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49ers Expected To Release WR Stevie Johnson?

Update: Dianna Marie Russini reiterates that 49ers WR Stevie Johnson has no intention of taking a pay cut and will be released at some point in the near future. Russini has remained adamant throughout the day that San Francisco will be releasing Johnson, even though others have said that the team could approach him about reworking his current agreement. According to OverTheCap.com, this ...

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NFL Notes: Dez Bryant, Ray Rice, Eagles, & Texans

Dez Bryant Jason Cole reports that the NFL has opened an investigation into the rumored Dez Bryant video. Cole adds that the NFL has spoken to the police officer who responded to the indecent in question. Ray Rice Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that former Ravens RB Ray Rice does not plan to attend the March 22 veteran combine. ...

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Cowboys VP Stephen Jones Confirms Plans To Franchise Dez Bryant On Monday

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones tells FOX Sports Southwest that it “would be a stretch” to think they could hammer out a long-term deal with WR Dez Bryant before Monday’s deadline to use the franchise tag. Jones confirmed that their plan is to use their franchise tag on Bryant and ensure he’s back in Dallas next season. “I still think that it’s probably, you know, would ...

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Browns Sign QB Josh McCown To A Three-Year, $14M Deal With $6.25M Guaranteed

Update: Mary Kay Cabot reports that Josh McCown‘s new contract with the Browns is a three-year contract worth $14 million and can increase in total value to as much as $20 million. According to Cabot, McCown will receive $6.25 million fully guaranteed and $5.25 million fully guaranteed in the first year of the agreement. Jason La Canfora points out that McCown ends up ...

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Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews Requested To Be Traded Or Released, Miami Not Interested In Either

Armando Salguero reports that Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews requested to either be released or traded following the recent string of moves Miami has made in regards to their receiving corps. However, the Dolphins reportedly told Matthews that they have no plans to make him available for trade or release him outright. Salguero points to the fact that Matthews is still a young receiver with a ...

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Report: Panthers Not Planning To Re-Sign DE Greg Hardy

Bill Voth of the Black and Blue Review, citing multiple league sources, reports that the Panthers are no longer interested in trying to re-sign free agent DE Greg Hardy. “According to multiple league sources, some momentum did build for a Hardy return in the days after his legal situation was cleared up,” Voth writes. “But, sources say, that slim possibility ...

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Ray Rice “Optimistic” He’ll Get A Second Chance At Playing In NFL

Former Ravens RB Ray Rice said he’s “optimistic” that he’ll get another shot at playing the NFL, even after all that has transpired in the past year. “I’m optimistic that I’ll get a second chance,” Rice said told the Baltimore Sun. “I don’t think this boils down to whether I can play football or not. Obviously I know that. I ...

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NFL Notes: Bengals, Eagles, Ravens, & Vikings

Bengals Paul Dehner Jr of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that free agent TE Jermaine Gresham‘s chances of being back with the Bengals next year are “slim to none.” Dehner Jr. expects the Bengals to consider taking a tight end in mid-to-late rounds of this year’s draft. Eagles Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News takes a look at some notable players who ...

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NFL Notes: Cowboys, Giants, Rams, Redskins, & Saints

Cowboys No surprise, but Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas expects WR Dez Bryant to play out the 2015 season under the franchise tag. According to Archer, there haven’t been any negotiations between the Cowboys and Bryant in recent days. Archer doesn’t rule out the idea of the Cowboys taking a cornerback with their No. 1 overall pick. Archer mentions that there ...

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NFL Notes: Broncos, Lions, Packers, Panthers, & Ravens

Broncos Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that it’s a “safe bet” the Broncos will be applying the franchise tag to WR Demaryius Thomas. Lions Even with the recent release of Reggie Bush, Michael Rothstein doesn’t see the Lions using their first-round pick on a running back. Instead, Rothstein suggests an either offensive or defensive lineman would make sense in ...

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“Safe Bet” That C.J. Spiller Won’t Be Back With The Bills

According to Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 (via Bleacher Report), it’s a “safe bet” that free agent RB C.J. Spiller won’t be back with the Bills in 2015. Buscaglia mentions that really hasn’t impressed in the lead role for the Bills and he could be targeting a “substantial” contract in the coming weeks. Because of this, Buscaglia anticipates that Spiller has played his last ...

