Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is more of an immobile, shotgun-positioned quarterback at his age, but general manager John Elway is unconcerned with how he'll fit into new head coach Gary Kubiak's and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison's plans. 'Gary Kubiak's one of the easiest guys to get along with,' Elway said. 'He's very smart. Plus, Rico is a very smart coach. (Gregg) Knapp is the same (quarterbacks) coach. They're going to get along fine. They'll get a feel for it. We're going to put in what Peyton likes to do offensively with what Gary has always done.'
Huddle Up: There's no reason to think Kubiak will force Manning out of his comfort zone; the Broncos will run what Peyton wants to run as long as he's in Denver.
Brady Quinn - QB - Free Agent
Free-agent QB Brady Quinn (Dolphins) was in attendance for the first ever veteran combine this past weekend, and he believes he can have a career revival in the NFL. Quinn said he feels great and is in a better place mentally. He has yet to have any private workouts with teams, however.
Huddle Up: With teams desperate for quarterbacks, it's telling that Quinn has not drawn any interest as of yet. But hey, it only takes one team.
Drew Brees - QB - New Orleans Saints
Huddle Up: The Saints traded Brees' top target, so regardless of what they say it's apparent no one on their team is untouchable. That said, it will be difficult to find takers for a quarterback of Brees' age with his accompanying salary.
Greg Jennings - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings and the Miami Dolphins will discuss a deal if the two meet for an already planned visit.
Huddle Up: Jennings already has met with the Panthers and the Dolphins might need to decide on a course of action fairly quickly as Carolina is said to have strong interest. Free-agent Michael Crabtree (49ers) also is in the picture for Miami.
Felix Jones - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Felix Jones didn't show the 'burst' he was known for early in his career during his drills at the 2015 NFL Veteran Combine Sunday, March 22, according to Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network.
Huddle Up: Jones last played for the Steelers in 2013, rushing for 184 yards on 48 carries, and likely is facing an uphill battle just to land a training-camp invite.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's future remains unclear, but head coach Mike Zimmer recently said that the Vikings are 'excited' to have him back. Zimmer had previously said that if Peterson wanted out of Minnesota that the Vikings would accommodate the request.
Huddle Up: Perhaps Zimmer is now going along with the sentiments of the Vikings' front office. In any case, the talk and posturing are growing stale on both sides, and the time for some actual news on the AD front may actually be growing near.
Anthony Spencer - DE - Dallas Cowboys
Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) is not expected to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.
Huddle Up: Spencer only had a half-sack and 27 total tackles in 13 games in his return this past season, and with Greg Hardy coming on board, it appears as if the 2007 first-round pick will be looking for a new team.
Greg Jennings - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) has drawn interest from the Carolina Panthers. Jennings visited the team on Saturday, March 21.
Huddle Up: Jerricho Cotchery, who finished with a pedestrian 48-580-1 stat line this past season, is currently penciled in as the starter opposite second-year stud Kelvin Benjamin so the Panther definitely could use another wideout.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy should receive plenty of carries if head coach Rex Ryan has his way. 'We prefer to ground and pound it, we're going to run it 50 times if we can on you,' Ryan said late last week.
Huddle Up: McCoy is coming off 314- and 312-carry seasons in Philly. Also with 80 catches over the two seasons, McCoy has shown he's accustomed to heavy workloads. However, the flip side is that the wear and tear might start to catch up, and keep in mind that the Bills also have the ageless Fred Jackson to share in the load as well.
James Harrison - LB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Free-agent LB James Harrison (Steelers) signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, March 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Harrison, who will turn 37 in May, had 47 total tackles and 5.5 sacks in 11 games for the Steelers last season and will reprise his role as a veteran leader/situational pass-rusher after also considering signing with Tennessee where former DC Dick LeBeau has signed on as an assistant.
Branden Oliver - RB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver is penciled in as the starting running back at this point.
Huddle Up: The undrafted rookie impressed with 582 rushing yards, 271 receiving yards and four total TDs in 14 games -- including seven starts -- last season and he, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown currently top the depth chart. Definitely, however, expect the Bolts to add another RB or two through the draft and free agency before training camp rolls around.
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is scheduled to have a private workout with the New York Jets on March 28. General manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles will attend the workout.
Huddle Up: The Jets have signed veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick to compete with up-and-mostly-down veteran Geno Smith, but they definitely won't hesitate to select Mariota if he impresses and are in position to do so -- or trade up -- currently holding the sixth overall pick in the draft.
