The News Tribune's Gregg Bell reports the Seahawks are expected to contact free agent LT Russell Okung.
Speaking at the Combine on Wednesday, GM John Schneider said he'd be interested in talking with Okung. The Seahawks need to perform a number of upgrades on their offensive line. We're not sure Okung qualifies, but he'd be a steadying veteran presence and obviously has plenty of familiarity after spending the first six years of his career in Seattle. Okung turns 29 this year.
According to the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley, free agent LB Barkevious Mingo is drawing "huge" interest from "numerous" teams.
It's kind of hard to believe after Mingo played just 54 snaps all of last season for the Super Bowl champion Patriots following a trade from the Browns in August. Mingo, the former No. 6 overall pick, is still just 26 and can also play special teams. His length at 6'4/240 will always be intriguing, but Mingo never developed any pass rush skills. He can play inside and outside.
Dolphins SLB Koa Misi (neck) is expected to be medically cleared around May 1.
Misi missed all but three games last season before requiring neck surgery. At one point, his career was in doubt, but he's made an almost-full recovery. Misi carries a $4.2 million cap number for 2017 and could be released before gaining clearance. The Dolphins want to overhaul their linebacker group.
Coach Doug Marrone said he wants second-year LB Myles Jack to be a three-down linebacker in 2017.
A draftnik favorite, Jack ended up playing just 239 snaps as a rookie after being selected No. 36 overall. He made nine starts as a rookie, six at middle linebacker and three on the outside. With MLB Paul Posluszny expected back this season, Jack realistically may have to wait another year for true every-down duties. Telvin Smith already has the weak-side linebacker job.
Seahawks GM John Schneider doesn't expect restricted free agent RCB Deshawn Shead (ACL) to be ready for Week 1.
It's not a surprise after Shead tore his left ACL on January 14. It's also an untimely injury for Shead, who might have drawn interest on the restricted free agent market were he healthy. He'll now be easy for Seattle to retain. Schneider confirmed cornerback has become one of the Seahawks' top priorities.
Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor underwent offseason ankle surgery.
Chancellor has had offseason ankle scopes in the past to remove loose bone spurs, so this isn't much of a concern. He should be fine for training camp.
Rams assigned the franchise tag to CB Trumaine Johnson.
By getting tagged for the second straight season, Johnson will now be the league's highest-paid CB in terms of annual salary this year at over $16 million. After losing CB Janoris Jenkins last offseason, the Rams weren't prepared to let Johnson follow him out the door. Now that they've essentially said Johnson is worth $16 million-plus, that will likely set the bar in long-term contract talks. Johnson has his ups and downs, but there are definitely more peaks than valleys in his game. He'll be DC Wade Phillips' new Aqib Talib as the Rams' No. 1 outside corner.
Coach Doug Marrone confirmed Blake Bortles' starting job is not in question.
"I see Blake as our quarterback," Marrone said. The Jags have been adamant Bortles must limit turnovers to keep the position, but he is unlikely to face competition in 2017 training camp. Expect Jacksonville to keep its quarterback depth chart intact, with Chad Henne and Brandon Allen behind Bortles.