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Iron Shiek
03-05-2010, 10:11 AM
I think I might've helped get this going last year. It warrants its own thread for the sake of keeping the frontpage cleaner. Pour all the signings into this thread. I'll start with a huge splash:

Bears sign TE Manamaleuna :roll:

For what its worth, Bears are the front runners to sign Julius Peppers and he is visiting them today after they gave, what his agent said, a very enticing offer.

Oviedo
03-05-2010, 10:34 AM
Lions signed Nate Burleson, WR

SteelAbility
03-05-2010, 10:35 AM
I heard something about the Bears using their TE Olsen as trade bait. Perhaps the Manumaleuna pickup has something to do with that? :stirpot

Oviedo
03-05-2010, 10:37 AM
I heard something about the Bears using their TE Olsen as trade bait. Perhaps the Manumaleuna pickup has something to do with that? :stirpot

I heard they want a 2nd Round pick for Olsen since they had previously traded both their 1st and 2nd for the 2010 draft.

SteelerNation1
03-05-2010, 10:38 AM
Lions signed Nate Burleson, WR

5 yrs 25 mill, 11 guaranteed!!!!!!!!!! Is that a joke??????

SteelAbility
03-05-2010, 10:43 AM
Lions signed Nate Burleson, WR

5 yrs 25 mill, 11 guaranteed!!!!!!!!!! Is that a joke??????

No. Remember these are the Lions :roll: we're talking about. :P

Hey, Delhomme just got released. They'll probably make a serious bid to pick him up too on the expensive. After all he was a SB QB, right?

D Rock
03-05-2010, 11:18 AM
Lions signed Nate Burleson, WR

5 yrs 25 mill, 11 guaranteed!!!!!!!!!! Is that a joke??????


What did Nate get last year? Burleson is probably worth a little more than what Nate got, and I think it was in that ridiculous neighborhood, wasn't it?

Iron Shiek
03-05-2010, 11:57 AM
Leonard Weaver re-signed with the Eagles...3 yr $10M, over half guaranteed.

Gary Brackett re-signed with Colts...5 yr $33M, $12M signing bonus. Yikes.

flippy
03-05-2010, 12:39 PM
I heard something about the Bears using their TE Olsen as trade bait. Perhaps the Manumaleuna pickup has something to do with that? :stirpot

I heard they want a 2nd Round pick for Olsen since they had previously traded both their 1st and 2nd for the 2010 draft.

A 2nd round pick for Olsen would be a bargain. He's still so young and his best days are ahead of him. I bet someone will take him for a second. I'd be happy if it was us.

stlrz d
03-05-2010, 01:01 PM
Kyle Vanden Bosch to the Lions.

SteelBucks
03-05-2010, 01:13 PM
Kyle Vanden Bosch to the Lions.

Reunited with his former D coordinator.

Iron Shiek
03-05-2010, 01:21 PM
Kyle Vanden Bosch to the Lions.

4 year contract, $26M...no other terms announced.


Other news....Matt Moore announced as starting QB for Panthers (until they land Michael Vick :roll: ) and Miami is releasing FS Gibril Wilson.

JTP53609
03-05-2010, 01:45 PM
its funny how fast players get released, gabril wilson signed with the raiders in 2008 after winning the sb with nyg, he signed that big deal than was let go and then signed with the dolphins and than again...let go

Oviedo
03-05-2010, 02:33 PM
Wilson getting released doesn't help Ryan Clark except that Clark is the "best safety in the NFL." :wink:

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 02:52 PM
Wilson getting released doesn't help Ryan Clark except that Clark is the "best safety in the NFL." :wink:



Vikings | Believed to be interested in Clark

Fri, 05 Mar 2010

Tom Pelissero, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, reports the Minnesota Vikings are believed to be interested in unrestricted free-agent FS Ryan Clark (Steelers), according to a source.

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 03:10 PM
Chester Taylor is a Chicago Bear

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 5, 2010 2:05 PM ET


Chester Taylor will stay in the NFC North.

The former Viking agreed to a four-year, $12 million contract with Chicago, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. $7 million is guaranteed in the first year.

The Bears are just getting their checkbook warmed up, with a deal for Julius Peppers on the way shortly.

Taylor's contract, like the one for Kyle Vanden Bosch, includes a lot of front-loaded money in the uncapped year. Look for Taylor and Matt Forte to split up the workload in Chicago next season.

Iron Shiek
03-05-2010, 04:12 PM
Redskins finally jump into the mix:

DE Phillip Daniels 2 yr contract
OLB Lorenzo Alexander 3 yr contract

Trade becomes official:

Lions get Corey Williams and 2010 7th Rounder; Browns get 2010 5th rounder. (All this after Browns gave up a 2nd rounder to acquire him from Packers a while back... :loser )


Bears and Julius Peppers in process of finalizing 6 year contract.

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 04:38 PM
Julius Peppers is a Chicago Bear

Posted by Michael David Smith on March 5, 2010 3:13 PM ET


The deal is done, and the biggest free agent of the 2010 off-season is going to Chicago: Julius Peppers is a Bear.

Although the team hasn't formally announced it yet, ESPN reports that a six-year deal is done. Adam Schefter reported that the Bears are expected to pay Peppers $40 million in the first three years.

The Bears will be expecting big things from Peppers, who has 81 sacks in his NFL career, which began in 2002. That's the third-most in the NFL during that time, behind only Jason Taylor and Dwight Freeney.

For the Bears (who also signed Brandon Manumaleuna and Chester Taylor on a huge first day of free agency), it's a sign that they're serious about winning, and winning now. After the disaster that was the Bears' 2009 season, that's a sign the fans of Chicago needed to see.

Iron Shiek
03-05-2010, 05:31 PM
Cheaters sign LB Tully Banta Cain to 3 yr $13.5M deal

Rams sign QB A.J. Feeley to 2 yr deal

Stains agree to restructured deal with Josh Cribbs...possibly 18.5 million over next 3 years

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 06:33 PM
Mike Vrabel, Alan Faneca and Rod Woodson are the three Steelers I wish had never left.


Chiefs | Vrabel contract details

Fri, 05 Mar 2010

Updating a previous report, Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports Kansas City Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel signed a one-year deal worth $1.6 million in base salary, according to a source. He will also receive a $1.425 million roster bonus.

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 07:01 PM
Dunta goes home to Georgia

Posted by Mike Florio on March 5, 2010


Texans cornerback Dunta Robinson, a Georgia native who was picked in the 2004 draft one spot before a guy who went to Georgia recently and found himself in a heap of alleged trouble, is going home.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Robinson and the Falcons have agreed to terms on a six-year deal.

Word emerged Thursday night, via Steve Wyche of NFL.com, that Robinson would be targeted by the Falcons. And he was.

Robinson made $9.957 million last year as Houston's franchise player.

isonator07
03-05-2010, 07:38 PM
Boldin to the Ravens

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 08:11 PM
Boldin to the Ravens



i'm glad to see the Felons losing someone... :ratsuck


Broncos | Bannan agrees to five-year deal


Fri, 05 Mar 2010

Mike Klis, of The Denver Post, reports the Denver Broncos have agreed to a five-year deal with free-agent DT Justin Bannan (Ravens). Financial terms were not available.



Read more: http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nfl#631040#ixzz0hLnQpDvr

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 08:25 PM
great move by the Patsies, locking up their dominant NT...


Patriots | Wilfork signs five-year deal

Fri, 05 Mar 2010


ESPN's Michael Smith reports the New England Patriots have signed franchise free-agent DT Vince Wilfork to a five-year, $40 million contract. The deal includes an $18 million signing bonus and $25 million in guarantees.

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 08:36 PM
Boldin to the Ravens



i'm glad to see the Felons losing someone... :ratsuck


Broncos | Bannan agrees to five-year deal


Fri, 05 Mar 2010

Mike Klis, of The Denver Post, reports the Denver Broncos have agreed to a five-year deal with free-agent DT Justin Bannan (Ravens). Financial terms were not available.



Bannan, Broncos agree to five-year deal

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 5, 2010


The nose tackle in a 3-4 defense is perhaps the hardest position to find in football, so the Broncos were thrilled Friday to pick up Justin Bannan from the Ravens on a five-year contract.

The little-known reserve (Our No. 21 free agent) has spent eight seasons in Buffalo and Baltimore as a rotational end and nose tackle. He will play the nose in Denver and was one of the better-looking values in free agency.

Bannan played his college football nearby at the University of Colorado. With Bannan signed Baltimore, a final eight team, can now sign any unrestricted free agent they choose.

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 08:40 PM
Walter wanted to sign with the Ravens, but they decided to acquire Boldin instead.


Texans | Agree to terms with K. Walter

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 1


John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans have agreed to terms to re-sign free-agent WR Kevin Walter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 08:48 PM
Packers | Clifton re-signs to three-year deal

Fri, 05 Mar 2010

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Green Bay Packers have re-signed free-agent OT Chad Clifton to a three-year contract worth $20 million. The deal includes $7.5 million in guarantees.

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 08:55 PM
Walter wanted to sign with the Ravens, but they decided to acquire Boldin instead.


Texans | Agree to terms with K. Walter

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 1


John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans have agreed to terms to re-sign free-agent WR Kevin Walter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.



Kevin Walter stays with Texans

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 5, 2010


Less than an hour after striking out with the Ravens, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports Walter has agreed to a multi-year contract to stay with the Texans.

Terms aren't available, but he was expected to get a contract similar to the one Nate Burleson did with the Lions.

In other words, the Texans got a nice value. Detroit didn't.

Walter will team with Andre Johnson, Jacoby Jones, and tight end Owen Daniels to form one of the better pass-catching crews in the league once again.

The next logical names up to get attention on the free agent market at wide receiver include Terrell Owens and Derrick Mason.

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 09:03 PM
Dolphins | Dansby signs five-year deal

Fri, 05 Mar 2010


Sports 620 KTAR's John Gambadoro reports free-agent LB Karlos Dansby (Cardinals) has signed a five-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 09:18 PM
Dolphins | Dansby signs five-year deal

Fri, 05 Mar 2010


Sports 620 KTAR's John Gambadoro reports free-agent LB Karlos Dansby (Cardinals) has signed a five-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.



Dolphins | Dansby's deal worth $43 million

Fri, 05 Mar 2010


Updating a previous item, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Miami Dolphins reached an agreement with free-agent LB Karlos Dansby (Cardinals) on a five-year, $43 million deal. The contract includes $22 million in guarantees.

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 11:10 PM
Giants | Rolle agrees to terms


Fri, 05 Mar 2010


Newsday reports free-agent FS Antrel Rolle (Cardinals) has signed with the New York Giants, according to a source. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

hawaiiansteel
03-05-2010, 11:15 PM
Giants | Rolle agrees to terms


Fri, 05 Mar 2010


Newsday reports free-agent FS Antrel Rolle (Cardinals) has signed with the New York Giants, according to a source. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.



the Cardinals have to be considered the biggest losers after Day 1 of free agency, losing both LB Karlos Dansby and FS Antrel Rolle.


Rolle gets five years, $37 million from Giants

Posted by Mike Florio on March 5, 2010


Safety Antrel Rolle has a new home.

Barely a day after being cut by the Cardinals, Rolle has agreed to terms with the Giants.

Per a league source, it's a five-year deal worth $37 million, an NFL record for a safety. Rolle gets $15 million guaranteed and $22.5 million over the first three years.

He reportedly wanted $8 million per year, but the top of the market had been only $7 million. Rolle now pushes the high-water market even higher, thanks to the final year of a rookie deal that forced the Cardinals to pay him $12 million or set him free.

The Bears and Dolphins were in on the deal early, but both dropped out after plunking down big money on other big-name defensive free agents.

hawaiiansteel
03-06-2010, 12:03 AM
Dolphins | Pennington signs one-year deal

Fri, 05 Mar 2010


Chris Mortensen, of ESPN.com, reports the Miami Dolphins have re-signed free-agent QB Chad Pennington to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. The contract will allow for another $1.515 million if he is traded, according to sources.

hawaiiansteel
03-06-2010, 01:32 AM
Giants | Rolle agrees to terms


Fri, 05 Mar 2010


Newsday reports free-agent FS Antrel Rolle (Cardinals) has signed with the New York Giants, according to a source. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.



On closer review, Rolle's deal is better than Sanders', too

Posted by Mike Florio on March 6, 2010


In response to the widespread assertion that the contract signed on Friday night by safety Antrel Rolle with the Giants carries the highest value of any safety in league history, some of you have asked the age-old question (when considering crappy movies from the early 1990s), "What about Bob Sanders?"

Here's the breakdown.

In year one, Sanders received $8.5 million. Rolle will get $10 million.

After two years, Sanders pocketed $15.615 million. Rolle will have made a total of $15.5 million.

Through three years, Sanders' total take is $21.735 million. Rolle will have $22.5 million.

After four, $24.510 million for Sanders and $29.75 million for Rolle.

After five, $30.5 million for Sanders and $37 million for Rolle.

Sanders has a sixth year to get to the full value of $38.5 million.

(The difference, in large part, comes from the fact that Sanders signed a five-year, $37.5 million extension; Rolle signed a five-year deal from scratch.)

There's also a difference as to guaranteed money. Though Sanders' total guarantee was $19 million, only $8 million is guaranteed for skill and injury. For Rolle, all $15 million is guaranteed for skill and injury.

hawaiiansteel
03-06-2010, 01:49 AM
NFL Notebook: Bears land biggest prize
Saturday, March 06, 2010


Julius Peppers is no longer a Carolina Panthers defensive end.

Peppers, a five-time Pro Bowler and top free-agent prize, agreed Friday to a six-year deal with the Chicago Bears, the biggest move on a day the team showed it's intent on contending again after missing the playoffs the past three seasons following a trip to Super Bowl XLI.

