Jeff Janis WR GB 7 Days3 Comments
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that he expects Janis to take a big step in his second season, ESPN Wisconsin reports.Janis is an incredible athlete, but he only caught two passes during his rookie season, after going in the seventh round out of Saginaw Valley State. While there are already rumors that the Packers will replace Randall Cobb with Davante Adams and Janis, it's also quite possible the team will eventually retain Cobb. If Cobb does return, Janis may again find opportunity hard to come by, even if he impresses in training camp.
Jeremy Ross WR DET 7 Days
Ross, an exclusive rights free agent, will be back with the Lions in 2015, ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports.There was little question the Lions would choose to retain Ross, as the cost of keeping an exclusive-rights free agent is far from prohibitive. That doesn't ensure Ross of a spot on the final roster, but he's a pretty good bet to win a job as the No. 3 or 4 wide receiver.
A. J. Hawk LB GB 7 Days
Hawk underwent surgery immediately after the season to remove bone spurs from his ankle, ESPN.com reports.Hawk is a potential cap casualty, with one season remaining on his contract at $3.5 million. His stint with the Packers has been a mixed bag, and he generally hasn't lived up to the expectations that come with being a top-five draft pick. Packers coach Mike McCarthy recently refereed to the inside linebacker position as the team's greatest area of need. All that being said, Hawk should be healthy in time for next season, be it in Green Bay or elsewhere.
Kellen Moore QB DET 8 Days
The Lions announced Thursday that Moore would not be tendered a contract for 2015, the Detroit Free Press reports.As a result, Moore will become an unrestricted free agent. General manager Martin Mayhew did indicate a desire to re-sign Moore, who didn't see any snaps this past season as the Lions' No. 3 quarterback. If the Lions bring him back, Moore could be given the opportunity to compete for the top backup spot behind Matthew Stafford.
Charles Johnson WR MIN 8 Days
Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Johnson is "far and away our best receiver" in comments to ESPN Cleveland while at the NFL combine.Johnson emerged as one of Teddy Bridgewater's top targets in the second half of last season. Johnson had 19 receptions for 328 yards and two touchdowns in his final six games. With the Vikings possibly cutting Greg Jennings due to his high salary ($8.9 million base salary and $11 million cap hit) and Cordarrelle Patterson having fallen out of favor with the coaching staff last season, it's possible Johnson could emerge with a large role next season.
Adrian Peterson RB MIN 8 Days10 Comments
Peterson said he's undecided about his future with the Vikings as he's uneasy about how some members of the organization didn't support him when the team worked with the NFL to put him om the commissioner's exempt list last September, ESPN reports. "I'm still uneasy, to be honest with you. I'm still uneasy about a lot of things that took place within the organization," he said.Team president Mark Wilf, general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer have all recently said they want Peterson to return to the team in 2015. Vikings management appeared to be testing the waters for his return to see if there was a public backlash. Or they could have been trying to increase his trade value. However, Peterson's comments would appear to sidetrack that campaign. Peterson is due $12.75 million next season and many thought before management's recent comments that the team would ask him to take a pay cut, trade him or release him since he's the highest paid running back in the league and turning 30 next month. 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 can't be reinstated until April 15. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told the St. Paul Pioneer Press the team doesn't plan to sign a running back in free agency. However, Peterson's comments cloud his future with the team and we'll have to see whether the Vikings now waiver about his return at his current salary.
Jadeveon Clowney LB HOU 8 Days1 Comment
Clowney is "doing well" in his recovery from December knee surgery, according to Houston general manager Rick Smith, the Texans' official site reports. "We expect that he would hopefully make a full recovery and be able to help us next year," added Smith.Knee problems, beginning in Week 1, limited Clowney to four games played in 2014. Both Smith and head coach Bill O'Brien are optimistic for the linebacker's return for the 2015 season.
Jeremy Lane DB SEA 8 Days
Lane (arm/knee) has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, in addition to a compound arm fracture, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.Lane's knee now appears to be the larger of his two issues, even though the broken wrist is quite serious in its own right. Lane probably won't be ready for the start of the 2015 season, given that he suffered the torn ACL during the Super Bowl.
Junior Galette LB NO 8 Days
Galette will not face charges in relation to a recent domestic violence arrest, but a civil lawsuit was filed Thursday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.While the misdemeanor charges against Galette have been dropped, the civil lawsuit is expected to continue. The lack of criminal charges decreases the chance that Galette will face punishment from the NFL, but it doesn't entirely rule out the possibility.
Larry Foote LB ARI 8 Days
Foote was released by the Cardinals on Thursday to prepare for a coaching gig, Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reports.Foote has apparently decided to retire, opting for a coaching job with the Cardinals over a 14th season as a player. He finishes his career with 804 tackles, 25 sacks and four interceptions in 187 games, having won Super Bowls with the Steelers during the 2005 and 2008 seasons.