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I've been posting NFL Free Agent Rumors and NFL Draft Rumors daily on each page. These are listed per team, so click on each link if you're interested in seeing all of the rumors from your favorite team.

However, I received a suggestion to post all of the latest rumors in a daily format for those interested in multiple teams. That's what I've done on this new NFL Rumors page. Follow @walterfootball for NFL Rumors Updates.



Arizona Cardinals:
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3/13: Jarvis Jones is visiting the Cardinals. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Jones was a huge first-round bust, but would provide depth. Jones is eighth in the NFL Free Agent Outside Linebacker Rankings, but that's solely based on potential. -Walter


3/7: The Cardinals, Colts, Falcons, Giants, Lions, Saints, Seahawks and Vikings are in the market for D.J. Fluker.  - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Fluker has been very injury-prone, and he has played poorly as a result. He has potential, however, so it's not a surprise that teams have interest. Fluker is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


2/22: Kevin Minter said he wants to sign with the Jets. -
Minter's wish is to be reunited with Todd Bowles. Minter is seventh in our NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


2/22: The Cardinals are expected to show interest in Pierre Garcon. - Kent Somers, AZCentral Sports
Larry Fitzgerald may not be around much longer, while Michael Floyd is gone. Garcon would be a great No. 2. He's third in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


2/21: The Cardinals have no interest in Jay Cutler. - Kent Somers, AZCentral Sports
Peter King speculated that Cutler could go to Arizona, but apparently that won't be the case. The Cardinals have stated that they want a long-term answer at quarterback. -Walter


2/20: It wouldn't be shocking to see Jay Cutler sign with the Cardinals. - Peter King, MMQB
Cutler would back up Carson Palmer for a year, though he'd probably see time in 2017 because of how injury-prone Palmer is. Cutler would then start in 2018 and beyond. This would be a nice move for Arizona, as Cutler seems like a great fit in Bruce Arians' offense. -Walter


2/14: The Cardinals have said that they will use the franchise tag on Chandler Jones if they can't reach a long-term agreement. -
Arizona would be foolish to let Jones get away, as he's one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL. Jones is listed atop our NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


2/9: Carson Palmer has announced his return to the NFL. -
Palmer was rumored to be headed into retirement, but he'll return for his 15th season. It's been speculated that Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald were tied at the hip, so we can assume Fitzgerald will return as well. We have Arizona taking Palmer's successor in the third round of the 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


2/1: Carson Palmer has moved his family out of Arizona and sold his home. - Mike Jurecki, FOX Sports
Palmer hinted at retirement, and this is an even stronger sign. Palmer could still return for one year, but no one should be surprised if he hangs up his cleats. -Walter


1/29: Carson Palmer retiring this offseason is a serious possibility. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
According to Ian Rapoport, Palmer is "tired [and] worn down, and trying to see how his body responds." This was evident by Palmer's play in 2016, as he struggled in many games. One prominent NFL general manager told Rapoport that Palmer has played his final down in the NFL. If all of this is true, the Cardinals NFL Team Needs page will be updated. -Walter




Atlanta Falcons:
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3/12: Dontari Poe has upcoming visits to the Falcons, Dolphins and Raiders, and he's hoping to sign with the Colts. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Poe is reportedly still on the market because of back issues, but his signing comes with great upside. Poe is the second-best player available in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/11: Rex Burkhead is visiting the Falcons. - Field Yates, ESPN
Running backs have no market, which is why Burkhead is auditioning to be Atlanta's No. 3 runner. Burkhead is 10th in the NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Colts, 49ers and Falcons are interested in Dontari Poe. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Only the Colts are running a 3-4 of those three, so this is a bit odd. Poe is coming off an injury-laden year, but is still sixth in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Cardinals, Colts, Falcons, Giants, Lions, Saints, Seahawks and Vikings are in the market for D.J. Fluker.  - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Fluker has been very injury-prone, and he has played poorly as a result. He has potential, however, so it's not a surprise that teams have interest. Fluker is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


2/28: The Seahawks and Falcons are interested in Terrell McClain. - Eric Edholm, Yahoo!
McClain would be solid depth addition for both teams. He's 20th in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


2/18: Earl Mitchell is visiting the Seahawks, Falcons, 49ers and Broncos. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Mitchell is No. 17 in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings, so the team that signs him shouldn't be too excited. -Walter




Baltimore Ravens:
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3/9: The Ravens are interested in Morris Claiborne. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
Baltimore has to find a cornerback to play across from Jimmy Smith. Claiborne is the third-best-remaining player in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Browns are offering the most money for Tony Jefferson, but the Ravens are in negotiations as well. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
The Browns have the financial edge because they have the most cap space in the NFL. Then again, Jefferson would have to play for the Browns. If he cares about his career, he'll sign with the Ravens. Jefferson is 15th in our NFL Free Agent Top 100 Rankings. -Walter


3/4: Brandon Williams is expected to leave the Ravens, signing elsewhere. - Jamison Hensley, ESPN
Williams is a stud nose tackle, ranking third in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. Losing him would be a big blow. -Walter


3/3: The Ravens will look into signing Brandon Marshall. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
Baltimore already stated that it wants a possession receiver, and Marshall is the type of big wideout Joe Flacco likes throwing to. Marshall is ninth in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


2/26: Matt Elam was arrested on felony drug charges last night, prompting the Ravens too announce that he's not in their long-term plans. -
Elam missed all of 2015 with a torn bicep, and most of 2016 with a knee issue. Elam now has drug charges added to his resume, so he may never play in the NFL again.  -Walter


2/25: Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said he wants to add a possession receiver this offseason. -
There will be options in free agency, and the draft is deep at receiver. Here's a look at our 2017 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Prospect Rankings. -Walter


2/13: The Ravens aren't expected to re-sign OT Ricky Wagner. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
The Ravens are prioritizing other free agents and believe they can obtain a cheaper replacement for Wagner, who had a great year. Wagner is No. 2 in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


2/2: The Ravens would inquire about Brandon Marshall if the Jets release him. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
Marshall is the type of big possession receiver Joe Flacco has enjoyed throwing to over the years. He hasn't had one in the past couple of seasons, however. -Walter


1/11: Ozzie Newsome told the media that the Ravens could sign a veteran receiver in free agency this season. -
Some of the top free agent veteran wideouts include Alshon Jeffery and Pierre Garcon. -Walter








Buffalo Bills:
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3/29: Preston Brown could be on the trading block. - Joe Buscaglia, WKBW Buffalo
Brown was a three-down linebacker for the Bills last year, but struggled. He may not be a good fit for the new defense, plus he's an impending free agent in 2018. There's no much appeal here, so the Bills probably wouldn't get anything better than a sixth-round pick. -Walter


3/21: Zach Brown visited the Dolphins and will meet the Bills soon. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Brown is one of the better free agents still available. He's 44th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/20: Keenan Robinson visited the Bills. - Field Yates, ESPN
Buffalo could use depth at linebacker, and Robinson would certainly be a quality backup. Robinson is 17th in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


3/15: Deshawn Shead is visiting the Bills. - Sheil Kapadia, ESPN
The Bills lost Stephon Gilmore and need a viable replacement. Shead played well in 2016, but it's unknown how he'll perform outside of Seattle's system. Shead is eighth in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


3/15: The Bills offered Andre Holmes a 3-year contract worth $4.5 million. -
That's about right for Holmes, who is 43rd in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/11: The Bills are interested in Andre Smith. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Smith is going to visit Buffalo on Sunday. The Bills are desperate for right tackle help, and Smith as the ability to offer an upgrade, but he's been a big disappointment. Smith is 11th in the NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Jets and Bills were only willing to offer Mike Glennon $8-$10 million per year. - Albert Breer, MMQB
They backed out once they heard the insanity the Bears were offering. It's confirmed tht Chicago is the only team interested in Glennon at above $10 million per season. -Walter


3/9: The Lions and Bills are showing the most interest in Jared Cook. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Both teams need tight ends, but they better not overpay for him with so many promising rookie tight ends in this class. Cook is right behind Martellus Bennett at No. 2 in the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Giants, Jaguars and Bills are interested in Martellus Bennett. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
All three teams need tight ends, especially the Jaguars, who traded Julius Thomas to Miami. That said, teams would be foolish to overpay Bennett because of all the great tight ends in the 2017 NFL Draft class. Bennett is atop the 2017 NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Bills are keeping Tyrod Taylor with a restructured deal. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
This is a great move. Taylor is a solid quarterback and was far from the problem in Buffalo. I never could've imagined the Bills keeping Taylor after the stunt they pulled in Week 17 last year, but they've apparently kissed and made up. I'll have a grade for this soon. -Walter


3/8: The Bills are "all over" Ricky Wagner. - Michael Lombardi, The Ringer
The Bears are as well, but they've previously been linked to him. Buffalo has a huge void at right tackle, and Wagner is No. 3 in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Bills are interested in Kyle Juszczyk. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
As are the Browns. Juszczyk is one of the top fullbacks in the NFL, so it's hardly a surprise that there's a strong market for him. -Walter


3/7: The Bills are out of the Mike Glennon sweepstakes, joining the Jets and 49ers. - John Mullin, CSN Chicago
That leaves... the Bears? If so, why is Glennon set to make $15 million per year when only one team is interested in him? It truly makes no sense, so the Bears will earn the Millen of all Millen grades if they pay that much to Glennon, who didn't even crack our NFL Top 100 Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The Browns, Bills and Seahawks are interested in Kamar Aiken. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Aiken was criminally underutilized in Baltimore last year, so he could provide some value. Aiken is 15th in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The Bills, Colts, and Jaguars have shown interest in Jack Crawford. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Crawford is 33rd in our NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings, so he wouldn't help any of these teams. -Walter


3/3: The Bills are leaning toward cutting Tyrod Taylor. - Vic Carucci, Buffalo News
Only the Bills would get rid of a viable starting quarterback for no reason. The Bills are in complete disarray, but they could do well to completely bottom out to win the Sam Darnold sweepstakes. I have Taylor going to the Browns in my 2017 NFL Offseason Quarterback Destinations page. -Walter


2/28: The Bills won't place the franchise tag on Stephon Gilmore. - Jay Skurski, Buffalo News
Gilmore struggled last year, so the Bills naturally don't want to give him $15 million in 2017. Gilmore is fifth in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


2/24: Kyle Williams' roster spot is "vulnerable." - Vic Carucci, Buffalo News
The Bills need to free up cap space to re-sign Tyrod Taylor, and Williams' cap number is north of $8 million. -Walter


2/21: It's more likely that the Bills will keep Tyrod Taylor than not. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Previous and more confident reports have said that the Bills will move on from Taylor. If the Bills keep Taylor, they'll have to pay him about $31 million over the next two years. -Walter


2/17: The Bills plan on "chugging along" with a Nick Foles-type backup in 2017 and then starting over. - Ty Dunne, NFL Reporter
The Bills will apparently be moving on from Tyrod Taylor. There will be plenty of talented quarterbacks next year; check out my 2018 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


2/2: The Bills have a strong interest in Tony Romo. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Romo may not want to go there, however. He wants to play for a winner, and Buffalo has just one viable downfield threat, Sammy Watkins, who hasn't been able to stay healthy. -Walter


1/25: Lorenzo Alexander is not a system fit for Buffalo's new defense. - Mike Rodak, ESPN
It's nice a good sign for the Bills that their new regime can't cater the system to their best player. Coaches who value system over personnel always fail. Alexander notched 12.5 sacks in 2016. He's No. 2 in our NFL Free Agent Outside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter




Carolina Panthers:
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3/10: The Panthers working to sign Julius Peppers. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Peppers would be returning home to the team that originally drafted him in 2002. He's obviously a shell of his former self, but he can still play well, so he would help out a bit. Peppers is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


3/8: Russell Okung is drawing interest from the Panthers and Giants. - Troy Renck, Denver7
The Broncos are also in the mix. All three of these teams are desperate for offensive tackles. Okung is right behind Andrew Whitworth as the No. 2 player in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The Panthers are expected to pursue Barry Church. - Bill Voth, Black and Blue Review
Church would fill a big need for the Panthers at safety. He's coming off a great year and is fourth in our NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The Panthers are expected to make a run at Matt Kalil. - Joe Person, Charlotte Observer
Kalil is only ninth in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings, but the Panthers are desperate for exterior blocking. -Walter


2/20: Victor Cruz met with the Panthers this weekend. - Bill Voth, Black and Blue Review
The Panthers need help at wideout, but Cruz isn't the answer, as he hasn't been the same since tearing his patellar tendon. Cruz is 18th in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


2/2: Ron Rivera told ESPN that "our top runner can't be our quarterback." -
Jonathan Stewart is an injury-prone 30-year-old, so the Panthers will strongly consider Leonard Fournette (or even Dalvin Cook) if he falls to them at No. 8. Fournette is second on our 2017 NFL Draft Big Board. -Walter


1/11: It's possible that the Panthers will release Jonathan Stewart this offseason. - David Newton, ESPN
Cutting Stewart, 30 in March, would save more than $6 million in cap space. -Walter




Chicago Bears:
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3/21: Mark Sanchez is visiting the Bears. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Chicago got rid of Jay Cutler, but Mark Sanchez is so much worse. Sanchez is not a good reserve signal-caller; he's 30th in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/16: John Jenkins is visiting the Bears. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Jenkins is just a reserve run-stuffing nose tackle. He's 34th in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/11: Cordarrelle Patterson is visiting the Bears. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Patterson would carry on Chicago's tradition of having a great return game if he happens to sign with the Bears. Patterson is 10th in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, but only because of his ability as a return specialist. -Walter


3/9: The Bears are interested in Jared Cook. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Chicago has Zach Miller, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy. It would be nice to steal Cook away from the arch-rival Packers, provided he doesn't cost very much. Cook is second in the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Bears are interested in Logan Ryan. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Chicago keeps missing out on free agents outside of its new overpaid quarterback, but Ryan would help make up for it. Ryan is 18th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Bears are offering Alshon Jeffery $13 million per year. - Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune
That's a lot of money for a receiver who has trouble staying on the field. Also, I can't blame Jeffery for not wanting to return to Chicago because the prospect of playing with Mike Glennon doesn't seem great. Jeffery is 23rd in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Bears have made a strong offer to A.J. Bouye. - Jeff Dickerson, ESPN
The Bears missed out on Stephon Gilmore, but are now pursuing a better cornerback to fix their secondary woes. Bouye is atop the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


3/9: Mike Glennon is set to earn $14.5 million per year from the Bears. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
And yet, the Bears were bidding against themselves. SMH. Glennon will somehow be earning more than twice as much as Brian Hoyer despite being strictly worse than Hoyer. Glennon is behind Hoyer in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/8: Stephon Gilmore's talks with the Bears aren't going very well. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
There was reported interest, but Gilmore is reportedly fielding calls from other teams now. Gilmore is fifth in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Bills are "all over" Ricky Wagner. - Michael Lombardi, The Ringer
The Bears are as well, but they've previously been linked to him. Buffalo has a huge void at right tackle, and Wagner is No. 3 in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The deal between Mike Glennon and the Bears is "all but done." - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Oh, Bears... It'll be interesting to see how much Chicago is paying Glennon, considering that they were the only team interested in signing Glennon. It must be reminded that Glennon is beneath Brian Hoyer in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Jaguars, Bears, Buccaneers and Titans are interested in A.J. Bouye. - Mike DiRocco, ESPN
It was reported earlier that Philadelphia is already talking to Bouye. Given that Bouye is atop our 2017 NFL Free Agent Cornerback Prospect Rankings, it's understandable that all of these teams have such interest in the Texan star. -Walter


3/7: The Bills are out of the Mike Glennon sweepstakes, joining the Jets and 49ers. - John Mullin, CSN Chicago
That leaves... the Bears? If so, why is Glennon set to make $15 million per year when only one team is interested in him? It truly makes no sense, so the Bears will earn the Millen of all Millen grades if they pay that much to Glennon, who didn't even crack our NFL Top 100 Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Bears are pursing Stephon Gilmore. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Gilmore is coming off a down year, but is still fifth in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. The Bears need a top cornerback, and Gilmore would certainly fill that void. -Walter


