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QB | David Garrard | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets QB David Garrard will have a legitimate opportunity to compete for the team's starting quarterback job, and if he stays healthy, may very well be the Week 1 starter, according to a rival team executive.

QB | Brandon Weeden | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Although Cleveland Browns QB Jason Campbell will receive a chance to compete for the team's starting quarterback job, QB Brandon Weeden will most likely start in Week 1. The only way Weeden doesn't is if he struggles in training camp and the preseason. He has the strong arm that should mesh well in an offense run by head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

QB | Kirk Cousins | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins said he knows he has to prepare as if he will be the team's Week 1 starter at quarterback in case QB Robert Griffin III (knee) is not ready. "You feel that added excitement or added urgency to be ready to go," Cousins said. "We don't know what it's going to look like. He may be ready by mid-August. He may be ready mid-September, mid-October. I don't know. That's not my job. My job is to get myself ready and when called upon, deliver. And I'm going to do all I can between now and then to do that."

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo has passed on several golf tournaments he usually plays in during the offseason. He has been heavily criticized in the past for his golf commitments.

QB | Geno Smith | New York Jets | Draft
New York Jets QB Geno Smith denied he texted friends during pre-NFL Draft visits and insisted he never planned to skip the second day of the draft. "That's not true," Smith said. "I got strong remarks from all the teams I visited with … I couldn't care less what's coming out in the media, because I know what's true."

Running Back

RB | Quentin Hines | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
Updating a previous report, free-agent RB Quentin Hines (labrum) suffered a torn labrum during the New England Patriots minicamp and was waived/injured Monday, May 6.

RB | Chris Thompson | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said the team's doctors believe RB Chris Thompson (knee) will be ready to participate once training camp begins.

RB | Richard Murphy | Free Agent | Transaction
The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived RB Richard Murphy and LB Greg M. Jones.

RB | De'Leon Eskridge | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction, Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed undrafted free-agent RB De'Leon Eskridge (San Jose State) and DE J.D. Griggs (Akron). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

RB | Akeem Shavers | Free Agent | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have waived RB Akeem Shavers, WR D.J. Monroe and DT Richard Clebert. The team also terminated the contracts of OG Roger Allen and DE George Selvie.

RB | Ray Holley | Free Agent | Transaction
The Baltimore Ravens will release RB Ray Holley.

RB | Marcus Lattimore | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) is expected to begin training camp on the Non-Football Injury list.

Wide Receiver

WR | Victor Cruz | New York Giants | Free Agents
New York Giants co-owner John Mara believes the team will eventually have a deal in place with restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz. "I'm pretty confident that we'll end up reaching a deal with (Cruz)," Mara said. "This is not that atypical a situation. Player contracts, particularly with star players like Victor, can tend to drag on from time to time. I think we'll get it done." Cruz has yet to sign his $2.879 million contract tender and reportedly seeks in the neighborhood of $10 million per year. The Giants are reportedly prepared to offer closer to $7 million.

WR | Jacoby Jones | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
The Baltimore Ravens will continue to search for a wide receiver this offseason after trading WR Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers. "I think the hunt goes on," assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said. "We're still working. The roster is not set. We're always evaluating. We're always looking at guys. Guys get signed, guys get cut ... Our pro personnel department looks at all available players and we'll make a decision at some point of what we want to do at that position. There are definitely some players out there. We'll consider all options." The Ravens are also banking on increased production from several wide receivers, including WR Jacoby Jones.

WR | Joshua Cribbs | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be potential landing spots for WR Joshua Cribbs. The Arizona Cardinals were believed to have interest, but at this point it does not appear Cribbs is a priority for them.

WR | Adam Thielen | Minnesota Vikings | Transaction, Free Agents
The Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted free-agent WR Adam Thielen (Minnesota State-Mankato) and free-agent Brandon Keith (Cardinals). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived WR Nicholas Edwards.

WR | Jheranie Boyd | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed undrafted free-agent WR Jheranie Boyd (North Carolina), WR Chris Denton (Mount Union), OT Jace Daniels (Northern Michigan) and LB Ka'lial Glaud (Rutgers). The team has also signed free-agent DT Andre Neblett (Panthers). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

WR | Mario Manningham | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Mario Manningham (knee) is expected to be the leading candidate to win the No. 3 wide receiver job if he is healthy during training camp.

Tight End

TE | Jason Witten | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten said he agreed the team needed to draft a tight end if they were going to commit to using more two-tight end sets in the passing game. He said he has no problems helping second-round pick TE Gavin Escobar adjust. "There's no ego there for me," Witten said. "It's all about winning. That's part of being a leader and a captain - is to help other guys play at a high level. There's no hard feelings from that standpoint."

TE | Dion Sims | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Miami Dolphins TE Dion Sims could see time in two-tight end sets this season because of his blocking ability.

