NFL Player News

Saturday, April 19

  • 04/19/14 - 4:28PM ETBrandon Gibson : (Knee) Expects To Be Ready For Week 1
    Gibson (knee), who has been doing light jogging as he recovers from a torn patella tendon, said that he will definitely be ready to play by Week 1, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports.
    Having suffered the injury in October, Gibson will likely be ready by Week 1, but he still shouldn't be taken at his word. It sounds as if he still has a ways to go in the recovery process, and Week 1 is less than five months away. Health permitting, Gibson figures to serve as Miami's No. 3 receiver, a role he took kindly to before the injury last season.
  • 04/19/14 - 4:20PM ETBrandon Lloyd : No Guaranteed Money In Deal
    Lloyd's one-year, $1.005 million contract with the 49ers does not include any guaranteed money, reports.
    Lloyd figures to compete for the No. 3 wideout role behind presumed starters Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, but as the entirely non-guaranteed deal indicates, the 32-year-old is no lock to make the final roster. Quinton Patton appears to be Lloyd's top competition for that No. 3 role.
  • 04/19/14 - 11:04AM ETTerrelle Pryor : Monday Release Possible
    The Raiders are expected to release Pryor if they are unable to trade him by Monday, FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports.
    There's likely a fair amount of interest in Pryor as a project and novelty athletic quarterback, but the fact that he's not perceived as a potential starter means the Raiders might have trouble getting anything in a trade, especially since everyone knows they'll cut Pryor otherwise. If the Raiders don't select a quarterback high in the draft, they'll likely head into 2014 with Matt Schaub and Matt McGloin as their top two passers.

Friday, April 18

  • 04/18/14 - 9:44AM ETColin Kaepernick : Contract Talks On Hold
    Contract talks between the 49ers and Kaepernick are reportedly on hold for now, reports.
    The report indicates that the two sides would like to get a deal done before the start of the 2014 regular season, with Matt Maiocco of suggesting that the 49ers are inclined to hold off on expediting an extension with the quarterback while police look into what has been described as a "suspicious incident" (allegedly involving Kaepernick, teammate Quinton Patton and Seattle's Ricardo Lockette) in Miami earlier this month. The 26-year-old Kaepernick finished the 2013 season with 3,197 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 91.6 passer rating in 16 games for the 49ers. He also recorded 524 rushing yards (on 92 carries) with four rushing touchdowns.
  • 04/18/14 - 9:14AM ETRobert Meachem : Re-Signs With Saints
    Meachem signed a one-year deal with the Saints on Friday.
    After a disappointing season with the Chargers, Meachem returned to the Saints for 2013, where he caught 16 passes for 324 yards and two scores. His utility to the Saints is based largely on his blocking ability as a receiver, leaving him with minimal fantasy value. Meachem is too far down on the Saints' depth chart to warrant much fantasy consideration, although he remains a threat to score any week in an offense led by QB Drew Brees.
  • 04/18/14 - 7:55AM ETTyron Smith : Fifth-Year Option Exercised
    The Cowboys have exercised their fifth-year option on Smith's contract.
    The Pro Bowl left tackle is heading into the final year of his rookie contract, and even at the $10 million Smith will now get paid in 2015, he's a bargain for the Cowboys.
  • 04/18/14 - 7:48AM ETAldon Smith : Fifth-Year Option May Not Be Picked Up
    Smith is not expected to have his fifth-year contract option picked up by the 49ers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
    Smith remains under contract through 2014, but the 49ers have until May 3 to pick up his team option through 2015, and it appears as though they have no intention to do so. In the wake of his most recent arrest, uncertainty surrounds the linebacker's availability for the start of 2014, so it's not overly surprising that the team is not inclined to pick up the option.

