Robert Griffin III - QB - Washington Redskins
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's 2016 option was picked up Monday, April 27. He will make $16.2 million in 2016, and he'll have a base salary of $3.27 million in 2015. The fifth-year option is guaranteed for injury only, meaning the Redskins could release him before the 2016 season without salary cap ramifications.
Huddle Up: The Redskins buy themselves a bit more time to determine if RG3 is the quarterback they want to invest in long-term.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has dedicated himself to becoming a better receiver, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'I think Cordarrelle has really grown up a lot,' Spielman said. 'I know what he has done this offseason dedicating himself to being the best receiver he can be, and how serious he is taking that, we're very excited about the future with Cordarrelle.'
Huddle Up: The knock on Patterson coming out of college was that he was raw as a receiver, and that definitely showed during his sophomore season. If the Vikings aren't going to manufacture ways to get the ball into his hands he'll need to ramp up his receiver skills to carve out playing time. Patterson's improvement also impacts how early in the upcoming draft the Vikings might dip into the talented pool of pass-catchers.
Eli Manning - QB - New York Giants
New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he is not worried about his contract situation and that the two sides have not discussed an extension.
Huddle Up: Of course, nothing much fazes Eli whose 6-year, $97.5M deal expires after the coming season. Besides, waiting until after another year throwing to ODB could give the QB that much more bargaining leverage.
Chris Polk - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Free-agent RB Chris Polk (Eagles) is drawing interest from five NFL teams, according to sources. The teams were not disclosed, except to say one of the teams is from the NFC East.
Huddle Up: Polk, an undrafted free agent in 2012, only logged 63 touches in his three seasons in Philly but showed a nose for the big play with a 4.7 yards-per-rush average and seven TDs and would make a for a solid bargain-basement backup RB option.
Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong met with the Houston Texans last week, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Texans have added free-agent WRs Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington this offseason, but Strong would be an intriguing option to add opposite DeAndre Hopkins with the 16th pick in the draft. Stay tuned: Only four more days until Round 1.
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.
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