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The Cowboys reportedly believe DeMarco Murray's 2014 performance was more a product of their dominant offensive line than Murray's talent.

The Cowboys "also believe that other teams believe it, too," per PFT's Mike Florio. The NFL's "legal tampering" period begins on Saturday, at which point Murray will be able to freely shop his wares. The Cowboys expect Murray to find a soft market, and we do too. If the contract offers Murray gets aren't to his liking, the chances of him returning to Dallas will increase.
Mar 7 - 12:28 AM

The Cowboys are reportedly "closing in" on a multi-year deal with RT Doug Free.

This year's free agent offensive tackle class is woefully thin, so removing Free from the mix could set up Bryan Bulaga for a monster deal. Free has been highly inconsistent throughout his career, but is coming off back-to-back strong seasons. We suspect the Cowboys will pay him over $5 million annually.
Mar 7 - 12:02 AM

49ers re-signed LS Kyle Nelson to a four-year contract.

San Francisco now has its deep snapper locked up through his age-32 season.
Mar 6 - 11:48 PM

49ers re-signed TE Garrett Celek to a one-year contract.

He was a restricted free agent. 27 in May, Celek appeared in three games last season, showing well as a run blocker. He'll battle for a roster spot.
Mar 6 - 11:46 PM

Citing multiple league sources, Yahoo's Rand Getlin reports the Jets, Patriots, Dolphins, Cardinals, 49ers, Redskins, and Lions have interest in free agent C.J. Spiller.

It's notable that the Eagles were not included; they've been a presumed suitor since 2014 reports surfaced of Chip Kelly trying to trade for Spiller. Getlin suggests the Jets "might be the team to beat," given Spiller's successful history in New York OC Chan Gailey's spread offense. New England would be an intriguing fit, with Spiller replacing free agent Shane Vereen.
Mar 6 - 11:41 PM

One NFL source told the Chicago Tribune the Titans are "the only realistic destination" for the Bears to trade Jay Cutler.

Yet beat writer Brad Biggs admits "that could be a long shot." Tennessee has been thrown around as a trade partner because of Cutler's Vanderbilt roots and the Titans' unresolved quarterback situation, but there have been no signs that the Titans have legitimate interest. The most likely endgame remains Cutler spending 2015 -- and probably 2016, as well -- in Chicago.
Mar 6 - 11:34 PM

The Rams did not tender restricted free agent C Tim Barnes.

Barnes was overmatched in four 2013 starts, and didn't start a game last season as Scott Wells stayed healthy. Even with Wells on the chopping block, the Rams were unwilling to pay Barnes the $1.54 million lowest-possible tender.
Mar 6 - 9:11 PM

Rams extended tenders to restricted free agents QB Austin Davis and FB/TE Cory Harkey.

Both players were given the original pick tender. Davis made eight starts last year before getting benched for Shaun Hill in Week 11. Harkey should return as the Rams' No. 2 tight end behind Jared Cook.
Mar 6 - 8:56 PM

Seahawks waived DT Jesse Williams.

Williams appeared in the first round of many a mock draft in April of 2013. He slipped all the way to the fifth round and proceeded to spend the next two seasons on Seattle's I.R. list. Williams is still only 24 years old, but chronic knee woes pose an obvious threat to his football playing career.
Mar 6 - 8:53 PM

Seahawks re-signed DT Greg Scruggs to a one-year contract.

Scruggs appeared in just three games as a rotational defensive tackle for Seattle last year, logging two tackles. He'll vie for a roster spot in camp.
Mar 6 - 8:51 PM

Rams extended a second-round tender to FS Rodney McLeod.

McLeod started all 16 games last season, registering 72 tackles and two interceptions. He graded out as PFF's No. 45 safety out of 87 qualifiers. The second-round tender is a one-year deal worth $2.356 million.
Mar 6 - 8:50 PM

The Bills will not tender restricted free agent OT Chris Hairston.

Hairston is not yet 26 and has starting-caliber physical gifts, but he failed to earn playing time on a porous Bills 2014 offensive line. Hairston will likely get a look elsewhere, ideally for a veteran's minimum salary.
Mar 6 - 8:45 PM

Free agent DE/OLB Trent Cole will visit the Browns on Sunday.

He'll follow up with a Monday visit to the Colts. Cole already visited the Buccaneers, and the 49ers have reportedly expressed interest. Cole is seen as best suited for a 4-3 defense, but is also plenty functional in a 3-4.
Mar 6 - 8:35 PM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini reports the Jets have "no interest" in Jay Cutler.

Jets fans have apparently tried connecting dots after New York traded for onetime Cutler pal Brandon Marshall, but Cutler and Marshall's relationship soured in 2014, and the Jets likely have no interest in taking on Cutler's contract. Although the Bears remain open to dealing Cutler, New York won't be his destination. Geno Smith is the Jets' likely 2015 starter.
Mar 6 - 8:32 PM

Lions tendered exclusive rights free agent WR/PR Jeremy Ross.

Ross averaged 8.9 yards on punt returns last year, 11th-best in the NFL.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 6 - 8:23 PM



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