Texans agree to four-year extension with LB Whitney Mercilus
Mercilus will receive $26 million under the terms of the deal, which will keep in Houston until 2019, ESPN reports. He has missed just one game in his first three years with the Texans, racking up 122 total tackles and 18 sacks while forcing four fumbles.
Titans tailoring offense to Marcus Mariota's strengths
"Our coaches have been working on a plan for quite some time now for Marcus," Webster said. "Really to adapting our offense to his skill set -- he has a special skill set. There's really not much he can't do from physical standpoint and he's very bright. That combination is going to allow him to do his own adapting to the NFL game but our coaches have worked very hard on coming up with a system within our system for Marcus. I think it will work well."
The Titans believe that Mariota will work fine under center and reading defenses despite not being asked to do so while playing at Oregon.
Cardinals' Carson Palmer (knee) participates in drills Monday
Though the action wasn't close to replicating game-like conditions, the quarterback said he received a big mental boost by joining his team after missing the last eight games of the season due to a torn ACL.
"You want all your guys out there," Palmer said. "I know I want my five starting linemen and my two starting receivers. You don’t ever want to see guys on the sidelines. Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to do everything once OTAs start, but I’ll be able to do just about everything. It’s important (to participate) because I enjoy it. I can’t wait for tomorrow and I can’t wait for every day."
Palmer said the injury forces him to "start over from scratch" mechanically, as he works to regain the footwork and balance needed to be successful in the pocket.
“All those little things that still go through my head every couple reps, I’m fighting to get to the point where you just don’t think about that anymore,” Palmer said. “It just becomes natural. Just ingraining all those small mechanical movements is something that takes repetition after repetition.”
Buccaneers claim OT Reid Fragel off waivers
49ers GM says LB Aldon Smith developing as leader for team
49ers place Chris Borland on reserve/retired list
The move is a formality, as Borland announced his decision to retire in mid-March. The move clears $109.359 in immediate cap space. The 49ers didn't address the inside-linebacker position in this year's draft despite the retirements of Borland and Patrick Willis.
49ers waive/injured Chase Thomas
Thomas made two special-teams tackles in five games played with the 49ers last season. He tore an ACL while working out earlier in the offseason and will presumably miss the entire 2015 season.
Report: Raiders to release OL Kevin Boothe
Boothe played in nine games during the 2014 season, but he started 32 games in 2012 and 2013 for the Giants.
Broncos waive T Paul Cornick, WR Jeremy Kelley
Report: Redskins cut 13 players, including Jerry Rice Jr. on Monday
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