Colts' Ryan Lindley: Released Tuesday afternoon
Ryan Lindley was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
This move was all but inevitable, given that the Colts started Josh Freeman over Lindley in Week 17. Lindley should find a new home for 2016, but he's unlikely to make it out of training camp on a roster.
Colts' Adam Vinatieri: Intends to play in 2016
Adam Vinatieri confirmed Tuesday that he intends to play next season, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.
As a 43-year kicker on an expiring contract, there was some reason to question whether Vinatieri would return for his 21st NFL season in 2016. However, after weighing the decision during the off season, the veteran kicker intends to keep playing. "Not only a season, but Lord willing, a couple of years. There will come a time when it's over for me. i don't think that time is yet," Vinatieri told the Indianapolis Star. Vinatieri only attempted 27 field goals last season, but he converted on 25 of them (92.6, ranking him fourth in the league) and he was a perfect 8-for-8 between 40 and 49 yards. His contract is set to expire in the near future, but all indications are that he will try to return to the Indianapolis Colts for his 11th season with the organization.
Titans' Michael Griffin: Released Tuesday afternoon
Michael Griffin has been released by the Tennessee Titans , John Glennon of The Tennessean reports.
The 19th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, Griffin played 14 or more games in each of his nine years in Tennessee. The 31-year-old safety is coming off back-to-back seasons with 100+ tackles, but he's become a liability in coverage and was scheduled for an $8.3 million cap hit in 2016. If he's able to land a starting gig elsewhere, he could still be a productive IDP.
Bengals' Marvin Jones: Won't take hometown discount
Marvin Jones said he would like to re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals but also noted that he won't take a hometown discount, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Jones missed all of 2014 with a foot injury, but he was productive in both 2013 and 2015 despite playing a complementary role in the Bengals offense. He's one of the top free agents at his position, and with the Cincinnati passing game likely to revolve around A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert for the foreseeable future, Jones can probably find a better contract elsewhere.
Bills' LeSean McCoy: Likely to be issued warrant
LeSean McCoy , who is being investigated for an alleged assault, will likely be issued a warrant for self-surrender by the middle of the week, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.
According to CSN Philadelphia, McCoy was involved in a nightclub brawl that led to the hospitalization of two off-duty Philadelphia police officers. He's never faced discipline under the NFL's personal conduct policy, but if his involvement in the brawl is found to be significant, he might eventually face the threat of a suspension. The Buffalo Bills issued a statement saying that they're aware of the reports but unwilling to provide further comment at the time.
Montee Ball: Charged for alleged incident
Montee Ball was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct in connection with an alleged incident with his girlfriend last Friday morning, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Ball spent this past weekend in jail as a result of the confrontation, and while he avoided a potential felony on his record, routine police work in the aftermath of Friday's argument could prove to make this situation worse for the running back. During an interview with an officer, it was revealed that older bruises around her mouth were the result of Ball allegedly striking her with the back of his right hand on Feb. 1. While the initial misdemeanor has a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail, the latter equates to misdemeanor battery, which comes with a maximum jail sentence of nine months. His fate won't be known until a Mar. 1 court date, at which point the NFL will likely make a ruling on the matter.
Dolphins' Quinton Coples: Expected to be released
Quinton Coples is expected to be waived by Miami before free agency begins.
Coples didn't play much once acquired by Miami so this news shouldn't catch anyone by surprise. His release would save the team $7.75 million against the cap.
Justin Durant: Released Monday
Durant and William Moore were both casualties on the first date in which teams could make such moves, and neither was a surprise due to the injury-laden seasons each has cobbled together. In particular, Durant missed three games in 2015 with elbow and calf issues, which contained him to 82 tackles (57 solo) and one forced fumble. Considering his age (30) heading into the offseason, though, the outside linebacker shouldn't have a problem drumming up interest on the free-agent market.
William Moore: Released by Falcons
William Moore was released by the Falcons on Monday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
Moore has managed just two complete 16-game seasons in his seven-year career, and 2015 wasn't one of them. Limited to 11 appearances due to groin and ankle concerns, he was eventually placed on injured reserve as a result of the latter injury, but not before totaling 51 tackles (38 solo), two interceptions, and one forced fumble. While he turns 31 in the offseason, he likely can offer safety depth to another organization, as long as he remains healthy.
Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch: Expected to retire
Marshawn Lynch 's agent confirmed with the Associated Press on Monday that the running back intends to retire, Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com reports.
Every leak over the last two days has pointed to Lynch calling it a career, from Adam Schefter of ESPN stating Sunday that the RB has shared his thought process with teammates, Lynch himself tweeting a 'peace' emoji and a picture of green cleats hanging from a nail during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 50, and the Seattle Seahawks ' official site acknowledging the announcement shortly thereafter. The comments from Lynch's agent appear to be the cherry on top of the sundae, but the media-shy enigma will likely hold a press conference at some point to clear the final hurdle to retirement.
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