CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora confirms the Vikings will not re-sign free agent RE Jared Allen.
There was never any doubt, and Allen's fate in Minnesota was sealed Sunday when the Vikings re-signed Everson Griffen for $42.5 million. Allen hasn't generated much buzz to this point in the pre-free agency negotiating period.
The National Football Post's Aaron Wilson reports the Packers are interested in free agent DE Arthur Jones.
They're also interested in Lamarr Houston, perhaps indicating GM Ted Thompson will finally emerge from his annual free-agency hibernation this year. Jones is drawing a ton of interest, also being connected to the Titans, Giants, Redskins, and Vikings. He'll probably command $7 million per year or more.
Vikings signed ILB Jasper Brinkley to a one-year contract.
Brinkley was drafted by Vikes GM Rick Spielman in 2009. He spent last season in Arizona, flopping in the Cardinals' 3-4 scheme. Brinkley gives Minnesota a potential stopgap solution at middle linebacker, though they'll surely look to upgrade in the draft. Brinkley is a limited, two-down run plugger.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Packers are "among those interested" in free agent DE Lamarr Houston.
Houston would be a huge get for GM Ted Thompson, who is trying to get quicker and more athletic on the defensive line. Houston is listed at 6-foot-3, 300, but after watching his 2013 tape we believe he was closer to the 275-280 pound range, at least in his contract year. The Raiders have been surprisingly lukewarm on keeping him. Houston is Rotoworld's No. 2 free agent defensive end left on the market, behind Michael Johnson and ahead of Michael Bennett.
Vikings re-signed RE Everson Griffen to a five-year, $42.5 million contract with $20 million guaranteed.
This is shaping up as a highly-paid 2014 free agent class. Retaining Griffen is still a critical maneuver for GM Rick Spielman, whose defensive line has underwhelmed recently and crumbled almost entirely in 2013. DTs Kevin Williams and Fred Evans are free agents, NT Letroy Guion was released, and RE Jared Allen isn't coming back. Griffen has been "blocked" by Allen and LE Brian Robison the past several seasons, but still managed 13.5 sacks over the last two in a clear-cut reserve role, and just turned 26 in December. He's a high-ceiling prospect with 2014 breakout potential in IDP leagues. Look for Griffen to take over as Minnesota's every-down right defensive end, replacing Allen.
Ravens G/T Jah Reid was arrested on two misdemeanor charges of battery in Key West, Fla. early Sunday morning.
Reid, 25, was booked at 3:14 AM. No other details are known, but that makes three Ravens to be arrested the past month. Reid joins WR Deonte Thompson and Ray Rice. The 2011 third-rounder played just 23 offensive snaps in 2013.
A team source tells Comcast SportsNet New England's Mike Giardi that there's a "strong push" inside Patriots headquarters for the team to re-sign free agent Julian Edelman.
Per Giardi, the coaching staff "loves" Edelman's "work ethic and production as a dual threat," referring to Edelman's receiving and punt returning prowess. We don't believe Edelman would break the bank in free agency, but he certainly should command a deal similar to Danny Amendola's from 2013. There is some belief the Pats would cut Amendola and essentially give his deal to Edelman, but we're skeptical. Ideally, New England would bring back both.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports four teams expressed interest in free agent OG Shelley Smith on Saturday.
Smith has appeared in 25 games, starting eight, the past two seasons. He played 371 offensive snaps in 2013 and received glowing reviews for his run-blocking. Smith is a strong pulling guard who would make sense for teams that implement zone-blocking schemes. The Rams don't appear to have much interest in re-signing Smith, even though they need a ton of help up front.