Player Notes

  • Cam Newton wins 2015 Most Valuable Player
    Associated Press named Cam Newton its 2015 Most Valuable Player.

    Advice: Newton was the clear MVP frontrunner, throwing for 3,837 yards and a 35:10 TD/INT ratio in the regular season. He rushed for 636 yards (4.8 YPC) and 10 touchdowns, making him the first player in history to post 30-plus pass touchdowns and 10 rushing TDs. Newton’s career highs came without top WR Kelvin Benjamin for the entire year. His play elevated a middling cast to a 15-win season and Super Bowl appearance. Newton won MVP in a landslide, getting 48 first-place votes. He also beat Antonio Brown (10 votes) for Offensive Player of the Year. Yesterday, 6:48 pm
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  • Todd Gurley wins Offensive Rookie of Year
    Todd Gurley was named the Associated Press' 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

    Advice: Gurley was one of the top running backs in the league despite missing the first two games recovering from ACL surgery. He led all rookies in yards (1,106), yards per carry (4.8) and touchdowns (10). Gurley also ranked fourth in yards per game and finished behind only Doug Martin in 20-plus yard runs. Jameis Winston finished behind Gurley with 17 votes. Yesterday, 5:20 pm
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  • Rawls (ankle) expects to be ready for camp
    Thomas Rawls (ankle) expects to be ready for training camp.

    Advice: Rawls avoided surgery, but is in the early stages of rehab. He could be limited for OTAs. With Marshawn Lynch not expected back, Rawls should open 2016 as Seattle’s clear-cut starter. Yesterday, 3:31 pm
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  • Sly denies investigators were to intimidate
    Charlie Sly, the main source of the Al Jazeera documentary which alleges Peyton Manning used HGH, does not believe the investigators the Manning camp sent to his parents' house were intended to intimidate him into cooperation.

    Advice: The Washington Post reported Manning's lawyers sent investigators to the house prior to the documentary airing. The men allegedly worried Sly's sister enough for her to call police, but Sly had nothing but good things to say about the investigators. "Those guys were great guys," Sly said. "Like, very good guys. Very professional." The NFL is investigating the allegations against Manning and the other NFL players implicated in the documentary. Sly recanted his allegations before the documentary aired. Yesterday, 10:08 am
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  • Le'Veon Bell has not yet been cleared to run
    Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) has not yet been cleared to run.

    Advice: Bell tore both his MCL and PCL early in November. Bell is expected to be ready for Week 1, but he is facing a tricky recovery which could linger longer than expected. Bell's recovery will be a hot topic throughout the offseason. Yesterday, 8:31 am
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  • Owner will have no input on Roddy decision
    Falcons owner Arthur Blank said he will have no input on the decision to cut or retain Roddy White.

    Advice: "I have nothing but respect for Roddy and I love Roddy," Blank said. "When it comes to where Roddy is in the future, that's where the owner doesn't get involved. That's a decision that will be made by the coach, the coaching staff and personnel." Blank added the organization is still in the process of evaluating the roster. Coach Dan Quinn hinted White would stick around, but GM Thomas Dimitroff said White may have to redo his contract to stay with the team. White has already said he will not accept a pay cut. The two sides look headed for a divorce. Yesterday, 7:41 am
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  • Cowboys would want Murray on reworked deal
    ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer believes Dallas would be interested in bringing back DeMarco Murray "if the numbers are reworked."

    Advice: Murray said he wants to remain with the Eagles, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Murray and the organization "are not in a good place." The contract is an obstacle, but it is highly unlikely Dallas will get a shot at Murray regardless. The guaranteed money in Murray's deal makes cutting him difficult, and trades between division rivals rarely happen. Murray's future in Philadelphia remains murky, but it is unlikely he returns to Dallas. Yesterday, 7:15 am
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  • Stevan Ridley unlikely to return to Patriots
    ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss thinks it is unlikely impending free agent Stevan Ridley returns to New England.

    Advice: The Patriots need running back help, and Ridley was drafted by and had his best seasons in New England. The pair divorced for a reason last offseason, however, and an unsuccessful stint with the Jets likely did not change Ridley's opinion on his potential workload with the Patriots. Ridley will likely find a cold market in a loaded running back class, but a reunion remains unlikely. Yesterday, 6:27 am
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  • Dallas police looking into Manziel incident
    Dallas police have initiated a criminal investigation into Johnny Manziel for domestic violence.

    Advice: Manziel wasn't charged for the latest incident with his ex-girlfriend, but the case was reopened after a complaint was filed on Friday. Legal issues for Manziel continue to pile up. Manziel's situation will be updated when more info is available. Friday, 6:14 pm
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  • Hurns expects to resume running soon
    Allen Hurns (thigh) expects to resume running in a month.

    Advice: Hurns is two weeks removed from sports hernia surgery. He’ll get a slow start to the offseason, but will be ready for OTAs. Friday, 5:02 pm
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  • Watson says he's been in talks with Saints
    Free agent TE Ben Watson has been in talks with the Saints.

