Nick Folk K NYJ (11) 6 days ago
Folk was released by the Jets on Thursday.
Folk was the Jets kicker for the past seven seasons. For his career he's converted 81.3 percent of his field goals, including 27 or 31 in 2016. It appears the Jets cut ties with Folk to free up some salary cap room, but it remains unclear who'll be their kicker in 2017. Folk is free to sign with any team.
Alterraun Verner DB TB (6) 6 days ago
Verner will be released by the Buccaneers on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Verner would have been owed $6.5 million in 2017. He saw a reduced workload in 2016 compared to his first two seasons in Tampa Bay, recording only 16 tackles compared to 76 and 56 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. A big reason for this regression was the emergence of rookie Vernon Hargreaves, who took over as the starting corner opposite Brent Grimes last season and racked up 76 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. Verner still has value as a defender, and should find himself on an NFL roster come September.
QBreno Giacomini NYJ (11) 6 days ago
Giacomini (back) was released by the Jets on Thursday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
Giacomini spent the past three seasons with the Jets, serving as their starting right tackle when healthy. He underwent back surgery in January to repair a herniated disc that forced him to end the 2016 campaign on injured reserve. He's now a free agent and can sign with any team.
Pierce Burton DET (10) 6 days ago
Burton signed a contract with the Lions on Thursday.
Burton has bounced around multiple practice squads over his first two seasons in the NFL and will hope to make an active roster for the first time with the Lions in 2017.
Russell Okung DEN (11) 6 days ago
Okung will not have his 2017 option picked up by the Broncos, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports.
Okung had a $1 million option due Mar. 9, and Denver is reportedly not taking the tackle up on it. Although there is certainly a chance he enters free agency, it is not a certainty, as the Broncos could ask Okung to restructure his contract. If he were to enter the free agent pool, he would add another tackle to a class that already boasts the likes of Andrew Whitworth, Kelvin Beachum and Ryan Clady among others.
QRyan Tannehill QB MIA (8) 6 days ago
After passing what NFL.com describes as "a battery of tests" on his left ACL and Grade 2 MCL sprain, Tannehill is slated to be available for the Dolphins' upcoming offseason program.
Meanwhile, the Miami Herald confirms that Tannehill will not require reconstructive surgery to address the knee issue that cost the starting QB the Dolphins' last three regular-season games in 2016, as well as the team's postseason loss to the Steelers. While Tannehill is expected to utilize a knee brace throughout the 2017 season, the report adds that barring any setbacks, the signal-caller is in line to handle a full workload by the start of training camp this summer. Tannehill may, however, be limited to some degree during the squad's offseason practices leading up to that.
QDanny Shelton DL CLE (13) 6 days ago
Shelton had minor surgery on his left wrist but doesn't expect it to delay his 2017 season, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Shelton's agent went on to say that, as of Feb. 22, the talented defensive tackle would be able to start working out as soon as next week. The Browns consider Shelton a key piece of their defense, as he has started 31-of-32 games in his first two seasons and recorded 59 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, in 2016. Look for him to be a full go by the time training camp commences.
Jameis Winston QB TB (6) 7 days ago
Winston provided a strong endorsement for a potential Bucs acquisition of free-agent receiver DeSean Jackson, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I've met him before, and we want DeSean. You better believe we want DeSean here," Winston said. "I think he would be a great asset to our team."
Winston set new personal bests across the board in his sophomore campaign, but did so while seeing his wide receiver corps considerably handicapped by injuries, especially in the second half of the season. With veteran No. 2 receiver Vincent Jackson one of the wideouts that was sidelined for an extended period for a second consecutive season, Winston seems buoyed by the prospect of what a healthy speed merchant like Jackson could bring to the offense opposite Mike Evans. The 30-year-old Jackson had 56 catches for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns with the Redskins in 2016, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the third time in four years and sporting the highest YPC (17.9) in the NFL for all receivers with a minimum of 30 receptions.
QJack Mewhort IND (10) 7 days ago
Mewhort's (knee) season-ending knee injury from 2016 was revealed to be a chondral defect, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports.
Mewhort finished the 2016 campaign on injured reserve due to a knee injury suffered in December. However, it wasn't clear which part of his knee had been damaged. Thankfully, a chondral defect is not considered an extremely serious knee injury compared to something like an ACL tear, which some initially speculated was Mewhort's issue. It still isn't clear when he'll be ready to return to action, but it doesn't appear as if rehabilitation will occupy his entire offseason.
QJames Hanna TE DAL (7) 7 days ago
Hanna's (knee) timeline for return is unclear, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Hanna ended the 2016 season on injured reserve after requiring a second surgery in November to repair a knee injury he sustained last summer. He still has roughly two months until offseason workouts begin, but there is no indication he'll be ready to take the field by then. When healthy, Hanna could be in line to compete with Geoff Swaim for the No. 2 tight end role in 2017 with Gavin Escober set to hit free agency.