Jaguars tendered an offer to exclusive rights free agent RB Jordan Todman.
Todman will earn $645,000 in 2014. With Maurice Jones-Drew headed for free agency and unlikely to be re-signed, Todman currently sits atop the depth chart in Jacksonville. He showed plus burst around the edge on 76 carries last season but averaged just 3.4 YPC. Todman also turned 14 catches into 116 yards and a score.
Jaguars tendered offers to exclusive rights free agents WR Mike Brown, WR Kerry Taylor, and G/T Austin Pasztor.
Brown and Taylor will each earn $495,000, while Pasztor will bag $570,000. Brown appeared in 11 games last season, starting six in place of Justin Blackmon, and caught 32 passes for 446 yards and two scores. He's merely a No. 4 receiver. Pasztor started 12 games at right tackle and was above average in pass pro.
Fresno State QB Derek Carr said "there are teams thinking about" signing free agent QB David Carr if they draft Derek.
"There’s so much positive things about having us both on the same team, that I don’t know why somebody wouldn’t think about it," Derek said. "And the truth is there are teams thinking about it, because they’ve been letting us know about it." The brothers have been working out with ex-Giants QBs coach Mike Sullivan to prepare Derek for the draft and try to get David back in the NFL.
ESPN New York reports the Jets plan to let free agent G/T Willie Colon test the open market.
Colon is coming off a Week 17 torn biceps, so he's not going to generate a ton of interest in the first wave or two of free agency. The Jets might be wise to bring him back on the cheap after he started all 16 games last season and proved to be an above-average pass protector on the interior of the Jets' offense line.
Colts re-signed P Pat McAfee to a five-year, $14 million contract.
Punters are people, too. The deal contains $5 million guaranteed and makes McAfee the NFL's fourth-highest paid punter in terms of guaranteed money. McAfee has one of the game's best legs and announced the deal on NFL Network's NFL AM show Friday morning. A year after being the Colts' "franchise player," McAfee gets the security he was eyeing. He also handles kickoffs.
Free agent ILB Brandon Spikes (knee) says he's 100 percent healthy.
Spikes ended the season on injured reserve with a knee injury but didn't need surgery. He'll be full go for OTAs and minicamp with whichever team he's playing with next. It won't be the Patriots, as Spikes said both sides could "benefit from a fresh start." Spikes is just 26 and is a top-notch run defender.
The New York Daily News reports the Jets plan to exercise RE Muhammad Wilkerson's 2015 fifth-year option before the May 3 deadline.
The Jets and Wilkerson's camp have talked about a long-term deal, but one isn't expected to come his way anytime in the immediate future. Wilkerson is under team control for a meager $7.2 million over the next two seasons. That's a huge bargain. Wilkerson has already said he has no plans of holding out.
Steelers ILB Sean Spence (knee) is "significantly ahead" of where the team thought he would be at this point.
Spence wrecked his knee in the 2012 preseason. Among other things, he damaged the peroneal nerve in the knee. It caused a lack of movement and sensation in the foot and leg. The nerve has apparently regenerated, and Spence might be able to contribute in 2014. He could help replace ILB Larry Foote.