Bengals SS Shawn Williams is a candidate for an expanded role.
Williams had an impact on semi-regular snaps last year, recording 32 tackles and two interceptions. His presence could make free agent George Iloka expendable. Williams has a chance to start in 2016.
ESPN’s Coley Harvey expects the Bengals to re-sign free agent Reggie Nelson.
Nelson is coming off a career year, leading the league in interceptions and grading out positively against the run. Even entering his age-33 season, he’s going to make more than the $4.5 million he averaged the last four years. Nelson should be the Bengals’ top priority.
The MMQB's Peter King suggests the Browns are the top competition for free agent Brock Osweiler.
The Browns are projected to take a quarterback at No. 2 overall, but have a ton cap space ($33.2M) to make a run at Osweiler. With Von Miller expected to be franchised, Osweiler could max his value on the open market. Osweiler is the favorite to open 2016 as Denver’s starter, but is going to command higher than the $12.25M AAV Nick Foles got from the Rams.
Colts RT Denzelle Good could start in 2016.
Good made four starts as a rookie, struggling in pass protection but grading positively in run blocking at PFF. He’ll be competing with Joe Reitz, though both are replacement level starters. The Colts need to upgrade the right side of their line after allowing 37 sacks and having one of the worst run games in the league.
Browns LT Joe Thomas still thinks he could be traded.
"I'd certainly like to be here, but those are decisions that are out of my hands," said Thomas. VP of football operations Sashi Brown plans to retain Thomas, but a trade could be revisited after the Browns nearly moved Thomas last offseason. One of the top left tackles, Thomas has three years remaining on his contract and would return a package of picks.
The Dolphins haven’t had "any serious talks" with free agent RE Olivier Vernon.
Vernon is Miami’s top priority, but isn’t a lock to re-sign with their cap situation. He's expected to get in excess of $10 million annually. The Dolphins might need to cut/restructure Cameron Wake to keep Vernon.
The Miami Herald considers CB Brent Grimes a candidate for a pay cut.
Grimes has been rumored as a potential cut due to his $9.5M cap hit. The Dolphins are desperate for cap space, but have no choice but to pay Grimes his full salary. Releasing Grimes would cost Miami $3M in dead money.
The Dolphins plan to restructure Ndamukong Suh’s contract.
Restructuring Suh will drop his cap number from $28.6M to $10.4M. After releasing Quinton Coples and Brice McCain, the Dolphins could also cut ties with Greg Jennings and Jordan Cameron.