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John Ross (shoulder) will undergo surgery to repair his labrum following the upcoming NFL Combine, Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com reports.


Although Ross will reportedly participate in every drill and test minus the bench press at the combine, this is concerning news for one of the top receiving prospects in this year's class. Ross will also work out for teams the week following the combine before undergoing the procedure. According to the report, Ross played the majority of the season with the injury after hurting his shoulder in Washington's rout over Stanford. Ross went on to record 60 catches for 873 yards (14.55 yards per catch) and 11 touchdowns in nine games following the injury. His agent reportedly said that Ross is expected be ready for the beginning of training camp.

Trevor Roach announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday.


Roach went undrafted out of Nebraska in 2015 and spent most of his professional career on the Bengals' practice squad. In five career games, the 24-year-old registered two total tackles.

DeSean Jackson (W, Was)

DeSean Jackson wants to re-sign with the Redskins, but also admitted that he'll take the best offer he receives as a free agent this offseason, ESPN's John Keim reports.


Jackson is coming off his second 1,000-yard season since arriving in Washington in 2014, which figures to make him a hot commodity on the free agent market this offseason. Despite his stated desire to remain with the Redskins, Jackson is expected to have attractive offers elsewhere, which should complicate his decision-making process. Not only that, but Washington is also tasked with fellow wideout Pierre Garcon and quarterback Kirk Cousins being free agents, making the team's cap situation less flexible than some of Jackson's potential suitors. As a result, the 30-year-old's future employer is far from certain, which leaves his 2017 fantasy outlook in need of valuable context before it can be determined.

Jamaal Charles

General manager John Dorsey still sees Jamaal Charles (knee) as a Chiefs player, but said regarding his future with the team, "We'll see what happens in March," NFL.com reports.


Charles has played just eight games over the past two seasons due to knee injuries and is slated to count over $6 million against the salary cap in the final year of his contract with the Chiefs next season. Given the 30-year-old's unfortunate injury history as well as Spencer Ware's emergence this past season, that evaluation likely exceeds what the Chiefs are willing to pay Charles, particularly considering their tight cap situation. However, after Dorsey complemented Charles' relentless approach to returning to health, not to mention his previous accomplishments with the team, there remains a possibility that the veteran returns to Kansas City under a restructured deal, which makes his situation an interesting one to monitor over the next month or so.

Rannell Hall re-signed with the Browns on Friday, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.


Hall missed all of this past season after fracturing his fibula in August, but he'll now rejoin the Browns with an eye on making the team ahead of the 2017 campaign.

Kory Lichtensteiger announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday.


Lichtensteiger entered the league as a fourth-round pick out of Bowling Green in 2008 and went on to start 75 of his 93 career games with the Broncos, Vikings and Redskins. His final season was shortened to just three games due to a calf injury, but Lichtensteiger still started on each occasion he was active. Upon his retirement, Spencer Long is currently pegged as Washington's starting center heading into next season.

George Iloka underwent a minor procedure on his shoulder Thursday but is expected to be ready for the Bengals' offseason workout program, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.


Iloka's shoulder scope was reportedly an outpatient procedure, so there is little concern from the Bengals that he'll miss much time. The rangy safety had a strong season by IDP standards in the defensive backfield as he racked up 74 tackles and picked off three passes.

Xavier Grimble signed a one-year, $540,000 contract with the Steelers, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.


The contract represents the NFL minimum for a player with one year of service time. An exclusive rights free agent, Grimble caught 11 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games this season, and will likely be competing for a backup tight end spot next season.

Blair Walsh

Blair Walsh signed a contract with the Seahawks on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.


Walsh struggled mightily in 2016, missing four extra points and making 12 of 16 field-goal attempts prior to being released in November. Steven Hauschka, the Seahawks' kicker in 2016, will be a free agent upon the end of the league year, meaning Walsh could be set to handle the kicking duties in Seattle in 2017.

Carson Palmer (Q, AZ)

Carson Palmer has confirmed he will return for the 2017 season after considering retirement, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.


Palmer considered retirement after what he described as the most physically grueling season of his career. His numbers dipped from 2015 to 2016 but he was still an above average quarterback in what was his age-36 season. He'll look to rebound in 2017 from his 26-touchdown, 14-interception, 14-fumble performance in 2016.

Rolan Milligan signed a contract with the Lions on Thursday, Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group reports.


