Dwight Freeney agreed to reduce his 2014 salary from $3.5 million to $2.5 million.
The move saves the Chargers just under $1 million against the 2014 salary cap. Freeney only played four games with the Chargers in 2013 after suffering a torn quad late in September. Freeney did not light up the boxscore before going down, but was generating consistent pressure for the Bolts. With Melvin Ingram healthy again, Freeney should be utilized as a pass-rush specialist in 2014.
Golden Tate wants to compete for the punt returning duties in Detroit.
Lions' incumbent Jeremy Ross surprised as a returner last season, but Tate was one of the best punt returners in the league in 2013. With Tate expected to have a big role in the offense, it might be smarter to save his legs and let Ross handle the job. Either way, the Lions should have a dynamic special teams unit in 2014.
Justin Blackmon was involved in a single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning in Jacksonville.
The right-rear tire on Blackmon's Denali blew out on the highway, sending him into a road-side guard rail. Thankfully, Blackmon was uninjured, and alcohol was not involved. Blackmon is indefinitely suspended for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. It is still unclear when Blackmon's suspension will end, but he should be able to apply for reinstatement before the beginning of 2014.
Raiders re-signed FS Usama Young to a two-year contract.
Young finished 2013 on IR with a neck injury, but should be fine for the start of the season. A rotational safety, Young finished 2013 with 26 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one interception.
WLB Chad Greenway has agreed to reduce his base salary from $6.5 million to a fully guaranteed $5.5 million.
Greenway is coming off of a horrific season where he graded out 34th among 35 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' 4-3 outside linebacker ratings. He has been solid throughout his career, though, and should offer a veteran presence for a defense in transition. Greenway 2015 salary remains the same, meaning the Vikings could save $7.1 million by cutting Greenway after 2014.
The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers have begun negotiations with free agent WR Brandon LaFell.
After cutting Steve Smith and striking out on Hakeem Nicks, the Panthers are in something of a desperate situation at wide receiver. Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt are currently the top two receivers on a depth chart devoid of talent and experience, and re-signing LaFell would do little to change that reality. The handling of Steve Smith and the decision to release him looks worse and worse by the day. Unless something dramatic happens, Cam Newton has to be viewed as a risky option heading into 2014.
Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg attended the pro day of Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks, a player New York has reportedly been "all over."
Cooks is a dynamic slot receiver that also possess the ability to stretch the field. He has the stop-start quickness of Tavon Austin, but is a more polished route runner and has a better understanding of how to get open. Cooks would be a welcome addition to a Jets' offense desperately in need of weapons. Cooks or North Carolina TE Eric Ebron would make a lot of sense for the Jets at pick 18.
The Patriots and Julian Edelman are working on a new deal.
With several of the wide receiver needy teams now off the market, Edelman may be best served returning to New England. The 49ers are still out there, however, and could make a serious run at the slot-man. Edelman posted 105-1056-6 line last season.