ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports Matt Schaub is the Raiders top quarterback target, but Mark Sanchez, free agent Josh Freeman, and free agent Michael Vick are also on their list.
Two of the four, Schaub and Sanchez, are not even free agents, though that is likely to change in the near future. The list is depressing, but it is even more depressing that each of these signal callers would be an upgrade over the quarterbacks currently on the Raiders' roster. Oakland would be wise to invest in a quarterback early in this year's draft.
Bills agreed to terms with ILB Brandon Spikes, formerly of the Patriots, on a one-year, $3.25 million deal.
The Bills foreshadowed this signing when they announced second-year LB Kiko Alonso would move to weak-side linebacker, clearing the way for Spikes to man the middle. Spikes, one of the best run-stuffing linebacker in the league, will provide a solid anchor in the middle of the Bills' new 4-3 scheme.
Free agent Anthony Dixon is expected to sign with the Bills on Saturday.
If true, Dixon would slot in as the No. 3 tailback behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. It's a good signing for the Bills, but seriously damages Dixon's fantasy value. We've always been interested to see what Dixon would do with more playing time, but he's going to be relegated to a backup role to start the season. The Bills were the most run-heavy team in the league last year, so Dixon will see significant carries if one of Spiller or Jackson gets injured. Depending on the length of the contract, Dixon could overtake Jackson's role in 2015.
NFL.com's Gil Brandt confirmed TE Jace Amaro "has the look of a late first-round pick" after Texas Tech's Pro Day on Friday.
Amaro improved on his official 4.72 forty-yard dash at the Combine, running forty times of 4.69 and 4.68. He remains very much in the first-round discussion and could be the second tight end drafted behind Eric Ebron. The Jets, Packers, and Giants were among the teams in attendance for Amaro's Pro Day.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent DL Alex Carrington's had a good visit with the Steelers Thursday.
Nothing is imminent, but both sides will continue to talk. Carrington is an interior pocket-pusher that has the versatility to play all along the Steelers' defensive line. After missing most of 2013 with a torn quad, Carrington should come at a bargain as well. The Rams and Browns are also interested.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora considers the Giants a possible landing spot for C Jeremy Zuttah.
Zuttah's roster spot is in danger following the signing of Evan Dietrich-Smith. The Bucs are considering keeping Zuttah and moving him to guard, but can clear his entire $4.5 million cap hit without any dead money if they choose to release him. The Giants currently have just J.D. Walton and free-agent Kevin Boothe as candidates for their starting center job.
The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens have paid DE Chris Canty his scheduled $500,000 roster bonus.
It likely secures Canty’s roster spot for this season, where he’s due a $2 million base salary. Canty had just 30 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles over 15 games in his first year with the Ravens. He could face competition for his starting job in 2014.
Raiders sign DL Antonio Smith, formerly of the Texans, to a two-year, $9 million deal.
Smith racked up 27 sacks over the last five seasons playing right end in Houston's 3-4 scheme, but may have to move inside in the Raiders' base 4-3 defense. Even at 32, Smith is an above average interior pass rusher and, along with new additions LaMarr Woodley and Justin Tuck, should improve an Oakland pass-rushing unit that struggled to get to the quarterback in 2013.