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Jeremy Langford will face competition for passing-down work from free-agent signing Benny Cunningham, ESPN's Mike Clay reports.


Langford opened last season as Chicago's three-down workhorse, but he clearly wasn't up to the task even before he hurt his ankle in Week 3. Rookie standout Jordan Howard emerged as the team's workhorse shortly thereafter, relegating Langford to a chance-of-pace role upon his return from injury. The 2015 fourth-round selection doesn't offer much in terms of power or elusiveness, but he should at least have a shot to compete with Cunningham for a role spelling Howard on passing downs. Howard is a decent pass catcher in his own right, which means such a job probably wouldn't lead to much fantasy utility. Langford may have to earn his roster spot in training camp.

Free-agent signee Kamar Aiken could push Phillip Dorsett for the No. 3 receiver role, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports.


Even if the Colts hadn't signed Aiken, it's quite likely Dorsett would've faced competition from Chester Rogers, Quan Bray (ankle) and/or a draft pick. Simply put, the 2015 first-round selection hasn't developed as expected through two seasons, catching 51 passes for 753 yards and three touchdowns in 26 games. Dorsett did manage efficient marks of 16.0 yards per catch and 8.8 yards per target last season, but he only drew four targets per game in an Indianapolis offense that badly needed someone to step up while Donte Moncrief (56 targets in nine games) was injured. Dorsett has yet to prove he's anything more than an occasional deep threat.

Shane Vereen (triceps) agreed to reduce his 2017 base salary from $3.15 million to $2.15 million, NJ.com reports.


With Vereen coming off a season-ending triceps tear while entering the final year of his contract, there was some question if the Giants intended to keep him around. The question was answered when the team paid him a $500,000 roster bonus March 13 – likely doing so with the understanding that Vereen would eventually accept a reduction in his base salary. The Giants did recently sign Shaun Draughn, who has done his best work on passing downs in recent years. Draughn is probably an insurance policy more so than legitimate competition, but it's something to keep an eye on in training camp. Paul Perkins currently slots in as the lead back, with Vereen likely handling most of the work on obvious passing downs, assuming his triceps heals as expected. The Giants could still add another running back during the upcoming draft, but such a move would probably be more of a concern for Perkins than for Vereen.

Jamaal Charles (knee) could be an option for the Packers, ESPN.com reports.


With Ty Montgomery still under contract for two more seasons, Green Bay has understandably been connected with powerful early-down runners – namely LeGarrette Blount and Adrian Peterson. The team might still consider Charles if the price is right, as he could potentially contribute in a committee featuring Montgomery and Christine Michael (or a draft pick). Fellow free agent Tim Hightower would probably be a better fit, offering a middle ground between early-down runner and pass-catching specialist. Charles may merely be the latter at this stage of his career, with injuries to both knees likely robbing him of his once-elite speed and explosiveness. He's expected to take his time finding a new team, perhaps hoping to regain some of that explosiveness before he signs.

The Vikings, Colts, Seahawks, Browns and 49ers have all expressed interest in Rod Streater, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.


Unsigned through the first two weeks of free agency, Streater should find a home prior to the NFL Draft, though he may have to settle for a one-year contract and a shot to compete for a roster spot. He only caught 18 passes for 191 yards in 16 games with the 49ers last season, handling a minor role in one of the league's worst offensive attacks. His 2013 stat line with Oakland – 60 catches for 888 yards – is now a distant memory, with the 29-year-old wideout tallying only 28 receptions over the past three years.

Victor Cruz (W, NYG)

Victor Cruz is unlikely to re-sign with the Giants, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.


Cruz was released by the Giants in February and visited with the Panthers shortly thereafter, but he doesn't seem to have many suitors around the league. While a return to New York can't entirely be ruled out, he'd probably need to accept a veteran's minimum contract and then compete for a spot at the bottom of the depth chart. The best Cruz can hope for is a modest one-year deal that gives him a shot to compete for a job as a No. 3/4 receiver. It sounds like he'll need to venture outside New York for that to happen.

John Lunsford signed a contract with the Seahawks on Wednesday.


Lunsford signed a future contract with the Bucs in January but was let go once Tampa Bay agreed to a deal with veteran Nick Folk in March. Now in Seattle, the Liberty product will compete with Blair Walsh for what will likely be one roster spot.

Latavius Murray (R, Oak)

Latavius Murray's ankle surgery was related to bone spurs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.


Less than a week removed from signing with the Vikings, Murray went under the knife Wednesday for an issue that became known during a mandated physical. He's expected to be healthy in time for training camp, but his absence from the offseason program could put him behind the eight ball as he attempts to build a rapport with quarterback Sam Bradford and the rest of the offense. Throughout three seasons with the Raiders, he averaged 4.2 YPC and gathered in 91 of 119 targets (76.5 percent). Typically, sure hands would indicate that he's poised for a three-down role, but Jerick McKinnon has experience within the system, while the Vikings are a candidate to select a running back in April's draft, two factors that may place a damper on Murray's expectations.

Ndamukong Suh (knee) remains on track to be ready for the Dolphins' offseason workouts in April, The Oregonian reports.


