Free agent DT Jason Hatcher will visit the Raiders on Wednesday.
That's provided he escapes Seattle without a deal. Hatcher would be the best player the Raiders have brought in for a visit, though he's going on 32. Coming off a career year, he'd go a long way toward fortifying a pitiful pass rush, but is a curious fit for a rebuilding team.
Sources tell the New York Daily News that the Jets have "real interest" in free agent WR James Jones.
No visit has been scheduled yet as the Jets are hosting Eric Decker Wednesday. If Decker gets away or proves too expensive, John Idzik could very well turn his attention to Jones. The ex-Packer will turn 30 years old and was saddled with a drop-prone label early in his career, but would be a nice complement to one of the stud wideouts the Jets are sure to look at early in May's draft. He's certainly an upgrade on Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson and Stephen Hill.
Bucs agreed to terms with QB Josh McCown, formerly of the Bears, on a two-year, $10 million deal.
McCown is leaving quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman behind for a chance to compete for a starting job. New Bucs coach Lovie Smith has never been one for young players, and will likely give McCown every opportunity to unseat Mike Glennon. McCown's play as a 34-year-old journeyman was one of the best stories of the 2013 season, but a feat he's going to have major trouble repeating without Trestman's guiding hand. New Bucs OC Jeff Tedford is a quarterback guru in his own right, but has never coached at the NFL level. McCown is worth rooting for, but there's major bust potential here.
The Cowboys are nearing a deal with free agent DE Jeremy Mincey.
Mincey, 30, got into hot water for rules violations in Jacksonville last year and found himself waived in December. The Broncos picked him up, serving as a rotational end during their playoff run. Mincey hasn't posted more than three sacks in a season since 2011, but the Cowboys are desperate to just add bodies to their paper-thin defensive line.
Free agent DT Henry Melton will visit the Vikings on Thursday.
To date, Melton had only been linked to the Cowboys, but it appears Big D won't even be his first visit. With DT Kevin Williams expected to move on in free agency, Melton would slide right in along the Vikings' 4-3 line.
Broncos agreed to terms with DE DeMarcus Ware, formerly of the Cowboys, on a three-year, $30 million contract.
Throwing the post-Peyton Manning years to the wind, the Broncos are shelling out $20 million guaranteed for the ex-Cowboy. With Ware opposite Von Miller, the Broncos now have one of the league's fiercest pass-rush duos. Going on 32, Ware's play slipped in 2013, but not to the degree some believe. His six sacks weren't indicative of the pass-rushing heat he generated, often on one leg. The Cowboys were hopeful of a reunion, but badly miscalculated Ware's value on the open market. Owner Jerry Jones' salary-cap incompetence means one of the greatest players in franchise history will now chase a ring elsewhere. Denver now lays claim to arguably the NFL's most imposing front seven east of Seattle.
Free agent S Ryan Clark says he will visit with the Redskins.
The Redskins were desperate for safety help in free agency, yet they still watched as eight of our top-10 safeties signed deals. Clark would have been a nice add about eight years ago, but he's 35 years old now and had been flirting with retirement. The Redskins need to aim higher as they try to repair their broken secondary. Clark did spend two seasons with the Skins from 2004-05.
Giants re-signed MLB Jon Beason.
The Giants' 2013 in-season trade for Beason from Carolina was largely laughed at, but proved a smooth move by oft-savvy GM Jerry Reese. Beason stabilized the Giants' defense as an every-down Mike 'backer, finishing the season with 104 tackles and an interception across 11 starts. Beason remains a plus run defender at age 29, but struggles versus the pass. Still, this was a quality move by Reese to retain Beason, keeping him away from aggressive Denver.