NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Ravens could "make a play" for free agent C Alex Mack if they strike out on free agent LT Eugene Monroe.
A center isn't really a "backup" plan to an elite pass-protecting left tackle like Monroe. Rapoport's colleague, Mike Silver, also mentions the Bucs as a possible landing spot for Mack. The Browns slapped Mack with the transition tag, which means they only have the right of first refusal. Cleveland wouldn't get any compensation if Mack signs elsewhere. Mack played for Bucs OC Jeff Tedford in college. The Ravens badly need to upgrade on C Gino Gradkowski.
According to NFL Network, the Vikings are a possible landing spot for Darren Sproles.
Buccaneers signed DE Michael Johnson, formerly of the Bengals, to a five-year, $43.75 million contract.
The deal includes $24 million guaranteed, the fourth-highest figure among defensive ends. Johnson will slide in at right end opposite Adrian Clayborn in Tampa, making Da'Quan Bowers a backup. With Johnson, Clayborn, and DT Gerald McCoy in the fold, the Bucs should be able to get more consistent pressure from the front four. Johnson has 21 sacks the past three seasons.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots have made free agent Julian Edelman a three-year contract offer.
They "want an answer by the start of free agency." At this point, it would make sense for Edelman to see what's out there; we're guessing the Pats aren't willing to break the bank. We do envision him ultimately staying in Foxboro.
Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 Phoenix reports free agent DL Antonio Smith is drawing interest from the Falcons, Panthers, and Bucs.
The NFC South is hot after Smith, who also hasn't closed the door on a return to Houston. Smith, 32, can play in both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses as an interior pass rusher. He's racked up a respectable 27 sacks over the last five seasons.
Bengals re-signed WR/KR Brandon Tate.
Tate, a 26-year-old former third-round pick of the Patriots, never panned out as a receiver but has forged a solid NFL career on special teams. He averaged 26.1 yards on kickoff returns in 2013, and 9.3 yards on punts. Tate will not push for playing time on offense, but was worth retaining on the cheap.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Browns "will be in on" free agent Emmanuel Sanders.
Cleveland was interested in Andre Roberts as a complement to Josh Gordon, but Roberts has reportedly verbally agreed to a deal with the Redskins. Sanders is GM Ray Farmer's Plan B. The Jets and Lions are also interested in Sanders.
Giants re-signed RB Peyton Hillis to a two-year, $1.8 million contract.
Hillis, 28, signed off the street last year and rushed for 247 yards with two TDs on 73 carries (3.4 YPC), appearing in seven games and starting one. He should be viewed internally by the Giants as no more than an insurance policy. Hillis is a plus pass blocker, but offers no big-play ability as a runner, is in decline, and has a history of fumbling problems. He's an uninspiring re-signing.