The Nashville Tennessean's Jim Wyatt believes free agent Kenny Britt "still has a chance to make an impact in the NFL," and still "definitely has the skills" if his knees cooperate.
Wyatt has covered Britt his entire career, and we've never seen him give rose-colored or phony analysis. Wyatt also says Britt is "a good guy," and not the bad seed "some think he is." Britt obviously lacked confidence and concentration last year, but there aren't many players more worth a cheap, one-year "prove-it" flier. Britt's talent hasn't evaporated and he's still only 25.
Bears re-signed CB Charles Tillman to a one-year contract.
The deal is reportedly worth "just under" $3.5 million. Tillman visited the Bucs and former Bears coach Lovie Smith in free agency, but otherwise received zero interest. Peanut was one of the league's top corners in 2012, but was ineffective as he played through injury last season. A born playmaker, Tillman is open to moving to safety. The Bears have holes at both safety and cornerback, but going on 33, safety could make the most sense for Tillman in 2014.
Bengals claimed OLB Dontay Moch off waivers from the Cardinals.
Moch was waived on Wednesday. Injuries and ineffectiveness have limited the 2011 third-rounder to just five career appearances. The Bengals have a great track record with linebackers, but it was Cincinnati who drafted Moch in the first place. We doubt his second go-around in the Queen City will be much different than the first.
Panthers signed TE Mike McNeill.
McNeill appeared in 14 games for the Rams last year, catching one pass for five yards. He's a blocker and special teamer.
The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers have "talked to" free agent S Ryan Clark.
Clark has made noise about potentially signing with the Redskins, but it doesn't sound like a deal is imminent. The Panthers are searching for a replacement for Mike Mitchell, who's taking Clark's spot in Pittsburgh. Clark struggled in 2013.
Eagles waived WR Joe Anderson.
Anderson was signed by the Eagles a month ago. The 2012 undrafted free agent and potential special teamer doesn't even make it to the offseason program.
Bucs agreed to terms with C Evan Dietrich-Smith, formerly of the Packers, on a four-year, $14.25 million contract.
The deal includes $7.25 million guaranteed. One of free agency's most aggressive teams has gotten better again. Dietrich-Smith has been one of the league's better centers since taking over for Jeff Saturday down the stretch in 2012, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 8 middle man in 2013. He's a major improvement on Jeremy Zuttah, though if there's a knock, it's that EDS is a better pass blocker than road grader. He turns 28 in July.
Dolphins agreed to terms with CB Cortland Finnegan to a two-year contract.
Finnegan was awful for the Rams in seven appearances last season and almost as bad during the 2012 campaign. The Dolphins are hoping that was due to a thigh injury and not because he's lost a couple steps at age 30. It's a risky signing, but one that shouldn't be too expensive. If Finnegan can rebound to anywhere in the vicinity of his All-Pro 2008 form, he'll fit nicely with Brent Grimes.