Robert Mathis LB IND 13 minutes ago
Though he hasn't been cleared to run yet, Mathis (Achilles) said Tuesday that he expects to be ready for the beginning of training camp, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports 1 reports.
The news comes just one week after Colts owner Jim Irsay suggested that Mathis likely wouldn't be back from the injury until November. There's still plenty of time between both training camp and the start of the regular season for Mathis' status to be further clarified, and more information should become available as he begins to engage in rehab activities over the next several weeks. Even if Mathis is able to recover in time for Week 1, it's difficult to imagine him having the same kind of impact as a pass rusher now that he'll be entering his age-34 season.
Jacquizz Rodgers RB ATL 4 hours ago
Rodgers signed a one-year deal with the Bears on Tuesday.
Rodgers could take on some of Matt Forte's third-down work as the Bears look to preserve their franchise running back for at least another season or two. This still isn't a good landing spot for Rodgers to establish value, as Forte led all NFL running backs in snaps in both 2013 and 2014. The Bears also have 2014 fourth-round draft pick Ka'Deem Carey, who could very well head into training camp ahead of Rodgers on the depth chart. Rodgers has never shown much promise in the running game, so it shouldn't be too surprising if he has to settle for the third spot on the depth chart and occasional third-down work.
Jason Trusnik LB CAR 5 hours ago
Trusnik signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Tuesday.
A former undrafted free agent, the 30-year-old linebacker has carved out a lengthy career in the NFL, due in large part to his work on special teams. The Panthers do have a possible opening to fill at one of their linebacker spots, and Trusnik could be part of a competition that would likely be led by A.J. Klein. Of course, with Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis locked into three-down roles, the Panthers can't support a third IDP option at linebacker.
Vincent Brown WR IND 5 hours ago
Brown signed a one-year contract with the Colts on Tuesday, and he is expected to compete for the No. 4 wide receiver role, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
A third-round draft pick back in 2011, Brown has never caught more than 41 passes in a season. Injuries have been part of the problem, but he also failed to take advantage of the opportunities that came his way. With T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson and Donte Moncrief assumed to be Indy's top three wideouts, Brown will compete with a group that includes Duron Carter and Griff Whalen for the fourth spot on the depth chart.
Antonio Smith DL OAK 6 hours ago
Smith was released by the Raiders on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Smith had a quiet 2014 season in Oakland, recording his lowest sack total (3.0) since 2006, with only 20 tackles to boot. Now 33 years old, he may have to settle for work as a rotational lineman, even though his ancillary pass-rushing statistics indicate that he probably should have had more than three sacks.
Desmond Bishop LB SF 6 hours ago
Bishop has reached an agreement to sign a one-year contract with the 49ers, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
With Patrick Willis and Chris Borland both retiring, the 49ers are exploring all avenues to address the inside linebacker position. The team still has All-Pro Navorro Bowman (knee) under contract, but Bowman missed all of 2014 in the aftermath of a torn ACL. Bishop, a regular starter for the Packers in 2010 and 2011, has just seven tackles over the last three years. If Bowman is healthy, it's hard to envision a scenario in which Bishop has any kind of IDP relevance. Meanwhile, Michael Wilhoite is still the favorite to start next to Bowman.
Matt Schaub QB BAL 7 hours ago
Schaub signed with the Ravens on Tuesday, SI.com's Peter King reports.
Schaub will compete with 2014 sixth-round selection Keith Wenning for the right to back-up Joe Flacco, who has yet to miss a game through seven NFL seasons. Schaub may be the bigger name here, but given how poorly the veteran played in 2013 and into the 2014 preseason, Wenning should have a decent chance to win the job.
Toby Gerhart RB JAC 9 hours ago
Gerhart will get a look at fullback in 2015, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Gerhart is big and strong, but that doesn't mean he'll be an effective lead blocker. He also still figures to be in the mix for touches at running back, along with Denard Robinson, Storm Johnson and Bernard Pierce. The Jags clearly want to upgrade the position, and it won't be surprising if they use a high draft pick on a running back next month.
Jacquizz Rodgers RB ATL 9 hours ago
Rodgers is visiting the Bears, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
The Bears currently have Ka'Deem Carey and Senorise Perry behind Matt Forte, who led all NFL running backs in snaps in both 2013 and 2014. While the Bears may want to slightly reduce Forte's workload, Chicago wouldn't be a great landing spot for Rodgers' 2015 fantasy prospects. The former Falcon has seen most of his work on passing downs over the last few years, and Forte is one of the top receiving backs in the league.
Wes Welker WR DEN 10 hours ago
Welker is unlikely to be back with the Broncos in 2015, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.
Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are entrenched as the top two wide receivers, and the Broncos presumably want 2014 second-round selection Cody Latimer to be a part of the offense in his second season. Even if he does end up back with the Broncos, Welker will likely just be fourth or fifth on the depth chart, after undeniably declining over the past two seasons.