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02-20-2013, 03:18 PM
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02-20-2013, 03:46 PM
COMPENSATORY DRAFT SELECTIONS AWARDED
The NFL has announced compensatory draft picks for the 2013 NFL Draft; the picks have been awarded as follows (original projections courtesy of ct17 via Blogging the bEast):
Texans 3 Mario Williams
Chiefs 3 Brandon Carr
Titans 3 Cortland Finnegan
Lions 4 Eric Wright
Ravens 4 Ben Grubbs
Packers 4 Matt Flynn
Dolphins 4 Kendall Langford
49ers 4 Josh Morgan
Falcons 4 Curtis Lofton
Ravens 5 Jarret Johnson
Titans 5 Jason Jones
Texans 6 Jason Allen
Giants 6 Aaron Ross
Raiders 6 Samson Satele
Raiders 6 Michael Bush
Ravens 6 Cory Redding
Eagles 7 Steve Smith
Bengals 7 Jerome Simpson
Ravens 7 Tom Zbikowski
Steelers 7 William Ga y
Seahawks 7 Charlie Whitehurst
Seahawks 7 Atari Bigby
Falcons 7 Eric Weems
Bengals 7 Mike McGlynn
49ers 7 Blake Costanzo
Lions 7 Drew Stanton
49ers 7 Madieu Williams
Falcons 7 James Sanders
Titans 7 William Hayes
Falcons 7 Kelvin Hayden
Jaguars 7 Additional pick
Chiefs 7 Additional pick
Compensatory picks are unable to be traded.
02-20-2013, 04:21 PM
Bengals makes cuts and use franchise tag on DE Michael Johnson.
Defensive End Michael Johnson has signed a franchise tag worth 11 million dollars, locking the young DE up for the 2013 season.
The team also announced the following cuts:
Jason Allen CB
Travelle Wharton OG
Jamaal Anderson DE
John Connor FB
02-20-2013, 04:28 PM
Tags & Thoughts
Green Bay Packers have placed a second round tender on restricted free agents Sam Shields and Evan Dietrich-Smith. Shields had a bounce back year with the team and projects to be a starter once again in 2013. Dietrich-Smith started at center following poor play from veteran Jeff Saturday, and the team is optimistic he'll prove to be a stable force as the team's starting center for the duration of 2013.
The Packers are currently contemplating whether or not to cut TE Jermichael Finley and/or LB AJ Hawk to help create more cap space in an attempt to have more cap flexibility in free agency and when looking forward to extensions for the team's stars, Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews.
02-20-2013, 04:46 PM
Patriots make initial roster cuts
The New England Patriots have begun the process of cutting players in order to clear salary cap space. The players released are as follows:
FB James Develin ($0.48)
WR Kamar Aiken ($0.48)
TE Brad Herman ($0.40)
OT Kyle Hix ($0.41)
DT Tracy Robertson ($0.40)
DE Jason Vega ($0.40)
LB Mike Rivera ($0.48)
The moves will save New England a total of $3 million against the salary cap this season. The Patriots currently stand at $17.6 million under the salary cap, with more cuts potentially occurring before the start of free agency.
02-20-2013, 05:15 PM
Steven Jackson's days with the Rams officially over
Your St. Louis Rams pulled a unexpected move yesterday when they decided to part ways with the Franchises' second leading rusher Steven Jackson. Ok maybe it wasn't unexpected but I think everyone expected the two sides to come to an agreement on a new deal. Steven was drafted by the Rams in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft and spent most of his career playing on some bottom dwellers. He'll be thirty-years old by the start of the 2013 season. Unless the Rams decide to bring someone in via Free Agency or select someone in the upcoming draft, it looks like there will be a two Running back combo between last years 2nd round pick Isiah Pead and 7th sound selection Daryl Richardson.
Among those officially cut on Wednesday:
Steven Jackson ($7.0)
Quintin Mikell ($6.0)
Wayne Hunter ($3.95)
Harvey Dahl ($4.0)
Harvey Dahl was tough to see go, but with surgery at 31-years old and the fact that the Rams Offensive Line played very well without him late last season (0 sacks allowed on 60 drop backs, 4.2 YPC) it made Dahl more replaceable.
With the money the Rams have now saved, they will have roughly around twenty-three million dollars to spend this offseason, seven of which needs to go toward the rookie draft.
02-20-2013, 05:16 PM
THE BYRD BYRD BYRD IS STILL THE WORD IN BUFFALO
The Buffalo Bills have tagged S Jairus Byrd and the pro bowl safety will remain in Buffalo. The 6.8 million dollar tag will only be a short term solution as the two sides continue to work on a long term deal. When speaking to Bills Brass, GM Gonzo had this to say "Jairus is one of the best safeties in this league, we feel he is the best and is a vital part of our defense, to lose Jairus would have been a big blow to our franchise and we are happy to continue in negotiations on a long term deal."
The next question is where does this leave the Bills with their 2nd high profile FA Guard Andy Levitre? When pressed GM Gonzo had this to say about Levitre " We think Andy has been a stalwart for our offensive line but the tag on o-lineman is too high and Andy has always stated that he has wanted to test the market." We will make him a fair offer at the beginning of FA but wont break the bank with our other pressing needs."
In other Bills news, The Bills will bring back ERFA TE Dorin Dickerson as well as the 1.3 million dollar tender of WR David Nelson. Lastly, the Bills announced the release of two veterans in DE Chris Kelsay and WR Brad Smith. The moves are expected to save the Bills close to 8 million dollars in cap space. The purge continues as Kelsay and Smith join LB Nick Barnett, S George Wilson, and CB Terrence McGee as former Bills.
02-20-2013, 06:41 PM
Tampa Bay Buccanneers cuts loose Eric Wright.
Today the Tampa Bay Buccaneers anounced the release of Cornerback Eric Wright. Altough he only just signed his five year 38 million dollar deal last year they decided to cut ties with him. Because off the 4 game PED suspension all his guaranteed money was voided which means it will save the Buccaneers 7,75 million the upcoming year. Also Quincy Black and Chas Henry weren't retained by the Bucs.
Besides the cuts they also decided to not tender HB LeGarrette Blount and Jacob Cutrera while tendering Daniel Te'o-Nesheim to an original round tender.
02-20-2013, 08:03 PM
Panthers Announce Roster Cuts, Update Trade Block
The Carolina Panthers have announced a multitude of cuts this evening. Coming into the offseason at roughly $12 million over the cap, the Panthers had to make tough decisions to get back under the cap including cutting long time Panther and veteran Chris Gamble. Cutting Gamble saves the Panthers $7.9 million this year.
Also being let go in this year's round of cuts are oft injured DT Ron Edwards ($2.15m), G Geoff Hangartner ($1.575m), DB Haruki Nakamura ($1.3m), LB Kenny Onatolu ($775,000), and OL Garry Williams ($1.025m). These moves put the Panthers about $2 million under the cap with reportedly more moves on the horizon.
