Free agent Ben Tate is in Cleveland on Thursday for his Browns visit.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Tate's visit, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was delayed by weather. There's still a chance Tate signs on his first visit. Tate is our top free agent running back still available, followed by Andre Brown, Knowshon Moreno, Maurice Jones-Drew, James Starks, LeGarrette Blount, and Anthony Dixon. It's not a good year to be a free agent back.
Vikings signed CB Derek Cox, formerly of the Chargers, to a one-year contract.
Cox was one of the top free-agent corners last March and signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the Chargers. He was flat-out awful and got his walking papers earlier this month. With the Jaguars from 2009-2012, Cox flashed No. 1 abilities. If he's to resurrect his career, going to Minnesota and playing for Mike Zimmer is the spot. Cox could start opposite Xavier Rhodes, with Captain Munnerlyn in the slot. Cox is still only 27 years old.
Chargers signed CB Brandon Ghee, formerly of the Bengals, to a two-year contract.
Ghee, 27 in June, appeared in ten games last season but played just 80 defensive snaps. He missed the entire 2012 season with a wrist injury. The former third-round pick will compete for a roster spot and play special teams.
Chargers re-signed LB Reggie Walker.
Walker, 27, made six starts out of desperation last season, recording three sacks and 36 tackles. He'll return to contribute primarily on special teams.
Rams re-signed SLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar to a two-year, $3.5 million contract.
Thus ending Ray-Ray Armstrong's brief stay atop St. Louis' "Sam" 'backer depth chart. Dunbar, who turned 29 today, made ten starts in 2013, finishing with 39 empty tackles. His run defense slipped, but he's familiar with new DC Gregg Williams from New Orleans and a favorite of the coaching staff. Dunbar is a two-down linebacker across from James Laurinaitis and Alec Ogletree.
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.