Thursday, April 17

  • 04/17/14 - 8:49PM ETMuhammad Wilkerson : Fifth-Year Option Picked Up
    The Jets have exercised the fifth-year option on Wilkerson's rookie contract at $6.969 million, the NY Daily News reports.
    The fifth-year option is a tough decision in some cases, but it's an obvious choice when you nail a first-round pick to this degree. As one of the better interior defensive linemen in the NFL, Wilkerson is worth far more than the option would pay him. In all likelihood, he and the Jets will agree to a multi-year extension either this offseason (most likely) or next. Wilkerson, along with Houston's J.J. Watt and perhaps a couple others, is one of the few 3-4 linemen who warrants IDP consideration outside of the deepest of leagues.
  • 04/17/14 - 3:28PM ETRolando McClain : Reinstated From Retired List
    McClain was reinstated from the NFL's reserve-retired list on Thursday, The Baltimore Sun reports.
    McClain's rights still belong to the Ravens, who he signed for last offseason before deciding to retire mere months later to get his life in order. Now, apparently ready to play football again, McClain has successfully been re-admitted to the NFL's pool of players. However, following an awful workout with Baltimore earlier this week, it's likely McClain will be released by the team and hit the open market. The eighth overall pick in 2010, McClain is still just 24 years old, but with significant character concerns, any potential suitor would be wise to approach McClain with caution.
  • 04/17/14 - 12:15PM ETChris Johnson : Refutes Arthritis Claims
    Johnson, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery back in January to repair a meniscus tear, indicated Thursday that there are no signs of arthritis in his knee, the Daily News reports. "No, that's not accurate," said Johnson, who signed with the Jets on Wednesday. "I'm pretty sure if they had major concerns of my knee or whatever, pretty sure I wouldn't have passed the physical."
    It remains to be seen how much Johnson -- who has not missed a game over his last five seasons -- will be able to do once the Jets' offseason program gets going, but in any case, the running back doesn't believe that his knee will be an issue come training camp. "Once offseason workouts start, I'm ready to get in there with the trainers of the Jets and we'll see where I'm at and go from there," Johnson noted Thursday.
  • 04/17/14 - 9:33AM ETChris Johnson : Jets May Have Concerns About Knee
    While ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests that the Jets have some concerns about the condition of Johnson's knee, said concerns were evidently not serious enough to deter the team from inking the running back to a two-year deal.
    While Schefter's report suggests that Johnson (who is bouncing back from a January procedure to address a meniscus issue) has some arthritis in his knee, it must be pointed out that the 28-year-old back has played in all 16 games five seasons in a row. In any case, with Chris Ivory in the Jets' backfield and Bilal Powell on hand as well, it's reasonable to expect Johnson's workload (he had 279 carries in 2013) to take a hit this season, though he was presumably added to the mix for his big-play potential and thus figures to see his share of touches, even if the Jets employ an Ivory (power) and Johnson (speed) combo in 2014.
  • 04/17/14 - 8:10AM ETChris Ivory : Likely Used In Tandem With Johnson
    The Jets plan to use newcomer Chris Johnson in tandem with Ivory this coming season, reports.
    Meanwhile, the addition of Johnson bumps Bilal Powell down a notch on the team's depth chart. When both Ivory and Johnson are healthy, they project as a capable one-two combo out of the Jets' backfield, with Ivory slotting in as a power back, thanks to his tackle-breaking ability and Johnson working more as a speed back and pass-catcher out of the backfield. In any case, while the addition of Johnson should help spark the Jets' ground game this coming season, Ivory's fantasy value takes a hit as a result of the move.
  • 04/17/14 - 7:52AM ETLaMichael James : 49ers Interested In Trade
    The 49ers are reportedly trying to deal James, reports.
    Since being made a second-round pick by the 49ers in the 2012 draft, James has recorded just 39 carries for 184 yards in 14 regular season contests, while making his biggest impact with the team as a returner. Given that Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore are ahead of James in the 49ers' RB pecking order heading into the 2014 season, a change of scenery would probably be a good thing for James, in both real and fantasy terms.
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