Colts re-signed restricted free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman to a one-year, $2.35 million contract.
Freeman lost all leverage when no team signed him to an offer sheet by last Friday's deadline. The former CFL standout who led the team in tackles in both 2012 and 2013 returns to an inside linebacker corps that also includes D'Qwell Jackson and a rehabbing Nate Irving (knee surgery).
With a good training camp, Antonio Andrews is expected to move ahead of Shonn Greene.
Greene is owed $3.25 million this season and cutting him would leave behind just $833,000 in dead money. It should be a relatively easy decision to dump the ex-Jet because he's a replacement-level talent. Andrews, a 2014 UDFA who got zero carries last year, will put that theory to the test. He profiles as a short-yardage specialist and committee partner at best, similar to Greene.
The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests the Eagles could land a second- or third-round pick for ILB Mychal Kendricks.
The writing is on the wall for Kendricks, as he's entering the final year of his contract while the Eagles traded for ILB Kiko Alonso and extended ILB DeMeco Ryans this offseason. He's expected to be another talented victim of Chip Kelly's purge of the previous regime. A Day 2 pick is steep for a player that will likely be available in free agency next March, but perhaps Kendricks could be used to sweeten a trade-up for Kelly Thursday night.
According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, the Redskins are "likely" to pick up Robert Griffin III's 2016 option.
It's not a huge deal as the option is only guaranteed for injury. If the Redskins want to cut Griffin after this season and avoid paying him the $16 million option, they can do so (as long as he's not hurt). RG3's career was always going to be at a crossroads regardless of the option, as he must prove he can sustain health and be a fundamentally sound NFL quarterback in Year 4. His own coach, Jay Gruden, appeared very skeptical of that last year.
New Browns OC John DeFilippo said he will keep the Kyle Shanahan zone-blocking scheme in place.
Just about every team uses some zone concepts in their run game -- the Shahanans are just the best at both drawing it up and coaching it. Still, the framework is in place for the Browns to remain a plus unit one year after Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West combined for 319-1,280-12. ESPN Cleveland expects a philosophical change in the offense to result in even more emphasis on the run. In other words, coach Mike Pettine wants to ground-n-pound so he can hide the Josh McCown/Johnny Manziel mess.
SI's Peter King believes the Titans will take Oregon QB Marcus Mariota at No. 2 overall "if they don't get a good offer."
"The Titans, though they feel good about Zach Mettenberger, would feel better about Mariota," King wrote. This should be the take for embattled GM Ruston Webster, who would be silly to pass on a potential franchise quarterback because Mettenberger flashed a little as a rookie. King adds that an Oregon source told him Titans scouts were the "most fervent" of all the NFL teams investigating Mariota.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recruited free agent RB Chris Polk while at USC.
Chip Kelly decided to dump a truckload of money on DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, so Polk didn't sign his RFA tender and the Eagles rescinded the offer on Friday. Now he's free to sign with any team. The Seahawks are similarly stacked with Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael at running back, but the Seattle Times expects Carroll to take a look. Polk could also fill a need at kickoff return man.
Profootballtalk.com reports "multiple teams" rate Wake Forest's Kevin Johnson as the top cornerback prospect on their draft boards.
These teams have Johnson ahead of Michigan State's Trae Waynes, who's been seen as the top corner for most of the draft process. This is not a rich cornerback class, but the need for the position in the NFL is strong, which could push corners up the board. Johnson stands 6-foot and 188 pounds. He has a 41 1/2-inch vertical jump and is experienced in both man and zone coverage.