Jermichael Finley TE GB 6 Hrs
Although free agent Jermichael Finley (neck surgery) has not received medical clearance, he is expected to begin making "multiple visits" this week.
Finley has been hoping to be cleared on Tuesday. Even if he doesn't formally get it, Finley is expected to begin visiting teams and taking physical in hopes of landing a contract. Finley turns 27 later this month. He is at the top of a weak tight end market, but will probably only get one-year offers.
Geoff Schwartz KC 7 Hrs
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Rams are showing interest in free agent G/T Geoff Schwartz.
A mauler in the run game, Schwartz stands 6-foot-6, 340 and can play both guard and right tackle, though his best position is inside. The Rams appear to have given up on re-signing Rodger Saffold. Schwartz looks like their "Plan B."
Dexter McCluster WR KC 7 Hrs
The Kansas City Star reports free agent Dexter McCluster will not be re-signing with the Chiefs, and has "4-5 suitors."
Per reporter Terez A. Paylor, McCluster is expected to have a new home by Tuesday evening. McCluster is coming off a career season, but the Chiefs are wise not to overpay. He's a gadget player who's most effective on special teams.
Byron Bell CAR 7 Hrs
Panthers tendered a contract to restricted free agent OT Byron Bell.
The Panthers have yet to announce what level Bell has been tendered at. Although Bell has been bandied about as a candidate to replace retired LT Jordan Gross, he's barely held his own on the right side over the past three seasons. He'd almost certainly be a disaster on Cam Newton's blindside. The Panthers' tackle issues are such that they couldn't afford to let Bell get away, but there's no guarantee he'll be a starter in 2014.
Michael Bennett DL SEA 7 Hrs
Seahawks re-signed DE Michael Bennett to a four-year, $34 million contract, including $16 million guaranteed.
He chose to stay with the Super Bowl champs over the Bears, who were reportedly offering more money. Bennett, 28, "started" only three games in 2013 with Seattle, but racked up 8.5 sacks and a forced fumble while playing both defensive end and tackle, primarily operating as a sub-package pass rusher. He's not an every-down player, but the Seahawks are big believers in "wave" rotations up front, and Bennett's versatility is critical in their philosophy. The Bears may now attempt to make a late run at free agents Michael Johnson and Lamarr Houston, the top remaining available defensive ends.
Jairus Byrd DB BUF 7 Hrs
NFL.com's Albert Breer reports free agent Jairus Byrd is still seeking more than $8 million per season, and that his asking price is "scaring some teams off."
Some reports have had Byrd seeking as much as $10 million per season, with many suggesting $9 million. The Chicago Tribune agrees with Breer that it's now closer to $8 million. Byrd wants to be the highest-paid safety in football. If Byrd escapes the first 24 hours of free agency without a deal, it won't be a good sign for his demands.
Evan Dietrich-Smith GB 7 Hrs
The New York Daily News confirms the Giants are interested in free agent C Evan Dietrich-Smith.
A team source terms the interest as "serious." It's a sign the G-Men are ready to move on from David Baas. Provided the price is right, Dietrich-Smith would be a major upgrade on Baas at this point in his career. The Giants can't come out of the offseason without having shaken up their offensive line.
Tandon Doss WR BAL 7 Hrs
Ravens declined to tender restricted free agent WR Tandon Doss a contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Doss would have been due $1.431 million under the low tender, a price he isn't worth. The 2011 fourth-rounder has caught just 26 career passes, and isn't an impact special teamer.