Free Agency Blog: 3/5/2010

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Posted by:  CHRIS STEUBER, SCOUT.COM
at 03/05/2010 10:29 PM ET

Rolle to Giants

According to several media outlets, the New York Giants signed former Arizona Cardinals safety Antrel Rolle to a blockbuster deal.

A former first round pick (8th overall) of the Cardinals in 2005, Rolle has been one of the league's best playmaking safeties and has 12 career interceptions; four in 2009.

The contract Rolle signed with the Giants is reportedly worth $37 million over five years and includes a $15 million signing bonus.

With the Giants expecting Kenny Phillips back to full health from a near career-ending knee injury, Rolle and Phillips, two former Miami Hurricane standouts, should form one of the NFL's best safety tandems.

Giants: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  JON SCOTT, PATRIOTSINSIDER.COM
at 03/05/2010 010:10 PM ET

Neal Joins List of Returning Pats

Indications are that Patriots OG Stephen Neal will be returning to the Patriots for another go around. Neal, who considered retirement after the Patriots last loss, agreed to terms on a 2-year deal according to an ESPN report. Barring any last second change of heart, Neal will line up next to his four fellow offensive lineman to protect one of the top QBs in the league for another season.

Neal's pending return was first reported by the team's twitter account. He turns 34 in October. Neal was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in July of 2001. Neal and teammate OT Matt Light are the only Patriots lineman who have been on the roster for every Patriots Super Bowl during the Bill Belichick era.

Patriots: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 03/05/2010 09:44 PM ET

Jones, Broncos contract details

Scout.com has learned the details of the previously reported deal between the Denver Broncos and CB Nathan Jones.

The four-year deal, according to a league source, is worth a maximum of $13.6 million if Jones reaches all the incentives which are based on playing time and performance levels. The source notes that if Jones stays healthy, he should be able to hit on a reasonable amount of incentives. The base deal is worth just over $4 million (base salaries and $1 million signing bonus).

Jones (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) is a seventh-year cornerback who appeared in every game during the last two seasons with Miami after spending his first four NFL seasons with Dallas. He was selected by the Cowboys in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft from Rutgers University.

In 83 career regular-season games (7 starts), Jones has totaled 104 tackles (91 solo), six sacks (34 yds.), three interceptions, 13 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He owns 53 career tackles on special teams and has returned 10 kickoffs for 178 yards (17.8 avg.).

Last season, Jones appeared in all 16 games for the Dolphins and registered career highs in games started (5), tackles (35), pass breakups (10), special-teams tackles (19) and forced fumbles (2). Jones, whose 19 special-teams tackles tied for 10th in the NFL, also added one sack with Miami in 2009.

Broncos: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  MATT TEVSH, PACKER REPORT
at 03/05/2010 09:23 PM ET

Packers re-sign Clifton

Multiple media outlets are reporting the Packers have re-signed tackle Chad Clifton. The deal is reportedly worth $20 million over three years. Clifton had visited with the Redskins on Friday.

Packers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  ED THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM
at 03/05/2010 09:24 PM ET

Broncos sign Bannan, Jones

The Denver Broncos announced they've agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defensive lineman Justin Bannan and cornerback Nathan Jones. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

"Besides being a quality football player who is versatile, tough and smart, Justin Bannan is a quality person. He is the type of player we are looking for as we build our football team," General Manager Brian Xanders said. "Nathan Jones has experience playing outside cornerback, nickel cornerback and safety. He makes plays on defense and has been a core contributor on special teams."

Bannan is a ninth-year defensive lineman who was a fifth-round selection in the 2002 NFL Draft by Buffalo. He played for the Baltimore Ravens the last four years after spending his first four seasons with the Bills.

Jones is a seventh-year cornerback who was selected by the Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He appeared in every game over the past two seasons with the Miami Dolphins after spending his first four seasons with Dallas.

Broncos: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  ED THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM
at 03/05/2010 09:13 PM ET

Broncos still interested in Holliday

Broncos defensive end Vonnie Holliday became an unrestricted free agent this week, but that doesn't mean that he's not returning to Denver for his 13th NFL season.

An NFL source has told Scout.com that the Broncos are still showing interest in Holliday, and the Seattle Seahawks have also entered the mix.

The 34-year-old veteran led the Broncos' defensive linemen with five sacks last season. The former first-round pick by the Green Bay Packers has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins. He's posted 379 tackles and 60 sacks during his NFL career.

Broncos: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 03/05/2010 09:07 PM ET

Chiefs re-sign running back

The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed RB/FB Jackie Battle, the team announced.

Battle (6-2, 238) has played in 17 games with Kansas City (2007-09). He owns 21 carries for 68 yards with a TD, in addition to 10 special teams tackles. He played in five contests for the Chiefs in 2009 before being placed on injured reserve. He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Dallas in 2007.

Battle had 441 carries for 2,120 yards with a school-record 31 TDs during his collegiate career at the University of Houston.

Chiefs: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN, ALEX MARVEZ
at 03/05/2010 08:57 PM ET

Redskins bringing in Hicks

Free-agent OL Artis Hicks (Minnesota Vikings) is scheduled to visit the Washington Redskins on Saturday, a league source told FoxSports.com.

The versatile offensive lineman appeared in 56 games and started 27 of them over the past four seasons with the Vikings.

Hicks, who is capable of playing four positions on the offensive line, could be looked upon by the Redskins as a possible replacement at left tackle for the recently retired Chris Samuels.

Redskins: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  ED THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM
at 03/05/2010 08:48 PM ET

Foote to visit Skins, Cards

An NFL source has confirmed for Scout.com that former Steelers and Lions linebacker Barry Foote will visit the Washington Redskins on Monday and Tuesday before heading to Arizona for a visit with the Cardinals on Wednesday. While Foote doesn't have the Buffalo Bills pencilled-in on his travel itinerary yet, the team has been showing interest in the eight-year veteran.

Foote has appeared in 124 games with 98 starts. He spent seven years in Pittsburgh after being selected in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft before signing with the Detroit Lions last year.

The 6-foot-1, 239-pound linebacker has logged 351 tackles, 16.5 sacks and three interceptions during his NFL career.

