|National Football League|
NFL Recent Player News
|4/21/2014||Joshua Morgan, WR||The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with Morgan.
Analysis: In six seasons with San Francisco (2008-11) and Washington (2012-13), Morgan has 199 receptions for 2,488 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also has 27 kickoff returns for 625 yards and eight punt returns for 59 yards.
|4/21/2014||Terrelle Pryor, QB||The Oakland Raiders have traded Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks.
Analysis: Pryor was a third-round pick in the 2011 supplemental draft out of Ohio State. He started nine games last season, going 3-6, sharing the job with undrafted rookie free agent Matt McGloin. He went 156 of 272 for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions, with a passer rating of 69.1.
|4/21/2014||Ndamukong Suh, DT||Suh is not attending the Detroit Lions' voluntary minicamp this week.
Analysis: Suh will attend the team's voluntary workouts in May and mandatory minicamp next month. Detroit's first-year coach Jim Caldwell said last week he wished the defensive tackle was at previous voluntary workouts, adding he has spoken to Suh more than any other player on the team since being hired.
|4/21/2014||Nate Ness, CB||The Detroit Lions have signed free agent cornerbacks Aaron Hester and Nate Ness. The team announced the moves Monday.
Analysis: The 27-year-old Ness last played in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams in 2011. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks in 2010, starting one game for Seattle.
|4/18/2014||Reggie Wayne, WR||Andrew Luck is already back to work. He hopes Reggie Wayne will soon join him on the practice field. The Colts star quarterback and Pro Bowl receiver both returned to Indianapolis on Friday for charity events, just five days before the Colts hold their first official offseason workouts.
Analysis: Wayne is trying to return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The two have not been able to work together yet, but they're hoping that will change. Luck said he expects Wayne to return and be as productive as he ever has.
|4/18/2014||Robert Meachem, WR||New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has re-signed veteran free-agent wide receiver Robert Meachem to a one-year contract. Financial terms of Meachem's contract have not been released.
Analysis: Meachem is entering his eighth NFL season and seventh with New Orleans. He played in 15 games last season, starting five, and caught 16 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns. He also has three receptions for 109 yards in New Orleans' two playoff games last season. The 6-foot-2 Meachem has played in 92 regular season games, and has 171 receptions for 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns. He has played only one season outside of New Orleans, spending 2012 in San Diego.
|4/17/2014||Joe Reitz, G||Offensive lineman Joe Reitz has signed his qualifying offer with the Indianapolis Colts. The team made the announcement Thursday. Reitz was a restricted free agent.
Analysis: Reitz made three starts in 14 games last season. The Indianapolis area native was originally claimed by the Colts off waivers from Miami on Sept. 8, 2010. He has 20 starts in 34 career games.
|4/17/2014||Russell Allen, LB||The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran linebacker Russell Allen after he failed a physical. Allen started 29 games the last two seasons. He missed the final two games last year because of a concussion.
Analysis: Allen was originally signed as an undrafted rookie on April 26, 2010. He played in 78 games with 44 starts over five seasons. He finished with 452 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles.
|4/17/2014||Tandon Doss, WR||Indianapolis police have arrested Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tandon Doss on a disorderly conduct charge, but he will not be prosecuted.
Analysis: A police report says the 24-year-old Doss was "out of control" and arrested during a disturbance with another man Wednesday afternoon. The report provided no additional details on the incident. Police spokesman Sgt. Kendale Adams said he also had no details. Doss attended Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.
|4/17/2014||Chris Johnson, RB||Johnson has no concerns about whether his surgically repaired knee will be healthy in time for training camp or how the New York Jets will split carries in their backfield. The former 2,000-yard rusher said Thursday during a conference call that his left knee is "getting better and better" every day and says he's "pretty close" after having a torn meniscus repaired after last season. He added that a report suggesting he has arthritis in the knee is "not accurate.".
Analysis: Johnson was signed Wednesday by the Jets after he was released by the Tennessee Titans on April 7. After balking at splitting carries last season, Johnson says this year "is about winning," and sharing the workload with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell isn't an issue.
|4/16/2014||Sidney Rice, WR||The Seattle Seahawks and Rice have agreed to terms on a deal.