3/7: The Bears are interested in Ricky Wagner. - Alex Marvez, Sporting News
Chicago has a great interior offensive line, but the tackles are lacking. Wagner is the top right tackle in the NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings, and will earn big money. -Walter


3/7: The Bears have interest in Cordarrelle Patterson. - Alex Marvez, FOX Sports
Chicago would be strengthening its return game, all while acquiring a tantalizing athlete who hasn't developed, but still has potential. Patterson is 10th in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, but only because he's such a great return specialist. This would be a nice signing - assuming it's for a reasonable price - as the Bears would be poaching a valuable player from a rival. -Walter


3/7: Mike Glennon would prefer to go to Chicago. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
That might be because the Bears are willing to pay him the most money. The front office might as well begin updating their resumes if they decide to rely on Glennon leading them to the playoffs. -Walter


3/6: The 49ers, Bears, Jets, Lions, Raiders and Redskins have interest in Andre Holmes. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Holmes is 42nd in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, so I'm not sure why. He'd provide depth at most. -Walter


3/6: The Bears have told Brian Hoyer that they want him back. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Hoyer did a good job in relief of Jay Cutler prior to getting hurt. He's a great backup, as he's second in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. He would be a better option than Mike Glennon. -Walter


3/4: While many in the NFL believe that Mike Glennon will sign with the Bears, the Jets plan on making a big push for him. - Tony Pauline, Draft Analyst
Jet fans better hope that it's not that big of a push, as Glennon is this offseason's Brock Osweiler. Glennon is third in the underwhelming NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/3: The Bears are expected to pursue Stephon Gilmore and Mike Glennon in free agency. - Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune
While Glennon is an overrated, two-star free agent, Gilmore is No. 26 in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings list. -Walter


2/27: The chances of the Bears re-signing Alshon Jeffery are slim. - Jeff Dickerson, ESPN
Chicago won't be franchising Alshon Jeffery, and Dickerson reports that the two sides are far apart on compensation. Jeffery is No. 2 in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


2/21: The Bears have been seeking a trade partner for Jay Cutler. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Good luck with that, Chicago. Even a deal for an eighth-round pick seems unlikely. Cutler should be released soon. -Walter


2/2: The Bears are highly interested in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
La Canfora cites that getting Garoppolo is Chicago's top priority. Also, the Bears aren't willing to surrender the third-overall pick. Chicago's second-rounder is a fair price. -Walter








Cincinnati Bengals:
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3/14: Kevin Minter is visiting the Bengals. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Minter already visited the Colts. Both Indianapolis and Cincinnati are hurting for linebackers, so Minter signing with either team would make a lot of sense. Minter is seventh in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


3/13: Keenan Robinson is visiting the Bengals. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Cincinnati needs linebacker help, but Keenan Robinson is not the answer. Robinson is 17th in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


3/12: Connor Barwin is visiting the Bengals. - Adam Caplan, ESPN
The Bengals certainly have enough money to sign him after letting Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth walk. Barwin struggled in Philadelphia's 4-3 after thriving in the 3-4, so it wouldn't make much sense for him to sign in Cincinnati. -Walter


3/11: The Jets would consider trading Sheldon Richardson to the Bengals for A.J. McCarron. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
If you're wondering why the Jets would deal a talented, young defensive lineman for a backup quarterback with a lollipop arm, it's because Richardson has an extensive history of off-the-field issues, which the Bengals don't really care about. Cincinnati would still have to offer a draft pick or two to make the deal even. -Walter


3/2: The Bengals want at least a second-round pick for A.J. McCarron. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
I think I have more of a chance of becoming the Queen of England than the Bengals do of getting a second-round pick for A.J. McCarron, but it's cute that they're dreaming big. -Walter


3/1: The Bengals will re-sign Andrew Whitworth. - Paul Dehner, The Cincinnati Enquirer
It's being reported that a deal is already in place. Whitworth, despite being 35, is atop our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings, so the Bengals would be crazy to let him get away. -Walter


3/1: The Bengals have announced that they'll listen to trade offers for A.J. McCarron. -
The question is if there will actually be any trade offers for McCarron, given that there are so many quarterbacking options this offseason. -Walter


2/20: Andre Smith could re-sign with the Bengals. - Paul Dehner, Cincinnati Enquirer
Smith spent one season with the Vikings, and he barely played because of torn triceps. Smith thrived in Cincinnati for the most part. He's No. 10 in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


2/9: The Bengals are expected to let Kevin Zeitler leave free agency. - Paul Dehner, Cincinnati Enquirer
If so, Cincinnati will lose one of the top guards in the NFL. Zeitler, who ranks No. 1 in our NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings, is set to earn a mammoth contract this offseason. -Walter


1/27: The Bengals could release Pacman Jones this offseason. -
Jones was arrested on four charges this month, and the Bengals would save $6.8 million by releasing him. Jones has been great over the years, but showed signs of regression in 2016. He'll turn 34 in September. -Walter




Cleveland Browns:
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3/20: Bradley McDougald visited the Browns. -
McDougald is an underrated free agent safety; he's 66th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. The Browns are desperate at safety, and McDougald would help. -Walter


3/14: The Browns aren't expected to make a run at Kirk Cousins. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
The NFL tabloids wrote Tuesday that the Browns were attempting to acquire Cousins, but Mary Kay Cabot has reported that Cleveland is unwilling to part with the required compensation, even though the team has a billion draft picks. I'm sure the Browns would like Cousins, but Washington's asking price is too high, especially considering that Cousins will hit the market next spring. The 49ers are the favorites to land Cousins then anyway. -Walter


3/13: The Chargers and Browns are interested in Geno Smith. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Smith doesn't really fit into Hue Jackson's offense. The Chargers, meanwhile, could potentially develop Smith to be Philip Rivers' successor, though that's a long shot. Smith is eighth in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/11: The Browns are attempting to trade Brock Osweiler for a third-round pick. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
I thought I was at my fiancee's sister's wedding this afternoon. Instead, I was apparently transported through a portal to a weird, alternate dimension where overpriced, crappy quarterbacks are traded for second-day picks. Who do the Browns think they arei that they can get a third-round pick for Osweiler? The Texans GAVE the Browns a second-rounder just to take Osweiler! -Walter


3/10: The Browns are attempting to trade Brock Osweiler. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Yeah, good luck with that. Osweiler, at $16 million, has absolutely no value. The Browns could literally request just a ham sandwich back for Osweiler, and the other 31 teams would all decline. Cleveland could decide to cut Osweiler, but with so much cap space, why not try to develop him? -Walter


3/9: The Texans have traded Brock Osweiler and a 2018 second-round pick to the Browns for cap relief. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Wow, what the hell is this, the NBA? I can't recall there being too many salary dumps in the NFL, but now we have one. I'll have grades on this shortly in the NFL Free Agent Grades page. -Walter


3/9: The Browns are attempting to sign J.C. Tretter. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Tretter won't be as good for the Browns as he was for the Packers, but he would be an enormous upgrade over the anemic Cameron Erving. Tretter is second in the NFL Free Agent Center Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Browns are offering the most money for Tony Jefferson, but the Ravens are in negotiations as well. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
The Browns have the financial edge because they have the most cap space in the NFL. Then again, Jefferson would have to play for the Browns. If he cares about his career, he'll sign with the Ravens. Jefferson is 15th in our NFL Free Agent Top 100 Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Browns are pursuing Tony Jefferson. - Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon-Journal
Cleveland's secondary never recovered from losing Tashaun Gipson. Jefferson would provide a huge boost, as he's third in the NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Colts, Jaguars and Browns are interested in Kevin Zeitler. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Zeitler is a stud guard, coming in at No. 3 in our NFL Free Agent Top 100 Rankings. Zeitler is going to command a massive contract, but all three of these teams can afford to pay him the big bucks he deserves. -Walter


3/8: The Browns are very interested in Kyle Juszczyk. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
It may sound humorous that the Browns are so intrigued by a fullback, but Juszczyk is a 4.5-star free agent and the top player on our NFL Free Agent Fullback Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The Browns, Bills and Seahawks are interested in Kamar Aiken. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Aiken was criminally underutilized in Baltimore last year, so he could provide some value. Aiken is 15th in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/5: The Browns are very interested in Tyrod Taylor. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
There is a connection between the Browns and Taylor, which I mentioned in the Predicted NFL Offseason Quarterback Destinations. With the Browns almost certainly taking Myles Garrett, acquiring Taylor makes a lot of sense. -Walter


3/4: Terrelle Pryor will likely leave the Browns, signing elsewhere. - Pat McManamon, ESPN
It figures that the Browns would lose yet another one of their few talented players despite having massive amounts of cap space. Pryor is atop our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/1: The Browns will not pursue Colin Kaepernick. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Kaepernick makes no sense, as he doesn't fit the system, and he wouldn't be much of an upgrade over Cody Kessler. Kaepernick is expected to opt out of his deal soon. -Walter


3/1: Johnny Manziel is showing "real interest" from teams at the combine. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Manziel has gotten his act together (for now), so it's understandable that teams would be interested. The problem is that they won't be able to rely on Manziel staying clean. Manziel is 17th in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


2/27: The Cowboys have interest in Josh McCown as their new No. 2 quarterback. - Ed Werder, ESPN
They must not have watched McCown play in 2016, as he was atrocious. McCown is listed behind Vince Young and Johnny Manziel in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


2/18: Terrelle Pryor won't be franchise tagged. - Albert Breer, NFL Network
It was reported earlier that Pryor would be tagged. Pryor will command a big contract, as he's listed atop the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


2/15: Terrelle Pryor has told his agents that he wants to stay in Cleveland. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
This has to be thrilling for the Browns, as Pryor is atop the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. The Browns have a ton of cap space, so they can afford to keep Pryor. -Walter


2/14: New Browns QB coach David Lee likes Tyrod Taylor "a lot." - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Lee worked with Taylor for two years in Buffalo. Taylor is a solid starting quarterback who would be a massive upgrade over what the Browns currently have. He'd provide some stability, though signing him wouldn't preclude Cleveland from taking a quarterback on Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft. Check here for the 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


2/1: The Browns will try to trade for Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
It makes sense, as the Browns will miss out on the top quarterback(s) if they select Myles Garrett No. 1 overall. NFL team sources believe Garoppolo is worth a second-day pick, so the Browns could trade No. 33 to the Patriots.  -Walter


1/23: Terrelle Pryor will likely be franchise tagged. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Jamie Collins has been re-signed, so the Browns can franchise their other prominent free agent. Pryor is atop our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


1/19: The Browns have made significant progress in negotiations with Jamie Collins, and he could be re-signed by this weekend. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
This would be an important move for the Browns, as Collins is atop our 2017 NFL Free Agent Outside Linebacker Rankings.  -Walter


1/17: The Browns are expected to target Tyrod Taylor if the Bills release him. - Pat McManamon, ESPN
The Bills foolishly played games with Taylor and will likely be losing a solid quarterback as a result. Taylor seems like a decent fit for Hue Jackson's offense. -Walter




Dallas Cowboys:
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3/20: Robert Blanton visited the Cowboys. - Todd Archer, ESPN
Dallas needs safety help after losing Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox, but Blanton is not the answer. Blanton is 40th in the NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings. -Walter


3/11: It would be a "major upset" if the Cowboys were able to trade Tony Romo. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
It was reported that Dallas would cut Romo, but then Jerry Jones got this crazy idea that he could still trade his long-time veteran quarterback despite his absurd price tag. The sooner Jones realizes he's wrong, the sooner Romo can find a new home. -Walter


3/9: The Cowboys are now expected to trade Tony Romo rather than cut him. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
So much for Romo being a free agent. The Cowboys will presumably deal him to either Houston or Denver, and it makes sense because there's bound to be heavy competition between the two teams for his services. The Cowboys might as well get something for him. -Walter


3/8: "Dallas Cowboys will release Tony Romo on Thursday barring trade offer." - , FOX Sports Radio
So... why would teams offer a trade if the Cowboys are going to release him. That makes no sense, but I guess it doesn't matter because teams weren't going to trade for Romo at his salary. I have Romo going to the Texans in my NFL Offseason Quarterback Predictions. -Walter


3/8: Josh McCown is visiting the Cowboys today. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
McCown was awful last year, but perhaps he'll be a functional No. 2 quarterback behind Dallas' elite offensive line. -Walter


3/7: The Cowboys are not interested in DeSean Jackson. - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
This refutes an earlier report. This is misinformation season, after all, so it's not a surprise to see contradictions like this. Jackson has been rumored to Tampa the most. Jackson is fifth in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Cowboys and Patriots are interested in DeSean Jackson. - Mike Jones, Washington Post
New England seems like a weird fit, but Dallas makes more sense, as the team is desperate for a No. 2 receiver. Jackson would continue his tour of the NFC East, to the chagrin of the Giants, though it remains to be seen how he and Dez Bryant would mesh together. Jackson is 39th in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Cowboys are interested in signing Kenny Britt. - , NFL Tabloid
The Eagles and 49ers have expressed interest as well. Britt makes way more sense for Dallas than San Francisco, as he'd likely be more motivated playing for a winner. Britt would fill a big need for Dallas. -Walter


3/4: "Jerry Jones wouldn’t trade Tony Romo to a division rival, and there is an unspoken understanding that Romo wouldn’t sign with the Redskins as a free agent if he was released." - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
So much for the three-way trade with the 49ers. Romo is likely to go to the Broncos or Texans. Charlie Campbell reported that the Broncos will intently pursue Tony Romo. -Walter


3/2: The Cowboys are attempting to trade Alfred Morris. - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Good luck with that. Morris averaged 3.5 yards per carry behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. The year before, he mustered just a 3.7 YPC figure in Washington. Morris appears to be washed up. -Walter


2/28: The Cowboys will not pursue Adrian Peterson. - Charean Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
I suppose Dallas thinks Peterson would command too much money. Peterson was added to the 2017 NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings today, where he's ranked second. -Walter


2/28: The Cowboys are high on Jamaal Charles' list for sure. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Dallas has interest in Adrian Peterson, but Charles would be a great consolation prize as Ezekiel Elliott's new backup. Charles, released today, is sixth in our NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


2/28: The Cowboys would pursue Adrian Peterson if he were released. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Peterson seemed worn down last year, but he'd be an incredible backup/insurance policy behind Ezekiel Elliott. Peterson would go from running behind the league's worst offensive line to the NFL's best blocking unit. -Walter


2/16: Tony Romo expects to be released. - Ed Werder, ESPN
The Cowboys would be able to trade Romo if he had a lower salary, but he simply costs too much right now. Romo will be slotted alongside Kirk Cousins in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings once he's cut. -Walter


2/5: Adrian Peterson could sign with the Cowboys this offseason. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Peterson would give up the opportunity to start, which he would have if he were to sign with the Buccaneers and Giants. Then again, based on how he performed last year, it's unclear if Tampa Bay and New York would be willing to give him that chance. Peterson grew up near Dallas, and the Cowboys have shown interest in signing him. -Walter


2/5: DeMarcus Ware is "leaving the door open" for a return to the Cowboys. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
The Broncos have Shane Ray ready to take over for Ware, so the former Cowboy could return home, as the team needs help at defensive end if Randy Gregory can't play. Ware is 10th in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


2/3: The Cowboys are expected to re-sign Barry Church, and they're also expected to move on from Terrance Williams. - Todd Archer, ESPN
Neither should be a surprise. Church had a great year in 2016, while Williams has never lived up to his potential. I have the Cowboys finding Williams' replacement in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


2/1: "Terrell McClain is entering free agency, and the Cowboys want to bring him back. However, they plan to let McClain test the market and see what offers he gets before bidding on his contact." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
McClain isn't rated highly in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings, as he's 19th, so the Cowboys are wise not to overbid. -Walter


1/17: The Cowboys are expected to cut Tony Romo. - Todd Archer, ESPN
They'd like to trade him, but there are lots of hoops for them to go through, and teams already know that Dallas can't afford to keep him.  -Walter


1/16: Trading Tony Romo is the Cowboys' No. 1 priority this offseason. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
They almost have to send him packing, given the massive cap hit he carries. There will be tons of suitors, including the Texans, Bears, Jets and Bills. -Walter








