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.
NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports the Browns are showing "major interest" in restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins.
After losing out on Andre Roberts, GM Ray Farmer is looking for an underneath target to pair with dominant No. 1 receiver Josh Gordon. Hawkins is garnering a lot of interest around the league. The Bengals tendered him at the lowest level.
The Falcons are reportedly closing in on a three-year deal to re-sign free agent DT Jonathan Babineaux.
At age 32, Babineaux shouldn't be expensive. He's coming off a 42-tackle, one-sack season as a run plugger up the gut.
NFL.com's Mike Silver reports a "battle is shaping up" between the Giants and Rams for free agent G/T Geoff Schwartz.
Both teams have extreme needs along their offensive lines, particularly in the interior. That's where Schwartz is best utilized. Schwartz can play both guard spots and right tackle. Schwartz was a one-year bargain in free agency last season, but that won't be the case this year.