NFL Recent Player News
|5/27/2016||Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ, QB|
|The New York Jets made a three-year offer to Fitzpatrick in March that includes $12 million guaranteed in the first year.
Analysis: That offer has remained on the table for Fitzpatrick, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side is commenting publicly on the negotiations. Fitzpatrick and the Jets have been locked in a contract stalemate. The 33-year-old quarterback is a free agent and coming off a season in which he threw a Jets-record 31 touchdown passes and led New York within a victory of the playoffs.
|5/27/2016||Leonard Floyd, Chi, LB|
|The Chicago Bears and Floyd have agreed to a four-year contract with an option for a fifth year.
Analysis: The Bears drafted the outside linebacker from Georgia with the ninth pick after trading up two spots in a deal with Tampa Bay. Chicago hopes he will add some athleticism to a team trying to build on a 6-10 season. The 6-foot-6, 244-pound Floyd led the Bulldogs in sacks for the third straight year with 4 1/2, and tied for the team lead with 10 1/2 tackles for loss last season.
|5/26/2016||Kevin Dodd, Ten, DE|
|Dodd will be sidelined until the start of training camp after undergoing surgery on his right foot.
Analysis: Dodd, the first of three second-round picks by the Titans in last month's draft, will miss the remainder of Tennessee's organized team activities and next month's mandatory minicamp. The Clemson product recorded 12 1/2 sacks as a senior with the Tigers.
|5/26/2016||Andre Debose, Oak, WR|
|Debose is on IR.
Analysis: He has no fantasy value.
|5/25/2016||Drew Brees, NO, QB|
|Brees says he's "not stressing" about a recent lack of progress on a possible contract extension with New Orleans and said he'll approach this season the same way whether he gets a new deal or not.
Analysis: Brees, who has been participating in offseason practices this week, said Wednesday night that holding out is "not even a consideration." Brees said there haven't been any contract talks for nearly two months.
|5/25/2016||Jerome Cunningham, Ten, TE|
|The Tennessee Titans have claimed Cunningham off waivers from the New York Jets.
Analysis: The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Cunningham was waived by the Jets who had claimed the tight end after he played nine games for the New York Giants last season with eight catches for 59 yards. The Giants signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Connecticut State in 2014, and he spent much of that season on the practice squad.
|5/25/2016||DeSean Jackson, Was, WR|
|Jackson isn't taking part in voluntary team workouts, and the Washington Redskins don't seem to care.
Analysis: Jackson was the only healthy player not at Redskins Park this week for the first organized team activities of the offseason. But teammates and coach Jay Gruden brushed off Jackson's notable absence, saying the veteran wide receiver knows how to get prepared. Jackson missed six games last season after injuring his hamstring in the opener. After returning Nov. 8, he made 30 catches for 528 yards and four touchdowns.
|5/25/2016||Sheldon Richardson, NYJ, DE|
|Richardson says he's trying to maintain "positive vibes" about a possible suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Analysis: Richardson pleaded guilty in January to resisting arrest after police clocked him driving at speeds as high as 143 mph in Missouri last July. The NFL is reviewing the case and Richardson acknowledged Wednesday that he has spoken to the league "here and there" about the incident. He was suspended the first four games last season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but had five sacks in 11 games.
|5/24/2016||Le'Veon Bell, Pit, RB|
|The Pittsburgh Steelers running back took the field with his teammates Tuesday for the first time since tearing the MCL in his right knee last November against Cincinnati. Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict twisted Bell awkwardly as the two tumbled out of bounds just a few yards away from where Bell's 2014 season ended after taking a shot to the same knee from Cincinnati's Reggie Nelson.
Analysis: While Bell is one of the league's most versatile and dynamic backs when healthy, he's missed 15 games (including playoffs) in three seasons. He understands concerns about being injury prone will linger, though he attributed his problems to a couple of "nasty tackles" more than anything.
|5/24/2016||Byron Bell, Ten, G|
|Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey says offensive lineman Byron Bell will miss the season after dislocating his left ankle on the Titans' first day of organized team activities.
Analysis: Mularkey says it's an unfortunate injury with Bell having worked hard and competing for a starting job. Bell signed a one-year deal with the Titans this offseason after four seasons with Carolina.
|5/24/2016||Reggie Ragland, Buf, LB|
|The Buffalo Bills have signed their second-round draft pick, linebacker Reggie Ragland. At 6-foot-1 and 247 pounds, he's a hard-hitting player who is being counted upon to win a starting job as part of coach Rex Ryan's revamped defense this season. The signing was announced Tuesday.
