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Free agent ILB Rolando McClain left his Patriots visit without a contract.

The visit was described as "positive." New England was likely just doing its due diligence on McClain while offering near-veteran minimum money. The Cowboys remain interested in bringing back McClain after his standout 2014 season.
Mar 30 - 7:55 PM

Rams re-signed C Tim Barnes to a one-year contract.

The Rams didn't tender Barnes an offer as a restricted free agent, but are bringing him back for under a million bucks. St. Louis' offensive line is dangerously thin. The team would be in serious trouble if Barnes were asked to play snaps.
Mar 30 - 6:39 PM

The Sacramento Bee reports retired DT Armond Armstead suffered a second heart attack before retiring in 2014.

Armstead spent his entire 2013 rookie season on reserve/NFI before calling it quits last summer. He suffered his first heart attack while in college at USC and blames it on the prescription painkiller Toradol. Armstead is now suing the university for giving him the painkiller. Trial is scheduled to start next week.
Mar 30 - 6:36 PM

Eagles agreed to terms with WR Miles Austin, formerly of the Browns, on a one-year, $2.3 million contract.

Another $700,000 is available through incentives. We'd have to think there's little guaranteed money here, but who knows what coach Chip Kelly sees in Austin. The soon-to-be 31-year-old posted a pedestrian 47-568-3 line across 15 games for Cleveland last season and has no separation skills after numerous hamstring injuries. He'll likely back up all three spots in Philly.
Mar 30 - 5:54 PM

Redskins signed RB Michael Hill.

Hill rushed for 4,969 yards and 35 touchdowns in his collegiate career at Missouri Western. He's bounced around the NFL since going undrafted in 2013. He has nine career carries for 23 yards, all with the Bucs two seasons ago.
Mar 30 - 4:53 PM

Free agent KR/WR Brandon Tate visited the Chiefs on Monday.

Tate, 27, is merely a situational deep threat who would compete for a roster on any team. In Kansas City, he wouldn't be an option on returns with De'Anthony Thomas and Knile Davis showing well as the Chiefs' return men last season.
Mar 30 - 4:46 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said getting a long-term extension done with DT Marcell Dareus will become "priority No. 1" after the draft.

Whaley said an extension with Dareus will be hammered out "in the near future," and even left the door open for something to get done before the draft. Entering the final year of his contract and due $8.06 million, the Bills can lower Dareus' cap number by striking a new deal. The 25-year-old had a couple off-field hiccups last offseason, but the Bills have already said they believe that's behind him. Dareus recorded 10 sacks as a First-Team All-Pro in 2014.
Mar 30 - 4:39 PM

Free agent QB Matt Schaub will visit the Ravens this week.

Per the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, the Cowboys, Titans, and Falcons are also interested in the 34-year-old has-been. Schaub would be nothing more than a veteran backup who the aforementioned teams pray wouldn't see the field.
Mar 30 - 4:36 PM

Packers agreed to terms with NT B.J. Raji on a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

Raji can earn "up to" $4 million. It's a good deal for the former No. 9 overall pick, who is arguably a minimum-salary player at this stage of his career. He can't stay healthy and hasn't put good play on tape in a while. Raji will compete for playing time behind returning starter NT Letroy Guion.
Mar 30 - 4:28 PM

Free agent ILB Philip Wheeler is visiting the 49ers on Monday.

Wheeler, 30, has been a 4-3 outside linebacker for much of his career. He'd play on the inside in San Francisco and compete for snaps next to Navorro Bowman. Wheeler has flashed ability to both cover and play the run in the past.
Mar 30 - 4:19 PM

Titans GM Ruston Webster hinted 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.

He does plan to skip Denver's offseason conditioning program, instead working out on his own. "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 will pay him $7.5 million over the next two years. It includes $6.25 million guaranteed. Recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, Ryans had been going into the final year of his contract. The two-year commitment by Philadelphia strongly suggests coach Chip Kelly is counting on Ryans to immediately return to form despite the severe 2014 injury. There is speculation the Eagles will now trade Mychal Kendricks, and start Ryans next to Kiko Alonso at inside linebacker.
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

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