|Fri Mar 27||16:29||Martin claimed off waivers by Panthers on Friday||Jonathan Martin||OT||Dolphins||Free Agent|
Martin was claimed off waivers by the Panthers on Friday.
Martin was waived by the 49ers on Thursday after a season in which he made nine starts at right tackle. Although his performance level was inconsistent, the former second-round pick could be a nice addition for the Panthers. Martin brings some versatility to a Carolina offensive line that already signed veteran tackle Michael Oher this offseason, giving the Panthers options on both sides as they aim to better protect quarterback Cam Newton this upcoming season.
|Fri Mar 27||14:37||Jarrett Boykin: Signs With Panthers||Jarrett Boykin||WR||Packers||Free Agent|
Boykin signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Friday, ESPN's David Newton reports.
Boykin caught just three passes for the Packers in 2014, after hauling in 49-of-82 targets for 681 yards and three touchdowns the previous season. He did well to land with a team that lacks complements to Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen, but Boykin will still have to prove in training camp that he's worthy of a role in the Carolina offense. With Benjamin locked in as the No. 1 wideout, the likes of Boykin, Jerricho Cotchery, Philly Brown, Ted Ginn and Brenton Bersin could all be part of a wide-open competition for snaps. Of course, the Panthers may still opt to address the position in April's draft.
|Fri Mar 27||12:54||Alan Ball: Signs 1-Year Deal With Bears||Alan Ball||CB||Texans||Free Agent|
Ball signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Friday, ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports.
The 29-year-old Ball has played in 93 NFL games, getting the start in 44 of those contests. He largely struggled in Jacksonville the past two seasons, and he'll now join a team that has Tim Jennings and Kyle Fuller on the roster. Ball could compete with incumbent Demontre Hurst for the nickelback role.
|Thu Mar 26||21:16||Newman agreed to one-year||Terence Newman||CB||Bengals||Free Agent|
Newman agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Vikings on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Newman will likely compete with Captain Munnerlyn and Xavier Rhodes for a starting spot at corner, but will give the Vikings extra depth at the position wither way.
|Thu Mar 26||19:22||Lions head coach Jim Caldwell wants Stafford to throw ball less ...||Matthew Stafford||QB||Lions||ClayCounty|
Lions head coach Jim Caldwell wants Stafford to throw the ball less frequently in 2015, the Detroit Free Press reports. "When I tell you that we're not going to throw the ball any more than we threw it (last year), that's a fact," Caldwell said. "We're probably not going to throw it (more). If we do throw it more, that means we're behind, we're struggling, we're not winning, we're not a very good football team, plain and simple."
This isn't much more than the typical offseason coach-speak about maintaining a balanced offense, and while there's little doubt coach Caldwell wants to run more often, game situation and personnel tend to trump all else. Not only do the Lions have far more invested in their passing-game personnel, but they'll also be one of the more popular candidates to regress from their 2014 record (11-5).
|Thu Mar 26||19:11||Shelby signed second-round restricted free agent tender||Derrick Shelby||DE||Dolphins||Free Agent|
Shelby signed a second-round restricted free agent tender, ESPN's Field Yates reports.
A 2012 UDFA, Shelby emerged as a key reserve over the past two seasons, averaging 22 tackles and 2.8 sacks. He'll likely fill a similar role in 2015, given that Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon are locked in as the starting defensive ends.
|Thu Mar 26||17:10||Quick progressing in his recovery from torn rotator cuff and sep...||Brian Quick||WR||Rams||Free Agent|
Quick is progressing in his recovery from the torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder that he suffered back in October, ESPN.com reports. "He's coming [along]," coach Jeff Fisher said Wednesday. "Making progress. It was a very, very difficult early rehab process. It was an extensive, extensive injury. He's starting to see the light now. He's doing good. He's worked hard."
With that in mind, it's unclear if Quick will be ready in time for training camp in July. "There will be some question marks there," Fisher acknowledged. "He may be. I can't say. The next three or four months are going to be important." Prior to sustaining his injury, Quick had recorded 25 catches for 375 yards and three touchdowns in seven games for the Rams, and once he is up to speed this summer the fourth-year wideout will look to reclaim a key role in the team's 2015 passing attack, which will be helmed by newcomer Nick Foles.
|Thu Mar 26||16:49||Jonathan Martin: Waived By 49ers||Jonathan Martin||OT||Dolphins||Free Agent|
Martin was CSN Bay Area by the 49ers on Thursday.
