Mike Wallace - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace said he wants to return to the team next season, but he added that he would welcome testing the free-agent market if the team chooses to release him.
Huddle Up: Wallace did match his career high with 10 TD receptions this past season but has finished below 13 yards per catch in each of his two seasons in South Beach and is yearning for more big plays. Wallace is guaranteed $3 million of his $9.9M 2015 salary if he's on the roster once the new league year begins in early March so the ball is squarely in the Dolphins' court.
Earl Thomas - S - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) will play in the Super Bowl, head coach Pete Carroll said Friday, Jan. 23.
Huddle Up: The Thomas suffered a separated shoulder in the NFC title game and at least has an extra week of recovery time before the big game. This particular injury, though, could compromise Thomas more than most, given his aggressive, hard-hitting style.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury) practiced in full Friday, Jan. 23, and is probable for the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Unless he insists on wearing his gold cleats, expect to see Lynch a week from Sunday. And if he plays, expect to see him find his way into the end zone as he's totaled seven TDs over his last seven postseason games.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is getting support from QB Tony Romo to stay with the team long term. Romo said he is consistently talking to owner Jerry Jones about bringing him back in 2015.
Huddle Up: Romo also has been lobbying for the re-signing of his top target, WR Dez Bryant, but it will likely take more than that from the QB -- namely a restructured contract -- to keep both of his chief weapons around.
Brandon LaFell - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe) was limited in practice for the third straight day Friday, Jan. 23, and is questionable for the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: Nothing new here as LaFell, who caught a career-high 74 passes for 953 and 7 TDs during the regular season, has been listed as questionable for most of the season -- as has most of his fellow skill-position players on the Pats.
Matt Hasselbeck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent QB Matt Hasselbeck is not sure if he will retire this offseason or continue his playing career.
Huddle Up: Hasselbeck, who has served as Andrew Luck's backup for the last two seasons but hasn't started a game since 2012 with the Titans, will turn 40 in September and it certainly looks like it may be the end of the line for the veteran.
Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel had a big proponent last year in owner Jimmy Haslam, but Haslam now thinks the team needs a quarterback in order to get their team turned in the right direction. "We've got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed," Haslam said. "What I would say to our fans is, we're going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team." Haslam isn't ruling out Manziel being the starting quarterback in 2015, but he's leaving it open for other options, including QBs Brian Hoyer or Connor Shaw.
Huddle Up: The Browns used a first-round pick on Johnny FB and are going to need more than two starts and 35 regular-season passing attempts to accurately judge what they have. It's always tough with the Browns, but more patience is needed.
Jerod Mayo - LB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (knee) said he is on schedule in his rehab from a torn patella tendon. Mayo did not comment on if he will be ready for the start of the offseason schedule. "I think I'm right on schedule," Mayo said. "I'm doing everything. The training staff with the Patriots, they're a great staff, and I'm in there every day. They tell me I'm doing well. They're telling me I'm on time."
Huddle Up: Mayo has missed 20 combined regular-season games over the last two injury-shortened campaigns after missing only seven starts over his first five seasons. It's a long road back to where he was, but it at least sounds like Mayo is making decent progress.
Jimmy Graham - TE - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham said he'll rehabilitate his shoulder injury after the Pro Bowl, but he hasn't made a final decision on surgery. 'It's something we talked about and is something that's still being debated,' Graham said. 'This is kind of a trial to see where I'm at. I've had three weeks off and I've finally had some time to heal. It feels great, and I'm going to continue to do my rehab and get back to 100 percent'
Huddle Up: The shoulder certainly hindered Graham during the second half of the season, and if there's going to be surgery, it should be happening ASAP to give the TE as much recovery time as possible.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray was in pass protection on 52 more plays than any other running back on the roster in 2014.
Huddle Up: Murray was as valuable to the Cowboys in 2014 as any RB in the league, but there's also no denying that the RB position in general simply isn't viewed in the same league light as it once was, and Murray still may find himself as the odd big-name free agent out in Big D if it comes down to a simple matter of re-signing him or WR Dez Bryant.
Geno Smith - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Geno Smith has a lot of talent and promise, according to new head coach Todd Bowles. At the same time, Bowles acknowledged that the quarterback position is currently an open slate, with Smith and Matt Simms the only quarterbacks currently rostered.
Huddle Up: Certainly look for the Jets to bring a QB or two this offseason -- maybe a free agent and a draft pick -- to give Smith some serious competition for the starting gig. Bowles saw first-hand with the Cards last season how bad QB play can short-circuit a team's season, and he'd rather not relive the anguish in debut year with the Jets.
