Content provided by Player News - Friday, January 30th, 2015
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|Da'Norris Searcy plans to test free agency||01-30-2015|
|Da'Norris Searcy S BUF|
Free agent S Da'Norris Searcy plans to test the open market.
|A sub-package safety his first three seasons, Searcy started 13 games opposite Aaron Williams in 2014. He showed improved cover skills with three interceptions, and should be able to land a multi-year deal. The Bills have Duke Williams as an in-house replacement for Searcy.|
|Vikings WLB Chad Greenway open to pay cut||01-30-2015|
|Chad Greenway LB MIN|
Vikings WLB Chad Greenway is open to restructuring his contract.
|Greenway was one of the worst starting linebackers in the league this past year. He's due $8.8 million in salary and bonuses next season and will need to take a massive pay cut to return. The Vikings can save $7.1 million by releasing Greenway, but would leave $1.7 million in dead money.|
|Cassel due 500K roster bonus on March 17||01-30-2015|
|Matt Cassel QB MIN|
Matt Cassel has a $500,000 roster bonus due on March 17.
|Cassel is slated to make $4.15 million in 2015. His contract is reasonable for a top backup, but the Vikings could avoid paying any further guaranteed money by cutting him. Cassel is fourth months removed from Lisfranc surgery and questionable to be ready for OTAs.|
|Jerome Felton expected to void his contract||01-30-2015|
|Jerome Felton RB MIN|
Vikings FB Jerome Felton is expected to void his contract, making him a free agent.
|Felton has a $2.45 million player option for 2015. As the Vikings turned to a shotgun-heavy offense to suit Teddy Bridgewater, Felton's snaps were scaled back dramatically despite still-effective lead blocking when he's gotten the chance to play. He'd be a better fit on more of an I-formation team.|
|Bears re-sign LB DeDe Lattimore||01-30-2015|
|Devekeyan Lattimore LB CHI|
|Bears re-signed LB DeDe Lattimore to a two-year contract.||He was scheduled for exclusive rights free agency. Lattimore, 24, went undrafted out of South Florida last year. He recorded three special teams tackles across seven appearances during his rookie season.|
|Blount has marijuana charges withdrawn||01-30-2015|
|LeGarrette Blount RB NE|
LeGarrette Blount had his marijuana charges withdrawn after he completed 50 hours of community service.
|Blount and Le'Veon Bell were arrested in August and popped with pot charges. Blount had until February 4 to complete his court-mandated community service. With the case now resolved, the league can step in and take action against Blount. It's possible he and Bell receive a fine or short suspension in 2015.|
|Brandon Marshall may not be back with Bears||01-30-2015|
|Brandon Marshall WR CHI|
ESPN Chicago admits it's uncertain whether Brandon Marshall will be back with the Bears in 2015.
|The Bears just signed Marshall to a new four-year, $39 million deal last May, but the regime that handed him that extension is now gone. Marshall is still a fine player and worth the money, but there's been some question whether he'll be able to coexist in Chicago with the new staff. OC Adam Gase was the Broncos' WRs coach when Marshall wanted out of Denver. The Bears may also jettison Marshall's quarterback and good friend, Jay Cutler. Marshall carries a $9.575M cap number.|
|Galette's first court appearance set for 2/26||01-30-2015|
|Junior Galette DE NO|
Saints DE Junior Galette's initial court date is set for February 26.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
|Galette was arrested on domestic violence and simple battery charges earlier this month. The woman accuses Galette and his cousin of "jumping" her at Galette's place in Kenner, Louisiana. Galette could be looking at a six-game suspension.|
|Jared Allen's 2015 money fully guaranteed||01-30-2015|
|Jared Allen DE CHI|
Bears RE Jared Allen has a $12.5 million cap number for 2015.
|It's fully guaranteed, too, so the Bears would take on a $12.5 million dead money hit if they were to release Allen. The Bears are expected to switch to a 3-4 defense under new DC Vic Fangio. Allen expressed some concern about the change, but believes he'll be a pure edge rusher at outside linebacker.|