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The Chargers are expected to re-sign free agent WR Seyi Ajirotutu.

Ajirotutu played just 173 snaps on offense last year, but led San Diego with 19 special-teams tackles. The Chargers should be able to keep him for the veteran minimum.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 28 - 9:43 PM

ESPN New York expects the Jets to move on from free agent SS Dawan Landry.

Landry was PFF's ninth-rated safety in 2014, but wasn't involved in a single takeaway. He has just five interceptions over his nine-year career and doesn't have the skill-set for new coach Todd Bowles' system. Moving on from Landry will allow the Jets to use Calvin Pryor at strong safety.
Feb 28 - 8:31 PM

Impending free agent OLB Justin Houston was a no-show for the Chiefs' Saturday banquet, where he was announced as the team's 2014 MVP.

This may hint at Houston's intentions of staying away from team functions as he negotiates with the Chiefs. Talks are said to be "ongoing," but Houston is likely to be franchise tagged before any significant progress is made.
Feb 28 - 8:19 PM

The Bills plan to move Manny Lawson back to strong-side linebacker.

Lawson played 4-3 end in Jim Schwartz's scheme last year. He saw limited snaps behind Jerry Hughes, but is expected to have an increased role with Buffalo moving to more 3-4 fronts. Lawson had one of his best seasons under former DC Mike Pettine in 2013, grading out as PFF's top linebacker in coverage. Mario Williams will also see time off the line of scrimmage in Rex Ryan's defense.
Feb 28 - 8:04 PM

The Rams are expected to re-sign restricted free agent FB/TE Cory Harkey.

Harkey will likely be given the lowest possible tender. With Lance Kendricks a free agent, Harkey should return as the No. 2 tight end behind Jared Cook.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 28 - 7:12 PM

Free agent FB Jerome Felton is open to returning to the Vikings.

Felton voided his $2.45 million player option earlier this month. He could be brought back at a reduced salary if Adrian Peterson remains in Minnesota. 28-year-old Felton played limited snaps in OC Norv Turner's scheme last year, but is still an effective lead blocker. Felton is Rotoworld's top free-agent fullback.
Feb 28 - 6:47 PM

ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys are concerned about CB Morris Claiborne's recovery from knee surgery.

Claiborne is five months removed from a torn patellar tendon and had his knee scoped in January. He's questionable for the start of training camp and can't be counted on for a 2015 role. Claiborne is due $2.6 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 28 - 6:24 PM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones confirmed the team will use the franchise tag on free agent Dez Bryant.

"I think it would be a stretch to think we would have something done by Monday," Jones said. "Looks like we're eyeing a franchise tag on Dez, but that certainly won't stop us from working hard to get a long-term deal." This has been the expectation all along. Dallas is in talks with Bryant, but the sides aren't expected to reach an agreement before the franchise-tag deadline. Bryant will make around $13 million if the Cowboys don't extend him by July 15.
Feb 28 - 6:10 PM

Colts LG Donald Thomas is a candidate to be released.

Thomas spent all of 2014 on I.R. with a quad injury. He's unlikely to be back at his $3.75 million cap hit after missing 30-of-32 possible games the last two seasons. The Colts would leave only $500,000 in dead money by releasing Thomas.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 28 - 5:35 PM

ESPN's Mike Wells doesn't see any way the Colts can repair their relationship with Trent Richardson.

Richardson is owed a guaranteed $3.18 million, but the Colts can void his salary due to a team-imposed suspension. He remains a strong candidate to be cut despite a looming NFLPA battle. Releasing Richardson would leave Dan Herron, Zurlon Tipton, and Vick Ballard as the Colts' only running backs.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 28 - 5:23 PM

ESPN's Dan Graziano believes the Giants could let Eli Manning play out his contract year.

An extension could lower Eli's $17 million salary, but the Giants have $25M in cap room and don't feel the need. Manning is coming off a bounce-back year after leading the NFL in turnovers in 2013. He's expected to command $20 million annually on a long-term deal. The Giants could be better off waiting until Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers get their new contracts to extend Manning.
Feb 28 - 4:54 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing is recovering from three offseason surgeries, one to his right wrist, one to his left ankle, and one to his left knee.

Add three to an already seemingly-countless number of surgeries Cushing has undergone as a pro. The ankle and knee were arthroscopic "clean-up" procedures, and the third operation repaired Cushing's fractured wrist. Cushing claims he'll be a full-go for training camp and could even participate in OTAs. Coming off his worst NFL season, Cushing could be facing a make-or-break year in Houston. He's owed $5.25 million in 2015 salary and bonuses.
Feb 28 - 4:40 PM

Josh McCown's three-year deal with the Browns contains $6.25 million guaranteed.

McCown can earn up to $20 million based on incentives. His entire first-year salary ($5.25M) along with an additional $1 million is guaranteed. It makes McCown the favorite to start Week 1. The Browns can move on from McCown without any major salary-cap issues after 2015.
Feb 28 - 4:17 PM

The Panthers will let free agent DE Greg Hardy test the open market.

This was expected after GM Dave Gettleman's comments on Hardy earlier this month. Hardy is hoping to be reinstated before free agency begins on March 10. Rotoworld ranks Hardy as the No. 4 available edge rusher, behind only Justin Houston, Jerry Hughes and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Feb 28 - 3:53 PM

The Packers met with free agent FB John Kuhn's player rep at the Combine.

The sides reportedly have mutual interest in getting a deal done. Kuhn made his second Pro Bowl last year, but had a limited role on offense. The Packers should be able to bring him back on a team-friendly contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 28 - 3:39 PM



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