Dan Connolly NE 3 weeks ago

Connolly has decided to retire from the NFL, ESPN reports.

Connolly indicated he could have played another year or two, but multiple factors ultimately assisted in his decision to retire, with the "biggest factor" being health (he's suffered four concussions in his lifetime). Famous for his 71-yard kickoff return against the Packers, the veteran showed versatility in playing left guard, center and right guard at various times with the Patriots. He will end his career a three-time AFC Champion and a Super Bowl champion (XLIX), spending most of his career with the Patriots after a brief stint with the Jaguars.

Paul Richardson WR SEA 3 weeks ago

Richardson (knee) is unlikely to participate in the early stages of training camp, although Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said it is possible, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Carroll has mentioned Richardson on a few occasions this offseason, each time relaying what seems to be an overly optimistic outlook. The 2014 second-round draft pick tore his ACL during the Seahawks' playoff run, leaving his status in question for both training camp and the start of the season. Richardson will almost certainly be placed on the PUP list to start camp, and it won't be surprising if he remains there into the regular season, which would rule him out for the first six games. Once healthy, he'll have to compete for snaps and targets with a group that includes Jermaine Kearse, Chris Matthews and Ricardo Lockette. In addition to the dual rushing threat presented by Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle offense will focus on Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin, potentially leaving everyone else to fight for scraps.

Barkevious Mingo LB CLE 3 weeks ago

Mingo (shoulder) will be a full go for the start of training camp, despite missing 11-on-11 drills this spring, the Browns' official website reports.

Mingo had surgery in January to address a shoulder injury that bothered him for most of the 2014 season. The expectation all along was that he'll be fine for training camp, and there's no reason to change that prognosis. The former No. 6 overall draft pick hasn't lived up to expectations through two seasons, but last year's two-sack showing understates the quality of his overall performance. He's a strong breakout candidate for 2015, with a three-down role all but assured now that Jabaal Sheard is in New England.

Colin Kaepernick QB SF 3 weeks ago

Kaepernick said he believes the 49ers' offseason changes are for the good, the Nevada Appeal reports.

The changes are numerous. Wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Stevie Johnson were swapped out for Torrey Smith, with 2014 fourth-round pick Bruce Ellington the favorite to work as the No. 3 wideout. Running back Frank Gore departed for Indianapolis, leaving Carlos Hyde and offseason acquisition Reggie Bush as the main threats in the backfield. On the offensive line, RT Anthony Davis decided to take some time away from football, and LG Mike Iupati signed with the Cardinals. As for the coaching staff, Jim Tomsula is replacing Jim Harbaugh as head coach, with former quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst taking over as offensive coordinator. The degree of turnover might be viewed as problematic, but the 49ers clearly needed some changes in the wake of last season's middling (to be generous) offensive performance. The skill-position talent doesn't really appear to have changed for the better or worse, and the offensive line should be fine if someone emerges as a decent center. The major coaching promotions came from within the organization, but there's been some talk that Tomsula and Chryst want Kaepernick to run more often this season. There's obviously a lot to process, and it makes Kaepernick one of the tougher quarterbacks to get a read on.

Marcus Mariota QB TEN 3 weeks ago

Mariota still has not signed a contract with the Titans, ESPN.com reports.

The second overall pick is the last 2015 first-rounder left unsigned, but the Titans are hopeful that a deal will be reached before the team opens camp on July 30. Team president Steve Underwood has stated that the final roadblock to a deal is a disagreement over offset language, but it looks like Mariota will remain without a contract until he gives in to Tennessee's demands on this issue.

Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 3 weeks ago

Thomas agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Broncos on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Dez Bryant got most of the headlines, but Thomas and the Broncos took things even closer to Wednesday's 4 PM ET deadline before reaching an agreement. The two wideouts both signed 5-year, $70 million deals, though Bryant's reportedly contains $45 million guaranteed, whereas Thomas' contains $43.5 million. Coming off three straight seasons with 92+ receptions, 1,400+ yards and 10+ touchdowns, Thomas shouldn't suffer too much from the Broncos' more run-oriented offense, as there's also less competition for targets than in past years.

Dez Bryant WR DAL 3 weeks ago

Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports.

The average annual value of $14 million pales in comparison to what Bryant might eventually have gotten as a free agent in 2016 or 2017, but with 64.3 percent ($45 million) of the contract guaranteed, he undoubtedly has the long-term security he was seeking. Coming off three straight seasons with 88+ catches, 1,233+ yards and 12+ touchdowns, Bryant is one of the top wide receivers -- and a likely first-round selection -- in any format. He did his damage on a modest 138 targets last season, and with DeMarco Murray now in Philadelphia, Bryant could be quite a bit busier this season.

Marcus Harris WR NYG 3 weeks ago

Harris (knee) was released by the Giants on Wednesday, NJ.com's Jordan Raanan reports.

According to NJ.com's Jordan Raanan, Harris had a knee procedure after minicamp and was recently seen on crutches. He impressed during training camp and the preseason as an undrafted free agent last year, leading the Giants to place him on injured reserve, rather than releasing him, when he came down with shoulder and hip injuries in late August. The Giants may eventually look into re-signing Harris.

Dez Bryant WR DAL 3 weeks ago

Bryant is headed to team headquarters to sign a long-term contract, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The saga appears to be nearing an end in the final hours before Wednesday's 4 PM ET deadline, but there hasn't yet been a report that Bryant actually signed a contract. It's apparently just a matter of time, and details should be available by the end of the day. Meanwhile, all seems to be quiet on the Demaryius Thomas front.

Stephen Gostkowski K NE 3 weeks ago

Gostkowski has agreed to a four-year contract that's worth approximately $17 million, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Gostkowski won't have to play out this season under the franchise tag, though it really isn't such a bad thing for kickers. He doesn't have the same leg strength as some of his top positional peers, but between his team context and superb accuracy, Gostkowski still figures to be the first or second kicker selected in most drafts.