Milligan was an undrafted free agent at the start of least season and after latching on with the Cowboys, ended up suffering a severe injury that cost him the rest of the 2016 campaign. He was waived with an injury settlement and after taking the long road to recovery, he's finally healthy enough to sign with a new team. He'll join the Lions for the offseason, but there's no guarantee he makes the final roster.

D'Qwell Jackson (concussion) was released by the Colts on Thursday.


Jackson had a nice season for the Colts before being suspended for its final four games due to a violation of the NFL's performance enhancing substances policy, racking up 78 combined tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles. The veteran inside linebacker would have been owed $5.5 million of non-guaranteed money in 2017 had the Colts kept him, so it is not necessarily surprising to see him released, especially taking the recent suspension into consideration. Jackson is now entering his 11th season, but still appears to have plenty of gas left in the tank and should find himself on an NFL roster come September.

Demarcus Ayers underwent core-muscle surgery on Tuesday, Mark Kaboly of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.


The procedure, which was performed on both sides of his legs, is more commonly known as sports-hernia surgery, and has an estimated recovery time of two months. Ayers spent most of the 2016 season on the practice squad, seeing action in just two games and logging two receptions on six targets for 53 yards and a touchdown. He'll look to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster next season.

Devin Lucien signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots on Tuesday, NESN reports.


The Patriots selected Lucien in the seventh round of last year's draft, but the Arizona State product failed to survive final roster cuts ahead of the season opener. In turn, he spent the season on New England's practice squad and will now slot in as the team's No. 7 wideout entering the offseason.

Tyler Gaffney signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots on Tuesday, NESN reports.


Gaffney, who ended the 2016 season on the Patriots' practice squad, slots in as the sixth running back on the team's offseason depth chart.

Jackson (pectoral) is expected to be full-go for spring workouts, Cincinnati.com reports.


Jackson lost his rookie season to a pectoral tear suffered in practice last August but appears to have recovered nicely. In fact, the Bengals had plans to activate the cornerback from injured reserve before RB Giovani Bernard (knee - ACL) went down in November, prompting the team to change course and use its sole 'Designated for Return' tag on RB Cedric Peerman instead. Since Jackson had come this close to playing, it appears he could already be fully healthy. Thus, it comes as little surprise that he's expected back for spring workouts in April. With No. 1 CB Dre Kirkpatrick an unrestricted free agent and starting complement Adam Jones potentially facing legal discipline, those sessions could be the starting point for Jackson's quest to claim a first-string role in 2017.

Andrew Billings (knee) considered himself almost completely recovered from his preseason injury in December, Cincinnati.com reports. "I couldn't play football," Billings admitted. "But I could run, and cut, squat and do the regular things I needed to do."


Billings tore the meniscus in one of his knees during a joint scrimmage with the Vikings last summer and subsequently spent the entirety of the 2016 season on injured reserve. It appears his recovery has gone about as well as it could have, considering he was still able to work out his upper body during rehab and could perform most basic leg movements by December. While Billings noted he wasn't in football shape at that point, he still has over two months until team workouts commence. When that time comes, assuming he recovered in full, Billings should make a push to claim a first-string defensive tackle role with incumbent starter Domata Peko now an unrestricted free agent.

Chris Brown was claimed off waivers by the Bengals on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.


An undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame, Brown joined the Cowboys for the preseason but ended up breaking his foot, which kept him sidelined for the duration of the 2016 campaign. After being waived by the Cowboys, the Bengals saw enough potential to give him a look, so he should be with the team throughout at least the offseason. Still, Brown will likely have a tough time making the final roster and it remains to be seen if he'll be able to return to his pre-injury form.

Leodis McKelvin was released by the Eagles on Wednesday.


McKelvin signed a two-year, $6 million contract with Philadelphia last offseason. In 13 games with the Eagles in 2016, he recorded 43 tackles and two interceptions, including one pick-six. He saw the field on 57.5 percent of the team's defensive snaps, but routinely struggled in man-to-man coverage. He'll be 32 come the start of the 2017 regular season.

Sam Shields (concussion) was released by the Packers on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.


Shields was the first to relay the news of his release via his personal Instagram account, but the transaction had been widely anticipated for a while, as the cornerback is still recovering from a concussion suffered in Week 1 of the season. With Shields' long-term health a significant question mark and the 29-year-old due $8 million and a $500,000 workout bonus for 2017, it was an easy decision for the Packers to make him a cap casualty. Shields has stated that he wants to keep playing, but given his history with concussions, it's unclear if he'll latch on with another team.