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03/31 RB Stevan Ridley to meet with Dolphins today
The Miami Dolphins will play host to RB Stevan Ridley today, looking to shore up a complement to RB Lamar Miller. Miller finally solidified himself as a lead back in Miami last year, amassing more than 1,000 yards for the first time in his career and netting nine total touchdowns. RB Daniel Thomas failed to provide the power running game hoped for as Miller's back up, and 2014 free agent acquisit... [Read More]
03/31 Lions HC Jim Caldwell expects big things from RB Theo Riddick
The Detroit Lions said goodbye to RB Reggie Bush earlier this offseason, opening the door for Joique Bell and Theo Riddick. It's unclear whether the Lions plan on adding a running back during the draft, but head coach Jim Caldwell expressed his confidence in third-year back Riddick. "We try and give (the ball) to the guys who are going to do something with it, and I think he's going to be one of... [Read More]
03/30 Broncos name RB C.J. Anderson starter entering OTAs
Last week, Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak tapped running back C.J. Anderson as the team's starter once OTAs begin. "He made a big jump as a player, and I think he's earned the right to walk in to the offseason program -- the OTAs -- and line up as our starter," Kubiak said via the Broncos' official website. "But he's got to continue to earn it on a daily basis." The 24-year-old RB excelle... [Read More]
03/30 Eagles sign WR Miles Austin
Thirty-year-old WR Miles Austin signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. The veteran wideout has been plagued by various injuries throughout his career but managed to play in 12 games in 2014 with the Cleveland Browns. Austin's lingering hamstring issues have kept him off the field consistently since he posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2009 and 2010 with Dallas. Befo... [Read More]
03/13 Dolphins take TE Jordan Cameron right out of Browns' grasp
Frank Gore has company in the free-agency fake-out crowd. But this one seems like it can be credited to the media more than the player himself. On Thursday afternoon, it was widely reported that Jordan Cameron had re-signed with the Cleveland Browns via a two-year contract worth $15 million. There was only one problem with that: It didn't happen. While those reports were coming off the wire, Ca... [Read More]
03/12 Eagles' plan for their backfield: 'Spread it around'
When the Philadelphia Eagles signed Ryan Mathews just hours (minutes?) after already dumping a ton of money on to DeMarco Murray, one had to wonder if Philadelphia was actually planning to construct some sort of three-man committee with Murray, Mathews and Darren Sproles. And yep, it looks exactly like that's what head coach Chip Kelly will do. Speaking Thursday, Kelly made it clear that his pla... [Read More]
03/12 Colts cut RB Trent Richardson
Well, that's over. The Colts officially released running back Trent Richardson on Thursday. He came over to Indy in a trade with Cleveland that stunned the football world and sent a first-round pick to the Browns. Then, in 23 games as a Colt (playoffs included), Richardson ran for 978 yards. On 320 carries. That's a yards-per-carry average of 3.05. Many thought the Browns were making a mistake ... [Read More]
03/12 Ravens re-sign RB Justin Forsett for three years, $9 million
Free-agent running back Justin Forsett recently said he no longer wants to be in the NFL's "friend zone." When he signed with the Ravens last year, he joined his sixth team in seven NFL seasons. On Thursday, he got the long-term commitment he has searched for since entering the league in 2008. Forsett re-upped with the Ravens, agreeing to a three-year contract worth $9 million. Forsett did all he... [Read More]
03/12 Despite adding DeMarco Murray, Eagles decide to sign RB Ryan Mathews after all
The Eagles' work on their backfield didn't end at DeMarco Murray. Contrary to previous reports, Philadelphia will also sign Ryan Mathews. It was widely reported that Mathews had signed with the Eagles on Wednesday night, but that wasn't exactly true. Yes, Mathews had agreed to terms on a three-year, $11.5 million contract with the Eagles, but nothing had become official with pen and paper. And af... [Read More]
03/12 Report: RB DeMarco Murray will be a Philadelphia Eagle, sign lucrative 5-year deal
That Cowboys-Eagles rivalry is about to get ratcheted way up. Running back DeMarco Murray Murray will reportedly sign a five-year contract Thursday with Philadelphia. The deal is rumored to be worth $42.5 million with $21 million in guaranteed money. No other NFL back is currently working under a contract that includes so much guaranteed cash. Murray, the league's leading rusher this past season... [Read More]
03/11 Eagles swoop up RB Ryan Mathews on three-year deal
