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Chargers roll dice on CB Brandon Ghee

If he earns a 53-man roster spot, that likely will be where he contributes.

San Diego is open to possibility. If Ghee can stay healthy and produce, fantastic. It does not, however, consider the search for its starting cornerback opposite Shareece Wright near complete. The team is expected to invest in the position, and likely heavily, during the May 8-10 draft.






 Free-agent running back Ben Tate in town visiting team

Tate, 25, has been linked to the Browns since September, when the organization traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for first-round pick in the 2014 draft. He is considered a good fit for new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s running game, which is predicated on a zone-blocking scheme.

Last season, Tate started seven of the 14 games in which he appeared. He sat out the final two games with cracked ribs.






Former Panthers receiver Smith visiting Ravens Friday

Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith will spend his first full day as a free agent meeting with the Baltimore Ravens, according to multiple reports. Smith reportedly arrived in Baltimore Thursday night.

The 34-year old Smith was released by the Panthers earlier Thursday after spending the first 13 seasons of his career in Carolina.

ESPN has reported that the Ravens are the favorite to sign Smith, but the Charlotte Observer reported Thursday that Smith will visit with other teams next week before deciding what team to sign with.






Thin on the D Line

DT Al Woods signed with the Titans on Thursday. Al Woods was widely regarded as one of the most important free agents by Steeler Nation. He really showed the damage he could while playing the nose tackle last year. This would then let Steve McLendon play the end, a position he is better suited for. This would then put less pressure on signing back Ziggy Hood and Brett Keisel. I personally was hoping for either Ziggy or Al to be resigned, putting the defensive line in good hands next year, unfortunately, neither will be.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Ziggy Hood signed with the Jaguars on Thursday, and was signed to be a starter. He is being paid $16 million over the course of 4 years, a hefty sum to say the least for Hood. He deserved more of a contract that Steve McLendon got, 3 years for around $7 million. This signing was reported after Al Woods’ was, and no one ever thought they would have wanted Ziggy Hood back. I wanted him back anyway, but with him gone, it now leaves the Steelers dangerously thin on the defensive line.




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