4:28 p.m. Eastern
-Miami has reached a deal to sign WR Mike Wallace.
4:20 p.m. Eastern
-Another tight end is off the board, with Anthony Fasano going to the Chiefs.
4:03 p.m. Eastern
-The first move of the league year appears to be Martellus Bennett signing with the Bears.
2:15 p.m. Eastern
-Anthony Spencer signed his franchise tender with the Cowboys, says Dan Graziano.
-Arizona re-signed S Reshard Johnson to a three-year deal.
-The Jets will likely lose DL Mike DeVito with several teams in pursuit, says Aaron Wilson.
1:45 p.m. Eastern
-Jets rumors: They have interest in WRs Brandon Gibson and Mohammed Massaquoi and could lose Dustin Keller to the Titans if Tennessee can’t re-sign Jared Cook.
-St. Louis has interest in CB Brent Grimes, Jim Thomas reports.
-Pittsburgh plans to re-sign Plaxico Burress to a one-year deal soon, says Jason La Canfora.
-Houston released WR Kevin Walter, says Adam Schefter.
-Four to five teams are interested in LB D.J. Williams.
1:15 p.m. Eastern
-Tony Gonzalez is officially coming back next season for the Falcons, as first reported by Jay Glazer.
-The Eagles, Colts, Saints and Titans are all interested in DT Ricky Jean-Francois, says Ian Rappoport.
-The Jets will seriously pursue WR Brandon Gibson, says Manish Mehta. *The Chiefs and Jets are interested in QB Chase Daniel.
-Minnesota re-signed WR Jerome Simpson to a one-year deal.
-Baltimore re-signed James Ihedigbo to a one-year contract.
-Pittsburgh will cut OL Willie Colon today.
12:40 p.m. Eastern
-The Broncos have interest in CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, says the Denver Post.
-Indications are that Tony Gonzalez could indeed return to the Falcons.
-New Orleans is interested in DT Ricky Jean-Francois.
12:20 p.m. Eastern
-Chatter from Adam Schefter’s SportsCenter hit: The Rams and Vikings would be two teams that could make an offer for RFA Victor Cruz. *The Bears, Rams, Eagles and Dolphins are among the teams that are going after OT Jake Long.
-Ian Rappoport reports that the Patriots have not yet made a contract offer to Wes Welker.
-Could Quintin Mikell go back to the Eagles?
-DE Chris Canty is visiting with Baltimore today. He has previously visited Tennessee, Kansas City and Green Bay.
-Washington restructured the contract of WR Santana Moss.
-Minnesota restructured the contract of TE John Carlson.
-Green Bay won’t tender a contract to TE Tom Crabtree.
11:25 a.m. Eastern
-The Titans, Broncos, Colts and Bills are all interested in G Andy Levitre, says Ian Rappoport.
-Tampa Bay is among the teams interested in DE Cliff Avril, along with QBs Chase Daniel and Drew Stanton.
-Free agent LB Dan Connor visited the Steelers, ProFootballTalk reports.
-San Diego released TE Randy McMichael.
11 a.m. Eastern
-Chicago is interested in top free agent offensive linemen Jake Long and Jermon Bushrod, according to Alex Marvez.
-The Jets are cutting DT Sione Pouha, according to Adam Schefter.
-Pittsburgh restructured Lawrence Timmons’ contract, while Carolina released James Anderson to help its cap number.
-Detroit is interested in safety Glover Quin.
10:20 a.m. Eastern
-Some D-Line news from Aaron Wilson: Cleveland is closing in on a deal for Paul Kruger, while the Colts are the front-runners for Cliff Avril.
-ProFootballTalk reports that a quick run at RFA Victor Cruz is unlikely.
-The Eagles, Saints, Patriots and Broncos all have interest in James Harrison.}
-Detroit is in the lead to land Reggie Bush, PFT says.
-Chicago is interested in Minnesota OL Phil Loadholt, says the Chicago Tribune.
-San Diego has interest in CBs Derek Cox and Jerraud Powers.
10 a.m. Eastern
-Jason La Canfora: Expect Percy Harvin to get $12 million per season on his new Seattle contract and for more trade to occur around the league. *Kansas City has interest in Chase Daniel and Minnesota likes Matt Cassel. Drew Stanton will land in Arizona, Tampa Bay or Jacksonville. The Bears, Jets and Browns are options for Jason Campbell. *The Cardinals, Lions and Packers are all in the mix for Reggie Bush. Steven Jackson could go to Atlanta or Green Bay, and the Broncos and Dolphins are interested in Rashard Mendenhall. The Giants may end up bringing back Ahmad Bradshaw. *Minnesota and Miami are all in on Mike Wallace, and it’s possible Greg Jennings stays with the Packers. Philadelphia has interest in Danny Amendola, and Julian Edelman could replace him in St. Louis. There isn’t a huge demand for tight ends right now. Follow the link for a lot more from La Canfora.
-Baltimore re-signed WR David Reed for two years as they look to re-sign Darnell Ellerbe.
