Pack in the Pros: Offseason Update

Willie Young and some of his former mates are getting paid.

Zach Allen: Just two month after being signed to a reserve/future contract, the Colts cut Allen, which is apparently what happens to most players signed to such a deal. C.J. Wilson was also retained, for now, by the Bears on a reserve/future contract, and Terrell Manning and Tobais Palmer got the same from the Chargers. Hopefully they all survive the summer.

Audie Cole: Cole looks like the favorite to start for the Vikings next year at middle linebacker with the release of troubled Erin Henderson (two recent DUIs amidst other "off the field issues"). Henderson was actually moved to the outside to accommodate Cole late last year.

Jerricho Cotchery: J-Co is coming home, having signed a two-year, five-million-dollar contract with the Carolina Panthers. The deal includes three additional voidable option years. Cotchery's 2.25 million dollar signing bonus is the only guaranteed money in the deal. After the Panthers cut Steve Smith and saw three other receivers sign elsewhere via free agency, Cotchery is the only receiver on the roster to have made a catch in the NFL. J-Co is coming off a 10-touchdown season with the Steelers.

Mike Glennon: Despite a promising rookie campaign from Glennon, new Buccaneers' coach Lovie Smith has named free agent signee Josh McNown the team's starter, though that doesn't necessarily mean Glennon isn't in the team's long-term plans. The journeyman McNown will be a good mentor, allowing Glennon the opportunity to develop after he was forced into action earlier than expected last season.

Leroy Harris: Harris, who only played in one game last season for the Lions, has been let go. Hopefully this is not the end of the line for the former Tennessee starter.

Steven Hauschka: Hauschka, after a season that saw him make a couple of overtime winners and go a perfect 8-for-8 in the postseason en route to a ring, inked a three-year, 9.15-million-dollar deal with the Seahawks. Hauschka is guaranteed 3.35 million under the terms of the deal.

Ted Larsen: Larsen is leaving Tampa for the desert after agreeing to a two-year, 2.6-million-dollar deal with the Cardinals. Nearly half a million (475K) of Larsen's deal is guaranteed.

Mario Williams: Super Mario recently lent his voice talents to an episode of Family Guy.

Russell Wilson: Fresh off helping some kids find their lost dog (seriously), Wilson will make a cameo in the Entourage movie.

Earl Wolff: In a bit of a surprise move, the Eagles resigned Nate Allen, though it's just a one-year deal. Wolff got plenty of run when healthy a year ago and seemed poised to take over Allen's spot in 2014. He may yet be a first teamer, but the re-upping of Allen suggests that Philly is either not sold on Wolff as the starter or that the franchise is worried about his ability to stay healthy for 16 games.

Willie Young: I speculated throughout the season that free agent to be Young, who was always productive in a limited role with the Lions, would likely get a nice deal in the offseason and a chance to get on the field for more snaps in the future. That deal came with Detroit's division rival, as Chicago inked Young to a three-year, nine-million-dollar deal with 3.95 million in guarantees. Young matched his career high with three sacks and set new career highs for passes defended (five) and tackles (46) in 2013.

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