Free agent linebacker Rob Jackson will visit the Raiders this week, reports the Washington Post. He appeared in 12 games for the Redskins last season, posting 19 tackles, two sacks and an interception.
Emmanuel Sanders could be 'lethal' on bubble screens
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
New Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders forced 15 missed tackles last season, or one every 4.47 catches. That was the fourth-best rate in the NFL. The team's website says Sanders' speed and elusiveness will make him "particularly dangerous on the bubble screens that the Broncos love to run."
"Those plays have worked well" since Peyton Manning's arrival, the site added, "but Sanders' skill set could make them lethal."
The Redskins tied for last in kickoff return average (20.0) and ranked 28th in punt return average (6.4) last season. New Redskins receiver Andre Roberts said he's willing and eager to fill those roles, reports CSNWashington.com.
“I may be doing that, you never know,” Roberts said on 106.7 The Fan. “I don’t have a problem doing that at all. If they ask me to do it, I’ll definitely do it.”
Roberts was the Cardinals' primary punt returner and a secondary kickoff returner as a rookie in 2010.
Receiver Emmanuel Sanders' three-year contract with the Broncos is worth up to $18 million, including $6 million guaranteed, reports the National Football Post. The base value of the contract is $15 million.
Sanders left Pittsburgh after catching 161 passes for 2,030 yards and 11 touchdowns over four seasons.
Broncos safety Rahim Moore, who underwent leg surgery in November, is almost back to 100 percent, general manager John Elway said. Moore is entering the final year of his contract. He played in 10 games last season, making 44 tackles and two interceptions.
Under new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew anticipates more passes thrown his way. He had 41 catches last season, a big drop from the 71 and 83 receptions he made in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
“I think these guys kind of want to open up the game a little bit more,” Pettigrew told the team's website after re-signing with Detroit for $16 million over four years. “Spread the ball out a little bit more and try to get the tight ends the ball.
“Knowing what (Lombardi) is coming from (New Orleans), the expectation is that balls will be coming my way a little bit more. It sounds fun. It sounds exciting.“
Pettigrew, however, will continue to do a lot of blocking in the running game.
New Colts receiver Hakeem Nicks relishes the prospect of playing with quarterback Andrew Luck and teaming with receivers Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton. The trio has combined for 11 1,000-yard receiving seasons and 122 touchdowns.
"That's exciting," Nicks told the Herald Bulletin. "It looks like a three-headed monster to me. Last time I was in that situation, I won a Super Bowl. So I'm excited about that."
Nicks called the Colts the best fit for him. He'll try to prove himself on a one-year deal.
"The football coaches, I've heard a lot of great things about them," he said. "Andrew Luck is one of the best young quarterbacks in the game today, and I would love to play with him."