Michael Crabtree WR SF 9 Days3 Comments
Crabtree is unlikely to re-sign with the 49ers, the Sacramento Bee reports.Crabtree's tenure in San Francisco didn't lack for intrigue, but his 2014 campaign flew under the radar, with the former No. 10 overall draft pick catching 68-of-108 targets for 698 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games. Crabtree shouldn't have much trouble finding a job as a starter, but he doesn't offer much big-play ability, and hasn't looked like a true No. 1 since tearing his Achilles in spring of 2013. The 49ers still have fellow possession receivers Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson under contract, so a parting of ways makes sense for both sides.
Donnie Avery WR KC 9 Days
Avery will be released by the Chiefs, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.With the decision expected to save them $3.4 million against the 2015 cap, the Chiefs probably didn't have a hard time with this one. The team is badly in need of superior talent at wide receiver, as Avery will likely get attention from interested teams as merely a third, fourth or fifth option at the position.
Thomas DeCoud DB CAR 9 Days
DeCoud was released by the Panthers on Tuesday.A one-time Pro Bowler with the Falcons, DeCoud struggled in his first season as a Panther, eventually ceding most of his snaps to rookie Tre Boston, who held up well in an expanded role. Boston will likely open 2015 as Carolina's starting free safety, while DeCoud will hope to generate interest as a potential starter in free agency.
Kareem Jackson DB HOU 9 Days
Jackson is unlikely to receive the franchise tag, the Houston Chronicle reports.The tag for cornerbacks will be approximately $13 million, and while Jackson has proven to be a solid starter, he isn't quite worth that kind of money for just one season. The Texans still want to keep him around, so the two sides will likely try to hammer out a multi-year deal before free agency begins in March. Jackson is averaging two interceptions and 10 passes defensed through his first five NFL seasons, but he hasn't reached 60 tackles since his rookie campaign of 2010. To be fair, he did record 56 and 57 the past two seasons, despite being limited to 14 and 13 games. On a per-game basis, Jackson provided reasonable IDP production for a cornerback in 2014.
Robert Mathis LB IND 9 Days
Mathis, who is still recovering from a torn Achilles he suffered in September, is still hoping to participate in at least a portion of spring OTAs, his agent told NFL.com.Mathis' agent, Hadley Engelhard, refuted an ESPN report that his client recently had a setback. Still, it's not clear if Mathis at age 34 will be able to fully recover from the surgery. We'll need to see how he holds up in practice when he does return to determine if he'll be an impact player again.
Nigel Bradham LB BUF 10 Days1 Comment
Bradham finished his third NFL season with 104 total tackles, six passes defensed, one interception, two forced fumbles, and 2.5 sacks.That production made him the Bills' best IDP linebacker, and that's even with Bradham suspended the first game of the season. He's put aside some off-the-field issues and really gotten his career on track. That all said, it might be difficult for Brown to meet that production again even though he'll almost certainly remain a starter. Tackle monger Kiko Akonso is expected to return after missing the entire 2014 season, plus the Bills may be moving Mario Williams back to outside linebacker. The stats may end up getting spread around a bit more in Rex Ryan's defense.
Wes Welker WR DEN 10 Days
Welker denied reports that he was considering retirement Monday, telling the Denver Post that he is "just getting ready for 2015."Welker has dealt with numerous concussions over the past few years and is coming off a season in which he caught only 49 passes for 464 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games, his lowest yardage total since 2005. He'll become a free agent next month, and while the Broncos could re-sign him, it appears more likely that they'll try to get 2013 second-round pick Cody Latimer more involved in the offense behind Demaryius Thomas -- who is likely to be hit with the franchise tag -- and Emmanuel Sanders.
Shaun Phillips LB IND 10 Days
The Colts have released Phillips, the Indianapolis Star reports.Added by the Colts this past November in the hope that he would bolster the team's pass rush, Phillips -- who was slated to earn $2.55 million in 2015 -- recorded just five tackles and no sacks during his five-game stint with Indy. Prior to that, he notched 19 tackles and two sacks in 11 games with the Titans.
Brandon Bostick TE MIN 10 Days1 Comment
The Packers have released Bostick, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.In the wake of the move, the Packers now roster three tight ends, namely Andrew Quarless, Richard Rodgers and Justin Perillo. Meanwhile, Bostick, who mishandled an onside kick against the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game, will now look for a fresh start after a 2014 campaign in which he caught just two passes for three yards and a touchdown in 13 games for Green Bay.
Josh McCown QB TB 10 Days
McCown, a free agent who visited with the Bills on Monday, has left Buffalo without a contract an apparently will be visiting with at least one or two more teams, The Buffalo News reports.Don't take this as a sign he's not going to sign with the Bills. The team may have one of the least stable starters in EJ Manuel, which would give McCown a very good chance to compete for the starting job. He also has ties to Aaron Kromer, the team's new offensive line coach. We'll see how things go the rest of the week, but it seems like a decent shot the Bills will be adding perhaps two quarterbacks this offseason (hello, Mark Sanchez?) to compete with Manuel for the starting gig.