ESPN's Adam Schefter reports an "outside chance" remains that the Titans can trade Chris Johnson.
This backs up Thursday reports from FOX Sports and the Nashville Tennessean. Johnson, 29 in September, is now willing to rework his contract to help facilitate a trade out of the Music City. There aren't many teams with clear-cut running back needs atop their depth chart. The Titans will take anything in return at this point.
Free agent DT Henry Melton will visit the Seahawks on Friday.
As if the Seahawks needed to get stronger up front on the defensive line. Melton, 27, entered free agency as our No. 12 overall player available and would have been higher if he wasn't coming off a September torn ACL. Melton's market has been relatively quiet -- he's visited the Vikings -- but if he's struggling to find better than one-year offers, going to Seattle to rehab his value on a prove-it deal could be the best option. Melton had 13 sacks from 2011-12.
Lions re-signed TE Brandon Pettigrew to a four-year, $16 million contract.
The deal includes $8 million guaranteed. Pettigrew, 29, was our No. 2 tight end left on the market, behind Jermichael Finley. He had been drawing significant interest from the Jets, and to a lesser extent the Raiders and Chiefs. Pettigrew isn't a playmaker at the tight end position but is a decent red-zone option and a try-hard blocker. He's merely a low-upside TE2 fantasy-wise.
Bengals OL Andrew Whitworth will return to left tackle in 2014.
This was always the expectation after the Bengals lost Anthony Collins to the Bucs. Whitworth was a beast after shifting to left guard last Week 13, but hardly struggled on the blindside before the move. Now 32, Whitworth is signed through 2015.
Free agent G/T Bruce Campbell visited the Giants on Thursday.
The visit comes the same day that Campbell's Redskins deal fell apart due to a failed physical. The former Al Davis special would be a pure depth signing for a team that's rebuilding its offensive line.
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.