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Chargers coach Norv Turner said Thursday that Ryan Mathews (neck) hasn't improved to the point where he can practice, and added "missing a Wednesday and Thursday sets a player back."

It's the second straight day Turner has stopped well short of guaranteeing Mathews will be ready to roll against the Broncos, and signals he could be headed toward a game-time decision. We'll know more when Friday's injury report is released, but owners shouldn't assume Mathews is going to play until Turner emphatically says so. The Bolts don't play until 4:25ET Sunday, so we won't know Mathews' status early if he ends up a game-time call. Jackie Battle would likely handle early-down and goal-line work with Ronnie Brown working on passing downs if Mathews sits out.
Thu, Nov 15, 2012 04:44:00 PM

Free agent Sidney Rice is visiting the Jets.

After locking up Chris Johnson earlier Wednesday, the Jets are now turning their attention to Rice. Rice was just cleared for football activities earlier this week, five months after tearing his ACL. He and GM John Idzik know each other from their days together in Seattle. Rice would be a passable No. 2 receiver opposite Eric Decker with Jeremy Kerley manning the slot. Rice should be cheap.
Apr 16 - 6:32 PM

Profootballtalk reports Chris Johnson's two-year contract with the Jets has a base value of $8 million.

Another $1 million is available through incentives. It falls right in line with what we would have expected. The top of the 2014 market before Johnson signed was Donald Brown's $3.5 million annually from the Chargers. Johnson was by far the best back to hit free agency this offseason, and he gets $4 million per year. He'll be given every opportunity to be the Jets' lead back, though Chris Ivory should still play a prominent role. The Jets want to get Johnson in space.
Apr 16 - 4:45 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Raiders will try to trade Terrelle Pryor by Monday.

Both CSN Bay Area and FOX Sports reported Pryor was on the block last month. The Raiders' offseason program begins on Monday, and they don't want the distraction of Pryor. If GM Reggie McKenzie can't find a trade partner, he's fully expected to waive Pryor. He has one year left on his deal at a meager $705,000.
Apr 16 - 4:25 PM

Giants agreed to terms with QB Josh Freeman on a one-year contract.

Matt Flynn chose to sign with the Packers, so the Giants go with Freeman as an offseason and camp arm. As long as Eli Manning's ankle heals as expected, it's possible Freeman won't even stick with the team into the regular season as Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib are already on the roster. The Giants typically carry just two quarterbacks. Freeman has the arm talent to win that No. 2 job, but he's going to have to earn his spot after getting dumped by the Bucs and then lasting one game as the Vikings starter last season.
Apr 16 - 11:50 AM

Peyton Manning said Montee Ball is ready to be the starting running back.

The Broncos wouldn't have let Knowshon Moreno walk for pennies if Ball didn't have Manning's blessing. We saw that faith in the playoffs last season, when Ball played on 91-of-226 (40.2 percent) of the snaps across three games. Stubborn fantasy owners are going to remember Ball's blown blitz pickup from the preseason and back-to-back fumbles in Weeks 2 and 3, but the Broncos have forgotten about that long ago. Both the coaching staff and Peyton are ready to ride with the physical second-year man as their feature back.
Apr 16 - 10:05 AM

The New York Daily News reports there were "good vibes all around" for free Chris Johnson's Tuesday visit with the Jets.

According to reporter Manish Mehta, it was a "productive" day. It's unclear if the visit will extend into Wednesday, but the Jets remain the odds-on favorite to land the ex-Titan. If Johnson escapes the Big Apple without a deal, it's unknown where he'd head next.
Apr 15 - 6:59 PM

After speaking with "several sources involved with the (team's) decision-making," San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami believes embattled OLB Aldon Smith "probably won’t play for the 49ers in 2014."

According to Kawakami, there is a "weariness and frustration over Smith’s behavior that I’ve never heard involving any recent 49ers player." Smith has yet to officially be charged with a crime after allegedly making a false bomb threat at LAX, but that should soon change. Kawakami reports the 49ers do plan to let the legal process play out before making a decision on Smith's future. His next hearing is scheduled for April 29.
Apr 15 - 6:14 PM

49ers signed WR Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract.

Lloyd's name surfaced again last week after he hadn't been in the news since September. He was released by the Patriots in a salary-slashing move last offseason and spent the 2013 season on the street. The soon-to-be 33-year-old was described as a bit of a locker-room lawyer in New England then went on to "star" in a direct-to-DVD zombie movie during his time away from the game. Lloyd will compete for a roster spot behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.
Apr 15 - 1:18 PM

Free agent DT Kevin Williams is visiting the Giants.

Williams flew into New York on Monday night and had dinner with the Giants' defensive line coach. He'll continue his visit, his first of free agency, on Tuesday. Williams spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Vikings and was once considered one of the top three-techniques in the game. Our top free-agent defensive tackle left, Williams would give the G-Men another veteran presence.
Apr 15 - 9:08 AM

New Lions OC Joe Lombardi confirmed Joique Bell and Reggie Bush will "kind of have a split role."

"I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive," Lombardi said. We figured as much when the Lions signed Bell to a three-year, $9.3 million deal and hired new coach Jim Caldwell, who likes to run a more traditional offense than shotgun-obsessed Scott Linehan. The Detroit backfield is shaping up as a true 50:50 timeshare. We wouldn't be surprised at all if Bell led the team in 2014 carries, with Bush in a "space back" role.
Apr 15 - 8:47 AM

A league source tells Profootballtalk.com free agent Sidney Rice (ACL surgery) has been cleared for football activities.

He got cleared by Dr. James Andrews. PFT's Mike Florio reports the Seahawks, Giants, Saints, and Panthers all have "interest of some degree" in Rice, who has been incredibly injury prone in recent seasons but is still only 27 years old. He played college football at South Carolina and would be an excellent fit with the Panthers. Long-armed Rice has always possessed a large catch radius, which would complement Cam Newton's somewhat erratic ball placement.
Apr 14 - 2:39 PM




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