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Tandon Doss - WR - Baltimore Ravens
(4/17/2014 3:33pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Tandon Doss is not expected to have charges filed against him after an arrest for disorderly conduct earlier this week.
Huddle Up: Doss is off to a shaky start with his new team and will be trying to work his way up the depth chart after 26 catches in 2 seasons with the Ravens.
Brian Cushing - LB - Houston Texans
(4/17/2014 3:33pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) was medically cleared Thursday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Cushing is regarded as one of the Texans' defensive leaders, but it's hard to set to tone from the sideline as he's missed 21 of of the team's 33 games, including the playoffs, over the past 2 seasons due to injury issues.
DeSean Jackson - WR - Washington Redskins
(4/17/2014 3:33pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
An arbitrator ruled that Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson owes former agent Drew Rosenhaus $516,415 in back loans and fees.
Huddle Up: Looks like Jackson -- who just signed a 4-year, $32 mil deal with the Skins -- will have to pony up and peel a few bills off the top of his fresh bankroll.
Chad Johnson - WR - Free Agent
(4/17/2014 3:25pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Free-agent WR Chad Johnson (Patriots) signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League on Thursday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Just an update on the 36-year-old former Cincy standout, who hasn't played in the NFL since his 15-catch, 276-yard season in N.E. in 2011.
LaMichael James - RB - San Francisco 49ers
(4/17/2014 3:25pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
According to a league source, the San Francisco 49ers have been shopping RB LaMichael James. He finds himself behind RBs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore on the depth chart at running back this season.
Huddle Up: James, a 2nd-round pick in 2012, has certainly had a hard time finding his niche with the Niners, totalling only 44 touches (39 rushes, 5 receptions) over his first 2 seasons. A change of scenery definitely appears to be in the best interests for both parties.
Sidney Rice - WR - Free Agent
(4/17/2014 3:25pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
The Seattle Seahawks reportedly will re-sign WR Sidney Rice to an undisclosed 1-year deal.
Huddle Up: It appears as if Rice, who received interest from the Jets and Panthers, is sticking around for a 4th season in Seattle but keep in mind he's played in only 9 games or fewer in 3 of the past 4 seasons, including this past season when a knee injury limited him to 8 games and 15 catches.
Chris Johnson - RB - Tennessee Titans
(4/16/2014 6:53pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Updating a previous report, the New York Jets signed RB Chris Johnson to a two-year deal worth $8 million, with another $1 million in incentives available.
Huddle Up: That's about as good a contract as Johnson could have hoped. He'll split the workload with Chris Ivory on the run-heavy Jets.
Terrelle Pryor - QB - Oakland Raiders
(4/16/2014 6:53pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
The Oakland Raiders hope to trade QB Terrelle Pryor before the start of the offseason program Monday, April 21.
Huddle Up: The Raiders were unable to make their offense work with the run-first Pryor at the helm, so they're moving forward with Matt Schaub. We'll see what team wants to give the athletic Pryor a shot at a backup gig.
Mike James - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(4/16/2014 6:53pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James (ankle) said he is happy with the progress he has made in his recovery from an ankle injury and that he has been able to run and cut. James would not say if he will participate in the team's upcoming minicamp.
Huddle Up: Once he's fully healthy, James will be battling Bobby Rainey for the right to back up Doug Martin in Tampa Bay's new offense.
Josh Freeman - QB - Minnesota Vikings
(4/16/2014 3:01pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Updating a previous item, the New York Giants agreed to an undisclosed one-year deal with QB Josh Freeman. He could receive extra snaps this summer as QB Eli Manning (ankle) recovers from ankle surgery.
Huddle Up: Freeman is not that far removed from being a decent NFL quarterback, though he lost his job in Tampa Bay last year and flamed out famously in his only action with the Vikings--strangely enough, against the Giants. With Manning slowed during OTAs Freeman should get plenty of reps, and he's at minimum a solid insurance policy and a backup with upside.
Montee Ball - RB - Denver Broncos
(4/16/2014 11:02am et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said he believes RB Montee Ball is ready to be a starting running back.
Huddle Up: The Denver offense runs through Peyton, and if he's ready to hand off to Ball that's good news for Montee's fantasy prospects.
Chris Johnson - RB - Tennessee Titans
(4/16/2014 11:02am et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
The New York Jets are sticking to their budget/value system. While they want free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans), they will not 'overpay' for him. The depressed running back market suggests Johnson will fetch $3-4 million per year maximum.
Huddle Up: It'll be a step down for CJ$K money-wise, but an incentive-laden short-term deal with the run-heavy Jets might be his best option right now.
Chris Johnson - RB - Free Agent
(4/15/2014 10:19pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson's (Titans) visit with the New York Jets reportedly went well Tuesday, April 15, but he left without a deal. Other teams are involved with him, too.
Huddle Up: Johnson, who will be hard-pressed to find a better fit, would bring the speed and playmaking ability the Jets need. He's never gained fewer than 1,422 yards from scrimmage in his 6 NFL seasons, while the Jets only have had one RB (Thomas Jones in 2008 & '09) reach that total over the past decade.
Dion Jordan - DE - Miami Dolphins
(4/15/2014 10:19pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey is expecting big things from DE Dion Jordan in his second season this year. "He's a very talented player, and this is a big offseason for him," Hickey said. "Last year with his shoulder he didn't have an opportunity to have a full offseason. That's so important. Developing and getting your body -- not just the physical reps but the mental reps -- getting in the weight room and all those things is such an important part to get these guys ready to make that jump."
