Ex-Bills DE Schobel mulling NFL return

Former Bills pass rusher Aaron Schobel is considering a return to football, according to league sources.

Schobel, a longtime Bill who retired before last season after wavering somewhat about it, recently has been contacted by a few teams and is at least contemplating a return.

With the Bills signing DE Mark Anderson on Wednesday morning, the market for veteran pass rushers effectively has dried up, but they remain a commodity that several contending teams such as the Ravens and Patriots covet.

Schobel, a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end, missed the 2010 season because of injury, and then, after some contract talks with the Bills, opted to retire. However, he posted 10 sacks in his last playing season (2009), and older pass rushers such as Anderson and Andre Carter made an impact with the Patriots a year ago at an advanced age.

Schobel turns 35 on Sept 1.

Bills sign DE Anderson to four-year, $27.5M deal

The deal that DE Mark Anderson signed with the Bills on Wednesday is for four years and $27.5 million, a league source said Wednesday, and $8 million is fully guaranteed.

The team announced the signing via a news release but didn’t disclose terms.

Anderson, who had 10 sacks with the Patriots last season, visited the Bills on Wednesday after meeting with the Ravens and Dolphins. The Patriots also had been interested in re-signing Anderson.

With Anderson and recently acquired free agent Mario Williams (5), the Bills have added two players who combined for 15 sacks last season. The Bills had just 29 sacks as a team in 2011.

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Bunkley goes to Saints on five-year, $25M contract

Veteran DT Brodrick Bunkley and the Saints have agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal with $9 million fully guaranteed, according to a league source.

The Saints later announced the five-year deal but didn’t reveal financial terms.

Bunkley spent last season with the Broncos after five years with the Eagles. Word of his deal with the Saints came shortly after the NFL announced stiff punishments of coach Sean Payton and other team officials for their involvement in a “bounty” program.

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Free-agent Bunkley visits Saints; Broncos working to keep DL

Free-agent DL Brodrick Bunkley visited theĀ  Saints on Tuesday night, though the Broncos are working hard to retain him, according to league sources.

Bunkley, a six-year NFL veteran, played in all 16 games for the Broncos last season (13 starts), compiling 43 tackles for the league’s 20th ranked defense.

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Tamme, Saturday to visit Broncos this week

Free-agent TE Jacob Tamme is on his way to Denver for a visit with the Broncos, according to a league source. Free-agent C Jeff Saturday, as previously reported, is scheduled to arrive Friday.

The Broncos are very much open to surrounding Peyton Manning with familiar faces from his days in Indianapolis. Tamme visited the Seattle Seahawks at the start of the week but departed without signing.

Tamme has played all four of his NFL seasons for the Colts, catching 92 passes for 855 yards and five touchdowns.

Saturday visited the Green Bay Packers and will also visit the Tennessee Titans before his scheduled visit with the Broncos.

At least four teams in hunt for RB Bush

At least four teams are in contention for free-agent RB Michael Bush, according to league sources.

Bush has visited the Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears. The Seattle Seahawks (where his former head coach in Oakland, Tom Cable, is the offensive line coach) would like to bring him in for a visit but it has not been finalized yet. Several other teams are in discussions with him as well, according to sources.

The New York Jets have been exploring the market for a running back. Bush, who got a feature role last season after Darren McFadden suffered a foot injury, has spent his entire career with the Raiders.

The market for running backs and linebackers has been particularly slow and conservative this offseason.

Exploring Tim Tebow’s possible destinations

A sampling of executives and agents has painted a picture of a market of roughly a half-dozen teams expected to have interest in acquiring Tim Tebow.

The Jaguars are exploring the possibility internally, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, and while the football people in the organization have not been Tebow supporters in the past, it might be too attractive of a possibility on several fronts for the new ownership group there to at least explore.

The Dolphins still has a void at quarterback, as they have no commitment to Matt Moore beyond this season, and the contract for David Garrard is one year and not cumbersome at all. Garrard could be jettisoned if need be. Tebow is the kind of transcendent star owner Steve Ross has coveted for so long. The fact he was a college star and is a native of Florida doesn’t hurt, either.

