Although they were able to ship the other Brandon Marshall out of town, the Bears are stuck with Jay Cutler, thanks to his albatross of a contract. According to Chris Mortensen, Chicago has basically given up on its attempts to move the sulkmaster.
Cutler's $15.5M salary is already fully guaranteed, and on Thursday, $10M of his 2016 salary will convert from an injury-only guarantee to a full guarantee. Obviously, nobody wants to take on the renowned coach killer along with $25.5M in guarantees. Have fun with this one, Foxy.
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.
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.
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.
As expected, the looming signing of Rodney Hudson by Oakland has the Broncos turning their attention to Stefen Wisniewski and Chris Myers, reports Jeff Legwold.
Wisniewski, the former Oakland center and
son nephew of former longtime Raiders guard Steve, figures to be somewhat less expensive than the man who will replace him. He'll be 26 in two weeks and graded out at minus-2.5 over 1,041 snaps last season.
Rodney Hudson is staying within the AFCW, but he won't be a Bronco. Instead, he'll get a tick under $9M/year from the Raiders, who will give him $44.5M over five seasons, according to Jason La Canfora.
Denver was said to be interested in Hudson, but now may turn to Oakland's own free agent, Stefen Wisniewski.
Orlando Frankin's deal with San Diego is expected to be worth $36.5M over five seasons ($7.3M per), including $20M in guarantees, according to Adam Schefter and Jeff Legwold.
On Sunday, Michael Gehlken reported that Franklin was likely to return to right tackle for the Chargers and Mike McCoy.