Vikings GM Rick Spielman said he would like to re-sign free agent LG Charlie Johnson.
Johnson has started 47-of-48 games the past three seasons for the Vikings, but won't be guaranteed the left guard job if he re-signs. He graded out negatively in both run blocking and pass protection last year, and is best suited for a "swing" role. Johnson turns 30 this offseason and should be limited to one-year deals.
Titans signed RT Michael Oher to a four-year, $20 million contract with $9.5 million guaranteed.
We have to believe Ozzie Newsome is chuckling at this one. Oher, 28 in May, never got better during his five-year stint in Baltimore, struggling mightily in spot duty at left tackle and performing at a well-below-average clip on the right side. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 68 tackle in 2013, among 76 qualifiers. Oher was a dead-last 76th in run blocking with eight sacks allowed. He'll replace David Stewart at right tackle in Nashville. For the second consecutive offseason, the Titans are having a head-scratching free agency period under scuffling GM Ruston Webster. (At least they "landed" Charlie Whitehurst.)
When asked about his NFL future, free agent T David Stewart said, "It’s going to take a lot to get me off the lake."
These comments confirm speculation that Stewart would seriously consider retirement after being cut by the Titans earlier this month. Stewart is not retiring officially yet and did leave open the possibility of return. It seems more likely he will hang them up. Stewart spent his entire career with the Titans, starting 116 games at right tackle over the last eight seasons.
Free agent CB Brandon Browner's visit to the Redskins has been canceled, and he remains in New England.
Perhaps the Skins called off their visit after signing Tracy Porter. Browner was believed to be in pretty serious talks with the Patriots as recently as Thursday evening. Our money is now on Brander signing with New England.
The Vikings haven't ruled out re-signing free agent DT Kevin Williams.
Williams has spent his entire 11-year career in Minnesota and could be brought back to start alongside Linval Joseph. It suggests that the Vikings don't see Sharif Floyd as more than a rotational player at this point. Minnesota also visited with Henry Melton this week, but he left without a deal. Williams, 33, is Rotoworld's No. 2 remaining free-agent defensive tackle.
NJ.com reports free agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will meet with the Giants the day after meeting with the Jets.
If his intention is to goad the Jets into overpaying, visiting the cross-town rival Giants the very next day is a solid ploy. DRC is the best-remaining corner on the market by some distance and should find no trouble getting paid. He turns 28 next month and is coming off a top-five level season.
Dolphins agreed to terms with OG Shelley Smith, formerly of the Rams, on a two-year, $5.5 million contract.
The deal includes $1.5 million guaranteed. It's a nice signing for a team moving on from the Richie Incognito/John Jerry "era," though Smith has made only eight career starts. Smith is a road grader in the run game, but needs to improve as a pass blocker. Going on 27, he'll get every opportunity to earn a starting job.
ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys have expressed interest in free agent Brandon Weeden.
The Cowboys are the only team to show interest in Weeden since he was waived. With just Kyle Orton on their roster behind Tony Romo, Weeden could be brought in as a low-cost signing to compete for the backup job. Orton, 31, struggled mightily in a Week 17 spot start against the Eagles last season and is considering retirement. It's possible Dallas could carry all three of Romo, Orton and Weeden on their 53-man roster if signed.