Friday, March 14, 2014
Picked-up pieces on free-agent trail
By Mike Reiss
A few picked-up pieces on the free-agent trail:
Edelman and possible fit in San Francisco. With Julian Edelman scheduled to visit the 49ers Friday, there was curiosity from this perspective on how they view him as a fit. ESPN.com 49ers reporter Bill Williamson lays it out nicely in noting that San Francisco has Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin at receiver, and Edelman would be viewed as a complement. The 49ers don’t have a lot of salary-cap space, as pointed out by Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, but they do have one thing going in their favor -- they are Edelman’s hometown team.
Interior offensive line yet to be addressed. The Patriots visited with free agent Rams guard Shelley Smith on Thursday, but no deal was struck and Smith continued on to Miami. The Patriots have been exploring the interior offensive line market, and we wonder if this might lead them back to Ryan Wendell.
Revis deal doesn’t affect Browner pursuit. When the Patriots visited with free-agent cornerback Brandon Browner on Thursday, one line of thinking was that the team might be less inclined to strike a deal because it had finalized its pact with Darrelle Revis. But the Patriots are indeed still interested in bringing Browner aboard, and the interest is mutual. But Browner is reportedly planning to take other free-agent visits, including one to Washington.