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Week 21 Players in the News


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Quarterback

*** Friday Update *** QB Johnny Manziel (CLE) Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has been unable to reach Johnny Manziel in the wake of Manziel's off-field incident last weekend in which his ex-girlfriend claimed that he hit her several times and appeared to be on drugs. "We're not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player, we're worried about Johnny Manziel the person, and I think that's all we need to say on the issue," Haslam said. Haslam appeared frustrated and emotional.

Manziel's father, Paul Manziel, said Johnny has twice declined to be admitted to area rehabilitation facilities in the last week. Paul Manziel said he's worried about his son's well being. "I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," Manziel said.

Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt, has cut ties with him Friday, Feb. 5. Last month, Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James dropped Manziel from James' LRMR marketing firm.

*** Friday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

*** Friday Update *** QB Ryan Tannehill (MIA) was sacked 45 times in 2015 and has absorbed 184 over his four-year career, the most in the NFL over that time.

*** Friday Update *** QB Sam Bradford (PHI) Eagles head coach Doug Pederson listed finding a "young quarterback" as one of the steps necessary for team to have success, which could mean Sam Bradford is not in the team's plans moving forward

Running Back

*** Friday Update *** RB Mike Tolbert (CAR) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

*** Friday Update *** RB DeMarco Murray (PHI) is guaranteed $7 million in 2016, and the Eagles would take a $13 million salary cap hit if they were to release him before June 1, which makes Murray unlikely to be cut. Murray would likely have to take a pay cut to be traded.

*** Friday Update *** RB Marshawn Lynch (SEA) is unlikely to return to the Seahawks in 2016, according to NFL Network commentator Michael Robinson. Robinson, who is close friends with Lynch, said he knew what Lynch's intentions were regarding retirement, but he wasn't at liberty to say. "It's fair to assume (his days in Seattle are over,)" Robinson said.

*** Friday Update *** RB Todd Gurley (STL) said all is well with his foot Friday, Feb. 5, and he's doing offseason training in Los Angeles.

*** Friday Update *** RB Doug Martin (TB) said he wants to sign a new deal to stay with the team but would also play if he is given the franchise tag.

Wide Receiver

*** Friday Update *** WR Allen Hurns (JAX) is feeling better after surgery to repair a sports hernia he sustained in Week 3. "It's been two weeks now," Hurns said. "The first week was real tough, real sore. It was tough to do anything as far as yawning, sneezing, coughing - all of that. Right now, I'm moving around a lot better."

Tight End

*** Friday Update *** TE Owen Daniels (DEN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

Kicker

Offensive Line

*** Friday Update *** OL Denver Broncos (DEN) G Evan Mathis practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

G Louis Vasquez practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

Defensive Line

Linebacker

Defensive Back

General Team News


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Quarterback

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Dennis Dixon (ARI) The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to pursue Baltimore Ravens practice squad quarterback Dennis Dixon after the Super Bowl. Dixon played for head coach Chip Kelly when he coached the University of Oregon.

QB Carson Palmer (ARI) is ahead of schedule and could return for organized team activities this offseason, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Carson Palmer (ARI) The Oakland Raiders could consider releasing Carson Palmer this offseason if he does not agree to restructure his contract. The Raiders need to upgrade the quarterback position and find their future franchise. Rumors are going around that they love Geno Smith (West Virginia) and would consider him in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

*** Friday Update *** QB Carson Palmer (ARI) Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said he hopes to talk to Carson Palmer during the offseason to discuss the team's new offense, reports Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Carson Palmer (ARI) Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said he believes the offensive system offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will bring to the team should be attractive to Carson Palmer, reports Bengals.com.

"I think he'll welcome the challenge and be open to the change because it will be a major change for him," Gruden said. "He's been in the same system for a long time. The terminology is going to be different. We'll try to take the success the Cincinnati Bengals have had over the years and keep those in place, but for the most part everything is going to be new to him. It will be a challenge but I think he'll enjoy it once he sits down and checks it out.

"I think everybody's positive (about) him coming back. There are obviously issues right now with the quarterback, but I think everyone is hopeful we can get a deal done where he comes back and he plays like Carson can play. He's one of the elite quarterbacks in the league and we have to keep it that way and keep him protected and have fun playing football and I think he will do that and if he wants to come back, we're going to make everything right for him."

QB Carson Palmer (ARI) The Bengals want to keep Carson Palmer and will try show Palmer that next season will be different, reports Dan Pompei, of NationalFootballPost.com.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Carson Palmer (ARI) is tired of seeing his teammates in trouble with the law. "Enough is enough," Palmer said Wednesday at the Super Bowl media center. "It's something we're definitely not proud of. From here on out, guys just need to make better decisions. Life is about making the right decisions and moving on. The decisions they've made are not the right ones."

QB Drew Stanton (ARI) "should be ready to go" for the team's offseason workouts after suffering a right knee injury that caused him to miss the final three regular season games, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

*** Friday Update *** QB Jimmy Clausen (BAL) underwent what is believed to be a minor foot surgery last week, reports Joseph Person, of the Charlotte Observer.

QB Joe Flacco (BAL) will have his fourth difference offensive coordinator in as many years in offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. However, head coach John Harbaugh is confident Flacco will get along with Trestman after the quarterback was involved in the decision to hire Trestman in the first place. "I think personality-wise, they're going to hit it off really well. They've both very smart, they're both very detailed and they're both very direct in their communication," Harbaugh said.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Joe Flacco (BAL) Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak uses a lot of play-action passes, particularly off of bootleg plays, in his offense. The offense is built around a zone-blocking scheme where the offensive line and running back will execute a hard play-fake to one side, while Joe Flacco will have to bootleg to the backside of the play unprotected. Flacco's mobility has been questioned in the media, and many wonder whether he can run bootlegs.

QB Joe Flacco (BAL) Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison are starting to watch film of Joe Flacco to put him in the best position possible. "It's our job to find the things that Joe is comfortable with and to make him as successful as we possibly can. And we'll do that," Kubiak said.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Joe Flacco (BAL) Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti isn't worried about the team signing impending free-agent Joe Flacco to a contract extension as he has confidence in general manager Ozzie Newsome. "... that's for Ozzie and (Flacco's) agent to figure out," Bisciotti said. "Joe and I kind of sit on the sideline and we tease about it a little bit. We really don't get that involved in it. I trust Ozzie, it's always been done. They asked me about this with Ray Rice. They asked me about this with Haloti Ngata and on down the line and we've always signed them. So Joe's going to be here. Trust in Ozzie."

Flacco is currently one of only six quarterbacks to throw at least eight touchdown passes and no interceptions in the same postseason. The other five have all won a Super Bowl and been named the game's Most Valuable Player.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Joe Flacco (BAL) said the team feels confident heading into the Superbowl. "We feel confident as a group...we can't come in here and try and do too much or do what we've done in the past," Flacco said.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Joe Flacco (BAL) Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti provided a timetable for negotiations with Joe Flacco on a long-term contract extension, saying he would like a deal to be done this year. "I would anticipate an extension that starts in 2012," Bisciotti said. "Our goal is to get it done for 2012 for sure." Flacco is heading into the final year of his rookie contract. However, it's not clear if Flacco's recent performance has affected Bisciotti's stated plans to start negotiations before the 2012 season. Several insiders acknowledged that it should at least give the organization something more to think about.

QB Joe Flacco (BAL) said he is not happy about the team firing quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn because he believes that it reflects on his performance this season, reports Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com. "I also feel like a little bit like I'm being attacked," Flacco said. "You fire the quarterback coach. Usually when your fire a position coach, it's because you're not really happy with how that position did. And when I look back on my season and our season as a team, I mean, we won 13 games. I felt like I had a pretty good year and you're firing the quarterback coach? It's kind of an attack on me, I feel like." Flacco said the team knows about his displeasure over the move.

*** Friday Update *** QB Matt Schaub (BAL) Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said he believes the criticism Matt Schaub has received this offseason is because of the position he plays. "When you win, he's the hero, 'he carried the team' and when we lose 'it's all his fault.' It's no different, look at what [Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco] has gone through in Baltimore. Up until the playoffs, the last few games there, everybody said, 'Joe Flacco couldn't get the job done, they have to get somebody in Baltimore.' Now, he's really been playing well and people are starting to say what a great player he is. Same thing will happen with Matt. He'll have to step up and perform on the big stage when the bright lights are on, and we'll all have to," McNair said.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Matt Schaub (BAL) Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports the Texans will pick up the $10 million option bonus payment in Matt Schaub's contract.

*** Friday Update *** QB Kevin Kolb (BUF) Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwell said head coach Bruce Arians will have the independence to make decisions on the team's quarterback position and that money will not be a factor in the decision. The team is scheduled to pay Kevin Kolb a $2 million signing bonus if he is on the roster in March and is scheduled to pay Kolb $9 million next season.

QB Kevin Kolb (BUF) The Eagles will listen to trade offers for Kevin Kolb this offseason, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Kolb has said he wants to start somewhere next season.

QB Kevin Kolb (BUF) The Philadelphia Daily News reports Kevin Kolb said he is ready for the opportunity to become a starting quarterback in the NFL. However, he added that he will be a team player as the team figures out their quarterback situation. "I want to be a starter in the NFL. That's my No. 1 goal right now," Kolb told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I want that opportunity. But I'm going to be a team player. I trust Andy [Reid]. I trust his decisions and his ability to see what's in the future and plan out my career the right way. Hopefully, we'll do those things to get me on the field at some point, not knowing when it's going to be." Both Donovan McNabb and Kolb are entering the final season of their respective contracts. The Kolb camp seems open to discussing a contract extension that would pay the quarterback either as a starter or a backup depending on the situation.

QB EJ Manuel (BUF) will have a clean slate next season, according to new offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Roman said that Manuel has shown some good things but that his level of consistency needs to be higher.

*** Friday Update *** QB EJ Manuel (BUF) said he plans to work out with some of the team's wide receivers at some point in March or April. Manuel said he intends to invite the running backs to the workouts.

*** Thursday Update *** QB EJ Manuel (BUF) underwent minor knee surgery after the regular season concluded. Manuel is currently rehabbing the knee.

QB Cam Newton (CAR) Panthers general manager David Gettleman said he will offer Cam Newton a fair contract to start contract negotiations. "It's going to be fun," Gettleman said. "It's going to be interesting. There's going to be a lot of work, a lot of research. A lot of thought is going to go into it. Philosophically, I'm going to start with a fair offer. It's going to be fair. And then we'll move from there."

*** Thursday Update *** QB Cam Newton (CAR) said one of his goals this offseason is to lose some weight because he felt sluggish at times during the season because of the extra weight.

QB Todd Collins (CHI) The Bears will not look to re-sign impending free-agent Todd Collins this offseason, reports Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Tribune.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Jay Cutler (CHI) Jay Feely said Jay Cutler isn't a leader off of the field. "That's not who he is. You're going to have a vacuum there," Feely said on Mad Dog Sports Radio. "So you have to know that as a general manager or a head coach, 'Hey, we're not going to have that leadership from this position, so we've really got to have other guys that are going to step up and are going to be our verbal leaders.'"

QB Jay Cutler (CHI) reportedly once touted new quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to be the quarterbacks coach in 2012. The two had a "strong, personal relationship." The addition of Loggains suggests the Bears are giving Cutler all that he needs to succeed in 2015. It might be a last hurrah for the talented but underachieving quarterback. If Cutler struggles this season under new head coach John Fox, we could see the Bears going in a different direction at quarterback for 2016. Currently, there's over $19 million in dead money on Cutler's contract. However, after this year that number falls to just $3 million. It's shaping up to be a make-or-break year for Cutler.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Jay Cutler (CHI) Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice said he has spoken nearly every day to Jay Cutler to inform him about what the offense will look like next season. Tice said Cutler has agreed with some of the things being discussed but has shown reluctance with other things. Tice said the team will keep the same terminology to help with the transition but he also is open to using a no-huddle offense at times.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Jay Cutler (CHI) received a painkiller shot at halftime of the NFC Championship Game, according to a source close to the situation, reports Sean Jensen, of the Chicago Sun-Times. Cutler injured his knee on the first play of the second quarter, when Packers DL Ryan Pickett landed on his left knee, as he attempted a short pass to RB Matt Forte. Cutler headed to the locker room for halftime ahead of his teammates, and doctors and trainers confirmed their initial, on-field assessment. It is believed the team planned to shelve him for the remainder of the game, at that point. However, Cutler insisted on trying to play and received an injection to ease the pain.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Jay Cutler (CHI) Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Jay Cutler said he is looking forward to working with offense coordinator Mike Martz. "I felt very comfortable with him," Cutler said. "The results of his offense speak for themselves. He had a lot of success in St. Louis and his offenses made improvements each year in Detroit and San Francisco. I haven't run his system, but I am familiar with it. I'm anxious to start digesting the playbook and getting back on the field."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Andy Dalton (CIN) still has offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in his corner, despite Dalton's lackluster performance in 2014 and in the Pro Bowl.

QB Andy Dalton (CIN) has the support of his head coach Marvin Lewis. The head coach said Wednesday, Jan. 21, that he is happy with Dalton, and the club has no plans to bring in a backup quarterback to push Dalton. "Fortunately, somehow I've got the right little thing on my shoulder that says, 'Don't get into a quarterback controversy'," Lewis said. "That's worked for (Jon Kitna) to (Carson Palmer) to Andy. It's helped us have the success we've had and those guys have been good players, productive players. Even when they've left out of here they've been productive. It works."

*** Friday Update *** QB Johnny Manziel (CLE) Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has been unable to reach Johnny Manziel in the wake of Manziel's off-field incident last weekend in which his ex-girlfriend claimed that he hit her several times and appeared to be on drugs. "We're not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player, we're worried about Johnny Manziel the person, and I think that's all we need to say on the issue," Haslam said. Haslam appeared frustrated and emotional.

Manziel's father, Paul Manziel, said Johnny has twice declined to be admitted to area rehabilitation facilities in the last week. Paul Manziel said he's worried about his son's well being. "I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," Manziel said.

Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt, has cut ties with him Friday, Feb. 5. Last month, Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James dropped Manziel from James' LRMR marketing firm.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Johnny Manziel (CLE) allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and himself after forcing her into a car, hitting her and dragging her by her hair. Colleen Crowley, Manziel's ex-girlfriend, also said she believed Manziel may have been on drugs or having a psychotic breakdown at the time of the incident. However, Manziel will not be charged for in the incident. The investigation is closed.

QB Johnny Manziel (CLE) will be cut March 9, according to a source, as reported earlier. The Browns will entertain any late-round trade offers for Manziel, but they don't expect that to transpire, especially after Manziel's off-field antics. Manziel is unlikely to sign with the Dallas Cowboys if he is released by the Browns, according to ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer. Archer said the Cowboys need a reliable backup quarterback, and that it's hard to imagine Dallas signing Manziel for such a need.

QB Johnny Manziel (CLE) will be working with a new offensive coordinator this year in John DeFilippo, but DeFilippo is unsure if the team's quarterback next year is currently on the roster. "We're not sure if our starting quarterback's in the building right now or not," DeFilippo said. "If he is, that's great. If he's not, that's great, too. Whoever's in that room is going to be coached hard, be held accountable and be expected to do the things that we expect out of Cleveland Browns quarterbacks." DeFilippo said that all Cleveland quarterbacks will begin the offseason with a clean slate.

Manziel had a big proponent last year in owner Jimmy Haslam, but Haslam now thinks the team needs a quarterback in order to get their team turned in the right direction. "We've got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed," Haslam said. "What I would say to our fans is, we're going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team."

QB Josh McCown (CLE) said his recover from a broken collarbone is going well. His recovery is on schedule and he hopes to be cleared soon to work out.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Vince Young (CLE) The Eagles are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent Vince Young this offseason.

QB Vince Young (CLE) The Titans are hoping to trade Vince Young this offseason rather releasing him, sources told Adam Schefter, of ESPN. Young is due a $4.25 million roster bonus 10 days after the start of the NFL's year. The bonus will not be due until there is a new collective bargaining agreement.

*** Friday Update *** QB Matt Cassel (DAL) Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli emphasized Thursday, Feb. 2, the need to bring in competition for Matt Cassel at starting quarterback. "What happens in free agency remains to be seen," Crennel said. "I know competition makes everybody better, and we'll just have to see what kind of competition we're going to have at the quarterback position." Pioli added the team could re-sign impending free-agent Kyle Orton.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Matt Cassel (DAL) and his wife helped alert a woman her house was on fire, and she escaped without injury or incident. Cassel's wife saw smoke and flames coming from the neighbor's chimney, and Cassel ran to this neighbor's house, pounded on the front door and started to circle the house until he saw the woman who lives there come outside.

QB Matt Cassel (DAL) says there won't be a quarterback controversy if Tom Brady returns next season from the knee injury that thrust Cassel into the starting job. "This is Tom's team," Cassel said on ESPNEWS. "The Patriots have been Tom's team. He's built that franchise up with his own two hands. He's the guy, and he was the MVP the year before. I realize that. He's been such a mentor for me that I would say, 'No, there is no quarterback competition.'"

*** Friday Update *** QB Caleb Hanie (DAL) said he would not mind re-signing with the Bears but is willing to sign with another team if he is offered the opportunity to compete for a starting job, reports Sean Jensen, of the Chicago Sun-Times.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Caleb Hanie (DAL) Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said Tuesday, Feb. 1, that the stock of Caleb Hanie is on the rise after his relief performance in the NFC Championship Game, reports Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com. "He showed poise," Angelo said. "You want to look for that at the quarterback position. We know he's got talent. He was thrown into the fire. I thought he did a good job, and it was good to see."

*** Thursday Update *** QB Tony Romo (DAL) will undergo another CT scan at the end of February or in early March, at which point the best way to proceed will be reassessed. There will be two options for Romo. A plate could be attached over the collarbone to limit the potential for further injury. If the CT scan shows good enough bone growth, though, then a portion of the clavicle could be shaved off or removed. The second method would place less long-term stress on the collarbone. Romo is still expected to undergo surgery at a later time.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Tony Romo (DAL) will be re-evaluated in four weeks before making a final decision on surgery to his left collarbone, according to sources. Romo had a CT scan a week ago on the collarbone, which showed good bone growth.

QB Tony Romo (DAL) Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he doesn't expect any major changes in the offensive philosophy in 2016, and he added that he expects Tony Romo back and ready to go for the start of the season.

QB Tony Romo (DAL) has vowed a commitment to leadership and more focus in 2009. "I think leadership sometimes comes with your ability to perform and your personality," Romo said. "And some of it comes with experience. In a lot of ways, I think I've gotten to the point where I've gained experience. I'm definitely going to take a more active approach with that as we move forward from last year to this season," he said.

*** Friday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) practiced fully on Thursday. Manning is looking as good as he has all season and threw several deep passes during practice Thursday, February 4, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) will be given plenty of time to make a decision on his future following Super Bowl 50, according to general manager John Elway. "He's got plenty of time, whatever time he needs. I think it's never going to be a quick decision. You don't want it to be. It's one that's going to change his life ... and it's always a hard decision," Elway said, "so we'll give him plenty of time."

Also, Manning said he's been told he'll need a hip replacement surgery "down the road" and that he'll try to handle any potential issues with his neck and back in the future.

Finally, Manning is receiving interest from the Los Angeles Rams if he decides to play in 2016. The Rams have had internal discussions about pursuing Manning if he opts to play next season, according to a source.

QB Peyton Manning (DEN) conceded that his arm isn't as strong as it used to be entering Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers. "My arm is what it is," Manning said. "Honestly, my having a little time off to heal my foot helped some of the other parts. ... My arm feels OK. My arm has not been the same since I was injured four years ago. ... If I could throw left-handed it would be a lot easier. ... It's just different than it was. ... It's got a few yards on it, miles on it, however you want to say it." Manning is expected to retire after Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers. "The reality is he let the cat out of the bag a little bit," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said. "I also know he has told close friends that he expects this to be his last game as well."

*** Saturday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) may make a decision on whether he plans to return for another season in the near future, according to his dad, Archie Manning. Archie thinks his son will make his decision "maybe in the next week or two." "He's given a lot of thought to it," Archie Manning said. "My advice for him is to go through the process, get away a little bit, let your leg heal, give it a lot of thought and decide what you're going to do ... (I) think he's taken a good evaluation of where he is physically." Manning said he feels comfortable in almost any offense "aside from the Delaware Blue Hen Wing T." He said that a change to a new offensive philosophy by head coach Gary Kubiak shouldn't be a problem.

Manning also said he's not worried at all about no passing the physical he's due to take March 1. His $19 million salary for the 2015 season would become guaranteed March 9 if he decides to come back, and he'll have to pass a physical to make sure he's good to go. "I don't see that physical being that significant to tell you the truth as far as that revelation," Manning said. "I feel pretty confident that I would pass that physical and my neck is in good shape."

QB Peyton Manning (DEN) remains unsure of his future with the team, but head coach Gary Kubiak said he plans to sit down with Manning and talk about their relationship moving forward. Kubiak doesn't think the difference in his offensive style will be a big deal if Manning decides to come back for another year. "Well, it's easy to build a playbook for him," Kubiak said. "I mean, he's been the master at it for many, many years, and you're talking about a Hall of Fame player, Hall of Fame person."

Manning plans to return in 2015, pending the results of his annual physical, according to three sources The Denver Post's Woody Paige trusts.

*** Friday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said his team needs to move Peyton Manning if they want to slow him down. "We need to move him," Carroll said. "Get him off his spot."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) practiced fully on Wednesday. Manning looked sharp while practicing in the elements Wednesday, Jan. 29, in full pads. "Very sharp," head coach John Fox said of Manning. "What I've noticed, he had to get used to weather over the past two years. I think he's done an unbelievable job, which I think people forget."

QB Peyton Manning (DEN) Broncos president John Elway said he expects Peyton Manning to return for at least another season even if the team wins Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks. "I'm sure hopeful he's not going to," Elway said. "I'd be very, very surprised if he walked away. I think he wants to walk away with every record that was ever put in the record books as far as offensive football or quarterbacking. So I think he's got a lot of football left in him."

*** Friday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said Thursday, Feb. 2, he has spoken with Peyton Manning. "We had a nice discussion," Grigson said. "We spoke for 20 minutes or so. It's been amicable. It's been a normal thing. We talked like regular guys, I felt. It was an open conversation and I told him what I knew. Whatever I knew, I told him. It was a straightforward, man-to-man conversation. It was fine." Grigson admitted that the Manning situation is in a "holding pattern", and he has not watched Manning throw.

Manning's agent, Tom Condon, said Friday, Feb. 3, that he believes Manning will be healthy and ready to go for the 2012 season. "Peyton's not done," Condon said. Condon added Manning's medical clearance means it would be safe for him to play, and that he wouldn't be risking greater injury to his neck. However, Manning's nerve regeneration hasn't reached the point where he would be able to step on the field and play in an NFL game today.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) Adam Vinatieri was among the teammates who got a look at Peyton Manning when he returned to throwing a football following his third neck procedure in the last two years. Vinatieri said Manning is not far off from his usual form. "I haven't watched him the last few weeks, but I did see him at the end of the season," Vinatieri said. "He was developing nicely. Was he quite all the way back yet? No, probably not. Not to his standards. But he definitely is not that far off."

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Manning has been medically cleared to resume his NFL career. Doctors who examined Manning said he could have played this Sunday if the nerves in his arm had regenerated to an acceptable performance level. Manning has been advised to continue an aggressive rehab approach that could put him on a good path to playing in 2012. One source with familiarity of Manning's medical review said, "It's not a safety issue; it's a performance issue." This source added that Manning is "making progress". There is no timeline for when Manning will reach an acceptable performance level as far as the strength of his throws.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) isn't sure he'll be back with the team next season. "I don't want to get into some kind of fan campaign with the owner, but I think it's well-documented that I want to play in the same place my whole career," Manning told the Indianapolis Star. "It's been a privilege to play here. I love the fans, the city, the transformation of the fans... but I understand how it works. I understand tough decisions have to be made. There's personal and there's business, and that's where we've got to separate the two." Manning isn't at full strength yet and it's unknown if he will be by the time he is due a $28 million option bonus in early March. He continues to work out on a daily basis. Manning's agent, Tom Condon, said Manning will consider his options if he is released by the Colts. "Peyton is under contract," Condon says. "If that changes, we'll consider the options."

Manning and owner Jim Irsay offered a joint statement to "dispel any misperceptions' after an ugly back-and-forth in the media in late January. However, it appears the team has decided to move on without the veteran. "According to sources who were involved in the Colts' (general manager) search, the organization was planning to move on from Manning weeks ago, well before this public squabble between the quarterback and his owner," NFL Network Insider Jason La Canfora said. "So Friday's joint statement won't be changing a thing." A decision is expected to come before the NFL Scouting Combine.

On Sunday, January 30th, people close to Manning reportedly did not believe he'll resume his playing career. The nerves in Manning's arm are not healing as quickly as hoped and do not appear to be progressing at enough of a rate to indicate that he will play again, according to two sources with knowledge of Manning's rehabilitation from neck surgery. The vertebrae in his neck that were fused have healed as expected and Manning began throwing in December. However, he hasn't shown improvement in velocity on his passes, and the two sources fear he likely never will again. However, on Tuesday, January 31st, Manning said he is feeling great in his recovery process, but he hasn't talked with owner Jim Irsay about his future with the team. "I really feel good. I continue to make progress every day," Manning said. "Everything that the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me." He will have checkups over the next several weeks, and he is encouraged that he will return to play football.

Jim Irsay said he would meet with Manning next week, but more decisions about his future with the team likely won't be made until early March. Manning is due a $28 million option bonus on March 8. Irsay said they could give Manning a deal to delay the payment and the deadline.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports Peyton Manning's 2004 contract extension had predetermined playing-time incentives that allowed for the final two years of the pact to be voided. As a result, 2010 is the final year of Manning's existing contract. As reported, the Colts plan to open contract discussions with him following the season to make him a Colt for the remainder of his career.

QB Peyton Manning (DEN) Nancy Gay, of NFL FanHouse, reports Peyton Manning all but took over the playcalling from offensive coordinator Tom Moore and wide receivers coach Clyde Christensen during the second half of the AFC Championship Game. After seizing momentum with a quick-strike scoring drive with 1:13 remaining in the second quarter, Manning felt he had finally broken the New York Jets' defensive code. "From that point on, we really had a good bead on things. We were aggressive the first series of the second half. I was changing every play. Tom was calling some run plays. I just kind of got hot," Manning said. "And Tom, as he does, said 'Hey, you're hot - let's just keep it going.' And he has no ego when it comes to that. I just saw some things, was able to expose some things. And those were two huge drives."

Also, Ian Rapoport, of the Boston Herald, reports Colts owner Jim Irsay said he believes Manning's next contract will make him the highest-paid player in the league. Irsay said the Colts will talk to Manning during the offseason about a new contract. "We know Peyton's going to be the highest-paid player in the league. It's something that'll get done. We'll be talking in the offseason," Irsay said.

*** Friday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) Dan Marino watched Peyton Manning practice on Thursday. What he saw was another flawless performance. Manning went through a second straight near-perfect practice at the Dolphins' practice facility. "Peyton practices like that every week, like it's the Super Bowl," HC Tony Dungy said. "It rubs off on the offense. This is about our 20th week of practice, and I think the defense has stopped the offense once or twice all year."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (DEN) practiced fully on Wednesday. He isn’t on the team’s injury report and will start as normal in the Super Bowl.

QB Peyton Manning (DEN) WR Reggie Wayne said last Thursday that he noticed nothing wrong with Peyton Manning's throws in practice. Manning isn't discussing the severity of the injury. HC Tony Dungy said last week the thumb was discolored and sore. Owner Jim Irsay said that Monday X-rays showed his thumb is not broken. Manning is expected to make his first Super Bowl start Feb. 4 against Chicago. "Peyton's thumb is doing fine," Colts HC Tony Dungy said Monday. "It hasn't been a factor in practice this past week." Manning practiced fully all three days last week. He took two turns in the two-minute drill during yesterday morning's practice, and led the offense to a pair of touchdowns. "He's doing fine and throwing the ball as well as ever," Dungy said. "We don't anticipate it being a problem."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Brock Osweiler (DEN) is expected to be the Broncos starting quarterback next season if they can sign him to an extension, even if Peyton Manning decides that Super Bowl 50 isn't his final game. Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp said Monday, Feb. 1, that Osweiler has done everything to put himself in a position to start for Denver next year. President and general manager John Elway said he's excited about Osweiler and is "hoping to get something done with Brock this offseason." Osweiler can become a free agent March 9.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Matthew Stafford (DET) Lions vice chairman Bill Ford Jr. said he wouldn't trade Matthew Stafford "for any quarterback in the league".

*** Friday Update *** QB Matthew Stafford (DET) John Niyo, of The Detroit News, reports Matthew Stafford said the team asked him for some input regarding the team's offseason plans. "It's nice that they respect me and trust my knowledge of the game enough to ask me as a rookie," Stafford s

QB Matthew Stafford (DET) Jason Feller, of NFL.com, reports Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he is happy with the progress Matthew Stafford has made since entering the league. "He's doing great, he's a great kid. He's what you look for, man. He's a warrior and he's got talent. He's the leader of our team," Linehan said.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Jason Campbell (FA) Raiders head coach Hue Jackson confirmed in a radio interview Monday, Jan. 31, that Jason Campbell is entrenched as the starter heading into 2011, reports Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers. "No question. I mean, there's no question he is," Jackson said. "The guy won some very important games. The guy played hurt. The guy got to know his teammates, rallied his team, and finished very strong."

QB Jason Campbell (FA) Jason Reid, of The Washington Post, reports the Redskins are expected to bring back Jason Campbell for at least one more season.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Brett Favre (FA) Packers team president Mark Murphy said Tuesday, Feb. 1, that he expects the club to reconcile with former QB Brett Favre at some point, reports Chris Jenkins, of The Associated Press. "At the appropriate time, we'll reach out to him," Murphy said. "I envision that he'll come back into the fold. We want to make sure it's the right time for him and us."

