NFL Recent Player News
|2/22/2017||Le'Veon Bell, Pit, RB|
|Bell, who was forced out of the AFC championship game because of a groin injury, is not expected to need surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported Wednesday.
Analysis: Bell rushed just six times for 20 yards during the Steelers' 36-17 loss in the AFC title game to the Patriots. After the game, Bell admitted to reporters that he managed the groin injury for "a couple weeks" and aggravated it against the Patriots.
|2/21/2017||Tyler Shatley, Jax, G|
|The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed Shatley on Tuesday.
Analysis: Shatley has appeared in 30 career games with four starts.
|2/21/2017||Paul Soliai, Car, DT|
|The Panthers released Soliai on Tuesday.
Analysis: Soliai, a 10-year veteran, played in 10 games for the Panthers with one start last season. He had five tackles, two quarterback pressures and one fumble recovery.
|2/21/2017||Mike Tolbert, Car, RB|
|The Panthers released Tolbert on Tuesday.
Analysis: The three-time Pro Bowl fullback was utilized as a blocker, runner and receiver during his five seasons in Carolina, but the 31-year-old's production dropped off last season. The Panthers have ranked among the NFL leaders in rushing in each of Tolbert's five seasons, but he saw less action last season, carrying 35 times for 114 yards with no touchdowns.
|2/20/2017||Jared Odrick, Jax, DT|
|The Jacksonville Jaguars released Odrick on Monday after just two seasons to free up salary cap space.
Analysis: Odrick compiled 6.5 sacks and 41 tackles in 22 games over the two seasons but missed the final 10 games in 2016 with elbow and shoulder injuries. He led the Jaguars with 5.5 sacks in 2015.
|2/18/2017||Cameron Wake, Mia, DE|
|The Dolphins signed Wake to a two-year contract extension Saturday that runs through the 2018 season.
Analysis: The 35-year-old Wake is coming off a Pro Bowl season, one year removed from an Achilles injury. He had 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception this past season, helping the Dolphins reach the playoffs.
|2/16/2017||Charley Hughlett, Cle, C|
|The Browns signed Hughlett to a six-year contract extension Thursday. Hughlett has been with the team since 2014, when he joined Cleveland's practice squad and was eventually signed to the active roster.
Analysis: Hughlett had been scheduled to become an exclusive rights free agent this offseason before signing through 2022. Hughlett is entering his third NFL season out of Central Florida. He was originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
|2/16/2017||Branden Albert, Mia, T|
|The Miami Dolphins are expected to release two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert, according to multiple reports on Thursday.
Analysis: Albert will not be the lone big-name casualty as the Dolphins are expected to part ways with veteran defensive end Mario Williams and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, the Miami Herald reported.
|2/15/2017||Ryan Clady, NYJ, T|
|New York Jets have released Clady after just one season in which he played only nine games because of a shoulder injury.
Analysis: Clady was due $10 million next season - with a $1 million roster bonus due Wednesday - that made his return to New York under that contract unlikely. Clady, acquired last offseason from Denver to replace the retired D'Brickashaw Ferguson, suffered a torn rotator cuff in Week 3 at Kansas City and played through it for a few weeks before being placed on injured reserve.
|2/15/2017||Bene Benwikere, Cin, CB|
|The Bengals signed Benwikere on Wednesday.
Analysis: The 6-foot cornerback was Carolina's fifth-round draft pick in 2014. He started 14 games in three seasons with Carolina, including four last year before he was released. He finished the season on the practice squads of Miami and Green Bay. Benwikere has two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and one sack in his career.
|2/13/2017||Aldon Smith, Oak, LB|
|Smith could be in more trouble after being investigated for a domestic incident over the weekend in San Francisco, according to multiple reports. TMZ Sports reported that police were called early Saturday morning to a home in San Francisco, and Smith does own a house in that city. Smith was interviewed by police, which took a statement from the woman. No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.
Analysis: Smith is currently serving a suspension for violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. The violations include two DUIs while he was with the San Francisco 49ers. Smith played in 2015 with the Raiders before he was suspended. Smith was expected to be reinstated in March, but another arrest would put that in jeopardy.
|2/13/2017||Geronimo Allison, GB, WR|
|Allison has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. Allison's attorney, Brian Maloney, entered the plea on his client's behalf Monday. WLUK-TV reports Allison was not in court and was not required to be there. The charge against Allison stems from a traffic stop in September in Manitowoc County. The next hearing is set for April 25.
Analysis: Allison emerged in the last couple of weeks of the regular season with eight catches for 157 yards and a score while filling in when Randall Cobb was hurt. The undrafted rookie free agent out of Illinois played with a hamstring injury in the Packers' 44-21 loss to Atlanta in the NFC championship game.
|2/13/2017||Rashad Jennings, NYG, RB|
|The Giants have cut Jennings in a cap-related move.
Analysis: Jennings joined the Giants as a free agent in 2014, after four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and one with the Oakland Raiders. In three years, he played in 40 games and rushed for 2,095 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had 94 receptions for 723 yards and two scores.
|2/13/2017||Victor Cruz, NYG, WR|
|The Giants released Cruz in a salary-cap move, according to multiple reports Monday.
Analysis: The 30-year-old Cruz finished the 2016 season with just 39 catches for 586 yards and one touchdown in 15 games after coming back from major knee surgery. Cruz would have counted $9.4 million against the team's salary cap in 2017. The Giants will free up $7.5 million in cap space with his release, according to ESPN.
|2/10/2017||Mike Harris, Min, G|
|The Minnesota Vikings released Harris on Friday.
Analysis: Harris missed the entire 2016 season because of a medical condition the team has not divulged but has threatened his career.
|2/10/2017||Brandon Fusco, Min, G|
|The Minnesota Vikings released Fusco on Friday.
Analysis: Fusco started 14 games in 2016 at right guard.
|2/10/2017||Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ, QB|
|Fitzpatrick's contract with the New York Jets has been voided, as expected, making the veteran quarterback a free agent. Fitzpatrick re-signed with the Jets last July on a one-year, $12 million deal. Technically, the contract was for two years, but contained language in which the second year would be automatically voided five days after the Super Bowl - meaning, Friday - if Fitzpatrick remained on the roster.
Analysis: Because his $10 million bonus was prorated over two years to help with the salary cap last year, Fitzpatrick will cost the Jets $5 million in "dead money" this year. The 34-year-old Fitzpatrick will be free to sign with another team. While he could still re-sign with the Jets, it appears his up-and-down tenure in New York is done after two seasons.
|2/10/2017||Kory Lichtensteiger, Was, C|
|Lichensteiger has announced his retirement after nine NFL seasons.
Analysis: Injuries have limited the 31-year-old to eight games over the past two seasons, including a calf issue that forced him to IR for half of the 2016 campaign. A fourth-round pick of Denver in 2008, Lichtensteiger started 75 games for the Broncos and Redskins as a center and left guard.
|2/9/2017||D'Qwell Jackson, Ind, LB|
|Jackson has been released by the Colts after three seasons with the team.
Analysis: Jackson recorded 78 tackles and one sack in 12 contests for the Colts this past season before serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
|2/9/2017||Sam Shields, GB, CB|
|The Green Bay Packers have released Shields, who was never cleared from the concussion protocol after getting hurt in the season opener.
Analysis: A seven-year veteran, Shields joined the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Miami in 2010. He played in 80 regular-season games, having entered the 2016 season as Green Bay's top cornerback. Shields was three years into a four-year, $39 million deal signed in 2014.
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