PDrew BreesQB NO (5) 3 hours ago2 Comments
Unless something changes in the next few days, Brees (foot) will not have a new contract in place before the Saints kick off training camp, reports Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. Brees, however, has insisted that he will not hold out or skip any practice time, and he fully participated in OTAs and minicamp. Saints' veterans report to training camp in West Virginia on Wednesday.
Brees is entering the last year of his contract, but the Saints appear content to let him play out the year with a whopping salary-cap figure of $30 million. Brees has stated that the unofficial deadline to complete an extension is the start of the regular season. Given that Brees continues to be productive -- he led the NFL in passing for the fourth time in five seasons last year with 4,870 yards in just 15 games played -- it would not be surprising to see the Saints and their franchise quarterback strike a deal prior to September 1.
Michael BennettDL SEA (5) 3 hours ago1 Comment
Bennett's agent will meet with the Seahawks early this week to discuss his desire for a new contract, ESPN.com reports.
Bennett still has two years remaining on his current deal, but is glaringly underpaid, as his respective upcoming base salaries are for just $4 million and $6 million, and are not guaranteed. Coming off a career-high 52 tackles and 10 sacks, the 30-year-old Bennett is one of the league's most disruptive defensive lineman, and is reportedly seeking a multi-year extension with money in the range of the top six or seven players at his position. After their contract saga with safety Kam Chancellor last year, the Seahawks are well aware of the risk of alienating one of their best players, so it should be interesting to track the developments in Bennett's contract pursuit.
Jalen RamseyDB JAC (5) 3 hours ago
Ramsey (knee) will be ready for the start of training camp, according to general manager Dave Caldwell, NFL.com reports.
Ramsey had surgery in May to repair a partial tear in his right meniscus, but was back running just a month later, easing concern over his status. Now, with Caldwell deeming his rookie first-rounder full-go for camp, Ramsey's knee problem appears to be in the past. The fifth overall pick in this year's draft, Ramsey has all the makings of a top-tier defensive back and should compete for a starting role once the Jaguars open camp Thursday.
Vincent JacksonWR TB (6) 3 hours ago
Jackson's numbers show no appreciable decline on a per-game basis as he heads into his age-33 season, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The veteran wideout missed six games and parts of several others in 2015 with a pair of knee sprains, but is at full health entering training camp. Jackson's overall numbers last season were naturally muted due to the injuries, but his rates in two pertinent categories were right in line with his typical standards. The 33-year-old's 16.5 yards-per-catch was within striking distance of his career 17.0 number, while his 9.1 percent touchdowns-per-reception ratio came close to the 10.9 percent figure he'd generated in the 10 seasons prior to last year. Jackson enters training camp as the clear-cut No. 2 receiver opposite Mike Evans, and given Jameis Winston's expected leap in development in his sophomore campaign, the Northern Colorado product could be in for a resurgent campaign if his health remains intact.
Phil Loadholt MIN (6) 4 hours ago
Loadholt has decided to retire after a recent injury setback, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Loadholt missed the 2015 season with a torn Achilles, but participated in spring practices and worked as the starting right tackle. Andre Smith will likely take over as the starting right tackle with Loadholt retiring.
QKarl JosephDB OAK (10) 4 hours ago
Joseph's (knee) workload included running drills at Sunday's first training camp session, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
Joseph and his fellow Raiders rookies reported to camp Sunday, and the first-rounder was able to test his surgically-repaired knee by running at practice. Since his ACL tear happened back in October, Joseph is now nine months removed from the injury, so his activity level should increase as camp unfolds. A playmaking safety that could ultimately earn a three-down role, Joseph's progress should be worthwhile for IDP owners to monitor in the coming weeks.
PClive WalfordTE OAK (10) 4 hours ago
Walford (knee) was able to run during workouts Sunday, but will be eased into training camp, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
Walford is still working his way back from a knee laceration suffered during an ATV accident earlier this offseason. The ailment prevented Walford from featuring in spring practices, but it appears he's increasing his workload on the verge of training camp. While the Raiders are still expected to ease their second-year tight end back into action, the team will be relieved by Walford's progress, as a knee injury limited him during the first handful of games last season.
Stephon GilmoreDB BUF (10) 4 hours ago
Gilmore will report to training camp despite his desire for a new long-term contract, WKBW Buffalo reports.
Gilmore is currently entering the final year of his 2012 first-round rookie contract and skipped Buffalo's OTAs while negotiating a new deal. Although he's yet to reach an agreement with the Bills, Gilmore will still report for camp and hope for the best. Recently cleared following offseason shoulder surgery, Gilmore is coming off a career-best 18 passes defended and three interceptions in just 12 games played last season, and along with rising second-year player Ronald Darby, comprises half of a Bills starting cornerback duo that boasts intriguing long-term potential.
Greg JenningsWR MIA (8) 5 hours ago
Jennings announced Monday that he will retire from the NFL.
The 32-year-old wide receiver out of Western Michigan ends his 10-year career with 571 receptions, 8,291 yards and 64 touchdowns to go along with two Pro Bowl selections. Jennings recorded three seasons in a row in Green Bay with at least 1,100 receiving yards and will be remembered as one of the most productive wideouts the franchise has seen. Unfortunately for Jennings, he was never able to return to Pro Bowl-level production after leaving Green Bay for Minnesota in 2013, but at his peak, he was one of the most productive receiving threats in the NFL.
Paxton LynchQB DEN (11) 7 hours ago
The Broncos would like to see Lynch take reins at some point this season,9NEWS reports.
Lynch became Denver's future the moment they traded up in the first round to nab him. Ever since, however, the conversation around 2016's starter has been around Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian. Lynch is easily the most physically gifted of the three, but is supposedly still refining his game and adjusting to a pro offense. Whether Lynch ends up finding the playing field will likely depend on whether Denver's defense and running game is carrying it to another playoff birth. Head coach Gary Kubiak opted for experience over physical skill last playoffs, albeit in the form of a future hall of famer in Peyton Manning, not a journeyman like Sanchez. This scenario has played out in Mile High before under offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. Denver was 7-4 with Jake Plummer under center in 2006, only to test out Jay Cutler and fall to 9-7, out of the playoff race.