Picking up the pieces after getting rejected by Frank Gore, the Philadelphia Eagles signed former Chargers running back Ryan Mathews to a three-year, $11.5 million deal Wednesday. Rumor has it that the Eagles remain well in the hunt for DeMarco Murray, but for the moment, Mathews is projected as Philly's lead runner for this season.... [Read More]
03/11 Colts sign Andre Johnson to three-year, $21 million contract
Another receiving weapon for Andrew Luck? Sure, why not? The Indianapolis Colts brought long-time nemesis Andre Johnson into the fold Wednesday by agreeing to a three-year contract worth $21 million. It's the second offensive skill player the Colts have signed in as many days as they added Frank Gore, a college teammate of Johnson's at the University of Miami, on Tuesday. Johnson now wears the h... [Read More]
03/10 WR Percy Harvin released by Jets
The New York Jets freed up $10.5 million in cap space Tuesday by releasing wideout Percy Harvin. After acquiring former Chicago Bear Brandon Marshall (who officially became a Jet today by passing his physical) to accompany Eric Decker, the team figures the money saved by releasing Harvin can be better spent elsewhere. Harvin was a part of an in-season trade during the 2014 season but never really... [Read More]
03/10 Giants land RB Shane Vereen with three-year deal
With Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Larry Donnell and Rashad Jennings already in tow, the Giants didn't think they had enough targets for Eli Manning. On Tuesday, they signed former Patriots running back Shane Vereen to a three-year deal worth $12.35 million, including $4.75 guaranteed. Vereen has seen more targets than carries over the past two seasons, 146-140. Sustaining health has... [Read More]
03/10 RB Frank Gore officially signs with Colts
Frank Gore has joined a new team. And this time, there will be no reconsidering. Gore signed a three-year contract with the Colts on Tuesday. The deal is worth $12 million, including $8.5 million guaranteed. Gore reportedly had a similar deal lined up with the Philadelphia Eagles this past weekend but decided not to commit. Gore's reasoning, according to his friend LaDainian Tomlinson, included h... [Read More]
03/10 UPDATE: QB Nick Foles dealt to Rams; Eagles get QB Sam Bradford in return
The Chip Kelly makeover in Philadelphia continued Tuesday with another huge change on the offensive side of the ball. As first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Eagles have sent quarterback Nick Foles to the Rams for quarterback Sam Bradford. Unspecified draft picks will be swapped this year, and the Eagles will receive extra draft-pick consideration in 2016.... [Read More]
03/10 Report: Saints trade TE Jimmy Graham to Seahawks
Forget about free agency -- the biggest transaction of the offseason reportedly went down today as the New Orleans Saints agreed to deal tight end Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round pick to the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks for their center, Max Unger, and a first-round pick. This story was first reported by FOX's Jay Glazer and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.... [Read More]
03/09 Reports: Jaguars, TE Julius Thomas have agreed to five-year contract worth about $45 million
Multiple sources are reporting that the Jaguars and tight end Julius Thomas have agreed on a long-term contract. All they need now is for the clock to hurry up. The Denver Post's Mike Klis has heard that Thomas will sign a five-year deal worth about $45 million to become a Jaguar. Thomas can't officially sign until 4 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, when the NFL's 2015 league year begins. Yahoo's Charles... [Read More]
03/09 Eagles re-sign QB Mark Sanchez to two-year, $9 million deal
The lead-up to free agency has been all about losses for the Philadelphia Eagles' offense. LeSean McCoy was sent to Buffalo in a trade. Jeremy Maclin is apparently ready to sign with the Chiefs. Even what looks to be an addition for the Eagles turns into a subtraction. So, here's something different: The Eagles signing a offensive skill-position player. Officially. On Sunday, Philly agreed to ter... [Read More]
03/09 Reports: RB Frank Gore having 'cold feet' about signing with Eagles, 'intent' on signing with Colts
Free agents can't officially join their new teams until Tuesday at 4 p.m. Eastern. But there have been plenty of reports about players "agreeing" with a new franchise that everyone has generally accepted their signings as fact, as done deals. One such assumed fact is that Frank Gore has agreed to join the Eagles on a three-year contract with $7.5 million guaranteed. That's what was reported and co... [Read More]
03/09 Texans formally release WR Andre Johnson
As expected, the Houston Texans have cut the best offensive player in franchise history. Now, Andre Johnson is officially a free agent. The Texans tried to trade Johnson after informing him last week that his role for 2015 will be greatly reduced. However, with more than $20 million remaining on his contract and with Johnson slated to turn 34 years old in July, Houston didn't find any takers. Be... [Read More]