Peppers agreed to a six-year deal worth potentially $91.5 million. Agent Carl Carey said a record $42 million is guaranteed, with Peppers earning $20 million in the first year.

"It's one thing to play football in this league and make a living, but it's a totally different thing to come to a place with a rich tradition like the Bears," Peppers said.

Besides Peppers, the Bears lured running back Chester Taylor from NFC North Division champion Minnesota with a four-year contract and blocking tight end Brandon Manumaleuna from San Diego with a five-year deal. Taylor's contract reportedly is worth $12.5 million with $7 million guaranteed,.

By landing one of the league's top pass rushers and a running back who could challenge incumbent Matt Forte, Chicago showed just how serious it is about contending against in the NFC.

General manager Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith are operating on a win-or-else mandate from above after a 7-9 season that left many in Chicago calling for sweeping changes.

A coaching staff shake-up that left the Bears with new offensive and defensive coordinators in Mike Martz and Rod Marinelli was just a start.

The signings Friday do not guarantee a turnaround, as Bears fans learned last season after the trade with Denver for quarterback Jay Cutler. Even so, the Bears did address some big needs, particularly on the defensive line.

Ravens
Baltimore bolstered its wide receiving corps by obtaining Anquan Boldin from the Arizona Cardinals for two draft picks.

Boldin, 29, caught 84 passes for 1,024 yards and two touchdowns last season. He is a welcome addition to a team that set a priority this offseason of getting quarterback Joe Flacco a few high-profile targets.

A month again, the Ravens added free agent Donte' Stallworth.

Although Boldin has had difficulty staying healthy throughout his pro career, he has amassed at least 1,000 yards receiving in five of his seven seasons.

Panthers
General manager Marty Hurney called it the toughest decision he ever made. Coach John Fox couldn't fight off tears while answering questions.

Carolina officially parted ways with Jake Delhomme and declared that Matt Moore will be the starting quarterback going into training camp.

At an emotional news conference where Hurney and Fox choked up, the Panthers announced that Delhomme, who also was emotional later, was one of five veterans released.

The move comes after Delhomme threw a career-high 18 interceptions last season. The Panthers still owe him more than $12.5 million in guaranteed money.

The Panthers also released defensive tackles Damione Lewis and Maake Kemoeatu, and linebackers Na'il Diggs and Landon Johnson in the start of a youth movement.

Jets
New York officially released running back Thomas Jones, as expected, but didn't rule out a return of the leader of the NFL's top rushing offense.

Browns
Pro Bowl return specialist Josh Cribbs finally has a new three-year contract with Cleveland. After two seasons of threats, broken promises and back-and-forth negotiations, the Browns restructured the final three years of the six-year deal Cribbs signed in 2006. The total value of the contract has been reported at more than $18 million.

Elsewhere
The Patriots e-signed linebacker Tully Banta-Cain to a three-year deal. ... The Lions acquired defensive tackle Corey Williams from the Browns in a move that also involved two late-round draft picks. ... The Eagles agreed to a three-year contract with All-Pro fullback Leonard Weaver. ... The Colts signed linebacker Gary Brackett a five-year deal hours after he officially became an unrestricted agent. The new deal is likely to keep their defensive captain in a Colts uniform the rest of his career. ... The Falcons agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback Dunta Robinson, who had 13 interceptions in the past six seasons with the Texans. ... Free-agent linebacker Larry Foote, who started every game for the Steelers from 2004-08, said he has visits scheduled next week with the Redskins and Cardinals.

hawaiiansteel
03-06-2010, 03:54 PM
Who needs a draft!!!

Chicago, which has only 5 total picks at the 2010 draft with the first one not coming until the middle of the third round, has made the biggest early splash in free agency to date signing former Carolina star DE Julius Peppers, as well as RB Chet Taylor from division-rival Minnesota and TE Brandon Manumaleuna. In other veteran free agent moves that are likely to have an impact on how teams approach the upcoming draft, the Giants filled a big hole at safety signing former Arizona FS Antrel Rolle; Atlanta addressed a need at corner signed CB Dunta Robinson away from Houston; Miami, which had been thought to be looking seriously at Alabama MLB Rolando McClain with the 12th pick, signed LB Karlos Dansby, yet another former Cardinal; Indianapolis resigned MLB Gary Brackett; while New England came to terms on a contract extension with franchised NT Vince Wilfork.

SteelAbility
03-06-2010, 04:20 PM
This whole Ratbirds getting Boldin thing is seriously getting me down. :x As if the whole Ben thing wasn't enough. :ratsuck

cruzer8
03-06-2010, 04:23 PM
This whole Ratbirds getting Boldin thing is seriously getting me down. :x As if the whole Ben thing wasn't enough. :ratsuck

He's a possession receiver who's beginning to have issues with leg injuries. They have no deep threat and Flacco still shows signs of not being able to throw accurately over the middle. Boldin is nothing to be concerned with.

hawaiiansteel
03-07-2010, 02:09 AM
I have always been a big Aaron Kampman fan, the Jaguars just got themselves a good player.


Jaguars | Kampman to start at defensive end

Sat, 06 Mar 2010


Michael C. Wright, of The Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars newly added DE Aaron Kampman (Packers) will return to the defensive end position after transitioning to linebacker last year with the Green Bay Packers. He is expected to start opposite former first-round pick DE Derrick Harvey.

stlrz d
03-07-2010, 10:50 AM
I have always been a big Aaron Kampman fan, the Jaguars just got themselves a good player.


Jaguars | Kampman to start at defensive end

Sat, 06 Mar 2010


Michael C. Wright, of The Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars newly added DE Aaron Kampman (Packers) will return to the defensive end position after transitioning to linebacker last year with the Green Bay Packers. He is expected to start opposite former first-round pick DE Derrick Harvey.

The Packers screwed up trying to make him a 3-4 olb. They should have tried to trade him when it was obvious he wasn't cutting it in that role. They knew it before the season even started.

hawaiiansteel
03-07-2010, 02:47 PM
I have always been a big Aaron Kampman fan, the Jaguars just got themselves a good player.


Jaguars | Kampman to start at defensive end

Sat, 06 Mar 2010


Michael C. Wright, of The Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars newly added DE Aaron Kampman (Packers) will return to the defensive end position after transitioning to linebacker last year with the Green Bay Packers. He is expected to start opposite former first-round pick DE Derrick Harvey.

The Packers screwed up trying to make him a 3-4 olb. They should have tried to trade him when it was obvious he wasn't cutting it in that role. They knew it before the season even started.


you are absolutely right, there is no doubt that Kampman is better with his hand on the ground and it was obvious to everyone right away that he was not cutting it as a 3-4 OLB. now the Packers lose him with no compensation in return, very poorly managed by the Packers brass...

hawaiiansteel
03-07-2010, 04:56 PM
Browns lock up Pashos

Posted by Mike Florio on March 7, 2010


Veteran offensive lineman Tony Pashos left Washington last night without signing a contract.

And he won't be signing a contract there, at least not in the near future.

Adam Schefter reports that Pashos has agreed to terms on a three-year, $10.3 million deal with the Cleveland Browns.

Pashos entered the league as a fifth-round pick of the Ravens in 2003, and he started every game at right tackle in 2006. He signed with the Jags as an unrestricted free agent in 2007, and he was released last year after refusing to take a pay cut.

Pashos eventually landed with the 49ers via a one-year deal, but he was placed on injured reserve after appearing in five 2009 games, with one start.

Pashos presumably will be in the mix at right tackle, across from Joe Thomas, the current anchor of the Cleveland offensive line.

hawaiiansteel
03-07-2010, 09:03 PM
The Cleveland Browns announced that they have signed former New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita as well as former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Tony Pashos.

Pashos agreed to a three-year, $10.3 million deal, a league source told National Football Post.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Fujita's deal spans three years and is worth $14 million.

“We are extremely happy that we were able to get Scott and Tony signed so quickly,” said Browns general manager Tom Heckert said in a statement. “They are two players we had targeted from the start of free agency. Both are smart, tough and physical - the type of players that the Browns are looking for. Scott possesses tremendous size for a linebacker, and this will allow him to play inside or outside in our 3-4 defense. He has been a starter throughout his career, has been exposed to several different defensive schemes and has been successful in all of them.

"He is a great leader and played a big part in the success that the Saints achieved last year. We like the fact that Tony has started a lot of games in this league, and has been a part of some productive offenses with Baltimore and Jacksonville. Although he’s started at right tackle, he has the versatility to play inside as well, and he will come in and compete at both tackle and guard with us.”

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Fujita entered the league as a fifth-round draft choice of Kansas City in 2002. During his career, he has played with the Chiefs (2002-04), Dallas (2005) and the Saints (2006-09).

He has registered 801 career tackles, 19 sacks, five interceptions, 22 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

hawaiiansteel
03-07-2010, 09:29 PM
i'm sure 49'ers fans everywhere are rejoicing! :roll:


Carr agrees to terms with 49ers

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 7, 2010


Alex Smith has a new backup quarterback to worry about in San Francisco.

David Carr agreed to terms with the 49ers, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. The deal was first mentioned by Carr's former teammate Kevin Boss, who tweeted the news. (What is it about Carr-related tweets making news?)

Carr's arrival doesn't bode well for Shaun Hill, who lost his starting job to Smith during last season. Hill is due $1.5 million in 2010, and is hardly a lock to keep his roster spot.

The chance to get back on the field was paramount in Carr's search. The 49ers are committed to Smith as a starter, but Carr knows better than anyone a number one overall pick at quarterback has to win eventually or lose his gig.

hawaiiansteel
03-07-2010, 09:39 PM
wow, is Scott Fujita worth almost $5 million/year?


Browns | Fujita signs three-year deal


Sun, 07 Mar 2010

Updating a previous item, Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita signed a three-year deal worth $14 million, according to a source.

hawaiiansteel
03-07-2010, 10:04 PM
has Chris Houston's stock ever slipped! i actually was hoping that we would draft him a few years ago, Houston has got to be better than whoever is playing CB for the Lions right now. they say Houston's problem is that although he covers well he never turns his head to see where the ball is, still can't help wondering if Houston isn't still better than William Gay.

wonder if the Steelers ever considered this deal, seems like a small price to pay...



With Dunta's deal done, Falcons will trade Chris Houston

Posted by Mike Florio on March 7, 2010


On Saturday, the Atlanta Falcons signed veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson to a free-agent deal. With Robinson under contract, they no longer need cornerback Chris Houston.

And so, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, they're trading Houston to the Detroit Lions for a sixth-round draft pick and a flip-flop of fifth-rounders.

It's a dramatic free fall for the second-round pick from Arkansas, who has started 37 regular-season games and every 2008 contest -- including a playoff loss to the Cardinals.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 03:14 AM
Free agency signings tracker
ProFootballTalk.com
Sunday, March 7


Browns signed T Tony Pashos (49ers) to three-year, $10.3 million contract.

Browns signed LB Scott Fujita (Saints) to a three-year, $14 million contract.

Jaguars signed DE Aaron Kampman (Packers) to a four-year, $26 million contract, including $11 million guaranteed.

Saturday, March 6

Dolphins signed LB Karlos Dansby (Cardinals) to a five-year, $43 million contract, including $22 million guaranteed.

Dolphins re-signed QB Chad Pennington to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

Jaguars signed WR Kassim Osgood (Chargers) to a three-year, $6.675 million contract, including $2.975 million guaranteed.

Redskins signed G Artis Hicks (Vikings) to a three-year contract.

Saints re-signed OL Nick Leckey to a one-year contract.

Chiefs re-signed WR Terrance Copper.

Colts signed G/C Andy Alleman (Chiefs) to a one-year contract.

Saints re-signed S Pierson Prioleau (Saints) to a one-year contract.

Lions re-signed T Jon Jansen to a one-year, $900,000 contract.

Friday, March 5

Giants signed S Antrel Rolle (Cardinals) to a five-year, $37 million contract, including $15 million guaranteed.

Rams re-signed S Craig Dahl to a three-year contract.

Broncos signed CB Nathan Jones (Dolphins) to a four-year contract that can be worth up to $13.6 million.

Patriots re-signed G Stephen Neal (Patriots) to a two-year contract.

Texans re-signed WR Kevin Walter to a five-year, $21 million contract.

Packers re-signed T Chad Clifton to a three-year, $20 million contract, including $7.5 million guaranteed.

Patriots re-signed DT Vince Wilfork to a five-year, $40 million contract, including $25 million guaranteed.

Raiders re-signed T Khalif Barnes to a one-year contract.

Broncos signed DT Justin Bannan (Ravens) to a five-year contract.

Falcons signed CB Dunta Robinson (Texans) to a six-year, $57 million contract, including $22.5 million guaranteed.

Rams signed QB A.J. Feeley (Panthers) to a two-year contract.

Browns re-signed KR/WR/RB Josh Cribbs to a three-year, $18 million contract, including $7 million guaranteed.

Patriots re-signed LB Tully Banta-Cain to a three-year, $13.5 million contract, including a $6 million signing bonus.

Bears signed DE Julius Peppers (Panthers) to a six-year, $91.5 million contract, including $42 million guaranteed.

Lions re-signed LB Vinny Ciurciu to a one-year contract.

Chargers re-signed DE Alphonso Boone to a two-year contract.

Redskins re-signed T Mike Williams to a three-year contract.

Redskins re-signed C Casey Rabach to a three-year, $12.3 million contract.

Bears signed RB Chester Taylor (Vikings) to a four-year, $12.5 million contract, including $7 million guaranteed.

Broncos re-signed WR Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract.

Broncos re-signed OL Ross Hochstein to a two-year contract.

Redskins re-signed DT Philip Daniels to a two-year, $2.162 million contract.

Lions signed DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (Titans) to a four-year, $26 million contract, including $10 million guaranteed.