Denver Broncos:
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3/24: The Broncos haven't "closed the door" on Tony Romo. - Troy Renck, Denver Channel
Romo sounds like he'd rather play for the Texans, but the Broncos could still blow him away with a better deal. We'll see what happens, but it'll have to require Jerry Jones to stop being so petulant and do right by his long-term quarterback. -Walter


3/8: The Broncos are interested in Menelik Watson. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
The Broncos are desperate for tackles, but Watson wouldn't help. He's 17th in the NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Broncos are discussing a possible return with Russell Okung. - Jesse Palmer, NFL Network
Denver is desperate on the offensive line, but Okung is the top realistic option for them. Okung is 31st in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/7: "The Texans are a team Tony Romo has a lot of interest in, as are the Broncos." - Ed Werder, ESPN
As mentioned a few days ago, Romo to the Texans makes the most sense. Outside of need, it would allow him to stay close to home with a third child on the way. For more, check out my Predicted Quarterback Offseason Destinations. -Walter


3/7: The Broncos have interest in Danny Woodhead. - Alex Marvez, Sporting News
Things fell apart for Denver once C.J. Anderson got hurt, so a backup running back is needed. Woodhead is coming off a torn ACL, but is still eighth in our NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The 49ers would attempt to trade for Trevor Siemian if the Broncos acquire Tony Romo.  - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
Siemian would serve as a veteran stopgap for the rookie the 49ers opt to draft in that case, making them open for business for a signal-caller at No. 2 overall. Here's our list of NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/5: The Broncos are very high on Calais Campbell. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
Klis writes that Campbell is atop Denver's wish list outside of acquiring Tony Romo. Campbell is No. 6 in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/1: John Elway said the Broncos haven't moved on from Russell Okung. -
Denver declined Okung's option, but still wants to re-sign him at a cheaper price. Okung is injury-prone, but is No. 2 in the NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/1: The Broncos and Vikings are frontrunners for T.J. Lang. - Cecil Lammey, 1043 The Fan
Both teams are desperate for guard help, so signing Lang would be huge. Lang is third in our NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


2/28: The Broncos are in the driver's seat for Tony Romo if he's willing to take a pay cut. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
If Romo wants to play for a Super Bowl contender that needs a quarterback, - i.e. Broncos, Texans - he'll need to do so because both teams are tight on cash. I have Romo going to Houston in my NFL Offseason Quarterback Destination Predictions. -Walter


2/26: The Broncos are expected to discuss signing Tony Romo. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
Romo would be the perfect bridge for Paxton Lynch, who might need another year of preparation. I slotted Romo to the Texans in my 2017 NFL Offseason Quarterback Projections, but he could just as easily go to the Broncos. -Walter


2/22: The Broncos are expected to give Andrew Whitworth heavy consideration in free agency. - Nicki Jhabvala, Denver Post
Despite being 35, Andrew Whitworth is atop our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. He would be a huge upgrade for Denver's poor offensive line. -Walter


2/18: Earl Mitchell is visiting the Seahawks, Falcons, 49ers and Broncos. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Mitchell is No. 17 in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings, so the team that signs him shouldn't be too excited. -Walter


2/15: The Broncos haven't discussed signing Victor Cruz. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
It was reported yesterday by ESPN's Jeff Legwold that the Broncos have been working to meet with Cruz, so this is a contradictory report of sorts. Wide receiver is sixth in our Denver Broncos NFL Team Needs page. -Walter


2/15: The Broncos are working to meet with Victor Cruz. - Jeff Legwold, ESPN
Cruz struggled last year and appears to be done because of a torn patellar tendon. However, the Broncos are desperate for a third receiver, so it doesn't hurt to bring him in unless it costs more than the minimum. Cruz is 18th in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


2/10: The Broncos aren't likely to pursue Colin Kaepernick despite showing interest in him last year. - Nicki Jhabvala, Denver Post
And why would they? Kaepernick was one of the league's worst passers last year, only compiling stats in garbage time. Kaepernick would be a clear downgrade from both Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. -Walter


1/30: The Broncos could sign Ted Ginn this offseason. - Cameron Wolfe, Denver Post
Ginn hasn't had success anywhere outside of Carolina, and he would be foolish to sign with a team that doesn't have a proven quarterback. He's 16th in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


1/29: The Broncos could have interest in Tony Romo if he becomes a free agent. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
Denver reportedly doesn't want to trade for Romo, but will be willing to sign him. Quarterback is No. 2 in our Broncos NFL Team Needs page. -Walter


1/25: Kendall Wright would be a good fit for the Broncos. - Cameron Wolfe, Denver Post
Wright got off to a great start in Tennessee, but struggled with his work ethic. If Wright puts forth maximum effort, he would make sense as a slot receiver to complement Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Wright is currently 15th in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter




Detroit Lions:
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3/16: The Raiders and Lions are two teams to watch for as spots for Adrian Peterson. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Both teams have needs at running back, but they'll likely wait until either Peterson drops his asking price, or if they whiff on the position in the 2017 NFL Draft. There are a ton of talented 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospects in this class. -Walter


3/15: Tim Lelito is visiting the Lions. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
The Lions have one weakness remaining on the offensive line unless Laken Tomlinson lives up to his first-round billing. Lelito is not the answer, however; he's 18th in the NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


3/12: T.J. Lang told a radio show that he has narrowed his choices down to the Packers, Lions and Seahawks. -
Nice weather isn't a concern for Lang, apparently. All three teams need offensive line help (the Packers do if Lang leaves), and they'd all be lucky to have him, as he's the best player available per the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Lions and Bills are showing the most interest in Jared Cook. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Both teams need tight ends, but they better not overpay for him with so many promising rookie tight ends in this class. Cook is right behind Martellus Bennett at No. 2 in the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Lions are expected to sign Ricky Wagner. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Wagner had drawn interest from the Bears and Bills, but the Lions are coming away with the top right tackle in free agency. The Lions had a huge need at the position with Riley Reiff heading into free agency, and Wagner is two spots ahead of Reiff in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Cardinals, Colts, Falcons, Giants, Lions, Saints, Seahawks and Vikings are in the market for D.J. Fluker.  - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Fluker has been very injury-prone, and he has played poorly as a result. He has potential, however, so it's not a surprise that teams have interest. Fluker is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The 49ers, Bears, Jets, Lions, Raiders and Redskins have interest in Andre Holmes. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Holmes is 42nd in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, so I'm not sure why. He'd provide depth at most. -Walter


3/4: The Lions are a potential fit for Sebastian Vollmer. - Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
If he's healthy. That's the big issue for Vollmer, as some retirement talk has surfaced. If he can get over his injuries, he'd be a fine replacement for Riley Reiff. Vollmer is eighth in the underwhelming NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


2/24: Alan Branch is a fit for the Lions. - Paul Pasche, Oakland Press
Branch is a monstrous run-stuffer, and the Lions could be better in that regard. He also went to Michigan. Branch is 10th in our NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


2/22: The Lions aren't expected to re-sign guard Larry Warford or defensive end Devin Taylor. - Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Taylor struggled last year, while Warford is expected to be too expensive. Warford is No. 4 in our NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


2/21: Nickel cornerback K'Waun Williams has contract offers from the Jets, Dolphins, Lions and 49ers. - Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
Williams was a solid nickel corner for the Browns before suffering an ankle injury that caused him to miss all of 2016. Williams is 21st in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


1/30: Larry Warford will not take a hometown discount. - Tim Twentyman, DetroitLions.com
Warford is one of the top NFL Free Agent Guards available. He's coming off a great year and deserves a huge contract. -Walter


1/28: The Lions are expected to have interest in Logan Ryan. - Michael Rothstein, ESPN
Detroit's general manager had a hand in picking Ryan when he was with the Patriots, so the connection is logical. The Lions need another corner, and Ryan is No. 4 in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter




Green Bay Packers:
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3/12: T.J. Lang told a radio show that he has narrowed his choices down to the Packers, Lions and Seahawks. -
Nice weather isn't a concern for Lang, apparently. All three teams need offensive line help (the Packers do if Lang leaves), and they'd all be lucky to have him, as he's the best player available per the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/10: The Packers have broken off talks with Jared Cook. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Cook has seen the sort of contracts tight ends far worse than him have gotten, and he understandably wants a big pay day. The Packers won't budge, as they're smart enough to realize how great this incoming tight end draft class happens to be. Cook is 72nd in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Packers have contacted Davon House about returning to Green Bay. - Rob Demovsky, ESPN
House signed a $25 million contract a few seasons ago, but was so bad in Jacksonville that he was benched. House is 28th in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


3/6: Julius Peppers announced that he'll return for another season. -
It doesn't sound like it'll be with the Packers, however, as they plan to move on. Peppers is 11th in our NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


2/16: Julius Peppers appears to be done in Green Bay. - Rob Demovsky, ESPN
Peppers has been linked to the Panthers, and he could go there, as it seems he won't be with the Packers next year. Peppers is 11th in our NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


1/28: The Packers want to re-sign Jared Cook. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Cook has failed to meet expectations throughout his career, but came up big in the playoffs. Perhaps he'll continue to play well now that he's paired with a great quarterback. -Walter


1/28: The Panthers could have interest in Julius Peppers. - Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer
Peppers played for the Panthers from 2002 to 2009. He performed well this past season, but he just turned 37 and could be a shell of his former self. Peppers is 11th in our NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter






Houston Texans:
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3/24: Tony Romo believes that his 2017 options are playing for the Texans or going into broadcasting. - Jeff Darlington, NFL Network
It's not helping that Jerry Jones is doing his long-time quarterback a disservice by holding him hostage. However, it makes sense that Romo would prefer Houston, as he would like to stay close to home with a third baby on the way. -Walter


3/14: "Source said the Texans are interested in sending a second-round pick to New England if can get Malcolm Butler signed long term."
- Eric Edholm, Yahoo!
The Texans have a history of dealing their second-day selections, but they're moving up in the first round most of the time. This would be much different, as Butler was one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL last year. Butler would be a great replacement for A.J. Bouye, as he's right above Bouye in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. However, it sounds as though the Patriots might be getting a better deal from the Saints. -Walter


3/9: The Texans will not trade for Tony Romo, but they'll be interested if he's a free agent. - John McClain, Houston Chronicle
So much for Jerry Jones' grand-master plan for trading Romo. The Texans are still the favorite to acquire Romo, but will do so via free agency, apparently. Regardless, I expect Houston to select a quarterback early in the NFL Draft. I have them doing so in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/9: The Texans have traded Brock Osweiler and a 2018 second-round pick to the Browns for cap relief. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Wow, what the hell is this, the NBA? I can't recall there being too many salary dumps in the NFL, but now we have one. I'll have grades on this shortly in the NFL Free Agent Grades page. -Walter


3/8: The Texans are concerned about losing A.J. Bouye to the Eagles. - Ed Werder, ESPN
As they should be, since the Eagles are pursuing Bouye very aggressively. Bouye is atop our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings (for unrestricted players only.) -Walter


3/7: "The Texans are a team Tony Romo has a lot of interest in, as are the Broncos." - Ed Werder, ESPN
As mentioned a few days ago, Romo to the Texans makes the most sense. Outside of need, it would allow him to stay close to home with a third child on the way. For more, check out my Predicted Quarterback Offseason Destinations. -Walter


3/3: The Redskins don't want Tony Romo, and there's a growing sentiment that Romo will be joining the Texans. - Mike Jones, Washington Post
So much for that blockbuster three-team trade. The Texans and Broncos continue to make the most sense for Romo, as they have Super Bowl-contending rosters that are lacking quarterbacks. I have Romo going to the Texans in my NFL Offseason Quarterback Destinations prediction page. -Walter


2/5: The Patriots tried to trade for Johnathan Joseph this season. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
The deal was Jamie Collins for Joseph, but the Texans declined. Houston also declined a trade involving DeAndre Hopkins. The Patriots really like Joseph, so it's possible that the Texans could trade him to New England this offseason for draft picks. -Walter


2/1: The Texans are not a landing spot for Tony Romo. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Romo will be too expensive for the Texans, who still have to pay Brock Osweiler. If the Texans go the veteran route, Jay Cutler is the most likely option. -Walter


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Bouye was one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL this past season, emerging as a star despite opening the year as the No. 4 cornerback. Expect the Texans to retain Bouye, but to cut another cornerback in the process. -Walter




Indianapolis Colts:
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3/13: Brian Schwenke is visiting the Colts. - Field Yates, ESPN
Schwenke could provide needed depth at center for the Colts. He's 14th in the NFL Free Agent Center Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/13: Kevin Minter is visiting the Colts. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Indianapolis is desperate for linebacker help, and Minter would help. Minter is in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings, checking in at No. 88. -Walter


3/12: Dontari Poe left Indianapolis without a contract. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Before Colt fans get discouraged, Terrelle Pryor left Washington without a deal, and then proceeded to sign with the Redskins. Poe is sixth in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/12: Dontari Poe has upcoming visits to the Falcons, Dolphins and Raiders, and he's hoping to sign with the Colts. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Poe is reportedly still on the market because of back issues, but his signing comes with great upside. Poe is the second-best player available in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Eagles and Colts are pursuing Alshon Jeffery. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Philadelphia just signed Torrey Smith, but needs one more wideout. The Colts don't make much sense though, but we'll see. Jeffery is second in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Colts are very interested in Jabaal Sheard. - Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star
New England took one of Indianapolis' players today, so the Colts are trying to reciprocate. Sheard had a down year, but was still solid in run support and not completely lost as a pass-rusher. Sheard is ninth in the NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Colts, 49ers and Falcons are interested in Dontari Poe. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Only the Colts are running a 3-4 of those three, so this is a bit odd. Poe is coming off an injury-laden year, but is still sixth in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Patriots are trading for Dwayne Allen. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Compensation is currently unknown, but Field Yates tweeted that it's likely for a late-round pick. Allen is a skilled tight end, but hasn't played 16 games in a season since 2012. Still, he'll be owed just $2.5 million in 2017 and $4.5 million in 2018, which is less than Jermaine Gresham received, and Allen has more upside. It's clear that the Patriots will be losing Martellus Bennett, but if Allen is healthy, there's not much of a drop-off. -Walter


3/8: The Giants, Jaguars and Bills are interested in Martellus Bennett. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
All three teams need tight ends, especially the Jaguars, who traded Julius Thomas to Miami. That said, teams would be foolish to overpay Bennett because of all the great tight ends in the 2017 NFL Draft class. Bennett is atop the 2017 NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Colts, Jaguars and Browns are interested in Kevin Zeitler. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Zeitler is a stud guard, coming in at No. 3 in our NFL Free Agent Top 100 Rankings. Zeitler is going to command a massive contract, but all three of these teams can afford to pay him the big bucks he deserves. -Walter


3/7: The Cardinals, Colts, Falcons, Giants, Lions, Saints, Seahawks and Vikings are in the market for D.J. Fluker.  - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Fluker has been very injury-prone, and he has played poorly as a result. He has potential, however, so it's not a surprise that teams have interest. Fluker is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


3/7: Jack Doyle is expected to earn $6 million per year. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Wow. Jack Doyle rules, but he doesn't rule that much. Doyle racked up impressive stats (59 catches, 584 yards, five touchdowns), but did so with Andrew Luck feeding him lots of targets. Any team giving Doyle $6 million per year will earn a Millen, even though he's fourth in the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. Doyle is a two-star player, and the 2017 NFL Draft class is stacked at tight end, so why would any team pay Doyle so much? -Walter


3/7: The Colts are expected to pursue Chris Baker. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Indianapolis' previous regime spent big money on overpriced defensive line free agents, but signing Baker could yield different results. Baker was dominant for the Redskins, and he's fourth in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The Bills, Colts, and Jaguars have shown interest in Jack Crawford. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Crawford is 33rd in our NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings, so he wouldn't help any of these teams. -Walter


2/15: The Colts are unlikely to re-sign Mike Adams. - Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star
Adams is a talented player - he's No. 8 in our NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings - but he's 36, and Indianapolis' new front office wants to get younger. -Walter


