Coach Gus Bradley told reporters Friday that he's planning on Chad Henne starting the Jaguars' 2014 opener.
Bradley said this would "probably" be the case even if Jacksonville selected a quarterback at No. 3 overall. We tend to agree, although recent signs point to the Jaguars passing on quarterbacks and targeting a pass rusher like Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack after the Texans and Rams draft. It's looking more and more as if the Jaguars will take an early- to mid-round QB stab rather than gamble on Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, or Johnny Manziel.
Ex-Vikings WR Greg Childs passed through waivers unclaimed.
The "risk" to put in a waiver claim would've been his scheduled bare-minimum salary of $570,000 with no guarantees, so the fact that he fetched zero interest suggests the NFL has thrown in the towel on Childs. With bad knees and no catches through two pro seasons, Childs' career is likely over before it began.
Giants re-signed LB Mark Herzlich.
A former UDFA out of Boston College, Herzlich opened last season playing significant snaps at middle and strong-side linebacker, but was eventually weeded out in favor of more skilled players. He did rack up ten special teams tackles, which is really where 26-year-old Herzlich's strength lies in the NFL.
Seahawks re-signed S Jeron Johnson to a one-year contract.
The 25-year-old former Boise State star was reported to have been tendered at the second-round level. If he signed that tender, Johnson will be owed $1.431 million. Johnson is used sparingly on defense, but contributed three special teams tackles last season. The Seahawks apparently believe he has potential to contribute in the secondary, based on his relatively pricey tender cost.
Seahawks re-signed G/C Lemuel Jeanpierre to a one-year contract.
A versatile interior reserve, Jeanpierre was set for restricted free agency. He made three starts in 2013, but won't be counted on for a first-team role in 2014. Jeanpierre turns 27 in May. He's a former UDFA out of South Carolina.
Cardinals signed TE John Carlson to a two-year, $4.65 million contract.
Concussion-plagued Carlson finished the 2013 season with 32 catches for 344 yards and one touchdown, appearing in 13 games with eight starts for Minnesota. He turns 30 in May. Although Carlson has never been an effective blocker or overly productive pass catcher in the NFL, teams seem to always hold him in high regard. His addition isn't good news for Rob Housler. As tight ends have never been a big part of Cardinals coach Bruce Arians' vertical passing offense, Carlson landing in Arizona has little or no expected fantasy impact.
Updating a previous item, Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward will indeed undergo surgery to repair his foot injury that was discovered at the Combine.
The surgery will repair a stress fracture and carries a 6-8 month recovery process. Ward is expected to be ready in advance of training camp, and perhaps even May's draft. Ward ran 4.46 and 4.51 forty times on the foot during NIU's Friday Pro Day. Ward is expected to be a top-50 overall draft pick.
ESPN's Adam Caplan reported on NFL Insiders that "teams are doing search" on free agent CB Charles Tillman's ability to play safety.
Caplan didn't say whether Tillman would be open to the position conversion, at which he's publicly balked in the past. Tillman has always been an excellent ball stripper and tackler. In theory, he'd be a natural fit for safety.