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 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 season with the Ravens. He could face competition for a starting role 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.
Raiders sign CB Tarell Brown to a one-year, $3.5 million fully guaranteed deal.
The 49ers were reportedly offering a three-year, $10 million deal, but Brown decided to bet on himself and take the one-year offer. Brown will pencil in as the starter opposite D.J. Hayden. He should have plenty of chances to prove his worth before taking another run at free agency next offseason.
Chiefs signed DL Vance Walker to a three-year, $13 million contract.
Walker will replace Tyson Jackson at left end in Kansas City's 3-4 scheme after spending the last five seasons as a 4-3 defensive tackle. He started 15 games in 2013, finishing with 40 tackles and three sacks. Walker isn't an impact signing, but could see an increase in sacks with the Chiefs.
Colts agreed to terms with Hakeem Nicks, formerly of the Giants, on a one-year, $3.5 million deal.
The deal reportedly contains an extra $2 million in incentives. GM Ryan Grigson has reputation for being a closer, so it was always unlikely Nicks left Indianapolis without a deal. Still only 26-years-old, Nicks would theoretically provide playmaking ability on the outside, allowing T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne to move around the formation. If his heart is in it, the Colts will provide Nicks the offense and opportunity to reemerge as a fantasy relevant wide receiver.
Patriots signed CB Brandon Browner to a three-year, $17 million contract.
Browner also received interest from the Redskins, Saints, and Jets before signing with the Patriots. It's a slightly longer contract than expected, as New England initially only offered a two-year deal. The $5.6 million annually places Browner among the top-seven cornerbacks in the league in terms of average salary, ahead of Vontae Davis and Alterraun Verner. Browner is suspended for the first four games of 2014, but will start on the outside opposite Darrelle Revis when reinstated. The Patriots have drastically improved their secondary this offseason and plan to run a physical man-to-man scheme with Browner and Revis.