Corey Coleman WR CLE (13) 1 day 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) 1 day 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) 1 day 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) 2 days 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) 2 days 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) 2 days 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) 2 days 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.
Tony Romo QB DAL (7) 2 days ago
Owner/general manager Jerry Jones set a deadline of "before training camp" to resolve Tony Romo's situation, Albert Breer of SI.com reports.
The Tony Romo saga is growing interminable by the week, with neither party determined to cede ground on their respective demands. What they may be is known to a small inner circle, but the two teams most commonly linked to Romo this offseason are the Broncos and Texans, both of whom have less than desirable quarterback situations at the moment. Romo may also be considering television, as FOX and CBS have been making attempts to add him to their rosters, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Jones seemingly acknowledged the scope of Romo's reality, stating that the quarterback is "doing great" and "has options," per Tom Pelissero of USA Today. As the waiting game goes on, it's unclear at this point if Romo will be suiting up for NFL action or the TV studio in the 2017 campaign.
QAndrew Luck QB IND (10) 2 days ago
Owner Jim Irsay clarified Tuesday at the NFL's annual meetings that Luck underwent surgery to take care of a "slightly torn labrum" in his right shoulder in January, Mike Chappell of CBS 4 Indianapolis reports.
Irsay has now chimed in about Luck's health in back-to-back days, but his statement Tuesday marks the first mention of the nature of injury. After Monday's comments, the Colts are clearly bracing for no Luck on the field during the offseason program and perhaps the early stages of training camp, as he remains without a timetable to continue throwing. "I would say that certainly he should be pretty close to being ready and really throwing it around pretty damn well once training camp comes," Irsay said. "That's the way the doctors feel right now." The assertion comes on the heels of head coach Chuck Pagano telling Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star on Tuesday that the Colts felt the procedure "was the best thing for Andrew moving forward." With the long-term health of their franchise quarterback in mind, a cautious approach will almost certainly dominate the remaining steps in Luck's recovery.
C.J. Mosley LB BAL (8) 2 days ago
Mosley is expected to have his fifth-year option picked up by the Ravens before the May 3 deadline, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.
According to Hensley, the move to pick up Mosley's fifth-year option could be a precursor to the club working out a long-term deal with the young middle linebacker next offseason. Mosley made an immediate impact with the Ravens as a rookie in 2014 and became the first Ravens draft pick since 2008 to make the Pro Bowl. He made his second-career Pro Bowl this past season and has averaged 114 total tackles through his first three seasons as the leader of the Baltimore defense. Mosley's impending return solidifies the middle of a Baltimore linebacking corps that lost Zach Orr to retirement this offseason.