Extra Points: Ausberry, Lions, Hawks, Saints

Free agent tight end David Ausberry tore his Achilles during a November workout with the Jets, PFR has learned. Clearly, the injury was devastating turn of events for Ausberry, who spent last summer with the Lions before being waived in August. The 28-year-old Ausberry, who is expected to be healthy by September, appeared in 34 games with the Raiders from 2011-2014 after being selected in the seventh round out of USC.

Here’s more from around the league…

  • Though he never actually made the visit, Arian Foster was scheduled to meet with the Lions after he spent time with the Dolphins, and although Detroit never got the chance to make its pitch, the Lions’ interest in Foster shows that the club wants to improve its running back depth, as Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com writes. Detroit is currently dealing with injuries at the position, as Ameer Abdullah hasn’t practiced all offseason after undergoing labrum surgery, while Stevan Ridley has been out with an undisclosed injury. So while the Lions didn’t land Foster, it wouldn’t be shocking if the team continued to look for outside help.
  • If the Seahawks don’t extend head coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider, ESPN’s John Clayton wonders if the duo could join up with the Rams after 2016. Carroll, of course, has tons of history in L.A. and he would be the perfect high-profile hire for the team as they break into their new market. Los Angeles, meanwhile, is thought to be working on extensions for incumbent GM Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher, but the latest reports indicate that there’s been no movement on that front.
  • Although New Orleans’ defense — especially against the pass — was historically poor in 2015, the Saints could end up fielding a decent secondary next season, as Nick Underhill of the Advocate details. Damian Swann, Keenan Lewis, and P.J. Williams are all returning from injury, and if that group can perform adequately alongside Delvin Breaux, there’s potential for upside in New Orleans. As Roster Resource shows, former Broncos defensive back Tony Carter will also fight for playing time, competing with Brian Dixon and Brandon Dixon.
  • The Packers are working out kicker Brent Wahle on Wednesday, a source tells Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). Wahle, an Ohio Dominican product, spent a few days in Browns camp earlier this year but didn’t earn a contract. He obviously won’t challenge Mason Crosby for the starting job in Green Bay, but Wahle could act as a camp kicker.

Zach Links contributed to this post.

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