QIfo Ekpre-Olomu DB MIA (8) 6 days ago
Ekpre-Olomu (knee) was cut by the Dolphins on Thursday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Ekpre-Olomu never played a snap for the Dolphins, so it is not surprising to see him go. He will look to recover from his knee injury and then likely fight for a spot on an NFL roster this coming fall.
Earl Mitchell DL MIA (8) 6 days ago
Mitchell was released by the Dolphins on Thursday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Mitchell was scheduled to earn $4.5 million in 2017, of which the Dolphins save $4 million by cutting him. The defensive tackle shouldn't be out of a job for long, however, as he is very talented and is an asset when it comes to stopping the run. With Mitchell gone, Jordan Phillips is expected to take over as the Dolphins' starting defensive tackle opposite Ndamukong Suh.
Mario Williams DL MIA (8) 6 days ago
Williams was released by the Dolphins on Thursday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Considering Williams' poor 2016 season, during which he recorded only 1.5 sacks and was eventually replaced as a starter by Andre Branch, it is not surprising to see him get the axe. He would have been owed $10.5 million against the cap in 2017, of which the Dolphins save $8.5 million by releasing him. With Williams gone, Branch could yet again be called upon to start on the Dolphins defensive line.
Branden Albert MIA (8) 6 days ago
Albert will be released by the Dolphins on Thursday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Albert's release signals the start of Laremy Tunsil's tenure at left tackle for the Dolphins, who the team has pegged a future hall-of-famer since they drafted him in the first round of 2016's draft. The move also saves Miami $7.2 million in cap space, but they surrender a good player in Albert, who will surely find himself sought after throughout the coming months. Look for him to have a job at either guard or tackle by the time the 2017 regular season commences.
QMelvin Gordon RB SD (11) 6 days ago
New head coach Anthony Lynn believes Gordon (hip) could rise to another level in his third season, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports. "He did a hell of a job from his rookie year to his sophomore year. And I told him we can take this to another level. We're going to do some things running-wise that I can think can help him."
It's interesting to note that Lynn did not discuss Gordon's burgeoning receiving skills, instead opting to discuss what he could improve while running the ball. Given Danny Woodhead's impending free agency, it remains to be seen if the Chargers view Gordon as a three-down back or if they'll prefer to utilize him strictly in the ground game. Regardless, it's clear Lynn and the rest of the Chargers staff took notice of the Wisconsin alum's breakout 2016 campaign. Assuming he recovers from a hip and knee strain that caused him to miss the final three games of the regular season, Gordon should certainly be considered one of the top fantasy running backs entering the 2017 season.
QNick Mangold NYJ (11) 6 days ago
Mangold (ankle) will not require surgery, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
Mangold was only able to play eight games in 2016 before being placed on injured reserve. The center has been a cornerstone of the Jets offensive line for 11 years now, but may be asked to walk before training camp starts, as he is scheduled to earn $9.075 million this coming year, including a $2.4 million bonus due at training camp. The Jets will need to decide if Mangold's injury-riddled 2016 is worth the financial risk of keeping him on for the coming season, or if he is worth letting go, which the team recently did with veteran tackle Ryan Clady.
QWilliam Gholston DL TB (6) 6 days ago
Gholston (elbow), an unrestricted free agent the Bucs wish to retain, nevertheless isn't a candidate for the franchise or transition tags, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The soon-to-be fifth-year pro was one of the Bucs' most effective run stoppers in 2016, tallying 49 tackles (37 solo) and equaling a career high with three sacks over 14 games. However, the team and Gholston will have to come to terms on a multi-year dear for him to remain in Tampa, as the 2017 franchise tag for defensive ends is expected to be about $17 million, while the rarely-used transition tag would carry a price tag in the range of $14 million. Although the team regards Gholston as one of its most dependable components along the front seven, those costs would be prohibitive relative to his overall impact and upside. The Bucs may allow Gholston to test the open market before entering into negotiations for his return in earnest, and could seek out a more dynamic pass-rushing presence as his potential replacement in the interim.
QTerrelle Pryor WR CLE (13) 6 days ago
The Browns don't expect to use the franchise tag on Pryor (finger), Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Browns want Pryor back, that's not in question. What matters is the price it would take to re-sign him. Should Cleveland slap Pryor with the franchise tag, they'd be on the hook to pay him north of $15 million in 2017. By comparison, Julio Jones and A.J. Green are scheduled to make $11.5 million and $10.3 million in base salary, respectively. The deadline to assign franchise tags is March 1. After that, Pryor and the Browns have until March 9 to reach a long-term deal or else the receiver will hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent. In other news, Pryor is progressing from the finger surgery he required in mid-January as the video he posted on Twitter today revealed he's now able to hold weight in his right hand. Barring any sort of setback, he should be full go for the start of offseason workouts in April regardless of whichever team he belongs to.
Kelvin Beachum JAC (5) 7 days ago
Beachum is headed to the free-agent market, NFL.com's Mike Garafolo reports.
In what was somewhat of a surprising move, the Jaguars elected not to exercise Beachum's option for 2017. He has until March 9 to try and figure out a new deal with Jacksonville, but if the two sides can't agree to terms, Beachum will be free to sign with any team.
QConnor Shaw QB CHI (9) 7 days ago
Shaw (lower leg) expects to return in time for OTAs, The State reports. "I'm getting the strength back. I'm back running and throwing, so taking it day by day and getting better every day," the quarterback said.
Shaw missed the entire 2016 campaign due to a broken leg suffered in the preseason. When healthy, he'll enter an interesting situation regarding the status of the Bears' QB corps. Not only is Jay Cutler (shoulder) facing an uncertain future with the organization due to his underwhelming on-field performance since signing a seven-year, $126 million contract in 2014, but the other two names above Shaw on the depth chart, that being Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, are both set to be unrestricted free agents. Shaw and No. 5 QB David Fales, on the other hand, will be restricted free agents. Further complicating matters is the likelihood of the team selecting a signal caller in this year's draft. All in all, at this point in time it is anyone's guess what the future holds in store for the 25-year-old.