Steven Jackson RB ATL 21 Hrs6 Comments
Jackson was released by the Falcons on Thursday.
There was never any chance Jackson would be retained under the same contract, which called for a base salary of $3.75 million in 2015. It's possible the two sides will look to work out a less costly agreement, but it probably makes more sense for Jackson to move on. While far from the dominant force we saw in St. Louis, Jackson still offers a respectable combination of power running, pass blocking, and receiving skills. He'd profile well as a backup for a contending team, and he likely still has designs on finally playing for a decent squad. Jackson thought he would get his Super Bowl shot in Atlanta, only to watch the team go 10-22 over the last two seasons. As for the Falcons, in-house options at running back are led by 2014 fourth-round selection Devonta Freeman, with both Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith slated to become unrestricted free agents.
Ricky Jean-Francois DL IND 21 Hrs
Jean-Francois signed a three-year, $11.25 million contract with the Redskins on Thursday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Jean-Francois was released by the Colts earlier this week, making him eligible to sign with a new team before the start of the free agency period. He figures to at least compete for a starting job in Washington, but he's never been much of an IDP producer, with just 96 tackles (64 solo) and 8.5 sacks through five NFL seasons.
Kendall Langford DL STL 23 Hrs
Langford was released by the Rams on Thursday, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports.
In Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers, the Rams have a pair of former first-round draft picks at defensive tackle. The team is reportedly willing to bring Langford back for a figure much lower than the $6 million he was scheduled to make in 2015, but it's believed the veteran defensive tackle will look for a starting job. If he ultimately returns to St. Louis, Langford will likely be the team's top defensive tackle off the bench.
Kiko Alonso LB BUF 1 Day
Alonso, coming off ACL surgery last July, expects to be ready to be fully ready for July's training camp. "I anticipate being 100 percent before camp," Alonso told BuffaloBills.com. "By camp, I definitely feel I'll be at 100 percent. I feel very good with where I'm at. By camp I'll be full go."
Alonso recorded 159 tackles in his rookie season before injuring himself in a workout ahead of last season, and ended up missing the whole campaign. He's surely going to have a starting spot for 2015, but his exact role remains unclear. There's some small benefit in that the defensive coordinator for Alonso's healthy campaign was Mike Pettine, whose defense will somewhat resemble whatever Rex Ryan throws out there this season, as opposed to the one Jim Schwartz used last season when Alonso was injured.
Anthony Fasano TE KC 1 Day
The Chiefs have released Fasano, ESPN's Adam Teicher reports.
Fasano, who finished the 2014 season with 25 catches on 37 targets for 226 yards and four touchdowns, should catch on elsewhere as a depth tight end, but probably the most significant aspect of his release from a fantasy perspective is that it should lead to added opportunities in the Chiefs' offense for the promising Travis Kelce.
Michael Roos TEN 1 Day
Roos (knee) announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports.
The former second-round pick played 10 seasons in the NFL, all with the Titans. He earned his lone Pro Bowl invite and All-Pro recognition in 2008, and was a key run blocker during Chris Johnson's 2,000-yard season in 2009. He saw his final season with the Titans come to an early conclusion after five games when he required microfracture surgery on his right knee. Taylor Lewan, who was the Titans' first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, is expected to serve as the long-term successor for Roos.
Mike Wallace WR MIA 1 Day4 Comments
Wallace is on the trade block, according to the Miami Herald.
This shouldn't come as a shock to anyone after the "he said, he said" incident that happened in the final game of last season and with Wallace being unhappy in the Miami offense. The problem however will be finding a team willing to take on a contract that is is nowhere near equal to the level of production supplied.
Will Blackmon DB JAC 1 Day
The Jaguars will release Blackmon, the Florida Times-Union reports.
The move saves the Jags $920,000 against their salary cap, with Blackmon a candidate to catch on elsewhere as a depth cornerback, on the heels of a 2014 season in which he was limited to eight games, recording 30 tackles and a sack in the process.
Josh McCown QB TB 1 Day2 Comments
McCown and the Bills are reportedly working on potential contract agreement, wgr550.com reports.
Per the report, if all goes well, a deal could arrive on that front as soon as Friday. In such a scenario, McCown would then be in a position to compete with EJ Manuel for the Bills' starting QB job this coming season.
Adrian Peterson RB MIN 1 Day2 Comments
Peterson's suspension has been overturned by a federal judge and he's been reinstated, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Peterson was suspended for the season in November after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for disciplining his child with a switch and wasn't set to be eligible to be reinstated until Apr. 15. It looks like Peterson can recoup some of his lost salary due to the suspension, but more importantly he'll now likely be able to figure out his 2015 team before free agency begins on Mar. 7. Vikings management has said they want Peterson to return for 2015, but Peterson recently said he's uneasy with a return to the team and there are reports his agent told Vikings management his client would never play for the team again. There's also some thought the Vikings may trade him or release him if he doesn't take a pay cut since he's due $12.75 million next season since he turns 30 next month. This ruling could still be appealed by the NFL, but unless there's a quick reversal it looks like the Vikings and Peterson could figure out his future before the start of free agent signings.