NFL Recent Player News
|2/20/2018||Jerrell Freeman, Chi, LB|
|The Bears have released Freeman, a move that will save the team $3.5 million in cap space.
Analysis: The decision isn't surprising, as Freeman turns 32 in May and is coming off a season-ending pectorals tear he sustained in the 2017 opener. He also was suspended 10 games for a PED violation, a penalty he'll finish serving during the first two weeks of the 2018 campaign should he land another job.
|2/20/2018||Josh Sitton, Chi, G|
|The Bears have declined their 2018 option on Sitton, making him a free agent.
Analysis: Sitton was due an $8 million salary in 2018, but he's battled injuries in each of the last two seasons and has seen a decline in play now that he's on the wrong side of 30. A four-time Pro Bowler during his younger days with the Packers, he still should be able to land starter's money on the open market.
|2/20/2018||Ryan Succop, Ten, K|
|Succop has agreed to terms on a multiyear contract extension.
Analysis: Succop scored a career-high 136 points in 2017 to tie Al Del Greco's 1998 franchise record. His 35 field goals and 42 field-goal attempts were both career highs. He went 31 of 33 on extra-point attempts. During the 2017 season, Succop set the NFL record for most consecutive successful field-goal attempts from inside 50 yards. His streak, which began in 2014, lasted 56 attempts to break the mark of 46 that Matt Bryant had set from 2013-15.
|2/20/2018||Brian Cushing, Hou, LB|
|The Houston Texans released Cushing on Tuesday.
Analysis: Cushing, who was a first-round pick in 2009, is the franchise's all-time leader in tackles with 664, but his career has been marked by two suspensions for violating the league's policy on performance enhancers. His second suspension came in September and cost him 10 games. He appeared in five games last season and finished with 16 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks.
|2/20/2018||Marcedes Lewis, Jax, TE|
|Jacksonville exercised its option Tuesday on Lewis.
Analysis: The 33-year-old Lewis is the longest-tenured player on the team's roster. A first-round draft pick in 2006, Lewis has 375 receptions and 4,502 yards in 157 starts. He ranks third in team history in catches and yards. He ranks second in touchdown receptions (33), trailing only Jimmy Smith (67). Lewis and retired center Brad Meester (2000-13) are the only players in franchise history to appear in 12 or more seasons with the team.
|2/20/2018||Doug Martin, TB, RB|
|Martin was released by the Buccaneers on Tuesday.
Analysis: The two-time Pro Bowler rushed for a career-low 406 yards in 2017, when he averaged just 2.9 yards per carry after missing the first three games of the season while serving the remainder of a four-game ban for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancers. The release comes less than two years after Martin signed a five-year, $35.75 million contract that would have paid him $6.75 million in 2018.
|2/16/2018||David Amerson, KC, CB|
|The Chiefs have signed Amerson to a reported one-year, $2.25 million contract that contains up to an additional $3.75 million in incentives.
Analysis: Amerson was released by the rival Raiders earlier this month after struggling with injuries and ineffectiveness upon signing a four-year, $34 million deal in March of 2016. The 26-year-old does own 56 career NFL starts and will have an opportunity to hold down a regular role opposite standout corner Marcus Peters in Kansas City.
|2/15/2018||Sebastian Janikowski, Oak, K|
|Janikowski's career with the Oakland Raiders has ended after 18 seasons.
Analysis: Owner Mark Davis released a statement Thursday thanking Janikowski for his contributions to the franchise. Janikowski is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next month and the Raiders told him this week they don't plan to retain him. Janikowski spent all of last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Agent Paul Healy, says in an email that Janikowski is too young to retire. He turns 40 on March 2.
|2/15/2018||Larry Fitzgerald, Ari, WR|
|Arizona coach Steve Wilks says Fitzgerald has told him he'll return for a 15th NFL season.
Analysis: Wilks made the comment Thursday in an interview on the "Doug &Wolf" sports talk radio show. Wilks says Fitzgerald told him of his decision in a conversation on Wednesday night. Fitzgerald hasn't said publicly whether he would remain for another season and there was speculation he might follow the lead of coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer, who both retired after last season.
|2/8/2018||Darrelle Revis, KC, CB|
|The Chiefs have declined an $8.8 million roster bonus on Revis' contract, making him a free agent.
Analysis: It's an entirely expected move with the Chiefs needing to clear cap space and the team recently acquiring cornerback Kendall Fuller from Washington in the Alex Smith trade. Turning 33 in July, Revis spent most of last season out of the league before signing with Kansas City in late November. The four-time All-Pro played in five regular-season games and one playoff contest, recording 14 tackles and two passes defensed.
|2/8/2018||Jimmy Garoppolo, SF, QB|
|Garoppolo has agreed to a five-year extension with the 49ers worth a reported $137.5 million, the largest contract in NFL history on a per-year basis.
Analysis: Garoppolo may not be the league's highest-paid player for long once Kirk Cousins hits the market, but it's still quite an investment on a quarterback with seven career starts to his name. Of course, he's won all of those starts and firmly established himself as the future in San Francisco by completing 67.4 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns in six games following a midseason trade from New England.
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