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Tyler Lockett

Tyler Lockett (leg) is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery and should be ready to go for Week 1, ESPN's Mike Clay reports.


There's been plenty of optimism that Lockett, who's on the mend from a compound fracture to his left fibula suffered in late January, will be ready to go for the start of the 2017 campaign, and this report only reinforces that notion. However, there doesn't seem to be virtually any certainty in regard to the soonest he might return. Seattle enters the offseason program with the starting job opposite Doug Baldwin "wide open" according to Seahawks beat writer Sheil Kapadia, but Lockett likely won't even have a shot if he's out of commission most of the summer. Thus, the third-year wideout has plenty of incentive to return to the field as quick as possible in order to join Paul Richardson, Jermaine Kearse and potentially a draft pick or two for what could evolve into a heated competition for the title as the team's No. 2 wide receiver.

Dekoda Watson signed a three-year contract with the 49ers on Friday.


Watson, who's struggled to stay healthy the past few years, strung together a full, 16-game season with the Broncos in 2016 and wound up leading the team with 11 special teams tackles. While he could theoretically carve out a rotational role at linebacker this summer, look for him to do most of his work for the Niners on special teams.

Nick Folk (K, NYJ)

Nick Folk will sign with the Buccaneers, Peter Schrager of FOX Sports reports.


Folk converted 27 of 31 field goals in 2016, which is a solid campaign in its own right but especially impressive when considering three of his four missed attempts were blocked by the opposition. Meanwhile, Roberto Aguayo, who the Bucs traded up for in the second round of last year's draft, was true on just 22 of 31 attempts in what was ultimately a disappointing campaign for the highly touted kicking prospect. While it's fair to wonder whether Folk's signing was simply a motivational tactic to get the underperforming youngster going, this could turn into an outright competition for the starting job if Aguayo continues to fall under expectations.

Kenny Wiggins re-signed with the Chargers on a one-year deal Friday, Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.


After putting together a solid season in 2015, Wiggins took a step back last year and owns much of the blame for several breakdowns on special teams that led to missed field goals. He likely isn't guaranteed a roster spot and will need to compete for a reserve role ahead of the 2017 campaign.

Oday Aboushi agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Seahawks on Friday, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.


Aboushi appeared in 11 games for the Texans the last two seasons and was a starter in eight of them. Now in Seattle, he will supply the Seahawks with depth along the offensive line.

Arthur Brown signed a contract with the Seahawks on Friday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.


The Seahawks entered the offseason in need of depth at linebacker and they have found just that in Brown. While the former second-rounder has struggled staying healthy the past two seasons, he'll be able to provide Seattle with an instant boost on special teams and serve as a solid insurance policy for MLB Bobby Wagner.

Leonard Johnson signed a contract with the Bills on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.


This signing makes sense considering Johnson was a member of new head coach Sean McDermott's defense last season when McDermott was the defensive coordinator for the Panthers. Now in Buffalo, the six-year veteran will likely compete for a prominent role in a Bills secondary that needs to replace the departed Stephon Gilmore.

T.J. Johnson re-signed with the Bengals on a two-year deal Friday.


Johnson, formerly a restricted free agent, is expected to compete for the starting right guard job this summer in the wake of Kevin Zeitler's departure for Cleveland.

Tyrone Crawford (shoulder) is confident he can bounce back from shoulder surgery in 2017, the Star-Telegram reports.


Crawford, who underwent a procedure on his left shoulder in January, required surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right arm after the 2015 season and came back in 2016 showing no signs of injury. Now having been through the rehab process for shoulder surgery before, the Boise State product is confident he will return in 2017 without an issue. He's less certain where he'll be lining up, however, considering the recent departure of Terrell McClain opens up the door for him to move back inside to defensive tackle.

Morris Claiborne (ribs) will sign a one-year, $5 million deal with the Jets on Friday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.


The sixth overall selection in the 2012 draft, Claiborne was largely considered a disappointment entering this past year. However, he looked like a new player in 2016 and was performing surprisingly well until a sports hernia injury cut his season short in Week 8. If he picks up where he left off with the Jets – but also prove he can stay healthy for a full 16 games – Claiborne could cash in on a much larger deal next summer.

The Cardinals signed Frostee Rucker to a one-year contract Friday, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports.


The last two seasons have been injury-riddled for Rucker, who mentioned in January that his return to play another season at 34 years old would be contingent upon his health. After earning just 28.3 percent of the defensive snaps in 2016, in part due to sprained MCL that sidelined him for three games, he's merely a rotational defensive end at this point in his career. Having said that, Rucker could be in line for a bit more work in the upcoming campaign following the departure of long-time D-end Calais Campbell.

Corey Washington signed with the Bills on Friday, ESPN.com's Mike Rodak reports.


