Mark Ingram - RB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram is coveted by head coach Sean Payton, and Payton is hoping the team can find a way to re-sign him. 'Hopefully he's someone that's back in the black and gold. Because he's been a big part of our success offensively,' Payton said of Ingram, who finally had a breakout year in his fourth NFL season, running for 964 yards and nine touchdowns and earning his first Pro Bowl invite as an alternate.
Huddle Up: Ingram certainly distinguished himself from the Saints' usual RBBC and is deserving of a new deal, but -- due to simple economics -- he can't be expecting too much given the glut of free-agent RBs and the strong incoming RB draft class.
Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) may commence running shortly, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Cruz is recovering from a torn right patellar tendon in his right knee.
Huddle Up: If Cruz was going to suffer such a tough knee injury, at least it came somewhat early in the season (Week 6), giving him a little extra time for rehab and recovery. We'll continue to monitor his progress throughout the offseason.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas will have the franchise tag placed on him if the team can't work out a long-term deal in the next few days, according to general manager John Elway. Both sides have had the framework of a five-year deal on the table over the last year. The franchise tag for receivers this year is expected to be in the $12.7 to $12.9 million range.
Huddle Up: Thomas, who has averaged 99 catches, 1,494 yards and 11.7 TDs in his three seasons with Peyton Manning, will remain in Orange & Blue one way or the other.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) remains the focal point of the offense, according to Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. Ellington split the injured tendon in his left foot last season, Arians said, according to ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss.
Huddle Up: The talented but slight-of-build Ellington, who had 247 touches in 12 games, will remain the starter but don't be at all surprised if the Cards add a back -- most likely through free agency -- to serve as the No. 2 and help keep Ellington fresh.
Shane Vereen - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Shane Vereen is expecting a contract worth at least $5 million per season, according to a source. Vereen would like to remain with the Patriots, but there have been no indications on whether the sides are close on a new deal.
Huddle Up: If the last impression is a lasting one, Vereen showed his worth with a game-high 11 catches and 77 total yards in the Super Bowl but the Patriots aren't going to over-extend themselves too far to sign a committee RB who rarely reaches double-digit rushing attempts in a game.
James Casey - TE - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles TE James Casey was released Thursday, Feb. 19.
Huddle Up: After looking to be on the upswing after catching 34 passes for 330 yards and 3 TDs in 2012 with the Texans, Casey's two seasons with the Eagles netted six receptions, 90 yards and pair of scores and the versatile TE/FB will now be looking for a new home. Could a reunion with former coach Gary Kubiak, now in Denver, be his next stop?
T.Y. Hilton - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton could receive a contract extension this offseason.
Huddle Up: Over the last two seasons, Hilton ranks 13th among league WRs in receptions (164) and ninth in yards (2,428) and has clearly become Andrew Luck's most productive target in a pass-catching corps short on sure things -- so an extension would seem to be a matter of "when" and not "if."
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson does not have a timeline to get a new deal done, according to general manager John Schneider.
Huddle Up: The Seahawks have all offseason to get Wilson locked up, but it might behoove them to get it out of the way so they can set the rest of their budget for free agency, re-signing other players and the like.
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel (Vikings) has not been told yet whether Vikings general manager Rick Spielman wants to bring Cassel back in 2015.
Huddle Up: Cassel is technically under contract through 2016, but it's Teddy Bridgewater's show now in the Twin Cities and the only way Cassel stays is as a veteran insurance policy.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch continues to ponder if he'll return for another season, and general manager John Schneider said he wouldn't be surprised if Lynch chose to retire. Schneider also said he's confident RBs Robert Turbin and Christine Michael could carry the load if Lynch doesn't return in 2015.
Huddle Up: Lynch certainly marches to his own beat, and it's far from easy to predict what he'll do -- except when it comes to answering questions from the media. That said, there are still millions of reasons -- as in $$$ -- why the soon-to-be 29-year-old RB figures to be back with the Seahawks in 2015 and maybe he's simply trying to up the team's ante a little.
Tony Romo - QB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo has a backer in the front office, as chief operating officer Stephen Jones believes Romo has time left in his career. 'I still think Tony has a lot of time left, personally,' Jones said. 'I heard him say anywhere from four to five years, so that's a long time.'
Huddle Up: Romo, who will turn 35 in April, is coming off arguably his best season (34 TDs, 69.9 completion percentage, 113.2 rating) and benefited greatly from the team's potent ground attack. As long as that remains formidable and the Cowboys retain No. 1 target Dez Bryant, Romo should be in line for another strong season.
