Jay Cutler QB CHI 10 Days
Coach John Fox fell short of issuing Cutler a vote of confidence at this stage of the offseason, ESPN.com reports.With that in mind, Fox suggested that the Bears are "not up against a deadline" in terms of making a call on Cutler's future with the team, though it's worth noting that Cutler's 2015 base salary ($15.5 million) is guaranteed, while $10 million of the QB's 2016 salary is guaranteed if he's still on the Bears' roster on March 12.
E. J. Manuel QB BUF 10 Days10 Comments
Coach Rex Ryan emphasized Wednesday that he'll continue to look to beef up the quarterback spot this offseason, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said Ryan, "I think in an ideal world you'd have a veteran quarterback with a young quarterback. I don't think there's any doubt about that, whether it's a young guy starting with a veteran backup or vice versa. We'll see how it shakes out." Currently, Manuel and Jeff Tuel are the only quarterbacks on the roster.Since taking the job last month, Ryan has yet to give Manuel anything close to a ringing endorsement. That says, the young quarterback will have every chance to win the job, and it's not like there's anyone available that would be a no-doubt improvement over what the Bills hope is an improved Manuel, unless the team made a play for a Jay Cutler or Sam Bradford. Josh McCown is a possibility, but him and most other options would probably just make for a summer competition, and if Manuel has made some strides he might even be considered the favorite. Although his production hasn't matched his first-round status yet, Manuel will at least get a fresh start, and coordinator Greg Roman and quarterbacks coach David Lee have been known to get a good measure of improvement out of players.
Robert Griffin QB WAS 10 Days
Speaking at the NFL combine, coach Jay Gruden noted that he anticipates Griffin being Washington's starter at QB heading into the 2015 season. "Robert ended the season as our starter and we anticipate that going forward," Gruden indicated Wednesday. "He'll be the No. 1 guy."Following a 2014 campaign in which the team started three signal-callers - Griffin, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy -- Gruden has for now, at least, quieted a potential QB controversy leading up to the 2015 campaign. Per NFL.com, the decision to stick with Griffin seems largely tied to the team's "large-scale investment" in the QB, along with a lack of viable alternatives at this stage, either in-house or in free agency. Griffin is coming off a 2014 season in which he threw for 1,694 yards, to go along with just four touchdowns and six interceptions in nine games. He also ran 38 times for 176 yards and a TD in that span.
Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 10 Days
The Cardinals and Fitzgerald have agreed to a restructured deal, ESPN.com reports.Per the report, the agreement -- which GM Steve Keim relays is "essentially a two-year deal" -- is designed to free up a cap space for the Cards this season, while keeping the veteran wideout in the fold. Fitzgerald, who caught 63 passes for 784 yards in 14 games last season, with a career-low two TDs, may not be the elite fantasy factor he once was, but he'll continue to combine with fellow receivers Michael Floyd and John Brown this coming season, with the trio's 2015 prospects seemingly bolstered by positive reports regarding the health of QB Carson Palmer.
Peyton Manning QB DEN 11 Days7 Comments
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday that he expects Manning to return for the 2015 season, Denver Post reports.Nearly three weeks after saying he was "not interested in making this a lingering thing," Manning still has yet to announce his decision whether to return for an 18th NFL season. However, Kubiak doesn't seem concerned in the least, saying that Manning and GM John Elway are simply "working through the process." Manning, who recently underwent a comprehensive physical and received a strong assessment, is set to make $19 million in salary this upcoming season.
Kevin Dorsey WR GB 11 Days
Dorsey (foot) has been released by the Packers, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.Dorsey ended the 2014 season on injured reserve, after suffering a broken foot in October. A seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft, he has just one career reception to his name.
Kevin Ogletree WR NYG 11 Days
Ogletree re-signed with the Giants on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.After signing with the Giants in October, Ogletree caught just five passes for 50 yards in seven games. He'll likely need to compete for a roster spot in 2015, and with Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle all under contract, Ogletree is unlikely to make much of an impact.
Keith Rivers LB BUF 11 Days
Rivers was released by the Bills on Tuesday, WGR 550 reports.Rivers didn't get much playing time in 2014, and with 2013 rookie standout Kiko Alonso (knee) expected to return from a torn ACL, things likely wouldn't have changed next season. With Alonso, Nigel Bradham, Preston Brown and Brandon Spikes all under contract for 2015, the Bills have to be feeling pretty good about their linebacking corps. Rivers, meanwhile, will likely draw some interest as a free agent, despite never living up to his billing as a top-10 draft pick.
A. J. Jenkins WR KC 11 Days
Jenkins was released by the Chiefs on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.A former-first round draft pick of the 49ers, Jenkins was traded for fellow first-round bust Jon Baldwin in August of 2013. Neither receiver ended up making an impact in his new home, with Jenkins unable to take advantage of his team's glaring lack of talent at the position. His status as a former first-rounder shouldn't be mistaken for upside, as Jenkins is a one-dimensional speedster who was widely viewed as a reach in the 2012 draft. He'll generate some kind of interest as a free agent, but will presumably have to compete for a roster spot in training camp.
Brandon Lloyd WR SF 11 Days3 Comments
Lloyd is unlikely to re-sign with the 49ers, the Sacramento Bee reports.Lloyd will be 34 years old by the start of next season, and there's no guarantee that he finds a spot on an NFL roster. At best, he'll likely have to settle for a job as a team's fourth or fifth receiver.