Huddle Up: The third-overall pick had to deal with a preseason shoulder injury and never found a groove, recording only 2 sacks and accounting for 26 total tackles as a rookie. From there, the only place to go is up.
Sidney Rice - WR - Free Agent
(4/15/2014 10:19pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
The Carolina Panthers might show an interest in free-agent WR Sidney Rice (Seahawks), but only at the right price.
Huddle Up: The Panthers have already signed Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Tiquan Underwood this offseason, so why not throw another veteran wideout with something to prove into the mix as they completely rebuild their WR corps?
Ryan Clark - S - Washington Redskins
(4/15/2014 10:19pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
The Washington Redskins' Ryan Clark is expected to be the team's starting free safety this upcoming season.
Huddle Up: Clark has missed only 5 starts over the past 6 seasons in Pittsburgh, and he's averaged 98 total tackles, 6 passes defensed and 2 interceptions per year over that span. That certainly sounds like starting material for the safety-needy Skins.
Dustin Keller - TE - Free Agent
(4/15/2014 4:06pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
The New England Patriots could show interest in free-agent TE Dustin Keller (Dolphins) at some point this offseason.
Huddle Up: The Pats obviously know Keller well from his days with the rival Jets, where he averaged 53 catches and 640 yards and 4 TDs a year during his first 4 seasons in N.Y., but he's coming off a multi-ligament knee injury in the 2013 preseason that cost him all of last season.
Von Miller - LB - Denver Broncos
(4/15/2014 4:06pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller said his surgically repaired knee is feeling good and hopes to play better than he did before he suffered his injury. 'I'm a 100 percent positive I'll be able to come back not only be the same Von, (but) I got to be better. You come back and be the same guy it's like you go 'it's the same Von again' and I got to be better,' Miller said.
Huddle Up: Miller, who recorded 30 sacks and forced 9 fumbles in his first 2 seasons, has shed the extra 20 pounds that many feel hampered his play last season, and a healthy return could give the Broncos perhaps the league's best pass-rushing 1-2 punch with the signing of DeMarcus Ware.
Matt Flynn - QB - Green Bay Packers
(4/15/2014 3:56pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
The Green Bay Packers agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal to re-sign QB Matt Flynn on Tuesday, April 15, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Flynn will remain with the Pack and is expected to battle Scott Tolzien for the backup job. Last season, Flynn went 2-2 as a starter after re-signing with G.B., throwing for 1,146 yards, 7 TDs and 4 interceptions.
Brandon Lloyd - WR - San Francisco 49ers
(4/15/2014 3:56pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
The San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, April 15 signed WR Brandon Lloyd to an undisclosed 1-year deal.
Huddle Up: Lloyd sat out last season after his 74-catch, 911-yard 2012 campaign in New England and gives the Niners some veteran insurance behind starters Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. Don't be surprised, however, if the Niners still draft a wideout next month.
Kyle Rudolph - TE - Minnesota Vikings
(4/15/2014 3:56pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) said he has been running since mid-February and has experienced no foot problems.
Huddle Up: Rudolph missed half of the Vikes' season a year ago with a foot injury and is a strong fantasy bounce-back candidate in light of his 53-493-9 campaign in 2012.
Chris Johnson - RB - Free Agent
(4/15/2014 3:56pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
The New York Jets are visiting with free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) Tuesday, April 15.
Huddle Up: Could the CJ2K sweepstakes come down to a pair of AFC East rivals with the Bills also rumored to be interested in the RB, who has averaged 1,661 yards from scrimmage in his 6 NFL seasons? The Jets would seem to be a better fit, but stay tuned . . .
Sidney Rice - WR - Seattle Seahawks
(4/14/2014 11:12pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Free-agent WR Sidney Rice (knee) has been cleared to participate in football activities by Dr. James Andrews, according to a source. The Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers are believed to have some interest in Rice.
Huddle Up: Rice is among a handful of solid veteran wideouts still looking for a team this offseason. Now that he's healthy, he can start demonstrating his wares and land a club before offseason workouts ramp up.
Aldon Smith - LB - San Francisco 49ers
(4/14/2014 10:47am et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was released from a Los Angeles jail Sunday, April 13, after posting $20,000 bail, shortly after being charged with making a false bomb threat earlier in the day at Los Angeles International Airport. A LAPD spokesman said although it was observed Smith may have been drinking prior to the incident, it was not a factor to his arrest.
Huddle Up: Smith has already run afoul of the league's substance abuse policy, so if this incident turns out to be a relapse he could be looking at a more extended league-mandated vacation. And with the 49ers needing to make a decision on an option year for Smith prior to the upcoming draft, they'll need to thoroughly investigate the situation sooner rather than later.
Eli Manning - QB - New York Giants
(4/14/2014 12:04am et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
The New York Giants are concerned QB Eli Manning is entering the decline stage of his career. The team opted not to extend his deal, which runs through 2015, even though it would grant them salary-cap relief.
Huddle Up: Going by the numbers, Manning's completion percentage and TD pass totals have declined in each of the past 4 seasons, while his QB rating has dipped in each of the last 3 years. Still, other elements such as the talent around him and the pressure he's been under --he was sacked a career-high 39 times this past season -- also have to be factored in to the equation. From a fantasy perspective, Manning remains a low-end QB2 until proven otherwise.

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