The Panthers have also announced that they are actively looking to trade RB DeAngelo Williams and LB James Anderson.
02-20-2013, 09:26 PM
STEELERS ANNOUNCE ROSTER CUTS
The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they have cut LB James Harrison, OL Willie Colon, WR Jerricho Cotchery, and K Shaun Suisham. With these cuts, they shed $8,392,500 from their cap. More moves expected to come.
02-20-2013, 09:27 PM
Tags & Thoughts
Green Bay Packers have placed a second round tender on restricted free agents Sam Shields and Evan Dietrich-Smith. Shields had a bounce back year with the team and projects to be a starter once again in 2013. Dietrich-Smith started at center following poor play from veteran Jeff Saturday, and the team is optimistic he'll prove to be a stable force as the team's starting center for the duration of 2013.
The Packers are currently contemplating whether or not to cut TE Jermichael Finley and/or LB AJ Hawk to help create more cap space in an attempt to have more cap flexibility in free agency and when looking forward to extensions for the team's stars, Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews.
UPDATE :: Team has released Finley and Hawk.
02-20-2013, 10:36 PM
New Orleans, La.
The New Orleans Saints are still behind the eight ball in terms of their current salary cap figure but two moves today helped propel them in the right direction.
Both moves directly affected the same position when news was released that linebackers Chris Chamberlain and Will Herring were released.
Chris Chamberlain was brought in last year to compete for the starting weakside linebacker job but a season ending injury put those plans on hold. Chamberlain's familiarity with former Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnola's system was thought to give him the upper hand in learning the defense. Now, with the implementation of the 3-4, Chamberlain found himself out of position and out of a job.
Former Auburn Tiger Will Herring was signed from Seattle two seasons ago in helps of adding quality depth at linebacker. It was heralded at the time as the type of savvy signing that Mickey Loomis and the Saints front office can shrewdly make at times. This move, however, backfired as Herring was rarely effective when on the field and proved only serviceable on special teams.
The releases saved the Saints a combined $3.8 million.
Loomis still continues to negotiate with defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Johnathan Vilma in an attempt to have both players reconfigure their contracts to make their salaries a little more cap friendly. If the two sides fail to come to an agreement then both players run the risk of being cut.
02-20-2013, 10:55 PM
Saints Tender 4, Place Ivory and Ingram on Trade Block
Baton Rouge, La.
The New Orleans Saints wasted no time in placing restricted free agent tenders on the only four players that could receive them.
Fan favorite RB Chris Ivory received a 2nd round tender meaning that any team that offers him a contract that the Saints refuse to match will provide the team with a second round pick as compensation. The Saints have also placed Chris Ivory on the trade block and are said to be looking for a soft 4th round pick.
The three others which received tenders are Center Brian de la Puente, outside linebacker Junior Galette, and long snapper Justin Drescher. All three received original draft status tenders meaning that New Orleans would receive zero compensation should they not match any offer made to them.
In the most surprising news of the day, the team placed former first round pick Mark Ingram on the trade block. The second year running back from Alabama came in with expectations set high for him from the fan base but has not been able to find his niche in the Saints running back-by-committee system. The jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none running back would serve any team well that is looking to improve their running back situation.
02-20-2013, 11:09 PM
Bears Rid Themselves of Dead Weight
The Chicago Bears decided to part ways with TE Kellen Davis today. There is some speculation that Davis might be traveling north to join the CFL, as no teams in the NFL have shown any interest in him. The Bears save $1,150,000 in the process.
02-21-2013, 08:25 AM
STEELERS ANNOUNCE MORE CUTS
Steelers have released the following players in order to get under the cap:
CB Justin King (715k)
S Damon Cromartie-Smith (555k)
TE Jamie McCoy (480K)
S Ross Ventrone (480K)
OL Justin Cheadle (405K)
CB Isaiah Green (405K)
WR Bert Reed (405K)
These moves save up to 3.445 million dollars.
Lions Clear Cap Space
The Lions have announced roster cuts in order the clear some cap space for the upcoming free agency period. The biggest names are WR's Nate Burleson and Mike Thomas. Burleson was due $5 million dollars and is coming off of a major injury. Thomas was acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars in a trade last season, but never really contributed much. He was due $1 million this coming season.
The Lions also announce the release of the following players: OG Rodney Austin, LB Carmen Messina, TE's Dominique Curry and Nathan Overbay, WR Chastain West, DL Ogemdi Nwagbuo, and DB D.J. Johnson.
The team currently has $15.6 million to spend in free agency.
02-21-2013, 10:19 AM
In a team meeting with the press today, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh announced that quarterback Alex Smith would be put on the trading block.
"We just want to be fair to Alex and give him a chance to be in the best position he can be."
Smith threw for 1737 yards with a completion percentage of 70.2 percent having began the year as the starter before losing that role to Kolin Kaepernick. The 49ers have received preliminary inquiries from teams about what Smith's status would be this off-season.
02-21-2013, 10:56 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars Make Cuts
The Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to part ways with wide receiver Laurent Robinson. Signed as a free agent from Dallas in 2012, Robinson caught just 24 balls in a season plagued by concussions. The release is projected to save the Jacksonville Jaguars $2.6 million in 2013.
The Jaguars have also decided to cut ties with the following players (projected cap savings included): WR Isaiah Stanback (630K), WR Taylor Price (535K), TE Matt Veldman (405K), and Antwon Blake (480K).
Already with over 22 million in cap space, these cuts add an additional 4.65 million, giving the Jaguars a great opportunity to sign some of the marquee free agents.
02-21-2013, 12:06 PM
The 49ers also announced two large scale cuts made before this year's draft.
Wide receiver, Mario Manningham, who had 449 yards and only one TD, will free up a total of 3.85 million in capspace. Manningham's absence definitely spells out the expectations that will be placed on second year player A.J. Jenkins.
Kicker, David Akers, who struggled last year was set to earn 3 million dollars. With the 49ers setting on 13 total available draft picks prior to any trading, there is certainly the likelihood that the 49ers will use that as a means of replacing the 14 year veteran.
As a result of these cuts alone, SF has cleared enough cap space to apply a franchise tag to Safety, Dashon Goldson.
Redskins Make Cuts
The Redskins Front Office has decided to part ways with several players. Leading the group is cornerback Deangelo Hall. Hall was scheduled to make $7.5m in 2013 and $9m in 2014. The organization feels that Halls performance over the past few seasons has not warranted such a high contract. Additional players that were released include DL Adam Carriker, S Reed Doughty, S Brandon Merriweather, WR Santana Moss, RB Evan Royster, RB Kieland Williams, RB Tristan Davis, RB Dorson Boyce, and WR Darius Hanks.
