04/16/14 - 4:54PM ETSidney Rice
: Re-Signs With Seahawks
Rice (knee) has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.
Rice visited with the Jets on Wednesday, but came away without a deal, and tweeted from his personal account that he'd be re-signing with the Seahawks, a fact confirmed by multiple sources. Rice is several months removed from ACL surgery, but has recently been cleared to begin making cuts, an important step in his recovery. Rice had received interest from several suitors, but he'll instead take his services back to the defending Super Bowl champions in Seattle, where he recorded 15 catches for 231 yards and three scores in his injury-shortened 2013.
Johnson (knee) has signed a two-year deal with the Jets, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The base value of his deal is reportedly $8 million.
While it figures to be difficult for Johnson to see as many carries (279) as he did last season en route to recording 1,077 rushing yards for the Titans last season, he makes for a nice complement to Chris Ivory, who emerged as the Jets' busiest back down the stretch last season. Moreover, Johnson's ability as a pass-catcher figures to boost the team's backfield -- which also rosters Bilal Powell -- while his durability (he's suited up for all 16 games in his last five seasons) is also a plus, given Ivory's injury history.
04/16/14 - 12:06PM ETMike James
: (Ankle) Recovery Going Well
James -- whose 2013 season ended with a broken left ankle last November -- is progressing well in his recovery, the Buccaneers' official site reports.
The report notes that James, who played at about 228 pounds last season, has added some muscle to his upper body. Meanwhile, James has been running and in his words, is "very, very close" to being fully cleared. Once he's up to speed, James (who now checks in at 232 pounds) is in line to compete with Bobby Rainey for work behind the Bucs' top back, Doug Martin.
Freeman and the Giants have agreed to a one-year deal, ESPN.com reports.
Freeman is thus in line to compete for the Giants' No. 2 QB job with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib. Given his NFL starting experience (he has 60 to his credit), Freeman should have the edge to secure that role. Starter Eli Manning recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ankle, which paves the way for Freeman and co. to see added opportunities during the team's offseason workouts, while Manning recovers.
Floyd, who continues to recover from a neck injury that he sustained this past September, is slated to participate in the Chargers' voluntary workouts, which begin April 22, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Floyd, who has been running and lifting of late, will be limited, however, and despite his progress, it remains unclear if he will be able to play this coming season. A decision that front will largely be based on the risk of re-injury and will no doubt be carefully weighed by Floyd and the Chargers' medical staff.
Flynn agreed to a contract with the Packers on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Flynn will head back to the team he led to the playoffs at the end of last season. He will assume the role of Aaron Rodgers' top backup again, though he could face a training camp challenge from fellow quarterback Scott Tolzien.
The 49ers have signed Lloyd to a one-year contract, CSNBayArea.com reports.
Though Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree are slated to start at wideout for the 49ers, Lloyd figures to have a chance to compete for the team's No. 3 slot. Also in the mix on that front is Quinton Patton -- who finished last season in that role -- while Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood, Chuck Jacobs, Devon Wylie, DeMarco Sampson and David Reed round out the team's current rostered receiving options. Lloyd, who will turn 33 in July, caught 74 passes for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games in 2012 for the Patriots, but at this stage he has much to prove before being considered anything more than a late-round fantasy dart.
Rudolph's left foot has been fully healed for about two months, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Rudolph, who was limited to eight games in 2013 after suffering a fractured foot on Nov. 3, finished up the season with 30 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns. The report adds that the tight end has been studying tape of the Browns from last season in order to become more familiar with how he might be used in (new coordinator) Norv Turner's offense, a system in which fellow tight ends Jordan Cameron and Antonio Gates (while Turner was with the Chargers) have been productive.
Johnson (knee) is slated to visit the Jets on Tuesday, the Daily News reports.
The report suggests that the Jets are one of three teams interested in signing Johnson, who was recently released by the Titans. If he ends up joining the Jets' backfield, he'd be a nice complement to Chris Ivory, but in such a scenario it's hard to imagine Johnson seeing as many carries (279) as he did last season en route to recording 1,077 rushing yards.
