Free agent OL Mike Johnson visits with Miami
Mike Johnson | FA
(April 24, 2015 7:33 PM EDT)
Free agent OL Mike Johnson visited with the Dolphins.
Johnson, 28, spent last year on I.R. with a Lisfranc injury. He also missed the entire 2013 season due to lower-leg issues. Johnson wouldn't be more than a veteran flier for Miami.
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Lions could bring back OG Rodney Austin
Rodney Austin | FA
(April 24, 2015 7:00 PM EDT)
The Lions haven’t ruled out re-signing free agent OG Rodney Austin.
Austin was released this week following domestic violence charges. GM Martin Mayhew left open the possibility he could return once his legal situation is resolved.
Lions GM plans to meet with SS James Ihedigbo
James Ihedigbo | DET
(April 24, 2015 6:54 PM EDT)
Lions GM Martin Mayhew plans to meet with SS James Ihedigbo.
Ihedigbo is holding out of OTAs in search of a new deal. He’s due just $1.1M in the final year of his contract. A top-15 safety by PFF last season, Ihedigbo's holdout could extend into June's minicamp.
Jaiquawn Jarrett signs tender with Jets
Jaiquawn Jarrett | NYJ
(April 24, 2015 6:18 PM EDT)
Jets re-signed restricted free agent S Jaiquawn Jarrett to a one-year, $1.54 million contract.
Jarrett was tendered at the third-round level. He made five starts last year, grading out positively in pass coverage by PFF. Jarrett will return in a backup role behind Calvin Pryor and Marcus Gilchrist.
Bills looking to keep Cyrus Kouandjio at tackle
Cyrus Kouandjio | BUF
(April 24, 2015 6:02 PM EDT)’s Chris Brown believes Cyrus Kouandjio "will be given every opportunity" to remain at right tackle.
Kouandjio was limited to one game (zero snaps) as a rookie. At 6'7/322, he profiles as a strong fit for OC Greg Roman's run-heavy scheme and could be a candidate to start over incumbent RT Seantrel Henderson. Depending on what the Bills do in the draft, Kouandjio may also compete at one of the guard spots.
Bobby Rainey signs RFA tender
Bobby Rainey | TB
(April 24, 2015 5:27 PM EDT)
Bucs re-signed restricted free agent Bobby Rainey to a one-year, $1.54 million contract.
Rainey finished last season as the No. 3 back behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims. He averaged 7.9 yards on punt returns and gives Tampa a veteran passing-down option. With the Bucs likely to add a running back in the draft, Rainey won't be guaranteed a roster spot.
Eagles rescind Chris Polk's RFA tender
Chris Polk | FA
(April 24, 2015 5:05 PM EDT)
Eagles rescinded their RFA tender to RB Chris Polk.
Polk will become a free agent, making him available to sign with any team. With DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews ahead of him, Polk wasn't worth his $1.54 million RFA tender. 25-year-old Polk should draw interest as a short yardage specialist.
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Beckham expects to benefit from healthy Cruz
Odell Beckham | NYG
(April 24, 2015 4:59 PM EDT)
Odell Beckham believes Victor Cruz’s presence will force opposing defenses to pay less attention to him.
"It is going to be a lot easier," Beckham said. "You can’t really do the things you usually do, whether it's a safety over the top or things like that. If you put them one-on-one, I trust to win 99 percent of the time. That is our mindset." Beckham showed he has the ability to beat double-teams last year. A healthy Cruz in the slot should help create more single coverage. The Giants project to have one of the league’s better passing attacks if Cruz returns to pre-injury form.
Chiefs exercise Poe's 5th-year option
Dontari Poe | KC
(April 24, 2015 4:28 PM EDT)
The Chiefs have exercised NT Dontari Poe's fifth-year option.
He's now under contract through 2016. Poe was commonly billed as a "workout wonder" coming out of Memphis in 2012, but he's developed into one of the NFL's premier nose tackles. He did have a down year in 2014 run defense, but piled up a career-high six sacks. Poe doesn't turn 25 years old until August.
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Coleman calls Hardy a 'woman beater'
Davon Coleman | DAL
(April 24, 2015 3:25 PM EDT)
The dispute between Cowboys DLs Davon Coleman and Greg Hardy reportedly escalated when Coleman called Hardy a "woman beater."
Hardy, of course, is facing a ten-game NFL suspension for domestic violence. The argument allegedly began when Hardy questioned Coleman's effort during a conditioning drill. Coleman followed up by getting personal with Hardy. The two defensive linemen were separated by teammates, and the confrontation never got physical. This is very likely to prove a non-story.
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