|Mon Apr 27||16:16||The Rams will exercise fifth-year option on Brockers' contract||Michael Brockers||DT||Rams||Free Agent|
The Rams will exercise the fifth-year option on Brockers' contract, the Post-Dispatch reports.
With the move, the 2012 first-rounder will be slated to earn $6.15 million in the 2016 season. The 24-year-old Brockers started all 16 games for the Rams last season, tallying 32 tackles and two sacks, while making more of a mark as a run-stuffer than as a pass-rusher for the team.
|Mon Apr 27||15:29||The Packers are not likely to pick up Perry's fifth-year option||Nick Perry||LB||Packers||Free Agent|
The Packers are not likely to pick up Perry's fifth-year option, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.
Assuming this is the case, the 2012 first-rounder would become a free agent after this upcoming season. In the unlikely event that the Packers decide to pick up the option before the deadline this Sunday, Perry would be slated to earn $7.75 million for the 2016 season. Perry played in 15 games, including four starts, for the Packers last season where he totaled 22 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.
|Mon Apr 27||11:37||Freeman has signed his one-year||Jerrell Freeman||LB||Colts||Free Agent|
Freeman has signed his one-year, $2.35 million restricted free agent tender with the Colts, the Indianapolis Star reports.
With Freeman under contract for the 2015 season, he's on track to reprise his starting inside linebacker role for the Colts. The 28-year-old helped out IDP owners last season, when he was healthy, by racking up 95 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 12 games played.
|Mon Apr 27||11:33||Irving (knee) targeting training camp for potential return||Nate Irving||LB||Broncos||Free Agent|
Irving (knee) is targeting training camp for a potential return, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.
Irving continues to rehab from an ACL issue, and the Colts were the club willing to gamble on him with a three-year contract despite the injury. If he can return to full health, there's a possibility he'll compete for playing time at inside linebacker, but he could also serve as a member of the Colts' special teams. Irving finished the 2014 campaign with 46 tackles (26 solo) and one sack over eight games with the Broncos.
|Mon Apr 27||11:31||Brown among Steelers present for Monday's offseason workout||Antonio Brown||WR||Steelers||HPO|
Brown was among the Steelers present for Monday's offseason workout.
Previous reports suggested that Brown might be looking to re-work his deal with the Steelers -- which has three years remaining on it -- but his presence at the team's current voluntary workouts indicates that at this stage, things are trending away from any sort of contentious holdout. On the heels of a 2014 season in in which he led the NFL with 129 receptions and 1,698 yards, Brown approaches the upcoming campaign as one of the elite fantasy options at his position.
|Sun Apr 26||22:07||A potential trade involving Peterson would likely need to happen...||Adrian Peterson||RB||Vikings||Diddlee Poo|
A potential trade involving Peterson would likely need to happen by Saturday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
The Vikings have made it clear that they want to keep Peterson around, even though the running back's agent said his client wants to play elsewhere. While the team might be persuaded by a high selection in the upcoming draft, the Vikings are unlikely to settle for a future pick, as they have enough talent on the roster to make a run at Teddy Bridgewater's first playoff appearance in 2015. There are still a few different ways this saga could end, but if Peterson isn't traded by the end of the draft's second day, he'll likely stay on the Vikings.
|Sat Apr 25||16:48||The Panthers have exercised fifth-year option on Kuechly for 201...||Luke Kuechly||LB||Panthers||Free Agent|
The Panthers have exercised the fifth-year option on Kuechly for the 2016 season, the team's official site reports.
Since he was selected ninth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, Kuechly's production has wildly surpassed expectations, with three 150-plus tackle seasons under his belt. Among his honors along the way are Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012, Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, and Pro Bowl bids in 2013 and 2014. Upon completion of the upcoming campaign, the Panthers will have the ability to negotiate an extension with the middle linebacker. However, if potential negotiations didn't go as expected, they can rest knowing that Kuechly is tied to the organization through the completion of the 2016 season.
|Fri Apr 24||17:11||Polk's restricted free agent tender offer from Eagles rescinded ...||Chris Polk||RB||Eagles||Free Agent|
Polk's restricted free agent tender offer from the Eagles has been rescinded by the team, CSN Philadelphia reports.
