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Arian Foster (back) intends to participate in Texans' OTAs, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

Foster appears to be recovered from back surgery that limited him to just eight games in 2013, and it sounds as if he's healthy enough to join his teammates for offseason workouts that run from May 27 to June 13. Foster claims he has been working out for two months, and that the back injury that limited his effectiveness last year is behind him, meaning he shouldn't be limited in any way for these workouts. The 27-year-old will enter camp as the No. 1 back over the recently-signed Andre Brown, and after being limited to 542 rushing yards on 121 carries in 2013, he'll look to return to the the form that made him a quality back – in both real and fantasy terms – from 2010-12.

Sam Montgomery (knee) has signed with the Bengals, Joe Reedy of FOX Sports Ohio reports.

Impact

Montgomery had first-round potential coming out of college due to his immense athleticism, but injury and character issues plagued his entire first year in the league. The Bengals may have a steal here if they can properly manage his off-the-field issues, but Montgomery has yet to prove himself at the highest level.

Thomas DeCoud has signed a two-year deal with the Panthers, Carolina's team website reports.

Impact

DeCoud, who registered 76 stops (62 solo) and six interceptions en route to a 2012 Pro Bowl selection, was released by the Falcons after posting just 65 tackles (44 solo) and no interceptions this past season. However, now on board with NFC South rivals Carolina, DeCoud could immediately assume a starting safety role given speculation surrounding the Panthers considering releasing Charles Godfrey for salary cap reasons. Coming off a torn Achilles, Godfrey's situation is yet to play out, but nonetheless, DeCoud should benefit from playing in a stout Panthers defense, which could allow him to improve on last season's statistical drop-off.

Eli Manning, who is slated to have arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, expects to be able to run in about six weeks, the Daily News reports. "I think it's smart to get this procedure done now so the ankle isn't an ongoing issue," Manning noted.

Impact

Given that timetable, Manning could be available for for the Giants' on-field OTA's, which begin on May 29. Meanwhile, Manning is in line to do off-field work once the team's offseason program opens on April 21. Assuming no setbacks, Manning should be at, or near full strength in advance of training camp.

Eli Manning will have surgery on his left ankle Thursday, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Impact

Manning suffered a high ankle sprain in the Giants' Week 17 victory over the Redskins, and was seen in a walking boot and crutches days after the game. Since then, there hasn't been much information released regarding the issue, but it sounds as if he'll have surgery to clear up any lingering effects. Getting this fixed during the offseason should help keep his 153-game starting streak intact, as he'll have a few months to heal before the start of 2014. He'll likely be limited in OTAs, however.

Ed Dickson signed a one-year deal with the Panthers on Thursday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Impact

Dickson, who caught 25 passes for 273 yards and a TD for the Ravens in 2013, will provide the Panthers with an additional pass-catching option at TE to complement returning starter Greg Olsen. Give the team's unsettled wideout situation, it's plausible that Dickson – who caught a career-high 54 passes for Baltimore in 2011 – could see enough looks in two-tight end sets this coming season to carve out some deep-league utility while working in tandem with Olsen, who led the Panthers with 73 catches in 2013.

The offer sheet that Alex Mack is on track to sign with Jacksonville is expected to be matched by the Browns, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Impact

Regardless of which team he ends up with, Mack will end up being the highest paid center in the league, and take home a nice $18-20 million in guaranteed money. The deal makes sense for Cleveland, as that amount of guaranteed money would be slightly less than what he would have cost them to use the transition and franchise tags over the next two seasons. Even though the two sides have been unable to work out a long-term deal, Mack's deal with Jacksonville may have been exactly what the Browns needed to ensure he stays on board to see through their rebuilding process.

Ryan Broyles (Achilles) was cleared to join the Lions for their voluntary conditioning workouts, according to MLive.com

Impact

It's been two ACL tears and a ruptured Achilles for Broyles the last three years, and he'll have an uphill climb to work his way into meaningful snaps for the Lions, who have already bolstered their wide receiver depth and are expected to continue to do so in the draft.

Ndamukong Suh's absence from voluntary workouts this week are a "contract thing," his teammate Reggie Bush told the Detroit Free Press

Impact

Suh and the Lions have engaged in contract discussions with him having just one remaining year left on his rookie deal. He also hasn't typically had a spotless voluntary workout attendance record either. Whenever the Lions and Suh reach an agreement, it's expected to make him one of the richest players on the defensive side of the ball.

