|Sat Apr 19||22:42||Cowboys DL Crawford on track for OTAs||Tyrone Crawford||DE||Cowboys||Free Agent|
Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford (Achilles) is expected to be ready for OTAs.
Crawford missed all of 2013 on injured reserve. He's eight months removed from his torn Achilles' tendon and on track to participate in offseason workouts. As long as he stays healthy, Crawford should see regular snaps as part of the Cowboys' defensive line rotation.
|Sat Apr 19||21:50||Darren McFadden favorite to start Week 1||Darren McFadden||RB||Raiders||ClayCounty|
ESPN's Paul Gutierrez expects Darren McFadden to open the season as the Raiders' starting running back.
Because of his experience in OC Greg Olson's system, McFadden is the favorite to start Week 1 over Maurice Jones-Drew. McFadden was reduced to a backup role for the final two games of last season and won't have much job security playing on a one-year deal. Even if he manages to hold off Jones-Drew, McFadden has never played a full season in his career and remains a huge injury risk. The Raiders may ultimately use McFadden as a change-of-pace back, with Jones-Drew getting the majority of work between the tackles.
|Sat Apr 19||20:40||Wilson making good progress from neck injury||David Wilson||RB||Giants||Free Agent|
ESPN New York reports the Giants are "hearing good things" about David Wilson's recovery from neck surgery.
Wilson has made good progress this offseason, but there's still some uncertainty regarding his 2014 status. If he gains clearance, Wilson could benefit from a change-of-pace role behind Rashad Jennings that allows him to stay healthy and do less blocking. A 2012 first-round pick, Wilson was averaging 4.4 yards-per-attempt on 115 carries in two seasons prior to his neck injury.
|Sat Apr 19||19:26||Brian Hartline (knee) ahead of schedule||Brian Hartline||WR||Dolphins||Free Agent|
Brian Hartline (knee) is expected to ready for minicamp.
Hartline suffered a torn PCL in Week 17, but managed to avoid surgery. He hasn't had any setbacks and is currently ahead of schedule in his recovery. The Dolphins can save $4 million by releasing Hartline next offseason, so he's entering a make-or-break year in 2014.
|Source: Palm Beach Post|
|Sat Apr 19||19:14||Brandon Gibson (knee) on track for minicamp||Brandon Gibson||WR||Rams||Free Agent|
Brandon Gibson (knee) is expected to be ready for minicamp.
Gibson is still recovering from knee surgery and will sit out the majority of OTAs. He should gain medical clearance by early June and return as the Dolphins' slot receiver as long as he's healthy. Gibson is due $2.7 million this season and signed through 2015.
|Source: Palm Beach Post|
|Sat Apr 19||18:38||Dolphins could replace Richard Matthews||Rishard Matthews||WR||Dolphins||Free Agent|
The Palm Beach Post reports the Dolphins have had discussions about replacing third-year WR Rishard Matthews.
This conflicts with earlier reports that the Dolphins view Matthews as a candidate for the slot receiver job over Brandon Gibson (knee surgery). Barring an upgrade in the draft, Miami's top four wideouts should be Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Gibson, and one of Matthews, Damian Williams, and Armon Binns.
|Source: Palm Beach Post|
|Sat Apr 19||18:10||Chiefs could pursue LaMichael James||LaMichael James||RB||49ers||Free Agent|
ESPN's Adam Teicher suggests the Chiefs could have interest in LaMichael James.
James is currently being shopped by the 49ers and may eventually be released. Kansas City is unlikely to have much interest in James as a running back, but he could be an option to help replace Dexter McCluster's role on special teams. The 61st overall pick in 2012, James has appeared in just 14 games the last two seasons.
|Sat Apr 19||17:37||Bucs expect Foster to blitz more in Tampa-2||Mason Foster||LB||Buccanneers||Free Agent|
Bucs coach Lovie Smith anticipates MLB Mason Foster blitzing more in his version of the Tampa-2 this season.
"The position will blitz," Smith said. "Brian Urlacher will tell you that. Man coverage is also a part of what we ask. All those things, we feel like Mason can do." Bucs DC Leslie Frazier recently expressed concern over whether Foster has the coverage skills to remain at middle linebacker, but he showed some signs of improvement with three interceptions last year, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Foster should also see his snaps increase with the Bucs expected to use less dime packages.
|Source: Pewter Report|
|Sat Apr 19||16:58||Chykie Brown currently listed as No. 3 corner||Chykie Brown||CB||Ravens||Free Agent|
ESPN's Jamison Hensley considers Chykie Brown the slight favorite for the Ravens' No. 3 cornerback job.
The Ravens lost Corey Graham to free agency, so Brown and Asa Jackson are the only two corners behind Ladarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. Brown was active for all 16 games last season, but played just 39 defensive snaps. Baltimore remains highly likely to draft a cornerback in the first four rounds.
|Sat Apr 19||16:28||Ravens not interested in Eric Winston||Eric Winston||OT||Chiefs||Free Agent|
Coach John Harbaugh confirmed the Ravens have not had any contract talks with free agent RT Eric Winston.
The Ravens currently have just Ricky Wagner as an in-house option to replace Michael Oher, but 30-year-old Winston wouldn't be much of an upgrade at this point. ESPN's Jamison Hensley expects Baltimore to target a right tackle early in the draft.
|Sat Apr 19||16:07||Andre Roberts could be used on kick returns||Andre Roberts||WR||Cardinals||Free Agent|
The Redskins are considering using Andre Roberts on kick returns.