Redskins: News | Forums | Roster

Cardinals: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  MICHAEL ERLER
at 03/05/2010 08 PM ET

Sims Should be Higher Priority for Niners

With it looking more and more likely that backup T Tony Pashos will be playing elsewhere in 2010, re-signing fellow reserve Barry Sims becomes imperative.

The 49ers can't go into the 2010 season without any reliable, experienced veteran reserves, and the free agent options at tackle look pretty unappealing. Sims played very well in relief of injured starting LT Joe Staley last season and showed he can still be counted on, even at 35-years old.

All along Sims should've been a higher priority for the 49ers than Pashos, because he's versatile enough to play both tackle spots, whereas Pashos is strictly just a RT. It's unclear how many suitors Sims will have, but the team can't afford to play any games with him. Both sides should work together to get something done.

49ers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  MICHAEL ERLER
at 03/05/2010 07:57 PM ET

Harris shouldn't expect big offer

A 35-year old corner coming off an ACL tear isn't typically a hot free agent commodity, and 49ers UFA Walt Harris won't be an exception to that rule.

However, the team will still kick the tires with him, give him a full workout and medical exam to check on the status of his knee, and may very well bring Harris back - at the veteran's minimum.

Ultimately the biggest factor on what the team decides to do with Harris - besides his health of course - will be the contract negotiations with fellow UFA CB Dre' Bly. If the Niners can bring Bly back, then Harris becomes more expendable.

49ers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  MICHAEL ERLER
at 03/05/2010 07:56 PM ET

Pashos packin' off to Washington?

Pashos never had the chance to make much of an impact on the field for San Francisco last season, as he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in his one and only start.

However, he was a welcome addition in the locker room and provided several pointers to his fellow linemen, especially against AFC opponents who he was very familiar with.

The 49ers have expressed interest in bringing Pashos back - for the right price – but it looks like he is following offensive line coach Chris Foerster to Washington and if that doesn't work out, sources say he's got a visit with the Broncos lined up as well

49ers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  MICHAEL ERLER
at 03/05/2010 07:55 PM ET

Hill's days numbered in S.F.?

The first UFA visit the 49ers have scheduled is for someone nobody saw coming - quarterback David Carr, who was Eli Manning's backup last season with the Giants.

Carr has been very good the past two years, albeit in very limited work and playing almost exclusively in garbage time of games. Nevertheless, his signing would give the 49ers two former #1 overall picks in their QB depth chart, and Carr is considerably more athletic and has a stronger arm than current backup Shaun Hill.

49ers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  JON SCOTT
at 03/05/2010 07:57 PM ET

Patriots sign Wilfork long term

According to his own Twitter account (@Wilfork75 http://twitter.com/Wilfork75 ), Patriots NT Vince WIlfork has agreed to a long term deal to remain in New England. Franchised earlier, Wilfork and the team agreed to a five-year $40 million contact Friday evening. Per Michael Smith ( http://twitter.com/MrMichael_Smith/status/10049170447 ), the deal includes $25 million in guarantees and an $18 million signing bonus.

"Thanks to everyone who supported us during our time here in New England it has meant a great deal to us....," Wilfork tweeted. "With that being said, we are pleased to say we will be here for MANY more years to come ... My wife and I thank you and are getting back to our vacation... c ya in foxboro soon"

The deal makes Wilfork the highest paid NT in the league according to reports.

Patriots: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  ED THOMPSON
at 03/05/2010 07:49 PM ET

Broncos add Arrington

The Denver Broncos have announced that they have signed free-agent running back J.J. Arrington. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The fifth-year running back, who originally signed with Denver a year ago, was waived on May 28, 2009 and didn't sign with any other NFL club last year. He spent his first four NFL seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, who selected him in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Arrington, 27, has played in 58 career regular-season games (8 starts) and rushed for 654 yards on 183 attempts (3.6 avg.) with three touchdowns. He's also caught 91 passes for 693 yards (7.6 avg.) and two scores. Arrington has returned 114 kickoffs and has a 23.6 yards-per-return average, including two touchdowns.

Broncos: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  KEN PALMER
at 03/05/2010 07:45 PM ET

Giants looking for safety help

There's no doubt that Big Blue needs help in its defensive backfield.

That's why it's no surprise that the Giants are in free-agent discussions with at least four safeties.

While Antrel Rolle is clearly their top target, Eli Manning-killer Darren Sharper, as well as Antoine Bethea and Oshiomogho Atogwe, are also being considered as back-up plans for new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

Giants: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  JOHN CRIST
at 03/05/2010 07:39 PM ET

Peppers wants kid's jersey

New Bears defensive end Julius Peppers now appears to have everything he wants, from a contract rumored to be valued at $72 million to a defense that can surround him with a few Pro Bowlers to a franchise rich in the kind of tradition only reserved for basketball back on Tobacco Road -- he knows all about that as a former Tar Heel hoopster.

But there is one thing the prize of the 2010 free-agent class still wants that he doesn't have: his old jersey number. While second-year defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert currently wears No. 90 in Chicago, Peppers is confident that won't be the case for long. "Hopefully, he'll just give it up out of respect," he said.

Bears: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  ED THOMPSON
at 03/05/2010 07:33 PM ET

Redskins looking at K.C. TE

An NFL Source has told Scout.com that the Washington Redskins are showing interest in former Chiefs tight end Sean Ryan.

Since being selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth-round of the 2004 NFL Draft, Ryan has played for six teams, including the Jets, Dolphins, Saints, 49ers and the Chiefs.

The veteran tight end has started 15 games and appeared in 53. He's caught 26 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns.

Redskins: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 07:12 PM ET

EAGLES-WESTBROOK PARTING OFFICIAL

The Philadelphia Eagles released veteran RB Brian Westbrook on Friday, the team confirmed to Scout.com.

Westbrook, who had two years left on his contract, is free to sign with any team. The team announced recently they informed Westbrook that he was going to be released.

There's speculation that the veteran back will draw heavy interest from the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Brad Childress was Westbrook's offensive coordinator with the Eagles from 2003-2005.

