Blair Walsh K MIN 2 days ago
Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh signed a four-year, $14 million contract extension on Sunday, according to ESPN.com. Walsh has converted 84.5 percent of his field goals in his first three seasons in the league and was voted First-Team All-Pro in 2012. Despite a dip in field-goal percentage to 74.3 last season, Walsh hit five attempts from over 50 yards and was effective on kickoffs with 48 touchbacks. "Blair has been a vital part of our special-teams success since we drafted him and we felt it was very important to secure his future with our organization," general manager Rick Spielman said. "His consistency on kickoffs and on long range field goals can help change the game for our team and we're excited for his future here in Minnesota." The 25-year-old is now under contract until 2019 and will be among the top-five highest-paid kickers in the NFL.
Josh Robinson DB MIN 2 days ago
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson was placed on the physically unable to perform list Sunday due to a partially torn pectoral, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Robinson suffered the injury in early June, putting his status for the start of the season in question. The Vikings can activate him from the PUP list at any point during training camp, but if Robinson stays on the list to start the regular season, he will have to miss the first six games. Even if he were healthy, Robinson might find it difficult to earn a significant role after the Vikings upgraded their cornerback depth in the offseason. The team signed veteran cornerback Terence Newman to a one-year, $2.5 million contract in March, and then selected cornerback Trae Waynes out of Michigan State in the first round of the NFL Draft. Waynes and Newman will likely compete for the starting role across from Xavier Rhodes.
Casey Matthews LB MIN 2 days ago
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Casey Matthews was placed on injured reserve Sunday with a hip injury, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Matthews, who signed this offseason, injured his hip during a team workout and will not be eligible to play this season.
Gosder Cherilus IND 2 days ago
The Indianapolis Colts released offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus Sunday. Cherilus started 29 games at right tackle the past two seasons, and his absence will likely leave offensive tackle Jack Mewhort as the starter.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 3 days ago
Pittsburgh Steelers running Le'Veon Bell is still without a scheduled date for the appeal of his three-game suspension, according to NFL Network. Bell, who was suspended for violating the league's drug policy last August, formally filed an appeal in April.
Dennis Pitta TE BAL 4 days ago
The Baltimore Ravens placed tight end Dennis Pita on the physically unable to perform list Friday because of a hip injury, according to ESPN. Pitta is not expected to be active in training camp or the preseason, and he could miss the start of the regular season as a result of the ailment.
Josh Thomas DB MIN 4 days ago
The Minnesota Vikings signed cornerback Josh Thomas to a contract Friday, according to the team's official website. Thomas had just two tackles in four games split between the New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks last year.
Josh Freeman QB MIA 4 days ago
The Miami Dolphins released quarterback Josh Freeman on Friday, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Freeman did not play in 2014 after seeing the field just four times in 2013 in time split with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings.
Jabari Price DB MIN 4 days ago
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jabarai Price will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season because of a DWI arrest in December, according to NFL.com. A seventh-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Price did not see much playing time last season, as he was on the field for just 47 snaps, tallying 10 tackles (nine solo). Price said in a statement that he learned from the incident, and is looking forward to getting back with the team. "I sincerely apologize to my family, my teammates, the Vikings organization and Vikings fans for the mistake I made last winter," Price said. "I can assure you that it will never happen again. I look forward to returning to helping my team on the field in Week 3." Price was not guaranteed a spot on the roster anyway, and this incident could be a deciding factor.
Junior Galette LB NO 4 days ago
The New Orleans Saints announced that they will release linebacker Junior Galette, who is recovering from a chest injury, according to NFL.com. Galette was arrested on domestic violence and simple assault charges in January, and while those charges were later dropped, the team decided to cut ties after a video surfaced that showed him striking a woman with a belt in 2013. Galette voiced his displeasure with the decision in an interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "It was a terrible call to kick me when I'm down," Galette said. "Everything is [head coach Sean Payton's] call. He told me that himself. He's the one who pulls the trigger. ... The business is the business, you know? ... Like Vito Corleone said, 'Watch for the traitors.'" Galette, who signed a four-year, $41 million contract extension on Sept. 4, tallied a career-best 33 tackles in 16 games last season.