Patriots re-signed WR Julian Edelman.
Sanity wins out for both sides, though only after Edelman didn't hear the price he wanted on the open market. A slot dynamo coming off a career year where he caught 105 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns, Edelman means more to the Patriots than he possibly could to any other team. That being said, Edelman's market likely would have been hotter if not for his injury history. Edelman was a secret weapon in 2013, but had just 69 previous career catches. With Danny Amendola returning and Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins another year older, Edelman could be hard pressed to match last season's numbers. He'll be a WR3 in standard leagues and WR2 in PPR.
The Giants have yet to make an offer to free agent CB Terrell Thomas.
Thomas visited with the Raiders this week, but hasn't drawn much interest. The Giants are fully expected to move on from him and have been linked to free agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. It's possible Thomas could return to New York on a team-friendly deal if he doesn't like the offers he receives on the open market. Thomas, 29, is Rotoworld's No. 4 remaining free-agent corner.
Browns agreed to terms with RB Ben Tate, formerly of the Texans, on a two-year contract.
The deal is worth "up to" $7 million. Tate was the best running back on the market, but the Browns were the only team to make a public run. Extremely injury prone through the first four years of his career, Tate's contract is expected to be incentive-based. Coming from the Texans' zone-blocking scheme, Tate is a fit for fellow ZBS OC Kyle Shanahan, but will have to prove he can stay on the field before anything else. Although Tate has impressive burst, his game lacks wiggle. He's a downhill runner who will need his blocking to click to have the breakout year many have long expected. Despite the question marks, Tate and his career 4.7 YPC have definite RB2 potential in 2014.
The Giants have expressed interest in free agent C Ryan Wendell.
It's Wendell's first known interest in free agency. ESPN's Dan Graziano expects the Giants to go with low-cost options at center and believes Wendell may have been a backup plan to J.D. Walton. The Giants are also in talks with free agent Kevin Boothe about a possible return.
ESPN.com's John Keim "wouldn’t be surprised" if the Redskins re-signed SS Brandon Meriweather.
Per Keim, the Redskins don't view any of the current free-agent safeties as better than Meriweather and could bring him back as a veteran to compete with second-year SS Phillip Thomas. Washington also hasn't ruled out re-signing Reed Doughty to provide depth.
The Browns are not believed to be interested in free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Former Titans OC Dowell Loggains presence on the Browns staff sparked rumors Fitzpatrick would land in Cleveland, but that appears unlikely. Fitzpatrick is a solid backup, but the Browns already have enough of those guys on the roster. They need a starter. Fitzpatrick should latch on as a No. 2 somewhere in the near future.
ESPN.com's Mike Triplett believes Travaris Cadet is a candidate to replace Darren Sproles in the Saints' offense.
Cadet was held without a rushing attempt last year and is still fourth on the depth chart, but it's possible he could earn more playing time as a passing down back. He has a versatile skill-set and the potential to be the Saints' best receiving option out of the backfield. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson remain the prime candidates to pick up Sproles' snaps.
The Vikings will consider free agent OG Travelle Wharton if they are unable to re-sign free agent OG Charlie Johnson.
At only 33, Wharton hinted at retirement earlier in the month. This could be an indication he has changed his mind. Wharton is a superior talent to Johnson despite being three years older and would provide a needed upgrade at left guard.