QB Brett Favre (FA) Gregg Rosenthal, of ProFootballTalk.com, reports Brett Favre said after the team's NFC Championship game loss Sunday, Jan. 24, that he is not ready to decide on his future. Favre was asked if he was going to take a few months to decide his future after the game. Favre said, "I wouldn't say months, I know people are rolling their eyes or will roll their eyes. In a situation like this, I really don't want to make a decision right now based solely on what's happened. Because I do know the year could have not gone any better aside from us not going to Miami." Favre added, "I am going to go home a couple days, and talk it over with the family."

John Shipley, of the Pioneer Press, reports Vikings players want Favre to return in 2010, even if he were to miss training camp again. "I think everyone just wants him here for the season, come in like he did this year," T Bryant McKinnie said. "Just having him part of the team, I felt, helped elevate everyone. I feel like everyone stepped up and played at a higher level, and he was part of the reason." WR Bernard Berrian added, "(Favre) already knows we want him back."

ESPN.com reports Vikings head coach Brad Childress said he will not set a deadline for Favre to make a decision on his future with the team.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Brett Favre (FA) and Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum will talk after Super Bowl XLIII, a discussion that could occur as early as next week, a league source said Wednesday. The two sides will discuss whether Favre wants to return for another season in New York and whether the Jets want him back.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Brett Favre (FA) said despite reports that he'd be back for next season, he hasn't made a decision yet. "I haven't decided yet," said Favre. "We just played a little over a week ago. I'm going to take a few more weeks. Our coaching staff is coaching in the Pro Bowl next week. When they get done, [coach] Mike [McCarthy] and I . . . we'll just discuss it more in a couple weeks."

*** Friday Update *** QB Brett Favre (FA) will be back for his 17th season. GM Ted Thompson released a statement Friday confirming Favre's decision. "Brett Favre informed me this morning that he plans to return for a 17th NFL season," Thompson stated. "The Packers are excited by his decision and look forward to a successful 2007 campaign." Favre told the Sun-Herald, "I am so excited about coming back." We have a good nucleus of young players. We were 8-8 last year and that's encouraging."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Brett Favre (FA) reached out to HC Mike McCarthy recently, but did not provide an answer as to if he will be back. "It was a very good talk," McCarthy said. "It always is. I've never felt any of our talks were not fruitful. I know from the outside people were frustrated with the waiting, but the man has played a long time and it's a process he has to go through. And he's going through it again." What McCarthy did deduce from his conversation with Favre is that his decision will come down to personal and family matters.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Brett Favre (FA) would like to wait until training camp to decide whether to retire or return to the Green Bay Packers for a 16th season. But the quarterback realizes this amount of time is likely not a luxury he will be afforded. "I wish I knew where I stood," Favre told Chris Mortensen in an interview that aired as ESPN's Sunday Conversation. "If I had to pick right now and make a decision, I would say I'm not coming back."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Matt Leinart (FA) Frank Tadych, of NFL.com, reports retired QB Kurt Warner said he believes Matt Leinart is ready to start for the Cardinals next season. "I don't know if he'll be a superstar or not, but I think now is a perfect time for him to be able to step in and showcase his capabilities. And we're going to find out very shortly --- because the pieces are in place --- what kind of quarterback he's going to be for the future," Warner said.

Kent Somers, of The Arizona Republic, reports WR Larry Fitzgerald said he is willing to work with Leinart as long as Leinart wants during the offseason. "Matt knows all he's got to do is call me. That's my boy. I'm going to do anything he needs me to do that he feels will make him better," Fitzgerald said.

QB Matt Leinart (FA) maintains that being on the bench this season has been good for him. “I know that I’ll look back 10 years from now and say this year was a great learning year for me, a great steppingstone to get to where I need to go,” Leinart said.

QB Matt Leinart (FA) announced he would be ready to participate in the team's minicamps this spring despite a shoulder injury suffered during Week 16 last season. Leinart later discussed his progress regarding the injury. "It is getting better," Leinart said. "I am still limited in what I can do right now, but it has been about a month and they said four to six weeks, anywhere in there. I felt the big difference the last couple of weeks, getting better, and now it is that last lingering effect that I have had since it happened." Leinart also said he got a chance to speak to new HC Ken Whisenhunt recently regarding the team's offensive scheme and his general approach to the game and was thrilled with what he heard. "I think he is going to bring his style of football but he made it clear to me that we are going to be throwing the football as well," Leinart commented on Whisenhunt's philosophy on offense. "I love the fact that he is going to bring an attitude and that hard-nosed mentality with the coaches that he is bringing in. I think what he wants, and I asked him that, is a hard nosed and physical running game, but at the same time he wants to implement all sorts of things that are going to be fun for me and the skills guys that we have."

*** Friday Update *** QB Jake Locker (FA) is hopeful to be ready for organized team activities in May. Locker will be working with his third offensive coordinator in four years.

QB Donovan McNabb (FA) ESPN reports Donovan McNabb is reportedly the subject of trade speculation leading up to the offseason. However, McNabb is denying any rumors that he will be traded and continues to say that he wants to stay with the team.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Donovan McNabb (FA) is happy to be an Eagle, isn't jealous over the success Jeff Garcia had and wasn't muzzled by HC Andy Reid. "The so-called rumors that have started, they're false," McNabb said. "I'm a Philadelphia Eagle and will continue to be a Philadelphia Eagle and hopefully will retire as an Eagle. I was actually very happy for Jeff (Garcia). I know the fans of Philadelphia wanted A.J. Feeley and cheered for him, but I told Jeff he was brought in here to lead this team."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Donovan McNabb (FA) says his off-season rehab from sports hernia surgery is “going great” and he hopes to be able to participate in the Eagles first minicamp. He's also dealing with some potentially serious locker room issues as Hugh Douglas recently made some unfavorable comments about McNabb's leadership abilities.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Kyle Orton (FA) Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said Kyle Orton would start if the season started today, reports Mike Klis, of The Denver Post. Elway added that trading Orton this offseason is not a foregone concussion.

*** Friday Update *** QB Jake Plummer (FA) has expressed interest in being a starter somewhere else next season, and the Broncos have said they would "explore all of their options," including trying to trade him. Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist has said, "If Jake still believes he is a starter, I think coach Shanahan and the organization, myself included, would be flexible and open of a request like that. I don't think we'd fight him. But we would want to explore all our options as well because the worst thing we could do is to cut him outright before June 1, take the hit, without any kind of compensation." However, the Broncos would take a salary cap hit of $8,556,000 in 2007 if they trade Plummer.

QB Jake Plummer (FA) The Broncos continue to hold out hope that Jake Plummer will remain as their backup, but they also won't stand in his way from pursuing his goal of being a starter elsewhere. Denver is in the process of actively pursuing a trade for Plummer.

*** Friday Update *** QB JaMarcus Russell (FA) Bill Williamson, of ESPN.com, reports JaMarcus Russell is training in Arizona and is said to have lost some weight. He is also working on improving his mechanics.

QB JaMarcus Russell (FA) Paul Gutierrez, of the Sacramento Bee, reports Raiders senior executive John Herrera indicated the hiring of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson does not mean JaMarcus Russell is guaranteed the starting job.

*** Friday Update *** QB Troy Smith (FA) Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Ralph Cindrich, agent for Troy Smith, said he did try to contact Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome requesting a trade for Smith and said he left a message for Newsome. Cindrich said he talked with Ravens chief negotiator Pat Moriarty about the situation and Moriarty said he would talk to Newsome about the request.

QB Troy Smith (FA) Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Bills SS Donte Whitner said via Twitter he wants the team to trade for Troy Smith. "I think we should get Troy Smith to be our QB, please! Troy is a proven winner and leader!" Whitner posted on his Twitter account Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Also, Hensley reports Smith said during an interview with a Cleveland radio station that he would like to play for the Browns if the opportunity presented itself. "I would love to get that chance if that opportunity comes up, but the political and right thing to say in this situation is that I would love to be anywhere that would give me a chance. But, without a doubt, there would be no second guessing in my mind if I could come back home and be a part of something that I love," Smith said.

QB Kurt Warner (FA) ESPNews reports Kurt Warner has announced his retirement from professional football.

Andrew Brandt, of the National Football Post, reports the Cardinals have the legal right to collect $7.5 million from Warner due to his skipping out on half of the contract for which he was paid a $15 million signing bonus after announcing his retirement. As per the contract, $7.5 million of the $15 million bonus is scheduled to be paid out in equal installments throughout the 2010 season. The language of the contract allows for the Cardinals to not make those installments if Warner is not on the roster in 2010, meaning he will not receive those weekly installments of the $7.5 million.

*** Friday Update *** QB Kurt Warner (FA) was reportedly particularly sharp in Friday’s practice, missing only three passes in almost two and a half hours, according to the pool reporter.

QB Kurt Warner (FA) Mark Bartelstein, the agent for Kurt Warner, plans to take advantage of all interested parties regarding the free-agency for Warner after the post season ends. "Look, Kurt has had a great time (with Arizona). He loves the coaching staff and the guys on the team. He has built great connections with his teammates. So certainly I think he would love to get something done," Bartelstein said. "My view with players is always that once you get to free agency, you have earned the right to find out about yourself. You would be silly not to have an open mind."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Aaron Rodgers (GB) said he believes the team will add some defensive pieces, namely a pass rusher or defensive back, through free agency or in the NFL Draft. "We haven't really been a big free agent team. That being said, I think there's a good possibility that we might go out and get somebody on the defensive side of the ball, or as we've done in the past, use one of our top draft picks to pick maybe an outside rusher or maybe a defensive back," Rodgers said.

QB Jeff Garcia (HOU) said the rocky relationship between HC Jon Gruden, GM Bruce Allen and the players played a large roll in their firings last week. Garcia had a feud with the two after the two tried to court QB Brett Favre into joining Tampa Bay, all the while not negotiating a contract extension with Garcia. "I know for me, personally, going through that with him was a very difficult time, disappointing time," Garcia said. "(But) there are players who were here before I got here who had their own experiences of how they were treated or how they were misled." Garcia also noted a late season collapse in which the team lost four straight to miss the playoffs was a major factor as well.

QB Brian Hoyer (HOU) could be re-signed this offseason, according to his agent. Hoyer is expected to meet with general manager Ray Farmer and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in the near future.

QB Brian Hoyer (HOU) Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he believes Brian Hoyer is a winner and has terrific intangibles.

*** Friday Update *** QB Brandon Weeden (HOU) Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said there will be a competition at quarterback this season. "You know, I think Norv Turner and Chud (Rob Chudzinski) have been very open that they like a lot about what Brandon Weeden does, but we're gonna have competition at that position," Haslam said. "I think competition makes us all better. We'll see where that competition comes from."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Kerry Collins (IND) Terry McCormick, of The City Paper, reports the Titans will likely approach QB Kerry Collins fairly early in the offseason about potentially restructuring his contract in order for him to remain with the team. Collins is under contract for 2010 on the final year of the two-year, $15 million deal he signed last offseason. However, he signed that deal when he was the team's starting quarterback. Now that Vince Young is back as the starting quarterback, even Collins has wondered whether the team would be willing to pay him the $5.5 to $6 million he is owed, if he's not the starter.

QB Kerry Collins (IND) According to a source, HC Jeff Fisher has privately told Kerry Collins that he will be the team's starting QB if he returns to the Titans. The team also reportedly wants to keep Vince Young as their backup QB.

QB Josh Freeman (IND) Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports the Buccaneers are looking to improve Josh Freeman's accuracy this offseason. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson believes Freeman will benefit from an offseason, training camp and preseason of working on fundamentals and timing with his receivers. Olson said the goal will be to help Freeman complete at least 60 percent of his passes next season. Olson is planning to tailor the team's offensive scheme next season toward Freeman's strengths. Olson added, "We've sat down, we've been having conversations throughout the season about what changes are going to be made. We've continued to have those talks since the season ended. Some of the terminology is going to change and he's very comfortable with what direction we're going and he'll be involved in it when he comes back here and we start putting this thing together."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Matt Hasselbeck (IND) is expected to hold off Jake Locker for the starting quarterback job during training camp next season. What this means is that Hasselbeck will be treated with the respect that usually accompanies being a veteran incumbent starting quarterback. Still, if the Titans offense stumbles out of the gate, Locker will get on the field pretty quickly after making a strong impression in limited duty during his rookie year.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Matt Hasselbeck (IND) continues to wear a brace on his left arm two weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. Dr. James Andrews anchored the labrum with 10 sutures, Hasselbeck said. He expects to resume throwing in May or June, but he’ll know more after a March 1 appointment. Hasselbeck missed four games last season with a sprained knee. Two injured fingers on his left hand also gave him problems. One of them remains sore, but the other injuries no longer concern him.

QB Andrew Luck (IND) is healthy and there's a good chance he'll receive a new deal this offseason, according to owner Jim Irsay. Irsay said there's a good chance the Colts and Luck can get a long-term deal done this offseason. There haven't been any major negotiations yet, but Irsay said that's going to be happening as March approaches.

QB Blake Bortles (JAX) will have his development accelerated, according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who said he and the Jaguars are comfortable enough with the quarterback to do so.

*** Friday Update *** QB Chad Henne (JAX) Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said he will reach out to the agent for Chad Henne before free agency starts.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Chad Henne (JAX) The Dolphins may look to sign a veteran quarterback in free agency to compete with Chad Henne and also select a quarterback in the draft that they can groom to become the starter, reports Armando Salguero, of The Miami Herald.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Alex Smith (KC) needs more weapons around him, according to impending free-agent linebacker Justin Houston. He believes the Chiefs can win a championship with Smith. "For the past two years we had winning seasons. This year, I feel like our offensive line struggled a little bit, we had some injuries that caused him to get sacked more than usual. But I think we can do it," Houston noted Tuesday, Jan. 27.

*** Friday Update *** QB Alex Smith (KC) ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer said Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid really likes Alex Smith and was interested in Smith when he was a free agent last year.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Alex Smith (KC) 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said Alex Smith's feelings "absolutely" will be part of the equation of how the team handles his situation in the offseason. Smith has let it be known of his desire to start for a team next season. "I'm sure that will play out, but he is a starting quarterback," Harbaugh said. "He's got a desire to be a starting quarterback, and I'm sure that will play out." 49ers CEO Jed York said Smith has not asked to be released. York and Smith will sit down after the Super Bowl to discuss options.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Alex Smith (KC) is expected to seek his release before the start of free agency, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Smith is due to earn $8.5 million in 2013, with $1 million guaranteed now and the balance guaranteed as of April 1. Smith is smart to look for walking papers, because that means he can pick his new team and negotiate an entirely new contract. The Eagles, Chiefs, and Browns are all interesting possible destinations for Smith.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Alex Smith (KC) Impending free-agent Alex Smith said he would like to re-sign with the 49ers but is not putting a timetable on when he would like to get a deal done. He would not say if he would be willing to test the free agent market.

QB Alex Smith (KC) 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said he believes Alex Smith can be a winning quarterback in the NFL, according to Eric Branch, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. "So excited, yeah, I'm going to say it, I've been studying Alex Smith and watching him and I believe that Alex Smith can be a winning quarterback in the National Football League," Harbaugh said. "I'm excited to work with him, get to know him." Harbaugh added that Smith is an accurate passer and very athletic.

QB Alex Smith (KC) has been throwing a football for the past two weeks and appears to be on schedule to join the team for its first minicamp this spring. The 49ers want Smith to return for the 2009 season, but only if a new contract is agreed upon.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Chad Pennington (MIA) Pennington, whose contract expires following next season, said he has no plans to re-negotiate an extension. Pennington earned NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors and tied for second in Most Valuable Player voting. "I've been in this league long enough to know to feel good about where I am right now and let that take care of itself," he said.

QB Brady Quinn (MIA) Steve Doerschuk, of the Canton Repository, reports Browns president Mike Holmgren said he needs more time before deciding to spend a high draft pick on one of the top draft-eligible quarterbacks. Appearing on a local radio radio station Tuesday, Jan. 26, Holmgren was asked his views on Brady Quinn. "Right now, I don't know the situation quite well enough. I've been busy doing other things. Everyone knows that position is the most important position on the a team," Holmgren said. "Is the quarterback of the Browns here already? Maybe. If not, then we'll have to go free agency or draft. We'll see."

*** Friday Update *** QB Ryan Tannehill (MIA) was sacked 45 times in 2015 and has absorbed 184 over his four-year career, the most in the NFL over that time.

QB Ryan Tannehill (MIA) won't have any competition at quarterback this offseason, according to executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum. Tannenbaum is convinced Miami can win with Tannehill and does not feel compelled to draft a quarterback to compete with him.

QB Ryan Tannehill (MIA) Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey had praise for Ryan Tannehill, saying the team is "excited" about his progress to date. "We are excited about [Tannehill's] future as a Dolphin. ... We saw a lot of progress [in 2014]," Hickey said.

QB Teddy Bridgewater (MIN) is working on bulking up this offseason. "We know where he's going to be, what he's going to be doing, in terms of lifting," offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. "He's never going to be a real big man, but he's going to be a guy that eventually is 220-225. He played most of the year about 212, so continue to work and get stronger and put on a few more pounds, and he will gradually, but that strength, I don't want people to think I'm talking about getting his arm stronger, no."

*** Saturday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) practiced fully on Saturday and is expected to play this week.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) admitted that he is currently battling a cold, but he said he expects to be 100% ready for the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1. "I've had it for four to five days, my kids got sick and my wife's pretty sick right now," Brady said. "I brought it, unfortunately, to Phoenix, but I'll be fine. I'll be good." Brady is focused on rest and eating plenty of garlic, which he said is one of his "old remedies."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) has publicly stated he'd like to play well into his 40s and feels perfect after playing his 15th season, but his father Tom Brady Sr. believes it won't end well with the Patriots. The younger Brady is under contract through 2017, although he'll turn 40 years old prior to that season. Brady has publicly said he plans on playing until he's 43 or 44. The 37-year-old quarterback is scheduled to make $12 million in 2015, $8 million in 2016, and $9 million in 2017. His father thinks his son's determination to keep playing won't go over well with the Patriots' brass. "It will end badly," Brady Sr. told New York Times Magazine. "It does end badly. And I know that because I know what Tommy wants to do. He wants to play 'til he's 70. ... It's a cold business. And for as much as you want it to be familial, it isn't."

*** Friday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) has been at Gillette Stadium all week working with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, according to team owner Robert Kraft.

*** Friday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) Supermodel Gisele Bundchen reportedly sent an e-mail asking friends and family to pray for Brady prior to Super Bowl XLVI. "My sweet friends and family," the e-mail began. "This Sunday will be a really important day in my husband's life. He and his team worked so hard to get to this point and now they need us more than ever to send them positive energy so they can fulfill their dream of winning this Super Bowl ... So I kindly ask all of you to join me on this positive chain and pray for him, so he can feel confident, healthy and strong. Envision him happy and fulfilled experiencing with his team a victory this Sunday."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) privately told owner Robert Kraft in the locker room following the AFC Championship Game that he will play better in Super Bowl XLVI. Brady was openly critical of his performance. "I'm always trying to play better. Every player on this team is trying to play better every week," Brady said. "I'm glad we won that game, glad we're sitting in this position now. I think a lot of guys played really well and that's what it is going to take again this week. I always have private conversations with Mr. Kraft, but they're supposed to be private. I guess they're not."

Brady said Wednesday, Feb. 1, he regretted telling a national television audience that he "sucked" following the team's AFC Championship Game victory. "I wish I didn't say it because I didn't want to take away from what the team had accomplished, and certainly we had accomplished a lot to get to this point in this season, to beat a very good team in the AFC championship, to fight back like we did," Brady said. "We were down in that game. I think we proved how we're a pretty mentally tough team."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) was named The Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year Tuesday, Feb. 1, reports Barry Wilner, of The Associated Press. It is his second time winning the award in the past four seasons. "To me it comes down to mental toughness and determination of the players and coaches," Brady said.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) is on pace with his rehabilitation and is even dropping back and throwing passes, a medical source told the Boston Globe. Citing medical and NFL sources, the newspaper reported that no further procedures are scheduled on Brady's left knee. "Based on anybody else doing an ACL rehab, he's going right along," a source said, according to the Globe. "He had a shaky start, but he's caught up."

QB Tom Brady (NE) said rehab on his knee surgery and two infections are going "really well", but also admitted he has his ups and downs. "Anyone who's come back from injuries that require surgery, it's just a process," he said. "There's some good days, some bad days, and you just got to keep plugging through them. That's life." He did not give a timetable for a full recovery. Brady also did not express any concern with several departures from the staff this offseason, namely OC Josh McDaniels and VP of Player Personal Scott Pioli. "As long as we have Robert and Jonathan Kraft and as long as we have coach [Bill] Belichick we'll be just fine," he said.

*** Friday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) practiced fully on Friday and will start as normal in the Super Bowl.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) showed no signs of being hampered by his ankle as he appeared to move normally in Thursday's practice. He practiced fully.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) was not listed on the injury report with his ankle. According to ESPN, a pool reporter from the Chicago Tribune was allowed to watch Patriots practice and reported that Brady was not heavily taped and moved "pretty well."

"Everybody practiced. They're fine," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said, according to ESPN.com's Matt Mosley.

*** Friday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) played half of the season with a hernia and will have surgery to correct the problem, probably within two weeks, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The hernia problem did not keep Brady from practicing or force him to miss any time.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Jimmy Garoppolo (NE) has been impressing in his mimicking of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in practice. He has been studying the dual threat quarterback, and trying his best in practice to get the Patriots ready for Super Bowl XLIX. "I've had to get a lot faster real fast," Garoppolo said. "He's an athletic guy, so (I am) trying to extend plays and give those guys the best looks I can. It's a tough balance between studying their offense and studying our defense, so it's a little bit of time management."

*** Thursday Update *** QB Drew Brees (NO) is still resting his torn plantar fascia in his right foot, but he's close to full strength.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Drew Brees (NO) said 2014 was the most frustrating season of his career, but remained optimistic about the team's future. "I think we've identified the problems or the things that got us beat or the things that didn't allow us to be as good as we know we can be, and we have the solution to fix it," Brees said. "It's going to take a lot of work, but I know we can get it done."

*** Thursday Update *** QB Drew Brees (NO) said he fully expects to reach a new agreement with the team before the free agency period begins in March. "Contract talks are underway as we speak," Brees said. "I have all the confidence we're gonna get the deal done very soon."

QB Drew Brees (NO) Saints general manager Mickey Loomis Wednesday, Jan. 26, that a contract extension will ultimately be finalized with Drew Brees, according to Alex Marvez, of FOXSports.com. Brees is entering the final year of a six-year, $60 million deal he signed in 2006. Brees is set to earn $7.4 million in base salary in 2011. "It's pretty clear that we're going to want to have Drew under contract for the long term," Loomis said. "I know that will happen at some point. He knows that will happen at some point."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Drew Brees (NO) is approximately three weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. “There are guys that get hurt and wait for (the recovery) to happen,” said physical therapist Kevin Wilk. “[Brees is] making it happen.”

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Matt Flynn (NO) Free-agent-to-be Matt Flynn reportedly has a good relationship with new Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, who was the offensive coordinator with the Green Bay Packers. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers told a Milwaukee radio station last week that it "makes sense" that Flynn and Philbin would be reunited with the Dolphins. WR Brandon Marshall reached out to Flynn Friday, Jan. 27, in a move which is not considered tampering.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Eli Manning (NYG) said he remembers seeing wrinkles and schemes he had not seen from the New England Patriots prior to Super Bowl XLII. As a result, Manning is expecting the unexpected from head coach Bill Belichick's defense. "Any time you play the Patriots, you always assume they might have something new for you," Manning said. "The last time we played them, they showed a lot of different looks, some different schemes on defense, things that they have not shown before. When we played them in the Super Bowl four years ago, they had some new things for that game."

*** Friday Update *** QB Eli Manning (NYG) said he believes head coach Tom Coughlin is the right coach for the team, according to Ohm Youngmisuk and Rich Cimini, of ESPNNewYork.com. Manning defended his head coach in light of recent comments made by FS Antrel Rolle saying the coach can lighten up a bit. "Coach Coughlin is the only NFL coach I've played for, and I like the routine," Manning said. "I like how it's structured. I like knowing what our schedule is going to be. I like knowing how our practices are. He gets us prepared."

QB Eli Manning (NYG) said he would be open to the possibility of the team re-signing free-agent WR Plaxico Burress once he is released from prison, reports Ohm Youngmisuk, of ESPNNewYork.com. "We already have a great corps of receivers at this point right now," Manning said. "To throw him into the mix could make us stronger and could be a good thing. If they feel he can help us out and he is committed then I am all for it."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ) and the Jets are expected to discuss a contract extension in the coming weeks.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ) said he does not think the team was ready to handle the early season success they had early this season. Fitzpatrick threw 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions in the first seven games of the season but threw eight touchdowns and 12 interceptions during the team's seven-game losing streak.

*** Friday Update *** QB David Garrard (NYJ) Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said during a television appearance that he believes David Garrard is a good quarterback but is not an elite quarterback.

QB Geno Smith (NYJ) has a lot of talent and promise, according to new head coach Todd Bowles. At the same time, Bowles acknowledged that the quarterback position is currently an open slate, with Smith and Matt Simms the only quarterbacks currently rostered.

*** Friday Update *** QB Geno Smith (NYJ) Jets head coach Rex Ryan praised Geno Smith for how he finished the 2013 season. "I think there are very few players that grew as much as Geno did," Ryan said. "He had to come a million miles, and he did. When you look at the way he closed out, we saw our team ascending and part of that was the way Geno played. Statistically, he had the second-highest quarterback rating over the last month of the season. I think that's something that people don't focus on, but it's a fact." Ryan would not, however, name Smith the starter for Week 1 in 2014, saying it is too early in the off season to make that decision. "With anything, you can't say anything with any certainty right now because you're just starting the off season," he said. "You don't know who your roster is going to be and things like that. It's probably not the best thing to say this guy is going to be a starter or this or that. Let's just let it play out."

Smith expects to be the team's starting quarterback next year even if the team is hesitant to name him as the starter. Smith isn't bothered at all that Ryan refuses to commit to him in 2014. "It just means more competition," Smith said. "It gives me that fire I've always had in me. ... It's going to make me work harder, make me tougher, make me work that much harder in OTAs if I have someone to compete against."

*** Friday Update *** QB Trent Edwards (OAK) said this week that doctors found nothing unusual about the late-season shoulder soreness he felt. "The shoulder is great," said Edwards on a visit to the Super Bowl XLIII headquarters. "I've had a lot of rest and recovery. That's the way my entire body is. It will heal on its own. The swelling has subsided and it's fine. It was the normal wear and tear from the season."

*** Friday Update *** QB Sam Bradford (PHI) Eagles head coach Doug Pederson listed finding a "young quarterback" as one of the steps necessary for team to have success, which could mean Sam Bradford is not in the team's plans moving forward

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Sam Bradford (PHI) has a good chance of not returning to Philadelphia next season, according to Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com. Kempski said he would lean heavily towards Bradford not being re-signed.

QB Sam Bradford (PHI) Offensive tackle Lane Johnson said he thinks the team would benefit from re-signing Sam Bradford. "I definitely want him to say," Johnson said. "If you look at the last part of the year, Sam was doing really well. Completing a lot of passes and getting comfortable. Him staying here, him being familiar with the players, I think that would really help us out."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Sam Bradford (PHI) Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said coaching Sam Bradford was one of the main reason he accepted the head coaching position.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Sam Bradford (PHI) said he believes he would work with the wide receivers during the offseason if there were a lockout so they can work on their chemistry, reports Mike Sando, of ESPN.com. "If there is a lockout, I would imagine me and our wide receivers will have to get together somewhere, whether it be in Oklahoma or somewhere warmer where we can throw outside," Bradford said. "This offseason, it is too important for us not to get together and work out."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Sam Bradford (PHI) said he was a little frustrated that he will have to learn a new offense but is excited to work with new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, reports Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Obviously, I'm going to have to learn a lot. But I feel like I was able to handle everything that they threw at me last year. Having a year's experience under my belt, I think it'll even make this process easier," Bradford said.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Mark Sanchez (PHI) reached out to former quarterback Jeff Garcia in order to learn new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's version of the west coast offense. Sanchez is going to compete for the starting job with the Jets this year. The team is likely to bring in another quarterback to push Sanchez in camp. We'll see if his extra work pays off come training camp.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Mark Sanchez (PHI) Jets general manager John Idzik reiterated during a radio interview there will be competition for the team's starting quarterback job. When asked if he's comfortable with Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback, Idzik replied, "I'm comfortable with Mark being a Jet." Sanchez is competing for a starting job because the Jets gave him an extension last year. His performance during the regular season was terrible and the Jets will look for an upgrade if they can through free agency or the draft.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Mark Sanchez (PHI) Impending free-agent Plaxico Burress offered very little when asked to comment on the play of Mark Sanchez. "Mark Sanchez is Mark Sanchez," Burress said. When he was asked what he thought of the criticism heaped on Sanchez since the Jets' season ended, Burress did not stick up for his quarterback. Instead, he said, "I haven't entertained any of it."

*** Friday Update *** QB Mark Sanchez (PHI) will not require offseason shoulder surgery, reports Bob Glauber, of Newsday. Sanchez said he will take a break from throwing to rest his injured shoulder this offseason but does not expect it to be more than a month, reports Manish Mehta, of the New York Daily News. Sanchez said he will undergo rehab exercises like stretching the shoulder.

QB Mark Sanchez (PHI) Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports Mark Sanchez has decided to undergo surgery on his left knee. Sanchez is expected to undergo surgery in the next two or three weeks to strengthen a patella-stabilizing ligament. The operation is believed to be an arthroscopic procedure, and it will be performed by the team's doctors. Sanchez's recovery time is expected to be about two months, and he is expected to be ready for the team's training camp.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Tim Tebow (PHI) wouldn't have been able to play in the AFC Championship Game had the team advanced due to injuries suffered in the AFC Divisional Round playoff against the New England Patriots. Tebow suffered shoulder and chest injuries in the loss.

QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) has not shown any decline in his play and is expected to play several more seasons, according to team president Art Rooney II. Rooney said the team is not looking to start grooming their next starting quarterback at this point.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) was interviewed by Hall of Famer, former Steelers QB and FOX analyst Terry Bradshaw Tuesday, Feb. 1, reports Dan Wetzel, of Yahoo! Sports. The relationship between the two has not been good. Bradshaw ripped Roethlisberger in a series of interviews last offseason when the current Steelers QB was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student. "I did say to him, that for my comments, if I feel it's necessary to say I'm sorry, 'I'm sorry'," Bradshaw said. "But basically I'm just doing my job."

*** Friday Update *** QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) Concerns had been raised earlier this week over the condition of Ben Roethlisberger, who took a dangerous hit to his lower back during the AFC title game. There were even reports that he underwent X-rays on his back this week. Tomlin has always denied such claims: "Like a lot of the situations that go on with Ben’s medical status, I don’t know where that report came from. Ben is fine, he is going to play." Also, Peter King, the pool reporter designated to cover Steelers practice on behalf of all journalists in Tampa, noted Roethlisberger looked "sharp" on Friday.

*** Friday Update *** QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) is 26-4 as a starting QB (including the postseason). This is the best start for any QB in NFL history.

*** Friday Update *** QB Michael Vick (PIT) Eagles are unlikely to re-sign Michael Vick in the offseason. Vick is hoping to compete for a starting job in 2014.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Michael Vick (PIT) Impending free-agent Michael Vick believes that he'll be a starter in Week 1 next year wherever he lands in free agency. "I don't know," Vick said about possibly playing for the New York Jets. "Who knows? What I am is really excited about the opportunity to play again in 2014 and that's what's important."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Michael Vick (PIT) The Philadelphia Eagles are not expected to make a quick decision about Michael Vick's future with the team even though $3 million of his $16.5 million deal becomes guaranteed if he is on the roster Feb. 6. The team does not see the guaranteed money as a big deal at this time and are determining how much they are willing to pay him if he remains on the team and they ask him to take a pay cut.

QB Michael Vick (PIT) The Eagles will place their franchise tag on Michael Vick, a source told Adam Schefter, of ESPN.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Michael Vick (PIT) Michael Lombardi, of NFL Network, reports the Philadelphia Eagles plan on keeping QB Michael Vick in 2010. "They have no intention this offseason of trading Michael Vick," Lombardi said on NFL Network's NFL Total Access. "Many people around the league feel like that's a lot of false bravado, [and] they're going to release him, because he has a ($1.5 million] roster bonus due in March. Not the case. The Eagles believe as this offseason continues, they could incorporate him more into their offense. Seven-to-15 plays, he's a unique player, plus he could start at a moment's notice."

In related news, Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Vick said during a television interview that he has not had a conversation with head coach Andy Reid about a potential trade to another team. "He is just keeping it open for right now," Vick said. "I guess collectively they are trying to decide what they want to do." Vick added, "I'm just sitting back waiting on a final decision. If I'm in Philadelphia, it is cool. If I'm traded ... it would be a great situation. I just have to deal with it."

QB Michael Vick (PIT) Jason La Canfora, of the NFL Network, reports the Eagles are not planning on picking up the 2010 option in Michael Vick's contract, according to sources. They will look to trade Vick before making a final decision on his option.

La Canfora also reports sources close to Vick anticipate him playing for another team next season and looking to land a starting job. Among teams that could be interested in Vick as a starter include the Bills, Rams, Panthers, Raiders and Jaguars. Those teams could be interested in Vick because they are struggling to sell tickets and attract attention to their smaller markets.

And finally, the Philadelphia Daily News reports Eagles head coach Andy Reid has already assured Vick he will trade him before the NFL Draft, according to a league source.

*** Friday Update *** QB Michael Vick (PIT) HC Bobby Petrino will let Michael Vick take a more active role in running the offense. That includes allowing Vick to call audibles. Under previous coach Jim Mora, Vick basically had to go with whatever play was called by offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, even if it looked doomed when the quarterback got to the line and studied the defensive alignment. Vick's only options were changing the protection scheme and calling which side of the field to run the play. Things will be different under Petrino, who was lured away from Louisville after Mora was fired. "We're going to put it all on him," the new coach said Friday while making the rounds at the Super Bowl media center. "It's new to him, but he's excited about the challenge. I think that's the way you train a quarterback." Petrino said Vick "really believes in himself to get it done."

QB Michael Vick (PIT) will be back with the Falcons for the 2007 season with the intent of him being the starter, according to a spokeswoman for team owner Arthur Blank. "There are no plans to trade him or cut him," Kim Shreckengost, executive vice president of operations for Arthur M. Blank Group, said. "Michael is our quarterback and the leader or our team. We have new HC Bobby Petrino who is anxious to start working with him."

QB Kellen Clemens (SD) Andy McCullough, of The Star-Ledger, reports Kellen Clemens said he believes he can still be a starter in the NFL. "I'm not at the point yet where I want to say I'm just a career backup and that's all I want to do. I believe that I have the ability to play and play well. So we'll see. There's a lot of stuff that's really out of my control now," Clemens said.

QB Philip Rivers (SD) considered retirement after the 2014 season when he dealt with rib and back injuries. He eventually signed a four-year contract extension last August, and Rivers now says he feels far better this offseason than last. "This year, physically, I'm great. Emotionally, it's been rough, but I'm excited -- I really am excited about who the new core is going to be. I'm excited to be part of that group. I'm waiting for it, kind of letting them take it. ... It's not going to be the buddies I came with; they're going to be gone," Rivers said.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Philip Rivers (SD) said the team needs to cut down on the mistakes and play a little better but are not far off from a trip to the playoffs again. "A lot of times, you look at 8-8 or 9-7 and you get too caught up in what's wrong instead of, 'Let's just play a little better and fine-tune some things,'" Rivers said. "Because the difference in an 8-8 or a 9-7 team to that 11-5, 12-4 team is not a whole lot."

QB Russell Wilson (SEA) threw three first-half touchdowns in a winning effort for Team Irvin in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 31, to earn offensive Most Valuable Player honors. Wilson went 8-for-12 for 164 yards in the game.

QB Russell Wilson (SEA) has a base salary of $662,434 this season, which is 25th among starting NFL quarterbacks. However, he will negotiate a contract extension this offseason that will make him one of the highest paid players in the league. A multi-year deal for Wilson is expected to be above $20 million per year with more than $50 million guaranteed. He is already the first player in NFL history to reach two Super Bowls in his first three seasons.

*** Friday Update *** QB Blaine Gabbert (SF) Jaguars quarterbacks coach Greg Olson believes Blaine Gabbert can improve because of his strong work ethic. "If he is the worker and self-motivated player everyone in this building says he is, then he has a chance to get better. That's all you can ask for right now," Olson said.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Colin Kaepernick (SF) wants to leave the 49ers and join the New York Jets, according to sources. Sources indicated the Jets are aware of and intrigued by Kaepernick's aspiration, but they are still in the early stages of their offseason planning and evaluation, according to sources. Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, however, said he doesn't want the team to acquire Kaepernick and wants the team to re-sign impending free-agent Ryan Fitzpatrick. "I don't want Kaepernick," Marshall said on ESPN's First Take. "I think he's good. My guy's Fitz,' Marshall explained. 'It's nothing against Kaepernick, but what I'm saying is that I have my quarterbacks and I'm good."

Reports later state the Jets are not and have not been interested in Kaepernick. Kaepernick has wanted out of San Francisco for months now, and the hiring of new head coach Chip Kelly hasn't changed his stance. A trade remains very likely. The Jets may not be interested, but there should be a team out there who might trade for him. It seems like Kaepernick's time in San Francisco is over.

QB Colin Kaepernick (SF) 49ers chief executive officer Jed York can see Colin Kaepernick winning his starting job back in 2016 if he is healthy. "There's no question in my mind," York replied. "I've always had a very, very high opinion of Kap. Kap's a great kid, he's done a lot of great things for us. And again, this is a fresh start for everybody."

*** Thursday Update *** QB Colin Kaepernick (SF) had choice words for Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. Kaepernick said he "was not worried" about Sherman making a choke gesture in the NFC Championship game.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Colin Kaepernick (SF) 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said running the option enables a unit to play 11-on-11. "Football without an option attack, the offense is basically playing with 10. A quarterback that doesn't block anybody, isn't an ineligible pass receiver, basically leaves the defense with one more than you have," Harbaugh said. "But when the quarterback is the threat to run in an option attack, or give or pitch, that gets the numbers back to even, back to 11-on-11." Colin Kaepernick not only has the ability to be an effective passer, but also has the speed to turn the corner.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Colin Kaepernick (SF) said he is not feeling any pressure to win Super Bowl XLVII. "Pressure comes from a lack of preparation," Kaepernick said. "This is not a pressure situation. It's a matter of going out and performing."

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said quarterback Alex Smith has done more than anyone to prepare Kaepernick for games. "He's prepared and been involved in the game planning, in preparations, he's prepared himself as the starter each week," Harbaugh said of Smith. "That's what he's done, that's what we expect of him and that's what he has delivered. Another person really to credit in Colin's success because Alex has really helped coach Colin and has been right there by his side. Sitting there in meetings every single day. He coaches Colin now more than I do, and that speaks high of the kind of person and teammate that Alex Smith is."

*** Thursday Update *** QB Nick Foles (STL) According to Jeff McLane, from Philly.com, is planning on being with the Eagles in 2015. Foles, who was on Radio Row at the Super Bowl, said that he was tuning out the noise. Asked if he thought he would be back as the starter in 2015, he said, "I plan on being back and being in Philly."

QB Case Keenum (STL) is going to be back with the team in 2016, according to general manager Les Snead. "We're not going to let him go somewhere else," Snead said.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Nathan Enderle (TEN) The Bears are not expected to consider going into next season with the possibility of Nathan Enderle being their primary backup quarterback.

QB Marcus Mariota (TEN) will lead what new offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie wants to be a balanced offense next season. Robiskie said the Titans will try to have a balance of run and pass, but that the run-pass ratio would be determined game by game. The new coordinator also said he expects Mariota to make a smooth transition into a redesigned offense, which he promised not to complicate too much for his sophomore quarterback

QB Kirk Cousins (WAS) is expected to be re-signed this offseason, and general manager Scot McCloughan prefers signing him to a long-term deal instead of giving their quarterback the franchise tag. A long-term deal would be in the $17-20 million range, according to McCloughan, while Washington would have to pay Cousins about $20 million if they were to tag him.

QB Robert Griffin III (WAS) may not know if he'll be released or not until early March, according to general manager Scot McCloughan. The league-wide date on which teams can begin placing players on waivers is March 9. We'd be shocked to see Griffin stay with Washington. Griffin's $16 million option becomes fully guaranteed on the first day of the new league year (March 9th), and we think the team moves on before that deadline.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Robert Griffin III (WAS) John Keim, from ESPN.com, reports Robert Griffin III blames his 2014 woes on his injured ankle. Griffin said, "Last year I wasn't healthy, and it sucked, there's no other way to say it other than that. When you get broken and dragged home in the second week of the season ... When you and your team have big things in mind ... It's just getting healthy, getting the mental break, getting a chance to spend time with family, and then formulate my plan going forward for this year, and go ahead and win games and be playing again at this time next year."

*** Friday Update *** QB Colt McCoy (WAS) will likely be secure as the 2011 starting quarterback because the team simply has too many other needs to fill this offseason, according to CBSSports.com.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Colt McCoy (WAS) said during a radio interview that he still has problems with the shoulder he injured in the BCS Championship last season when he was with the University of Texas, reports Nate Ulrich, of the Akron Beacon Journal. McCoy said he will use this offseason to get the shoulder completely healthy.

McCoy added that he expects to be the team's starting quarterback next season. He is eager to start learning head coach Pat Shurmur's offense with Shurmur in the near future because he will not have the opportunity to talk with Shurmur if there is a lockout, reports Ulrich. "m just excited about getting up there and learning our system," McCoy said. "I need to get up there before the lockout 'cause once the lockout comes we can't talk."

QB Colt McCoy (WAS) Browns team president Mike Holmgren indicated Friday, Jan. 28, that the reason he hired Pat Shurmur as head coach was the fact the team has good young quarterback in Colt McCoy, reports Steve Doerschuk, of the Canton Repository. "I hired Pat because I think we have a good young quarterback," Holmgren said, "and I wanted an offensive-minded head coach." It appears that McCoy is the favorite to start in 2011.

Running Back

*** Thursday Update *** RB Jonathan Dwyer (ARI) According to the Associated Press, Jonathan Dwyer has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and been placed on probation in a case stemming from alleged assaults on his wife during arguments at their apartment last year.

RB Chris Johnson (ARI) will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee Tuesday, Jan. 28. Johnson says he suffered the injury in Week 3 and is expected to be recovered in four to six weeks.

*** Friday Update *** RB Chris Johnson (ARI) wants to return in 2013. The Titans have not told the running back if they are going to pick up the $9 million guarantee. "If they are making the right steps toward getting better I want to be back," he said. "I really think they want to get better. They can't be satisfied with winning eight games and watching the playoffs at home. And just being around coach (Mike) Munchak, I know he wants to win."

RB Chris Johnson (ARI) said his goal for the 2011 season is to rush for 2,500 yards, according to Jim Wyatt, of The Tennessean. Johnson had set the same goal prior to the 2010 season, but he finished with 1,364 yards. "I have the same goal: 2,500," Johnson said. "I want to win more, but I still have the same goals. I want to go for 2,500 ... It is very realistic. I had a good season last year. I know a lot of people said I didn't have a good year, but I did. When you put the stats up there, I had a good year. Some people say I had a bad year, but I set my standards so high people expect that."

*** Thursday Update *** RB Chris Johnson (ARI) Jim Wyatt, of The Tennessean, reports Chris Johnson said head coach Jeff Fisher told the team before their Week 17 game that getting Johnson to 2,000 yards rushing for the season was more important than winning the game because they had no chance at the playoffs. "I don't know if he wants me to say this, but the whole game plan was for me to get 2,000 yards. He had a meeting with the whole team and said, 'we don't have a chance to make the playoffs, so us winning the game really don't matter. If it causes us to lose this game to get to 2,000 yards we will do that.' So I give a lot of credit to Jeff Fisher," Johnson said.

RB Chris Johnson (ARI) Jim Wyatt, of The Tennessean, reports Chris Johnson believes he should be the highest paid running back. Johnson said, "Hopefully they'll want to give me a new deal. I think I deserve to be the highest paid running back in the league, or even the highest paid offensive player besides the quarterback." Johnson added, "But it's not like I am not going out in the media saying, 'Pay me, I want a new deal now.' I am just saying, if they were to pay me, I want that. Hopefully they want that, too." Johnson is scheduled to make $560,000 in 2010 and $800,000 in 2011. He is currently scheduled to make $2.21 million in 2010, but that could increase to $2.5 million because of the escalators he reached while rushing for 2,006 yards last season.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Chris Wells (ARI) had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday, Jan. 24. The surgery was performed by renowned Dr. James Andrews in Florida. Wells described the procedure as "just a scope", and he said it went as expected. He was at the team's facilities Friday, Jan. 27, to start the rehab process. Wells should be able to participate in offseason work if his rehab goes as planned.

RB Chris Wells (ARI) Bob Young, of The Arizona Republic, reports the Cardinals are expected to feature a run-oriented offense in 2010 with Chris Wells as the focal point.

RB Justin Forsett (BAL) said he should be 100% in 'a couple of weeks.'

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Anthony Dixon (BUF) underwent surgery for a partially torn meniscus in his knee Tuesday, Jan. 27.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Anthony Dixon (BUF) should continue to prove that he is capable of taking a larger role in the offense, reports Matt Maiocco, of CSNBayArea.com. The team is not expected to retain RB Brian Westbrook.

*** Saturday Update *** RB LeSean McCoy (BUF) has said he would restructure his contract to lower the $11.95 million cap hit for 2015, but he will not take a pay cut.

RB Jonathan Stewart (CAR) missed practice all of last week, but he was back on the practice field Monday, Feb. 1.

*** Friday Update *** RB Mike Tolbert (CAR) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Mike Tolbert (CAR) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Mike Tolbert (CAR) is hopeful Super Bowl 50 Sunday, Feb. 7, against the Denver Broncos is not his last with the team. "We'll take of all the business aspects of my contract after the season. I would love to stay, but you never know what happens. We'll see," Tolbert said Wednesday, February 4.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Mike Tolbert (CAR) practiced fully on Wednesday.

RB Fozzy Whittaker (CAR) tweaked his sprained ankle in the NFC Championship game, but he is expected to be fine for Super Bowl 50, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

RB Marion Barber (CHI) Gerry Fraley, of The Dallas Morning News, reports Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones admitted Marion Barber's string of injuries the past two years could cause a change in how the offense divides carries among their running backs. Jones said, "We have had an injury issue there at the end of each of the last two seasons. That may have something to do with the amount of time we can give the other backs. That could impact that decision."

RB Matt Forte (CHI) wouldn't be ruled out as an option for the New York Jets to sign if he becomes available, in the opinion of ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Matt Forte (CHI) is okay with the workhorse role and said that is what he expects. "That's what I expect," Forte said. "It wasn't like I was worn out at the end of the season or anything. I only averaged 18 or 19 catches a game but with the catches you get more touches that way."

*** Thursday Update *** RB Matt Forte (CHI) said he is willing to accept the franchise tag this offseason as long as it results in a long-term contract and is not a tactic to keep him from free agency.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Matt Forte (CHI) was cleared to play in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 29, and he saw three touches. Forte ran twice for six yards, and he added a 4-yard reception. The most important part of Forte playing was for the impending free-agent to show his knee was healthy. Bears general manager Phil Emery said Tuesday, Jan. 31, that he will not allow impending free-agent Forte reach free agency, even if that means slapping the franchise tag on him.

*** Friday Update *** RB Matt Forte (CHI) wants the team to rectify the disparity of salaries between himself and Chester Taylor, according to Sean Jensen, of Chicago Sun-Times. Forte was the most productive but third-best-paid among Bears running backs this season. "I appreciate Chester, and we have a good rotation going on," Forte said. "But I just hope the Bears' management and coach Lovie (Smith) get together and do what's fair. I'm just hoping they do the right thing, but there's really nothing I can do about it." Forte said his agent, Adisa Bakari, has had preliminary talks with the Bears. However, the club may not be inclined to hand out any extensions this offseason.

RB Matt Forte (CHI) said Monday, Jan. 31, that he would like to receive a contract extension, according to Jeff Dickerson, of ESPNChicago.com. Forte is entering the final year of a rookie contract that calls for him to earn $550,000 in 2011. "It would be nice (to get the contract done)," Forte said. "It's always nice to have something like that happen. It's really up to my agent and the Bears to negotiate it. I just want to stay informed with what they're talking about. Hopefully it's all good things."

RB Matt Forte (CHI) may see fewer touches in 2009. Bears general manager Jerry Angelo suggested to the Chicago Tribune that the team will look to decrease Forte’s workload. “When you look around the league, everybody is implementing a dual running back system,” Angelo told the Tribune. “Your number one usually touches the ball around 20 times. The other back gets 10 to 12 to 15 touches. That’s a good balance. I’m confident we’ll get back to that.”

RB Jeremy Hill (CIN) averaged only 1.46 yards after contact this season, which ranked him behind 42 other running backs in the NFL.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Darren McFadden (DAL) The Raiders could look at trading Darren McFadden in hopes of acquiring more draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft. McFadden is likely the team's best bargaining chip.

RB C.J. Anderson (DEN) is looking forward to his role in new head coach Gary Kubiak's offense in 2015. Kubiak typically runs a zone-blocking offense that is friendly to running backs. "I have known about his system for a while, and what he accomplished," Anderson said of Kubiak. "One cut downhill and go get it. It fits me and the offense well. It's always been successful. He knows the team we have and what we can do. I can't wait to get started working with him."

RB Joique Bell (DET) said Monday, Jan. 25, that he is primed for a rebound in 2016, as he feels healthier entering the offseason than he has in year. "Going into my third year, I had a pretty good season. I feel probably just as good now as I felt then. So I really have an offseason when I can train the way I want to train and get after it," Bell said.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Jerome Harrison (DET) Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Browns general manager Tom Heckert said Jerome Harrison showed he could play last season but is not sure if Harrison could handle the majority of carries for an entire season. "He did a heck of a job at the end of the season, but whether a guy like Jerome can carry the ball that much throughout the whole season, that's a little difficult to say. But at least he proved that he can play in the league. It was unknown until this year, so I think he did himself a favor and we think he's a good player," Heckert said.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Kevin Smith (DET) said he would to re-sign with the team this offseason but is not sure if the team is interested in bringing him back. The Lions are expected be getting Jahvid Best (concussion) and Mikel Leshoure (Achilles') back from injuries.

RB Kevin Smith (DET) Jason Feller, of NFL.com, reports Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he expects Kevin Smith to be ready for the start of next season.

*** Friday Update *** RB Joseph Addai (FA) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Joseph Addai (FA) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Joseph Addai (FA) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Deon Anderson (FA) Calvin Watkins, of ESPNDallas.com, reports Deon Anderson has been charged with misdemeanor deadly conduct after he allegedly pulled a gun during a dispute early Tuesday, Feb. 2. Anderson faces a sentence of up to a year in jail and a fine up to $4,000. According to a police report, off-duty police officers were alerted that a man was in the parking lot of a restaurant with a gun. Anderson said his car wouldn't start after he used valet parking and wanted to know why. Anderson said he didn't put his hands on anybody or use profanity. According to the Addison (Texas) police report, the restaurant employee who filed a criminal complaint said Anderson retrieved a handgun and threatened him with it. Police who were called to scene retrieved a gun from the shrubs and discovered it was loaded with a round chambered.

RB Deon Anderson (FA) Calvin Watkins, of ESPNDallas.com, reports Deon Anderson was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 2, on traffic warrants discovered by Addison, Texas, police, who were called to a disturbance between Anderson and restaurant staff. Anderson said he was trying to start his car when he exchanged words with a valet attendant and a security guard. Anderson said he did not use any profanity during the incident and declined further comment. Addison police said they are still investigating the incident.

*** Friday Update *** RB J.J. Arrington (FA) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play in the Super Bowl.

*** Thursday Update *** RB J.J. Arrington (FA) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB J.J. Arrington (FA) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

RB Mike Bell (FA) CBSSports.com reports Mike Bell did not receive a touch in the NFC Championship Game. Head coach Sean Payton, however, said not to read anything into his lack of playing time. "He'll have his touches," Payton said.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Jahvid Best (FA) Patriots RB Shane Vereen, who played with Jahvid Best (concussion) at the University of California, is not concerned with Best's health heading into the 2012 season. "I think he's dealing with it pretty fine," Vereen said. "You'll never get one of those answers from Jahvid that, 'Oh, I'm hurt,' or anything like that. He's too tough for all that. How he's really doing? He's the only one that knows that. But I know he's doing well, I know he's going to start training soon and I keep in contact with him pretty regularly."

*** Thursday Update *** RB Ronnie Brown (FA) Brian Biggane, of the Palm Beach Post, reports Ronnie Brown is still not allowed to run after undergoing surgery on his foot 11 weeks ago but said things are going well. "I don't know how this things works. It was a weight-bearing injury, so I couldn't put any weight on it for a while. But now I'm out here walking around and everything feels pretty good. Everything is going real well," Brown said.

Biggane also reports Brown said there has been no progress in contract talks with the Dolphins. Brown would be a restricted free agent if there is no collective bargaining agreement.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Michael Bush (FA) There is a strong chance Oakland Raiders impending free-agent Michael Bush receives the franchise tag in the offseason as Darren McFadden can't be trusted to make it through an entire season healthy.

RB Tashard Choice (FA) said he was playing the final month of the season with a broken hand, reports Josh Ellis, of DallasCowboys.com. Choice said the injury will not need surgery, but he is wearing a protective bandage over the injured bone.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Marshall Faulk (FA) told reporters in New Orleans during the past week that he's still deciding whether to return to play with the team in 2006, or if he will retire from professional football. "I'm still a Ram; I'm still under contract," Faulk told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "We'll see. It's hard to say. I haven't made any decision yet. When I play isn't a question. It's if I play. I'm going to play with St. Louis if I play."

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Peyton Hillis (FA) The Cleveland Browns are reportedly interested in re-signing impending free-agent Peyton Hillis for the 2012 season. "I'm a Cleveland Brown at heart," Hillis said at the conclusion of the season. "Since I've been here, I fell in love with the fans and the city and the people that live here. They've been nothing but 100 percent supportive through everything when I talk to them. It's good to have a second family backing me like that."

*** Friday Update *** RB Edgerrin James (FA) has resigned himself to the possibility his playing days with the Colts are over. "I don't see nothing happening," he said Thursday night. "You can read between the lines and from the things I'm hearing, nothing's going to happen. Maybe I'll get to a situation where somebody appreciates me. I'm going to always be a ballplayer. You know I've got game. You can't knock what I do."

*** Friday Update *** RB LaMichael James (FA) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB LaMichael James (FA) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB LaMichael James (FA) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Maurice Jones-Drew (FA) Impending free-agent Maurice Jones-Drew has accepted the fact that he could be moving on in free agency this offseason. "For me, that's where I started at. I always want to finish there," Jones-Drew said. "I don't know if they feel the same way I do. We'll see; there's no hard feelings. I enjoyed my career there up to this point. If I'm able to finish, that'd be awesome. If not, there will be another opportunity somewhere else and be able to get somewhere to play and enjoy that experience there."

*** Thursday Update *** RB Maurice Jones-Drew (FA) is hoping to remain with the team long-term. His deal expires following the 2013 campaign. "I've never been one to jump ship," Jones-Drew said. "In college (at UCLA), we didn't start off too good and worked out to become a better team. Obviously in Jacksonville, we have to work harder than we've ever done so we can build into a championship team. That's what I'm there for - to do anything I can to help our team be elite."

Jones-Drew revealed the injury he suffered this season was a mid-foot fracture, not the more serious Lisfranc break that was assumed by many. "I did mess up some things, but it wasn't what people thought it was," Jones-Drew said. The running back acknowledged he should have had surgery in late November, not late December. "I made some decisions I shouldn't have made," Jones-Drew said. "But there are no hard feelings. It's a business and we're all on the same page now, hopefully."

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Maurice Jones-Drew (FA) is determined to bounce back following a disappointing 2012 campaign, which included missing 10 games with a broken foot, according to former NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson. "MJD is determined to come back from this and be as good as he's ever been. And I think he'll do that," Tomlinson said.

Jones-Drew is still wearing a cast on his left foot but believes he is on track to take part in football activities in May or June. He said he will begin swimming pool work in a few weeks before moving on to walking, jogging and then running. Jones-Drew said he will attend a minicamp even if he is not cleared to participate. He held out last year looking for more money and the Jaguars didn't budge. He's singing a much different tune this offseason.

*** Friday Update *** RB Dan Kreider (FA) did not practice fully on Thursday or Friday but is expected to play in the Super Bowl.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Dan Kreider (FA) did not practice on Wednesday and is questionable to play in the Super Bowl.

*** Friday Update *** RB Vonta Leach (FA) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Vonta Leach (FA) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Vonta Leach (FA) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Jamal Lewis (FA) confirmed Tuesday that he had surgery a week ago to remove bone spurs from his right ankle. And he blamed those bone spurs for slowing him during the 2006 season, especially in the first six games until he took injections to ease the pain. "This surgery was nothing, really, just to remove bone spurs and clean it out," Lewis said. There has been speculation that the Ravens won't pay Lewis the $5 million roster bonus, instead asking him to take a pay cut with a reduced role, or not re-sign him at all. Lewis didn't seem bothered by any of it.

RB Jamal Lewis (FA) said team officials have not talked to him or his agent about picking up the option on his contract or asking him to sign a new deal. Lewis said he expects his agent will meet with the Ravens soon. "Let's put it this way, if the Ravens are serious about making another Super Bowl run, then they'll sign me," said Lewis. "I would like to stay here, finish what we started last season and go out on top. If not, then I assume they have found someone who can do what I can do. Either way, I'm not too concerned. I can help some team."

*** Friday Update *** RB Willis McGahee (FA) became the first 30-years-or-older running back since former NFL RB Fred Taylor in 2007 to surpass 1,000 yards and average more than 4.7 yards per carry in a season.

*** Friday Update *** RB Knowshon Moreno (FA) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Knowshon Moreno (FA) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Knowshon Moreno (FA) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Knowshon Moreno (FA) is expected to be with the team next season but likely will not have a big role on offense. Moreno is said to be doing well him his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

*** Friday Update *** RB Clinton Portis (FA) Matt Mosley, of ESPN.com, reports Redskins general manager Bruce Allen indicated during a radio interview that the Redskins hope to have Clinton Portis as part of their future. "We're looking forward to seeing Clinton help us win," Allen said. Allen said that Portis has spoken with head coach Mike Shanahan since Shanahan was hired.

RB Clinton Portis (FA) Rick Maese, of The Washington Post, reports Clinton Portis definitely expects to be back with the team next season and be fully healthy, although he has not yet been cleared medically after suffering a concussion. He says he feels good and is excited about the Redskins' coaching changes.

Maese also reports Portis said he and QB Jason Campbell have spoken and that any problems between the two were squashed right away. Portis had previously made comments about Campbell's lack of leadership skills. However, Portis only meant that Campbell was not a poor leader, just not an especially vocal one.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Clinton Portis (FA) said he hasn't decided whether or not he'll attend the team's OTAs this spring, but that he and HC Jim Zorn are on the same page despite some late season friction. "I'm going to play it by ear," he said. "I'm going to be taking my time. I know I'm winding down. I'm going to take my time and make the decision best for me to help carry this team." Portis was present for the full schedule of OTAs last spring and turned in a pro-bowl season with 1,487 rushing yards, but clashed with Zorn once on the sideline and criticized after being benched in a loss at Baltimore. "There's no need to harp over it and have conversations over where we went wrong and how it happened. Myself, I'm content getting ready, well-rested and being prepared for another year."

*** Saturday Update *** RB Joseph Randle (FA) was the team's primary backup this year, and there are people within the organization that believe he can be a 1,400-yard rusher as a lead back.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Ray Rice (FA) Impending free-agent Ray Rice expects to reach a contract agreement with the team in the offseason. The Ravens could also place the franchise tag on Rice, worth roughly $7.7 million in 2012. "Whatever they do, it's going to be more than I've ever had," Rice said. "There was a reason why I never brought my contract situation into that locker room because I wanted to play the game for the love of the game and my teammates. I think we'll get it done. There's no doubt that I'll be here next year."

RB Trent Richardson (FA) was suspended and deactivated for the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 18, due to "conduct detrimental to the team." The suspension voided the guarantee of a $3,184,062 salary in 2015.

