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Quarterback

QB | Joe Flacco | Free Agent | Free Agents
Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Thursday, Feb. 7, he is optimistic that the team will get a long-term deal done with impending free-agent QB Joe Flacco. "I'm coming away today thinking that we can get a deal done," Newsome said. " ... I've got a very good owner who understands the business and understands the importance of certain positions. So, I'm optimistic."

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Tennessee Titans | Transaction
Tennessee Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck said he is willing to renegotiate his contract this summer to stay in Tennessee. "I would definitely be up for that, for sure," Hasselbeck said Wednesday about the possibility of renegotiating his deal. "I'm not in those conversations, but I'm aware of them. That topic came up maybe in September, October, November (of 2012), somewhere in there. I would be excited about the opportunity because it would be basically having the opportunity to stay. But again, there's so much that goes into those things. But from my perspective, yeah, absolutely."

QB | Brandon Weeden | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden has a good chance of performing better in the system head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner are bringing to the team because it is more open to using the shotgun formation. Weeden did not perform well in the West Coast offensive because a majority of his passes were from under center and 25 of his passes were batted down at the line of scrimmage. Weeden had a 79.1 passer rating with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions when in the shotgun this season while throwing six touchdowns and 10 interceptions when under center with a 67.7 quarterback rating. The team still has not determined if Weeden is their quarterback of the future.

QB | Tyler Bray | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Tennessee QB Tyler Bray is aware of the perception of maturity issues and off the field issues that surround him. Bray is working hard in the pre-draft process to alleviate those issues. Bray is working with former NFL quarterback Ty Detmer, who is teaching him what it is like to become a professional quarterback.

QB | Dennis Dixon | Free Agent | Free Agents
Updating a previous report, the Philadelphia Eagles are not allowed to sign Baltimore Ravens practice squad QB Dennis Dixon until Monday, Feb. 11, because the Ravens have exclusive rights to Dixon this week.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
If the Dallas Cowboys gave QB Tony Romo a new deal this offseason, it could save the team a few million dollars on the salary cap for this upcoming season, according to Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com.


Running Back

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson said via Twitter he had a great 30-minute conversation with head coach Mike Munchak and both men are looking forward to the next step. According to a source with knowledge of the exchange, there was no mention of Johnson's contract and the conversation is being interpreted as a clear sign that the Titans will keep him.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
The Minnesota Vikings announced Thursday, Feb. 7, that RB Adrian Peterson (hernia) had sports hernia surgery. The team expects a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said the team will evaluate RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) before determining his role in the offense moving forward. "That's going to be an evaluation process. He needs to get healthy first," Caldwell said. "He needs to get on the field and we're going to need a full body of work to evaluate him."

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants) said during a radio interview that "there's always a door open on my side" to return to his former team, the New York Giants.

RB | Ryan Torain | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
It is uncertain if the New York Giants will bring back either impending free-agent RB Kregg Lumpkin or RB Ryan Torain. Both were brought in late last season for depth.

RB | Andre Brown | New York Giants | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Andre Brown (leg) is expected serve as the primary backup to RB David Wilson now that RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle, knee) has been jettisoned.

RB | Willis McGahee | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
The Denver Broncos face a decision on RB Willis McGahee heading into 2013. He finished the season on Injured Reserve, and was tied for the league lead in fumbles lost at running back when he suffered the injury.

RB | Montee Ball | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The New York Jets could show interest in Alabama RB Eddie Lacy and Wisconsin RB Montee Ball in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft if they are available when they pick.

RB | Eddie Lacy | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The New York Jets could show interest in Alabama RB Eddie Lacy and Wisconsin RB Montee Ball in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft if they are available when they pick.

RB | Reggie Bush | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Jets may show interest in Miami Dolphins impending free-agent RB Reggie Bush this offseason but likely would not be able to afford his expected salary. Bush would fit well in the team's new West Coast offense.

RB | Marcus Lattimore | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Philadelphia Eagles could consider taking a running back in the middle or later rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft. Oregon RB Kenjon Barner and South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore could be options if the team decides to take a running back.


