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.
According to multiple reports, New England is retaining free safety Devin McCourty, agreeing to a five-year deal worth a reported $47.5M. Jacksonville, Philly, and the Giants were also in on McCourty, who reportedly gave the Pats something of a hometown discount.
Then again, Mike Reiss reports that McCourty will receive a whopping $28.5M in guarantees.
Denver will host free agent defensive lineman Kendall Langford sometime this week, according to Mike Klis. The 6-6, 313-pounder was released by St. Louis two weeks ago; he had been set to make $6M in the final season of a four-year deal signed in 2012.
Because he was cut, Langford is free to sign with any team and would not count toward any compensatory pick calculations.
Despite significant remaining caponomic problems, Kansas City is expected to sign wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on Tuesday, reports Chris Mortensen. Per Mort, the Chiefs will likely clear out cap space for Maclin by cutting overpaid wideout Dwayne Bowe.
Expect Julius Thomas and Rahim Moore to cash in big, reports Jason La Canfora. It's been widely reported that Thomas is heading to Jacksonville once the new league year begins on Tuesday, and La Canfora hears the tight end will get close to $10M per year, which would be a 50% boost from the contract Denver reportedly offered him last summer.