Eagles re-signed FB Leonard Weaver to a three-year, $10 million contract.

Colts re-signed LB Gary Brackett to a five-year, $33 million contract, including a $12 million signing bonus.

Texans re-signed P Matt Turk to a one-year contract.

Bears signed TE Brandon Manumaleuna (Chargers) to a five-year contract.

Redskins re-signed LB Lorenzo Alexander to a three-year contract.

Lions signed WR Nate Burleson to a five-year, $25 million contract, including $11 million guaranteed.

Chargers re-signed TE Kris Wilson to a two-year contract.

Falcons re-signed QB Chris Redman to a two-year, $5 million contract.

cruzer8
03-08-2010, 01:07 PM
Fujita went from the penthouse to the outhouse.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 03:01 PM
Fujita went from the penthouse to the outhouse.


but at least he got paid a lot of money to go to the outhouse, that's way more than i ever thought Fujita would get...way to parlay that Super Bowl win into a nice contract there Scott!


now for a Steelers bargain basement special -


Allen, Steelers make a deal

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 8, 2010


The Steelers didn't waste any time improving their safety depth.

The team has already agreed to a three-year contract with former Bucs safety Will Allen, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Allen and Arnaz Battle are in Pittsburgh for the Steelers' first free agent visits of the year. It appears last year's starting free safety Ryan Clark, now visiting Miami, is unlikely to be back with Pittsburgh.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 03:22 PM
continuing on with the KMart red light specials -


Steelers continue special teams spree with Battle

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 8, 2010


The Steelers wisely understand their pass-first tendencies didn't keep them out of the playoffs. Their abysmal special teams were largely to blame.

Arnaz Battle agreed to terms on a three-year contract Monday, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. Safety Will Allen, also a core special teams player, was signed earlier in the day.

Battle played under new Pittsburgh special teams coach Al Everest in San Francisco. He's an aggressive blocking wideout that can fill Pittsburgh's fourth receiver role.

Limas Sweed's future with the team is very much in doubt after his mysterious disappearance late last season.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 03:29 PM
Rams reel in Robbins

Posted by Mike Florio on March 8, 2010


Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo served as the Giants' defensive coordinator before getting the job in St. Louis.

A year later, Spagnuolo has reunited with one of the more unsung members of the team's defensive line.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that defensive tackle Fred Robbins has agreed to terms on a three-year deal that could be worth up to $12 million.

It remains to be seen whether the Rams will make additional moves. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently pointed out that prospective owner Shahid Khan already is influencing the team's approach to free agency.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 04:41 PM
Tony Hills, I would start working out a little harder if I were you...


Steelers | J. Scott agrees to terms

Mon, 08 Mar 2010


Gerry Dulac, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent OT Jonathan Scott (Bills). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 06:46 PM
Bills find a tackle

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 8, 2010


The Bills have jumped off the sidelines this offseason with an odd move.

The team signed tackle Cornell Green to a three-year, $9 million contract, according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora. Last with the Raiders, Green turns 34 this offseason.

Buffalo needs warm bodies on the offensive line, but Green didn't seem like a player that was going to get much more than the veteran's minimum. Of course, he may have to start in Buffalo.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 07:13 PM
Wade lands with Lions

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 8, 2010


Cornerback Jonathan Wade is the latest addition to the Detroit Lions, according to a league source.

Wade lasted only three seasons in St. Louis despite getting taken in the third round of the 2007 draft. Wade has plenty of speed and can play in the press coverage that coach Jim Schwartz prefers.

Detroit has been among the most aggressive teams this offseason, adding Kyle Vanden Bosch, Corey Williams, and Nate Burleson.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 07:21 PM
Tank Johnson stays with the Bengals

Posted by Mike Florio on March 8, 2010


We recently reported that the Bengals were trying to re-sign defensive tackle Tank Johnson. Apparently, they have succeeded.

Johnson was announced via Twitter that "we got a deal" and "I'm Baaaaaaaack!!!"

The former Bear and Cowboy joined the Bengals in 2009.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 08:31 PM
Steelers | Randle El signed


Mon, 08 Mar 2010 16:01:47 -0800

Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed unrestricted free-agent WR Antwaan Randle El (Redskins) to a three-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Vikings | Not showing interest in Parker

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 15:57:08 -0800

Judd Zulgad, of Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings not interested in unrestricted free-agent RB Willie Parker (Steelers).


Bengals | T. Johnson contract update

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 15:56:46 -0800

Updating a previous report, John Clayton, of ESPN, reports the Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed unrestricted free-agent FT Tank Johnson to a four-year deal, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Steelers | Clark agrees to terms

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 15:51:50 -0800

Allen Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent FS Ryan Clark (Steelers), according to a league source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 09:04 PM
Avant will make $7 million this year

Posted by Mike Florio on March 8, 2010


Eagles receiver Jason Avant, a restricted free agent with a second-round tender, has finagled a strong deal. As Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted earlier today, Avant signed a five-year, $18 million deal, with $8 million guaranteed.

A league source tells us that Avant will receive $7 million of that money in 2010.

Solid pay for a guy who caught only 41 passes for 587 yards and three touchdowns last year.

Somewhere, DeSean Jackson is smiling and rubbing his hands together.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 10:24 PM
very classy!


Mon Mar 08, 2010

Scott Fujita knows the right way to leave a city
By MJD


It was heartwarming when the long-downtrodden Saints won the Super Bowl. It didn't get any less heartwarming when Drew Brees(notes) made the media rounds in the weeks after the game, establishing himself as the sweetest and most humble man in America.

Apparently, everyone on the entire team was an absolute ray of sunshine.

Scott Fujita, a somewhat unheralded linebacker on that Super Bowl team, recently signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns. Before leaving town, though, Fujita did one more thing for the people of New Orleans: He gave half of his Super Bowl check to charity, half of that going to relief efforts in Haiti, and the other half going to coastal restoration in New Orleans.

From nola.com:
"The people of this city and region have been so good to me and my family that we just felt strongly about doing something to protect the city we have come to love so much, " Fujita said. "And helping on the coastal issue has been on the back of my mind since I first got here."

Take note, other free agents. That's how you leave a city. So far, the bar has been set at "hold a tearful press conference" or "thank the fans in a full-page newspaper ad" for a classy exit. Scott Fujita just raised it.

Anyway, he's Cleveland's now, and if he'd like to continue his streak of doing charitable things for cities in which he plays, I'm sure he'll find an option or two in Cleveland.

hawaiiansteel
03-09-2010, 12:46 AM
Updated: March 8, 2010, 10:28 PM ET
Steelers also sign safety Allen


The Pittsburgh Steelers made several moves Monday, including re-signing safety Ryan Clark and bringing back former wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Clark deal is for $14 million over four years, a source told ESPN.com senior NFL writer John Clayton. It was somewhat of a surprise after the Steelers also signed free-agent safety Will Allen to a three-year deal earlier in the day.

Allen's deal is worth $4.495 million with $975,000 to sign, a source told Clayton.

The team also signed wide receiver Arnaz Battle to a three-year deal, the team announced Monday. Battle's deal is worth $3.975 million with $975,000 to sign, a source told Clayton.

Randle El's deal was for three years as well, a source close to the situation told Schefter.

After Washington released him last week, Randle El's first choice was to return to the franchise that he helped win a Super Bowl.

Both Allen and Battle have links to the Steelers' coaching staff. Allen spent the past six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he once worked with current Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. And former San Francisco 49ers special teams coach Al Everett, now Pittsburgh's special teams coach, recommended Battle to Tomlin.

Battle is expected to help the Steelers as a backup wide receiver and offer help on special teams. He started 38 games for the 49ers from 2005 through 2007 and caught 141 passes during that span.

With Randle El and Battle in the fold, Pittburgh could cut ties with former second-round pick Limas Sweed.

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and ESPN.com senior NFL writer John Clayton contributed to this report.

D Rock
03-09-2010, 12:53 AM
Chris Chambers has re-signed with Kansas City

Leigh Bodden has re-signed with New England

hawaiiansteel
03-09-2010, 03:08 AM
Steelers' headquarters hums with activity

By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Will Allen file
• Taken in fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

• Started 26 games from 2004-09 and had 174 tackles and four interceptions.

• Had 63 special teams tackles from 2004-09, including 21 in 2008.

Arnaz Battle file
• Selected in sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

• Had 178 catches for 2,150 yards and 11 touchdowns from 2003-09.

• Caught just five passes for 40 yards last season when the 49ers went with younger players at wide receiver.


The Steelers made a pair of acquisitions Monday that could improve their special teams units and bolster overall depth.

The team met with safety Will Allen and wide receiver Arnaz Battle yesterday and signed both to three-year contracts before they left the team's South Side practice facility.

The Steelers are scheduled to meet with former Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Jonathan Scott today, and he too could be signed to provide depth.

Meanwhile, the Steelers have made inquiries about Larry Foote and whether he would have any interest in returning to Pittsburgh.

Foote started at inside linebacker here from 2004-08 but requested and was granted his release last year because he wanted the chance to showcase himself as an every-down linebacker.

Foote, who's a free agent again after playing just one season with the Detroit Lions, visited the Washington Redskins yesterday. He may want to sign with a team that can at least promise him the chance to challenge for a starting job.

Allen, who played for Mike Tomlin when the latter was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' secondary coach, won't get the chance to do that with the Steelers. But the Ohio State product could play a role similar to the one Tyrone Carter filled the last several seasons, when he was the primary backup to Troy Polamalu at strong safety and Ryan Clark at free safety.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Allen started 26 games in six seasons with the Buccaneers and also excelled as a special teams player.

"The appeal (of joining the Steelers) is the opportunity because you don't know what can happen," said the 27-year-old Allen, whose new deal could be worth as much as $4.4 million. "It's a new look, and I get to play under coach Tomlin again. It's just a matter of where they need me to be and how they need me to play."

Like Allen, Battle, 30, could make more of an impact on special teams, where the former San Francisco 49er has done everything from return kickoffs and punts to play gunner on the punt coverage team.

The 6-1, 208-pound Battle said his rugged style is suited for special teams play. He said his effectiveness on special teams allowed him to stay with the 49ers even after they went through a youth movement at wide receiver.

Battle caught just five passes for 40 yards last season.

"My job is just to come in and work hard and prepare myself for any role that's given to me," said Battle, whose deal could be worth as much as $3.9 million.

Iron Shiek
03-09-2010, 09:19 AM
Obviously the players are gonna use the cliche of "I just want to fill the role given to me" however, for my own piece of mind, I am glad to hear it anyway. They sound happy to be with the team. I'm excited to have them. Depth can be a wonderful thing.

hawaiiansteel
03-09-2010, 05:26 PM
Chris Chambers has re-signed with Kansas City

Leigh Bodden has re-signed with New England



Report: Bodden deal done

Posted by Mike Florio on March 9, 2010



Today, Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reports that the deal is done -- and La Canfora has the numbers.

Per La Canfora, it's a five-year, $28.5 million contract, with $10 million guaranteed.

Bodden signed a one-year deal with the Pats in 2009, after being cut by the Lions. The Patriots had offered a multi-year contract at the time, but Bodden opted to do a shorter deal and to hit the market in the uncapped year.

Bodden visited the Texans before opting to remain with the Patriots.

hawaiiansteel
03-09-2010, 05:30 PM
Obviously the players are gonna use the cliche of "I just want to fill the role given to me" however, for my own piece of mind, I am glad to hear it anyway. They sound happy to be with the team. I'm excited to have them. Depth can be a wonderful thing.



yes, depth can be a wonderful thing...especially when diving into a swimming pool! :D

hawaiiansteel
03-09-2010, 06:27 PM
Chiefs | RB Thomas Jones signed

Tue, 09 Mar 2010

Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports the Kansas City Chiefs have signed unrestricted free-agent RB Thomas Jones (Jets) to a two-year deal worth $5 million.


Chiefs | Parker to visit

Tue, 09 Mar 2010

Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports the Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to meet with unrestricted free-agent RB Willie Parker (Steelers) Thursday, March 11.

hawaiiansteel
03-09-2010, 07:17 PM
Jamal Williams joins Denver's defensive line makeover

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 9, 2010


Josh McDaniels is creating his very own "Over the Hill Gang" on Denver's defensive line.

The Broncos agreed to terms Tuesday on a three-year deal with nose tackle Jamal Williams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news will sting in San Diego, where the Chargers wanted to re-sign the 3-4 run plugger at a lower cost after releasing him. Williams was also scheduled to meet with the Saints.

Williams is the third defensive lineman signed since Friday that is over 30, joining Justin Bannan and Jarvis Green. Bannan and Williams will split time at nose tackle, which should improve Denver's lackluster rush defense.

hawaiiansteel
03-09-2010, 07:35 PM
Despite suspension, Dolphins bring back Jason Ferguson

Posted by Mike Florio on March 9, 2010 6


It recently was reported that Dolphins defensive tackle Jason Ferguson will be suspended for the first eight games of the 2010 season.

Despite the pending suspension, the Dolphins have re-signed the veteran nose tackle.

If the suspension sticks, Ferguson will be permitted to participate in all offseason workouts, training camp, and the preseason. After the final preseason game, he'll be gone for eight weeks.

The 13-year veteran has spent the last two years with the Dolphins.

hawaiiansteel
03-09-2010, 08:35 PM
Manic Monday

By Harvey “Mr. Steeler” Aronson


The Pittsburgh Steelers conducted one of their busiest days I can recall during an off-season yesterday that included the inking of four new players and bringing back a players from last season who was threatening to sign elsewhere. What follows is the list complete with additional information like stats and comments directly from the source.
Ryan Clark. Clark returns with a four-year, $14 million deal in hand. He had visited with the Miami Dolphins but according to his agent, Pittsburgh is home. Said his agent: “He probably left money on the table, but it wasn't about the money. I think he just decided Pittsburgh was more home to him.”


