Arian Foster (back) tweeted that he's been "medically cleared by my doctor."
Foster rushed for 542 yards in eight starts before landing on injured reserve and undergoing back surgery in November. When healthy last season, Foster looked fresh and still had the juice in his legs. His 4.5 YPC mark was his third-highest average of his five-year career. Foster may not be the elite RB1 he once was, but we still have confidence that he can produce top-12 numbers at his position. With Ben Tate off to Cleveland, the Texans need to find a No. 2.
The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are toying with the idea of moving SLB Koa Misi to middle linebacker.
The Dolphins seem intent on getting MLB Dannell Ellerbe to one of the outside spots. Misi is an excellent run defender and can cover a little bit. At 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds, he definitely has the size to make the move. Despite earning less cash than Ellerbe and WLB Philip Wheeler, Misi is easily Miami's best 'backer.
Ray Rice has reportedly lost 15 pounds since the end of the 2013 season.
Rice was tipping the scales at 225 pounds at season's end but, as of Friday, he was down to 210. "He was definitely too heavy last year," Rice's trainer said. "He definitely came back this year and said, ‘I feel heavy. I feel bloated. I don’t feel like I’m moving as well.'" Rice's goal is to play at 205. Coach John Harbaugh expressed a desire to see Rice cut some weight following the season.
Front office executives around the NFL are reportedly "fuming and crying foul" over Emmanuel Sanders' decision to sign with the Broncos.
It has nothing to do with the Broncos, but everything to do with Sanders and his agent. Sanders reportedly agreed to terms with the Chiefs earlier in the week before his agent took that offer to Tampa Bay and engaged in talks with the Bucs. The 49ers had a visit set up with Sanders before he and his agent blew it off. "This was one of the worst situations in modern football negotiations," one executive said. Another said Sanders' agent, Steve Weinberg, broke "every rule in negotiations." What Weinberg did isn't against the rules, but it's commonly accepted that once sides agree with a handshake or in writing, the deal is set. Weinberg has two clients currently in the NFL.
Free agent DE Anthony Spencer is visiting the Rams.
Spencer is currently rehabbing his knee following October microfracture surgery but is expected to be ready for camp. The Rams already possess a solid trio at defensive end led by Robert Quinn, Chris Long, and Eugene Sims, but coach Jeff Fisher and DC Gregg Williams love pass rushers. Spencer just turned 30.
The Florida Times Union believes Jaguars DE Andre Branch could be back on the trade block again this summer.
The Jaguars dangled Branch in training camp last year but found no takers. Now that he's coming off a six-sack sophomore campaign, Branch might be able to fetch a draft pick. However, we're not sure the addition of Chris Clemons and re-signing of Jason Babin makes Branch expendable. Both Clemons and Babin are well into their thirties. Branch won't turn 25 until July.
Jaguars DE Tyson Alualu will be backup in 2014 after the team signed LE Red Bryant.
Alualu, the tenth overall pick in 2010, has started all 64 games in his career and played 754 defensive snaps last season. He doesn't play great run defense and brings little to the table as a pass rusher. In Alualu's defense, he's battled a balky knee his entire career. He may not play more than 300-400 snaps in 2014.
Giants signed S/KR Quintin Demps, formerly of the Chiefs.
The Giants have found their kick returner after striking out on Ted Ginn and Jacoby Jones. Demps finished third in the league with his 30.1 kickoff return average, bringing one back to the house. He shouldn't play much defense with the G-Men but does have experience and is a quality depth player.