Jets G Willie Colon fighting to leave NFL on his own terms
Colon is working hard this offseason with the
“I never want to go home and sit on the couch and wonder, ‘Maybe I could have done this better. Maybe I could have prepared a little better;’ I never wanted that feeling,’’ Colon said. “I want to feel like if anything ever happens [getting cut], it wasn’t due to my play, it was a decision that the front office made. I always want to feel like I gave it all I got.’’
The veteran guard has started every game for the Jets the last two seasons.
Buccaneers RB Doug Martin: 'I would really love to be back here'
Martin, who is entering his fourth year in the league, doesn't want the Bucs' decision to not pick up his fifth-year option to mean he's done in Tampa, per The Tampa Tribune.
“I have my own house here now and I’m just now fixing up the backyard,’’ Martin said. “It’s almost finished, so I would really love to be back here. I love this place.’’
The move not to pick up the option was largely based off finances. Martin was slated to make $5.6 million during the fifth year, which was a hefty price-tag for a guy who has been injury riddled his last two seasons.
“It didn’t surprise me,’’ he said. “And I don’t want to say, you know, ‘Whatever,’ because it’s something that just comes along with the business end of things. It’s part of the game. Besides, if I do everything that’s under my control, everything will fall into place the way I want it to."
Martin has rushed for fewer than 500 yards in consecutive seasons after posting an astounding rookie season, when he rushed for 1,454 and 11 touchdowns.
Falcons cut rookie linebacker Derrick Malone
Malone signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon earlier this month.
Broncos' Omar Bolden on kick return duties: 'That is my job'
"That is my job," Bolden said. "I want it."
Bolden returned 13 kicks for 429 yards and a 33-yard average last season.
Eagles LB Kiko Alonso is doing 'everything' at OTA's
Alonso, who tore his ACL in July, was participating without limitations at Eagles practice this week.
"I honestly didn't think I'd be doing this much," Alonso said. "I've just been going on how I feel, and it's feeling really good."
To put his recovery in perspective, Alonso tore his ACL two months prior to teammate Sam Bradford, who is still recovering and has been seen walking with a limp.
Seahawks DE Michael Bennett not at OTA's due to contract dispute
Bennett is staying away from team activities because he hopes he can get a new deal from the Seahawks.
"Trying to get the contract right,’’ Bennett said. “I’ll be there shortly. I don’t know when I’ll be there. Depends on the team and stuff. See how it works out."
Bennett, who is in the second year of a four-year, $28.5 million deal, wants a contract that will pay him what the top seven players at his position earn. His current deal averages out to be 14th in salary among defensive ends in a 4-3 defense.
“Somewhere near the top seven at my position, top eight at my position,’’ Bennett said. “Not a lot of guys play inside and out (meaning both tackle and end). Not a lot of guys do what I do. So I feel like I should be somewhere near there.
“I just want to be in the realm of the guys that play like me,’’ he said. “There are only so many guys that do what I do, and I would love to be like somewhere in there where they are at.’’
Bennett recorded 38 tackles and seven sacks in 16 games last season.
Browns roster moves: Sign DL Christian Tupou, WR Josh Lenz
Tupou was previously a member of the Browns' practice squad, while Lenz was released by the Colts earlier this month.
Report: Jets rework WR Brandon Marshall's contract
Marshall's contract, which was worth $24.3 million over the next three seasons, now has a maximum value of $26 million, including an additional $1.3 million in full guarantees.
Marshall was scheduled to earn up to $7.7 million this season, which included his base salary and a workout bonus. He will now earn $9 million.
Overall, Marshall's restructured deal allows him to earn $2.7 million more in the next two years, but he can potentially earn $1 million less in 2017 than he was previously scheduled.
Marshall signed with the Jets this offseason after catching 61 passes for 721 yards and eight touchdowns for the Bears last season.
QB Shuffle: Bills cut Jeff Tuel, claim Matt Simms off waivers
Tuel was a favorite of former Bills coach Doug Marrone, but with Ryan now the head man in charge his fate was doomed.
Simms, who played in just four games while with the Jets, will still be a long-shot to make the team because of the three-man competition at the quarterback spot already brewing between Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel.
Falcons sign OG Chris Chester to one-year deal
The Falcons were able to sign Chester after they released linebacker Prince Shembo, who was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
Chester was cut by the Redskins earlier this week after he played 64 consecutive games for the organization.
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