49ers hired former NFL LB DeMeco Ryans as Defensive Quality Control coach.
The 32-year-old never officially retired but was out of the league last season after getting cut by the Eagles in February of 2016. A two-time Pro Bowler and former Defensive Rookie of the Year, Ryans will begin his coaching career under first-time head coach Kyle Shanahan.
In an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Saints coach Sean Payton said he's always in the "quarterback business."
"I think we’re in the quarterback business always because they’re so difficult to find," said Payton. "And certainly you pay attention to it when your quarterback’s older." Payton has now hinted several times at the Saints pursuing a successor to Drew Brees. The 38-year-old led the NFL in passing yards last season but Father Time remains undefeated. The Saints have plenty of other needs, but it would be a mild surprise if they left draft weekend without a quarterback.
Robby Anderson will train with former NFL receiver Chad Johnson this offseason.
Anderson also worked with Johnson leading up to last year's draft. Johnson has dabbled in coaching before, working as a guest instructor at Browns training camp last summer. He and Anderson share some similarities as thin-framed outside receivers with game-changing speed. Anderson's arrow is pointing up after finishing sixth among rookies with 587 receiving yards last season.
CSN Bay Area reports free agent CB K'Waun Williams has received a contract offer from the 49ers.
He's also received offers from the Dolphins, Jets and Lions. Williams is scheduled to meet with the Vikings on Wednesday and could make his decision shortly after. The 25-year-old went undrafted out of Pitt in 2014 but has proven to be a useful nickel back when healthy. He sat out all of last season after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle.
Speaking on PFT Live, Newsday's Bob Glauber said the Giants believe Eli Manning has two or three good years left in the NFL.
Manning's starting job isn't in danger but the Giants need to start thinking about life after Eli. Even if Manning's play has slipped a little, he still has one of the game's best receivers in Odell Beckham and a promising young talent in slot man Sterling Shepard. Manning's contract expires after 2019. That could be the Giants' cue to move on.
Darrelle Revis' court hearing has been pushed back to March 15.
It was originally scheduled for Thursday. Revis is facing five charges—four felonies and one misdemeanor—stemming from his involvement in a brawl earlier this month. Coming off a dismal season, the 31-year-old may be out of a job by the time he goes to court.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are hoping to re-sign impending free agent TE Dion Sims.
Sims would be a worthwhile insurance policy for newly-acquired Julius Thomas, who has sat out 11 games over his two seasons. The question is whether Sims would be willing to return as a backup. Primarily a blocking tight end, Sims caught 26 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns last season.
The Steelers are interested in re-signing impending free agent OLB James Harrison.
Apparently the feeling is mutual. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it's just "a matter of time" until the sides agree to a new contract. Going on 39, Harrison was a beast last season, grading out as PFF's eighth-best 3-4 outside linebacker.