Ravens re-signed LB Albert McClellan to a two-year contract.
The sides avoid restricted free agency, and Baltimore retains a core "teams" guy with the ability to play both inside and outside linebacker. McClellan, 28 in June, is not a dynamic defender, but led the Ravens with 12 special teams tackles last season and is a versatile reserve. He made 12 starts in 2012.
The New York Daily News reports free agent FS Chris Clemons is "on the Jets' radar."
He'd be a better schematic fit for the Jets than Donte Whitner, as Clemons is a true center-field safety and would complement in-the-box type SS Dawan Landry. Clemons is an excellent cover guy, though he's a bit shaky in run support and hasn't been a playmaker. The Dolphins are not expected to re-sign him.
The National Football Post reports "about a dozen NFL teams" have expressed interest in or inquired about free agent SS T.J. Ward since the negotiating period began on Saturday.
We don't doubt Ward has drawn a lot of interest, but the only team specifically reported to have reached out is the Detroit Lions. Ward is Rotoworld's No. 2 free agent safety, just behind Jairus Byrd and ahead of Donte Whitner.
NFL.com's Gil Brandt projects Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell as a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick.
We're keeping close tabs on Crowell because the former five-star Georgia recruit is incredibly talented and would offer huge upside if he ever got a chance at an NFL feature back role. Unfortunately, major off-field baggage will probably turn a first- or second-round prospect into a late-round flier. Crowell stands 5-foot-11, 224. He ran a forty time of 4.57 at the Scouting Combine.
Profootballtalk.com reports the Titans will "soon begin attempting to trade" Chris Johnson.
It's essentially the same report as Saturday's from the Nashville Tennessean. The Titans are trying to salvage something, anything, for the player they blew a six-year, $55.26 million contract on back in September of 2011. The deal included $30 million guaranteed, and Johnson has never been the same. Going on age 29 with an $8 million base salary, Johnson has little or no trade value.
The New York Daily News reports the Jets have interest in free agent SS Donte Whitner and RB Maurice Jones-Drew.
This is the first whisper of any team having interest in Jones-Drew -- and the same goes for Whitner -- since the negotiating window opened Saturday at noon. Whitner would be a tough fit in New York because he's a box safety similar to current Jets SS Dawan Landry. Jones-Drew would upgrade on Bilal Powell as a third-down back, and likely form a backfield timeshare with Chris Ivory.
The Cardinals have offered free agent ILB Karlos Dansby a two-year deal worth $10 million to $12 million.
Considering the Colts just gave D'Qwell Jackson a four-year deal worth $5.5 million annually -- and Dansby is going-away the superior player -- this probably won't cut it. Dansby is going to test the market while the Cards hope he brings his best offer back to them. He's the best inside linebacker available.
The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals' interest in free agent G/T Rodger Saffold "appears to have cooled."
Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers confirms Branden Albert is expected to sign with Miami, so Arizona has "apparently set their sights" on Jared Veldheer. It's possible the Cards' interest in Saffold was never especially strong. They want a left tackle, and Saffold is best suited to play guard or right tackle.