The Redskins and Eagles are showing the most interest in free agent safety Mike Mitchell, reports the Charlotte Observer. He had 67 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles with the Panthers last season.
The Patriots must decide by Tuesday whether to keep receiver Danny Amendola. That's when $2 million of Amendola's $3 million base salary becomes guaranteed if he's still on the roster, reports the Boston Globe.
The paper notes Amendola's cap number of $4.6 million isn't excessive, "and the Patriots shouldn’t have a burning need to cut him."
The Redskins likely will be the Patriots' strongest competition in the bid to sign free agent corner Aqib Talib, reports the Boston Herald. Redskins secondary coach Raheem Morris worked with Talib when both were in Tampa Bay.
Jets, Vikings, Lions reach out to Alterraun Verner
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
The Jets, Vikings and Lions are among the teams that have reached out to free agent cornerback Alterraun Verner, reports NFL.com. Verner, 25, is expected to command about $10 million per season after intercepting five passes and defending 23 more with the Titans last season.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo told ESPN his rehab from back surgery is "going good" and he's on track to be ready for next month's OTAs. "Really ahead in a lot of ways," he said. "Just going to be ready to go here in about a month and rehab is going good, no setbacks of any kind."
Romo had December surgery to fix a herniated disk.
"You progress, everything is a progression," he said. "You kinda, whatever it is, whether it's running or lifting, everything just starts small and you progress up. So we've already started a lot of that stuff [rehab] going. Now it's just going to the next step every week or two and just attacking. For me, it's like anything else, just another thing to attack and improve and I'm always up for that."
The Lions, who released safety Louis Delmas ahead of free agency, inquired about free agent safety T.J. Ward, reports NFL Network. Ward spent his first four seasons with the Browns, twice making over 100 tackles.
The Texans have "real" interest in trading for Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett, reports MassLive.com. New Houston coach Bill O'Brien is familiar with Mallett from his time as Pats offensive coordinator.
Mallett is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
The Rams are interested in free agent safety Jairus Byrd and reached out to his reps Saturday, reports NFL Network. St. Louis is believed to be one of several teams pursuing the three-time Pro Bowler, who turned down an offer to stay with the Bills.
The Eagles and Browns have been mentioned as possible landing spots for Byrd.
Free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton, who's rehabbing from October ACL surgery, has multiple suitors, reports ESPN.com. The Bears have said they want to keep Melton but might not be able to afford him.