Dez Bryant WR DAL 4 Days1 Comment

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones confirmed Saturday that the team has informed Bryant's agent that it will use the franchise tag on the receiver prior to Monday's deadline, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.

While the franchise designation likely won't please Bryant, owner Jerry Jones indicated during the NFL Combine earlier in February that such a move would likely only be a "placeholder" until player and team come to terms on a more lucrative long-term contract. With at least 12 touchdowns, 85 catches, and 1,200 yards while not missing a single game in each of the last three seasons, Bryant has firmly established himself as one of the elite talents at his position, and at age 26, should have a few prime years left in him.

Brian Cushing LB HOU 4 Days

In addition to an offseason wrist surgery, Cushing underwent arthroscopic surgeries on his left knee and left ankle after the season's end, MyFoxHouston reports.

Cushing implied that all three surgeries should be non-issues for his preparation for the 2015 season, as he expects to be ready to participate in OTAs. Despite the apparently minor nature of Cushing's recent surgeries, his career-long durability issues are becoming harder to ignore.

Stevie Johnson WR SF 4 Days

Updating a previous report, CSN Bay Area reports that Johnson is not expected to be released imminently, though his standing on the San Francisco roster is unclear.

The previous report implied that Johnson would be released in the near future, but for now it apparently remains no more than a consideration for the 49ers, who aren't sure what to make of Johnson and his $6.025 million salary. Since the 49ers acquired Johnson in a trade, cutting him would carry no penalty, but perhaps the organization is loathe to cut an asset that cost a fourth-round pick just one year ago.

Stevie Johnson WR SF 4 Days

Johnson is expected to be released by the 49ers, Diana Russini of NBC reports.

Johnson was a bit of a bust in San Francisco, finishing the 2014 season with 435 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He'll hit free agency as the 49ers looked to clear some cap room.

Reggie Wayne WR IND 5 Days

Wayne recently underwent surgery to repair a torn triceps and is considering retirement, NFL.com reports.

Wayne had 64 receptions for 779 yards receiving and two touchdowns last season, but the triceps injury slowed him late in the season as he had just one reception in three playoff games. It may have been due to the injury, although he missed just one game, but Wayne clearly took a back seat to Donte Moncrief who surpassed him as the No. 2 receiver late in the year. If he returns, it will likely be in a more limited third or fourth receiver role.

Josh McCown QB CLE 5 Days5 Comments

McCown agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Browns on Friday, Mke Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.

The Bills were said to be making push for McCown, but the Browns swooped in and inked the veteran signal caller, presumably to be their starter for the foreseeable future. McCown completed just 56.3 percent of his passes with an 11:14 TD:INT ratio in 11 games with the Buccaneers last season, but Brian Hoyer is set to hit free agency and Johnny Manziel proved unprepared for the starting job in his audition last season.

Jonathan Massaquoi DL TEN 5 Days

Massaquoi was released by the Falcons on Friday, ESPN.com reports.

Massaquoi joined the Falcons as a fifth-round pick in 2012 and posted a pair of sacks to go with 22 tackles last season. Nonetheless, even on a wildly underwhelming defense, Massaquoi will not be retained by Atlanta next season, opening the door for him to sign elsewhere this offseason.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI 5 Days

Dockett was released by the Cardinals on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Dockett already acknowledged the possibility of a split, but it's still possible the two sides will work things out as the veteran defensive tackle prepares for his age-34 season. Never one to be shy about his opinions, Dockett seems to have a good relationship with the Arizona fanbase and organization. Now more than six months removed from tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee, Dockett should be healthy in time for the start of the 2015 season. He had 46 tackles (36 solo) and 4.5 sacks over 16 games in 2013, and he's long been more valuable than his statistics alone suggest.

Brandon Gibson WR MIA 5 Days

Gibson was released by the Dolphins on Friday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Gibson joins former teammate Brian Hartline, who was released by the Dolphins earlier in the day. With Mike Wallace's status with the team still in limbo, the only sure thing regarding Miami's receiving corps is that Jarvis Landry will have a significant role in 2015. Gibson played well as the Dolphins No. 3 wideout in 2013, before a torn patellar tendon ended his season early. He then struggled in 2014, producing just 5.8 yards per target on 51 looks. He may need to compete for a roster spot in training camp, depending on where he lands. The Dolphins are purging their roster of the players they unwisely overpaid in past seasons.

Stephen Bowen DL WAS 5 Days

Bowen was released by the Redskins on Friday, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.

The Redskins dumped a pair of veteran defensive linemen, releasing Bowen and Barry Cofield. The team recently signed fellow lineman Ricky Jean-Francois, who was released by the Colts earlier this week. Bowen had 41 tackles and six sacks back in 2011, but his career has otherwise barely registered from a statistical perspective.