Free agent S Roman Harper visited the Panthers Wednesday.
The Panthers are in the market for safety help after losing Mike Mitchell to the Steelers and as Charles Godfrey rehabs an Achilles' tendon tear. Harper, 31, is a two-time Pro Bowler that was released by the Saints last month after battling knee issues in 2013. He won't be expensive.
According to the Charlotte Observer, free agent WR Hakeem Nicks is the Panthers' top target to replace Steve Smith.
Sometimes, it's just a simple connection of the dots. The Panthers are completely overhauling their receiving corps from scratch, Nicks is from Charlotte and he played his college ball at the University of North Carolina. The talented Nicks won't be overly expensive ($4.5 million per season according to CBS Sports) as he comes off two straight disappointing, injury-plagued seasons. An opportunity to rehab his value as Cam Newton's No. 1 option in his hometown should be appetizing.
The Patriots are reportedly interested in eventually doing a long-term deal with Darrelle Revis.
Revis will play out this season on a one-year, $12 million deal. After a "feeling-out period," extension negotiations could get underway. Per the NFL Network's Albert Breer, the Patriots see this as a rare opportunity to hold on to the game's No. 1 corner. It's also worth noting that unlike Revis' old Jets contract, there is no language in this deal that prevents the Patriots from using the franchise tag on him in 2015.
Free agent S James Ihedigbo will visit the Lions.
Ihedigbo played for new Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin for the last two years while both were in Baltimore. He'd ideally be depth at safety and a core special teamer.
According to the SportsXchange, the Panthers have been unable to trade Steve Smith and will release him Thursday.
Smith has lost a step or three as he enters his age-35 season, so it's no surprise the Panthers couldn't find a trade partner. Therefore, his 13-year career as the face of the organization will end with a pink slip and rumors of him being a "distraction." It also leaves the Panthers with Taverres King, Kealoha Pilares and Marvin McNutt as their top-three wideouts under contract. Smith is expected to draw interest from the Bucs, Ravens and Raiders. ESPN's Adam Schefter considers Baltimore the favorites.
The Houston Chronicle believes the Texans will hold onto Matt Schaub "for a while."
The presumption is that the Texans will be able to trade Schaub for assets at some point -- even though he was benched in favor of 2012 undrafted free agent Case Keenum last season. It's already been reported that the train wreck that is the Raiders is targeting Schaub as their veteran addition.
The Redskins are reportedly "making a push" to trade for Darren Sproles.
The Saints are holding onto Sproles as they try to squeeze out the highest bid. He would certainly fit as an upgrade on Roy Helu as the passing back in new coach Jay Gruden's pass-happy scheme, but the Redskins aren't exactly overflowing with draft picks. They lost their first-rounder in the Robert Griffin III trade and only have one pick in each of the following six rounds. New Orleans seems to think they get can get a third- or fourth-rounder for Sproles.
Seahawks re-signed QB Tarvaris Jackson.
T-Jax returns as Russell Wilson's backup. Going on 31, Jackson has attempted only 13 passes since the end of the 2011 season, but has plenty of experience in Pete Carroll's offense. A new deal made sense for both sides.