The release of WR Santana Moss, although not a surprise, was a difficult move for Coach Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen to make. "Santana is a hard worker, a great performer, and a class act person. He has made a tremendous impact on this organization and we wish him well wherever he chooses to finish his career." quoted Coach Shanahan. Both Carriker and Merriweather were also challenging cuts for the organization but ultimately the front office felt that their recoveries were behind schedule and the risk that they would be ready to contribute at full strength by the start of the season was too high.
02-21-2013, 12:28 PM
Texans Cut Smith, Walter and 2 Others. Won't use Tag this Year
Houston Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak announced today that the team will not be using the franchise tag this year leading to speculation that OLB Connor Barwin may not be back with the team. Kubiak has stated he would like to keep Barwin but is keeping his options open, “Obviously we would love to have Connor back. But we also have to be smart about where our resources go. We will be speaking with his representatives in Indianapolis with the hopes of getting a deal done, but we have to be realistic about the market he will receive in free agency.” Not bringing back Barwin will mean a more prominent role for last year’s first round draft pick Whitney Mercilus. “We were very pleased with Whitney’s progression as the season went on” stated defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. “But it’s a new position for him that he was adjusting to. I am very confident he will make a big step up next year, both in terms of production and overall impact”.
The Texans also announced a number of cuts today. The biggest name among these cuts was Antonio Smith. Smith was due $6m this year and that was a price the Texans clearly weren’t happy to pay. Also released were Kevin Walter, freeing up $3.5m, QB Stephen McGee and Kicker Randy Bullock.
With the recent cuts and the fact that Gary Kubiak has opted against using the franchise tag the Texans will go into the initial free agency period with $23.4m in cap space. While they may not be in the market for one of the marquee free agents, look for the Texans to bring in a number of role players to add depth to their roster before the draft.
02-21-2013, 03:14 PM
Tennessee Titans make first official moves of the offseason
The Titans have announced they have parted ways with QB Matt Hasselbeck. The Titans were interested in restructuring Hasselbeck to a lower number, and Hasselbeck was open to the idea, but after not being able to agree on a number, the two have parted ways.
In addition to Hasselbeck, the Titans have cut former starters C Eugene Amano and S Jordan Babineaux.
They also cut QB Nate Enderle,WR Roberto Wallace, WR Lavelle Hawkins,
TE Martell Webb, OT Mike Otto, LB Tim Shaw, LB Patrick Bailey
LBers Shaw and Bailey were tied for the 2nd highest paid LBers on the team, despite being nothing more than backups and special teamers.
The moves free up nearly $18m in cap space, although the Titans are not likely to spend all available cash in Free Agency.
02-21-2013, 05:01 PM
The Chiefs cut two.
General Manager John Dorsey has announced two major moves today. DE Tyson Jackson and QB Matt Cassel have been cut.
Dorsey released a statement following the news:
"We appreciate these players and the contributions they've made to this football team and the community here in Kansas City, but we had decisions to make and it was time to move on. We wish them well in their future endeavors."
02-21-2013, 05:04 PM
Cowboys Make Roster Cuts
Entering the offseason at $19 million over the salary cap, the Dallas Cowboys were faced with difficult roster decisions. Owner Jerry Jones hoped that star QB Tony Romo would be willing to renegotiate his deal so they could lower his cap number and create space. Naturally, Romo refused, leaving Dallas between a rock and a hard place. As the Cowboys pondered their options, they had to make some very tough cuts. Here is a list of cap casualties:
WR Miles Austin
DT Jay Ratliff
OT Doug Free
FB Lawrence Vickers
LB Dan Connor
C/OG Ryan Cook
DT Jason Hatcher
In addition, the Cowboys released some peripheral players to drop down to the mandated 53 player limit. Among those cuts include the following:
QB Nick Stephens
WR Jared Green
DT Ikponmwosa Igbinosun
DT Monte Taylor
TE Colin Cochart
In addition, the Cowboys extended an offer to MLB Orie Lemon, who played a role on special teams last year and was an exclusive rights free agent. They also extended right of first refusal tenders to C/OG Phil Costa and S Danny McCray but did not tender DT/DE Brian Schaefering. After all these moves, Dallas saves about $25 million in cap space, allowing them to hopefully make a move or two in free agency.
02-21-2013, 06:39 PM
Dolphins Cut Thirteen
The Miami Dolphins have released thirteen players today in a move to make some more salary cap room, clearing up $10 million in cap room. A majority of them were small cuts, but by releasing CB Dimitri Patterson, the Dolphins save $4.5m in cap room for 2013. Bringing Patterson back on a smaller deal hasn't been ruled out, but the $4.5m cap figure was too large to hold on to Patterson. The complete list of cuts is listed below.
Dimitri Patterson, CB (4.5)
Jeff Adams, OT (0.5)
Chas Alecxih, DT (0.4)
Lee Robinson, LB (0.5)
Andrew McDonald, OT (0.4)
Armon Binns, WR (0.5)
Chandler Burden, OG (0.4)
Kelcie McCray, S(0.4)
Brian Tyms, WR (0.4)
Julian Posey, CB (0.5)
Jonas Gray, RB (0.5)
Kyle Miller, TE (0.5)
De'Andre Presley, CB (0.5)
The Dolphins now have $44 million to sign free agents.
02-21-2013, 07:53 PM
Browns Cut Young
The Cleveland Browns announced that they have cut Usama Young, citing his $2.15 million salary as the main reason. Young has frequently been injured with the Browns, and has struggled when on the field. The team will consider bringing him back at a lower price.
02-21-2013, 08:38 PM
Raiders Announce Initial Cuts, and Draft Plans
Coming into this off season the Oakland Raiders are at $4.5M under the cap, but after 3 recent cuts they have regained money to spend. LB Rolando McCain, DT Tommy Kelly and RG Mike Brisiel are now free agents, while Oakland has around $10.35M to fill holes on the roster. Rolando McClain was a former top 10 draft pick who did not pan out at all, and with his recent off and on the field conduct it wasn't a surprise to see him not wear Silver and Black in the future. Tommy Kelly's age, production and salery were all in question during the decision whether he could stay on the team and now DT has easily become the top need in Oakland. Mike Brisel signed a 5 year $20M deal last off season, but with the zone blocking scheme gone he just won't fit what the Raiders are trying to revive in the running game with a healthy Darren McFadden.
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie also did a recent interview about the draft plans, stating:"Right now we will listen to all offers for any of our players and also the 3rd overall pick. We would be willing to deal Darren McFadden for the right price, and also will be actively trying to trade down to gain more picks in this years draft.
There are a few players we would like to resign, but only for the right price. We have some cap room and we will use it wisely compared to the Al Davis era."
02-21-2013, 08:41 PM
Black Thursday For Two Saints Veterans
Loyalty and dedication only get you so far in today's NFL. Rare are the times when a single player can stay with one franchise throughout his entire career despite his salary figure. Unfortunately for fan favorite and long time Saints defensive end Will Smith, and also linebacker Jonathan Vilma, they will not be among those few players.
