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The Vikings have signed Lestar Jean, cbslocal.com reports.

Impact

Jean, who caught just four passes for 35 yards for the Texans this past season, brings good size (6-3, 202-pounds) to the table, but for now he slots in as a depth guy at wideout for the Vikings behind the likes of Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright.

Vinnie Sunseri (knee) ran the 40-yard dash between 4.48 and 4.52 seconds at the Alabama pro day Tuesday, less than six months removed from an Oct. 19 ACL tear, AL.com reports.

Impact

We're pretty big fans of Sunseri, so his strong showing at the pro day gives a nice boost to a safety class that already boasted an encouraging amount of talent. At 5-foot-11 and around 210 pounds, Sunseri confirmed Tuesday that he has the combination of size and athleticism to take on the tasks traditionally assigned to both free and strong safeties. Sunseri possesses strong football bloodlines, as his brother Tino is a CFL quarterback and his father Sal is a former All-American linebacker for Pittsburgh and current defensive ends coach for Florida State. Sunseri is polished and shows a standout ability to identify plays and pursue effectively. We see some Eric Weddle in him and would like him as a third-round pick despite his relatively recent ACL tear.

Kamerion Wimbley agreed to a restructured contract with the Titans on Monday, the Tennessean reports.

Impact

Wimbley's new deal will pay him $9 million over the next three seasons, a significant paycut from the five-year, $35 million contract he signed back in 2012. However, with new coach Ken Whisenhunt expected to install a more suitable 3-4 defensive scheme, Wimbley could boost his salary through incentives. The 30-year-old enjoyed playing as a 3-4 outside linebacker during the first six seasons of his career, a span in which he recorded 42.5 sacks. However, since joining the Titans, Wimbley has managed just nine quarterback takedowns over a two year span.

With Chris Johnson out of the picture in Tennessee, Leon Washington joins the likes of Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster and Jackie Battle in the Titans' current backfield mix, the Tennessean reports.

Impact

Of course, given that Washington only recorded one carry in seven 2013 contests, his best chance at making a mark for the Titans this coming season still rests with his ability in the return game.

With Chris Johnson released, Jackie Battle joins the likes of Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster and Leon Washington in the Titans' current backfield mix, the Tennessean reports.

Impact

With Johnson out of the mix, the report suggests that the Titans could use more of a committee approach, but as the team's backfield is currently composed, Greene would appear to have the edge in garnering the biggest chunk of the team's carries in such a scenario.

With Chris Johnson now out of the picture, Dexter McCluster joins the likes of Shonn Greene, Jackie Battle and Leon Washington in the Titans' current backfield mix, the Tennessean reports.

Impact

Though McCluster operated mostly as a receiver/returner with the Chiefs, the Titans plan to utilize him at running back as well this coming season, the Tennessean notes. In such a capacity, he'll have a chance to contribute to what could evolve into a committee approach for Tennessee.

Jason Avant signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Monday.

Impact

Used as the third receiver for much of his time in Philadelphia, Avant has ample experience working out of the slot and should fill such a role with the Panthers in 2014. While he would still appear to have very limited upside – particularly in non-PPR leagues – the veteran couldn't have found a better landing spot for fantasy purposes. He joins a receiving corps that includes tight end Greg Olsen, Jerricho Cotchery, Tiquan Underwood, and little else of note. Avant should have every chance to carve out a role in the offense, but Cotchery and perhaps Underwood will also be competing for playing time and targets. Given the poor quality of the talent that they've added at the position in recent weeks, the Panthers still figure to target a wide receiver early in May's draft.

Yeremiah Bell, who has been offered a one-year deal by the Cardinals, is instead considering retirement, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 reports.

Impact

Bell logged another birthday, his 36th, in March, so it isn't a surprise that he's considering entering his post-playing days. Entering May's draft, the Cardinals' safety corps is populated by one fifth-year pro (Rashad Johnson) and a pair coming off their rookie campaigns – Tyrann Mathieu (knee) and Rashad Johnson – raising the likelihood that the position will be targeted. However, the primary wrinkle is Mathieu's recovery from torn knee ligaments, which keeps the door open for playing time in the defensive backfield. If Bell keeps himself in tip-top shape, Arizona may come beckoning once again, with a more guaranteed role in mind.

Mike Williams, who missed 10 games last season due to a torn hamstring, says he's at full health well ahead of the 2014 season, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said the team's new receiver, "I'm good. I'm going to be ready for all the offseason workouts and things like that. So I'll be 100 percent straight for that."

