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Wed Apr 2322:23Ryan Broyles participating in workoutsRyan BroylesWRLionsFree Agent
Ryan Broyles (Achilles') is participating in Lions offseason workouts.
Broyles has torn both of his ACLs and his Achilles' tendon through just two seasons in the NFL. He indicated that he's feeling some pressure for his roster spot. "You feel like you have a deadline because there's guys counting on you," said Broyles. "I feel like I have to go in there and prove something and maybe I did that a little bit before my body was ready (last year)." The Lions won't be counting on Broyles for a major 2014 role, though those plans could change with a productive offseason. He's proven to be an amazingly quick healer.
Wed Apr 2321:35Cecil Shorts not yet 100 percentCecil Shorts IIIWR/KRJaguarsFree Agent
Cecil Shorts is not yet fully recovered from his December sports hernia surgery.
Shorts is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and expects to be 100 percent shortly. "I'm on the right path where I'm able to run without any pain," he said. "I still have some work to do and I'm not 100 percent yet, but I'm looking to get there soon. Now, I have to get my strength back and confidence back." Still only 26 years old, Shorts returns as Jacksonville's clear-cut No. 1 receiver with Justin Blackmon serving an indefinite suspension.
Source: Florida Times Union
Wed Apr 2320:18NFL will open season with Packers at SeahawksRussell WilsonQBSeahawksFree Agent
The 2014 NFL season will open on Thursday, September 4 with the Packers at the Seahawks.
Wed Apr 2319:14Patriots pick up LT Solder's 2015 optionNate SolderOLPatriotsFree Agent
Patriots exercised LT Nate Solder's fifth-year club option for 2015.
Solder, the 17th overall pick out of Colorado in the 2011 draft, has started 44 of a possible 48 regular-season games since entering the league and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 8 left tackle in 2013. He excels both in pass protection and as a run blocker. Solder will earn a little over $7 million in 2015.
Source: Jason La Canfora on Twitter
Wed Apr 2317:53Panthers OG Chris Scott signs ERFA tenderChris ScottOTSteelersFree Agent
Panthers re-signed exclusive rights free agent OG Chris Scott to a one-year, $570,000 contract.
Scott appeared in ten games for the Panthers last season, making eight starts. He's had weight problems as recently as last summer when he reported to the Bills at 360 pounds. Jobs on the Carolina offensive line are open to competition.
Wed Apr 2317:33CB Marcus Trufant retiring after 11 seasonsMarcus TrufantCBSeahawksFree Agent
Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant has retired from the NFL after 11 seasons.
Trufant, 33, will sign a one-day contract with Seattle on Thursday so he can retire as a member of the team. The former No. 11 overall pick out of Washington State spent his entire career with the Seahawks before inking a one-year deal with the Jaguars last offseason and getting released at final cuts. He spent the 2013 season on the street. Trufant started 125 games in his career, making 644 tackles, deflecting 102 passes and picking off 21 others.
Wed Apr 2317:07Seahawks likely to decline Carpenter's optionJames CarpenterOTSeahawksFree Agent
The Seahawks are leaning toward declining LG James Carpenter's club option for 2015.
Carpenter was the 25th pick in the 2011 draft and has missed 16 career games due to injuries. He did start the NFC Championship game and Super Bowl at left guard last season and appeared in all 19 games but was a liability both as a run blocker and pass protector. Carpenter's roster spot could even be in jeopardy.
Source: Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
Wed Apr 2317:02Luke Stocker sidelined at Bucs workoutsLuke StockerTEBuccanneersFree Agent
Bucs TE Luke Stocker is not participating in voluntary workouts this week due to an undisclosed ailment.
Stocker went on injured reserver with a hip injury in late September, but it's unclear if the two situations are related. "That's hurting guys like him," said coach Lovie Smith about Stocker not taking part this week. The fourth-year tight end has just one year left on his rookie deal and won't be handed anything.
Source: Roy Cummings on Twitter
Wed Apr 2316:44Cowboys sign QB Caleb HanieCaleb HanieQBBroncosFree Agent
Cowboys signed QB Caleb Hanie to a one-year contract.
Hanie, 28, hasn't appeared in a game since compiling an 0-4 record for the Bears in 2011, completing just 50 percent of his passes for 613 yards, three touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He's merely a camp arm for Dallas.