Under new Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, Reggie Bush indicated that he's prepared for his workload, as well as Joique Bell's, to change some from last season, NFL.com reports. "We had a pretty good rotation going last (season), so, you know, we did some pretty special things with that," Bush said. "It can only go up from there, even if the workload is less for both of us, that's only going to help us toward the end of the season, help us to stay healthy and probably play a little bit stronger and better toward the end of the season."

Impact

Bush averaged 15.9 carries in 14 games for the Lions last season, but with Lombardi coming over from the Saints – and expected to incorporate many of their schemes in the Detroit offense – the report suggests that Bush (who played his first five NFL seasons with New Orleans) could garner fewer carries this coming season, though on the plus side, he could well see increased work in the team's passing game.

Jamie Collins, who played just 25 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps last season, is in line for an expanded role this season, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.

Impact

The reports suggests that Collins, drafted 59th overall last year, will emerge as a three-down linebacker in his second year as a pro. Heading into the 2014 season, Collins is on track to start at linebacker for the Patriots, along with Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower. In such a capacity, he should easily improve on his rookie numbers (43 tackles) and thus attain IDP relevance.

Brandon Lloyd, who didn't play in the NFL last season, is said to be in talks with the 49ers about a possible return to the field, Matt Maiocco of csnbayarea.com reports

Impact

The 49ers continue to seek depth behind top wideout options Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, and if Lloyd – who will turn 33 in July – enters the mix, he'd likely have a chance to compete (with the likes of Quinton Patton) for the team's No. 3 receiver gig. Lloyd – was played for the 49ers from 2003-2005 – caught 74 passes for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games in 2012 for the Patriots, with the report noting that the wideout turned down several opportunities to play last season.

Adrian Peterson, who is bouncing back from January groin surgery, expects to participate in the Vikings' offseason workouts, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Impact

While Peterson indicated that he can't put a specific date on his return, he suggested that he's headed in the right direction on that front. "I can't say I'm back right now," Peterson said, "but I'm not far off that at all." The Vikings' voluntary minicamp runs from April 29-May 1, while the team's offseason workouts are slated to take place in late May and early June.

Some believe this could be a make or break season for Ryan Tannehill, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Impact

Tannehill is 15-17 as a starting quarterback and is well aware that another underwhelming season at the helm could see the franchise look for another signal caller.

O'Brien Schofield worked out for the Titans on Wednesday, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

Impact

Schofield racked up eight combined tackles and a sack last season for the defending Super Bowl champs, but has been looking for a new place to take his pass rushing services this offseason. Tennessee would be a potentially good fit, as Schofield played for Titans' head coach Ken Whisenhunt for three seasons when he was in Arizona.

Alex Mack is on track to sign a five-year offer sheet with Jacksonville, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Once Mack signs the deal, which would reportedly make him the NFL's highest paid center, the Browns will have five days to match the offer, since they applied their transition tag to Mack. The team has a stated preference to retain Mack, and the cap space to do so, but so far the parameters of the Jags' offer have yet to be released.

Rich Orhnberger re-signed with the Chargers on Wednesday on a one-year contract.

Impact

Orhnberger was a backup at guard for the Chargers last season and will likely serve in a similar role for the team again in 2014.

Josh Bellamy was claimed off waivers Tuesday, ESPNChicago.com reports.

Impact

Cut by the Redskins last week, Bellamy figures to fight for a spot on special teams with the Bears during training camp.

Colin Cole has signed a one-year contract with the Panthers, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Impact

Cole, who played in 15 games for the Panthers last season, starting 13, isn't much of an IDP factor after recording 15 tackles and a sack in 2013. That said, his return to the mix ensures that the Panthers' solid defensive front seven returns intact this season.

Casey Hayward, who was limited to just three games this past season due to a hamstring injury, expects to be ready for the Packers' offseason program, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Impact

The return of Hayward will bolster the Packers' secondary heading into the 2014 season, especially in the ball-hawking department. As a rookie in 2012, Hayward picked off six passes, as well as recording 53 tackles in 16 contests, including seven starts.