|Wed Apr 23||22:23||Ryan Broyles participating in workouts||Ryan Broyles||WR||Lions||Free 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 23||21:35||Cecil Shorts not yet 100 percent||Cecil Shorts III||WR/KR||Jaguars||Free 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 23||20:18||NFL will open season with Packers at Seahawks||Russell Wilson||QB||Seahawks||Free Agent|
The 2014 NFL season will open on Thursday, September 4 with the Packers at the Seahawks.
|Wed Apr 23||19:14||Patriots pick up LT Solder's 2015 option||Nate Solder||OL||Patriots||Free 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 23||17:53||Panthers OG Chris Scott signs ERFA tender||Chris Scott||OT||Steelers||Free 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 23||17:33||CB Marcus Trufant retiring after 11 seasons||Marcus Trufant||CB||Seahawks||Free 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 23||17:07||Seahawks likely to decline Carpenter's option||James Carpenter||OT||Seahawks||Free 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 23||17:02||Luke Stocker sidelined at Bucs workouts||Luke Stocker||TE||Buccanneers||Free 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 23||16:44||Cowboys sign QB Caleb Hanie||Caleb Hanie||QB||Broncos||Free 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 23||16:06||Mikel Leshoure skipping voluntary workouts||Mikel Leshoure||RB||Lions||Free 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 23||14:13||Bears do deal with RB Shaun Draughn||Shaun Draughn||RB||Chiefs||Free 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 23||13:20||Jaguars WR Stephen Burton hangs 'em up||Stephen Burton||WR||Vikings||Free 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 23||12:25||Lance Dunbar says he's 100 percent||Lance Dunbar||RB||Cowboys||Free 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 23||12:20||Sean Weatherspoon still rehabbing knee||Sean Weatherspoon||LB||Falcons||Free 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 23||12:01||LB Daryl Washington gets one year probation||Daryl Washington||LB||Cardinals||Free 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 23||11:16||Chris Givens said he was bothered by ankle||Chris Givens||WR||Rams||Free Agent|
Chris Givens said a nagging ankle injury bothered him for most of last season.
|Source: St Louis Post-Dispatch|
|Wed Apr 23||11:07||Aldon Smith with the 49ers for offseason work||Aldon Smith||LB||49ers||Free 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 23||10:05||Wallace excited about new Dolphins offense||Mike Wallace||WR||Steelers||The 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 23||09:52||Nothing imminent between Big Ben, Steelers||Ben Roethlisberger||QB||Steelers||The 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 23||09:39||Champ Bailey to compete for No. 2 CB job||Champ Bailey||CB||Broncos||Free Agent|
Champ Bailey is expected to compete for the No. 2 corner job.