It's not an ideal role for Roberts, who averaged 22.4 yards on kick returns in his first two seasons with the Cardinals. Roberts is also the Redskins' No. 3 receiver, so they may not want to risk exposing him to injury. Chris Thompson, Richard Crawford, and Niles Paul are also candidates to be used in the return game.
|Sat Apr 19||15:08||Giants undecided on Amukamara's 2015 option||Prince Amukamara||CB||Giants||Free Agent|
The Giants haven't decided whether to exercise CB Prince Amukamara's fifth-year option for 2015.
Amukamara would cost roughly $7.93 million over the next two seasons. While he hasn't established himself as a must-keep player, there's little downside in the Giants picking up the option and keeping open discussions about a long-term deal. Amukamara had 85 tackles and two forced fumbles last year in his first full season as a starter, but has only three career interceptions.
|Source: ESPN New York|
|Sat Apr 19||13:03||Pryor to be cut Monday barring trade||Terrelle Pryor||QB||Raiders||Free Agent|
Fox Sports' Alex Marvez reports the Raiders will cut Terrelle Pryor Monday if they are unable to trade him this weekend.
Pryor only has one-year and $705,000 dollars left on his rookie contract, so there is a chance someone gives up a late-round pick for him. It is more likely he ends up being cut on Monday. Pryor only completed 57.4 of his passes and threw seven touchdowns to 11 interceptions in nine starts last season. If cut, Pryor has a good shot to latch on with another team as a project/camp quarterback.
|Source: Alex Marvez on Twitter|
|Sat Apr 19||12:42||Cam Newton still sporting a walking boot||Cam Newton||QB||Panthers||Logic|
Cam Newton is still wearing a walking boot one month removed from ankle surgery.
The team is still hopeful Newton will return for the start of training camp. He is likely to miss all of the Panthers' offseason program, however, and will have limited time to build chemistry with Carolina's new stable of wide receivers.
|Sat Apr 19||11:33||Bears could add quarterback in the draft||Jordan Palmer||QB||Jaguars||Free Agent|
Bears GM Phil Emery said he was comfortable with QB Jordan Palmer as Jay Cutler's backup but would seriously look at adding a quarterback in the draft.
Palmer is an okay backup and spent all of last season in quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman's system, but the Bears' could afford to improve. They have already brought in several veteran quarterbacks for workouts this offseason and are likely to bring in a few more. A late-round pick on a developmental quarterback could also make sense.
|Source: ESPN Chicago|
|Sat Apr 19||11:20||NFL looking at Manning's & Gase's Bama visit||Peyton Manning||QB||Broncos||Free Agent|
The NFL will investigate whether Peyton Manning and Adam Gase broke any NFL rules while visiting Alabama coach Nick Saban last week.
The 2011 collective bargaining agreement prevents coaches and players from having individual meetings prior to the beginning of offseason programs. Saban admitted Gase and Manning were on campus together, but insisted Gase and Manning were not involved in any football related meetings together. It is unclear what punishment Manning or Gase would face if found guilty, but it would likely be a wrist slap at most.
|Source: Denver Post|
|Sat Apr 19||10:20||Kaepernick not present when police arrived||Colin Kaepernick||QB||49ers||Free Agent|
Miami police do not believe Colin Kaepernick was present when they responded to two 911 calls regarding a woman refusing to leave Kapernick's downtown Miami hotel room.
It is unclear when Kaepernick left the hotel room or if he was even there at all. It is looking more and more like Kaepernick, Quinton Patton, and Ricardo Lockette will walk away without any chargers.
|Source: Sacramento Bee|
|Sat Apr 19||10:01||Scandrick favorite to start of Claiborne||Orlando Scandrick||CB||Cowboys||Free Agent|
ESPNDallas' Todd Archer believes CB Orlando Scandrick is the favorite to start over former first-round CB Morris Claiborne.
Claiborne will have to improve dramatically to escape the bust tag hovering over him. Claiborne has started just 22 games and been disastrous in coverage since being selected at pick six in 2012. Scandrick played well after taking the job last season, so Claiborne will need a big training camp to move up the depth chart.
|Source: ESPN Dallas|
|Sat Apr 19||09:32||Patriots will add quarterback before camp||Ryan Mallett||QB||Patriots||Free Agent|
ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss believes the Patriots will add another quarterback either through free agency or the draft.
Reiss believes the Pats could select a quarterback as early as the third round. With Ryan Mallett likely on his way to bigger and better things after his rookie contract expires next offseason, it makes sense for the Patriots to address the backup quarterback position now. New England has met with at least ten draft eligible quarterbacks this offseason.
|Source: ESPN Boston|
|Sat Apr 19||09:14||Vikings likely to add linebacker via draft||Audie Cole||LB||Vikings||Free Agent|
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune belives the Vikings will select at least one linebacker in the NFL Draft.
Despite having eight linebackers on the roster, Minnesota's only sure starter is SLB Chad Greenway. The middle linebacker position will likely be manned by either Audie Cole or Jasper Brinkley, leaving the weakside linebacker position of second-year LB Gerald Hodges as the most likely area for upgrade. The Vikings have eight total picks in next month's draft.
|Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune|