Panthers re-signed DE Wes Horton to a one-year contract.
Horton appeared in eight games (two starts) as a rotational edge defender. He missed four games to a PED suspension and was briefly released in December before re-signing to the practice squad. 26-year-old Horton will return as depth behind Charles Johnson and Kony Ealy.
The Giants will stick with Ereck Flowers at left tackle in 2016.
This was confirmed when GM Jerry Reese released Will Beatty. To say Flowers took his lumps as a rookie would be an understatement. The ninth overall pick in last April's draft, Flowers graded out dead last in Pro Football Focus' offensive tackle ratings, allowing a league-high 47 quarterback hurries to go with 17 hits on Eli Manning, which ranked second most among NFL tackles.
Giants hired Jeff Zgonina as assistant defensive line coach.
Zgonina held the same position with the Texans in 2013. 45-year-old Zgonina played 17 seasons in the NFL as a versatile defensive lineman. In New York, Zgonina will try to jump start one of the league's weakest defensive lines.
The Buccaneers worked out four kickers this week including Josh Scobee.
The others were Nate Freese, Mike Meyer and Cameron Starke. We last saw Scobee in Pittsburgh where he made 6-of-10 field goals before getting cut. Connor Barth finished the year as Tampa Bay's kicker but clearly the Bucs are open to other options.
Colts owner Jim Irsay said Andrew Luck's contract extension will be "a shocking number."
"It's going to be a shocking number," said Irsay. "Nine figures and probably a $20 million starting point per year." $20 million a year for Luck wouldn't be all that 'shocking,' especially considering some of the deals signed by lesser quarterbacks like Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick in recent years. But Irsay's message is crystal clear: Luck isn't going anywhere. Entering the last year of his rookie deal, the Colts would be wise to lock Luck up this offseason. The 26-year-old could be headed for the largest contract in NFL history.
Free agent NT B.J. Raji said his future with the Packers is "uncertain at this point."
Raji turns 30 this summer and has struggled with injuries the last two seasons. Green Bay just signed Leroy Guion to a three-year contract, suggesting the Packers could be ready to move on from Raji. Some of the Packers' other free agents include Casey Hayward, Nick Perry and James Starks.
Steelers re-signed LS Greg Warren to a one-year contract.
2016 will mark Warren's 12th year as the Steelers' long snapper. The 34-year-old hasn't missed a game since 2009.
Terrance Williams will get a raise to $1.686 million in 2016.
According to the CBA established in 2011, players picked between Rounds 3-7 can earn a raise in the last year of their rookie contract if they play 35 percent of the team's offensive or defensive snaps in two of their first three seasons. Williams has played at least 67.9 percent of the Cowboys' snaps in each of his three seasons, which qualifies him for a $978,500 raise. Williams' teammate, S J.J. Wilcox, will also get a raise in 2016.