Source: Jeff Dickerson on Twitter
Wed Apr 2316:06Mikel Leshoure skipping voluntary workoutsMikel LeshoureRBLionsFree Agent
Mikel Leshoure is skipping voluntary workouts this week.
Leshoure is one of four players not in attendance, including Ndamukong Suh, CB Chris Houston (toe), and WR Carlin Isles (rugby). Leshoure likely wants out of Detroit, as he's no higher than the No. 3 running back and might even be No. 4. GM Martin Mayhew has already stated he doesn't want to deal Leshoure.
Wed Apr 2314:13Bears do deal with RB Shaun DraughnShaun DraughnRBChiefsFree Agent
Bears signed RB Shaun Draughn.
Draughn carried the ball four times for two yards in three games with the Ravens last season before being released and spending four days on the Colts' roster. He can also return kicks and will compete for a roster spot.
Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
Wed Apr 2313:20Jaguars WR Stephen Burton hangs 'em upStephen BurtonWRVikingsFree Agent
Jaguars placed WR Stephen Burton on the reserve/retired list.
Burton suffered two concussions last season after being claimed off waivers from the Vikings and couldn't shake his second one, ending the year on I.R. The coaching staff had been high on the 6-foot-1, 224-pound West Texas A&M product. Burton caught 15 passes for 149 yards and a score through three seasons.
Wed Apr 2312:25Lance Dunbar says he's 100 percentLance DunbarRBCowboysFree Agent
Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee surgery) said he's 100 percent.
The left knee injury Dunbar sustained on Thanksgiving is behind him. He's projected as the clear-cut No. 2 back behind DeMarco Murray and will have some upside as a handcuff. Dunbar has flashed legit juice and is a nice fit in Scott Linehan's pass-happy scheme.
Source: Dallas Morning News
Wed Apr 2312:20Sean Weatherspoon still rehabbing kneeSean WeatherspoonLBFalconsFree Agent
Falcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon is still rehabbing a knee injury.
Weatherspoon appeared in just seven games last season, starting the year on injured reserve with a designation to return and ending it by sitting out the last two weeks with a knee issue. The good news is he didn't need surgery. Weatherspoon should be fine to run with the starters on the weak side by training camp.
Source: Vaughn McClure on Twitter
Wed Apr 2312:01LB Daryl Washington gets one year probationDaryl WashingtonLBCardinalsFree Agent
Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington has been sentenced to one year of probation for aggravated assault.
Source: Maricopa County Superior Court on Twitter
Wed Apr 2311:16Chris Givens said he was bothered by ankleChris GivensWRRamsFree Agent
Chris Givens said a nagging ankle injury bothered him for most of last season.
Source: St Louis Post-Dispatch
Wed Apr 2311:07Aldon Smith with the 49ers for offseason workAldon SmithLB49ersFree Agent
Aldon Smith is participating with the 49ers at this week's offseason workouts.
Smith's immediate and distant future with the club is in doubt following his latest off-field incident. But the team isn't making any rash decisions, such as suspending him and telling him to stay away from the club. As PFT's Mike Florio points out, having Smith in a structured environment with an ability to evaluate him is a good thing. Especially with the deadline to decide on a fifth-year option looming on May 3.
Source: CSN Bay Area
Wed Apr 2310:05Wallace excited about new Dolphins offenseMike WallaceWRSteelersThe Blumpies
Mike Wallace said the Dolphins' new offensive scheme is "my style."
Fired OC Mike Sherman believed in a quick-hitting, horizontal West Coast offense. Wallace was predictably a square peg in that scheme, simply lining up as a right-side clear-out receiver the majority of the time. He set career-lows in YPC (12.7) and touchdowns (5). New OC Bill Lazor is about chunk plays and moving his best players all over the formation. Wallace has bounce-back appeal.
Source: Miami Herald
Wed Apr 2309:52Nothing imminent between Big Ben, SteelersBen RoethlisbergerQBSteelersThe Papageorgios
There's "nothing imminent" on extension negotiations between the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger.
Although Roethlisberger carries an $18.9 million cap hit this season, the Steelers aren't in desperate straights. They've already done their free-agent shopping and will get another $8 million in relief once their "post June 1" cuts go through. Both sides say they remain committed to having Big Ben, 32, retire as a Steeler.
Wed Apr 2309:39Champ Bailey to compete for No. 2 CB jobChamp BaileyCBBroncosFree Agent
Champ Bailey is expected to compete for the No. 2 corner job.
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