Eagles: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 07:11 PM ET

RAIDERS RE-SIGN BARNES

The Oakland Raiders have re-signed OLT Khalif Barnes, Scout.com has confirmed through a league source. The veteran offensive lineman was not tendered by the Raiders as a restricted free agent, but both sides were able to agree to a one-year deal. Barnes, who broke his ankle last August, appeared in six games for the Raiders in 2009 and started two. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported Barnes' deal.

Raiders: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 6:55 PM ET

Boldin Trade

The Baltimore Ravens have traded third- and fourth-round picks to the Arizona Cardinals for veteran WR Anquan Boldin along with a fifth-round pick, the team announced Friday.

"Anquan is a player who makes the tough catches and he is outstanding getting yards after catches," said Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. "He will also help the running game with his blocking skills. He's a very tough competitor and, with the way he plays with passion, he'll fit right in with the foundation we have for our team.

Boldin gives the Ravens another badly needed passing option for QB Joe Flacco.

Boldin was on the final year of his contract, so the Cardinals decided to get what they could since they're high on WR Steve Breaston, who received a first-round restricted free agent tender from the team this week.

Ravens: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Matt Tevsh, PackerReport.com
at 03/05/2010 6:53 PM ET

Packers Release Two Veterans

The Green Bay Packers have just announced the release of defensive end Michael Montgomery and safety Matt Giordano. Montgomery spent the past five seasons in Green Bay appearing in 56 games after being selected in the sixth round of the 2005 Draft. Giordano played in just five games last season after signing with the Packers Sept. 23.

Packers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 6:31 PM ET

Packers Release Two

The Green Bay Packers have released S Matt Giordano,/a> and DE Michael Montgomery, the team announced.

Giordano was signed Sept. 23, 2009, and appeared in five games during the regular season. He generally only saw time on special teams during his time with the Packers.

Montgomery, a sixth-round selection in the 2005 NFL Draft, appeared in 56 games over the course of five seasons with Green Bay.

Montgomery only played in less than 10 percent of the defensive snaps last season, according to a league source.

Packers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Tim Yotter, VikingUpdate.com
at 03/05/2010 6:25 PM ET

Westbrook Released

Running back Brian Westbrook has officially been released by the Philadelphia Eagles, according to the transactions page on the team's web site. Westbrook would be a natural replacement for Chester Taylor in Minnesota, as Westbrook knows the Vikings' system and played for coach Brad Childress when he was the offensive coordinator there. Earlier this week, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell offered his insights in Westbrook through his extensive film studies.

Vikings: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Tim Yotter, VikingUpdate.com
at 03/05/2010 6:18 PM ET

Minnesota Now Has Options

The Bears' signing of RB Chester Taylor away from the Vikings gives Minnesota options on the free-agent market. As one of the "Final Four" teams, the Vikings were unable to sign an unrestricted free agent until they lost one. Now they will be paying attention to the structure of Taylor's contract with the Bears, especially in the first year, as that determines how much the Vikings can spend on any unrestricted free agent they might be interested in. It's all part of the new rules of road without an extension to the Collective Bargaining Agreement in place.

Vikings: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 6:11 PM ET

Bears Sign Three

The Chicago Bears announced the signings of RB Chester Taylor, TE Brandon Manumaleuna, and DE Julius Peppers.

The addition of Taylor gives the team very solid stability at the running back position behind starter Matt Forte.

Manuamaleuna gives the Bears one of the NFL's best blocking tight ends. Personnel evaluators have said in the past that he acts almost as a third tackle.

Peppers will give the team a proven pass rusher and a three-down end. However, he'll have to be more consistent to live up to the expectations attached to the big contract he signed.

More details on all three contracts to follow.

Bears: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: John Crist, BearReport.com
at 03/05/2010 6:05 PM ET

Chester Brings It

What are the Chicago Bears getting in running back Chester Taylor? Bear Report got the insider's perspective from Tim Yotter of Viking Update, who covered the veteran ball carrier in Minnesota for four seasons.

Scout's Analysis: RB Chester Taylor

Bears: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 5:51 PM ET

Jets Release Jones and Strickland

The New York Jets, as expected, released veteran RB Thomas Jones. The Jets also released veteran CB Donald Strickland. The team announced both moves on Friday.

Jones, whose contract had one year remaining, carried a base salary of $2.8 million for 2010 along with a roster bonus of $3 million. The team wanted to renegotiate his contract before his roster bonus became due, but Jones refused, so he was released. Second-year RB Shonn Greene becomes the starter with Jones gone.

Strickland's job became expendable once the team acquired veteran CB Antonio Cromartie via a trade with the San Diego Chargers. Strickland had two years left on his contract and carried a base salary of $1.115 million for 2010.

Jets: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 5:22 PM ET

Dolphins Set Free

As expected, the Miami Dolphins released FS Gibril Wilson and OLB Joey Porter on Friday. They also released LB Akin Ayodele, the team announced all three moves.

Ayodele was originally acquired by the Dolphins from the Dallas Cowboys on April 26, 2008 in exchange for a 2008 fourth-round draft choice. Ayodele started 15 games in 2009 and finished third on the team in tackles with 70 stops. Ayodele had one year left on his contract with a base salary of $3.25 million. He had a $500,000 roster bonus due soon, a source said.

Porter originally signed with Miami as a free agent on March 7, 2007. Porter started 14 games in 2009 and finished the season with 41 tackles, nine sacks and one forced fumble. Porter had two years left on his contract with a base salary of $3.6 million in 2010 along with a roster bonus of $1 million due on March 9.

Wilson had 91 tackles along with one sack for seven yards in losses and eight passes defensed in 2009. The safety originally signed with the Dolphins as a free agent on February 26, 2009.

Dolphins: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 5:10 PM ET

Witherspoon On The Market

The Philadelphia Eagles have released WLB Will Witherspoon on Friday, the team announced. Witherspoon was acquired last season from the St. Louis Rams for WR Brandon Gibson and a 2011 draft selection.

Witherspoon 17 games last season for the Rams and Eagles.

After a solid start for Witherspoon after the trade, his play significantly regressed, sources said. Akeem Jordan will take over as the starter at WLB for the time being.

Witherspoon had two years left on his contract and was set to make $5 million in base salary for 2010.

