Raiders moving on from Stefen Wisniewski
Stefen Wisniewski | OAK
(March 6, 2015 2:43 PM EST)
The Raiders are expected to move on from free agent G/C Stefen Wisniewski.
Wisniewski is a rare "homegrown talent" on the Raiders, but was drafted by the old Al Davis regime. The 26-year-old is an above-league-average interior offensive lineman. The most surprising part is the Raiders' willingness to let a young starter walk. They don't have many quality young starters.
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Brooks Reed likely done in Houston
Brooks Reed | HOU
(March 6, 2015 2:38 PM EST)
The player rep for free agent OLB Brooks Reed does not expect his client to re-sign with the Texans.
Despite Clay Matthews comparisons coming out of college in 2011, Reed offers very little pass-rush ability and would better fit a team at inside linebacker. Reed is No. 13 in Rotoworld's rankings of the free agent edge defenders.
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Cards not tendering Lindley or Ta'amu
Ryan Lindley | FA
(March 6, 2015 2:20 PM EST)
The Cardinals are not tendering restricted free agents QB Ryan Lindley and NT Alameda Ta'amu.
Combined with Dan Williams' unrestricted free agency, the Cardinals' decision to move on (at least for now) from Ta'amu leaves their nose tackle depth chart barren. Lindley is 25 years old with a strong arm, but he's one of the least accurate passers to set foot on an NFL field in recent memory.
Chiefs re-sign Josh Mauga
Josh Mauga | KC
(March 6, 2015 2:15 PM EST)
Chiefs re-signed ILB Josh Mauga to a three-year, $8 million contract.
It's a surprisingly high price for a player who struggled mightily when pressed into action at inside linebacker last season. Mauga was a major part of the Chiefs' leaky run defense. Best suited as a special teamer, Mauga will ostensibly stay in the mix to start next to Derrick Johnson in 2015.
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Chargers release LB Reggie Walker
Reggie Walker | FA
(March 6, 2015 2:06 PM EST)
Chargers released LB Reggie Walker.
Walker flopped in San Diego as a 2014 special teams signing. GM Tom Telesco's decision to cut ties with Walker saves $1 million in salary cap room.
Buccaneers 'in play' for Chris Conte
Chris Conte | CHI
(March 6, 2015 2:03 PM EST)
The Buccaneers are expected to be "in play" for free agent S Chris Conte.
Conte was drafted by Lovie Smith's Bears in 2011. Although he has been incredibly injury prone, Conte is a league-average starter and offers some versatility as a former college cornerback. He turned 26 last month.
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Panthers sign Michael Oher to 2-year contract
Michael Oher | CAR
(March 6, 2015 1:59 PM EST)
Panthers signed OT Michael Oher to a two-year contract.
Turning 29 in May, Oher has been a disaster as both a pass and run blocker the past few seasons. The lowly Titans cut him in February, after just one season into a "four-year, $20 million" deal. The Panthers will be in trouble if they end up counting on Oher to make starts. He's best suited as a swing tackle.
Browns re-sign Shaun Draughn
Shaun Draughn | CLE
(March 6, 2015 1:41 PM EST)
Browns re-signed exclusive rights free agent RB Shaun Draughn to a one-year contract.
27-year-old Draughn is a situational passing-down back whose limited running skills haven't translated to much ball carrying in the pros. He'll compete for a roster spot behind Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West in Cleveland.
Chiefs release DL Vance Walker
Vance Walker | FA
(March 6, 2015 1:27 PM EST)
Chiefs released DL Vance Walker.
28-year-old Walker was owed over $2.7 million after failing to earn consistent playing time in the first year of a "three-year, $13 million" deal. Walker is a capable enough player to help elsewhere as a rotational piece.
Jets re-up ILB Harris for $21.5M over 3 years
David Harris | NYJ
(March 6, 2015 1:21 PM EST)
Jets re-signed ILB David Harris to a three-year, $21.5 million contract with $15 million guaranteed.
The deal locks up Harris through his age-33 season. Rex Ryan's Bills were poised for an aggressive run at Harris had he hit the open market, but the Jets were even more aggressive about keeping him, guaranteeing Harris nearly 70 percent of this contract. Harris is a three-down linebacker who struggles in coverage but is a highly productive tackler. He'll likely be new coach Todd Bowles' defensive signal caller at "Mike" 'backer.
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