Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco said he does not think the team needs to draft a wide receiver despite losing WR Torrey Smith to the San Francisco 49ers in free agency.
Huddle Up: Currently listed atop the Ravens' WR depth chart are soon-to-be 36-year-old Steve Smith and undrafted third-year wideout Marlon Brown with Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro and Aldrick Robinson serving in reserve so expect the franchise to do what Flacco was too polite to mention and draft a WR or two -- likely using one of their top picks in the process.
Luke Kuechly - LB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly's fifth-year option was exercised Saturday, April 25. Kuechly will make $11.1 million in 2016.
Huddle Up: Kuechly followed up his defensive rookie of the year campaign in 2012 and defensive player of the year season in 2013 with a career-high 171 tackles and his second straight first-team AP All-Pro selection this past season, so picking up the LB's fifth-year option was the easiest call the Panthers will have made in years.
Branden Oliver - RB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver said he wants to break more tackles in 2015 and has spent the offseason working on his power and strength.
Huddle Up: The 5-7, 208-pound Oliver was a pleasant surprise with 853 yards from scrimmage and four TDs last season but averaged only 3.6 yards per rush. Oliver, though, figures to serve as a change-of-pace option this coming season with the Bolts expected to pick up a lead back in the draft.
Martellus Bennett - TE - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett has not participated in the voluntary offseason program, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Bennett is signed through 2016 and is scheduled to earn nearly $10 million so there hasn't been any real indications of contract unhappiness, but it's not doing the TE or the Bears' new coaching staff -- which also has been without disgruntled RB Matt Forte in workouts -- any favors in this offseason of change.
Justin Tucker - PK - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens PK Justin Tucker could be an option for the franchise tag next offseason if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement on a long-term deal before the tag deadline.
Huddle Up: Tucker, who has finished in the league's top 10 in points scored and field goals made in all three of his seasons in Baltimore, is certainly as tag-worthy as any player at his position.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not being pursued by the Atlanta Falcons, according to Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Huddle Up: The Falcons tried the veteran, 30-ish RB route a few years ago by signing Steven Jackson, and it didn't exactly pan out so look for the franchise to look to the draft for RB help this time around.
Michael Crabtree - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree said he has a chip on his shoulder since he did not receive a lot of interest in free agency and believes he has a lot to prove in 2015.
Huddle Up: If so, Crabtree will avoid injury, emerge as the No. 1 WR the Silver & Black desperately needs and help lift second-year QB Derek Carr and the Raiders' passing game to the next level. That's a decent amount on any WR's plate.
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota could be selected by the Philadelphia Eagles if the team could make trades with the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans, according to one draft rumor. The rumor states the Eagles would trade QB Sam Bradford to the Browns for the 19th overall pick, then the Eagles would trade DT Fletcher Cox, LB Mychal Kendricks, the 19th overall pick and the 20th overall pick to the Titans for the second overall pick where they would select Mariota.
Huddle Up: Far-fetched? Too good to be true? Hey -- don't put anything past Chip Kelly after the wild offseason he's already orchestrated in Philly.
Bobby Rainey - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent RB Bobby Rainey signed his one-year tender offer Friday, April 24. Rainey will make $1.542 million in 2015.
Huddle Up: Rainey finished second on the team with 406 rushing yards and paced all T.B. backs with 721 yards from scrimmage. He also contributed as a kickoff and punt returner so he can do a little bit of everything, but with Doug Martin and Charles Sims also in the backfield picture, you just can't count on Rainey for any type of of consistent fantasy production.
Chris Polk - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles restricted free-agent RB Chris Polk's tender offer has been rescinded by the Eagles, according to a source. Polk will become an unrestricted free agent and allowed to sign with any team.
Huddle Up: With the additions of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles entering his second season in Philly, there simply was little room left for Polk, who served as the primary backup to LeSean McCoy last season.
