Head2Head Sports

MenuSkip to content

Football

Pro Playoff Pick'em

Latest Player News

Manti Te'o (Achilles) is close to agreeing to a contract with the Saints, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.

Impact

Te'o was restricted to just three games last season due to a torn Achilles, but his potential signing would still figure to help a New Orleans defense in desperate need of improvement. Prior to last year, he totaled at least 60 tackles in each of his first three NFL seasons. Although he's never played more than 13 games in a given campaign, Te'o's career average of nearly six tackles per game is commendable.

Tenny Palepoi (suspension) signed a one-year deal Monday to remain with the Chargers.

Impact

Palepoi provides value as a reserve defensive lineman for the Chargers, who credited him with nine quarterback hits last season, marking the third-most on the team. After violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, however, Palepoi missed San Diego's final three games last year and will be required to sit out Week 1 of this year. Once eligible to return, Palepoi figures to return to his usual depth role.

Tyson Alualu is scheduled to visit with the Steelers, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.

Impact

Alualu, the 10th overall pick in 2010, has averaged 38 tackles and 2.5 sacks since entering the league. Although that production doesn't match his lofty draft slot, his consistency and ability to line up at either defensive tackle or defensive end would add good depth to Pittsburgh's front seven.

Zach Brown is scheduled to make a free-agent visit with the Dolphins, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Impact

Brown ranked second league-wide with 149 tackles this past season, but with the Bills making room for last year's first-round pick, Reggie Ragland (knee), Brown has been free to gauge interest on the open market. After disappointing play from their linebackers last season, the Dolphins already signed veteran Lawrence Timmons this offseason and placed a first-round tender on Kiko Alonso (thumb), but potentially signing Brown could give them a third starter at the position. A second-round pick in 2012, Brown has posted an impressive 410 tackles, 14 sacks, and seven interceptions in his four healthy seasons.

Teddy Williams has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Panthers.

Impact

Williams played in just three games before suffering a season-ending knee injury last season, but the time off since he landed on IR in October should allow him to be ready for the 2017 campaign, when he figures to mostly factor in on special teams.

Marshawn Lynch is putting real consideration into whether he'll come out of retirement and join the Raiders, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Impact

Lynch officially retired last May with two years remaining on his contract with the Seahawks, so if he indeed files for reinstatement, Seattle would own his rights upon his return. However, with Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise (shoulder), and now Eddie Lacy (ankle) around, the Seahawks have clearly moved on from Lynch, who would reportedly only come back to play for his hometown Raiders anyway. While Lynch would need to be traded or released by Seattle to punch his ticket to Oakland, it sounds like suiting up in 2017 is real possibility. Although the Raiders boast a pair of exciting second-year tailbacks in DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, the experienced Lynch would add a power-running option in the wake of Latavius Murray's departure this offseason.

Jordan Hill signed with the Lions on Monday.

Impact

Hill, a third-round pick in 2013, split time last season between the Seahawks, Jaguars, and Redskins, making four appearances in total. Although his career numbers are mostly underwhelming, the defensive tackle posted 5.5 sacks in 2014 and will look to regain similar form in Detroit.

Jakeem Grant will have a hard time earning a key role in the Dolphins' offense, the Miami Herald reports.

Impact

The 2016 sixth-round selection logged only 19 offensive snaps as a rookie, buried on the wideout depth chart behind Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, and (at times) fellow rookie Leonte Carroo. Listed at only 5-foot-6 and 165 pounds, Grant primarily contributed on special teams, returning 19 kicks for 439 yards and 20 punts for 165 yards and a touchdown. With Landry, Parker, and Stills all returning, Grant will have to compete with Carroo and Rashawn Scott for the No. 4 and 5 receiver spots. In the event of an injury to one of Miami's top-3 wideouts, Carroo would be the best bet to step into a regular role. Grant likely will need to earn his keep as a return specialist and occasional gadget player.

Leonte Carroo will have a tough time earning a larger role as he enters his second season, the Miami Herald reports.

Impact

The Dolphins made an aggressive trade to move up and select Carroo in the third round of last year's draft, despite already having fellow wideouts Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, and Kenny Stills on the roster. Stills was entering the final year of his contract after an ugly 2015 season, but he bounced back strong in 2016 and then re-signed with the team this offseason. Carroo is coming off a debut season in which he only caught three passes on 103 snaps and was ultimately dropped to the bottom of the depth chart behind fellow rookies Rashawn Scott and Jakeem Grant. Barring an injury to one of Miami's top-3 wideouts, Carroo likely will enter training camp competing with Scott and Grant for the No. 4 job.

Jelani Jenkins is expected to visit the Raiders this week, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Impact

A 2013 fourth-round selection, Jenkins started 34 of his 53 regular season games in four years with the Dolphins, highlighted by a 110-tackle, 3.5-sack campaign in 2014. Injuries limited him to nine appearances (seven starts) and 29 tackles last season, but he could still have the inside track to a starting job if he were to land with an Oakland team that has a clear need at both middle and weakside linebacker. Jenkins should be healthy this offseason, as he returned for Miami's lone playoff game after making just one appearance in December.

