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Lonnie Phelps Let go by Browns
LB
The Browns waived Phelps on Thursday.
Analysis
The move follows a Wednesday night incident in which the defensive end was charged with drunken driving. Phelps, who first joined the Browns as an undrafted free agent last May, spent the 2023 season on the team's practice squad and was subsequent signed to a reserve/future contract in January.
Rhamondre Stevenson Lands four-year extension
RB NE
Stevenson has agreed to a four-year extension with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis
Per Schefter, Stevenson's deal is for $36 million, of which $17 million is reportedly guaranteed. The move to extend the 2021 fourth-rounder beyond his current pact solidifies the Patriots' backfield ahead of Jerod Mayo's first season as head coach, and with the team transitioning at the QB position, look for Stevenson and fellow RB Antonio Gibson to be key drivers of New England's offense in 2024. Over the course of 12 regular-season games last season, Stevenson logged 156 carries for 619 yards and four touchdowns to go along with 38 catches for 238 yards on 51 targets. As training camp approaches, the 26-year-old has moved past the ankle issue that cost him time down the stretch in 2023, with Stevenson's new contract terms reflecting his continued status as his team's lead back.
Tyler Higbee Timetable for return TBD
TE LA
Higbee, who is bouncing back from a torn ACL and MCL, remains without a timetable for a return to action, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.
Analysis
Higbee hurt his knee during the Rams' wild-card loss to the Lions on Jan. 14, and given the timing and nature of the injury, it seems likely that the tight end will start training camp on the team's PUP list. Beyond that, added context regarding Higbee's chances of suiting up early on this season should arrive once he approaches a return to the practice field, but if he's unavailable come Week 1, Colby Parkinson, Davis Allen and Hunter Long would be in line to handle Los Angeles' TE duties out of the gate in 2024.
Marvin Harrison Early offseason standout
WR ARZ
Harrison has impressed throughout OTAs and mandatory minicamp and quickly solidified himself as the top option in Arizona's wide receiver room, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN reports.
Analysis
Harrison was fully expected to ascend as the No. 1 target for quarterback Kyler Murray upon being chosen No. 4 overall in April's draft, so it's no surprise that his offseason transition to the NFL has been "pretty seamless," per coach Jonathan Gannon, who also said the rookie has been "everything I expected." By all reports, Harrison has had no issues picking up Arizona's playbook, with positional mate Michael Wilson calling him "very perspicacious," saying "I truly think sky's the limit for [Harrison]." Tight end Trey McBride may represent more real competition for targets than fellow wideouts Wilson or Greg Dortch, but it's easy to envision a scenario where the Cardinals' passing offense is heavily filtered through its top two targets. The biggest question for Harrison will be whether he can live up to his hype immediately, as his ADP has already risen to the early second round of most 2024 fantasy drafts.
George Kittle Working to regain lost weight
TE SF
Kittle (core muscle) recently told the Bussin' With The Boys podcast that he lost nearly 30 pounds at the beginning of the offseason while rehabbing injuries.
Analysis
Kittle had core muscle surgery after the Super Bowl and was also recovering from shoulder and rib injuries at the time -- a combination that prevented him from doing both upper- and lower-body weightlifting for about a month. He said he's "almost back to 100 percent" and has regained most of the lost weight, but he still wants to add about 10 more pounds before the start of the regular season. It sounds like Kittle will be ready for the beginning of training camp in late July.
Roderic Teamer Signs with hometown team
S NO
Teamer is slated to sign a one-year contract with the Saints on Thursday, Matthew Paras of NOLA.com reports.
Analysis
Teamer, a New Orleans native and former Tulane standout, spent the last three seasons in Las Vegas but attended the Saints' rookie minicamp and mandatory minicamp. He was waived by the Raiders back in November and also arrested for a DUI. Now, Teamer faces an opportunity to compete for a depth role at safety, where his ability to contribute on special teams could also come in handy.
James Washington Staging NFL comeback
WR
Washington is attempting a return to the NFL and could try out for teams around the league soon, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis
Washington has reportedly received inquiries from multiple teams, so he should have tryouts lined up in the near future. The 2018 second-round pick spent the first four seasons of his career in Pittsburgh before signing with the Cowboys, suffering a fractured right foot in training camp, then playing only two games with Dallas. Now having had ample time to return to full health, the 28-year-old could find a place to contribute as a depth wideout with a new team.
Denzel Mims Finds chance in Jacksonville
WR JAC
Mims is signing with the Jaguars on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis
Mims was waived by Pittsburgh on Tuesday, but he's quickly found a new opportunity to compete. He spent time on the Steelers practice squad last season, though he never suite up for a game with the team. The 2020 second-round pick spend the first three seasons of his NFL career with the Jets, before being traded to the Lions during the 2023 offseason, then failing to make Detroit's roster.
Jack Podlesny Dropped by Green Bay
K 17hr ago
The Packers waived Podlesny on Wednesday.
Analysis
Podlesny agreed to a reserve/future contract with the Packers in January after going undrafted last offseason, but the team has now decided to part ways with the 24-year-old kicker. With Podlesny getting waived, it seems that Green Bay's kicking competition will come down to Greg Joseph and Anders Carlson.
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