Analysis: Rice returns to Seattle after spending the last three seasons with the Seahawks. Rice was released by Seattle in February in a salary-driven move. Rice is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in October against the St. Louis Rams.
|4/16/2014||Dwayne Bowe, WR||Bowe has pleaded guilty to amended charges of defective equipment and littering in connection with his November arrest for possessing marijuana.Bowe paid $610 in fines after his plea was entered Wednesday in Riverside's municipal court. City prosecutor Amy Ashefford says Bowe's amended charges are no different from what others get when charged with speeding and possessing pot for the first time.
Analysis: Bowe's attorney, Kevin Regan, says the case is closed and there is no admission of guilt for the marijuana charge, which was dismissed.
|4/16/2014||Josh Freeman, QB||A person familiar with the deal says quarterback Josh Freeman has agreed to terms with the New York Giants. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team had not announced the move.
Analysis: Freeman was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in October after a messy split. He signed with Minnesota four days later, but played just one game for the Vikings. That happened to come against the Giants, when he went 20 for 53 for 190 yards and one interception in the ugly 23-7 Monday night loss. Freeman would compete to back up Eli Manning with the Giants.
|4/16/2014||Chris Johnson, RB||The New York Jets and former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson have agreed to terms on a deal. Johnson met with the Jets all day Tuesday and stayed in town to watch the Knicks-Nets game in Brooklyn Tuesday night before signing Wednesday. The team announced the move, but didn't release terms.
Analysis: Johnson was officially released by the Titans on April 7, three days after being told by the team of its decision. The former 2,000-yard rusher will team with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to give coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg a versatile and deep backfield. Johnson, who turns 29 in September, is only the sixth player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons.
|4/16/2014||T.J. Conley, P||The Bengals signed punter T.J. Conley on Wednesday, though Kevin Huber is expected to make a full recovery from a neck injury and a broken jaw.
Analysis: Conley punted in 16 games for the Jets in 2011 and didn't play in the NFL either of the last two years. He was with the Jets in the 2012 preseason and with Cleveland in the preseason last year.
|4/16/2014||Matt Flynn, QB||The Packers have reached a deal to bring back backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who stabilized the position after starter Aaron Rodgers went down with a collarbone injury last season. Flynn's agent, Bill Johnson, confirmed the two sides had agreed to terms. Details were not announced.
Analysis: Flynn threw for 1,146 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions in five games in 2013 with Green Bay, including four starts. Flynn helped lead the Packers to two December victories following a five-game winless kid coinciding with Rodgers' injury.
|4/15/2014||Chris Johnson, RB||A person familiar with the situation says that Johnson is visiting the New York Jets, who are looking to add a playmaker to their backfield.
Analysis: Johnson was released by the Titans last Monday. The former 2,000-yard rusher is meeting with the team at its facility Tuesday, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Jets don't make player visits public. The Jets would like Johnson to team with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to form a potentially potent trio. Johnson, who turns 29 in September, is only the sixth player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons.
|4/14/2014||Chris Culliver, CB||Culliver has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run charges and felony possession of brass knuckles. His case is among a string of recent legal problems for 49ers players, including the arrest Sunday of linebacker Aldon Smith.
Analysis: Culliver was arrested on March 28 after San Jose police say he struck a bicyclist, then rammed a witness' vehicle that was blocking him from leaving until officers arrived. The San Jose Mercury News reports that he entered his plea on Friday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. In 2013, Culliver created controversy by expressing anti-gay sentiments in the lead-up to the Super Bowl. He has since undergone sensitivity training and done outreach work with an organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
|4/14/2014||Alex Mack, C||The confusing whirlwind of free agency behind him, Pro Bowl center Alex Mack says he's excited about staying with the Browns. Mack remained with Cleveland after the team quickly matched the five-year, $42 million offer sheet he signed from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday. The deal makes Mack the NFL's highest-paid center and allows him to test free agency again after two seasons.
Analysis: For now, though, Mack is with the Browns and he said Monday that's looking forward to helping turn around a franchise that has endured six straight seasons of at least 11 losses. Mack disputed reports that he wanted out of Cleveland, saying "there's a business side of football, it's positioning." Mack would like to see more stability with the Browns, who fired coach Rob Chudzinski after just one season. Mike Pettine will be Mack's fourth coach in six seasons.
|4/14/2014||Kourtnei Brown, DE||The Detroit Lions claimed Brown off waivers Monday.
Analysis: The defensive end was released by the Buffalo Bills last week. The former Clemson player was not drafted in 2012 and was cut last year by the Bills before the regular season. Buffalo re-signed Brown in January to a reserve-future contract.
|<< Previous Player News||More Player News >>|