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The 49ers have begun talking with Michael Crabtree about a new contract, NFL.com reports.

Impact

A recent report from the Sacramento Bee suggested that Crabtree is unlikely to re-sign with the 49ers, but it still makes sense for the two sides to at least touch base. A return to the Bay would seemingly cap Crabtree's upside, as Anquan Boldin is still under contract, and the 49ers will likely emphasize their running game.

Kam Chancellor will not need surgery on the torn MCL he suffered two days before the Super Bowl, the Seattle Times reports.

Impact

Chancellor had 10 tackles, seven solo, in the Super Bowl playing on the injured knee. Rest and rehab should have him ready for next season, though he might be limited for the start training camp.

Earl Thomas, who played through a fully torn labrum in the Super Bowl, has yet to have shoulder surgery but is expected to be ready for the start of the season, the Seattle Times reports.

Impact

Thomas reportedly will need six to eight months to recover following surgery, but general manager John Schneider said Thursday that he is not concerned about Thomas being ready for the start of the season. Schneider said it's possible that Thomas is not ready for the start of training camp "because we are going to monitor him and make sure we do what's best for the long term." Thomas, who suffered the injury in the NFC championship game, had nine tackles, including eight solo, in the Super Bowl.

The Dolphins are nearing a decision on Mike Wallace, according to the Miami Herald.

Impact

When the Dolphins signed Wallace in 2013, he became the NFL's highest paid wide receiver, he currently sits in fourth place. Is he worth that amount of money? Probably not but the Dolphins are now leaning towards asking him to take a pay cut rather than cutting him.

Jeremy Lane, who suffered a gruesome compound arm fracture on an interception return in the Super Bowl, will have surgery on a knee injury suffered on the same play, the Seattle Times reports.

Impact

General manager John Schneider said the broken wrist is not an issue, but a torn ACL could keep Lane from being ready for the start of the season. Lane is in line to start at cornerback if free-agent Byron Marshall leaves, as expected. If Lane isn't ready, the team does not a good alternative at right cornerback – as Tharold Simom showed in the Super Bowl.

Paul Richardson, who tore his left ACL in the divisional playoffs, likely will not be ready for the start of next season, the Seattle Times reports.

Impact

General manager John Schneider said Thursday "that's going to be a tough one" for Richardson to be ready by Week 1. Richardson had a slow start to his rookie year but saw more work in the passing game in the last month of the season. In addition to overcoming the injury, Richardson likely will have more competition at the position next season as well. The Seahawks are expected to upgrade wide receiver through free agency and/or the draft.

Chad Greenway says he's "completely healthy" after suffering a strained MCL injury on Dec. 21 and has started working out this offseason, ESPN reports.

Impact

Greenway missed the final game of the season due to the injury. He also missed three games due to hand and rib fractures. His contract is set to pay him $7.1 million and counts $8.8 million against the salary cap and the Vikings are likely to ask him to restructure his contract in order to stay on the roster. Greenway restructured his contract last year to reduce his salary by $1 million.

Morris Claiborne (knee) may not be ready for the start of training camp, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Impact

The Cowboys aren't expecting Claiborne to be involved in any spring OTAs, however, as he recovers from a ruptured patellar tendon. "We are hopeful about [Claiborne returning for] training camp," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He might be one of those guys who doesn't start right away in training camp. But that's a long way off. That's premature. But I wouldn't anticipate him being too involved in the spring." With Claiborne having been a disappointment so far in his career and Brandon Carr getting older, look for the Cowboys to add more secondary depth in the draft if they can.

Sean Lee is ahead of schedule in his rehab from knee surgery, and is expected to be a full participant in April's offseason program, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Impact

The Cowboys indicated last season that Lee would play weakside linebacker when he came back rather than the Mike position, to try and reduce his risk of getting hurt, but with Rolando McClain not yet re-signed the club may have to return Lee to the middle in 2015 and take their chances.

Sio Moore (hip) is expected to miss OTAs in May and June, but should be healthy by the start of training camp, CSN Bay Area reports. "He should be ready," general manager Reggie McKenzie said. "There's nothing negative to suggest that he won't be ready for training camp. He had major surgery, so it's going to take him awhile to get back. We're not going to have him push through just to have him ready for the start of OTAs."

Impact

After suffering a hip injury in December, Moore was shut down for the final three games of the regular season and eventually had surgery in January. With a long recovery expected, he won't be active when the Raiders' offseason program commences on Apr. 6, and an appearance in OTAs likely won't come to pass. In two professional campaigns, he's proved his all-around prowess at outside linebacker, racking up 140 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles in 26 games.

49ers' GM Trent Baalke confirmed that Vernon Davis would "absolutely" be back with the team in 2015, CSN Bay Area reports.

