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  • MIA Safety #6
    Dolphins signed former Jets and Saints S Marcus Maye.
    Maye drew significant interest this offseason after being released by the Saints, ultimately choosing to be part of a Super Bowl contender in Miami. The Dolphins made multiple additions to their secondary this offseason with the signings of Kendall Fuller and Jordan Poyer, meaning Maye likely chose fewer snaps for the chance at chasing a ring. Either way, Maye brings veteran savvy to a Miami roster primed for a deep playoff run.
  • FA Wide Receiver #12
    Former Steelers WR James Washington is attempting an NFL comeback after missing most of the last two seasons.
    Washington was an unsigned free agent for 2023 after playing in two games for the Cowboys in 2022. He suffered a Jones fracture with the Cowboys and bounced around several teams since then, not seeing any playing time with them. In four seasons as a Steeler, Washington caught 114 passes for 1,629 yards and 11 touchdowns. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports Washington has received multiple inquiries from teams and may be trying out for them soon.
  • SEA Running Back #31
    KPRC 2 Houston’s Aaron Wilson reports the Seahawks are signing RB Ricky Person, formerly of the UFL’s Birmingham Stallions.
    An undrafted running back out of NC State, Person briefly spent time with the Ravens in the NFL, but did not make the regular season roster. He ran for 297 yards on 93 carries with the UFL’s Birmingham Stallions last season, punching in six touchdowns. Person also tallied 150 total receiving yards and ran for 102 yards in the UFL championship. He adds depth as a runner and receiver to the Seahawks’ backfield heading into training camp. While Kenneth Walker and Zach Charbonnet will headline the depth chart, Person will get a chance to make the roster behind them.
  • ATL Defensive Tackle #57
    KPRC 2 Houston’s Aaron Wilson reports the Falcons are expected to sign DT Prince Emili, formerly of the UFL’s San Antonio Brahmas, to an undisclosed contract.
    Emili bullied UFL offensive linemen as a three-down player, leading UFL defensive tackles with 14 run-defense stops while ranking sixth in pass-rush win rate (9.8%) and second in pass-rush productivity (6.8) among UFL defensive tackles with at least 100 run-defense and pass rushing snaps, respectively. His Brahmas squad produced a 7-3 regular season record, eventually losing the Birmingham Stallions in the UFL’s championship game. Emili has a chance to compete for the No. 3 defensive tackle role behind Grady Jarrett and David Onyemata.
  • SF Tight End #85
    George Kittle said he lost around 30 pounds after undergoing core muscle surgery this offseason.
    Kittle in a podcast appearance said he was well below his 250-pound playing weight following his surgery. He sustained the core injury around midseason last year and played through it during the Niners’ Super Bowl run. “I couldn’t lift,” Kittle said. “I couldn’t do any upper body because of my shoulder and my rib, and I couldn’t do lower [body] because of my core surgery. … I didn’t lift from the Super Bowl until like almost mid-March. ... I went a month without doing anything, I wasn’t supposed to do anything.” Kittle, 30, plans to work this summer to gain back the weight he lost ahead of his eighth pro season. Last year, Kittle was tenth among tight ends in receptions (65) and first in receiving yards (1,023).
  • KPRC 2 Houston’s Aaron Wilson reports the Broncos signed EDGE Dondrea Tillman to a three-year, $2.84 million contract, formerly of the UFL’s Birmingham Stallions.
    Tillman led the Stallions’ 2024 championship defensive line in pass rushing snaps (343), pass-rush productivity (9.5) and pass-rush win rate (23.9%) while ranking top-two positionally among UFL EDGE defenders with at least 100 pass rushing snaps. He joins a needy Broncos pass rush unit, which ranked 21st among NFL teams in quarterback pressure rate (33.3%). The contract includes a $10,000 signing bonus.
  • TEN Tight End #85
    Chig Okonkwo said he feels “a big difference, even the way I feel, my body” headed into the 2024 season.
    The third-year tight end has focused on stability work designed to help with more precise route running. “I feel like I maximized the potential I had in my body, and if I wanted to get better, I had to change the structure of how I move and stuff,” Okonkwo told the team’s website. Though his stats fell off dramatically from 2022 to 2023 — including a yards per route run that went from a stellar 2.61 to 1.31 — Okonkwo remains a highly athletic tight end who could benefit from a modernized offense under new head coach Brian Callahan. He said he looks forward to making plays on the inside as defenses focus their attention on DeAndre Hopkins and Calvin Ridley on the outside. Okonkwo, who ran 58 percent of his routes from the slot in 2023, could very well bounce back in a more pass-heavy Titans offense this season.
  • FA Tackle #69
    Former Packers OT David Bakhtiari said he’s “really happy” with his recovery from a 2020 knee injury and wants to play multiple seasons in the NFL.
    Bakhtiari, 32, has played in just 13 games since the start of the 2021 season after a horrific late season injury in 2020. He continues a media tour to try to gin up interest among contending teams with offensive line issues, mostly recently sitting down with ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Even if he signs with a team this summer, it’s hard to imagine Bakhtiari will be more than a rotational player. The Jets, with longtime Bakhtiari friend Aaron Rodgers under center, makes sense as a landing spot this summer.
  • LAR Quarterback #9
    NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Rams QB Matthew Stafford “wants his contract adjusted” after recent pay rises in the quarterback market.
    Stafford is 36 years old and coming off a solid season passing for 3,965 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The Rams and head coach Sean McVay feel like they are in a good, competitive spot with Stafford after a productive season that got the team to a Wild Card game. Rapoport says, to his understanding, Stafford “wants more guaranteed money, doesn’t sound like he would mind a raise either.” Stafford is set to make $31 million in 2024 and has no guaranteed money in the remaining two years of his deal after this season. He is not expected to hold out of training camp, but with recent jumps in the quarterback market, Stafford desires more guaranteed money as he enters the late-30s stage of his career.
  • FA Guard #58
    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports former Dolphins and Cowboys C Connor Williams expects to be ready for the start of the season and is in discussions with multiple teams.
    Williams tore his ACL as a member of the Dolphins in December of last year. He started nine games for Miami last season after starting 17 games in 2022. Starting his career with the Cowboys, Williams has been a starting interior offensive lineman for most of his career. He is currently a free agent and is in discussions with multiple teams for 2024. Schefter reports that Williams expects to be ready for the start of the season and plans to pick a new team before training camp.
  • ATL Running Back #7
    Falcons head coach Raheem Morris said the team would give the ball to Bijan Robinson as much as possible in 2024.
    Morris, like other Atlanta coaches this offseason, emphasized Robinson as a centerpiece of the team’s new offense under OC Zac Robinson. “In as simple of a form as you can possibly make it,” Morris said, “it’s ‘get the ball to Bijan as much as you can in as many ideal situations that you possibly can.’” It’s clear the new Falcons regime will do everything it can to feed Robinson, who totaled 1,463 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns as a rookie. Unlike former head coach Arthur Smith, Morris’ staff seems intent on seeing what they have in Robinson. Tyler Allgeier likely won’t have much of a role in the Falcons backfield unless Robinson misses time in 2024.