A few hours ahead of the calendar flip, it's already been a busy morning for the Jets. As expected, the team will release Percy Harvin sometime today; to finalize their stunning October acquisition of the wideout, they'll send the Seahawks their 2015 sixth-rounder.
But another former Seattle player will be coming the Jets' way, as they've reportedly agreed to terms with guard James Carpenter, who some had suggested might be a fit for the Broncos. New Jersey will retain running back Bilal Powell, is widely expected to try to bring Darrelle Revis back from New England, and may acquire Houston backup passer Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Having already agreed with former Atlanta linebacker Sean Witherspoon, Arizona is also planning to meet with Broncos linebacker Nate Irving, according to Ian Rapoport.
Denver would reportedly like to retain Irving, but barring injury, there's no room for him in their starting lineup, even as the team switches to a 3-4 front. So staying in Denver may be a tough sell, especially if another team offers him a better chance of securing a starting gig.
Kansas City has signed former Oakland safety Tyvon Branch on what Jason La Canfora reports is a one-year deal worth $2M, plus another $2M in playing time incentives. Branch was the Raiders' franchise player a few years ago, but injuries have limited him to just five games over the past two seasons. Oakland cut him last month.
The Chiefs had been thin at the position, with Eric Berry battling lymphoma and Ron Parker likely headed elsewhere via free agency.
After John Elway characterized him as the team's "rock," the Broncos are desperately trying to avoid losing Virgil Green, according to Vic Lombardi.
But Jason La Canfora says Green is attracting wide interest, with the Bears reportedly looking to have Green join John Fox and Adam Gase in Chicago. Per La Canfora, the race to sign Green will likely come down to Denver and Chicago.
With the 2015 league year set to commence on Tuesday afternoon, teams continued clearing their decks on Monday, with several big names beyond Darrelle Revis becoming available.
Expectedly, Houston cut franchise recordholding wideout Andre Johnson after 12 seasons. The Texans are likely to sign Brian Hoyer as their next QB, although they reportedly have competition there from the Jets. They've already re-signed Ryan Mallett, and figure to cut Ryan Fitzpatrick, who might end up the Jets' consolation prize.
On Sunday night, Niners GM Trent Baalke felt the need to shoot down rumors that he'd been shopping quarterback Colin Kaepernick. On Monday, things only got worse for the Niners.
While Julius Thomas is expected to sign with Jacksonville on Tuesday for $9M/year, there are conflicting reports concerning whether Denver tried to retain their explosive tight end.
They obviously can't both be right, but either way, Denver has some serious red zone production to replace, starting tomorrow.
According to Mike Klis, the Broncos have expressed interest in tight ends Owen Daniels and Ed Dickson, fullback Jerome Felton, and center Samson Satele. Denver will meet with Javon Langford on Wednesday, and echoing an earlier report by Jeff Legwold, Klis says the team has been in contact with center Chris Myers.
Daniels followed Gary Kubiak from Houston to Baltimore last year, and has been frequently mentioned as a Denver target. He caught 48 passes for 527 yards and four scores in 2014.
New England won the Super Bowl with a new pair of starting corners last year. They may have to defend that championship with another new set of bookends.
The Pats have declined their prohibitive $20M option on Darrelle Revis, who will now become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday when the league calendar flips. Once that happens, it's expected that the Pats and Jets will compete to sign Revis.
The Broncos hired Ray Jackson as their director of player development; he takes over for Jerry Butler, who followed John Fox to Chicago. Jackson has held similar positions with the Browns (2002-04) and Steelers (2005-14) for the past 13 seasons.
A graduate of Denver's Montbello High School and Colorado State University, Jackson played corner for six NFL seasons, three each in Buffalo and Cleveland.