Will Allen

Allen was signed before Clark came to an agreement so he would have been either Clark’s replacement or just additional depth, so now he becomes a threat to Ryan Mundy’s job. Allen is 6’1”, 200 and 27 years of age. He comes out of Ohio State with his rookie campaign coming in 2004. He has played his entire career in Tampa where he once played under current Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin. Allen has plenty of experience having started all 16 games three times in his six seasons in the NFL. His best season came in 2006 when he made 77 total tackles, including 21 solos. He has only four career interceptions but with Tomlin knowing him well, that’s a positive. Allen on his new team:

“I thought it was a great fit; I thought it was a great move. It was time for a change, time for a new fresh look. What better place than to be in Pittsburgh -- with a championship team and vying for a world championship every year and playing with a great group of guys and great coaches. I'm just excited about that right now. It was a big part for me playing for Coach Tomlin. You always want to be familiar, but it’s a big change moving from the South to the North, from Tampa to Pittsburgh, so I’m eager for the change, I’m eager for the opportunity to be part of this organization and contribute where needed. I think I can play a little of everything. I think I’m athletic enough to do it. It’s just a matter of where they need me to be and how they need me to play. I have a few months to grow and learn and get more acclimated. I’m a good safety and a good special teams’ player. I’ll just do what they ask at this point. It’s a new look and I get to play under Coach Tomlin again and to play for the Rooney family, the Pittsburgh organization, is huge. I like to make the analogy. You got a great rich tradition of winning and you’re playing for more than football, you’re playing for the people before you in Steelers black and gold. The appeal of joining the Steelers is the opportunity because you don't know what can happen.”


Arnaz Battle

Battle gets $3.975 for three years and brings more depth at wide receiver. Limas Sweed? Consider him gone. No way does he beat out either Battle or the other man we signed yesterday who you will read about shortly. Battle is a 6-footer weighing in at 208 and is still relatively young at 30. He’s a Notre Dame product in his eighth NFL season. Like Allen before him, Battle’s professional career has taken place in just one city…San Francisco. Also like Allen, Battle has plenty of on-field experience. In the last two seasons, Battle played as a backup playing in 15 games in 2009 and only nine in 2008. Prior to that however, Battle was a starter in 15 games in both the 2006 and 2007 seasons. His best season came in 2007 when he hauled in 50 passes for 600 yards and five scores. Said Battle: “I'm just coming in and competing. I felt it was a great fit for me. It fits my style of play, the physical, hard-nosed type football. One of the things that attracted me to them was I was able to do so many different things. My job is just to come in and work hard and prepare myself for any role that's given to me," said Battle, whose deal could be worth as much as $3.9 million. I think San Francisco was making a change as far as their direction. Isaac Bruce and myself were one of the two veterans and we were given different roles. They wanted to go with the younger receivers, Josh Morgan, Brandon Jones from Tennessee and they had Michael Crabtree so it was just kind of going in a different direction.”


Jonathan Scott

In an area that was and possibly still is expected to be a target in the draft come April was offensive line. So was the secondary. With the addition of Will Allen, the return of Ryan Clark and now the reuniting of Scott with his offensive line coach in Buffalo, Sean Kugler, the Steelers will most likely now either trade out of the #18 spot or draft the “best available athlete.” With Scott they get a guy who started in eight of 10 games he played last season but has been injury prone only played in 30 games in four season, two with Detroit and the last two with the Bills. Still, he is 6’6”, 318. Like Tony Hills, he hails from the University of Texas. Scott can play both left and right tackle.


Antwaan Randle El.

This is my personal favorite signing yesterday. I NEVER wanted to see Randle El leave the team as he was ever dangerous on special teams and a solid slot receiver. Now you know why I say Limas Sweed is most likely on the way out. No way does he beat out Battle and NO chance of unseating Randle El as a #4. If anyone thinks one of the stars of Super Bowl XL has seen his better days, think again. Last season Randle El was on the receiving end of 50 passes for 530 yards. Will Randle El share punt or kick return duties with Stefan Logan? That remains to be seen. Last year, Randle El returned no kickoffs and on punt returns had 17 returns for 102 yards or a 6.0 average with his long being 43 yards. He did not score on any return. Randle El is happy to return to a place he was very popular.

“It's kind of like going home, yeah, that's what it feels like. Going back to where I was drafted and where my roots started. I feel pretty good about the decision. Just want to go do some damage. We've talked about just playing No. 3 receiver. That's all we talked about. I'm not even sure about punt return, now that I think about it. The way I always look at it, I'm going to go in and be No. 3. But if the other guys go down, certainly, I'll be the one to step in. I don't think I'm going to be sitting on the sideline watching. That's how I approach it. I had about six teams that were interested, so it's not as if it was just the Steelers. That's where I started and I had a good vibe about it. When you get up in age, you kind of want to go to teams where you know they're basically going to take care of you. Not just in terms of practices and all that. But take care of you in terms of saying, We know this guy. He's a proven guy. They understand. You know that's not a team that's just going to get rid of veteran guys. Indianapolis was in the mix. And that's certainly a team that understands what it means when it comes to veteran guys. Also the same thing with New England. They were also in the mix. That was another team that has veteran guys and ... the family-based teams, if you will, that understand that whole process and bringing veteran guys in. When I look at some of the guys they cut, I don't quite get it, but I'm not going to get into it anymore. I just have to leave it for what it is and move on.”

hawaiiansteel
03-10-2010, 12:20 AM
Matt Ware returns to Cardinals

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 9, 2010


It didn't have quite the same drama as Kurt Warner's dalliance with the 49ers last year, but the Cardinals have kept safety Matt Ware away from a division rival.

Who's Matt Ware you ask?

He's a special teamer and a backup safety that will be insurance for the highly paid starting duo of Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes. His importance is also proof that the Cardinals probably whiffed on last year's third-round pick, safety Rashad Johnson.

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports the Cardinals re-signed Ware to a multiyear deal after he visited Seattle Monday.

hawaiiansteel
03-10-2010, 04:05 PM
Marlin Jackson, Eagles agree on two-year deal

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 10, 2010


The Eagles are set to find out what Marlin Jackson has left after ACL surgeries in back-to-back years.

The team announced Wednesday they agreed to terms with the former Colts cornerback on a two-year contract. It's believed the Eagles will convert Jackson to free safety. If that doesn't work, the team will have a surplus of well-paid cornerbacks.

Jackson, like Ma'aake Kemoeatu in Washington, got a contract without being full healthy yet. Perhaps it's a growing trend: Teams trying to get a bargain on a banged-up player.

hawaiiansteel
03-10-2010, 04:07 PM
Report: Antonio Bryant signs with Bengals


Posted by Mike Florio on March 10, 2010


The Bengals reportedly has signed a new receiver.

And that receiver is not Terrell Owens.

According to JOCKlife.com, a web site that shares an office with the agent of receiver Antonio Bryant, the veteran wideout has signed what is believed to be a four-year deal with the Bengals.

Per JOCKlife.com, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The move apparently means that Terrell Owens will not be joining the Bengals.

Unless, of course, the Bengals decide that it's time to part ways with the player who lobbied so heavily for T.O. to be added to the team.

hawaiiansteel
03-10-2010, 09:24 PM
Report: Antonio Bryant signs with Bengals


Posted by Mike Florio on March 10, 2010


The Bengals reportedly has signed a new receiver.

And that receiver is not Terrell Owens.

According to JOCKlife.com, a web site that shares an office with the agent of receiver Antonio Bryant, the veteran wideout has signed what is believed to be a four-year deal with the Bengals.

Per JOCKlife.com, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The move apparently means that Terrell Owens will not be joining the Bengals.

Unless, of course, the Bengals decide that it's time to part ways with the player who lobbied so heavily for T.O. to be added to the team.



and now the Felons re-sign Mason after already trading for Boldin - :ratsuck


Ravens | Reach two-year deal with D. Mason

Wed, 10 Mar 2010


Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports the Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with free-agent WR Derrick Mason (Ravens), according to a team spokesman. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

stlrz d
03-10-2010, 10:03 PM
and now the Felons re-sign Mason after already trading for Boldin - :ratsuck


Ravens | Reach two-year deal with D. Mason

Wed, 10 Mar 2010


Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports the Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with free-agent WR Derrick Mason (Ravens), according to a team spokesman. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

So now they have two possession receivers! :lol:

Steel Life
03-11-2010, 05:42 PM
and now the Felons re-sign Mason after already trading for Boldin - :ratsuck


Ravens | Reach two-year deal with D. Mason

Wed, 10 Mar 2010


Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports the Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with free-agent WR Derrick Mason (Ravens), according to a team spokesman. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

So now they have two possession receivers! :lol:
Anyone else think that Boldin doesn't play the whole season?

stlrz d
03-11-2010, 09:43 PM
[quote=hawaiiansteel]and now the Felons re-sign Mason after already trading for Boldin - :ratsuck


Ravens | Reach two-year deal with D. Mason

Wed, 10 Mar 2010


Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports the Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with free-agent WR Derrick Mason (Ravens), according to a team spokesman. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

So now they have two possession receivers! :lol:
Anyone else think that Boldin doesn't play the whole season?[/quote:1wvfiw4e]

*raises hand*

SteelAbility
03-12-2010, 02:08 PM
Ben Watson to the Browns.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=A ... &type=lgns (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=Asrq435ExcbhdOg7IMPWSKo5nYcB?slug=ap-browns-watson&prov=ap&type=lgns)

birtikidis
03-12-2010, 06:41 PM
LJ to Skins per adam schefters twitter

flippy
03-13-2010, 04:51 AM
and now the Felons re-sign Mason after already trading for Boldin - :ratsuck


Ravens | Reach two-year deal with D. Mason

Wed, 10 Mar 2010


Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports the Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with free-agent WR Derrick Mason (Ravens), according to a team spokesman. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

So now they have two possession receivers! :lol:

2 of the best.

Mason is all Baltimore had and he is always wide open some how.

Boldin changes their offense completely.

Baltimore will be tough to defend with Boldin, Mason, Heap and Rice.

stlrz d
03-13-2010, 08:12 AM
and now the Felons re-sign Mason after already trading for Boldin - :ratsuck


Ravens | Reach two-year deal with D. Mason

Wed, 10 Mar 2010


Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports the Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with free-agent WR Derrick Mason (Ravens), according to a team spokesman. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

So now they have two possession receivers! :lol:

2 of the best.

Mason is all Baltimore had and he is always wide open some how.

Boldin changes their offense completely.

Baltimore will be tough to defend with Boldin, Mason, Heap and Rice.

They have no legit deep threat. Not too tough to defend against that.

RuthlessBurgher
03-13-2010, 05:16 PM
and now the Felons re-sign Mason after already trading for Boldin - :ratsuck


Ravens | Reach two-year deal with D. Mason

Wed, 10 Mar 2010


Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports the Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with free-agent WR Derrick Mason (Ravens), according to a team spokesman. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

So now they have two possession receivers! :lol:

2 of the best.

Mason is all Baltimore had and he is always wide open some how.

Boldin changes their offense completely.

Baltimore will be tough to defend with Boldin, Mason, Heap and Rice.

Tougher than say, oh I don't know, folks like Ward, Holmes, Wallace, Randle El, Miller, and Mendenhall?

Boldin and Heap are good for at least one big injury per year. Mason is 100 years old, and he already tried to retire and had to be talked back last offseason. I'll give you Rice, though. He's good, young, and durable.

NorthCoast
03-14-2010, 09:00 AM
[quote=hawaiiansteel]and now the Felons re-sign Mason after already trading for Boldin - :ratsuck


Ravens | Reach two-year deal with D. Mason

Wed, 10 Mar 2010


Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports the Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with free-agent WR Derrick Mason (Ravens), according to a team spokesman. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

So now they have two possession receivers! :lol:

2 of the best.

Mason is all Baltimore had and he is always wide open some how.

Boldin changes their offense completely.

Baltimore will be tough to defend with Boldin, Mason, Heap and Rice.

They have no legit deep threat. Not too tough to defend against that.[/quote:1116ji6m]

I have to disagree on that one. Teams have found it pretty easy going to throw short, power run, move the chains, against the Steelers. Although Flacco has a helluva an arm, I think B-more changes their strategy to a short passing game. Look for them to pick up a passing catching TE in the draft early to add depth behind Heap who has not been himself for a couple of years. Their biggest problem is the same as the Steelers, an aging defense. It's got cracks that need patching.

stlrz d
03-14-2010, 02:17 PM
[quote=hawaiiansteel]and now the Felons re-sign Mason after already trading for Boldin - :ratsuck


Ravens | Reach two-year deal with D. Mason

Wed, 10 Mar 2010


Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports the Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with free-agent WR Derrick Mason (Ravens), according to a team spokesman. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

So now they have two possession receivers! :lol:

2 of the best.

Mason is all Baltimore had and he is always wide open some how.

Boldin changes their offense completely.

Baltimore will be tough to defend with Boldin, Mason, Heap and Rice.

They have no legit deep threat. Not too tough to defend against that.

I have to disagree on that one. Teams have found it pretty easy going to throw short, power run, move the chains, against the Steelers. Although Flacco has a helluva an arm, I think B-more changes their strategy to a short passing game. Look for them to pick up a passing catching TE in the draft early to add depth behind Heap who has not been himself for a couple of years. Their biggest problem is the same as the Steelers, an aging defense. It's got cracks that need patching.[/quote:3a10mshi]

That's by design though. Give up the short stuff, apply pressure and wait for the combination of the two to force a mistake and then capitalize.

birtikidis
03-14-2010, 05:35 PM
Browns trade Quinn to broncos for hillis and 2 undisclosed draft picks in 2011

hawaiiansteel
03-14-2010, 07:12 PM
Tomlinson picks the Jets

Posted by Michael David Smith on March 14, 2010


LaDainian Tomlinson has made his decision. He's going to be a New York Jet.

