Free agent Ben Tate said that when healthy he is a "top-five running back in this league."
The when healthy is an important caveat. Tate already has two IR stints in his four-year career and has yet to survive a full 16 game slate despite playing primarily as a backup. Tate is the best available running back in an underwhelming class, but his injury history makes it unlikely he breaks the bank in free agency.
The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reports the Ravens have tabled an offer for free agent WR/KR Jacoby Jones.
Baltimore is interested in resigning Jones, but nothing is imminent. The Ravens are unlikely to offer Jones the $4 million he collected in 2013, so he may be interested in testing his value on the open market. He will be nothing more than a special teams player and situational wide receiver in 2014.
Free agent LG Zan Beadles said he is unsure of his future but "would love to be a Bronco" in 2014.
The Broncos seem content to allow Beadles to test his value in free agency, where he could receive upwards of $5 million annually. Denver could replace Beadles in house by moving C Manny Ramirez back to his natural guard position and drafting a center. Beadles is our No. 6 free-agent guard.
TE Dennis Pitta admitted he lacked some explosiveness and strength after returning from a hip injury late last season but feels he is getting close to 100%.
Pitta posted a 20-169-1 stat line in four games after returning from injury but unsurprisingly lacked some quickness just four months removed from hip surgery. Now healthy and with new OC Gary Kubiak in town, Pitta is a candidate for a major 2014 breakout. He is a clear TE1 in 2014 PPR fantasy leagues.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports free agent DT Peria Jerry is likely to reach the open market.
Jerry's agent said, "There’s nothing going on." The former first-round pick has been plagued by injuries and ineffectiveness over his five-year career. He is unlikely to command much guarantee money in free agency.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports free agent RT Mike Johnson and the Atlanta Falcons are in "active talks" over a new contract.
Johnson looked set to be the starting right tackle in Atlanta in 2013 before dislocating his left ankle and fracturing his fibula early in training camp. The 26-year-old Johnson figures to command only one-year offers with little or nothing guaranteed.
According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots have approached Vince Wilfork about restructuring his contract.
The Patriots are searching for money to re-sign free agents Aqib Talib and Julian Edelman, and Wilfork's $11.6 million cap hit is a huge number for a 32-year-old coming off an Achilles' injury. An extension could lower that number and keep Wilfork in New England for the rest of his career.
The New York Daily News reports the Jets will "make a play" for free agent G Jon Asamoah when the leagues three-day negotiating window opens.
Asamoah would be an immediate upgrade to a Jets' offensive line that was one of the worst run-blocking units in the league in 2013. Coming off a lackluster season, Asamoah could be one of the biggest steals of free agency, and signing him would be a solid move. Asamoah is our No. 5 free-agent guard.