Impact

Davis is coming off his worst season as a pro (26 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns), and is owed $4.95 million going into the final year of his contract. He dealt with minor injuries throughout the season, but under-performed even when he was back at full strength. Baalke believes that Davis simply had a down year, and he will be able to bounce back next season. He isn't a spring chicken at the age of 31, but the drop off in production from 2013 to 2014 came out of nowhere. A weak offensive line is partly to blame, as Davis was asked to block more than usual. Either way, Davis has a lot to prove in 2015 as he tries to restore faith in fantasy owners.

The Vikings have claimed Brandon Bostick off waivers from the Packers, the team's official site reports.

Impact

Bostick joins a Vikings' TE corps that also includes Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison, Chase Ford and Ryan Otten. With Bostick having recorded just nine career catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns in 24 games over the past two seasons with Green Bay, the 25-year-old has much to prove before he enters the fantasy lineup equation.

Coach John Fox fell short of issuing Jay Cutler a vote of confidence at this stage of the offseason, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

With that in mind, Fox suggested that the Bears are "not up against a deadline" in terms of making a call on Cutler's future with the team, though it's worth noting that Cutler's 2015 base salary ($15.5 million) is guaranteed, while $10 million of the QB's 2016 salary is guaranteed if he's still on the Bears' roster on March 12.

Coach Rex Ryan emphasized Wednesday that he'll continue to look to beef up the quarterback spot this offseason, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said Ryan, "I think in an ideal world you'd have a veteran quarterback with a young quarterback. I don't think there's any doubt about that, whether it's a young guy starting with a veteran backup or vice versa. We'll see how it shakes out." Currently, EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel are the only quarterbacks on the roster.

Impact

Since taking the job last month, Ryan has yet to give Manuel anything close to a ringing endorsement. That said, the young quarterback will have every chance to win the job, and it's not like there's anyone available that would be a no-doubt improvement over what the Bills hope is an improved Manuel, unless the team made a play for someone like Jay Cutler or Sam Bradford. Josh McCown is a possibility, but he and most other options would probably just make for a summer competition, and if Manuel has indeed made some strides he might even be considered the favorite. Although his production hasn't matched his first-round status yet, Manuel will at least get a fresh start, while coordinator Greg Roman and quarterbacks coach David Lee have been known to get a good measure of improvement out of players.

Speaking at the NFL combine, coach Jay Gruden noted that he anticipates Robert Griffin being Washington's starter at QB heading into the 2015 season. "Robert ended the season as our starter and we anticipate that going forward," Gruden indicated Wednesday. "He'll be the No. 1 guy."

Impact

Following a 2014 campaign in which the team started three signal-callers – Griffin, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy – Gruden has for now, at least, quieted a potential QB controversy leading up to the 2015 campaign. Per NFL.com, the decision to stick with Griffin seems largely tied to the team's "large-scale investment" in the QB, along with a lack of viable alternatives at this stage, either in-house or in free agency. Griffin is coming off a 2014 season in which he threw for 1,694 yards, to go along with just four touchdowns and six interceptions in nine games. He also ran 38 times for 176 yards and a TD in that span.

Larry Fitzgerald (W, AZ)

The Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald have agreed to a restructured deal, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Per the report, the agreement – which GM Steve Keim relays is "essentially a two-year deal" – is designed to free up cap space for the Cards this season, while keeping the veteran wideout in the fold. Fitzgerald, who caught 63 passes for 784 yards in 14 games last season, with a career-low two TDs, may not be the elite fantasy factor he once was, but he'll continue to combine with fellow receivers Michael Floyd and John Brown this coming season, with the trio's 2015 prospects seemingly bolstered by positive reports regarding the health of QB Carson Palmer.

Kevin Dorsey (foot) has been released by the Packers, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Impact

Dorsey ended the 2014 season on injured reserve after suffering a broken foot in October. A seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft, he has just one career reception to his name.

Kevin Ogletree re-signed with the Giants on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.

Impact

After signing with the Giants in October, Ogletree caught just five passes for 50 yards in seven games. He'll likely need to compete for a roster spot in 2015, and with Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle all under contract, Ogletree is unlikely to make much of an impact.

Keith Rivers was released by the Bills on Tuesday, WGR 550 reports.

Impact

Rivers didn't get much playing time in 2014, and with 2013 rookie standout Kiko Alonso (knee) expected to return from a torn ACL, things likely wouldn't have changed next season. With Alonso, Nigel Bradham, Preston Brown and Brandon Spikes all under contract for 2015, the Bills have to be feeling pretty good about their linebacking corps. Rivers, meanwhile, will likely draw some interest as a free agent, despite never living up to his billing as a top-10 draft pick.

A.J. Jenkins was released by the Chiefs on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Impact

A former-first round draft pick of the 49ers, Jenkins was traded for fellow first-round bust Jon Baldwin in August of 2013. Neither receiver ended up making an impact in his new home, with Jenkins unable to take advantage of his team's glaring lack of talent at the position. His status as a former first-rounder shouldn't be mistaken for upside, as Jenkins is a one-dimensional speedster who was widely viewed as a reach in the 2012 draft. He'll generate some kind of interest as a free agent, but will presumably have to compete for a roster spot in training camp.