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Head coach Vance Joseph is committed to a quarterback competition between Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian (shoulder) in the offseason, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.


Pressed into duty on three occasions as a rookie, Lynch didn't express comfort in an offense in which he was under center more often than not. Unsurprisingly, he completed just 49 of 83 passes (59 percent) for 497 yards and two touchdowns versus one interception. A product of the spread offense as a collegian at Memphis, Lynch could thrive under new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who has propped up the likes of Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning, and Philip Rivers in his last three stops. Meanwhile, Lynch will be working against the more traditional and risk-averse Siemian as the offseason unfolds.

Head coach Vance Joseph is committed to a quarterback competition between Trevor Siemian (shoulder) and Paxton Lynch in the offseason, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.


During a press conference Tuesday, Joseph called the upcoming QB battle "my vision going forward" with Siemian and Lynch. After earning the starting gig in the preseason, Siemian took advantage of the weapons afforded him through his first four games, completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 824 yards and six touchdowns versus three interceptions. However, in the latter contest, he suffered an injury to his left non-throwing shoulder, starting a downward spiral of sorts. Missing another game along the way due to a left foot sprain, he ended the campaign with 3,401 yards on 59 percent passing to go with an 18:10 TD:INT ratio. As the Broncos gear up for the 2017 season, both Siemian and Lynch will be vying to land the top signal-caller gig under the watchful eyes of new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave.

Tevin Coleman (R, Atl)

Tevin Coleman isn't expected to require offseason surgery on his left ankle, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.


Head coach Dan Quinn said as much Tuesday, all but clarifying the severity of the injury sustained by Coleman in Super Bowl LI. No matter, Coleman will likely focus on rehab in the coming weeks and perhaps months with the aim of working in tandem with Devonta Freeman out of the Falcons' backfield once again.

Tramon Williams was released by the Browns on Tuesday.


The Browns have decided to cut ties with the 33-year-old cornerback just two seasons after inking him to a three-year, $21 million contract. Williams struggled with knee and shoulder aliments throughout the 2016 season, forcing him to miss five contests. He recorded 36 tackles, five pass deflections, and one interception in 12 games. He'll now look to find his way onto a roster in need of some secondary depth, as the veteran will bring plenty of experience wherever he winds up.

Josh McCown was released by the Browns on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.


The 37-year-old quarterback intends to continue his NFL career, as long as he can find his way onto a roster. He only played in five games for the Browns in 2016, throwing 90 completions on 165 attempts for 1100 yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions. McCown struggled with injuries during his two-year stint in Cleveland, which could deter teams from signing him to a deal. Regardless, he has proven to be a valuable backup quarterback throughout his 14 seasons in the league and should attract the attention of at least one organization going forward.

Cavellis Luckett (undisclosed) spent the 2016 season on IR.


Waived at the outset of training camp for an unknown reason, Luckett landed on injured reserve shortly thereafter and remained on the list for the rest of the year. Expect the LB to vie for a role on the inside as the offseason unfolds.

Jumal Rolle (Achilles) spent the 2016 campaign on injured reserve.


The journeyman defensive back suffered a torn Achilles during the offseason program, ending his season before it could kick off. Although the ailment could impact his workload in the coming months, the upcoming restricted free agent may be hard-pressed to land a gig with 22 tackles (18 solo) to his name in 19 games across two prior years in the NFL.

Tony Washington (chest) spent the 2016 season on injured reserve.


At the conclusion of the preseason, the 2015 undrafted free agent was waived/injured before getting placed on IR one day later. An unsubstantiated report from the Houston Chronicle on Sept. 8 claimed the Texans and Washington reached an injury settlement as the result of a chest injury, but he in fact remained on injured reserve throughout the campaign. As the offseason progresses, he'll look to compete for a depth role at outside linebacker.

James Starks (concussion) has been waived by the Packers with a non-football-injury designation, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.


Starks was only able to take the field for nine games this season, ending the year on concussion protocol. The 30-year-old running back rushed for a measly 145 yards on 63 carries while recording in 19 receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns in those nine contests. Starks' role on offense quickly diminished due to injuries and the emergence of Ty Montgomery as the new quick-paced, pass-catching target out of the backfield. The veteran now heads into free agency after spending the past seven seasons in Green Bay, the only place he has called home over his NFL career. It remains unseen how much Starks has left in the tank, especially when you factor in his injury plagued 2016 campaign, but he could find his way onto a team in need of a third-down back.

Kevin Graf signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.


