Josh Sitton, Jermichael Finley get in limited practices
Posted by Josh Alper on September 12, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT
On Wednesday, the Packers had neither tight end Jermichael Finley nor left guard Josh Sitton at practice.
Things took a turn for the better on Thursday. Both players were able to be limited participants for the Packers, keeping up hope that both starting offensvie players will be on the field for Week Two against the Redskins.
Finley’s return was a bit of a surprise as coach Mike McCarthy previously said that he didn’t expect Finley to be back on field until Friday. Finley didn’t do much on Thursday, but McCarthy said he’s making progress and the fact that he was ahead of previous expectations would seem to bode well for his chances of playing on Sunday.
Sitton was out Wednesday with a back injury, but was also to do limited work on Thursday and McCarthy said that he was also making progress. Both players are expected to practice on Friday and they’ll likely be expected to play on Sunday if they’re able to put in another day’s work.
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 11, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT
Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones released the team’s longtime star pass rusher DeMarcus Ware today, but Jones said Ware’s days in Dallas aren’t necessarily over.
Jones released a statement shortly after the decision to cut Ware became official, saying that Ware would be open to coming back, and the Cowboys would be open to bringing him back.
“After meeting this afternoon, DeMarcus and I agreed on an understanding that would allow him to explore the options he will have for the 2014 season and beyond,” Jones said. “We were also in very strong agreement that playing for the Dallas Cowboys would be one of the options we would both be exploring.”
But if Ware is going to come back, it will be at a discount: The Cowboys cut Ware because it saved $7.4 million on their 2014 salary cap, and the Cowboys don’t have much cap space. It seems quite likely that some team that does have a lot of cap space will make Ware a deal better than what Jones can offer.
So while Jones may want Ware to remain in Dallas, there’s a good chance he’ll go elsewhere. Maybe soon.
Posted by Darin Gantt on March 11, 2014, 4:37 PM EDT
The wheel was spinning quickly, and if you didn’t get one, it’s time to wait for the draft.
The Ravens completed the left tackle market about 30 minutes after it opened, reaching a deal with their own guy, Eugene Monroe.
The deal was first reported by the NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala, best we can tell.
With Branden Albert heading to Miami, Jared Veldheer to Arizona and Rodger Saffold to Oakland, the four big names at the position are all locked up.
The Ravens had some extra pressure to keep Monroe, after trading a fourth- and a fifth-rounder last year to rent him from Jacksonville.
Now, they’ll have him for the long-term.
Posted by Mike Florio on March 11, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT
The Jaguars are making a push to improve. One guy they may soon be landing played most recently in nearby Tampa.
Per a league source, linebacker Dekoda Watson is visiting the Jaguars. A deal has not yet been reached.
Watson, primarily a reserve in Tampa, has generated a surprising amount of interest. The Bucs hope to keep him, but others are willing to pay more than Tampa has offered.
Posted by Josh Alper on March 11, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT
The flurry of early signings on Tuesday afternoon has brought a new guard to Washington.
PFT has learned via a league source that the Redskins have signed former Browns guard Shaun Lauvao. It’s reportedly a four-year, $17 million deal for the four-year veteran.
Lauvao entered the NFL as a third-round pick in 2010 and took over a spot in the Browns starting lineup the next year. He’s started the last 43 games he’s played, missing five last season because of an ankle injury, and is a bigger player who didn’t appear to fit what new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan wants in an offensive lineman.
The Redskins started Chris Chester and Kory Lichtensteiger at guard last season, when Shanahan was running the offense in Washington. Lauvao’s acquisition could signal a wider change in what the offensive line will look like in Washington with Jay Gruden installed as the new head coach.
Posted by Mike Florio on March 11, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT
With defensive end Michael Bennett staying in Seattle, it became a foregone conclusion that defensive tackle Clinton McDonald would be leaving.
Per a league source, McDonald has agreed to terms with the Buccaneers, joining new coach Lovie Smith’s 4-3/Tampa Two attack.
Acquired via trade with the Bengals in 2011, the 27-year-old McDonald had 5.5 sacks last season, with only one start. He also started in Super Bowl XLVIII.
McDonald apparently will be joined by former Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, who reportedly will be signing a big-money deal with the Bucs.
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 11, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT
The NFL’s most dysfunctional offensive line is getting some veteran stability.
The Dolphins and free agent left tackle Branden Albert have agreed to a new contract. That’s been widely expected, so it’s no surprise that the deal got done just minutes after free agency officially started.
