QBenny Cunningham RB LA (8) 23 hours ago
Cunningham (neck) signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Cunningham spent the first four seasons of his career with the Rams mainly as a passing-down back and kickoff returner. His 2016 was ultimately cut short due to a neck injury in Week 14. The Middle Tennessee State product figures to have an opportunity to secure a pass-catching role beside Jordan Howard, as well as a kick returner. However, more clarity regarding his status on the team's depth chart is unlikely to be known until closer to training camp.
QCam Newton QB CAR (7) 1 day ago
Newton is slated to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder on March 30, Max Hanson of the Panthers' official site reports.
Newton suffered a partial tear of his right 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 (359 yards, to be exact) for the first time. 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 by the start of training camp in late July.
Kenny Clark DL GB (4) 1 day ago
Clark is poised for an elevated workload in 2017 due to Letroy Guion's four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Along the Packers' defensive front last season, Mike Daniels was the workhorse, earning 64.3 percent of the defensive snaps, while Guion (43.5) and Clark (32.5) were the only other D-lineman to surpass 20 percent. With Guion out of commission for the first quarter of the upcoming campaign, Clark is the candidate to earn an uptick in work, potentially blowing away his season high (42 percent in the NFC championship game) regularly from week to week. If the preceding comes to pass, Clark, a 2016 first-round pick, should build upon a 21-tackle rookie year.
QJunior Galette LB WAS (9) 1 day ago
Galette (Achilles) is aiming to be ready for the beginning of training camp in late July, The Washington Post reports.
Galette has yet to log a snap for the Redskins due to a pair of torn Achilles before both of the past two seasons. It remains to be seen how compromised his explosiveness as a pass rusher may be, but he continues to rehab with appearances during the 2017 campaign in mind.
QKellen Davis TE NYJ (11) 1 day ago
Davis (elbow) visited the Browns on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
After spending the first five seasons of his career with the Bears, Davis is on the verge of joining his sixth organization in as many years, three of which he's played for. The Browns were actually one of them, rostering the tight end during the 2013 offseason and preseason before axing him just before the start of the regular season. Since leaving Cleveland, he's been available for 45 games, starting 20, with the Seahawks, Lions, and Jets over the last four seasons, yet he's managed a measly six receptions (on 19 targets) for 50 yards and two touchdowns. In 2016, he was unable to haul in his only target before landing on IR with an elbow injury, so he's clearly reaching the end of the line as a professional.
QSharrif Floyd DL MIN (6) 1 day ago
Floyd, who appeared in one game last season after going under the knife in mid-September to clean up his knee, is not back to full speed. "He's trying to get healthy. He's got this thing with his leg. I don't know if I should get too specific with it," head coach Mike Zimmer told a local radio station as conveyed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We're just waiting for it to get healthy and if that's the case then I think he can have a good year."
Minnesota signed defensive tackle Datone Jones in free agency, which likely shows the Vikings are not confident Floyd will be healthy for the 2017 season. However, Floyd has plenty of time to recover and be ready for training camp.
Kamar Aiken WR IND (10) 1 day 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) 1 day 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) 1 day 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) 1 day 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.