The Falcons released Tyson Clabo last month, making him one of the top offensive tackles available on the free agent market, along with Eric Winston. With seven teams already in minicamp, both players are still looking for new jobs.
Opportunities may be coming their way soon, though. The Cowboys are interested in both players, according to Jason La Canfora, but their financial situation is still tight. Current right tackle Doug Free is taking up significant cap space, so cutting him would likely be needed to bring in either free agent.
Aside from the regular season schedule release, what else made headlines Thursday around the NFL?
Kansas City gave Miami permission to talk to the 28-year-old tackle, so a trade between the two could be on the horizon. Albert didn't show up to the Chiefs' voluntary workout program, and he isn't present in minicamp. He appears ready to move on.
The Dolphins are looking to acquire an offensive tackle before the NFL Draft, also reported by La Canfora. Trading for Albert would fill their current void among the front five.
Redman signed a one-year, $1.323 million contract, while McLendon received a three-year deal worth a max value of $7.25 million. Pittsburgh gave Redman opportunities as the featured back last season, but he couldn't sustain that role. He'll be in the mix again for a share of the carries in the backfield.
McLendon's re-signing could mean the official end of Casey Hampton's tenure with the Steelers. He will be seeing a boost in playing time now with the veteran out of the picture, assuming Pittsburgh doesn't bring Hampton back.
The former first-round pick hasn't lived up to his potential in the NFL, but he provides a decent rotational player wherever he lands. Detroit doesn't seem too concerned about re-signing Jackson. If he does walk, the Lions may be putting more focus on the defensive line when the NFL Draft comes next week.
The Chiefs would like to see Lilja come back for 2013. He is still rehabbing from surgeries on his knee and toe, but a return during training camp might be a possibility. Lilja announced his retirement last season. Is he prepared for his first comeback tour? Kansas City could use his help at left guard.