Player Notes

  • More Manziel details emerge
    A "well-placed Browns source" tells ESPN's Adam Schefter Johnny Manziel wasn't drunk on Dec. 30, but was "heavily hung over on something."

    Advice: "There was something going on there," the source said. Manziel reportedly complained he was having trouble with light, had a headache and was vomiting. "This wasn't some massive cover-up," the source insisted. "What are you going to do? You have to put him in the protocol." The story adds up. It's another brick in the wall of Manziel's departure from Cleveland. 42 minutes ago
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  • LeSean McCoy would be difficult to release
    $2.5 million of LeSean McCoy's $4.8 million salary for 2016 is guaranteed.

    Advice: The rest of it becomes guaranteed when the new league year begins on March 9. In other words, the Bills would have little financial incentive to move on from McCoy if he ends up getting charged in his assault case. Cutting McCoy now would create a whopping $10.5 million in dead money, and suck up an additional $5.325 million in cap space. Unless there are new, more explosive details yet to be released, we'd fully expect McCoy to keep his roster spot. Today, 1:37 pm
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  • Colts waive QB Ryan Lindley
    Colts waived QB Ryan Lindley.

    Advice: Lindley was signed before Week 17, when the Colts found themselves in truly dire quarterback straits. Going on 27, Lindley has scattered six starts across four NFL seasons. At best, he'll compete for someone's No. 3 job next summer. Today, 12:01 pm
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  • Vinatieri returning for 21st season in 2016
    Free agent K Adam Vinatieri confirms he'll return for a 21st season in 2016.

    Advice: "Not only a season, but lord willing, a couple of years," Vinatieri said. "There will come a time when it’s over for me. I don’t think that time is yet. I enjoy playing." The Colts have already said they'd like to re-sign Vinatieri, who remains one of the league's best kickers. Vinatieri will undoubtedly require a raise on the $2.5 million he averaged the past two years. Vinatieri turned 43 in December. Today, 10:23 am
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  • Elway says 'no deadline' for Peyton Manning
    Broncos GM John Elway said there is "no deadline" for Peyton Manning to make his retirement decision.

    Advice: Manning said Monday he plans to take "a few" weeks to make his decision. He will likely decide to retire, but if not he will put Elway in a tough spot. Manning is set to count $21.5 million against the cap, and his recent play does not justify that kind of hit. With his $19 million base salary set to guarantee on March 9, the Broncos need Manning to make his decision in the next month. Today, 8:55 am
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  • Cotchery wants to re-sign with Panthers
    Impending free agent WR Jerricho Cotchery wants to re-sign with Carolina.

    Advice: Cotchery had a Super Bowl to forget, arguably dropping three passes including what would have been a critical first-down catch early in the game. Cotchery normally offers a reliable set of veteran hands, but he has not made much of an impact in his two seasons with the Panthers. Carolina could decide to move on as they attempt to upgrade the receiver position this offseason. Today, 7:56 am
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  • Mike Tolbert wants to remain in Carolina
    Impending free agent FB Mike Tolbert said he wants to remain with the Panthers.

    Advice: He has yet to talk with the front office. With Tolbert unlikely to break the bank, it makes sense for Carolina to re-sign the versatile fullback. Tolbert earned First-Team All-Pro honors for the second time in his career in 2015. Today, 7:45 am
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  • Marvin Jones won't accept 'hometown discount'
    Impending free agent WR Marvin Jones said he will not accept a "hometown discount."

    Advice: "I'd like to be back, but at the same time I am a free agent – no hometown discount, definitely not – but I'm a free agent," Jones told NFL Media prior to the Super Bowl. "It wouldn't be good for me not to test the waters a little bit. So it's just an exciting process." Poised to be the top free agent receiver available, it does not make sense for Jones to accept less money to play second fiddle to A.J. Green for the next several seasons. Jones should land himself a nice contract and potentially a No. 1 job this offseason. Today, 7:13 am
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  • 'Chances are good' Cruz and NYG work out deal
    ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano believes the "chances are good" Victor Cruz (calf) and the team work out a renegotiated deal which keeps the receiver in New York.

    Advice: Coming off a torn patellar tendon two seasons ago and a torn calf last season, Cruz has not played an NFL game since October of 2014. There is little chance the Giants will accept a $9.9 million cap hit for a player they cannot rely on to be healthy, but Graziano believes Cruz will be "amenable to a pay cut." If he is, there is enough history and goodwill between the two sides to work something out. Today, 6:42 am
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  • Tannehill wants more freedom under Gase
    Greg Jennings said that Ryan Tannehill badly wants "more freedom" under new coach Adam Gase and his staff.

    Advice: "I’m going to speak for Ryan right now, which I typically don’t do," Jennings said. "He wants some more freedom. He’s been hand-held his entire career." It's unclear if Tannehill will get it from Gase and new OC Clyde Christensen, as Jay Cutler reportedly only had "limited audible latitude" under Gase in Chicago this past season. Still, Gase figures to be great for Tannehill after the young quarterback was held under wraps by Joe Philbin and Bill Lazor. Yesterday, 8:02 pm
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  • Saints waive WR Seantavius Jones
    Saints waived WR Seantavius Jones.

    Advice: Jones was only due $600,000, so the Saints clearly didn't see much potential in him. Jones has spent the last two offseasons being talked up by Saints beat writers along with Brandon Coleman. Coleman flopped in his 2015 increased opportunity, while 23-year-old Jones (five snaps) barely saw the field. Yesterday, 2:06 pm
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  • Eagles finally release receiver Riley Cooper
    Eagles released WR Riley Cooper.