In a difficult, yet necessary, move the Saints have had to release the two veterans in order to get below the salary cap. David Thomas, Johnny Patrick, Chris Chamberlain, and Will Herring have been issued pink slips before Smith and Vilma, however, when it became evident that both were unwilling to restructure then both were shown the door.
The reason for their release was their exorbitant salary. Will Smith's base salary was $9 million but his total cap figure was $14.5. Vilma's, on the other hand, while less than Smith's was still high compared to his on-the-field production. His base salary was $4.8 million but his total cap hit was $8.6 million.
These two cuts, couples with the prior release of Chamberlain, Herring, Thomas, and Patrick now have the Saints below the salary cap.
The team has expressed interest in bringing re-signing both but to more cost efficient deals.
02-21-2013, 09:58 PM
WR Harry Douglas (1,750,000)
DT Peria Jerry (905,000)
LB Stephen Nicholas (2,500,000)
RB Michael Turner (6,900,000)
02-21-2013, 11:12 PM
The Titans have announced that they have franchised K Rob Bironas, and executed their exclusive rights on C/G Kevin Matthews. They also tendered C Fernando Velasco
02-21-2013, 11:32 PM
Ryan Grigson & the Indianapolis Colts have announced their first string of off-season moves. They've elected to part ways with Adam Vinatieri after 7 years with the team. Vinatieri helped guide the team to two Super Bowls including one victory. However with the youth movement in progress, the 39 year old kicker has become the first cap casualty.
In other news, the Colts have chosen to use their franchise tag on Punter Pat McAfee. The designation will keep the punter on the team for one year while the two sides work to negotiate a long-term deal. One year offers have also been extended to RFAs Cassius Vaughn, Joe Reitz, & Jeff Linkenbach. As well as ERFAs AJ Edds, & Martin Tevaseu.
02-21-2013, 11:36 PM
Top Fifty Impending Free Agents
With free agency looming, here's a look at the top fifty most significant impending free agents in 2013, listed by alphabetically by position:
1. QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
2. RB Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
3. RB Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
4. WR Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
5. WR Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
6. WR Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
7. WR Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
8. WR Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
9. WR Wes Welker, New England Patriots
10. TE Martellus Bennett, New York Giants
11. TE Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers
12. TE Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
13. OT Branden Albert, Kansas City Chiefs
14. OT William Beatty, New York Giants
15. OT Gosder Cherilus, Detroit Lions
16. OT Phil Loadholt, Minnesota Vikings
17. OT Jake Long, Miami Dolphins
18. OT Andre Smith, Cincinnati Bengals
19. OT Sebastian Vollmer, New England Patriots
20. OG Andy Levitre, Buffalo Bills
21. OG Brandon Moore, New York Jets
22. DT Henry Melton, Chicago Bears
23. DT Richard Seymour, Oakland Raiders
24. DT Randy Starks, Miami Dolphins
25. DT Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings
26. DE Cliff Avril, Detroit Lions
27. DE Michael Bennett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
28. DE Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis Colts
29. DE Jason Jones, Seattle Seahawks
30. DE Antonio Smith, Houston Texans
31. LB James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers
32. LB Paul Kruger, Baltimore Ravens
33. LB Daryl Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars
34. LB Anthony Spencer, Dallas Cowboys
35. LB Philip Wheeler, Oakland Raiders
36. CB Chris Gamble, Carolina Panthers
37. CB Brent Grimes, Atlanta Falcons
38. CB Chris Houston, Detroit Lions
39. CB Mike Jenkins, Dallas Cowboys
40. CB Adam Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
41. CB Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, Philadelphia Eagles
42. CB Sean Smith, Miami Dolphins
43. CB Aqib Talib, New England Patriots
44. FS Kenny Phillips, New York Giants
45. FS Glover Quin, Houston Texans
46. FS Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens
47. SS LaRon Landry, New York Jets
48. SS Quintin Mikell, Philadelphia Eagles
49. SS William Moore, Atlanta Falcons
50. SS Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers
02-22-2013, 02:33 AM
Eagles to let FAs walk, cut OT Bell
Eagles GM Mickey Von Clair has announced that he will not be retaining any of the team's impending free agents. The most notable of these being cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was reportedly considered as the team's franchise tag recipient. The team also announced the release of tackle Demetress Bell and 9.5 million dollar salary in 2013.
The Eagles may make more cuts throughout the day. Rumored releases include Nnamdi Asomugha and Michael Vick. Stay tuned for details.
02-22-2013, 10:45 AM
In a team press conference this morning, 49er GM, Timm Baalke, announced that the following players where to be cut in order to make room under the salary cap:
Baalke included that the team would not be tendering the free agent contracts of CB Tramaine Brock and S Darcel McBath. Currently this gives San Fransisco 7.5 million dollars to work with under the salary cap.
02-22-2013, 11:27 AM
Giants Cut Ties With Vets Webster and Diehl
The New York Giants have announced that they will be cutting veteran players Corey Webster and David Deihl. After having down years and big contracts, the Giants decided it's time to part ways and save money for younger guys. The Giants also put a 1st round tender on Victor Cruz. Cruz has broken out as one of the top wide receivers in the NFL after being an un-drafted free agent back in 2010. The Giants also resigned two veteran ERFAs. Running back Andre Brown, who broke out last year and is expected to see more playtime with Ahmad Bradshaw gone, and defensive end Adrian Tracy who should get a chance for playtime with Osi Umenyiora cut earlier in the offseason.
02-22-2013, 12:26 PM
Alex Smith gets vocal.
It has to be tough. To be 19-5-1 over the last two years, see the number of OC's come and go that you have, to hear the words people say about you, to sit there and take the situation you have been put in without letting it get to you. It has to be tough. It has to be, because Alex Smith, second string QB of the San Fransisco 49ers has endured those very hardships, and those were the first words out of his mouth.
"It's been tough. Don't make this what it's not, I don't fault Colin [Kaepernick], but I've had enough. I'm ready to go where ever they send me...or if they don't, I mean...if they just cut me, I'm ready."
Yesterday, the 49er's announced interest in trading Smith. Sources close to Smith have stated 3 teams have been in contact with the 49ers offering anywhere from 4th round picks to multiple late round picks.
02-22-2013, 02:32 PM
In a move that comes as no surprise, the 49ers have sent QB Alex Smith to the Philadelphia Eagles. The 49ers receive the Eagles 5th round pick, number 138 overall and a 7th round pick, number 238 overall, which the Eagles had acquired from Indianapolis.
"We had other options that yielded higher returns for us", added 49er coach Jim Harbaugh.
"We wanted to send Alex somewhere that he would have a chance to be as much of a contributor as he was with us, or even more should that be what happens for him."
The move clears 7.5 million dollars from SF's salary cap, giving the 49ers many more options in free-agency.
