Lions' Bell: I'm ready for whatever the team needs me to do in 2015
With Reggie Bush banged up for a good portion of the 2014 season, the
Barring any offseason moves, the Lions could once again look to Bell as their feature back in 2015, especially since Bush is no longer on the roster following his release last week.
“I think we worked well together,” Bell told the team's official website of his relationship with Bush. “I think we proved our tandem our first season playing together when we made history. But I’m definitely ready to handle whatever the team needs me to do."
Bell, who has totaled 15 rushing touchdowns the last two seasons, had his best year as a pro in '14 and showed the football world he could handle a job as a feature back in the NFL.
“I think it was more so for the front office and for coaches to see that I could handle that,” he said. “It wasn’t for me as a player. I know what I can and can’t handle as a player. As far as me carrying the load, I know what I can and can’t do.
“I always knew I had the ability. It was just about getting the opportunity. I didn’t know when that opportunity would come. I just had to be patient and wait."
Giants' Antrel Rolle says he's hitting free-agent market
During an interview with ESPN Radio,
Negotiations between Rolle and the Giants have not gone well, but Rolle did not rule out re-signing with the Giants. If no deal can be worked out, Rolle will become a free agent March 10.
"This is strictly a business move," Rolle said. "If there's 32 teams interested, I'm going to listen to all 32 teams."
Packers sign free-agent linebacker Josh Francis from CFL
Francis has never appeared in an NFL game and played in the Canadian Football League in 2014.
Panthers give TE Greg Olsen a three-year extension
Olsen, 29, is fresh off a career year after setting franchise records for receptions (84) and receiving yards (1,008) by a tight end in a season. He cracked the 1,000-yard threshold for the first time in eight seasons in the NFL. He has 5,188 yards and 52 touchdowns in his career, and is the only tight end to catch at least five touchdown passes every year since 2008.
Broncos re-sign long snapper Aaron Brewer
The former undrafted free agent has been with the Broncos for three years. Since being signed, he's played on every punt, field goal and extra point snap.
49ers sign receiver Jerome Simpson to two-year contract
Simpson, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, was a former second-round draft selection by the Bengals in 2008. He was last with the Vikings and totaled a single-season best 726 receiving yards in 2013.
He didn't play in 2014 after the Vikings cut him following a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Colts extend qualifying offer to RFA Jerrell Freeman
The Colts also placed tenders on exclusive-rights free agents OLB
Raiders part ways with LaMarr Woodley after one season
As expected, the
Woodley, 30, spent his first seven seasons in Pittsburgh before he signed a two-year contract with the Raiders last offseason. He had just five tackles last season with the Raiders, and 304 tackles (57 sacks) through eight seasons in the league. He was scheduled to make $3.85 million with a salary cap hit of $5.1875 million.
Chiefs release linebacker Joe Mays
The move, according to the Kansas City Star, will save the club $2.7 million in cap space. He was slated to earn a base salary of $2.35 million, with a roster bonus of $300,000 and a workout bonus of $50,000.
Mays appeared in eight games in 2014 and totaled 20 tackles and one fumble recovery.
Maurice Jones-Drew calls it a career after nine seasons
After nine seasons in the league,
"After much discussion with my family and business team during the offseason, I've decided to retire from the National Football League. The past nine years were absolutely amazing! I'll be forever grateful to the countless people who have assisted me throughout my NFL journey. To my fans, and NFL fans worldwide, you are the absolute greatest! But for you, our league would not exist. Football has been a central part of my life over the past 24 years. But, now I'm excited and looking forward to the next chapter of my life."
Jones-Drew was drafted 60th overall by the
The three-time Pro Bowler and one-time first team All Pro selection won the rushing titles in 2011 with 1,606 rushing yards. Jones-Drew was never able to play a full season due to several injuries. He combined for 1,313 rushing yards the next three seasons after he was the league's top rusher.
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