CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Colts are "nearing a deal" with free agent RCB Vontae Davis.
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La Canfora says there's "every expectation" the sides will strike an accord by Monday. If so, Davis will never make it to Tuesday's open market. Davis is seeking a contract worth in excess of $8 million per year, and perhaps closer to $10 million annually after Sam Shields broke the bank in Green Bay. Davis is better than Shields. He's also younger, turning 26 years old this May.
The Baltimore Sun reports the Buccaneers are expected to sign free agent OT Anthony Collins "provided that he doesn't re-sign with the Bengals."
Per the report, Tampa would pay Collins $6.5 million to $7 million per year. The Bengals remain very much in play, as the Bucs are also negotiating with Rodger Saffold. If the Bucs signed Collins, it's possible they'd release LT Donald Penn. Collins is a left tackle. Saffold is a guard/right tackle.
The Baltimore Sun reports the Cardinals are expected to sign free agent LT Jared Veldheer to a contract worth $7 million to $7.5 million per year.
As Eugene Monroe is expected to land $8.5 million to $9 million from the Ravens, Branden Albert $9.5 million in Miami, and Rodger Saffold $8 million annually via the Raiders, we'd like this number and player as the best fit on the left tackle market. It's very possible Cardinals QB Carson Palmer put in good words for Veldheer, his former blindside protector in Oakland. Veldheer, 27 in June, is the youngest of the group with the best run-pass block combination.