Justin Houston LB KC 7 Hrs
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Chiefs OLB Justin Houston will report for training camp.
Houston skipped the Chiefs' entire offseason program, but isn't prepared to go to contract war. Reporting is a good-faith gesture that could get talks rolling in the right direction. Still only 25 and headed into the final year of his rookie contract, Houston has 21 sacks over past 27 games. The Kansas City Star believes Tamba Hali's five-year, $57 million deal is a potential "starting point" in talks.
Michael Sam DL STL 7 Hrs2 Comments
Rams DE Michael Sam says he's lost 13 pounds since OTAs, and will report to training camp at 257.
Sam, who was listed at 261 at the Combine, said he's "faster and stronger." Although the off-the-field scuttlebutt rages on, Sam appears squarely focused on cracking the Rams' 53-man roster. ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner has projected that Sam will make the cut.
Jamaal Charles RB KC 7 Hrs
CBS Kansas City reports Jamaal Charles will hold out from training camp as he seeks a new contract.
The T.V. station reports Charles is "prepared to hold out as long as it takes." CBS Kansas City is not a typical Rotoworld source, but the report certainly has a basis in reality. However, the Kansas City Star reports Charles is planning to report "regardless of whether an extension is in place." Coming off an MVP-caliber season, Charles is dramatically underpaid at $3.65 million between salary and bonuses, and is signed through only 2015. Running-back money has plunged in recent years, but Charles would earn considerably more on the open market. Chiefs camp begins Thursday. ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports the sides have had talks.
Ace Sanders WR JAC 8 Hrs
NFL suspended Jaguars WR Ace Sanders four games.
Sanders won't appeal the suspension, but expects to miss the majority of training camp as he tends to "personal issues." Without coming out and saying it, Sanders made multiple allusions to substance-abuse issues. "I've decided to go seek that help and get that attention," Sanders said. "Counseling, anybody that can give me insight." Already no higher than No. 4 on the depth chart, Sanders has greatly jeopardized his role in the Jaguars' offense. Coming off an uninspiring rookie campaign, Sanders may not have a role when he comes off his ban.
Donald Brown RB SD 8 Hrs
FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports Donald Brown is ticketed for "grunt work" in San Diego.
The word comes straight from GM Tom Telesco. That is not to say Brown will receive zero touches, but Ryan Mathews will remain the Bolts' primary grinder, with Danny Woodhead monopolizing passing-down looks. Brown will be tasked with picking up blitzes and other dirty work. We wouldn't expect more than 5-6 touches per game.
Danny Woodhead RB SD 8 Hrs
Chargers signed RB Danny Woodhead to a two-year contract extension through 2016.
Financial terms are not yet available, though Woodhead is currently scheduled to make $1.75 million this season. Heading into his age-29 campaign, Woodhead set new career highs with 76 catches and 106 carries in 2013. He'll remain the Bolts' primary passing-down back this season, but should cede touches to Donald Brown. Woodhead is an RB2/3 in PPR leagues.
Josh Gordon WR CLE 8 Hrs
The Browns have "no plans" to release Josh Gordon, and expect him to participate in training camp while his suspension appeal is heard.
Julio Jones WR ATL 8 Hrs
Julio Jones will be "limited" for the start of training camp, but has avoided the active/PUP list.
We'd obviously prefer to see Jones at 100 percent from Day 1, but the fact that he's avoided the PUP list is a strong sign the Falcons aren't worried about his health. Jones' preseason reps figure to be strictly managed, but he'll be ready to rock as a top-five receiver for Week 1.
Corey Peters DL ATL 8 Hrs
Falcons placed DT Corey Peters (Achilles') on the active/PUP list.
He'll be joined there by second-year S Zeke Motta (neck). Peters went down last Week 16, so it's far from a guarantee that he'll be ready for the regular season. He's a candidate to sit out training camp and revert to reserve/PUP, which would cost him the first six games.
D. J. Moore DB TB 8 Hrs
Bucs released CB D.J. Moore.