At 11 a.m. Saturday, NFL teams were allowed to begin contacting the agents of pending free agents. Nothing can be made official until Tuesday, the start of the new league year, but this is where I’ll keep a running tab of interesting tidbits that leak out over the next week or so.
4:27 p.m. — I reported a week ago that the Chiefs and safety Kurt Coleman have mutual interest in a return, and I’m now hearing that other teams have interest in his services. Coleman had a really nice year as a reserve in 2014, and would be a good guy to bring back in my opinion, especially if Ron Parker gets paid elsewhere.
4:20 p.m. — I can confirm Jason LaCanfora’s report that the Chiefs have a visit set up with free-agent safety Tyvon Branch. Branch, 28, has been limited to five games the last two years due to injuries, but he’s a special teams demon and a box safety who racked up 94 combined tackles and an interception in 14 games in 2012, his last healthy season.
1:16 p.m. — A source tells me the Chiefs have agreed to a new one-year deal with outside linebacker Dezman Moses, a restricted free agent. Moses, who is listed at 6 feet 2 and 249 pounds, is about to enter his fourth season. He logged 27 tackles and four sacks with Green Bay in 2012 before signing with the Chiefs for 2013, when he logged three total tackles in 16 games. He missed all of 2014 because of an elbow injury.
12:55 p.m. — A source tells me the Chiefs have tendered tight end Demetrius Harris, an exclusive rights free agent. Harris, 23, is a promising young developmental tight end who saw more playing time before his season ended midway through when the fractured his foot. At 6 feet 7 and 230 pounds, he’s big enough to block — which he mostly did in eight games this year — but the former basketball player flashes intriguing athleticism and has made some really nice catches in the part of practice open to media. The decision to bring him back was easy after the recent release of Anthony Fasano.
12:40 p.m. — I’m hearing there has been zero movement on the Justin Houston front, Chiefs-wise, since the team slapped the non-exclusive franchise tag on him Monday. Houston is free to negotiate a deal with any team, but the Chiefs have the option to match any deal or let Houston walk for that team’s first-round picks this year and next year. But teams rarely bid on nonexclusive free agents because that overall price tag.
12:28 p.m. — A source tells me the Chiefs have tendered outside linebacker Josh Martin, an exclusive rights free agent. Martin, who is set to enter his third season, recorded 14 tackles last year and served as a valuable member of the Chiefs’ special teams unit. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder also possesses some upside as a pass rusher. The Chiefs have also tendered another exclusive rights free agent, Junior Hemingway.
11:45 a.m. — A source tells me the Houston Texans are one of the teams that have already inquired about safety Ron Parker. In 16 games this year, Parker, 27, led the Chiefs with 84 solo tackles and finished second in pass deflections with 12. Both were career highs. He is expected to ask for $6 million per season in free agency.