Santonio Holmes - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Santonio Holmes (Bears) has received no offers in the offseason and he wonders why he is out of a job. "It baffles me a little to know that I'm not a part of any organization," Holmes said. "It is a gift and a curse at the same time. And I say that because (of) the gift of playing and the opportunity to be a figure in the National Football League."
Huddle Up: While Holmes probably has as much game as at least a handful of receivers currently on NFL rosters, he's definitely on the downslope of his career--plus he requires a veteran salary, has been injury-prone of late, and hasn't exactly been known as a locker room leader throughout his career. So it's not that baffling that NFL teams are looking for another similarly talented yet younger, cheaper, and more locker-room friendly option.
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson might be on the verge of agreeing to a big and unique contract extension. 'From what I've been told they've very close, they're just trying to make sure every single thing is in place before they go forward with this,' beat writer Terry Blount said Friday, March 20. 'I think it's going to be bigger and crazier and different from what any contract has ever been.'
Huddle Up: Word on the street is that Wilson's deal will be the first fully guaranteed contract in league history. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Greg Jennings - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) likely will not sign with the Green Bay Packers this offseason unless he is willing to accept the No. 4 wide receiver job, in the opinion of Pete Dougherty, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Huddle Up: Jennings, who averaged 60.7 receptions, 933.9 yards and 7.6 TDs in his seven years in G.B., isn't what he once was but he's still 31 and would be a heck up of No. 4 wideout for Aaron Rodgers & Co. That said, we definitely see Jennings seeking a better opportunity elsewhere.
Jerick McKinnon - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) is fully recovered from back surgery and has left for Southern California to train. He is preparing as though he will be a starting running back but acknowledged the job belongs to Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, provided Peterson returns to the team. McKinnon noted that he needs to learn how to help keep his body healthy. He is working on improving upper-body strength and his endurance, while also trying to better his pass-protection skills.
Huddle Up: McKinnon rushed for a modest 538 yards in 11 games as a third-round rookie last season but did average 4.8 yards per carry and likely would be counted on as the main man if Peterson doesn't return. We say "likely" because the Vikings could add another back in the deep RB draft if AD does depart. All in all, a still a lot of "ifs" here so stay tuned ...
Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has been studying former NFL TE Tony Gonzalez's game tape to creatively find ways to improve Kelce's game, focusing on the fundamentals in relation to instinctual play.
Huddle Up: Kelce had a breakout season a year ago with 67 receptions for 862 yards and five TDs to finish eighth among TEs with 116 fantasy points and should be even better this year with an upgraded K.C. WR corps to help deflect defensive attention.
Nick Foles - QB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams QB Nick Foles said he didn't know the Philadelphia Eagles were looking to trade him, despite rumors swirling about their intentions, and the first time he learned about the move was the moment Eagles head coach Chip Kelly called him to say Foles had been dealt to the Rams.
Huddle Up: Foles regressed in third season before being injured and now heads west to join an inferior pass-catching cast in St. Louis, so for the time being, expect nothing more than a QB2 season at best from the fourth-year player.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is clearly wanted back by the organization, and general manager Rick Spielman once again stressed that they will make every effort to bring back their star running back in 2015. 'Adrian is under contract and a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'We've stated that, our owner has stated it, our head coach has stated it. There is no question that we want Adrian Peterson back on our football team.' The Vikings recently informed Peterson that they will not release him, but a trade remains possible. Minnesota could also sign Peterson to a less expensive three-year deal but guarantee him more money.
Huddle Up: The Vikings may want AD back, but the feeling doesn't exactly seem to be mutual as the RB's agent has seemingly spent most of the offseason trying to drum up outside trade interest. The biggest obstacle in any case is Peterson's mega deal, which is scheduled to pay him $12.75 million this coming season.
Bernard Pierce - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Bernard Pierce likely will face a suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy with his DUI arrest this week. Pierce will be given a chance to compete for playing time with RBs Toby Gerhart, Denard Robinson, Jordan Todman and Storm Johnson in 2015. Pierce has struggled in the NFL since his rookie season in 2012, and he's mainly been hampered by a list of injuries including back, ankle, knee, shoulder, thigh, toe and head ailments. Pierce has a chance to be part of a three-man rotation, especially if the Jaguars use Gerhart more as an H-back.
Huddle Up: After rushing for 532 yards as a rookie in 2012, Pierce's ground totals have dipped in each of the past two seasons, and it's going to be tough to count on any kind of a rebound this season given the likely suspension and the backfield logjam in J'ville.
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