Steve Smith's agent says he's "not going to play for the Panthers next year."
"I know that," Smith's rep said. "I just don't know when that transaction is going to take place." By admitting the obvious, Smith's camp is putting the public onus on the Panthers to resolve the situation. The Panthers are trying to find a trade partner, but there aren't going to be any takers for a 35-year-old (in May) wideout who's due $7 million in 2014. It's time for both sides to move on.
The Patriots have shown interest in free agent Jason Avant.
The Chiefs have also been linked to Avant. Turning 31 in April, Avant has always lacked playmaking ability despite sure hands and plus character. No matter Avant's free agency destination, he will be an underwhelming addition.
The Packers are "expected to consider" free agent OLB Parys Haralson.
He'd be a depth signing behind Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, likely replacing Mike Neal. Despite pre-free agency speculation to the contrary, Green Bay GM Ted Thompson has treated this signing period as he always has done, essentially avoiding it. Haralson, 30, had 3.5 sacks last season in New Orleans.
The Broncos are reportedly showing "huge interest" in free agent WR Brandon LaFell.
LaFell is in New England Wednesday visiting the Patriots. He couldn't take advantage of every-down single coverage in Carolina, but operating as the No. 3 receiver in Denver would be a whole other story. Even the stone-handed, blocking-minded LaFell would put up numbers.
ESPN New York reports the Giants made an "exploratory call" on Darrelle Revis, but don't expect to acquire him.
Any team worth its salt is at least checking in on Revis, but the Giants aren't a realistic destination. They're more than one Darrelle Revis away from getting back to the top of the NFC East, and need to get younger, not older.
Redskins signed T/G Bruce Campbell to a one-year contract.
Why? A former Combine superstar, Campbell has made zero impact in the NFL unless you count up all the negatives. The Redskins were the only team on his trail. Campbell is still only 25, so perhaps the Skins believe their coaching staff can tap his theoretical potential. He has zero career starts in four seasons.
Darren Sproles "wants to get released."
"I don't know where they would send me because I have no control over it," Sproles said. "I feel I should have more of an idea later on today." Sproles found out he was back on the trade block through the media. Apparently told of his impending release, he said goodbye to Saints fans on Twitter last Friday. New Orleans' handling of the situation has been clumsy, to put it mildly.
The Raiders are hosting free agent Andre Brown on Wednesday.
Nevermind a porous defense. Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie is going all-in on injury-plagued running backs in decline, first re-signing Darren McFadden and now targeting Brown to ostensibly form a "one-two punch" of sub-4.0 YPC backs. Brown, 27, has not drawn interest elsewhere during the free agency period.