Bears released TE Dante Rosario.
The move is a head scratcher not because Rosario is a difference maker on the field, but because the Bears re-signed him to a one-year contract in late February. A special teamer and run blocker, Rosario figures to resurface elsewhere as a No. 3 tight end. He's stretched at No. 2 on a depth chart.
Broncos G Chris Kuper is retiring from football.
Still only 31 years old, Kuper's career was derailed by two major ankle surgeries, and he was going to be released with a $5 million base salary for 2014. Retiring at a young age should improve Kuper's chances of normal post-football life, whereas continuing to play on bad legs would've been risky. Kuper spent eight seasons in the NFL, appearing in 90 games with 79 career starts.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Panthers are "attempting to trade" Steve Smith.
In other words, Smith will likely be cut if a trade partner can't be found. Considering that Smith turns 35 in May and is due $7 million in 2014, the Panthers aren't going to find a taker. In theory, it's surprising that it would come to this with one of the greatest players in Panthers history, but Smith appeared to have lost multiple steps last season. Excusing his rookie year and injury-ruined 2004, Smith's 745 yards were the second fewest of his career. With or without Smith, the Panthers have a desperate need at wideout.
Patriots waived WR/RB Sam McGuffie, LB Taylor Reed, and DL Cory Grissom.
They were all end-of-the-roster talents. McGuffie was once a young college star at Michigan, but transferred to Rice after Rich Rodriguez left Ann Arbor, and went undrafted last April. He runs in the 4.3s at 5-foot-10, 201.
The 49ers are among the teams showing interest in free agent CB Nolan Carroll.
We're beginning to think Carroll has the best agent in the biz', considering he's not an especially effective player but multiple "reports" have claimed various teams want him. He's also been linked to the Vikings, Steelers, and Dolphins, among others. The Niners are needy at corner after cutting Carlos Rogers.
Falcons re-signed OT Mike Johnson to a one-year contract.
Johnson missed all of 2013 with a dislocated left ankle and broken leg. A 2010 third-rounder, Johnson has made one career start. Even with the Falcons' line woes, he should be returning as a reserve.
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports free agent DE Michael Johnson is not expected to re-sign with the Bengals.
That's been the expectation amongst the Cincinnati media for some time. The Bucs are reportedly making a "hard push" for Johnson's services, while the Bears will likely ramp up their pursuit after whiffing on Michael Bennett.
Giants released C David Baas.
The move saves $1.775 million in room, but leaves a whopping $6.45 million in "dead money" on the Giants' cap. Baas, 32, has broken down physically in recent years, and the G-Men have interest in ex-Packers C Evan Dietrich-Smith. Dietrich-Smith played under new Giants OC Ben McAdoo in Green Bay. Recovering from a knee injury, Baas may resurface on a minimum contract.