Wide Receiver

WR | Donald Jones | Buffalo Bills | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Buffalo Bills and WR Donald Jones are working on a contract extension, according to a league source. Both sides are hoping to have a new deal in place before free agency kicks off March 12, when he's scheduled to become a restricted free agent. Jones caught 41 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns last season.

WR | Greg Jennings | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers impending free-agent WR Greg Jennings is not expected to return in 2013 based on speculation around the league.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Fantasy
The Houston Texans must look to add a No. 2 receiving option in the offseason who can help take pressure off of WR Andre Johnson. There was a 71-catch difference between the number of balls Johnson caught (112) and the second-best wide receiver caught (WR Kevin Walter, 41) this past season.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Fantasy
The New York Giants have a need for a consistent third receiving option to take pressure away from WRs Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.

WR | Denard Robinson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Michigan WR Denard Robinson has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine as a wide receiver. Robinson also played wide receiver during the Senior Bowl.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes (foot) has an offset clause in his contract, meaning he cannot double dip if he's released. His contract maxes out at $7.5 million in 2013 earnings if he's cut and signs elsewhere. So Holmes has financial motivation to stay with the team, and he might be receptive to a restructured deal to help the team gain more salary cap space in 2013. He has an $11 million base salary, and if he is cut they would take an $11.25 million salary cap hit.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Jets are unlikely to bring back the same cast of wide receivers from last season, clearly the weakest position on the team in 2012. WRs Braylon Edwards and Chaz Schilens are impending free-agents and it is unlikely they return.

WR | Chaz Schilens | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Jets are unlikely to bring back the same cast of wide receivers from last season, clearly the weakest position on the team in 2012. WRs Braylon Edwards and Chaz Schilens are impending free-agents and it is unlikely they return.

WR | Rueben Randle | New York Giants | Injury, Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The New York Giants are looking for a consistent third receiver behind restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz and oft-injured WR Hakeem Nicks. WRs Ramses Barden and Domenik Hixon are each impending free agents, which leaves WR Jerrel Jernigan to battle WR Rueben Randle for the third receiver job. Jernigan and Randle are both expected to show growth during the offseason.

WR | Jacoby Jones | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Jacoby Jones, who had 290 all-purpose yards to establish a new Super Bowl record for total yardage, said Wednesday, Feb. 6, that he wants to finish his career with the team. "I want to retire here," Jones said. He is due a $1 million roster bonus March 16, and he's due $3 million base salary with a $4.9 million salary cap figure. He has a $500,000 escalator clause triggered by total receptions.

WR | Ted Ginn Jr. | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Impending free-agent WR Ted Ginn Jr. (49ers) came on strong at the end of the season for the San Francisco 49ers, and he might be brought back for another season to handle the return duties.

WR | Randy Moss | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent WR Randy Moss likely will not re-sign with team this offseason because he did not like his role during the season and likely would not receive a bigger role if he returned. Moss has said he would like another season in the NFL.

WR | Marquess Wilson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Many people have questioned the speed of Washington State WR Marquess Wilson, but Wilson recently ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, and is hoping for a repeat performance at the NFL combine later this month.

WR | Wes Welker | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Denver Broncos could show interest in New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Wes Welker if he becomes available this offseason.

WR | Brian Hartline | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Jets could show interest in Miami Dolphins impending free-agent WR Brian Hartline this offseason but he may too expensive for the team to sign.


Tight End

TE | Bear Pascoe | New York Giants | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Giants have re-signed restricted free-agent TE Bear Pascoe to one-year contract, according to a league source. The deal includes a $715,000 base salary, with a maximum value of $892,500.

TE | Jeff Cumberland | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets TE Jeff Cumberland could become the starter by default next season because the cap-strapped team isn't expected to keep TE Dustin Keller.

TE | Delanie Walker | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers are expected to consider re-signing impending free-agent TE Delanie Walker a priority this offseason because of his blocking and special teams play.


