Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward clocked forty times of 4.46 and 4.51 at the Huskies' Pro Day.
Ward did not participate at the Combine due to a foot injury, which has since apparently healed. Despite standing just 5-foot-10 3/4 and 193 pounds, Ward is a big hitter with plenty of straight-line speed. He's got a chance to be a late first-round pick. Ward is a favorite of Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris.
Broncos tendered exclusive rights free agent S Duke Ihenacho.
Ihenacho opened last season starting at strong safety, but his playing time was scaled back down the stretch due to struggles in coverage. He also was fairly disappointing as a run defender considering that is theoretically his strength. In an ideal world, Ihenacho would focus on special teams in 2014.
Broncos tendered exclusive rights free agent CB Tony Carter.
A special teamer and sub-package corner, Carter turns 28 in May. He made two starts in 2013, finishing the season with 12 tackles and six pass breakups. Carter will make $730,000 in 2014 and be a 2015 restricted free agent.
Broncos extended restricted free agent CB Chris Harris a second-round tender.
He may have gotten a first-round tender if he wasn't coming off a torn ACL. Harris claims he's ahead of schedule after escaping with a "partial" tear, and has quietly emerged as one of the NFL's premier slot corners. He'll be in the mix to start for the Champ Bailey-less Broncos in 2014. If Harris makes a smooth recovery, he'll be a hot 2015 free-agent item.
Jaguars re-signed QB Chad Henne to a two-year contract.
The Jaguars had expressed a desire to re-sign Henne since the season ended. Henne gives them a potential "bridge" quarterback should a rookie signal caller not be ready for the NFL. Henne, 29 in July, was one of the better options in a weak free-agent QB class. He started 13 games last season, completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 3,241 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 14 picks.
Free agent G/T Rodger Saffold's agent said his client will test the open market.
"Rodger definitely will be out in the free-agent market," Saffold's agent said. The Rams and Saffold talked this week, but Saffold likely wants to see if a team will pay him to play left tackle. The Rams want him to play right guard. Due to his versatility, we expect Saffold to have a healthy market despite injury concerns.
Patriots re-signed LS Danny Aiken to a one-year contract.
Aiken was scheduled to be a restricted free agent but is likely returning at the fourth-year veteran's minimum. He hasn't missed a game in three seasons.
The Indianapolis Star reports the Colts and free agent CB Vontae Davis aren't close to a deal.
"No deal is imminent, and the sides are relatively far apart in negotiations," writes Stephen Holder. The Colts have roughly 12 hours before Davis' agent can legally begin negotiating with the other 31 teams. At this point, Davis may as well test the open market and see what's out there. The Colts badly want to re-sign Davis but seem unwilling to commit the top dollars he wants right now.