2/13: Arthur Jones is "destined to be cut." - Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star
Jones signed a 5-year, $33 million contract a couple of offseasons ago, but he's been a major bust. The Colts need to clean house of Ryan Grigson's mistakes. -Walter


2/13: Trent Cole won't be coming back to Indianapolis. - Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star
Cole struggled to stay healthy last year, but wasn't bad when he was able to take the field. Rush linebacker was already high on the Indianapolis Colts Team Needs page. -Walter




Jacksonville Jaguars:
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3/15: Chris Gragg announced that he's visiting the Jaguars. -
Jacksonville needs a replacement for Julius Thomas, but Gragg is not the answer. Gragg is 13th in the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


3/12: Dontari Poe is visiting the Jaguars. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Jacksonville doesn't really need another run-stuffer, but the team has signed a bunch of high-profile players all offseason. Poe is the second-best player available in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/11: Latavius Murray is visiting the Jaguars. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Murray would join another crowded running back rotation, but would struggle behind a worse offensive line. Murray is sixth in the NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Jaguars are "closing in" on A.J. Bouye. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Bouye would be making the foolish mistake of taking money and going to a terrible franchise. Bouye is the top-remaining player in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Jaguars will likely sign Calais Campbell. - Dianna Marie Russini, ESPN
Campbell has played for a contender for years, but now he's cashing in and going to a place where many NFL careers come to an end. Campbell is sixth in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings, so he looks like a huge upgrade on paper, but will likely be a disappointment. -Walter


3/8: Barry Church is expected to land with the Jaguars, barring a change of heart. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
It's a solid move by the Jaguars to replace John Cyprien if Cyprien costs too much. Church is fourth in the NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings, while Cyprien is second. -Walter


3/8: The Giants, Jaguars and Bills are interested in Martellus Bennett. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
All three teams need tight ends, especially the Jaguars, who traded Julius Thomas to Miami. That said, teams would be foolish to overpay Bennett because of all the great tight ends in the 2017 NFL Draft class. Bennett is atop the 2017 NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Colts, Jaguars and Browns are interested in Kevin Zeitler. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Zeitler is a stud guard, coming in at No. 3 in our NFL Free Agent Top 100 Rankings. Zeitler is going to command a massive contract, but all three of these teams can afford to pay him the big bucks he deserves. -Walter


3/8: The Redskins and Jaguars are interested in Barry Church. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Church had his best year in 2016 and is fourth in our NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings. The Redskins desperately need a safety, while the Jaguars will have to replace John Cyprien if he departs via free agency. -Walter


3/7: The Jaguars, Bears, Buccaneers and Titans are interested in A.J. Bouye. - Mike DiRocco, ESPN
It was reported earlier that Philadelphia is already talking to Bouye. Given that Bouye is atop our 2017 NFL Free Agent Cornerback Prospect Rankings, it's understandable that all of these teams have such interest in the Texan star. -Walter


3/6: The Jaguars are expected to pursue Calais Campbell. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
Campbell won't be playing in a 3-4 anymore, but the Jaguars could use him. They spent big money on Malik Jackson last offseason, but they're still in need of an interior pass-rusher with Jared Odrick gone. Campbell is No. 6 overall in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The Bills, Colts, and Jaguars have shown interest in Jack Crawford. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Crawford is 33rd in our NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings, so he wouldn't help any of these teams. -Walter


3/4: The Jaguars are attempting to trade Sen'Derrick Marks. - Ryan O'Halloran, Florida Times Union
Good luck with that. Marks was once a very good player, but hasn't been the same since tearing his ACL in 2014. Jacksonville will be hoping Jonathan Allen somehow falls to them at No. 4. Allen is being taken at No. 2 in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/2: Jaguars GM David Caldwell said that John Cyprien and Prince Amukamara will reach the open market. -
Cyprien and Amukamara are 14th and 27th, respectively, in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings list. -Walter


2/20: At least one team, in addition to the Dolphins, is interested in trading for Julius Thomas. - Mike Kaye, First Coast News
It could be that the Jaguars or Thomas' agent leaked this to increase interest. Thomas is a lazy, overpaid tight end who has never been productive without Peyton Manning. Then again, he does have talent and can be obtained cheaply. -Walter


2/19: The Dolphins and Jaguars are discussing a trade involving Branden Albert and Julius Thomas. - Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel
It's unclear if this is a straight-up trade, or if there will be draft picks involved as well. The Dolphins would be dealing their injury-prone left tackle for Jacksonville's lazy, underachieving tight end. -Walter


2/17: The Jaguars are interested in Branden Albert. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald
In other words, the Jaguars will be going from one injured left tackle to another. Albert can't stay healthy, but this apparently doesn't bother Jacksonville. Albert was reported to be released yesterday, but the Dolphins rescinded the move once they learned at least one team wanted to trade for him. Albert was a 2.5-star player in the NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings for a few hours. -Walter


2/6: The Jaguars wish to re-sign Prince Amukamara. - Mike DiRocco, ESPN
The Jaguars obtained Amukamara on a 1-year "prove it" deal, and he rewarded him with some great play. Amukamara has had trouble staying healthy, but he missed only a couple of games in 2016. He'll command a higher price tag this offseason. He's currently No. 6 in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


1/17: The Jaguars are expected to cut Julius Thomas this offseason. - Mike DiRocco, ESPN
Thomas was a massive bust free agent signing a 5-year, $46 million deal. Thomas has the athletic talent to bounce back, but the question is whether he's ever going to try hard again.  -Walter






Kansas City Chiefs:
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3/28: Rey Maualuga will visit the Chiefs. - Terez Paylor, Kansas City Star
Kansas City needs help at inside linebacker with Derrick Johnson injured, but the worn-down Maualuga isn't the answer. He wouldn't be a bad depth signing, but he's 14th in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


3/9: Gerald Hodges is visiting the Chiefs. - , NFL Tabloid
Hodges came out of nowhere to play well last year in the wake of NaVorro Bowman's injury. The Chiefs need inside linebacker help with Derrick Johnson having injury woes. Hodges is second in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Chiefs are not interested in Tony Romo. - Jane Slater, NFL Network
Because Alex Smith is so great. Or rather, Andy Reid's stubbornness. The good news for Kansas City fans is that I have the Chiefs selecting a quarterback in the first round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/4: Dontari Poe is expected to leave Kansas City, signing elsewhere. - Adam Teicher, ESPN
Poe got off to a great start in his career, but has declined lately. Here's a list of the NFL Draft Defensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


2/26: Eric Berry told the media that he was pessimistic that a long-term deal could be reached before getting slapped with the franchise tag. -
Berry deserves a long-term contract after two great seasons coming off his cancer diagnosis. Berry is No. 2 in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


2/25: Jamaal Charles could be an option for the Eagles if/when the Chiefs release him. - Tim McManus, ESPN
Charles is owed $6.2 million, so he's likely to be a cap casualty. He played for Doug Pederson in Kansas City, so Charles wouldn't have any problems adjusting to the system. -Walter


2/15: The Chiefs are expected to decline Nick Foles' option, making him a free agent. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
The Chiefs wisely don't want to spend $10.4 million on Foles, who struggled in relief of Alex Smith last year. We have the Chiefs selecting a quarterback in the first round of our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


2/9: Kansas City's GM John Dorsey endorses Alex Smith as the team's 2017 quarterback. - Pat Sweeney, KCTV5
Smith continues to do just enough to be a useful starter, but not enough to get Kansas City over the hump. Without anyone better on the horizon, this of course isn't surprising.  -Chet_G




Los Angeles Chargers:
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3/13: The Chargers and Browns are interested in Geno Smith. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Smith doesn't really fit into Hue Jackson's offense. The Chargers, meanwhile, could potentially develop Smith to be Philip Rivers' successor, though that's a long shot. Smith is eighth in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Chargers have strong interest in Russell Okung. - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
Okung would fit right in because he's injury-prone, much like the Chargers' other offensive linemen. Okung has great talented, however, which is why he's 31st in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


2/28: The Giants, Jets, Vikings and Chargers have shown interest in Russell Okung. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Hopefully Okung signs a better contract this time. Okung is injury-prone but still happens to be second in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


1/17: The Chargers are expected to cut Brandon Flowers. - Eric Williams, ESPN
Flowers, 31 this offseason, has a history of concussions, and he has hinted about retirement. -Walter




Los Angeles Rams:
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3/15: Connor Barwin is visiting the Rams. - Gary Klein, LA Times
Barwin plays better in a 3-4, and the Rams are moving to that scheme. Barwin is seventh in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


3/13: Kayvon Webster announced that he's visiting the Rams. -
Los Angeles has overpaid for poor talent this offseason, so perhaps they'll offer Webster a $50 million contract even though he's 42nd in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Rams, Dolphins and Eagles are interested in Kayvon Webster. - Troy Renck, Denver7
It's unclear why. Webster is 41st in ou NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings, so he should be avoided unless it's for the minimum. -Walter


3/7: The Rams are attempting to trade Trumaine Johnson. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Rapoport said the Rams would get a "significant draft pick haul" for Johnson. A second and perhaps something else seems fair, as Johnson is 12th in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The 49ers are interested in Kenny Britt. - Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee
San Francisco had bad luck with another veteran wideout signing with them (Torrey Smith). It's hard to imagine Britt staying motivated, especially if he gets a big pay day. Britt is seventh in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, -Walter


3/3: The Rams will not pursue Tony Romo. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
It's rare that a reporter will shoot down his own story within minutes, but here we are. It makes no sense for the Rams to sign Romo, and it's even less logical for Romo to go to Los Angeles. San Francisco makes no sense either. -Walter


3/3: The Rams and 49ers are doing work on Tony Romo. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
It's unclear why, as Romo would likely want to sign with a contender like the Texans or Broncos. Both the Rams and 49ers obviously need quarterbacks, but signing Romo makes very little sense for them. -Walter


2/19: The Rams could be a player for Kirk Cousins next offseason if Jared Goff continues to struggle. - Albert Breer, MMQB
The Rams gave up a king's ransom for Goff, but he was horrendous as a rookie. If he fails, and Cousins is franchised this offseason, the Rams might be willing to throw a ton of money Cousins' way. -Walter


2/13: Chances are the Rams are moving on from Kenny Britt. - Alden Gonzalez, ESPN
Britt has slacked off for most of his career, but he conveniently had a great season in his contract year. He's a major risk unless he's obtained for a 1-year "prove it" deal. He's seventh in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


1/23: DeSean Jackson is a "natural fit" for the Rams. - Aiden Gonzalez, ESPN
Jackson could continue playing for Sean McVay if he signed with the Rams this offseason. He also grew up in Los Angeles. Jackson is No. 5 in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


1/14: The Rams are expected to let Kenny Britt and Trumaine Johnson go in free agency. - Charles Robinson, Yahoo!
The Rams apparently want nothing to do with the Jeff Fisher era, so you have to wonder if they'd part ways with Jared Goof as well. -Walter






Miami Dolphins:
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3/15: Dontari Poe left Miami without a deal. - Hal Habib, Palm Beach Post
Poe is having trouble getting a team to match his demands, as there might be concern with his injuries. Poe will visit the Raiders next. He's 25th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/12: Dontari Poe has upcoming visits to the Falcons, Dolphins and Raiders, and he's hoping to sign with the Colts. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Poe is reportedly still on the market because of back issues, but his signing comes with great upside. Poe is the second-best player available in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/9: Jabaal Sheard will visit the Dolphins. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Sheard has also been connected to the Cowboys. Sheard is coming off a down year, but can still do a little of everything. He's 78th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Rams, Dolphins and Eagles are interested in Kayvon Webster. - Troy Renck, Denver7
It's unclear why. Webster is 41st in ou NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings, so he should be avoided unless it's for the minimum. -Walter


3/8: The Dolphins are interested in J.J. Wilcox, Terrell McClain and Duron Harmon. - Barry Jackson, Miami Herald
Miami needs defensive depths, so all three players make sense. Of the three, Wilcox is the only one in the NFL Top 100 Free Agent Rankings, coming in at No. 69. -Walter


3/8: Lawrence Timmons is visiting the Dolphins. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Timmons would've been a great signing two years ago, but he has regressed recently. He's 12th in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


2/21: Nickel cornerback K'Waun Williams has contract offers from the Jets, Dolphins, Lions and 49ers. - Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
Williams was a solid nickel corner for the Browns before suffering an ankle injury that caused him to miss all of 2016. Williams is 21st in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


2/19: The Dolphins and Jaguars are discussing a trade involving Branden Albert and Julius Thomas. - Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel
It's unclear if this is a straight-up trade, or if there will be draft picks involved as well. The Dolphins would be dealing their injury-prone left tackle for Jacksonville's lazy, underachieving tight end. -Walter


2/16: Martellus Bennett is not an option for the Dolphins. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald
Salguero cites that Bennett and Adam Gase had a big conflict in Chicago. The Dolphins need help at tight end, but they won't be signing the No. 1 free agent at that position. -Walter


1/23: <p>Mario Williams will be released this offseason. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald
Williams is due $8.5 million, and based on his play in 2016, he's not even worth a quarter of that. Williams' days in the NFL are coming to an end. -Walter


1/12: The Dolphins wish to re-sign Kenny Stills, and they will be looking to upgrade Jermon Bushrod at guard. - Barry Jackson, Miami Herald
Both items make a lot of sense, just as long as they don't overpay for Stills, who is just an inconsistent deep threat. -Walter




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3/14: Jared Cook is visiting the Packers. - Tom Pelissero, USA Today
This can't make Kyle Rudolph happy, as he's already angry about being snubbed from the Pro Bowl. Still, Cook's talent might be too great to ignore. Cook is 71st in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/13: Datone Jones is visiting the Vikings. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
If 2016 was any indication, the Vikings sorely need depth on their defensive line. Jones is the second-best player available in the NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


3/12: Eddie Lacy left Minnesota with a contract. - Ben Goessling, ESPN
Again, that doesn't mean that he won't sign with the Vikings. However, Lacy is now traveling back to Green Bay. Lacy is fourth in the NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


3/9: Eddie Lacy will visit the Seahawks and Vikings. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Seattle wants a running back to rotate with Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, while Minnesota is in search for a starter. Lacy is the second-best-available player in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Vikings, Eagles and 49ers have interest in Domata Peko. - Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Those teams must not have watched Peko recently, as he has been awful. Peko is 39th in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/7: "Vikings are certainly in on plenty of linemen, but I'd expect Ricky Wagner is high on that list, from what I heard today." - Ben Goessling, ESPN
Minnesota needs numerous upgrades on the offensive line, and Wagner would be a great place to start. Wagner is the top free agent right tackle in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/7: Adrian Peterson's father told the media that his son is drawing interest from the Raiders and Seahawks, and that he felt slighted by Minnesota's contract offers. -
It's difficult to believe what a player's parent says, but the interesting portion is the second part about the Vikings. Peterson might feel slighted now, but he'll change his tune once he realizes how bad the running back market will be. Peterson would be bettr off taking less money to play for a great team like New England. -Walter


3/7: The Cardinals, Colts, Falcons, Giants, Lions, Saints, Seahawks and Vikings are in the market for D.J. Fluker.  - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Fluker has been very injury-prone, and he has played poorly as a result. He has potential, however, so it's not a surprise that teams have interest. Fluker is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The Vikings have expressed interest in Nick Mangold, but their top priority is a tackle like Ricky Wagner. - Darren Wolfson, 1500 ESPN
If you've been sleeping under a rock, you know that the Vikings have holes all over their offensive line, and both Mangold and Wagner would provide huge boosts. Wagner is third in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/1: The Broncos and Vikings are frontrunners for T.J. Lang. - Cecil Lammey, 1043 The Fan
Both teams are desperate for guard help, so signing Lang would be huge. Lang is third in our NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


2/28: The Vikings are showing interest in Latavius Murray. - Tony Pauline, Draft Analyst
Adrian Peterson's option was declined today, so the Vikings need a replacement. Murray isn't a great replacement, so here are the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


2/28: The Giants, Jets, Vikings and Chargers have shown interest in Russell Okung. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Hopefully Okung signs a better contract this time. Okung is injury-prone but still happens to be second in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


