The Dolphins have not had any recent contract talks with free agent LT Bryant McKinnie.
McKinnie was highly ineffective last year and isn't going to be re-signed before free agency, as expected. He looked to be near the end of the line with Miami and likely won't require more than a veteran minimum contract. Given his history of weight issues, McKinnie could struggle to find any interest on the open market.
The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "reached out" to the representatives for free agents G/T Rodger Saffold and LT Jared Veldheer on Saturday.
LT Branden Albert is believed to be the Dolphins' top priority in free agency. They'd reportedly like to sign Saffold as a guard, though they're not opposed to Saffold playing left tackle. Veldheer and Eugene Monroe would be fallback options for Miami if it can't land Albert. We'd almost prefer both Veldheer and Monroe to an aging Albert. Offensive line is GM Dennis Hickey's main focus.
ESPN 1500 Twin Cities reports the Vikings are showing interest in free agent CB Alterraun Verner.
Verner played under DB coach Jerry Gray in Tennessee the last three seasons, so the dots certainly connect. The Vikings also had one worst pass defenses in the league last year and have yet to re-sign Chris Cook. Verner is a top-two free-agent corner and could command $10 million annually. Minnesota has roughly $41 million in 2014 cap space.
ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas reports C Jeremy Zuttah's roster spot could be in danger.
Zuttah has started all 32 games the past two seasons and can also play both guard spots. He has two years left on a four-year, $16.3 million deal. The Bucs can clear Zuttah's entire $4.5 million cap hit without any dead money hits if they choose to release him. Zuttah, 28 in June, is merely an average talent.
The Chicago Tribune believes the Bears could show interest in free agent NT Earl Mitchell.
Mitchell would be a strong fit for the Bears' 4-3 scheme if they fail to re-sign Henry Melton. The Texans have expressed interest in bringing Mitchell back, but he appears set to test the market. Ex-Bucs GM Mark Dominik considers Mitchell one of the top sleepers of free agency.
The Lions' website considers Detroit a possible landing spot for free agent Emmanuel Sanders.
The Lions are desperate for receiving help opposite Calvin Johnson and Sanders would be an upgrade as a replacement for Nate Burleson. Detroit is also believed to have heavy interest in Sammy Watkins and could consider trading up from the No. 10 pick. In addition to the Lions, Sanders has been linked to the Jets and Patriots.
Jaguars signed DE Red Bryant to a four-year contract.
Bryant, 30 next month, was released by the Seahawks in a salary-cap move last week. He wanted to latch on with a new team before the free-agent market was flooded on Tuesday, and the Jaguars always seemed to be a logical landing spot. Bryant reunites with coach Gus Bradley and should anchor the left side of Jacksonville's line on early downs. Tyson Alualu manned that spot in Jacksonville last season but left a lot to be desired. He's entering the final year of his deal.
The Falcons are in "active talks" with free agent DT Jonathan Babineaux.
The Falcons are looking to bring back their starting defensive line after signing Cory Peters earlier this week. Babineaux, 32, could command a two- or three-year contract. Free agent reserve DT Peria Jerry is not expected to be retained.