Monday, April 14
04/14/14 - 2:02PM ETSidney Rice
: (Knee) Cleared For Football Activities
Rice -- who suffered an ACL injury back on Oct. 28 -- indicated Monday that he has been cleared to begin cutting, the Seattle Times reports.
It's another significant step in the unsigned wideout's recovery from his knee injury, with the report suggesting that the Saints, Giants, Packers and Rice's 2013 team, the Seahawks, are all thought to have interest in his services.
Despite numerous reports to the contrary, Thomas didn't suffer a separated shoulder during the Super Bowl and has been working out with Peyton Manning at Duke University, the Denver Post reports.
Thomas apparently missed the first day of Manning's offseason workout, which led to the speculation that the wideout was still hurt. It's unclear how much Thomas is working out with Manning, but he'll likely take it easy until he's completely healthy. Thomas is a free agent after this season and could garner a big contract, if he can show that he's over the shoulder injury. Coming off two huge seasons with Manning under center, Thomas is averaging 93 catches for 1,432 yards and 12 touchdowns over that span.
04/14/14 - 11:37AM ETVon Miller
: (Knee) Recovery On Schedule
Miller, who underwent surgery in January to repair a torn ACL, is progressing in his recovery but said he won't rush back from the injury, ESPN.com reports.
Miller was suspended for the first six games of last season and was only able to rack up five sacks in the eight games in which he played, before suffering the torn ACL in Week 16 against the Texans. If he's able to get back to full strength, he could be a solid IDP play this season, especially if teams focus their attention on newly-acquired pass rusher DeMarcus Ware.
The Jaguars "really like" Garoppolo, SI.com reports.
It increasingly appears as if Garoppolo will be selected early in the second round. He worked out Friday for the Vikings, the owners of the 40th overall pick, and the Jaguars sit ahead of Minnesota at 39th. If several teams are truly aiming for Garoppolo at the top of the second round, it's possible that someone might trade up into the late first to get a hold of him. The Jaguars and Vikings, meanwhile, might be aiming for an edge defender like Buffalo's Khalil Mack with their first-round picks.
04/14/14 - 9:38AM ETTom Savage
: Meeting With Up To 25 Teams
Savage, a quarterback from Pittsburgh, is expected to meet with 24 or 25 teams, SI.com reports.
No quarterback in the draft is generating as much media hype as Savage right now, with some even suggesting the first 40 picks as a possibility. We're skeptical of this idea. He has some redeeming qualities -- particularly his height (6-4) and arm strength, but nearly everything else in his game is a question. For every time Savage makes a beautiful, high-velocity throw on target, there are one or two other plays where he stares down a receiver, misses an open target or fails to sense the pass rush. Considering both his progressions and accuracy tend to be hit-or-miss, we're not all that optimistic about his ability to capitalize on his arm strength. It's worth noting that his overall college resume is rather discouraging -- Savage played for Rutgers in 2009 and 2010 but lost his starting role to Chas Dodd, a player who's nowhere near the NFL radar. Savage also proved to be a downgrade from 2012 starting Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri, who's currently a CFL quarterback. We think Savage might come off the board in the third or fourth round, but we'd suggest that it would be misguided to select Savage as a starting candidate rather than a luxury project. Along with Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Derek Carr, we'd suspect Jimmy Garoppolo and Zach Mettenberger are ahead of Savage in the draft order. Players like David Fales, Aaron Murray, Logan Thomas and AJ McCarron seem like Savage's more realistic competition.
Mathis will sign a one-year deal with the Lions, ESPN.com reports.
Mathis, who recorded 47 tackles in 15 games (including 13 starts) for Detroit this past season, figures to compete with Darius Slay for work at right cornerback for the Lions this coming season.
04/14/14 - 7:57AM ETAldon Smith
: Released From Custody
After being booked on felony charges of making a false report of a bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday afternoon, Smith was subsequently released from custody after posting $20,000 bail, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
"We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Sunday. "As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment." Smith, who missed five games last season while spending time in an alcohol treatment center, finished the 2013 campaign with 34 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 11 games. The 49ers will have to decide by May 3 whether to exercise their 2015 option on the 2011 first-rounder, but it's unclear if they'll do so in the wake of Smith's off-field issues.