Free agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is visiting the Dolphins Tuesday.
Ridley underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL and MCL on Nov. 18, depressing his free agency pricetag toward a one year "prove it" kind of contract. A bunch of teams would be wise to poke around, even ones that have plus starters like Lamar Miller. When healthy and holding onto the football, the 220-pound Ridley is both powerful and quick in an early-down/goal-line role. The Cowboys and Vikings (if they move Adrian Peterson) are other possible landing spots.
The Seahawks want to do a contract extension with MLB Bobby Wagner.
Wagner is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He'll have to wait until Russell Wilson's extension gets done before the team turns their attention elsewhere, but Wagner has certainly earned a new deal. He's started 40 games over the last three seasons, dominating against the run and finishing in the top-two of PFF's ILB grades twice.
The Seahawks want Russell Wilson's contract extension done before training camp.
Considering there were reports earlier this month that the two sides were "very close," getting it done before August shouldn't be an issue. Wilson's contract is expected to be both lucrative and creative, likely with record-breaking guarantees but a lower than expected average annual number. Wilson is currently still on the four-year, $2.198 million rookie deal he signed as a third-round pick in 2012.
Coach Jim Caldwell expressed confidence in Theo Riddick last week.
With Reggie Bush gone, Riddick is entrenched in his natural passing back role. "We try and give (the ball) to the guys who are going to do something with it, and I think he's going to be one of those guys who's going to force us to give him the ball more," Caldwell said. "I think you're really going to see him come along." Riddick racked up 367 yards and four touchdowns on just 54 touches last season. It's an unsustainable rate but gave PPR owners a glimpse of the ceiling he has. Any role Riddick has in the run game behind starter Joique Bell will depend on what the Lions do in the draft.
The Broncos are not expected to re-sign free agent Wes Welker.
Welker has attracted zero interest on the open market, unsurprising for a concussion-riddled wideout who turns 34 in May. The Broncos will wisely roll with Cody Latimer as their No. 3 wideout behind starters Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Welker, who has flirted with retirement before, should strongly consider it now.
The Florida Times Union reports the Jaguars "have never been interested" in free agent Michael Crabtree.
"The same goes for Reggie Wayne," writes beat reporter Ryan O'Halloran. The Jags are in the market for a veteran wideout, but prefer Greg Jennings to Crabtree and Wayne. The outlook for Crabtree's free agent market remains soft and ultimately bleak. He's probably going to have a tough time finding a starting job.
The Bucs will host free agent OG Dan Connolly on Tuesday.
Connolly was part of the problem on New England's interior line last year, and wouldn't solve the Bucs' guard woes. He should only be viewed as depth.
Free agent ILB Rolando McClain left his Patriots visit without a contract.
The visit was described as "positive." New England was likely just doing its due diligence on McClain while offering near-veteran minimum money. The Cowboys remain interested in bringing back McClain after his standout 2014 season.