The former second-round draft pick struggled in his nine starts at right tackle last season, but he shouldn't have too hard of a time finding another team to bring him in for depth.
|Thu Mar 26||16:10||The Bengals have signed Sims||Pat Sims||DT||Bengals||Free Agent|
The Bengals have signed Sims, the team's official site reports.
Sims, who spent the last two seasons with the Raiders, returns to the Bengals for a second stint. The 6-2, 310-pound defensive tackle, who was a third-round pick of Cincinnati in 2008, is coming off a 2014 season in which he recorded just 25 tackles in 16 games for Oakland. "Pat was a good player for us here and we think he can fill a role for us this year," Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes noted of the signing. "He lends a physical dimension. He's a very aggressive run player, and we're happy to have him back."
|Thu Mar 26||12:49||The Steelers have signed Heyward-Bey to one-year contract||Darrius Heyward-Bey||WR||Raiders||Free Agent|
The Steelers have signed Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract, the Carroll County Times reports.
Heyward-Bey, who caught just three passes for 33 yards for the Steelers last season in 16 games, returns to reprise his depth wideout role for the team. Despite the name recognition, the 2009 first-rounder figures to remain a break or two from fantasy relevance, though he has emerged as a key special-teamer for the Steelers.
|Thu Mar 26||12:22||According to head coach Sean Payton||David Hawthorne||LB||Saints||Free Agent|
According to head coach Sean Payton, Hawthorne will replace the departed Curtis Lofton as one of the Saints' starting inside linebackers, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Hawthorne was considered to be a potential salary-cap casualty this offseason, but was retained by the Saints after agreeing to a pay cut. Now, Hawthorne's new role could be a productive one, as Lofton topped 120 tackles in each of his last three seasons in New Orleans. Hawthorne has a history of injuries but if he can stay healthy, he makes for a very viable IDP option in fantasy leagues.
|Wed Mar 25||22:36||Quick (shoulder) has not been ruled out for being ready for trai...||Brian Quick||WR||Rams||Free Agent|
Quick (shoulder) has not been ruled out for being ready for training camp, Nick Wagoner of ESPN NFL Nation reports.
Quick appears to be healing up nicely, but he did have major shoulder surgery just a few months ago. He should be ready to go for the preseason at the least, but it is a situation worth monitoring. Quick had a breakout season in 2014 despite playing with a carousel of quarterbacks.
|Wed Mar 25||17:34||New coach Rex Ryan failed to mention Brown's name when discussin...||Bryce Brown||RB||Eagles||Free Agent|
New coach Rex Ryan failed to mention Brown's name when discussing the Bills' running back situation at the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix this week until prompted, ESPN.com reports. Said Ryan, "With us, when we made the LeSean McCoy trade, with Fred Jackson and Boobie Dixon and, uh, the fast dude. Brown is it? I'm not gonna learn his name until he holds on to the football."
While many of Ryan's comments can be taking at a grain of salt outside of comedic purposes, fumbling issues have cropped up in Brown's brief NFL career, and he lost one last season that really cost the Bills in the playoff chase. With Fred Jackson being brought back and LeSean McCoy serving as the bell cow back, at best Brown will win the No. 3 running back job, and from the sound of things he may enter camp sitting fourth behind Dixon, who offers more versatility.
|Wed Mar 25||16:38||Coach Tom Coughlin relayed Wednesday that he saw Cruz (knee) do ...||Victor Cruz||WR||Giants||Logic|
Coach Tom Coughlin relayed Wednesday that he saw Cruz (knee) do some running recently, noting that the wideout looks lighter and in shape, Newsday reports.
