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Mike Tolbert was released by Carolina on Tuesday, Max Henson of the Panthers's official site reports.

Impact

Tolbert had arguably his least effective year in Carolina in 2016, averaging only 11.6 total yards per game. With younger backs Fozzy Whitaker and Cameron Artis-Payne filling in backup roles behind starter Jonathan Stewart, combined with the fact that Tolbert was due $1.5 million in 2017, the Panthers decided to part ways with the fullback. Tolbert will finish his career in Carolina with 19 total touchdowns over five years.

Paul Soliai will be released by the Panthers on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Impact

Soliai signed a two-year, $7 million deal only last year. He was owed a $500 thousand roster bonus Mar. 11, so apparently Carolina didn't find the former Pro Bowler worth keeping on. Soliai will look to find work as a run-stopper on an NFL roster in the coming months. He recorded only eight combined tackles in 2016, but has a big body to plug up lanes and allow other defenders to make plays, making him a valuable commodity.

Sam Brenner (concussion) has cleared concussion protocol but is contemplating retirement, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Impact

Brenner spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve after suffering a head injury last July. He said he's feeling well and has been training as intensely as he normally does in the offseason, but it looks as if he is keeping an open mind to the possibility of ending his career in the name of mental health.

Kellen Moore (lower leg) is fully recovered from the season-ending leg fracture he suffered last summer, KTVB.com reports. "I'm 100 percent now. It's been good. For the last month or two I've been healthy. I've been able to start doing everything as usual," he elaborated.

Impact

Moore broke his ankle last August and spent the entire season on injured reserve. However, he appears to have been healthy for a while now and should be fully prepared to hit free agency at the end of the league year in March. The Cowboys like what they have in the Boise State product, so with Mark Sanchez an unrestricted free agent as well and Tony Romo (back) destined for a trade or release, Moore likely possesses the greatest odds of returning as Dak Prescott's backup in 2017.

T.J. Lang (foot) remains on crutches due to offseason hip surgery, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Impact

In addition to an ailing hip, Lang is also nursing a broken left foot, but there is no word on whether he required surgery for that this offseason as well. There is no timeline for when he's expected to be back in action either, but with unrestricted free agency looming, Lang will presumably look to return to full form as soon as he can. Green Bay is the only place he's ever called home in his professional career, but considering the team hasn't even made contact with him yet, he doesn't appear to be one of the organization's top priorities.

Cole Wick (knee) is healthy and "itching to get back" on the field, The Detriot Free Press reports.

Impact

Wick finished the 2016 season on injured reserve after tearing up his knee in Week 7. He declined to say whether he required surgery or not, but, regardless, he's healthy now and fully expected to attend voluntary offseason workouts in April. Outside of starter Eric Ebron, Wick is the only tight end under contract through 2017 who played a down for the Lions last year. Thus, he currently appears to be the frontrunner for No. 2 duties next season, although Detroit could always bring in competition for the role via free agency or the draft.

Tyron Smith has agreed to a restructured contract with the Cowboys, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Impact

Smith signed a lucrative eight-year, $109 million extension with Dallas back in July of 2014, but in restructuring his deal now, the All-Pro left tackle will help save the Cowboys over $17 million in cap space this year.

Travis Frederick has agreed to a restructured contract with the Cowboys, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Impact

Frederick and fellow lineman Tyron Smith's restructured deals will reportedly open over $17 million worth of cap space for the Cowboys heading into the new league year. Named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons, Frederick signed a six-year, $56.4 million extension with Dallas last August.

Julius Thomas (back) will be traded from the Jaguars to the Dolphins in exchange for a late-round pick in this year's draft, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Impact

Thomas managed just 76 receptions for 736 yards and nine touchdowns in two seasons after signing a five-year, $46 million deal with the Jaguars in 2015, but in joining the Dolphins, he'll be reunited with coach Adam Gase, who served as his offensive coordinator with the Broncos in 2013 and 2014. Thomas scored 12 touchdowns in both of those seasons, emerging as a top fantasy tight end along the way. Although having Peyton Manning as his quarterback obviously helped his stock significantly at the time, Thomas should like his chances of rebounding in his new setting, where he could cement himself as Miami's starting tight end given that Jordan Cameron (concussion) and Dion Sims are both potential free-agent departures this offseason.

Julius Peppers doesn't figure to return to the Packers next season, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.

Impact

Peppers registered 7.5 sacks in a noticeably limited role last season, and although that production was impressive for someone his age, the Packers' many free-agent edge defenders may cause them to prioritize options younger than the 37-year-old this offseason. For his part, it's unclear whether Peppers will continue playing or opt to retire, thus complicating his situation further. What's certain, though, is that as the NFL's fifth-leading sack artist of all time, Peppers can hold his head high no matter what his future holds.

Rob Kelley (knee) is currently projected as the Redskins' starting running back in 2017, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

Impact

Kelley, an undrafted rookie last year, started Washington's final nine games of the season after Matt Jones failed to impress to begin the campaign. In those appearances, Kelley finished with 601 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Although a knee problem that required a small surgery this offseason slowed him toward the end of that stretch, Kelley showed enough to project as the Redskins' top tailback heading into next season. With his numbers as a starter, that role could see Kelley eclipse 1,000 yards in 2017, but he'll need to continue to prove he's the team's best option to have that opportunity.