Polk's rescinded offer comes as another surprise from the Eagles' front office. Following some injury woes last season, Polk rushed for 44 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries over two of Philadelphia's final three regular season games. Nonetheless, that late momentum apparently wasn't enough to keep Polk's tender offer on the table, so now the running back will be free to sign with any other team ahead of the upcoming campaign.
|Fri Apr 24||17:06||Rainey signed his one-year restricted free agent tender to remai...||Bobby Rainey||RB||Ravens||Free Agent|
Rainey signed his one-year restricted free agent tender to remain with the Buccaneers on Friday.
Rainey began participating in the Buccaneers' offseason training program on Monday, so it comes as little surprise that he's now signed on for another season in Tampa Bay. Expect Rainey to compete with players like Doug Martin, Mike James and Charles Sims for snaps out of the backfield this season.
|Fri Apr 24||16:58||Jarrett signed his restricted free agency tender offer from Jets...||Jaiquawn Jarrett||S||Eagles||Free Agent|
Jarrett signed his restricted free agency tender offer from the Jets on Friday.
Jarrett has played in 37 games, starting seven, since joining the Jets in December of 2012. Last season, he earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting 10 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and a sack during Week 10 against the Steelers. Heading into next season, Jarrett is coming off a career-best 40 tackles (27 solo) last year and should improve under the tutelage of new coach Todd Bowles.
|Fri Apr 24||14:01||Hakeem Nicks: Signs With Titans||Hakeem Nicks||WR||Giants||The Papageorgios|
Nicks agreed to a one-year contract with the Titans on Friday, ESPN's Paul Kuharsky reports.
Nicks will join a wideout corps that includes Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and Harry Douglas, making a major resurgence unlikely for the 27-year-old former Giant. More important than the competition at his position, Nicks consistently struggles to separate from defensive backs, as he's one of the slower wide receivers in the league. He caught 38-of-70 targets for 405 yards and four touchdowns with the Colts last season, and there's little reason to expect much more in 2015.
|Fri Apr 24||13:04||Nicks expected to sign with Titans||Hakeem Nicks||WR||Giants||The Papageorgios|
Nicks is expected to sign with the Titans, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.
Nicks visited with the Titans earlier this week, and other interested teams have apparently been told that he'll sign with Tennessee. While the Titans lack a proven top-notch wideout, they do already have Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and Harry Douglas on the roster. It thus seems unlikely that Nicks will earn an every-down role, and he may just be the No. 4 receiver in a questionable offense.
|Thu Apr 23||18:13||Hill has signed his restricted free agent tender for $1.542 mill...||Will Hill||S||Giants||Free Agent|
Hill has signed his restricted free agent tender for $1.542 million, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Hill has been effective when on the field over the last few seasons, but his long history of off-field issues allowed the Ravens to get away with giving him a low tender. Having not received any offer sheets as a restricted free agent, Hill will be back as the Ravens' starting free safety in 2015. He's an interesting target for deeper IDP leagues, but his role in Baltimore's defense isn't conducive to huge tackle totals.
|Thu Apr 23||13:23||Tucker has signed his $2.356 million restricted free-agent tende...||Justin Tucker||K/P||Ravens||Free Agent|
Tucker has signed his $2.356 million restricted free-agent tender with the Ravens, the Carroll County Times reports.
Tucker made 29-of-34 field goal attempts last season, en route to recording 129 points for the Ravens, a mark topped by nine NFL kickers in 2014. That said, Tucker's kicking accuracy (89.81 percent over his first three seasons) could well land him a long-term contract with Baltimore at some point.
|Thu Apr 23||13:11||Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz suggests...||Tim Tebow||QB||Jets||The Blumpies|
Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz suggests that Tebow has improved as a player since his time with the Patriots, ESPN.com reports. "We had exposure to him live when he was with New England, when they practiced here," Marynowitz noted Thursday. "When we worked him out, we saw a great deal of improvement with him."
