WR Andre Johnson: I didn't join Colts for revenge against Texans
Perennial Pro Bowl wideout
Johnson was surprisingly released by Houston, but revenge was not part of his game plan.
"(Leaving the Texans) hasn't even really set in," he told the Houston Chronicle. "I was just talking about that with someone (Thursday). Everybody thinks that I went to the Colts to try and get back at the Texans and stuff like that. That had nothing to do with it. I just went to the ... place where I felt was the best fit for me and where I can have a chance to win a championship.
"It wasn't about circling (game) dates or nothing against the Texans. I had 12 great years here. Been around some great people, built some great relationships, a lot of great friends. Houston's always going to be my home."
Johnson remained productive in 2014, but his yards-per-catch average declined to 11.0, its lowest since 2005.
Report: Jaguars restructure contract of Marcedes Lewis
Lewis did not receive an extension. This year will be the last year of his contract. The restructuring should reduce his cap number, which is currently $8.2 million.
Jaguars sign Stefen Wisniewski
Wisniewski reportedly signed a one-year contract for $2.5 million, per Jacksonville.com.
"We had the opportunity to spend time with Stefen earlier this month and remained in contact with him with the hopes of getting a deal done," GM David Caldwell said. "We are excited to get him on board before we officially start our offseason conditioning program next week. He gives us great position flexibility along our offensive line as he has started at both center and guard during his career. He has a familiarity with our offensive system and brings a lot of experience to our offensive line room."
49ers looking to extend Michael Wilhoite
After the unexpected retirements of two linebackers, the
Wilhoite is an exclusive rights free agent, but GM Trent Baalke told the media he hopes to negotiate a long-term deal.
"We’re working on something with him as we speak … He’s kind of in a unique situation. He was kind of caught in a numbers deal," Baalke said, per SFGate.com.
DeMeco Ryans likes improved Eagles' defense
"We got better on the outside, which we struggled at last year,” Ryans said, per ESPN. “We had a lot of struggles there on the outside at the corner position, so I feel we've upgraded there with (Byron)
Kubiak: Time for Broncos' backup Brock Osweiler to step up
"I think it's time for Brock to take a big step as a player," Kubiak said, per NFL.com. "A lot of times in this league, the young quarterbacks don't get the opportunity to be behind a player of Peyton's status and learn before they get the opportunity in this league ... I think Brock needs to take advantage of this. But he's going to be very competitive. I'm very impressed with his skills. I'm very impressed with how hard he works in the classroom. I know he's got all of the ability."
Kubiak: Broncos will run no-huddle with Peyton Manning
Gary Kubiak said he plans to take advantage of future Hall of Fame quarterback
We'll definitely be running the hurry-up offense," Kubiak said per NFL.com. "Peyton's been the best at the business at it for many years, so that's a strength that we'll stay with."
That doesn't mean everything will be the same for Manning. Kubiak said he planned on having Manning under center more than in recent seasons.
Steelers claim LS Brandon Hartson off waivers
Hartson was waived by the Chiefs on Thursday.
S Chris Banjo signs EFA tender with Packers
The tender is good for one year and is worth $585,000 for the 2015 season.
Trent Baalke praises 49ers LB Aldon Smith's offseason work ethic
After serving a nine-game suspension a year ago for violating the NFL's personal-conduct and substance-abuse policy, Smith returned and only tallied two sacks.
The time off followed by sub-par performances has ignited Smith on the practice field thus far, according to general manager Trent Baalke.
"He’s probably in as good a shape as he’s been in a long time," Baalke said, via the San Jose Mercury News. "He’s starting to develop into a leader out there, which is good to see and been a pleasure to watch."
Baalke knows that Smith has an uphill climb in repairing his image. But while Smith attempts to do so, Baalke wanted the San Francisco media to know that Smith is doing what he can to improve ont he playing field.
“He’s got a great look in his eye,” Baalke said. “He’s doing well. I look forward to having you guys visit with him.”
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