2/15: The Vikings aren't expected to re-sign Captain Munnerlyn. - Matt Vensel, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Minnesota has strong depth at cornerback, and Xavier Rhodes will be receiving a large contract, so the Vikings don't really have the cap space to retain their current slot corner. Munnerlyn is 11th in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


1/19: Adrian Peterson listed the Giants, Buccaneers and Texans as teams he'd like to play for next year. - Andrew Krammer, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Given his massive salary and Minnesota's cap problems, it's unlikely Peterson will be back in Minnesota next year. It's unlikely Houston would sign Peterson because it has Lamar Miller, but New York and Tampa both make a lot of sense. -Walter


1/17: The Vikings are expected to cut Brandon Fusco. - Ben Goessling, ESPN
Fusco signed a 5-year, $25 million deal, but has struggled ever since inking the contract.  -Walter




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3/29: The Patriots have inquired about Richard Sherman, whom the Seahawks have discussed trading. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
It sounds like the Seahawks are tired of Sherman's antics, so perhaps New England will pull the trigger if Malcolm Butler is dealt. Trading for Sherman would require giving up a first-round pick, which the Patriots currently do not have in 2017. Perhaps they'd send their 2018 pick to Seattle in addition to something else. Speaking of the 2018 class, I'll have a 2018 NFL Mock Draft update tomorrow. -Walter


3/27: The Patriots do not want to trade Malcolm Butler. - Larry Holder, NOLA.com
New England could have one of the best cornerback tandems we've seen in a while if they don't move Butler. However, they'll stand just to get a third-round compensatory pick for Butler if they keep him for one more year. They should be able to obtain a first-rounder for Butler if they deal him this offseason, so a trade could still happen. -Walter


3/24: Michael Floyd is a long shot for the Patriots with Brandin Cooks on the roster. - Mike Reiss, ESPN
Floyd is a lethargic receiver with off-the-field problems, so he's going to have trouble finding interest. Floyd is 14th in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/23: It's likely that the Patriots will sign Darrelle Revis. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Revis was incredible for the Patriots during their fourth Super Bowl run, but took the money and became fat and happy in New York. Revis has completely fallen off, but perhaps all the skepticism will serve as motivation. He's 99th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/16: The Saints and Malcolm Butler have mutual interest in a trade and extension. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
New Orleans may have to surrender the No. 32 overall pick it just obtained in the Brandin Cooks trade. Butler, listed atop the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings, would provide a huge boost for the Saints' poor defense. -Walter


3/14: "Malcolm Butler has very much warmed up to the idea of playing in New Orleans and closer to home." - Mike Giardi, CSN New England
New Orleans will have to surrender the No. 11 pick unless the Patriots and Saints work out another trade. Butler was rumored to be the compensation for Brandin Cooks, so perhaps New England can recoup its No. 32 overall selection. Butler would be a great addition to a New Orleans defense that has been awful for a while. -Walter


3/14: "Source said the Texans are interested in sending a second-round pick to New England if can get Malcolm Butler signed long term."
- Eric Edholm, Yahoo!
The Texans have a history of dealing their second-day selections, but they're moving up in the first round most of the time. This would be much different, as Butler was one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL last year. Butler would be a great replacement for A.J. Bouye, as he's right above Bouye in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. However, it sounds as though the Patriots might be getting a better deal from the Saints. -Walter


3/13: Rex Burkhead is visiting the Patriots. - Field Yates, ESPN
Burkhead would be a nice, little signing, as he's the fifth-best player available in the NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


3/12: Malcolm Butler wants out of New England. - Mike Giardi, CSN New England
Butler has a lot to be frustrated about, including all of the trade rumors, as well as New England's decision to pay Stephon Gilmore a ton of money when Butler out-performed Gilmore by a wide margin in 2016. Butler could be dealt in short order. -Walter


3/10: The Patriots are still trying to trade Malcolm Butler. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Butler wasn't a part of the Saints' deal, as expected, but he could still be dealt. The Patriots don't have the funds to extend Butler in the wake of the Stephon Gilmore signing, which is a strange thing considering that Butler was so much better than Gilmore in 2016. Butler (restricted) was first, while Gilmore was fifth in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


3/10: Justin Hunter and Lawrence Guy visiting the Patriots. - Field Yates, ESPN
Hunter seems like the sort of reclamation project Bill Belichick would take on. Hunter had great potential coming out of Tennessee, but has barely done anything in the NFL. He's 27th in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. Guy, meanwhile, is a solid run defender who used to play for the Ravens. He's 13th in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/10: The Patriots are working to re-sign Dont'a Hightower. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
New England won the Super Bowl without one stud linebacker, but two would be difficult. Hightower is 29th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings page. -Walter


3/9: The Patriots and Saints are discussing a trade that would swap Malcolm Butler and Brandin Cooks. - Dianna Marie Russini, ESPN
Wow. The Patriots just spent big money on Stephon Gilmore, but their interest in Cooks is surprising, as Tom Brady seems to have an adequate amount of weapons. The Saints seem like they'd win that trade, as they'd obtain a legitimate shutdown corner. Butler would be huge for New Orleans' awful defense. -Walter


3/8: The Patriots are trading for Dwayne Allen. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Compensation is currently unknown, but Field Yates tweeted that it's likely for a late-round pick. Allen is a skilled tight end, but hasn't played 16 games in a season since 2012. Still, he'll be owed just $2.5 million in 2017 and $4.5 million in 2018, which is less than Jermaine Gresham received, and Allen has more upside. It's clear that the Patriots will be losing Martellus Bennett, but if Allen is healthy, there's not much of a drop-off. -Walter


3/7: The Cowboys and Patriots are interested in DeSean Jackson. - Mike Jones, Washington Post
New England seems like a weird fit, but Dallas makes more sense, as the team is desperate for a No. 2 receiver. Jackson would continue his tour of the NFC East, to the chagrin of the Giants, though it remains to be seen how he and Dez Bryant would mesh together. Jackson is 39th in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/6: Adrian Peterson would consider giving the Patriots a discount. - Karen Guregian, Boston Herald
Bill Belichick has a penchant for signing veterans on the cheap, so this would be another example. Peterson would be a great fit, as opposing defenses wouldn't be able to focus on him at all for the first time in his career. Plus, he'd be running behind a solid offensive line for a change. Peterson is 38th in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/4: The Patriots and Brandon Marshall have some mutual interest. - Ben Volin, Boston Globe
Marshall is the type of veteran receivers Bill Belichick has signed over the years. Marshall struggled in 2016, but should be able to rebound. He's ninth in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/3: The Patriots are exploring veteran options in case they trade Jimmy Garoppolo. - Jeff Howe, Boston Herald
Howe writes that the Patriots are looking for a first- and second-round picks for Garoppolo. They should be happy with a first, and they may get it from a desperate team. -Walter


3/2: The Patriots will trade Jimmy Garoppolo if the price is right. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
This disputes yesterday's Adam Schefter report about the Patriots not trading Garoppolo at all. New England was likely trying to increase leverage by leaking that to Schefter. -Walter


3/1: Chris Long said he won't be re-signing with the Patriots. -
Long wants more playing time and a potential larger contract now that he has won a Super Bowl. He's a declining player, however, and may not get what he's looking for. Long is 16th in our NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


3/1: The Patriots are not expected to trade Jimmy Garoppolo. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
That's what they're saying, and maybe they won't, but this could easily be a ploy to increase leverage. Some desperate team could offer them more than they're expecting. I have the Redskins trading No. 17 overall and other picks in my Predicted NFL Offseason Quarterback Destination page. -Walter


2/28: The Patriots will allow Dont'a Hightower to reach free agency. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Hightower won't be franchised, which is probably the right move even though he's the top player in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. His extensive injury makes it difficult to justify a move like that. -Walter


2/21: It will be "hard" for the Patriots to re-sign Martellus Bennett. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
It's unclear how it'll be hard, considering the Patriots have more than $60 million in cap space. Bennett is going to get a big pay day, and New England simply may not want to fork over the money. -Walter


2/19: The Patriots will "make a run" at Martellus Bennett. - Mark Daniels, Providence Journal
Bennett is listed atop the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings, so he's going to command a sizable contract. The Patriots, however, have $61.1 million in cap space, so they can afford to re-sign him for insurance purposes. Then again, this draft class is loaded at tight end, so perhaps the Patriots will just let him walk. -Walter


2/16: The Patriots are not expected to trade Jimmy Garoppolo. - Ed Werder, ESPN
For now. This could be a ploy to increase Garoppolo's trade value, which, according to everyone, is the second round. Charlie Campbell recently reported that the Texans believed New England's asking price to be too high. The 49ers, meanwhile, have expressed interest in Garoppolo, but if they can't get him, they could be forced to trade for Kirk Cousins. -Walter


2/13: The Patriots are not expected to get into a bidding war for Martellus Bennett. - Mike Reiss, ESPN
Bennett was a nice 1-year rental for the Patriots, but they won't overpay him. Bennett, who turns 30 this offseason, is atop our NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


2/12: The Patriots are expected to get a second-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo. - Ben Volin, Boston Globe
Charlie Campbell reported at the Senior Bowl that the Texans thought the Patriots' asking price for Garoppolo was too high, and other teams apparently think the same thing. Right now, the favorite to land Garoppolo would be the 49ers, who would surrender the 34th-overall pick, but New England will have lots of suitors as long as it doesn't expect a first-rounder in return. -Walter


2/9: Dont'a Hightower is expected to hit free agency. - Tom Curran, CSN NE
Tom Curran reports that there have been no significant talks between the Patriots and Hightower, who happens to be listed atop the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


2/5: The Patriots tried to trade for Johnathan Joseph this season. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
The deal was Jamie Collins for Joseph, but the Texans declined. Houston also declined a trade involving DeAndre Hopkins. The Patriots really like Joseph, so it's possible that the Texans could trade him to New England this offseason for draft picks. -Walter


2/1: The Browns will try to trade for Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
It makes sense, as the Browns will miss out on the top quarterback(s) if they select Myles Garrett No. 1 overall. NFL team sources believe Garoppolo is worth a second-day pick, so the Browns could trade No. 33 to the Patriots.  -Walter


1/31: "There has been talk that the New England Patriots are seeking a first-round pick for backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but in surveying teams around the league, they don't think Garoppolo is worthy of that price tag." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Two general managers think Garoppolo is worth a third-round pick, so he'll probably fetch a second-rounder. -Walter




New Orleans Saints:
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3/28: Told by Saints source team has no interest in signing Johnny Manziel. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Sean Payton met with Manziel, but that was just to discuss his actual return; not to the Saints. Manziel is 20th in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/28: Saints GM Mickey Loomis said his team is "kicking the tires" on Malcolm Butler. -
Unfortunately for the Saints, the Patriots are not budging with a trade. New England has a good chance of getting a sixth Super Bowl victory in 2017, especially with Butler, so it's understandable why the team wouldn't want to deal Butler. I have the Saints taking a cornerback at No. 32 overall in today's 2017 NFL Mock Draft update, but that would change if they were to acquire Butler. -Walter


3/23: Sean Payton met with Johnny Manziel about a return to the NFL. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Manziel has apparently been clean and drew interest at the combine. There's a real chance he'll return to the NFL, but he'll have to stay sober for much longer to earn the trust of NFL decision-makers. -Walter


3/16: The Saints and Malcolm Butler have mutual interest in a trade and extension. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
New Orleans may have to surrender the No. 32 overall pick it just obtained in the Brandin Cooks trade. Butler, listed atop the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings, would provide a huge boost for the Saints' poor defense. -Walter


3/14: "Malcolm Butler has very much warmed up to the idea of playing in New Orleans and closer to home." - Mike Giardi, CSN New England
New Orleans will have to surrender the No. 11 pick unless the Patriots and Saints work out another trade. Butler was rumored to be the compensation for Brandin Cooks, so perhaps New England can recoup its No. 32 overall selection. Butler would be a great addition to a New Orleans defense that has been awful for a while. -Walter


3/14: Malcolm Butler is visiting the Saints. - Brett Martel, Associated Press
The Saints can sign Butler to an offer sheet, and if the Patriots decline to match, New Orleans will send New England a first-round pick, which could be worth it for Butler. He's a five-star player in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


3/13: Alex Okafor is visiting the Saints. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
New Orleans needs pass-rushing help, but Okafor wouldn't do much besides provide depth. He's 25th in the NFL Free Agent Defensive End Rankings. -Walter


3/9: Manti Te'o is visiting the Saints. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Te'o would go along with the theme the Saints have of bringing in linebackers who were big names in college but happen to be awful in the NFL. Te'o, perhaps the next James Laurinaitis, is 14th in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Saints are closing in on a big-money deal with Nick Fairley. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Oh no. Fairley has played well under two 1-year "prove it" deals the past couple of years, but a big-money contract will allow him to become lethargic again, as he's wont to do. Fairley is ninth in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/9: It's believed Brandin Cooks will be traded Thursday afternoon. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
It looks like it's coming down to the Titans, Eagles and Patriots, though Philadelphia could be out of the running after signing Torrey Smith. -Walter


3/9: The Patriots and Saints are discussing a trade that would swap Malcolm Butler and Brandin Cooks. - Dianna Marie Russini, ESPN
Wow. The Patriots just spent big money on Stephon Gilmore, but their interest in Cooks is surprising, as Tom Brady seems to have an adequate amount of weapons. The Saints seem like they'd win that trade, as they'd obtain a legitimate shutdown corner. Butler would be huge for New Orleans' awful defense. -Walter


3/8: The Saints have interest in Kevin Zeitler. - Josh Katzenstein, New Orleans Times-Picayune
New Orleans values interior line blocking, and the team has a need at guard. Zeitler is atop the NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Cardinals, Colts, Falcons, Giants, Lions, Saints, Seahawks and Vikings are in the market for D.J. Fluker.  - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Fluker has been very injury-prone, and he has played poorly as a result. He has potential, however, so it's not a surprise that teams have interest. Fluker is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


3/3: It would probably cost a second-round pick to acquire Brandin Cooks. - Alex Marvez, FOX Sports
The rumor from yesterday was that the Titans would surrender No. 18 overall for Cooks, but they have no second-round choice. The Eagles could offer their second-rounder for Cooks. -Walter


2/8: The Saints could trade for Jimmy Garoppolo. - Albert Breer, MMQB
Albert Breer is just speculating, but it's a reminder that the Patriots have options to deal Garoppolo outside of the obvious destinations (Browns, 49ers, etc.) Drew Brees doesn't have much time left, so Garoppolo would be a high-potential successor. -Walter




New York Giants:
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3/27: The Giants are interested in Nick Mangold. - Pat Leonard, New York Daily News
New York doesn't need a center, but there's some chatter that Mangold could play guard. Either way, Mangold is 21st in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/11: Geno Smith is visiting the Giants. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
If the Giants are in the market for an underachieving quarterback who can't grasp an offense, Smith is their guy. Smith is eighth in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/8: There are rumblings of Brandon Williams signing with the Giants. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
Johnathan Hankins was a major disappointment last year, and he happens to be a free agent anyway. Williams, a monstrous run-stuffing nose tackle, would be a great replacement. He's third in our NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/8: Russell Okung is drawing interest from the Panthers and Giants. - Troy Renck, Denver7
The Broncos are also in the mix. All three of these teams are desperate for offensive tackles. Okung is right behind Andrew Whitworth as the No. 2 player in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Cardinals, Colts, Falcons, Giants, Lions, Saints, Seahawks and Vikings are in the market for D.J. Fluker.  - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Fluker has been very injury-prone, and he has played poorly as a result. He has potential, however, so it's not a surprise that teams have interest. Fluker is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


3/6: Terrelle Pryor is drawing interest from the Giants, Titans, 49ers and Eagles. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Giants are an interesting team because they already have two talented receivers, but the other three are logical fits. Pryor sits atop our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/2: The Giants will not be serious contenders for Adrian Peterson. - Connor Hughes, NJ.com
They still may sign Peterson if the asking price drops, with a strong class of runners - check out our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings - there's no need to overpay for a declining veteran. -Walter


3/1: The Giants said they'll take a look at Adrian Peterson. -
Peterson is second on our NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings, but with such a good class of running backs in the draft, there's no reason for any team to overpay for Peterson. -Walter


