Tony Romo - QB - Dallas Cowboys
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo's restructured contract will create $12.8 million in salary cap space for the Cowboys, according to a source.
Huddle Up: While social media is abuzz with the theory that the space created by Romo's restructure is roughly equal to Adrian Peterson's salary, this isn't necessarily a move the Cowboys are making with AP in mind. Or is it...
Stevan Ridley - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is expected to receive clearance to return to the field at some point in May. Ridley has met with the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets but is not scheduled to meet with any more teams at this point.
Huddle Up: Ridley has made a few free agent visits this offseason, most recently with his former team's divisional rivals. But he'll likely need to be cleared for activity before anyone opts to sign him--and even then, with a strong running backs draft class it will be tough for him to carve out a meaningful fantasy role wherever he lands.
Dan Herron - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts exclusive rights free-agent RB Dan Herron has signed his tender offer Wednesday, April 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Herron played well when Indy ran low on running backs last season, but now he'll be backing up Frank Gore so touches will be tough to come by.
Greg Jennings - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) visited the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, March 31, and he tweeted he has a deal done. However, a source is reporting that the deal is not with the Panthers.
Huddle Up: It was reported earlier that Jennings had signed with Carolina, but it sounds like he'll be landing somewhere else. Miami was also a strong possibility, and if that's the case, he and Mike Wallace will have traded places.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle, Achilles') took 'about a month' to recover from an ankle/Achilles' injury that he suffered last December. Thomas said his ankle will be fine this offseason. 'Ankle will be fine, I could go out and run routes right now if I had to,' Thomas said. 'But I don't want to have any pain, I'm pretty sure I'll be good in another month or so, with the Achilles', I'll be fine, I'll be great.'
Huddle Up: Thomas will be good to go come next August, especially if he skips the Broncos' non-mandatory workouts as planned in dispute of his franchise tag.
Derrick Johnson - LB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') and DE Mike DeVito (Achilles') are both pushing each other in their rehabs from torn Achilles' tendons. Both players also have a year left on their contracts. DeVito agreed to a pay cut that dropped his salary to $2.9 million. Johnson has a salary cap number of $5.2 million, and the Chiefs are only around $2.85 million under the 2015 cap. Kansas City could create more room by releasing Johnson, but the Chiefs are expected to hang onto him.
Huddle Up: Johnson, who will turn 33 in November, led the Chiefs in tackles in his previous four full seasons (2010-13) so look for K.C. to hang onto the veteran leader. In addition, the LB will have almost a full calendar year to recover after playing in only one game last season.
Greg Jennings - WR - Carolina Panthers
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) signed a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, March 31. Financial terms were undisclosed.
Huddle Up: Jennings joins Jarrett Boykin as the second former-Packer to sign with Carolina in the last week, and while he hasn't been the same big-play WR since leaving Aaron Rodgers and G.B., he instantly upgrades a Panthers' WR corps and boosts Cam Newton's fantasy stock a tick or two as well.
Fred Jackson - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RBs LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson could split third-down snaps. Head coach Rex Ryan said Jackson wouldn't be in on all of the third-down plays and that Anthony Dixon would also get some playing time.
Huddle Up: Unlike C.J. Spiller, McCoy is durable, missing only eight starts over the last five seasons. He's also more dynamic and talented, meaning the veteran Jackson won't see nearly as much work as he's accustomed to after averaging 219 touches per season over the last five years.
Dwayne Bowe - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe, who had zero touchdowns in 2014 with the Kansas City Chiefs, vows to be more productive with his new team in 2015. He said he has plans of 'going back to the Dwayne Bowe of 2010' when he scored 15 touchdowns in a breakout season. Bowe said the Browns plan to use him more downfield.
Huddle Up: In the four years since, Bowe has caught only 13 TDs. Additionally, he hasn't topped 801 receiving yards since 2012 and has dropped 31 passes in the last four years. Depending what the Browns do in the draft, Bowe could enter the season as the team's No. 1 WR, but that certainly doesn't guarantee top-30 fantasy wideout production given his spotty track record and the Browns' QB situation.
Toby Gerhart - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart is expected to line up occasionally as a fullback in 2015 after the team released FB Bradie Ewing.
