Impending free agent LG Ronald Leary said it was "exciting to be able to play ball again" down the stretch this season.
Leary was limited to four starts last season and opened this season on the bench behind La’el Collins, but an injury to Collins allowed him to start 13 games including the Divisional Round loss to the Packers. "Going into the season I didn’t think I was going to be playing at all," Leary said. "So I’m glad I was able to remind people I could play ball." The Cowboys are unlikely to re-sign Leary with Collins waiting in the wings, but he should have no shortage of suitors on the open market.
Seahawks signed WR Kenny Lawler to a reserve/future contract.
A seventh-round rookie out of Cal, Lawler made some noise during the offseason program but spent the year on the practice squad. Not blessed with above-average athleticism, Lawler's ceiling is as a possession receiver, and he will need to bulk up to fill that role. He will compete for a spot at the bottom of the roster this summer.
Impending free agent CB Brandon Carr said he will consider retirement this offseason.
Carr made the statement after the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers. Only 30, this is likely just a player venting some frustration in an emotional moment, but it at least is worth noting. Carr did not live up to his contract in Dallas, but he has been a solid, reliable starter. He will receive plenty of interest in free agency if he decides to keep playing.
Jets signed RG Brian Winters to a four-year extension through 2020.
The deal is reportedly worth around $8 million per year. Winters was set to hit free agency this spring, but the Jets locked him up before he could get to the open market. Winters finished the season on injured reserve because of a torn rotator cuff, but he has been a solid starter at right guard for the better part of the last two seasons after struggling on the left side early in his career. After undergoing shoulder surgery in late December, Winters may not be ready for training camp.
ESPN's John Keim reports the Redskins will interview current OLBs coach Greg Manusky for their vacant defensive coordinator position.
Manusky has nine years of experience coordinating an NFL defense, most recently with the Colts from 2012-15. His defenses have been middling at best, and the wheels fell off his last year in Indianapolis. Manusky would not be an exciting hire, but Washington has yet to interview any better in their search.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports trading Tony Romo is the Cowboys' "No 1. priority this offseason."
"We know he's not going to be on the Cowboys in 2017," Rapoport said confidently about Romo. He again said Romo would like to land with the Broncos, but added Denver does not "seem inclined to make that move." With it all but decided Romo will be playing elsewhere next season, the only questions remaining are where he ends up and how he gets there. Those questions should dominate the discussion this offseason.
Redskins signed CB Tharold Simon, formerly of the Cardinals.
An underachiever for his skill set, Simon stands 6-foot-2, 202 with adequate athleticism but has been unable to earn jobs in Seattle and Arizona. Simon was drafted by the Seahawks when Redskins GM Scot McCloughan worked there.
Seahawks signed RB George Farmer, C Ross Burbank, FS Pierre Desir, DT Tylor Harris, DT Shaneil Jenkins, FB Malcolm Johnson, WR Kenny Lawler, TE Marcus Lucas, C/G Will Pericak, and RB Kelvin Taylor to reserve/future contracts.
It's the Seahawks' practice squad. Farmer is a onetime receiver the Seahawks converted into a pass-catching back. Farmer fell behind Alex Collins late in the season and will enter 2017 behind Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise as well.