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The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports free agent Brian Hartline would take less money to play with Tom Brady, but would require "more" to play with Josh McCown or Texans free agent Ryan Mallett.

Hartline was overpaid for years in Miami, so he's apparently comfortable scaling back a bit if it means a shot at winning. Hartline's career would threaten to sink into the abyss if he aligned himself with McCown, while it would acquire new life with Brady.
Mar 5 - 4:06 PM

The Nashville Tennessean reports free agent CB Cary Williams is "tentatively scheduled" to visit the Titans on Monday.

The 2-14 Titans can't stop getting connected to 30something free agents. Williams is in Seattle on Thursday, and is expected to visit the Jets next. The Baltimore Sun reports the Steelers and Ravens are also interested. It sounds like Williams will have a deal before the start of free agency on Tuesday.
Mar 5 - 4:03 PM

Bills re-signed WR Chris Hogan, WR Justin Brown and DT Corbin Bryant.

All three were exclusive rights free agents. Hogan was a surprisingly big part of the Bills' offense as a slot receiver last season, catching 41 passes. All of Hogan's grabs came after Week 5, and produced 426 yards and four touchdowns. He'll have an inside track on slot duties in camp, but the job can't be considered a given.
Mar 5 - 3:53 PM

CSN Chicago reports the Bears will not re-sign free agent LB Lance Briggs.

Briggs has spent his entire 12-year career with the Bears. Briggs was willing to kick inside in new DC Vic Fangio's 3-4 scheme, but will instead head to the open market after playing 461 effective snaps last season. Briggs ended the year on injured reserve with a groin issue, but was still an able run stopper before going down. 2015 will be his age-35 season.
Mar 5 - 3:47 PM

Bengals re-signed MLB Rey Maualuga to a three-year contract.

The word comes from in-house reporter Geoff Hobson. Maualuga is a thoroughly-mediocre player, but has been with the Bengals since 2009, and provides insurance for Vontaze Burfict (knee surgeries). A two-down run stopper, Maualuga piled up 59 tackles across 452 snaps last season.
Mar 5 - 3:44 PM

Falcons re-signed S Charles Godfrey to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Godfrey appeared in 12 games between the Panthers and Falcons last season. Cut by Carolina on October 21, he was signed by Atlanta seven days later. $1.5 million is surprising money for a player who didn't play a single snap on defense for Atlanta, and suggests he has an inside track to a roster spot.
Mar 5 - 3:31 PM

Carson Palmer has restructured his contract.

Beyond that, details are scarce. Palmer had been set to count $14.5 million against the cap, and was due a $9.5 million roster bonus this month. More than likely, that's been converted into a signing bonus which can be pro-rated out over the final three years of his contract. The Arizona Republic reports the restructure is not yet official.
Mar 5 - 3:25 PM

Bucs re-signed CB Mike Jenkins and SS Bradley McDougald.

McDougald was an exclusive rights free agent. 17 days shy of his 30th birthday, Jenkins was limited to just one game last season by a torn pectoral. Jenkins is only two years removed from starting 15 games for the Raiders, but will be far from assured of a spot on the Bucs' 53-man roster.
Mar 5 - 3:21 PM

Carson Palmer (ACL) expects to be ready for training camp.

Any time he's been near a microphone this offseason, Palmer has said he's ahead of schedule. He's apparently been running for "2-3 weeks." Palmer has even said he expects to "be involved" in June's minicamp, but there's no reason for the Cardinals to push the envelope with their 35-year-old quarterback.
Mar 5 - 3:09 PM

CSN Bay Area reports the 49ers are interested in re-signing free agent Michael Crabtree.

There have been mixed reports on Crabtree's San Francisco future, but CSN Bay Area is an extremely reliable source for all things 49ers. An anonymous AFC executive believes Crabtree is worth $4-$5 million annually. Crabtree will undoubtedly set his sights higher, but will likely be disappointed by his market. He hasn't been the same since tearing his Achilles' tendon, and aside from his late-season push in 2012, has been highly inconsistent throughout his career.
Mar 5 - 2:53 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Dolphins remain the "team to watch" for free agent Ndamukong Suh.

Mike Florio's report comes roughly an hour after NFL Network reported that the Raiders are planning to host Suh for a visit. "Multiple league sources" have told Yahoo's Rand Getlin that the Dolphins and Colts are prepared to make the "strongest pushes" for Suh. The smoke connecting Suh to Miami grows thicker by the day.
Mar 5 - 2:48 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter believes the Raiders will "prioritize" Randall Cobb and Julius Thomas over Ndamukong Suh in free agency.

Schefter shared his thoughts in a Thursday radio hit, one that came before Mike Silver's report that the Raiders are planning to host Suh. Of the three, Suh would make by far the biggest impact for the woebegone Raiders, but perhaps they don't believe they're realistic players for his services.
Mar 5 - 2:33 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter believes the Jets will attempt to pay Darrelle Revis "anything he wants" if/when he becomes a free agent.

Schefter believes the Revis sweepstakes will come down to the Jets and Patriots. The Jets made the difficult, but likely correct, decision to trade Revis two years ago, but meddlesome owner Woody Johnson has apparently felt regret. The New York media has spent the better part of two years beating the drum for Revis' return. Johnson seems to feel the pressure. Whatever the motivations, Revis would fill a huge need for Gang Green, and be playing for a coach in Todd Bowles who maximizes talent and scheme much the same way Rex Ryan does.
Mar 5 - 2:25 PM

NFL.com's Mike Silver reports the Raiders are "planning to (host)" free agent Ndamukong Suh for a visit next week.

It's unclear if this is simply a plan or has been arranged with Suh's agent. The latter, of course, would be tampering, as free agents can't talk to potential teams until Saturday. Getting Suh to visit would be a coup, as he's unlikely to leave wherever he lands first. The Raiders have more than enough cap space to make Suh the league's highest-paid defender.
Mar 5 - 2:04 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Patriots have "shown interest" in free agent Brian Hartline.

Hartline is not an exciting name, but is a competent target on the outside. That's something the Patriots have made a habit of lacking. Hartline is visiting the Texans on Thursday, and has also drawn interest from the Bears and Browns.
Mar 5 - 1:59 PM


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