Kareem Martin DL ARI 35 minutes ago
Martin will work as an outside linebacker during the offseason, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Martin was moved from outside linebacker to the defensive line during his first meetings as a Cardinal. However, he was overshadowed by fellow fifth-rounder Ed Stinson and midseason addition Josh Mauro, logging only 18 of his 186 snaps in the final seven games of the season. Martin will be taking a familiar role, after running at outside LB on the scout team when an opposing 3-4 defense was on the docket. If he lands a regular gig in 2015, he's displayed an ability to rush the passer, as evidenced by 11.5 sacks in 13 games in his final collegiate campaign at North Carolina.
Mike Kafka QB TB 2 hours ago
The Vikings have signed Kafka, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
With the Vikings, Kafka figures to battle with Pat Devlin for backup QB slotting behind Teddy Bridgewater and Shaun Hill.
Jamari Lattimore LB GB 2 hours ago
The Jets have signed Lattimore, ESPN.com reports.
Lattimore recorded 39 tackles and one interception in 11 games for the Packers in 11 games in 2014 before landing on IR with an an ankle injury. He'll bolster the Jets' inside linebacker depth behind David Harris and Demario Davis.
Stevan Ridley RB NE 2 hours ago
Ridley (knee), who visited the Dolphins earlier this week, is slated to meet with the Jets on Thursday, the Patriots' official site reports.
Meawhile, the Boston Herald relays that Ridley, who is still recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered in Week 6 this past season, has received interest from other (unnamed) teams, while suggesting that a return to the Patriots can't be ruled out, either.
Nate Washington WR HOU 3 hours ago
The Texans have signed Washington, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Per the report, Washington, who recorded 40 catches for 647 yards and two touchdowns for the Titans in 2014, signed a one-year deal with Houston worth $1 million. Washington, who turns 32 in August, joins fellow newcomer Cecil Shorts, as the Texans move to re-load at wideout, after parting ways with Andre Johnson. We suspect, however, that the team is still inclined to add further depth at the position (behind DeAndre Hopkins) in the upcoming NFL draft, with Washington's role with the team not yet clarified as a result.
Kyle Wilson DB NO 4 hours ago
The Saints have signed Wilson to a one-year contract, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Wilson, who notched 26 tackles and a sack for the Jets last season, now looks like the front-runner to claim the Saints' nickel cornerback slot.
Sam Acho LB ARI 4 hours ago
The Bears have signed Acho to a one-year deal, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Acho, who recorded 31 tackles and a sack in 16 games for the Cards in 2014, will bolster the Bears' outside linebacker corps. While he has displayed more of an aptitude as a run-stopper of late, Acho could provide Chicago with some pass-rushing help as well. As a rookie in 2011, he recorded seven sacks for Arizona.
Brandon Tate WR CIN 5 hours ago
The Bengals have re-signed Tate, the team's official site reports.
Tate, who recorded 17 catches for 193 yards and one TD in 2014, returns to the Bengals to reprise his role as a depth wideout and returner for the team. He'll continue to work behind the likes of A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones, with ESPN's Coley Harvey suggesting that the team is likely to add further competition at the wideout position in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Rolando McClain LB DAL 10 hours ago
McClain re-signed with the Cowboys on Wednesday on a one-year, $3 million contract, Drew Davidson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports.
McClain was able to resurrect his career while joining the Cowboys for training camp last season, ultimately winning the starting middle linebacker job and finishing second on the team in tackles (108) over his 13 games. The Cowboys had prepared for McClain's potential departure by inking veterans Jasper Brinkley and Keith Rivers to deals, but they're slated to serve as depth in the linebacking corps with McClain being retained. McClain was limited by knee and groin injuries in addition to a concussion last season, but should be fully healthy heading into the 2015 campaign.
Robert Mathis LB IND 23 hours ago
Though he hasn't been cleared to run yet, Mathis (Achilles) said Tuesday that he expects to be ready for the beginning of training camp, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports 1 reports.
The news comes just one week after Colts owner Jim Irsay suggested that Mathis likely wouldn't be back from the injury until November. There's still plenty of time between both training camp and the start of the regular season for Mathis' status to be further clarified, and more information should become available as he begins to engage in rehab activities over the next several weeks. Even if Mathis is able to recover in time for Week 1, it's difficult to imagine him having the same kind of impact as a pass rusher now that he'll be entering his age-34 season.