Fri Feb 16 8:15pm ET
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs signed free-agent cornerback David Amerson on Friday to provide secondary depth.
The veteran cornerback has made 56 starts and appeared in 68 games over five seasons with the Washington Redskins and the Chiefs' AFC West rival, the Oakland Raiders. He's made 249 tackles, picked off eight passes and returned two four touchdowns.
The Chiefs spent much of last year searching for a cornerback to start opposite Marcus Peters, and ultimately signed Darrelle Revis late in the season. Revis was released this past week.
The Chiefs are also due to get Kendall Fuller from the Redskins once their trade of Alex Smith to Washington becomes official next month. Kansas City also gets a draft pick in the deal.
The Philadelphia Eagles appear unlikely to bring wide receiver Torrey Smith back next season. Smith was signed to a three-year deal last offseason, but is owed no guaranteed money so he'd be an easy cut. With rookie Mack Hollins cutting into his snaps and Nelson Agholor finally playing like the guy he was drafted to be, Smith and his $5 million cap hit don't make much sense in Philly.
The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly plan to exercise wide receiver Nelson Agholor's fifth-year option. Agholor looked like a bust in his first few seasons, but broke out in a big way in 2017, leading the team in catches and setting personal career highs in touchdowns and yards gained. The Eagles may look to sign him to a long-term extension, with estimates putting Agholor somewhere near $9 million per year.
Ex-Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis is visiting the Cleveland Browns on Friday, according to a source. He has more expected visits next week, too. Davis dealt with injuries and was a disappointment in 2017, but Davis could provide a nice veteran presence in Cleveland's secondary.
According to Andrew Walker of Colts.com, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) is "really excited" about the team's hiring of head coach Frank Reich and his new offensive approach. Across his ten-plus years of coaching in the NFL, Reich has helped mold plenty of talented quarterbacks such as Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, Philip Rivers in San Diego, and Carson Wentz in Philadelphia. If Luck can return to full health for the upcoming season, fantasy owners should be excited to for the results that the head coach-quarterback duo could produce. Of course, skepticism still exists about Luck's current stage in the recovery process.
Carolina Panthers quarterbacks coach Scott Turner, the son of offensive coodinator Norv Turner, said the team won't keep quarterback Cam Newton from running. "He's going to run -; that's what makes him the dynamic player he is -; but also making the throws in the pocket, going through his reads. All of those things come from experience, and he's played seven seasons now," Scott Turner said. Coming off offseason shoulder surgery, Newton was highly inconsistent with his accuracy last year, and he's only completed 58.5 percent of his passes in his career, something that the team wants to improve. Newton was highly inconsistent for his fantasy owners, too, but the saving grace was his league-leading and career-high 754 rushing yards. The fact that Cam will continue to use his legs to make big plays will keep him in the conversation as a QB1 in 2018.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said that wide receiver Amari Cooper fought through injuries all of last season. "He would never say it to you but I'll say it to you to have his back. That man was out there giving anything he could and honestly, a lot of guys probably wouldn't have played with what he had," Carr said. In 14 games, Cooper caught a career-low 48 passes for just 680 yards (14.2 yards per catch) and seven touchdowns. While the seven scores were a career high, he was also targeted a career-low 96 times. Oakland's offense as a whole took a big step backward, which is one of the main reasons they brought in new head coach Jon Gruden. With better health and improved play from Carr, Cooper is a bounce-back candidate that could present excellent value in drafts.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton, who was a free-agent bust, is expected to be released by the team this offseason. Kevin White is under contract and the Bears are expected to tender a contract to Cameron Meredith if he's recovered from a torn ACL. Wheaton couldn't stay healthy, battling injuries to his shoulder, appendix, finger and groin. He's also due $5 million, and the Bears are unlikely to want to pay that for a No. 3 receiver who hasn't produced in recent years. Even if he's healthy in 2018, there's no guarantee Wheaton will find another team and produce given an opportunity.
Free-agent quarterback AJ McCarron, who won his grievance with the Bengals and the NFL, is expected to be a real option for the Cleveland Browns, especially after head coach Hue Jackson tried to trade for McCarron at last year's trade deadline. McCarron started four games when Jackson was the offensive coordinator for the Bengals and completed 62 percent of his passes in those games. McCarron is also still only 27 years old, and he could be a decent stopgap option if Cleveland also drafts a quarterback. The Browns do have some nice weapons on offense, but McCarron wouldn't be very attractive to fantasy owners in Cleveland as anything more than a low-end QB2 without much NFL experience.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham is looking to sign a contract extension. The 2010 first-round pick had a rough start to his NFL career but has since developed into one of the league's best defensive ends. He was Pro Football Focus' top 4-3 defensive end in 2016 and came in fourth in 2017. He'll make just $6.5 million in 2018 but will be able to command something like $14 million per year on a new deal.
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota became the fifth quarterback in NFL history with at least 9,000 passing yards (9,476) and 900 rushing yards (913) in his first three seasons after his performance during the 2017 campaign.
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck said he is excited about the offense head coach Frank Reich is bringing to the team. 'That sounds great,' Luck said. 'I know all the best offenses that I've been a part of in my career we've not been static and we've attacked. And I'm sure he'll have a great flavor and we'll involve as many people as we can, and attacking defenses is what it's all about.'
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent QB AJ McCarron is expected to receive interest from the Cleveland Browns in free agency, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) said he will not change his playing style even though he is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Seattle Seahawks impending free-agent RB Eddie Lacy is not expected to re-sign with the Seahawks this offseason.
Carolina Panthers QB Garrett Gilbert is expected to compete for the backup quarterback job next season.
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray could be an option for the Detroit Lions if the Titans release him this offseason, in the opinion of The Detroit News' Justin Rogers.
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent CB T.J. Carrie said he hopes to re-sign with the Raiders this offseason.
Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden said that running back Marshawn Lynch is currently "our leading ball carrier. He's our back, and we're counting on him." Gruden further went on, saying, "Hopefully we get an opportunity to work together. that's a man that has a lot of respect in this league as a player and I certainly have respect for him also." Beast Mode was productive in 2017 after taking a year off, running 207 times for 891 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns in 15 games. He was actually one of the most consistent weapons on an offense that took a major step forward under quarterback Derek Carr. Gruden was brought in to try and turn that around, and if Lynch decides to return for the final year of his deal, he'll surely be the bell-cow back and an RB2 for fantasy owners.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron won his grievance against the Bengals and will be a free agent this offseason. McCarron was placed on the NFI (non-football injury) reserve in 2014 after suffering a shoulder injury that the Bengals determined did not happen at practice. This meant McCarron was set to be a restricted free agent. He filed a grievance last year saying he should be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and will now get that wish granted. Now, McCarron will join a free agent class that includes quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Drew Brees. McCarron will be one of the more sought after QB upgrades this offseason. If he finds himself in a starting role, he could hold fantasy value next season. Stay tuned.
Cincinnati Bengals QB AJ McCarron has won his grievance and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, according to a source.