Josh Wilson DB DET 4 hours ago
Wilson announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, Craig Morgan of FOX Sports Arizona reports.
Wilson signed a one-day contract with the Cardinals, the team that drafted him in 2001 and with whom he spent 12 of his 14 NFL seasons. The hard-hitting safety earned five Pro Bowl selections while recording 27 interceptions and 25.5 sacks over his career, with the latter number the fourth-highest total for a defensive back in NFL history. He didn't appear in any games over the last two seasons after being placed on injured reserve by the Patriots in 2013 and getting cut by the Bears during training camp in 2014.
Derrick Johnson LB KC 7 hours ago
Johnson (Achilles) indicated Monday that he has no limitations heading into offseason workouts, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports.
Johnson entered the offseason as a potential candidate for release, but he will rejoin the Chiefs for the 2015 season. The 32-year-old linebacker tore his Achilles in the first week last season, finishing the campaign with four solo tackles. He should slot back in at inside next season barring another injury.
Kaelin Burnett LB TEN 7 hours ago
Burnett agreed to a contract with the Titans on Monday, John Glennon of The Tennessean reports.
Though he's listed as a linebacker, Burnett figures to deliver much of his value for the Titans as a special teams player. He'll struggle to attain relevance in IDP formats.
Tyler Eifert TE CIN 8 hours ago
Eifert (elbow) is one of few tight ends on the Bengals' current roster, which could change following next week's NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Eifert, who played merely eight snaps last season due to elbow and shoulder complications, is currently the unquestioned starting tight end on the Bengals' roster. However, given Eifert's trouble staying healthy, as well as little depth behind him, Cincinnati is expected to target tight ends some time in the upcoming NFL Draft. With long-time Bengal Jermaine Gresham unlikely to be re-signed, it appears Eifert will assume vastly increased responsibilities this season, should he keep a clean bill of health.
Joseph Fauria TE DET 8 hours ago
Fauria did not require offseason ankle surgery, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Fauria's landed on injured reserve in December due to an ankle injury, but apparently the issue wasn't severe enough to require surgery. Now healthy, Fauria will hope for a bounce-back third season, although the presence of fellow tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Eric Ebron may still cloud his weekly outlook.
Alex Smith QB KC 8 hours ago
Smith (spleen) has been cleared for football activities, ESPN.com reports.
Smith missed the Chiefs' regular season finale due to a lacerated spleen, but after a few months off, the signal-caller has been given the green light to resume playing. As a result, Smith was able to throw to receivers during Monday's opening voluntary offseason workout and should be fine heading into the upcoming campaign.
Dez Bryant WR DAL 8 hours ago
Bryant was not present as the Cowboys began their voluntary offseason workouts Monday, NFL.com reports.
Bryant's absence from the voluntary workouts isn't surprising, since the wideout still hasn't signed his franchise tag contract. In fact, Bryant and his representatives are still trying to negotiate a long-term deal with the Cowboys. Regardless, Bryant is unsigned and thus not participating in these voluntary conditioning drills.
Antonio Brown WR PIT 9 hours ago2 Comments
Brown is said to be looking for a new contract with the Steelers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Per the report, Brown, who has three more seasons left on his current six-year, $43 million deal with the team, will not attend the Steelers' voluntary conditioning program and may consider holding out of the team's mandatory minicamp in June and/or training camp. While it's too early for this situation to impact fantasy draft boards, it's nonetheless worth monitoring in the coming months, with Brown coming off a 2014 season in which he led the NFL with 129 receptions and 1,698 yards.
Carlos Hyde RB SF 11 hours ago
General manager Trent Baalke said that Hyde has dropped his weight to 220 pounds this offseason, Jason Butt of CBSSports.com reports.
Hyde was 235 pounds last season, and he has apparently shed 15 pounds this offseason. The second-year back is more of a power runner than a burner, so losing some weight could result in a more agile Hyde. He is expected to be the 49ers' primary back this season, with Reggie Bush and Kendall Hunter sharing the backfield duties.
Adrian Peterson RB MIN 12 hours ago
Peterson was not present for Monday's first day of Minnesota's voluntary offseason workouts, ESPN reports. However, he likely would not have attended even if he were not having problems with Vikings management as he has not attended similar workouts regularly in the past, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Peterson was reinstated last week by the NFL after he was suspended in November after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for disciplining his child with a switch. While the Vikings have indicated that they would like the running back to play for the team in 2015, Peterson's agent has said his client doesn't want to play for the Vikings. Peterson's decision whether to participate in any offseason programs will be under intense scrutiny as a result. Minnesota has voluntary workouts this week and OTA's on May 28, but Peterson doesn't need to show up until a June 18 mandatory minicamp. Peterson's decision whether to return to the Vikings could drag into June if he's not traded before the NFL Draft.