Chris Hairston SD 1 week ago
The Chargers have signed Hairston, San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Hairston, who saw action in 41 games for the Bills over the past four seasons, essentially replaces Willie Smith as the backup at both of the Chargers' offensive tackle slots.
Matt Blanchard QB GB 1 week ago
The Packers have signed Blanchard, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.
Blanchard joins the Packers' depth QB mix, but at this stage of the offseason he slots in as the team's No. 3 option at the position, behind starter Aaron Rodgers and top backup, Scott Tolzien.
Ricardo Lockette WR SEA 1 week ago
Lockette has signed his contract tender to remain with the Seahawks, 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
His one-year deal with the team is reportedly worth $660,000, with Lockette now set to reprise his depth wideout/special teams role with the Seahawks. The 28-year-old recorded 11 catches for 195 yards and and two touchdowns in 2014, while adding three catches for 59 yards in the Seahawks' Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.
LaRon Byrd WR MIA 1 week ago
The Dolphins are slated to re-sign Byrd, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
The 6-4 Byrd is in line to compete with the likes of Matt Hazel, Michael Preston and Tyler McDonald for wideout slotting behind the Dolphins' current top options at the position; Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and Rishard Matthews.
George Johnson DL TB 1 week ago
The Lions have resolved their dispute over the offer sheet Johnson signed with the Buccaneers, making the defensive end an official member of Tampa Bay, ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas reports.
After the Lions protested the structure of the three-year, $9 million offer sheet the Bucs provided Johnson, the two teams agreed to exchange unspecified late-round draft picks to settle the grievance. The 27-year-old Johnson served as a rotational end for the Lions last season, but with the move to a Bucs organization starved for pass rushing, he could seriously contend for a starting job.
Josh Gordy DB NYG 1 week ago
Gordy signed a one-year contract with the Giants on Tuesday, Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News reports.
With neither of the other two safeties currently on the Giants' roster (Cooper Taylor and Nat Berhe) possessing NFL experience, Gordy will at least give the team a veteran body in the defensive backfield. Gordy spent the last three seasons with the Colts in a backup capacity, racking up 51 tackles over 43 games. Expect the Giants to address the safety spot in the upcoming NFL Draft, which could prevent Gordy from having much of a chance at claiming a starting gig.
Eben Britton CHI 1 week ago2 Comments
Britton was handed a four-game suspension Tuesday, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports.
It's unclear what provision Britton violated, but the suspension certainly won't help his chances of finding work ahead of training camp. The free-agent lineman appeared in 10 games for the Bears in 2014.
Jamaal Charles RB KC 2 weeks ago14 Comments
Charles has trained this offseason with a pan to avoid some of the injuries that plagued his 2014 season, and his body feels healed up, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports. "My body has healed up, rested up," Charles said.
Charles suffered through a plethora of injuries in 2014 including ankle, foot, back, shoulder, knee and hamstring issues. Despite the problems, he finished the campaign with a respectable 1,033 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games. Injuries are always tough to predict, and the relatively slight frame (5-11, 199 pounds) of Charles tends to lead to problems when taking the constant pounding associated with the running back position. However, if he can avoid or limit the injury issues in 2015, there's no reason to believe he can't top his numbers from last season.
Philip Rivers QB SD 2 weeks ago4 Comments
Rivers, who is entering the final year of his contract, is worried that the Chargers may move to Los Angeles in 2016 or 2017, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The Chargers still hope Rivers will sign a long-term extension, but the 33-year-old quarterback indicated that he's willing to play out the season and hit free agency. While it still seems like speculation at this stage, the Chargers might consider a blockbuster trade involving Rivers, rather than risk losing a franchise quarterback for nothing besides draft compensation. Tennessee is mentioned as a possible landing spot, as the Titans own the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and Rivers has family in the area.
Ike Taylor DB PIT 2 weeks ago1 Comment
Taylor announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday, NFL.com reports.
The 34-year-old Taylor may have struggled in his final few seasons, but he was the Steelers' top cornerback for the majority of his career. While he was never known for his hands and will retire with just 14 interceptions, Taylor was one of the league's better cover corners during his prime. With Troy Polamalu also retiring this offseason, the Pittsburgh secondary will be much younger in 2015. The Steelers figure to target a cornerback within the first few rounds of the upcoming draft, as their current options are underwhelming.