Player Notes

  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 3:31 pm
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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. Today, 8:31 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. Today, 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. Today, 6:27 am
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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. Yesterday, 11:22 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. Yesterday, 7:00 am
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  • Melvin Gordon: I should be ready in 2 months
    Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, Melvin Gordon (knee cartilage surgery) suggested he'll be back to 100 percent in two months.

    Advice: The exact nature of Gordon's operation has never been disclosed. The Union-Tribune San Diego simply labeled it "knee-cartilage surgery." The nearly three-month timeline from his operation date suggests it was a bit more than a simple clean-up procedure. Either way, Gordon should be 100 percent healthy well in advance of June's minicamp. Thursday, 4:31 pm
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  • Doug Martin: I want to re-sign with the Bucs
    Free agent Doug Martin says he wants to re-sign with the Bucs.

    Advice: "I love Tampa and Tampa loves me," Martin said. "I’ve got a house out there so I do wish I’ll go back to Tampa." Martin also said he wouldn't complain if slapped with the franchise tag. The Bucs are well on the record as wanting Martin back. An accord will likely be reached. Thursday, 2:24 pm
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  • Report: Redskins won't make any Morris effort
    ESPN's John Keim reports the Redskins won't make an effort to re-sign Alfred Morris in free agency.

    Advice: Executive Bruce Allen has already admitted the team will let Morris reach the open market, but Keim reports they're unlikely to re-sign him even at a team-friendly rate. Per Keim, the Redskins were frustrated with Morris' "lack of productivity" last season, "especially when the blocking wasn't there." Keim reports there's "a belief" that Morris' 1,078 career carries have already taken a toll on his effectiveness. Morris' 1,613 rushing yards as a rookie were the 49th most in NFL history, but his production has steadily waned ever since. He was a product of ex-coach Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme. Thursday, 1:00 pm
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  • Eddie Lacy played season near 260 pounds?
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes it's "a good bet" Eddie Lacy played "at least" 25 pounds heavier than his playing weight of 234.

    Advice: In other words, beat writer Rob Reischel thinks Lacy was near 260. Lacy's weigh-in at Alabama's 2013 Pro Day was 5-foot-11, 231. We've gone back to check Lacy's college tape as a comparison tool, and he looks considerably more fit and slender in Crimson Tide than Lacy appeared to be this past year. Wrote Reischel, "In fact, from the waist down, you couldn't tell the difference between Lacy and 301-pound center Corey Linsley." Wednesday, 9:04 pm
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  • Mike Tolbert wants to remain with Panthers
    Impending free agent Mike Tolbert said he "absolutely" wants to re-sign with the Panthers.

    Advice: Tolbert should become the league's highest paid fullback after making the Pro Bowl two of the last three seasons. 30-year-old Tolbert will be seeking Marcel Reece money (four years, $14M). Wednesday, 4:20 pm
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  • Khiry Robinson (leg) resumes running
    Restricted free agent Khiry Robinson (leg) has been cleared for light jogging.

    Advice: It’s the first update on Robinson since he went on I.R. with a broken right tibia in early November. There haven’t been any setbacks in his recovery. As a restricted free agent, Robinson should be tendered at the second-round level. Wednesday, 3:04 pm
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  • Saints sign RB Vick Ballard to futures deal
    Saints signed RB Vick Ballard to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: Ballard has been out of football since getting released with an injury settlement by the Colts in September. It's a low-cost flier for the Saints. Ballard hasn't appeared in a game since 2013 and will need to prove he's healthy to make it to training camp. Wednesday, 2:46 pm
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  • Jets sign Dri Archer to reserve/future deal
    Jets signed RB/KR Dri Archer to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: A 2014 third-round pick, Archer was cut from the Steelers in Week 9 and spent the rest of the year out of the league after declining multiple practice-squad offers. He's been a special teams only player the last two seasons. Archer will compete for a role on kick returns and as a gadget player in Chan Gailey's offense. Wednesday, 1:32 pm
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  • Arian Foster cleared to begin 'light jogging'
    Arian Foster (Achilles') has been cleared for "light jogging."

    Advice: Foster posted a video of his doctor delivering the news Tuesday. "Today you start some light jogging," the doctor said. "No pivoting, cutting, explosive activity. Strengthen all you want. Do your heel lift, elliptical, bike, jog." Foster suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon in late October. He appears to be progressing well in his rehab, but he is unlikely to be ready for training camp. The Texans are expected to move on from the explosive but oft-injured back this offseason. Tuesday, 8:42 am
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  • Not likely Lamar Miller re-signs with Miami
    ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker said there is a "40 percent" chance impending free agent Lamar Miller returns to Miami.

    Advice: That might be generous. The Dolphins may be able to convince Miller the new coaching staff will better utilize him after being woefully underused the last four seasons, but they would still need to come up with the money. With Doug Martin likely staying with the Bucs, Miller will be the hottest young running back on the open market, and Miami is currently projected to be over the cap. They can save around $18 million by restructuring Ndamukong Suh's deal, but they also need to re-sign DE Olivier Vernon. With those cap limitations, spending a lot of money on a running back might not make sense. Tuesday, 6:31 am
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  • Joseph Randle denies report he bet on sports
    Free agent RB Joseph Randle denied a report he was cut by the Cowboys in November in part because he was betting on sports.

    Advice: The Dallas Morning News reported Randle was involved in sports betting during the season, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said there was no evidence Randle ever bet on NFL games. In a text to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Randle said there was "no truth at all" to the allegations. Randle was suspended four games for violating the league's personal conduct policy after being released, but NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello said the league did not investigate Randle for sports betting. Randle was arrested Monday morning on a speeding warrant. It was his fourth arrest in the last 17 months. Tuesday, 6:12 am
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  • Chris Ivory unlikely to re-sign with Jets?
    ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini said "the indicators suggest" impending free agent Chris Ivory will not re-sign with New York.

    Advice: Cimini said Ivory is no better than fourth on the free-agent priority list for the Jets, who also need to re-sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, DE Muhammad Wilkerson and NT Damon Harrison. Ivory admitted there may not be enough cap space to re-sign him last week, and that will be especially true if the Jets have to place the franchise tag on Wilkerson. Even in a strong free agent class, Ivory should get plenty of interest on the open market. Monday, 10:07 am
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  • Saints could 'downsize at running back'
    ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes New Orleans could "downsize at running back."

    Advice: Mark Ingram is firmly planted at the top of the depth chart, but the futures of C.J. Spiller, restricted free agent Khiry Robinson and unrestricted free agent Tim Hightower are in question. Spiller is the most expensive option of the three, and the cap-strapped Saints could save $3.25 million against the cap by designating him a post-June 1 cut. The move is a no-brainer after Spiller woefully underperformed in his first season with New Orleans. Monday, 7:44 am
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