The Bills’ contract with Ryan Fitzpatrick allows them to get out after most seasons without major ramifications. Coach Chan Gailey was intrigued by Tebow coming out of Florida, as he fits some of the spread formations and option plays Gailey favors. Buffalo, like Miami and Jacksonville, is a team that could use and sales and marketing boost. Tebow would raise the club’s national profile.

Broncos exec John Elway is expected to facilitate Tebow to a place where he could re-start his career and compete for a job, which could make one of those teams more likely. Denver likely is to get limited compensation in return (some GMs suggest at best a 5th-round pick) and the Broncos also are expected to move quickly.

Should they consider other locals, with playing time at quarterback less likely, Green Bay and New England could emerge. The Packers lost backup Matt Flynn to Seattle, and Pats coach Bill Belichick also was intrigued by Tebow’s skillset and could envision him as an H-back or tight end option, but New England is already flush with reserve quarterbacks. So going to a team like the Patriots wouldn’t be conducive to his development as a quarterback.

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Lions re-sign LB Tulloch for five years

The Lions have re-signed LB Stephen Tulloch for five years, a league source said Tuesday.

Lions GM Martin Mayhew had told the Detroit Free Press on Monday that he and Tulloch had “very productive” discussions.

Tulloch was with the Titans for five seasons before joining the Lions in 2011.

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Shiancoe visits with Seahawks; Tamme next

Former Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe visited with the Seahawks on Monday, according to league sources.

Ex-Colts TE Jacob Tamme also has scheduled a visit with the team.

The Seahawks recently lost TE John Carlson to the Vikings and are in the market for a replacement.

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Porter working to meet with Titans

Tracy Porter is scheduling a visit with the Titans, according to a league source.

The Rams are also interested in free-agent CB.

Porter had 52 tackles and an interception for the Saints last season.

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Dolphins to release Bell

Yeremiah Bell is expected to be released by the Dolphins, a league source said Monday.

Bell has started for the Dolphins for the past four years. He had 107 tackles and an interception last season.

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Titans turn to Wimbley after being spurned by Manning

After losing out on Peyton Manning to the Broncos, the Titans have turned their focus to free-agent LB Kamerion Wimbley, according to a league source.

Wimbley is visiting the team Monday and Tennessee is very interested in adding a pass rusher; Wimbley brings just that from the linebacker position.

Free-agent DE Mark Anderson recently was in for a visit as well. The Titans have ample cap room and Wimbley is one of few impact players available. Wimbley has significant interest and other visits set up.

Oakland released him for cap purposes and he received $6.5 million from the Raiders in guaranteed money in the two sides’ parting.

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Spencer agrees to terms with Raiders

Former 49ers CB Shawntae Spencer has agreed to terms on a contract with the Raiders, according to a league source.

Spencer started for the 49ers in 2009 and 2010 but played in just nine games last season. He has 11 career interceptions in eight seasons.

The team later announced that Spencer had signed, via a release on its official website. The Raiders also reveled that they have re-signed OL Cooper Carlisle.

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Broncos to host Manning’s former center Saturday

The Broncos have scheduled a visit for center Jeff Saturday, according to a league source.

Denver is likely to bring in several players close to Manning, sources said. Brandon Stokley is expected to sign there this week, and a former Colt TE like Dallas Clark and/or Jacob Tamme could be added as well.

All three players are free agents.

Denver lost TE Daniel Fells to the Patriots today.

Denver also needs to add interior offensive line depth. Second-year center J.D. Walton has started 32 straight games and was taken in the third round in 2010.

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49ers’ offer to Smith still stands

The 49ers’ offer to free-agent QB Alex Smith remains on the table and has not been lowered or revoked, league sources said Monday. The sources said the team is confident Smith will opt to stay in San Francisco.

Smith visited Miami and is in contact with the Dolphins, but that move is being perceived around the league as a play for leverage. Other agents and GMs believe that the 49ers’ offer of $8 million per year is fair. San Francisco also presents the best chance for Smith to prosper on the field and off, with a system and roster suited to him and relatively weak divisional competition.

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