02-22-2013, 02:40 PM
Jaguars Update Trade Block
The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially informed tight end Marcedes Lewis and defenisve end Jason Babin that the team is seeking to trade both players.
The news of the shopping of Jason Babin comes as a surprise. He seems to be a good fit for Gus Bradley's pass rushing specialist role filled by Bruce Irvin last year. But the team desires to get younger at that position. The 32-year old Babin has 37 sacks in the last three seasons.
Marcedes Lewis has been a disappointment since his 2010 Pro Bowl season. But he offers solid ability to be an intermediate target and is an above average blocker. Bus Cook, the agent for Lewis, welcomes the news. Cook blames poor quarterback play for his client's drop in production and believes a change of scenery is just what he needs to get back to his Pro Bowl abilities.
The team is asking for a mid-round pick for each players.
02-22-2013, 02:41 PM
Panthers Part Ways with DeAngelo Williams
CHARLOTTE, NC -- The Carolina Panthers have decided to make the unfortunate decision to cut longtime Panthers runningback DeAngelo Williams. The Panthers cited that with little trade interest in Williams, they had no choice but to cut him. Williams had a down year this past year, and with Jonathan Stewart still on the roster, the Panthers felt that they would be better off using Williams' $4.75m cap hit somewhere else. The Panthers did not rule out that Williams will not be back with the team in some capacity, but he would have to accept a much more team friendly deal.
02-22-2013, 04:38 PM
Multiple teams reportedly "love" Cox
Early in the free agent process, perhaps one of the more surprising trends is every team's willingness to pay big money for Cox. 26 year-old Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox, a 2009 third-round pick, has received a number of handsome offers from suitors. Cox, who started on the right side of Jacksonville's defense last season, was courted by the Jaguars, but is also mulling multiple additional offers. Last season, he allowed completions on just 54/89 passes, including only one touchdown, while intercepting four passes.
02-22-2013, 05:32 PM
THE BILLS NOT IN PLAY FOR D.COX, WILL FOCUS ON GETTING MORE LEVITRE FOR WOOD
The associated press earlier reported that Derek Cox, an unrestricted free agent from the Jaguars, is being courted by many teams around the league. With the need at CB, the Buffalo News tried to find out if the Buffalo Bills were one of the suitors. The more we searched it became abundantly clear that the Bills are not in play for Cox.
Instead the team is currently focused on resigning their own players from the Free Agent pool, most notably LG Andy Levitre. The Bills have made a substantial offer for their FA LG and are also negotiating with a few other players that we could not confirm at this time. They are expected to meet again tomorrow before the rest of the front office heads to the combine in Indianapolis.
02-22-2013, 06:01 PM
Dolphins Focused on Bringing Back Free Agents
While the Dolphins do have a fair amount of cash available for free agents, the priority will first be on resigning their own players. While talks with Jake Long haven't gone very well so far, the team does hope to be able to bring him back to continue locking down left tackle for Miami. The Dolphins also haven't given up on RB Reggie Bush, as they are concerned with Lamar Miller being the primary back with Daniel Thomas' injury issues backing him up. As for free agents that weren't on the Dolphins last year, the primary focus seems to be on bringing in play makers for QB Ryan Tannehill. There is no word on who the Dolphins seem to prefer at receiver at this point in time.
02-22-2013, 06:26 PM
Andy Levitre among the free agent period's most coveted free agents
Buffalo Bills left guard Andy Levitre has emerged as one of the most coveted free agent candidates, with lucrative offers having been proposed by a number of teams, including Buffalo themselves. Levitre, a 2009 second-round pick, has developed into one of the top offensive guards in the league, having allowed just one sack last season despite playing over one thousand snaps. He is currently visiting interested teams and will reportedly decide upon a final destination in the coming days.
02-23-2013, 01:22 PM
Packers eye Backers
The Green Bay Packers have scoped the free agent market and identified linebacker Dannell Ellerbe as their number one target. Ellerbe was the second leading tackler on the Super Bowl winning Baltimore Ravens and he became an enforcer on the defense. Green Bay is excited about the potential of Desmond Bishop returning from injury and pairing him with Ellerbe to help stabilize a defense, which has been shaky the last two seasons. If you factor in Clay Matthews and youngster Nick Perry as the outside backers, Green Bay may be attempting to assemble one of the top linebacker unit in the league.
The team is also chasing competition and depth for the defensive line, and they are looking to land a veteran back to help balance the offense as the Packers look to the draft for the future of the position.
The team has also announced the release of RB James Starks and RB Brandon Saine.
02-23-2013, 05:29 PM
Free agent receiver Bowe faced with difficult decision
Among the most sought-after free agents in this year's crop is wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs. Thus far, Bowe is rumored to have a handful of offers on the table; at this point, the Chiefs are reportedly still in play for their top target, who caught 59 passes for 801 yards and three touchdowns last season, but Bowe is rumored to be strongly considering additional teams as well. He is said to be seeking a deal more lucrative than the offers extended to other top free agent receiving options, including Danny Amendola, Miles Austin, Brian Hartline, Greg Jennings, Mike Wallace, and Wes Welker. Bowe is expected to choose his destination by tomorrow afternoon.
02-23-2013, 05:38 PM
Cornerbacks among free agency's most coveted positions
The wide receiver class is filled with top-end talent, but this year's cornerback crop is another deep class, with many available players expected to receive lucrative contracts. Among those players are E.J. Biggers, Derek Cox, Chris Gamble, Brent Grimes, Chris Houston, Adam Jones, Keenan Lewis, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Sean Smith, Aqib Talib, and Greg Toler, all of whom have reportedly received interest on the open market. In fact, rumor has it that almost all of these players could be in different uniforms next season.
02-24-2013, 11:09 AM
KEENAN LEWIS A WANTED MAN
Got confirmed by two sources that former Pittsburgh Steelers CB Keenan Lewis has two big offers from undisclosed NFC teams. He will announce his decision this afternoon. Lewis, who led the NFL with 16 pass break ups, has emerged under DB coach Carnell Lake.
02-24-2013, 11:29 AM
Texans To Make A Big Splash In Free Agency?
With free agency imminently upon us there have been some rumblings from within the Texans organization which indicate they may be big players. An unnamed source has stated they may make some sort of big move at the start of free agency. “Look, we tasted success two years ago winning the AFC South and we maintained that last year” said the source, “but you won’t find one person in this building who is content with that. We want bigger and better things and that means winning the Superbowl”.
The Texans have fallen short on both occasions in the playoffs and it is no surprise that both teams who have ended their run are very much on the minds of the Houston top brass. “We need to be able to beat the Ravens and Patriots when it matters” our unnamed source stated. “There is one person in free agency we are very high on that we believe could be the difference maker. Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t going to sell the farm and we have quite a lot of guys who we are high on, but they are more for depth at this point”.
