Lions' Ameer Abdullah: Enjoying first healthy offseason
Abdullah has had a full offseason to train for the first time in his career, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "Definitely ready for a big year," the running back recently said. "My body feels as good as it's felt since I've been here, so I think that's the most important thing. I've had an unfortunate streak of two injuries in a row. Coming back from those have been tough in their own respect, but I'm glad I'm all the way back." Abdullah, who entered the league in 2015, needed surgery to repair a torn labrum after his rookie year and then missed a good chunk of the 2017 offseason recovering from a Lisfranc injury he suffered two games into the 2016 campaign. Abdullah's also the owner of a career 3.8 YPC mark and has likely fallen to No. 3 on the depth chart after starting 2017 in the lead role. It's impossible to know if his professional struggles relate to his lack of offseason availability, but it's at least obvious that a rehabilitation-free offseason is better than the alternative. The Lions haven't totally given up on the running back, as general manager Bob Quinn recently indicated that Abdullah remains in the team's plans. However, Detroit's addition of LeGarrette Blount, coupled with the likelihood that Quinn invests in this year's deep draft class of running backs, makes Abdullah's exact role uncertain.
Chiefs' Kerwynn Williams: Set to sign with Kansas City
Williams is slated to sign a one-year deal with the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Williams joins a crowded Kansas City backfield that is headed by Kareem Hunt and at least for now also includes Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware, Damien Williams and Akeem Hunt. The 26-year-old Kerwynn Williams logged a career-high 120 carries for 426 yards and TD to go along with 10 catches for 93 yards in 16 games for the Cardinals in 2017, but in his new context, Williams' path to touches is unclear in the absence of future roster trimming/fellow running back injuries.
Dez Bryant: Should have options
Bryant could be a fit with the Bills, Cardinals, Ravens and Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Released by Dallas on Friday, the 29-year-old wideout has hinted at a desire to stay in the NFC East on his twitter account, though there isn't an obvious fit for him in the division. If he's truly set on facing his former team this upcoming season, Bryant could check in with the Texans, Panthers, Seahawks, Titans or Colts, as none of the teams listed above is scheduled to play the Cowboys in 2018. Bryant averaged 50 catches, 678 receiving yards, 5.7 touchdowns and 12.7 games the past three seasons, with injuries playing a major role in 2015 and 2016. While his inefficient 2017 mark of 6.3 yards per target can't be ignored, it's worth noting that Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams (foot) also had poor seasons as part of a Dallas passing attack that struggled to push the ball downfield. Bryant shouldn't have trouble finding teams that view him as a clear starter.
Patriots' Rob Gronkowski: Not expected to attend Monday's workouts
Gronkowski is not expected to attend the start of the Patriots' offseason program, which opens Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Per the report, Gronkowski is still mulling his playing status for the upcoming season, with Schefter relaying that the tight end and the Patriots have had "good communication". As Mike Reiss of ESPN.com points out, Monday's activities are voluntary, but it is worth noting that Gronkowski has a $250,000 workout bonus built into his contract, which is paid based on him attending a certain percentage of workouts, according to Reiss. Ultimately, we'd be very surprised if Gronkowski didn't play this season, but until that's confirmed his status will be worth monitoring. Moreover, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Patriots use one of their draft picks on a tight end to build organizational depth. Update: he did not show up for workouts.
