Ravens not expected to re-sign Chris Givens
Chris Givens | BAL
(February 10, 2016 10:01 AM EST)
The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec doesn't expect the Ravens to re-sign free agent Chris Givens.
Givens posted a 19-346-1 line across 12 games with the Ravens after coming over in a trade with the Rams. He saw his snaps increase after Steve Smith Sr. tore his Achilles', but the extra work didn't lead to many plays for Givens, who struggles with anything outside of a "go" route. Givens hasn't made much noise since a decent 42-698-3 rookie season back in 2012.
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Storm Johnson works out for the Bengals
Storm Johnson | FA
(February 10, 2016 9:46 AM EST)
Free agent RB Storm Johnson worked out for the Bengals last week.
Johnson didn't play in 2015 after he failed to make it out of final cuts with the Jaguars. The 2014 seventh-rounder averaged a pitiful 3.0 YPC on 29 carries as a rookie and was subject of criticism from coach Gus Bradley last spring.
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Casey Hayward to test the free-agent market
Casey Hayward | GB
(February 10, 2016 9:41 AM EST)
Free agent CB Casey Hayward said he'll "probably" test the open market.
The 2012 second-rounder started 13-of-18 games this past season for the Packers and graded out as the team's No. 1 cover corner at Pro Football Focus. Hayward played mostly in the slot in 2015 and could be looking for a full-time gig as an outside corner. After GM Ted Thompson drafted Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins in the first and second rounds last year, the Packers are in okay shape with those two and Sam Shields should Hayward move on.
Harrison Smith likely to get an extension
Harrison Smith | MIN
(February 10, 2016 9:36 AM EST)
Vikings FS Harrison Smith is expected to sign an extension this offseason.
Smith is entering the final year of his rookie contract after the Vikings exercised his fifth-year option last offseason. He's set to earn a $5.278 million salary, but the Vikings can lower his cap number by working out a long-term pact. Smith missed two games and parts of a couple others late in the season with a hamstring issue, but still graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 overall safety. He received strong marks in coverage and against the run.
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Mike Wallace not expected back with Vikings
Mike Wallace | MIN
(February 10, 2016 9:31 AM EST)
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel doesn't expect Mike Wallace back with the Vikings in 2016.
At least not at his current $11.5 million cap number. The Vikings can release Wallace with zero dead-money hit on the salary cap, which makes this a complete no-brainer. Wallace posted a 39-473-2 line in his first season in Minnesota. The Vikings will move on with Stefon Diggs and Jarius Wright at the X and slot spots while looking for a big-bodied Z receiver on the outside.
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Stedman Bailey )head) still wants to play
Stedman Bailey | LAR
(February 9, 2016 10:57 PM EST)
Stedman Bailey (head) still wants to return to playing in the NFL.
Bailey was shot multiple times in the head back in November while he was in Florida serving a four-game suspension. Doctors have told him he's unlikely to play again, but Bailey has other thoughts. "When somebody tells me that they don't think I can do something, you know I'll do everything that I can to prove them wrong," Bailey said. "And I will be making a return to the NFL." We like Bailey's ambition, but odds are high he doesn't play another down.
Panthers sign former second-rounder Dowling
Ras-I Dowling | CAR
(February 9, 2016 7:53 PM EST)
Panthers signed CB Ras-I Dowling to a reserve/future contract.
It's the first we've heard of the 2011 second-rounder in over a year. Dowling's three appearances for the Raiders in 2014 were his first since 2012. He was out of the league in 2015.
Mario Williams insists he will bounce back
Mario Williams | BUF
(February 9, 2016 5:40 PM EST)
Mario Williams insists he's still the same player.
Williams' play fell off a cliff in 2015, as he notched just five sacks in 909 snaps. He blames Rex Ryan's scheme. Williams acknowledges he could be released, but says he'll be better than ever in 2016. "At the end of the day, if I'm not (in Buffalo), I'll show you that I'm better than what I've been before," Williams said. "Like, that's just a chip on my shoulder regardless of whether I am there or not, because given the opportunity I’ll get back to what I was." Williams turned 31 last month. Before 2015, he had notched at least 10.5 sacks in each of his three seasons in Buffalo. Not a scheme or personality fit with Ryan, Williams is guaranteed to be cut loose. The inevitable move will create $12.9 million in cap space.
Patriots waive Montee Ball following arrest
Montee Ball | FA
(February 9, 2016 5:31 PM EST)
Patriots waived RB Montee Ball.
Ball wasn't believed to be on the roster, but signed a reserve/future contract on Feb. 1. He was arrested on domestic violence charges last Thursday. Largely out of the league last season, the 2013 second-rounder was reportedly overweight on the Patriots' practice squad. It appears Ball's career could already be over. He turns 26 in December.
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Raiders cut S Allen, create $5M in cap space
Nate Allen | FA
(February 9, 2016 5:07 PM EST)
Raiders released S Nate Allen.
Allen signed a "four-year, $23 million" contract last March, but ended up appearing in only five games for the Silver and Black, making three starts. He missed 11 contests with a knee issue. The move creates $5 million in cap space, and leaves behind no dead money. His $4.9 million salary was set to become guaranteed on Wednesday, forcing the move. Going on 29, Allen hasn't been effective in quite some time.