Ryan Mallett - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans impending free-agent QB Ryan Mallett (pectoral) is recovering from surgery on a torn pectoral muscle. Mallett said he's already thrown a football and that the recovery process is day-by-day.
Huddle Up: The Texans have said they'd like to keep Mallett around and continue to develop him, and with this year's quarterbacks crops--both in the draft and free agency--so thin it's probably the team's best move. If they're convinced of how his recovery is progressing, they'll be first in line to offer him a deal.
Ahmad Bradshaw - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw's pretrial conference has been rescheduled to April 8 as authorities await crime lab results. Bradshaw pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge for allegedly possessing marijuana when he was pulled over on an Ohio interstate earlier this month.
Huddle Up: The league has demonstrated it doesn't necessarily need a legal conviction to suspend a player, though that's how they've tended to play out cases involving drug possession and such. So Bradford might have a two-game suspension hanging over his head if he signs with a new team this offseason.
Geno Smith - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Geno Smith may not have big competition for the starting quarterback job, because the team is not committed to selecting a quarterback with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Jets are committed to make Smith a successful starting quarterback.
Huddle Up: If Marcus Mariota is still on the board at six it will be difficult for the Jets to pass. If they are truly committed to Smith, however, they could certainly entertain offers for that selection from, say, Chip Kelly and the Eagles.
Jacoby Jones - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Jacoby Jones was released Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Huddle Up: Jones was a quality return man and occasional passing game contributor for the Ravens, who may have some serious revamping to do at the wide receiver position this offseason--especially if Torrey Smith joins Jones as an ex-Raven.
Peyton Hillis - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants RB Peyton Hillis was released Wednesday, Feb. 25. The move saves $945,000 on the 2015 salary cap.
Huddle Up: Seems like eons ago that Hills was the Madden cover boy; now he's an ex-Giant looking to catch on as a complimentary backfield option. In a year where the running back draft class appears especially deep, that might be easier said than done for Hillis.
Owen Daniels - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Free-agent TE Owen Daniels (Ravens) has expressed interest in returning to the Baltimore Ravens, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
Huddle Up: Daniels wouldn't be nearly the fantasy factor he was in Baltimore last year, given that tight end-friendly coordinator Gary Kubiak now coaches the Broncos. That said, if Torrey Smith leaves via free agency Marc Trestman could use Daniels in a Martellus Bennett-type role as essentially a second wide receiver, though Daniels' skill set isn't exactly the same as Bennett's.
Randall Cobb - WR - Green Bay Packers
Free-agent WR Randall Cobb (Packers) may be targeted by the Oakland Raiders if he reaches free agency.
Huddle Up: The Raiders have taken castoff Green Bay pass-catchers before; James Jones is currently on their roster. Cobb would certainly provide Derek Carr with a multi-faceted weapon and also give Oakland more flexibility with the fourth overall pick as opposed to using it on Amari Cooper or Kevin White. Or heck, why not stock up at receiver and really give Carr an arsenal?
Rishard Matthews - WR - Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins would like to keep WR Rishard Matthews, who has a low cap number of just $673,403.
Huddle Up: The low cap number is nice, but Miami may want to keep Matthews around just so they have some experienced receiver insurance in case Mike Wallace checks out on them again.
Mike Glennon - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon is a player the Cleveland Browns are believed to be interested in, according to two league sources. There haven't been any formal offers, but if the Buccaneers are willing to deal Glennon he is a name worth watching.
Huddle Up: Glennon had thrown for 29 TD and 15 interceptions in 19 games over the last two seasons in Tampa, and figures to be expendable with the franchise set to select either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota with the No. 1 overall pick.
C.J. Spiller - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent RB C.J. Spiller made it very clear that he's a fan of Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. Gailey coached Spiller from 2010 to 2012 with the Bills. 'His offense is going to be very creative,' Spiller said. 'He's going put his players in the best situations to win matchups. Just a humble guy. First class. Goes about his business the right way. He's going to treat his men like men.' The Jets have a hole at running back with RBs Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell poised to leave.
