With the NFL draft over and free agency winding down, the NFL rumor mill is abuzz. Many teams begin their organized team activities this week and several big-name players are skipping the workouts while they negotiate new contracts. The workouts also give teams a chance to see their draft picks and new signings compete against established veterans. The free agents who have yet to sign contracts could end up with new homes soon as the start of training camp looms.
What's the latest? Check back often as we update below with all the latest scoops, including transactions, news and rumors.
• Bears chairman George McCaskey tried to explain the team's signing of Ray McDonald on Wednesday. He said he thought the team had "safeguards in place."
• Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown doesn't plan on skipping off-season workouts or holding out during training camp, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
• The Texans will be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks this season.
• Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said in an interview with WCCB Charlotte that he doesn't think any player has ever been "who I'm trying to be. Nobody has the size, nobody has the speed, nobody has the arm strength, nobody had the intangibles that I've had."
• The Dallas Cowboys have signed wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, ESPN's Todd Archer reports. Jenkins was the 30th pick of the 2012 draft by the San Francisco 49ers but only played in three games as a rookie. He was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs before the 2013 season and totaled 17 receptions over the past two years. He was released in February.
• Detroit Lions safety James Ihedigbo will report to OTAs despite his desire for a new contract, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.
• The Patriots have signed veteran linebacker Dane Fletcher to a one-year deal, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports. Fletcher played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season after spending his first four seasons with the Patriots.
• The Giants and Bengals will hold joint practices before their preseason opener, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. This will be the first time since 2005 that Tom Coughlin has practiced against another team.