Andy Dalton (thumb) hasn't begun throwing yet.
"Not throwing yet because we are being very conservative with it," said Dalton in a text message earlier this week. "I feel like I can throw but no reason to push anything right now." Dalton was having his best season before a broken thumb ended it in Week 14. He should be ready for OTAs.
Saints FS Jairus Byrd's $7.4 million base salary for 2016 became fully guaranteed on Wednesday.
Wednesday marks the third day of the new waiver period. Byrd inked a six-year deal with the Saints during the 2014 offseason. So far, he hasn't been worth the money. Byrd tore his meniscus early in the 2014 campaign and was part of a New Orleans secondary that allowed 284 passing yards per game this past season. Cutting him would have cost the Saints $11.4 million in dead money.
Browns LCB Joe Haden's $10.1 million base salary for 2016 became fully guaranteed on Wednesday.
Previously, his salary was only guaranteed for injury. Concussions limited Haden to just five games last season. Even when healthy Haden was ineffective, receiving a negative grade from Pro Football Focus. Tramon Williams was asked to pick up the slack at left corner with Haden sidelined.
Impending free agent DE Malik Jackson said he would "love to stay" with the Broncos but understands it's a business.
"So for me it’s one of those things I would love to stay here and just kinda continue to start here with my boys," said Jackson Wednesday on PFT Live. "But you know it is a business and I gotta feed my family so we’ll see what happens." Jackson said he would have no problem playing under the franchise tag, though the Broncos are more likely to use that on Von Miller if they can't work out a long-term agreement. Jackson certainly helped his stock by harassing Cam Newton throughout Super Bowl 50.
$10.85 million of Drew Brees' salary became guaranteed on Wednesday.
The Saints were never expected to part ways with Brees, though signing him to a contract extension makes sense because it would lower his absurd $30 million cap number for 2016. New Orleans has already cleared cap space this offseason by releasing David Hawthorne, Jahri Evans and Ramon Humber. Dannell Ellerbe also agreed to take a pay cut.
Giants MLB Jon Beason announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons.
Word surfaced Wednesday morning that the Giants were releasing the 31-year-old. Instead of ending his career as a released player, Beason is opting for retirement. Beason was the 25th overall pick of the 2005 draft by the Panthers and spent the first six-and-a-half seasons of his career in Carolina before being traded to the Giants midway through the 2013 campaign. He appeared in all 48 games from 2005-2007 before injuries tore his career apart. Beason has battled numerous knee and foot issues and needed another knee surgery this offseason. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and one-time first-team All-Pro.
Free agent DB De'Ante Saunders has been indicted on an improperly handling of firearms in a motor vehicle charge stemming from his December 25 citation in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
Saunders was a member of the Browns' practice squad at the time and was arrested along with ex-teammate OLB Armonty Bryant. Saunders was let go with a citation early Christmas morning, while Bryant was arrested on felony drug charges for having prescription pills without a valid prescription. Bryant has been indicted on two counts of felony drug possession.
Browns OLB Armonty Bryant has been indicted on two counts of felony drug possession stemming from his December 25 arrest in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
Former Browns DB De'Ante Saunders has been indicted for improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. The two are scheduled to be arraigned in court on February 24. Highway patrol troopers found guns, ammo, and prescription drugs Adderall and OxyCodone in the car early Christmas morning. Saunders was released from the practice squad, and Bryant was benched for the final two games of the season after registering 5.5 sacks on the year.