Devin Gardner WR PIT 6 days ago
The Patriots released Gardner, csnne.com reports.
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots, Gardner, who was a quarterback in college, is transitioning to wideout as a pro, but he'll now look to pursue that endeavor elsewhere.
Tyrod Taylor QB BUF 6 days ago6 Comments
Taylor continues to get reps with the first unit during offseason work, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said coach Rex Ryan, "Three guys for sure will be getting shots with the ones. We've been doing it each day. Let's say the first offense is running out there and it's Matt Cassel the first day, then it's EJ, then it's Tyrod. All three are getting opportunities to lead and to be with that first group ... Tyrod is getting as many shots with the ones as the other two."
Taylor still seems like the clear No. 3 in this race, but stranger things have happened than a new coach latching on to an outside candidate he gets hooked on. Manuel and Cassel aren't exactly the next coming of the Manning brothers, so the situation is at least worth keeping an eye on. That said, the Bills seem like a strong enough team elsewhere that they'll probably go with a more obviously choice or Manuel or Cassel. Stay tuned, however,
Shayne Graham K NO 6 days ago
The Saints re-signed Graham to a one-year deal in February, but have since signed two more kickers, making for a crowded competition this offseason.
It didn't appear the Saints were eager to replace Graham after re-signing him this offseason when he was an unrestricted free agent, but the addition of young contenders, Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker, may signal otherwise. Graham has spent time with 14 NFL teams in 15 seasons but, despite a brief struggle in the middle of the year, converted 19-of-22 field goal attempts for New Orleans last season. Keep an eye on this competition, as the winner, back by a Drew Brees-led offense, will likely be worth a roster spot in most leagues.
Justin Smith DL SF 6 days ago
Smith announced his intention to retire from the NFL on Monday.
Smith's decision to retire comes after a wildly productive 14-year career that included five Pro Bowl and two All-Pro selections. The fourth overall pick in 2001, Smith posted 880 tackles and 87 sacks while playing for the Bengals and 49ers over the course of his career. With Smith known to be strongly considering retirement, the 49ers went ahead and drafted defensive lineman Arik Armstead in the first round this offseason, offering a raw talent to help try and fill Smith's significant absence going forward.
Ryan Tannehill QB MIA 6 days ago33 Comments
Tannehill signed a contract extension with the Dolphins through the 2020 season on Monday.
Tannehill is coming off a career-high 4,045 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions last season, making him the sort of ascending talent the Dolphins feel comfortable locking down as their quarterback long-term. Additionally, Tannehill will have new offensive weapons DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron surrounding him this season, offering further reason to like Tannehill's rising fantasy value heading into the upcoming campaign.
Dontay Moch LB TEN 6 days ago
Moch was cut by the Titans on Monday, The Tennessean reports.
Moch entered the league as a third round pick of the Bengals in 2011, but has since played for the Cardinals and Titans as well. Along with a fractured foot during his rookie year, Moch has missed time due to suspension over the course of his career. At 26 years old, Moch will hope to find his way onto a training camp roster ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Chimdi Chekwa DB OAK 6 days ago
The Patriots have released Chekwa, the team's official site reports.
In the wake of parting ways with starters Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, it would seem as though retaining cornerback depth would be a priority for the Patriots, but the team has also waived Kyle Arrington and Alfonzo Dennard this offseason. Look for further moves by New England to address the situation in the coming months.
Brandon Spikes LB NE 7 days ago
Spikes signed a one-year deal with the Patriots on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Spikes spent the first four seasons of his career with the Patriots, and had his best year in 2012, tallying 92 combined tackles and five forced fumbles. After collecting 54 combined tackles in 2014 with the Bills, Spikes will return to his original home, where he should be a favorite to take over a starting inside linebacker role. At the very least, he'll provide an insurance policy in the case that Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower suffer any setbacks in the recovery from their respective knee and shoulder injuries.
Josh Morgan WR NO 1 week ago
The Saints have signed Morgan, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Morgan, who caught just 10 passes for 70 yards and a TD in 14 games for the Bears last season, slots in as a depth wideout for the Saints behind the team's top options at the position, Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks.
Matt Jones RB WAS 1 week ago
Though coach Jay Gruden maintains that Alfred Morris remains Washington's feature back, Jones is a candidate help ease Morris' workload some this coming season, the Washington Post reports.
At 6-2, 231 pounds, Jones brings good size to the table, but it's his ability as a pass-catcher that figures to be his ticket to playing time as a rookie behind/in tandem with Morris. Though Roy Helu is no longer with Washington, Silas Redd and Chris Thompson are also in the team's backfield mix, but we suspect that in the event of a Morris injury, Jones would get the first shot at handing the team's heavy lifting.