Eagles: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Nate Caminata, RoarReport.com
at 03/05/2010 5:10 PM ET

Lions Release Two

The Detroit Lions announced today the release of veterans Philip Buchanon (CB) and Grady Jackson (DT). Expect Detroit to be extremely active in addressing its depleted cornerback stable as free agency continues.

Lions: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Jon Scott, PatriotsInsider.com
at 03/05/2010 4:48 PM ET

Green To Denver A Possibility

According to his agent Albert Elias, Patriots DL Jarvis Green is weighing his options between returning to the Patriots or signing on with the Denver Broncos.

"We've gotten some calls from other teams so far, but it's the Broncos and Patriots right now," Elias told Comcast SportsNet New England. "We're not going to take visits just to take visits."

Green, 31, has spent his entire career in Foxboro. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound defender started 12 of the 13 games he played in last season. Green had surgery to address a knee issue, which caused him to miss some time.

Patriots: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Jon Scott, PatriotsInsider.com
at 03/05/2010 4:38 PM ET

Three Teams In Mix For Boldin

Multiple reports have surfaced indicating that there are three teams in the mix to trade for disgruntled Arizona Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin. Arizona is reportedly weighing the options.

The National Football Post reports that New England is the front runner, while ProFootballTalk.com is reporting that the Ravens are the front runners. Compensation for Boldin was believed to be a first round pick last year. Now, Arizona is considering a third round pick, or better due to the number of bidders involved.

Bolden had 84 receptions for 1,024 yards and 4 TDs last year.

Cardinals: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Ed Thompson, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 4:34 PM ET

Baker In Demand

A day after being released by the New England Patriots, tight end Chris Baker is already in demand.

An NFL source has told Scout.com that the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins are all showing interest in the ninth-year veteran.

Baker spent his first seven seasons with the New York Jets before signing with the Patriots last year. While he's built a good reputation for his contributions to the running game with his blocking skills, Baker has also caught 159 passes for 1,647 yards and 14 touchdowns during his career.

Patriots: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 4:26 PM ET

Lions Make Room

The Detroit Lions released veterans DT Grady Jackson and CB Phillip Buchanon, the team announced.

Jackson, who might be the heaviest interior defensive lineman in the NFL, appeared in 15 games last season for the Lions and started 13.

Jackson, who turned 37 earlier this year, signed a three-year, $7.5 million deal with Detroit last March.

Buchanon, who signed a two-year, $8 million deal last March, appeared in 13 games last season for the Lions and started 11.

Lions: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: John Crist, BearReport.com
at 03/05/2010 3:59 PM ET

Meet 'da' New Bears

The Monsters of the Midway have scheduled a press conference for 5:00 p.m. Central time at Halas Hall. Free-agent signees Julius Peppers, Chester Taylor and Brandon Manumaleuna will likely be in attendance. Both coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jerry Angelo are expected to speak to reporters.

Bears: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.com
at 03/05/2010 3:44 PM ET

Typical UFA opener in Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Steelers once again greeted the opening day of unrestricted free agency with a yawn. No one visited the team's South Side operation today as the coaching staff prepared for a weekend bonding session at a ski resort in the nearby Laurel Mountains.

A source with the team could not confirm whether the outing was a general statement about the organization's outlook on free agency, or whether it simply coincides with the best skiing conditions of a Western Pennsylvania winter.

Steelers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Jon Scott, PatriotsInsider.com
at 03/05/2010 3:43 PM ET

Banta-Cain Re-Signs With Patriots

Free agent LB Tully Banta-Cain agreed to a 3-year deal with the New England Patriots today the team announced. Banta-Cain left New England as a free agent in 2007, playing two seasons for the 49ers. He signed a one-year deal to play in New England in 2009.

Banta-Cain recorded 10 sacks for New England last year. His contributions were part of the solution not one of the problems of the Patriots defense. He is the first 2010 Patriot free agent to re-sign with the team.

Banta-Cain was originally selected by the Patriots in the seventh round (239th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Patriots: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Ed Thompson, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 3:32 PM ET

Broncos Still in the Mix

Although the Denver Broncos didn't put a qualifying offer on restricted free agent Le Kevin Smith, an NFL source has told Scout.com that the team is still in the mix to re-sign him, just at a lower figure.

But an even more interesting twist could be in the works.

According to the same source, the New England Patriots are also showing interest in the veteran defensive tackle. A year ago, New England traded Smith--who was originally a Patriots sixth-round draft pick in 2006--to Denver in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft. So the Patriots could end up with both Smith and the Broncos' fifth-round draft pick this year after loaning him out for a season.

Smith has started twice during his first four NFL seasons and has appeared in 44 regular-season contests.

Broncos: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Jon Scott, PatriotsInsider.com
at 03/05/2010 3:32 PM ET

Bodden Sets Up His Schedule

According to his agent, New England Patriots CB Leigh Bodden is receiving lots of interest early. Alvin Keels, Bodden's agent, wrote via twitter that the free agent defensive back will decide today on the order of visits he will make.

Bodden is one of the top free agent corners on the market aside from Dunta Robinson. Bodden played one season for the Patriots after stints in Detroit and Cleveland.

Patriots: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: John Crist, BearReport.com
at 03/05/2010 3:09 PM ET

Peppers, A Bear

First reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, Julius Peppers is going to be a Bear. The organization will likely take its sweet time before making a more formal announcement, but the deal is signed, sealed and delivered. When you add the All-Pro pass rusher to running back Chester Taylor and tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, Chicago has blown the lid off the first day of free agency by any standard of measurement.

Bears: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Ed Thompson, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 3:09 PM ET

Bethea Draws Interest

A first-round tender makes it challenging for any restricted free agent draw interest from another NFL team, but that hasn't been the case so far for Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea.

An NFL source has told Scout.com that three NFC East clubs--the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and the Dallas Cowboys, have been showing interest in the highly reliable and durable defender despite the tender. And two teams in the AFC East--the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets--have been mulling over the possibility of signing the two-time Pro Bowl nominee to an offer sheet.

