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49ers signed RB/KR Jarryd Hayne.

Hayne is a 27-year-old Australian rugby star trying to make the leap to the NFL. He also drew interest from the Lions and Seahawks. Hayne stands in at 6'2/220. He's expected to compete for a special teams role as a gunner and return man. We advise typing his name in on YouTube and watching his rugby highlights.
Mar 2 - 10:14 PM

ESPN 980 Washington reports the Redskins are interested in free agent NT Dan Williams.

Williams, the No. 26 overall pick in the 2010 draft, played close to 500 snaps for Arizona last season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 overall 3-4 nose tackle. He finished third among nose tackles in run defense. After cutting NT Barry Cofield, the Redskins are in the market for a new space-eater up front.
Mar 2 - 9:55 PM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports the Texans have given Andre Johnson permission to seek a trade, and if one can't be found, he'll be released.

The Texans informed Johnson that he'll have a reduced role in 2015, and the soon-to-be 34-year-old has asked to be cut or traded. Houston will grant him his wish. We highly doubt any team will trade for Johnson, considering he's scheduled to earn base salaries of $10.5 million and $11 million the final two years of his contract. The Texans will clear $8.825 million against the cap by shedding Johnson's contract. The move will lock DeAndre Hopkins into the clear-cut No. 1 receiver role after he took another leap forward as a sophomore in 2014.
Mar 2 - 8:27 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport mentions the Cardinals, Colts, and Jaguars as "potential suitors" for free agent DeMarco Murray.

RapSheet also throws the Seahawks into the mix if Marshawn Lynch retires, but we don't see them as a serious threat. The Seahawks are unlikely to get anything definitive from Lynch within the next week, and Murray is going to sign within the opening 48 hours of free agency. The other three teams make plenty of sense and have also been linked to Adrian Peterson. Arizona is looking to take some work off Andre Ellington after he broke down as the workhorse in 2014. Ahmad Bradshaw is a free agent in Indy, and Trent Richardson is likely a goner. Toby Gerhart didn't cut it as the Jaguars' lead back, while Denard Robinson is more of a change-of-pace runner. Murray will likely go to the highest bidder.
Mar 2 - 7:22 PM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the Falcons are interested in free agent Brian Orakpo.

This isn't the first time we've seen the Falcons connected to Orakpo. Atlanta was poised to make a run at Orakpo last offseason, but the Redskins ended up using the franchise tag on him. He'll hit the open market next week barring a late deal with the Redskins, who are said to be very interested in re-signing the 28-year-old. Despite a half-sack injury-shortened season, Orakpo will have suitors.
Mar 2 - 7:15 PM

Titans released SS Bernard Pollard.

Pollard, 30, asked to be released after the season. He's 30 years old and looking for a chance to win. That wasn't going to happen in Tennessee, so the Titans granted his wish. Pollard ruptured his Achilles' in October, but should be ready for training camp. He registered 27 tackles, one sack, and one pass breakup across five games last season. Pollard is a quality in-the-box safety capable of punishing opposing players with big hits. He's an above-average run defender and leader and should be able to find work in a weak safety market.
Mar 2 - 6:39 PM

ESPN's Mark Dominik considers the Dolphins one of three teams with a "real shot" at landing free agent Ndamukong Suh.

Dominik compares Suh to Reggie White as a "once in a generational talent" who will actually find his way to the open market. We don't disagree with that assessment. Now on to Suh and the Dolphins; we're not sure how Miami would work Suh into their payroll. After today's releases of CB Cortland Finnegan and T/G Nate Garner, and Charles Clay's transition tag, the Dolphins are about $2 million under the cap. At age 28, Suh is going to command the largest contract among defensive players in NFL history.
Mar 2 - 6:19 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports free agent Randall Cobb could be seeking $12 million annually.

At least that was the scuttlebutt at the Combine. Cobb's original asking price was reportedly $9 million. The Packers could have secured Cobb for $12.823 million by giving him the franchise tag, but instead they'll let him test the market. $12 million isn't a realistic number for a player who, according to Pro Football Focus, played 87.3 percent of his snaps in the slot last season.
Mar 2 - 5:02 PM

ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler reports the team plans to add "at least" one more quarterback despite Friday's signing of Josh McCown.

It will be a mid- to late-round pick or lower-tier free agent. The Browns can't burn another day-one pick on a signal caller after last year's Johnny Manziel fiasco, while they don't have the money to commit to another one of this year's "top" free agents. McCown's three-year deal includes $6.25 million guaranteed, a princely sum for a 35-year-old journeyman who was horrendous in 2014.
Mar 2 - 4:36 PM

"Sources with the organization" tell NBC Washington that the Redskins are interested in free agent Ndamukong Suh.

Consider this the least-surprising development of the offseason. Owner Daniel Snyder has long thought games are won in March, not September-December. Per the Washington Post, the Redskins have about $25 million in cap space. A run at Suh isn't a pipe dream, but would limit new GM Scot McCloughan's options in his first year on the job. The Redskins are 12-15 players away from being a contender, not one.
Mar 2 - 4:30 PM

Giants released C J.D. Walton.

Scheduled for a $2.565 million cap hit in 2015, Walton's release was inevitable. Now that he's gone, the Giants are expected to hand over the reins to 2014 second-rounder Weston Richburg at center. In Pro Football Focus' center ratings, Walton finished 38th out of 41 players last season. He'll have trouble finding guaranteed money in free agency.
Mar 2 - 4:19 PM

Steelers released WR Lance Moore.

With Antonio Brown catching everything in sight last season, Moore became an afterthought in the Steelers' passing game. Falling behind Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton, Moore finished with just 14 catches, his lowest total since 2009. Moore's release saves Pittsburgh $1.5 million in cap room. Coming up on his 32nd birthday, Moore will have a weak free agent market.
Mar 2 - 4:11 PM

The Bills opted not to use the franchise or transition tag on free agent DE Jerry Hughes.

With Justin Houston and Jason Pierre-Paul both franchise tagged on Monday, Hughes heads to free agency as this year's premier edge rusher. Hughes and the Bills have been engaged in near-constant talks since the end of the season, but with free agency now only eight days away, there's little reason for Hughes to re-sign unless the Bills knock his socks off.
Mar 2 - 4:10 PM

The Packers have elected not to use the franchise tag on free agent Randall Cobb.

Cobb becomes the top wideout available after Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas were tagged on Monday. Not yet 25 years old, Cobb has had injury issues in the past, but beasted to a 91/1,287/12 line last season. The Pack will likely work to re-sign Cobb right up until the start of free agency, but there's little reason for Cobb not to let the market set his price.
Mar 2 - 4:05 PM

The Eagles are not assigning the franchise or transition tag.

It means Jeremy Maclin will head to the open market absent a long-term contract before Tuesday, March 10. The Eagles would undoubtedly like to re-sign Maclin after he exploded for 85/1,318/10 last season, but have decided he isn't worth a guaranteed one-year, $12.8 million commitment. Going on age 27, Maclin won't be handing out any discounts with free agency so close. With Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas franchise tagged, Maclin is Rotoworld's No. 2 free agent receiver, behind only Randall Cobb.
Mar 2 - 4:00 PM

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