Chase Daniel will visit the Jets on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Impact

The Eagles signed Daniel to a three-year, $21 million contract (including $12 million guaranteed) last offseason, only to release him after an uneventful 2016 campaign in which he attempted just one pass. The 30-year-old career backup won't be paid so handsomely this time around, but the Jets likely would give him a shot to fight for the starting job. The Eagles signed Nick Foles to serve as a more affordable backup to Carson Wentz.

Jimmy Landes (shoulder) is feeling healthy after ending the season on injured reserve, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Landes is enjoying the offseason as he vacations in Jordan. He appears to look fully healed from his shoulder injury and is expected to compete with veteran Don Muhlbach for the long-snapping gig in Detroit this offseason.

Andrew DePaola (knee) is unlikely to be healthy for the start of the 2017 season, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

DePaola, who was one of the Buccaneers' restricted free agents, tore an ACL in Week 17 and did not receive a tender this offseason, presumably due to his current health concerns. Instead, the team signed longtime Bills long snapper Garrison Sanborn to take his place. While it appears DePaola's time in Tampa Bay is over, the soon to be 30-year-old could resurface elsewhere when he returns to full health.

Karl Klug (Achilles) shed his walking boot and expects to be ready for training camp this summer, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports. "It sounds like camp is going to be a go. So now I just have to put the work in to get ready," Klug said.

Impact

Klug, who ruptured an Achilles tendon in Week 16 of last season, is roughly three months removed from corrective surgery and has progressed to walking around on his own two feet since shedding his medically-prescribed walking boot in early March. With training camp still over four months away, the veteran still has plenty of time to make a full recovery and should return as a key piece of the Titans' defensive line rotation if he can avoid any and all setbacks.

Darian Thompson (foot) is "very close" to making a full recovery, 247 Sports reports.

Impact

Thompson, the Giants' 2016 third-round pick out of Boise State, played in just two games his rookie year before going down with a season-ending left foot sprain. With the start of offseason workouts less than a month away, it's great news for the Giants that he's nearing full form. Thompson had earned the starting gig at free safety out of training camp last summer and should enter the 2017 campaign in the same role if he can stay healthy.

LeGarrette Blount (R, NE)

LeGarrette Blount could be a good fit with the Giants as a complement to Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen (triceps), SNY.TV.com reports.

Impact

Coming off a 2016 campaign in which he ran for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns – albeit on 3.9 yards per carry – Blount remains unsigned through the first 10 days of free agency. His production largely is viewed as a product of the Patriots offense, which provided Blount with a plethora of goal-line carries and clock-killing work. While a return to New England isn't out of the question, the Patriots did recently sign Rex Burkhead to a one-year, $3 million contract to join a backfield that also includes James White and Dion Lewis (hamstring). There may still be room for Blount in that picture, as Burkhead, Lewis and White are all smaller backs with pass-catching skills. Other teams that could be in the market for a power runner include the Giants, Packers, Buccaneers and Raiders.

The Rams signed Lance Dunbar, who could be a replacement for Benny Cunningham (neck), the Los Angeles Times reports.

Impact

Dunbar and Cunningham are both pass-catching backs who have mostly been useful in obvious passing situations. It wouldn't make much sense to pair them on the same roster, though it's possible the Rams could give Cunningham another shot if he's willing to accept the veteran's minimum. Otherwise, Cunningham will look for another team in need of a third-down back and special teams contributor. He was solid in his specialized role in 2014 and 2015, but he only caught 16 passes for 91 yards in 11 appearances last season.

Ryan Nassib (elbow) may not have future in New York, Syracuse.com reports.

Impact

Nassib struggled during the 2016 preseason and then battled an elbow injury for much of the year, ultimately requiring surgery. It was a rough way to enter unrestricted free agency, and the Giants have since re-signed Josh Johnson and agreed to terms with Geno Smith. It thus appears Nassib, a 2013 fourth-round selection, will head elsewhere after attempting only 10 regular-season passes in his four years with the Giants. He may have to settle for a shot to compete for a No. 2 job.

Antone Smith (knee) remains unsigned while rehabbing from a season-ending injury, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

Smith had some success as an occasional big-play threat for the Falcons in 2013 and 2014, but a combination of injuries and age have sapped his explosiveness. Even if he returns to full health at some point this offseason, the 31-year-old may find it tough to catch on with a team that gives him a real shot to earn a roster spot. He had 10 carries for 47 yards and six catches for 77 yards in three games with Tampa Bay last season.

Brandon Williams (concussion) is headed to Indianapolis to visit with the Colts, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

Impact

A blocking specialist, Williams only has six receptions in 45 career regular-season games. He'd provide depth behind Jack Doyle for an Indianapolis team that traded Dwayne Allen to the Patriots earlier this month. It's unclear if Williams has made a full recovery from the concussion he suffered during the playoffs.