The Bengals haven't closed the door on re-signing free agent TE Jermaine Gresham.
Coach Marvin Lewis recently said Gresham is a man of "many moods," which doesn't suggest the Bengals are eager to have him back in the locker room. But if the team can't find a blocking tight end to pair with Tyler Eifert in the draft, bringing Gresham back at a reduced salary could be an option. He was close to signing with Oakland but that deal fell apart when the Raiders found out Gresham would need back surgery.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis believes Shawn Williams is ready for more playing time.
His path to playing time at safety has been blocked by veterans George Iloka and Reggie Nelson. That figures to change in 2015. The 31-year-old Nelson is in the final year of his contract and the Bengals need to see if Williams is the team's long-term solution at strong safety. Williams has seen just 39 combined snaps on defense since entering the league in 2013.
Free agent LB Erin Henderson will visit the Jets.
He left San Francisco without signing a contract. The Niners have since shifted their attention to former Bear Lance Briggs, who is visiting the team on Monday. Demario Davis and David Harris aren't in danger of losing their starting jobs at inside linebacker, so adding Henderson would merely be a depth signing for the Jets. Teams have been hesitant to reach out to Henderson because of his two drunk driving arrests.
Ego Ferguson is expected to play nose tackle in Chicago's new 3-4 scheme.
He saw 318 snaps at defensive tackle last season when the Bears played a 4-3 defense. Ferguson finished a disappointing 61st out of 81 qualified players at his position in Pro Football Focus' rankings, but rookies are supposed to take their lumps. As a 315-pound run-stuffer, he's a better fit for the 3-4 than Will Sutton. Chicago Tribune reporter Rich Campbell has already called Sutton "the odd man out."
ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount said Jeremy Lane (arm) will "probably" be out until midseason.
Lane is pretty banged up after having surgery on both his ACL and his wrist this offseason. With Lane out of commission, newcomer Cary Williams will start alongside Richard Sherman at cornerback. Lane's absence should also open up snaps for Marcus Burley at nickel back. Lane played 186 snaps in 2014, receiving a positive grade in coverage from Pro Football Focus.
Free agent RB Stevan Ridley will visit with teams next week.
Ridley has been recovering from a torn ACL and is expected to be fully cleared in about six weeks. A reunion with New England seems unlikely given Ridley's similarities to LeGarrette Blount. The Cowboys showed interest in Ridley earlier this offseason but that was before they signed Darren McFadden. The bruising 220-pounder has chronic fumbling issues and will probably have to settle for a one-year deal.
Free agent ILB Desmond Bishop will visit the 49ers on Monday.
Bishop only saw the field twice last season, mostly playing on special teams. The Niners are desperate at linebacker after losing Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to sudden retirements, so even a backup like Bishop is worth a look. The 30-year-old signed with San Francisco late last season after getting cut by the Cardinals.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn confirmed OT Sam Baker (knee) is a candidate for the starting left guard job.
Baker spent all last year on I.R. with a torn patellar tendon. He also missed 12 games in 2013, and is best suited for the inside at this stage. Seven months removed from knee surgery, Baker is questionable for training camp.