A 2014 undrafted free agent, Washington parlayed a strong first preseason into a roster spot with the Giants, but he only caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown in 14 games as a rookie. He injured his knee the following preseason and hasn't played in a game since, but the receiver-needy Bills could provide the 25-year-old with a decent opportunity to make the 53-man roster. Washington likely will still head into training camp as a long shot, if he even sticks with the team until then.

The Bills signed Joe Banyard on Friday, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.


Banyard is jack of all trades who can provide depth in the running, passing, and return games. He even has the ability to serve as an emergency quarterback. However, the Bills are just filling out their full offseason roster, so it's no certainty the 28-year-old even makes the team.

Kamar Aiken (W, Bal)

Kamar Aiken, an unrestricted free agent, is visiting with the Colts on Friday, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.


A 2011 undrafted free agent, Aiken hung around the league due to his contributions on special teams, eventually breaking through as the leading receiver (944 yards) for an injury-ravaged 2015 Ravens squad. He followed the breakout with a forgettable 2016 campaign in a much healthier offense, catching 29 of 50 targets for 328 yards and a touchdown. Aiken is also getting a look from the Seahawks, but regardless of where he ultimately lands, he'll likely be looking at a role as a depth receiver and special teams contributor.

Joe Flacco (Q, Bal)

The Ravens have not given Joe Flacco much help through the first week of free agency, ESPN.com reports.


Already losing wide receiver Steve Smith to retirement, the Ravens also lost starting right tackle Ricky Wagner (Lions) and starting center Jeremy Zuttah (49ers), without adding new pieces or having obvious replacements on the current roster. Baltimore has instead focused on rebuilding its defensive backfield, which might be wise from a team perspective but doesn't bode well for Flacco's 2017 prospects. The offensive line currently stands as the biggest question mark, with the wideout group also looking like a potential weakness. The Ravens did add pass-catching back Danny Woodhead (knee), who is 33 years old and currently rehabbing a torn ACL. The Ravens likely will address their offense during the upcoming draft, but it's always a sketchy proposition to expect major immediate contributions from rookies. The team may also look to the bargain bin of free agency, as it has often done successfully in the past.

John Jenkins has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Bears, the Chicago Tribune reports.


Jenkins split last season between New Orleans and Seattle, recording 13 tackles in nine games. He only has 62 tackles and 1.5 sacks in his four-year career, but at 350-plus pounds he could be of use to Chicago's run defense in a depth role.

Mychal Rivera (W, Oak)

Mychal Rivera will visit the Jets, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reports.


Rivera enjoyed a productive stretch with the Raiders back in 2014, but his role in the offense faded as the team added superior weapons. He only caught 18 of 25 targets for 192 yards and a touchdown in 13 games last season, serving as the No. 2 tight end in an offense that heavily relied on its impressive wideouts. While the Raiders seem fine to move forward without him, Rivera might have a real shot at a starting job with a Jets team sorely lacking in talent at his position. New York might represent his best chance to re-emerge as a pass-catching threat.

Jamaal Charles

As expected, Jamaal Charles (knee) finished his visit to Seattle without signing a contract, The Seattle Times reports.


The visit was never expected to result in an immediate contract, with the Seahawks merely hoping to gather information for a potential signing down the road. The 30-year-old has planned on taking other visits all along, perhaps hoping his stock will go up as his physical condition improves. Charles might opt to remain on the open market until July or August, at which point his knee likely will be in better shape and teams will start to lose running backs to injury. A few reports have suggested his knee is technically considered healthy, but it remains enough of a concern that the Chiefs were able to release him March 1 with a failed physical designation. Regardless of where he lands, Charles presumably will have to settle for a complementary role.

Colin Kaepernick (Q, SF)

49ers general manager John Lynch acknowledged that the team is unlikely to re-sign Colin Kaepernick, who recently opted out of the final year of his contract, The San Jose Mercury News reports.


Kaepernick's decision to opt out was seemingly made for non-financial reasons, as he walked away from $14.5 million without any assurance of finding a similar deal. A return to San Francisco at a lower price was initially considered possible, but it seems highly unlikely now that the team has added Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley. Kaepernick put up decent numbers for a woeful 49ers squad last season, but his injury history, social activism and track record of inconsistent performance are all factors that may dissuade teams from taking a shot on the 29-year-old. He should still eventually be able to find work as a backup – or for a chance to compete for a starting job – assuming he's willing to settle for a much smaller salary than he's grown accustomed to.

Josh McCown (Q, Cle)

Josh McCown will visit with the Jets on Friday and Saturday, ESPN.com reports.


With free agent Geno Smith expected to join the other New York football team, the Jets are left with a woefully inexperienced quarterback group consisting of 2016 second-rounder Christian Hackenberg and 2015 fourth-rounder Bryce Petty. The addition of McCown would provide some veteran stability without dissuading the Jets from pursuing another QB to add to the pack. The 37-year-old McCown has proven to be a high-end backup/low-end starter in the latter stage of his career, which has included strong showings for the 2013 Bears and 2015 Browns. New York might provide McCown with his best shot to earn a Week 1 starting job.