Chargers declined to tender restricted free agent G/T Steve Schilling.
Schilling, 25, was a sixth-round pick out of Michigan in 2011. A "tweener" guard/tackle, Schilling was primarily a special teams blocker last year.
The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears are believed to be offering free agent DE Michael Bennett $8.5 million annually, while the Seahawks' proposal is worth $8 million a year.
Adam Schefter's report that Bennett is leaning toward staying in Seattle suggests he's also leaning toward taking a small hometown discount. We're still not dismissing the Bears' chances of landing Bennett, but they may have to go to $9 million per year to land him. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport recently stated on Twitter, however, that Chicago has already begun turning its focus elsewhere.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are "very serious" about signing free agent Donte Whitner.
A Cleveland native, Whitner would be replacing fellow free agent T.J. Ward. The Browns' interest in Whitner could be a sign they won't be serious suitors for Jairus Byrd. Whitner would be cheaper than either Ward or Byrd.
Panthers re-signed FB/TE Richie Brockel to a two-year contract.
Brockel was a restricted free agent. The Panthers' fullback last season, Brockel played 201 snaps. He's not a particularly effective lead blocker.
Panthers re-signed G/T Garry Williams to a one-year contract.
Williams, 27, opened 2013 as Carolina's starting right guard, but tore his ACL in Week 1 and missed the rest of the season. The Panthers are needy enough up front that Williams is likely to push for significant snaps this year.
The Giants reportedly have some interest in free agent TE Brandon Pettigrew.
The Giants are going to kick the tires on just about every available tight end as they search for an upgrade on Brandon Myers. Pettigrew doesn't bring the pass-catching upside Jermichael Finley does, but he doesn't come with the health concerns either. Pettigrew is also a plus in-line blocker.
Cowboys signed P Chris Jones to a one-year, $645,000 contract.
It's Jones' exclusive rights tender. He ranked 20th in net yards per punt last season at 39.1.
USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports the Seahawks may still re-sign free agent Golden Tate.
The sides have had mutual interest in a new deal all offseason, but made little progress in talks. With the Seahawks getting close to re-signing DE Michael Bennett, however, they appear ready to turn their attention to Tate. Tate has said he'd be "very willing" to accept a hometown discount, but with free agency now only a day away, that claim will be put to the test.