Graf spent last preseason with the Colts but was waived after suffering an ankle injury. With the aliment now behind him, the offensive lineman will focus on maintaining his health this offseason in hopes of landing a spot on the team's 53-man roster.

Darion Griswold signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.


Griswold spent part of last offseason with the Colts, but was waived by the team before the beginning of the preseason due to an undisclosed injury. Almost a year later and the tight end now has another chance to keep his NFL dream alive. Levine Toilolo and Jacob Tamme (shoulder) are both slated to be unrestricted free agents this offseason, which could boost Griswold's stock as he competes for a spot on the final 53-man roster.

Stewart doesn't appear as if he'll be a cap casualty in the offseason, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. "We've got to get guys like Jonathan Stewart rolling," head coach Ron Rivera said last week. "We've got to put it in our backs' hands and get the ball to our playmakers."


The Panthers seemed to be officiated under different rules last season, as the opposition made a concerted effort to make life difficult for Cam Newton. Granted, he didn't display as much shiftiness or instinct as he had in the past, which likely played a role in his failure to tally 100 carries and 500 rushing yards for the first time in his six-year career. Stewart's presence is thus key to keeping Newton fresh, upright, and able to spur on the offense with his do-it-all skill set. Owed $8.25 million in 2017, Stewart would be in line for 200-plus carries for the third consecutive campaign if Rivera intends to get Panthers running backs more involved. However, Stewart turns 31 in March, and his extensive injury history has always been a roadblock to reliable output in a given term.

B.J. Daniels signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.


Daniels has bounced around the league since being selected in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, spending time with the 49ers, Seahawks, Texans, Giants, and now Falcons. Originally a quarterback, Daniels has been transitioning to wide receiver/return specialist over the past few seasons. His diverse skill set could help him obtain a spot on Atlanta's 53-man roster next season.

Alex Mack (fibula) will not require offseason surgery, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.


It was originally thought that Mack would require surgery on the chip fracture in his left fibula, but Falcons head coach Dan Quinn stated at his season-closing press conference Tuesday that the center would indeed avoid a procedure. Mack will still require time to recover after toughing out Sunday's Super Bowl and may or may not be healthy in time to participate in spring practices.

Desmond Trufant (pectoral) is optimistic he will be healthy in time for May practices, Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.


Trufant was placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral on Nov. 29 and had surgery shortly thereafter. The cornerback had one interception and two forced fumbles through nine games played and is undoubtedly one of Atlanta's top playmakers in the secondary. His absence was recognizable during Sunday's Super Bowl, where the Falcons gave up 466 passing yards and two touchdowns to Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady. Whether or not Trufant is able to get healthy for May practices, he should be be back before training camp, where he'll provide a boost for Atlanta's pass defense.

Julio Jones (W, Atl)

Julio Jones will have his toe evaluated in a month to determine if surgery is necessary, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.


Depending on who was consulted, Jones has been dealing with a toe sprain, at least, and perhaps turf toe since early December, forcing him to miss two games. Even though he was able to tough it out during the playoffs, turf toe can be a troublesome injury, especially for receivers, who are constantly planting and making cuts on their routes. If it's ultimately decided that Jones will need surgery, his participation in organized team activities could be delayed until he's fully recovered.

Alex Mack (fibula) will require offseason surgery, ESPN reports.


Mack didn't miss a snap in Sunday's Super Bowl despite a chip fracture in his left fibula, thanks in part to protective padding enclosing his lower leg. With the Falcons' 2016 season officially in the books, he'll now go under the knife to repair the injury. However, it isn't clear if the recovery from which could affect Mack's availability for offseason activities.

Andy Lee (hamstring) expects to make a full recovery in advance of the 2017 season, The Charlotte Observer reports.


Lee ended the season on injured reserve after pulling his hamstring in Week 10. The details surrounding his recovery haven't been released, but the veteran punter should resume punting in the spring and expects to be back in full form for the 2017 campaign.

Ryan Schraeder tore a ligament in his right ankle during the Falcons' 34-28 overtime loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, ESPN reports.


Schraeder sustained the injury in the second quarter but didn't exit the game until the fourth. He's scheduled for further testing Tuesday, although surgery is not expected to be necessary.

Mike Pennel was claimed by the Jets on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.


Pennel was released by the Packers in January after serving two four-game suspensions for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He totaled 40 tackles, including one sack, in 37 games with Green Bay over the past three seasons. He'll look to secure a role as a depth defensive lineman with the Jets in 2017.