Cardinals signed TE John Carlson to a two-year contract.
Updating a previous item, Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward will indeed undergo surgery to repair his foot injury that was discovered at the Combine.
The surgery will repair a stress fracture and carries a 6-8 month recovery process. Ward is expected to be ready in advance of training camp, and perhaps even May's draft. Ward ran 4.46 and 4.51 forty times on the foot during NIU's Friday Pro Day. Ward is expected to be a top-50 overall draft pick.
ESPN's Adam Caplan reported on NFL Insiders that "teams are doing search" on free agent CB Charles Tillman's ability to play safety.
Caplan didn't say whether Tillman would be open to the position conversion, at which he's publicly balked in the past. Tillman has always been an excellent ball stripper and tackler. In theory, he'd be a natural fit for safety.
Vikings re-signed CB Marcus Sherels.
Sherels was entering restricted free agency. He's returned a punt for a touchdown in back-to-back seasons. Ideally, Sherels' defensive participation will go down under new coach Mike Zimmer. He's never been an effective cover man.
Browns RE Desmond Bryant has received full medical clearance after his 2013 season ended in December with an irregular heartbeat.
He should be all systems go for OTAs. Bryant was having a respectable first season in Cleveland before the medical scare, with 3.5 sacks and 31 tackles through 12 games. He'll be a nice fit in new coach Mike Pettine's defense. Bryant is solid versus the run and can push the pocket from multiple alignments.
The Boston Globe reports free agent Jermichael Finley is drawing interest from the Jets, Chiefs, Seahawks, Giants, and Steelers.
We're not remotely disputing the report, but it certainly sounds like it came directly from the mouth of Finley's agent. Finley has not been medically cleared to play football after last year's spinal fusion surgery. He does hope to receive clearance by early next week. If Finley gets the green light, he should be seeking one-year, "prove-it" deals. He's still only 27 years old.
The Falcons extended an original pick tender to restricted free agent Robert McClain.
The tender is worth $1.431 million. Another team could try signing away McClain at the cost of a seventh-round pick, though we suspect it won't happen. Still a solid slot corner, McClain figures to return as Atlanta's nickel back behind the impressive young outside duo of Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford.
Bills OLB Mario Williams recorded just two sacks in the final eight games of the season.
Williams posted 13 sacks on the season, and got off to a very hot start with multi-sack days in three of the Bills' first seven games, including 4.5 against the Panthers in Week 2. He cooled significantly in the second half of the season, all but disappearing for stretches. We expect Williams to remain a boom-bust DL1 in IDP leagues for 2014.