Originally a sixth-round pick by the Colts in the 2006 NFL Draft, the former Howard University star earned a spot in Indianapolis' starting lineup during his first training camp. During his 59 regular-season starts, Bethea's shown that he's an outstanding open-field tackler with strong pass coverage skills. He's amassed 421 career tackles, 11 interceptions, 13 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

If any team signs Bethea to an offer sheet, the Colts will have seven days to match the offer or accept the other team's first-round pick as compensation. Otherwise, he's guaranteed a one-year deal worth $2.521 million to return to the Colts.

Colts: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Doug Farrar, NorthwestFootball.net
at 03/05/2010 3:07 PM ET

Seahawks Rolling the Dice on Marshall?

According to several sources, the Seattle Seahawks are discussing tendering an offer sheet to Denver WR Brandon Marshall, a move that could cost Seattle its highest of two first-round draft picks in 2010. The Broncos put a first-round tender on Marshall after several different contract discussions and clashes with various coaches. Marshall is undeniably talented, but with all the needs the Seahawks have at this point, giving up their sixth overall draft pick for a receiver when they've spent major dollars at the position in the last few years seems reckless. Stay tuned for more details...

Seahawks: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Eric Hartz, ColtPower.com
at 03/05/2010 2:52 PM ET

Colts releasing backup QB?

The Indianapolis Colts will release quarterback Jim Sorgi, according to his agent, Matt Brei. Brei Tweeted the news earlier this afternoon. Sorgi, who has been with the team since 2005, finished the 2009 season on the injured reserve list after a mysterious shoulder injury.

The release isn't unexpected, and ColtPower.com predicted this move back in December. Curtis Painter and Drew Willy remain on the Colts roster behind starter Peyton Manning.

Colts: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 2:51 PM ET

Sorgi Released

Veteran QB Jim Sorgi has been informed he will be released by the Indianapolis Colts, his agent, Matt Brei, noted on his Twitter account.

Sorgi has one season left on his four-year deal. His base salary for 2010 is $1.080 million. According to a league source, he has a roster bonus of $275,000 in his contract, which is due soon.

Once Sorgi is released, the team will have no veteran signal caller behind starter Peyton Manning.

Colts: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com
at 03/05/2010 2:34 PM ET

Jags Desperate For Pass Rusher

The Jacksonville Jaguars finished dead last in the NFL in sacks last season with just 14, a franchise low. Desperate for a defensive end, the team contacted Kyle Vanden Bosch who recently signed with the Detroit Lions and are now shopping for another veteran defensive end. Find out who at JagNation.

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Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 2:30 PM ET

Chargers Re-Sign Two

In addition to trading CB Antonio Cromartie to the New York Jets for a 2011 draft choice, the San Diego Chargers have re-signed veterans TE Kris Wilson and DE Alfonso Boone to two year-year deals, the team announced.

Wilson is a six-year veteran who just completed his second season with the Chargers. Last year he caught four passes for 28 yards, including a two-yard touchdown reception in the Chargers' 21-20 win over the New York Giants. Wilson fits in as a second tight end.

Boone joined the Chargers last year and started four of his 13 games played in San Diego. He is entering his tenth NFL season. Boone will give the Chargers some depth on their defensive line.


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 2:18 PM ET

Details of Lions/Browns Trade

The Cleveland Browns traded veteran DL Corey Williams and their 2010 seventh-round draft choice to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2010 draft, a pick obtained by Detroit from Denver, the Browns announced.

In his two seasons with the Browns (2008-09), Williams played in 32 games with 18 starts and registered 88 tackles, 4.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.

The Browns currently own 11 picks in the 2010 NFL Draft, including nine over the first five rounds. As Scout.com noted recently, Williams looked uncomfortable playing in a 3-4 defensive scheme. He'll play in a 4-3 with the Lions.


Posted by:  John Crist, BearReport.com
at 03/05/2010 2:06 PM ET

Chester Taylor Signs With Chicago

It's only lunchtime in Chicago on the first official day of free agency, and the Bears have already signed two new players expected to help the offense immediately. First it was tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, and now running back Chester Taylor has agreed to a four-year, $12.5 million contract to be the secondary option behind Matt Forte. Not only does this make Chicago's ground game stronger, but it also takes away a valuable contributor from the NFC North-rival Vikings.

However, the prized catch is still yet to come. While nothing is done yet, a deal could be in place with defensive end Julius Peppers by the end of the day. If that happens, the Bears would have to be considered Day-1 winners of the free-agency sweepstakes.

Bears: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 2:05 PM ET

Bannan to Visit Browns Saturday

Free-agent DT Justin Bannan (Baltimore Ravens), who is visiting with the Denver Broncos on Friday, has his visit with the Cleveland Browns scheduled for Saturday, a source told Scout.com.

Both Denver and Cleveland run a 3-4 scheme, but it's believed teams that a 4-3 scheme also have showed interest in the veteran defensive lineman.


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 2:01 PM ET

Redskins Re-Sign Two

In addition to re-signing RFA DE/OLB Lorenzo Alexander, the Washington Redskins have re-signed veterans DE Phillip Daniels and OT Mike Williams, the team announced.

Alexander, 26, has played in 44 games with Washington over the last three seasons, playing mostly on the defensive line, while also seeing action on the offensive line and being a core special teams player. He originally joined the Redskins practice squad in 2006 from Carolina, where he entered the NFL as a college free agent in 2005.

The 37-year-old Daniels will be playing in his 15th NFL season after originally entering the league as a fourth-round selection (99th overall) of Seattle in the 1996 draft out of the University of Georgia.

Williams, who originally signed with Washington on April 24, 2009, played in nine games with eights starts for the Redskins last season. Williams was selected in the first round (fourth overall pick) by the Bills in the 2002 NFL Draft after a decorated career at the University of Texas.


Posted by:  John Crist, BearReport.com
at 03/05/2010 1:58 PM ET

Peppers and Taylor Update From Chicago

According to FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer, both defensive end Julius Peppers and running back Chester Taylor are going through physicals today at Halas Hall. While that doesn't necessarily mean deals are imminent, it's certainly a sign that the Bears are serious about signing both players and likely won't allow them to leave the facility without monster offers. The fact that Chicago is swinging for the fences in free agency is nothing short of shocking, especially for an organization -- perhaps unfairly -- branded as penny-pinching.

