Content provided by Player News - Saturday, January 31st, 2015
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|Bills open to re-signing ILB Brandon Spikes||01-31-2015|
|Brandon Spikes LB BUF|
The Bills' website believes free agent ILB Brandon Spikes could return on a one-year deal.
|Spikes played limited snaps last year, but had a major role in upgrading Buffalo's run defense. With WLB Kiko Alonso (knee) set to return, he would only have a starting job if the Bills move to a 3-4 scheme. Buffalo could potentially replace Spikes with free agent David Harris, who is a Rex Ryan favorite.|
|Bryan Stork (knee) upgraded to probable||01-31-2015|
|Bryan Stork C NE|
|Patriots C Bryan Stork (knee) has been upgraded to probable for Super Bowl XLIX.||Stork has been cleared to play after missing the AFC Championship Game. He practiced on a limited basis the last two weeks and was previously listed as questionable. Stork's return will provide an upgrade to the Patriots' interior line. With Stork healthy, Ryan Wendell will move back to right guard.|
|Kam Chancellor participates in walkthrough||01-31-2015|
|Kam Chancellor S SEA|
Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (probable, knee) participated in Saturday's walkthrough.
John Boyle on Twitter
|Coach Pete Carroll said Chancellor "looked great." Chancellor is reportedly dealing with a bruised knee after leaving late in Friday's practice. He hasn't had any setbacks and remains on track for the Super Bowl.|
|Larry Foote considering retirement||01-31-2015|
|Larry Foote LB ARZ|
Free agent LB Larry Foote is considering retirement.
Kent Somers on Twitter
|Foote, 34, had 83 tackles and two sacks in 15 starts this past season. He graded out as one of the worst inside linebackers in the league and would struggle to get anything more than veteran-minimum deals on the open market. Foote could join the Cardinals' coaching staff if he decides to retire.|
|Browns likely to re-sign Miles Austin||01-31-2015|
|Miles Austin WR CLE|
The Cleveland Plain Dealer expects the Browns to re-sign free agent Miles Austin.
|Austin is coming off a bounce-back season, posting a 47/568/2 line in 12 games prior to landing on I.R. With Josh Gordon suspended for 2015, he could be brought back as veteran depth. The Browns will likely be aggressive in upgrading at receiver this offseason.|
|Browns hire Kevin O'Connell as QBs coach||01-31-2015|
|Kevin O'Connell QB SD|
Browns hired Kevin O'Connell as QBs coach.
Alex Marvez on Twitter
|A former Patriots third-round pick, O'Connell bounced around the NFL as a backup quarterback from 2008-12. He doesn't have any coaching experience, but worked extensively with Johnny Manziel prior to the 2014 draft. The Browns have also hired ex-Florida OC Kurt Roper as a senior offensive assistant.|
|Dolphins high on 2nd-year RB Damien Williams||01-31-2015|
|Damien Williams RB MIA|
Speaking at last week's Senior Bowl, Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey stated he believes rising second-year RB Damien Williams has an "ability to play on all three downs."
|Hickey also praised Williams' special teams contributions and noted he likes to see young players help in that area before pushing for significant playing time. A 2014 UDFA out of Oklahoma, Williams is already a plus pass blocker and caught 21 passes in limited action as a rookie. Williams has starting-caliber athleticism and size. He is a player to target in Dynasty trades with Lamar Miller entering a contract year.|
|Marvin Jones 'progressing well' in rehab||01-31-2015|
|Marvin Jones WR CIN|
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) is "progressing well."
|Jones was placed on I.R. in October and didn't appear in any games this past year. He's recovering from foot surgery and a major ankle issue. Jones emerged as a red-zone threat in 2013 and will need to stay healthy to reestablish his value. 24-year-old Jones is entering the final year of his contract.|
|Report: Kam Chancellor's injury just a bruise||01-31-2015|
|Kam Chancellor S SEA|
Bleacher Report's Will Carroll reports the injury that forced Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (probable) from Friday's practice was just a bruise.
Will Carroll on Twitter
|Chancellor fell directly on the knee late in practice, but he was able to walk off the field without a limp. His status for the Super Bowl is not in doubt.|
|Geno still in the dark about his Jets' future||01-31-2015|
|Geno Smith QB NYJ|
Geno Smith has not received a definitive answer on his status with the Jets.
Rich Cimini on Twitter
|Smith has spoken to new coach Todd Bowles by phone, but it is unsurprising Bowles was hesitant to commit to the 2013 second-round pick. Smith has shown few signs he can be even a competent starting quarterback, and the Jets are in a good position to grab either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston with the No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft. There is still a chance Smith opens 2015 as the starter, but the new Jets' regime will likely do everything in their power to move on this offseason.|
|Giants will 'make an effort' to sign JPP||01-31-2015|
|Jason Pierre-Paul DE NYG|
ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano believes the Giants "will definitely make an effort" to sign impending free-agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul to a long-term deal.
|Graziano also believes the franchise tag is an option, but that would cost the Giants roughly $15 million in 2015. New York will certainly try to retain JPP, but he has been too inconsistent throughout his career to devote a large chunk of guaranteed money. Pierre-Paul registered 12.5 sacks in 2014, but nine of those came in the final five games of the season.|
|Ed Dickson wants to return to the Panthers||01-31-2015|
|Ed Dickson TE CAR|
Impending free-agent TE Ed Dickson said he would like to re-sign with the Panthers.
|"I want to be back with the team. I feel like we have some unfinished business," Dickson said. "Hopefully, we can work out a deal and get me back over there." On the back of a pitiful 10-115-1 campaign, Dickson will not find many suitors early in free agency. He will be cheap to retain, but the Panthers could do better.|
|Maclin expects to be an Eagle next season||01-31-2015|
|Jeremy Maclin WR PHI|
Impending free agent Jeremy Maclin said he expects to be an Eagle next season.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
|"Both sides have made it known what we want to do," Maclin said. "I think it will take care of itself." The two sides were reportedly close to a deal near the end of the season, but the negotiations hit a snag when Maclin switched agents. If a long-term deal cannot be reached before free agency opens in March, the Eagles would likely use the franchise tag to keep Maclin off the open market.|
|'Mutual interest' between Bengals and Winston||01-31-2015|
|Eric Winston T CIN|
Impending free-agent OT Eric Winston said there is mutual interest in him returning to the Bengals in 2015.
|Signed in December, Winston started at right tackle for the final two games of the regular season and the Wild Card loss to the Colts. Winston was far from impressive in his short stint with Cincinnati, but brings a ton of experience to the table and would be a solid swing tackle.|