According to the New York Daily News, the Jets will sign TE Brandon Pettigrew shortly.
It's an upgrade on Zach Sudfeld and Jeff Cumberland, but it's far from a difference-making acquisition. Pettigrew is a plodding, catch-and-fall guy in the passing game that has averaged 9.95 yards per reception in his five-year career. He's also been a liability when blocking in the run game. Pettigrew will barely be on the TE2 radar with Geno Smith and the Jets.
A source tells ProFootballTalk that free agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie turned down a six-year, $54 million offer from the Broncos.
The offer was made prior to the Broncos reached out to Darrelle Revis and Aqib Talib. Now Rodgers-Cromartie is the odd man out in a game of musical chairs. He's the best corner remaining on the market, but teams may be turned off by his retirement talk during Super Bowl week. DRC should've jumped on that Broncos offer.
Free agent CB Antonio Cromartie is visiting the Cardinals on Thursday.
Jerraud Powers started opposite Patrick Peterson last season, but isn't guaranteed to keep his roster spot. Neither Powers nor Cromartie were very good in 2013, but Cro has the longer track record. He's nearly three years older than Powers, however. Cro is going to have to be open to one-year offers with low base salaries.
Jets declined to tender restricted free agent LB Garrett McIntyre a contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.
McIntyre played 271 snaps last season, recording two sacks and 19 tackles. The former undrafted free agent has 5.5 career sacks, but isn't much a pass rusher. He won't generate interest in the first wave of free agency.
Redskins agreed to terms with DL Clifton Geathers, formerly of the Eagles.
Geathers appeared in all 16 games last season, making one start. He played 254 snaps, generating no pass rush. Geathers is a mountainous 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds, but has only one career sack. He'll be "just a guy" for the Redskins.
Raiders signed DE Justin Tuck to a two-year, $11 million contract.
Tuck gave the Giants a chance to match the offer and they declined. It shows how far his stock has dropped. The league saw through his late-season contract-year push, as he compiled 9.5 sacks during the final six games of last season after recording a total of 10.5 sacks in the prior 37 games. He'll turn 31 years old later this month and was clearly (and wisely) seeking to max out his earning potential. Tuck knows the Raiders have no shot to compete for rings anytime soon.
Free agent S James Ihedigbo left Detroit without a deal, but is still expected to sign with the Lions.
Ihedigbo is currently between agents and his wife is pregnant, so he has a lot on his plate. It sounds like the Lions intend to sign him as a starter next to Glover Quin. Former Ravens DBs coach turned Lions DC Teryl Austin said Ihedigbo was one of the Baltimore's most influential defensive leaders last year.
Redskins signed ILB Darryl Sharpton, formerly of the Texans, to a one-year contract.
According to Profootballtalk, the deal is worth "up to" $2 million. Sharpton made 13 starts in Brian Cushing's absence the past two seasons, but wasn't effective at anything other than plugging the run. He's a replacement-level 'backer, and nothing more than a depth signing for a Redskins team trying to find bargains.