Ravens safety Ed Reed -- or is it soon-to-be former Ravens safety? -- had dinner in Houston on Thursday night with Texans officials and wide receiver Andre Johnson, who was Reed's teammate at the University of Miami. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, signs point to Reed getting a deal done with the Texans on Friday. Let's see if it plays out that way. Reed is the most unpredictable player I've ever covered in my 14 years in the NFL. Now let's go to the wake-up call ...
The Ravens didn't attempt to match the Eagles' three-year, $17 million deal to cornerback Cary Williams. “I completely understand,” Williams told The Baltimore Sun. “I get it. They weren't trying to do anything at this point or bring back the old offer. No, there's no hard feelings. It's not something that you get upset about it. We won a Super Bowl, and now I'm moving on.”
The Ravens officially announced the release of safety Bernard Pollard. "There are many difficult decisions we make every offseason," general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "They become even more difficult when they involve players who helped us get another Super Bowl trophy."
Baltimore re-signed reserve cornerback Chris Johnson to a one-year deal. Johnson, 33, played four games for the Ravens last season.
Cowboys outside linebacker Victor Butler visited the Steelers on Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Butler, 25, appeared in 16 games but made just one start. He had three sacks last season for Dallas and would compete for the spot created when the team released James Harrison.
Chief executive officer Joe Banner dismissed rumblings that the Browns are interested in trading defensive linemen Phil Taylor or Ahtyba Rubin. There was speculation they could be involved in a deal for Patriots backup Ryan Mallett. “Our purpose has been to put together a really strong unit, have some depth so we can rotate and so if we have any injuries the line will still be one of the primary assets of the team," Banner said, via The Akron Beacon Journal. "That’s what we feel like we’re achieving. We’re not looking to be trading anybody.”
Browns new defensive lineman Desmond Bryant is eager to put the past behind him. He was arrested in Miami on Feb. 24 on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. He allegedly entered a neighbor’s house inebriated and caused a commotion, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I made a mistake,” Bryant said at his introductory press conference, via The Plain Dealer. “I apologize for everything that happened. . .. That's really not the kind of person that I am. I think in time I will show you guys and whoever wants to know that that's not indicative of me. I've moved beyond that and hopefully everybody else will, too."