Cam Newton
Panthers' Cam Newton: Expected to be ready by Week 1
Cam Newton, QB, CAR
3/26/2017
News: Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he has no doubt Newton (shoulder) will be ready for the season opener, NFL.com reports.

The Panthers entered this offseason with the expectation Newton would avoid surgery on his partially torn right rotator cuff, but he's now scheduled to have an arthroscopic procedure March 30. He's tentatively scheduled to begin an individual throwing program 12 weeks after the surgery, with a return to throwing in a team setting expected at the 16-week mark. The timeline rules him out for the offseason program and leaves his training camp availability in serious question, but it should allow the 27-year-old quarterback to be ready by Week 1.

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Brock Osweiler
Browns' Brock Osweiler: Could stay with Browns
Brock Osweiler, QB, CLE
3/26/2017
News: Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he is preparing for the upcoming season as if Osweiler will be on the roster, NFL.com reports.

A previous report suggested the Browns don't plan to keep Osweiler, who was acquired along with a second-round draft pick in a trade designed to free up cap space for the Texans. The 26-year-old didn't look like starting material in his one-year stint in Houston, but he would at least provide some veteran competition for second-year players Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan, the other two quarterbacks currently on Cleveland's roster. The Browns might still acquire another veteran or use a draft pick on a quarterback, but if not, it would make sense to at least give Osweiler a brief look during offseason workouts before making a final decision.

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Blake Bortles
Jaguars' Blake Bortles: Fifth-year option could be declined
Blake Bortles, QB, JAC
3/26/2017
News: The Jaguars may not pick up the fifth-year option on Bortles' rookie contract, The Florida Times-Union reports.

After taking a big step back from his breakout 2015 campaign last season, Bortles is essentially preparing for a make-or-break year in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract. As a top-10 selection -- No. 3 overall in 2014 -- Bortles would have a fifth-year option equal to the average of the 10 highest-paid players at his position. The figure likely would fall somewhere in the range of $20-25 million, which is a lot to pay for a quarterback who completed only 58.9 percent of his passes for 6.3 yards per attempt last season. The Jaguars don't need to decide on the option until shortly after the draft, and even if they decline it and Bortles then enjoys a strong season, the team can use its franchise tag to prevent him from signing elsewhere next offseason. The Franchise tag would be similar to the fifth-year option in terms of salary, but using the tag on Bortles would prevent the Jaguars from using it on another player from their impressive 2014 draft class -- a group that includes WRs Allen Robinson and Marquise Lee, LB Telvin Smith and CB Aaron Colvin.

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Tony Romo
Cowboys' Tony Romo: Could be contemplating retirement
Tony Romo, QB, DAL
3/25/2017
News: Romo may be mulling offers to retire and take up a broadcasting career, Vince Langford of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Both FOX and CBS are said to be interested in having Romo become an analyst and, with his football future still in limbo while he remains property of the Cowboys, a less physically demanding job might be appealing for the 37-year-old. The Texans remain the most likely destination for Romo if he does keep playing, but for the moment the Dallas and Houston front offices are locked in a game of chicken, with Jerry Jones unwilling to part with his long-time QB without some sort of compensation. If neither team blinks soon, Romo may take the decision out of their hands.

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Garrett Gilbert
Panthers' Garrett Gilbert: Joins Panthers on one-year deal
Garrett Gilbert, QB, CAR
3/24/2017
News: Gilbert signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

While they already have three quarterbacks on the roster, the Panthers likely are in need of another arm for training camp with Cam Newton (shoulder) on the shelf for the time being. While Gilbert hasn't thrown a regular season pass in his career, he could theoretically push Joe Webb for the No. 3 job in advance of the 2017 season opener.

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Josh McCown
Jets' Josh McCown: GM won't comment on starting job
Josh McCown, QB, NYJ
3/24/2017
News: Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan deferred to head coach Todd Bowles when asked if McCown will enter training camp as the starter, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

McCown signed a one-year contract Monday, joining 2015 fourth-rounder Bryce Petty (shoulder) and 2016 second-rounder Christian Hackenberg in the Jets' quarterback room. The 37-year-old likely will enter training camp as the favorite for the starting gig, but there should at least be some form of competition to give the younger signal-callers a shot to win the job on a rebuilding team. Given his age, injury history and the nature of his team's current roster, McCown is unlikely to make it through the season as the starter even if he wins the Week 1 job.

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Mark Sanchez
Bears' Mark Sanchez: Signs one-year contract with Bears
Mark Sanchez, QB, CHI
3/23/2017
News: Sanchez signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Thursday, ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports.

After visiting with team officials Wednesday, Sanchez and the Bears finalized a one-year deal with the veteran late Thursday. The Bears gave Mike Glennon a multi-year deal earlier in the offseason, so Sanchez's arrival in Chicago is primarily to add depth behind the former Buccaneer. Sanchez served as Dak Prescott's backup in Dallas last season and appeared in two games, completing 10-of-18 passes for 93 yards and two interceptions.

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Aaron Murray
Rams' Aaron Murray: Signs with Rams
Aaron Murray, QB, PHI
3/23/2017
News: Murray officially signed with the Rams on Thursday.

Murray was reported to be signing with the Rams and his signing on Thursday just makes things official. He'll be the team's third-string quarterback behind Jared Goff and Sean Mannion.

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Johnny Manziel
Johnny Manziel: May be eyeing return to football
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE
3/23/2017
News: Manziel met with Saints head coach Sean Payton to discuss a possible return to football, NFL.cm's Ian Rapoport reports.

This doesn't mean the Saints have any interest in Manziel, who was released by the Browns last March and spent 2016 out of the NFL. The 24-year-old quarterback likely sought out Payton's advice because the veteran coach is a well-known, respected figure around the league. If he does in fact catch on with a team, Manziel will still need to serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Any interested teams likely would view him as a developmental project more so than a potential 2017 contributor.

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EJ Manuel
Raiders' EJ Manuel: Only gets $800k on one-year deal
EJ Manuel, QB, OAK
3/23/2017
News: Manuel's one-year deal with the Raiders is for $800,000, with none of the money guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

The contract suggests Manuel may be released if he doesn't beat out 2016 fourth-round selection Connor Cook in a battle for the No. 2 quarterback job. Starting signal-caller Derek Carr (broken fibula) is believed to be on schedule or even slightly ahead in his rehab process.

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