A lot has been made of the Texans depth in this last year because as far as starters go they can rival any team in the league. However the reserves leave quite a lot to be desired. “We need to get more guys who can do a job for us. No team has 53 pro bowlers” said the source. “We want to bring in 5 or 6 guys who can fill a role for us before the draft and we will set our board at that stage. Our main focus is to get better overall and that is what we hope to achieve.”
The talk of bringing in a marquee free agent has people talking around Houston and numerous names have been mentioned. However, at this point the most likely player would appear to be Mike Wallace. The Texans need to outscore the Ravens and Patriots and when the run game gets shut down teams can focus their coverage on Andre Johnson. Wallace adds serious deep speed which must be respected.
If the Texans hope to sign Wallace in the initial stages of free agency they will need to fight off numerous teams rumoured to have some serious interest. The Texans currently have over $23 million in cap space so could certainly offer a very lucrative contract to him. The big question is how high will they go in a bidding war?
Wallace could be the missing piece for this Texans team so it’s hard to argue about what they may offer, but if he brings a Superbowl title to Houston then whatever he makes will be insignificant compared to the value he has brought.
02-24-2013, 12:00 PM
WALLACE SIGNS FIVE-YEAR, $60 MILLION DEAL WITH DOLPHINS
One of the free agent period's most coveted players, Mike Wallace will sign a five-year, $60 million deal with the Miami Dolphins. Wallace, who was heavily courted throughout free agency, reportedly turned down additional offers from teams such as Cleveland, St. Louis, and Tennessee.
02-24-2013, 12:04 PM
BUCCANEERS RETAIN MICHAEL BENNETT
Michael Bennett, one of the free agent period's most coveted defensive linemen, has turned down a competing offer from the Tennessee Titans in order to re-sign with Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers are facing the possibility of losing Da'Quan Bowers to a league-mandated suspension, and decided Bennett was too valuable to lose, locking him up for four years and $36 million. Bennett recorded nine sacks in 2012.
02-24-2013, 12:09 PM
STEVEN JACKSON GETS CHEDDAR FROM PACKERS
The Green Bay Packers have signed former St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson a one-year, $4 million contract. Jackson was expected to sign with a contender, and Green Bay emerged as an early favorite for his services. Jackson, who turns 30 in July, rushed for 1,042 yards last season. He is expected to receive the bulk of Green Bay's carries in 2013.
02-24-2013, 12:13 PM
ANTHONY SPENCER RETURNS TO DALLAS
Anthony Spencer, considered one of the most well-rounded linebackers in the league, has ultimately decided to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys on a four-year, $24 million deal after recording a career-high eleven sacks in 2012. Incoming defensive coordinator Monte Kiffen's 4-3 defensive front apparently didn't concern Spencer, who could potentially project to either defensive end or strongside linebacker next season.
02-24-2013, 12:19 PM
KRUGER AGREES TO TERMS WITH COLTS
Breakout pass rusher Paul Kruger will not be back with the Baltimore Ravens next season. Kruger, a massive 6'4", 270 pound outside linebacker, has agreed to sign a four-year, $34 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts, coached by former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. Kruger recorded nine sacks in 2012, establishing himself as one of Baltimore's most valuable defensive players in the postseason.
02-24-2013, 12:22 PM
LOADHOLT, FELTON RE-SIGN WITH VIKINGS
Minnesota Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt won't be going anywhere next season; today, he agreed to terms with Minnesota on a four-year, $22 million deal which will pay him an average of $5.5 million per season. Loadholt is considered one of the league's best run blockers; Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reportedly lobbied hard for Loadholt's return. The Vikings also announced a two-year, $3 million contract with Peterson's lead blocker, fullback Jerome Felton.
02-24-2013, 12:29 PM
JAGUARS LAND AVRIL, JONES
Incoming head coach Gus Bradley evidently prioritized bolstering Jacksonville's pass rush. Today, the Jaguars announced that they have agreed to deals with two defensive linemen, Cliff Avril and Jason Jones. Avril received a four-year, $32 million offer after a 9.5-sack season, with Jones earning a three-year, $12.6 million deal after recording three sacks under Bradley in Seattle last season.
02-24-2013, 12:34 PM
RAVENS BRING BACK REED, ELLERBE
The Ravens lost linebacker Paul Kruger earlier in free agency, but they rebounded by re-signing two other important cogs, safety Ed Reed and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. Reed will likely finish his career with the Ravens after coming to terms with the club on a four-year, $22 million deal. Ellerbe recorded 92 tackles and 4.5 sacks last year on the inside; his services were worth a five-year commitment from Baltimore worth a total of $26 million.
02-24-2013, 12:38 PM
TALIB HEADED TO INDIANAPOLIS
The New England Patriots reportedly offered cornerback Aqib Talib a two-year contract, but he ultimately decided to leave town after just one season, agreeing to terms on a staggering five-year, $50 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts. Talib's size and ball skills should improve a secondary which struggled to defend the pass last season. He is projected to start at Indianapolis' left cornerback position.
02-24-2013, 12:41 PM
GIANTS LOCK UP BENNETT, BEATTY
The New York Giants have reportedly reached agreements with free agent tight end Martellus Bennett and left tackle William Beatty, both members of the club last season. Bennett broke out in New York, catching a career-high 55 passes, while Beatty was a priority as Eli Manning's blindside protector. Bennett's deal is reportedly worth $12 million over four years, while Beatty signed a five-year, $22 million deal.
02-24-2013, 12:45 PM
RAIDERS RE-SIGN THREE DEFENDERS
Evidently focusing on their own free agents, the Oakland Raiders have re-signed three of their starting defenders: defensive tackle Desmond Bryant, defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, and linebacker Philip Wheeler. Bryant earned the most handsome contract of the trio, a four-year, $14 million deal, while Shaughnessy and Wheeler each signed three-year pacts worth $6 million and $9 million, respectively.
02-24-2013, 12:49 PM
BOWE SIGNS $65 MILLION DEAL WITH CLEVELAND
Dwayne Bowe has usurped Mike Wallace as the free agent period's richest free agent thus far, leaving Kansas City for a five-year, $65 million deal with the Cleveland Browns. Bowe's relatively low production last season evidently wasn't a concern for a Browns club which is currently in the process of attempting to build a strong supporting cast for quarterback Brandon Weeden. Bowe was hotly pursued by a handful of teams, but found the prospect of playing in Norv Turner's vertical offense too tempting to pass up.
02-24-2013, 12:54 PM
BENGALS SHELL OUT $44 MILLION FOR SMITH
Bengals right tackle Andre Smith secured a massive four-year, $44 million contract from Cincinnati, obliterating the contracts signed by other free agent signings at the tackle position, including $22 million deals for William Beatty and Phil Loadholt by the Giants and Vikings, respectively. Smith's excellent run blocking on the right side clearly induced Cincinnati to make an offer too good for Smith to refuse. That's like 44 million double cheeseburgers.
