With the 4 p.m. ET cutoff for teams to use their franchise tag rapidly closing in on Monday, the Washington Redskins became the latest team to make a move, tagging Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo. The deal will pay $11.455 million over one year, all of which is guaranteed and will count against the Redskins' 2014 salary cap. Fortunately for Washington, it has one of the better cap situations in the league, and still has an estimated $12 million in available space.
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Franchise tags aren't the only notable happenings in the NFL on Monday, however. Here's a quick recap to get you caught up on the latest news and rumors.
Dolphins re-sign Brent Grimes
Rather than slap the franchise tag on Brent Grimes, the Miami Dolphins awarded their cornerback with a four-year, $36 million deal that guarantees $16 million. Grimes bounced back from a season-ending injury in 2012 to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl in his first year with Miami. With Grimes off the board, Alterraun Verner and Aqib Talib become the top potential free agents at the cornerback position.
LB D'Qwell Jackson will visit Dolphins
Veteran interior linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, who was released by the Cleveland Browns last week, will travel to South Beach on Monday night to meet with the Dolphins, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. The 30-year-old has already visited the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos.
Jackson led the Browns with 141 tackles last season, adding 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. The Dolphins hope he would be able to bolster a run defense that finished 24th in the league last season, allowing 124.9 yards per game on the ground.
TE Heath Miller restructures Steelers contract
The Pittsburgh Steelers have coaxed tight end Heath Miller into an unspecified contract restructuring meant to ease the team's substantial salary cap burden. Only the Dallas Cowboys entered the offseason with a worse cap situation than the Steelers, who, according to Spotrac.com, sat an estimated $5.923 above the 2014 cutoff before Miller's restructure. It's not clear how much room the move frees up, but it should be a considerable improvement over Miller's previous cap hit of $9.5 million.
Eagles re-sign DE Cedric Thornton
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed exclusive rights free agent Cedric Thornton to a one-year deal. The 25-year-old started all 16 games at defensive end and recorded 60 tackles and a sack for the Eagles in 2013, his third season out of Southern Arkansas.
The Eagles, endowed with one of the better cap situations in the league, have been busy recently. Last week they extended the contract of Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and re-signed wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.
Texans interested in QB Brock Osweiler
The Houston Texans, as well as three other undisclosed teams, have inquired about a potential trade for backup Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler, according to Benjamin Allbright. With Matt Schaub a likely candidate for release and neither Case Keenum nor T.J. Yates looking like realistic options, the Texans desperately need help at the quarterback position. The team, which owns the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft, is expected to take a passer at some point during the draft, but needs to bolster its depth regardless.
Osweiler, a second-round pick in 2012, has completed just 13 passes through two seasons in garbage time behind Peyton Manning. With Manning in the latter part of his career and with two seasons remaining on Osweiler's contract, it will be interesting to see if the Broncos are willing to deal him or if they see him as a long-term replacement for Manning.