Bears: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 1:53 PM ET

DE Brayton to Visit Seahawks on Sunday

Free agent DE Tyler Brayton (Carolina Panthers) is scheduled to visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, a league source told Scout.com. Brayton, who signed a two-year, $4.65 million deal with the Panthers in March of 2008, started 31 games during his time with the team.

What makes Brayton an attractive player to teams is his ability to play end and tackle.

Brayton was originally selected by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 2003 draft.


Posted by:  Doug Farrar, NorthwestFootball.net
at 03/05/2010 1:36 PM ET

Could Seahawks Have the Edge With Kampman?

With Julius Peppers reportedly off the market as soon as he signs an imminent deal with Chicago, attention will turn for ex-Packers DE Aaron Kampman for teams in need of a pass rusher. One of those teams is the Seattle Seahawks, whose new general manager John Schneider has a long history of personnel work in Green Bay. When talking to teams about his services, it's possible that Schneider's familiarity with Kampman, his agent, and his injury situation (he's recovering from a torn ACL) could put Seattle in position to take a shot on the veteran. Aside from the Seahawks, the Eagles and Buccaneers have been reported to have interest in Kampman's services.

Seahawks: News | Forums


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 1:25 PM ET

Bills Re-Sign SS Scott

The Buffalo Bills re-signed veteran SS Bryan Scott, the team announced.

Scott was pressed into service at outside linebacker last season because of injury and started six games at that position. He started three games at safety.

Scott was originally selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2003 draft.


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com and Alex Marvez, FoxSports.com
at 03/05/2010 1:18 PM ET

Ravens After WR Bryant

The Baltimore Ravens are in the mix to sign veteran WR Antonio Bryant, a league source told FoxSports.com.

Baltimore is one of a bunch of teams vying for the services of the talent wideout.

Bryant, who turns 29 this coming Tuesday, is coming off an injury plagued season which limited him to just 39 catches. However, when healthy, Bryant is a physical mismatch for defensive backs.

Bryant runs well for his size (6-1, 210) as shown by his career 15.1 yards per catch average.


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 12:58 PM ET

Brackett's Deal With Colts: 5yrs./33 million

The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed starting MLB Gary Brackett, the team announced. According to a league source, it's a five-year, $33 million deal. The contract includes a $12 million signing bonus.

Brackett has played 2003-09 with the Colts, starting for the last five seasons.

Brackett, out of Rutgers University, signed as an undrafted free agent had has totaled 674 career tackles, eleven interceptions, five forced fumbles and three recovered fumbles. He has topped 100 tackles in each of the past five years, including a career-best 149 in 2007. He had 115 tackles in 2009, ranking second on the team. Brackett has started 73 of 103 career regular-season appearances, along with 10 of 14 career playoff outing.


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 12:38 PM ET

Rams Waive TE Fine

The St. Louis Rams waived TE Derek Fine, Scout.com confirmed through a league source. Fine was claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills last month.

Fine was selected by the Bills in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.

St. Louis now has just two tight ends left on their 80-man roster.


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com and Alex Marvez, FoxSports.com
at 03/05/2010 12:18 PM ET

Walter Drawing Solid Interest

Free-agent WR Kevin Walter (Houston Texans) is receiving solid interest so far at the start of free agency, a league source told FoxSports.com.

Walter is being recruited by the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and Kansas City Chiefs. The Texans are also trying to get him re-signed.

Walter signed as a restricted free agent with Houston back in March of 2006. The Cincinnati Bengals, who he played from 2003-2006, declined to match Houston's offer sheet.

Walter, who turns 29 in August, has posted 195 receptions over the past four seasons to go along with 2,470 yards, and 14 TDs. His best season as a professional came in 2008 when he posted 60 receptions for a career-high 899 yards, to go along with 8 TDs, and a career-high 15.1 yards per catch.

Walter is known in league circles as a solid possession receiver who has good hands and runs well after the catch.


Posted by:  Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.com
at 03/05/2010 12:18 PM ET

Arnaz Battle to Visit Steelers

The Steelers seem to like a little quarterback in their wide receivers, and maybe that's why they're bringing Arnaz Battle in for a visit this weekend according to The Sacramento Bee. The seven-year veteran of the San Francisco 49ers, Battle played quarterback for two years at Notre Dame before moving to wide receiver.

Battle was drafted in the sixth round by the 49ers in 2003 and his career peaked during the 2006-07 seasons when he caught 109 passes for 1,286 yards. Injuries slowed Battle in 2008, and last season he caught only five passes for 40 yards. His primary job last year was returning punts, but he averaged only 2.9 yards in 21 returns. Battle, 30, is 6 feet 1, 208 pounds.

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Posted by:  Tim Yotter, VikingUpdate.com
at 03/05/2010 12:13 PM ET

Vikings Still After Taylor

The Vikings have enlisted a "last-ditch" effort from running backs coach Eric Bieniemy to help keep Chester Taylor in Minnesota, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune. Vikings coach Brad Childress called Bieniemy the best running backs coach in the NFL and he was known as a strong recruiter at UCLA.

However, ultimately, Taylor's decision will come down to money and opportunity, both of which could be better elsewhere (Chicago is the leader with him visiting now) than with the Vikings, who have their workhorse in Adrian Peterson.

Vikings: News | Forums


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 12:07 PM ET

Dolphins Release FS Wilson

The Miami Dolphins have informed veteran FS Gibril Wilson that he will be released, his agent, Alvin Keels, said via his Twitter account.

Wilson, after being released by the Oakland Raiders last February, signed a five-year, $27.5 million deal with Miami soon after he became available. A source said he pocketed nearly $8 million for his one season with the Dolphins.

Wilson appeared in all 16 regular season games last season for Miami and started 14. He was originally selected in the fifth round of the 2004 draft by the New York Giants.

With Wilson out of the way, that could pave the way for the team to make a run at suddenly free-agent FS Antrel Rolle.


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 11:56 AM ET

Lloyd Returns to Broncos

The Denver Broncos, in addition to bringing back veteran OL Russ Hochstein, have also reached a deal to re-sign veteran WR Brandon Lloyd, the team announced.

Lloyd, who originally was signed by the Broncos on June 15, 2009, is an eighth-year wide receiver who played in two contests during the 2009 season, including a start in Denver's regular-season finale against Kansas City.