Dion Jordan - DE - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins DE Dion Jordan did not receive a vote of confidence from any of the front office people during their pre-draft press conference Friday, April 24. Jordan did not participate in voluntary workouts earlier in the week.
Huddle Up: Jordan, the third overall pick in the draft two years ago, has been a big-time bust so far with all of one start, 46 tackles and three sacks in a suspension and injury-marred two-year career, and his days in South Beach are numbered unless he soon starts trending in the opposite direction.
Alabama WR Amari Cooper is a possibility for Jacksonville Jaguars with the third pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, according to beat writer Ryan O'Halloran.
Huddle Up: The majority of mock drafts, including The Huddle's just-released 2.0 version, have the Jags fortifying their pass rush with DE Dante Fowler of Florida at No. 3, but don't forget last season when the Jags sprung a major surprise by drafting Blake Bortles with the third overall pick. Cooper, though, is one of the surest things in this draft, and the Jags are likely going to have to decide whether to give Bortles a potent weapon, draft the pass rusher they desperately need or trade down and plug even more holes.
Hakeem Nicks - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Colts) agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal with the Tennessee Titans on Friday, April 24.
Huddle Up: Nicks, who had 38 catches for 405 yards and four TDs last season in Indy, isn't exactly improving his fantasy lot by moving from Andrew Luck to the uncertainty of the Tennessee passing game and will be vying with holdover Justin Hunter and fellow newcomer Harry Douglas for the No. 2 WR job opposite Kendall Wright.
Justin Blackmon - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon is likely done with the Jaguars if he's reinstated into the league, in the opinion of beat writer Ryan O'Halloran.
Huddle Up: The fifth-overall pick of the 2012 draft has started 18 games in three suspension-marred seasons with the Jags, and even though the talent is there for the 25-year-old WR, it's likely for the best that Blackmon gets a new start.
John Brown - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown has added 10 pounds this offseason and is up to 183 pounds. Brown said the long season took a toll on his body, and he wanted to add weight.
Huddle Up: As long as the extra weight doesn't hamper Brown's top-end speed, the 2014 third-round selection should be just fine as he looks to improve on a solid 48-696-5 rookie campaign.
Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman is an option for the Miami Dolphins, who are hoping to trade down in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft to land a receiver and recoup some draft assets, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Perriman, whose father Brett starred for the Saints, is an intriguing prospect -- even amongst the strong overall WR draft class -- who has been linked to the Dolphins in many a mock draft so far as Miami looks to re-construct its WR corps, even after the recent signing of veteran Greg Jennings. The Dolphins can't trade down too far, though, and still expect to snare the in-state standout.
Maurice Jones-Drew - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Raiders) will sign a one-day deal to retire as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars next Tuesday, April 28. He played nine seasons and rushed for 8,167 yards and 68 touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Hey, best wishes for the future endeavors of one of fantasy's true stud RBs over most of the past decade, and it's fully fitting he'll be taking his final bow in J'ville.
Miami (Fla.) WR Phillip Dorsett has met with the Baltimore Ravens this week, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Dorsett and his 4.33 speed would certainly be a good fit for the Ravens if he's there for the taking when pick No. 26 rolls around next Thursday night as big-armed Joe Flacco lost his No. 1 deep threat when Torrey Smith signed with the Niners.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said his knee is close to being 100 percent after injuring it in the regular-season finale.
Huddle Up: Although Bell missed the wild-card playoff loss to the Ravens, he suffered no real ligament damage. Oh, and don't forget that he'll also have an extra 3 weeks to recover with his season-opening personal-conduct suspension.
Kendall Wright - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright's fifth-year option is expected to be picked up by the team this offseason.
Huddle Up: Although his 2014 reception and receiving-yards totals (57-715) fell off markedly (from his 94-1,079-2 stat line a year earlier, he still led all Tennessee WRs in receptions and yards while hauling in a career-best six scoring passes last season. That said, he has 2015 fantasy sleeper potential -- especially if the Titans can upgrade their QB situation.
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