Cutler suffered a sprained thumb in Week 2, forcing five consecutive absences. Only Brian Hoyer's broken left forearm in Week 7 allowed Cutler another chance to operate under center, but he made three more appearances before requiring season-ending surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder. If Cutler is indeed getting shopped, he mustered four touchdowns versus five interceptions, while completing 59 percent of his passes in his age-33 campaign. Because he has no guaranteed money remaining on his contract, the Bears may have difficulty unloading Cutler in a less-than-inspiring locale, as he could opt to "sit out or retire," per Darlington. No matter how the situation unfolds, Cutler's time in Chicago has almost certainly come to a close.
The 25-year-old played his first two seasons out of Pittsburgh with the Browns before spending 2016 without a team. The 49ers have reportedly had their eye on Williams, and have opted to give him a shot with a club. He drew 10 starts during his 26 games with the Browns, while recording recording 77 tackles, two sacks, 10 passes defended, and three forced fumbles in the process. He figures to either compete for a backup role at free safety providing depth behind Eric Reid or try to find a more prominent role at cornerback.
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.
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.
The public will now have to wait a few more weeks for any word on the cornerback's four felony charges (two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, and one count of conspiracy: aggravated assault). The NFL will wait to address the situation until all legal matters are taken care of, which puts the veteran's status into question for the upcoming season that officially begins on March 9. Revis is slated to make $15.3 million in 2017 ($6 million guaranteed), which includes a $2 million roster bonus due on March 11, but his legal proceedings could muddy this process.
In his rookie season, Cravens totaled 34 tackles, five pass deflections, one sack, and one interception in 11 games at linebacker. The 21-year-old (6'1, 222-pounds) will now make the move to safety in his second season, a role he gained experience in during his time at USC. With veterans Duke Ihenacho and Donte Whitner heading into free agency and DeAngelo Hall (knee) still recovering from an ACL tear, it seems more likely than not that Cravens will head into the season as a starting safety. What the former linebacker lacks in speed, he makes up for in intelligence and tackling ability. Look for more updates on his transition to come throughout the offseason.
For the second consecutive offseason, the Redskins are expected to use their franchise tag on Cousins, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, which would be accompanied by a cap commitment of $23.94 million for the 2017 campaign. Holding leverage over the organization due to lacking QB talent on their roster, nary an equivalent option on the upcoming free-agent market, and an underwhelming draft class, Cousins has significant leverage in contract negotiations once the tender is signed. If the preceding comes to fruition, the parties will have until July 15 to reach agreement on a long-term deal, with Cousins' representation fully aware of his value due to the new surroundings for Tony Romo (potentially) and Brian Hoyer, among other signal-callers.
Clayborn stated that he faced a five-month recovery from when his torn biceps occurred Jan. 14, so by that measure he faces about four months left in his recovery process. That puts his return at some time in mid-June, so he should be ready for 2017's training camp.
Tolbert had arguably his least effective year in Carolina in 2016, averaging only 11.6 total yards per game. With younger backs Fozzy Whitaker and Cameron Artis-Payne filling in backup roles behind starter Jonathan Stewart, combined with the fact that Tolbert was due $1.5 million in 2017, the Panthers decided to part ways with the fullback. Tolbert will finish his career in Carolina with 19 total touchdowns over five years.
Soliai signed a two-year, $7 million deal only last year. He was owed a $500 thousand roster bonus Mar. 11, so apparently Carolina didn't find the former Pro Bowler worth keeping on. Soliai will look to find work as a run-stopping defensive tackle on an NFL roster in the coming months. He recorded only eight combined tackles in 2016.