Jason Pierre-Paul DL NYG 4 Days
Pierre-Paul received the Giants' franchise tag for the 2015 season Monday, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.
Pierre-Paul was expected to receive the tag if the two sides couldn't reach a long-term contract extension prior to the deadline. Since the latter hasn't materialized, the former has. It's likely that Pierre-Paul won't sign the tag right away as the two sides continue to negotiate for a longer deal. If that doesn't occur, the 26-year-old would end up making $14.8 million in 2015. Pierre-Paul finished the 2014 campaign with 12.5 sacks, 77 tackles, and three forced fumbles, much improved over the 2013 season, when he was only able to take the field in 11 of 16 games and start six.
Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 4 Days
Thomas will receive the franchise tag from the Broncos on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Thomas is projected to make nearly $13 million for the 2015 season as part of the tag. The move will likely allow tight end Julius Thomas to test the free agent market, but will keep the Broncos' top wideout under team control for another season. Thomas snagged 111 passes for 1,619 yards, both career-highs, and added 11 receiving touchdowns in 2014.
Justin Houston LB KC 4 Days
Houtson will receive the Chiefs' franchise tag for the 2015 season, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports.
Houston will earn nearly $14 million for the 2015 campaign. The outside linebacker/defensive end recorded a league-leading 22 sacks in 2014, falling a half-sack short of Michael Strahan's single season record of 22.5. Given the potential salary Houston could earn on the open market, the Chiefs are likely keeping Houston at a fair price.
Ndamukong Suh DL DET 4 Days1 Comment
Suh will not receive the Lions' Franchise tag for the 2015 season.
Tagging Suh would have cost the Lions $26.9 million for the 2015 season, but the club decided the price was too steep to warrant the move. Instead, Suh will likely become a free agent and will be allowed to test the market. He finished the 2014 season with 8.5 sacks, a career-high 21 tackles and 37 quarterback hurries, and will likely demand a large contract as the top defensive tackle in free agency.
Travis Kelce TE KC 4 Days7 Comments
Kelce will likely take on a bigger role in the offense in the 2015 season following the release of Anthony Fasano on Thursday.
Kelsey led the Chiefs with 67 catches and 162 receiving yards in 2014, tacking on an additional five receiving touchdowns. Fasano's departure leaves he, Demetrius Harris and Richard Gordon as the Chief's current top three tight ends. He heavily outperformed Fasano in 2014 despite a limited snap count. His expected expansion in the offense should make him one of the better options at tight end heading into the 2015 season should the Chiefs elect to roll with the current corps.
LaMarr Woodley DL OAK 5 Days
The Raiders will release Woodley, ESPN.com reports.
A torn bicep cut Woodley's 2014 campaign short, with the DE -- who signed a two-year, $12 million deal with Oakland last offseason -- having recorded just five tackles in six games as a Raider.
Scott Chandler TE BUF 5 Days
Chandler finished the 2014 season with 47 catches on 70 targets for 497 yards and three scores.
Former coach Doug Marrone and coordinator Nathaniel Hackett never really figured out how to use the big Chandler effectively in the red zone, and he put up just five TD catches combined the last two seasons after having six each in 2011 and 2012. The Bills had a pretty poor offense in 2014, and there's talk about the team either drafting or picking up a more explosive tight end for new coach Rex Ryan and coordinator Greg Roman to go with rising wideout Sammy Watkins. We'll see if the Bills improve the position, but if they do it would mean Chandler's dull fantasy line would be primed to move farther off the radar.
Theo Riddick RB DET 5 Days
Riddick is a breakout candidate after Reggie Bush was released this past Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Riddick played mostly as an injury fill-in for Bush in 2014. He caught 34 passes for 316 yards but was used sparingly in the running game. Lions Head coach Jim Caldwell said at the NFL combine last week that Riddick is ready for an expanded role this fall as the team views him as a good runner as well. Keep an eye on whether or not the Lions draft a running back this year and how Riddick looks in training camp, as he could be a sleeper breakout candidate in 2015, especially if presumed starter Joique Bell were to go down at all.
David Quessenberry HOU 5 Days
Quessenberry said his cancer (non-Hodgkins lymphoma) is in remission, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Quessenberry, who made an appearance with teammates at Texas Children's Hospital last week, said he's off radiation treatments but is still undergoing chemotherapy. He's started working out again, doing some running and lifting. Normally checking in at 300 pounds, Quessenerry said he's currently at 275.
DeMarco Murray RB DAL 5 Days62 Comments
Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones indicated on Saturday that Murray would be allowed to test free agency, the Dallas Morning News reports. "There is an expectation that he will get back to us before he signs with another club," Jones said. "There's a hope that he would. But that would be unfair to him and for other clubs to say he's going to bring something back. We hope we get to visit with him. We'll see what happens."
There's still time for the Cowboys and Murray to reach an agreement on a contract before free agency officially begins, but all signs point to the club letting Murray test the market. Coming off a career season, he should command a hefty payday, and if he doesn't return to Dallas they should have plenty of options to replace him in a draft class loaded with running backs.