UPDATE 2:20 PM
The New York Giants assigned a second-round tender to restricted free agent safety Stevie Brown and a first-round tender to receiver Victor Cruz.
The Washington Redskins have released cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have reached an agreement on a three-year contract with guard Ramon Foster.
The Dallas Cowboys have released starting middle linebacker Dan Connor. The move frees up over $3 million in cap space for the cap-strapped Cowboys.
The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive tackle Ian Williams to a two-year, $3.2 million extension through 2015.
It would appear one of the top runningbacks on the market in Reggie Bush has narrowed his final list of teams down to three:
Reggie Bush is competing with a few free agent tailbacks. But he’ll pick between Denver, Arizona and Detroit. I hear Denver is the leader.
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 11, 2013
Peter King expects Reggie Bush to sign with the Lions.
The free agent safety class is already deep with players like Ed Reed, Dashon Goldson, and Charles Woodson looking for new deals with (likely) new teams, but the market has gotten even strong now that the St. Louis Rams have decided to cut Quintin Mikell:
Safety market increases: Rams will release veteran safety Quintin Mikell on Monday. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2013
Mikell racked up 101 tackles, three sacks, and forced four fumbles in 2012, and graded out as a top-five safety in Pro Football Focus’ ratings. Age (33) and a high salary ($6 million) was to much for the Rams to need him back, and now Mikell will undoubtedly look to finish his NFL career with a playoff contender.
In case you missed it, Joe Johnson wrote how the Bengals desperately need to address the safety position, and if it doesn’t come in free agency, there will certainly be a deep draft class of safeties that could easily contribute to the Bengals next year.