CSN Bay Area reports the Giants have made an offer to free agent Rashad Jennings.
Per reporter Fallon Smith, Jennings is "waiting on Oakland to make their move now." The Giants re-signed Peyton Hillis to a two-year, $1.8 million contract Tuesday, but definitely need another body or two in their backfield. Depending on David Wilson's health, Jennings would have lots of touches at his disposal in New York.
TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports the Bears are facing "little competition" in their pursuit of free agent DE Lamarr Houston.
Chicago is widely viewed as the frontrunners for Houston's services after missing out on Michael Bennett and Michael Johnson, but it's kind of surprising Houston isn't getting more play. That can all change in a matter of minutes, however. Houston is our No. 1 available free-agent defensive end.
Lions re-signed RB Joique Bell to a three-year, $9.3 million contract.
Bell was a restricted free agent that the Lions likely could have retained on a one-year, second-round tender of $2.187 million. Instead, they're locking him up through 2016 and giving him $4.3 million guaranteed -- more guaranteed money than Reggie Bush is on the books for. It's another sign of how high the Lions are on Bell as an emerging front-line running back in a new offense that will feature less shotgun and more traditional formations under new head coach Jim Caldwell. Bell, an underrated talent who is averaging 4.29 yards per rush and 9.82 yards per reception in his two-year career, is going to be a major part of this this timeshare.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports free agent DE Tyson Jackson is drawing an "impressive amount of interest," with the Dolphins, Browns and Falcons among his potential suitors.
Per Rapsheet, the Chiefs also remain in play. The 2009 first-rounder had a career year under Andy Reid and DC Bob Sutton last season, logging 34 tackles and four sacks across 509 snaps while faring well against the run.
The Giants are expected to re-sign free agent K Josh Brown Tuesday.
Brown went a shiny 23-of-26 on field goals last season, including one bomb from 52 yards out and a 7-of-8 mark from 40-49 yards away. He was only an unreliable fantasy option because those 26 attempts ranked 26th in the league.
The Giants reportedly view free agent Kevin Boothe as a potential short-term answer at center.
The Giants made David Baas a cap casualty on Monday, opening a hole at the pivot. Boothe kicked over from left guard and manned that spot for the final six games of last season, struggling badly in both run and pass blocking. Jerry Reese needs to land a quality guard like Geoff Schwartz if they're going to go with a liability like Boothe in the middle.
NFL.com's Albert Breer confirms the Colts have "been in talks" to re-sign free agent Ahmad Bradshaw.
The Colts definitely need to supplement their backfield, but re-upping with Bradshaw instead of tapping the open market would be a risky proposition. Bradshaw has chronic neck and foot conditions, and isn't getting any healthier going on 28 years of age. It would have to be a bargain-basement deal with no guaranteed money.
Free agent G Travelle Wharton is considering retirement.
Wharton, 33 in May, is coming off an outstanding season that saw him start 12 games at left guard and be an asset as both a pass protector and run blocker. He's currently our No. 2 available free-agent guard, behind Geoff Schwartz and ahead of Willie Colon and Jon Asamoah. The Panthers would like Wharton back.