CSN New England's Tom E. Curran believes Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo (torn pec) is "likely" to be a cap cut.
Mayo will turn 30 in February and has ended three of the last four seasons on injured reserve. With Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins set to land big extensions in the near future, it does not make much sense to keep Mayo on the books. Mayo is set to earn a $4.5 million roster bonus March 9. He will likely be released before then.
Texans LT Duane Brown said he is "coming along great" in his rehab from surgery to repair a torn quad.
"Off of crutches, which is a big step for me. It’s healing pretty well," Brown said. "I’m pretty amazed at the recovery I’ve had so far." Brown suffered the injury Week 17 and had surgery the next week. His absence played a big role in the Texans' offensive struggles in the Wild Card loss to the Chiefs. Brown could be limited during the offseason program, but he should be 100 percent by training camp.
ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold expects Denver to use the franchise tag on Von Miller before working out a long-term deal.
Broncos GM John Elway has used the franchise tag three times in the last four years, most recently with Demaryius Thomas last offseason. The team and player worked out a long-term deal in each of those cases. Legwold expects Miller's negotiation to follow the same path. Miller should expect a deal in excess of the six-year, $101 million contract Justin Houston signed last summer.
CSN Mid-Atlantic believes Redskins SS Dashon Goldson will be brought back on a renegotiated deal.
One of the worst safeties in the league last season, Goldson is owed $8 million in salary and bonuses. He will likely have to accept a straight pay cut to return. The Redskins should be looking for a higher-quality starter either way.
Lions WR T.J. Jones said he is as "normal" as possible after missing 2014 with nerve damage.
Complications from a shoulder injury caused nerve damage which limited the feeling in Jones' hands. The issue cost Jones his entire rookie season and limited him early last season, but he started to feel more normal as the year progressed. With Calvin Johnson looking likely to retire, the 2014 sixth-rounder has a shot to earn a bigger role next season.
Saints WLB Dannell Ellerbe will make $2.95 million in salary and bonuses after restructuring his deal.
Ellerbe's base salary was slashed to $1.7 million, but he can earn some of that back through playing-time incentives. His contract for 2017 voids if he plays at least 80 percent of the defensive snaps next season. The pay cut saves the Saints $2.7 million against the cap.
The Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer believes DE Arthur Jones will be back with the Colts.
Jones' time in Indy has been a nightmare. He has played just nine games since signing a five-year, $33 million deal prior to the 2014 season and was limited in most of those. He missed all of 2015 after tearing ligaments in his ankle in the preseason. Jones is only 29, however, and can be a rock in the running game when healthy. He will count $5.6 million against the cap in 2016.
The Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer believes cutting OLB Trent Cole is an "easy call" for the Colts.
Cole recorded just three sacks after signing a two-year, $14 million deal last offseason. Cutting Cole will save $6.125 million against the cap. The Colts need to find some edge rushers this offseason.