The Falcons extended an original pick tender to restricted free agent Robert McClain.
The tender is worth $1.431 million. Another team could try signing away McClain at the cost of a seventh-round pick, though we suspect it won't happen. Still a solid slot corner, McClain figures to return as Atlanta's nickel back behind the impressive young outside duo of Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford.
Bills OLB Mario Williams recorded just two sacks in the final eight games of the season.
Williams posted 13 sacks on the season, and got off to a very hot start with multi-sack days in three of the Bills' first seven games, including 4.5 against the Panthers in Week 2. He cooled significantly in the second half of the season, all but disappearing for stretches. We expect Williams to remain a boom-bust DL1 in IDP leagues for 2014.
USA Today's Tom Pelissero has heard free agent TE Dustin Keller (knee) is "on track to return."
Keller was having a huge camp in 2013 with the Dolphins before tearing his ACL, MCL, and PCL, dislocating his right knee in Miami's third preseason game. There's no telling what Keller has left -- the injury was gruesome and he's entering his age-30 season -- but it's good news for him. NFL teams would probably want to see Keller work out before entertaining signing him.
Lions extended an exclusive rights free agent tender to WR Kris Durham.
He's now owed $570,000. Durham, 26, appeared in all 16 games in 2013, starting 13 and catching 38 passes for 490 yards with two touchdowns. This was never by design, of course, as Durham was forced onto the first team by injury. He registered a whopping ten drops and ranked among the worst wideouts in the NFL in "catch rate." Durham is best suited as a No. 4 or 5 receiver.
The Titans are in contract talks with free agent DT Antonio Johnson.
Johnson is apparently a player new DC Ray Horton has pinpointed as a fit for his scheme. Johnson goes 6-foot-3, 328 and would likely return as a backup nose tackle or five technique. The former Colt turned 29 years old in December.
Broncos extended an exclusive rights free agent tender to LB Brandon Marshall.
No relation to ex-Broncos WR Brandon Marshall, this Marshall was a 2012 fifth-round pick of the Jaguars. He's a backup linebacker and special teamer. Marshall will earn $495,000 in 2014 if he makes Denver's final 53-man roster.
According to Pro Football Focus, Bills S Da'Norris Searcy blitzed on 10.9 percent of his snaps vs. the pass.
Only Roman Harper blitzed more among safeties who saw at least 50 percent of their team's passing snaps. Searcy began the season as an every-down starter, but moved to a situational role when Jairus Byrd returned from injury. With Byrd expected to fly the coop, Searcy figures to compete with Duke Williams for the starting job opposite Aaron Williams.
Broncos extended an original pick tender to restricted free agent DT Mitch Unrein.
It's the lowest possible RFA tender, and values at $1.431 million. It's a good contract offer for Unrein, a special teamer and reserve who can double at fullback and defensive tackle. He should sign on the dotted line quickly.