He has played in 81 career regular-season games (48 starts) and has totaled 164 receptions for 2,370 yards (14.5 avg.) with 15 touchdowns.

He fits in as a fourth or fifth receiver.


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 11:52 AM ET

CB Jones to Visit Denver

Free-agent CB Nathan Jones (Dolphins) has a visit set up with the Denver Broncos, Scout.com has confirmed.

Jones appeared in 16 game for Miami last season and started 4. Jones was one of Miami's best special teams players and also saw roughly 44 percent playing time on defense.

The Denver Post first reported Jones had a visit set up with Denver.


Posted by:  Nate Caminata, RoarReport.com
at 03/05/2010 11:45 AM ET

Vanden Bosch is a Lion

The Detroit Lions came to terms with free-agent DE Kyle Vanden Bosch on a four-year deal on Friday. Vanden Bosch had agreed to join the Lions after speaking with coach Jim Schwartz late Thursday, whom he played under while with the Tennessee Titans (2005-2009).

Vanden Bosch gives Detroit an immediate upgrade at a thin defensive end position, bolstering a defensive line that had already added former Browns' DT Corey Williams via trade on Thursday. Vanden Bosch, 31, enjoyed his most productive seasons in Tennessee with Schwartz as defensive coordinator. He started all 16 games last year and totaled three sacks.

Lions: News | Forums


Posted by:  John Crist, BearReport.com
at 03/05/2010 11:41 AM ET

Peppers Knows The Full-Court Press

A former basketball player at the University of North Carolina in addition to his football exploits, free agent defensive end Julius Peppers is familiar with the full-court press. That's what he should expect to see from the Bears on Friday, as they showed enough interest in the premier pass rusher to get him to visit Chicago immediately. Should Peppers be allowed to leave Halas Hall without a signed contract, chances are the next time the Bears see him he'll be wearing an Eagles (Redskins?) uniform.

Lovie Smith left nothing to chance. The Bears coach flew to Charlotte in order to make sure he was the first person to meet with Peppers after the clock struck 12:01 a.m. Eastern time. Smith will accompany Peppers and his agent, Carl Carey, to Chicago today with every intent of making them a Godfather-like offer.

Should Peppers not be a Bear by the end of the day, let's hope for his sake he doesn't own a horse.

Bears: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Doug Farrar, NorthwestFootball.net
at 03/05/2010 11:27 AM ET

Packers Had Better Shore Up O-Line

If the rumors prove true and Julius Peppers signs with the Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers could be facing an NFC North defensive end gauntlet of Peppers in ChiTown, Jared Allen and Ray Edwards in Minnesota, and the newly-minted Kyle Vanden Bosch in Detroit. That's bad news for an offensive line that finished 30th last year in Football Outsiders' Adjusted Sack Rate metric. More than ever, and with Chad Clifton visiting Washington, the Pack must shore up their offensive line in the draft if they are to exploit their current window of opportunity.

Packers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com
at 03/05/2010 11:12 AM ET

Osgood in Florida...

Kassim Osgood has landed in Jacksonville and meeting with the Jaguars. The Jags may be looking at some other local players who have recently become available. Here's JagNation's analysis...

Jaguars: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 11:09 AM ET

Broncos, Hochstein Agree

The Denver Broncos and veteran OL Russ Hochstein have agreed on a two-year deal, a league source told Scout.com. The deal could worth up to $3.5 million should he win a starting job.

Hochstein, who turns 33 in October, was acquired last August in a trade with the New England Patriots. He suffered a torn ACL late last season. He started 10 games for the Broncos.

Broncos: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Matt Tevsh, PackerReport.com
at 03/05/2010 10:54 AM ET

Williams, Jolly Get High Tenders

The Packers have placed the highest tender (1st and 3rd round) on restricted free agent cornerback Tramon Williams and the second-highest tender on defensive end Johnny Jolly (1st round). Williams joins Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins as the only Packer receiving the highest tenders.

Top unrestricted free agents Chad Clifton and Aaron Kampman have hit the market today. Clifton is reportedly being pursued by the Redskins while Kampman has been linked to several teams including the Seahawks where former Packers personnel man John Schneider is the new general manager.

Packers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 10:53 AM ET

More on the Panthers Moves

The Carolina Panthers released QB Jake Delhomme, DTs Damione Lewis and Ma'ake Kemoeatu, and LBs Landon Johnson and Na'il Diggs, the team announced.

Delhomme will still be owed over $12 million over the next three to four yeas while not being on the team. Matt Moore takes over as the starting quarterback.

Lewis and Kemoeatu were both starters, so the Panthers are very thin on depth at defensive tackle. Kemoeatu, who is coming off of Achilles surgery, and Lewis had a large option bonuses due soon.

Diggs, a source said, had a small option bonus due. Dan Connor seems like the odds-on favorite to replace him in the lineup. Diggs started 46 games over the past four years at SLB for the Panthers.

Johnson started a bit last season due to the injury to starting WLB Thomas Davis.

All of these players were released largely as a result of the team trying to accommodate DE Julius Peppers' $16.683 million franchise salary of from last season. The team targeted several veterans for renegotiation just to get Peppers' salary under the 2009 salary cap.

Panthers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Eric Hartz, ColtPower.com
at 03/05/2010 10:31 AM ET

More on Brackett Deal

Per published reports, the deal between the Indianapolis Colts and Gary Brackett is worth $33 million, with a $12 million bonus.

Colts: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 10:27 AM ET

Eagles Have Their Fullback

The Philadelphia Eagles and starting FB Leonard Weaver have reached an agreement on a three-year, $11 million deal, a league source told Scout.com. The contract includes $6.5 million guaranteed plus incentives.

This new deal will make Weaver the highest paid fullback in the NFL. The contract will eclipse Jacksonville Jaguars FB Greg Jones' renegotiated deal from 2008 that averages $3.4 million per season.

After leaving the Seattle Seahawks last March, Weaver signed a one-year, $1.75 million deal last March with the Eagles that included $750,000 in guaranteed money.

Weaver turned out to be perhaps one of the biggest surprises for the Eagles last season. He posted a career-high in touches, carries, and touchdowns. What surprised personnel evaluators was how well he moved for his size.

