Muhammad Wilkerson DL NYJ 1 Day
Jets exercised RE Muhammad Wilkerson's team option for 2015.
It's expected to be worth roughly $6.969 million. Wilkerson is coming off a monster season, gobbling up the run while notching 10.5 sacks. Although he's now under team control for the next two seasons, it's possible the sides hammer out an extension before Week 1.
Chris Snee NYG 1 Day
Giants RG Chris Snee (hip and elbow surgery) is expected to participate in the "bulk" of the team's offseason program.
However, Snee remains without a timeline for full clearance. Provided he's healthy, Snee should remain the Giants' starting right guard.
Corey Liuget DL SD 1 Day
Chargers exercised RE Corey Liuget's team option for 2015.
The move locks Liuget in for 2015, but is guaranteed for injury only. That means the Bolts could still move on from Liuget prior to the beginning of the 2015 league year, though it's unlikely they will. Under the terms of the CBA, he'll make the average of the third- through 25th-highest paid players at his position during his option year. Liuget appeared to be coming on in 2012, but was a less effective pass rusher and run stopper last season.
Jimmy Smith DB BAL 1 Day
Ravens exercised RCB Jimmy Smith's team option for 2015.
J. J. Watt DL HOU 1 Day
Texans exercised LE J.J. Watt's team option for 2015.
It's the no-brainer to end all no-brainers. Watt has emerged as a singular force in the Texans' 3-4 defense, winning Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012. He's been a first-team All-Pro each of the past two seasons. Watt will make a paltry $1.907 million in 2014, but that number will skyrocket in 2015, absent an extension. Under the terms of the CBA, former top-10 picks get the average of the 10-highest paid players at their position in their option year.
Donovan McNabb QB MIN 1 Day
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Department confirms Donovan McNabb spent one day in jail as part of a plea agreement stemming from a December DUI arrest.
"I have had other high profile athletes who have been incarcerated with no problems and this latest athlete follows that same pattern," the sheriff said. What remains unclear is how the entire episode flew under the radar for nearly half a year. Either way, it's now in the past for McNabb, who appears poised to keep his multiple jobs in the media.
Chris Johnson RB NYJ 1 Day
New Jets RB Chris Johnson understands he's entering a timeshare.
Memorably, Johnson was against the Titans' signing of Shonn Greene last season, but has changed his tune. "I want to come into a program where I think we could win," Johnson said. "And if that's what the coach feels we (have to do to) win, then that's what we have to do." Johnson's YPC slumped to 3.86 in 2013, but he could be reinvigorated as a committee back who gets to concentrate on his strengths. Johnson should be in for 12-15 touches per game.
Rusty Smith QB TEN 2 Days
Free agent QB Rusty Smith worked out for the Saints.
The Saints have already re-signed backup QB Luke McCown, so Smith would just be a camp body. A 2010 sixth-rounder, Smith has attempted only 45 regular-season passes, posting a 29.3 QB rating in the process.
Rolando McClain LB BAL 2 Days
Ravens reinstated ILB Rolando McClain from the reserve/retired list.
It's likely the first step toward releasing his rights. McClain bombed his Ravens tryout on Tuesday, showing up late before failing to even finish his conditioning test. It would be very surprising if he's kept on the Ravens' 90-man roster.
Donovan McNabb QB MIN 2 Days1 Comment
TMZ reports Donovan McNabb was arrested for DUI in January, and agreed to serve one day in jail as part of a plea agreement.
That explains the mugshot, but doesn't explain how the news was kept under wraps for three months. It's also unclear if the matter is resolved or ongoing. Out of the league since 2011, McNabb officially retired in September. It's his first-known brush with the law.