EJ Manuel - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan said finding a quarterback is easier said than done. Shortly after Ryan was hired, he said there were no guarantees at the quarterback position, simply saying that QB EJ Manuel would get a chance to compete. Ryan told reporters Manuel 'has some potential', but the club is still looking for a long-term signal caller.
Huddle Up: Manuel has only started 14 career games in two seasons -- throwing for 16 TDs and 12 interceptions -- and the coaching change in Buffalo gives him another chance to state his starting case.
C.J. Anderson - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson is not guaranteed to be the team's starting tailback in 2015. 'He's got to go earn that,' Kubiak said Wednesday, Feb. 18. 'When he walked off the field last year he was playing that way. He's a young player. I told him that when I talked to him. I said, 'C.J. when you come back for the offseason you need to handle yourself like you're the starter. I think he's ready to do that.'
Huddle Up: The new coaching staff isn't beholden to any of the running backs on the current roster, so it's incumbent upon Anderson--or Montee Ball or Ronnie Hillman, for that matter--to show up for offseason workouts in shape and demonstrate the ability to grasp Kubiak's beloved one-cut-and-go system. Whichever back does that the best will get the carries in Denver.
Vernon Davis - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis will return to the team next season, according to general manager Trent Baalke. Davis will make $4.95 million in the final year of his deal, but he's coming off a season in which he had just 26 catches for a measly 245 yards and two touchdowns (both in the season opener). Davis is expected to take part in the team's offseason program after skipping the mandatory minicamp last offseason.
Huddle Up: Perhaps playing for a contract will return Davis to his previous level of success; it also won't hurt that Michael Crabtree likely won't be back with the team, freeing up some looks for Davis in the run-heavy San Francisco offense.
Julius Thomas - TE - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas and his agent, Frank Bauer, don't have any meetings scheduled with the team heading into the NFL Scouting Combine. Apparently Thomas wants to test the free-agent markets when he's eligible March 10.
Huddle Up: The Broncos won't have any issue letting Thomas test the market, as he's not the type of tight end (read: he can't block) new coach Gary Kubiak prefers. Expect his price tag to move quickly beyond what Denver can afford (given the need to also re-sign Demaryius Thomas) and is willing to pay (given Julius Thomas' ill fit with Kubiak's system).
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning remains undecided on whether he'll return for the 2015 season, according to general manager John Elway. Elway met with Manning a week ago, and Manning expressed that he feels fine physically. Everyone is expecting Manning to return, but there hasn't been a definitive announcement from Manning himself.
Huddle Up: Didn't Manning recently say he's ready physically and mentally for another season of football? The issue more likely is, is Peyton willing to take a pay cut to play in Denver. Or maybe something like, can Gary Kubiak's system and Peyton Manning's system co-exist? Time is running short for a final decision, as Peyton's contract guarantees on March 9.
Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is making progress during his time at a rehabilitation facility and head coach Mike Pettine said the team is proud of the progress he's making.
Huddle Up: Perhaps if Manziel can get his off-the-field life in order it will help him shape up his on-the-field act as well. The Browns are still in need of a quarterback, and the former first-round pick has an opportunity with Brian Hoyer a free agent.
Vincent Jackson - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson will return in 2016, according to general manager Jason Licht. Licht said he will meet with Jackson's agent during the NFL Combine this week, probably to request to restructure Jackson's $9.77 million salary.
Huddle Up: Jackson may not want to restructure his deal, so it's not a done deal he returns to Tampa Bay. But with the Bucs likely drafting a rookie quarterback it would make sense to give him as many weapons to work with as possible, as opposed to nickel and diming V-Jax out of town.
Mark Ingram - RB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram's future with the team depends on Ingram's market value in free agency and the team's lack of salary-cap flexibility, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. Loomis didn't rule out re-signing Ingram if the two sides can agree on his value before March 10. Ingram rushed for a career-high 964 yards last season and will be one of the top free-agent running backs on the market.
Huddle Up: It will be extremely difficult for the Saints to pull off the cap gymnastics necessary to keep Ingram around. However, it's a deep draft class at the position and the free agent market has its share of quality running backs as well so maybe Ingram won't get the offers he's seeking in free agency.
Reggie Bush - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush's status is still uncertain at this point in the offseason, according to general manager Martin Mayhew. There is speculation that Bush may be asked to take a pay cut or be released.
Huddle Up: The Lions have a couple of defensive linemen they'd like to re-sign, and with Joique Bell playing as well as he has the Lions can view Bush as more of a luxury item than a must-have.
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