    Advice: The move is more than a year overdue. Cooper was one of the league's worst receivers in 2015, catching only 21 passes while diminishing as a blocker. Since averaging 17.8 yards per catch in 2013, Cooper has managed 11.9 yards per grab. He doesn't make plays. The transaction frees up $2.9 million in cap space. Going on 29, Cooper's phone won't be ringing off the hook. 49ers fans should be worried that coach Chip Kelly might want a reunion in San Francisco. Yesterday, 10:51 am
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  • Vernon Davis plays 19 postseason snaps
    Free agent Vernon Davis played only 19 postseason snaps.

    Advice: Davis' Broncos tenure was as big of a dud as possible. He made huge mistakes in the regular season before being phased out down the stretch. Now 32, Davis remains a rare athlete at tight end, but the finer points of his game have eroded. He'll likely have to settle for a one-year, incentive-laden deal in free agency. Yesterday, 10:29 am
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  • Tate: Calvin's 'body just isn't holding up'
    Golden Tate said Calvin Johnson's "body just isn't holding up."

    Advice: "When the rumors came out he was going to leave Detroit...I thought it might have been a money thing, or his contract was up, is what I initially thought. Because he showed up to work as the same Calvin that we've always known," Tate said. "But his body just isn't holding up." The Lions have reportedly had concerns about Johnson's ankles for several seasons. He missed three games and was limited in others with a high-ankle sprain in 2014, and his practice time was scaled back because of ankle issues last season. Dealing with real health concerns, it is not surprising Johnson is seriously considering retirement. Yesterday, 10:07 am
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  • Falcons leaning toward keeping Roddy White?
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter said the Falcons "appear to be leaning toward retaining" Roddy White.

    Advice: With White set to count just over $6.1 million against the salary cap, there has been speculation the Falcons will move on from their declining No. 2 receiver. GM Thomas Dimitroff recently said, "It's not always about the talent," however, and coach Dan Quinn has talked about White's value as a "competitor and leader." It would still be surprising if White is back on his current deal, but it looks like the Falcons are at least open to the idea. Yesterday, 9:56 am
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  • Reggie Bush (knee) says he is not retiring
    Impending free agent Reggie Bush (knee) said he is not retiring.

    Advice: Bush's first and likely only season with the 49ers ended early after he slipped on the concrete at the Edward Jones Dome and tore his meniscus Week 8. Bush should be ready for training camp, but it is not a given he will find a new home before then. Soon-to-be 31, Bush has played in 16 games total the last two seasons. Yesterday, 7:35 am
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  • Report: 'No chance' Eagles reacquire Foles
    The Philadelphia Daily News' Les Bowen reports the Eagles are not interested in reacquiring Rams QB Nick Foles.

    Advice: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday new coach Doug Pederson was interested in the Eagles' former quarterback, but a source told Bowen, "There is no chance the team will reacquire Foles." If accurate, it is the right decision by Philadelphia. Foles has not shown anything the last two seasons to suggest he is markedly better than current No. 2 Mark Sanchez, and trading even a late-round pick to acquire what looks like a bad contract is not a sound way to build a football team. The Rams are likely stuck with Foles until they can get out of his contract next offseason. Yesterday, 7:07 am
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  • Eagles source denies Bradford, Foles report
    The Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman reports the Eagles have not decided whether to use the franchise tag on impending free agent Sam Bradford.

    Advice: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Eagles had already decided not to use the franchise tag on Bradford, but a source denied those claims. Schefter's report also said new coach Doug Pederson was interested in bringing Nick Foles back to Philadelphia, but Berman's source said the team has not discussed their former quarterback. This saga has a long way to go, but it would not be surprising if the Eagles balked at Bradford's price tag and pursued other options. Yesterday, 6:55 am
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  • Seahawks confirm Marshawn Lynch retiring
    The Seahawks' official Twitter account confirmed Marshawn Lynch is retiring.

    Advice: Lynch tweeted a "deuces" emoji and a picture of his green cleats hanging during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. The Seahawks' Twitter quoted the tweet and added the hashtag #ThankYouBeastMode. The timing and cryptic nature of the announcement are a fitting end to the spectacular career of one of the game's most enigmatic stars. Lynch finishes his career with 11,091 total yards and 83 TDs across 127 NFL games, and ranks 36th on the all-time rushing list. Though the stats are not overly impressive, Lynch was one of the most dominant backs in the game for the early part of this decade and made his mark with several memorable performances. Most iconic was his 67-yard touchdown run to clinch an upset Wild Card win against the Saints in 2011. Lynch was a First-Team All-Pro in 2012 and won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013. He amassed six 100-plus-yard rushing performances in the playoffs, third most all time behind Emmitt Smith (7) and Terrell Davis (7). Yesterday, 5:42 am
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  • Funchess goes 2-40 against Broncos
    Devin Funchess caught 2-of-5 targets for 40 yards in the Panthers' Super Bowl loss to the Broncos.

    Advice: Still utilized as Carolina's fourth receiver, Funchess made his presence felt on a 24-yard contested catch with under a minute left in the second quarter. The 41st overall pick in last year's draft, Funchess doesn't turn 22 until May. He finished his first NFL regular season with a 31-473-5 receiving line, averaging 15.3 yards per catch. Ideally, Funchess will emerge as the Panthers' No. 2 wideout in 2016, complementing Kelvin Benjamin. Sunday, 7:52 pm
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