02-24-2013, 12:59 PM
STEELERS LOSE LEWIS TO REDSKINS
Cornerback Keenan Lewis has reportedly spurned additional suitors in order to sign with the Washington Redskins on a surprising five-year, $41.5 million deal. The 6'0", 208-pound Lewis allowed just 59 completions on 112 targets last season, deflecting sixteen passes. His versatility allows him to play on either side of the defense.
02-24-2013, 01:02 PM
BILLS SIGN LANDRY, PACE, DEVITO
The prospect of playing with their former defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, proved too much for three defenders to pass up. Today, Buffalo agreed to terms with three of Pettine's former players: safety LaRon Landry, linebacker Calvin Pace, and defensive end Mike DeVito. Landry signed a three-year, $15 million deal, while Pace and Devito earned two year deals worth $6 and $5 million.
02-24-2013, 01:09 PM
JENNINGS PROMISES TO "PUT THE CHIEFS ON HIS BACK"
Look at this ****: just hours after losing Dwayne Bowe to Cleveland, Kansas City has rebounded by bringing in former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings on a five-year, $48 million contract. Reached for comment, Jennings sent us a text message justifying the signing: "I put the team on my back, dude. **** it, you can't stop me. **** with me."
02-24-2013, 01:13 PM
TITANS SIGN AUSTIN, COOK, DAHL
Tennessee has spent a significant portion of their cap space on three offensive weapons for quarterback Jake Locker, agreeing to terms with wide receiver Miles Austin (four years, $28 million), tight end Jared Cook (five years, $17.5 million), and offensive guard Harvey Dahl (five years, $20.5 million.) The Titans are reportedly investigating a number of defenders as well.
02-24-2013, 01:24 PM
CENTERPIECE OF DENVER'S HAUL IS FREENEY
By signing Dwight Freeney to a two-year, $10 million deal, the Denver Broncos will reunite quarterback Peyton Manning with his former teammate, who was evidently looking to return to a 4-3 defensive front after struggling in Indianapolis' new 3-4 defense last season. Freeney joins fellow Broncos pass rushers Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil. The Broncos also announced the signing of defensive tackle Terrance Knighton to a deal lasting three years and worth a total of $9 million.
02-24-2013, 01:27 PM
PANTHERS POACH TWO FROM PATS SECONDARY
Carolina will reportedly not re-sign cornerback Chris Gamble, but they began the process of replacing production in their secondary by agreeing to terms with two former Patriots defensive backs, cornerback Kyle Arrington and safety Patrick Chung. Both players signed two-year deals, Arrington's for $6.4 million and Chung's for a total of $7 million. Carolina also re-signed defensive tackle Dwan Edwards to a two-year, $6 million deal.
02-24-2013, 01:30 PM
DETROIT RE-SIGNS HOUSTON, ADDS TOLER
Concentrating on upgrading their secondary, the Detroit Lions have announced the signings of two cornerbacks: Chris Houston to a five-year, $30 million deal, and former Arizona Cardinal Greg Toler to a three-year, $13.5 million deal. At this point, the effect these two signings have on Detroit's draft plans are unclear. The Lions were considered a possible landing spot for Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner.
02-24-2013, 01:34 PM
TONY GONZALEZ TO RETURN FOR ONE MORE RUN
Offered a one-year, $6 million deal to return to Atlanta, Tony Gonzalez will reportedly be returning for one more attempt at a Super Bowl ring. Gonzalez had been mulling retirement but found the opportunity to re-sign with the Falcons too appealing to pass up. He is still considered one of the top tight ends in the league after a 2012 season in which he caught 93 passes and eight touchdowns. The Falcons also announced the signings of Sam Baker, Vance Walker, and Jordan Babineaux to deals worth $1 million per season each.
02-24-2013, 01:38 PM
BROWNS DROP ANOTHER $50 MILLION ON OFFENSE
The Cleveland Browns, who signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a five-year, $65 million deal, continue to spend in an effort to improve their offense. They have announced the signings of tight end Jermichael Finley (four years, $25 million) and offensive tackle Geoffrey Schwartz (five years, $25 million); additionally, Cleveland has indicated that their spending spree has not yet concluded. They are reportedly in the process of finalizing contracts with defensive players as well.
02-24-2013, 01:41 PM
PHILLIPS TO JOIN PHILLIPS IN HOUSTON
Former Giants safety Kenny Phillips will reportedly be leaving town for a five-year, $42.5 million offer from the Houston Texans which should prevent them from re-signing starting safety Glover Quin. Houston also announced the signings of nose tackle Jay Ratliff to a three-year, $7.5 million deal, defensive end Adam Carriker to a three-year, $6 million deal, and fullback James Casey to a four-year, $6 million deal. The moves leave Houston with $4.9 million in available cap space.
02-24-2013, 01:44 PM
LEVITRE BACK WITH BILLS
The recipient of a handful of lucrative free agent offers, offensive guard Andy Levitre will return to the Buffalo Bills on a five-year, $36 million contract. Reached for comment, Levitre pointed towards his level of comfort in Buffalo as well as the fact that the Bills outbid all other suitors for his services. Buffalo previously added a trio of defensive free agents including LaRon Landry.
02-24-2013, 01:49 PM
CONNOR BARWIN HEADED TO CINCINNATI
After reportedly receiving little interest on the open market, Connor Barwin has signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. At this point, it's unclear how the Bengals plan to use Barwin, who played outside linebacker in Houston's 3-4 defense. In 2012, Barwin struggled through a season in which he recorded just 44 tackles and three sacks.
02-24-2013, 01:55 PM
DOLPHINS RETAIN HARTLINE, LONG, STARKS
Miami continues to spend, announcing that they have re-signed wide receiver Brian Hartline, offensive tackle Jake Long, and defensive end Randy Starks to long-term deals. Hartline's five-year pact is reportedly worth $35 million over five years, while Long signed a five-year, $45 million deal and Starks inked a contract which will pay him $24 million over four years. They join Mike Wallace as Miami's top signings thus far.
02-24-2013, 01:59 PM
QUINTIN MIKELL BACK WITH RAMS ON ONE-YEAR DEAL
Released by St. Louis this offseason because of his substantial contract, safety Quintin Mikell has reportedly decided to return to the Rams on a one-year deal worth $2 million. The Rams, who also made a run at wide receiver Mike Wallace, also announced the signing of defensive lineman William Hayes to a two-year, $5 million contract. They have $18.3 million remaining this offseason.
02-24-2013, 02:03 PM
TITANS ADD DORSEY, UMENYIORA, GAMBLE
After adding Miles Austin, Jared Cook, and Harvey Dahl on offense, the Tennessee Titans continued to spend, signing defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey to a five-year, $15 million deal, defensive end Osi Umenyiora to a four-year, $16 million deal, and cornerback Chris Gamble to a four-year, $20 million deal. The Titans are reportedly close to low-cost deals with quarterback Matt Moore, fullback Greg Jones, and offensive tackle Eben Britton as well.
