Description: Defensive end Jared Allen said he'll retire if teams don't meet his salary demands this offseason. SOURCE: NFL.com
Insight: Well, that seems a bit dramatic. Allen, who turns 32 in April, is still a big time contributor and nowhere close to the end of his career. It may not be today or even tomorrow, but we think Allen will eventually get the contract that he's looking for.
Description: One day after being cut by the Cowboys, All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware has agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with Denver.
Insight: By signing Ware, T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib all in the last 24 hours, it's clear that defense is a priority for the Broncos this offseason. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, $20 million of Ware's deal is guaranteed.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Broncos are the early favorites to land defensive end DeMarcus Ware in free agency.
Insight: The Broncos finished 13th in the league in sacks last season, though that came with Von Miller being suspended for half the season. Either way, adding Ware to the mix would make Denver's pass rush almost unstoppable.
Description: The Bears cut ties with right end Julius Peppers on Tuesday.
Insight: Today has been absolute carnage across the league as we've already seen DeMarcus Ware, Peppers and Thomas DeCoud get cut with Darrelle Revis likely to follow. The move gives Chicago about $8 million in cap relief. Peppers is 17th on the NFL's all-time sack list with 119 takedowns in 186 career games.
Description: Four hours after being released, DeMarcus Ware is already considering a return to Dallas. SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Insight: If Ware isn't able to get what he thinks he's worth on the open market, taking less money to stay with Dallas could be an option. We consider that a longshot though as Ware has already fielded calls from at least a half-dozen teams.
Description: Arthur Jones is leaving Baltimore to join the Colts. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: It's a five-year deal worth $33 million. Jones made 53 tackles last season, which was a new career-high. He'll help improve a defense that ranked 20th in the league in yards allowed last season.
Description: Karlos Dansby inked a four-year, $24 million deal with the Browns on Tuesday. SOURCE: Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
Insight: Dansby is coming off one of his best seasons. In 16 games for the Cardinals, the 6-foot-4 linebacker racked up 133 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four interceptions. He should have an immediate impact in Cleveland.
Description: Star pass rusher DeMarcus Ware wouldn't take a pay cut and now the Cowboys have released him.
Insight: Ware recorded 40 tackles and six sacks last season. Overall, he had 117 sacks during his 10-year stay in Dallas. ESPN's Adam Schefter believes many teams will be interested in Ware this offseason including the Saints, Patriots and Eagles.
Description: By voiding the final two years of his contract, defensive end Jason Babin has officially become a free agent. SOURCE: John Clayton, ESPN
Insight: Babin recorded 7.5 sacks with Jacksonville last season. He was one of the best pass rushers in the league while with Philadelphia, collecting a career-best 18 sacks during the 2011 campaign. Maybe a change of scenery will do him some good.
Description: The Bears are looking to trade defensive end Julius Peppers this offseason. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Very few teams would be willing to take on Peppers' $20 million salary, which means he's probably going to get cut. The 34-year-old collected 7.5 sacks last season, his fewest since 2007 when he was still with Carolina.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Steelers will release linebacker LaMarr Woodley within the next 24 hours.
Insight: Woodley produced double-digit sacks three years in a row between 2008 and 2010 but he only has nine in his last two seasons. The 29-year-old Michigan product has played his entire career in Pittsburgh.
Description: Defensive end Michael Bennett took less money to stay with the Seahawks. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: Bennett's new contract will pay him $28.5 million over the next four seasons. Since the start of 2012, Bennett has generated 17.5 sacks while forcing four fumbles. He has not missed a game during that stretch.
Description: The Colts have signed ILB D'Qwell Jackson to a four-year deal.
Insight: Indianapolis was 26th against the run so any help would be good, though he may not be enough by himself to move them very far up the charts. He had 140 tackles last season, 1.5 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Description: If DeMarcus Ware wants to stay in Dallas, he'll need to take a pay cut.
Insight: That's according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Cowboys are having a hard time getting under the salary cap and may need to make some tough decisions. For what it's worth, Ware recorded 40 tackles and six sacks last season.
Description: The Redskins slapped linebacker Brian Orakpo with the franchise tag on Monday. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: He was one of six players to receive the tag including fellow Pro Bowlers Jimmy Graham and Greg Hardy. Orakpo (60 tackles, ten sacks in 2013) is hoping to sign a contract extension with Washington sometime this offseason.