Danieal Manning DB HOU 2 weeks ago
Manning announced his retirement Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
A second-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Manning spent five seasons with the Bears and four with the Texans, starting 96 of the 128 games he played. He never brought much to the table from an IDP perspective, but he was a solid cover safety who also worked as a kick returner throughout much of his career. Manning could probably still be of some use to an NFL team, so it's possible he eventually changes his mind about retirement.
Daryl Washington LB ARI 2 weeks ago
Washington (suspension) applied for reinstatement May 8, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 AM reports.
The NFL is supposed to make a decision within 60 days, but things may have been complicated by Washington's 2013 domestic violence conviction, for which he has yet to be punished by the league. He seemingly has a good shot to be reinstated from his year-long suspension for a repeat violation of the substance-abuse policy, but another ban of six or more games could be right around the corner.
Jason Pierre-Paul DL NYG 2 weeks ago
Pierre-Paul (hand) has been released from the hospital, NFL.com's Kimberly JOnes reports.
Pierre-Paul spent more than a week in the hospital, ultimately having his right index finger amputated, in addition to undergoing surgery to stabilize fractures in his thumb. He isn't expected to sign his $14.81 million franchise tag until he can pass a physical, which probably won't happen anytime soon. His status for Week 1 remains in question, and it's also unclear how he'll adjust to playing without one of his fingers.
Daryl Washington LB ARI 3 weeks ago
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said there has been no change to Washington's (suspension) status, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 AM reports.
Washington was expected to apply for reinstatement in April, but there was never any report that he actually did. Although it's possible he still hasn't applied, it's more likely that the NFL is just taking its time to make a decision. Washington was suspended for all of 2014 due to repeat substance-abuse policy violations, and while he seemingly made it through the ban without any further issues, he still has a domestic violence conviction from May of 2013 hanging over his head. It's possible he'll be reinstated from the first suspension, only to be suspended again shortly thereafter. The NFL now has a six-game minimum suspension for domestic violence incidents, and Washington hasn't played in a game since Dec. 2013. As great as he was for the Cardinals through the first few years of his career, the 28-year-old faces an uphill battle to become an impact player once again.
Jarrett Bush DB GB 3 weeks ago
Bush, a free agent, has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season, ESPN.com reports. The suspension is believed to result from a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Bush, 31, was once a frequent subject of criticism for his performance as a reserve defensive back, but his skill on special teams has kept him with the Packers for nine seasons and 137 games thus far. If the Packers don't want him back, it's quite possible his career in the NFL will come to an end.
Dez Bryant WR DAL 3 weeks ago
Bryant told Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones that he will miss both training camp and part of the regular season if he does not get a contract by the Wednesday deadline, ESPN.com's Ed Werder reports.
If the two sides don't reach a long-term agreement by Wednesday, Bryant will have to play out the 2015 season under the franchise tag. In such a scenario, he'd only need to play six games to qualify for free agency next season, but he'd be leaving around $750,000 on the table with each game he skipped. Other players in the same situation have typically signed the franchise tag late in training camp and grumpily played a full season, with Vincent Jackson (2010) the notable exception. Of course, the franchise tag isn't such a terrible deal for most of those players, whereas Bryant would command far more than his $12.82 million franchise tag if he were a free agent seeking a one-year contract.
Aaron Williams DB BUF 3 weeks ago
Williams, who will start at free safety, continues to recover from offseason hip surgery and the team would like to see him get enough reps in Rex Ryan's new defense, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said Ryan, "Aaron should be ready to go. He seems to be sharp and I'm looking forward to seeing him on the field."
The team has a youthful safety group, so they'll be counting on Williams to lead things. It'd be helpful if he could be running close to 100 percent by the time training camp rolls around, as the Bills aren't even sure who their starter will be opposite Williams. He's a key part of the team's defense this season.
DeAndre Smelter WR SF 3 weeks ago
The 49ers believe Smelter (knee) could be activated from the non-football injury list at some point during training camp, CSN Bay Area reports.
Smelter suffered a torn ACL in November, and it's assumed he'll open training camp on the non-football injury list. The 49ers have a history of using mid-round picks on players who fell in the draft because of a serious injury, often stashing those players on injured reserve. Smelter seemingly has a real shot to contribute as a rookie, but there's still a chance he'll start the season on the PUP list, which would require him to miss the first six games. The 49ers don't have much depth behind starters Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, so the fourth-round rookie could compete for the No. 3 or No. 4 role.
Greg Hardy DL DAL 3 weeks ago
Hardy's suspension has been reduced from 10 games to four, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Much to the Cowboys' delight, Hardy's appeal was successful. He'll still miss the first four weeks of the season, after missing the final 15 games of 2014. If he's still the same player who recorded 26 sacks between the 2012 and 2013 campaigns, the Cowboys will have landed one of the best bargains in free agency, albeit on just a one-year contract. Hardy's probably not worth a look in most IDP leagues, as he's never topped 41 tackles in a season.
Stephon Gilmore DB BUF 3 weeks ago
Gilmore, who is coming off another offseason procedure, says he's far healthier than last year, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said Gilmore, "I'll be full go at camp. I feel great. I felt good in June. This is one of the offseasons where I'm coming in healthy and can run and do everything, so I'm just trying to be smart and doing whatever I can now so it can help me in the long run."
The coaching staff keeps saying how talented they think Gilmore is and many are expecting new coach Rex Ryan to cast him in a Darrelle Revis-type role. That would mean Gilmore would be on the field almost all the time, usually shadowing the opponent's best receiver and allowing Ryan to strengthen his blitzing ability elsewhere. Revis doesn't accrue great IDP stats these days because most teams have simply stopped throwing at him, but Gilmore is far less proven - if placed in a high-profile role, he could be forced to make a decent number of tackles and picks. Revis once had 87 tackles early in his career, while putting up 14 interceptions over his first three seasons. Gilmore had a career-high three picks last season while being limited to 15 games.