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The New Orleans Saints had free-agent defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley in for a visit. Aubrayo Franklin and Shau Rogers are free agents and the Saints need to add a run-stuffing tackle to play next to Sedrick Ellis. The Saints also are looking at several linebackers. They don’t have much salary-cap room to work with, but could release players or restructure contracts to clear some room.

Detroit’s President Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew wanted to give receiver Calvin Johnson an extension, which occurred last week. They wanted to retain left tackle Jeff Backus and backup quarterback Shaun Hill. Both players re-signed yesterday. They missed on two players.  Lewand and Mayhew wanted to give defensive end Cliff Avril a long-term deal, but settled for the franchise tag instead. Both sides remain far apart in negotiations, and as of now, the odds of locking up Avril long-term this offseason are very slim.

After landing Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs on Thursday, General Manager Mickey Loomis began close examination of three defensive prospects with the possibility of asking a fourth to visit New Orleans. Denver defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley reportedly came to New Orleans on Saturday as the Saints tinker with options in the interior of their defensive line. Both Sean Rogers and Aubrayo Franklin, free-agent defensive tackle acquisitions last season who never established themselves as consistent playmakers, are both unrestricted free agents.

Two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon is among 300 retired players or spouses suing the NFL for concussion-related dementia and brain disease symptoms they claim were suffered on the job. McMahon, the ex-Chicago Bears star, has been outspoken on the issue and believes the league went so far as to conceal information related to concussions.

Rex Grossman is now on his third one-year deal with the Washington Redskins, a reality that doesn’t exactly signal supreme confidence from your employer. Grossman is a company man, however, and he’s fine with a situation that will likely find him entrenched as a backup. “I know they’re going to draft a franchise QB,” Grossman told ESPN 980 on Saturday night, via ProFootballTalk.com. “If I’m on the team, I’m gonna help out that guy get up to speed, but I’ll also be ready to play. I’m gonna be a good soldier, and I’ll be busting my ass to help him out.”

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