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Tomlinson and the Jets reached an agreement today on a two-year contract.

Tomlinson's decision, which had been expected for the last couple of days, comes after he considered the Minnesota Vikings, where he visited on Thursday. On Friday he visited the Jets and on Saturday he flew home to San Diego to spend some time thinking before making up his mind.

Tomlinson will join a backfield that also includes running back Shonn Greene, who's coming off a strong rookie season with the Jets in 2009. During the regular season Greene carried 108 times for 540 yards, and in three playoff games he had 54 carries for 304 yards.

The question now is whether Tomlinson, who will turn 31 in June, has enough left to contribute to a Jets team that's coming off a loss in the AFC Championship Game and has Super Bowl aspirations. In 2009 Tomlinson had a career-low 730 rushing yards and a career-low 3.3 yards a carry.

hawaiiansteel
03-15-2010, 02:06 AM
Can the stars align in New York for LaDainian Tomlinson?

BY RYAN R. BONINI ON MARCH 14, 2010


Did LT pick playing time potential over Super Bowl run?


Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson has a new team and another chance to show he isn’t washed up.

The New York Jets have added Tomlinson on a two-year deal, per to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Tomlinson chose the Jets over the Minnesota Vikings, who also courted him.
After being the top dog his entire career, Tomlinson is expected to serve as the team’s No. 2 running back behind second-year back Shonn Greene. This intrigues me, as it provides Tomlinson a better opportunity for playing time, while the Vikings may have provided a better opportunity at a Super Bowl run. Just food for thought of where LT’s mindset may be…

Tomlinson managed a career-low 730 rushing yards last year, while averaging a career-low 3.3 yards per carry. He did find the end zone 12 times, and he has scored double-digit touchdowns rushing every year of his career by the way.

Tomlinson has not looked like the same back in recent years. The Chargers’ offense has changed during that time period, too, going more with the pass-happy style and away from the strong run-blocking, fullback-led system that helped make LT great. Along the way, Tomlinson’s numbers struggled greatly and his durability has been a big issue, too. He has averaged less than four yards per carry each of the last two seasons.

I’m probably in the minority, but I’m not ready to say he is washed up. In fact, I have often said in recent months that I thought he was still capable of a 1,200-plus yard season in the right system. The Jets provide him that system, as they are powered by a strong running game and have a dynamite offensive line. However, the stars will need to align to give Tomlinson that type of statistical opportunity.

Tomlinson is expected to serve as the team’s change-of-pace back to give Greene a breather, as well as a third-down option. He has 530 career receptions, along with 15 career receiving touchdowns, so he is no slouch in that department. In fact, last season was the first in his career he did not have at least 50 receptions in a season!

Can Greene be an every-down back?

There is no question Greene is the Jets’ back of the present – and future – so Tomlinson will deal with the scraps. On top of that, LT will have to share them with running back Leon Washington (broken leg), provided Washington is healthy. The good news, however, is the Jets led the NFL (by a sizeable margin) with 607 rushing attempts last season. That provides plenty of opportunity for multiple backs.

Once again I may be in the minority, but I’m still going to consider Tomlinson as a No. 4 fantasy football running back in 2010. As the summer approaches, I may even be thinking No. 3 fantasy back in point-per-reception leagues. Sure, his skills are diminished, and he isn’t the back he used to be. But, it wouldn’t take a lot for the stars to align in New York to allow him to see the bulk of the carries.

Consider this:

Greene may have been dynamite in the playoffs, but he has just 108 career regular-season carries. Is he ready to be the feature back?

The Jets’ top back in the regular season last year – Thomas Jones – had 332 carries. That may be too much to ask out of Greene, so we could see more of a committee approach.

Washington (leg) is expected to be ready for the regular season, but what if he isn’t? On top of that, Washington hasn’t carried the ball more than 76 times in each of the past three seasons.

The Jets have a mauling offensive line built for opening running lanes.

The Jets have one of the best defenses in the league, which leads to the offense seeing more opportunities.

SteelAbility
03-15-2010, 08:20 AM
Browns trade Quinn to broncos for hillis and 2 undisclosed draft picks in 2011

:roll:

The :roll: is not to you. It's to the Quinn pickup. :lol:

hawaiiansteel
03-15-2010, 02:24 PM
Steelers wrap up deal for Foote

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 15, 2010


One year after leaving the Steelers because he didn't want to be a backup, Larry Foote is back in black and gold. As a backup.

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports Foote, 30, agreed to a three-year, $9.3 million contract. That includes a $1.8 million signing bonus. The Redskins and Cardinals also showed interest in Foote, but he clearly wasn't offered starter's money elsewhere.

Foote will be a reserve at inside linebacker and provide the Steelers flexibility should they ever need to move Lawrence Timmons to the outside because of injury.

hawaiiansteel
03-16-2010, 05:57 PM
not exactly earth-shattering news, but Bailey was our Rookie of the Year two seasons ago. i think he'll have a difficult time making the roster this year though, but competition is always a good thing.


Steelers | Bailey re-signed

Tue, 16 Mar 2010

Adam Caplan, of Scout.com, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed exclusive rights free-agent LB Patrick Bailey. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

JTP53609
03-17-2010, 07:34 AM
i think alot of us are trying to sell ourselves that baltimore is not much better when in fact they really are, so what if mason is old, he still is a pretty good receiver ( you could say the same thing for ward), boldin along with heap and rice will be tough to stop, whether or not they are injury prone or not, not to mention the speed of stallworth and that OLine, that team will be putting up points, I hate them with a passion but dont kid yourself, they will be the team to beat...

RuthlessBurgher
03-17-2010, 09:27 AM
i think alot of us are trying to sell ourselves that baltimore is not much better when in fact they really are, so what if mason is old, he still is a pretty good receiver ( you could say the same thing for ward), boldin along with heap and rice will be tough to stop, whether or not they are injury prone or not, not to mention the speed of stallworth and that OLine, that team will be putting up points, I hate them with a passion but dont kid yourself, they will be the team to beat...

I like Ben better than Flacco, Ward better than Mason, Holmes better than Boldin, Wallace better than Stallworth, Randle El better than Clayton, and Miller better than Heap. We both have aging defenses (still top 10, but no longer dominant). They have a better o-line and a deeper stable of RB's.

hawaiiansteel
03-17-2010, 04:31 PM
Anderson gets $7.5 million over two years

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 17, 2010


If Arizona's aggressive pursuit of quarterbacks this offseason didn't get Matt Leinart's attention, Derek Anderson's contract will.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Anderson will get $7.25 million over the next two years. $3.25 million is guaranteed and Anderson could make $18.25 million if he reached every incentive. (Wow.)

That's the kind of money you get to start second on the depth chart, with a legitimate chance to rise. It's $1 million more in base salary than David Carr saw, which makes sense considering Arizona's quarterback position is more available.

Leinart still looks like the favorite to start in Week One, but it wouldn't be a shock to see Anderson starting before Week Ten.

There have been plenty of whispers the Cardinals aren't fully on board with Leinart as the team's quarterback of the future, and the team has backed those rumors up this offseason.

hawaiiansteel
03-17-2010, 08:04 PM
Obtaining Whitehurst proves costly for Seahawks

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 17, 2010


For better or worse, the first years of the Pete Carroll era in Seattle will be defined by Charlie Whitehurst.

ESPN's John Clayton reports that the Seahawks have obtained Whitehurst, a restricted free agent, from the Chargers. Seattle will move down 20 picks in the second round of the 2010 draft and give up a third-round pick in 2011 to get San Diego's third-string quarterback.

But that's not the costly part.

The Seahawks have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with Whitehurst that is expected to pay him $5 million-per-year. Yikes.

It's a huge gamble considering Whitehurst has not attempted a regular season pass as a pro. But he should fairly soon with that contract.

Give Carroll and G.M. John Schneider credit for targeting their guy and having the cajones to go get him. They just better be right.

NorthCoast
03-17-2010, 09:26 PM
Obtaining Whitehurst proves costly for Seahawks

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 17, 2010


For better or worse, the first years of the Pete Carroll era in Seattle will be defined by Charlie Whitehurst.

ESPN's John Clayton reports that the Seahawks have obtained Whitehurst, a restricted free agent, from the Chargers. Seattle will move down 20 picks in the second round of the 2010 draft and give up a third-round pick in 2011 to get San Diego's third-string quarterback.

But that's not the costly part.

The Seahawks have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with Whitehurst that is expected to pay him $5 million-per-year. Yikes.

It's a huge gamble considering Whitehurst has not attempted a regular season pass as a pro. But he should fairly soon with that contract.

Give Carroll and G.M. John Schneider credit for targeting their guy and having the cajones to go get him. They just better be right.


The loss of Wallace to the Browns must really have the SeaChickens sweating about a backup QB. A lot of money being tossed around on medium quality guys.

hawaiiansteel
03-18-2010, 01:56 AM
Free agency signings tracker

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 17, 2010
Wednesday, March 17


Cardinals signed QB Derek Anderson (Browns) to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.

Dolphins signed G Richie Incognito (Bills) to a one-year contract.

Redskins signed QB Rex Grossman (Texans) to a one-year contract.

Chargers re-signed DT Ian Scott to a one-year contract.

Panthers re-signed DE Tyler Brayton to a three-year contract.

Vikings re-signed CB Karl Paymah to a one-year contract.

Seahawks signed RB Quinton Ganther (Redskins).


Tuesday, March 16

Bills signed DE Dwan Edwards to a four-year, $18 million contract.

Lions re-sign DE Copeland Bryan.

Bills signed LB Andra Davis (Broncos) to a two-year contract.

Bucs signed S Sean Jones (Eagles) to a two-year contract.

Jets signed DT Rodrique Wright.

Falcons signed S Matt Giordano (Packers).

Chiefs signed G Ryan Lilja (Colts) to a three-year, $7.5 million contract.

Bears signed CB Tim Jennings (Colts) to a two-year contract.

Packers signed P Chris Bryan (Uh, Austrailia) to a three-year contract.

Jets re-sign FB Tony Richardson.

Seahawks signed LB Matt McCoy (Bucs).


Monday, March 15

Panthers re-signed OL Rob Pettiti.

Panthers signed CB Marcus Hudson to a one-year contract.

Cardinals signed LB Paris Lenon (Rams) to a three-year contract.

Steelers signed LB Larry Foote (Lions) to a three-year, $9.3 million contract.

Seahawks signed WR Ruvell Martin (Packers) to a one-year contract.


Sunday, March 14

Jets signed RB LaDainian Tomlinson (Chargers) to a two-year, $5.1 million contract.

Packers re-signed T Mark Tauscher to a two-year, $8.7 million contract.

Rams signed C Hank Fraley (Chiefs).


Saturday, March 13

Bengals re-signed S Roy Williams to a one-year contract.

Vikings re-signed DT Jimmy Kennedy to a two-year, $6 million contract.

Panthers signed QB Jake Delhomme (Panthers) to two-year contract. He'll earn $7 million in 2010.

Seahawks signed TE Chris Baker (Patriots) to a two-year, $4.75 million contract.


Friday, March 12

Packers re-signed DT Ryan Pickett to a four-year, $28 million contract. $10 million is guaranteed.

Redskins signed RB Larry Johnson to a three-year contract.

Chargers signed CB Donald Strickland (Jets) to a two-year contract.

Titans re-signed CB Rod Hood.

Bengals signed WR Chris Davis (Titans).

Packers re-signed S Nick Collins to a three-year, $23.4 million contract. $14 million comes in the first year.

Bucs signed LB Jon Alston (Raiders).

Chiefs signed C Casey Wiegmann (Broncos) to a one-year contract.

Colts signed T Adam Terry (Ravens) to a one-year contract.

Eagles signed WR Hank Baskett (Colts) to a one-year contract.

Browns signed TE Ben Watson (Patriots) to a three-year, $12 million contract, including $6.35 million guaranteed.


Thursday, March 11

Jets signed S Brodney Pool (Browns) to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.

Saints re-signed LS Jason Kyle to a one-year contract.

Cardinals re-sign T Jeremy Bridges to a three-year contract.

Eagles sign WR Chad Hall to a one-year contract.

Redskins signed TE Sean Ryan (Chiefs) to a one-year contract.

Chiefs signed WR Jerheme Urban (Cardinals) to a one-year contract.


Wednesday, March 10

Bengals signed WR Antonio Bryant (Bucs) to a four-year, $28 million contract.

Rams re-signed TE Daniel Fells to a one-year contract.

Ravens re-signed WR Derrick Mason to a two-year contract.

Texans signed G/C Wade Smith (Chiefs) to a four-year, $12 million contract, including $6.25 million guaranteed.

Bears signed FB Eddie Williams (Redskins) to a one-year contract.

Patriots re-signed RB Kevin Faulk to a one-year contract.

Eagles signed CB/S Marlin Jackson (Colts) to a two-year contract.

Chiefs signed DT Shaun Smith (Bengals) to a one-year contract.

Bengals re-signed TE Daniel Coats to a one-year contract.

Redskins signed DT Ma'aake Kemoeatu (Panthers) to a two-year, $7 million contract.

Cardinals re-signed TE Anthony Becht to a one-year contract.


Tuesday, March 9

Titans signed LB Will Witherspoon (Eagles) to a three-year, $11 million contract. $5 million is guaranteed.

Dolphins re-signed DT Jason Ferguson to a one-year contract.

Saints re-signed CB Leigh Torrence to a one-year contract.

Broncos signed NT Jamal Williams (Chargers) to a three-year, $16 million contract. $7 million is guaranteed.

Chiefs signed RB Thomas Jones (Jets) to a two-year, $5 million contract.

