Will Blackmon DB JAC 3 Days
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 3 Days2 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 3 Days2 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.
Ryan Mallett QB HOU 3 Days
Mallett (pectoral muscle) is still undergoing rehabilitation but has done some easy throwing, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Mallett, who can become an unrestricted free agent when the new NFL year starts March 10, has expressed a desire to sign with Houston. And Texans head coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith have repeatedly said they want Mallett back next season. So, there's interest on both sides. Houston's starting quarterback job is unsettled as we head into the new NFL year. Ryan Fitzpatrick is still under contract and Tom Savage (knee) is set to begin his second season.
Matt Bryant K ATL 4 Days
The Falcons have re-signed Bryant, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The deal will prevent Bryant from hitting free agency next month. The veteran kicker, who will turn 40 in May, is coming off a 2014 season in which he made 29-of-32 field goal attempts and recorded 127 points.
Reggie Bush RB DET 4 Days2 Comments
The Lions have released Bush, the team's official site reports.
Releasing Bush frees up some added cash to aid in the team's hoped-for re-signing of DT Ndamukong Suh. Bush will look to catch on elsewhere, presumably as a change-of-pace option, while the Lions will move forward with a backfield headed by Joique Bell, with Theo Riddick on hand to absorb some of Bush's previous duties, especially as a pass-catcher. George Winn is also under contract with Detroit, with the team also likely to consider adding a running back in the upcoming NFL draft.
Josh McCown QB TB 4 Days4 Comments
McCown is drawing interest from the Browns, ESPN.com reports.
Per the report, McCown has visited with the Bills and reportedly also met with officials from the Bears and Jets recently, so it's far from a lock that the Browns will land the veteran signal-caller. In any case, their interest in McCown is indicative of the team's fluid situation at the QB position in advance of the 2015 season.
A. J. Hawk LB GB 4 Days
The Packers have released Hawk, the team's official site reports.
According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, cutting Hawk, who recorded 89 tackles for the Packers this past season, will save the team $3.5 million against the salary cap. That added financial flexibility will no doubt come in handy this offseason, with the team hoping to re-up receiver Randall Cobb and right tackle Bryan Bulaga.
Jacoby Jones WR BAL 4 Days1 Comment
The Ravens terminated Jones' contract on Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
Per the report, cutting Jones reportedly frees up $750,000 in salary cap space for the Ravens. The 30-year-old wideout wasn't a big part of the team's offense this past season, catching just nine passes for 131 yards, but his utility in the return game should land him a new gig in 2015.
Michael Griffin DB TEN 4 Days
Griffin underwent a procedure Tuesday to address chronic tendinitis in his left knee, the Tennessean reports.
Per the report, Griffin, who also underwent surgery in January to repair a torn labrum, might not be fully cleared until training camp, but in the absence of any setbacks, the safety should be good to go to start the 2015 season. Griffin is coming off a 2014 campaign in which he recorded a career-high 112 tackles to go along with three sacks and two picks in 16 games.