Eben Britton CHI 2 weeks 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.
Michael Crabtree WR OAK 2 weeks ago
Crabtree signed a one-year deal with the Raiders worth $3 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Crabtree spent his first six seasons with San Francisco but will head across the Bay to team up up with Derek Carr next season. The 27-year-old should line up alongside fellow wide receivers James Jones, Rod Streater, and Andre Holmes, leaving the potential for Crabtree to see a decent amount of passes thrown his way during the 2015-16 campaign.
Hakeem Nicks WR TEN 2 weeks ago
Nicks visited with the Titans on Monday, The Tennessean reports.
Nicks was released in March by Indianapolis, for whom he caught 38 balls for 405 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games (six starts) in 2014. The six-year veteran has also visited with the 49ers during the offseason. Tennessee added veteran wideout Harry Douglas early in free agency to join returnees Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter, but there's certainly room for more.
E. J. Manuel QB BUF 2 weeks ago
Manuel is expected to compete with three other quarterbacks in what the team is calling an open quarterback competition, BuffaloBills.com" reports. Said coordinator Greg Roman on Monday, "I think all four are doing a very nice job in our meetings and in communicating ... everyone will have a chance to work with the first team and everybody's going to have ample opportunity to put their best foot forward. When we start evaluating then we'll start to play around with things a little bit, who's with the first team the one day, and the next day, and so forth. We'll have a good feel for it as we go."
This might be just some rah-rah talk from a new coaching staff, as Tyrod Taylor would have to make a great impression to be in the starting mix and Jeff Tuel perhaps an even bigger one. More likely, the true competition is between Manuel and Matt Cassel. The real takeaway from all the offseason talk is that the Bills have made no indication Manuel is in any way going to be handed the job, and some feel it might even be an even race between him and the veteran Cassel.
Mike Pouncey MIA 2 weeks ago1 Comment
Pouncey signed a five-year extension worth close to $50 million with the Dolphins on Monday, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Pouncey's deal reportedly includes $22 million guaranteed and makes him one of the league's highest paid centers.The 2011 first-rounder has made the Pro Bowl in consecutive seasons and even showed the ability to play right guard last season.
Joe Mays LB NYJ 2 weeks ago
Mays officially signed with the Jets on Monday, NJ.com reports.
Mays missed the early half of last season with the Chiefs due to a wrist injury, limiting him to just 20 tackles through eight games played. Now with the Jets, Mays will be on his fifth team since being drafted in 2008. With New York also inking fellow inside linebackers Jamari Lattimore and Erin Henderson this offseason with back-up jobs in mind, the 29-year-old Mays joins them in competing for snaps behind starters David Harris and Demario Davis.
George Johnson DL TB 2 weeks ago
Johnson's three-year, $9 million offer sheet signed with the Buccaneers is being disputed by the Lions, ESPN.com reports.
Johnson's future employer hangs in the balance while an independent arbitrator reviews the offer sheet he signed last Tuesday with the Buccaneers and identifies all the terms the Lions would be required to match, should they decide to do so. The arbitrator's ruling is expected within 10 days, at which point the Lions would then have two days to match the offer. Johnson began his career in Tampa Bay, but made his biggest impact in Detroit last season, posting a personal best 29 tackles and six sacks in 2014.