Rams re-signed SLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar two a two-year contract with a max value of $8.5 million.
LaMarr Woodley confirmed he will play defensive end in Oakland.
He'll likely play right end with Justin Tuck at his natural left end spot. With Sio Moore in the Von Miller role at strong-side linebacker and left end on pass-rushing downs -- with Tuck kicking to three technique in those scenarios -- the Raiders do have the potential to bring some pressure. They also fielded a respectable front seven in 2013, however, and finished 4-12.
The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans are expected to release QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The move would save $3.25 million. After signing Charlie Whitehurst to be Jake Locker's backup Thursday, Fitzpatrick is no longer needed. Fitzpatrick is a gazillion times better than Whitehurst, but Whitehurst and coach Ken Whisenhunt have a history. Fitz would vault near the top of a pitiful free-agent QB market.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Steve Smith will visit the Ravens on Friday.
We won't have a resolution Thursday. Smith is hopping on a plane tonight and will meet with Ravens brass in the morning. Baltimore is far and away the favorite to land the soon-to-be 35-year-old. At this point, Smith's name is bigger than his game, but he brings toughness and very reliable hands. He'd be the No. 3 option in the Ravens passing attack, behind Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta.
Free agent OG Travelle Wharton told the Charlotte Observer he's undecided on retirement.
Wharton has a lot of juice left in the tank and will only be turning 33 in May. "I’m really just enjoying my family time right now," he said. "I don’t want to say I’m done and I don’t want to say I’m going to keep playing for another five or six years. I don’t know." Wharton has reportedly received calls from teams, "but hasn't heard much from the Panthers" in recent weeks.
The Panthers are "keeping tabs" on free agent James Jones.
They're also "slow-playing" Hakeem Nicks' market. GM Dave Gettleman took a similar philosophy into 2013 free agency and emerged with several big-time contributors, including Mike Mitchell, Ted Ginn, Drayton Florence, and Travelle Wharton. After releasing Steve Smith, Carolina needs two starting receivers.
The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans are still shopping Chris Johnson, and that there's "some interest around the league."
Interest has undoubtedly increased since CJ?K said he was willing to redo his contract, but the odds of a trade are still remote. Johnson is due $8 million, and would likely have to be comfortable dropping that number down to $2-$3 million. Release remains the most likely scenario.
Free agent CB Walter Thurmond has left his Jaguars visit and will meet with the 49ers next.
A previous report had Thurmond set to visit the Bucs and Redskins, but they may either take place later on, or have been canceled. Thurmond is our No. 2 free agent cornerback left, behind only Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.