Eric Ebron
TE DET (10)
2 days ago1 Comment

Lions general manager Bob Quinn said the team hasn't decided if it will exercise the fifth-year option on Ebron's contract, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports. "It's a possibility," Quinn said. "We're still in the process of evaluating Eric's situation. We have until May 2, so we'll use our time."

EDGE Analysis

The Lions' decision could depend on what the team does in a draft which offers a strong crop of tight ends. The 10th overall selection in the 2014 draft, Ebron has been held back by injuries, drops and shaky blocking through his first three seasons, but he did catch 61 of 86 targets for 711 yards and a touchdown in only 13 games last year. While he hasn't developed quite the way the Lions were hoping, the 24-year-old tight end is already a capable starter and seemingly possesses untapped upside. Ebron's fifth-year option would lock him in for 2018 at a salary around $8-9 million, but the Lions could potentially lower that cap hit by working out an extension.

Zac Brooks
RB DEN (11)
2 days ago

Brooks has filed retirement papers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

A seventh-round selection last year, Brooks was released by the Seahawks prior to Week 1, and then joined the Broncos' practice squad in mid-December. He signed a futures contract with Denver after the season, but the Clemson grad ultimately decided against trying to scrape out a career in the NFL.

QRichard Sherman
DB SEA (5)
2 days ago

Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Sherman probably won't be traded, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

As suggested by Sherman himself earlier in the month, it's unlikely any team will be willing to meet Seattle's asking price. The team understandably wants an impressive haul in exchange for its 29-year-old cornerback, as his upcoming base salaries of $11.431 million (2017) and $11 million (2018) are more than reasonable for a player of his caliber. Trade talks may be shut down if nothing happens before the draft.

Brandon Graham
DL PHI (4)
2 days ago

Graham said he is working on his technique, and his goal in 2017 will be to "get the quarterback down" more often, Zach Berman of Philly.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

In a season in which he led the NFL in pressures and posted a career high in tackles, Graham still only accrued 5.5 sacks in 2016. The Eagles hope his second year at end in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense will be a breakthrough season for the 29-year-old in that department. However, where he lines up will be key, as he could step into the void left by Connor Barwin at right end and would then face the most talented offensive linemen in the league. Further complicating the matter is whether the Eagles will use the draft to add yet another end to a fold that already has Graham, Chris Long and Vinny Curry vying for playing time.

Josh Huff
WR TB (6)
3 days ago

Huff accepted a conditional plea on November 2016 unlawful possession of weapons charges, meaning that he will not face any jail time for the infraction, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

As per his attorney Andrew Smith, the 25-year-old will be subject to six months' probation and will have the charges expunged from his record as long as he successfully complies. The Nov. 1, 2016 incident, which also involved DUI and marijuana possession charges, unfolded during a traffic stop in New Jersey while Huff was still with the Eagles. It led to his release just two days later, which paved the way for his signing by the Bucs on Nov. 7. Huff saw action in three games in Tampa, totaling three receptions for 41 yards and adding 72 yards on six kickoff returns. The Oregon product does have 48 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns on his resume from his time in Philadelphia, so the Bucs are looking forward to seeing what he can do with a full offseason, training camp and preseason under coach Dirk Koetter's offensive system. Huff has recently worked out with Jameis Winston and several other teammates in Houston and was present for the start of the team's OTAs on Monday, but it remains to be seen how the NFL may weigh in with respect to disciplinary action for the incident.

QTyler Lockett
WR SEA (5)
3 days ago

Lockett (leg) expects to be healthy by the start of training camp, Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Entering his second season on the heels of 664 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, Lockett suffered a left knee sprain in Week 2 and didn't receive more than five targets in any of the next five games. He turned it around in Week 10 with a three-catch, 72-yard performance at New England, after which he hauled in 20 of 32 passes for 311 yards and one touchdown through Week 16. In the latter outing, though, Lockett sustained a compound fracture of the fibula and tibia in his right leg, setting him on his current path of rehab and recovery. The wideout is "itching to get going sooner" than training camp, but he's also aware that the Seahawks' medical professionals have his best interests in mind. As a result, the team will be without Lockett until at least late July.

Brent Celek
TE PHI (4)
3 days ago

Celek agreed to a decrease in his 2017 base salary from $4 million to $3 million, CSN Philly reports.

EDGE Analysis

The move opens up more cap space for the Eagles, and the 32-year-old remains with the only NFL team he has ever known. Although listed as the number-two tight end on the Eagles' depth chart, Celek was surpassed as a receiving option last season by third-year TE Trey Burton, who was targeted 60 times compared to Celek's 19. Barring injury to starter Zach Ertz, Celek's 2017 role should mostly come as a blocker.

QMackensie Alexander
DB MIN (6)
3 days ago

Alexander underwent groin surgery during the offseason to repair an injury suffered in 2016, Andrew Krammer of The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Alexander saw just 68 snaps in 2016 after being selected in the second round of last year's draft. He wound up on injured reserve due to his groin injury, though the injury wasn't disclosed until recently. He wasn't at all limited during the first few days of the Vikings offseason program and is expected to compete for the nickel corner position in 2017.

Tracy Howard
DB JAC (5)
3 days ago

Howard was waived by the Browns on Thursday, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Howard joined the Browns as an undrafted rookie in 2016, playing in 15 games and recording 20 tackles and one pass defensed. He'll become a free agent if he clears waivers.

Trae Elston
DB BUF (10)
3 days ago

Elston was waived by the Browns on Thursday, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Elston joined the Browns as an undrafted rookie in 2016, but he never appeared in a regular season game. He'll become a free agent if he clears waivers.