Kamar Aiken WR IND (10) 4 days ago
Aiken signed a contract with the Colts on Tuesday, Andrew Walker of the team's official site reports.
Aiken officially inked his new deal with the Colts on Tuesday afternoon, giving Andrew Luck another weapon to utilize on offense. The 27-year-old had a breakout season in 2015, recording 75 receptions for 944 yards and five touchdowns with the Ravens. He figures to serve as the Colts' No. 4 wideout on the depth chart behind T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, and Phillip Dorsett.
Deonte Thompson WR CHI (9) 4 days ago
Thompson re-signed with the Bears on Tuesday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The 28-year-old served primarily as a kick return specialist for the Bears last season, but still managed to record 22 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns through 16 games last season. His breakout performance came Week 15 against the Packers as Thompson hauled in eight passes for 110 yards. Look for him to compete for the starting kick return position this offseason.
Sterling Moore DB NO (5) 4 days ago
Moore signed a one-year contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Moore will remain in New Orleans, where he recorded 56 tackles, 13 pass deflections and two interceptions through 13 games last season. He'll likely compete with Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams for a starting gig at cornerback.
QSoma Vainuku RB ATL (11) 4 days ago
Vainuku signed a contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the team's official site reports.
An undrafted free agent out of USC, Vainuku signed with the Texans last offseason but failed to receive a spot on the 53-man roster. He'll compete with veteran Derrick Coleman for the starting fullback position this offseason.
Derrick Coleman RB ATL (11) 4 days ago
Coleman signed a contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the team's official site reports.
Coleman last played for the Seahawks in 2015 as legal troubles prevented him from taking the field last season. He joins the Falcons alongside fullback Soma Vainuku, as the two will compete for a starting gig with the reigning NFC champions. In 31 games (seven starts) over three seasons with the Seahawks, Coleman recorded 11 receptions for 91 yards with two receiving touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 10 times for 35 yards.
QKiko Alonso LB MIA (8) 4 days ago
Alonso (thumb) signed a four-year, $29 million contract extension with the Dolphins on Tuesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Alonso agreed to a first-round tender with the team earlier in the month but it's no secret the two sides have been trying to reach a long-term deal throughout the offseason. The fifth-year linebacker, who led the Dolphins with 115 tackles last season while adding six tackles for loss, two interceptions and a forced fumble, will now be staying in South Beach through the 2020 season.
QDamiere Byrd WR CAR (7) 4 days ago
Byrd is undergoing knee surgery that will sideline him until training camp, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.
Byrd only played in one game for the the Panthers last season, recording one reception for 16 yards. While conditioning on his own this offseason, the 24-year-old injured his left knee. Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said, "We saw him for treatment, but he continued to experience pain and swelling. An MRI revealed he has torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, and Dr. Connor will perform a scope on his left knee. We will modify our conditioning program, and he's projected to be ready to go later in the offseason." Look for more updates on the wideout's status to come as training camp nears.
QCam Newton QB CAR (7) 4 days ago
Newton is slated to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder on March 30, Max Hanson of the Panthers' official site reports.
Newton suffered a partial tear of his left rotator cuff in Week 14 of last season, after which his practice participation alternated between limited and full in preparation for the final three games. While he didn't miss an offensive snap down the stretch, he statistically posted the worst campaign of his six-year career, completing a miserable 53 percent of his throws for 3,509 yards with a 19:14 TD:INT ratio, while failing to reach 500 yards on the ground for the first time (359, to be exact). After the season, the Panthers placed a specific rehab schedule upon him. "We developed a plan for Cam to take a period of rest, a period of rehabilitation and treatment, and then start a gradual throwing program the first part of March," head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. "Cam started his program, and the early parts of his rehab had been going well. However, as we worked to advance him into the next stage -- the strengthening stage, the throwing stage -- he started to have an increase in his pain level and started having pain while throwing. As a result, Dr. Pat Connor [head team physician] felt the most prudent procedure would be to arthroscopically repair the shoulder." Newton is expected to require 12 weeks before commencing "an early throwing program" and 16 weeks before throwing in a team setting. With attendance during the offseason program ruled out, he'll aim to be ready be the start of training camp in late July.
QCharles Johnson DL CAR (7) 4 days ago
Johnson (back) is undergoing surgery that will keep him out of action until training camp, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.
The 30-year-old, who recently signed a two-year extension, has been been dealing with back pain and will undergo a minor surgery to address the issue. Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said of the situation, "Following the surgery, we want Charles as active as possible while still taking the proper precautions. He will be up and moving around the next day, and we will progressively bring him back." Johnson recorded 26 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two pass deflections through 13 games last season and shows no signs of slowing down. Look for more updates on his status to come once training camp is underway.
QHugh Thornton ATL (11) 4 days ago
Thornton signed a contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Alex Marvez of SportingNews.com reports.
Thornton spent the entirety of last season on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. Although he's struggled with injuries throughout his professional career, the 25-year-old will look to secure a reserve spot on Atlanta's offensive line.