Analysis: The Bills traded up eight spots in the draft to select the Alabama prospect and 2015 SEC defensive player of the year with the 41st pick. Ragland was two-year starter and was a unanimous All-American, leading the Crimson Tide with 102 tackles last year, including 60 solo.
|5/24/2016||Jalen Ramsey, Jax, CB|
|Ramsey had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, and the Jacksonville Jaguars expect him to be ready for training camp.
Analysis: Ramsey hurt his knee last week during an on-field workout, becoming the team's second rookie to go down with an injury. Seventh-round draft pick Jonathan Woodard tore his right Achilles tendon the previous week and had season-ending surgery.
|5/23/2016||Shaq Thompson, Car, LB|
|Thompson was cited for a head-on accident that injured former Duke quarterback Anthony Boone over the weekend, a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper said Monday.
Analysis: Trooper John Burgin told The Associated Press that Thompson's vehicle collided with one driven by Boone on Sunday morning near Weddington, located about 20 miles southeast of Charlotte. Burgin said Thompson told authorities in his statement that he reached down to pick up his dropped cellphone, leading to a citation for driving left of the center line. Burgin said Boone broke his pelvis but his injuries weren't life-threatening. Thompson wasn't injured.
|5/23/2016||Brian Hartline, Cle, WR|
|Cleveland cut Hartline on Monday. The Browns drafted four receivers in April, including their first-round pick, Corey Coleman of Baylor.
Analysis: Hartline, 29, spent only one season with the Browns. A native of nearby Canton, Ohio, he had 46 receptions for 523 yards and two touchdowns in 2015 after signing a two-year deal worth $6 million, including $3 million guaranteed. Cleveland will save $3 million against the salary cap. Hartline spent his first six NFL seasons with the Dolphins. His best seasons were 2012 and 2013, when he had more than 1,000 yards receiving in both years.
|5/23/2016||Vincent Brown, NO, WR|
|Brown's agent says the receiver has signed with the New Orleans Saints. Ken Sarnoff confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that his client had signed with the Saints. Brown had participated in the Saints' rookie camp earlier this month on a tryout basis.
Analysis: The 5-foot-11 Brown has played in parts of four NFL seasons since 2011, when he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers out of San Diego State. His best season was 2013, when he caught 41 passes for 472 yards and a touchdown. The 27-year-old Brown had 12 receptions in seven games with the Oakland Raiders in 2014. Last season, he returned to play in one game for the Chargers, catching one pass for 22 yards.
|5/23/2016||Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ, QB|
|Fitzpatrick told reporters Monday that he wants to return to the Jets and has no plans to retire.
Analysis: Speaking at former teammate Willie Colon's charity golf tournament, Fitzpatrick refuted previous reports that he would rather walk away from the game than accept a perceived below-market offer from the Jets. The 33-year-old free agent and the Jets have been at an impasse in negotiations throughout the offseason.
|5/23/2016||Jonathan Woodard, Jax, DE|
|Woodard is expected to miss his rookie season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during a workout earlier this month.
Analysis: Woodard, a seventh-round pick from Central Arkansas, will be placed on the physically unable to perform list. He's the team's second 2016 draft choice to suffer a notable injury this spring, with No. 5 overall pick Jalen Ramsey sustaining a small tear to the meniscus in his knee last week.
|5/23/2016||Jack Conklin, Ten, T|
|The Titans have agreed to terms with Conklin, the team's first-round pick in this year's draft.
Analysis: Tennessee traded up from the No. 15 spot to No. 8 to select Conklin, a three-year starter at Michigan State who's expected to be immediately installed as the team's right tackle.
|5/22/2016||Jalen Ramsey, Jax, CB|
|The Jaguars have officially signed Ramsey to a four-year contract.
Analysis: Ramsey, the fifth overall pick in last month's draft, will earn more than $23 million in guaranteed money under the NFL's rookie salary slotting system. The former Florida State All-American could miss the start of his rookie campaign after sustaining a small meniscus tear in his right knee during a workout earlier this week.
|5/20/2016||Jaylon Smith, Dal, LB|
|The Dallas Cowboys signed Smith, their second-round draft pick, and former Baylor basketball player Rico Gathers on Friday.
Analysis: While playing for Notre Dame, Smith tore two ligaments and sustained nerve damage in his left knee in his final college game at the Fiesta Bowl. The Cowboys say even though he has a long rehabilitation in front of him, they are confident he can work his way back.
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