While Coughlin remains optimistic that Cruz will bounce back well from his torn patellar tendon, a firm timetable for the wideout's return to game action has yet to be solidified. "I'd be careful of what I would say there," Coughlin said. "Hopefully it's the first game, but, you know what, if it isn't, we've done that one before. We just went through it." Coughlin was, of course, referring to how Odell Beckham Jr. was sidelined for the first few weeks of the 2014 season, before returning to make a significant impact as the season progressed. Either way, the report suggests that the hope continues to be that Cruz will participate in training camp this summer, in some capacity.
|Wed Mar 25||15:23||Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday at NFL Annual Meeting that Woo...||LaMarr Woodley||LB||Steelers||Free Agent|
Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday at the NFL Annual Meeting that Woodley (biceps) will be an every-down linebacker in 2015, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Woodley's 2014 campaign ended prematurely due to a torn biceps, so there's no guarantee that he'll uphold such an expectation. More likely, his varied skill set indicates that he holds the ability to play in all scenarios, especially in pass-specific situations. Even if he doesn't land a starting gig, the Cardinals' current lack of linebacker depth could afford Woodley a significant workload this coming season.
|Wed Mar 25||15:09||Foote underwent offseason knee surgery||Larry Foote||LB||Steelers||Free Agent|
Foote underwent offseason knee surgery, and while he's currently fulfilling a coaching gig for the Cardinals, he may decide to play in 2015, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Coach Bruce Arians would like Foote to make a decision prior to training camp. If Foote returns, he could hold down a starting spot at inside linebacker after playing all but one snap in the first 15 games of last year, with a DNP logged in the season finale. He responded with 83 tackles (61 solo), six tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, and one fumble recovery. The call could be easier to make if Daryl Washington's suspension for a domestic violence-related charge is lengthy.
|Wed Mar 25||13:04||The Dolphins haven't ruled out possibility of bringing Moreno ba...||Knowshon Moreno||RB||Broncos||Free Agent|
The Dolphins haven't ruled out the possibility of bringing Moreno back, the Palm Beach Post reports.
"His rehab is going well," Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey said of Moreno, who tore his ACL last year. "We're always keeping our options open." In any case, if Miami does end up re-signing Moreno, it would be in a complementary role, with Lamar Miller set to return as the team's starting running back in 2015.
|Wed Mar 25||12:56||Nelson expected to be fully recovered in six-to-eight weeks||Jordy Nelson||WR||Packers||The Carpet Pissers|
Nelson, who recently underwent a procedure on his hip, is expected to be fully recovered in six-to-eight weeks, espnwisconsin.com reports.
While any offseason surgical procedure is notable when it comes to key skill players like Nelson, coach Mike McCarthy has downplayed his receiver's hip issue. "He had some postseason work done," McCarthy said of Nelson. "He'll be fine in a couple weeks. I've seen him. [I think] it's 6 to 8 weeks [recovery time], but really he should answer that. But it's nothing serious." McCarthy further noted that the issue Nelson had addressed was something that was "kind of hindering him after the Pro Bowl and something he felt he needed to get cleaned up." The wideout is coming off a career-high 98-catch season that resulted in a Packers' single-season franchise record 1,519 yards, to go along with 13 touchdowns.
|Wed Mar 25||12:40||Davis has signed one-year deal with Jets||Kellen Davis||TE||Bears||Free Agent|
Davis has signed a one-year deal with the Jets, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
Davis, who did not catch a pass in six games with the Lions this past season, is now in line compete with Zach Sudfeld and Chris Pantale for depth TE slotting for the Jets behind Jace Amaro and Jeff Cumberland.
|Wed Mar 25||12:23||The Chargers have no plans to deal Rivers (back)||Philip Rivers||QB||Chargers||HPO|
The Chargers have no plans to deal Rivers (back), NFL.com reports.
Rivers, who is slated to enter the final year of his contract, plans to play out his current deal, but the Chargers have no plans to deal the 33-year-old signal-caller. "It's not even on our radar," GM Telesco insisted on Monday. This coming season, Rivers -- who is coming off a 2014 campaign in which he racked up 4,286 passing yards to go along with 31 TDs and 18 picks -- is in line to helm a San Diego passing offense that bid adieu to slot man Eddie Royal, but added Stevie Johnson in free agency. Meanwhile, the team's RB corps remains a work in progress, following the free agent departure of Ryan Mathews.