Keshawn Martin WR HOU 24 Hrs
New coach Bill O'Brien recently mentioned slot receiver as a need for the Texans.
It sounds like O'Brien isn't entirely on board with theoretical incumbent slot receiver Keshawn Martin, who has disappointed as a 2012 fourth-round pick. He finished 2013 with 22 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns, also turning in underwhelming averages on kickoff returns (26.3 yards) and punts (8.8).
Dekoda Watson LB JAC 1 Day
The Jaguars plan to use Dekoda Watson at strong-side linebacker.
Watson will play "Sam" backer on first and second down, and is a candidate for snaps at the "Leo" pass-rusher role in Jacksonville's sub-packages. If the Jaguars draft Buffalo's Khalil Mack at No. 3 overall, however, Watson won't end up playing much Leo. Watson should also contribute on special teams.
Sean Weatherspoon LB ATL 1 Day
Falcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon missed 11 tackles out of 47 opportunities last season.
Weatherspoon ranked No. 39 out of 40 qualifying players in tackle efficiency at Pro Football Focus. While his 2013 numbers represent a small sample size, Weatherspoon has finished in the bottom 25 percent of 4-3 outside linebackers in tackle efficiency in each of his four seasons as a pro.
Kaelin Burnett DL OAK 1 Day
Raiders re-signed exclusive rights free agent LB Kaelin Burnett.
Burnett made seven special teams tackles in 2013 and will compete for a roster spot. On defense, he is a reserve at both outside linebacker positions.
Paul Worrilow LB ATL 1 Day1 Comment
Falcons MLB Paul Worrilow recorded a tackle on 16.1 percent of his snaps in 2013.
That's 127 total tackles in 790 snaps for the undrafted 'backer in his rookie season. Worrilow was just behind Vontaze Burfict's league-leading rate of 16.4 percent. Worrilow projects as an every-down player in 2014. He remains squarely on the IDP radar as a midrange LB2.
Aldon Smith LB SF 1 Day
Profootballtalk.com reports the 49ers have not yet decided whether or not to exercise Aldon Smith's fifth-year club option.
It's not totally different than Adam Schefter's early-Friday report, which simply stated the Niners are "not expected" to exercise Smith's option. Expecting things and making decisions are not the same. Like Schefter and San Francisco writer Tim Kawakami, we fully expect the 49ers to decline Smith's fifth-year option. The deadline for teams to decide on 2011 first-rounders is May 3.
Nate Menkin HOU 1 Day
Ex-Texans OT Nate Menkin has signed with the CFL's Ottawa RedBlacks.
A 2012 undrafted free agent out of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas, Menkin has also spent time with the Eagles. He'll try to improve his game in Canada, perhaps eyeing an eventual NFL return. Menkin stands 6'4/296 and is 25 years old.
Rolando McClain LB BAL 1 Day
The Baltimore Sun reports the "current plan" for ILB Rolando McClain is to report to the Ravens' offseason program as soon as Monday.
McClain caught flak for showing up to a mid-April conditioning test severely out of shape, but it's not especially surprising considering he's been away from football for nearly a year. Still only 24 years old, McClain is worth bringing to OTAs to see what he has left once he gets his fitness in order.
Matt McCants OAK 1 Day
Raiders re-signed exclusive rights free agent OT Matt McCants.
McCants wound up making three starts for Oakland last season, performing better than expected at right tackle. He should stick around as a 2014 reserve.
Robert Meachem WR NO 1 Day
Saints re-signed WR Robert Meachem to a one-year contract.
After one miserable season in San Diego, Meachem returned to New Orleans in 2013 to catch 16 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns as a situational deep threat. Entering his age-30 season, Meachem will try and fill that role again in 2014 but should face competition from Joe Morgan and a rookie.