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.
Vontaze Burfict - LB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict has had knee surgery, head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed. While there has been concern Burfict might have to begin the 2015 season on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list and miss the first six weeks, Lewis said the plan is he'll be back for the majority of the season.
Huddle Up: Burfict, the 2013 league leader in total tackles, was limited to five games this past season due to knee and concussion issues, and he may not re-gain that top-level play-making form until 2016.
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has a base salary of $662,434 this season, which is 25th among starting NFL quarterbacks. However, he will negotiate a contract extension this offseason that will make him one of the highest paid players in the league. A multi-year deal for Wilson is expected to be above $20 million per year with more than $50 million guaranteed. He is already the first player in NFL history to reach two Super Bowls in his first three seasons.
Huddle Up: With four interceptions, Wilson was on his way to his worst game as a pro last Sunday until he helped rally the Seahawks to a second straight Super Bowl appearance. Regardless of what happens Feb. 1, his 41-13 record as a starter (including the postseason) 98.6 career passer rating and precocious leadership abilities will result in the overdue payday.
Former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase was hired by the Chicago Bears as their new offensive coordinator. Gase will receive a 3-year deal.
Huddle Up: In Denver, Gase (and Peyton Manning) co-coordinated the most productive offense in NFL history in 2013, but it'll be highly interesting to see if he can make a successful transition from working with Manning to the not-so-fundamentally refined Jay Cutler.
Zac Dysert - QB - Free Agent
Denver Broncos QB Zac Dysert was signed to a Reserve/Future contract Wednesday, Jan. 21.
Huddle Up: Dysert can be the backup plan to Brock Osweiler, who is the backup plan to Peyton Manning. So in other words Denver is really hoping Peyton comes back for at least another season.
Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles should be able to develop under new offensive coordinator Greg Olson, according to general manager Dave Caldwell. Caldwell said Olson has the ability to develop quarterbacks and that his style of offense is tailored for young players. Bortles developed bad habits and may need to start over, in the opinion of NFL Films guru Greg Cosell.
Huddle Up: You can bet the Jags' OC search focused on bringing in someone who can get the most out of Bortles, and Olson does have a track record of developing quarterbacks dating back to his college days with Drew Brees and Jon Kitna. He's also familiar to the Jags, having served as quarterbacks coach in Jacksonville a couple years ago.
Latavius Murray - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is likely to be the team's lead back in 2015, and new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave plans tailor his system to Murray's talents. Musgrave has guided a top-10 rushing attack in four of his six seasons as an offensive coordinator. Murray had just 82 carries last year and also added 17 catches and 567 total yards of offense.
Huddle Up: Murray is easily the most explosive offensive player on the Raiders' roster, so it makes sense to feature him--especially when the alternatives are the likes of Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. Not being able to figure that out might have been what opened up the coaching vacancies in Oakland. Now the question becomes can Murray hold up to the kind of workload Musgrave gave, say, Adrian Peterson when he called plays in Minnesota?
Drew Stanton - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) 'should be ready to go' for the team's offseason workouts after suffering a right knee injury that caused him to miss the final three regular season games, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Ideally Stanton will be working on being the backup plan to Carson Palmer, but as the Cardinals found out the hard way this season you can never have too many quarterbacks.
Trent Richardson - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Updating previous reports, Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson was suspended and deactivated for the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 18.
Huddle Up: Lots of talk regarding Richardson's situation, none of it regarding his on-field performance--because there was none. Richardson missed practices, was reportedly dealing with a family situation, and was also suspended? Despite the cap hit and invested first-round pick there just doesn't seem to be any way Richardson returns to the Colts next season.
Joique Bell - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell had minor surgery last week to clean up his knee and Achilles' tendon. He is expected to return in time for organized offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: What's the famous quote, the only minor surgery is when it's done on someone else? No reason to think Bell won't be back in the mix by the time the Lions start OTAs, but it's worth keeping an eye on as Joique has elevated himself to a significant fantasy contributor.
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning plans to return in 2015, pending the results of his annual physical, according to three sources The Denver Post's Woody Paige trusts. The test results were learned at the beginning of March last season. The team has requested a decision from him by March 9.
Huddle Up: March 9 is the date the team needs to lock in Peyton's multi-million dollar contract, so it makes sense they want an answer by then. Now the Broncos need to figure out if either Thomas, Julius and/or Demaryius, will be back to catch balls from him.
Rashad Jennings - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings could have a veteran running back to complement or compete with him next season. The team could possibly add a change-of-pace back and a run-blocking offensive lineman in the offseason.
Huddle Up: Isn't Andre Williams already a complement/competition? Jennings was more than solid when healthy last year; seems counter-productive to bring in another veteran when the Giants already have two decent backs... unless the plan is to phase Jennings out? It's a situation fantasy owners will need to keep an eye on this offseason.
Reggie Wayne - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (triceps) is unsure if he will be returning for another season. Wayne was targeted just twice in the loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 18, and he didn't have any catches. Wayne said he plans to have surgery to fix a torn triceps this offseason. He will become a free agent this offseason, as well.
Huddle Up: Wayne, who turned 36 in November, caught 64 passes this past season but averaged a career low-matching 12.2 yards per reception and will likely not be in a rush to make any decisions on his future given the looming surgery.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) is ahead of schedule and could return for organized team activities this offseason, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: The timetable seems a little optimistic for the 35-year-old QB given he was injured in early November, but it does sound like the recovery is progressing smoothly.
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning remains unsure of his future with the team, but head coach Gary Kubiak said he plans to sit down with Manning and talk about their relationship moving forward. Kubiak doesn't think the difference in his offensive style will be a big deal if Manning decides to come back for another year. 'Well, it's easy to build a playbook for him,' Kubiak said. 'I mean, he's been the master at it for many, many years, and you're talking about a Hall of Fame player, Hall of Fame person.'
Huddle Up: The soon-to-be 39-year-old QB is still resting and recuperating from a rugged last month of the season, but most signs coming out of the Mile High City still indicate he will return for another year.
Randall Cobb - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb said his preference is to re-sign with the team this offseason. 'Of course (I want to be back). I think I've made that obvious,' Cobb said. 'Like I've said before: This is a business. You don't know how it's going to go. What direction it's going to go in. You just have to sit around. I hope that I've put myself in the position where it'll handle itself. But only time can tell.'
Huddle Up: Even though the Pack already has doled out recent big WR bucks in re-signing Jordy Nelson last year, look for the team to find a way to retain Cobb, who is coming off a career season with 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 TDs.
Ahmad Bradshaw - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw has shed the cast on his leg and was in walking boot Tuesday, Jan. 20. He hopes to begin working out soon and is interested in re-signing with the team in the offseason.
Huddle Up: Bradshaw was clearly the Colts' best back, rolling up 725 yards from scrimmage and scoring 8 TDs in 10 games before getting injured, and is a good bet to return to Indy given the team's lack of RB talent with Trent Richardson's flame-out.
Julius Thomas - TE - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) will not participate in the 2015 Pro Bowl, and he will be replaced by Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten.
Huddle Up: Thomas' fantasy owners surely won't contest the injury absence after seeing the TE catch only 11 passes for 119 yards and no TDs over the Broncos' final eight games, including the postseason loss to the Colts.
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