The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports the Packers have made a "meaningful offer" to free agent DL/OLB Mike Neal.
Unfortunately for the Pack, GM Ted Thompson's offer is "not enough to keep Neal from testing (the) market," per beat reporter Pete Dougherty. Neal is expected to draw interest from the Cardinals and perhaps several other teams once he hits free agency. Neal is 26 and can play all over the defensive front.
The Carroll County Times reports free agent LT Eugene Monroe is seeking $10 million per year.
Per beat writer Matt Zenitz, the Ravens are offering Monroe $8 million to $9 million per year. So there's a decent-sized gap to be bridged before next Tuesday's start of free agency. GM Ozzie Newsome surrendered 2014 fourth- and fifth-round picks when he acquired Monroe via Jacksonville last October. If Monroe hits the market, the Dolphins are expected to pursue him aggressively.
Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward clocked forty times of 4.46 and 4.51 at the Huskies' Pro Day.
Ward did not participate at the Combine due to a foot injury, which has since apparently healed. Despite standing just 5-foot-10 3/4 and 193 pounds, Ward is a big hitter with plenty of straight-line speed. He's got a chance to be a late first-round pick. Ward is a favorite of Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris.
Broncos tendered exclusive rights free agent S Duke Ihenacho.
Ihenacho opened last season starting at strong safety, but his playing time was scaled back down the stretch due to struggles in coverage. He also was fairly disappointing as a run defender considering that is theoretically his strength. In an ideal world, Ihenacho would focus on special teams in 2014.
Broncos tendered exclusive rights free agent CB Tony Carter.
A special teamer and sub-package corner, Carter turns 28 in May. He made two starts in 2013, finishing the season with 12 tackles and six pass breakups. Carter will make $730,000 in 2014 and be a 2015 restricted free agent.
Broncos extended restricted free agent CB Chris Harris a second-round tender.
He may have gotten a first-round tender if he wasn't coming off a torn ACL. Harris claims he's ahead of schedule after escaping with a "partial" tear, and has quietly emerged as one of the NFL's premier slot corners. He'll be in the mix to start for the Champ Bailey-less Broncos in 2014. If Harris makes a smooth recovery, he'll be a hot 2015 free-agent item.
Jaguars re-signed QB Chad Henne to a two-year contract.
The Jaguars had expressed a desire to re-sign Henne since the season ended. Henne gives them a potential "bridge" quarterback should a rookie signal caller not be ready for the NFL. Henne, 29 in July, was one of the better options in a weak free-agent QB class. He started 13 games last season, completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 3,241 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 14 picks.
Free agent G/T Rodger Saffold's agent said his client will test the open market.
"Rodger definitely will be out in the free-agent market," Saffold's agent said. The Rams and Saffold talked this week, but Saffold likely wants to see if a team will pay him to play left tackle. The Rams want him to play right guard. Due to his versatility, we expect Saffold to have a healthy market despite injury concerns.