Josh Gordon
Browns' Josh Gordon: Expected to be traded or released if reinstated
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
3/26/2017
News: The Browns likely will trade or release Gordon (suspension) if he is reinstated by the NFL, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Gordon applied for reinstatement in early March and expects to get an answer around the time of the NFL Draft. He's been suspended for 43 of the last 48 regular-season games, with his only appearances since 2013 occurring late in the 2014 season. He'll still only be 26 years old for the upcoming season, and he did look good in his two appearances last preseason, but then entered an inpatient rehab facility instead of rejoining the Browns after Week 4. While his willingness to take responsibility for his actions should help his case, Gordon's lengthy track record of substance-abuse issues means that any reinstatement likely would have a slew of conditions attached. Given his age and modest contract, Gordon might still fetch a middle-round pick in a trade. It's also possible, though not likely, that the Browns might reconsider their stance and give Gordon another shot.

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Kelvin Benjamin
Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin: Gets fifth-year option picked up by Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
3/24/2017
News: Benjamin will have his fifth-year option picked up by the Panthers, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

This comes as little surprise as Benjamin, when healthy, has been the team's best receiver since landing in Carolina in 2014. He hauled in 63 of 118 targets for 941 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 and proved to be a reliable threat deep down the field with 10 receptions of 20-or-more yards. According to Person, Benjamin's option figures to be in the $8 million range in 2018.

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Julio Jones
Falcons' Julio Jones: Says recovery is still on track
Julio Jones, WR, ATL
3/24/2017
News: Jones (toe) seemed to be moving around pretty well during a Wednesday appearance at the Georgia State Capitol, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Recovering from March 6 surgery to address a bunion, Jones was wearing a boot but didn't need crutches to walk. He said his foot feels good, and while he'll still miss the Falcons' offseason program, the 28-year-old wideout remain on track for training camp. With no crucial offseason additions or losses, the 2017 Atlanta offense should look very similar to the 2016 iteration.

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Brian Quick
Redskins' Brian Quick: Agrees to sign with Washington
Brian Quick, WR, WAS
3/24/2017
News: Quick has agreed to terms on a contract with the Redskins, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Selected 33rd overall in the 2012 draft, Quick finally started living up to the Rams' expectations early in the 2014 campaign, only to suffer a severe shoulder injury after seven games. He struggled to bounce back from the injury and caught just 10 passes the following year, but he did re-emerge as a modest contributor last season, hauling in 41 of 79 targets for 564 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games. While Jamison Crowder and fellow free-agent signing Terrelle Pryor are locked in as key pieces in the Washington offense, Quick could get a chance to push 2016 first-rounder Josh Doctson (Achilles) for a spot in three-wide sets. The Redskins hope Doctson will bounce back from a lost rookie season and earn a leading role, but the 27-year-old Quick provides some form of insurance if that doesn't happen. The most likely scenario has Quick serving as the No. 4 wideout, providing an occasional big-play threat on limited snaps.

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Quinton Patton
Jets' Quinton Patton: Heading to Jets
Quinton Patton, WR, NYJ
3/23/2017
News: The Jets and Patton (foot) agreed to terms on a contract Thursday, Eric Allen of the team's official site reports.

A fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2013, Patton managed just six receptions across 10 games in his first two seasons before landing a regular role within the offense. Despite the uptick in snaps beginning in 2015, uninspiring offenses under the direction of head coaches Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly didn't translate to significant output, as evidenced by a combined 67 catches (on 120 targets) for 802 yards and one touchdown during that stretch. With the move to New York, Patton will now be jostling with a number of options -- wideouts Eric Decker (shoulder), Quincy Enunwa, and Robby Anderson, plus pass-catching backs Matt Forte (knee) and Bilal Powell -- in an offense led by graybeard quarterback Josh McCown.

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Phillip Dorsett
Colts' Phillip Dorsett: Facing competition for No. 3 role
Phillip Dorsett, WR, IND
3/23/2017
News: Free-agent signing Kamar Aiken could push Dorsett for the No. 3 receiver role, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Even if the Colts hadn't signed Aiken, it's quite likely Dorsett would've faced competition from Chester Rogers, Quan Bray (ankle) and/or a draft pick. Simply put, the 2015 first-round selection hasn't developed as expected through two seasons, catching 51 passes for 753 yards and three touchdowns in 26 games. Dorsett did manage efficient marks of 16.0 yards per catch and 8.8 yards per target last season, but he only drew four targets per game in an Indianapolis offense that badly needed someone to step up while Donte Moncrief (56 targets in nine games) was injured. Dorsett has yet to prove he's anything more than an occasional deep threat.

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Rod Streater
Rod Streater: Drawing interest from multiple teams
Rod Streater, WR, SF
3/23/2017
News: The Vikings, Colts, Seahawks, Browns and 49ers have all expressed interest in Streater, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Unsigned through the first two weeks of free agency, Streater should find a home prior to the NFL Draft, though he may have to settle for a one-year contract and a shot to compete for a roster spot. He only caught 18 passes for 191 yards in 16 games with the 49ers last season, handling a minor role in one of the league's worst offensive attacks. His 2013 stat line with Oakland -- 60 catches for 888 yards -- is now a distant memory, with the 29-year-old wideout tallying only 28 receptions over the past three years.

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Victor Cruz
Victor Cruz: Unlikely to re-sign with G-Men
Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
3/23/2017
News: Cruz is unlikely to re-sign with the Giants, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.

Cruz was released by the Giants in February and visited with the Panthers shortly thereafter, but he doesn't seem to have many suitors around the league. While a return to New York can't entirely be ruled out, he'd probably need to accept a veteran's minimum contract and then compete for a spot at the bottom of the depth chart. The best Cruz can hope for is a modest one-year deal that gives him a shot to compete for a job as a No. 3/4 receiver. It sounds like he'll need to venture outside New York for that to happen.

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Kamar Aiken
Colts' Kamar Aiken: Told he'll have chance to compete
Kamar Aiken, WR, IND
3/22/2017
News: Aiken was told that there would be open competition for spots at wide receiver, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.

T.Y Hilton and Donte Moncrief are locked in at the top, but with 2015 first-rounder Phillip Dorsett shaping up as a disappointment, the rest of the Indianapolis wideout depth chart should be up for grabs. Aiken had to settle for a one-year deal in the wake of a disappointing 2016 season, but he did catch 75 passes for 944 yards in 2015 while serving as Baltimore's No. 1 receiver for much of the year. The Andrew Luck-led Colts could give the 27-year-old a real shot to get his career back on track, as Moncrief's injury history and Dorsett's poor performance leave the team without reliable pass-catching options behind Hilton.

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Deonte Thompson
Bears' Deonte Thompson: Re-signs with Bears
Deonte Thompson, WR, CHI
3/21/2017
News: Thompson re-signed with the Bears on Tuesday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The 28-year-old served primarily as a kick return specialist for the Bears last season, but still managed to record 22 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns through 16 games last season. His breakout performance came Week 15 against the Packers as Thompson hauled in eight passes for 110 yards. Look for him to compete for the starting kick return position this offseason.

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