03/07 Packers give WR Randall Cobb a four-year, $40 million deal
Many teams, if you believe the rumors, have been interested in signing impending free agent Randall Cobb when he becomes officially available Tuesday afternoon. Those teams will now have to focus their interests elsewhere; Cobb is staying put. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, The Packers have re-signed the dynamic slot receiver to a four-year deal worth $40 million. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport add... [Read More]
03/07 RB Mark Ingram re-signs with Saints
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has gotten his wish. He said last week that he would like for impending free agent running back Mark Ingram to remain with the team. And he will. Ingram and the Saints have agreed on a four-year contract. The deal will reportedly cost the Saints $16 million. Despite playing in just 13 games last season, Ingram set career highs in a number of categories as... [Read More]
03/07 49ers on RB Frank Gore: We'll figure out a way to keep him
Perhaps the San Francisco 49ers aren't quite ready to hand their backfield over to Carlos Hyde. Speaking Saturday, team CEO Jed York said in regards to possibly re-upping with free agent Frank Gore, "I think we'll figure out a way. That's my feeling." Gore is coming off a fourth straight season with at least 1,100 rushing yards. He'll turn 32 years old in May.... [Read More]
03/07 RB Marshawn Lynch gets his raise, staying with Seahawks
A few months ago, it looked like Marshawn Lynch was ready to rumble out of the Seattle and maybe out of the NFL for good. He reportedly wasn't getting along with the Seahawks' coaching staff, wasn't happy with his contract, and there were consistent whispers that he may just hang it up after the season. It's funny how money can change a situation. Lynch isn't going to retire, at least not this y... [Read More]
03/05 Panthers TE Greg Olsen gets three-year, $22.5 million contract extension
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has been rewarded for his career year in 2014 with a hefty chunk of change. Olsen, who turns 30 next week, signed a three-year contract extension Thursday to remain in Carolina through 2018. The extension is worth $22.5 million, including $12 million as a signing bonus. In total, he'll make $27.75 million through the next four seasons. Olsen posted career highs in r... [Read More]
03/05 Falcons RB Devonta Freeman: I feel like a whole new monster
If the Falcons don't change their backfield during free agency or through the draft, it looks like second-year runner Devonta Freeman will be their lead back next season. That's a role for which he said he's more than ready. "Personally, I want to be the man," Freeman said recently. "I want to be the guy. I want to make my own name with the Atlanta Falcons. I want to go really, really far. I want... [Read More]
03/05 Broncos QB Peyton Manning passes physical, signs restructured 2015 contract
Peyton Manning has cleared the final hurdle that stood between him and playing football next fall: He passed his team physical on Thursday. Thus, it's officially official: Manning will play for the Denver Broncos in 2015. After the physical, Manning signed his restructured contract. The details of that pact were hammered out on Wednesday as the player and the team agreed to take $4 million off o... [Read More]
03/05 Report: Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe's time in Kansas City coming to an end
It appears the Chiefs are ready to move on from wide receiver Dwayne Bowe just two years into a five-year, $56 milliion contract. According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs are trying to orchestrate a trade for Bowe and if that falls through, the Chiefs are expected to simply release him. Bowe is slated to make $10.75 million next season and count $14 million against the cap. If Kansas City... [Read More]
03/04 Broncos QB Peyton Manning restructures contract, is excited for 2015 season
We've been waiting for an official announcement regarding Peyton Manning's status for the 2015 season. For all intents and purposes, it came Wednesday in the form of a contract restructuring. The Broncos and Manning have agreed to a slightly new deal for next season, one that will take just $4 million off the $19 million fully guaranteed contract Manning was set to earn prior to today. Of course,... [Read More]
03/04 Bills acquire QB Matt Cassel from Vikings
Now that the Bills are set to bring in LeSean McCoy to lead their backfield, one mammoth void among their offensive skill positions remains: They don't have a quarterback. They brought another one into the fold Wednesday, but it may not cure what ails them. Buffalo dealt for Matt Cassel earlier today. The trade in full involves Cassel and a 2015 sixth-round draft pick going Western New York in re... [Read More]
