Colts re-signed QB Matt Hasselbeck to a one-year deal.
Falcons released RB Steven Jackson.
The move clears $3.75 million in cap space, and was a no-brainer based on Jackson's play the past two seasons. S-Jax averaged 4.23 yards per carry in nine years as a Ram, but saw that number dip to 3.60 in Atlanta. Constantly battling leg injuries, S-Jax was running on fumes from the moment he arrived in Atlanta. Going on 32 with 3,203 career touches to his name, it's quite possible Jackson's playing days are at an end. For now, Devonta Freeman is the new lead back in Atlanta, but he'll undoubtedly face competition in the form of a draft pick.
ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson predicts free agent DT Terrance Knighton will end up in Oakland.
That's "unless he signs early with Denver." The Denver Post reported 11 days ago that Oakland would likely be in the mix for "Pot Roast." The dots certainly connect, as Knighton would be reuniting with ex-Broncos DC Jack Del Rio. The Raiders have money to burn, and are in need of talent at every level of the defense.
A source tells ABC Atlanta that Steven Jackson will be released on Friday.
Klein is not a typical Rotoworld source, but signs have been pointing toward S-Jax's release all offseason. The move would clear $3.75 million in cap space, and be completely justified based on Jackson's play in Atlanta the past two seasons. Jackson is one of the best runners of his generation, but is simply out of gas. He's averaged 3.60 yards per carry as a Falcon.
Redskins signed DL Ricky Jean-Francois to a three-year, $9 million deal.
The deal includes $4 million guaranteed, and could be worth as much as $11.25 million if Jean-Francois reaches certain incentives. It's a nice chunk of change for a player who got released by the Colts just three days ago. Jean-Francois had a negative Pro Football Focus rating in both of his seasons with the Colts, and generated only 5.5 sacks in 26 games. He was drafted by new Redskins GM Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.
Adrian Peterson can be traded, released or have his deal restructured after March 10.
That makes his continued exile on the commissioner's exempt list slightly less odious, as, at least in theory, Peterson can get his 2015 roster status resolved. The Vikings issued another statement of support on Thursday, but most signs continue to point toward a divorce. Of course, if Peterson remains in legal limbo on March 10, league-wide interest will be tempered if he's cut loose or on the trade block. As of now, the league's appeal in federal court can't be heard before April. The NFLPA can request an expedited hearing, while arbitrator Harold Henderson could also bring the saga to a resolution.
The NFL is appealing independent arbitrator David Doty's ruling in the Adrian Peterson case to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and will keep Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list in the interim.
The case will also concurrently be returned to arbitrator Harold Henderson, who originally upheld Peterson's suspension in December. If this all seems dense and confusing, it's because it is. There's no telling how much longer Peterson will remain in limbo. The league seems more concerned with precedent than whether Peterson was fairly punished. It certainly doesn't care about Peterson's 2015 status, which will be greatly complicated if the matter isn't resolved by the time free agency begins on March 10.
ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports the "door is open" for free agent Kendall Langford to return to the Rams at a reduced salary, but that he'll "seek a starting job first."
Langford was set to make $6 million, far too steep for the Rams after rookie sensation Aaron Donald took Langford's starting job last season. Langford has experience in both 4-3 and 3-4 schemes. He shouldn't hurt for suitors, but a starting job isn't a guarantee.