A special breakfast-for-dinner version of rotoworld.com nuggets (Mrs. DC9 is a crazy one sometimes):
Free agent Austin Collie (knee) is "optimistic" he'll be ready for training camp.
Collie ruptured his right patellar tendon in Week 3 and missed the rest of the season. It remains to be seen which camp he'll be in, though, after the Colts announced that they will not be re-signing the injury-riddled slot receiver. Patellar tendon tears are tough injuries to come back from.
ESPN's John Clayton mentioned the Ravens and Patriots as teams that would make sense for free agent S Charles Woodson.
Woodson, 36, only has a few years left in the tank, so he's fully expected to try and find a starting gig with a Super Bowl contender. Baltimore and New England would qualify, as would Denver, whom Clayton's colleague, Ed Werder, mentioned on Friday afternoon. The Ravens would make sense if Ed Reed leaves via free agency. Woodson can sign with a team immediately.
DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus expects a Tony Romo extension to get done by March 12.
March 12 is the first day of the new league year, and it's when big money spending gets underway with free agency kicking off. Romo has one year left on his deal, and it carries a $16.8 million cap hit. ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins believes an extension in the three- to five-year range worth around $12 million annually will be the solution to lowering the 2013 cap number.
Free agent DT Chris Canty said he "might be willing" to give the Panthers a hometown discount if they show interest in him.
Canty has yet to hear from Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, whom he knows from their days with the Giants, but Canty has heard from a few players. OLB Thomas Davis sent Canty a text that read, "It's time for you to come on home." Canty grew up in Charlotte and went on to play his college ball at Virginia. He'd be a great fit in Carolina, as they are super thin on the interior. Canty has visited the Chiefs and Titans since being released by the Giants ten days ago.
Free agent DE Cliff Avril "would love" to get Mario Williams money.
Williams signed a six-year, $100 million deal with the Bills last offseason that included $50 million guaranteed. "I would love to get Mario's deal. Who wouldn't? Those are some great numbers. My thing is I want to keep getting better... The sky is the limit as far as that. Those are some great numbers, hopefully we can get somewhere near there," Avril said. Avril, 27 in April, turned down a three-year, $30 million offer from the Lions last year and went on to notch 9.5 sacks in 2012. He's arguably the top free agent on the market.
Bucs free agent FS Ronde Barber is still undecided if he'll return next season.
Barber was non-committal when asked about the possibility of retirement after the season, but the soon-to-be 38-year-old would presumably be welcomed back. Despite playing on arguably the worst pass defense in the NFL, Barber graded out as the No. 11 safety by Pro Football Focus. An impending free agent, the Bucs would need to re-sign Barber is he decides to return.