Taylor Mays DB MIN 1 week ago1 Comment

Mays agreed to a one-year contract with Minnesota, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.

Mays played for head coach Mike Zimmer when he was defensive coordinator of the Bengals from 2011 to 2013. Mays could start next to Harrison Smith at safety.

Frank Gore RB IND 1 week ago

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano made comments indicating that the team expects Gore to handle a heavy workload in 2015, CSN Bay Area reports. "He's a tough, hard-nosed, every-down back. He can play all three downs," Pagano said of Gore. "I don't think we would've gone after him and made the investment and made the decision to bring him in if we didn't feel that way."

While it's no secret that the Colts plan to use Gore as their primary back for early downs, it's somewhat less clear how the passing-down work will be split up. Gore has an excellent reputation as a pass blocker, but he didn't catch many balls over his final few seasons in San Francisco, while Dan Herron did nice work for the Colts in that department during the team's playoff run.

Louis Delmas DB MIA 1 week ago

Dolphins general manager John Hickey said Delmas (knee) may be ready for full participation by June minicamp, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Despite suffering a torn ACL in early December, Delmas received a one-year, $3.5 million contract from the Dolphins. The team is clearly confident that the veteran safety will be ready by Week 1, with that sentiment echoed by Delmas himself. Still, it's best not to assume Delmas will be ready, given that he'll be just 10 months removed from the injury. If healthy, he figures to start at free safety again.

Akeem Dent LB HOU 1 week ago

Dent re-signed with the Texans on Tuesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

While Dent has started 27 games over the last three years, he has never recorded more than 42 tackles or 1.5 sacks in a single season. He'll provide depth at inside linebacker but probably won't enter training camp as a projected starter.

Lavelle Hawkins WR TB 1 week ago

Hawkins signed with the CFL's British Columbia Lions on Tuesday, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports.

Hawkins was out of the NFL in 2014, after working mostly as a special teamer with the Chargers in 2013. He has 71 career receptions for just 771 yards and one touchdown, with most of that production coming for the Titans back in 2011. Now 28 years old, Hawkins is unlikely to resurface in the NFL.

Charles Clay TE BUF 1 week ago

Clay said he will be an every-down player in 2015.

This borders on being too obvious to mention, as the Bills lack other attractive options at tight end, and they just gave Clay a five-year, $38 million contract. It's only worth passing along because Clay doesn't have a great reputation as a run blocker, which is a pretty important skill on a team that lacks talent at quarterback. That reputation is probably overblown, as it's pretty clear that the threat of Clay's receiving is more important than whatever additional blocking chops the team's backup tight ends would bring to the table on early downs. Clay will have a big role in the offense, but the Bills may struggle to move the ball while deploying lousy quarterbacks behind a shaky offensive line, despite having a skill-position group that features LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson, Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin and Robert Woods, in addition to Clay.

Ray McDonald DL CHI 1 week ago

McDonald has reached an agreement with the Bears, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports.

McDonald was released by the 49ers in November, a few months after being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. He ultimately wasn't charged with anything, but the 49ers released a statement making it quite clear that off-field issues were to blame for his release. McDonald started 14 or more games in each of the past four seasons, averaging 28 tackles and 3.6 sacks. He probably won't be an IDP option, but based on talent alone, he should be able to earn a starting job in Chicago.

Stephen Bowen DL NYJ 1 week ago

Bowen signed with the Jets on Tuesday, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reports.

The 30-year-old Bowen has started 56 games in his career, but with Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson entrenched as the Jets' starting defensive ends, Bowen will be limited to a reserve role in 2015. The veteran has not recorded a sack since 2012.

Ladarius Green TE SD 1 week ago5 Comments

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said the team needs to use Green more in 2015, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Green was a popular breakout candidate in 2014, but he ended up catching just 19 passes for 226 yards and no touchdowns, while Antonio Gates had 69 receptions for 821 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Chargers may want to get Green more involved, but the team still has Gates, Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd, with Stevie Johnson replacing Eddie Royal. There are plenty of mouths to feed, and while Green obviously isn't lacking for athleticism, he's the least proven of the bunch.

Johnny Manziel QB CLE 1 week ago

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he expects Manziel to be with the team when offseason workouts begin April 20, NFL.com's Marc Sessler reports.

Pettine also said that it isn't set in stone, so there's still some chance Manziel won't be ready for the start of workouts. Either way, Manziel should be ready long before training camp, and he'll likely get a chance to compete with Josh McCown at training camp. Manziel has been in a treatment center since early February.