Ropati Pitoitua DL TEN 12 Hrs
The Nashville Tennessean reports there's been "movement" in contract talks between the Titans and free agent DE Ropati Pitoitua.
The 29-year-old (in April) run plugger is coming off a solid season, and is a fit for new DC Ray Horton's hybrid 3-4. Pure run stoppers are often disappointed with what they find on the open market, so Pitoitua would be unwise to turn down a fair offer ahead of Tuesday.
Chad Henne QB JAC 12 Hrs
The Florida Times Union reports that the "expectation inside EverBank Field" is that the Jaguars re-sign free agent Chad Henne before Saturday.
Saturday is critical because that's when player reps can begin talking with other teams. Henne has been expected to remain in Jacksonville all along, but with free agency just five days away, it's possible he decides to see what he could get on the open market. Henne's near the top of a thoroughly underwhelming crop of QBs.
Champ Bailey DB DEN 12 Hrs
Champ Bailey's agent blames his down 2013 on his foot injury, not his age.
"(Unfortunately) everybody wants to judge him based on playing hurt," Bailey's rep said. "Which is how it goes in the league. Rarely, if ever do you get an 'attaboy' if you don't play as well hurt as you do when your healthy." With Bailey three months shy of his 36th birthday, teams aren't going to be buying what his agent is selling on the age front. Open to playing safety, however, Bailey will generate interest.
Jon Beason LB NYG 13 Hrs
MLB Jon Beason will represent himself in free agency.
It's never a smart idea, but there's no going back now with free agency just five days away. Beason's decision means he can't talk with teams during the legal tampering period, as teams are only allowed to speak with agents, not players. ESPN New York expects Beason to ultimately re-up with the Giants.
John Carlson TE MIN 13 Hrs
FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Jets and Packers are interested in free agent John Carlson, in addition to the Cardinals.
The New York Daily News recently opined that Carlson could be a fit for Gang Green. He'd also make sense for the Packers, who aren't expected to re-sign Jermichael Finley. Carlson visited the Cardinals on Thursday.
Michael Bennett DL SEA 13 Hrs
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Michael Bennett won't re-sign with the Seahawks before the start of free agency, and plans to test the open market.
Bennett has been tossing bouquets the Seahawks' way all offseason, but has made it clear he won't be re-signing for less than top dollar. There's now a good chance he'll get that somewhere other than Seattle. According to FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo, the Jaguars and Raiders are "lurking" as potential suitors. Bennett is Rotoworld's No. 3 free-agent end.
Trevor Scott DL TB 13 Hrs
Bears signed DE Trevor Scott to a one-year contract.
Scott had been on the street since getting cut loose by the Bucs in October. The six-year veteran played 55 snaps for Tampa last season, logging three tackles. Scott has made only two starts since the end of the 2010 season. He's just an offseason-depth signing.
Michael Vick QB PHI 13 Hrs
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Jaguars could be interested in free agent Michael Vick.
Per Rapsheet, the Jags still want to re-sign Chad Henne, "but would be in" on Vick or Josh McCown. Vick has been linked to just about every quarterback-needy team, but a favorite for his services hasn't emerged. The Jags would have no need for Vick if they keep Henne as their bridge quarterback.