Eagles: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 10:23 AM ET

Redman Watch Has Ended

The Atlanta Falcons reached a multi-year contract extension with veteran QB Chris Redman, the team announced.

Redman has done an excellent job as a backup or spot starter for Atlanta since he signed with them back in 2007.

Falcons: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Chris Steuber, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 9:49 AM ET

Minnesota Marlin?

Reports indicate that the Minnesota Vikings are on the verge of signing former Indianapolis Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson. A first round pick in 2005, Jackson has dealt with injuries over the last two seasons, but when he's healthy he has the potential to be a quality starter. Jackson has four career interceptions and is known for his physical style of play.

Vikings: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: John Crist, BearReport.com
at 03/05/2010 9:47 AM ET

The Scoop on Manu

What are the Chicago Bears getting in tight end Brandon Manumaleuna? Bear Report brings Chicago fans the inside scoop from Michael Lombardo of SD Bolt Report, who covered the 6-2, 295-pounder in San Diego.

Bears: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Tim Yotter, VikingUpdate.com
at 03/05/2010 09:25 AM ET

Westbrook in Philly, For Now...

More than nine hours into free agency and Eagles running back Brian Westbrook is still on the Philadelphia roster. The Eagles said they were going to release him and that he was free to talk with other teams. It was expected that he would be released shortly after the start of free agency. With Chester Taylor visiting Chicago today and the Vikings expected to lose their backup running back, Westbrook would be a natural fit for Minnesota.

Eagles: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Chris Steuber, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 09:22 AM ET

Brackett Bolted In

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Indianapolis Colts and linebacker Gary Brackett have agreed to a five-year contract. Brackett, 29, has been one of the most consistent interior linebackers in the league since 2005 and was receiving a lot of interest on the open market.


Brackett recorded 99 tackles, a sack and an interception for the AFC Champions last season.

Colts: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/05/2010 09:19 AM ET

Johnson Exits Panther Cage

The Carolina Panthers will be releasing LB Landon Johnson Friday, his agent, Andy Simms posted via Twitter.

Johnson, who turns 29 next week, had one year left on his contract with a base salary at $1.33 million. A source said he had a $750,000 roster bonus due soon, so that could have contributed to Carolina's decision to release him.

Johnson appeared in 25 games over the last two years for Carolina and started 3.

Panthers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com
at 03/05/2010 09:17 AM ET

Left Coast Wideout Visiting Jags

Looking to bolster their wide receiver position, the Jacksonville Jaguars are flying in an under-utilized wide receiver. Grab a seven-day free trial for Jagnation.com and find out who and how he would fit in.

Jaguars: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 03/05/2010 08:43 AM ET

Washington Nets Interest

Free-agent WR Kelley Washington (Ravens) has received interest from the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills since free agency started this morning, a league source said.

Washington fits in as a third receiver and is also a solid special teams player.

Ravens: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: John Crist, BearReport.com
at 03/05/2010 08:34 AM ET

Bears Dip Their Toes In

The Monsters of the Midway made their first move of free agency Friday, signing Brandon Manumaleuna. The 6-2, 295-pound tight end is regarded as a tremendous blocker and can basically be a third tackle in the running game. He has also played in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's system before, having been with him in St. Louis from 2001-05. His most productive year as a receiver came in 2003, when he caught 29 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns. But make no mistake about it: Manumaleuna was not brought to Chicago to be a receiver.

While there has been speculation that Manumaleuna's eventual signing might signal the end of Greg Olsen's career in the Windy City, Bear Report is now hearing that the pass-catching specialist isn't going anywhere. Kellen Davis, on the other hand, could be looking for work very soon. A fifth-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Davis is a beast of a receiver at 6-6 and 262 pounds, but he has never shown much interest in improving his blocking.

Bears: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: DOUG FARRAR, NORTHWESTFOOTBALL.NET
at 03/05/2010 08:15 AM ET

Robinson Heading to Atlanta

At the Scouting Combine, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff was asked about the best way to fix his pass defense - spend the money on secondary upgrades, or go after a big-ticket pass-rusher? With the Bears entertaining the idea of Julius Peppers, Atlanta will talk to the premier free agent cornerback on the market - former Houston CB Dunta Robinson, a Georgia native. Several reports have indicated that Robinson will meet with the Falcons today, and he's a good fit as a zone corner in Atlanta's defensive scheme. With that upgrade in their secondary, the Falcons can look to the draft for their pass rush, with names like Michigan's Brandon Graham in the mix.

Falcons: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Doug Farrar, NorthwestFootball.net
at 03/05/2010 07:54 AM ET

Smart Move by Seahawks?

It's debatable whether former Seahawks receiver Nate Burleson is worth the $11 million guaranteed he just got from the Detroit Lions, but one has to wonder what contingency plans Seattle has at receiver now that he's gone. T.J. Houshmandzadeh did more talking than playing, and it appears that they are going to try to eke a little production out of Deion Branch, the pointman in one of the worst trades in franchise history. Losing Burleson, who wanted a long-term deal from the Seahawks, will give second-year receiver Deon Butler more reps. But Butler is undersized and unproven - it's pretty risky to lose your most consistent receiver when you're installing a new offense.


Posted by: Nate Caminata, RoarReport.com
at 03/05/2010 07:50 AM ET

The Big Push for KVB

Nate Caminata from RoarReport.com has confirmed from multiple league sources that the Lions are courting DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, and are hoping to have a deal in place by early Saturday. Lions coach Jim Schwartz is behind the push for Vanden Bosch after having previously coached him in Tennessee.

Lions: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Michael Lombardo, SDBoltReport.com
at 03/05/2010 07:43 AM ET

Wilson Inks

ESPN's John Clayton reports the San Diego Chargers have re-signed backup TE Kris Wilson to a two-year, $1.7 million contract. The 28-year-old Wilson was the No. 3 tight end in San Diego last season, but he could be elevated to the No. 2 role if Brandon Manumaleuna signs elsewhere. Manumaleuna is an unrestricted free agent and is being courted by the Baltimore Ravens.

Wilson finished last season with four catches for 21 yards and a score. He also caught Philip Rivers' only touchdown pass in the playoff game against the New York Jets.

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