Corey Wootton DL DET 1 week ago2 Comments
The Lions have signed Wootton, the Detroit News reports.
Wootton can play either defensive tackle or defensive end, though with the Lions he figures to compete with Darryl Tapp, Devin Taylor, Larry Webster and Phillip Hunt for DE playing time behind starters Jason Jones and Ezekiel Ansah.
Adrian Peterson RB MIN 1 week ago4 Comments
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't expect any problems when Peterson reports to offseason workouts based on recent conversations he's had with him, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "There's a lot of its and nuts and candies and buts there," the second-year coach said before adding, "I don't think there will be any issues, no."
Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said in March that Peterson doesn't want to play for the Vikings, but he's since backed off that stance after the Vikings failed trade him before the NFL draft. Peterson doesn't need to participate in any offseason practices until a June 18 mandatory minicamp. We may only know then if Peterson plans to hold out or take similar action in hopes of forcing a trade or a contract extension (Peterson has no more guaranteed money in his deal after 2015).
Mike Davis RB SF 1 week ago6 Comments
After watching him in the 49ers' offseason program, general manager Trent Baalke said that Davis is "capable of playing all three downs, as well as contributing on special teams." CSN Bay Area reports.
The 49ers selected Davis in the fourth round of this year's draft, and it was unclear what role he would serve behind Carlos Hyde with the addition of Reggie Bush and the return of Kendall Hunter. It sounds like Baalke sees Davis as an every-down back, rather than a change-of-pace runner. While this doesn't bode well for his touches coming into the season, it also means he will likely get first crack at touches should anything happen to Hyde.
Jesse James TE PIT 1 week ago4 Comments
The Steelers have signed James to a four-year deal, the team's official site reports.
The 6-7, 261-pounder, who the team took 160th overall in the 2015 NFL draft, bolsters the Steelers' tight end depth behind starter Heath Miller. Initially, he'll compete with the likes of Matt Spaeth, Michael Egnew, Rob Blanchflower and Cameron Clear for backup slotting at the position.
Kendall Hunter RB SF 1 week ago
Hunter, who missed last season with a torn ACL, is returning to form, according to GM Trent Baalke, csnbayarea.com reports. "He's back to being Kendall," Baalke noted. "His speed is back to where it was pre-injury. He's really had a fine offseason."
While his return to health bolsters the 49ers' backfield depth, touches may be hard to come by for Hunter out of the gate this season. Though Frank Gore is no longer in the team's mix, Carlos Hyde in line to be the top option at running back, with Reggie Bush on hand in a change-of-pace role and rookie Mike Davis viewed by Baalke as capable of handing a three-down role.
Bruce Ellington WR SF 1 week ago1 Comment
Ellington has been slowed by an ankle issue during the 49ers' offseason program, csnbayarea.com reports.
At this stage, Ellington's ankle does not appear to be a long-term concern, with GM Trent Baalke noting that when the second-year wideout "is in there, you see the dimension he brings." Ellington, who caught just six passes for 62 yards in 13 games last season, is in line to compete with Jerome Simpson, Quinton Patton and DeAndre Smelter for the looks that don't go to the 49ers' top wideouts, Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin.
Tony Romo QB DAL 1 week ago5 Comments
Romo says he feels fully healthy this offseason for the first time since his 2013 back surgery, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports. "Just the ability to have an offseason I haven't had that in a few years," Romo said in an interview with the Cowboys' flagship radio station 105.3 The Fan. "I'm really able to push it a little bit right now, which has been exciting with the legs, the upper body and some of the stuff I haven't been able to do for two, two and a half, three years."
A dominant offensive line and a career season from DeMarco Murray helped Romo to his own career-best 69.9% completion rate, 34:9 TD:INT ratio and 113.2 QB rating last year. Even with Murray now in Philadelphia, it's possible that a healthier Romo might be able to repeat or even exceed his 2014 performance.
Kyle Arrington DB BAL 1 week ago
The Ravens have agreed to a three-year deal with Arrington, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Arrington, who was released by the Patriots on Monday, bolsters the Ravens' cornerback depth behind projected starters Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb. As was the case during his time with New England, look for Arrington to see his share of defensive snaps while working as a slot corner for Baltimore.
Ryan Taylor TE KC 1 week ago
Taylor (elbow) was waived by the Dolphins on Monday, according to the Dolphins web site.
Taylor was only signed by Miami this past February. He did complete the teams' Rookie Minicamp but apparently didn't impress the coaches enough to remain with the organization.
Darryl Sharpton LB ARI 1 week ago
The Cardinals have signed Sharpton, the team's official site reports.
With Daryl Washington's playing status uncertain, Sharpton bolsters the Cards' inside linebacker depth, joining a unit that also includes Sean Weatherspoon, Kevin Minter, Glenn Carson and Kenny Demens.