Andre Ellington RB ARI (9) 10 hours ago
Head coach Bruce Arians confirmed that Ellington will start the offseason program working as a wide receiver, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Coming off a season in which he only logged 150 offensive snaps, Ellington is presumably open to any kind of change that could get him on the field more often. He's displayed solid pass-catching skills out of the backfield throughout his career, but he rarely got to put those talents to use last season while fighting with Chris Johnson for whatever scraps were left behind by three-down workhorse David Johnson. Even if the elder Johnson -- currently a free agent -- doesn't return to Arizona, a transition to wide receiver might provide Ellington with his best shot at a consistent role in the offense. It is still possible the team will move him back to running back if he fails to impress out wide, but the most likely scenario features Ellington playing a mixture of the two positions. How much of each he plays will be determined not only by his own performance in offseason workouts and training camp, but also by what the Cardinals do in the upcoming draft.
Johnny Manziel QB CLE (13) 10 hours ago
Saints head coach Sean Payton suggested the team doesn't expect to sign Manziel, NOLA.com's Larry Holder reports.
Payton and Manziel met for lunch last week, which led to rumors that the Saints are interested in signing the 24-year-old quarterback as a potential long-term successor to Drew Brees. The more likely scenario is that Manziel simply wanted to talk with a respected figure in the league about what he would have to do to get his career back on track. If he does end up signing with a team before the season, it'll likely be as a developmental project looking toward 2018 and beyond. Manziel also would need to serve a four-game suspension for his last violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Christian Hackenberg QB NYJ (11) 10 hours ago
The Jets hope Hackenberg will beat out Josh McCown and Bryce Petty (shoulder) in a competition for the starting job, the NY Daily News reports.
Hackenberg will still have to earn the job with his performance in training camp and the preseason, but it does makes sense that a rebuilding team would be rooting for its 22-year-old quarterback to beat out the 25-year-old Petty and 37-year-old McCown. Also working in his favor, Hackenberg was selected in the second round of last year's draft, whereas Petty was a fourth-round selection in 2015 and McCown was signed to a modest one-year contract. Given the general direction of the organization, Hackenberg could be the Week 1 starter even if McCown or Petty looks a little bit better during camp. McCown is still the best bet to earn the Week 1 starting job, though he's unlikely to hold it throughout the year.
Corey Coleman WR CLE (13) 11 hours ago
Head coach Hue Jackson expects Coleman to serve as the No. 1 receiver, ESPN.com reports.
The 15th overall pick in last year's draft, Coleman served as a complementary option in his rookie season, catching only 33 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns (on 74 targets) in 10 games. He looked the part of a No. 1 receiver in Week 2 against the Ravens, but he left that contest with a broken hand, which subsequently held him out for six games. He never regained the momentum when he returned for the final eight games of the season, serving as a clear second fiddle to Terrelle Pryor, who then departed for Washington in free agency. While the team's quarterback situation remains unsettled, there's little question Coleman is expected to replace Pryor as the lead target, regardless of who's taking the snaps. Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan are currently on the roster, but Cleveland's Week 1 starter could still be coming via the draft or free agency.
QJosh Doctson WR WAS (9) 11 hours ago
Doctson (Achilles) suggested he is 100 percent healthy for the first time since last offseason, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
Selected 22nd overall in last year's draft, Doctson struggled with an Achilles injury throughout the team's offseason program and into the regular season, ultimately logging only 31 snaps in two games. The Redskins recently signed Terrelle Pryor to a one-year, $8 million contract, but with Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson both departing in free agency, Doctson should have every opportunity to earn a regular spot alongside Pryor and Jamison Crowder in the three-wide sets that essentially serve as Washington's base offense. Doctson should be a full participant when the Redskins' offseason program kicks off in mid-to-late April.
Frank Gore RB IND (10) 12 hours ago
The Colts plan to select Gore's eventual successor during the upcoming draft, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Depending on how early in the draft Indianapolis addresses its backfield, Gore could be looking at immediate competition for carries. A first or second-round selection would be expected to contribute immediately, potentially even posing a threat to Gore's grasp on the lead job. On the other hand, a middle-round draft pick might be viewed as more of a developmental project, with eyes on grooming him for 2018 and beyond. Set to turn 34 just two weeks after the draft, Gore is entering the final season of his three-year contract, coming off back-to-back campaigns in which he fell shy of four yards per carry. He was still a useful part of the Indianapolis offense last season, contributing 1,302 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns while also providing a steady presence in pass protection. The Colts don't have much talent behind him, with Robert Turbin and Josh Ferguson rounding out the depth chart.
QCameron Brate TE TB (6) 22 hours ago
The Bucs have an interest in signing Brate (back) to a multi-year deal before he hits restricted free agency next offseason, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Harvard product was tendered a one-year contract as an exclusive rights free agent back on Feb. 28, but the Bucs apparently have an interest in making a longer-term commitment. Brate thrived as the clear-cut starting tight end once former second-round pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released after Week 2 last season, setting career highs in receptions (57), yards (660) and touchdowns (10) while leading the team with a 63.2 percent red-zone catch rate. Still only 25 years of age, Brate would potentially garner a fair amount of attention as a restricted free agent with another strong season, a scenario the Bucs can avoid if they're able to lock him up before next offseason.
Adam Humphries WR TB (6) 22 hours ago
The Bucs have expressed an interest in signing Humphries to a multi-year deal before he hits restricted free agency next offseason, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Humphries was tendered a one-year contract by the Bucs as an exclusive rights free agent back on Feb. 28 after posting career highs in receptions (55) and yards (622). He's developed as a trusted intermediate target for QB Jameis Winston over his first two seasons, primarily doing his damage out of the slot. With the starting duo of Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson sure to draw plenty of defensive attention in 2017, Humphries could reap the benefits of plenty of one-on-one coverage.
Mike Evans WR TB (6) 22 hours ago
Evans, whose fifth-year option the Bucs are expected to pick up in May, doesn't figure to have a new contract before the 2017 regular season begins, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "We have plenty of time here,'' general manager Jason Licht said. "He's a very good player and he knows it's no secret, we want to keep him for a very long time.''
Evans has endeared himself to Bucs brass with a combined 3,578 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns over his first three NFL seasons, and there's therefore little doubt that the Bucs will ensure he never gets close to sniffing unrestricted free agency. However, once they pick up the option for a fifth season as expected, he'll automatically be under team control through the 2018 season at a minimum, giving both the club and Evans plenty of time to hammer out the details of a long-term deal that would presumably keep the towering wideout in Tampa for the prime years of his career. The Bucs would also have the option of utilizing the franchise tag on Evans for the 2019 season in the unlikely event a new contract hadn't been agreed upon by that point.
QRyan Schraeder ATL (11) 1 day ago
Schraeder (ankle) has been cleared by doctors to resume running, ESPN.com reports.
After tearing a ligament in his right ankle during the Falcons' Super Bowl loss to the Patriots, Schraeder began lifting weights at the team's facilities toward the end of February. The team is set to begin their offseason program on April 17, and the 28-year-old is expected to participate. He appears to be trending toward complete health heading into the training camp.