Redskins re-signed exclusive rights free agent S Duke Ihenacho to a one-year, $680,000 contract.
Ihenacho, 26 in June, was claimed off waivers from the Broncos last August. He started 18 games for Denver during their 2013 Super Bowl run, showing well in run support. Ihenacho played five snaps for the Redskins last season before fracturing his heel in Week 3. Ihenacho will be a candidate for a real role in 2015 with both FS Ryan Clark and SS Brandon Meriweather free agents.
Giants re-signed exclusive rights free agent TE Larry Donnell to a one-year, $585,000 contract.
Donnell wasn't going anywhere. He's under contract for 2015 and will be a restricted free agent next spring. The Giants reportedly love Donnell and are super-high on him for the future. He had a true breakout season in OC Ben McAdoo's quick-hitting passing game, posting a 63-623-6 receiving line. Donnell will be a good bet to improve on that as he continues his progression.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints have made MLB Curtis Lofton available for trade.
The Saints have work to do between now and Tuesday to get themselves under the cap. New Orleans is still about $22 million over the threshold and it seems reluctant to make tough decisions to move on from overpaid veterans. Lofton is the quarterback of the defense and has yet to miss a game in seven seasons. Scheduled to count $9.25 million against the cap, the Saints can clear just $4.25 million by moving Lofton. He's amassed over 100 tackles in three straight seasons with the Saints, forcing four fumbles. PFF docked Lofton for 22 missed tackles in 2014 while giving him poor marks against the run and in coverage.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Peyton Manning has agreed to take a $4 million pay cut, reducing his salary from $19 million to $15 million.
The move creates an additional $4 million in cap space for a Broncos team looking to sign franchise player Demaryius Thomas to a long-term contract. The Broncos are also in the market for up to three new offensive linemen, in addition to possibly re-signing free agent DT Terrance Knighton. Manning's $15 million base salary makes him the sixth-highest paid quarterback just behind Jay Cutler.
Free agent RB Roy Helu will test the open market.
Helu has been an intriguing player the past few years, but had been unable to find consistent work with the Redskins behind Alfred Morris. He'll look for a bigger role elsewhere, but Helu is going to be hurt by such a robust running-back market. He's still just 26 years old and owns a career 4.43 YPC average.
Texans released C Chris Myers.
Myers has been the Texans' center the past seven seasons and never missed a start. Due $6 million in the final year of his contract and scheduled to count $8 million against the cap, it was a logical move to move on from the 33-year-old. Myers was a top-three run-blocking center at Pro Football Focus this past season, but finished 33rd out of 41 as a pass blocker. Myers may resurface in Denver with old pal Gary Kubiak. At 286 pounds, he's built for a zone-blocking scheme.
NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Bishop Sankey would be "well down the list" in this year's draft-eligible running back class.
The Titans made Sankey the first running back drafted last May. This year, he would be a fringe top-ten prospect in a running back class rich with talent. Titans COO Tommy Smith recently stated Tennessee will attempt to build a "smashmouth" team moving forward. A finesse runner with no real tackle-breaking ability, Sankey would fit that philosophy poorly.
The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta expects the Bills "to put on a full-court press" in trying to lure free agent ILB David Harris.
The Bills and Jets will likely be the biggest bidders for Harris' services, though the Falcons, Bears, and Dolphins have also been linked to the 31-year-old. Harris has been coach Rex Ryan's "quarterback" of the defense the past six years and would probably be interested in following him to Buffalo. Harris will likely be angling for $6-8 million per year on a multi-year contract.