Patriots re-signed CB Leigh Bodden to a five-year, $28.5 million contract. $10 million is guaranteed.

Broncos signed DE Jarvis Green (Patriots) to a four-year contract. He'll earn $7.5 million in the first two years of the deal.

Vikings re-signed CB Benny Sapp to a one-year contract.

Giants signed QB Jim Sorgi (Colts) to a one-year, $1.15 million contract.


Monday, March 8

Eagles re-signed WR Jason Avant to a five-year contract.

Steelers signed WR Arnaz Battle (49ers) to a three-year contract.

Rams signed DT Fred Robbins (Giants) to a three-year, $12 million contract.

Jets agreed to terms with TE Ben Hartsock on a two-year contract.

Steelers signed S Will Allen (Bucs) to a three-year contract.


Sunday, March 7

Browns signed T Tony Pashos (49ers) to three-year, $10.3 million contract.

49ers agreed to terms with QB David Carr (Giants) on a two-year contract.

Browns signed LB Scott Fujita (Saints) to a three-year, $14 million contract.

Jaguars signed DE Aaron Kampman (Packers) to a four-year, $26 million contract, including $11 million guaranteed.


Saturday, March 6

Dolphins signed LB Karlos Dansby (Cardinals) to a five-year, $43 million contract, including $22 million guaranteed.

Dolphins re-signed QB Chad Pennington to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

Jaguars signed WR Kassim Osgood (Chargers) to a three-year, $6.675 million contract, including $2.975 million guaranteed.

Redskins signed G Artis Hicks (Vikings) to a three-year contract.

Saints re-signed OL Nick Leckey to a one-year contract.

Chiefs re-signed WR Terrance Copper.

Colts signed G/C Andy Alleman (Chiefs) to a one-year contract.

Saints re-signed S Pierson Prioleau (Saints) to a one-year contract.

Lions re-signed T Jon Jansen to a one-year, $900,000 contract.


Friday, March 5

Giants signed S Antrel Rolle (Cardinals) to a five-year, $37 million contract, including $15 million guaranteed.

Rams re-signed S Craig Dahl to a three-year contract.

Broncos signed CB Nathan Jones (Dolphins) to a four-year contract that can be worth up to $13.6 million.

Patriots re-signed G Stephen Neal (Patriots) to a two-year contract.

Texans re-signed WR Kevin Walter to a five-year, $21 million contract.

Packers re-signed T Chad Clifton to a three-year, $20 million contract, including $7.5 million guaranteed.

Patriots re-signed DT Vince Wilfork to a five-year, $40 million contract, including $25 million guaranteed.

Raiders re-signed T Khalif Barnes to a one-year contract.

Broncos signed DT Justin Bannan (Ravens) to a five-year contract.

Falcons signed CB Dunta Robinson (Texans) to a six-year, $57 million contract, including $22.5 million guaranteed.

Rams signed QB A.J. Feeley (Panthers) to a two-year contract.

Browns re-signed KR/WR/RB Josh Cribbs to a three-year, $18 million contract, including $7 million guaranteed.

Patriots re-signed LB Tully Banta-Cain to a three-year, $13.5 million contract, including a $6 million signing bonus.

Bears signed DE Julius Peppers (Panthers) to a six-year, $91.5 million contract, including $42 million guaranteed.

Lions re-signed LB Vinny Ciurciu to a one-year contract.

Chargers re-signed DE Alphonso Boone to a two-year contract.

Redskins re-signed T Mike Williams to a three-year contract.

Redskins re-signed C Casey Rabach to a three-year, $12.3 million contract.

Bears signed RB Chester Taylor (Vikings) to a four-year, $12.5 million contract, including $7 million guaranteed.

Broncos re-signed WR Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract.

Broncos re-signed OL Ross Hochstein to a two-year contract.

Redskins re-signed DT Philip Daniels to a two-year, $2.162 million contract.

Lions signed DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (Titans) to a four-year, $26 million contract, including $10 million guaranteed.

Eagles re-signed FB Leonard Weaver to a three-year, $10 million contract.

Colts re-signed LB Gary Brackett to a five-year, $33 million contract, including a $12 million signing bonus.

Texans re-signed P Matt Turk to a one-year contract.

Bears signed TE Brandon Manumaleuna (Chargers) to a five-year contract.

Redskins re-signed LB Lorenzo Alexander to a three-year contract.

Lions signed WR Nate Burleson to a five-year, $25 million contract, including $11 million guaranteed.

Chargers re-signed TE Kris Wilson to a two-year contract.

Falcons re-signed QB Chris Redman to a two-year, $5 million contract.

RuthlessBurgher
03-18-2010, 10:16 AM
Good job finding the list, but I found it odd that they did included Arnaz Battle, Will Allen, and Larry Foote for us, but made no mention of Ryan Clark, Antwaan Randle El, or Jonathan Scott.

hawaiiansteel
03-18-2010, 10:18 PM
Good job finding the list, but I found it odd that they did included Arnaz Battle, Will Allen, and Larry Foote for us, but made no mention of Ryan Clark, Antwaan Randle El, or Jonathan Scott.



I found this list at profootballtalk.com -

this is probably not the first facts they have omitted... :D

hawaiiansteel
03-19-2010, 12:20 AM
from WalterFootball.com -

Updated 3/18/10


2010 NFL Free Agency: Good Moves

Cardinals sign QB Derek Anderson: 2 years, $7.25 million; $3.2 million guaranteed
I like this move for Arizona. Derek Anderson is young (27) and has very good arm strength. He somehow led an awful Cleveland Browns team to 10 wins in 2007. Things fell apart after that, but it's not like Anderson had much of a chance with that terrible supporting cast. Anderson's accuracy is iffy at best, but I'm really interested to see how he performs now that he's in a strong organization. Anderson should win the job in Arizona, allowing Matt Leinart to spend more time with Nick Lachey and their hot tub.

Bills sign DE/DT Dwan Edwards: 4 years, $18 million
I really like this signing. Dwan Edwards came on last year and was a force against the run for the Ravens. He'll help the Bills transition into their new 3-4 defense.

Browns sign QB Jake Delhomme: 2 years
This isn't a major signing. Jake Delhomme may not even start, and if he does, it won't be for long. As soon as Mike Holmgren feels comfortable with his young quarterback (Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, John Skelton, Jarrett Brown, etc.), Delhomme will be benched. So, why is this a good signing? Because no matter how bad Cleveland's young quarterback is right away, he can't possibly be worse than Delhomme. In fact, watching Delhomme throw billions of interceptions will only give that young signal-caller more confidence. (Based on several e-mails I received, some people did not realize that this was a joke. Of course signing Delhomme is a dumb move. Perhaps Holmgren thinks this is 2004.)

Seahawks sign TE Chris Baker: 2 years, $4.7 million
Chris Baker won't put up any stats for the Seahawks, but I think this is a good signing. Baker is a solid blocker and will allow John Carlson to catch more passes. Carlson was asked to block too much last year. With the addition of Baker, that will no longer be the case.

Eagles sign CB/FS Marlin Jackson: 2 years
Eagles fans: Your team has not fixed its problem at free safety. Don't let Andy Reid lie to you again. Marlin Jackson is a talented player, but he has missed 20 games in the past two seasons. Still, there is upside here if Jackson is actually healthy for a change. This is a decent signing with some potential.

Chiefs sign RB Thomas Jones: 2 years, $5 million
I really can't believe Thomas Jones signed this cheap of a contract after the year he had with the Jets. The Chiefs are getting a huge bargain here, as they needed a bigger back to go along with Jamaal Charles.

For fantasy purposes, don't worry about this if you plan on drafting Charles. Charles wasn't going to get more than 20 carries per game anyway; they're just going to give the rest of the touches to Jones instead of Kolby Smith. Jones in all likelihood will receive all of the goal-line opportunities. Again, Charles wasn't going to receive those.

Broncos sign NT Jamal Williams: 3 years, $16 million; $7 million guaranteed
I'm not in love with this signing, but it's a quality one. Jamal Williams is 34, but he can still be effective as a 3-4 nose tackle. The Broncos are getting him at a cheap price and filling a huge position of need.

I'd also like to bring up the fact that Dan Williams could still be an option for Denver at No. 11. Being 34, Jamal Williams doesn't have much left, so Denver won't be able to get more than two quality seasons out of him. Jamal Williams could start right away until Dan Williams is ready. Remember, the Packers essentially did this with B.J. Raji sitting behind Ryan Pickett.

Titans sign LB Will Witherspoon: 3 years, $11 million; $5 million guaranteed
This is a great deal for the Titans. Will Witherspoon is a talented linebacker who can play multiple positions. They needed help here in the wake of Keith Bulluck's torn ACL. Witherspoon should have never been a free agent; the Eagles went the cheap route and simply didn't want to pay Witherspoon his $5 million bonus.

Bears sign RB Chester Taylor: 4 years, $12.5 million; $7 million guaranteed
Unlike the signing of Julius Peppers (see below), the Bears are getting good value here. Chester Taylor will be 31 in September, but he has fresh legs and should be a very effective back over the next two years. Taylor will provide Jay Cutler with the running game Chicago lacked last season; they couldn't go through another year of watching an overweight Matt Forte fall forward for a series of 3-yard gains.

Dolphins sign ILB Karlos Dansby: 5 years, $43 million; $22 million guaranteed
I'm never a fan of giving $22 million guaranteed to a defensive player who doesn't rush the quarterback, but Karlos Dansby can be an exception. Excluding Patrick Willis, Dansby is the best inside linebacker in the NFL, and at 28 years old, he's at the top of his game. He fills a huge need for Miami's defense.






2010 NFL Free Agency: Bad Moves

Jets sign RB LaDainian Tomlinson: 2 years, $5.2 million
This isn't a bad signing. It's not a good signing. It's pretty meaningless because LaDainian Tomlinson won't get many carries. The reason I'm listing it down here is the slight chance that Tomlinson teaches Shonn Greene how to pout on the sidelines when he's not getting enough touches.

Redskins sign RB Larry "East Coast Cat" Johnson: 3 years, $12 million
Congratulations to Larry Johnson, who stole $12 million from another dumb NFL owner. Johnson is a bad guy who has nothing left in the tank. He brings nothing in terms of on-the-field production, and he's a scumbag you just don't want in your locker room. It's safe to say that Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen had nothing to do with this signing. It was all Daniel Snyder.

Browns sign TE Ben Watson: 3 years, $12 million; $6.3 million guaranteed
When this went down, I tweeted, "Cleveland Browns sign TE Ben Watson: 3 years, $12 million. Looks like they overpaid by about $12 million." I'm really disgusted by this signing. For years in New England, Watson was an overweight sloth who didn't put in any effort. Because he was in his contract year last season, he finally got into shape - and yet he still sucked. The Browns are basically throwing $6.3 million in guaranteed money into a fire. And the crazy thing is, Watson isn't even the best tight end on Cleveland's roster. That would be Evan Moore.

Bengals sign WR Antonio Bryant: 4 years, $28 million
National publications will tout this as a great signing. I won't. I've been warning you about Antonio Bryant for two years. Throughout his career, whenever Bryant has signed a big deal and obtained a nice bonus, he stopped trying hard. Bryant put forth effort the past two seasons because he was playing for a contract. Now that he has one, he'll shut it down again. On top of all this, Bryant is a bad guy to have in the locker room. I think this is an awful signing.

Jaguars sign DE Aaron Kampman: 4 years, $26 million; $11 million guaranteed
This move would have been great a year ago. Unfortunately, Aaron Kampman tore his ACL in November, which means there's a very small chance he'll be anywhere close to 100 percent by the season opener.

With that in mind, why would the financially strapped Jaguars just burn away $11 million like this? I don't get it, but I guess there's a reason wise teams like the Colts and Steelers are in Super Bowl contention every year - they're smart enough to realize that you don't win by acquiring overpriced free agents.

Bears sign DE Julius Peppers: 6 years, $91.5 million; $42 million guaranteed
As much as I liked Chicago's signing of Chester Taylor, I absolutely hate this move.

Julius Peppers is an unbelievably talented player. There's no questioning that. However, Peppers has been known to take games off before. Last year, Peppers was dominant in some contests. In others, he was nowhere to be found.

If Peppers didn't give 100 percent in some games during his contract year, how can the Bears expect him to give his full effort now that he has $42 million in his back pocket?

Along with Peppers, Taylor and Brandon Manumaleuna, the Bears must have secretly signed Daniel Snyder; this is the same type of frivolous spending that has been responsible for Washington's mediocrity this past decade.

And speaking of the Redskins, this reminds me a lot of the Albert Haynesworth deal. Haynesworth was disgruntled in Tennessee because he was franchised. He was finally able to leave, where he had a forgettable season (by his standards) in Washington in 2009. I've heard people opine that Peppers will now suddenly try hard because he's in a better situation. I say he's more likely to take plays off with essentially $40 million guaranteed.

Falcons sign CB Dunta Robinson: 6 years, $57 million; $25.5 million guaranteed
Dunta Robinson is now the second-richest corner in the NFL - only behind Nnamdi Asomugha. Wow.

There's no questioning Robinson's talent. He's a legit No. 1 corner in this league. But I think the Falcons may have overlooked his injury history. Robinson has missed 13 games the past three seasons and is only two years removed from a nasty knee injury. So while he fills a big need on Atlanta's roster, Robinson is a big risk at $27 million guaranteed.

Giants sign FS Antrel Rolle: 5 years, $37 million; $15 million guaranteed
Really? The Giants gave $15 million guaranteed to Antrel Rolle? The same Antrel Rolle who blows coverages and whiffs on tackles? Jerry Reese is a great general manager, but this move leaves me scratching my head. Don't get me wrong, safety was a huge need for New York (listed No. 2 in my New York Giants 2010 NFL Offseason Needs), but Rolle isn't a very good player.

