Eagles new CB Nolan Carroll expects to compete for a starting job in 2014.
"Coach Kelly told me I’ll come in and compete for a starting spot," Carroll said. Carroll size and press coverage skills fit well in Philadelphia, and he has the talent to beat out the underwhelming Cary Williams, though it is likely he serves as the No. 3 corner to start the season. Either way, Carroll adds solid depth to a secondary bereft of it in 2013.
The Dolphins reportedly have interest in free agent Devin Hester.
The feeling is mutual as Hester said he would "love to play for the Dolphins." Hester would help a Dolphins' return unit that averaged only 7.8 yards on punt returns and 21.5 yards on kick returns. He is also open to playing wide receiver. Hester averaged 27.6 yards on 52 kickoff returns last season.
TE Zach Miller agreed to re-structure the remaining two years of his contract.
The re-structure reportedly lowers Miller's base salary and gives him the opportunity to earn that money back through incentives. The deal will also lower Miller's 2014 and 2015 cap hits, increasing his chances to stay in Seattle at least the next two seasons. Miller, a better blocker than receiver, posted a 33-387-5 line in 14 games last season. The Seahawks will still look to add a receiving tight end either through free agency or the draft.
Dwight Freeney agreed to reduce his 2014 salary from $3.5 million to $2.5 million.
The move saves the Chargers just under $1 million against the 2014 salary cap. Freeney only played four games with the Chargers in 2013 after suffering a torn quad late in September. Freeney did not light up the boxscore before going down, but was generating consistent pressure for the Bolts. With Melvin Ingram healthy again, Freeney should be utilized as a pass-rush specialist in 2014.
Golden Tate wants to compete for the punt returning duties in Detroit.
Lions' incumbent Jeremy Ross surprised as a returner last season, but Tate was one of the best punt returners in the league in 2013. With Tate expected to have a big role in the offense, it might be smarter to save his legs and let Ross handle the job. Either way, the Lions should have a dynamic special teams unit in 2014.
Justin Blackmon was involved in a single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning in Jacksonville.
The right-rear tire on Blackmon's Denali blew out on the highway, sending him into a road-side guard rail. Thankfully, Blackmon was uninjured, and alcohol was not involved. Blackmon is indefinitely suspended for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. It is still unclear when Blackmon's suspension will end, but he should be able to apply for reinstatement before the beginning of 2014.
Raiders re-signed FS Usama Young to a two-year contract.
Young finished 2013 on IR with a neck injury, but should be fine for the start of the season. A rotational safety, Young finished 2013 with 26 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one interception.
WLB Chad Greenway has agreed to reduce his base salary from $6.5 million to a fully guaranteed $5.5 million.
Greenway is coming off of a horrific season where he graded out 34th among 35 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' 4-3 outside linebacker ratings. He has been solid throughout his career, though, and should offer a veteran presence for a defense in transition. Greenway 2015 salary remains the same, meaning the Vikings could save $7.1 million by cutting Greenway after 2014.