Place Kicker

PK | Phil Dawson | Cleveland Browns | Free Agents
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent CB Sheldon Brown, PK Phil Dawson, WR Joshua Cribbs, P Reggie Hodges, LB Kaluka Maiava, WR Mohamed Massaquoi, DE Juqua Parker, TE E. Alex Smith, S Ray Ventrone and TE Benjamin Watson are not expected to be re-signed this offseason. QB Colt McCoy isn't expected to return, either, but LB D'Qwell Jackson probably has another year left, although the switch to a 3-4 defense lowers Jackson's value.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Leonard Davis | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Impending free-agents OL Leonard Davis, LB Tavares Gooden and FS Darcel McBath are likely to be brought back by the San Francisco 49ers to compete for reserve roles, but likely only for a minimum salary.

OT | Sebastian Vollmer | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New England Patriots should make re-signing OT Sebastian Vollmer a priority, according to Zuri Berry of the Boston Globe. If the Patriots can re-sign Volmer, the entire offensive line would be intact heading into next season, which is a change from recent years. Without having to worry about addressing the offensive line in free agency or the draft, the Patriots future would be a lot clearer.

OT | Orlando Franklin | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Denver Broncos will be looking into the possibility of moving OT Orlando Franklin to guard this offseason.

OT | Ryan Clady | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
The Denver Broncos may consider waiting on signing impending free-agent OT Ryan Clady (shoulder) to a long-term contract and placing the franchise tag on him this offseason so they can see how his recovery from shoulder surgery goes before making a long-term commitment.

OT | Demetress Bell | Free Agent | Transaction
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed Canadian Football League LB Chris McCoy. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also released OT Demetress Bell.

OT | Doug Free | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agents
Dallas Cowboys OT Doug Free and LB Dan Connor could both be cut this offseason to save the team about $10 million in cap space, according to Nick Eaton of DallasCowboys.com. The Cowboys are $20 million over the salary cap without re-signing any of their free agents.


Guard

OG | Shane Olivea | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OT Shane Olivea (Chargers) is scheduled to work out with the New York Jets later this month, after showing impressive strength and quickness. The former All-Rookie Team offensive tackle in 2004 last played in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers in 2007.

OG | Chris Kuper | Denver Broncos | Injury, Transaction
Denver Broncos G Chris Kuper (ankle) is coming off ankle surgery, and the team has some genuine concern over the long term about whether or not Kuper will be able to stay healthy given the severity of his original injury in 2011, and the fact he re-injured the ankle in 2012.


Offensive Line

OL | Philip Blake | Denver Broncos | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Denver Broncos C Philip Blake (thumb) might compete for playing time at center in 2013. He was on the Injured Reserve list in 2013 due to a thumb injury.


Defensive Line

DL | Haloti Ngata | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said DT Haloti Ngata (knee) will be ready for training camp. The team is not worried at this point about what the results of Ngata's MRI will be, according to a source.

DL | Isaac Sopoaga | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Impending free-agent NT Isaac Sopoaga (49ers) becomes less valuable as he hits the market because the San Francisco 49ers play nickel defense so much. Sopoaga managed to play just 31 percent of the team's defensive snaps in 2012.

DL | Ricky Jean-Francois | Free Agent | Free Agents
San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent DT Ricky Jean-Francois could leave this offseason if he is able to receive starter's money from another team.

DL | Chris Canty | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent DT Chris Canty (Giants) said he does not think he would re-sign with the New York Giants at a reduced rate at this point.

DL | Justin Bannan | Free Agent | Free Agents
Denver Broncos impending free-agent DTs Justin Bannan and Kevin Vickerson could test the free-agent market to see what kind of deal they can get from other teams. The Broncos are interested in re-signing both players but likely only to short-term deals.

DL | Amobi Okoye | Chicago Bears | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears may consider re-signing restricted free-agent DT Nate Collins and impending free-agent DT Amobi Okoye if they want to add depth to their defensive tackle position. The team likely would consider re-signing Collins to be a bigger priority bringing back than Okoye.


Defensive Tackle

DT | Corey Williams | Detroit Lions | Free Agents
The Detroit Lions are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent DT Corey Williams this offseason because of the emergence of DT Nick Fairley.


