QJames Conner
RB ARI (8)
Tue 4/13/21 11:28 AM

Conner is signing with the Cardinals, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.
EDGE Analysis
Conner visited with the Cardinals on Monday and reportedly reached an agreement to sign Tuesday morning. After spending the first four years of his career in Pittsburgh, the soon-to-be 26-year-old joins an Arizona backfield where Chase Edmonds is the only other player with considerable NFL experience. Granted, the Cardinals still have plenty of time to add more bodies, particularly during the NFL Draft. Conner is still rehabbing from offseason toe surgery, with the expectation he'll be healthy at some point in June.

Michael Barnett
IL/DT NE
Mon 4/12/21 8:43 PM

The Patriots waived Barnett (undisclosed) on Monday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Barnett managed to link up with the Patriots after going undrafted in 2020, but he ended up missing his entire rookie season due to an undisclosed injury. Now presumably back to full health, he'll be free to search for a chance to compete elsewhere.

Abdullah Anderson
EDR/DE PIT
Mon 4/12/21 7:08 PM

The Steelers inked Anderson to a contract Monday, Joe Rutter of TribLive.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Anderson spent most of the 2020 season on Minnesota's practice squad, though he was promoted to the active roster for one game. Back in 2019, he notched four tackles (three solo) and one sack across six games in Chicago. In Pittsburgh, he'll compete for a depth role or spot on the practice squad.

Julian Edelman
WR NE
Mon 4/12/21 5:57 PM

Edelman (knee) has announced his retirement from football, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Edelman noted in a statement Monday that "due to an injury last year," he'd be ending his playing career. The 34-year-old thus concludes a productive NFL run that began in 2009, when the Patriots selected him out of Kent State (where Edelman played QB) in the seventh round. The three-time Super Bowl champion finishes up his career with 620 catches for 6,822 yards and 36 TDs in 137 regular-season NFL games, all with New England.

Steven Mitchell
WR HOU (8)
Mon 4/12/21 5:06 PM

The Texans waived Mitchell on Monday.
EDGE Analysis
Mitchell appeared in six games with the Texans last season, while also spending time on the team's practice squad. In those six appearances, he caught five of eight targets for 60 yards while also playing 18 snaps on special teams. He'll search for a similar depth role elsewhere in the league.

QThaddeus Moss
TE CIN (9)
Mon 4/12/21 5:03 PM1 Comment

The Bengals claimed Moss (foot) off waivers from Washington on Monday.
EDGE Analysis
Moss got his NFL career off to a slow start after going undrafted and landing in Washington, as a foot injury forced him to miss the entire 2020 campaign. Now looking forward to Year 2, he'll get the benefit of reuniting with former collegiate teammate Joe Burrow (knee), with whom he showcased legitimate chemistry back at LSU. If Moss is able to get healthy and log an impressive offseason, he could have an opportunity to climb Cincinnati's depth chart.

Julian Edelman
WR NE
Mon 4/12/21 4:30 PM

The Patriots are releasing Edelman (knee) with a failed physical designation, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Edelman's time in New England is up after 12 seasons. The Super Bowl LIII MVP and three-time 1,000-yard receiver's recent failed medical checkup represents his most recent misfortune in recovery from a chronic knee issue, which limited him to just six games in 2020. Recently, serious doubt has surfaced as to whether Edelman will be healthy enough to suit up for the start of the 2021 campaign. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Edelman's release is believed to be a prelude to a forthcoming announcement about his future in the NFL.

Giovani Bernard
RB TB (13)
Mon 4/12/21 4:01 PM

Bernard is signing a one-year deal with Tampa Bay, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Bernard doesn't offer much as a runner, but he's a reliable pass catcher who also has a reputation for being one of the better pass-blocking RBs in the league. The Bucs tried LeSean McCoy, Leonard Fournette and Ke'Shawn Vaughn in the third-down role at different points last season, and while Fournette finally came around in the playoffs, his missed blocks and drops in the regular season won't be totally forgotten. The Bucs also have Vaughn, Ronald Jones and C.J. Prosise in the backfield, so Bernard isn't likely to see many carries even if he ends up playing a decent number of snaps.

QJames Conner
RB ARI (8)
Mon 4/12/21 3:50 PM

Conner is recovering from toe surgery but should be healthy in June, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
An unrestricted free agent, Conner is scheduled to meet with the Cardinals on Monday. He doesn't seem to have drummed up much interest otherwise, but a move to Arizona would give him a realistic shot to earn significant playing time, even if he settles for a one-year contract with minimal guarantees. Conner may end up waiting until after the 2021 NFL Draft, at which point team needs will be clearer.

QJames Conner
RB ARI (8)
Mon 4/12/21 12:37 PM5 Comments

Conner is scheduled to visit the Cardinals, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.
EDGE Analysis
Following the free-agent departure of Kenyan Drake, it's pretty clear that the Cardinals need to bolster their backfield, either through the draft or by signing an experienced option like Conner. For now, Chase Edmonds sits atop the team's running back depth chart, and if Arizona elects to bring in Conner there's a path to a decent role. The 25-year-old is coming off a 2020 campaign in which he logged 169 carries for 721 yards and six TDs to go along with 35 catches for 215 yards in 13 games with the Steelers.