*** Friday Update *** RB Trent Richardson (FA) Tight end Coby Fleener defended the trade that brought Trent Richardson to the team. "I still think it was a great trade for us," Fleener said. "Our front office has done an awesome job putting together teams from day one. I think that acquisition is going to be huge for us and pay dividends in the future."

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Jason Snelling (FA) is unlikely to be back with the Atlanta Falcons, and he will look for a deal elsewhere after seeing reduced opportunities due to the emergence of Jacquizz Rodgers. However, Snelling drew no interest in the free agent market this past offseason, so he could still return to the Falcons by default because of their need for depth.

*** Thursday Update *** RB LaDainian Tomlinson (FA) said he may consider retirement this offseason if his return to the team continues to be in limbo, reports Manish Mehta, of the New York Daily News. "Part of it really does suck. It really does for me. To be in limbo... sometimes, I just want to say, 'You know what? I'm just going to retire,'" Tomlinson said.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson (FA) Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Friday, Jan. 28, that RB LaDainian Tomlinson is expected back in 2011, reports Rich Cimini, of ESPNNewYork.com. "As of now, he's under contract," Tannenbaum said. "We expect him back. Things could change, but we expect him back."

*** Thursday Update *** RB LaDainian Tomlinson (FA) Kevin Acee, of The San Diego Union-Tribune, reports the Chargers are likely to release LaDainian Tomlinson before he is due a $2 million roster bonus March 5. "Some of this I feel like is taken out of my hands," Tomlinson said. "You said a leader and all this kind of stuff, but there was a big part of this year, where for whatever reason, I didn't feel connected as far as the team, the unity, togetherness, family. I didn't feel that at times in the season. There were times that I did. But I'm saying that was a problem in the locker room, I felt like. Just my opinion."

RB LaDainian Tomlinson (FA) Adam Rank, of NFL.com, reports LaDainian Tomlinson said during a radio interview that he was not happy with his role this season and believes the Chargers relied more on the passing game than the running game like they have done in previous years. "I wasn't happy. No one is going to be happy with the least amount of touches in my career. I don't know any running back that would be happy with that. Absolutely I wasn't happy with not touching the ball as much as I thought I would," Tomlinson said.

Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports Tomlinson has no intentions of playing for less money if he returns to the team next season. When asked if he would return, Tomlinson said, "I'm not really sure. I can see a lot of things happening. I just kind of leave it open. I spent a lot of years here and enjoy football a lot and enjoy being around the guys in the locker room."

RB LaDainian Tomlinson (FA) GM A.J. Smith tried to diffuse some of the comments he made regarding LaDainian Tomlinson last week in which Smith seemingly mocked Tomlinson from an earlier comment. "I just answered a question and unfortunately my response was inappropriate," Smith said. "After reading my response to the question, I can see why it was interpreted the way it was. I absolutely meant no disrespect toward LT - none. I have the utmost respect for him on two fronts - as a player and as a person." The Chargers are expected to discuss a reduced offer with Tomlinson in February given that the 30-year old will count $8.79 million against the 2009 salary cap.

*** Thursday Update *** RB LaDainian Tomlinson (FA) had an additional MRI on his left knee Tuesday that revealed playing just four snaps in the AFC Championship Game further damaged it. He will require additional time for his sprained MCL to heal, though he said surgery is still not required. He will miss the Pro Bowl.

RB Leon Washington (FA) Andy McCullough, of The Star-Ledger, reports Leon Washington said he believes he will be ready for the start of next season.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Brian Westbrook (FA) is doubtful to return to the team in 2011, reports Matt Maiocco, of CSNBayArea.com.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Cedric Benson (GB) Benson has to like what new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is saying. "We have to run the ball between the tackles," Gruden said. "We have to be a physical team up front. We're going to challenge our offensive line to be physical. We're not going to spread out and go no-huddle every down and throw the ball 65 times a game. I intend on pounding the ball and being able to pound the ball."

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Cedric Benson (GB) The Bengals have improved their chances to re-sign impending free-agent Cedric Benson this offseason because of the firing of offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, reports Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

RB Cedric Benson (GB) Impending free-agent Cedric Benson said he agrees to with team's decision to fire offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, reports Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com. "It's good to see the Bengals making some moves," Benson said. "It's not just about going back to that '09 style, but being able to fit everything together and use our talent. And we've got a lot of talent and I don't see any drop off if those guys don't come back."

RB Cedric Benson (GB) Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports the Bengals are expected to talk with Cedric Benson about a contract extension during the offseason. Benson has one year left on his current contract.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Cedric Benson (GB) and Thomas Jones haven't had a lot of personal interaction. Benson admitted that he still isn't always sure whom to trust. He was asked if he finally feels part of the team. "If I'm not, I definitely will be Sunday," Benson said. "But, I absolutely feel like part of the team." When did he feel accepted by the team? "Once I started running people over," Benson said. When Benson started running people over, the Bears offense changed. Jones is still the starter, but Benson carried 24 times to Jones' 19 in the victory over the Saints and has had more carries than Jones in four of the last six games.

*** Friday Update *** RB Ryan Grant (GB) said he close to full strength from the ankle injury he suffered early in the season, which forced him to go on Injured Reserve, reports Mike Garafolo, of The Star-Ledger.

RB John Kuhn (GB) said he would be open to re-signing with the Packers but wants to test the free-agent market before signing with a team. There's just not much of a market for fullbacks. We have a feeling Packers fans will still be hollering "Kuhn!" in 2015.

*** Friday Update *** RB John Kuhn (GB) Kevin Gold, agent for impending free-agent John Kuhn, said he is optimistic that the team wants to re-sign Kuhn this offseason. Gold said contract talks have not started at this point, but he expects to meet Packers vice president Russ Ball at the NFL Scouting Combine.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Eddie Lacy (GB) was listed at 234 pounds during the season, but beat writer Rob Reischel says it is a good bet Lacy was at least 25 pound heavier than that. During his 61-yard run in the playoff against the Arizona Cardinals he took 12.02 seconds to complete the play.

RB Eddie Lacy (GB) was advised to lose 30 pounds in the offseason, and he's committed to it.

*** Thursday Update *** RB James Starks (GB) is set to turn 30 later this month. While that is generally an age running backs see a decline, he has plenty of tread on the tires with just 555 carries in six NFL seasons. He might seek a chance at a No. 1 running back job elsewhere.

RB Arian Foster (HOU) has been cleared to jog without pivoting, cutting or explosive activity. Foster is still facing a lengthy recovery from this major injury. While Achilles injuries aren't as devastating as they used to be, it's still something to be cautious with during a return--especially for an older back like Foster.

*** Friday Update *** RB Arian Foster (HOU) Despite reports to the contrary, Arian Foster said he's not aiming to have surgery for a heart ablation to correct an irregular heartbeat that he dealt with in Week 16 this year. Foster said "I have not, nor do I plan to anytime in the near future, have conversations with my doctors about any surgery. I am feeling well and am as exuberant as ever. Love and light to all those concerned!"

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Arian Foster (HOU) The Texans are planning to make a long-term contract offer to restricted free-agent Arian Foster this offseason.

*** Friday Update *** RB Ahmad Bradshaw (IND) did not practice on Friday but is still expected to play this weekend. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he fully expects Bradshaw to play in Super Bowl XLVI.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Ahmad Bradshaw (IND) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Ahmad Bradshaw (IND) partially participated in Wednesday's practice. Bradshaw heads straight for the training room each day he arrives at the team's practice facility, according to WR Victor Cruz. "You could just tell he's in some pain," Cruz said. "All the (trainers) come in and start working on him immediately. So he's definitely in pain." Despite a cracked bone in his right foot, Bradshaw has played through pain in eight straight games, and will play in Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 5, barring any setbacks.

*** Friday Update *** RB Ahmad Bradshaw (IND) said he is not sure if the team can afford keeping him and Brandon Jacobs moving forward because of how much their combined salaries could be, reports Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News. "I don't think they'll be able to finance both of us financially," Bradshaw said. "But you just never know. It may be possible. There's even talk they might keep both of us. You just never know."

*** Thursday Update *** RB Ahmad Bradshaw (IND) said he is scheduled to have surgery next week to clean debris in his left ankle, according to Vinny DiTrani, of The Bergen Record. Bradshaw said he will not need surgery on the broken wrist he suffered late in the season.

Also, Bradshaw said the team has told him that he will be one of their priorities this offseason in terms of re-signing their players, reports Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News.

*** Friday Update *** RB Frank Gore (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Frank Gore (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Frank Gore (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Frank Gore (IND) tried calling OC Norv Turner but got his voice mail. Gore, who set a team rushing record, wants Turner to stay with the 49ers, and called to tell him so. He doesn't want to lose his offensive coordinator after just one promising season. "It would hurt," Gore said Wednesday from Super Bowl headquarters. "We need him to stay. With the young team that we have, we could keep getting better and better. Last year from the first week to the last week we kept improving every game. You could see it." When Norv first came in, he told me that I remind him of Emmitt Smith," Gore said.

*** Friday Update *** RB Mike Hart (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Mike Hart (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Mike Hart (IND) Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Mike Hart is planning to coach once his playing days are over. Hart said, "I want to coach. I definitely want to coach, and hopefully I'll be the head coach at Michigan one day." Hart considered heading down that path when he was released by the team twice this season. However, former University of Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr and others advised him to stick with playing.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Mike Hart (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Toby Gerhart (JAX) Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said Toby Gerhart is worthy of more carries next season because of the way he finished last season filling in for Adrian Peterson. Frazier said he anticipates Peterson returning to health in 2012, but Gerhart also proved he deserves more touches.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Bernard Pierce (JAX) had successful rotator cuff surgery Wednesday, Jan. 29, according to his agent.

*** Friday Update *** RB Bernard Pierce (JAX) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Bernard Pierce (JAX) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Bernard Pierce (JAX) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** RB Jamaal Charles (KC) said via Twitter that he took part in a football workout for the first time Thursday, Feb. 2, since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament. "Cleats on again for the first time today ... felt weird but I'm gettin' back into it," Charles said.

RB Larry Johnson (MIA) Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports the Bengals are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent Larry Johnson during the offseason.

RB Larry Johnson (MIA) A Kansas City municipal judge set a March 27 trial date on Wednesday for two simple assault cases pending against Johnson.

RB Lamar Miller (MIA) has about a 40% chance to re-sign with the Dolphins, according to ESPN.com's James Walker.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Lamar Miller (MIA) likely would be the team's starting running back if impending free-agent Reggie Bush does not return. The Dolphins, however, are not ruling out the possibility of re-signing Bush if he is not offered a deal similar to the $4.5 million he made in 2012 from another team.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Adrian Peterson (MIN) was directed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to meet with a league-assigned psychiatrist following Peterson's suspension. The National Football League Players Association is now crying foul on the commissioner's mandated counseling, arguing that Goodell did not have the power to enforce such a stipulation. The NFLPA said the terms of Peterson's suspension violate the limits of Goodell's power under the collective bargaining agreement.

*** Friday Update *** RB Adrian Peterson (MIN) is recovering from groin surgery and already taking part in upper body workouts. "I would probably be back working (out already if not for the surgery, but) not too much. It's not going to interfere," Peterson said. "I'm still able to do some of the upper body exercises and things like that, but kind of laying off the lower body workouts."

Also, Peterson endorsed head coach Mike Zimmer as the team's new leader. "I'm just looking forward to heading in the right direction. I feel like the organization did a great job of bringing in Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner," Peterson said. "I feel like we're putting the pieces in the right place so I'm just excited to see who all we bring in (to coach) other positions and to see which direction as far as bringing in players to help us accomplish our goal of winning a championship."

RB Adrian Peterson (MIN) is happy with the hiring of offensive coordinator Norv Turner and called him "the perfect guy to lead us and get us on the right path." The Vikings were ranked 23rd in the league in passing offense last year, and they were ranked 31st in the league in 2012. "I'll tell you, our pass offense has really struggled in the past couple years," Peterson told USA Today Sports. "I think (Turner) is going to be the perfect guy to come in and get us on the right path."

*** Friday Update *** RB Adrian Peterson (MIN) said during a radio interview that his goal is to rush for 2,500 yards next season. "I set the mark for 2,500," Peterson said. "If you reach for the stars and fall short, you're still there." We're not betting against Peterson. He's one of the best RBs to ever play in this league and is a first overall pick in most every fantasy draft next year.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Adrian Peterson (MIN) said he will be disappointed if he is not named the league's Most Valuable Player this season. "I feel like I put in a good body of work this season coming off the injury," Peterson said. "And what I've done to help my team, to be in the position. I kind of revert back to my freshman year, I felt like I got robbed out of the Heisman Trophy. I led the league and didn't win the Doak Walker award. I know sometimes it's higher up. We'll see what happens. Whether I win it or not, I feel like I am, inside, I'm the MVP."

*** Thursday Update *** RB Adrian Peterson (MIN) said via Twitter that he was looking to change his jersey number from 28 to either 23 or 21. However, the cost to do so would have been too expensive. Peterson would have to purchase all No. 28 jerseys that have been produced.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Adrian Peterson (MIN) Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Senior Bowl that he's hopeful Adrian Peterson will make it back from his torn anterior cruciate ligament for the beginning of the 2012 season. He said that's the goal both Peterson and the team have set. Frazier said Peterson isn't quite ready to start running in the pool, but it's getting closer to that point.

RB Adrian Peterson (MIN) Chip Scoggins, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports Adrian Peterson said he will be working on his fumbling issues this offseason by trying to hold the ball higher. "With my running style, it will be something I'm thinking about as far as practice keeping the ball high. The way I run the ball kind of gets loose. I have to be more conscious of keeping the ball high when I'm going down. Those are some little things I'll definitely look to correct this offseason," Peterson said.

Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports former NFL RB Tiki Barber said during a radio interview that Peterson is becoming a liability to his team because of fumbling issues. "You know what? He's becoming a liability for that team. look at that conference championship game. It's all mechanics. It's the same thing I had to learn. You do something one way for so long, you get away with it and you don't think it's a problem. Once you get in the National Football League -- safeties, linebackers, defensive linemen -- they're all taught to strip. If you have any kind of looseness in that football, it's going to come out. Whether it's down here close to your body, up at your chest close to your body, you have to keep it on your body so it can't get knocked away. And then when you go in to contact, cover it with your other hand. It was simple. Most things that cause success are simple," Barber said.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Montee Ball (NE) admitted he was overwhelmed by the playbook at first. He said Peyton Manning would ask him what he needed help with and work with him after practice.

RB LeGarrette Blount (NE) will not need surgery on his season-ending hip injury, according to a source.

*** Saturday Update *** RB LeGarrette Blount (NE) completed his 50 hours of community service, and his drug charge from earlier this season has been withdrawn, according to his attorney. Blount was charged with marijuana possession in August with Le'Veon Bell. Now that he's been through the legal process, the NFL could step in with a fine or suspension. If suspended for 2015, we can't see it being more than maybe a game or two. The NFL might decide just to fine Blount instead.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB LeGarrette Blount (NE) should be a factor in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Feb. 1, in the opinion of Boston Herald writer Karen Guregian. Despite Seattle's highly ranked run defense, they lost games earlier this season to both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys, who used run-heavy game plans. The Green Bay Packers also had early success on the ground against the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. The Packers opened up holes by overloading lanes with pulling linemen, which is something the Patriots like to do with their guards and tackles. If the Patriots stay away from the run, Seattle's linebackers will drop back in zone coverage, making it tougher on the Patriots passing game.

RB Steven Jackson (NE) TMZ.com reports Steven Jackson has been accused of beating up his girlfriend while she was nine months pregnant. Supriya Harris claims Jackson got physical during an "argument" in March 2009. She also claims Jackson "forcibly grabbed my arm and flung me against the door. I was crying and trying to protect my stomach from the blows, as I was nine months pregnant." Harris said she left Jackson four months later, after he threatened to beat her up again at a music festival in New Orleans.

Jackson said through a statement on his website that he did not physically assault the mother of his son in March 2009. "It's disheartening that I have to address any alleged allegations 10 months later, but I have read the accusations made by Supriya Harris, and they are untrue. The accusations are especially hurtful because those who truly know me know that those actions would be out of character for me. Miss Harris is the mother of my son, a son that I love and that I willingly support emotionally and financially. I will address this matter thoroughly through the appropriate avenues, but not through the media," Jackson said in his statement.

*** Friday Update *** RB Fred Taylor (NE) Adam Kilgore, of the Boston Globe, reports Fred Taylor said he expects to return to the team for the second year of his two-year contract. He said he has something to prove next season because of the injury-riddled season he had in 2009

*** Friday Update *** RB Lynell Hamilton (NO) did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play on Sunday.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Lynell Hamilton (NO) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Lynell Hamilton (NO) did not practice on Wednesday.

RB Mark Ingram (NO) wants to return to the team next year, and he thinks the interest is mutual. After years of struggling to produce and struggling to stay healthy, Ingram finally put it together with the Saints. Ingram ran for 964 yards on 226 attempts and nine touchdowns last year, which were all career highs. His 74.2 yards per game ranked him eighth in the league.

*** Friday Update *** RB Deuce McAllister (NO) says he about two weeks ahead of schedule in rehabbing his knee. “I’ve been doing good,” said McAllister. “I’ve been working out and was released to start jogging three weeks ago.” He believes he will be full speed for the team’s training camp in July.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Khiry Robinson (NO) has been cleared for jogging. Robinson is recovering from a broken leg he suffered late last season.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB C.J. Spiller (NO) was originally scheduled to make $1,300,854 million in 2013 but escalators in his contract will increase his salary to $2,623,334 next season.

RB Brandon Jacobs (NYG) Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports the Giants could cut ties with Brandon Jacobs this offseason if 2010 is an uncapped year. Jacobs has three years and $13.2 million left on his contract, but the team could release him with no future penalties if there is no salary cap. However, the team will likely keep him for 2010 since most of his $3.65 million salary for next year is guaranteed.

*** Friday Update *** RB Brandon Jacobs (NYG) wants to return to the New York Giants next season. And he wants Plaxico Burress to come back, too. The big free-agent running back endorsed that 1-2 punch for the Giants' offense Thursday, and insisted that if the Giants welcomed Burress back, the troubled receiver would return a changed man. He said Burress had learned his lesson and wouldn't cause any more trouble, and he said he wants the Giants to give him a second chance. "Oh, no question," Jacobs said. "If I'm here, I need 17 [Burress] back on that roster.

*** Friday Update *** RB Lex Hilliard (NYJ) Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said he believes Lex Hilliard could rush for 1,000 yards if he were given the opportunities, reports Omar Kelly, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

RB Chris Ivory (NYJ) is likely to sign elsewhere this offseason. Although he racked up an AFC-best 1,070 rushing yards in 2015, he'll be 28 next month, he declined late in the season, and the Jets salary cap situation is tight. New York has seven starters headed to free agency, and they have only $14 million projected in salary cap space. Ivory said he would like to re-sign with the Jets but is not sure if the team will have the salary cap space to bring him back.

*** Friday Update *** RB Tony Richardson (NYJ) said Thursday, Feb. 3, he is considering two options heading into 2011 -- play for the Jets, or retire, reports Jenny Vrentas, of The Star-Ledger. "I really haven't spent too much time thinking about it, just because I know that sometimes things are a little bit out of your control," Richardson said.

RB Latavius Murray (OAK) could benefit from offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who has used a run-heavy style in the past.

*** Friday Update *** RB DeMarco Murray (PHI) is guaranteed $7 million in 2016, and the Eagles would take a $13 million salary cap hit if they were to release him before June 1, which makes Murray unlikely to be cut. Murray would likely have to take a pay cut to be traded.

*** Thursday Update *** RB DeMarco Murray (PHI) may not return to Philadelphia Eagles next season, and Dez Bryant has already started recruiting Murray back to Dallas. The Cowboys are one of the teams included among those who might be interested in signing Murray. Murray said he is committed to the Eagles despite rumors that there may be dissension between Murray and Philadelphia.

RB DeMarco Murray (PHI) is getting support from Tony Romo to stay with the team long term. Romo said he is consistently talking to owner Jerry Jones about bringing him back in 2015. The Cowboys have to bring Murray back, right? We can't imagine him signing with another team after the season he had with Dallas in 2014. He's the engine to the offense, and it would be incredibly difficult to replace him. Murray is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but we feel the Cowboys will find a way to bring him back.

RB LeVeon Bell (PIT) won't receive a "break-bank offer" this offseason, according to beat writer Ed Bouchette. The Steelers are playing a dangerous game, but it's one that could pay off for them. They are hardly ever overpaying for talent, and especially at the running back position. Bell is a superstar when healthy, but staying healthy has been a problem for the young back. Add in his one-game suspension in 2015 for a positive marijuana test, and you can see why the Steelers won't break the bank for the young stud.

*** Thursday Update *** RB LeVeon Bell (PIT) has been able to work out despite ending the season with an injured knee. "The knee is close to 100%," Bell said. "I'm probably about 85-90%, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little."

*** Friday Update *** RB DeAngelo Williams (PIT) The Panthers may decide not to place the franchise tag on impending free-agent DeAngelo Williams, a source told Steve Reed, of CarolinaGrowl.com.

*** Friday Update *** RB Donald Brown (SD) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Donald Brown (SD) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Donald Brown (SD) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** RB Marshawn Lynch (SEA) is unlikely to return to the Seahawks in 2016, according to NFL Network commentator Michael Robinson. Robinson, who is close friends with Lynch, said he knew what Lynch's intentions were regarding retirement, but he wasn't at liberty to say. "It's fair to assume (his days in Seattle are over,)" Robinson said.

*** Saturday Update *** RB Marshawn Lynch (SEA) practiced fully on Saturday and is expected to play this week.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Marshawn Lynch (SEA) could face a significant fine for wearing an unauthorized "beast mode" hat to media day. Lynch doesn't want to talk to the media, and he wants to wear what he likes. The fines go to charity, and Lynch has no problem paying.

RB Marshawn Lynch (SEA) was fined $20,000 Thursday, Jan. 22, for an obscene gesture he made after scoring a touchdown in the NFC Championship game, according to an NFL official. He's also subject to a fine for not speaking to the media after the game, and the league is considering fining him significantly more than the $50,000 he has been previously fined for not speaking to reporters. An NFL official said there would be increasing fines if Lynch misses sessions during Super Bowl week, with each fine being more than the two $50,000 fines already imposed and the upcoming penalty.

RB Marshawn Lynch (SEA) is expected to return in 2015 with the team more than open to bringing him back at a $5 million salary. "Mainly because he actually has outperformed his contract and clearly established himself as the identity of this team," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said on NFL Gameday Morning. "Basically, they don't have a choice based on the way he plays to bring him back." Lynch, however, may consider retirement if the Seahawks win the Super Bowl, according to Rapoport. Lynch has reportedly told people in private that he may simply just walk away from the game.

*** Friday Update *** RB Marshawn Lynch (SEA) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Marshawn Lynch (SEA) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Marshawn Lynch (SEA) was being rested during a 90-minute practice Wednesday, Jan. 29, and head coach Pete Carroll said "everybody's fine." Carroll added, "This is the day we rest Marshawn. Wednesday is always a rest day for him. We've been doing that for years, and it's always worked out great. We're in great shape. We're just as fortunate as can be to be in this kind of shape this late in the year."

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Reggie Bush (SF) The Miami Dolphins are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent Reggie Bush this offseason. Bush likely will receive interest as a free agent because of his ability to make explosive plays and contribute on special teams. There are several teams who could be interested in Bush. A team like the Lions would be near the top of that list. They're looking for a fast/quick change of pace back with big play ability. Bush could fit in nicely on their high powered offense.

RB Reggie Bush (SF) Saints general manager Mickey Loomis was noncommittal when asked about the future of Reggie Bush during a radio interview, according to Alex Marvez, of FOXSports.com. Bush is set to earn $11.8 million in 2011. He also is coming off an injury-plagued 2010 campaign. Bush has publicly said he is willing to renegotiate his rookie contract to remain with New Orleans. "We've talked a lot about the position (internally) because we had a lot of injuries," Loomis said. "It's pretty difficult to prognosticate injuries. I've got to be a little careful about just because a guy was hurt one year assuming he's going to get hurt the next. We're going through that evaluation process right now."

*** Friday Update *** RB Bruce Miller (SF) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Bruce Miller (SF) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Bruce Miller (SF) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** RB Todd Gurley (STL) said all is well with his foot Friday, Feb. 5, and he's doing offseason training in Los Angeles.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Mike Alstott (TB) is apparently very interested in returning to the team in 2006 if the team is interested in retaining his services and still thinks that he has a lot to offer them as a player. It had been reported in previous weeks that Alstott had been leaning towards retirement following the conclusion of the 2005 season.

RB Earnest Graham (TB) appeared optimistic in his rehabbing from a season-ending ankle injury, mostly with pool workouts. "It feels great. It’s getting a lot stronger. I can get out and run right now on the field if I wanted to, but we've got some time."

*** Friday Update *** RB Doug Martin (TB) said he wants to sign a new deal to stay with the team but would also play if he is given the franchise tag.

RB Doug Martin (TB) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Doug Martin's representatives have started discussing a contract extension. Martin, who is slated to be a free agent in 2016, finished second for the league rushing title behind Adrian Peterson. He also scored six touchdowns. If the team cannot work out an extension they do not plan on using the franchise tag on him.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Dexter McCluster (TEN) Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel believes Dexter McCluster can be a weapon for the team; however, his lack of size also presents an issue. "You have to be cognizant of his size and the limitations that size presents," Crennel said. "But he also brings play-making ability. If you manage him well, you can get a lot of good plays out of him and not expose him too much to the rigors of that position."

RB Matt Jones (WAS) won't necessarily be the workhorse back in 2016 if RB Alfred Morris leaves in free agency because the team isn't sure Jones can fix everything he needs to over one offseason in order to become a lead back.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Alfred Morris (WAS) will be able to test free agency this offseason, according to team president Bruce Allen. If Morris is not offered a deal to his liking, then the Redskins may entertain re-signing Morris.

RB Alfred Morris (WAS) may not return next season, which could lead the Redskins to draft a running back or sign a free-agent running back, according to CSNWashington.com's Rich Tandler. Tandler said depth is needed at the position and that Chris Thompson and Silas Redd are both coming off injuries and aren't workhorse backs.

RB Chris Thompson (WAS) underwent successful surgery Wednesday, Jan. 27, on the torn labrum in his left shoulder. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Wide Receiver

*** Thursday Update *** WR Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) Fitzgerald's new contract should be able to get worked out this offseason, according to team president Michael Bidwill. "Larry and I have met about it, and I know he's interested in getting something resolved," Bidwill said. "I think we'll get this all worked out." Under his current contract, Fitzgerald has a cap hit of $23.6 million in 2015, and there's still over $14 million left in dead money. The Cardinals need to shuffle that money around to give themselves more salary-cap room.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) said he is willing to restructure his contract if that is what needs to be done. "Absolutely. If that's what needs to be done, that's what needs to be done," Fitzgerald said.

*** Friday Update *** WR Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) said Thursday, Feb. 3, in a radio interview that he and the team have been discussing some "different options" and that "there is dialog" on a contract offer, reports Darren Urban, of AZCardinals.com. Fitzgerald is entering the final year of his contract in 2011, but said Wednesday, Feb. 2, that he would like "to retire as a Cardinal."

*** Thursday Update *** WR Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) said Wednesday, Feb. 2, that he wants to retire as a Cardinal, reports Mike Sando, of ESPN.com. "I want to put myself in the best position to hoist that Lombardi trophy," Fitzgerald said. "I would love to do that in Arizona. That is my goal, to retire as a Cardinal. They have treated me well. I love the state, but I want to win and that is really where my mind is." Fitzgerald is heading into the final year of his contract in 2011.

*** Friday Update *** WR Devin Hester (ATL) Sean Jensen, of Chicago Sun-Times, reports Devin Hester said various injuries during the season slowed him down and affected his playing ability. He said he suffered the shoulder injury during a preseason game but played with it during the season. He said the calf and ankle injuries took away his speed. Hester will not need surgery on his shoulder injury but said he is not able to lift weights because he needs to get his shoulder stronger.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Devin Hester (ATL) ESPNChicago.com reports Devin Hester said during a radio interview that he would give up some of his wide receiver duties if it meant having a bigger role in the return game. "I know what I'm best at. The return game is my bread and butter, so if I had to cut back on my receiving and go back to returning, that's something I would love to do," Hester said.

*** Friday Update *** WR Courtney Roby (ATL) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play on Sunday.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Courtney Roby (ATL) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Courtney Roby (ATL) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

WR Kamar Aiken (BAL) is expected to be re-signed this offseason, according to Clifton Brown of CSNMidAtlantic.com.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Steve Smith (BAL) said he is happy that the team named Mike Shula the new offensive coordinator because it will allow the offense to continue to move forward. "You always want to hire a guy that doesn't set you back or changes up. And how a guy sets you back is all of a sudden you have to change up everything," Smith said. "I think that is a vital role. That's important to keep in perspective, and I think that's what we did."

*** Friday Update *** WR Percy Harvin (BUF) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Percy Harvin (BUF) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Percy Harvin (BUF) practiced fully on Wednesday.

WR Percy Harvin (BUF) said he is playing in the Super Bowl and will not leave anything in the tank when he is on the field. Harvin is fine after dealing with a concussion, and is going to be used all over the field in the Super Bowl.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Percy Harvin (BUF) Percy Harvin has been named the 2009 Pepsi Rookie of the Year.

WR Robert Woods (BUF) Bills appear to be in the market for a viable threat opposite emerging star Sammy Watkins. "We'd love to (have a bona fide No. 2 receiver), but we think with the mix of guys we have we can generate a number two receiver. ... We've got a mix of guys who might not be a bona fide number two, but we can use those guys in different roles and have a complementary number two just by mixing some guys in," general manager Doug Whaley told the team's official website. It sounds like the Bills no longer consider Robert Woods a viable starting option. Woods finished the year with only 552 yards and three touchdowns, but he reportedly played most of the season with a groin injury.

WR Alshon Jeffery (CHI) is too valuable to not re-sign with the Bears this offseason, according to ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson. Dickerson said Chicago can't afford to let Jeffery leave, especially since they drafted and developed him.

