The Miami Herald expects the Dolphins to "focus" on free agent RT Austin Howard after locking up Branden Albert on Tuesday.
The Albert-to-Dolphins marriage is already considered a done deal. The Fins need more than one offensive lineman, however, and are expected to pursue Howard as well as free agent Zach Strief, who started at right tackle in New Orleans 2011-2013. Strief is a better pass blocker. Howard is a mauling run blocker.
The New York Daily News reports the Giants have "expressed interest" in free agent Ed Dickson.
Dickson is moving on from Baltimore, while the Giants appear to be kicking the tires on most free agent tight ends. Dickson had an opportunity to break out in Dennis Pitta's absence last season, but instead struggled mightily, catching only 25 passes. He's not a No. 1 tight end.
The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears are on the verge of re-signing free agent LB D.J. Williams.
A source told the paper Williams is expected to be locked up before free agency opens on Tuesday. The Bears would hold another camp battle at middle linebacker, pitting Williams against incumbent sophomore Jon Bostic. Williams was manning the middle last year before tearing his left pectoral in early October.
CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Steelers are "working to see" if Ike Taylor will "take a pay cut to stay."
It's long been believed that Taylor would have to take a pay cut to stay with the only team he's ever known. Coming off a rough season, Taylor is scheduled to make $7 million, and count $11.94 million against the cap. There's no way he'll be back without a significant cut.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Falcons are "very aggressively" pursuing free agent NT Paul Soliai.
According to the Miami Herald, Soliai is down to three teams, and the Dolphins aren't one of them. Per La Canfora, Atlanta is considering implementing more 3-4 concepts on defense. Falcons DC Mike Nolan coached both Soliai and free agent DT Randy Starks in Miami, so there's also a coaching staff connection. Soliai can function at nose in either a 3-4 or 4-3 alignment. Starks is the superior pocket pusher.
Chiefs re-signed OLB Frank Zombo.
The former Packer had a solid first season in Kansas City, appearing in all 16 games and making five starts. Although primarily a special teamer, Zombo notched two sacks, a pick and a forced fumble as a defensive fill-in. He'll serve in the same role in 2014.
Jets extended the original pick tender to restricted free agent LB Nick Bellore.
Bellore led the Jets in special teams tackles in 2013. The original pick tender is the lowest possible and would pay Bellore $1.431 million this season.
The Nashville Tennessean reports free agent OLB Shaun Phillips is "on the Titans' radar."
This is in addition to free agent ILB Jameel McClain and ILB Karlos Dansby. The Titans could also soon jump into the bidding for free agent OLB LaMarr Woodley, who has years' worth of ties to new Tennessee DC Ray Horton. The Titans are transitioning from a 4-3 to 3-4 defense in 2014, and need players who fit the new scheme. Phillips came up as a 3-4 outside linebacker in San Diego.