Impact

What's not coming to Buffalo in good standing is trust in the receiver's off-field behavior, but the Bills are willing to take a chance at a proven veteran who can beef up their receiving group and knows how to score. The thinking is that Doug Marrone – who coached Williams briefly at Syracuse, even though the receiver ended up leaving the team – can get him on board with the Bills' program, and that he'll be better behaved in his hometown.

Manish Mehta of the Daily News suggests that the Jets are intrigued by the notion of a backfield that could potentially include both Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory.

Impact

The report further suggests that the Jets aren't concerned about Johnson's work ethic, with the potential fit, or lack thereof, hinging largely on finances.

Josh Freeman visited with the Bears on Monday, CSN Chicago reports.

Impact

Fellow QB Adam Weber also visited the Bears, who are looking to bolster their depth behind starter Jay Cutler and current reserve signal caller Jordan Palmer. If he signs with the Bears, Freeman – who endured a forgettable 2013 campaign – would provide the team with an experienced option behind Cutler, who last played all 16 games in a season in 2009.

The Lions have signed Cassius Vaughn to a one-year deal, MLive.com reports.

Impact

Vaughn – who recorded 30 tackles and three picks for the Colts in 2013 – bolsters the Lions' cornerback depth. Plus, he also represents a potential option as a kick returner.

Jason Avant was slated to visit the Panthers on Monday, ESPN.com reports,

Impact

Though the Panthers have added Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood to their wideout mix this offseason, there is still room for more competition to be brought in that department, given that the team has correspondingly parted ways with Steve Smith, Ted Ginn, Brandon Lafell and Domenik Hixon.

The Saints have matched the two-year offer sheet (worth up to $4.5 million) that Rafael Bush signed with the Falcons last week, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Impact

Retaining Bush – who recorded 42 tackles for New Orleans this past season in 13 games – helps solidify the Saints' safety corps, which also includes Jairus Byrd, Kenny Vaccaro and Marcus Ball.

Andre Brown agreed to a deal with the Texans on Monday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

Brown will help the Texans recover from the loss of Ben Tate in free agency by providing a stable backup to starter Arian Foster. The 2009 fourth-rounder spent the beginning of the 2013 season on IR/designated-to-return but came back to play in eight games, in which he racked up 492 yards and three touchdowns for the Giants. With the likes of Dennis Johnson, Jonathan Grimes and Ray Graham representing his main competition on the Texans' roster, Brown could find himself with more value than just a handcuff to Arian Foster, provided he can stay healthy for an entire season.

Brandon Thomas, an offensive lineman from Clemson, suffered a torn ACL last week, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Impact

This is pretty big news for the 2014 draft, because Thomas was one of the top offensive linemen available and was a threat to push for the first 40 picks. A left tackle at Clemson, he most reliably projects to a guard role in the NFL since he stands at 6-3. Since he might miss most or all of his rookie season, Thomas will probably fall to the third or fourth round. He'll be a luxury steal for a team with the freedom to grant him a redshirt.

The Buccaneers have signed Lavelle Hawkins.

Impact

While Hawkins didn't record a catch in four games with the Chargers this past season, he played for Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford while the two were with Cal, so it's possible that Hawkins could climb up a Tampa Bay wideout depth chart that remains fluid behind top receiver Vincent Jackson.

Andre Brown is slated to visit the Texans on Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

In the wake of Ben Tate's departure in free agency, the Texans are looking for running back depth behind Arian Foster. If Brown – who carried 139 times for 492 yards with three TDs for the Giants in 2013 – signs with Houston, he would likely slot in as the team's No. 2 back ahead of the likes of currently-rostered options Dennis Johnson, Jonathan Grimes, and Ray Graham.

Nate Burleson has signed a one-year deal with the Browns, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Impact

With Andrew Hawkins brought in to man the slot, Burleson – who caught 39 passes for 461 yards and a touchdown in nine games for the Lions in 2013 – figures to compete for a starting job with Cleveland (along with the likes of Travis Benjamin and Greg Little) opposite star wideout Josh Gordon.

Thomas DeCoud will touch down in Charlotte on Sunday for a visit with the Panthers, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Impact

DeCoud was released by the Falcons on March 11 and has yet to latch on with another team. The safety failed to record an interception in 2013 and overall had a down year, leading to his release. He had previously signed a five-year extension with the Falcons after the 2013 season, but the Falcons didn't feel he was worthy of the contract, so they cut him loose. It appears other teams such as the Panthers have interest. If he was to sign with the team, he would likely slide behind Charles Godfrey on the depth chart.