Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 18 hours ago
Stewart is expected to command the bulk of the Panthers' rushing attempts this season, but Carolina coach Ron Rivera maintains interest in continuing a two-back system, ESPN.com reports.
Stewart has split touches with DeAngelo Williams in recent seasons, but with the Panthers releasing Williams this offseason, Stewart is clearly Carolina's top running back heading into the upcoming campaign. Nonetheless, at the NFL owners meeting last week, coach Rivera projected an ideal situation in which Stewart receives around 15 carries per game, while another rusher gets 8-10 attempts. In doing so, the Panthers would hope to keep their ball-carriers fresh throughout the season, thus benefitting Stewart's durability. At the moment, Fozzy Whittaker and recent signing Jordan Todman appear to be the primary candidates to spell Stewart this season, but the Panthers could very well add another running back during next month's draft as well.
Miles Austin WR CLE 18 hours ago
The Eagles plan to sign Austin (kidney) if he passes a physical with the team, philly.com reports.
Prior to sustaining a season-ending kidney injury last year, Austin caught 47 passes for 568 yards and two TDs in his first campaign with the Browns. If he joins the Eagles -- Austin, who turns 31 on June 30, would provide the team's wideout corps with added depth and experience, following the loss of Jeremy Maclin in free agency. As it stands, Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff currently top the Eagles' depth chart at receiver.
Jordan Todman RB CAR 18 hours ago
The Panthers have signed Todman to a one-year deal.
Todman, who carried 32 times for 186 yards with a TD, to go along with 25 catches for 198 yards and a receiving score in 16 games for the Jags in 2014, will provide the Panthers with added running back depth behind starter Jonathan Stewart, while also giving the team another option in the return game.
Letroy Guion DL GB 20 hours ago
Guion agreed to terms to rejoin the Packers in 2015-16 on a one-year contract, ESPN reports.
Guion had some offseason issues that have cheapened his contract heading into the season, especially considering a fine and possible suspension await him to start the season. When he becomes available, the big man figures to fit in at nose tackle for the Packers once again in 2015, with no real competition on the current roster. However, the Packers are in talks to re-sign B.J. Raji as well, and it's also possible they will target another tackle in the draft.
C. J. Anderson RB DEN 1 day ago
Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said Anderson has "earned the right" to head into the offseason program as the starter, denverbroncos.com reports.
The Broncos still have Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, but it comes as no surprise that the starting job will be Anderson's to lose. Assuming he holds onto the role, Anderson will enter 2015 as one of the top running backs in any format, as his team context couldn't get much better.
Jared Allen DL CHI 1 day ago5 Comments
Allen was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back after the end of the 2014 season, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Allen had a rough first season in Chicago, dealing with pneumonia, a rib injury and the back issue on his way to just 5.5 sacks. He should still be a key part of the defense in 2015, but with the Bears signing Pernell McPhee this offseason, Allen is in danger of losing some snaps.
Chandler Jones DL NE 2 days ago
Jones is reportedly recovering from an unspecified offseason surgical procedure, ESPN.com reports.
Per the report, Jones -- who missed six games with a hip injury this past season -- has been walking with the assistance of crutches of late, though at this stage, there is nothing to suggest that his availability for the 2015 season will be impacted by the procedure. The 25-year-old defensive end finished the 2014 campaign with 43 tackles and six sacks in 10 games for the Patriots.
Chad Greenway LB MIN 2 days ago
Greenway agreed to a $3.6 million pay cut for 2015 and will remain with Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Greenway will now be paid $3.4 million with $1 million guaranteed for 2015, down from the $7 million he was originally set to make. He can make up to $4 million through bonuses. The move will create $3.22 million in salary cap space for the Vikings. Greenway was a candidate to be released if he didn't agree to a pay cut as he started to break down at age 32 as he missed four games due to hand and rib fractures and a knee injury. He's said he's completely healthy" after suffering a strained MCL injury in the second to last game of the season.
Duke Williams DB BUF 3 days ago
With the recent departure of Da'Norris Searcy in free agency, Williams could get the opportunity to start at the open spot at safety this season across from Aaron Williams, BuffaloBills.com reports.
He's the frontrunner right now, maybe a clear one, as the Bills used their big free agent money on offense and don't have a lot left to spend. They also likely won't trust a rookie in that spot. Williams could get some competition from Bacarri Rambo, Jonathan Meeks, and Kenny Ladler, but the Bills seem to like Williams and it looks like the third-year player might get his shot in 2015. Williams logged 52 total tackles and a pick while playing a modest 49 percent of the defensive snaps last season, so he merits some watching if he does win a starting gig.
Jonathan Martin CAR 4 days ago
Martin was claimed off waivers by the Panthers on Friday.
Martin was waived by the 49ers on Thursday after a season in which he made nine starts at right tackle. Although his performance level was inconsistent, the former second-round pick could be a nice addition for the Panthers. Martin brings some versatility to a Carolina offensive line that already signed veteran tackle Michael Oher this offseason, giving the Panthers options on both sides as they aim to better protect quarterback Cam Newton this upcoming season.