|Mon Jul 27||20:08||Brown working to add weight this offseason||Duane Brown||OT||Texans||Free Agent|
Brown has been working to add weight this offseason, the Texans' official site reports.
Brown has fluctuated between 300 and 320 pounds over his career and feels he's at his best when at the upper end of that range.
|Mon Jul 27||19:54||Mathis (Achilles) hasn't received clearance to take part in on-f...||Robert Mathis||DE||Colts||Free Agent|
Mathis (Achilles) hasn't received clearance to take part in on-field work when training camp opens Sunday, the Indianapolis Star reports. "The good news is Robert is trending in the right direction," owner Jim Irsay said. "We're all very excited and pleased with the progress that he's making. The timetable is unknown. Will it be Oct. 15? Will it be Sept. 15? I really, at this point, no one knows."
Mathis last suited up in the divisional round of the 2013 playoffs, as a four-game suspension to start last season forced workouts away from the team. In one such workout last September, he tore his Achilles, and his recovery has kept him busy in the meantime. While he had been running with the Colts' training staff at OTAs, he confirmed that he suffered a setback early in the summer, leaving him with an undetermined return timetable. Once healthy, though, it will be interesting to see if the 34-year-old can harken back to his previous pass-rushing prowess.
|Mon Jul 27||19:19||Dent placed on active/physically unable to perform list||Akeem Dent||LB||Falcons||Free Agent|
Dent was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list, NFL.com reports.
There's no word on the exact nature of Dent's injury, but the linebacker is available to be activated at any point during training camp. He was a useful piece on defense, particularly wehn Brian Cushing (knee) was unavailable.
|Mon Jul 27||18:27||Bowers re-signed with Buccaneers on Monday||Da'Quan Bowers||DE||Buccanneers||Free Agent|
Bowers re-signed with the Buccaneers on Monday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Bowers will get a second chance with the team that originally drafted him in the second round of the 2011 draft. The exact terms of the agreement were not immediately available, but he will play under a 1-year deal with no signing bonus or guaranteed money. In four seasons with the team, he has played in 50 games and recorded seven career sacks. He will provide some depth along the defensive line, though it remains to be seen how many snaps he will see in 2015.
|Mon Jul 27||18:13||Martin has elected to retire as NFL player||Jonathan Martin||OT||Dolphins||Free Agent|
Martin has elected to retire as an NFL player, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Per the report, Martin, who was claimed off waivers by the Panthers in March, has a back injury that could require surgery, which is presumably a key factor in his decision. Martin had been penciled in as the primary backup to left tackle Michael Oher, so the 25-year-old's retirement will represent a hit to the Panthers' offensive line depth.
|Mon Jul 27||18:08||Flynn (undisclosed injury) placed on Patriots' active/non-footba...||Matt Flynn||QB||Seahawks||Free Agent|
Flynn (undisclosed injury) was placed on the Patriots' active/non-football injury list, ESPN.com reports.
The veteran signal-caller can come off the list at any time and once he does he'll provide the Patriots with depth and experience at QB, a valuable asset to the team, with starter Tom Brady in line to serve a suspension to start the regular season. Assuming Brady's suspension is not overturned, however, Jimmy Garoppolo is in line to fill in as the team's starter rather than Flynn.
|Mon Jul 27||17:56||LaFell (foot) among eight Patriots players placed on team's Acti...||Brandon LaFell||WR||Panthers||Free Agent|
LaFell (foot) was among eight Patriots players placed on the team's Active/Physically Unable to Perform list in advance of training camp, csnne.com reports.
As is the case with all players on the team's NFI or preseason PUP list, LaFell counts against the Patriots' 90-man active roster and can begin practicing at any time. At this stage there is nothing to suggest that the wideout's absence will be an extended one, but it appears as though the team is exercising caution with LaFell, who sported a walking boot on his left foot (which he has since shed) earlier this offseason.
|Mon Jul 27||16:40||Nicks spent last week working out with Titans rookie quarterback...||Hakeem Nicks||WR||Giants||The Papageorgios|
Nicks spent the last week working out with Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, ESPN.com reports.
