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Titans GM Ruston Webster hints the team has tabled its interest in free agent OT Joseph Barksdale until after the draft.

Aside from the Rams, the Titans were the only team known to express interest in Barksdale following the start of free agency. The 27 year old simply has zero market, and will likely end up returning to the Rams on a team-friendly contract.
Mar 30 - 3:20 PM

Broncos franchise player Demaryius Thomas says he won't make waves if he doesn't get a long-term extension.

"I’m still going to put my best game up, not going to do anything to hurt the team," Thomas said. "As a player you want to get a deal, but if it doesn’t happen you just got to deal with it. You just go out and play." The sides have until July 15 to hammer out a long-term agreement.
Mar 30 - 3:15 PM

Eagles signed ILB DeMeco Ryans to a one-year extension through 2016.

The deal lowers Ryans' cap number, and is reportedly worth $7.5 million. It includes $6.25 million guaranteed. Recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, Ryans had been going into the final year of his contract. Ryans remains questionable for training camp, and now finds himself behind Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso on the depth chart. Ryans turns 31 in July.
Mar 30 - 2:50 PM

Free agent ILB Rolando McClain is visiting the Patriots on Monday.

McClain finally has someone to leverage against the Cowboys, who have been lowballing him since the beginning of free agency. McClain was an integral part of Big D's defense in 2014, but dealt with concussions. He's also facing a four-game fine for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Although McClain is surely pleased to have another club in the bidding, New England is not the kind of team that's going to break open the bank for a player with his question marks.
Mar 30 - 2:01 PM

New Bears ILB Mason Foster's one-year deal is worth just $825,000.

It can scarcely even be considered a "prove-it" deal. It's just flier money for the Bears after Foster struggled mightily in 2014. He'll try to earn a role as a two-down run stopper in the preseason.
Mar 30 - 1:22 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Matt Schaub is drawing interest from the Jets, Ravens and Falcons.

That's "amongst others." Per Schefter, Schaub may find a new home before the end of the week. Schaub is no longer a starting-caliber quarterback, and would arguably be a shaky backup. The Ravens want to upgrade behind Joe Flacco, while the Falcons have long lacked a legit No. 2 behind Matt Ryan. Schaub would be a distant No. 3 for the Jets.
Mar 30 - 1:19 PM

Free agent C Chris Myers is visiting the Seahawks on Monday.

It's Myers' first-known visit since he was cut loose by the Texans one week before free agency. The Seahawks have a hole at the pivot after dealing Max Unger to New Orleans. Having made 128 straight starts, Myers remained serviceable in 2014.
Mar 30 - 1:15 PM

Panthers signed RB Jordan Todman, formerly of the Jaguars, to a one-year contract.

Todman didn't get a restricted free agent tender from the Jags even though they only have Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart atop their depth chart. So Todman will fight for a roster spot in Carolina, where they'll continue to add backs behind Jonathan Stewart. Todman, a bit undersized at 5-10/198, does bring some added value as a solid primary kick return candidate.
Mar 30 - 12:31 PM

Browns GM Ray Farmer has been suspended four games without pay for illegal gameday texting.

After an investigation, the NFL has deemed that Farmer acted as a lone gunman when he attempted to text playcalls to the sidelines during 2014 games. So they haven't lost a draft pick, but have been fined $250,000 and will have to go at it without Farmrer for the first month of 2015. He won't even be allowed in the team facility, although that may be a good thing. In Farmer's first year as an NFL GM, he blew two first-round draft picks (Johnny Manziel, Justin Gilbert), chased talented OC Kyle Shanahan away and assembled bottom-barrel offensive talent.
Mar 30 - 12:03 PM

Sources tell NFL Network's Ian Rapoport the Eagles will sign free agent WR Miles Austin this week.

It appears all Austin has to do is pass a physical when he arrives in Philly and the deal will be done. The former Cowboy enjoyed a bit of a bounce-back campaign with the Browns last year, posting a 47-568-3 line in 12 games. But it's an underwhelming signing as he turns 31 in June, had no market in free agency, is an annual injury risk and hasn't been a difference-maker in a half-decade. Expect Austin to slide in as cheap depth behind Jordan Matthews, blocker Riley Cooper and Josh Huff. This signing won't stop Chip Kelly from prioritizing the wideout position in the draft.
Mar 30 - 11:41 AM

The Packers are expected to re-sign NT B.J. Raji to a one-year contract.

Raji's deal will come in well below the $2.75M Letroy Guion got. It means Raji, who missed all of last season with a biceps tear, will be a backup at the nose tackle spot when Guion's pending suspension ends. Raji continues to rue the November 2013 day he turned down a multi-year contract that reportedly contained $20 million total and $8 million guaranteed.
Mar 30 - 11:37 AM

Free agent G/C Tim Barnes is visiting the Chiefs Monday.

The Rams did not tender Barnes as a restricted free agent after the season even though it would have cost them just $1.54M. He's not the answer as Rodney Hudson's replacement.
Mar 30 - 11:31 AM

Chip Kelly says he had little to do with drafting OLB Marcus Smith 26th overall last season.

Smith was the least impactful first-round pick of 2014, as he played just 74 snaps and made zero solo tackles. The selection was deemed a reach at the time and apparently one Kelly -- who didn't have full control over personnel back then -- didn't want to make. So now Smith heads into 2015 with a coach that feels no obligation to give him snaps behind starters Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham.
Mar 30 - 11:27 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said Deone Bucannon will move back to safety this season.

Bucannon was a versatile stud as a rookie, playing a hybrid linebacker position despite getting drafted as a safety. But with Sean Weatherspoon now in the fold and Daryl Washington possibly getting off suspension, the need at linebacker isn't as great. So Bucannon will be competing with Rashad Johnson, Tony Jefferson and Tyrann Mathieu for snaps at safety -- at least in base looks.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 30 - 11:17 AM

The Browns are not expected to lose a draft pick for Text-gate.

Browns GM Ray Farmer admitted that he attempted to text playcalls to the sidelines during 2014 games. Somehow, the Browns are getting off easy as punishment will be levied mostly against the GM himself and not the team. Farmer's first year as an NFL GM was nothing short of a train wreck, with this texting scandal the cherry on top. Expect the franchise to be fined heavily as well.
Mar 30 - 11:02 AM



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