-Adam Kaplan reports there are at least six teams interested in QB Chase Daniel.
9:30 a.m. Eastern
-There were two major trades in the NFL on Monday, and there could be another enormous deal in the coming days. After Minnesota sent WR Percy Harvin to Seattle for first, third and seventh round picks and San Francisco acquired WR Anquan Boldin from Baltimore for a sixth rounder, the NY Daily News reports that the Jets are prepared to trade CB Darrelle Revis “in the coming days.” New York prefers to trade Revis to an NFC team. The Jets also made a move on offense, signing veteran QB David Garrard.
-Could another Super Bowl winning Raven go to the 49ers? If San Francisco doesn’t re-sign Pro Bowl Safety Dashon Goldson, the Niners could go after Baltimore legend Ed Reed, Adam Schefter reports.
-After releasing CB DeAngelo Hall on Monday, Washington could go after free agent corner Aqib Talib, Schefter reports. *Cleveland will also be in play for a CB, FOX’s Alex Marvez reports.
With rising star Colin Kaepernick clearly entrenched as the San Francisco 49ers QB, the team has reportedly agreed to send backup Alex Smith to Kansas City, as first reported by FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer. No trade can become official until the start of the league year on March 12, but Glazer reports that a deal has been worked out and Kansas City has committed itself to Smith.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Chiefs have agreed to send a 2013 second round pick, which would be the 34th overall selection, and another 2014 pick for Smith. Smith is an accurate QB who guided the Niners to the 2011 NFC championship game and should be able to ably guide the young KC offense.
As I reported in November, Smith is due a $1 million roster bonus in March, and then he could work out a new contract with a team. Expect the Chiefs to give Smith some sort of security and the team’s starting job.
Kansas City hired longtime Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid to be its new head coach, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen report.
The Chiefs fired its general manager Scott Pioli earlier this morning, paving the way for an agreement with Reid. Reid is likely going to bring in a new GM and a staff of familiar faces from his run in Philadelphia, where he coached for 14 seasons and amassed the most wins in franchise history along with one Super Bowl berth.
Longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey is expected to come on as KC’s new general manager, according to multiple sources including Yahoo’s Jason Cole. Reid’s potential hires could include former Browns head coach Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator, former Eagles defensive coordinator and o-line coach Juan Castillo as the new o-line coach, and former Vikings head coach Brad Childress as the QB coach according to CBS’ Jason La Canfora. The bottom line is that Reid will control who he hires and will essentially take control of this Chiefs franchise.
1:17 p.m. Eastern
-Arizona fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt, Adam Schefter reports.
1:10 p.m. Eastern
-San Diego announced that coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith have been fired. Bruce Arians and Jay Gruden could be candidates for the Chargers.
-Arizona fired GM Rod Graves, Adam Schefter reports.
-Falcons OC Dirk Koetter will interview for the Eagles’, Chiefs’ and Browns’ coaching vacancies, says Alex Marvez.
-Mike Munchak’s staff in Tennessee will be evaluated, says Albert Breer.
-Dallas will likely hire an offensive coordinator to take play-calling duties away from Jason Garrett, says Ian Rapoport.
-Tennessee will keep head coach Mike Munchak but not exec Mike Reinfeldt, says Jim Wyatt.
-Miami will keep Jeff Ireland as GM.
11:45 a.m. Eastern
-The Jets have a staff meeting at 1 p.m. according to Ian Rapoport. Coaching changes could happen then.
-The new head coach in Kansas City will help determine the fate of GM Scott Pioli and the new GM in Jacksonville will help determine the fate of coach Mike Mularkey, says Adam Schefter.
-Chan Gailey along with his staff have been fired by the Bills.
-Cleveland will hire a coach before a GM, says owner Jimmy Haslam.
10:58 a.m. Eastern
-Buffalo announced that it fired head coach Chan Gailey.
-ESPN has four possible Jets GM candidates.
10:45 a.m. Eastern
-Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer of NFL Network both report that the Bears have fired head coach Lovie Smith.
10:40 a.m. Eastern
-Chicago has sent forms to other teams requesting permission to interview head coaching candidates, according to Adam Schefter. That means Lovie Smith will almost certainly be out with the Bears.
-San Diego is not interested in Andy Reid, says ProFootballTalk.
10:35 a.m. Eastern
-Bears assistants are worried and “it does not look good” for head coach Lovie Smith, says Ian Rapoport.
-Jon Gruden has contacted some assistant coaches if he does take a head coaching job, Alex Marvez reports.
-Mike Mularkey thinks he’s safe as Jaguars head coach, Jay Glazer says.
10 a.m. Eastern
-The Eagles have officially announced that Andy Reid has been fired as head coach after 14 seasons.
-Philadelphia and Cleveland will both go after Chip Kelly as well as Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, says Jason La Canfora. The Eagles also like Bengals OC Jay Gruden, the brother of Jon.
