ESPN.com's Scott Brown reports "there doesn’t appear to be any sense of urgency" from the Steelers to get an extension done with Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger has two years remaining on the eight-year, $102 million deal he signed in 2008 and is set to count $18.9 million against the cap this season. It's surprising that the Steelers haven't already got an extension done consisting their cap issues, but a deal between the sides is expected to happen at some point. GM Kevin Colbert said it's "unanimous" within the organization that Roethlisberger's next contract will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh.
Free agent SS Darian Stewart is scheduled to visit with the Panthers on Monday.
It's possible the Panthers are no longer interested in Stewart after signing Roman Harper to a two-year deal on Saturday. He appeared in 13 games (six starts) with the Rams last season, finishing with 36 tackles and five pass deflections. Stewart will compete for a backup role wherever he signs.
NFL.com's Albert Breer confirms the Raiders are "looking at" free agent Josh Freeman.
The Raiders would prefer to sign Matt Schaub if he's released, but Freeman, free agent Mike Vick, and Mark Sanchez are also on their list. Freeman played under OC Greg Olson for three seasons in Tampa and could be a fit based on his knowledge of the system. 26-year-old Freeman has yet to draw any other interest on the open market.
Free agent LB Dane Fletcher will visit with the Raiders on Sunday.
Fletcher was mostly limited to special teams during his four-year tenure with the Patriots, but is also capable of filling in as a reserve linebacker. In addition to the Raiders, Fletcher has also been linked to the Bucs.
Vikings re-signed LG Charlie Johnson to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.
Johnson has struggled to play above replacement-level the last three seasons and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 48 guard in 2013. He won't be guaranteed a starting job, but provides the Vikings with a veteran option if they fail to upgrade through the draft. Johnson, 30, is also capable of playing tackle and would be best suited for a "swing" role.
Free agent RB James Starks will visit the Steelers on Monday.
The Steelers are an ideal landing spot for Starks, who posted 493 yards, four touchdowns, and a 5.53 YPC in a bounce-back 2013 season. If signed, Starks would immediately take over as the No. 2 running back behind Le'Veon Bell.
Free agent CB Aaron Berry is drawing interest from teams.
Berry, 25, missed the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL and has appeared in just 19 games over the last four seasons due to injuries. A once-promising UDFA, Berry has flashed starting-caliber tools and can contribute on special teams. Berry should only require a non-guaranteed deal and is a low-risk, high-upside signing for teams willing to take a chance on his health.
The Steelers haven't ruled out the possibility of re-signing free agent Emmanuel Sanders.
Sanders remains unlikely to return, but it's possible medical concerns could lead him back to Pittsburgh at the right price. ESPN.com's Scott Brown believes Sanders may have to settle for a short-term deal with little guaranteed money after playing through a foot injury last season. Sanders is reportedly seeking a contract in the range of Golden Tate's five-year, $31 million deal.