Some notes from the AFC on Friday.
- Re-signed to a one-year contract by the Dolphins on Friday, safety Louis Delmas is ahead of schedule in rehabbing a torn ACL, reports ESPN’s James Walker. Delmas is confident he’ll be ready for Week 1 to start in Miami for the second straight season.
- Prior to Jacob Tamme committing to the Falcons and Mitch Unrein deciding to sign with the Chargers on Thursday, the Broncos attempted to bring both back, reports Mike Klis of the Denver Post. This keeps with Denver’s stingy offseason. The only other player the Broncos opted to keep was also mostly a backup in his first four years, tight end Virgil Green, while they allowed Julius Thomas, Rahim Moore, Terrance Knighton, Orlando Franklin and Nate Irving to leave.
- ESPN reporter Mike Sando listed his 10 worst-value signings (subscription required), placing the Dolphins’ salary cap-reshaping pact with Ndamukong Suh first. Byron Maxwell (Eagles), Chris Culliver (Washington), Buster Skrine (Jets) and Thomas round out the top five.
- In an interview with Steelers president Art Rooney II, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Mark Kaboly notes the team’s signing of DeAngelo Williams may represent the entirety of their outside-the-organization accords. Rooney expects to fill the spots of cornerback and outside linebacker in the draft, just as the team usually does to replace departed free agents.
- The Chargers’ starting lineup will look a bit different in 2015, Eric D. Williams of ESPN said in his projection of the Bolts’ new starters. Williams expects Branden Oliver to succeed Ryan Mathews, with Chris Watt getting the first look at center after the retirement of Nick Hardwick. Defensively, San Diego could go with Ricardo Mathews over former second-rounder Kendall Reyes and Jeremiah Attaochu for the exiting Dwight Freeney, per Williams.
- Rooney expects to implement a rule prohibiting players wearing eligible numbers to line up as ineligible receivers, noted Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Mark Kaboly on Twitter. The Patriots used this surprise tactic in their comeback win over the Ravens in the AFC divisional playoffs.