Lions sign WR Nate Burleson: 5 years, $25 million; $11 million guaranteed
I wrote the following in my 2010 NFL Free Agent Rankings: "Nate Burleson is coming off a very solid year, catching 63 balls for 812 yards in 13 games. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that once Burleson signs an overpriced contract, he'll revert to Sloth Mode."

Mission accomplished! Burleson has been a very lazy player throughout his NFL career. Coincidentally, he had his best year since 2004 in a contract season. I'm pretty confident that Burleson will tank in 2010 now that he has $11 million in his wallet.

Lions sign DE Kyle Vanden Bosch: 4 years, $26 million; $10 million guaranteed
Kyle Vanden Bosch was an outstanding defensive end two years ago when he notched 12 sacks. In 2008, Vanden Bosch had five sacks, but missed six games because of a nagging groin injury. However, once Albert Haynesworth left, Vanden Bosch was exposed; in 15 games last year, he managed only three sacks.

Vanden Bosch turns 32 in November. In the past two seasons, he's been bothered by groin and knee injuries. Giving him a $26 million contract and $10 million in guarantees is going a bit overboard, isn't it? He's definitely not the player he was two seasons ago. The Lions overpaid here.

SteelAbility
03-19-2010, 04:12 PM
from WalterFootball.com -

Updated 3/18/10


2010 NFL Free Agency: Good Moves



Whatever happened to the Steelers in the Good Moves? You know with signing the BEST free safety in football, Ryan Clark! :wink:

frankthetank1
03-21-2010, 02:20 PM
Chiefs sign RB Thomas Jones: 2 years, $5 million
I really can't believe Thomas Jones signed this cheap of a contract after the year he had with the Jets. The Chiefs are getting a huge bargain here, as they needed a bigger back to go along with Jamaal Charles.


i know jones is up there in age but this cant be?? 2.5 mil a year for jones who has had huge numbers the last two seasons. who is his agent? i could of easily gotten him more than that. why couldnt the steelers pay thomas jones cheap money, that would of been a great move

frankthetank1
03-21-2010, 02:20 PM
Chiefs sign RB Thomas Jones: 2 years, $5 million
I really can't believe Thomas Jones signed this cheap of a contract after the year he had with the Jets. The Chiefs are getting a huge bargain here, as they needed a bigger back to go along with Jamaal Charles.


i know jones is up there in age but this cant be?? 2.5 mil a year for jones who has had huge numbers the last two seasons. who is his agent? i could of easily gotten him more than that. why couldnt the steelers pay thomas jones cheap money, that would of been a great move

Iron Shiek
03-22-2010, 12:11 PM
Chiefs sign RB Thomas Jones: 2 years, $5 million
I really can't believe Thomas Jones signed this cheap of a contract after the year he had with the Jets. The Chiefs are getting a huge bargain here, as they needed a bigger back to go along with Jamaal Charles.


i know jones is up there in age but this cant be?? 2.5 mil a year for jones who has had huge numbers the last two seasons. who is his agent? i could of easily gotten him more than that. why couldnt the steelers pay thomas jones cheap money, that would of been a great move

He's benefited from an outstanding line though. Granted he's been good, but I bet the combination of age and going to the Chiefs and their developing line will contribute to the beginnings of a downturn in his career.

JTP53609
03-22-2010, 12:37 PM
ravens get DL help in picking up Redding from seattle

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5018186

frankthetank1
03-22-2010, 12:54 PM
Chiefs sign RB Thomas Jones: 2 years, $5 million
I really can't believe Thomas Jones signed this cheap of a contract after the year he had with the Jets. The Chiefs are getting a huge bargain here, as they needed a bigger back to go along with Jamaal Charles.


i know jones is up there in age but this cant be?? 2.5 mil a year for jones who has had huge numbers the last two seasons. who is his agent? i could of easily gotten him more than that. why couldnt the steelers pay thomas jones cheap money, that would of been a great move

He's benefited from an outstanding line though. Granted he's been good, but I bet the combination of age and going to the Chiefs and their developing line will contribute to the beginnings of a downturn in his career.

most good rb's have good offensive lines. there are rare players like barrys sanders but he was the best ever. thomas jones i think is in the top 15 in all time yards. if nate burleson can get paid 6 mil a year or so thomas jones deserves 20 mil a year

SteelAbility
03-25-2010, 11:05 AM
Didn't Joey Porter sign with the Cardinals? And if so, has Chadman come out of mourning yet? :P

hawaiiansteel
03-26-2010, 03:47 PM
Crumpler's contract: $4.8 million for two years

Posted by Michael David Smith on March 26, 2010


The New England Patriots officially added tight end Alge Crumpler this week to a contract that is reportedly worth $4.8 million over two years.

The Boston Herald is reporting that Crumpler has received a signing bonus of $1 million, will make a salary of of $1.4 million in 2010 and will make $2.4 million in 2011.

With that deal, the Patriots out-bid the Titans, even though Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said he wished he could have kept Crumpler.

The 32-year-old Crumpler is still a decent blocker, but his receiving productivity has declined steadily. He had 877 receiving yards in 2005, 780 receiving yards in 2006, 444 receiving yards in 2007, 257 receiving yards in 2008 and 222 receiving yards in 2009.

hawaiiansteel
03-29-2010, 03:16 PM
Buchanon lands with the Redskins

Posted by Mike Florio on March 29, 2010


Cornerback Philip Buchanon visited the Redskins on Sunday. On Monday, he became a member of the team.

We've confirmed that the one-time first-round pick, cut by the Lions earlier this year, signed a one-year deal, with a base salary of $1.5 million and up to $750,000 in incentives.

The signing was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Buchanon was a first-round pick in 2002, and he spent three years with the Raiders before being traded to the Texans. He thereafter was dumped by Houston and signed with the Bucs. In 2009, he signed a free-agent deal with the Lions. The University of Miami product has appeared in 105 games with 76 starts.

SteelAbility
03-30-2010, 03:39 PM
I heard on M&M today that the Raiders were the odds-on favorite to pick up McNabb. Anyone hear a similar rumor or have link to confirm/deny?

RuthlessBurgher
03-30-2010, 03:51 PM
I heard on M&M today that the Raiders were the odds-on favorite to pick up McNabb. Anyone hear a similar rumor or have link to confirm/deny?

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5038866


Sources: McNabb may be Raider
ESPN.com news services
Updated: March 30, 2010, 1:59 PM ET

The Oakland Raiders have emerged as the leading candidate to land quarterback Donovan McNabb in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, league sources tell ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The sources say all the ingredients for a trade are in place. Of all the teams the Eagles have spoken with, the Raiders have been the most willing to meet the Eagles' asking price. Last week, The Associated Press reported that the Eagles want a pick in the top 42 of the 2010 draft for McNabb. Oakland has a second-round pick that is the 39th overall selection.

Also, the sources say McNabb's contract, which has one year and $11.2 million left on it, has scared off other teams. But, the sources say, Oakland is not concerned that McNabb is due a $6.2 million roster bonus on May 5 nor that the quarterback is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2010 season.

There also are connections between the Raiders and McNabb. Raiders owner Al Davis and McNabb each went to Syracuse, and Oakland's new offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson, is a distant cousin of McNabb's.

Should Oakland trade for McNabb, it would be the most stark admission by the Raiders that former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell has not been the player the team had hoped. Oakland selected Russell with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft and awarded him a six-year, $68 million contract that included $31.5 million in guaranteed money.

One source familiar with trade discussions said no deal was done with Oakland. But other league sources predicted it soon would be done in a trade that would be the NFL's biggest offseason move.

And although McNabb has informed coach Andy Reid that he wants to stay with the Eagles and, if he has to be traded, would prefer to go to a winning team such as the Minnesota Vikings, the sources say the Eagles will do what they believe is best for team even if it means trading McNabb to the Raiders, a team with a recent history of losing.

McNabb and four others, including cornerbacks Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown and punter Sav Rocca were no-shows at the Eagles' nonmandatory workouts on Monday, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reports.

SteelAbility
03-31-2010, 02:04 PM
Thanks Ruthless.

hawaiiansteel
04-02-2010, 05:49 PM
Damione Lewis has a new home

Posted by Mike Florio on April 2, 2010


Defensive tackle Damione Lewis, one of three first-round picks of the Rams in 2001 (along with Ryan Pickett and Adam Archuleta), has finally found a new home.

Cut by the Panthers earlier this year, Lewis has landed with the Patriots, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Lewis started all 16 games for the Panthers in 2009, the first time in his career that he started in every game. Through five years in St. Louis and four in Carolina, Lewis has played in a base 4-3 defense. He'll now adapt to a 3-4, in which he'll presumably play defensive end.

hawaiiansteel
04-02-2010, 05:52 PM
Redskins pick up Willie Parker

Posted by Michael David Smith on April 2, 2010


The Washington Redskins are about to add another running back to their already crowded backfield.

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Redskins reached an agreement with free agent running back Willie Parker. According to Schefter, it's a one-year contract with a maximum value of $3.1 million.

The Redskins already had Clinton Portis, and in March they added Larry Johnson. Now they have three running backs who have been among the best in the league in the past, but who appear to have lost a step.

Although Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has suggested that he expects Portis to keep the starting job, Schefter reports that Parker has been told there will be an open competition for the starting job.

hawaiiansteel
04-03-2010, 04:00 AM
Lions | Wesley agrees to two-year deal

Fri, 02 Apr 2010


Tim Twentyman, of The Detroit News, reports the Detroit Lions have agreed on a two-year contract with free-agent CB Dante Wesley (Panthers). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Wesley will be in Detroit Monday, April 5, to officially sign the deal and join the team's offseason program, according to his agent, Russel Hicks.



Cardinals | Wanted to re-sign Rackers

Fri, 02 Apr 2010


Kent Somers, of The Arizona Republic, reports the Arizona Cardinals wanted to re-sign free-agent PK Neil Rackers and offered him a contract on the first day of free agency. The offer averaged close to $2 million a year, but it is possible Rackers and his agent, Robert Roche, had a problem with the way the money would be paid. The Cardinals recently signed PK Jay Feely, who they brought in for a visit while continuing to negotiate with Rackers. The club withdrew their original offer and told Roche the next one likely would be lower. According to source, Roche made a proposal higher than the team's original offer and the team countered with an offer lower than their original. However, Roche claims he made a counter-proposal to the team's first offer and general manager Rod Graves told him several times that he was reviewing the budget and would get back to him.



Read more: http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nfl#636382#ixzz0k1QGGv4i

hawaiiansteel
04-05-2010, 10:52 PM
Updated: April 5, 2010
Source: K Rackers signs with Texans

By Adam Schefter
ESPN.com


Former Arizona Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers reached agreement Monday night with the Houston Texans on a two-year, $4.1 million contract, according to a league source.

The contract contains just $350,000 in guarantees, according to a source.

The New York Jets had scheduled a visit with Rackers on Tuesday, but the Texans intercepted him along the way and struck a deal.

The Texans plan to bring Rackers and Kris Brown to training camp this summer as the two kickers stage an open battle for the job.

The 33-year-old Brown scored 106 points last season, but he missed field goals that could have forced overtimes in some key Houston losses. He also had field-goal attempts from 35, 28 and 26 yards blocked.

Houston finished a franchise-best 9-7 in 2009.

RuthlessBurgher
04-06-2010, 09:05 AM
Updated: April 5, 2010
Source: K Rackers signs with Texans

By Adam Schefter
ESPN.com


Former Arizona Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers reached agreement Monday night with the Houston Texans on a two-year, $4.1 million contract, according to a league source.

The contract contains just $350,000 in guarantees, according to a source.

The New York Jets had scheduled a visit with Rackers on Tuesday, but the Texans intercepted him along the way and struck a deal.

The Texans plan to bring Rackers and Kris Brown to training camp this summer as the two kickers stage an open battle for the job.

The 33-year-old Brown scored 106 points last season, but he missed field goals that could have forced overtimes in some key Houston losses. He also had field-goal attempts from 35, 28 and 26 yards blocked.

Houston finished a franchise-best 9-7 in 2009.

If Neil Rackers beats out Kris Brown for the kicking job in Houston, we should bring back Kris to replace Jeff Reed and complete our trifecta of returning Steelers with Randle El and Foote.

Yes, this is a joke.

Mel Blount's G
04-21-2010, 06:08 PM
Guess this hasn't been updated. Obviously McNabb is a Redskin and S'tonio is a Jet (trade for a 5th Round pick)

RuthlessBurgher
04-21-2010, 06:49 PM
Guess this hasn't been updated. Obviously McNabb is a Redskin and S'tonio is a Jet (trade for a 5th Round pick)

That is because this is the Free Agent Signing threads, and those were trades, not free agent signings.

Sheesh.

If you came on here and announced that the Jets signed Jason Taylor today, then I might have given you props, but instead you get boos.

http://nukoda.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/boo.jpg

:lol:

hawaiiansteel
04-21-2010, 07:41 PM
Lito shuffles to Minnesota

Posted by Mike Florio on April 21, 2010


A day after the Vikings learned that they'll be facing the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees to open the season, the NFC runners-up beefed up their defensive secondary.

According to a league source, veteran cornerback Lito Sheppard has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Sheppard visited the Vikings today, after several weeks on the free-agent market.

He immediately solidifies a cornerback depth chart that features an aging Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin, who suffered a torn ACL in the NFC Championship Game.

hawaiiansteel
04-22-2010, 02:25 AM
Guess this hasn't been updated. Obviously McNabb is a Redskin and S'tonio is a Jet (trade for a 5th Round pick)

That is because this is the Free Agent Signing threads, and those were trades, not free agent signings.

Sheesh.