Albert’s deal is for $46 million over five years, with $25 million guaranteed, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Miami’s offensive line was a mess on the field and an even bigger mess off the field last season, with Jonathan Martin leaving the team and Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey all being accused of bullying him. It’s entirely possible that the Dolphins will need to find five new starters to open the season, but there’s no question about their starting left tackle: In Branden Albert, the Dolphins got their man.
Posted by Darin Gantt on March 11, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT
The Jaguars have made it a priority to remake their lines, and they’re acting on that with a pair of deals already.
After adding former Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant to add ballast to their defense, they’re working on the other side today.
According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, the Jaguars have a deal with Broncos guard Zane Beadles. Per multiple reports, it’s a five-year, $30 million deal.
He lends some athleticism to a group that didn’t give a quarterback a chance last year, and should help protect Chad Henne and whichever quarterback they end up drafting.
Posted by Mike Wilkening on March 11, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT
The Bears, who were expected to be big-time players for pass-rush help in free agency, have added one of the top defensive ends available in the Class of 2014.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Bears have agreed with Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston on a five-year, $35 million contract.
Houston, 26, recorded 69 tackles and six tackles in 2013. He was the ninth-ranked free agent and third-ranked free agent on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.
Houston’s arrival comes as the Bears reportedly look to move 33-year-old defensive end Julius Peppers.
Posted by Mike Florio on March 11, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT
When Cowboys owner Jerry Jones mused about cutting defensive end DeMarcus Ware, many believed he was huffing and puffing.
On Tuesday, Jones blew Ware’s house in.
Per multiple reports, which PFT has confirmed, the Cowboys have released Ware. He was due to count for $16 million under the salary cap, and he was due to earn $12.75 million in 2014.
It’s currently believed the Cowboys didn’t designate Ware as a post-June 1 release. Which means that they’ll take the full cap hit in 2014 for cutting him, but they’ll clear $7.4325 million in cap space immediately. Under the June 1 designation, he would have counted on the books at the full $16 million until June 2, at which time $12.75 million would have been created.
Ware now becomes a free agent, able to sign with any team at any time.
Posted by Josh Alper on March 11, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT
The Titans have themselves a new return man.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Tennessee has signed former Chiefs punt returner Dexter McCluster
to a three-year deal
in the opening moments of free agency. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports the total value of the deal is $12 million with $4.5 million guaranteed.
McCluster’s departure from Kansas City was expected after reports on Monday that he informed the Chiefs that he’d be moving on. The 2010 second-round pick made the Pro Bowl as a returner last season after scoring two touchdowns and averaging 11.8 yards per return.
The Titans used several different returners without much success last season, making their need for a player with McCluster’s skills an obvious one. McCluster also caught 53 passes last season, so he’ll likely help out on offense in Tennessee as well.
Posted by Darin Gantt on March 11, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT
If you wanted a free agent left tackle you had to act fast Tuesday.
And the Cardinals weren’t going to be left out of the mix.
Per multiple reports, the Cardinals landed Raiders free agent Jared Veldheer with a five-year, $35 million deal.
Veldheer is coming off a triceps injury, but gives the Cards the kind of pass-protector they need covering Carson Palmer, especially in a division full of premier pass-rushers.
Posted by Josh Alper on March 11, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT
The Redskins have been linked with several free agent receivers from other teams, but they were able to keep one of their own wideouts from leaving the team.
PFT has learned via a league source that veteran receiver Santana Moss will return to the team on a one-year deal.
Moss has spent the last nine years with the Redskins after starting his career with the Jets, but has seen his role decrease over the years. He had 42 catches for 452 yards and two touchdowns. It was the third year in a row that Moss had 46 catches or less and his average of 10.8 yards per catch was the lowest of his career.
No terms were immediately available and it’s not clear how this will impact the Redskins’ reported agreement with Andre Roberts or their reported interest in Andrew Hawkins and Kenny Britt.
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 11, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT
The Raiders have tens of millions of dollars in salary cap space available, and within minutes of the start of free agency they had started spending.
Former Rams offensive lineman Rodger Saffold has reached an agreement with the Raiders. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, it’s a five-year, $42.5 million deal that includes $21 million guaranteed.
Saffold was No. 25 in our Free Agent Hot 100.
Posted by Mike Wilkening on March 11, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT
The Raiders could reportedly be re-signing tailback Darren McFadden.
According to Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area, McFadden is expected to take a one-year contract offer from the club.
The Raiders’ No. 1 pick in 2008, McFadden rushed for 379 yards on 114 carries in 10 games for Oakland last season. While talented, McFadden has missed three games in all six of his NFL seasons.
The 26-year-old McFadden ranks No. 67 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.
Posted by Mike Florio on March 11, 2014, 4:06 PM EDT
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