AFC South Blog
Owen Daniels has been a solid player for the Houston Texans for many years. But he's 31 years old, coming off a season pretty much lost to a fractured leg and was set to count about $6 million against the salary cap for a team that doesn't have much cap space to begin with. So, Daniels has been cut. The move clears $4.5 million from the Texans' cap.
Daniels said Monday that he feels healthy after that fractured leg pretty much ended his season after Week 5.
Talk about going from the outhouse to the penthouse. 2011 draft bust Blaine Gabbert lost his starting job in Jacksonville last season, and no matter what city he called home in 2014, he was going to continue to be a backup. Today, Gabbert became a backup for the NFC Champions in two of the past three years.
The Jags traded Gabbert to the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday for a sixth-round pick, sources have told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Pro Football Talk reports that the Colts have decided to give it another year with running back Ahmad Bradshaw. He played in just three games as a Colt in 2013, and it wasn't a foot problem that did him in for once. It was his neck. Bradshaw didn't play after Week 3 and underwent season-ending surgery in Week 5. He finished with 186 yards and two scores over 41 carries.
The Titans have added some juice to their return game as well as their receiving game, perhaps their running game, and anything else Dexter McCluster can handle. The Titans signed the diminutive 2013 Pro Bowler to a three-year deal worth $12 million on Tuesday.
McCluster spent his first four seasons with the Chiefs and increased his reception, yardage and yards per catch totals each season. He caught 53 balls for 511 yards last season. However, McCluster's real value is found on special teams.
His 686 punt return yards in 2013 led the NFL, and he was the only player to return two punts to the house. The Titans didn't record a punt-return touchdown and ranked 24th in both punt-return yardage and yards per return last year.
The Cowboys cut Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware? Who cares?
The Giants possibly found their new starting running back? Pssh, overrated.
The 49ers traded for one of the worst first-round picks in recent memory? That's just stupid.
All of those stories pale in comparison to today's real news: kickers, kickers, kickers. They may think they are being devalued with the movement to push back the extra point, but on Tuesday, they were signed up as if they were their team's first priority.
The Colts' Adam Vinatieri got it started Tuesday when he re-signed for two years and $5 million.
Phil Dawson followed with a two-year deal of his own to stay with the 49ers.
Then the Bills re-signed Dan Carpenter for four years, and the Jets gave Nick Folk, the guy they franchise-tagged two weeks ago, a four-year contract worth $12 million.
Also, the Giants are reportedly close to re-signing Josh Brown.
The Jaguars are in the market for a new starting running back since Maurice Jones-Drew isn't expected to be re-signed. One would figure that the new starter isn't Toby Gerhart, but the Jags did just give him some serious coin. FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports that the Jaguars signed the former Vikings runner to a three-year contract worth $10.5 million with $4.5 million guaranteed.
Gerhart spent his first four seasons backing up Adrian Peterson in Minnesota. Last season, he averaged almost eight yards per carry but on only 36 rushes. He has averaged 4.7 yards per carry over a career 276 rushes.
Considered by many to be the best running back option that will be available when free agency starts Tuesday afternoon, Ben Tate wanted to make it known that he sees himself as an elite NFL back and that whoever signs him will not be sorry. He also made it clear that he sees his time with the Texans as over. "I'm very grateful for the Texans selecting me and giving me an opportunity coming out of college," Tate said. "Without a doubt I'm very grateful for that. I just see it as a chapter closing in my life and opening a new chapter."
Is Denard Robinson, at barely 6 feet tall and less than 200 pounds, really built to be a traditional running back in the NFL? Others have had success at that size -- Jamaal Charles immediately comes to mind -- but players who are that slight of build usually don't last long at that position. However, the Jaguars want to see if Robinson can handle the job and be more than a gimmick player.
Robinson was barely anything as a rookie in 2013 as he carried the ball 20 times for 66 yards in 16 games. He played a total of 52 snaps. But head coach Gus Bradley said this past weekend that "I don't think [Robinson] is a gimmick guy. He can maybe run outside zone and get to the point where he runs north. But how can you tell off 10 runs?"
Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union wrote that Robinson will be "given ample opportunities to prove he can be an NFL running back" during the preseason.