If you came on here and announced that the Jets signed Jason Taylor today, then I might have given you props, but instead you get boos.

http://nukoda.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/boo.jpg

:lol:



Updated: April 22, 2010, 12:55 AM ET

Taylor, Jets make signing official


Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Jason Taylor had an uneasy feeling when he visited the New York Jets' training facility two weeks ago.

There was green and white everywhere, and this was the team the former Miami Dolphins star despised for so long. And among Jets fans, the feeling was mutual.

"It's a little surreal," Taylor said after signing a two-year deal with the Jets on Wednesday. "To be honest, really on my first visit, walking into the building, kind of feeling like you're walking into somewhat enemy territory, it was different."

Taylor said he's over the awkwardness now and committed to being a member of the Jets' top-ranked defense.

"Well, it is pretty ironic where we find ourselves right now," he said.

The NFL's active sacks leader spent 12 of his 13 seasons in Miami and was hoping for an offer from the Dolphins that never came. After vacationing in Costa Rica last weekend, he decided to join the Jets.

"This is where I'm supposed to be right now," Taylor said. "I'm here for one reason, and I'm here to play football the best that I can and help this team win a Super Bowl. If that happens here, people in Hollywood spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to end a movie, or people try to figure out how to end a book. What better ending is it than to win the Super Bowl?

More Fuel For Jets' Engines

The Jets are hoping Jason Taylor, who had seven sacks last season, can make the NFL's top-ranked defense in 2009 even more dangerous in 2010.


NFL's active sacks leaders:
Player Sacks
Jason Taylor 127½
Joey Porter 92
Trevor Pryce 90
John Abraham 89½
Leonard Little 87½


"To do it here, it would be pretty ironic, but it would be awesome."

New York could pay Taylor only $1.75 million in base salary this season, the same amount unrestricted free-agent kicker Jay Feely signed for with Arizona. The deal includes a large roster bonus for the second year, so Taylor is basically playing for a one-season run with the Jets.

"Things didn't work out where I could stay in Miami," he said. "I'm proud to be where I am now and look forward to creating some havoc for the Jets and winning some ballgames and winning some fans over here."

That might take some time -- or a few well-timed sacks. He was long a part of one of the NFL's most intense rivalries and had a contentious relationship with fans in New York. Taylor called them ignorant and classless, and said their "J-E-T-S!" chant was "dumb."

Now, he's saying all the right things.

"We had a good time with it and we went at it a lot of times and it added some fuel to the fire," Taylor said. "Me being up here may or may not add more fuel to the fire, but as far as the Jets' fans are concerned, I'm one of you guys now."

He made sure to check out the regular-season schedule when it was released Tuesday night and knows he might get a negative reception in Miami when the Jets play there Sept. 26.

"Look, I played a long time in Miami, so those fans and a lot of people associated with that city will always hold a special place in my heart," Taylor said. "It's like when you're dating a girl for so long and you guys break up. They still hold a place in your heart.

"At the same time, it's time for a new chapter."

During a 30-minute news conference Tuesday night at his foundation's offices in Weston, Fla., Taylor said the Dolphins offered him an extension this past November but withdrew the proposal before the season ended. He said Miami made no offer since and gave him no reason for the lack of interest in a new deal. Taylor said he had a meeting scheduled last week with coach Tony Sparano, but the Dolphins canceled it.

Fearing he might not get any other offers, Taylor decided to sign with the Jets. He knows some will question his motives and desire.

"I can't really concern myself with that," he said. "I've kind of had a chip on my shoulder all my career. I've always been doubted. I've always been told I was too small, I was too pretty, I was too this. ... I'm 35 years old, and people think I can't do it anymore because I'm too old and maybe I'm washed up and can't get to the quarterback anymore, so the chips keep growing. The fire's still burning, trust me. It's burning hot."

Taylor said his surgically repaired right shoulder is feeling good and he expects to be 100 percent for training camp in August. Meanwhile, he'll participate in offseason workouts.

Taylor also said he's looking forward to going back to a pass-rushing role in Rex Ryan's 3-4 defensive scheme and adding to his 127½ career sacks.

"I know people like to say I'm old," Taylor said, "but I like to think I have the potential still to ring up some good numbers and make some good plays and some game-changing plays. That's what I'm here for."

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/ ... id=5122920 (http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/news/story?id=5122920)

SteelerOfDeVille
04-25-2010, 10:58 AM
Ciron black is a Steeler... somewhere SFL is smiling.... :Cheers

hawaiiansteel
04-27-2010, 07:47 PM
Faneca gives Cardinals great line depth
April, 27, 2010


The Cardinals' ability to land veteran guard Alan Faneca on a one-year, $2.5 million deal strengthens their line even if Faneca has lost a step.

The deal, reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, justifies the Cardinals' decision not to select an offensive lineman in the 2010 draft. The team now has three veteran starting-caliber guards under contract -- Faneca, Reggie Wells and Rex Hadnot -- with incument starter Deuce Lutui unsigned.

This can only be a good move for Arizona.

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/ ... line-depth (http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/17719/faneca-gives-cardinals-great-line-depth)

hawaiiansteel
04-29-2010, 03:51 AM
Redskins | Joey Galloway agrees to one-year deal


Wed, 28 Apr 2010


The Washington Redskins have reached an agreement with free-agent WR Joey Galloway (Steelers) on a one-year contract, reports ESPN.com's Adam Schefter. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.



Read more: http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nfl#641625#ixzz0mTPhwDNK

DrCalculus
04-30-2010, 11:54 PM
Ciron black is a Steeler... somewhere SFL is smiling.... :Cheers


Do we know that this signing was ever official? Seems to me that a couple of sites announced this on the evening of day 3 of the draft, but I never saw his name appear on any of the formal wire reports for udfa signings in the week since.

hawaiiansteel
05-01-2010, 05:30 PM
Ciron black is a Steeler... somewhere SFL is smiling.... :Cheers


Do we know that this signing was ever official? Seems to me that a couple of sites announced this on the evening of day 3 of the draft, but I never saw his name appear on any of the formal wire reports for udfa signings in the week since.



Ciron Qunadra Black is an OT who went undrafted and remains a rookie free agent. He remains unsigned despite being incorrectly reported as signed by the Steelers.

hawaiiansteel
05-03-2010, 08:18 PM
Tight end Alex Smith heads to Cleveland

Posted by Michael David Smith on May 3, 2010 7:51 PM ET


Free agent tight end Alex Smith is heading to Cleveland.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Smith signed a one-year deal with the Browns today.

Smith was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 71st pick in the 2005 NFL draft -- 70 spots after another Alex Smith was taken by the San Francisco 49ers. He became a starter as a rookie and caught 41 passes.

But in four seasons since then Smith hasn't matched his rookie reception total. In 2009 the Bucs traded him to the Patriots, and the Patriots released him before the start of the regular season. He then was signed by the Eagles but caught just three passes.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... cleveland/ (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/05/03/tight-end-alex-smith-heads-to-cleveland/)

hawaiiansteel
05-03-2010, 09:33 PM
Updated: May 3, 2010, 9:14 PM ET

Sharper agrees to one-year deal


NEW ORLEANS -- All-Pro safety Darren Sharper is returning to New Orleans for a chance to repeat as Super Bowl champion in 2010.

"He's real motivated to win another Super Bowl," said Sharper's agent, Joel Segal. "It's rare to have that opportunity and he's very excited."

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis also confirmed in an e-mail that Sharper had agreed to terms for one more season. He did not disclose financial terms.

Sharper said in a text message to The Associated Press: "Just wanna tell you I'm extremely happy to be a Saint again. Now we can work on winning another world championship for the city of New Orleans."

The 34-year-old Sharper intercepted nine passes last season, returning three for touchdowns of 99, 97 and 42 yards. His total of 376 interception return yards set a new NFL single-season high, breaking the mark of 358 yards set by Baltimore's Ed Reed in 2004. Sharper leads all active NFL players in interceptions with 63, a career total that places him in a tie with Ronnie Lott for sixth on the all-time list. His 11 career interception returns for TDs ranks second to Rod Woodson's 12. Sharper's 1,412 career interception return yards ranks second to Woodson's 1,483.

Sharper was hoping for a multiple year deal, but his negotiating position appeared to weaken when he had minor arthroscopic surgery after the Super Bowl to alleviate swelling in his left knee that bothered him intermittently during the second half of the season.

He talked with other clubs, including Jacksonville last week, before deciding on Monday to remain in New Orleans, where he made several offseason appearances to soak in post-Super Bowl celebrations.

"We have said since the end of the season that we would love to have Darren back in a Saints uniform for 2010 and I'm glad we've been able to make that happen," Loomis said. "Darren was an integral part of our Super Bowl-winning team and we look forward to having him back."

Soon after agreeing to terms, Sharper posted a note on his Twitter account, reading: "To the entire WHO-DAT Nation, guess what? I'M BAACKK!"

Sharper will be entering his 14th season out of William & Mary. He spent his first eight NFL season with Green Bay, which drafted him in the second round in 1997. He then played four seasons at Minnesota before joining New Orleans last season.

The agreement represented a fresh dose of good news for the Saints, who for the past few days have been dealing with the fallout from a civil lawsuit alleging the team covered up the theft of Vicodin prescription pills by a senior staff member at the team's training headquarters.

The Saints have denied those allegations, but the Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday night that the agency was aware of the allegations and that an investigation was pending.

The civil suit, seeking damages and back pay, was filed by a former security director who claims he was compelled to resign because of the team's handling of the Vicodin episode.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5159603

hawaiiansteel
05-19-2010, 08:37 PM
Saints pick up Clint Ingram

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on May 19, 2010 8:12 PM ET


The Saints have finally addressed the biggest hole on their depth chart.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the team agreed to terms with strongside linebacker Clint Ingram on Wednesday. The former Jaguar used to play under Gregg Williams and becomes the immediate favorite to start at a thin position for the Saints.

The linebacker spots on both sides of Jonathan Vilma still remain a question mark for the Saints, but Ingram gives the team some badly needed experience.

AngryAsian
05-30-2010, 08:20 AM
Saints pick up Clint Ingram

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on May 19, 2010 8:12 PM ET


The Saints have finally addressed the biggest hole on their depth chart.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the team agreed to terms with strongside linebacker Clint Ingram on Wednesday. The former Jaguar used to play under Gregg Williams and becomes the immediate favorite to start at a thin position for the Saints.

The linebacker spots on both sides of Jonathan Vilma still remain a question mark for the Saints, but Ingram gives the team some badly needed experience.


Like this team needs help winning games. With that offense, I can't see any team defensively stopping their juggernaut. Last year they were 25th in the league in total defense.... and still beat the **** out of practically every team they faced.

hawaiiansteel
06-12-2010, 02:07 AM
Josh Reed signs with Chargers

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on June 11, 2010


The Chargers continued to plan for possible future holdouts on Friday when they signed Josh Reed to a one-year contract. It's pretty remarkable that Reed got a job before his ex-Bills teammate Terrell Owens, but he certainly doesn't cost as much.

The Chargers signed Tra Thomas earlier this week to fill the place of holdout tackle Marcus McNeill. Now Reed will take Vincent Jackson's spot on the roster, even if there's no chance he can replace his production.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... -chargers/ (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/06/11/josh-reed-signs-with-chargers/)

hawaiiansteel
06-17-2010, 06:01 PM
Ravens reach deal with Ken Hamlin

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on June 17, 2010


Baltimore agreed to terms with safety Ken Hamlin on a one-year contract Thursday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

We don't know the details, but it's safe to say Hamlin will take a sizable hair cut from his bloated salary with the Cowboys. (Perhaps this is more like shaving your head than a haircut.)

Hamlin's roller coaster journey over the last few years proves how fickle an NFL career can be. A free agent in 2007, Hamlin only attracted a low-cost short-term deal from the Cowboys. Just one year later, Dallas awarded Hamlin a deal comparable to Troy Polamalu and Bob Sanders that included $15 million in guaranteed money.

Now two disappointing seasons and one release later, Hamlin is back on a low-cost one-year deal, trying to keep his career afloat as Ed Reed injury insurance.

RuthlessBurgher
06-23-2010, 03:23 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5319318


Rams re-sign safety Atogwe
ESPN.com news services
Updated: June 23, 2010, 2:47 PM ET

The St. Louis Rams signed safety Oshiomogho Atogwe to a multiyear deal Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Atogwe has played in 72 games in five seasons in St. Louis, starting 60. He was placed on the reserved/injured list with a shoulder injury after 12 games last season and finished 2009 with 82 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

"We are excited to have O.J. back in the fold," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said in a statement. "We were always hopeful for this result. We look forward to having his leadership, character and talent back on our defense."

Since the start of the 2006 season, Atogwe leads the NFL with 38 combined forced fumbles and interceptions. He had a career-high and NFC-leading eight interceptions in 2007.

"It's really important to stay here," Atogwe said. "That was one of the things I was thinking about through this process is my purpose with the Rams. I have been here through a lot of the hard times and I believe that was to build the resolve within me, build the resolve within my teammates so when the promised land arrives, we'd be able to enjoy it and know how to be thankful for it."

hawaiiansteel
06-24-2010, 05:01 PM
Ravens reel in Walt Harris

Posted by Mike Florio on June 24, 2010


With the Baltimore Ravens already in possession of a roster that could be good enough to propel the team to a very special season, the team hasn't decided to stand pat.

In recent days, they've added safety Ken Hamlin and quarterback Marc Bulger. Now, they've announced an agreement in principle with cornerback Walt Harris.

Harris was a first-round pick of the Bears, way back in 1996. He also has played for the Colts, Redskins, and 49ers.

The 13-year veteran missed all of the 2009 season after during a knee injury during offseason workouts in San Fran.

Iron Shiek
08-01-2010, 03:14 PM
The Colts have signed our former CB, Deshea Townsend.