WR Roy Williams (CHI) Calvin Watkins, of ESPNDallas.com, reports Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones believes it is up to the team's coaches to help Roy Williams improve his production. Jones said, "Execution, you hear people talk about execution well execution is a direct product of the coaching. Every bit as much or moreso than the player because those players aren't on that roster unless they can execute. When we look at 'Well we didn't do this well we didn't do that well', and you say we just got to execute better, that means we got to coach better." Jones added, "When you have an asset you work to improve that asset. That's never truer than it is with the evolution of a player no matter at what point he is in his career. You got to take what he does the best."

*** Friday Update *** WR A.J. Green (CIN) said he was disappointed that he was not targeted in the first half of the team's playoff game. "It's tough in a big game and you're the go to guy and you don't get the ball in the first half. It's all frustrating," Green said. "They had a game plan that had a matchup problem with [tight end Jermaine Gresham] and they felt like they could go to him. Things happen like that. All games aren't perfect. That's one thing we need to build on. We just need to capitalize. Not only getting me the ball, but just making some of the big plays." Green finished the game with four catches for 80 yards.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR A.J. Green (CIN) had seven receptions for 119 yards and three touchdowns in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 27. He is the seventh player in the All-Star game's history to have three or more scores in the game. He has four touchdowns in his two Pro Bowl appearances.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Marvin Jones (CIN) is excited to test the free-agent market this offseason. "I love Cincinnati, but at the same time I am a free agent," Jones said. "It wouldn't be good for me not to test the waters a little bit. It's just an exciting process."

*** Thursday Update *** WR Marvin Jones (CIN) is progressing well, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Jones is recovering from a broken foot he suffered last season.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Travis Benjamin (CLE) said he could get a deal done with the Browns before March. Furthermore, he spoke with new head coach Hue Jackson, who said he loves Benjamin's skill set and that 2016 will hopefully be a great season for the Browns.

WR Josh Gordon (CLE) said he plans to "disassociate" himself from those that could be contributing to keeping him out of the NFL. Gordon has been suspended a year for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy, and he recently applied for reinstatement. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will make a decision within 60 days of Gordon's application.

WR Josh Gordon (CLE) has reportedly tested positive for alcohol, according to sources, and his failed test will subject him to a possible one-year suspension. Gordon will be under contract through the 2016 season, and he will only be a restricted free agent after that year due to this new suspension. The Browns, however, could choose to cut Gordon loose. The kid is talented, but these off-field problems might be too much for the Browns to stick with.

WR Dez Bryant (DAL) is recovering from recent foot surgery at the team's facility but should be ready for offseason workouts. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team will manage Bryant during the offseason.

WR Dez Bryant (DAL) is getting support from Tony Romo to stay with the team long term. Romo said he is consistently talking to owner Jerry Jones about bringing him back in 2015. The Cowboys could place the franchise tag on Bryant this offseason. The tag comes with a one-year fully guaranteed salary of around $12.7 million. They would prevent any other team from negotiating with him, and this would allow them a longer time (July 15th deadline) to sign him to a long-term deal.

*** Friday Update *** WR Dez Bryant (DAL) Former Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Irvin said he believes Dez Bryant can be the best wide receiver in the NFL if works on improving his conditioning and receiving skills. "I thought Dez made great strides this year on the football field," said Irvin. "He has a lot of room to continue to grow, but he made great strides. When Dez really locks it all in, understands it, Dez will be the best receiver in the NFL."

WR Rod Smith (DEN) is likely to be the No. 3 receiver behind Javon Walker and Brandon Marshall next season, and the team will likely work with Smith to restructure his contract.

WR Demaryius Thomas (DEN) said he thinks he can exploit a flaw in Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's game in the Super Bowl.

Also, Sherman confirmed that he will play the left side in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos and won't shadow Thomas. Sherman said they don't plan to add any new schemes to deal with Peyton Manning. "We don't vary or disguise coverage on anybody," Sherman said. "We play a pretty simple defense, for the most part you know what we are going to do every play. And you got to line up and play it and I think that is how we have been all season. This is the last game of the season, there is no time to change it now. No new wrinkles for us."

WR Calvin Johnson (DET) told head coach Jim Caldwell after the regular season that he plans to retire, according to sources. Caldwell has told Johnson to take his time with his decision, and the Lions are hoping that Johnson will change his mind this offseason. Johnson may be offered an extension by the Lions in an effort by Detroit to bring their star wide receiver back.

*** Friday Update *** WR Calvin Johnson (DET) Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said Calvin Johnson should be the league's highest paid wide receiver. "He should, he's at the top of the game right now," Fitzgerald said. "He's an extremely, extremely impressive talent. To be around him, he's a really down-to-Earth guy." Fitzgerald is currently the NFL's highest paid wideout with an eight-year, $120 million contract.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Calvin Johnson (DET) is interested in signing an extension with the team, as he is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2012 season. "Yeah, definitely, we're going to see here --- soon," Johnson said. "We're going to have some talks soon, and hopefully get things rolling."

*** Friday Update *** WR Lance Moore (DET) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Lance Moore (DET) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Lance Moore (DET) practiced fully on Wednesday.

WR Travis Taylor (DET) had his court hearing on January 23 continued until February 21. Taylor is facing charges of fourth-degree assault, obstructing the legal process, and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors, stemming from an incident which occurred on January 1.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Titus Young (DET) Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he thinks Titus Young is becoming a matchup problem for opposing defenses because of his speed and ability to make fast cuts. "He's a dangerous match-up for other teams," Linehan said. "To me, he might be the biggest match-up (advantage) we can continue to grow with the way people defend [wide receiver Calvin Johnson]. When he gets on the outside part of the field, he can get behind the defense, and if you have that opposite a player like Calvin, that's really when you got something."

WR Miles Austin (FA) Todd Archer, of The Dallas Morning News, reports Miles Austin, who is an impending restricted free agent, said he wants to re-signs with the team during the offseason but knows that the decision is up to the Cowboys. The Cowboys likely will tender him an offer that would give them a first-round and third-round draft choice if another team signs him and the Cowboys do not match. The team likely will start long-term contract negotiations after they tender him the offer.

WR Taye Biddle (FA) was shot in the hand and leg on Thursday outside of a home in Alabama. He later underwent surgery on his hand, along with receiving other treatment at an area hospital and was later released. "He had surgery on his hand today," Biddle's friend, Bruce Jones, said. "He told me his leg is OK, and he ought to be fine."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Mark Bradley (FA) practiced fully on Wednesday. He is listed as questionable for the Super Bowl but barring a setback is expected to play.

WR Mark Bradley (FA) remained sidelined during practice last Friday with a high sprain of his right ankle. However he was able to practice on Monday. Barring a setback, it looks like he’ll be able to play in the Super Bowl.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Greg Childs (FA) is making his way back from torn patellar tendons in both knees suffered in camp in August. He said he has no doubt he will play in 2013.

WR Braylon Edwards (FA) Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports Braylon Edwards was frustrated with the team's playcalling during the AFC Championship Game. Edwards saw only three more passes thrown his way after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter. "We didn't have the same attitude in the second half," Edwards said. "Take that for what it is." When asked if he was upset with the playcalling, Edwards replied, "No disrespect, but you witnessed the game. I don't call the plays. I just run them."

WR Anthony Gonzalez (FA) Paul Kuharsky, of ESPN.com, reports Anthony Gonzalez, who is on Injured Reserve, said he expects to be ready for the start of next season. "I'm feeling a lot better, the rehab has been a lot longer than I would have liked, but it's getting stronger every day, I'm getting better every day and I feel very, very confident about next year," Gonzalez said.

*** Friday Update *** WR D.J Hackett (FA) did not practice on Thursday, but he did practice on Friday and is expected to play in the Super Bowl.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Marvin Harrison (FA) A Philadelphia man shot with a gun owned by Marvin Harrison underwent trial today, accused of lying to police. Dwight Dixon is scheduled to appear in a Philadelphia municipal court on a charge of making false sworn statements. Dixon initially told police that he was shot during a robbery last April but later accused Harrison of shooting him. Dixon's attorney, Robert Gamburg, said Dixon did not immediately identify Harrison because he was afraid of him.

*** Friday Update *** WR Chris Henry (FA) A league source said that if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans to suspend Chris Henry, it will most likely be before the April draft. "We have stepped up discipline and will continue to do that," said Goodell, who suspended Henry for two games back in October after he copped a plea to a weapons charge. Henry has since copped pleas in his two final cases, putting the option back in Goodell’s hands.

WR Chris Henry (FA) A Kenton District Court judge last week lectured Bengals Chris Henry about his irresponsible behavior and threw him in jail for two days. Henry pleaded guilty to violating a Covington city ordinance for allowing minors to drink in his hotel room last spring. He was sentenced to serve two days, and District Judge Greg Grothaus ordered him to begin serving it immediately. Grothaus told Henry he was "a cancer" with no respect for himself, his teammates or the community. "Mr. Henry, it's time to grow up," said Grothaus. Henry drew a two-game suspension this season for violating the league's conduct and substance-abuse policies and could get a harsher punishment for his latest convictions. "We are reviewing this and will take appropriate disciplinary action in due course," league spokesman Steve Alic said.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Chris Henry (FA) HC Marvin Lewis said on Tuesday that the team will deal with troubled wide receiver Chris Henry following his recent arrest on gun charges. Lewis said that "[it] is unfortunate and does not shine a good light on the Bengals organization," adding that he "will deal with Chris in relation to his standing on our football team." As this was Henry’s second arrest in the last two months, he is also facing disciplinary action from the NFL.

*** Friday Update *** WR Santonio Holmes (FA) The Jets could save $15 million by releasing Santonio Holmes by Wednesday, Feb. 8, based on a clause in the five-year, $45 million contract he signed before the season. As it stands now, Holmes is already guaranteed $7.75 million for 2012.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Santonio Holmes (FA) admitted Wednesday that he used to sell drugs as a teenager. "My friends were always doing it and I felt comfortable doing it at the time," Holmes said. "As the years grew older, I just felt like that wasn't what I wanted to do. I wanted to play football." Holmes added that he hopes to be able to help at-risk teens that are in similar situations.

WR Joe Horn (FA) HC Sean Payton said last week it was too early to talk about the status of veteran Joe Horn, who has struggled with injuries and would be due $4 million next season. Horn said he would not accept a pay cut to stay in New Orleans. "Can I still play at a Pro Bowl level? Yes. The film don’t lie. And my receiver coach knows what I can do, and I know coach Payton knows what I can do," Horn said. "But I won’t be surprised if my agent got a phone call or I got a phone call and they told me I was going in a different direction. Then I’d clear out my locker, I’d say farewell to the fans here that I love dearly and they love me, and I’d put on another helmet."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Chad Johnson (FA) hasn't complained about his role in the offense, or lack thereof, and he is just happy to be with the team at Super Bowl XLVI. "I'd rather be right here (than have 100 catches). I've already put up all the numbers," Ochocinco said Tuesday, Jan. 31. "I've already done that. One of the things I was really happy about was that this was one of the few times, or really the only time, that I won't be home at the Martin Luther King parade because I'm always home the first week of January."

*** Friday Update *** WR Chad Johnson (FA) said he will fit in offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's west coast offense because he believes he can fit in any offense, reports Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

*** Friday Update *** WR Chad Johnson (FA) was questioned by Miami police regarding an investigation into the shooting death of a man. Johnson, a Miami native, spoke with detectives Monday at police headquarters, according to The Miami Herald. "Chad has confirmed to the club that he cooperated with the Miami Police earlier this week as part of an investigation," the team said in a statement released Friday to The Associated Press. "Police have characterized this as a routine procedure and have stressed that Chad is not a suspect or even a person of interest in this case."

Authorities have not said why Johnson was questioned or what connection he may have had in the death of Curtis Tavares Dopson last Friday.

WR Ashley Lelie (FA) voided his contract last Friday and is now scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. He had playing time incentives that allowed him to void the final year remaining on his deal.

WR Brandon Lloyd (FA) said he believes the team will make a move at quarterback this offseason and that Kyle Orton may not be with the team next season, reports CBSSports.com. Lloyd said he believes Orton should get a long-term contract either from the Broncos or from another team.

*** Friday Update *** WR Robert Meachem (FA) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Robert Meachem (FA) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Robert Meachem (FA) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Kassim Osgood (FA) has signed a four-year contract extension with the team.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Terrell Owens (FA) Omar Kelly, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reports Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco said he wants the Bengals to try to sign impending free-agent Terrell Owens during the offseason. "We got to go get him, even if I have to take a paycut," Ochocinco said.

WR Terrell Owens (FA) has agreed to be the subject of a reality TV show for VH1 this summer. Owens and close friends Monique Jackson and Kita Williams, will be followed by VH1 cameras.

WR Terrell Owens (FA) Before HC Bill Parcells retired, Owens said he received assurances from owner/GM Jerry Jones that Owens would be back next season. Sources said Parcells did not want Owens to return for 2007 and when rumors circulated that an Owens exit was possible, Owens went to Jones days before the NFC wild-card game against Seattle. Owens said Jones assured him he would play with the Cowboys in 2007. Jones repeated his desire to keep Owens to the media after the Cowboys' loss to Seattle and on his weekly radio show. Owens is due a $3 million roster bonus in June, and Jones said he expects to pay it.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Terrell Owens (FA) met with Broncos coaches in Denver. The team is interested in adding him to their roster. It is reported that other interested teams include Miami, Dallas, Tampa Bay, and the NY Jets.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Brad Smith (FA) Bills quarterbacks coach David Lee said he believes the team will be able to use Brad Smith in different ways next season because of his ability to throw the ball as well as running the ball. "Brad gives us more dimensions. We have some things that we have in mind and that's yet to be finalized as to what we'll do. But there are some things that we've done that may suit Brad Smith," Lee said.

WR Donte Stallworth (FA) Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports the Browns have no intention of bringing back suspended WR Donte' Stallworth next season.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Donte Stallworth (FA) said Wednesday that he hopes his next stop is "back to Philadelphia." "I hope they want me back," Stallworth said at the Miami Beach Convention Center, after he completed an interview with the VH1 network. Stallworth is an unrestricted free agent represented by Drew Rosenhaus. Stallworth added the Eagles don't necessarily have to match the highest offer. "It's not going to be all about the money. I definitely plan on being back."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Amani Toomer (FA) has likely removed any chance he'll be back with the team. In a session with reporters that lasted almost 20 minutes, Toomer criticized the team for a number of things, including their failure to use him down the stretch as they exercised their "agenda" to use younger WRs such as Domenik Hixon, Steve Smith and TE Kevin Boss. "The last couple of games I wasn't a big part of the offense and we lost a big percentage of the games (four of the last five)," Toomer said. "I feel like you can't tell me (that) didn't play a big role in it. I think it did."

*** Thursday Update *** WR Demetrius Williams (FA) Ken Murray, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Demetrius Williams did not do the necessary things during the season to earn more playing time. "He's got to be able to run the kind of routes, catch the ball in pressure situations, break things off at the right depth, make the right adjustments in pressure situations, and do the kinds of things that are going to help us move the football and win games. Those other three guys did that better - offseason, training camp, throughout the year. I think we tried to put Demetrius in situations to be successful as much as we could. And we need more," Harbaugh said.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Kyle Williams (FA) has a chance to be used as a slot receiver next season, reports CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco. Dynasty owners need to know the name Kyle Williams. He is very dangerous after the catch and can rack up yards in a hurry. Williams has strong hands, good concentration, and can create mismatches when he's in the slot.

*** Friday Update *** WR Mike Williams (FA) said he is rehabbing his ankle and leg injuries and does not need crutches anymore. Williams indicated he may not be ready for the start of offseason workouts. In related news, Williams said he plans on losing some weight this offseason so he can regain some of the speed he lost this season.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Mike Williams (FA) accumulated more than $200,000 in fines for being late to mandatory meetings or missing meetings and scheduled rehab days for his torn hamstring in 2013. Williams' partying has also become a concern for the team.

*** Friday Update *** WR Reggie Williams (FA) was offered community service as part of a first-time offenders program for marijuana possession within the State of Florida, authorities announced on Thursday. If Williams keeps out of trouble, the marijuana charge against him will eventually be dropped. No word is yet available from the NFL as to whether Williams will receive a suspension by the league, but he is expected to be ordered into the league's drug treatment program in the coming months.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Davante Adams (GB) was a huge disappointment last season, dropping 12 of his 96 targets, or 12.5 percent. He also averaged just 9.7 yards per reception, and only 3.0 yards after the catch. Beat writer Rob Reischel feels Adams might simply be in a fight for a roster spot in training camp and the preseason.

WR Randall Cobb (GB) said his preference is to re-sign with the team this offseason. "Of course (I want to be back). I think I've made that obvious," Cobb said. "Like I've said before: This is a business. You don't know how it's going to go. What direction it's going to go in. You just have to sit around. I hope that I've put myself in the position where it'll handle itself. But only time can tell."

*** Thursday Update *** WR Donald Driver (GB) will announce his retirement Feb. 6, according to a statement released by the team Thursday, Jan. 31.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Donald Driver (GB) The Minnesota Vikings are interested in signing Donald Driver, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. Although there have been reports that Driver may retire, Driver himself has suggested he may want to keep playing. "I think I could go to any team and be either their No. 1 or No. 2 guy and be solid for another three years," Driver said. "The question is, do I want to see myself in another uniform? Will my family want to see that? If nobody wants to see it, at the end of the day, it will still be a tough decision because I've always said I only want to wear that green and gold and nothing else."

*** Friday Update *** WR Donald Driver (GB) was limited during practice Friday, Feb. 4, but is listed as probable for Super Bowl XLV.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that he would be shocked if Driver did not play in Super Bowl XLV, according to Jason Wilde, of ESPNMilwaukee.com. The team is simply taking a cautious approach by not having Driver practice.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Donald Driver (GB) partially participated in Thursday's practice with what's being listed as quad injury. ESPN reports, "(Coach Mike) McCarthy said: "He’s fine. He wants to practice and all that, but I’m not taking any chances with him. I'll probably hold him out tomorrow, as well." Driver missed a game this season because of a quadriceps ailment, but it seems likely he will play Sunday."

WR Donald Driver (GB) was interviewed by Chicago radio station WSCR-AM (670) Monday morning in Miami. "I hope he comes back," Driver said, referring to QB Brett Favre. "I think he still loves it." Driver said he wanted Favre to return to avoid any learning curve, that would be required with another quarterback.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Jordy Nelson (GB) started to run recently and he is hopeful of being a full participant when training camp begins this summer. "I think Jordy will come back better than ever," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "Just like you knew he would, he's so far ahead with the rehab, he looks great. There's no reason to think he won't be as good as new."

WR DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) had three catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Pro Bowl, received praise from former wide receiver Michael Irvin. "We don't know what the ceiling is," Irvin said. "You see the skillset, where he can catch footballs from anyplace in the world. There is no telling what the ceiling can be. He'll be rewriting a lot of records in the NFL." Hopkins had 111 catches for 1,521 yards and a franchise-record 11 touchdowns in 2015. Hopkins caught a touchdown from four different quarterbacks this year, which is an NFL record.

*** Friday Update *** WR Deion Branch (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Deion Branch (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Deion Branch (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Duron Carter (IND) and the Indianapolis Colts have reportedly agreed to terms on a deal Tuesday, Jan. 27, according to a source. Official confirmation of the deal is not expected until February. It's a good addition for the Colts. Carter, the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, has starred in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes over the last two years. He's big (6'4" 200 pounds) and can fly down the field. Carter needs to get better at beating press coverage, but he's got incredible natural athleticism after the catch. His addition will push Donte Moncrief for playing time and targets in 2015.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Ricky Proehl (IND) is at the Super Bowl for the fourth time, with a third different team. He has tried to retire before, and he may retire again after Sunday. He retired from the Panthers after last season, for the second time. He started this season as a TV commentator, but was called for active duty by the Colts on Nov. 29. Proehl, 38, pulled a hamstring the week of Christmas, so he may or may not play Sunday. "Play this game, win and ride off into the sunset. What a way to end," Proehl said. "Seventeen years is a long time. I'm ready to enjoy my family and go on to the next stage of my life."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Ricky Proehl (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday and is not on the team’s injury report. He will play in the Super Bowl.

WR Ricky Proehl (IND) is hoping to play Sunday and then maybe call it a career. "I'd like to be Jerome Bettis. Play this game, win and ride off into the sunset," Proehl said, referring to how the Pittsburgh Steelers' star retired after his team won last season's Super Bowl. "Seventeen years is a long time. I'm ready to enjoy my family and go on to the next stage in my life."

WR Arrelious Benn (JAX) likely will not be able to participate in offseason workouts because of the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered during the season, reports Stephen Holder, of the St. Petersburg Times.

WR Justin Blackmon (JAX) has reportedly overcome his issues, and plenty of league sources expect him to be back with the team in 2015. The Jaguars aren't counting on Blackmon right now, but if he can play it's a huge bonus. Like Josh Gordon, Blackmon is incredibly talented but had substance-abuse problems. If he's clean, Blackmon will be the best wide receiver on the team and give Blake Bortles a quality weapon to target.

*** Friday Update *** WR Justin Blackmon (JAX) Jaguars owner Shad Khan said the team "absolutely" wants Justin Blackmon to remain with the team after he is reinstated by the NFL.

*** Friday Update *** WR Tandon Doss (JAX) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Tandon Doss (JAX) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Tandon Doss (JAX) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** WR Allen Hurns (JAX) is feeling better after surgery to repair a sports hernia he sustained in Week 3. "It's been two weeks now," Hurns said. "The first week was real tough, real sore. It was tough to do anything as far as yawning, sneezing, coughing - all of that. Right now, I'm moving around a lot better."

WR Allen Robinson (JAX) said expectations for the offense are high for 2016, and he added that he wants to improve on his numbers from 2015.

WR Mardy Gilyard (KC) is recovering from wrist surgery done in mid-January, reports Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Gilyard had pins inserted into his wrist, and the wrist was placed in a cast. The Rams medical staff is hopeful Gilyard will be available for minicamp in the spring.

*** Saturday Update *** WR Jeremy Maclin (KC) confirmed negotiations between his representation and the Eagles are ongoing. The veteran receiver is likely seeking a five-year deal worth over $10 million per year, but he also could receive the franchise tag.

*** Friday Update *** WR Jabar Gaffney (MIA) practiced fully on Friday. He is not even listed on the team's injury report and will play in the Super Bowl.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Jabar Gaffney (MIA) partially participated in Thursday's practice due to his injured shoulder.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Jabar Gaffney (MIA) was limited in practice due to a shoulder injury even though coach Belichick seemed to downplay any injuries.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Jabar Gaffney (MIA) was limited in practice due to a shoulder injury.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Greg Jennings (MIA) put his Wisconsin home on the market Monday, Jan. 28, further indicating that he won't be back with the Packers next season. "I don't know if there is a difficult part," Jennings said about the possibility of leaving the Packers. "Like I said, I'm excited for the future. Football is going to be football. I'm excited for that."

WR Rishard Matthews (MIA) isn't expected to return to Miami, according to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

WR Mike Wallace (MIN) Wallace's future with the team is unclear. General manager Dennis Hickey would not say Wednesday, Jan. 21, whether Wallace will be back or if his end of season drama will play into the decision. Wallace said everything is being evaluated. Of course it's hard to be "all in" on a receiver who has failed to live up to his large contract. Wallace had a $17 million cap number in 2014, but that number falls to $12.1 million in 2015. With only $6.6 million left in dead money, it's not out of the question to think the team would consider cutting ties with the underachieving veteran.

Wallace said he wants to return to the team next season, but he added that he would welcome testing the free agent market if the team chooses to release him.

WR Mike Wallace (MIN) said he wants the offense to change to use the deep ball more in 2014. 'We have to," Wallace said. "Definitely have got to get the deep ball going. That's the difference between winning and losing a couple games. I should have had 15 or 20 more touchdowns. And that's being modest. If you press me, you have no shot to cover me. Once I get you to stop your feet, it's over."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Mike Wallace (MIN) The Pittsburgh Steelers are not expected to be willing to pay impending free-agent Mike Wallace the $10 million to $11 million per season he will be looking for but do expect other teams to value him that highly. No surprise here. The Steelers are likely going to let Wallace move on in free agency. A team like the Dolphins or the Vikings could be interested in the speedy veteran wide receiver.

WR Danny Amendola (NE) is not expected to be released this offseason despite a $6.8 million salary cap hit he would cause. Releasing Amendola would save the Patriots $3.5 million against the salary cap.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Julian Edelman (NE) has not had time to weigh his options yet when it comes to free agency. "I haven't even sat down with my agents and discussed that yet," he said. "Going forward, I'm going to sit down and discuss what I want and we'll come up with a plan."

*** Thursday Update *** WR Julian Edelman (NE) Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will not give a hint as to whether Julian Edelman will play defensive back in Super Bowl XLVI. "Julian will be ready to go on everything as he always is," Belichick said. "Based on the game plan and how it goes, we'll see how that all turns out. He will be ready for all three phases."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Michael Jenkins (NE) is due a $2.425 million roster bonus due on the fifth day of the new league year. He is not expected to collect the bonus.

*** Friday Update *** WR Matt Slater (NE) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Matt Slater (NE) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Matt Slater (NE) practiced fully on Wednesday.

WR Reggie Wayne (NE) is unsure if he will be returning for another season. Wayne was targeted just twice in the loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 18, and he didn't have any catches.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Reggie Wayne (NE) The Indianapolis Colts are expected to allow impending free-agent Reggie Wayne to test the free-agent market this offseason.

*** Friday Update *** WR Reggie Wayne (NE) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play on Sunday.

Peter King, of Sports Illustrated, reports Reggie Wayne left practice Friday, Feb. 5, after aggravating his knee injury. It does not appear to be serious.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Reggie Wayne (NE) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Reggie Wayne (NE) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** WR Reggie Wayne (NE) is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent but will likely receive the franchise tag from the team.

WR Odell Beckham Jr (NYG) said he played this season with two tears in his right hamstring, which never fully healed. Beckham said he'll need to shut himself down this offseason in order to enter 2015 fully healthy and in great shape. He said he had tears to his semitendinosus and bicep belly of his hamstring this season. "It's still not right, I'm still working on it," Beckham said. "I'm trying to get it 100 percent for next year." To understate the obvious, he still had a pretty good rookie season.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Victor Cruz (NYG) is dealing with a torn fascia in his calf -- a rare injury. He is still expected to make a full recovery and should avoid any long-term issues.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Victor Cruz (NYG) said he thinks he's a priority for the team to re-sign; however, he added there are no contract talks going on right now.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Victor Cruz (NYG) players did a good job of playing with more effort in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 27. NFL officials said last week that the league wants to decide the future of the Pro Bowl by the time next season's schedule is released in April. "We understood exactly what (Goodell) wanted, guys were making plays all over the field," Cruz said. "There was a little bit more high intensity than in years past and we were excited to play."

*** Thursday Update *** WR Hakeem Nicks (NYG) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Hakeem Nicks (NYG) partially participated in Wednesday's practice. Nicks said Tuesday, Jan. 31, that the AC joint in his shoulder is feeling "a lot better this week". Nicks is expecting to have a good week of practice, and sounds like a certainty to play in Super Bowl XLVI Sunday, Feb. 5, against the New England Patriots. "There should be no setbacks. It's not sore or anything," Nicks said. "The rest helped out a lot with just my shoulder and just my body in general. I wouldn't miss (the Super Bowl) for anything."

WR Brandon Marshall (NYJ) Dolphins quarterbacks coach Karl Dorrell had problems at times handling Brandon Marshall this season when he was the team's wide receiver coach, reports Barry Jackson, of The Miami Herald.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Brandon Marshall (NYJ) Mike Klis, of The Denver Post, reports Brandon Marshall said he is open to playing for the Broncos next season but will let the Broncos decide what will happen in his situation. He also said he knows the way he acted last season was unprofessional. "Learning from last year and last offseason, I approached things unprofessional. This offseason I'm just going to go with the flow and just go in whatever direction the Broncos want to go," Marshall said.

WR Brandon Marshall (NYJ) Mike Klis, of The Denver Post, reports the Broncos are expected to trade Brandon Marshall soon after March 5, when NFL's trading and free agency period starts.

Klis also reports Broncos CB Champ Bailey said he would be surprised if Marshall was back next season because of the issues the Broncos and Marshall have had the last few seasons. The Broncos are expected to tender an offer to Marshall, but it would only serve as a mechanism to execute a deal to another team.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Michael Crabtree (OAK) had just one reception for three yards in the NFC Championship Game and was only targeted five times. Crabtree expressed frustration over role following the game. "Sometimes, you've just got to move the ball," Crabtree said. "You've got to make plays. You've got to give people chances to make plays. You've got to make plays."

*** Friday Update *** WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (OAK) revealed Thursday that he played the last month of the 2006 season with four cracked bones in his back. Houshmandzadeh figures he had havoc wreaked on his own body back in November against Baltimore. "I got an X-ray and it showed I had four cracked bones in my back. There's nothing you can do," said Houshmandzadeh, who had 35 of his career-high 90 catches after the injury. "You can't have surgery, you can't take a pain pill. Nothing. I was able to play, but it was killing me though. I couldn't really block. I couldn't do much. I couldn't even sleep. No one knew it but the coaches. They know I've got the highest pain tolerance on the team." Houshmandzadeh says his back will heal on its own and that he'll be as good as new when the seasons starts.

WR Jordan Matthews (PHI) played 65% of the offensive snaps and ran 92.4% of his routes from the slot in 2014, per Pro FootballFocus.com. That was the role Eagles head coach Chip Kelly envisioned him in when the club drafted him last year. However, according to PhillyMag.com's Sheil Kapadia, the team could benefit from expanding Matthews' role by playing him outside more in two-wide receiver sets while keeping in him in the slot when the Eagles use three or more wide receivers.

