Redskins agreed to terms with CB Tracy Porter, formerly of the Raiders.
Porter, 28 in August, started all 16 games for Oakland last season, playing 1,016 defensive snaps. It was the first time in his six-year career he played a full season. Porter can play both outside and in the slot. With DeAngelo Hall and David Amerson looking like the outside corners, Porter will likely replace Josh Wilson at nickel.
The Cardinals paid ILB Daryl Washington his $10 million option bonus Thursday.
After multiple off-field incidents last offseason, there was some question as to whether the Cardinals would pay Washington. They've decided to keep the difference-making inside 'backer. He'll be leaned on heavily after ILB Karlos Dansby left the desert for Cleveland. Washington is an every-down player who can rush the passer and is elite in coverage. He's under contract through 2017.
NFL.com's Albert Breer reports the Bengals are now unlikely to match restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins' four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet with the Browns.
The deal pays Hawkins $10.8 million over the first two years, and includes a $5.8 million cap hit for 2014. The Browns are using their ample cap space as a weapon. It appears it will land them their man, but that's a pretty huge chunk of change for a 5-foot-7 slot receiver, no matter how dynamic. The Bengals would be wise to let Hawkins walk. They'll receiver no compensation if he does, as he was an undrafted free agent.
USC WR Marqise Lee met privately with high-level Jets personnel before and after his Pro Day Wednesday.
It's a sign the Jets are interested in Lee at No. 16 overall, or could even try to snag him in the second round. The 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner measured in at just 5-foot-11 3/4 and ran a disappointing 4.52 at the Combine. GM John Idzik is not done at wide receiver after signing Eric Decker Wednesday.
Restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins signed a four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet with the Browns.
The deal includes $10.8 million over the first two seasons, and a $5.8 million cap hit in 2014. The Bengals have five days to match or let Hawkins walk. It's a big chunk of change for a 5-foot-7 slot receiver, one that was also clearly designed to make it tough for the Bengals to match. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, they do indeed plan to match, however.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he sees newly signed Dexter McCluster as more of a running back than wide receiver.
The 5'8/170 McCluster last played running back in 2011, when he carried 114 times for 516 yards (4.52 YPC) with one touchdown. It looks like Whiz indeed wants McCluster to be his new Danny Woodhead, who rushed 106 times and caught 76 passes for the Chargers last season. "It could vary week to week," Whisenhunt said of McCluster's role. "As long as he makes a lot of plays he is going to get a lot of touches."
The Colts will host free agent Hakeem Nicks on Friday.
Indy would be a great place for Nicks to rehab his career, assuming his heart is still in it. There are whispers it isn't. Still only 26 years old, Nicks would add theoretical playmaking ability on the perimeter of the Colts' offense, with T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne moving around the formation. Nicks recently listed the Colts as one of his preferred destinations due to quarterback Andrew Luck. He's also drawing interest from the Panthers and Chargers.
Free agent DT Jason Hatcher will meet with the Titans Thursday night.
The Raiders let Hatcher get out of town without a contract, so his tour continues. He's already been linked to the Bucs and Seahawks as well. Hatcher is entering his age-32 season and has had more success in a 4-3 scheme than the 3-4 the Titans are installing.