The veteran receiver realizes building a rapport with the team's projected starter is key to earning playing time with the Titans and it's encouraging to see him get a head start in that department. Nicks' best days are behind him, but Justin Hunter's legal troubles have opened up a potential opportunity for the former Giant to slide into a number three receiver role in Tennessee.
|Mon Jul 27||15:05||Josh McCown: Still Favorite To Start||Josh McCown||QB||Bears||Free Agent|
Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Monday that McCown will likely be the Week 1 starter, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports.
Although he did say he can't make any guarantees, Pettine again made it clear that McCown is a heavy favorite to beat out Johnny Manziel for the starting job. Pettine previously said in May that "it's fair to say" McCown is the frontrunner. The Browns are hoping a strong offensive line and running game can make up for a lack of receiving talent, so they'll likely have one of the league's most run-heavy offenses if things go according to plan. Of course, it's quite possible the Browns will struggle to stay competitive, in which case they'd often be forced to abandon the run and rely on their highly questionable passing attack. All and all, this is one of the least favorable situations in the league for passing production.
|Mon Jul 27||13:08||Rice hopes to resume his NFL playing career||Ray Rice||RB||Ravens||DBTS|
Rice hopes to resume his NFL playing career, ESPN.com reports.
ESPN.com further notes that some teams have privately discussed the possibility of bringing in Rice, but to date, there is nothing imminent on that front. Rice has not played since his contract was terminated by the Ravens after a video of him punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer surfaced. The running back, who turned 28 in January, last saw regular season action with Baltimore in 2013, carrying 214 times for 660 yards, for an average of 3.1 yards per carry.
|Mon Jul 27||12:54||Cofield||Barry Cofield||DT||Redskins||Free Agent|
Cofield, a free agent, is still recovering from offseason surgeries on his groin and abdomen, but he should be ready in four-to-six weeks, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Assuming he eventually checks out physically, the 31-year-old Cofield should draw interest from teams that have their d-line rotations depleted in August and September. He's never topped 54 tackles or four sacks in a single season, but he was a significant contributor to each of his teams before 2014.
|Mon Jul 27||12:04||Jackson will likely make final roster||Fred Jackson||RB||Bills||HPO|
Jackson will likely make the final roster, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak.
Given his modest contract and significant contribution last season, Jackson seems like an excellent bet to stick around in Buffalo for at least one more year. However, he said in June that he expects he'll have to compete for a roster spot, adding that he doesn't know what kind of role the Bills will have available for him. He's right that he'll probably have to settle for a reduced role working behind LeSean McCoy, but Jackson's spot with the team may be safer than he thinks. Chris Brown of the Bills' official website also believes Jackson is unlikely to be cut.
|Sun Jul 26||18:59||Cox will compete with Blidi Wreh-Wilson for starting cornerback ...||Perrish Cox||CB||49ers||Free Agent|
Cox will compete with Blidi Wreh-Wilson for a starting cornerback job with the Titans, ESPN.com reports.
Jason McCourty is locked into one of the starting roles, but Cox has emerged as the favorite to claim the second spot after signing a three-year deal this offseason. The 28-year-old recorded five interceptions with the 49ers in 2014 while Wreh-Wilson struggled to adapt to a full-time role with the Titans, so smart money is on Cox locking down the job by the time the season rolls around.
|Sun Jul 26||17:17||NJ.com's Jordan Raanan relays that Donnell (Achilles') no longer...||Larry Donnell||TE||Giants||Free Agent|
NJ.com's Jordan Raanan relays that Donnell (Achilles') is no longer sporting a walking boot.
