The Houston Texans will reportedly launch veteran vast receiver Demaryius Thomas on Tuesday, in accordance with James Palmer of NFL Network.
Thomas, who the Texans acquired via a commerce with the Denver Broncos in October, performed in seven video games for Houston earlier than tearing his left Achilles in a Week 16 matchup towards the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 31-year outdated receiver caught 23 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns throughout his transient stint with the Texans. In his ultimate eight video games with the Broncos, Thomas had 36 receptions for 402 yards and three touchdowns.
As Palmer famous, there's nonetheless no schedule for Thomas' return however, he did bounce again in simply six months after struggling an analogous harm in his rookie season.
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Following Houston's AFC Wild Card Game loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Thomas informed reporters he wasn't considering of retirement, and had hoped to complete his profession with the Texans.
"I nonetheless can play," Thomas mentioned. "I am not fascinated about retirement. I simply do not know the place...I informed them I might like to be right here. I might love to complete my profession right here."
Aaron Rodgers Pays Tribute To Jordy Nelson
The Green Bay Packers agreed to a deal with tight end Jimmy Graham yesterday, giving Aaron Rodgers another weapon on fense. However, as a result the Graham signing, the Packers had to release veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who has been with the team since he entered the league in 2008.
After the news broke last night, Aaron Rodgers took to social media to pay tribute to his #1 target.
"Hard to find the right words today to express what 87 means to me," Rodgers wrote on Instagram. "No teammate exemplified what it means to be a Packer quite like him. From living in GB full time, his incredible contributions to the city, state, and region, to his consistent, reliable play on the field. Definitely a sad day and the toughest part this business. There will never be another quite like white lightning. #leader #brother #friend #baller #loyal #champion #legacy #intact #stillcanplayball #backshoulder #1stSBTD"
Nelson finished with just 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns last year, but that's due in large part to the fact that Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in Week 6 and missed most the season thereafter. In four the five previous seasons, Nelson had at least 1,250 receiving yards, including a Pro Bowl year in 2014 when he caught 98 passes for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns.
According to ProFootballTalk, the 32-year old wide receiver is "targeting" the New England Patriots as his next team, but he is first scheduled to meet with the Oakland Raiders today. The Ravens, Seahawks and 49ers are also interested, according to PFT.
Cleveland Browns To Sign Former 49ers Running Back
The Cleveland Browns have been aggressive so far this f-season, trading for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and wide receiver Jarvis Landry, and now adding former San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde free agency.
According to reports by NFL Network and ESPN, Hyde is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Browns worth more than $15 million, including $6 million in the first year. The 27-year old running back played all 16 games for the 49ers last season for the first time in his career. He led the team in rushing yards and had a career-high eight rushing touchdowns in addition to 59 receptions for 350 yards.
The Cleveland Browns have also signed former Detroit Lions tight end Darren Fells, and traded for cornerback Damarious Randall, who played his first three seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
And there's still more to come. The Browns have the 1st and 4th overall picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, which kicks f on April 26th.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints Reportedly Agree To $50M Deal
Drew Brees was ficially a free agent as noon yesterday but, as expected, he'll be returning to the New Orleans Saints next season. According to several NFL insiders, including ESPN's Adam Schefter, Brees and the Saints have agreed to a two-year deal worth $50 million that includes $27M guaranteed.
Schefter notes, Drew Brees’ deal will be written as a two-year deal, but in actuality it will be a one-year deal with a team option after the first year, per source. It also will include a no-trade clause, virtually ensuring that Brees finishes his career in New Orleans. By agreeing to a deal with Brees before the start a new league year (Wednesday, March 14 at 4pm ET), the Saints avoid having an $18M dead cap hit in 2018.
The 39-year old quarterback has been with the Saints since 2006 but he no longer has to throw for 5,000 yards a season. With a running back committee that features veteran workhorse Mark Ingram and last season's Offensive Rookie the Year Alvin Kamara, Brees doesn't have to carry the fensive load. The 11-time Pro Bowler threw for 4,334 yards in 2017, which was the least since he joined the Saints in 2006.
Entering the 2018 NFL season, Brees needs just 1,495 passing yards to become the NFL's All-Time passing yards leader, as he trails only Brett Favre and Peyton Manning.
Kirk Cousins Has Reportedly Decided Which Team He'll Sign With
Prior to the ficial start the NFL's free agency period, it was reported that free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins had narrowed his decision down to just two teams, the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings.
Today, roughly 24 hours since the start free agency, it is being reported that Cousins will sign with the Vikings. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the 29-year old QB plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract with Minnesota on Thursday. NFL Network insider Ian Rapaport is reporting that the deal is worth approximately $28 million per year.
The Vikings finished with a 13-3 record last season and made it to the NFC Championship game before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Minnesota has a number enticing fensive weapons including wide receivers Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, as well as rookie running back sensation Dalvin Cook.
Cousins threw for 4,093 yards and 27 touchdowns last season with the Redskins.
Case Keenum To Sign With Denver Broncos: Report
Free agent quarterback Case Keenum is expected to sign a deal with the Denver Broncos once free agency ficially opens at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 14, according to several reports. The Broncos will be the fifth team that Keenum has played for in the last five years.
He played with Houston in 2014, St. Louis in 2015, Los Angeles in 2016, Minnesota in 2017 and will now head to Denver in 2018.
After stepping in as starting QB for the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 the 2017 season, Keenum led the team to a 13-3 record, including a trip to the NFC Championship game where they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. The 30-year old QB finished the season with 3,547 passing yards as well as 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
The Broncos went just 5-11 last season and will pick fifth in the upcoming NFL Draft, but they already have a solid defense in place and a number weapons on fense, including wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
According to ESPN, Broncos GM John Elway recently said that the team can get back to the playfs with a QB signing such as Keenum.
"I still think we're not too far away,'' Elway said. "Obviously, we have to get better at that position. We didn't play well there last year. That doesn't all go on the players. There were some things that we should have done, that we should have done differently that we didn't do. I feel like we can get right back in the thick the things rather quickly. I think we still have a good defensive football team.''