Report: 49ers a darkhorse contender for Michael Vick by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
The best opportunities for free agent Michael Vick are with the Jets and Raiders, but SI.com's Peter King suggests the 49ers as a darkhorse candidate to land the 33-year-old quarterback.
"Let’s say Vick gets only lukewarm interest to start, or to compete for a starting job," King wrote. "If so, and if the Niners want more than a third-string insurance policy for Colin Kaepernick, Vick might be willing to go to try to win a Super Bowl ring. He turns 34 in June."
Vick is fully expected to leave Philly after five seasons with the Eagles.
Four teams interested in Josh McCown by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
Free agent quarterback Josh McCown said four teams have expressed interest in signing him, reports ESPN. The suitors are believed to be the Bears, Jets, Buccaneers and Texans.
In Chicago, McCown would continue to back up Jay Cutler. "If I leave Chicago, it's the opportunity (to be a starter) that I'm looking for," McCown said.
Bears bring back two players by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
Collins, 26, played in five games for the Bears last season, credited by team stats with 13 tackles and a sack before suffering a season-ending ACL tear in a Week 5 home loss to the Saints.
Palmer spent training camp with the Bears in 2013, was released before the start of the regular season but then rejoined the club in late-October after starting quarterback Jay Cutler tore a groin muscle. Palmer remained on the roster through season’s end but did not see action in any of the team’s final nine games.
He could be No. 2 behind Cutler this season if Josh McCown leaves as a free agent.
Hakeem Nicks' wish list: Colts, Panthers, Chargers by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
Free agent receiver Hakeem Nicks told ESPN he can see himself catching passes from the Colts' Andrew Luck, the Panthers' Cam Newton or the Chargers' Philip Rivers. Nicks failed to catch a touchdown pass with the Giants last season.
"Players have already started to reach out to me from other teams saying they would love for me to come join them," Nicks said. "I just want to make it clear that I want a long-term deal and I want to be happy. I'm excited about talking to teams and making it work."
Nicks earlier said he was open to a one-year deal.
Carson Palmer: I feel like I'm 26 by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
As the Cardinals finished last season on a 7-2 run, quarterback Carson Palmer ranked in the top 10 in completions, completion percentage, passing yards, yards per attempt, touchdown passes and passer rating. “My body feels great, like I did when I was 26,” Palmer told the Arizona Republic. “I was built to take hits, stay in the pocket and make throws. That’s always been one of my strengths.”
Palmer, 34, said he watched tape of the 2013 season and "it was like watching two different seasons, two different teams. It was amazing how much better we got across the board, from technique to execution, from the offensive line to the running backs to the routes run by wide receivers. What happens if we pick up where we left off?”
Tony Romo says back rehab is going well by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo told ESPN his rehab from back surgery is "going good" and he's on track to be ready for next month's OTAs. "Really ahead in a lot of ways," he said. "Just going to be ready to go here in about a month and rehab is going good, no setbacks of any kind."
Romo had December surgery to fix a herniated disk.
"You progress, everything is a progression," he said. "You kinda, whatever it is, whether it's running or lifting, everything just starts small and you progress up. So we've already started a lot of that stuff [rehab] going. Now it's just going to the next step every week or two and just attacking. For me, it's like anything else, just another thing to attack and improve and I'm always up for that."
Report: Texans interested in Ryan Mallett by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
The Texans have "real" interest in trading for Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett, reports MassLive.com. New Houston coach Bill O'Brien is familiar with Mallett from his time as Pats offensive coordinator.
Mallett is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Three teams reportedly interested in Matt Schaub by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
The Browns, Raiders and Jets are all possible suitors for quarterback Matt Schaub if he is released by the Texans, according to the NFL Network.
The Browns and Raiders both have top five picks in the 2014 draft and are rumored to be interested in drafting one of the top three quarterbacks coming out. But the signing of Schaub could result in them going in a different direction.
The Jets will mostly likely be interested in having Schaub compete with second-year quarterback Geno Smith.
Matt Cassel signs two-year deal with Vikings by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Matt Cassel will be sticking around with the Vikings, according to the NFL Network. The 31-year-old signed a two-year deal with Minnesota on Friday, according to the report. No word on the details of his contract.
Cassel started in six games and appeared in nine for the Vikings last season, completing 153 of 254 passes for 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions over that span.
Bradley: Chad Henne will open as starter by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said quarterback Chad Henne is likely the starter even if the team drafts a quarterback at No. 3 overall, reports the Associated Press.
Henne signed a two-year, $8 million contract Friday with a $1.5 million signing bonus.