Mike Evans WR TB (5)
Fri 3/1/24 8:05 PM
WR TB (5)
Evans plans to hit free agency for the first time in his career, Dianna Russini of The Athletic reports.
EDGE AnalysisWhile Evans and the Buccaneers remain in contract discussions, the veteran pass catcher wants to explore his options. Thus, it does not mean his time in Tampa Bay is over, but rather, that he plans on hearing from all teams before making a decision. The 30-year-old has been with the team for all 10 years of his NFL seasons and is coming off a campaign where he recorded 1,255 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.
Nathan Rourke QB NE (11)
Fri 3/1/24 6:35 PM
QB NE (11)
Rourke is slated to re-sign with the Patriots, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
EDGE AnalysisThe Patriots claimed Rourke off waivers from the Jaguars back in December, and the 25-year-old will remain with the team in 2024 to provide quarterback depth. At this stage, however, it remains to be seen who Rourke will be working behind this coming season, with Mac Jones' future with New England to be determined and the franchise potentially adding a signal-caller in April's NFL draft.
J.C. Jackson CB FA
Fri 3/1/24 4:36 PM
The Patriots announced Friday that Jackson (illness) is being released.
EDGE AnalysisJackson was reacquainted with the Patriots less than a year ago via a trade from the Chargers, but he was scheduled for a cap hit of over $14 million for the 2024 campaign. New England didn't specify that Jackson, who ended the 2023 season on the NFI list, is being cut with an injury designation, which would indicate that he's now healthy. Jackson's quality of play hasn't been the same since recovering from a ruptured patellar tendon in 2022, but he's still likely to garner interest on the open market.
Logan Thomas TE FA
Fri 3/1/24 4:10 PM
Washington announced the release of Thomas on Friday, saving the team roughly $6.5 million in cap space.
EDGE AnalysisThomas' release leaves the Commanders with about $1.7 million in dead cap space. The veteran tight end is heading into his age-33 season but logged a solid bounce-back effort in 2023, having secured 55 of 79 targets for 496 yards and four scores across 16 regular-season games. A proven contributor capable of moving the chains on offense, Thomas should garner real interest on the free agent market, though he's not guaranteed a chance at a true starting role at this point in his career. Washington also released veteran tackle Charles Leno in a cap-saving move Friday.
Chris Jones IL/DT KC (10)
Fri 3/1/24 3:10 PM
IL/DT KC (10)
Kansas City has felt "growing optimism" about re-signing Jones to a new contract before free agency per a league source, Nate Taylor and Dianna Russini of The Athletic report.
EDGE AnalysisThe Chiefs are hoping to have Jones officially re-signed prior to March 11, when free agents become eligible to begin negotiations with other teams around the league. The standout pass rusher is reportedly seeking a contract that will pay him in the ballpark of $30 million annually, which would put him behind Nick Bosa and Aaron Donald. The All-Pro defensive lineman has compiled 25.5 sacks across the last two seasons, and he made game-changing plays in each of Kansas City's last two Super Bowl victories, making his value to the team undeniable. A recent restructure would allow the Chiefs to place the franchise tag on Jones if desirable, but L'Jarius Sneed seems like a likelier candidate for such a transaction.
Darren Waller TE NYG (13)
Fri 3/1/24 1:29 PM
TE NYG (13)
Waller thought about retiring earlier this offseason, but he'll continue playing football and isn't expected to be a cap casualty, Paul Schwartz and Ryan Dunleavy of the NY Post report.
EDGE AnalysisA midseason hamstring injury cost Waller five games in 2023, his first year with the Giants and third straight season missing at least five contests. He has three years remaining on his contract but no salary guarantees, with the Giants able to add around $11.6 million in 2024 cap space by declaring the tight end as a post-June 1 cut (or waiting until June to trade him). It sounds like player and team want to give things another shot in New York, hoping Waller can stay relatively healthy for the first time since 2020 even though he'll turn 32 in September. He was on pace to catch 85 passes for 923 yards through seven games in 2023 before the hamstring injury derailed his season Week 8. Waller missed the next five games and then played less than two-thirds of snaps on offense in each of the final four weeks of the season.
Kevin Byard S FA
Fri 3/1/24 11:52 AM
Philadelphia plans to release Byard in a move that frees up over $13 million in cap space, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE AnalysisByard joined the Eagles midway through the 2023 season via trade from the Titans, and he recorded a total career-high 122 tackles between the two teams. The veteran safety is still playing at an excellent level, but the cap savings made possible by his release for Philadelphia makes the move a no-brainer for the team. Byard should have no issue finding a starting role elsewhere in the league.
Mason Rudolph QB PIT (6)
Fri 3/1/24 11:07 AM
QB PIT (6)
GM Omar Khan said Thursday that Rudolph knows the Steelers want to re-sign him, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
EDGE AnalysisKaboly and Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (via 93.7 The Fan) both have suggested that the Steelers prefer to re-sign Rudolph and move forward with him and Kenny Pickett as the quarterbacks for 2024, though Khan didn't rule out the possibility of acquiring a veteran starter or drafting a QB. It sounds like Rudolph would get the chance to compete for a starting job if he re-signs, as Khan said Thursday that Picket will be subject to competition even though the Steelers believe in him. The team is sending mixed signals, but it does at least seem clear that Rudolph and the Steelers have already discussed a contract extension. The 28-year-old replaced an injured Pickett late last season and then kept the starting job even after Pickett was healthy, leading Pittsburgh to three straight wins at the end of the regular season before falling to the Bills in the first round of the playoffs.
QLaremy Tunsil HOU (7)
Fri 3/1/24 12:09 AM
Tunsil underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.
EDGE AnalysisTunsil dealt with a few injuries throughout the 2023 season and his knee was drained on a few occasions. He's expected to recover fully, and he should not be in jeopardy to miss any time in training camp.
QMarcus Maye S FA
Thu 2/29/24 9:39 PM
The Saints intend to release Maye (shoulder) at the start of the new league year, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE AnalysisMaye has struggled with injuries for the last three seasons -- two of which came with New Orleans -- during which he's combined to play in only 23 games. The move could save the Saints up to $7.2 million in cap space. Meanwhile, Maye will likely have to settle for a short-term deal in the hopes of proving he can stay on the field.