Huddle Up: A Spiller-Gailey reunion is seemingly one of the more plausible rumored free-agency pairings, and in the least could fulfill the Bills' obligations in the Rex Ryan trade.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's NFL career could be in jeopardy if a video he allegedly appears is as bad as it sounds. A source said the 'incriminating video of Dallas Cowboys superstar receiver Dez Bryant is being released Tuesday, Feb. 24 or Wednesday, Feb. 25, and is so bad it's 'five times worse than the Ray Rice video and that his football career is in jeopardy.' The Cowboys have claimed no such video exists.
Huddle Up: Sounds like nothing more than a nasty and unsubstantiated rumor for the time being and just another sidelight to the ongoing contract talks in Big D.
Josh McCown - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is visiting the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, Feb. 24, and Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Huddle Up: The Browns are most definitely seem to be in the market for a veteran QB -- signifying that Brian Hoyer's days in Cleveland are most certainly done -- as they're now kicking the tires on the 35-year-old McCown, who threw for 11 TDs and a career season-high 14 interceptions last season with the Bucs.
Justin Forsett - RB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent RB Justin Forsett is a priority for the team to re-sign this offseason, according to general manager Ozzie Newsome.
Huddle Up: Forsett had a breakout season last year in Gary Kubiak's Baltimore offense, and it sounds like the Ravens feel he'd fit in as well with new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. There are plenty of RB options in free agency and the draft so see if Forsett sticks around.
Torrey Smith - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent WR Torrey Smith might command too much money on the open market for the Ravens to re-sign him, and general manager Ozzie Newsome said the team won't break the bank to keep him around.
Huddle Up: The Ravens are wary, with the owner mentioning the big $ Mike Wallace received to sign with the Dolphins two years ago. Working in the Ravens' favor is that Smith hit career lows with 49 catches and 767 yards last season but did have a career-high 11 receiving TDs.
Sam Bradford - QB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford is not being pursued by the Buffalo Bills, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The former No. 1 overall pick, who's played a total of seven games over the last two injury-plagued seasons, figures to get one more campaign to prove himself with the Rams unless the franchise is bowled over by a trade offer.
Julius Thomas - TE - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is drawing interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars if he reaches free agency.
Huddle Up: With only 43 catches over the last two seasons, the Marcedes Lewis Era is rapidly winding down in J'ville, and the Jags are hurting across the board for offensive play-makers. Thomas would certainly fill that bill, but on the flip side, it would be quite the transition going from Peyton Manning to second-year QB Blake Bortles.
Randall Cobb - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb said prior to the start of the 2014 season that he would prove that he deserved a contract extension, and he finished the season with career highs in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Cobb and RT Bryan Baluga are the Pack's top two free-agent priorities, but it'll be that much tougher to re-sign the WR if he reaches the open market with teams such as the wideout-needy Raiders and Jets rumored to be ready to pounce.
Earl Thomas - S - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) will undergo surgery to repair the torn labrum in his shoulder Tuesday, Feb. 24. Rehab time is 6-8 months.
Huddle Up: The end of that timetable very much threatens the start of the 2015 season for the three-time first-team All-Pro who has averaged 93.4 tackles, 8.2 passes defensed and 3.2 interceptions in his five seasons in the Pacific Northwest.
Florida State University QB Jameis Winston impressed coaches and talent evaluators with his arm and his intelligence at the NFL Scouting Combine. 'The kid is great on the board, and he can sling the hell out the ball,' said one general manager who has drafted a quarterback first overall. 'I don't see how they cannot take him.'
Huddle Up: Winston didn't exactly impress with his 4.97 40 time or his 8-7 broad jump, but he displayed an accurate & strong NFL-ready arm during on-field throwing drills and also earned strong reviews with his work on the whiteboard during strategy sessions. There's still two months to go, but the Florida State product is very much looking like he'll remain in the Sunshine State.
DeAngelo Williams - RB - Carolina Panthers
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams has not been released and is not expected to be released Monday, Feb. 23. It was previously reported that Williams had been released.
Huddle Up: Williams gaven an interview to WBTV in which he discussed a meeting with the Panthers last week, a meeting in which they told him they would be releasing him. However, a Panthers spokesman said he had not yet been released and no transaction was expected on Monday. It's all semantics, though; Williams is not in Carolina's plans, and he'll be released at whatever point the Panthers need the cap space or roster room.
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