Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports "it wouldn't be a surprise" if coach Bill O'Brien decides to take over the offensive coordinator position.
Houston is on the hunt for a new OC after "mutually parting ways" with George Godsey on Monday. O'Brien took over play-calling duties from Godsey early in the season before sharing those responsibilities down the stretch, so it would not be a big leap for him to take over as the primary play-caller in 2017. The Texans will almost certainly give someone the "OC" title, but O'Brien should run the show moving forward.
ESPN's Eric Williams said restricted free agent Branden Oliver "has a good shot" to be back with the Chargers next season.
Coming off an Achilles' tear, Oliver likely will not take more than the lowest tender to retain, and that would be a smart investment for the Chargers with Danny Woodhead set to hit free agency. If Woodhead leaves and the Chargers do not add anyone of note in the draft, Oliver could play an important role behind starter Melvin Gordon in 2017.
Lions GM Bob Quinn said he thinks WLB DeAndre Levy "can be the same player he was a couple years ago."
Levy has lost most of the past two seasons to injury, but he played well after returning down the stretch. "It looks to me, he was getting healthier and healthier as the weeks went on when he came back," Quinn said. "That’s what we envision." A serious injury risk and set to count $8.39 million against the cap, Levy is theoretically a potential cap cut, but Detroit would not save much by releasing him and has very little talent at linebacker. Perhaps the two sides work out a restructured deal, but Levy should be back for his age-30 season.
Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice reports the Eagles "are considering moving on" from C Jason Kelce.
It would be a surprising move which ultimately would not save the cap-strapped Eagles very much money. Philly would gain $3.8 million against the cap by releasing or trading Kelce, and that number would grow to $5 million if he is designated a post-June 1 cut. Neither total seems like enough to move on from one of the better centers in the game, even if he is coming off a down year. Kelce just turned 29 in November.
Coach Pete Carroll indicated Jimmy Graham will remain with the Seahawks next season.
With Graham owed $10 million including a $2 million roster bonus due on March 11, there had been speculation the Seahawks would decide to move on, but that idea always seemed far fetched. It is more likely Seattle looks to extend the 30-year-old, who had a remarkable year coming off a torn patellar tendon and should only get better as he gets further removed from the injury. Graham will be back for what suddenly has the makings of a high-powered passing attack.
Impending free agent LG Ronald Leary said it was "exciting to be able to play ball again" down the stretch this season.
Leary was limited to four starts last season and opened this season on the bench behind La’el Collins, but an injury to Collins allowed him to start 13 games including the Divisional Round loss to the Packers. "Going into the season I didn’t think I was going to be playing at all," Leary said. "So I’m glad I was able to remind people I could play ball." The Cowboys are unlikely to re-sign Leary with Collins waiting in the wings, but he should have no shortage of suitors on the open market.
Seahawks signed WR Kenny Lawler to a reserve/future contract.
A seventh-round rookie out of Cal, Lawler made some noise during the offseason program but spent the year on the practice squad. Not blessed with above-average athleticism, Lawler's ceiling is as a possession receiver, and he will need to bulk up to fill that role. He will compete for a spot at the bottom of the roster this summer.
Impending free agent CB Brandon Carr said he will consider retirement this offseason.
Carr made the statement after the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers. Only 30, this is likely just a player venting some frustration in an emotional moment, but it at least is worth noting. Carr did not live up to his contract in Dallas, but he has been a solid, reliable starter. He will receive plenty of interest in free agency if he decides to keep playing.