DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU 4 Days1 Comment
Hopkins recently underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist, KHOU 11 Sports reports.
Hopkins called his wrist procedure "minor" and reportedly expects to return to normal health in a couple weeks. With that outlook, the emerging wideout should be fine once the beginning of next season rolls around. During just his second NFL campaign, Hopkins posted an impressive 76 catches for a team-high 1,210 receiving yards and six touchdowns last term.
Jason Pierre-Paul DL NYG 4 Days1 Comment
Pierre-Paul is expected to receive the Giants' franchise tag, should he fail to reach a long-term contract extension with the team by Mar. 2, ESPN.com reports.
Pierre-Paul posted a much-improved 12.5 sacks during his contract year last season and doing so has put JPP in a great position to cash-in this offseason. With the Giants looking to maintain their accomplished pass-rusher, Pierre-Paul is expected to either sign a long-term deal or be franchise tagged in the coming weeks. As a result, it appears Pierre-Paul will remain with the Giants next season, when he'll look to build on his resurgent campaign last term.
Jahri Evans NO 4 Days
Evans has recently opened negotiations with the Saints to remain with the team moving forward, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Evans' current contract coupled with the Saints' salary cap situation makes it uncertain whether the Pro-Bowl guard will remain in New Orleans. However, after expectations initially sided with Evans eventually being released by the Saints, it appears he may now be open to restructuring his deal to stay with the team. Coming off wrist surgery following this season, Evans remains a top-tier offensive lineman, making his negotiations with the Saints worthwhile to monitor as the upcoming weeks unfold.
James Harrison LB PIT 5 Days
Harrison has decided he wants to play one more season, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "I decided to hold off on retirement, so it's time to pack up and head to AZ to start my training so I can be ready to play another year," Harrison wrote on Twitter and Instagram Sunday.
The ball is in the Steelers' hands now, as Harrison becomes an unrestricted free agent March 10 if Pittsburgh does not sign him before then. Currently, Jarvis Jones is the only outside linebacker with experience under contract.
Charles Clay TE MIA 5 Days
Clay is expected to re-sign with the Dolphins, The Palm Beach Post reports.
Clay had reportedly also drawn interest from the Bills, but all it ended up doing was driving his price tag up from about $4 million to an expected range of over $5 million. The 26-year-old tight end battled through a knee injury in 2014, but still managed to finish the season with 58 receptions for 605 yards and three touchdowns. If he remains healthy next year, it's probably safe to assume he will be able to best his numbers from the 2014 campaign.
Marshawn Lynch RB SEA 6 Days10 Comments
Lynch, contrary to reports, has not agreed to a new contract with the Seahawks, his agent said late Saturday.CBS' Jason La Canfora said to expect formalization of a two-year, $21 million deal in the coming days, but agent Doug Hendrickson denied it within minutes. Yahoo earlier reported the Seahawks have offered Lynch $11-12 million in 2015 and $9 million in 2016.
Rolando McClain LB DAL 6 Days3 Comments
McClain will be facing a four-game suspension in 2015 after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the Dallas Morning News reports.He seemed to be headed to a decent payday as a free agent this offseason following a solid comeback campaign with the Cowboys, but McClain's future in the league is now once again up in the air.
Victor Cruz WR NYG 7 Days8 Comments
Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he got a positive report from team doctors on Cruz (knee), Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports.Reese also said the Giants, "can't put all your eggs in that basket", hinting that the team will still consider wide receivers in the draft. It would still be surprising if the Giants use a first or second-round pick on a wideout, with Cruz, Odell Beckham and Reuben Randle all under contract through 2015. Cruz is expected back for the start of the 2015 season, and while he'll no longer be Big Blue's top receiving threat, he still figures to have a major role in the offense, assuming his rehab goes well.
Dont'a Hightower LB NE 7 Days
Hightower (shoulder) will likely need six or seven months to recover from surgery to repair a torn labrum, the Boston Herald reports.Hightower played through the injury for the entire postseason, but he may not be ready by Week 1. He should return to a starting role whenever he's healthy enough to do so.
King Dunlap SD 7 Days
Dunlap agreed to a four-year, $28 million contract with the Chargers on Friday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.The 29-year-old Dunlap played a full 16 games last season for first time in his career (all starts), and performed at a high level. In fact, many felt he was a Pro Bowl snub, but he was rewarded Friday in the form of a new $28-million deal. He will continue to protect Philip Rivers' blindside at left tackle for the foreseeable future.