 regular season out of the NFL. Prior to that, Richardson was a major disappointment for both the Browns and Colts, with poor conditioning and family issues reportedly playing a role. The Ravens are giving him what may be his final shot in the NFL, but even if he's vastly improved, Richardson will likely just be competing for one of the final roster spots. Justin Forsett and Javorius Allen are still expected to battle for the starting job.

Johnny Manziel QB CLE 4 days ago3 Comments

Manziel will be indicted on a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a Jan. 29 incident where Manziel allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend, reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Manziel might not see jail time for this, but by now his reputation is fractured to the point that there just isn't an obvious way for him to get his NFL career back on track. Agent Drew Rosenhaus isn't known for being especially scrupulous with who he takes on as clients -- he represents Greg Hardy, after all -- but Rosenhaus dropped Manziel earlier in April, giving reason to doubt any recent progress on Manziel's part. Manziel arguably wouldn't be much of a prospect at this point even if his character were entirely clean, so the fact that he carries an exceptionally disturbing history makes him appear unlikely to see the field from this point.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 5 days ago

Bernard (concussion) is among the Bengals' running backs heading into a contract year.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The same applies to Rex Burkhead and Cedric Peerman, while Jeremy Hill is the only Cincinnati back signed for 2017. With that in mind, it wouldn't surprise us if the team added some running back depth in next week's draft. In any case, Bernard -- who has had plenty of time to bounce back from the concussion he suffered during the NFL playoffs -- is in line to reprise his role working in tandem with Hill, a time-share that favors Hill on early downs and Bernard in passing situations.

Jay Ajayi RB MIA 5 days ago10 Comments

As the NFL Draft approaches, Ajayi remains atop the Dolphins' running back depth chart, the Miami Herald reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Following the free agent departure of Lamar Miller, the team also rosters Jahwan Edwards, Isaiah Pead, Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams, but the report suggests that at this stage, "only Ajayi is guaranteed to be on the team this fall." With that in mind, there's a solid chance that the Dolphins will select a running back in next week's draft, so Ajayi -- a fifth-rounder in 2015 -- could well have some viable competition for the chance top serve as Miller's successor this coming season.

Ryan Clady NYJ 5 days ago

Clady has been cleared to play and deemed 'good to go' for the 2016 season by GM Mike Maccagnan, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Acquired within a day of D'Brickashaw Ferguson's retirement, Clady had missed all of the 2015 season with the Broncos due to an ACL tear. Clady is replacing an ironman in Ferguson, a player who only missed a single snap in the entirety of his career because the Jets had pulled their entire offensive line to execute a trick play. On the other hand, Clady has missed 30 games across the past three years and is due a gaudy $6 million in 2016. Should he maintain his health, he could prove to be an upgrade over the aged Ferguson, but the move to acquire Clady is definitely one of high risk and high reward for the Jets. Nonetheless, being in good health today is a good start for both the Jets and the four-time Pro Bowler.

PDarrelle Revis DB NYJ 5 days ago

Revis had the pins removed from his surgically repaired wrist last week, but he will still be held out of offseason practices, reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Revis has surgery in mid-March, and while he isn't expected to participate in offseason activities, he should be okay for training camp. Marcus Williams and Dexter McDougle will get some first-team reps at practice while Revis is out.

PPatrick Peterson DB ARI 6 days ago

Peterson's recovery from right ankle surgery is expected to encompass 6-to-8 weeks, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With knowledge of his recovery timetable coming to the fore, Peterson is a candidate to miss the entire offseason program, despite optimism that OTAs could be in his future in the aftermath of this week's procedure. Even if he fails to take the field before training camp, he's hopeful that he'll avoid any of the recurring issues from the past two campaigns, though his ironman status as a professional remains intact.