Vernon Davis - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis had just two touchdowns in 2014, and they both came in Week 1. He also wasn't targeted at all in the red zone after the opening weekend of the regular season after catching 13 TDs in 2013. The Niners and Davis hope that the hiring of Tony Sparano as the new tight ends coach can fix that heading into 2015. San Fran tight ends combined for just 39 catches for 423 yards (10.9 yards per catch) in 2014.
Huddle Up: Davis completely fell off the fantasy map in 2014. Some nagging injuries didn't help, but no red zone targets after Week 1? That's hard to explain on an offense that was searching for points and production for most of the season. Davis will be better in 2015, almost basically by default.
Mark Ingram - RB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram, who will be eligible for free agency this offseason, wants to return to the team next year, and he thinks the interest is mutual. Ingram ran for 964 yards on 226 attempts and nine touchdowns last year, which were all career highs. His 74.2 yards per game ranked him eighth in the league.
Huddle Up: Ingram stood out last season in a disappointing year for the franchise, but as usual, it's all going to come down the $$$ as the pass-first Saints are unlikely to pay too much for a RB when the plug-and-play system has worked just fine in the Drew Brees attack.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is often a tough matchup for opposing defenses, but Seattle Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane said he doesn't think Gronkowski is 'that good.' 'He's OK. He does have a big body. But from what I've seen on tape, he doesn't like you putting your hands on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won't catch that many balls,' Lane said. Gronkowski caught 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Lane could be lined up often against Gronkowski in the slot in the Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: The physical and athletic Gronk is a matchup nightmare for every team, and will be even for the mighty Seahawks, who ranked in the league's bottom half this season in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing TEs. Expect Lane to have a little help come Feb. 1.
Ryan Tannehill - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey had praise for QB Ryan Tannehill, saying the team is 'excited' about his progress to date. "We are excited about [Tannehill's] future as a Dolphin. ... We saw a lot of progress [in 2014]," Hickey said.
Huddle Up: Even though the Dolphins have essentially remained a .500 team, Tannehill has shown steady improvement in each of his three seasons, hitting career highs across the board this year and Hickey has a right to be excited given some of the QB issues faced by some of the league's other teams, including two in their own division.
Brian Hoyer - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer could be re-signed this offseason, according to his agent. Hoyer is expected to meet with general manager Ray Farmer and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in the near future.
Huddle Up: Hoyer is going to want to start and get paid as a starter, and if the Browns are only offering backup money while they see if they can make things work with Johnny Manziel, Hoyer likely will explore the market.
Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco will have his fourth difference offensive coordinator in as many years in offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. However, head coach John Harbaugh is confident Flacco will get along with Trestman after the quarterback was involved in the decision to hire Trestman in the first place. "I think personality-wise, they're going to hit it off really well. They've both very smart, they're both very detailed and they're both very direct in their communication,' Harbaugh said.
Huddle Up: Flacco had a career season with 3,986 yards and 27 TD passes last year under OC Gary Kubiak, and he should be just fine under the aerial-oriented Trestman.
Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be working with a new offensive coordinator this year in John DeFilippo, but DeFilippo is unsure if the team's quarterback next year is currently on the roster. 'We're not sure if our starting quarterback's in the building right now or not,' DeFilippo said. 'If he is, that's great. If he's not, that's great, too. Whoever's in that room is going to be coached hard, be held accountable and be expected to do the things that we expect out of Cleveland Browns quarterbacks.' DeFilippo said that all Cleveland quarterbacks will begin the offseason with a clean slate.
Huddle Up: DeFilippo, who has been coaching the Raiders' QBs since 2012, is getting some of the credit for Derek Carr's successful rookie season in 2014 and now he'll be tasked with molding Manziel into a start-able NFL QB as the 2014 first-round pick doesn't look to be going anywhere soon.
Aldrick Robinson - WR - Free Agent
The Baltimore Ravens signed WR Aldrick Robinson to a Reserve/Future contract Thursday, Jan. 22.
Huddle Up: Robinson, a 2011 Washington 6th-round pick, showed flashes with five scoring catches among only 29 receptions in 2012-13 and will battle to make the roster next summer in training camp.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch was fined $20,000 Thursday, Jan. 22, for an obscene gesture he made after scoring a touchdown in the NFC Championship Game, according to an NFL official. He's also subject to a fine for not speaking to the media after the game, and the league is considering fining him significantly more than the $50,000 he has been previously fined for not speaking to reporters. An NFL official said there would be increasing fines if Lynch misses sessions during Super Bowl week, with each fine being more than the two $50,000 fines already imposed and the upcoming penalty.
Huddle Up: As long as Lynch is still available come kickoff and keeps cranking out 100-yard games and contest-deciding TD runs, the Seahawks, The 12th Man and his fantasy owners really don't have much reason to care how much of a hit Lynch's bank account is taking.
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