    Advice: "I had a good conversation with Sean (Payton) and Mickey (Loomis)," Watson said. "I’d love to be playing there. If not there, we’ll see where else. I think I’ll know more in about a month." Coming off a career year, Watson expects to return for at least one more season. 35-year-old Watson could be willing to settle for a one-year deal. Friday, 4:48 pm
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  • Josh Gordon confident he'll be reinstated
    ESPN Cleveland reports suspended WR Josh Gordon is confident he’ll be reinstated.

    Advice: Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged Gordon has applied for reinstatement, but declined to update his status. The league has 60 days to make a decision, so there should be clarity on Gordon prior to the draft. Despite multiple off-field letdowns, Browns VP of football operations Sashi Brown is open to keeping Gordon if reinstated. Friday, 4:11 pm
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  • Redskins in talks with Kirk Cousins
    Redskins president Bruce Allen said the team has opened contract talks with free agent Kirk Cousins.

    Advice: "We’ve had discussions with his representative," Allen said. "We feel good. Kirk wants to be a Washington Redskin. It will work itself out." Cousins is likely targeting an Alex Smith-type deal after throwing for 4,166 yards and leading the league in completion percentage. Franchising Cousins would cost $19.7 million. Friday, 3:07 pm
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  • Lions president keeping tabs on Megatron
    Lions president Rod Wood is hoping to introduce Calvin Johnson to GM Bob Quinn sometime next week.

    Advice: Wood said he's kept in touch with Johnson, exchanging texts as recently as Wednesday. Johnson hasn't officially announced his retirement yet and the Lions are hoping a sit-down with Quinn will help him change his mind. If Megatron does return in 2016, the Lions will likely have to re-work his contract. Friday, 1:10 pm
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  • Jets sign Kyle Brindza to reserve/future deal
    Jets signed K Kyle Brindza to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: Brindza made just 6-of-12 field goals before the Buccaneers cut him in October, though he drilled a a 58-yarder in Week 3. Randy Bullock filled in at kicker for the Jets after Nick Folk missed the final eight games with a quad injury. Friday, 12:32 pm
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  • Montee Ball arrested after domestic incident
    Free agent RB Montee Ball was arrested Friday morning in Madison, Wisconsin following an altercation with his girlfriend.

    Advice: Police were called to Ball's hotel around 3:40 a.m. after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend into a table. "The woman told police she had a dispute with her boyfriend," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. "She said he put his hands on her, picked her up and threw her." The woman reportedly suffered a cut that required stitches. Ball was taken to Dane County Jail on a tentative charge of "substantial battery." Ball spent time on New England's practice squad late last year, but didn't see any game action and was rumored to be significantly out of shape. It's quite possible Ball's NFL career is over. Friday, 11:22 am
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  • Miami's O line not protecting Tannehill
    No quarterback has been sacked more than Ryan Tannehill since 2012.

    Advice: Between Miami's coaching instability and underachieving offensive line, it's easy to see why Tannehill took a 2015 step back. Billy Turner and Dallas Thomas were two of the worst guards in football, while Jason Fox was a nightmare filling in for injured RT Ja’Wuan James. Only Blake Bortles (52) and Aaron Rodgers (46) were sacked more than Tannehill (45) in 2015. Friday, 10:25 am
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  • Rueben Randle unlikely to be re-sign with NYG
    The Newark Star-Ledger doesn't envision the Giants re-signing impending free agent Rueben Randle.

    Advice: Beat writer James Kratch isn't sure if the Giants even want Randle back, but he also suspects Randle will get more money from another team than the Giants will be willing to pay. Randle seemed to frustrate ex-coach Tom Coughlin a great deal, but it's unclear how OC-turned-coach Ben McAdoo felt about the 24-year-old. Randle is entering a market with not much receiver talent available, so it's possible a team drastically overpays him. Friday, 8:01 am
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  • 'Fair to assume' Lynch's time in Seattle over
    NFL Network's Michael Robinson said it's "fair to assume" that Marshawn Lynch won't be back with the Seahawks.

    Advice: Robinson, of course, is the Seahawks' former fullback and Lynch's best friend. "I don’t think that’s a slight to Marshawn, just after a while, a back gets older, still wants more money," Robinson said. "A team has to be prepared to get younger at some point. And I think the injury didn’t help this year. The fact that he didn’t get the yards that he usually gets didn’t help this year. So we’ll see." Robinson also said he knows if Lynch will retire or not, but passed on spilling the beans. The Seahawks can save $6.5 million by releasing Beast Mode. Friday, 7:00 am
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  • Randall Cobb had punctured lung
    Randall Cobb says his Divisional Round injury was a punctured lung.

    Advice: It was previously billed a "bruised" lung. A puncture is much more serious. Cobb said he was coughing up blood on the sideline after getting injured against the Cardinals. Thankfully, the ordeal resolved itself quickly. It's not an issue heading into the offseason program. After a sluggish 2015, Cobb is an intriguing buy-low Dynasty target. He's still only 25 years old. Thursday, 1:19 pm
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