USA Today reports Aqib Talib's "six,-year, $57 million contract" could end up as a one-year, $12 million deal.
Only $11.5 million of the deal is truly guaranteed. Another $500,000 is available for 2014 through per-game roster bonuses. Talib's 2015 and 2016 salaries are guaranteed for "injury only," meaning that, barring a career-ending injury, the Broncos could theoretically move on next offseason. Doing so would incur a $4 million cap hit. It's unlikely to happen, but as is often the case, deals are trumped up in the early days of free agency.
A "well-placed" team source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that free agent CB Brandon Browner is close to an agreement with the Patriots, but that it's a "tough deal to do because of suspension, etc."
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that Browner has "spread the word to those close to him" that he's agreed to terms with the Pats, but his agent vehemently denies it. Browner's rep has spoken directly with many reporters. As such, the deal can't be considered official, but it likely will be some time in the next 24 hours.
The Sacramento Bee reports the Patriots are "trying hard" to re-sign free agent Julian Edelman, and that the Browns remain interested.
The slot man is currently visiting the 49ers. We'd imagine the Browns' "interest" will disappear once the Bengals officially decline to match Andrew Hawkins' offer sheet. Per reporter Matt Barrows, Edelman's decision is expected to come down to money. That's understandable considering how little of it, relatively speaking, Edelman has made to this point in his career.
Giants agreed to terms with LB Jameel McClain.
The Giants aren't done at linebacker despite giving Jon Beason $19 million to remain their starting middle linebacker. It's possible that they'll ask McClain to play outside after their deal with O'Brien Schofield was nixed by a failed physical. McClain, 28, overcame a scary spinal injury to start 10 games for the Ravens last season. He's a middling talent along with Spencer Paysinger/Jacquian Williams at the other outside 'backer spot.
Free agent CB Brandon Browner will visit the Saints if he leaves his Redskins visit without a deal.
There are reports that Browner has signed a two-year deal with the Patriots, but they've been strongly refuted by his agent. We're leaving him unsigned for the time being. We knew the Saints were "looking at" Browner, but not that he had a visit scheduled. Despite Browner's four-game suspension to begin the season, he'd be a nice get for either Washington or New Orleans.
Free agent Donald Penn is on his way to meet with the Raiders Thursday night.
Penn was cut by the Bucs on Thursday afternoon as they moved on to Anthony Collins. And everyone knows how desperate the Raiders are after the Rodger Saffold debacle. So on paper, this looks like a lay-up for Reggie McKenzie to blow through some of his massive cap space. Penn has battled weight problems, but he hasn't missed a single game in his seven-year career and handled the blind side at a plus level.
Free agent Julian Edelman will visit the 49ers on Friday.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the 49ers are also interested in Hakeem Nicks. The Niners have slow-played the market, but are one of the more receiver-needy teams in the league. Edelman would represent a true slot threat that hasn't really been present during the Jim Harbaugh era. Provided the money is right, it would be a good signing for a team in the toughest division in football.
The 49ers are reportedly interested in free agent Hakeem Nicks.
Fellow free agent Julian Edelman is taking an official visit to San Francisco, while ESPN's Adam Schefter says the Niners are merely "interested" in Nicks. Either way, it appears they're serious about upgrading a receiving corps that currently features Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Quinton Patton as their top-three. It doesn't seem like an ideal landing spot for Nicks to rehab his depressed value as the Niners are a run-first team with two clear-cut starters.