A few Saturday news and notes as free agency draws ever closer.

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A few notes to pass along on the day when NFL teams could “officially” begin negotiating with unrestricted free agents. …

— Not that anyone really thinks Byron Maxwell will be back with the Seahawks. But if they were, the price tag for Maxwell only got higher today when Houston re-signed Kareem Jackson to a four-year deal worth as much as $34 million. Maxwell is considered above Jackson on the list of potential free agent cornerbacks, and the Jackson deal means Maxwell may be looking at getting at least $10 million or so a year. Simply not what anyone thinks the Seahawks will be willing to do, which is they Seattle hosted Cary Williams for a visit last week and have also been reported to be looking at Tramon Williams if he becomes a free agent.

— Speaking of Williams, he’s reportedly meeting with the Jets Saturday and then visiting the Titans on Sunday. He also reportedly may visit the Steelers and might consider the Ravens.

— One additional note on Friday’s release of tight end Zach Miller — he was due a roster bonus of $2 million on Tuesday.

— Miller’s release has led to lots of talk about the Seahawks pursuing Denver TE Julius Thomas. And what can’t hurt Seattle’s chances is the connection between Seattle coach Pete Carroll and Thomas’ father, Greg, which is detailed here. It’s also thought, though that Jacksonville — which has a lot of money to throw around — will also make a play for Thomas.

— There are reports that the Vikings may want to bring back Shaun Hill as their backup quarterback. If so, that would seemingly eliminate Tarvaris Jackson as a backup option for Minnesota. Jackson said earlier this week that he would be interested in returning to Minnesota to serve as a backup for Teddy Bridgewater.

— Good stuff here from OvertheCap.com on the salary cap ramifications of Marshawn Lynch’s new contract — which basically are not much this year as the cap charge is essentially the same for 2015, according to OTC.