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.
Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth, who ruptured his Achilles tendon last July, says he's back to 100 percent, reports the Tampa Tribune. Barth is regularly hitting field goals from 50-plus yards, including a 61-yarder last week that had a few yards to spare, the report said.
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has hired CAA's Jimmy Sexton as his agent, reports the Sports Business Journal. The move clears the way for Detroit to negotiate an extension with Suh, who's scheduled to count $22.4 million against the cap in the final year of his rookie deal.
The Lions tendered exclusive rights free agent offers to receiver Kris Durham, kick returner Jeremy Ross, linebacker Julian Stanford, cornerback Chris Greenwood and tight end Matt Veldman. Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns last season, while Ross averaged 29.3 yards on kickoff returns and 16.2 yards on punt returns.
Report: Rashard Mendenhall informed teams he's retiring
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Teams interested in signing running back Rashard Mendenhall have been told that he has retired from professional football, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter on Saturday.
Mendenhall published a Huffington Post column on Feb. 25 hinting retirement, saying "the journey is over." He battled knee and toe injuries last season while averaging 3.2 yards per carry for the Cardinals.
Mendenhall spent his first five seasons in Pittsburgh before rushing for 687 yards and eight touchdowns on 217 carries with Arizona in 2013. He had two 1,000-yard seasons and rushed for 4,236 yards 37 touchdonws over his six seasons in the league.
ESPN reports Saturday that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is open to signing a one-year contract. Nicks circulated medical assurances from Dr. Robert Anderson and Dr. James Andrews to all the teams in the league that his past issues with his foot and knee should not impact his performance in 2014.
Nicks, 26, caught 56 passes for 896 yards and no touchdowns in 15 games last year for the Giants. He had 17 touchdowns in his first two seasons in the league, 10 in his last three.