-Cleveland and Jacksonville are interested in Arizona exec Steve Keim, who could get a promotion with the Cardinals according to Jason Cole.
9:35 a.m. Eastern
-Jacksonville has fired GM Gene Smith, Adam Caplan reports. Two candidates to replace Smith could be Tom Gamble of the 49ers and Alonzo Highsmith of the Packers, says Jason La Canfora.
-Gamble will also be on the Jets’ short list to replace GM Mike Tannenbaum along with Brian Gaine of Miami, says Albert Breer.
-Caplan also says that the Cardinals could make a few changes today.
-NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that Cleveland already has four coaching candidates including Saints assistant Aaron Kromer. Breer also says that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will also be on the list.
9:25 a.m. Eastern
-After a disappointing 6-10 season, the Jets fired General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano, the team announced. Rex Ryan will remain head coach.
-Kansas City finished at 2-14, the worst record in the NFL, and that led to Romeo Crennel’s ouster after one season, Adam Schefter reports. Amazingly, Scott Pioli will remain the general manager. Schefter also reports that Andy Reid and Norv Turner are expected to be fired today, and that Arizona is meeting with Ken Whisenhunt today about his status as head coach.
-With new ownership in place, the Browns, as expected, fired head coach Pat Shurmur along with general manager Tom Heckert.
Buffalo -3.5 over NY Jets- Both teams are going to make big changes to their teams after this game, but the ground game of the Bills will make the difference as Jet fans grow more dissatisfied with Mark Sanchez.
Philadelphia +7 over NY Giants- The Giants will probably win, but the Eagles and Michael Vick are going to make a game of this. New York’s pass rush has to drastically improve in the unlikely instance they do make the playoffs. But Andy Reid and Vick have won eight of nine against the Giants and will make a game of this.
Miami +10.5 over New England- The Pats will have something to play for if the Texans or Broncos lose, but the Dolphins can stop the run and force turnovers. New England will probably have to throw all day to make this a blowout, and I see the Phins keeping this within single digits.
Cincinnati -2.5 over Baltimore- These two teams might see each other again next week, but since the Bengals don’t want to go into Denver or New England, they’ll be far more motivated to win this game. The Ravens will play a vanilla game without Ray Rice and Cincy will win.
Pittsburgh -10 over Cleveland- Former Duke QB Thaddeus Lewis starts at QB for the Browns and this Ben Roethlisberger guy starts for the Steelers. That is all.
Houston -7 over Indianapolis- A win gives the Texans the top seed and a loss means that Houston likely plays Cincinnati in the first round. Houston is super motivated to win this game and will pull out all the stops to top the Colts, and they’ll do it by getting its first ever win at LucasOil Stadium.
Tennessee -4.5 over Jacksonville- This is a large line because of how atrocious the Titans are, but expect a big time game from Chris Johnson. That should be enough to make up the line, no?
Chicago -3 over Detroit- As long as Jay Cutler makes fewer mistakes than Matthew Stafford, two of the most mistake-prone QB’s in the game, the Bears defense should be enough to put Chicago in position to reach the postseason.
Green Bay -3.5 over Minnesota- Unfortunately for the Vikings, the Packers have something to play for today: the second bye in the NFC. Adrian Peterson may have to break the single-season rushing record for Minnesota to win and reach the postseason but the Vikes will come up just short this season.
Tampa Bay +5 over Atlanta- The Falcons have nothing to play for and will likely treat this like a preseason game. Greg Schiano will have his Bucs playing hard and will feel good going into the offseason with a win over the conference’s regular season champions.
New Orleans -5 over Carolina- The team knows it will have Sean Payton back and Ron Rivera will reportedly be fired after the game, and this could turn ugly if the Panthers don’t run the ball for 200-250 yards. Look for the Saints to win by double digits.
Denver -16 over Kansas City- The Broncos remember how it almost lost its last meeting in Kansas City and Peyton Manning will be playing at home for the AFC bye while knowing the opposing tendencies from the last game. The only way the Broncos don’t cover is if they take their foot off the gas in the 4th quarter and let KC hang around.
San Diego -9.5 over Oakland- The Chargers will win going away in Norv Turner’s final game as coach, with Phillip Rivers putting up the strong game the team has needed all season that would have allowed Turner to remain in place.
Arizona +16.5 over San Francisco- I’m expecting a bit of fight from the Cardinals in this game, even with the Niners going all out to win the division. San Francisco will win comfortably but not by this much with the division and possibly a bye on the line.
Seattle -10.5 over St. Louis- Sam Bradford in Seattle with the Seahawks having a lot to play for, potentially? Not a good formula for the Rams. The Seahawks will blow the Rams out and continue to be the team no one wants to play in the postseason.
Washington -3 over Dallas- In Robert Griffin III’s first game on NBC prime time, he’ll play like the star he’s been all season and deliver Washington’s first NFC East title since 1999. Dallas’ defense has been porous of late and they won’t make enough plays to stop the Redskins and prevent another disappointing finish to a season.