Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports there is "no shortage of teams inquiring about" free agent LT Russell Okung.
La Canfora reports the Giants, Jets, Vikings, and Chargers have shown interest. The Chargers' interest could indicate they are moving on from King Dunlap, who has struggled to stay on the field and was recently arrested. With weak offensive tackle classes both in free agency and the draft, Okung should be able to better the essentially one-year, $8-million deal he played on in 2016.
Free agent WR Andrew Hawkins said he has spoken to "quite a few teams" since his release from the Browns on Monday.
It would be shocking if a new free agent said different. Hawkins added he requested his release several weeks ago. It is an understandable decision considering he has seen just 97 total targets the last two years and the Browns' quarterback situation, but the 31-year-old slot man is unlikely to find a hot market.
Colts NT David Parry was arrested Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona on suspicion of driving under the influence, auto theft, robbery, criminal damage, and resisting arrest.
After hitching a ride on a "transportation cart" from a downtown bar, Parry allegedly hit the driver in the head, stole the cart, and crashed it into a gate. A 2015 fifth-rounder, Parry has been a liability in 32 starts to open his career. Under new front office, his roster spot may not be secure if these charges prove to be well-founded. He will almost certainly face league discipline.
Agent Doug Hendrickson said the Giants and franchise-tagged DE Jason Pierre-Paul are "nowhere near a deal."
Hendrickson might just be attempting to gain leverage in negotiations, but the decision to tag Pierre-Paul with two days left before the deadline suggests a deal is not imminent. With the franchise tag for defensive ends set around $17 million, the Giants obviously would like to work out a long-term deal prior to free agency to free up cap space and improve their flexibility, but it sounds like they are facing a steep climb to get the deal done before next week.
The Bucs tendered exclusive rights free agent WR Adam Humphries.
They also tendered CB Jude Adjei-Barimah, LB Adarius Glanton, and WR Freddie Martino. All four must accept the tender or sit out 2017. Undrafted out of Clemson, Humphries has 82 catches for 882 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons with the Bucs working primarily out of the slot. Even with Tampa Bay looking to upgrade the receiver corps, he should win a roster spot in camp.
Chargers assigned the non-exclusive franchise tag to OLB Melvin Ingram.
The non-exclusive tag means Ingram is free to negotiate with other teams, but the Chargers can match any offer sheet and be entitled to two first-round picks if they decide not to match. Ingram's tag costs around $15 million, prohibitive for a team with limited cap space and a long list of free agents, but Ingram has become one of the NFL's top pass rushers after an injury-marred start to his career. He would have landed a massive deal on the open market, and keeping him with Joey Bosa gives LA a dynamic pass-rushing duo. The Chargers will do their best to work out a long-term and cap-friendlier deal before free agency opens next week.
Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said Alex Smith will "be our starter going into 2017."
Hunt has now joined coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey in standing behind Smith as the starter going forward. The Chiefs' seemingly clear intention to stick with Smith has done nothing to tamp down the chatter, however, and they will likely continue to be linked with Tony Romo until he lands with a new team.
In an interview with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, impending free agent Geno Smith (ACL) said he would be "fine" with a backup role.
Smith made it clear his goal is to be a starter, but he is willing to "start from the bottom" and "climb [his] way back to the top" if necessary. He also did not rule out a return to the Jets, saying "all possibilities are on the table." Smith is currently recovering from an ACL tear he suffered in late October, but he expects to be ready for training camp. Where that camp will be is a question which should be answered in the next several weeks.