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Cincinnati Bengals re-sign guard Mike Pollak - ESPN
The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed offensive guard Mike Pollak on Saturday, officially beginning their efforts to stabilize the team's roster through free agency.

Vikings interested in Michael Johnson - Minnesota Vikings Blog - ESPN
Before the start of free agency, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson seemed like one of the Minnesota Vikings' most likely targets, due to his history with new Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and his familiarity with Zimmer's defense. The Vikings made their interest in Johnson somewhat official on Saturday.

More teams are clamoring for Verner | ProFootballTalk

Soon, it could be easier to list the teams that aren't interested in Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, who previously pegged the Jets, Vikings, and Rams as having interest, now so do the Lions, Steelers and Giants.

3 p.m. update: Dolphins reach out to four prominent veteran linemen; Marlins, Heat, Canes | Sports Buzz

Branden Albert (who appears to be very, very high on Miami's wish list) and Eugene Monroe aren't the only veteran offensive linemen attracting Dolphins interest early in free agency. Two other names have emerged today. The Dolphins also have expressed strong interest in a couple other lineman as well.

Sources: Monroe unlikely to return to Ravens, contract talks have reached standstill - Carroll County Times: Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens traded for Eugene Monroe in October hoping that Monroe could be a long-term answer for them at left tackle.

Michael Sam passes on White House Correspondents’ Dinner to focus on football | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: Not many college football players can say they have received invitations to events such as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. But Michael Sam will pass on the event.

Free agency preview: Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward headline deep defensive back talent pool | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: Here is Shutdown Corner’s breakdown of free agent defensive backs.

Running back Rashard Mendenhall retiring after six NFL seasons | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: Rashard Mendenhall, a free agent, retires after six seasons with the Cardinals and Steelers.

The 10 best cheerleading squads in the NFL | cover32

Not every team has them, which is one of the biggest head-scratchers in football. Why wouldn’t a franchise want to have cheerleaders on the sidelines during games? It’s part of a the atmosphere that has helped make football America’s newest pastime, re-creating on high school, college and NFL fields across the country every weekend in the fall.