Sean Lee LB DAL 22 hours ago1 Comment
Lee (knee) has looked "fantastic" in offseason workouts, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reports. Cowboys Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones added, "As you might expect, he's ready to go."
Lee is nearly a year removed from surgery to repair the ACL and meniscus tears in his left knee, which clearly wiped away the 2014 campaign. With Rolando McClain back in the linebacker mix, a healthy Lee will be free to move to outside linebacker this fall. After posting 22 tackles as a rookie in 2010, Lee averaged 8.1 tackles per game from 2011-13, which were occasionally injury-plagued.
Jaelen Strong WR HOU 1 day ago
Strong, who was selected by the Texans in the third round (70th overall) of the NFL Draft, said his wrist is fine, the Houston Chronicle reports. "The Houston Texans tested my wrist when I was down there and they thought that everything was OK," said Strong.
Strong fell to the third round amid concerns about the wrist, but tried to allay any apprehension over it. Wideout was an obvious area of need for Houston after it released Andre Johnson, but it's facile to think Strong will replace Johnson. The Texans added veteran wideouts Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington in free agency, and as a team that finished on the cusp of the postseason in 2014, they'll be seeking some experience at the position this coming season.
Anthony Barr LB MIN 1 day ago
Barr, who missed the final two games of last season due to surgery for a meniscus tear in his knee, is back in Minnesota for the team's offseason workout program and that his knee feels fine, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Barr was a candidate for NFL defensive rookie of the year before his knee injury. He was a disruptive force in the passing game, and had 70 tackles, four sacks and three fumble recoveries in 12 games. This injury doesn't sound like a major worry, but watch his status in offseason workouts.
Josh Cribbs WR NYJ 2 days ago
Cribbs was released by the Colts on Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
Cribbs appeared in six games last season but the Colts are expected to utilize rookie Phillip Dorsett as their new returner who was selected in the first round of the draft Thursday. It would be hard to imagine Cribbs not finding a spot on another roster at a later date, but as for now, the 31-year-old is in search of a job.
Ronnie Wingo RB ATL 2 days ago
Wingo was released by the Falcons on Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
Wingo spent the last five months on Atlanta's practice squad and will likely be looking for a similar gig on another team ahead of training camp.
Branden Oliver RB SD 2 days ago
With the Chargers having selected Melvin Gordon in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, Oliver's chances of heading the team's post-Ryan Mathews backfield have greatly diminished.
While the Chargers predictably suggested that Gordon will have to earn his role in the teams' 2015 backfield, the team traded up to select him 15th overall on Thursday, which sets the stage for Oilver, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown to work in complementary roles for the team this coming season.
Jameis Winston QB TB 2 days ago3 Comments
Winston signed a four-year contract for $25.35 million Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. The deal includes a $16.7 million signing bonus.
Less than 24 hours after getting drafted with the first overall pick Winston and the Buccaneers were able to agree on the terms of their contract. Most notably this means there won't being any unexpected hiccups preventing him from taking part in offseason workouts as the 21-year-old is expected to be the starter for Tampa Bay moving forward.
Leonard Williams DL NYJ 2 days ago
Williams, who was selected sixth overall by the Jets on Thursday, said his surgically-repaired shoulder is a non-issue, ESPN New York's Rich Cimini reports.
Williams had surgery on his right shoulder after his sophomore season, but it didn't stop him from turning in a strong junior campaign. This seems like an after-the-fact explanation for his minor slip in the draft, when the reality is just that the teams picking 3-5 wanted to fill other needs. Williams still has the talent to be a huge difference-maker from day one, and it'll be interesting to see how the Jets handle their current embarrassment of riches along the defensive line. The team already has a pair of pro-bowl 3-4 defensive ends in Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson, which has led to speculation that the latter may be traded.
G. J. Kinne QB PHI 2 days ago1 Comment
Kinne is no longer a quarterback, and it isn't clear what position he will play, CSN Philadelphia reports.
Kinne spent most of the last two seasons as Philadelphia's practice-squad quarterback, but he doesn't have much of a future at the position. It sounds as if he'll try his hand at running back and/or wide receiver, but with special teams presenting his real opportunity to make the 53-man roster. CSN Philadelphia's report notes that the 26-year-old Kinne may instead end up with a job on the coaching staff, as Chip Kelly has previously mentioned that he thinks Kinne would excel in such a role.
Philip Rivers QB SD 2 days ago
The Chargers told Rivers that he would not be traded prior to the start of the NFL draft, and they are reportedly working on a contract extension for their star quarterback, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
In the end, all of the rumors about Rivers being shipped to Tennessee for the right to draft Marcus Mariota turned out to be much ado about nothing. While the teams did discuss the possibility of a trade, they were never close in terms of what each would require to get a deal done. Instead, the Bolts traded up for a top-shelf running back in Melvin Gordon, and that will more than likely make Rivers even more agreeable to a contract extension in San Diego.