Steelers will release OLB LaMarr Woodley.
He'll be designated as a post-June 1 release, allowing the Steelers to spread out his $19.76 million in dead money over the next two seasons. The move clears $10.57 million in cap space. Woodley's release was a fait accompli after the Steelers re-signed OLB Jason Worilds. Woodley still has some juice left as a pass rusher, but has become increasingly injury prone, and will turn 30 in November. He'll draw interest as a situational pass rusher for 3-4 teams.
Chargers declined to exclusive rights free agent LB Bront Bird.
The move makes Bird an unrestricted free agent. Bird played 148 snaps on defense last season, but is primarily a special teamer.
The Carroll County Times reports free agent ILB Rolando McClain has begun informing "people" that he's planning a comeback.
McClain turns 25 in July. The former top-eight overall draft pick spent 2013 out of football to finish his degree at Alabama and get his life back together. McClain could draw some interest as a camp tryout on a one-year, minimum-salary deal. In all likelihood, McClain's money ran out during his year "off."
Chargers declined to tender restricted free agent G/T Steve Schilling.
Schilling, 25, was a sixth-round pick out of Michigan in 2011. A "tweener" guard/tackle, Schilling was primarily a special teams blocker last year.
The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears are believed to be offering free agent DE Michael Bennett $8.5 million annually, while the Seahawks' proposal is worth $8 million a year.
Adam Schefter's report that Bennett is leaning toward staying in Seattle suggests he's also leaning toward taking a small hometown discount. We're still not dismissing the Bears' chances of landing Bennett, but they may have to go to $9 million per year to land him. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport recently stated on Twitter, however, that Chicago has already begun turning its focus elsewhere.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are "very serious" about signing free agent Donte Whitner.
A Cleveland native, Whitner would be replacing fellow free agent T.J. Ward. The Browns' interest in Whitner could be a sign they won't be serious suitors for Jairus Byrd. Whitner would be cheaper than either Ward or Byrd.
Panthers re-signed FB/TE Richie Brockel to a two-year contract.
Brockel was a restricted free agent. The Panthers' fullback last season, Brockel played 201 snaps. He's not a particularly effective lead blocker.
Panthers re-signed G/T Garry Williams to a one-year contract.
Williams, 27, opened 2013 as Carolina's starting right guard, but tore his ACL in Week 1 and missed the rest of the season. The Panthers are needy enough up front that Williams is likely to push for significant snaps this year.