Giovani Bernard (knee) is making great progress in his rehabilitation from last season's torn ACL and anticipated to return some time during training camp, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

Impact

Bernard went down in a November game against the Bills, ending his season after 10 games played. Since then, he's drawn consistently positive updates regarding his recovery, which has raised optimism that he'll reenter the fold before the 2017 regular season kicks off. While that would likely allow him to avoid Cincinnati's PUP list, which would rule him out for the first six weeks of the campaign, Bernard reportedly might still need a game or two before he's fully ready to play. Overall, the possibility of missing games still exists, but Bernard is at least doing the best he can to ensure any absence is minimized.

Tony Jefferson (knee) is expected to reach the open market once free agency begins on March 9, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Impact

Less than one year removed from receiving little interest as a restricted free agent, Jefferson will likely garner offers left and right once organizations can contact unrestricted free agents on March 7. Before reaching the final days of the 2016 league year, though, the Cardinals can negotiate with the safety, who exploded for a career-best 96 tackles (78 solo), despite missing the season finale due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain. The organization is handcuffed due to the presence of fellow unrestricted free agent defenders Calais Campbell and Chandler Jones, hence the reason Jefferson is expected to be available upon the opening of free agency.

Victor Cruz (W, NYG)

Victor Cruz is making a free-agent visit to the Panthers on Monday, the Black and Blue Review reports.

Impact

Cruz's meeting with the Panthers comes after he was released by the Giants last week. While it remains to be seen whether his visit will result in him signing a contract, which he's free to do at any time this offseason, his history with Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman could bode in the team's favor. Gettleman was a member of the Giants' front office when the club signed Cruz as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Although injuries have largely contributed toward his recent decline, Cruz's veteran presence and ability to play the slot position could bolster Carolina's receiving options.

Darrelle Revis is due in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing regarding a recent alleged incident in Pittsburgh, SI.com reports.

Impact

Among the charges, Revis is facing four felonies (two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, and one count of conspiracy: aggravated assault) as well as one misdemeanor for making terroristic threats. Following the Sunday, Feb. 12 incident, he turned himself into authorities last Friday, after which his upcoming legal road was set in motion. The NFL doesn't weigh in on such matters until the justice system makes a determination, meaning his status with the Jets will likely be in limbo as the 2017 league year starts at 4 PM ET on March 9.

Jared Odrick (shoulder) will be released by the Jaguars on Monday, his management agency, DEC Management, reports.

Impact

Odrick signed a five-year, $42.5 million deal with Jacksonville in 2015, and although he went on to lead the Jags with 5.5 sacks that year, he missed 10 games this past season due to a shoulder injury, limiting him to merely 12 tackles and one sack. In cutting the 29-year-old, who will become a free agent upon his release, Jacksonville is set to save $8.5 million in cap room.

Trent Richardson (knee) was arrested last Thursday on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in the third degree, WRBC.com reports.

Impact

Handed plenty of opportunity to stick in the NFL, Richardson hasn't taken the field in season since 2014 and during preseason play since August of 2015. His woes have now extended off the field due to an alleged incident with a female in Hoover, Ala. While the legal system works itself out, there's no indication that the NFL will come calling in the short or long term.

Jared Goff has been working with renowned quarterback coaches Tom House and Adam Dedeaux in Los Angeles this offseason, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports.

Impact

Goff's teaming up with House and Dedeaux comes after last year's top overall pick endured a rocky rookie campaign that included just five touchdowns versus seven interceptions in seven games played. Over that span, Goff averaged the fewest yards per attempt (5.31) in the league, but by working with House and Dedeaux, whose list of clients includes Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Eli Manning, Goff will hope their program's focus on conditioning, mechanics, nutrition and the mental side of playing quarterback can translate into an improved second season.

Tony Romo will likely discuss his future with owner/GM Jerry Jones before the NFL Scouting Combine, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

Impact

Before the NFL officially kicks off its annual period of scrutiny regarding prospects on Feb. 28, the Cowboys brass led by Jones are expected to meet with Romo and discuss the best course of action with their long-time quarterback. With Romo out of the lineup last season, Dak Prescott helmed the offense impeccably, proving that the Cowboys are in good hands under center. There appears to be a willingness from Romo's camp to rework his contract and facilitate a trade to an interested organization, netting the Cowboys assets in the process. No matter how the offseason proceeds, he's on the road to residing in new climes for the first time in his lengthy career.

Kelvin Beachum dealt with consistent knee pain in the second half of the 2016 season, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Impact

Beachum played with Jacksonville on a one-year deal in 2016 after he ended the 2015 season on injured reserve due to a torn ACL. While he started in 15 games this past season, he was forced to sit out several practices in the latter half of the season as he fought through pain in his knee. It's unclear if there are any lingering issues with his surgically-repaired knee, but it doesn't appear to have limited him greatly in game action and isn't expected to do so in 2017.