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Eagles & Jeremy Maclin Aren’t “Significantly Far Apart” In Contract Talks

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles and free agent WR Jeremy Maclin aren’t “significantly far apart” in contract negotiations. McLane adds that there is mutual interest between the two parties in bringing Maclin, but the Eagles would prefer to pay him less than the $12.8 million it would cost them to use their franchise tag. In the ...

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NFL Notes: Rule Changes, Buccaneers, Falcons, & Patriots

Rule Changes The NFL announced released the list of changes the NFL competition committee is considering for next year. Modifying what is reviewable under instant replay Exploring processes and procedures of how a medical timeout would work Discussing banning the chop block Ensuring that the review process covers what was called on the field and does not create new fouls Refining ...

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Julius Thomas Expected To Have A “Very Active Market” With Jaguars, Raiders & Falcons Among Interested Teams

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Broncos free agent TE Julius Thomas will have a “very active market” this offseason. According to Rapoport, the Broncos are expected to allow Thomas test the open market in the coming weeks, as there are questions about the injuries he’s dealt with and his fit in Gary Kubiak‘s new offensive scheme. Rapoport mentioned the Jaguars and ...

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After Missing Out On Josh McCown, Matt Cassel Could Be An Option For The Bills?

The Cleveland Browns announced Friday that they have reached an agreement with former Buccaneers QB Josh McCown three-year contract. According to reports, the Buffalo Bills were also in contract negotiations with McCown, but ultimately weren’t able to get him under contract. Given how limited the free agent market is in terms of quarterback talent, teams like Bills are in a real tough ...

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Report: Packers Expected To Re-Sign DL B.J. Raji

Bill Huber of of PackerReport.com reports that the Packers are expected to re-sign free agent DT B.J. Raji. The Packers are also reportedly interested in bringing back NT Letroy Guion, even though he had some recent issues that resulted in an arrest for felony possession of marijuana and a firearm. With this in mind, it’s not all that surprising to hear ...

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Falcons Waive DE Jonathan Massaquoi

The Atlanta Falcons announced that they’ve placed DE Jonathan Massaquoi on waivers Friday. The Falcons have waived DE Jonathan Massaquoi. — Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) February 27, 2015 Massaquoi, 26, is a former third round pick of the Falcons back in 2012. He still had one year remaining on his four-year, $2,268,860 rookie contract which included a base salary of $660,000 for the 2015 season. According ...

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Still A Chance Darnell Dockett Could Be Back With The Cardinals

After the Cardinals announced that they were releasing veteran DL Darnell Dockett on Friday, GM Steve Keim that they haven’t closed the door on him being back in Arizona next year. “We have been very clear about our feelings for Darnell and our desire to have him back,” Keim said, per Albert Breer. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that the move ...

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NFL Notes: Larry Fitzgerald, 49ers, Colts, Saints, & Vikings

Larry Fitzgerald Albert Breer has some contract details for Larry Fitzgerald‘s new contract. Fitzgerald has a $10 million bonus that’s treated as signing bonus due on March 11. He’ll make base salaries of $1 million (2015), $11 million (2016), both of which are fully guaranteed. The agreement will void after two years, even though it’s a four-year contract. The remaining two years are added to ...

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NFL Notes: Ndamukong Suh, Brandon Marshall, Chiefs, Texans, & Vikings

Ndamukong Suh Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press takes a look at the top-five teams most likely to sign free agent DT Ndamukong Suh this offseason. According to Birkett, the list of options for Suh is likely to include the Raiders, Jaguars, Colts, Jets and Lions.  Brandon Marshall Jason La Canfora writes that he wound’t rule out a few teams being interested in Bears WR ...

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Several Teams Reportedly “Covet” Percy Harvin On A Short-Term Deal

Jason La Canfora reports that Percy Harvin will not accept a pay cut to be back with the Jets, which leads him to believe that Harvin’s release is “imminent.” Interesting enough, several teams reportedly “covet” Harvin on a short-term contract, according to La Canfora. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported earlier in the week that the Jets and Harvin’s agent are ...

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