Free agent DT Earl Mitchell will visit the Seahawks on Monday and Tuesday.
Mitchell's schedule for next week is jam-packed with free agent visits. He'll begin with the Seahawks before sitting down with the 49ers on Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, Mitchell will talk with Denver reps on Wednesday into Thursday before finishing up with the Falcons on Thursday night and Friday morning. Mitchell would make a ton of sense for a Broncos defense that struggled against the run last year. That would also reunite him with Vance Joseph, who was Mitchell's defensive coordinator in Miami last season.
MMQB's Albert Breer believes the Rams could be a player for Kirk Cousins if things don't work out with Jared Goff in 2017.
That's assuming the Redskins franchise tag Cousins for the second year in a row. The Redskins were once content to let the market determine Cousins' value but the landscape has changed a bit now that two of Cousins' biggest supporters, Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan, have landed head-coaching jobs. Shanahan is already gunning for Cousins to join him in San Francisco while Los Angeles could be a possibility next year if Goff falls flat again in 2017. With Cousins attracting interest elsewhere, the Redskins would be wise to lock him into a long-term deal as soon as possible.
MMQB's Albert Breer expects the Cowboys to "do right" by Tony Romo.
That means either trading Romo to a team of his choosing or releasing him and letting him test the open market. This belief is shared by a number of Cowboys staffers. Romo is expected to meet with owner Jerry Jones about his future before or during the upcoming Combine. Arizona, Denver, Houston and Kansas City are among Romo's preferred landing spots.
According to ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure, the 49ers are a "strong possibility" to sign impending free agent Jacob Tamme.
The 31-year-old said he loves being a Falcon but could opt to join his former OC Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. The 49ers did just sign Vance McDonald to a five-year extension, though it wouldn't hurt to bring in a veteran to implement Shanahan's new offense. Third-round rookie Austin Hooper would be slated for a bigger role if Tamme winds up leaving Atlanta this offseason.
Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com believes Giovani Bernard (ACL) will avoid the PUP list to start next season.
Bernard tore his ACL late last year but seems to be on schedule with his recovery. At worst, Hobson thinks Bernard could miss one or two games to start the season. The Bengals still have Jeremy Hill, but they'll need more depth with Bernard on the mend and backups Rex Burkhead and Cedric Peerman both headed for free agency. Running back could be a position the Bengals address in the draft.
Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal believes the Patriots will "make a run" at free agent Martellus Bennett.
Daniels believes Bennett will command "top dollar" as the best tight end available on the open market. Outbidding teams in free agency has never been New England's MO, though the Patriots have plenty of cap space (over $61 million) if they choose to go that route. Bennett finished third among tight ends with seven touchdowns last season despite playing through painful knee and ankle injuries. With Rob Gronkowski coming off his third back surgery, keeping Bennett would be a wise investment for the Patriots.
Mark Eckel of NJ Advanced Media believes DE Connor Barwin will have plenty of suitors if the Eagles cut or trade him this offseason.
Following years of success as a 3-4 outside linebacker, Barwin struggled as a defensive end in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme last season. Barwin is due $7.75 million in 2017 and has already said he'd be willing to take a pay cut to stay in Philly. Eckel named the Colts, Packers and Ravens as teams that could be interested in Barwin if the Eagles make him available.
The Browns don’t plan to franchise free agent Terrelle Pryor.
This conflicts with a previous report the Browns were leaning toward the tag with Pryor. It sounds there's more optimism for an extension after the Browns met with Pryor’s agent this week. The Browns have until March 1 to make a decision on Pryor. Pryor is targeting $10-11 million annually.