Saints' Willie Snead: Reports for offseason program
Snead reported to the Saints on Monday for the beginning of the team's voluntary offseason workout program, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. A restricted free agent, Snead hasn't signed his original-round tender for approximately $1.9 million, likely still hoping to sign an offer sheet with another team. His participation in the offseason program suggests he isn't happy with the offers he's getting and may prefer to stay with the Saints for another year before hitting unrestricted free agency next offseason. Coming off a monstrously disappointing 2017 campaign, Snead profiles as the Saints' likely No. 4 receiver after the team lured Cameron Meredith (knee) away from the Bears with the type of RFA offer sheet Snead would've liked to sign. Leading 2017 receivers Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn both are returning, while Meredith is optimistic he'll bounce back from last year's torn ACL in time for training camp. Snead visited with the Ravens a couple weeks ago, but he ultimately left Baltimore without signing an offer sheet. Per ESPN.com's Mike Triplett, Friday is the deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
Cowboys' Allen Hurns: Left as possible No. 1
Hurns is part of a receiving corps that no longer includes Dez Bryant, who the Cowboys released Friday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. Released by the Jaguars on March 20 and signed to a two-year, $11 million contract just a few days later, Hurns may end up assuming the No. 1 receiver mantle in Dallas, though the team figures to take a close look at the top wideouts in the upcoming draft. Terrance Williams is recovering from foot surgery after failing to score a single touchdown last season, while Cole Beasley is a slot specialist and fellow offseason addition Deonte Thompson profiles as a low-volume deep threat. Hurns offers the most complete skill set of the bunch, boasting career marks of 8.0 yards per target and 51.3 receiving yards per game, with experience both outside and in the slot. He was held to 74 catches for 961 yards and five touchdowns over 21 games the past two seasons, but injuries were a big part of the problem both years, and Blake Bortles was simply awful in 2016. The 26-year-old wideout figures to be an important part of a Dallas offense that wants to throw downfield more often this upcoming season, as he's likely ticketed for a starting job even if the team uses its first-round pick on another receiver.
Bengals' Andy Dalton: Anticipating big changes to offense
Dalton anticipates that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor will make significant changes to the playbook and scheme for 2018, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reports. "When we've changed coordinators in the past, the offense and the scheme and everything has stayed pretty similar," Dalton said. "I think this is going to feel a whole lot different than what we've done and the way we've done things." Lazor was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator in September when Ken Zampese was fired after Week 2. The in-season change didn't allow for a new playbook, forcing Lazor to work with a West Coast scheme that originally was installed by Jay Gruden in 2011 and maintained by both Hue Jackson (2014-15) and Zampese. Having previously worked under Joe Gibbs, Mike Holmgren and Chip Kelly, the 45-year-old Lazor is familiar with a variety of offensive philosophies and terminologies. Dalton struggled mightily while playing behind a porous offensive line last season, posting his lowest passer rating (86.6) since 2014 and worst completion percentage (59.9) since his rookie year of 2011. The Bengals re-signed Tyler Eifert and traded for left tackle Cordy Glenn in March, but they otherwise seem to be banking on Lazor, draft picks and in-house improvement to turn the offense around this upcoming season. It could work out well if Eifert and John Ross stay reasonably healthy, though the right side of the offensive line still appears highly problematic.
Ravens' Robert Griffin: Only gets $100k guaranteed
Griffin's one-year contract with the Ravens has a $1 million non-guaranteed base salary and a $100,000 signing bonus, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. The contract details confirm that Griffin will need to compete for a roster spot and backup job, though Joe Flacco and 2017 undrafted free agent Josh Woodrum are the only other quarterbacks currently on the roster. Woodrum was impressive last preseason and spent his entire rookie campaign on the Ravens' practice squad, but he's no match for the No. 2 overall pick from the 2012 draft when it comes to physical talent. After spending last season out of football on the heels of a rough 2016 campaign with Cleveland, the 28-year-old seems ready to accept a reality in which he needs to compete for a backup job. It's one of the more attractive backup gigs in the league, as Flacco hasn't played well since 2014.
Austin Davis: Re-signing with Seahawks
Davis is re-signing with the Seahawks for the veteran's minimum, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Davis outplayed Trevone Boykin last preseason and spent all of the regular season serving as Russell Wilson's top backup. While the Seahawks are expected to look into alternatives, including Colin Kaepernick, it isn't out of the question that Davis retains the role for another year. The team recently signed Stephen Morris, who likely would be the underdog in a training camp battle against Davis.