WR Martavis Bryant (PIT) has the chance to become a better player but needs to avoid any off-field problems this offseason, according to team president Art Rooney II. Rooney said the team hopes Bryant's four-game suspension to start the 2015 season will have an impact on him.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Plaxico Burress (PIT) did not sound like a player who wants to return to the JEts in 2012. When asked if he was happy with how his year with the Jets went, Burress said, "It went as it went." Asked if he thought the Jets used him to the best of his capabilities, he said, "They used me the way they wanted to use me."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Plaxico Burress (PIT) Giants RB Brandon Jacobs said impending free-agent Plaxico Burress wanted to re-sign with the Giants instead of going to the Jets when he became a free agent last summer. Jacobs also said Burress would like to return to the Giants next year. "I don't see him back with the Jets next year at all," said Jacobs, who speaks with Burress regularly. "I don't know what he's thinking, but I don't see that. They've got a lot of things going on over there, and I don't know if he wants to be part of that." Burress reportedly has serious doubts about QB Mark Sanchez, too.

*** Friday Update *** WR Plaxico Burress (PIT) has not been suspended by the NFL as of yet. As Commissioner Roger Goodell explained today, there is a good reason for that. "We're looking at repeat offenders and we may not wait for the process to conclude when we have repeat offenders," Goodell said. Technically, Burress is a first-time offender, different from others who received swift action, and the league treads lighter on those players as opposed to repeat offenders. "When you start getting to multiple (arrests), at that point in time, you're reflecting poorly on the NFL itself, your teammates."

*** Friday Update *** WR Plaxico Burress (PIT) didn't get any team drills in on Friday, but he did some individual work and is once again listed as questionable to play in the Super Bowl. "He ran a couple of slants," said HC Tom Coughlin. "He took a play in the 'green' zone, and that was about all we did with him." The concern is due to swelling in Burress' right knee. "He's improved," Coughlin added. "He's done it all year under all kinds of circumstances. We've just got to be hopeful he can do it one more time."

*** Thursday Update *** WR Plaxico Burress (PIT) did not practice on Thursday. There has been no hint of him missing the Super Bowl.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Plaxico Burress (PIT) was held out of practice which isn't unusual compared to what he's done all season. Still, with a week off last week, there was some hope he might have been able to work Wednesday. "Hopefully, he'll work tomorrow," coach Tom Coughlin said.

Earlier in the week, Burress predicted a win for New York. He was asked about it later. "I don't understand what the fuss is about," Burress said, surrounded by TV cameras and microphones. "Nobody wants to lose.

"All this is entertainment. It's sports, and sports are entertainment. So 23-17 is the prediction I made, but the game still has to be played."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Limas Sweed (PIT) said he believes he is in the team's plans for next season, reports Mark Kaboly, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Sweed has missed the 2010 season because of an Achilles injury.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Hines Ward (PIT) said he expects to return to the team next season and is willing to take a pay cut. Ward is scheduled to make $4 million in the next two seasons.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Hines Ward (PIT) said Tuesday, Feb. 1, that he is worried about a potential NFL lockout next season, reports Howard Fendrich, of The Associated Press. "That," Ward said, "is the biggest thing that needs to be talked about. It's a bad situation. I wish some of the guys would speak up about it. I can't make anybody speak up about it. But it's on a lot of guys' minds."

Also, Ward said he would like the idea of the team signing free-agent WR Plaxico Burress once he gets out of prison, reports Rich Cimini, of ESPNNewYork.com.

WR Hines Ward (PIT) said he has no current plans to retire following Super Bowl XLV, according to Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Whenever that time comes, trust me, I'll let you guys know," Ward said. "I don't foresee this being my last game."

*** Friday Update *** WR Hines Ward (PIT) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play in the Super Bowl. HC Mike Tomlin declared his team completely healthy after practice, so Ward will be on the field.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Hines Ward (PIT) practiced fully on Thursday. According to the AP, Ward did not run at full speed as he recovers from a sprained right medial collateral ligament, but worked with the starting offense throughout a rainy practice at the University of South Florida. Ward looked "awesome," according to coach Mike Tomlin, and is expected to play Sunday night.

"He is where I thought he would be today," Tomlin said.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Hines Ward (PIT) did not practice on Wednesday. Ward did some running and cutting on the side field and is expected to practice with the team on Thursday. HC Mike Tomlin does not appear to be concerned about Ward. “Hines is playing,” Tomlin said. “I’m not worried about him.”

WR Hines Ward (PIT) Ward, who is continuing to recover from a sprained right knee and is not able to cut or turn as of yet, reiterated again on Monday that he will be playing in the Super Bowl this weekend. "I'm playing," Ward said. "I would have played if the game had been last week. I don't have a brace on, I'm walking around fine. I'm not going to be 100 percent, I'm not going to trick anybody. But I think I'm going to be able to go out there and perform like I'm used to."

*** Friday Update *** WR Hines Ward (PIT) was limited in Friday’s practice as he rested his shoulder in what's being called a precautionary measure. Ward is not on the injury report and will start in the Super Bowl. Coach Bill Cowher said he's fine.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Steve Johnson (SD) said he hopes to re-sign with the team in the offseason; however, he views his pending free agency as a good option. "Of course I'm hoping Buffalo will step up," Johnson said. "But if not and I hit the market in free agency, then Buffalo is in the picture no matter what. But to be in free agency to see what other teams are saying, that's also good." C.J. Laboy, Johnson's agent, said he is optimistic as talks continue with the Bills. "We all know where Stevie's heart is and that's a big reason why he's engrained himself in the Buffalo community as much as he has," Laboy said. "There's a lot of time and a lot of decisions that need to be made on both sides, to be honest with you, on how we'll move forward."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Steve Johnson (SD) There has been no direct dialogue between the Buffalo Bills and Steve Johnson, who is a soon-to-be unrestricted free agent as of March 13. Johnson's agent was asked if his client would test the free agent waters. "Far too early for that," the agent said Friday, Jan. 27. "The Bills have options. They can use the franchise tag on him, they can negotiate an extension, or they can let him walk. It is no secret where Stevie's heart is, but at the same time he has to do what is best for his family." Johnson has said he wants to remain with the team.

*** Friday Update *** WR Doug Baldwin (SEA) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Doug Baldwin (SEA) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Doug Baldwin (SEA) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Sidney Rice (SEA) had surgery on both of his shoulders after the season.

WR Koren Robinson (SEA) entered an Alford plea last Monday on a felony charge of fleeing police in connection with a high-speed chase back in August. In exchange for the Alford plea, authorities dismissed seven lesser charges related to drunken driving, reckless driving and driving without a license. An Alford plea allows someone to acknowledge that evidence in a case could result in a jury reaching a guilty verdict, but it doesn't require a person to admit guilt. The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Robinson is already scheduled to begin a 90-day jail sentence on Feb. 28.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Anquan Boldin (SF) said his former team, the Arizona Cardinals, did not always allow him to be himself on the football field. "I think in Arizona, I don't know how to say it, but there were times that for some guys, being yourself wasn't what they wanted," Boldin said. "That's one of the things the Ravens have allowed me to do, just come in and be a football player. Coach (John) Harbaugh talks about it all the time: let your light shine, be yourself. They really allow you to do that, so I'm happy for that."

WR Anquan Boldin (SF) GM Rod Graves said that he plans to meet with star WR Anquan Boldin following the Super Bowl and he hopes to improve the relationship between Boldin and the club. Also, Larry Fitzgerald is willing to restructure his contract so that the Cardinals can redo Boldin's and keep him in Arizona long-term. Boldin wants his deal redone and said during the season that he never would re-sign with Arizona again, but if the Cardinals make a sufficient offer, then Boldin will agree to stay. Fitzgerald signed a four-year, $40 million deal last year.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Randy Moss (SF) said he was "blackballed" during his brief tenure with the Tennessee Titans and some of the team's coaches did not like him. "Why they claimed me, I really don't know," Moss said. "There were some things where I could really tell I really wasn't liked, and that was coming from the coaching staff. To be able to still make plays ... there were some things going on in-house that I probably won't speak upon until I write my book." Moss added that his stint with the Titans left him doubting his future in the NFL.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Randy Moss (SF) plans to play at least one more year, even if the team wins Super Bowl XLVII, according to a source with knowledge of the receiver's thinking. Moss is scheduled to become a free agent in March.

Moss said Tuesday, Jan. 29, he will go down as the greatest wide receiver in league history. "Now that I'm older, I do think I'm the greatest receiver to ever do it," Moss said. The receiver added his impact went beyond statistics. "I don't really live on numbers. I really live on impact and what you're able to do out on the field. I really think I'm the greatest receiver to ever play this game." Jerry Rice, who is considered by many to be the greatest wide receiver of all-time, said he was surprised when he heard Moss declare himself the greatest ever. "I impacted the game by winning Super Bowls," Rice said. "... Randy is still trying to win his first one, and I wish him the best, but I was very surprised that he said he's the best receiver to ever play the game. I leave that up to my fans to make that statement."

Moss maintained his position that he is the best wide receiver to ever play the game. When asked about his stats compared to Rice, Moss said he didn't have the luxury of spending nearly 14 full seasons with former NFL quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young. "I wouldn't base (being the greatest) off (stats) because if I had two Hall of Fame quarterbacks, where would my numbers be?" Moss said. "I worked with one for a few years, and that's Tom Brady. Give me Tom Brady for the next five, six years, and you'll see where my numbers would be..."

WR Randy Moss (SF) Mike Reiss, of ESPNBoston.com, reports Randy Moss was diagnosed with a separated shoulder after the season ended, which is why he did not play in the 2010 Pro Bowl, according to a source. It is not known how severe the injury is at this time.

WR Randy Moss (SF) According to reports, when new HC Lane Kiffin recently made contact with Randy Moss for the first time, Moss reportedly told Kiffin he wasn't interested in talking with him while using pointed, profane terms.

*** Friday Update *** WR David Reed (SF) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR David Reed (SF) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR David Reed (SF) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Jerome Simpson (SF) Impending free-agent Jerome Simpson pleaded not guilty to marijuana trafficking in Kenton County Circuit Court Monday, Jan. 30. Authorities tracked a package with 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana in it to Simpson's house and a search of the home turned up six more pounds of marijuana, smoking pipes and scales.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Kenny Britt (STL) pleaded guilty Wednesday, Feb. 1, to a downgraded charge of disturbing the peace coming from his arrest in New Jersey. He paid a $1,500 fine. The rest of his charges were dismissed Tuesday, Jan. 31.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Wes Welker (STL) said he is not thinking of retirement anytime soon, even if he wins a Super Bowl on Sunday. "Of course it would be a good way to end it, but I am still having fun," Welker said. "I am still enjoying the game. I feel good, and as long as I am out there having fun, I will continue to play."

WR Wes Welker (STL) said if he had a concussion, he would try to play through it to play in the Super Bowl, even if doctors advised against it. "You know," Welker said. "You want to be out there. It's the Super Bowl. Like, this is what you dream about. You're gonna be there. I don't care what it takes."

*** Friday Update *** WR Wes Welker (STL) New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he would like to see Wes Welker back in a Patriots uniform. "I'd love him to be around," Kraft said today. "He's a great guy. Like I've said all along, it takes two sides to make a transaction. We have to manage the lawyers and the agents that they don't mess it up. I think Wes wants to be with us, and we want him here. It's just a matter of whether both sides can be intelligent."

*** Friday Update *** WR Wes Welker (STL) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Wes Welker (STL) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Wes Welker (STL) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

WR Wes Welker (STL) said he was disappointed with his performance this season and does not think his play warrants a new contract, reports Karen Guregian, of the Boston Herald. "I think everybody wants a new deal, but I wouldn't say anything I did this past year would warrant one or anything like that," Welker said. Welker said he believed he could have played better and was unhappy with dropping 11 passes during the season.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Wes Welker (STL) ESPNBoston.com reports Wes Welker underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to published reports. According to the Boston Herald, team doctor Thomas Gill performed the surgery. The Boston Globe quoted a person with knowledge of the surgery as saying that Welker was "perfectly OK" following the surgery.

WR Vincent Jackson (TB) will return to the team in 2016. The Buccaneers were 4-4 with him and 2-6 without him in the lineup in 2015.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Vincent Jackson (TB) said Wednesday, Jan. 25, after practice at the Pro Bowl that the team has not yet contacted him about working out a long-term deal. Sources said general manager A.J. Smith is now "comfortable" exploring a long-term contract with the receiver. Jackson said that he would like to sign a long-term deal with the team. "I would like to stay in San Diego. Obviously, that's my home, that's where I was drafted," Jackson said. "I've got some good guys around me --- Philip Rivers (Antonio) Gates, Ryan Mathews. It would be a great place for me to stay, so we'll see if that works out." Jackson, however, added he would rather not receive the franchise tag again.

WR Vincent Jackson (TB) Brent Schrotenboer, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports Vincent Jackson was charged Tuesday, Jan. 26, with two misdemeanors from his traffic stop before the team's postseason game Jan. 17. Jackson faces up to six months in jail and/or a fine of $1,000 in connection with two counts involving driving with a suspended license. The San Diego City Attorney's Office also charged Jackson with driving with an expired registration, which is punishable by a fine.

WR Vincent Jackson (TB) GM A.J. Smith says a decision is upcoming on whether WR Keenan McCardell, who caught just nine passes in the second half and turned 37 this month, is an option for the team in 2007. It seems very unlikely, considering the $3.266 million cap hit the Chargers would take for what would be a No. 4 wide-out. Smith confirmed, and others in the organization agree, that Vincent Jackson is the new No. 1 receiver. "This was a breakout year where it was time to show his stuff, and he did," Smith said. "It's up to him now to become a pro."

WR Mike Furrey (WAS) signed an extension with the Lions. He is looking forward to another year with OC Mike Martz and envisions a reunion with an old friend. Furrey knows his role with the team will change this season, and he'll spend more time in the slot, but he's fine with that, especially if another former Rams receiver decides to sign on in Detroit. "Kevin Curtis is a very good friend of mine and I've talked to him quite a bit," Furrey said. "This offense needs three impact receivers. I expect to contribute on the outside. I'd love to go inside and do everything I did last year."

WR Pierre Garcon (WAS) is expected to be retained and play out the last year of his contract in Washington, according to Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Pierre Garcon (WAS) Colts owner Jim Irsay said re-signing impending free-agent Pierre Garcon will be a priority for the team this offseason.

*** Friday Update *** WR DeSean Jackson (WAS) said new head coach Chip Kelly told him that he will be used heavily in the team's offense. "He called me and was very excited. I could tell in his voice," Jackson said. "He was like, 'Let me know when you're back in Philly so we can just talk face to face.' I actually talked to Pat Shurmur. He was my coach when I first got to Philly. He's excited, as well." However, Jackson has no idea who will be the team's quarterback next season. Jackson also mentioned that his fractured ribs are "98 percent" healthy.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR DeSean Jackson (WAS) Eagles do not agree at this point with what impending free-agent DeSean Jackson believes his next contract should look like. The team likely will not consider placing the franchise tag on Jackson because he would count $9.5 million against the salary cap next season. Eagles head coach Andy Reid said he was proud of the way Jackson handled himself in the team's last six games of the season. However, Reid was non-committal on whether he thought Jackson would be with the club in the long term.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Andre Roberts (WAS) is signed through the 2017 season with a cap hit of $5 million for 2016. Beat writer John Keim suggests the emergence of WR Jamison Crowder as the No. 1 slot receiver could mean Roberts is expendable. He has posted 46 receptions with two touchdowns in two seasons with Washington.

Tight End

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Jermaine Gresham (ARI) still has a place within the offense, according to offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. "We have a way that we do things, and how we want to accomplish things," Jackson said. "Within what we asked him to do this year, he did some good things. There are some things he knows he needs to do to be better, and he will work at them to be better."

TE Tony Gonzalez (ATL) said he is at peace with his decision to retire this offseason.

*** Friday Update *** TE Tony Gonzalez (ATL) Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he has talked to impending free-agent Tony Gonzalez about the possibility of coming back for one more year. Gonzalez has said he is 95 percent sure that he will retire this offseason.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Tony Gonzalez (ATL) said he expects next season to be his last season in the NFL but points out he has said that before other seasons.

*** Friday Update *** TE Jacob Tamme (ATL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Jacob Tamme (ATL) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Jacob Tamme (ATL) practiced fully on Wednesday.

TE Dennis Pitta (BAL) met with some specialists last week, but the team is not expected to have an update on his status for a few weeks, according to head coach John Harbaugh. This second hip injury is career-threatening, but the Ravens are optimistic that Pitta will be able to play in 2015. Harbaugh said he has talked with the team's trainer about the situation but does not want to discuss it at this point.

*** Friday Update *** TE Dennis Pitta (BAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Dennis Pitta (BAL) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Dennis Pitta (BAL) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Dennis Pitta (BAL) said Tuesday, Jan. 29, he is feeling much better and is set to start in Super Bowl XLVII Sunday, Feb. 3, against the San Francisco 49ers. "I feel good, everything is on schedule," Pitta said. "I'm trying to get as healthy as possible for this game. It's something I got to get treatment on. I want to make sure it doesn't get worse. I'll be ready."

*** Saturday Update *** TE Ed Dickson (CAR) signed a one-year contract for the 2014 season. He wants to return to the team and has discussed a multi-year deal with the Panthers.

TE Greg Olsen (CAR) Vaughn McClure and Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Tribune, report new Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz said Greg Olsen, who led the team with 60 receptions in 2009, will be an important part of his scheme. Martz has been criticized for not using his tight ends in the passing game. "Like all the positions, you take a look at what you have at tight end and who that guy is and what they can do and then you go from there," Martz said. "In the past, we've always had these big, physical tight ends who really we tried to utilize in the running game and as pass blockers and then as wide receivers. Greg is different. When you can get ... him matched up on linebackers and safeties, it's going to be a mismatch. And then his ability to still stand in there and slug it out, he's a complete player from every respect at that position."

*** Thursday Update *** TE Martellus Bennett (CHI) has been fined $22,000 for his role in a YouTube video that contained profanity and used derogatory language towards blacks and gays, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported, citing two sources. The team fined Bennett under a contract clause for conduct detrimental to the team and the $22,000 equates to one game check, a source said.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Martellus Bennett (CHI) will likely be the first Dallas Cowboys player to feel the wrath of the team's new get-tough plan. The Cowboys are looking into ways to discipline and/or fine Martellus Bennett for a profanity-laced YouTube video he put out earlier this week on his own channel Marty B TV, according to two sources.

TE Martellus Bennett (CHI) is drawing criticism after releasing a song on YouTube that uses derogatory terms to describe African-Americans and gays. "I shouldn't cuss that much," Bennett said. "I've been listening to [rapper] Too Short too much." The Cowboys are obviously concerned: "It is something that the organization is looking into and it is something that will be addressed," Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said.

TE Tyler Eifert (CIN) suffered an ankle sprain in the 2016 Pro Bowl. He simply needs rest and will be fine for all offseason activities.

*** Friday Update *** TE Owen Daniels (DEN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Owen Daniels (DEN) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Owen Daniels (DEN) practiced fully on Wednesday.

TE Vernon Davis (DEN) Matthew Barrows, of the Sacramento Bee, reports Vernon Davis said he credits 49ers tight ends coach Pete Hoener for his improvement as a pass catcher as well as run blocker. "He pushes me, always has. I like it. I like it when people test me. Because I'm a competitor. I like when people push me because I respond," Davis said. Hoener said that Davis is just starting to become a great player and can improve even more.

*** Friday Update *** TE Joel Dreessen (DEN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Joel Dreessen (DEN) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Joel Dreessen (DEN) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** TE Darnell Dinkins (FA) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Darnell Dinkins (FA) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Darnell Dinkins (FA) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** TE Jermichael Finley (FA) is expected to be cleared for contact in the next three-to-four weeks.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Jermichael Finley (FA) The Packers are likely to slap the franchise tag on Jermichael Finley, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March. The franchise number for tight ends is expected to drop from $7.3 million in 2011 to about $5.5 million due to the change in how the figure is calculated under the new collective bargaining agreement.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Dustin Keller (FA) said Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes have talked since the season ended. Keller does not believe there will be any problems in the locker room next season.

*** Friday Update *** TE Jeremy Shockey (FA) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play on Sunday.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Jeremy Shockey (FA) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Jeremy Shockey (FA) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** TE Kellen Winslow Jr (FA) NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said he does not think Kellen Winslow should be suspended for his arrest in November for alleged possession of synthetic marijuana. Smith said synthetic marijuana is not among the drugs banned under the drug policy.

TE Kellen Winslow Jr (FA) underwent arthroscopic surgery today at the Cleveland Clinic to remove scar tissue and repair cartilage damage to his right knee. Winslow injured the knee in a motorcycle accident in May 2005. A statement from the Browns said Winslow is expected to make a full recovery.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Marcedes Lewis (JAX) said he would not be in favor of the team adding New York Jets QB Tim Tebow, who is not expected to return in 2013. General manager David Caldwell has said he doesn't see Tebow joining the Jaguars. "We need a guy that's going to put us over the hump right now. Not a project," Lewis said of Tebow.

*** Saturday Update *** TE Julius Thomas (JAX) discussed with Woody Paige and Les Shapiro on The Sports Show Friday, Jan. 30, the chances of him returning to the Broncos. "I really don't know. To be perfectly honest, it hasn't even been discussed for me yet," Thomas said. He did go on to say he'd love to come back, but he mentioned there are several important factors when determining where he'll sign.

TE Travis Kelce (KC) agreed to five-year, $46 million extension Friday, Jan. 29, with $20.5 million guaranteed. He's the second-highest paid tight end in the league. Kelce said he is "more motivated than ever" after receiving a contract extension.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Jordan Cameron (MIA) may be asked to take a pay cut in 2016. Cameron has a $7.5 million salary with a $9.5 million salary cap hit next season.

TE Kyle Rudolph (MIN) Beat writer Ben Goessling expects Kyle Rudolph to see a bigger role in the offense under new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who has made stars out of former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek, San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, and Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron. The team might flex Rudolph out and let him work through the midde of the defense.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Kyle Rudolph (MIN) had five receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 27. He was named the game's most valuable player.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Rob Gronkowski (NE) did not require surgery on his knee or back.

TE Rob Gronkowski (NE) is often a tough matchup for opposing defenses, but Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane said he doesn't think Gronkowski is "that good." "He's OK. He does have a big body. But from what I've seen on tape, he doesn't like you putting your hands on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won't catch that many balls," Lane said. Gronkowski could cause a problem for the Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX, because the Seahawks defense allowed 11 touchdowns to tight ends this season, which was third most in the NFL. Gronkowski led the Patriots in touchdown catches during the regular season.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll thinks his team matches up well against the All-Pro tight end, though, as K.J. Wright and Bruce Irvin are "pretty tall and long" and Kam Chancellor is "about as big a strong safety as you can find.' The Seahawks will be focused on not allowing Gronkowski and Tom Brady to take over the game.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Rob Gronkowski (NE) said his broken forearm is doing "all right" and he will have plenty of time to heal during the offseason. Gronkowski added he wasn't fully confident upon his return and called the second break a "freak accident," while confirming the second break was in a different spot from the first break.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Rob Gronkowski (NE) was still wearing a cast on his left arm Wednesday, Jan. 30.

*** Friday Update *** TE Rob Gronkowski (NE) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said he hopes Gronkowski will be able to play in Super Bowl XLVI because he is making progress and has not suffered any visible setbacks.

The agent for Gronkowski, Drew Rosenhaus, said Gronkowski's ankle injury is sufficiently bad that, if it wasn't the Super Bowl, he definitely wouldn't be playing.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Rob Gronkowski (NE) partially participated in Thursday's practice. Gronkowski said Thursday, Feb. 2, that the final decision on whether he plays in Super Bowl XLVI will come as a result of collaboration between him and the team's athletic training staff. "It's my body and I know how I feel the best," Gronkowski said. "I just communicate with the trainers on how I feel, what they think, and we just put all our knowledge together so we can get the best possible situation." Gronkowski added that he wouldn't play if he felt it wasn't the right thing to do. "I will make the final call. I listen to the trainer's advice, but it's how I feel. I'm just trying to get better. The trainer has helped me to get to a place where I need to be."

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Rob Gronkowski (NE) did not practice on Wednesday. Gronkowski, who is dealing with a classic high ankle sprain, is unlikely to practice this week in advance of Super Bowl XLVI. Gronkowski said during Media Day Tuesday, Jan. 31, that his status for Super Bowl XLVI is uncertain. "I don't know yet," Gronkowski said. "We're going day by day. Making new steps every day, feeling better every day. That's a positive sign and you just want to keep going in the right direction. I want to be out there with the team obviously. I want to help out the team obviously. Just taking it step by step, getting better every single day." Gronkowski said his walking boot was gone for good, and he will spend the day with trainers.

TE Ben Watson (NO) said he would love to stay in New Orleans, adding that he has had good talks with owner Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton about re-signing.

TE Brent Celek (PHI) signed a three-year, $13 million extension Tuesday, Jan. 26, which includes $6 million guaranteed.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Brent Celek (PHI) was a passenger in a car involved in a car crash early Thursday, Jan. 26; however, no one was injured in the crash. Police say the car's driver was driving too fast when he spun out and hit a concrete barrier. The driver failed field sobriety testing and was arrested on DUI charges.

TE Heath Miller (PIT) likely will be back with the team next year, despite carrying a cap hit of $7.2 million, according to beat writer Ed Bouchette.

TE Antonio Gates (SD) is likely to return in 2016. Gates, who will turn 36 in June, has given no indications he's ready to retire.

TE Jimmy Graham (SEA) said he'll rehabilitate his shoulder injury after the Pro Bowl, but he hasn't made a final decision on surgery. "It's something we talked about and is something that's still being debated," Graham said. "This is kind of a trial to see where I'm at. I've had three weeks off and I've finally had some time to heal. It feels great, and I'm going to continue to do my rehab and get back to 100%."

*** Friday Update *** TE Garrett Celek (SF) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Garrett Celek (SF) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Garrett Celek (SF) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Delanie Walker (TEN) said up to six players who qualified as "cancers" ruined the team in 2013 and led to the firing of head coach Mike Munchak. "When we started losing more games, we got to see it more and more, it was just like it was falling apart," Walker said. "And the players that were the cancer were dragging other players into that box with them, and the box was getting bigger and bigger. At first, it was just a small box. The box just got bigger and bigger."

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Jordan Reed (WAS) Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay loves Jordan Reed, and Reed could be a force in the offense if he is able to stay healthy.

Kicker

PK Shayne Graham (ATL) Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Bengals special teams coach Darrin Simmons said the team will have to discuss whether they will re-sign impending free-agent PK Shayne Graham during the offseason. "It's something the organization has to take a look at. Obviously, Shayne's been a productive player for seven years and you have to take into account his body of work. It's been solid. It's tough on everyone; his teammates, and no one feels worse than Shayne. I'm sure we're going to be talking about it," Simmons said.

*** Wednesday Update *** PK Billy Cundiff (BUF) said Tuesday, Jan. 24, that he had to rush on to the field before his game-ending missed field goal in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots. Cundiff said a scoreboard malfunction at Gillette Stadium showed third down, and team officials confirmed the scoreboard error. One unnamed Ravens player said Monday, Jan. 23, that coaches called for Cundiff at least six times and were "furious" that he was not immediately ready after a failed third down play.

*** Wednesday Update *** PK Billy Cundiff (BUF) is scheduled to make a base salary of $1.5 million in 2011, $2.2 million in 2012, $2.3 million in 2013, $2.7 million in 2014 and $3 million in 2015, reports Aaron Wilson, of the Carroll County Times. Cundiff also received a singing bonus of around $3 million.

*** Friday Update *** PK Matt Prater (DET) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** PK Matt Prater (DET) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** PK Matt Prater (DET) practiced fully on Wednesday.

PK Matt Prater (DET) Broncos head coach John Fox said Matt Prater, who was ill last week, is feeling much better and will be able to play in Super Bowl XLVIII.

*** Friday Update *** PK David Akers (FA) attempted field goals during practice Thursday, Jan. 31, with teammates yelling in order to create some crowd noise that he will hear during the game. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Akers made all of his attempts and that his mechanics looked very good.

PK David Akers (FA) Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports David Akers said he believes he can play several more years in the NFL. "I think around 40 [years old] would be pretty realistic. I would think if the team wanted to sign me to this year [2010] and a three-year extension - a total of four years - I wouldn't think that would be out of the realm of possibility at all," Akers said.

PK Nate Kaeding (FA) Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports Nate Kaeding said the first field goal he missed in the team's Divisional Round playoff game weighed on his mind when he was attempting his other two missed field goal attempts. "On the other two, it was my inability to mentally get over that first miss," Kaeding said. "On that day, I wasn't mentally strong enough to come back and swing through the ball."

*** Friday Update *** PK Matt Stover (FA) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

*** Thursday Update *** PK Matt Stover (FA) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** PK Matt Stover (FA) practiced fully on Wednesday.

CBSSports.com reports Matt Stover will handle place-kicking duties for the team in Super Bowl XLIV, even though Adam Vinatieri is also on the active roster. "We made that decision early on, so there was no guess work later on," head coach Jim Caldwell said of going with Stover.

PK Matt Stover (FA) Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Matt Stover is the oldest player in NFL history to advance to the Super Bowl. Stover turned 42 Wednesday, Jan. 27.

*** Wednesday Update *** PK Lawrence Tynes (FA) is the only kicking in NFL history with two postseason overtime field goals and thinks about kicking the game-winner in Super Bowl XLVI. "You think about it," Tynes said. "We're at this game. It would only be right if I think about it. Of course, a lot of things would have to happen for that to come true, but you have to be ready."

*** Wednesday Update *** PK Adam Vinatieri (IND) could be re-signed by the Colts this offseason. Owner Jim Irsay said they would like to retain Vinatieri, and he is hoping to get that done.

*** Friday Update *** PK Adam Vinatieri (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to be available to play on Sunday.

*** Thursday Update *** PK Adam Vinatieri (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** PK Adam Vinatieri (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

PK Stephen Gostkowski (NE) Gostkowski's recovery from quadriceps injury is said to be on schedule and indications are that he will be ready for the start of next season, reports ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

*** Friday Update *** PK Josh Brown (NYG) is on the verge of re-signing with the team before free agency. "I absolutely would love to be back with the Giants. I conveyed that with them," Brown said. "I was picking up that they were feeling the same exact way."

PK Shaun Suisham (PIT) Charean Williams, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports the Cowboys are not expected to re-sign Shaun Suisham. Suisham is scheduled to be a restricted free agent.

*** Thursday Update *** PK Steve Hauschka (SEA) Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he trusts Steven Hauschka in a situation to win the game on a last-second field goal attempt.