2/28: The Giants, Jets, Vikings and Chargers have shown interest in Russell Okung. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Hopefully Okung signs a better contract this time. Okung is injury-prone but still happens to be second in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


2/16: Adrian Peterson remarked that the moves the Giants have made this offseason are interesting. -
The interesting move is the Giants cutting Rashad Jennings. Peterson, however, projects as a poor fit in the Giants' shotgun-heavy offense. -Walter


2/9: The Giants are expected to move on from Rashad Jennings. - Jordan Raanan, ESPN
Jennings is coming off a bad year and happens to have a cap figure of more than $3 million. Cutting him is a no-brainer. Here are the top NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


1/11: The Giants aren't expected to prioritize re-signing Johnathan Hankins this offseason. - David Duggan, NJ.com
Hankins struggled in 2016, but dealt with an injury. He'll likely rebound next year. -Walter




New York Jets:
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3/17: Mychal Rivera is visiting the Jets. - Manish Mehta, New York Daily News
New York desperately needs a tight end, but Mychal Rivera is 17th in the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. O.J. Howard could be an option at No. 6 overall. -Walter


3/17: Josh McCown is visiting the Jets. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
McCown was awful for the Browns last year and doesn't have much left to offer teams. The Jets should avoid him. He's 21st in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/14: The Jets are offering Dont'a Hightower the most money. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Hightower has the choice of taking the most money and signing with the Jets, or making sure his football career is as good as it can be by staying with the Patriots. Hightower is 29th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/13: The Jets have been in contact with Jay Cutler. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Cutler doesn't have the greatest market, so the Jets can take their time deciding on what they want to do with their quarterbacking situation. If the sign Cutler, it would give Christian Hackenberg one more year to develop. Cutler is 61st in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/12: The Jets are interested in Dont'a Hightower. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
Hightower would provide a much-needed upgrade at inside linebacker, but comes with injury risk. He's 29th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/11: The Jets would consider trading Sheldon Richardson to the Bengals for A.J. McCarron. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
If you're wondering why the Jets would deal a talented, young defensive lineman for a backup quarterback with a lollipop arm, it's because Richardson has an extensive history of off-the-field issues, which the Bengals don't really care about. Cincinnati would still have to offer a draft pick or two to make the deal even. -Walter


3/10: Robert Griffin is intrigued by the idea of signing with the Jets. - Connor Hughes, NJ.com
I'm not sure why the Jets would want Griffin over Jay Cutler, barring major financial differences. Cutler is second, and Griffin is sixth in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/10: There's mutual interest between Jay Cutler and the Jets. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Cutler could start as the Jets continue to work with Christian Hackenberg. Charlie Campbell reported that the Jets like how Hackenberg has been developing, but he may not be ready yet. The Jets have been briefed on how to handle Cutler, who is 62nd in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Jets are hoping to trade for Trevor Siemian. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
I don't think any team is truly hoping to trade for Siemian, but the Jets are desperate for a veteran to start while Christian Hackenberg develops. Jay Cutler is the favorite to sign with the Jets, and he's currently third in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Jets and Bills were only willing to offer Mike Glennon $8-$10 million per year. - Albert Breer, MMQB
They backed out once they heard the insanity the Bears were offering. It's confirmed tht Chicago is the only team interested in Glennon at above $10 million per season. -Walter


3/8: It wouldn't be surprising if the Jets called the Broncos about Trevor Siemian. - Tom Pelissero, USA Today
If the Broncos sign Tony Romo, obviously. Siemian would be available for a trade, much like Tom Savage would be if Romo went to Houston. -Walter


3/8: The Jets are very interested in Nick Perry. - Connor Hughes, NJ.com
New York has needed an edge rusher for a long time. Perry has great talent, but wasn't productive at all prior to 2016. Still, Perry is fifth in our NFL Free Agent Edge Rusher Rankings. -Walter


3/8: Brian Hoyer has gotten significant interest from the 49ers and Jets. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Rapoport noted that the Jets nearly signed Hoyer two years ago, but opted for Ryan Fitzpatrick instead. As for the 49ers, Hoyer wouldn't preclude them from selecting a quarterback early in the 2017 NFL Draft. Hoyer is ahead of Mike Glennon in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Jets don't believe Mike Glennon is worth $14 million per year. - Manish Mehta, New York Daily News
It's likely that no other team does either, though one incompetent organization could surprise us for sure. Still, Jets fans can breathe a sigh of relief that they won't pay big bucks to a quarterback below Brian Hoyer in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The 49ers, Bears, Jets, Lions, Raiders and Redskins have interest in Andre Holmes. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Holmes is 42nd in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, so I'm not sure why. He'd provide depth at most. -Walter


3/4: While many in the NFL believe that Mike Glennon will sign with the Bears, the Jets plan on making a big push for him. - Tony Pauline, Draft Analyst
Jet fans better hope that it's not that big of a push, as Glennon is this offseason's Brock Osweiler. Glennon is third in the underwhelming NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/3: The Jets could cut Eric Decker soon. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
New York has already released a bunch of players, including Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall and Nick Mangold, but the team apparently isn't done because of its poor cap situation. If Decker leaves, the Jets will likely go wideout early in the 2017 NFL Draft. Here are our 2017 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/3: The Jets are expected to target Tony Jefferson. - Connor Hughes, NJ.com
Jefferson is one of the top safeties available - he's third in our NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings - and he would fill a huge need for a horrible secondary. -Walter


2/28: The Giants, Jets, Vikings and Chargers have shown interest in Russell Okung. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Hopefully Okung signs a better contract this time. Okung is injury-prone but still happens to be second in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


2/22: The Jets are expected to have interest in Jay Cutler when he's cut. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
There probably won't be a trade, with Cutler not being cleared medically (shoulder) until March. We've learned, however, that the Jets were briefed on how to handle attitude and mood swings. -Walter


2/21: Nickel cornerback K'Waun Williams has contract offers from the Jets, Dolphins, Lions and 49ers. - Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
Williams was a solid nickel corner for the Browns before suffering an ankle injury that caused him to miss all of 2016. Williams is 21st in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


2/16: Darrelle Revis was injured in a street fight in Pittsburgh. -
No word if Blanka was involved. There are two sides of this story; one has Revis as the aggressor, while the other has Revis being attacked by five individuals. His lawyer has stated the latter. Either way, Revis is unlikely to return to the Jets next year. -Walter


2/14: There's a 60-percent chance the Jets part ways with Nick Mangold and Brandon Marshall, and a 75-percent chance they release Darrelle Revis. - Darryl Slater, NJ.com
I'd vastly increase those percentages for Marshall and Revis. As you can see in the New York Jets Team Needs page, the Jets have a ton of needs and happen to be over the salary cap. -Walter


2/13: The Jets will probably release Ryan Clady by Wednesday. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
Clady was a bust signing, as he couldn't stay healthy. Offensive tackle was already listed highly in the New York Jets NFL Team Needs page. -Walter


2/9: The Jets won't pursue Jay Cutler. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
Jason La Canfora speculated that the Jets could go after Cutler because they hired his former quarterbacks coach, but this report says the Jets have no interest. Here are the top NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


2/8: The Jets are a possibility to acquire Jay Cutler. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
The Jets just hired Cutler's former quarterbacks coach, so that's the connection. Cutler can start while the Jets continue to develop Christian Hackenberg. The Jets NFL Team Needs page is available here. -Walter


2/8: Brandon Marshall told the media that the Jets have given him no indication that they want to release him. - Darryl Slater, NJ.com
Marshall is coming off a horrible year, and he's owed $7.5 million. The Jets are also over the salary cap. Marshall may not have been given any indication yet, but it's hard to imagine him being back in New York. -Walter


2/4: The Jets have their eyes set on Mike Glennon. - Connor Hughes, NJ.com
Signing Glennon is a fine move, as long as they don't overpay. Adam Schefter predicted that Glennon would earn upwards of $15 million annually, which would be way too much. Glennon is No. 3 in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


1/30: The Jets could be interested in Colin Kaepernick. - Darryl Slater, NJ.com
Kaepernick played for new offensive coordinator John Morton, so there's a connection. The problem is that Kaepernick is terrible. -Walter


1/17: The Jets are expected to cut Brandon Marshall this offseason.  - Rich Cimini, ESPN
Marshall appears to have lost a step, and he reportedly caused issues in the locker room. The Jets are better off moving on and rebuilding.  -Walter


1/16: The Jets will have interest in free agent quarterback Mike Glennon. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
If this is true, Jet fans should be prepared for more pedestrian quarterbacking. Glennon is ranked just one spot above Ryan Fitzpatrick in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter




Oakland Raiders:
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3/18: The Seahawks will likely be forced to cut Marshawn Lynch if he comes out of retirement. - Sheil Kapadia, ESPN
Lynch would be owed $9 million, which is too much money for a Seattle team that has about $14 million in cap space. This is music to the Raiders' ears, as they're attempting to lure Lynch out of retirement. -Walter


3/17: Marshawn Lynch has asked the Seahawks for his release. - Jordan Schultz, Huffington Post
As it stands now, the Raiders would have to trade for Lynch if he came out of retirement. This way, they can just sign him. It remains to be seen if Seattle will grant his wish, but there's no reason for the Seahawks to hold on to him if he doesn't want to play for them. -Walter


3/17: The Raiders are attempting to acquire Marshawn Lynch. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
And no, not as a commercial spokesman. The Raiders want to lure Lynch out of retirement. To obtain him, however, they'd have to trade for him, as Lynch is still under contract with the Seahawks. It's unclear if Lynch is in good shape or not, but if the Raiders want him so badly, he must have been working out in between shooting ads. The Raiders have a big need at running back, and if Lynch is even 80 percent of what he used to be, he'd be a huge boon for Oakland's offense. I have the Raiders selecting a running back in Round 4 of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/16: The Raiders and Lions are two teams to watch for as spots for Adrian Peterson. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Both teams have needs at running back, but they'll likely wait until either Peterson drops his asking price, or if they whiff on the position in the 2017 NFL Draft. There are a ton of talented 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospects in this class. -Walter


3/15: Dontari Poe left Miami without a deal. - Hal Habib, Palm Beach Post
Poe is having trouble getting a team to match his demands, as there might be concern with his injuries. Poe will visit the Raiders next. He's 25th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/14: Jared Cook is visiting the Raiders. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Oakland makes much more sense than Minnesota, another team Cook is visiting. The Raiders have met with quite a few free agent tight ends this offseason. Cook is 71st in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/14: Latavius Murray is visiting the Vikings. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Minnesota would be the ideal spot for Murray despite the team's troubles on the offensive line. Murray would have the workload mostly to himself. He's 85th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/13: The Raiders are closing in on a deal with Cordarrelle Patterson. - Vic Tafur, San Francisco Chronicle
Patterson is a dynamic return specialist, but hasn't developed as a receiver. He's still young though - he turns 26 in February - and could evolve into a quality offensive player. Patterson is 10th in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/12: Dontari Poe has upcoming visits to the Falcons, Dolphins and Raiders, and he's hoping to sign with the Colts. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Poe is reportedly still on the market because of back issues, but his signing comes with great upside. Poe is the second-best player available in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Raiders are very interested in Martellus Bennett. - Jeff Howe, Boston Herald
Oakland has a big need for a tight end, and Bennett is the top player available. That said, the 2017 NFL Draft Tight End Prospects are so talented that the Raiders would be foolish to overpay. -Walter


3/8: Adrian Peterson is more interested in joining the Raiders than the Raiders are interested in Peterson. - Adam Caplan, ESPN
I sound like a broken record, but Peterson is not going to get the money he's searching for because the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospects are just so good in this class. Peterson will soon realize that he'll have to take less money, so perhaps that'll prompt him to sign with a Super Bowl contender like the Patriots, or perhaps the Raiders after all. -Walter


3/7: Adrian Peterson's father told the media that his son is drawing interest from the Raiders and Seahawks, and that he felt slighted by Minnesota's contract offers. -
It's difficult to believe what a player's parent says, but the interesting portion is the second part about the Vikings. Peterson might feel slighted now, but he'll change his tune once he realizes how bad the running back market will be. Peterson would be bettr off taking less money to play for a great team like New England. -Walter


3/6: The 49ers, Bears, Jets, Lions, Raiders and Redskins have interest in Andre Holmes. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Holmes is 42nd in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, so I'm not sure why. He'd provide depth at most. -Walter


3/3: The Raiders are "catching the attention" of Adrian Peterson. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Peterson would fill a huge need for the Raiders, and he would love to play behind their excellent offensive line. Peterson is 38th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


2/26: Latavius Murray is expected to hit free agency. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
The Raiders could bring him back, but they reportedly want the market to set a price for him. Murray is fifth in our NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


2/21: The Raiders are unlikely to re-sign cornerback D.J. Hayden. - Paul Gutierrez, ESPN
Hayden was one of many first-round busts from the 2013 NFL Draft. He's currently 23rd in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings, though he'd be lower if it weren't for his potential. -Walter


2/13: The Raiders are expected to move on from Latavius Murray. - Vic Tafur, San Francisco Chronicle
This is not a surprise, as the Raider coaching staff was reluctant to give Murray the majority of the workload. Murray is No. 5 in our NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


1/11: Latavius Murray told the media that he would like to re-sign with the Raiders. -
This is strange, as the Oakland coaching staff often wanted to feature the other running backs. Murray is the fourth-ranked unrestricted free agent running back. -Walter




Philadelphia Eagles:
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3/13: The Eagles are expected to release Chase Daniel. - Adam Caplan, ESPN
What, you're telling me no one wanted a noodle-armed No. 3 quarterback with a big contract!? -Walter


3/9: The Rams, Dolphins and Eagles are interested in Kayvon Webster. - Troy Renck, Denver7
It's unclear why. Webster is 41st in ou NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings, so he should be avoided unless it's for the minimum. -Walter


3/9: Alshon Jeffery is leaning toward signing with the Eagles. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
The Eagles saw Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Kenny Britt and Robert Woods sign elsewhere today, but Jeffery is rated above all of them in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Eagles and Colts are pursuing Alshon Jeffery. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Philadelphia just signed Torrey Smith, but needs one more wideout. The Colts don't make much sense though, but we'll see. Jeffery is second in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Vikings, Eagles and 49ers have interest in Domata Peko. - Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Those teams must not have watched Peko recently, as he has been awful. Peko is 39th in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Texans are concerned about losing A.J. Bouye to the Eagles. - Ed Werder, ESPN
As they should be, since the Eagles are pursuing Bouye very aggressively. Bouye is atop our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings (for unrestricted players only.) -Walter


3/7: The Eagles are interested in Kayvon Webster. - Brandon Lee Gowton, Bleeding Green Nation
This, presumably, would only be for depth purposes because he's 41st on our 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Eagles have reached out to A.J. Bouye and are already discussing a deal. - Eliot Shorr-Parks, NJ.com
Bouye is very talented and would provide a huge boost for a poor Philadelphia secondary. He is 10th in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/6: Terrelle Pryor is drawing interest from the Giants, Titans, 49ers and Eagles. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Giants are an interesting team because they already have two talented receivers, but the other three are logical fits. Pryor sits atop our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The Eagles are interested in Kenny Britt. - Tim McManus, ESPN
Philadelphia better be careful not to offer him a big contract. Britt has an extensive history of injury and lethargy. He tried hard in 2016, but happened to be in his contract year. He's 28 now, so perhaps he's grown up and will put great effort into his game, but the Eagles should give him a short-term "prove it" deal. Britt is seventh in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/4: Terrelle Pryor has indicated some interest in signing with the Eagles. - Brandon Lee Gowton, Bleeding Green
Pryor heaped praise on Carson Wentz: "He's awesome ... That kid's going to be a baller." The Eagles are seeking to sign a free agent, and Pryor is atop our 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/4: The Eagles have given Allen Barbre permission to seek a trade. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Barbre played well last year, but the Eagles are ready to move on with 2016 third-rounder Isaac Seumalo.  -Walter


3/3: It would probably cost a second-round pick to acquire Brandin Cooks. - Alex Marvez, FOX Sports
The rumor from yesterday was that the Titans would surrender No. 18 overall for Cooks, but they have no second-round choice. The Eagles could offer their second-rounder for Cooks. -Walter


