Derek Carr QB OAK 10 Days
Carr completed 348-of-599 passes for 3,270 yards, 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and added 92 yards on 29 rushes, in 16 games during his rookie season.
Although the Raiders seemed to have every intention of sitting Carr for most the year when they drafted him 36th overall back in May, Matt Schaub's elbow injury and poor play during the preseason thrust Carr into the starting role in Week 1. The 23-year-old certainly endured some growing pains, with the Raiders dropping their first 10 games, but Carr led the team to three straight home wins to close the year, tossing six touchdowns against zero interceptions in those victories. He did fumble 10 times on the year despite taking only 24 sacks -- by comparison, his brother, David, was sacked a record 76 times as a rookie in 2002 -- but lost only four of those fumbles and should have a lot of confidence heading into 2015. If GM Reggie McKenzie can get him some more weapons on offense, Carr could start to separate himself from the QB2 pack in his second year as the Raiders' starter.
Joique Bell RB DET 10 Days
Bell recently underwent what the Detroit Free Press describes as minor surgeries to clean up his knee and Achilles tendon.
On the plus side, Bell, who led the Lions with 860 rushing yards (on 223 carries) in 15 games this past season, while scoring eight total TDs, is expected to return in time for the Lions' organized offseason workouts. Health permitting, he's on track to remain to team's lead back as the 2015 campaign approaches.
Peyton Manning QB DEN 10 Days
Though Manning (quad) reportedly wants to return to the Broncos for the 2015 season, a final decision on that front figures to wait until he takes an annual physical, which is called for by his contract, Woody Paige of the Denver Post reports.
Per the report, the Broncos have requested that Manning -- who the team wants back -- let them know his plans by March 9. Assuming the QB is on the team's roster on March 10, his $19 million salary for the 2015 season would become fully guaranteed. At this point it would be a surprise if Manning didn't return to play under new coach Gary Kubiak. The veteran QB, who turns 39 in March, is coming off a 2014 season in which he recorded 4,727 passing yards to go along with 39 TDs and 15 picks.
D'Qwell Jackson LB IND 10 Days
Jackson was named to the Pro Bowl with Seattle's Bobby Wagner playing in the Super Bowl, ESPN reports.
Jackson had 140 tackles and a career-high four sacks in his first season with Indianapolis. While the volume of stats made him a strong IDP option in fantasy leagues, he graded as the 46th best inside linebacker last season according to Pro Football Focus due to his poor pass coverage.
Mike Adams DB IND 10 Days
Adams was named to the Pro Bowl with Seattle safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor playing in the Super Bowl, ESPN reports.
Adams was a ten-year journeymen before signing with the Colts but took over the starting strong safety role and responded with five interceptions and 87 tackles in 16 games.
Drew Stanton QB ARI 10 Days
Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that he expects Stanton (knee) to be "ready to go" for the team's offseason activities, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.
Stanton seemed to have a legitimate chance of returning to action if the Cardinals' postseason stay had lasted beyond the Wild Card round, so it's not surprising that he's expected to enjoy a relatively normal offseason. The veteran backup was a passable fill-in for Carson Palmer (knee) while appearing in nine games for the Cardinals, and should be slated to open 2015 as the team's No. 2 quarterback.
Carson Palmer QB ARI 10 Days
Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that Palmer (knee) is "so far" ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.
Arians expressed optimism that Palmer would be ready to go for the Cardinals' mandatory minicamp, but given the severity of the injury, it's much more likely the team limits their franchise quarterback's activity until training camp. Even so, it's encouraging to see that Palmer appears on his way to being ready for the start of the 2015 season, after he was on his way to one of the best years of his career before succumbing to the injury.
Jerry Hughes DL BUF 11 Days
Coach Rex Ryan expressed a big interest in bringing back Hughes, who's about to become a free agent, BuffaloBills.com reports. Ryan told FOX Sports, "I absolutely envision that. I think Jerry is an outstanding player. The last two years I've been against him and he's tremendous. I hope he's still a Buffalo Bill moving forward. Sometimes things happen where that might not be a possibility, but I believe he's a great player and I hope he's a Buffalo Bill for a long time."
Hughes has implied he won't be giving the Bills a discount, but he's revived his career and then some since being acquired by the team in a steal of a trade with the Colts. Ryan is a defensive guy, so you can bet he likes nothing more than the image of Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, and Jerry Hughes manning his defensive line next season. It's worth noting Ryan runs a different style of defense than the 4-3 style of Jim Schwartz - one the Bills had so much success with in 2014 - but it'd be tough to imagine Hughes not being a key source of sacks should he return to the Bills.
Dominic Raiola DET 11 Days
The Lions are moving on from Raiola, his agent confirmed on Monday, ESPN.com reports.
Raiola has played his entire career with the Lions since the team selected him in the second round of the 2001 draft. After a strong 2013, Raiola had a rough 2014 season, garnering a minus-17.2 rating as the No. 37 center in the NFL, according to PFF. His slippage in play, age, and sometimes dirty play on the field are what ultimately led to the Lions not wanting him anymore. The Lions will probably slide Travis Swanson, a third-round pick in the 2014 draft, into Raiola's spot at center.
Tashaun Gipson DB CLE 11 Days
Gipson (knee) will not play in Sunday's Pro Bowl, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Gipson led the Browns with six interceptions in 2014, despite the fact that he missed the team's final five games with a knee injury that ultimately landed him on the injured reserve. It's not too surprising to see him sit out a frivolous contest such as the Pro Bowl, but the knee injury isn't expected to limit him when camp rolls around in 2015.