QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Draft, Fantasy
A decision on what the Indianapolis Colts will do with QB Peyton Manning (neck) could be coming soon, as the deadline for his $28 million bonus is Thursday, March 8. The Colts have until that time to pick up the remaining four years on his five-year, $90 million contract.
If the Colts opt not to pick up the bonus and do not release him by the 4 p.m. ET deadline, they would still owe Manning $28 million for not exercising the option. The money would be due by March 11. The two sides could agree on a restructured deal by then, which could allow them to not pay the $28 million.
Recent reports have indicated Manning is throwing the ball much better than he did previously and his strength has dramatically improved as the nerves regenerate. Manning and team owner Jim Irsay have had conversations about Manning continuing his career in Indianapolis despite the fact the team will likely take QB Andrew Luck No. 1 overall in this year's NFL Draft.
QB | Brian Brohm | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent QB Brian Brohm (Bills) will work out for the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, March 6.
QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Free Agents, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints franchise free-agent QB Drew Brees is reportedly unhappy with receiving the exclusive franchise tag and will not sign the offer at this time, according to WIST-AM in New Orleans.
QB | Matt Flynn | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Green Bay Packers decided against placing the franchise tag on impending free-agent QB Matt Flynn.
QB | Brandon Weeden | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Washington Redskins may consider taking Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden in the 2012 NFL Draft if they are not able add Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning or Baylor QB Robert Griffin III this offseason.
WR | Randy Moss | Retired | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New Orleans Saints will have free-agent WR Randy Moss (Titans) in for a workout Tuesday, March 6.
WR | Vincent Jackson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears are expected to pursue San Diego Chargers impending free-agent WR Vincent Jackson if he is available when free agency begins.
WR | Mario Manningham | Free Agent | Free Agents
New York Giants impending free-agent WR Mario Manningham said there has not been any progress in contract talks with the team. He said he expects to hit the free-agent market but would like to return to the Giants.
WR | Mike Wallace | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team could not place the franchise tag on restricted free-agent WR Mike Wallace because they did not have the salary cap space.
WR | Dwayne Bowe | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction, Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs have placed the franchise tag on impending free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe.
WR | Pierre Garcon | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Indianapolis Colts have had talks with impending free-agent WR Pierre Garcon about a new contract but have not made much progress in those talks.
WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Transaction, Free Agents
Updating a previous report, the New England Patriots have placed the franchise tag on impending free-agent WR Wes Welker.
WR | Hines Ward | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Arizona Cardinals reportedly do not have interest in free-agent WR Hines Ward (Steelers).
WR | Domenik Hixon | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants WR Domenik Hixon (knee) said he will be ready for the start of training camp and could be able to participate in some of the offseason workouts.
TE | Orson Charles | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Georgia TE Orson Charles ran the 40-yard dash in 4.90 seconds while running into the wind at his Pro Day Monday, March 5, and ran in 4.75 seconds when running with the wins. The wind was gusting at 20 mph during his workout.
PK | Connor Barth | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed the franchise tag on impending free-agent PK Connor Barth.
PK | Matt Prater | Denver Broncos | Transaction, Free Agents
Updating a previous report, the Denver Broncos have placed the franchise tag on impending free-agent PK Matt Prater.
OG | Evan Mathis | Free Agent | Free Agents
Philadelphia Eagles impending free-agent OG Evan Mathis said he wants to re-sign with the Eagles this offseason and that the team has indicated they would like him back.
OG | Carl Nicks | Free Agent | Free Agents
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent OG Carl Nicks said the Saints have not made him any offers this offseason. He wants to be the highest paid offensive guard in NFL history and will reject any deal that does not meet that demand.
DL | Luis A. Castillo | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys may consider pursuing free-agent DE Luis A. Castillo (Chargers) this offseason.
DL | Robert Mathis | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction, Free Agents
Updating a previous report, the Indianapolis Colts placed the franchise tag on impending free-agent DE Robert Mathis even though they are close to a contract agreement.
DL | Cliff Avril | Detroit Lions | Free Agents
Detroit Lions franchise free-agent DE Cliff Avril said he is fortunate to receive the franchise tag but hopes to receive a long-term contract from the team in the near future. The two sides will have until July 15 to agree on a long-term deal.
DL | Sione Pouha | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New York Jets are working on re-signing impending free-agent DL Sione Pouha to a new contract before the start of free agency. The team is not considering placing the franchise tag on him by the deadline.
DL | Red Bryant | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Seattle Seahawks are not expected to place the franchise tag on impending free-agent DL Red Bryant because he would be guaranteed more than $10 million next season. They are expected to continue to talk with Bryant about long-term contract.
LB | Curtis Lofton | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles could have interest in Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent LB Curtis Lofton if he is available this offseason.
LB | Anthony Spencer | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agents
Dallas Cowboys franchise free-agent LB Anthony Spencer has said he would happy with receiving the franchise tag but wants to get a long-term deal with the team in order to have some security.
LB | LeRoy Hill | Free Agent | Free Agents
Seattle Seahawks impending free-agent LB LeRoy Hill will not be charged with marijuana possession in regards to his Feb. 25 arrest.
LB | Monte Simmons | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction, Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free-agent LB Monte Simmons (49ers). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
CB | Cortland Finnegan | Free Agent | Free Agents
Tennessee Titans impending free-agent CB Cortland Finnegan said the Titans have not made a contract offer to him this offseason and has been told they will not be making an offer.
CB | Domonique Foxworth | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction
The Baltimore Ravens have released CB Domonique Foxworth (knee) after he failed a physical.
CB | Brandon Boykin | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury, Draft
University of Georgia CB Brandon Boykin (leg) is scheduled to run for teams at a personal Pro Day April 9.
FS | Thomas DeCoud | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a new deal with S Thomas DeCoud. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. DeCoud has started 47 of his 58 career games with Atlanta and recorded 86 tackles and four interceptions last season.
FS | Michael Griffin | Tennessee Titans | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans have placed the franchise tag on impending free-agent FS Michael Griffin.
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