Antonio Brown
Steelers' Antonio Brown: Nearing new deal with Steelers
Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
12:30 PM
News: Brown and the Steelers have made significant progress in negotiations over a long-term extension, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Brown's five-year, $42.5 million extension signed in 2012 is set to expire after the upcoming season, so both he and the Steelers are in talks to secure his future in Pittsburgh through a lucrative new deal. With negotiations reportedly close to being finalized, Brown could have such a contract in place by the time the new league year begins Mar. 9. At 28 years old, Brown has registered at least 105 catches, 1,280 yards and eight touchdowns for four straight seasons.

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Andrew Hawkins
Andrew Hawkins: Released by Browns
Andrew Hawkins, WR, CLE
11:25 AM
News: Hawkins was released by the Browns on Monday.

Hawkins' release will save Cleveland $1.8 million in cap space heading into free agency, where they'll seek to retain the services of top wideout Terrelle Pryor. After posting a career-high 63 catches for 824 yards upon signing with the Browns in 2014, Hawkins saw his role diminished over the last couple years, culminating in just 33 grabs for 324 yards and three scores this past season. Soon to be 31 years old, the shifty veteran wideout will now seek to land elsewhere ahead of the upcoming campaign.

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Josh Doctson
Redskins' Josh Doctson: Expected to be healthy by end of March
Josh Doctson, WR, WAS
10:00 AM
News: Doctson (Achilles) is expected to be 100 percent healthy by the end of March, Brian McNally of 106.7 FM The Fan reports.

Doctson was limited to just two games as a rookie while recovering from an Achilles injury sustained during the past offseason, and landed back on IR in October upon suffering a setback. The wideout has made strong progress in his recovery since the season ended, as he took part in running and catching drills last week and is expected to increase his activities in the weeks to come. If Doctson proves to be healthy when training camp opens in the summer, he could challenge for a starting role if the Redskins fail to restock their receiving corps when Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson become free agents in March.

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Alshon Jeffery
Bears' Alshon Jeffery: Will become free agent
Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
9:40 AM
News: The Bears won't apply the franchise tag to Jeffery for the 2017 season, allowing him to become a free agent, ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson reports.

While playing under the franchise tag in 2016, Jeffery turned in a rather disappointing season, hauling in 52 catches for 821 yards and only two touchdowns while missing four games due to a suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Despite his downturn in performance the last two years, the 26-year-old Jeffery figures to generate plenty of interest in free agency, and could see his numbers climb if he lands in a favorable passing offense. The Bears would likely have interest in retaining Jeffery, but they could be priced out of his market.

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Jeremy Ross
Cardinals' Jeremy Ross: Re-signs with Cardinals
Jeremy Ross, WR, ARI
2/24/2017
News: The Cardinals and Ross agreed to a one-year contract Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

After releasing Michael Floyd in mid-December, the Cardinals brought in Ross as wide receiver depth. Ross made appearances in the final two games of the season, the latter of which he hauled in all four targets for 37 yards and a touchdown during a 44-6 romping of the Rams. His likely ticket to sticking in Arizona is his return ability, as the Cardinals ranked 16th in average kickoff return and 30th in average punt return in 2016.

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DeAndre Carter
49ers' DeAndre Carter: Signs two-year deal with San Francisco
DeAndre Carter, WR, SF
2/24/2017
News: Carter signed a two-year contract with the 49ers on Friday, CSN's Matt Maiocco reports.

Carter spent training camp with the Patriots but was waived prior to the start of the regular season. Entering his third season in the league, the Sacramento State product will compete for a role on special teams or as a depth option at wide receiver.

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Terrance Williams
Cowboys' Terrance Williams: Heads into free agency after disappointing year
Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
2/22/2017
News: Williams finished the 2016 regular season with 44 catches on 61 targets for 594 yards and four touchdowns.

The targets and yards were career lows for Williams, as was his 13.5 yards per catch. He'll head into free agency without much buzz as a result, which could keep his price tag low enough that the Cowboys consider bringing him back, but if another club is willing to pay him more like the wide receiver that racked up 13 TDs in his first two years in the league, and who topped 16.0 YPC in each of his first three campaigns, Dallas will likely look elsewhere for WR depth behind Dez Bryant.

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Brandin Cooks
Saints' Brandin Cooks: Expected to remain with Saints
Brandin Cooks, WR, NO
2/21/2017
News: Head coach Sean Payton "absolutely" expects Cooks to be a member of the Saints in the 2017 season, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

After he emerged from Week 12 without a target for the first time in his career, Cooks expressed frustration, spurring rumblings within the NFL that he may shopped in the offseason. Having said that, he has one year remaining on his rookie deal, which can become two seasons if the Saints exercise the 2018 option available to former first-round picks. With a March 3 deadline looming, such a decision would seemingly be a no-brainer for a wideout coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns and 17 touchdowns during that span.

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Robby Anderson
Jets' Robby Anderson: 42 receptions on season
Robby Anderson, WR, NYJ
2/21/2017
News: Anderson recorded 42 receptions for 587 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games with the Jets this season.

Anderson showed promise throughout his rookie season, pairing a solid route-running ability with speed. He emerged as a favorite target of fellow rookie Bryce Petty, as the two formed a connection throughout the offseason last year. Just like last offseason, Anderson will continue to work out with former Pro Bowl wideout Chad Johnson, according to Ethan Greenburg of the team's official site. "I'm going to put a lot of work in this offseason. There are a couple things I really want to focus on to get better", Anderson noted. He'll look to take the jump next season in the hopes of securing a top wideout spot on the depth chart.

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Victor Cruz
Victor Cruz: Meeting with Panthers
Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
2/20/2017
News: Cruz made a free-agent visit to the Panthers on Monday, the Black and Blue Review reports.

Cruz's meeting with the Panthers comes after he was released by the Giants last week. While Cruz left Carolina without signing a contract, which he's free to do at any time this offseason, his history with Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman could bode in the team's favor. Gettleman was a member of the Giants front office when the club signed Cruz as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Although injuries have largely contributed toward Cruz's recent decline, the 30-year-old could add needed experience to Carolina's receiving corps, which lacked an impactful slot option this past season.

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