3/2: Chase Daniel is drawing trade interest on the open market. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Probably for a 27th-round pick. Why anyone would want to acquire one of the worst backup quarterbacks in the NFL is beyond me. -Walter


3/2: The Titans, 49ers and Eagles are potential suitors for Alshon Jeffery. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Jeffery would be much more appealing if he could stay on the field. Still, he's No. 2 in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/1: Doug Pederson said the team will evaluate signing Jamaal Charles. -
Charles will have to pass his physical first, and based on Andy Reid's tone during his combine press conference, it didn't sound like Charles is close to being healthy. -Walter


2/23: The Eagles are unlikely to re-sign ILB Stephen Tulloch. - Jeff McClane, Philly.com
Tulloch is 33rd in our NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings so there was no need for the Eagles to retain him. -Walter


2/23: The Eagles will retain Jason Peters. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Peters is owed about $10 million in 2017, but the Eagles have a legitimate chance to make a deep playoff run, so they're wise to keep him. Peters turned 35 in January, but he had a great season in 2016. -Walter


2/21: The Eagles likely won't re-sign Bennie Logan. - Zach Berman, Philadelphia Inquirer
Logan is a terrific run-stuffer, though he struggled a bit in 2016 because of a groin injury. He's eighth in our NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


2/10: Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports "several league sources anticipate" the Eagles trying to sign free agent Alshon Jeffery. - Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports
Jeffery would be a great fit with the Eagles and their skeleton crew at wide receiver. Jeffery is the best receiver on the market and won't come cheap, but with a good, young quarterback in Carson Wentz, it would make sense to do their due diligence on Jeffery, who is second in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Chet_G


2/10: The Eagles are expected to trade Mychal Kendricks this offseason. - Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice
Kendricks was a great fit in the 3-4, but struggled in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme. The Eagles should be able to obtain a mid-round pick for Kendricks. -Walter


2/2: The Eagles will pursue Kenny Stills if the Dolphins don't re-sign him. - Eliot Shorr-Parks, NJ.com
Stills is a situational deep threat, and he would make for a decent third receiver in Philadelphia's offense. -Walter


1/25: The Eagles are expected to cut Leodis McKelvin.  - Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice
The Eagles torched McKelvin late in 2015, yet signed him the following offseason for some reason. The Eagles would save $3.2 million by cutting him. Check out the Philadelphia Eagles Team Needs here. -Walter


1/18: Ryan Mathews will likely be released if he doesn't take a pay cut. - Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice
Philadelphia's coaches have made it clear that they don't like Mathews very much. The Eagles are looking for a new running back, and I have them taking one in the second round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft.  -Walter




Pittsburgh Steelers:
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3/13: Davon House is visiting Pittsburgh. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
House wouldn't be much help for the Steelers, as he's 30th in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


3/10: The Steelers are interested in Marcus Cooper. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
This would only for depth purposes, as Cooper is 38th in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Steelers are in discussion with Brandon Flowers. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Fowler is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings, as he is a buy-low option after playing just six games last year. -Walter


3/9: The Steelers have "solid" interest in Logan Ryan. - Jeff Howe, Boston Herald
Ryan would help resolve Pittsburgh's long-time cornerback issues, as he's fourth in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Steelers have no interest at signing Terrelle Pryor at $10 million plus per year. - Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The price tag seems to be the hangup. The Steelers often try to find bargain-basement players via free agency, and Pryor, as the No. 1 player in the NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, will command too much money unless he takes less cash to play for a Super Bowl contender. -Walter


3/6: The Steelers are interested in Terrelle Pryor. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
That would be quite the addition. The Steelers have some dynamic play-makers on offense in Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Ladarius Green and Martavis Bryant, so Pryor could be seen as overkill. However, Green has an extensive injury history, and Bryant is very unreliable. With Green and Bryant out, the Patriots were able to smother Brown in the AFC Championship. They won't have such a luxury if Pryor is on the roster. Pryor rests atop our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/4: The Steelers and Titans are interested in signing Dre Kirkpatrick. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Kirkpatrick would be a nice signing for both teams, filling a big need. Kirkpatrick is 10th in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


2/16: GM Kevin Colbert said that he wants to re-sign Landry Jones, and that pursuing a successor for Ben Roethlisberger wasn't a high priority this offseason. -
It's unreal that the Steelers refuse to admit how horrible Jones is. Jones has been a boon for preseason NFL bettors, as fading the Steelers has been a great way to win money because Jones is so terrible. Jones is 22nd in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings, just ahead of Kellen Moore and Mark Sanchez. -Walter


2/8: Several teams have inquired about Antonio Brown, but the Steelers have declined all offers. - Mike Freeman, NFL Reporter
Brown caused some locker room problems this season, but the Steelers apparently have no interest in trading him. Brown's talent is just too great to give up on him. -Walter


2/8: It's unclear if the Steelers want to re-sign Lawrence Timmons. - Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Timmons was once one of the most underrated players in the NFL, but his play has regressed tremendously over the past couple of seasons. Timmons is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


1/30: The Steelers aren't expected to re-sign Jarvis Jones. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Jones has been a big disappointment thus far. He's No. 7 in the NFL Free Agent Outside Linebacker Rankings just based solely on his potential as a former first-round pick. -Walter




San Francisco 49ers:
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3/21: If Kirk Cousins is traded to the 49ers, it'll be right before the draft. - Mike Jones, Washington Post
The reason I won't be mocking Mitchell Trubisky (or any other quarterback) to the 49ers at No. 2 overall in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft is because they seem focused on acquiring Kirk Cousins either this spring or next. -Walter


3/9: The 49ers are interested in Martellus Bennett. - Ben Volin, Boston Globe
Why? The 49ers are already paying big bucks to Vance McDonald and a decent amount to Garrett Celek, so bringing in Bennett doesn't make much sense. That said, we've seen crazier things today. -Walter


3/9: The 49ers have interest in Connor Barwin. - Albert Breer, MMQB
It appears as though the 49ers weren't paying attention to Barwin and his struggles in the 4-3. Barwin, who should be in a 3-4, is now 72nd in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Colts, 49ers and Falcons are interested in Dontari Poe. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Only the Colts are running a 3-4 of those three, so this is a bit odd. Poe is coming off an injury-laden year, but is still sixth in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/8: Kirk Cousins wants "nothing to do" with the Redskins, and he'd rather be in San Francisco. - Michael Silverback, NFL Network
Cousins might be the only NFL player in the league right now who wants to play for the 49ers, but that's what happens when your team refuses to pay you and then exiles its general manager for some reason. -Walter


3/8: The 49ers have signed Marquise Goodwin. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Formerly of the Bills, Goodwin can run very fast, and, umm, that's about it. Goodwin isn't much of a football player, but he'll be a situational deep threat, which is something Kyle Shanahan wants in his offense. Goodwin was 26th in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The 49ers have agreed to terms with Brian Hoyer. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
This is a great move, provided it's not for too much money. Hoyer worked with Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland, where he went 7-4 as a starter in 2014. Aside from Tony Romo, Hoyer was the top player available in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Vikings, Eagles and 49ers have interest in Domata Peko. - Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Those teams must not have watched Peko recently, as he has been awful. Peko is 39th in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/8: Brian Hoyer has gotten significant interest from the 49ers and Jets. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Rapoport noted that the Jets nearly signed Hoyer two years ago, but opted for Ryan Fitzpatrick instead. As for the 49ers, Hoyer wouldn't preclude them from selecting a quarterback early in the 2017 NFL Draft. Hoyer is ahead of Mike Glennon in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/8: Pierre Garcon is set to make $16 million in his first year with the 49ers. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Holy crap. I like Garcon a lot, but that's quite a bit of money for a 31-year-old receiver. Garcon is expected to continue to play well into his 30s because of his elite route-running ability, but given how deep this receiving class is in the 2017 NFL Draft, you have to wonder why the 49ers would pay Garcon so much, especially considering that they are paying on past production. Garcon is third in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The 49ers wish to sign Pierre Garcon. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Garcon hadn't played for Shanahan, but he happened to be Kirk Cousins' favorite target. Cousins won't have anyone to throw to if the 49ers trade for him. Garcon is third in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The 49ers are not interested in Mike Glennon. - Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
Stock up for John Lynch. Glennon has some promise, but he's way too expensive for a quarterback with lackluster production. If the 49ers miss out on all the free agents, here are the 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings that they'll consider. -Walter


3/7: The 49ers would attempt to trade for Trevor Siemian if the Broncos acquire Tony Romo.  - Mike Klis, 9 News Denver
Siemian would serve as a veteran stopgap for the rookie the 49ers opt to draft in that case, making them open for business for a signal-caller at No. 2 overall. Here's our list of NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The 49ers, Bears, Jets, Lions, Raiders and Redskins have interest in Andre Holmes. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Holmes is 42nd in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, so I'm not sure why. He'd provide depth at most. -Walter


3/6: Terrelle Pryor is drawing interest from the Giants, Titans, 49ers and Eagles. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Giants are an interesting team because they already have two talented receivers, but the other three are logical fits. Pryor sits atop our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The 49ers have interest in Mike Glennon. - Jenna Laine, ESPN
Considering that John Lynch has made two dubious signings already, this is hardly a surprise. Scroll down a bit to see what I think about Glennon earning $14-$15 million per year. -Walter


3/3: The Rams and 49ers are doing work on Tony Romo. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
It's unclear why, as Romo would likely want to sign with a contender like the Texans or Broncos. Both the Rams and 49ers obviously need quarterbacks, but signing Romo makes very little sense for them. -Walter


3/2: Colin Kaepernick has opted out of his contract and will become a free agent on March 9. -
In other news, Kaepernick has stated that he will stand for the National Anthem in 2017. Regardless of his politics, Kaepernick is a poor quarterback who has regressed without Jim Harbaugh because he hasn't put the appropriate amount of work into film study. Despite this, however, he still may garner some interest, though it's already been reported that the Browns don't want him. Kaepernick will be added to the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings shortly. -Walter


3/2: The Titans, 49ers and Eagles are potential suitors for Alshon Jeffery. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Jeffery would be much more appealing if he could stay on the field. Still, he's No. 2 in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


2/28: Kirk Cousins said that he'd prefer to be traded to the 49ers. -
Cousins would be going to a team devoid of talent, but he'd be paired with his former coach, Kyle Shanahan. I discussed the potential 49ers-Redskins Kirk Cousins trade here. -Walter


2/21: Nickel cornerback K'Waun Williams has contract offers from the Jets, Dolphins, Lions and 49ers. - Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
Williams was a solid nickel corner for the Browns before suffering an ankle injury that caused him to miss all of 2016. Williams is 21st in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


2/18: Earl Mitchell is visiting the Seahawks, Falcons, 49ers and Broncos. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Mitchell is No. 17 in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings, so the team that signs him shouldn't be too excited. -Walter


2/17: The 49ers could pursue Brian Hoyer. - Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee
Hoyer would serve as a veteran bridge for their next quarterback. He did a solid job in relief last year, and he's No. 2 in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


2/14: People who know Kyle Shanahan believe he'll be tempted by Kirk Cousins. - John Keim, ESPN
The problem is that the Redskins will almost certainly franchise Cousins, making the reunion between the two very unlikely. Cousins is No. 1, by a wide margin, in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


2/13: Matt Schaub told the media that he wants to go to a team that will let him start in 2017. -
Matt Schaub, everyone! He'll be here all week! Schaub's only realistic chance to start, outside of injury, is to follow his former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to San Francisco, where can play until a rookie the team drafts is ready. Then again, the 49ers could trade for Jimmy Garoppolo. Schaub is currently No. 14 in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


2/5: Matt Schaub could follow Kyle Shanahan to San Francisco this offseason. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Schaub would sadly be an upgrade as a No. 2 over Blaine Gabbert, especially because he knows Shanahan's offense very well. -Walter


1/21: The 49ers will "go hard" after Kirk Cousins if he becomes available. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
The 49ers are desperate for a quarterback, and Cousins would be light years better than what they've had since Jim Harbaugh left. The 49ers have no talent on their offensive roster outside of Joe Staley and Carlos Hyde, but Cousins may find the prospect of working with Kyle Shanahan again to be appealing. Cousins is by far the top-ranked player in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter




Seattle Seahawks:
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3/29: The Patriots have inquired about Richard Sherman, whom the Seahawks have discussed trading. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
It sounds like the Seahawks are tired of Sherman's antics, so perhaps New England will pull the trigger if Malcolm Butler is dealt. Trading for Sherman would require giving up a first-round pick, which the Patriots currently do not have in 2017. Perhaps they'd send their 2018 pick to Seattle in addition to something else. Speaking of the 2018 class, I'll have a 2018 NFL Mock Draft update tomorrow. -Walter


3/21: Gerald Hodges will visit the Seahawks. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Seattle could use another linebacker, and Hodges is an underrated player; he's 42nd in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/18: The Seahawks will likely be forced to cut Marshawn Lynch if he comes out of retirement. - Sheil Kapadia, ESPN
Lynch would be owed $9 million, which is too much money for a Seattle team that has about $14 million in cap space. This is music to the Raiders' ears, as they're attempting to lure Lynch out of retirement. -Walter


3/17: Ryan Clady will visit the Seahawks. - Field Yates, ESPN
The Seahawks are desperate for tackle help, and Ryan Clady is sadly their top choice in free agency. He's the best player available in the NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/17: Marshawn Lynch has asked the Seahawks for his release. - Jordan Schultz, Huffington Post
As it stands now, the Raiders would have to trade for Lynch if he came out of retirement. This way, they can just sign him. It remains to be seen if Seattle will grant his wish, but there's no reason for the Seahawks to hold on to him if he doesn't want to play for them. -Walter


3/16: The Seahawks are open to trading Richard Sherman. - Michael Lombardi, The Ringer
Sherman is nearing 30, and he's owed about $22 million over the next two seasons. He also has said some controversial things that have undoubtedly bothered ownership. The Seahawks might as well trade Sherman while he has great value because that won't last very long. I have Seattle taking a cornerback in the second round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/16: Ricky Jean-Francois is visiting the Seahawks. - Field Yates, ESPN
Formerly of the Redskins, Jean-Francois would provide decent depth up front. He's 20th in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/16: Dekoda Watson is visiting the Seahawks. - Field Yates, ESPN
Watson is 36th in the NFL Free Agent Outside Linebacker Rankings, as he is much more of a special-teamer than a regular defensive player. -Walter


3/14: Bradley McDougald is visiting the Seahawks. - Jenna Laine, ESPN
The signing would make sense, as the Seahawks need a quality backup safety after what happened last year. McDougald is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings. -Walter


3/14: The Seahawks are still meeting with Jamaal Charles despite signing Eddie Lacy. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
That's a bit of a surprise, as the Seahawks now have a crowded backfield. Still, Charles would be a high-upside addition if Seattle can get him cheaply. Charles is 87th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/13: Jared Cook will visit the Seahawks. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Tight end may not seem like an obvious need for the Seahawks, but Jimmy Graham will be a 31-year-old free agent next spring. Cook is the top player available in the NFL Free Agent Tight End Rankings. -Walter


3/13: Adrian Peterson left Seattle without a contract. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
This isn't a surprise because it's likely that Peterson asked for too much money in a buyer's market for running backs. The Seahawks are also meeting with Jamaal Charles and Latavius Murray. Peterson, Charles and Murray is second, seventh and sixth, respectively, in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


3/12: T.J. Lang told a radio show that he has narrowed his choices down to the Packers, Lions and Seahawks. -
Nice weather isn't a concern for Lang, apparently. All three teams need offensive line help (the Packers do if Lang leaves), and they'd all be lucky to have him, as he's the best player available per the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/11: Adrian Peterson and Latavius Murray are both visiting the Seahawks. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Peterson might be out of the Seahawks' price range, but he could take less to play for a winner. Murray seems like a more realistic option. -Walter