Offensive Line

*** Friday Update *** OL Baltimore Ravens (BAL) C Matt Birk said he's willing to donate his brain postmortem for research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Baltimore Ravens (BAL) C Matt Birk has not decided whether or not he'll retire after Super Bowl XLVI against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Feb. 3. He said all of his attention is focused on the big game. "I don't think like that, you know," Birk said. "I'm just trying to live in the moment. That's just kind of my mindset. I don't think about the future, if this could be it. It drives my wife nuts, but that's not how I operate." Birk is under contract through the 2014 season.

*** Friday Update *** OL Baltimore Ravens (BAL) Ravens impending free-agent C Matt Birk said he will take around two weeks to determine whether he will continue his playing career or decide to retire. He said he would like to re-sign with Ravens if he decides to continue playing.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Baltimore Ravens (BAL) T Michael Oher suffered a slightly torn meniscus in his right knee during the Divisional Round playoff game but was able to play in the AFC Championship game. Oher said he will not need surgery to repair the tear.

*** Friday Update *** OL Carolina Panthers (CAR) C Ryan Kalil said he has been out of a protective boot for about a month and expects to be ready for the start of training camp. Kalil underwent surgery on a lis franc injury in his foot during the season.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Chicago Bears (CHI) The Bears probably will re-sign impending free-agent C Olin Kreutz to a short-term contract this offseason, reports Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Tribune.

OL Chicago Bears (CHI) Neil Hayes, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports C Olin Kreutz's (foot) agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Kreutz had a bone spur removed near his Achilles tendon Tuesday, Jan. 26. A previous report claimed Kreutz underwent surgery on his Achilles and would need four to six months of exaggeration. Bartelstein said Kreutz would be riding a stationary bike within 10 days. Bartelstein added that Kretuz may miss some of the team's offseason workouts, but the time lost would not be significant.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Cincinnati Bengals (CIN) The Bengals announced on Tuesday that they have signed offensive lineman Scott Kooistra to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2009 season.

OL Cleveland Browns (CLE) T Mitchell Schwartz did not have promising initial negotiations for a new deal, as he could be one of the more attractive free-agent offensive tackles this offseason.

*** Friday Update *** OL Denver Broncos (DEN) G Evan Mathis practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

G Louis Vasquez practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Denver Broncos (DEN) G Evan Mathis practiced fully on Thursday.

G Louis Vasquez partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Denver Broncos (DEN) G Evan Mathis practiced fully on Wednesday.

G Louis Vasquez partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** OL Denver Broncos (DEN) G Chris Kuper did not practice on Friday and is not expected to play this week.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Denver Broncos (DEN) G Chris Kuper practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Denver Broncos (DEN) G Chris Kuper practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Denver Broncos (DEN) T Ryan Clady is scheduled to undergo on his injured shoulder. He is expected to miss a majority of the offseason workouts but should be ready for the start of the season.

*** Friday Update *** OL Denver Broncos (DEN) C Tom Nalen has signed a three-year extension with the team. Nalen says he expects to play only three more seasons.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Detroit Lions (DET) T Johnny Culbreath was arrested Monday, Jan. 23, and charged with simple possession of marijuana.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Green Bay Packers (GB) G T.J. Lang said he is scheduled for surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday, Feb. 3. It is unknown at this point if he will also have surgery on his left shoulder.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Green Bay Packers (GB) C Jeff Saturday, who has announced his retirement, played for both the AFC and NFC in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 27. He lined up for one play for the AFC to snap the ball one last time to Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, whom he played with for 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

*** Friday Update *** OL Green Bay Packers (GB) T Chad Clifton fully participated in practice Friday, Feb. 4, and is listed as probable for Super Bowl XLV.

G/C Jason Spitz fully participated in practice Friday, Feb. 4, and is listed as probable for Super Bowl XLV.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Green Bay Packers (GB) T Chad Clifton partially participated in Thursday's practice.

G/C Jason Spitz partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Green Bay Packers (GB) T Chad Clifton partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

G/C Jason Spitz partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** OL Indianapolis Colts (IND) T Ryan Diem practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

T Charlie Johnson practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

G Ryan Lilja practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

G Jamey Richard practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

T Tony Ugoh practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Indianapolis Colts (IND) T Ryan Diem practiced fully on Thursday.

T Charlie Johnson practiced fully on Thursday.

G Ryan Lilja did not practice on Thursday.

G Jamey Richard practiced fully on Thursday.

T Tony Ugoh practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Indianapolis Colts (IND) T Ryan Diem practiced fully on Wednesday.

T Charlie Johnson practiced fully on Wednesday.

G Jamey Richard practiced fully on Wednesday.

T Tony Ugoh practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Kansas City Chiefs (KC) G Brian Waters has signed a six-year contract extension with the team.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Miami Dolphins (MIA) Tackle Jonathan Martin claims he was the subject of racial, aggressive and sexually charged comments in the team's locker room this year, and that he wasn't the only victim of hazing in the locker room. Martin said he wants to return to play in the NFL, however. He said he attempted to become friends with Richie Incognito, who was suspended for eight games for his role in the situation. "I have no problem with the normal hazing that you see in the NFL, get a haircut, stuff like that, little pranks," Martin said. "But of a personal, attacking nature, I don't think there's any place for that." An attorney that investigated the matter will have his report ready following the Super Bowl.

OL Miami Dolphins (MIA) Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Tuesday, Jan. 28, that tackle Jonathan Martin and guard Richie Incognito are unlikely to return to the team next season. Incognito will become an unrestricted free agent in March, while Martin has two years left on his rookie deal.

*** Friday Update *** OL Miami Dolphins (MIA) The Dolphins believe G Nate Garner could be their starting left guard next season but they are worried about his weight, according to Omar Kelly, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Also, T Vernon Carey has weight clauses in his contract that would significantly reduce his salary if he does not lose some weight this offseason.

*** Friday Update *** OL Minnesota Vikings (MIN) Kevin Seifert, of ESPN.com, reports T Bryant McKinnie explained his dismissal from the 2010 Pro Bowl. McKinnie said he had called his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, to tell him he wanted to withdraw. McKinnie said, "I had taken a cortisone shot in my foot the week before the game. When you take that shot, it numbs whatever. You don't feel like you're hurt anymore." McKinnie added that he tried to have the trainer look at his injury, but scheduling issues popped up to where they never had a chance to meet. McKinnie said he was sick and in the hotel on other days where he missed practice or meetings. McKinnie wishes he had better communication with trainers to follow up with his injury, but he feels that everything has been made to be "more than it really was."

OL Minnesota Vikings (MIN) The Associated Press reports T Bryant McKinnie has been dismissed from the from the NFC Pro Bowl team for unexcused absences. McKinnie missed practice Friday, Jan. 29, and Saturday, Jan. 30. McKinnie is subject to a fine for his absences.

*** Saturday Update *** OL New England Patriots (NE) C Bryan Stork partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

*** Friday Update *** OL New England Patriots (NE) T Marcus Cannon partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

C Dan Connolly practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

T Matt Light practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

G Logan Mankins partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

T Sebastian Vollmer partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend..

*** Thursday Update *** OL New England Patriots (NE) T Marcus Cannon partially participated in Thursday's practice.

C Dan Connolly practiced fully on Thursday.

T Matt Light practiced fully on Thursday.

G Logan Mankins partially participated in Thursday's practice.

T Sebastian Vollmer partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL New England Patriots (NE) T Marcus Cannon partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

C Dan Connolly practiced fully on Wednesday.

T Matt Light practiced fully on Wednesday.

G Logan Mankins partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

T Sebastian Vollmer partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** OL New England Patriots (NE) Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the team will do what it can to bring impending free-agent G Logan Mankins back next season, reports Ian Rapoport, of the Boston Herald. However, Kraft would not say if the team would consider placing the franchise tag on Mankins, reports Shalise Manza Young, of The Boston Globe.

OL New England Patriots (NE) G Logan Mankins said Friday, Jan. 28, that he doesn't see the team keeping him with a contract extension, only a franchise tag, reports Karen Guregian, of the Boston Herald. "I would never say the door is totally shut," Mankins said. "But the way it's looking right now, I don't see it happening. I don't see them trying to keep me, unless it's with the franchise tag."

OL New England Patriots (NE) Mike Reiss, of ESPNBoston.com, reports T Matt Light suffered a dislocated kneecap and also "got a little bit of the MCL" during the team's game against the Broncos this season.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL New Orleans Saints (NO) Impending free-agent G Carl Nicks said he did not talk with the team about a new contract during the season but did talk with general manager Mickey Loomis after the season. Nicks said he is hoping to re-sign with the Saints, and they have told him they will try to bring him back.

*** Friday Update *** OL New Orleans Saints (NO) T Jermon Bushrod practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

G Jahri Evans practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.

T Zach Strief partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play on Sunday.

*** Thursday Update *** OL New Orleans Saints (NO) T Jermon Bushrod practiced fully on Thursday.

G Jahri Evans practiced fully on Thursday.

T Zach Strief partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL New Orleans Saints (NO) T Jermon Bushrod practiced fully on Wednesday.

G Jahri Evans practiced fully on Wednesday.

T Zach Strief partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** OL New York Giants (NYG) G Rich Seubert practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play in the Super Bowl.

*** Thursday Update *** OL New York Giants (NYG) G Rich Seubert partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL New York Giants (NYG) Giants starting guard Rich Seubert was limited in practice with a sprained knee.

*** Friday Update *** OL Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT) Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said C Maurkice Pouncey did not participate in practice Friday, Feb. 4, and will not play in Super Bowl XLV, reports Adam Schefter, of ESPN.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT) C Maurkice Pouncey was held out of practice Thursday, according to Fox Sports NFL Buzz. Asked if he would practice Friday, Pouncey replied, "There is a good chance. Rehab has been going good for me. If I am out there, I will play and if I'm not, I won't play." Pouncey was walking around with a regular tennis shoe instead of a walking boot Thursday.

C Doug Legursky was a standout in practice Wednesday, Feb. 2, reports Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Legursky might be called upon to make his first career NFL start in Super Bowl XLV if Pouncey can't play. "He's an athletic guy," head coach Mike Tomlin said. "And I've challenged him to get out and run and lead that group."

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT) C Maurkice Pouncey did not practice on Wednesday. Pouncey is no longer using crutches to get around due to his injured ankle, reports Albert Breer, of NFL Network. Pouncey said his ability to be able to practice Friday will determine whether he's able to play Sunday.

OL Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT) C Maurkice Pouncey said his ankle is out of a cast and he thinks he will "definitely" play in Super Bowl XLV, according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora. Pouncey was wearing a walking boot Tuesday, Feb. 1, and is expecting to practice Thursday, Feb. 3, or Friday, Feb. 4. He put his chances of playing Sunday, Feb. 6, at 75 percent.

*** Friday Update *** OL Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT) C Jeff Hartings informed several of his teammates following the conclusion of the regular season that he would be retiring this off-season. No official announcement has been made, although he is not expected to return to the team in 2007.

T Max Starks, a restricted free agent who owns a house in Mesa, would love to play in Arizona. He said new Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm is the best in the business and has predicted a huge year for T Oliver Ross. "'O' called me, and he was laughing at me, telling me that he now had Grimm and I didn't," Starks said. "He's on top of the world."

*** Wednesday Update *** OL San Diego Chargers (SD) G Kris Dielman said Saturday, Jan. 28, that he is "doing great" after a concussion prematurely ended his season in 2011. Dielman was contemplating retirement after the concussion, and he has yet to decide whether he'll play in 2012.

C Nick Hardwick said he enjoyed the Pro Bowl experience but is also pondering retirement. If he does elect to retire, he is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

T Marcus McNeill is hoping his mending neck can withstand another NFL season.

OL Seattle Seahawks (SEA) T Russell Okung will have surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder soon and should be fully cleared for activities in five months.

*** Saturday Update *** OL Seattle Seahawks (SEA) T Justin Britt practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

G J.R. Sweezy practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

*** Friday Update *** OL Seattle Seahawks (SEA) Eric Williams, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said during a radio interview that T Walter Jones is trying everything to rehab from knee surgery but is not sure if Jones will be able to come back. "I talked to Walter and he's doing everything he can and we'll see in time where he stands. But that's an issue. And there's a little bit of a ripple effect, moving guys around to fill that left tackle spot. It's a skill position in the NFL, and one that's really critical. So we have to see what we can do there," Carroll said.

*** Friday Update *** OL San Francisco 49ers (SF) G Mike Iupati practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL San Francisco 49ers (SF) G Mike Iupati practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL San Francisco 49ers (SF) G Mike Iupati practiced fully on Wednesday.

OL Tennessee Titans (TEN) Jim Wyatt, of The Tennessean, reports C Kevin Mawae, who is an impending free agent, said he has not talked to the Titans about a new contract but is not worried about what happens during the offseason. "I am not going to sit here and worry about it; it's business," Mawae said. "At the end of the day they are going to sign who they want to sign and they are going to make a run at the guys they want to keep. But I haven't talked to them and I don't know what they are thinking. I certainly hope to be back in Tennessee."

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Washington Redskins (WAS) Honolulu police have said T Trent Williams was the victim in the altercation at a nightclub last week and is not guilty of any wrongdoing.

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DL Tyoka Jackson (FA) is being sued by a Northwest Airlines flight attendant for allegedly knocking him across a plane aisle approximately two years ago.

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*** Friday Update *** LB Keith O'Neil (IND) practiced fully again on Friday and is expected to play in the Super Bowl.

*** Thursday Update *** LB Keith O'Neil (IND) practiced fully on Thursday and (barring a setback) is expected to play in the Super Bowl.

*** Wednesday Update *** LB Keith O'Neil (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday. He is listed as questionable for the Super Bowl but barring a setback is expected to play.

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General Team News

*** Friday Update *** TM Arizona Cardinals (ARI) P Ben Graham partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play in the Super Bowl.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Arizona Cardinals (ARI) P Ben Graham partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Arizona Cardinals (ARI) P Ben Graham partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

TM Arizona Cardinals (ARI) The Cardinals announced last Tuesday that they hired Russ Grimm as their new assistant head coach and offensive line coach. He formerly served in the same capacity with the Steelers.

TM Atlanta Falcons (ATL) The Falcons hired Kyle Shanahan (formerly of the Browns) as the offensive coordinator Sunday, Jan. 18. Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is expected to be hired by the Falcons for their head coaching position after the Super Bowl. Quinn and Shanahan planned to be a package deal.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Atlanta Falcons (ATL) The Falcons have signed head coach Mike Smith to a three-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday, Feb. 3. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

TM Baltimore Ravens (BAL) Marc Trestman was hired by the Baltimore Ravens as the team's offensive coordinator Tuesday, Jan. 20. Trestman was previously the head coach of the Chicago Bears.

TM Baltimore Ravens (BAL) New Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said he feels fine after suffering from a mini stroke last November. "I feel great," Kubiak said. "I've been working out, [I'm] looking forward to getting up very early in the morning and going to work again. My wife is tired of me being around the house."

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Baltimore Ravens (BAL) Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced Friday, Jan. 27, that linebackers coach Dean Pees has been promoted to defensive coordinator (replacing Chuck Pagano, who is now the Colts head coach).

Harbaugh also announced that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will retain his current role with the team. Cameron told several other coaches after the AFC Championship game that he was worried he would not come back next season but general manager Ozzie Newsome said the team never thought about making a change.

TM Baltimore Ravens (BAL) Quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn has been fired by the team. One of the main reasons why the Baltimore Ravens fired Zorn was his teaching methods, according to a league source, report Jamison Hensley and Mike Preston, of The Baltimore Sun. Head coach John Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron spent all day Tuesday, Jan. 25, questioning Zorn about how he was coaching Joe Flacco and were concerned about Zorn being insubordinate, the source added. Zorn's background never made him a great fit in the team's offensive system. Zorn spent all of his NFL career either playing or coaching in the West Coast offense, while the Ravens use more of a vertical game under Cameron.

TM Baltimore Ravens (BAL) Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports the Ravens have hired former Redskins head coach Jim Zorn as their new quarterbacks coach, according to a source.

Also, Christopher Price, of WEEI.com, reports free-agent defensive coordinator Dean Pees (formerly of the Patriots) will become the new linebackers coach for the Ravens.

TM Baltimore Ravens (BAL) New DC Greg Mattison says he won't be making many adjustments to the departed Rex Ryan's 3-4 defense. The former LB coach will look to maintain the defense's dominating identity. "I believe very strongly in that you have to be aggressive," Mattison said "You have to be an attacking defense. Obviously, that's been the M.O. of the defense here for years. In looking at what we do defensively, we don't plan on changing a great deal. It's not broken by any means."

TM Buffalo Bills (BUF) Bills general manager Doug Whaley doesn't really see a quarterback from the 2016 draft class that would be ready to step into a starting role in the NFL immediately. "I think it's a deep crop and I think it's a crop that's going to need some time," Whaley said. "Now, it depends on their situation, who takes them and what they do. But I would say it's not as top-heavy as last year where those top two guys would still be the top two guys. How quickly these guys can matriculate into the league, I think it's going to take a little bit of time. Maybe a year, maybe a half of a year."

TM Buffalo Bills (BUF) New Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is expected to help the team's rush defense because it finished 28th against the run this season. While the defensive coordinator with the Tennessee Titans, Schwartz's defense finished in the top 10 in run defense five times in eight seasons.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Buffalo Bills (BUF) Bills general manager Buddy Nix said he expects inside linebackers coach Dave Wannstedt to help with the team's draft preparation because of the knowledge of the college players he acquired while being the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, reports Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com. "It'll really help us. He's coached some of the guys that were at the Senior Bowl. He's coached against them and he's tried to recruit all of them. So he's got a knowledge that we'll certainly draw from," Nix said.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Buffalo Bills (BUF) Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports the Bills have hired former Dolphins linebackers coach George Edwards as their new defensive coordinator. Edwards spent the last month as the defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Buffalo Bills (BUF) Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Steelers pro scouting coordinator Doug Whaley has accepted the offer to become the Bills assistant general manager position.

TM Buffalo Bills (BUF) Doug Roberson, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports the Bills hired Georgia Tech recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Giff Smith as their outside linebackers coach Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports the Bills have hired Cardinals running backs coach Curtis Modkins as their offensive coordinator/running backs coach. Also, the Bills have hired former Chiefs assistant coach Bob Bicknell as their tight ends coach. Finally, the Bills have hired former Chiefs assistant coach Joe D'Alessandris as their offensive line coach.

Finally, the Canadian Press reports the Bills hired George Cortez Monday, Feb. 1, as their quarterbacks coach. Cortez most recently served as the offensive coordinator for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

*** Friday Update *** TM Buffalo Bills (BUF) New HC Dick Jauron confirmed the team will run a 4-3 defense and play more of a two deep zone instead of the zone blitz defense the team ran under DC Jerry Gray. This defense puts less pressure on the cornerbacks to play one-on-one coverage. That may mean the Bills don't need Nate Clements as much as they would have in the other defense.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Buffalo Bills (BUF) The team has named former Lions interim HC Dick Jauron as their new head coach.

TM Carolina Panthers (CAR) The Carolina Panthers signed head coach Ron Rivera to a three-year contract extension Tuesday, Jan. 28.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Carolina Panthers (CAR) Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he was not issued a make-the-playoffs-or-else ultimatum from owner Jerry Richardson; however, he knows there is a sense of urgency heading into 2013. "I understand we need to win - and he knows I understand that," Rivera said. "He's been forthright and direct. Now it's up to me." The Panthers went 6-10 and 7-9 the past two seasons under Rivera.

*** Friday Update *** TM Carolina Panthers (CAR) The Panthers have hired Warren Belin as linebackers coach, according to Joseph Person, of the Charlotte Observer.

Also, the Panthers have hired University of Wisconsin running backs coach John Settle as their new running backs coach, reports Darin Gantt, of The Charlotte Observer.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Carolina Panthers (CAR) The Panthers have hired former NFL WR Ricky Proehl as an offensive consultant, reports ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas, of ESPN.com. Proehl will primary work with wide receivers coach Fred Graves.

TM Carolina Panthers (CAR) The Panthers have hired former 49ers assistant coach Pete Hoener as their new tight ends coach, reports Pat Yasinskas, of ESPN.com.

Plus, Titans wide receivers coach Fred Graves is leaving the organization to join the Panthers in a similar role, according to Terry McCormick, of TitanInsider.com.

Also, the team has hired Bears assistant coach Eric Washington as their new defensive line coach, reports Adam Caplan, of FOXSports.com.

Finally, they have hired Fred Graves as wide receivers coach, according to CBSSports.com. Graves formerly held the same position with the Titans.

TM Carolina Panthers (CAR) The Panthers announced last Tuesday that they hired former Cleveland Browns assistant Jeff Davidson as their new offensive coordinator.

TM Chicago Bears (CHI) Vic Fangio will be the Chicago Bears defensive coordinator. Fangio was previously the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Chicago Bears (CHI) Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall praised new head coach Marc Trestman. "I think he's the piece that we need to bring this whole thing together," said Marshall.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Chicago Bears (CHI) Although a couple of defensive coordinator openings remain, former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith plans to sit out the 2013 season in hopes of returning in 2014 as a head coach. Smith got little interest on the open market and should have media opportunities to fill his time this year if he wants them. Next year there should be enough turnover to get him back into the league.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Chicago Bears (CHI) Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips said Tuesday, Jan. 31, that he hopes head coach Lovie Smith gets a contract extension after a successful 2012 season. "We feel Lovie is a top coach and obviously you read everything that has been written and fans want wins. And so do we," Phillips said. A decision on Smith's status beyond 2012 is up to new general manager Phil Emery, who will have the same authority as his predecessor Jerry Angelo.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Chicago Bears (CHI) The Bears have hired Seahawks assistant coach Mike Phair as their new defensive line coach, reports ChicagoBears.com.

*** Friday Update *** TM Chicago Bears (CHI) ChicagoBears.com reports Bears defensive line coach Rod Marinelli has been promoted to defensive coordinator and promoted assistant defensive line coach Eric Washington to the defensive line coach Friday, Feb. 5.

Also, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Matt Maiocco reports the Bears hired Shane Day as their new quarterbacks coach Friday, Feb. 5, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

TM Chicago Bears (CHI) Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Tribune, reports the Bears have hired former NFL head coach Mike Martz as their new offensive coordinator.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Chicago Bears (CHI) G Ruben Brown will become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season, but is very interested in re-signing with the club. The 34-year-old Brown believes he still has some years left in his career. "I really badly want to play football here," Brown said. "Physically, I'm in as good shape as a 34-year-old playing 12 seasons could be in, and I think I've got more. We've all become friends in this three-year process. People have come from different systems and it just worked. The fighting and people getting hit and stuff like that, it happens. But we're still a team."

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Cincinnati Bengals (CIN) The Cincinnati Bengals will name Hue Jackson the running backs coach.

*** Friday Update *** TM Cincinnati Bengals (CIN) Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said Thursday, Feb. 3, that he wants to "pound the ball," while eluding to free-agent RB Cedric Benson as a "talented free agent," reports Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com. "We're not going to spread out and go no-huddles every down and throw the ball 65 times a game," Gruden said. "I intend on pounding the ball and being able to pound the ball."

*** Thursday Update *** TM Cincinnati Bengals (CIN) The Bengals have hired Jay Gruden as offensive coordinator, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

TM Cincinnati Bengals (CIN) The Bengals have fired offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

TM Cleveland Browns (CLE) Browns head coach Hue Jackson met with North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz during the Senior Bowl this week, and Wentz said the meeting went well. The Browns may be ready to move on from Johnny Manziel this offseason. Jackson said a quarterback must "represent the organization well," and he wants "a guy that can help elevate this football team, not anybody that's going to tear it down."

TM Cleveland Browns (CLE) The Cleveland Browns reached an agreement with former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to be the team's next head coach. Pettine said he thought about withdrawing his name from the Browns' search if it want any longer, because he did not believe it was fair for the Bills.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Cleveland Browns (CLE) The Cleveland Browns officially fired defensive coordinator Dick Jauron Monday, Jan. 28, and hired former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton to take his place.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Cleveland Browns (CLE) Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress has agreed to become the Cleveland Browns' new offensive coordinator. However, head coach Pat Shurmur will continue to call the offensive plays next season.

TM Cleveland Browns (CLE) The Browns have hired former Cardinals assistant coach Mike Wilson as their new wide receivers coach, reports Nate Ulrich, of the Akron Beacon-Journal.

Also, the team has Browns hired former Raiders assistant coach Dwaine Board as their new defensive line coach, a source told Tony Grossi, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Plus, they have hired former Cardinals defensive coordinator Billy Davis as their new linebackers coach, reports Mary Kay Cabot, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Finally, former University of Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple agreed Monday, Jan. 31, to become the Browns quarterbacks coach, according to a league source, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Browns do not believe they will need an offensive coordinator in 2011, according to ESPN.com. When Pat Shurmur was hired as head coach, he said he would call the offensive plays next season. Newly-hired quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple also has playcalling experience.

TM Cleveland Browns (CLE) Troy Smith is putting the heat on the Cleveland Browns. Ohio State's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback is lobbying his hometown team to select him in April's NFL draft, and he isn't missing any chance to remind the Browns that he'll be available to them soon. Smith was named the area's outstanding collegiate athlete at Monday night's Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, and during a taped acceptance speech he thanked the city's fans for their support. "Hopefully, I'll get a chance to represent you guys at the next level with the Cleveland Browns," he said. Smith hasn't hidden his desire to play for the Browns, who after finishing 4-12 last season will pick either third or fourth in April's draft. During a recent halftime ceremony at an Ohio State basketball game, Smith wore a Browns jacket. Following a tribute for him at Glenville High School in December, Smith said playing for the Browns would fulfill a lifelong goal. "I have dreamed about it and talked about it countless times with my mother," he said. "All she talks about is saving the Browns. If that were to happen, that would be a dream come true because I could stay in the community and give back."

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Dallas Cowboys (DAL) Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he doesn't anticipate any major changes coming to the Cowboys' offense next season.

TM Dallas Cowboys (DAL) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he doesn't feel pressured to draft a quarterback in 2016 as Tony Romo's heir apparent. "There are many options," Jones said. "There's free agency ... We have to (draft a quarterback) to do what? We have to win a Super Bowl next year? Do we have to compete for a Super Bowl in the future? Do you have to have it in place after this draft? There's no have-to here, in my mind, because we have the luxury of having Romo here for three, four, five more years."

*** Friday Update *** TM Dallas Cowboys (DAL) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he needs to look in the mirror and evaluate the job he is doing as the team's general manager. Jones is not giving up the role on general manager. "As for me, I've got to evaluate my own role -- I need to look at the man in the mirror and really be honest about why we keep coming up short," Jones said.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Dallas Cowboys (DAL) Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was given the go-ahead to make his own changes to the coaching stay and they were not based on order from owner Jerry Jones, according to both Jones and his son, Stephen Jones. "Absolutely, we gave Jason that authority when the season ended," said Stephen Jones. "This was another disappointing ending and you just have let your head coach have that latitude. It's not always going to be pretty, it's going to hurt some feelings but you have to let Jason evaluate his staff and do what he believe is right. That's what we did."

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Dallas Cowboys (DAL) The Dallas Cowboys demoted defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to assistant head coach Tuesday, Jan. 28. Kiffin's defense in 2013 allowed the third-most yards in NFL history, including an NFL record four 400-yard passing games by opposing quarterbacks. The Cowboys promoted defensive line coach Rod Marinelli to defensive coordinator Tuesday, Jan. 28. "Rod Marinelli's production in terms of creating turnovers and changing field position as a defensive coordinator is well documented," head coach Jason Garrett said.

TM Dallas Cowboys (DAL) The Dallas Cowboys will hire former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan as their play caller.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Dallas Cowboys (DAL) Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said the team will spend the salary cap space they have this offseason to improve their team. The team is believed to have $12.6 million of cap space at this point and could create more with contract restructurings and releasing players.

TM Dallas Cowboys (DAL) The Cowboys have hired Browns linebackers coach Matt Eberflus as their new linebackers coach, reports Todd Archer, of ESPNDallas.com.

TM Dallas Cowboys (DAL) Former NFL head coach Dan Reeves is reportedly discussing a potential consulting position with the Dallas Cowboys. Reeves interviewed with the 49ers last Friday concerning their OC position.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Dallas Cowboys (DAL) The Cowboys won't name a new head coach until after the Super Bowl. In his first public comments since Parcells retired Jan. 22, owner and GM Jerry Jones said Wednesday he wouldn't have a decision on a new coach until next week. "We've got a good football team, and I've got to get this right," Jones said. "We've got to make a good decision when we select the next coach. We're going to have the opportunity and a plan in place that will allow us to do that." It is reported that the team wants to interview Chicago DC Ron Rivera (which can’t be done until after the Super Bowl).

TM Dallas Cowboys (DAL) The Cowboys announced last Thursday that they hired Miami Dolphins quarterbacks coach Jason Garrett as their new offensive coordinator. "Jason is someone who is held in high regard s a bright offensive mind throughout the NFL," team owner Jerry Jones said. "We are grateful to the Dolphins for granting the Cowboys permission to explore this opportunity. Jason will now proceed further in our head coaching search as an in-house candidate."

The team has interviewed a string of candidates for the HC job. Dan Reeves has called Dallas, wants the head coaching job and has the best credentials of any candidate available. But Owner/GM Jerry Jones has no plans to talk with Reeves about the Cowboys' vacancy. There remains a chance Jones could be swayed by another candidate, such as Mike Singletary, who is interviewing today. But all signs suggest Jones will settle on Norv Turner.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Denver Broncos (DEN) Former Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was hired for the same position by the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, Jan. 28. This means the Broncos will be moving to a 3-4 defense. This aggressive approach should be a great move for both Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Denver Broncos (DEN) Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said he feels like he is ready to be a head coach in the NFL. "That was the first thing they asked me, and I said I do feel that I was ready," Gase said Wednesday at Broncos' headquarters.

TM Denver Broncos (DEN) Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said the timing was not right to pursue a head coaching job. "I guess I didn't really think about it until it came up this year, and it just wasn't the right time, as far as the timing with us coming here and the focus I wanted on this game," Gase said. "I'm not worrying about it right now, it's just not -- it's on the back burner for me."

