The Giants are close to re-signing free agents CB Trumaine McBride and K Josh Brown.
They should both be back on affordable deals. McBride, 28, was a revelation after taking over as a starter due to injuries in 2013, excelling in spot duty. We're a bit surprised he wasn't more anxious to test his market worth.
Profootballtalk reports free agent Vontae Davis is expected to sign a contract on Tuesday, but "not with the Colts."
Reporter Mike Florio does allow that it's "not over yet, though." Either way, it directly contradicts CBS' Sunday report that Davis was "nearing a deal" with the Colts, and that there was "every expectation" an accord would be hammered out by Monday. One of the market's top free agents, Davis should have a new deal/home by tomorrow evening.
Bears released RB Michael Bush.
Bush is getting the heave-ho just two years into a four-year deal. The move frees up $1.85 million in cap space, but leaves behind $2 million in dead money. Signed as a short-yardage specialist, Bush was a bust from the start, and finishes his Bears career with just eight touchdowns across 177 carries. He averaged a miserable 3.1 yards per carry in 2013. Three months shy of his 30th birthday, Bush is unlikely to draw much interest in the first wave of free agency.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears are shopping RE Julius Peppers for trade.
likely certain precursor to Peppers' release. Peppers' 2014 salary cap number is nearly $20 million, and Chicago needs that space to be active in free agency as well as sign its rookie class. At this point, GM Phil Emery would probably accept a late seventh-round pick for Peppers, although he won't even get that. Expect Peppers to be dumped by Tuesday afternoon.
Saints declined to tender offers to restricted free agents WR Joe Morgan and FB Joe Morgan, making them unrestricted free agents.
However, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the team would like to re-sign both players. Tendering them would have required at least a $1.431 million commitment. Recovering from a torn ACL, Morgan is a serious deep threat, but injuries have limited him to 14 games in three years.
Dolphins released CB Dimitri Patterson.
The move creates $5.3 million in real savings, and $5.4 million in cap space. Going on 31, a groin injury limited Patterson to just six games and 241 snaps last season. With free agent Nolan Carroll expected to walk, the Dolphins now have a major hole opposite Brent Grimes.
Bears released TE Dante Rosario.
The move is a head scratcher not because Rosario is a difference maker on the field, but because the Bears re-signed him to a one-year contract in late February. A special teamer and run blocker, Rosario figures to resurface elsewhere as a No. 3 tight end. He's stretched at No. 2 on a depth chart.
Broncos G Chris Kuper is retiring from football.
Still only 31 years old, Kuper's career was derailed by two major ankle surgeries, and he was going to be released with a $5 million base salary for 2014. Retiring at a young age should improve Kuper's chances of normal post-football life, whereas continuing to play on bad legs would've been risky. Kuper spent eight seasons in the NFL, appearing in 90 games with 79 career starts.