The Giants reportedly view free agent Kevin Boothe as a potential short-term answer at center.
The Giants made David Baas a cap casualty on Monday, opening a hole at the pivot. Boothe kicked over from left guard and manned that spot for the final six games of last season, struggling badly in both run and pass blocking. Jerry Reese needs to land a quality guard like Geoff Schwartz if they're going to go with a liability like Boothe in the middle.
NFL.com's Albert Breer confirms the Colts have "been in talks" to re-sign free agent Ahmad Bradshaw.
The Colts definitely need to supplement their backfield, but re-upping with Bradshaw instead of tapping the open market would be a risky proposition. Bradshaw has chronic neck and foot conditions, and isn't getting any healthier going on 28 years of age. It would have to be a bargain-basement deal with no guaranteed money.
Free agent G Travelle Wharton is considering retirement.
Wharton, 33 in May, is coming off an outstanding season that saw him start 12 games at left guard and be an asset as both a pass protector and run blocker. He's currently our No. 2 available free-agent guard, behind Geoff Schwartz and ahead of Willie Colon and Jon Asamoah. The Panthers would like Wharton back.
Panthers G/C Geoff Hangartner has retired from the NFL after eight seasons.
Hangartner, 32 next month, appeared in eight games, making two starts, for the Panthers last season after signing off the street in November. He played in 118 games total, starting 85 of them, in six seasons with Carolina and two with Buffalo. Hangartner was set to become a free agent at 4 PM ET.
ESPN's Ed Werder reports DeMarcus Ware has requested the Cowboys to decide his future by Tuesday's 4PM ET start of free agency.
It's a complicated situation, as the Cowboys would create $7.432 million in immediate cap space by cutting Ware now, but also $8.571 million in 2014 dead money. That number would fall to $3.25 million if Ware was designated as a post-June 1 cut, but Ware's full salary would remain on the books until June 1, creating no immediate cap room. The Cowboys need all the immediate room they can get, and seemingly want to take as long as possible to make a decision.
NFL.com's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports the Browns are "getting close" with free agents Donte Whitner and Arthur Moats.
Whitner appears to be the Browns' top target, while Moats would be following his Bills DC Mike Pettine to Cleveland. Deals will likely be wrapped up shortly after 4ET.
The Chiefs reportedly have interest in free agent Devin Hester.
Although Hester is 31 years old and not an option in the passing game, he's still going to attract a reasonable market as a strict return man. The Chiefs view him as a replacement for free agent Dexter McCluster and the Bucs with old friend Lovie Smith are expected to come calling.
Texans released TE Owen Daniels.
Daniels, 31, was set to count $6.25 million against the cap. With the Texans having just about $10 million in space, clearing Daniels' $4.5 million in savings was a necessity. Second-year TE Ryan Griffin is now being set up to take over No. 1 duties in Houston. He's a big-time breakout candidate after showing well down the stretch in 2013. Daniels has battled injuries the past couple years, including a broken leg that cost him 11 games in last season. The Ravens (with old friend Gary Kubiak) and the tight-end needy Giants are candidates to show interest.