3/9: Latavius Murray will visit the Seahawks. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
He'll join Eddie Lacy as running backs the Seahawks want to add to their rotation. Murray is 84th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/9: Eddie Lacy will visit the Seahawks and Vikings. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Seattle wants a running back to rotate with Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, while Minnesota is in search for a starter. Lacy is the second-best-available player in the 2017 NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Seahawks are working hard to sign T.J. Lang. - Jordan Schultz, Huffington Post
That would be a huge boost for Seattle's awful blocking unit. Lang is seventh in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/9: J.J. Wilcox will visit the Buccaneers and Seahawks. - Brandon George, Dallas Morning News
Tampa needs a new starting safety, while Seattle is in the market for a capable backup after what transpired last year. Wilcox is 13th in the NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Seahawks and Jamaal Charles have mutual interest. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Charles would have to prove that he's healthy, of course, and Andy Reid made it sound like his knee was shot. Hopefully that's not the case. Charles is seventh in the NFL Free Agent Running Back Rankings. -Walter


3/8: The Seahawks have no interest in Adrian Peterson. - Tom Pelissero, USA Today
Adrian Peterson's father revealed that the Seahawks had interest in his son, but that never seemed like a true statement. Peterson is going to find it difficult to sign somewhere for desired money because of how strong the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospects are. -Walter


3/7: Adrian Peterson's father told the media that his son is drawing interest from the Raiders and Seahawks, and that he felt slighted by Minnesota's contract offers. -
It's difficult to believe what a player's parent says, but the interesting portion is the second part about the Vikings. Peterson might feel slighted now, but he'll change his tune once he realizes how bad the running back market will be. Peterson would be bettr off taking less money to play for a great team like New England. -Walter


3/7: The Cardinals, Colts, Falcons, Giants, Lions, Saints, Seahawks and Vikings are in the market for D.J. Fluker.  - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Fluker has been very injury-prone, and he has played poorly as a result. He has potential, however, so it's not a surprise that teams have interest. Fluker is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Guard Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The Browns, Bills and Seahawks are interested in Kamar Aiken. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Aiken was criminally underutilized in Baltimore last year, so he could provide some value. Aiken is 15th in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


2/28: Russell Okung would consider returning to the Seahawks. - Danny O'Neil, ESPN
Seattle should be thrilled to have him back, considering its offensive line situation. Despite having an extensive injury history, Okung is No. 2 in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


2/28: The Seahawks and Falcons are interested in Terrell McClain. - Eric Edholm, Yahoo!
McClain would be solid depth addition for both teams. He's 20th in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


2/24: The Seahawks could pursue Breno Giacomini. - Stephen Cohen, Seattle Post Intelligencer
Seahawk fans better hope not. Giacomini once played for Seattle, but he was horrible for the Jets. Giacomini is 29th in our NFL Free Agent Offensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


2/18: Earl Mitchell is visiting the Seahawks, Falcons, 49ers and Broncos. - Mike Garafolo, NFL Network
Mitchell is No. 17 in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings, so the team that signs him shouldn't be too excited. -Walter


2/9: The Seahawks signed kicker Blair Walsh. - Field Yates, ESPN
Walsh was let go from Minnesota because he couldn't get his game right, but with Steven Hauschka a free agent, Walsh should get a good chance to win the job. He has proven himself to be one of the best kickers in the league when he's on.&amp;nbsp; -Chet_G




Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
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3/10: The Buccaneers are interested in Nick Foles. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Foles is a mediocre backup and would be a fine addition in the wake of Mike Glennon's departure. Foles is ninth in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/9: J.J. Wilcox will visit the Buccaneers and Seahawks. - Brandon George, Dallas Morning News
Tampa needs a new starting safety, while Seattle is in the market for a capable backup after what transpired last year. Wilcox is 13th in the NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Buccaneers are the favorite to land Chris Baker. - Jenna Laine, ESPN
This would be huge, as Tampa has needed a talented player next to Gerald McCoy for the longest time. Baker is fourth in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Jaguars, Bears, Buccaneers and Titans are interested in A.J. Bouye. - Mike DiRocco, ESPN
It was reported earlier that Philadelphia is already talking to Bouye. Given that Bouye is atop our 2017 NFL Free Agent Cornerback Prospect Rankings, it's understandable that all of these teams have such interest in the Texan star. -Walter


3/7: The Buccaneers are making a strong push for DeSean Jackson. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
This isn't the first time Jackson has been connected to the Buccaneers, who need a second wideout. Jackson is 39th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/5: The contract of Mike Glennon is expected to be worth $14-$15 million per year. - Charles Robinson, Yahoo!
The thinking is that because teams will have tons of cap space, they'll overpay for players. Well, just because a millionaire has lots of cash doesn't mean that he/she goes around spending $5,000 for a pack of gum. This is absolutely stupid, and any team that signs Glennon to a contract even close to this amount will earn a quick Millen grade. Glennon is just a two-star player in our NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


3/4: Many around the NFL believe DeSean Jackson will sign with the Buccaneers. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Jackson has never been a true No. 2 receiver, but that'll be the case in Tampa. Jackson is fifth in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/2: The Buccaneers offered Mike Glennon a contract worth $8 million per year, but he turned it down. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Crazy. That's about twice as much as Glennon deserves to make. Some team is going to pay Glennon much more than he's worth, much like the Texans did with Brock Osweiler, and Glennon is going to disappoint, much like Osweiler did. I have the Bills signing Glennon in my Predicted NFL Offseason Quarterback Destination page. -Walter


3/1: The Buccaneers won't aggressively pursue Adrian Peterson. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
There's no reason to. The draft class is loaded at the position - check out the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings for more - and according to ESPN's Jenna Laine, Doug Martin is looking refreshed after rehab. Peterson is going to discover that he doesn't have a very good market. -Walter




Tennessee Titans:
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3/13: Erik Walden is visiting the Titans. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Tennessee better not overpay Walden, as he lucked into 11 sacks in 2016. Walden is 12th in the NFL Free Agent Outside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Titans are interested in Dont'a Hightower. - Terry McCormick, Titan Insider
This is another need the Titans need to fill. Inside linebacker, cornerback and safety are the three problematic areas. Hightower is atop the NFL Free Agent Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


3/9: The Titans are interested in A.J. Bouye. - Terry McCormick, Titan Insider
Signing Bouye would be a huge boost for a poor secondary, and it would also strip a resource away from a rival. Bouye is 10th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Jaguars, Bears, Buccaneers and Titans are interested in A.J. Bouye. - Mike DiRocco, ESPN
It was reported earlier that Philadelphia is already talking to Bouye. Given that Bouye is atop our 2017 NFL Free Agent Cornerback Prospect Rankings, it's understandable that all of these teams have such interest in the Texan star. -Walter


3/6: Terrelle Pryor is drawing interest from the Giants, Titans, 49ers and Eagles. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Giants are an interesting team because they already have two talented receivers, but the other three are logical fits. Pryor sits atop our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/4: The Steelers and Titans are interested in signing Dre Kirkpatrick. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Kirkpatrick would be a nice signing for both teams, filling a big need. Kirkpatrick is 10th in our NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


3/3: It would probably cost a second-round pick to acquire Brandin Cooks. - Alex Marvez, FOX Sports
The rumor from yesterday was that the Titans would surrender No. 18 overall for Cooks, but they have no second-round choice. The Eagles could offer their second-rounder for Cooks. -Walter


3/2: The Titans, 49ers and Eagles are potential suitors for Alshon Jeffery. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
Jeffery would be much more appealing if he could stay on the field. Still, he's No. 2 in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


2/24: Alterraun Verner is not in play for the Titans. - Paul Kuharsky, ESPN
Verner once played well for the Titans, but he's apparently not welcome back. Verner was horrible in Tampa and is currently 22nd in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


1/23: Jason McCourty is a candidate for release this offseason. - Terry McCormick, Titan Insider
McCourty is a middling cornerback due $7 million in 2017, so it's understandable that the Titans would want to cut him. -Walter




Washington Redskins:
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3/21: If Kirk Cousins is traded to the 49ers, it'll be right before the draft. - Mike Jones, Washington Post
The reason I won't be mocking Mitchell Trubisky (or any other quarterback) to the 49ers at No. 2 overall in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft is because they seem focused on acquiring Kirk Cousins either this spring or next. -Walter


3/16: Darius Butler is visiting the Redskins. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
With such a great group of cornerback prospects entering the NFL, it's not a surprise that there are plenty of talented corners still available in free agency. Butler is 15th in the NFL Free Agent Cornerback Rankings. -Walter


3/10: Bennie Logan is visiting the Redskins this weekend. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Logan is a great run-stuffer and would be a great addition to Washington's poor defensive line. Logan is eighth in the NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/10: Kirk Cousins will not negotiate a contract with the Redskins while Bruce Allen is employed. - Chick Hernandez, CSN Mid-Atlantic
There's been a major backlash from the Scot McCloughan firing - click the link for a grade - though sources told me that there's definitely legitimacy to it. Still, the Redskins have handled it poorly, and now Cousins is demanding for someone to lose his job. It's not a good look for Cousins, and so the Redskins should think about just trading him to the 49ers right now. -Walter


3/10: Terrelle Pryor left the Redskins without a contract. - Master Tesfatsion, Washington Post
The Redskins sorely need help at receiver with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon gone, but they've had trouble identifying talent in the wake of their front office woes. Pryor is 20th in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings, and perhaps he would've been signed had the Redskins not already overpaid several scrubs. -Walter


3/9: Terrelle Pryor is visiting the Redskins. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
After losing Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, landing Pryor would be huge. Pryor is 20th in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


3/9: Multiple teams have already contacted the Redskins for Kirk Cousins, but the Redskins have declined all offers. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Washington is losing Cousins no matter what next year, so they would be foolish not to obtain something for him now. -Walter


3/8: Kirk Cousins wants "nothing to do" with the Redskins, and he'd rather be in San Francisco. - Michael Silverback, NFL Network
Cousins might be the only NFL player in the league right now who wants to play for the 49ers, but that's what happens when your team refuses to pay you and then exiles its general manager for some reason. -Walter


3/8: The Redskins and Jaguars are interested in Barry Church. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Church had his best year in 2016 and is fourth in our NFL Free Agent Safety Rankings. The Redskins desperately need a safety, while the Jaguars will have to replace John Cyprien if he departs via free agency. -Walter


3/8: Dontari Poe is one of the Redskins' top priorities. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Poe would fill a huge need, as the Redskins have a horrible defensive line. Poe struggled last year because of a back injury, but he's still very talented. He's sixth in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings. -Walter


3/6: The 49ers, Bears, Jets, Lions, Raiders and Redskins have interest in Andre Holmes. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN
Holmes is 42nd in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings, so I'm not sure why. He'd provide depth at most. -Walter


3/6: The Redskins believe they can win with Colt McCoy. - Albert Breer, MMQB
And I believe I'm the Queen of England. That doesn't make it true. The Redskins couldn't even get into the playoffs with Kirk Cousins last year, and McCoy isn't even close in ability to Cousins. The Redskins would struggle to get to seven victories with the noddle-armed McCoy at the helm, but they apparently think differently. Perhaps they leaked this to Breer to somehow increase leverage in negotiations with Cousins. -Walter


3/4: "Jerry Jones wouldn’t trade Tony Romo to a division rival, and there is an unspoken understanding that Romo wouldn’t sign with the Redskins as a free agent if he was released." - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
So much for the three-way trade with the 49ers. Romo is likely to go to the Broncos or Texans. Charlie Campbell reported that the Broncos will intently pursue Tony Romo. -Walter


3/3: The Redskins don't want Tony Romo, and there's a growing sentiment that Romo will be joining the Texans. - Mike Jones, Washington Post
So much for that blockbuster three-team trade. The Texans and Broncos continue to make the most sense for Romo, as they have Super Bowl-contending rosters that are lacking quarterbacks. I have Romo going to the Texans in my NFL Offseason Quarterback Destinations prediction page. -Walter


3/3: Pierre Garcon told the media that he hasn't heard anything from the Redskins this offseason. -
It's unknown what exactly is going on with the Redskins, who appear to be in general disarray. Garcon is No. 3 in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


2/28: The Redskins' goal is to re-sign Chris Baker at the combine. - Tony Pauline, Draft Analyst
Baker is fourth in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Rankings, so the Redskins would suffer a huge loss if they were to let him leave via free agency. -Walter


2/28: The Redskins will not trade Kirk Cousins. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
They've decided that they won't be trading Cousins to the 49ers. That could always change, as this sort of statement just increases their leverage. -Walter


2/28: Kirk Cousins said that he'd prefer to be traded to the 49ers. -
Cousins would be going to a team devoid of talent, but he'd be paired with his former coach, Kyle Shanahan. I discussed the potential 49ers-Redskins Kirk Cousins trade here. -Walter


2/27: The chances of the Redskins re-signing DeSean Jackson are slim. - JP Finlay, CSN Mid-Atlantic
Jackson has stated that he wants to stay in Washington, but that won't be possible at his asking price. The Redskins would prefer to keep Pierre Garcon, who has a longer shelf life. Jackson is 39th in our Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


2/25: The Redskins are likely to pursue Calais Campbell. - John Keim, ESPN
Campbell would be a great fit, and he's one of the best free agents available. Campbell is sixth overall in the Top 100 NFL Free Agent Rankings. -Walter


2/22: The Redskins are wondering if they can sign Tony Romo when he's released. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
This would be an interesting move by the Redskins if they receive two first-round picks for Cousins from the 49ers. That would help salvage the situation, and Washington could take a quarterback with the 17th-overall pick (or perhaps San Francisco's 2018 first-rounder.) -Walter


2/21: Tampa Bay is a landing spot for DeSean Jackson. - Josina Anderson, ESPN
The Buccaneers need a second receiver with Vincent Jackson being on his last legs. I have to wonder if they'd want a problematic locker room guy around Jameis Winston, however. Jackson is No. 5 in our NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


2/17: "People who know" Kirk Cousins say that Cousins doesn't want to be with the Redskins anymore. - Jason Reid, ESPN
Cousins is apparently fed up with the front office. If he leaves, his most likely destination would be San Francisco to reunite with Kyle Shanahan. I've discussed a potential Redskins-49ers Kirk Cousins Trade here. -Walter


2/9: The Redskins view DeSean Jackson and are expected to move on from him. - Mike Jones, Washington Post
That's exactly what Jackson is, as he's a one-trick pony who disappears on occasion. Jackson is fifth in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


2/9: Rams, Eagles, Bears, Cowboys and 49ers are expected to have interest in Pierre Garcon. - Mike Jones, Washington Post
Four of those five teams are desperate for a receiver, with Chicago being the outlier. However, Alshon Jeffery is a free agent, which would explain the Bears' interest. Garcon is No. 3 in our&nbsp;<a href="http://walterfootball.com/freeagents2017WR.php" target="_blank">NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings</a>. -Walter


2/7: DeSean Jackson told the media that he plans on testing the market. -
Jackson will be hitting free agency for the first time, so he wants to see what he can earn in the final big contract of his career. He's been linked to the Eagles and Rams. -Walter


1/30: The Redskins will be targeting Eagles nose tackle Bennie Logan in free agency. - Mark Eckel, NJ.com
The Redskins desperately need a nose tackle, and Logan is a very good run-stuffer. Logan is eighth in our 2017 NFL Free Agent Defensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


1/25: Kirk Cousins didn't respond positively when asked about re-signing with the Redskins. -
"I think you have to have an open mind, but ultimately it's not in my hands in the sense that the team is going to make that decision, and I'll react accordingly," Cousins said. It sounds as if he's resigned to the fact that the Redskins will franchise him. -Walter


1/24: Redskins team president Bruce Allen said that on a scale from 1 to 10, Kirk Cousins' chances of returning to the Redskins was a 10. -
Cousins is likely to be overpaid this offseason, but it's not like the Redskins have much of a choice. Cousins is far and away the top player in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


1/21: The 49ers will "go hard" after Kirk Cousins if he becomes available. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
The 49ers are desperate for a quarterback, and Cousins would be light years better than what they've had since Jim Harbaugh left. The 49ers have no talent on their offensive roster outside of Joe Staley and Carlos Hyde, but Cousins may find the prospect of working with Kyle Shanahan again to be appealing. Cousins is by far the top-ranked player in the NFL Free Agent Quarterback Rankings. -Walter


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