NFL Player News

Tuesday, April 15

  • 04/15/14 - 11:18AM ETMatt Flynn : Re-Joins Packers
    Flynn agreed to a contract with the Packers on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
    Flynn will head back to the team he led to the playoffs at the end of last season. He will assume the role of Aaron Rodgers' top backup again, though he could face a training camp challenge from fellow quarterback Scott Tolzien.
  • 04/15/14 - 10:49AM ETBrandon Lloyd : Signs With 49ers
    The 49ers have signed Lloyd to a one-year contract, reports.
    Though Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree are slated to start at wideout for the 49ers, Lloyd figures to have a chance to compete for the team's No. 3 slot. Also in the mix on that front is Quinton Patton -- who finished last season in that role -- while Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood, Chuck Jacobs, Devon Wylie, DeMarco Sampson and David Reed round out the team's current rostered receiving options. Lloyd, who will turn 33 in July, caught 74 passes for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games in 2012 for the Patriots, but at this stage he has much to prove before being considered anything more than a late-round fantasy dart.
  • 04/15/14 - 10:04AM ETKyle Rudolph : Left Foot Healed
    Rudolph's left foot has been fully healed for about two months, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
    Rudolph, who was limited to eight games in 2013 after suffering a fractured foot on Nov. 3, finished up the season with 30 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns. The report adds that the tight end has been studying tape of the Browns from last season in order to become more familiar with how he might be used in (new coordinator) Norv Turner's offense, a system in which fellow tight ends Jordan Cameron and Antonio Gates (while Turner was with the Chargers) have been productive.
  • 04/15/14 - 7:32AM ETChris Johnson : Visiting Jets Tuesday
    Johnson (knee) is slated to visit the Jets on Tuesday, the Daily News reports.
    The report suggests that the Jets are one of three teams interested in signing Johnson, who was recently released by the Titans. If he ends up joining the Jets' backfield, he'd be a nice complement to Chris Ivory, but in such a scenario it's hard to imagine Johnson seeing as many carries (279) as he did last season en route to recording 1,077 rushing yards.

Monday, April 14

  • 04/14/14 - 2:02PM ETSidney Rice : (Knee) Cleared For Football Activities
    Rice -- who suffered an ACL injury back on Oct. 28 -- indicated Monday that he has been cleared to begin cutting, the Seattle Times reports.
    It's another significant step in the unsigned wideout's recovery from his knee injury, with the report suggesting that the Saints, Giants, Packers and Rice's 2013 team, the Seahawks, are all thought to have interest in his services.
  • 04/14/14 - 11:41AM ETDemaryius Thomas : (Shoulder) Not An Issue
    Despite numerous reports to the contrary, Thomas didn't suffer a separated shoulder during the Super Bowl and has been working out with Peyton Manning at Duke University, the Denver Post reports.
    Thomas apparently missed the first day of Manning's offseason workout, which led to the speculation that the wideout was still hurt. It's unclear how much Thomas is working out with Manning, but he'll likely take it easy until he's completely healthy. Thomas is a free agent after this season and could garner a big contract, if he can show that he's over the shoulder injury. Coming off two huge seasons with Manning under center, Thomas is averaging 93 catches for 1,432 yards and 12 touchdowns over that span.
  • 04/14/14 - 11:37AM ETVon Miller : (Knee) Recovery On Schedule
    Miller, who underwent surgery in January to repair a torn ACL, is progressing in his recovery but said he won't rush back from the injury, reports.
    Miller was suspended for the first six games of last season and was only able to rack up five sacks in the eight games in which he played, before suffering the torn ACL in Week 16 against the Texans. If he's able to get back to full strength, he could be a solid IDP play this season, especially if teams focus their attention on newly-acquired pass rusher DeMarcus Ware.
  • 04/14/14 - 10:35AM ETJimmy Garoppolo : Jags Impressed
    The Jaguars "really like" Garoppolo, reports.
    It increasingly appears as if Garoppolo will be selected early in the second round. He worked out Friday for the Vikings, the owners of the 40th overall pick, and the Jaguars sit ahead of Minnesota at 39th. If several teams are truly aiming for Garoppolo at the top of the second round, it's possible that someone might trade up into the late first to get a hold of him. The Jaguars and Vikings, meanwhile, might be aiming for an edge defender like Buffalo's Khalil Mack with their first-round picks.
  • 04/14/14 - 9:38AM ETTom Savage : Meeting With Up To 25 Teams
    Savage, a quarterback from Pittsburgh, is expected to meet with 24 or 25 teams, reports.
    No quarterback in the draft is generating as much media hype as Savage right now, with some even suggesting the first 40 picks as a possibility. We're skeptical of this idea. He has some redeeming qualities -- particularly his height (6-4) and arm strength, but nearly everything else in his game is a question. For every time Savage makes a beautiful, high-velocity throw on target, there are one or two other plays where he stares down a receiver, misses an open target or fails to sense the pass rush. Considering both his progressions and accuracy tend to be hit-or-miss, we're not all that optimistic about his ability to capitalize on his arm strength. It's worth noting that his overall college resume is rather discouraging -- Savage played for Rutgers in 2009 and 2010 but lost his starting role to Chas Dodd, a player who's nowhere near the NFL radar. Savage also proved to be a downgrade from 2012 starting Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri, who's currently a CFL quarterback. We think Savage might come off the board in the third or fourth round, but we'd suggest that it would be misguided to select Savage as a starting candidate rather than a luxury project. Along with Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Derek Carr, we'd suspect Jimmy Garoppolo and Zach Mettenberger are ahead of Savage in the draft order. Players like David Fales, Aaron Murray, Logan Thomas and AJ McCarron seem like Savage's more realistic competition.
  • 04/14/14 - 8:47AM ETRashean Mathis : To Sign With Lions
    Mathis will sign a one-year deal with the Lions, reports.
    Mathis, who recorded 47 tackles in 15 games (including 13 starts) for Detroit this past season, figures to compete with Darius Slay for work at right cornerback for the Lions this coming season.
  • 04/14/14 - 7:57AM ETAldon Smith : Released From Custody
    After being booked on felony charges of making a false report of a bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday afternoon, Smith was subsequently released from custody after posting $20,000 bail, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
    "We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Sunday. "As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment." Smith, who missed five games last season while spending time in an alcohol treatment center, finished the 2013 campaign with 34 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 11 games. The 49ers will have to decide by May 3 whether to exercise their 2015 option on the 2011 first-rounder, but it's unclear if they'll do so in the wake of Smith's off-field issues.

Saturday, April 12

  • 04/12/14 - 10:06AM ETRob Gronkowski : (Knee) Will Start Jogging Soon
    Gronkowski (knee) will start jogging soon, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.
    Gronkowski met with Dr. James Andrews earlier this week, and Breer says the early signs on Gronkowski's recovery are good. Given the late-season timing of the tear (Dec. 8), it remains uncertain whether Gronkowski will be available for the start of the season.
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