Jacquizz Rodgers RB CHI 2 days 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 2 days 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.
Derrick Johnson LB KC 2 days ago
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt hinted that Johnson (Achilles) will be back with the team in 2015, the Kansas City Star reports.
As a 32-year-old linebacker coming off a major injury for a cap-strapped team, Johnson was arguably a candidate to be released. The Chiefs apparently have no such plans, which isn't shocking once you consider how effective Johnson has been when healthy. Assuming he's ready for Week 1, Johnson will be a strong candidate to record triple-digit tackles for a fifth time in six seasons. He suffered the torn Achilles in Week 1 of 2014, so he'll be a full year removed from the injury.
Bradie Ewing RB JAC 2 days ago
Ewing (wrist) was waived by the Jaguars on Tuesday, John Oehser of jaguars.com reports.
The Jags are now left without an experienced fullback on the roster, but that's obviously far from the team's biggest concern. Jacksonville could eventually opt to bring Ewing back, or else just find another player at the league's most replaceable position.
Stevan Ridley RB NE 2 days ago8 Comments
Ridley (knee) is visiting the Dolphins on Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.
Ridley still hasn't been given medical clearance following ACL surgery so a contract offer is unlikely but the Dolphins nonetheless are doing their due diligence on a running back that has talent. Ridley could help someone this season although Miami may not be a fit with Lamar Miller already entrenched as the starting back.
Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 2 days ago
Thomas said Monday that he will not attend the Broncos' offseason workouts, nor quarterback Peyton Manning's training sessions with the other wideouts at Duke University, ESPN.com reports.
The Broncos used the franchise tag on Thomas, which will guarantee him $12.823 million this season, though he has yet to sign the contract. He continues to want a long-term contract, and while he said his agent is working on it with the team, there doesn't seem to be much movement. Thomas has been one of the best fantasy wideouts over the last few years and is likely looking to become the, or at least one of, the highest paid receivers in the league. Because of the likely huge contract they will have to give him, the Broncos were unable to bring back tight end Julius Thomas, who signed a five-year, $46 million, with $24 million guaranteed, with the Jaguars.
Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 2 days ago
Hillman will begin OTAs in a battle with Montee Ball for backup carries behind C.J. Anderson, head coach Gary Kubiak said last week.
Hillman was the third running back on the depth chart to begin last season but eventually became the starter when Montee Ball went down with a groin injury. Unfortunately, Hillman then suffered a foot injury, which propelled Anderson into the lead spot. Anderson greatly outperformed the other two backs, which is why he'll get the first shot at the starting job, though there figures to be plenty of competition.
Montee Ball RB DEN 2 days ago
Ball (groin) will head into training camp behind C.J. Anderson on the depth chart, head coach Gary Kubiak said last week.
Ball was the starter at the beginning of last season but a groin injury ultimately forced Ronnie Hillman into the starting role. Hillman played well, better than Bell, until he suffered a foot injury, pushing Anderson to the top of the depth chart. Anderson outplayed the other two by far and earned the right to start the competition in the lead, though Ball and Hillman are certainly expected to make a run at the starting job.
Miles Austin WR PHI 3 days ago
The Eagles have signed Austin to a one-year contract, ESPN.com reports.
Per the report, Austin's deal with the Eagles is worth $2.3 million, with the potential for him to earn an additional $700,000 in incentives. Austin caught 47 passes for 568 yards and two touchdowns with the Browns this past season, before missing the team's final four games with a kidney injury. Austin -- who turns 31 in June -- has missed 15 games over the past four season due to injuries, but assuming he can stay on the field, he'll provide added depth and experience to an Eagles' wideout corps that bid adieu to starter Jeremy Maclin in free agency. Austin is thus in line to jostle with the likes of Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff for slotting on the team's 2015 depth chart at the position.
C. J. Wilson DL OAK 3 days ago
Wilson re-signed with the Raiders on Monday.
Wilson totaled 34 tackles (22 solo), two sacks and one forced fumble in 16 games with the Raiders last season. Along the way, Wilson also made seven starts on Oakland's defensive line, where he'll add versatility once again this upcoming campaign.