Defensive End

DE | Bjoern Werner | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Detroit Lions may look to take a defensive end with their first-round draft choice because DE Ronnell Lewis would be the only on under contract at the start of free agency. Texas A&M Damontre Moore, Florida State DE Bjoern Werner, University of Georgia DE Jarvis Jones, Brigham Young DE Ezekiel Ansah and Louisiana State DE Barkevious Mingo could be options with the first pick.

DE | Cliff Avril | Free Agent | Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit
Detroit Lions restricted free-agent DE Willie Young and DE Ronnell Lewis are the only defensive ends on the team's roster after they released DE Kyle Vanden Bosch. DEs Cliff Avril and Lawrence Jackson will be unrestricted free agents this offseason.


Linebacker

LB | Jarvis Jones | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Detroit Lions may look to take a defensive end with their first-round draft choice because DE Ronnell Lewis would be the only on under contract at the start of free agency. Texas A&M Damontre Moore, Florida State DE Bjoern Werner, University of Georgia DE Jarvis Jones, Brigham Young DE Ezekiel Ansah and Louisiana State DE Barkevious Mingo could be options with the first pick.

LB | Dannell Ellerbe | Free Agent | Free Agents
Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent LB Dannell Ellerbe said Thursday, Feb. 7, he is hoping to re-sign with the team, even though both sides have yet to engage in contract talks. The Ravens are reportedly interested in working out a deal with Ellerbe.

LB | Keith Brooking | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Denver Broncos' top offseason need could be addressing the middle linebacker position. Impending free-agent LB Keith Brooking is 37 years of age and not expected to return.

LB | Anthony Spencer | Free Agent | Free Agents
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent LB Anthony Spencer is going to command roughly $8-10 million on the open market, which will likely be too rich for the team.

LB | Clark Haggans | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent LB Clark Haggans this offseason.

LB | Brian Cushing | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) could start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he is returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

LB | D'Qwell Jackson | Cleveland Browns | Free Agents
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent CB Sheldon Brown, PK Phil Dawson, WR Joshua Cribbs, P Reggie Hodges, LB Kaluka Maiava, WR Mohamed Massaquoi, DE Juqua Parker, TE E. Alex Smith, S Ray Ventrone and TE Benjamin Watson are not expected to be re-signed this offseason. QB Colt McCoy isn't expected to return, either, but LB D'Qwell Jackson probably has another year left, although the switch to a 3-4 defense lowers Jackson's value.

LB | Dane Fletcher | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots LB Dane Fletcher (knee) is expected to be close to 100 percent when training camp begins. Fletcher is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

LB | Dan Connor | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agents
Dallas Cowboys OT Doug Free and LB Dan Connor could both be cut this offseason to save the team about $10 million in cap space, according to Nick Eaton of DallasCowboys.com. The Cowboys are $20 million over the salary cap without re-signing any of their free agents.


Defensive Back

DB | Dominique Johnson | Free Agent | Transaction
The Washington Redskins have released CB Dominique Johnson.


Cornerback

CB | Quentin Jammer | San Diego Chargers | Free Agents
San Diego Chargers impending free-agent CB Quentin Jammer could move to safety at this point in his career.

CB | Domonique Johnson | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions signed CB Domonique Johnson (Redskins) Wednesday, Feb. 6.


Strong Safety

SS | Bernard Pollard | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens SS Bernard Pollard (ribs) played all but one play in Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers with six broken ribs. He broke six ribs during the course of the season, and re-broke them on the second play of the game.

SS | Dashon Goldson | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday, Feb. 5, that he feels the team should reward impending free-agent SS Dashon Goldson with a long-term contract. "He's somebody that I think you reward," Harbaugh said. "You know he's out there, and opposing offenses know that he's out there. He tackles and does everything that you'd want a safety to do." The team might place a franchise tag on Goldson, but they could very well work up a long-term deal that averages $8 million a year that would be structured in a way to create salary cap space in 2013.

SS | Robert Lester | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Alabama S Robert Lester was underwhelming and played poorly at the Senior Bowl, but Lester told many people he was spent from a long 2012 college season.


Offensive Coordinator

OC | Jedd Fisch | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch plans to install a zone blocking scheme for next season.



 


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