The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley is hearing that chatter of free agent FS Jairus Byrd landing with the Dolphins is a "smokescreen."
The smokescreen was apparently leaked by Byrd's reps to the NFL Network, which reported Sunday the Fins were "expressing real interest" in this year's top free agent safety. It may be a sign Byrd's camp isn't satisfied with his contract offers to date, which wouldn't be shocking. Byrd is seeking $9 million per year. That's an awful lot to pay a safety with 4.68 speed.
The Chargers are expected to re-sign G Chad Rinehart.
The Cardinals' plan right now is to keep Ryan Williams on the roster and let him compete for a spot in the running back rotation.
Williams has a $1.5 million cap number and was a healthy scratch in all 16 games last year. But the Cards are going to give him a shot because of the eye-opening things he put on tape prior to a brutal 2011 knee injury. If Williams can reach some semblance of his old abilities, he'll be in the mix with Stepfan Taylor behind Andre Ellington. If not, the Cards can move on after training camp.
The Redskins have not expressed interest in free agent CB Antonio Cromartie.
Per the Washington Post, the Skins are more interested in free agent corners Aqib Talib, Corey Graham and Captain Munnerlyn. They're all younger and coming off far better seasons than Cromartie, whose hip issues played a role in his 2013 tank job. Cromartie's market is completely unknown right now.
The Giants have expressed interest in free agent C Brian De La Puente.
The cap-strapped Saints have not made an effort to get their starting center from the last three seasons re-signed. The Giants' interest suggests that David Baas may not be willing to take a pay cut.
The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero is hearing free agent LT Branden Albert's deal with the Dolphins is "almost done."
Salguero says the contract isn't "100 percent done" -- it can't be until Tuesday at 4PM ET, anyway -- but Albert "will be a Dolphin." We're just awaiting contract details at this point. Albert is entering his age-30 season. Reports indicate he'll command north of $9 million annually as the market's top-paid tackle.
The Cowboys have expressed interest in free agent LB Wesley Woodyard.
Woodyard was the Broncos' every-down middle linebacker for much of last season, but got benched in favor of Paris Lenon down the stretch. Therefore, he should come at a bargain basement price for the cap-strapped Cowboys who may release Justin Durant. Woodyard can play at all three linebacker spots and be a special teams asset.
Patriots re-signed TE Michael Hoomanawanui to a two-year contract.
Even with Rob Gronkowski missing nine games and Aaron Hernandez jailed, Hoomanawanui posted a 12-136-1 line last season. He's incapable of anything more than a situational blocking role. Hoomanawanui's deal won't prevent the Patriots from attacking the tight end position in both free agency and the draft.