Darrelle Revis' "one-year," $12 million contract with the Patriots includes a club option for a second year.
USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports the Patriots would have to pay Revis a $12 million roster bonus on April 1 of 2015, before a $7.5 million base salary plus $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses in order to keep him for a second season. Rather than exercise the option, New England would likely negotiate a long-term deal with Revis if he meets their standards of on- and off-field performance in 2014. But it's clear this could be more than a one-year marriage.
Bears signed DE Willie Young, formerly of the Lions, to a three-year, $9 million contract.
Young get $3.95 million guaranteed. Renovating the defensive line was GM Phil Emery's focus heading into free agency, and he's replaced DEs Julius Peppers and Corey Wootton with Lamarr Houston and Young. 28-year-old Young amassed 48 quarterback hurries in Detroit last season. He should play a lot of left end.
Free agent DL Alex Carrington will visit the Steelers on Thursday night.
Carrington is also drawing interest from the Browns and Rams. The 26-year-old is scheme-versatile. At 6-foot-5, 301 pounds, Carrington has the ideal height to play end in the Steelers' 3-4. He's an interior pocket-pusher.
Panthers released WR Steve Smith.
Smith has spent all 13 years of his career with the Panthers, going from 2001 third-round pick to face of the franchise and one of the game's most fearsome receivers. He posted seven 1,000-yard seasons, scored 67 touchdowns and went to the Super Bowl bowl once. But as Smith lost a step or three going on age 35, the organization reportedly found his antics to be a "distraction" and dumped him in unceremonious fashion. He'd fit as an Eric Decker replacement in Denver, or as a No. 2 option in Baltimore. The Bucs, Patriots, Cowboys and Chargers are also thought to be on Smiff's list.
Free agent G/C Phil Costa is visiting the Colts on Thursday, and is scheduled to meet the Bengals on Friday.
Costa would be a rare value pickup for high-paying Indy, and could be their Week 1 starting center, upgrading on outgoing Samson Satele. He turns 27 before the season and has been effective more often than not when he's played.
Free agent DT Pat Sims is meeting with the Titans Thursday.
Sims played surprisingly well for the Raiders last season, notching a career-best 54 tackles in 16 starts. At 6'2/335, he'd be able to play the tackle or end position in Ray Horton's 3-4 scheme.
The Titans are showing interest in free agent Nate Burleson.
Burleson looked out of gas to be kind down the stretch in Detroit last season, but we suppose he'd be "good in the locker room." Burleson turns 33 in August.
Free agent OG Shelley Smith left his Patriots visit without a deal and will now meet with the Dolphins.
Smith would be an outstanding fit in Miami because he's a zone-scheme lineman with difference-making run-blocking ability. He's also soon turning 27 and could be a building block on a team with glaring offensive line holes.