TE | Jordan Reed | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (knee) did not participate in the team's rookie minicamp because of a left knee bruise but hopes to participate in offseason workouts in a few weeks.

Place Kicker

PK | John Kasay | Retired | Transaction
The Carolina Panthers will sign PK John Kasay to a one-day contract so he can retire with the team.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Adam Snyder | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent OL Adam Snyder (Cardinals). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

OT | Guy Whimper | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free-agent OT Guy Whimper (Jaguars) and undrafted free-agent LB Terence Garvin (West Virginia). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

OT | King Dunlap | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit
The San Diego Chargers may go into the 2013 season with OT King Dunlap or Kevin Haslam as their starting left tackle.


OG | Evan Mathis | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles OG Evan Mathis (ankle) recently underwent ankle surgery and could miss the remaining offseason workouts. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Defensive Line

DL | Richard Seymour | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent DT Richard Seymour (Raiders) said that he definitely wants to continue playing in 2013. Seymour will likely be signed by a team just prior to training camp.

Defensive Tackle

DT | Sylvester Williams | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Denver Broncos believe DT Sylvester Williams can earn a starting defensive tackle jobs by the time the regular season begins.

DT | Anthony Rashad White | Free Agent | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Steelers have released C Ivory Wade and DT Anthony Rashad White.

Defensive End

DE | Ezekiel Ansah | Detroit Lions | Draft
The Detroit Lions attempted to shop the No. 5 overall selection in the NFL Draft in hopes of moving down a few spots before finally deciding to select DE Ezekiel Ansah. The Lions spoke with the Buffalo Bills, who held the No. 8 overall pick; however, the Bills had no interest.

DE | John Abraham | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent DE John Abraham could make another visit if he can not reach an agreement with one of the teams he has already visited. Abraham has visited the Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

DE | Dion Jordan | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Miami Dolphins are expected to use DE Dion Jordan as a third-down pass rusher this season.

DE | J.D. Griggs | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction, Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed undrafted free-agent RB De'Leon Eskridge (San Jose State) and DE J.D. Griggs (Akron). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.


LB | Ernie Sims | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit
Dallas Cowboys LB Ernie Sims isn't a lock to make the final roster.

LB | Brian Cushing | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) is expected to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. "I'm watching him today, he sure looks like he's ready to go," Kubiak said Monday. "I know that it's not time to turn him loose yet, but he's come a long way. What'd he miss, 11 games last year plus two playoff games? You don't get that time back in this league, so I know he's chomping at the bit and ready to go."

LB | Aaron Curry | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New York Giants will host free-agent LB Aaron Curry (Raiders) Thursday, May 8, for a visit.

LB | Brian Orakpo | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo (pectoral) said he expects to participate in offseason workouts when they begin later this month.

LB | Ian Sluss | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction
The New England Patriots have waived LB Ian Sluss and waived/injured RB Quentin Hines (undisclosed).


CB | Darius Slay | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus Friday, May 3, and will not take part in the team's rookie minicamp, according to a league source. Doctors discovered the knee injury was not a severe issue and they believe he could play in 10 days if he had to, the source said. Slay will be ready for training camp.

CB | Marcus Trufant | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars are visiting with free-agent CB Marcus Trufant (Seahawks) Tuesday, May 7.

CB | Will Davis | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Miami Dolphins CBs Jamar Taylor and Will Davis could compete for a starting cornerback job during offseason workouts and training camp.

CB | Nnamdi Asomugha | San Francisco 49ers | Depth Chart Tidbit
San Francisco 49ers CB Nnamdi Asomugha likely will have to win a role over CB Carlos Rogers, CB Tarell Brown or CB Chris Culliver during training camp to win a roster spot since he does not play on special teams. The team did not give Asomugha any guaranteed money in his deal, which means he has to compete for a roster spot.

Strong Safety

SS | Dashon Goldson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Draft
The San Francisco 49ers are expected to receive a compensatory pick in the third or four round of the 2014 NFL Draft for losing Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Dashon Goldson this offseason.

Free Safety

FS | Robert Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans S Robert Johnson (Lisfranc) is at about 80 percent health right now after suffering a torn ligament and Lisfranc fracture in Week 13. He hopes to be back by the middle of OTAs in June. "They put screws (in the foot) for that kind of injury and sometimes they leave them in there for life," Johnson said. "But with me, they kind of left it in for a few months and then recently took it out because the torn ligament in my foot has built back pretty well. So I'm excited."

FS | Ed Reed | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair indicated FS Ed Reed (hip) could miss the beginning of training camp because of the hip surgery he had last week but should be ready by the middle of camp.

FS | Bacarri Rambo | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Washington Redskins coaches want their free safety and strong safety to be interchangeable this season. FS Phillip Thomas and FS Bacarri Rambo likely will be able to play either position because they played both safety positions during their college careers.


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