AP Source: Steelers to cut LB Woodley (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:46:47 PDT)
The Pittsburgh Steelers have made their choice at outside linebacker, and it isn't LaMarr Woodley. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press the Steelers will part ways with the former Pro Bowler, a move that hardly serves as a surprise after fifth-year linebacker Jason Worilds agreed to accept a ''transition player'' tag last week. The 29-year-old Woodley will likely be designated a post-June 1 salary cap cut, but is free to sign with another team when the new league year begins Tuesday afternoon. By postponing the move until after June 1, the Steelers would free up about $8 million in salary cap space in 2014.
Jags DE Babin voids contract, becomes free agent (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:00:46 PDT)
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin is now a free agent. Babin voided the final two years of his contract Monday, hitting the market before the Jaguars cut him. The Jaguars already signed one defensive lineman, and Babin's departure could leave them in the market for another.
Baltimore Ravens' Jah Reid arrested in Key West (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:58:50 PDT)
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Baltimore Ravens tackle Jah Reid faces misdemeanor charges following a fight at a strip club in Key West, Florida.
AP Source: S Byrd drawing pre-free agency interest (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:36:27 PDT)
Three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd has already begun attracting plenty of interest before the NFL's free agency period opens. A person familiar with discussions told The Associated Press on Monday that the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams are among a number of teams that have expressed interest in signing Byrd. The person revealed those three teams specifically as having contacted Byrd's representatives since Saturday, when the NFL allowed discussions to begin with prospective free agents. Byrd is among the top defensive backs set to hit the market after a solid five-year stint with the Buffalo Bills.
Panthers tender offers to OL Bell, Scott (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:31:22 PDT)
The Panthers announced they've extended contract tenders to restricted free agent tackle Byron Bell and exclusive rights free agent guard Chris Scott, two starters from last year's team. Carolina also said Monday it re-signed reserve fullback Richie Brockel to a two-year contract and backup offensive lineman Garry Williams to a one-year deal. Bell started 14 games last season at right tackle, helping the Panthers to a 12-4 record and the NFC South championship.
Eagles look to improve defense in free agency (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:17:31 PDT)
It was just three years ago when the Philadelphia Eagles were coming off their last division title and decided the best way to make a run at the Super Bowl was to spend freely in free agency. Don't expect these Eagles to throw tons of money at big-name players when the NFL's free agency period opens Tuesday, even though they have about $24 million available under the salary cap. ''When we look at the free agent market and how it is, we try and find the right fits,'' general manager Howie Roseman said in an interview with The Associated Press. ''We don't go into the draft saying: 'We have to.' We say: 'We'd like to but we don't have to.' That's how we view free agency and as we get developed as a program, it gets less and less and you pick your spots.'' The Eagles were the talk of the NFL in the 2011 offseason when they signed former All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to a $60 million contract, and added defensive end Jason Babin, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, quarterback Vince Young and running back Ronnie Brown in the wildest spending spree in team history.