The Titans are in contract talks with free agent DT Antonio Johnson.
Johnson is apparently a player new DC Ray Horton has pinpointed as a fit for his scheme. Johnson goes 6-foot-3, 328 and would likely return as a backup nose tackle or five technique. The former Colt turned 29 years old in December.
Broncos extended an exclusive rights free agent tender to LB Brandon Marshall.
No relation to ex-Broncos WR Brandon Marshall, this Marshall was a 2012 fifth-round pick of the Jaguars. He's a backup linebacker and special teamer. Marshall will earn $495,000 in 2014 if he makes Denver's final 53-man roster.
According to Pro Football Focus, Bills S Da'Norris Searcy blitzed on 10.9 percent of his snaps vs. the pass.
Only Roman Harper blitzed more among safeties who saw at least 50 percent of their team's passing snaps. Searcy began the season as an every-down starter, but moved to a situational role when Jairus Byrd returned from injury. With Byrd expected to fly the coop, Searcy figures to compete with Duke Williams for the starting job opposite Aaron Williams.
Broncos extended an original pick tender to restricted free agent DT Mitch Unrein.
It's the lowest possible RFA tender, and values at $1.431 million. It's a good contract offer for Unrein, a special teamer and reserve who can double at fullback and defensive tackle. He should sign on the dotted line quickly.
A league source tells the Florida Times Union that the Jaguars are unlikely to use a first-round pick on a quarterback after re-signing Chad Henne to a two-year contract on Friday.
There is increasing chatter that quarterbacks are going to fall in the draft, and the slides could be expedited if QB-needy teams like Jacksonville suddenly pull out of the derby. Of course, this is Lying Season in the NFL, making it difficult to trust anonymous "league sources." Stated the source, "With Henne back, I don't expect them to take QB until 2nd round and maybe not until 3rd or 4th round." It's worth noting that the source's quarterback expectation would be similar to the path that led the Seahawks to Russell Wilson. Gus Bradley was Seattle's defensive coordinator at the time. He's now the Jaguars' head coach.
Lions extended exclusive rights free agent tenders to WR/KR Jeremy Ross, LB Julian Stanford, CB Chris Greenwood, and TE Matt Veldman.
Ross is the most notable name here. He averaged 29.3 yards per kickoff return with a touchdown and 16.2 yards on punts with another score after signing off the practice squad last season. Ross won't be in the mix for significant 2014 offensive snaps, but should have Detroit's return duties locked up.
Bills CB Stephon Gilmore allowed opposing receivers to catch just 11-of-27 passes thrown into his coverage in the final four games of 2013.
Gilmore missed the Bills' first five games in 2013 due a wrist injury he sustained in the preseason. He struggled upon returning to the starting lineup, but righted the ship down the stretch, holding opposing quarterbacks to average passer rating of 36.1 over the last four games of the season.
Texans LT Duane Brown is putting on weight this offseason.
Brown was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2013, but his run blocking slipped and he attributes it to an offseason loss of 12-15 pounds. "I lost a lot of weight last year and I’m off that. I’m staying pretty big these days," said Brown. Still only 28, Brown remains an elite NFL left tackle. He's signed through 2018.