03/04 Saints release RB Pierre Thomas
In terms of the salary cap, no team is in worse financial shape than the New Orleans Saints. Close to $22 million over the new (and increased) salary cap just a couple of days ago, the franchise has had to make some tough decisions to get under the number for the 2015 season. One decision made was to release eight-year running back Pierre Thomas on Wednesday. Thomas, who was signed by New Orleans ... [Read More]
03/03 Blockbuster: Eagles trade RB LeSean McCoy to Bills for LB Kiko Alonso
Who went to bed last night thinking that LeSean McCoy wouldn't be a Philadelphia Eagle less than 24 hours later? Well, that's now a reality. The Eagles have dealt McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. That's it. A one-for-one shocker. McCoy, who turns 27 in July, carries an $11.95 million cap charge for the 2015 season, a number that had recently become the subject of much discus... [Read More]
03/03 Saints HC Sean Payton wants to keep RB Mark Ingram
Saints head coach Sean Payton said Monday that he would prefer for free agent running back Mark Ingram to remain in New Orleans. "I spoke with Mark today," Payton said. "... Obviously, Mark is someone we want to keep. Hopefully we can do that." Ingram, a 2011 first-round pick, finally delivered on some of his promise in his fourth season. He gained more than 1,100 yards from scrimmage and scored... [Read More]
03/03 Cowboys, WR Cole Beasley agree to four-year contract
The Cowboys have signed a wide receiver to a long-term contract. No, not that one. Dallas and Cole Beasley agreed to a four-year deal Tuesday worth as much as $15.1 million, according to Beasley himself. The three-year pro had his best season in 2014, catching 37 balls for 420 yards and four touchdowns. In the Cowboys' final eight games of the season, including the playoffs, Beasley hauled in 28 ... [Read More]
03/02 Kicker Stephen Gostkowski gets Patriots' franchise tag
Kicker news! Stephen Gostkowski was franchise-tagged on Monday. The kicker tag will pay Gostkowski about $4.5 million, which represents around a 55 percent raise from his 2014 salary. Gostkowski has hit 73 of his last 78 field goal attempts over the past two seasons and hasn't missed an extra point attempt since 2006, a span that includes more than 400 PATs.... [Read More]
03/02 Dolphins TE Charles Clay gets the transition tag
We've already talked about the franchise tag, so let's cover it's lesser-known cousin, the transition tag. That's the tag that was placed on Dolphins tight end Charles Clay today. That tag will pay him about $7.1 million for the 2015 season. But since the value of the transition tag is an average of the top 10 salaries at a player's position -- as opposed to an average of the top five salaries at ... [Read More]
03/02 Franchise tags placed on Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, Cowboys WR Dez Bryant
A couple of star wideouts have been extended offers that would pay them about $12.8 million for the 2015 season. And they're probably not happy about it. Mere hours prior to the 4 p.m. Eastern deadline to apply franchise tags to a player, the Broncos and Cowboys tagged their respective top wideouts, Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant. Specifically, both players received the non-exclusive tag, meanin... [Read More]
03/02 Broncos want Cody Latimer to be their No. 3 WR
Wes Welker was the Broncos' third-leading wide receiver in 2014. Not that it meant a whole lot for fantasy purposes as Welker caught 49 passes for 464 yards and two scores. But in 2013, those numbers were 73, 778 and 10, respectively. Perhaps a receiver who is stronger, bigger, faster than Welker and 11 years his junior can claim those kind of stats in 2015. That's what Denver's brass is hoping. ... [Read More]
03/01 Cowboys will let RB DeMarco Murray test free agency
Characterizing the progress made toward reaching an extended contract with DeMarco Murray as "slow," Cowboys COO Stephen Jones realizes that Dallas' franchise back is destined to make his way to free agency. "He's probably going to get some peace (of mind) and see what's out in the market and then we'll talk and see," Jones said of Murray. "I do believe deep down he'd love to stay in Dallas. ... ... [Read More]
03/01 Cowboys indicate they will place franchise tag on WR Dez Bryant on Monday
The Cowboys have come to terms with the fact that they probably won't be able to come to terms with wide receiver Dez Bryant on a long-term deal before Monday's franchise tag deadline. Saying that it "would be a stretch" to think such a deal could get done by Monday, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones told CowboysHQ, "It looks like we're eyeing the franchise tag on Dez." However, Jones points out that app... [Read More]
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