That's not to suggest that Tebow is a lock to make an impact with the Eagles, but he is slated to compete for a spot on the team's QB depth chart and any improvement in his throwing technique would obviously help him in that regard. Moreover, the report suggests that it's possible that if Tebow sticks with the Eagles, he could emerge as something of a two-point conversion specialist for the team down the road.
|Thu Apr 23||12:44||The Bears have signed Pascoe||Bear Pascoe||TE||Giants||Free Agent|
The Bears have signed Pascoe.
Pascoe, who caught two passes for three yards and a TD in 16 games with the Falcons in 2014, bolsters Chicago's depth at tight end, but he remains off the fantasy radar as a Bear, given his limited upside as a pass-catcher.
|Thu Apr 23||12:32||Cruz believes that he will be available to play in Week 1||Victor Cruz||WR||Giants||Logic|
Cruz, who is bouncing back from a patellar tendon tear, believes that he will be available to play in Week 1, NFL.com reports.
At this stage, Cruz isn't cutting on his knee just yet, but he has been running in a straight line for about a month now, which lends some plausibility to his optimism on that front. With that in mind, Cruz notes, "there's zero doubts that I'll be playing in that first game." Such a notion is echoed by GM Jerry Reese, who indicated Thursday that Cruz has "looked good, he's running pretty good, right now and he's scheduled to be back ready for the opener for us." That said, Reese cautioned, "until you get out there and turn it loose, you never know what a guy is going to do. But he looks great right now." With Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle also in the team's wideout mix, the Giants can probably afford to ease Cruz back in, but either way, it's encouraging to see Cruz heading in the right direction in the wake of the serious knee injury that he sustained in Week 6 of the 2014 season.
|Thu Apr 23||11:54||Jennings' (elbow) deal with Dolphins for two years and $8 milli...||Greg Jennings||WR||Packers||Wasabiwolt|
Jennings' (elbow) deal with the Dolphins is for two years and $8 million, the Sun Sentinel reports.
While the signing of Jennings does not preclude the Dolphins adding wideout depth early in the upcoming NFL draft, it would appear to lessen the team's urgency to do so. In any case, Jennings -- who will turn 32 on Sept.21 -- adds valuable experience to a Miami receiving corps that also rosters Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and Rishard Matthews. On the heels of a 2014 season in which he caught 59 passes for 742 yards and six touchdowns for the Vikings, Jennings could end up with some deep league utility this year, but it seems unlikely that he'll approach the production that he enjoyed in his heyday with the Packers.
|Wed Apr 22||18:11||Greg Jennings:||Greg Jennings||WR||Packers||Wasabiwolt|
The Dolphins are slated to sign Jennings, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Jennings, who caught 59 passes for 742 yards and six touchdowns with the Vikings last season, adds depth and experience to a Miami wideout corps that was previously headed by Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry. The 31-year-old Jennings will thus be reunited in Miami with head coach Philbin, who was the wideout's offensive coordinator while the two were both with the Packers. While Jennings could carve out some deep league utility this year, given that he'll have to compete with Stills, Landry and TE Jordan Cameron for passing targets in the Miami offense, Jennings figures to be hard-pressed to approach the numbers that he put up during his prime years with Green Bay.
|Wed Apr 22||17:28||McClendon has signed one-year deal with Dolphins||Jacques McClendon||G||Lions||Free Agent|
McClendon has signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins, the Miami Herald reports.
McClendon, who started the first two games with the Jaguars last season, can play both center and guard. This gives the Dolphins added depth and competition, as McClendon will likely be competing with Dallas Thomas, Billy Turner, J.D. Walton, and newly-signed Jeff Linkenbach for snaps on the team's offensive line this season.