Suh was unable to attend this year's Pro Bowl after undergoing a cleanup knee procedure in January. Considering the 30-year-old will have had roughly two and a half months to recuperate by the time the Dolphins' offseason program starts up on April 17th, he should have ample time to be back at full strength given the minor nature of his surgery. Thus, his expected availability for the start of offseason workouts is certainly warranted.

The Packers signed Christine Michael on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.


After the departure of Eddie Lacy (ankle), the Packers don't have a legitimate three-down option out of the backfield, but Michael will nonetheless serve as a depth option to wide receiver-turned-running back Ty Montgomery (ribs). Of course, the front office may address the position during April's NFL Draft, which could relegate Michael to third on the depth chart. In any case, he's averaged 4.3 YPC and made eight end-zone visits during his four-year career, so he can produce when called upon.

Christine Michael visited the Packers on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.


For a 26-year-old, Michael is well-traveled, spending time with the Seahawks, Cowboys, and Packers. In 2016, he notched 469 rushing yards and seven total touchdowns with the Seahawks before he was waived in favor of C.J. Prosise (shoulder) and Thomas Rawls. Quickly snatched up by the Packers, Michael managed 47 carries for 172 yards and one TD across the rest of the way as a late-game alternative to Ty Montgomery. If Michael returns to Green Bay, he'll likely hold down a similar role with Eddie Lacy (ankle) officially out of the picture, depending on how the Packers proceed with the backfield as the offseason unfolds.

Daniel Davie (undisclosed) was waived with a non-football injury designation by the Dolphins on Wednesday.


It isn't clear what sort of offseason injury Davie endured nor how long he may be out of commission. However, the second-year Nebraska product, who didn't appear in a single game during his rookie season in 2016, could still find a new home in advance of the 2017 campaign if he can prove he's back to full strength.

Avery Young (undisclosed) signed a contract with the Dolphins on Wednesday, ESPN's James Walker reports.


After trading Branden Albert to the Jaguars last month, the Dolphins were in need of depth at offensive tackle behind Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. Young, who was waived by the Saints in February, will provide just that.

The Jaguars and Mychal Rivera agreed to a contract Wednesday, the team's official site reports.


Rivera visited some TE-needy teams this offseason (the Jets and Colts) but ultimately settled on the Jaguars, who currently roster six other players at the position. Helping his cause for playing time, though, is his stature as an H-back, from which he hauled in 146 of 230 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns during his four seasons with the Raiders. Depending on how the Jaguars emerge from this year's draft, Rivera's primary competitor for work at the moment is a long-time Jag, Marcedes Lewis (calf).

Although a felony charge against Adam Jones for an early-January incident in Cincinnati has been dropped, he still faces three misdemeanor charges, NFL.com reports.


Among the existing charges are misdemeanors for assault, disorderly conduct, and obstructing official business. Due to his history of brushes with the law, the Bengals are likely bracing for a suspension once the justice system makes a decision. While the team has yet to comment on the matter, the NFL stated that a review "continues under the personal conduct policy, which states that a player may still be subject to potential discipline even if the conduct does not result in a criminal conviction," according to Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Josh Cribbs has officially announced his retirement, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.


Cribbs hasn't played since 2014 but didn't officially hang up the cleats until now. He finishes his career with an NFL-record eight kick-return touchdowns, three punt-return touchdowns, and 11,113 kick return yards, which is good for third all-time.

Mike Pennel signed a contract with the Jets on Wednesday.


Pennel was claimed by the Jets back in February but the team didn't tender him as a restricted free agent and let him hit the open market. The details of his deal are unclear, but he'll be with the team for at least next season. The four-year veteran had 24 tackles, including a sack, and a forced fumble while playing in eight games for the Packers in 2016.

Kamar Aiken was told that there would be open competition for spots at wide receiver, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.


T.Y Hilton and Donte Moncrief are locked in at the top, but with 2015 first-rounder Phillip Dorsett shaping up as a disappointment, the rest of the Indianapolis wideout depth chart should be up for grabs. Aiken had to settle for a one-year deal in the wake of a disappointing 2016 season, but he did catch 75 passes for 944 yards in 2015 while serving as Baltimore's No. 1 receiver for much of the year. The Andrew Luck-led Colts could give the 27-year-old a real shot to get his career back on track, as Moncrief's injury history and Dorsett's poor performance leave the team without reliable pass-catching options behind Hilton.

Jarvis Jenkins signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.


Jenkins played with Kansas City for the final seven games of the 2016 season, recording just five tackles. In what will be his first full season with the club, look for Jenkins to see a slightly increased role as a backup defensive lineman.

Tim Hightower is visiting with the Redskins on Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.


Hightower was with the Redskins in 2011 when he suffered a torn ACL that didn't heal properly and subsequently kept him out of the league from 2012 to 2014. After reviving his career in New Orleans the past two seasons, the 30-year-old would seem to be a good fit in Washington's inexperienced backfield, where he might even get a shot to compete for a leading role. While other teams may primarily view him as a passing-down back, the Redskins are already set in that department with Chris Thompson. However, they don't have a clear-cut lead back, meaning that Hightower could be part of a committee at the position. Hightower's last known visit was with the 49ers.