Raanan's report encouragingly notes that the tight end has been training in Alabama of late, while adding that he's expected to participate in training camp practices this coming week. That said, it's unclear if Donnell will be full-go out of the gate. Assuming no further setbacks with his Achilles' issue -- an "old college injury that resurfaced" -- Donnell should continue to provide the Giants with a viable red zone target at the tight end position following a 2014 season that saw him catch 63 passes for 623 yards and six touchdowns.
|Sun Jul 26||14:55||Walsh has signed four-year contract extension with Vikings||Blair Walsh||K||Vikings||Free Agent|
Walsh has signed a four-year contract extension with the Vikings, reportedly worth up to $14 million, ESPN.com reports. "Blair has been a vital part of our special-teams success since we drafted him and we felt it was very important to secure his future with our organization," GM Rick Spielman said of the 2012 sixth-rounder. "His consistency on kickoffs and on long range field goals can help change the game for our team and we're excited for his future here in Minnesota."
The report further notes that Walsh's deal includes $5.25 million guaranteed and currently makes him one of the top five highest-paid kickers in the NFL. Walsh is coming off a 2014 campaign in which he made 26-of-35 field goals attempts, including 5-of-9 from over 50 yards. With the Vikings having added deep threat Mike Wallace during the offseason and with running back Adrian Peterson returning, Walsh could see an uptick in scoring opportunities this coming season, a scenario that could see him re-emerge on the fantasy radar. The 25-year-old notched 107 points in 2014, down from his marks of 141 points in 2012 (a season in which he nailed 10-of-10 attempts from 50-plus yards as a rookie) and 121 points in 2013.
|Sun Jul 26||12:47||Matthews placed on injured reserve on Sunday||Casey Matthews||LB||Eagles||Free Agent|
Matthews was placed on injured reserve on Sunday, Ben Goessling of ESPN reports.
Matthews was brought in to compete for the inside linebacker position after a career year, but he'll be done for the season before it even began. He signed just a one-year contract per Goessling, so he'll have to find a new team after an entire year removed from playing.
|Sun Jul 26||12:24||Cherilus released by Colts on Friday||Gosder Cherilus||OT||Lions||Free Agent|
Cherilus was released by the Colts on Friday.
Cherilus started a total of 29 games for the Colts at right tackle between the 2013 and 2014 seasons, but ended last season injured reserve. The 31-year-old should figure to garner some interest from teams needing depth at tackle. Jack Mewhort will likely take over the starting right tackle position with Cherilus gone.
|Sat Jul 25||21:14||Coach Mike Zimmer stated Saturday that Robison (chest) ready for...||Brian Robison||DE||Vikings||Free Agent|
Coach Mike Zimmer stated Saturday that Robison (chest) is ready for the start of training camp, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Robison injured his pectoral during offseason workouts, which forced absences at the Vikings' offseason program. He must pass a physical in order to participate in the first day of training camp Sunday, but all signs point to his availability off the bat. The 31-year-old cobbled together a subpar season last fall, posting 25 tackles (18 solo) and 4.5 sacks in 16 games.
|Sat Jul 25||21:02||The Dolphins expect Albert (knee) to play during preseason||Branden Albert||OT||Chiefs||Free Agent|
The Dolphins expect Albert (knee) to play during the preseason, according to the Miami Herald.
This is obviously good news for the Dolphins because if Albert can play during preseason than he definitely can play during the regular season. Albert is a key to the Dolphins offense as the offensive line has been the team's Achilles heel the past couple of season and a healthy Albert would go a long way towards solving that problem.
|Sat Jul 25||20:48||Gradkowski (throwing shoulder fatigue) began training camp on PU...||Bruce Gradkowski||QB||Bengals||Free Agent|
Gradkowski (throwing shoulder fatigue) began training camp on the PUP list, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Ed Bouchette reports.
Gradkowski doesn't have a timeline for return, but that his condition is listed as mere fatigue gives hope that he's closer to day-to-day than week-to-week. He in any case appears likely to compete against Landry Jones for the backup spot behind Ben Roethlisberger, health permitting.