Walker signed with the Rams back in March after spending the past two seasons with the Lions. Only 27, the defensive tackle has a good shot of winding up on another roster before training camp.
Mauldin turned himself in Wednesday morning after allegedly attacking a man in nightclub almost two months ago. "We have been monitoring the developments and this matter is under review of personal conduct policy," NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said. Mauldin has been competing for a starting linebacker role throughout minicamp.
The DUI is the latest in a string of off-the-field issues surrounding the defensive tackle. Guion has already been suspended for the first four games of the season after violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. As a result, the Packers restructured the final two years of his contract, but this now may be the final straw for Green Bay, which has yet to comment on the matter. If he remains on the roster, there's a solid chance his suspension will be lengthened.
Chancellor underwent cleanup procedures early this year to remove bone spurs from both of his ankles, limiting him during the majority of the offseason program. Although the charismatic Carroll generally focuses on the positive, Chancellor's activity level bodes well for full clearance once training camp kicks off in late July. Chancellor's health, along with Earl Thomas' (broken left tibia), will be key to reestablishing the the Legion of Boom, which tumbled out of the NFL's top-two most-staunch pass defenses last season for the first time since 2012.
Released in early June as part of the Jets' offseason purge, the 33-year-old Harris will stay in the AFC East and help his former team's chief rival fill a major need next to Dont'a Hightower in the linebacking corps. Harris had at least 75 tackles in each of his 10 seasons with the Jets, falling shy of the century mark last season (95 in 15 games) for the first time since 2011. His days as a valuable IDP likely are a thing of the past, but he should help the New England run defense while also providing an occasional pass-rushing threat (35.5 career sacks).
The former first-rounder was originally suspended for the first four games of the season, but he'll now be sidelined for the entire year. That doesn't bode well for Gilbert's chances of finding a new NFL home, as the cornerback was released by the Steelers this offseason. In all likelihood, if Gilbert does get another opportunity on an NFL roster, it probably won't come until next season.
Thornton will be eligible to return to the active roster on Oct. 16, which happens to be the beginning of the Lions' bye week. The reserve defensive lineman took 307 snaps on defense last season, racking up 19 tackles and one sack through 13 contests. With Thornton sidelined, the Lions may opt to bring in another defensive tackle to bolster the depth chart behind starters Haloti Ngata and A'Shawn Robinson. Thornton is allowed to take part in offseason practices and preseason games.
As a rookie, Buckner was played a whopping 1,005 defensive snaps, good for 87 percent of the 49ers total defensive snaps. The new administration would rather utilize the former first-round pick to the best of his ability, instead of having him on the field at all times. This style makes sense for the 49ers considering the team's selection of Solomon Thomas and the signing of Elvis Dumervil - which gives the defense more capable lineman than starting positions. Buckner is welcome to the change of pace as he'll finally get a chance to catch his breath on Sundays. "There were times last year where I was dead tired and they wouldn't take me out," the 23-year-old said. "I feel like I'm hurting the team more staying out there not be able to, you know, live up to my full potential when I'm out there. And if I'm going hard and the coach pulls me out for a play or two to catch my breath so I can get back out there and be more efficient, I'll definitely take that."
Hunter had a breakout campaign last season, racking up 12.5 sacks as a reserve lineman. Veteran Brian Robison noted the 22-year-old's success, giving his starting spot on the depth chart to Hunter. He is expected to play in at least 80 percent of the defensive snaps this season after only playing in 57 percent of the snaps last season. His new role makes Hunter an intriguing option in IDP formats, but he'll have to prove his numbers last season were no fluke.
Alexander was known to have missed out on the early goings of offseason practices due to an injury, but the nature of the ailment wasn't clear. Fortunately, the 2014 fourth-rounder was just starting to up his level of activity as the offseason program came to a close and is expected to return to full health by the start of training camp in late July.