Huddle Up: With all of 101 carries for 326 yards in seven starts last season, Gerhart was a major fantasy bust. He has a long way to go to earn back trust, and this latest FB talk isn't exactly going to inspire confidence in fantasy GMs.
Theo Riddick - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick will have his role expanded in 2015. The team may opt to draft a running back in the NFL Draft, so how much his role will expand has yet to be determined.
Huddle Up: The opportunity is certainly there for Riddick with the Lions and Reggie Bush parting ways, but look for the team to draft or sign another back with Riddick and George Winn currently the only backups to projected starter Joique Bell.
Stevan Ridley - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (Patriots) is visiting the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday, March 31.
Huddle Up: Even with Damien Williams, LaMichael James and Mike Gillislee already on board, the Fins might want to add to their change-of-pace stable behind Lamar Miller, and are kicking the tires of their former division rival to see if he could be a good fit.
Jacquizz Rodgers - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Falcons) signed an undisclosed deal with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, March 31.
Huddle Up: The change-of-pace Rodgers won't see too many carries in the Windy City -- in fact, Kadeem Carey would likely still get the starting nod if Matt Forte should go down -- but the former Falcon figures to cut into Forte's reception total.
Vincent Brown - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Vincent Brown (Raiders) signed an undisclosed deal with the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday, March 31.
Huddle Up: Due mainly to injuries, Brown has never quite been able to follow up on the promise he showed in the second half of his rookie season in 2011, and he'll now try to catch on as a backup in Indy with Hakeem Nicks' departure.
Matt Schaub - QB - Free Agent
Updating an earlier report, free-agent QB Matt Schaub (Raiders) signed with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, March 31. Terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Baltimore was in need of a veteran backup with Tyrod Taylor departing, and Schaub fills the bill. It will certainly be cause for concern, though, if Schaub has to play any length of time, but Ravens' fans can take solace in that the durable Flacco hasn't missed a start in seven seasons.
Arrelious Benn - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Arrelious Benn could be an option for more time and a bigger role in the offense, as general manager David Caldwell mentioned Benn and WR Tandon Doss as in-house veterans as options to fill the team's need for a seasoned receiver.
Huddle Up: Nice to have a "seasoned receiver", but the Jaguars have a bevy of quality young wideouts and it's unlikely Benn will be taking time from Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, or Allen Hurns.
Miles Austin - WR - Cleveland Browns
Free-agent WR Miles Austin (Browns) signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, March 30. The deal is worth $2.3 million with $700,000 available in incentives, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Is Austin capable of filling the Jeremy Maclin role in Chip Kelly's offense? Looks like he'll at least get a shot. If he's still holding that gig the third week in August, you can start making some fantasy noise about him; until then, he's a low-end option.
Robert Griffin III - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III isn't being given up on by the team's executives, according to executive Doug Williams. 'This is a young guy that's got some talent,' Williams said. 'There are adjustments that he has to make if I think given time, and I think that's one of the reasons why nobody has given up on him. With the talent that he does have, you're hoping that the last couple of years with the injuries and everything is out of the way, that he will develop into the guy that we all hope for him to be. I think it's fair to give him that opportunity.'
Huddle Up: The Redskins test-drove Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy and saw first-hand that their best bet at quarterback is to continue to develop RG3... at least until Jay Gruden has a high draft pick and a shot at a rookie quarterback he likes and can mold.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas will not be present at the Broncos' offseason program or attend workouts with QB Peyton Manning at Duke University. Thomas is currently in Los Angeles for a charity event.
Huddle Up: Would be nice for Thomas to be working with Manning and getting reps in Gary Kubiak's offense, but ultimately unless Thomas isn't getting those reps in August there's little to worry about here.
Sam Bradford - QB - St. Louis Rams
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) considered quitting football after he suffered his second torn anterior cruciate ligament but was talked out of the idea by former college coach Josh Heupel. Heupel said Bradford is one of the most competitive players he has coached and that Bradford wants to come back and prove himself.
Huddle Up: It's understandable that a second torn ACL might drive someone from the game. Chip Kelly has to be happy Bradford reconsidered.
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