Free agent James Jones told ESPN's Josina Anderson that he wants to play for the Panthers.
"I would love the opportunity to play for the Carolina Panthers," said Jones, 30. "I would love to play with Cam (Newton)." A Charlotte Observer report from last Thursday stated the Panthers are "keeping tabs" on Jones, but his market has lacked buzz since. Carolina has serious salary cap restraints as long as Greg Hardy's cap number is sitting at above $13 million. The Panthers may simply not be able to afford Jones at this point in time.
The Panthers will host free agent Jerricho Cotchery on Monday.
Carolina lost out to Indianapolis on Hakeem Nicks, and is now eyeing a journeyman slot receiver who turns 32 in June. The Steelers want to re-sign Cotchery, but they're in even worse salary cap condition than the Panthers.
Free agent OLB Rob Jackson will visit the Raiders this week.
Jackson is one of the better edge players left on a stripped-down free-agent market. He made 14 starts in place of an injured Brian Orakpo in 2012 and registered 4.5 sacks. Jackson was sent back to a reserve role last season, notching just two sacks. In Oakland, he'd be a backup and play special teams.
Bucs signed G/T Oniel Cousins, formerly of the Browns, to a one-year contract.
Cousins, 30 in June, started the first four games of 2013 at right guard for the Browns but was thoroughly abused in pass protection, surrendering one sack and 20 hurries across 295 snaps. He was sent back to the bench and played just 27 snaps the rest of the season. Cousins will compete for a reserve role.
Updating a previous item, free agent DE Anthony Spencer is visiting the Giants, not the Rams, on Sunday.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram originally reported that Spencer, 30, was visiting St. Louis. That doesn't appear to be the case. The Giants are looking for a veteran to replace LE Justin Tuck and team with second-year DE Damontre Moore opposite RE Jason Pierre-Paul. Spencer should be healthy by camp.
Arian Foster (back) tweeted that he's been "medically cleared by my doctor."
Foster rushed for 542 yards in eight starts before landing on injured reserve and undergoing back surgery in November. When healthy last season, Foster looked fresh and still had the juice in his legs. His 4.5 YPC mark was his third-highest average of his five-year career. Foster may not be the elite RB1 he once was, but we still have confidence that he can produce top-12 numbers at his position. With Ben Tate off to Cleveland, the Texans need to find a No. 2.
The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are toying with the idea of moving SLB Koa Misi to middle linebacker.
The Dolphins seem intent on getting MLB Dannell Ellerbe to one of the outside spots. Misi is an excellent run defender and can cover a little bit. At 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds, he definitely has the size to make the move. Despite earning less cash than Ellerbe and WLB Philip Wheeler, Misi is easily Miami's best 'backer.
Ray Rice has reportedly lost 15 pounds since the end of the 2013 season.
Rice was tipping the scales at 225 pounds at season's end but, as of Friday, he was down to 210. "He was definitely too heavy last year," Rice's trainer said. "He definitely came back this year and said, ‘I feel heavy. I feel bloated. I don’t feel like I’m moving as well.'" Rice's goal is to play at 205. Coach John Harbaugh expressed a desire to see Rice cut some weight following the season.