My five cents
1Henry Melton, the former Grapevine and Texas standout, was voted to his first Pro Bowl and has become one of the league's best 3-technique defensive tackles. Melton, 26, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. The Bears can't afford him, but they can't afford for him to leave. Chicago would prefer to get a long-term deal done with Melton instead of applying the $8.3 million franchise tag. Chicago already is paying big money to defensive stars Julius Peppers ($16.4 million in 2013), Charles Tillman ($8 million) and Lance Briggs ($7.4 million).
2The Giants want to reward Victor Cruz for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. The sides have had preliminary negotiations for the restricted free agent. Cruz reportedly is seeking an average of $10 million per season.
3It appears the Raiders have had enough of middle linebacker Rolando McClain, the No. 8 overall pick in 2010. McClain has been a problem on and off the field. He was suspended for two games last season after a disagreement with coach Dennis Allen over McClain's demotion. McClain, who played only 505 plays and is due $4 million in 2013, is expected to be released.
4J.J. Watt had 20.5 sacks. The rest of the Texans had 23.5. Houston needs more production from its outside linebackers. Connor Barwin, a free agent, and Brooks Reed combined for only 5.5. The Texans will go into the draft looking to get Watt some help.
5Nnamdi Asomugha was the NFL's best cornerback in his eight seasons in Oakland. The Eagles, though, overpaid for Asomugha, who turns 32 before the 2013 season. He is due $15 million and will have to take a pay cut to stay in Philadelphia after giving up five TD passes in 2012.