TM Denver Broncos (DEN) Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville said the team will not change up their offense to account for facing the No. 1 overall defense in the league this season in the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. "We got to do everything," Studesville said. "It can't just be looking for places to find a run. We've got to complement everything: The run builds on the play-action pass, which then gives us things in the dropback pass, if we're running it effective. We're going to do the same things we've been done all season."

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Denver Broncos (DEN) Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said he expects the offense to improve with Peyton Manning entering his second year with the team and also expects Manning to improve his play. "He's much more comfortable with being in the organization," Elway said, "and we think we'll continue to see the growth. There were a lot of unanswered questions for him in that first year and he got a lot of them answered. We know what he's got now is good. We saw what he could do this year. It's only going to get better."

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Denver Broncos (DEN) The Broncos hired former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio Friday, Jan. 27, to fill their vacant defensive coordinator position.

TM Denver Broncos (DEN) The DenverPost.com reports Broncos linebackers coach Don Martindale has been promoted to defensive coordinator.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Denver Broncos (DEN) HC Josh McDaniels is throwing out Mike Shanahan's west coast offense and installing an offense similar to what the Patriots run, dubbed the "Amoeba Offense", known for its ability to adapt to its own personnel, or adjust to a defense. "Our system is very unique," McDaniels said. "There are not a lot of branches off a tree that uses this system - It's not the same each week. It won't be the same. It doesn't fall into a specific category like the West Coast."

*** Thursday Update *** TM Detroit Lions (DET) The Detroit Lions continued shaking up their front office by firing longtime vice president of pro personnel Sheldon White on Thursday, Feb. 4. White joins former college scouting director Scott McEwen and senior personnel executive Cedric Saunders as high-ranking officers that have been relieved of their duties under new general manager Bob Quinn.

*** Friday Update *** TM Detroit Lions (DET) Lions head coach Jim Schwartz declined to shed any light on where talks stand on a new contract for him. Schwartz is entering the final season of the contract he signed in 2009. "The next time I talk about my contract will be never," Schwartz said. "That's just something that I'm not going to really comment on, because it has nothing to do with where we are, the success of the team, it has nothing to do with what we do on a daily basis."

*** Thursday Update *** TM Detroit Lions (DET) New OC for the Lions Scott Linehan said that despite his history with QB Daunte Culpepper, he has not, and will not, make a decision on the starting quarterback until after a full evaluation has been made on all four candidates: Culpepper, Jon Kitna, Drew Stanton and Drew Henson. "In fairness to all the quarterbacks, we haven't really looked and done enough to say what we would or wouldn't do," said Linehan. "We've got to let it work itself out. I wouldn't make any assumptions." Linehan was the Vikings offensive coordinator from 2002-04 and Culpepper had a career season in 2004 with 4,717 yards and 39 TDs.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Detroit Lions (DET) The Lions have released WR Mike Furrey. While participating in a charity event today in Tampa, Furrey said Lions GM Martin Mayhew informed him of his release during a brief phone conversation Tuesday morning. Other Lions are also believed to have been released, but which ones aren't known at this time.

TM Detroit Lions (DET) New DC Gunther Cunningham said Wednesday that he isn't a big fan of zone schemes and that he'd rather go quarterback hunting. Cunningham spent the last three seasons in Kansas City, where Cunningham was forced into playing a Tampa-2 scheme. "I've gone through three years of playing zone defenses because I was loyal to (head coach) Herman Edwards and that's what he wanted," Cunningham said. "People here in town knew I was different than that. My idea is to put a lot of pressure on the quarterback, it always has been and always will be."

Also, the Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Detroit Lions were the only NFL team to lose money in 2007. The team lost $3.1 million during that season, according to Forbes Magazine.

TM Detroit Lions (DET) OC Mike Martz recently told WR Mike Furrey that he plans to remain with the team in 2007. "We've talked the last couple of days, he wanted to know if (the contract) was done," Furrey said. "He said he's coming back to Detroit. What he's told me, he's coming back to Detroit."

*** Friday Update *** TM Detroit Lions (DET) Former Rams HC Mike Martz now apparently will not become Detroit’s offensive coordinator. Martz did not sign a contract to become the Lions' offensive coordinator because, according to his camp, the team refused to increase their offer from $1 million per year for three seasons to $1.5 million per year. Sources close to the situation, though, said money wasn't the deal-breaker for the Lions. Instead, new HC Rod Marinelli simply didn't feel comfortable enough with Martz as the coordinator. However, other sources claim the team is still trying to court the former Ram. For his part, Martz says he will not coach anywhere in 2006.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Detroit Lions (DET) Former Rams HC Mike Martz will soon be named the offensive coordinator for the Lions.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Green Bay Packers (GB) QB Aaron Rodgers said he would like to see quarterbacks coach Tom Clements get the team's vacant offensive coordinator position. "I'm feeling a little selfish when it comes to Tom," Rodgers said. "I have a real good relationship with him. It's been a real good six years together. I want to keep it going. I think Tom deserves to take a jump though. I think it would be a seamless transition to have him as the offensive coordinator in Green Bay as [Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin] has moved on now."

TM Houston Texans (HOU) John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Texans have hired former Seahawks offensive coordinator Greg Knapp to be the team's quarterbacks coach.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Indianapolis Colts (IND) Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said he believes rookie quarterbacks learn best by taking game snaps. Arians hopes Peyton Manning will return from neck surgery and play in Indianapolis next season. But with the team also likely to use the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft on a quarterback of the future, Arians is willing to let the rookie play immediately. "There is a new general manager and a new coach. Hopefully Peyton can come back and get ready to go. But, there will be a new quarterback and a new beginning. It's exciting," Arians said.

Also, the Colts have hired former San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky as their new defensive coordinator.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Indianapolis Colts (IND) Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano has been named the Colts head coach. Pagano becomes the fourth former Ravens defensive coordinator to land a head coaching position, following Marvin Lewis, Mike Nolan and Rex Ryan.

Also, the Colts have officially hired former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians as their new offensive coordinator.

TM Indianapolis Colts (IND) HC Tony Dungy said during an interview last Wednesday that he will discuss his coaching plans for the future following the Super Bowl with team owner Jim Irsay and his wife. "That's something I've not thought a whole lot about," he said. "I'll sit down with (owner) Jim (Irsay) and my wife at the end of the year. The first thing you have to do is make sure you're still wanted back. I never take that for granted any more." Several individuals have been reporting that Dungy may be considering retirement, depending upon the outcome of the current season.

TM Jacksonville Jaguars (JAX) Former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars to be their offensive coordinator Wednesday, Jan. 21.

TM Jacksonville Jaguars (JAX) Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said the team is committed to remaining a zone-blocking team. However, new assistant coach and offensive line coach Doug Marrone didn't use a zone-blocking scheme while with the Buffalo Bills, and he has preferred bigger offensive linemen. Buffalo had the league's heaviest offensive line in his two seasons as head coach. Regardless, Bradley wants his offense committed to the run to take the pressure off quarterback Blake Bortles.

TM Jacksonville Jaguars (JAX) Jaguars offensive line coach George Yarno will not return to the team next year after the team hired Doug Marrone as their new assistant head coach and offensive line coach, according to a team spokesman. Yarno continues to receive treatment for cancer after being diagnosed last May.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Jacksonville Jaguars (JAX) The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Seattle Seahawks defensive line coach Todd Wash as their defensive line coach.

TM Jacksonville Jaguars (JAX) Gary Estwick, of The Tennessean, reports the Jaguars have hired former Titans assistant coach Earnest Byner as their new running backs coach, according to his agent.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Kansas City Chiefs (KC) The Kansas City Chiefs have interviewed quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn for their vacant offensive coordinator position. Zorn is considering resigning if he is not promoted to offensive coordinator.

*** Friday Update *** TM Kansas City Chiefs (KC) The Chiefs hired Bill Muir Thursday, Feb. 3, as their offensive coordinator, reports The Associated Press. Muir previously served as the team's offensive line coach.

TM Kansas City Chiefs (KC) Adam Teicher, of The Kansas City Star, reports former Chiefs defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast will not remain on the team's coaching staff next season. The decision to part was mutual between Pendergast and the Chiefs, according to a source. Also, the Chiefs have fired assistant coach Dedric Ward.

Finally, the Chiefs have announced they have hired former Cardinals assistant coach Richie Anderson as their new wide receivers coach and former NFL DL Anthony Pleasant as an assistant defensive coach.

TM Kansas City Chiefs (KC) The Chiefs have fired HC Herm Edwards. According to NFL.com’s Adam Schefter, Edwards will likely opt for an announcer job over any coaching assignment. Bill Cowher and Mike Shanahan are reportedly not in the running for the now vacant job.

*** Friday Update *** TM Kansas City Chiefs (KC) The Chiefs are reportedly interested in adding Terrell Owens to their roster. HC Herman Edwards and TE Tony Gonzalez are both on board with making the move.

TM Miami Dolphins (MIA) Dolphins owner Steven Ross said new general manager Dennis Hickey will have full control over the 53-man roster.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Miami Dolphins (MIA) Retired LB Channing Crowder said Wednesday, Feb. 1, that he plans to return to football in 2012 after a one-year hiatus. He abruptly retired in Aug. 2011, and said he wouldn't return to the Miami Dolphins, citing a disdain for general manager Jeff Ireland. "I wouldn't go on a team with Jeff Ireland. I'm not very confident in him," Crowder said. "He doesn't know what he's doing in my opinion. He's not a good person. He has no class, and I wouldn't choose to go back and play there. And I would have to say it's the only team I don't want to play for."

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Miami Dolphins (MIA) Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said the team is considering transitioning to a 4-3 defense next season, and the team currently has the personnel to make such a change successful. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said he would like to elements from the 3-4 defensive alignment as well as the 4-3 defensive alignment so they have the ability to show different looks to opposing offenses. Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle has been hired as the team's new defensive coordinator. Cincinnati used a 4-3 defense this year. Cameron Wake would play defensive end if the team switched to a 4-3 defensive alignment, with Randy Starks likely moving to tackle.

Also, the Dolphins hired former NFL head coach Mike Sherman as their offensive coordinator Friday, Jan. 27.

TM Miami Dolphins (MIA) Owner H. Wayne Huizenga said today he will not stand in the way of a potential comeback by suspended RB Ricky Williams. Huizenga said the decision about whether Williams will be welcomed back on the team will fall to new coach Cam Cameron and General Manager Randy Mueller. "I don't know how Cam feels or Randy feels," Huizenga said while attending Super Bowl XLI "media day" at Dolphin Stadium. "Those guys will have to work that out." On the day Cameron was hired earlier this month, agent Leigh Steinberg said Williams wants to return to the Dolphins after being allowed to apply for reinstatement in April. Steinberg said Williams canceled a planned yoga retreat to India so he could ultimately participate in the team's offseason workout program.

TM Minnesota Vikings (MIN) The Minnesota Vikings have hired Kirby Wilson to be their running backs coach. He had served in the same position with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wilson had one more year remaining on his contract with the Steelers but they granted his request to leave. Wilson was looking to leave the Steelers because he wants to become an offensive coordinator and did not see that happening with the Steelers. Wilson also did not always get along with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

TM Minnesota Vikings (MIN) Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said special teams coach Mike Priefer made homophobic comments about him after Kluwe began speaking out in favor of gay marriage. Kluwe said text messages from kicker Blair Walsh confirm that Walsh heard the same comments. Walsh previously denied hearing said comments.

*** Friday Update *** TM New England Patriots (NE) Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Friday, Feb. 3, he is not thinking about retiring should he capture another Super Bowl title. Belichick still enjoys his job. "I enjoy all the aspects of the job," Belichick said. "I enjoy the team-building, the drafting, the free agents, team acquisitions - those kind of things. I enjoy bringing in the young players and working with guys who haven't been in the NFL and teaching them the basic fundamentals in how to become a professional football player for the New England Patriots. And I enjoy working with the veteran players, the Tom Bradys and the Vince Wilforks and the Wes Welkers and all those kind of players that can do really special things because of their not only talent, but experience. And I enjoy the competition on a weekly basis. Not just on Sundays, but the preparation leading up into the game. So I enjoy all of it. It beats working."

*** Thursday Update *** TM New England Patriots (NE) Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was named The Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year Wednesday, Feb. 2, reports Barry Wilner, of The Associated Press. It is the third time Belichick has won the award, trailing just Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula who won it four times.

*** Friday Update *** TM New England Patriots (NE) Erik Scalavino, of Patriots.com, reports Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will not name a defensive coordinator for next season but will be more involved in the defensive side of the ball. Belichick will share the workload with the other defensive assistant coaches.

TM New England Patriots (NE) Bill O'Brien was promoted to QB coach Wednesday. O'Brien, who served as the WR coach last season, could also have some input into the play calling with a chance of taking over that role in the months or seasons to come. HC Bill Belichick likely will command control over play calling for the foreseeable future.

Also, the Patriots hired former Tennessee Titans GM Floyd Reese as a senior advisor. Reese will offer his expertise with contracts, as well as other areas of football operations.

*** Friday Update *** TM New York Giants (NYG) Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has had no problem with a few of his players saying they are going to win Super Bowl XLVI. Coughlin said it's no different than New England Patriots QB Tom Brady telling a crowd at a pep rally that he hopes to have a bigger crowd at a party after the Super Bowl. "I don't," Coughlin said when asked if he has a problem with the bravado coming from his players. "I know there have been one or two quotes out there. But to be honest with you, I don't know that any one of them have been any different than Tom Brady's."

*** Wednesday Update *** TM New York Giants (NYG) ESPN.com reports imprisoned free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (formerly of the Giants and Steelers) said in an interview with Bill Cowher, of CBS, that he plans to return to the NFL. He also issued an apology to the Giants for tarnishing the organization. Burress said he works out about four times a week in the prison to keep in shape for a possible comeback. "It's not LA Fitness or Bally's, but I do push-ups, sit-ups," Burress said in the interview. "I make do." Cowher, who was Burress' coach for five years with the Steelers, told the New York Post that he believed the receiver was sincere in the interview. "He looked me in the eye. I believe he was sincere," Cowher said. "I think I know him well enough to know that."

TM New York Giants (NYG) Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports the Giants hired former Buccaneers defensive line coach Robert Nunn in the same position Wednesday, Jan. 27.

TM New York Jets (NYJ) Former Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey has been named the new offensive coordinator of the New York Jets. Gailey has always been a creative coordinator. We're expecting more of the same now that he's with the Jets. His hiring is a good sign for a young, athletic quarterback like Geno Smith.

TM New York Jets (NYJ) Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum reiterated Friday, Jan. 28, that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will be back in 2011, reports Rich Cimini, of ESPNNewYork.com. Tannenbaum added that the Tennessee Titans, the only team seeking a head coach, have not requested permission to speak with Schottenheimer.

TM New York Jets (NYJ) The Associated Press reports Jets head coach Rex Ryan said the contracts of assistant quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, assistant defensive backs coach Doug Plank, special teams assistant Kevin O'Dea, pass rush specialist Chuck Smith and defensive quality control coach Brian Smith will not be renewed.

Also, Tim Graham, of ESPN.com, reports Ryan apologized for flipping a middle finger at Miami Dolphins fans at a mixed martial arts event Saturday, Jan. 30. Ryan said, "It was stupid and inappropriate. I wouldn't accept that type of behavior from one of the coaches or players and its unacceptable from me. I apologize to the Jets organization, the National Football League and NFL fans everywhere."

Finally, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Ryan was fined $50,000 Tuesday, Feb. 2, for the indicent.

TM New York Jets (NYJ) HC Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson met with OC Brian Schottenheimer Thursday. They apparently agreed that keeping Schottenheimer was the best option, as sources later said on Friday that Schottenheimer will retain his position.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Oakland Raiders (OAK) The Raiders named Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their new head coach Tuesday, Jan. 24. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he was all but convinced that he had found his head coach Jan. 18 when he interviewed Dennis Allen for the first time. "He understood the big picture, not just defense, as far as putting a plan together," McKenzie said. "We went over everything. How you treat people, how you treat players, getting a staff together. It was all right in line (with) the way I was thinking."

Allen said he will not apologize for being the NFL's youngest head coach at 39. "I don't think you can ever apologize for being young," Allen said. "Don't set boundaries on yourself. Work hard and just continue to do your best and good things work out. Whether I'm ahead of my personal schedule, I don't know." Allen said he wants the offense to be up tempo and has spoken with Carson Palmer about how he wants the offense to be played under him. Allen said Palmer was excited about how the offense will be handled.

McKenzie said he will be restructuring the team's front office; however, he will wait until after the NFL Draft to do so. "The pattern will be very much like what I went through in Green Bay. I'm not looking to do anything anytime soon. I'm going to work with these guys, and we're going to jump on this free agency and we're going to jump on this (scouting) combine stuff," McKenzie said.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Oakland Raiders (OAK) The Raiders hired Chuck Bresnahan as a defensive coach, and is expected to coach the linebackers, reports Paul Gutierrez, of CSNBayArea.com.

TM Oakland Raiders (OAK) The Raiders have hired former Broncos assistant coach Bob Wylie as their new offensive line coach, according to CBSSports.com.

*** Friday Update *** TM Oakland Raiders (OAK) Bill Williamson, of ESPN.com, reports Raiders senior executive John Herrera said the team is still evaluating head coach Tom Cable and have not made a decision on their head coaching position.

TM Oakland Raiders (OAK) ESPN.com reports Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson will accept an offer to become the Raiders offensive coordinator, according to sources close to the situation.

TM Oakland Raiders (OAK) Interim head coach Tom Cable is still being considered as a prime candidate to assume the permanent head coaching role with the team.

TM Oakland Raiders (OAK) HC Lane Kiffin was spotted last Wednesday huddled with former Falcons OC Greg Knapp at practices for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Kiffin, after being introduced as the Raiders 16th head coach Tuesday, left immediately after the press conference and said one of his first orders of business would be lining up candidates to join his staff. "We're going to have an offensive coordinator to assist me in daily plans and activities, but I'll call the plays for us to make sure that my name's on this franchise and my name's on this team and my name's on this offense," Kiffin said. On Monday, the Raiders did hire Knapp as their new OC. The team also retained Rob Ryan as their DC.

Also, USC HC Pete Carroll hinted at who he expects the Raiders to select with the first pick of the 2007 NFL Draft. He said that HC Lane Kiffin prefers a vertical passing offense that suits LSU QB JaMarcus Russell better than it would Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn. "The kid from LSU is exactly what they're looking for," Carroll said, "more so than the kid from Notre Dame."

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Philadelphia Eagles (PHI) Eagles head coach Andy Reid said he is optimistic about the 2012 season and as a result, did not want to shuffle his coaching staff too much. Reid confirmed he will retain defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. "I saw us get better," Reid said, when asked about the job Castillo did in 2011. "We had some moving parts on the defensive side, I understood that."

Reid attempted to hire New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo; however, Spagnuolo wanted to explore his options elsewhere. Reid added if Spagnuolo came on board, defensive coordinator Juan Castillo would have remained with the team.

The Eagles hired Miami Dolphins interim head coach Todd Bowles as their new secondary coach Monday, Jan. 30. Again, defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will remain with the team in his current position. Secondary/safeties coach Michael Zordich will also stay with the staff.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Philadelphia Eagles (PHI) The Eagles promoted offensive line coach (yes - offensive line) Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator Wednesday and lured longtime Colts assistant Howard Mudd out of retirement to be the Eagles' new offensive line coach.

TM Philadelphia Eagles (PHI) Paul Domowitch, of the Philadelphia Daily News, reports Eagles president Joe Banner said the team has not made a decision on their quarterback decision next season and plan to discuss the situation in the near future. "We do have to make a decision on [the quarterback situation]. The decision could be anything from the status quo to some change. I think [head coach Andy Reid's] comment speaks very clearly to where we're at as it relates to [QB Donovan McNabb]. There's no point in me trying to elaborate on it," Banner said.

Also, the Philadelphia Daily News reports Eagles defensive backs coach Brian Stewart has left the team to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Houston.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT) The Pittsburgh Steelers will hire Washington Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith as their new special teams coach.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT) Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson is in serious but stable condition after being burned in a house fire last month. Wilson has begun physical rehabilitation in the hospital.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT) Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians announced his retirement Friday, Jan. 20, although team sources said the Steelers chose not to retain Arians, against the wishes of Ben Roethlisberger. The sources said the move was made in order to shift the offense back toward its blue-collar identity of years past, in line with the desires of team president Art Rooney II. During his time as coordinator, Arians turned the Steelers from a run-first team to a pass-heavy one to better suit Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh ranked in the top half of the NFL in offense over the past three seasons but finished a disappointing 12th this past season.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT) The Steelers expect defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau to return next season but there is a chance he decides to retire after the season, reports Jason La Canfora, of the NFL Network.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT) Ed Bouchette, of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis said he believes the Steelers need to tweak their offense at bit but do not need a complete overhaul. "All it needs is tweaking. It doesn't need a total overhaul. And if you would overhaul that, it would be a mistake. [QB Ben Roethlisberger] is maturing into one of the best passers in the game. Now the running game has to develop. If the running game develops, now you have an offense that is close to unstoppable," Bettis said.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT) DC Dick LeBeau told his players in a recent team meeting he intends to return for the 2009 season. LeBeau, the architect of the league's No. 1 defense, said he told the players only because the rumors were persistent on the Internet and he didn't want them to think he would make such a decision without first informing them. LeBeau said. "The way they're playing, they're going to have to run me out of here."

TM Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT) New HC Mike Tomlin went to work quickly on his staff, hiring both coordinators. He confirmed that DC Dick LeBeau will remain to coordinate the defense, and he promoted wide receivers coach Bruce Arians to offensive coordinator.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM San Diego Chargers (SD) Chargers quarterback's coach Frank Reich is happy with his new position with the Chargers. Reich feels like it is a great situation to be working with Phillip Rivers. "(I was intrigued) to come to a place where there's a quarterback like Philip Rivers," he continued. "Philip's reputation is that he's a competitor. I think that's what everybody respects most about him. When you think of Philip, you think of a guy who is a competitor and led one of the more prolific offenses for a good stretch. He at one point led the best offense in the league, and that's not easy to do because there are a lot of good players in this league. During that stretch, he was at the top of the game. He was a legitimate MVP candidate, so I'm excited to work with a guy who is a good competitor and a great player. That combination - that's a good combination."

TM San Diego Chargers (SD) GM A.J. Smith recently revealed the both the New York Giants and New York Jets have expressed an interest in potentially acquiring Michael Turner via trade. When later asked to comment on the situation, as well as how the team plans to handle his restricted free agent status this offseason, Smith said "My dilemma is do I want to keep him for a year and have a great backup and then have him walk away in free agency?”

*** Thursday Update *** TM Seattle Seahawks (SEA) Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the team's kickers have been able to get some practice in at Met Life Stadium, while the rest of the team has practiced indoors in preparation for the Super Bowl. Who knows whether or not practicing outside or inside will make a difference, but it's smart to get the kickers some reps at Metlife.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Seattle Seahawks (SEA) Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said Wednesday, Jan. 29, that he would not have agreed to a second interview with the Cleveland Browns for their previously vacant head coaching position before Super Bowl XLVIII, even if the team had pushed for it. "I have such a connection with these players, I didn't want to let them down in any way," Quinn said. "In that way, it was really important for me to take advantage of this opportunity (in the Super Bowl)."

TM Seattle Seahawks (SEA) Head coach Pete Carroll came out in defense of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at his Monday, Jan. 27 press conference. Goodell believes medical marijuana could be of use to players as they recover from concussions, and Carroll is keeping an open mind. "We have to continue to explore and compete to find ways that are going to make our game a better game and take care of our players in the best way possible," Carroll said.

TM Seattle Seahawks (SEA) Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable wants to be a head coach again in the NFL, and thinks he will be at some point.

TM San Francisco 49ers (SF) Former Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano is being hired by the San Francisco 49ers Thursday, Jan. 22, as their new tight ends coach, according to sources.

*** Thursday Update *** TM San Francisco 49ers (SF) 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said his team could not have a better practice session than the one they had Wednesday, Jan. 30. "I would really like to have a photocopy of yesterday," Harbaugh said Thursday, Jan. 31. "That's what I would like to have today. The execution at practice, the energy at practice, a photocopy - a mimeograph - of what we had yesterday, that would be outstanding."

*** Wednesday Update *** TM San Francisco 49ers (SF) 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said Sunday, Jan. 27, his team is prepared to win Super Bowl XLVII. "I think this team has the best focus on unity and winning I've ever been a part of," harbaugh said. "These are uncharted waters for a rookie Super Bowl coach. But that's exciting. It's a great thrill, and we have a desire to be in uncharted waters. We always strive for that kind of challenge."

*** Friday Update *** TM San Francisco 49ers (SF) The 49ers have hired Oregon State University running backs coach Reggie Davis as their new tight ends coach, reports CSNBayArea.com.

TM San Francisco 49ers (SF) The 49ers have hired former NFL WR Bobby Engram as an offensive assistant coach, reports ESPN.com's Mike Sando.

*** Thursday Update *** TM St. Louis Rams (STL) Head coach Jeff Fisher met Wednesday, Feb. 1, with Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel Les Snead about the Rams' vacant general manager job. He is the fifth GM candidate to be interviewed by Fisher and the Rams this week.

TM St. Louis Rams (STL) Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom said he believes head coach Steve Spagnuolo has the tools to become a great coach. "Steve is an absolute winner. There's no doubt in my mind. When all the pieces are in place, he has all the tools to become a great coach. He's got what it takes, and I've been around long enough to know," Rosenbloom said.

TM Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TB) Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken said he wants to design and run more explosive plays and trick plays in 2016. "We don't need more five-yard plays," Monken said. "How can we be explosive? That's what the game's about. People like big plays. I like big plays."

*** Thursday Update *** TM Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TB) According to Adam Schefter, from ESPN, there's a real sense that Tampa Bay has its sights set on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota with the number one overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

*** Friday Update *** TM Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TB) Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith invited retired LB Brian Urlacher to visit training camp. "Brian is a family member for life," Smith said. "I've had the privilege to be around a lot of great players, any great player I've been around is always welcome wherever I am. We're trying to build something here football-wise, and I'm going to call on the Brian Urlachers of the world, and of course all our former Bucs around here. Derrick Brooks will tell you I've been in his ear quite a bit, got a chance to text with John Lynch yesterday... anytime you can have players around your current roster that have been through our system and know what it takes, it's a good thing. I will always be inviting any old player that I've been around."

*** Friday Update *** TM Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TB) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Dave Wannstedt as their special teams coordinator Friday, Feb. 1.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TB) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Tony Oden to coach the defensive backs. Oden coached the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive backs in 2012.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TB) Buccaneers have officially hired Rutgers University head coach Greg Schiano as their new head coach. Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said one of the main reasons the team hired Schiano is what he had done defensively as a coordinator at the University of Miami and as a head coach at Rutgers. Also, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick helped convince the Buccaneers to hire Greg Schiano as their head coach. Belichick has conviction about Schiano because he knows him well. The two have spent time together during the offseason.

TE Kellen Winslow said Thursday, Jan. 26, he was disappointed his team didn't make Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski its new head coach, although he also expressed enthusiasm for Schiano. "I was really hoping for coach Chudzinski, who I was with at Miami and Cleveland," Winslow said. "But, you know, we got another guy in Greg Schiano who I know and heard he's one of the best coaches people have been around. And he's got a lot of enthusiasm and is real energetic so I'm excited, man."

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly was offered the job but decided not to take the position, according to Dominik. "His heart is with college football and Oregon and he's no longer being considered," Dominik said.

TM Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TB) John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the Buccaneers have hired former Bills offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt as their new quarterbacks coach, according to a source.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Tennessee Titans (TEN) Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said he is remaining with the team for the 2012 season. Gray was in the running for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coaching vacancy. "I am going to be the defensive coordinator for the Titans and I am glad to be working for the Titans," Gray said. "That's what I'm going to be doing."

TM Tennessee Titans (TEN) The Titans have parted ways with head coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher's departure from the team might have been prompted by his desire to hire his son, Brandon, according to Darren McFarland, of TitanInsider.com. Brandon Fisher, who volunteered on the staff during the latter part of last season, was being groomed by his father to take a spot on the staff. According to a source, general manager Mike Reinfeldt initially signed off on the hire, but owner Bud Adams strictly forbids hiring family members. Sources said that when Jeff and Brandon Fisher wanted to go to the Senior Bowl this week, Jeff Fisher was told that Brandon could not go with him at the team's expense nor could he have a spot on the staff. Fisher was not at the Senior Bowl this week.

Fisher a $4 million buyout as part of the two sides parting ways, reports Jim Wyatt, of The Tennessean. Fisher was scheduled to make $6.5 million next season. Fisher is not expected to take any coaching jobs next season and likely will return to coaching in 2012, reports Jason La Canfora, of NFL Network. Fisher commented after he was let go that he was tired, so it's not surprising to hear that he would sit out next year.

TM Tennessee Titans (TEN) Jim Wyatt, of The Tennessean, reports the Titans have fired running backs coach Earnest Byner and hired Jaguars running backs coach Kennedy Pola in his spot.

TM Tennessee Titans (TEN) Almost immediately after HC Bill Parcells retired from the Cowboys, HC Jeff Fisher’s name was one of the names tossed out as a potential replacement. That is as far as the Cowboys pursuit of Fisher will go. "We have not been contacted by the Dallas organization concerning Jeff Fisher, and in the event we are contacted, there are no circumstances under which Mr. Adams and the Titans will grant permission to the Cowboys to speak to Coach Fisher. Coach Fisher is going to be here coaching the Titans," Titans chief operating officer Steve Underwood said last Monday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Washington Redskins (WAS) Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said he currently does not have a franchise quarterback on his roster and hopes to acquire one through the NFL Draft. When asked if he was keying in on a quarterback at the Senior Bowl considering his roster, Shanahan replied, "I think everyone wants a franchise quarterback. If you don't have a franchise quarterback and you say you're not looking for one, then you usually won't be working for very long. Everybody wants that guy. People that usually do have that guy are consistently winning."

The Redskins are expected to be interested in Peyton Manning if he becomes available this offseason and shows that he is fully healthy.

The Redskins reportedly are not expected to show much interest in Packers impending free-agent Matt Flynn this offseason. However, there was another report earlier this month that the Redskins were interested in Flynn.



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