McCown indicated Monday that his representatives have been in talks with four teams as free agency approaches, ESPN.com reports.
While the QB didn't name the teams, it's thought that the Bears, Buccaneers, Jets and Texans are the organizations most likely to pursue McCown in free agency. Meanwhile, McCown suggests that if he ends up leaving the Bears, it would most likley be in the event that he is provided with a scenario in which he would be able to compete for a starting assignment elsewhere.
The Colts are thought to be nearing a deal with Davis, the CBS's Jason LaCanfora reports.
The report further notes that the deal to keep Davis with the Colts could be done as soon as Monday. Davis is coming off a 2013 season in which he recorded 46 tackles and a pick in 16 games for the team.
The Jets have released Cromartie, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.
The report adds that cutting Cromartie saves the Jets $9.5 million against the salary cap. Meanwhile, the team is thought to be open to the possibility of re-signing the cornerback -- who recorded 38 tackles and three picks for the team this past season -- at a reduced rate.
The Vikings have signed Brinkley to a one-year deal, 1500espn.com reports.
Brinkley, who recorded 27 tackles in 15 games with the Cardinals last season, returns to the Vikings, where he played the first four seasons of his career after being drafted by the team in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL draft. Brinkley started at middle linebacker for the Vikings in 2012, recording 99 tackles, with his addition to the 2014 mix giving the team some added depth at the position, following the release of Erin Henderson.
Griffen signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract with the Vikings on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
The 26-year-old has been handsomely rewarded after playing in all 48 games over the past three seasons, with an impressive 17.5 sacks during that span. This likely ensures Jared Allen won't be back with the team, so the Vikings figure to seek out a replacement to start opposite Griffen in the draft.
03/09/14 - 9:46AM ETTony Romo
: (Back) Rehab On Schedule
Romo says he's right on schedule in his rehab from back surgery in December, the Dallas Morning News reports. "It's going good," Romo said. "We're getting close now. Usually it takes three months, it's just normal kind of roundabout date that they give you and we're right on schedule. Really ahead in a lot of ways. Just going to be ready to go here in about a month and rehab is going good, no setbacks of any kind."
At this point there's no reason to think the back will be an issue for him next season. With some young, improving offensive lineman in front of him and Dez Bryant and Jason Witten still in the fold, Romo should once again be one of the stronger QB fantasy plays in 2014.
Nicks has circulated medical assurances to all clubs that his past foot and knee should not inhibit his 2014 season, ESPN.com reports.
Dr. James Andrews wrote to teams to say Nicks' knee is "completely healed" from February 2013 PCL surgery, and Dr. Robert Anderson wrote that a recent MRI provided no discernible ankle or foot problems that would prevent the 26-year-old from playing in 2014. It's good news for Nicks with free agency set to begin Tuesday, but given the question marks surrounding his durability, he figures to have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason. The Giants are not expected to bring him back.
Mendenhall is retiring from football, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Slated to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, Mendenhall will instead call it quits. He hasn't looked particularly explosive the last few seasons and likely would have been forced to settle for a one-year deal at something close to the veteran's minimum. With the 26-year-old Mendenhall out of the picture, Andre Ellington's path to an increased role becomes even clearer. The Cardinals will obviously want a larger back to complement the speedy Ellington, and Stepfan Taylor should get a chance to earn that role, despite failing to make any noise as a fifth-round rookie in 2013.
Nicks' troublesome left knee is completely healed and no longer subject to swelling, while the wideout's ankle showed mild degenerative changes that are "not unexpected given [his] career path," NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
The quote comes courtesy of Dr. Robert Anderson and Dr. James Andrews, both of whom were enlisted by Nicks' camp to vouch for the wide receiver's health. The pair of famous doctors reportedly circulated a letter to all 32 teams that should answer most of the (many) questions regarding Nicks' healthy. It sounds like his knee is finally back to 100 percent, while the ankle is not ideal but entirely playable. Perhaps Nicks will regain his explosiveness in 2014, but it's not something that should be counted on at this early stage of the offseason. First, he needs to find a team.
Shields signed a four-year, $39 million contract with the Packers on Saturday, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.
At first glance, the contract seems like a bit much, but the Packers have plenty of cap room, and quality starting cornerbacks don't come cheap. This deal is likely a sign of things to come, as Shields nearly hit the $10 million-per-year mark, despite ranking in the second or third tier of prospective free agents. He figures to start across from Tramon Williams again, and the Packers' cornerback group has the potential to rank among the league's best, if Casey Hayward (hamstring) can bounce back from a disappointing sophomore campaign to regain his dominant rookie-season form in the slot. Shields piled up 61 tackles (51 solo), four interceptions and 17 pass defenses in just 14 games this season, making him a nice sleeper IDP option heading into 2014.
03/08/14 - 12:07PM ETRed Bryant
: Signing With Jags
Bryant has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Jaguars, jaguars.com's John Oehser reports.
Bryant, one of the better run-stuffers available in free agency, was recently released by the Seahawks to free up approximately $5.5 million in cap space. He could replace disappointing former first-round draft pick Tyson Alualu as the Jaguars' run-stopping defensive end, and he's big enough (6-4, 323 pounds) to move inside to defensive tackle, if necessary. Bryant's never been much of an IDP option, with just 3.5 sacks and 121 tackles in 64 career games.