02-24-2013, 02:08 PM
BUCS BOLSTER SECONDARY WITH COX, MCCAIN, BARBER
The Buccaneers previously signed Michael Bennett, and today they announced the signings of three top defensive backs: Derek Cox, Brice McCain, and Ronde Barber. Cox was heavily pursued, ultimately signing a four-year, $28 million deal, while McCain earned a five-year, $27 million deal. Barber is back on a one-year deal worth $3 million.
02-24-2013, 02:12 PM
WELKER, VOLLMER BACK IN NEW ENGLAND
The New England Patriots moved quickly to re-sign wide receiver Wes Welker and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer this offseason, eventually signing both players to multi-year deals. Welker ultimately settled for a two-year, $14 million deal with the club, while Vollmer ended up signing for $20 million over four years. Surprisingly, neither player received any additional offers on the open market.
02-24-2013, 02:16 PM
BROWNS INVEST $75 MILLION ON DEFENSE
Cleveland fans can no longer accuse the Browns of financial austerity, as the club has invested another $75 million in their team this offseason, bringing their total to $190 million worth of contracts. The most recent additions to the club are cornerback Brent Grimes (5/$40), safety George Wilson (3/$15), defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (3/$10), and linebacker Rey Maualuga (4/$10.) Cleveland is reportedly close a three-year, $10 million deal with kicker Phil Dawson, which would bring them to $200 million in offseason contracts.
02-24-2013, 02:19 PM
WILLIAM MOORE THE LATEST DOLPHIN
Miami's salary cap space has been exhausted following their agreement with safety William Moore on a five-year, $40 million contract. They have also announced the signing of offensive guard Nate Garner to a two-year, $4 million deal, leaving them with $1.3 million in available cap room.
02-24-2013, 02:25 PM
PATRIOTS REEL IN WOODSON ON ONE-YEAR DEAL
Not long after re-signing Wes Welker and Sebastian Vollmer, the New England Patriots have signed defensive back Charles Woodson to a one-year, $3.2 million contract. Woodson is expected to provide leadership and aggressiveness to New England's young defense; his arrival could allow Devin McCourty to shift back to cornerback as Aqib Talib's replacement, or provide an upgrade over Steve Gregory opposite McCourty.
02-24-2013, 02:30 PM
COLTS SIGN MOORE, JACKSON, QUIN
Indianapolis continues to spend. After signing Paul Kruger and Aqib Talib earlier in the process, they have agreed to terms with offensive guard Brandon Moore (3/$13.5), defensive end Tyson Jackson (5/$27.5), and safety Glover Quin (5/$32.5.) They also signed defensive end Fili Moala to a four-year, $6 million deal, leaving them with $1.1 million in available cap room.
02-24-2013, 02:33 PM
BEARS BRING BACK MELTON, ADD CHERILUS, BLACKBURN
Chicago has exhausted their cap room after signing three major free agents. The Bears agreed to a four-year, $20 million deal with right tackle Gosder Cherilus, a five-year, $30 million deal with defensive tackle Henry Melton, and a three-year, $15 million deal with linebacker Chase Blackburn. At this point, it's highly unlikely that the Bears will be able to re-sign free agent Brian Urlacher, who is reportedly considering retirement.
02-24-2013, 02:35 PM
KOLB BACK IN ARIZONA
With limited financial reserves, the Arizona Cardinals couldn't afford to spend heavily in free agency, but they have reached agreements with four of their free agents, including quarterback Kevin Kolb, who signed a one-year, $2 million deal to compete for a starting job. They also re-signed quarterback Brian Hoyer, linebacker Quentin Groves, and safety Rashad Johnson to two-year, $2 million deals.
02-24-2013, 02:36 PM
DEVERY HENDERSON TO 49ERS
Devery Henderson has agreed to a four-year, $16 million contract with the 49ers, who previously released wide receiver Mario Manningham. Henderson will be expected to provide a deep threat for Colin Kaepernick, who displayed fantastic touch on his deep ball last season.
02-24-2013, 02:38 PM
JAGUARS SIGN AMENDOLA
The Jaguars have concluded their first-day signings by announcing contracts with wide receiver Danny Amendola (a three-year, $18 million deal) and cornerback E.J. Biggers (four years, $10.8 million.) The signings are complimented by Jacksonville's earlier deals with defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Jason Jones.
Skins Revamping Secondary. Release Another Corner.
The Washington Redskins today announced the signing of free agent cornerback Keenan Lewis along with the release of cornerback Josh Wilson. The front office felt strongly that last years secondary greatly underperformed and are dedicated to building an improved group of defensive backs for the future. In 2012, Lewis lead the AFC in passes defensed. He finished fourth in yards allowed per target and seventh in touchdowns allowed. Even more, he never gave up 100 yards in a game to opposing receivers whom he covered. Against the run, he ranked third in the AFC in run stop percentage and didn’t miss a single tackle on opposition running plays. "We watched a lot of tape on Lewis and felt strongly that he was the reliable, strong, consistent corner that we needed going into this offseason. He was our #1 target and we are happy to have him to lead our secondary for years to come." Quoted Coach Shanahan.
It is expected that the Redskins will continue to focus on adding leadership and young talent to the secondary as the offseason continues.
02-24-2013, 04:27 PM
BILLS RETAIN LEVITRE
On the first day of free agency, the Buffalo Bills have retained LG Andy Levitre on a new 5 year 36 million dollar contract, the club reports. Levitre was expected to be a hot commodity and from reports he definitely was on the open market. Levitre had this to say when it came to signing the new deal. "I know that we haven't had a lot of success around here but I really believe that Gonzo and the ownership of the Buffalo Bills are committed to keeping their own and to producing winning talent on the team."
Levitre's contract will put him in the upper echelon of pay for guards in the NFL and GM Gonzo stated " We told you all that Andy was going to be a priority and that he would get a fair contract for what we think he is worth to this team. He is one of the best guards in the national football league and he is a durable player that can always be counted on. We look forward to the next 5 years of having Andy manning out left Guard spot."
02-24-2013, 04:40 PM
The Buffalo Jets? Bills add 3 former Jets, resign CB Leodis McKelvin and Guard Chad Rhinhart
When Mike Pettine was added to the Bills as the Defensive coordinator, one would expect a couple of his former players to make the short trip west to Buffalo. That prophecy was fulfilled today as the Bills came to terms with S Laron Landry, LB Calvin Pace, and DT Mike DeVito on new contracts Sunday.
Landry revitalized his career under Jets HC Rex Ryan and DC Mike Pettine last year. Landry has decided to follow his defensive coordinator agreeing to a 3 year 15 million dollar contract with the Bills. Landry is expected to add a little muscle to the Buffalo Bills secondary that has been lacking for years.
Calvin Pace was not on the market long as well because the Bills had a gaping hole at the OLB spot in their new hybrid 4-3 3-4 look. Pace is not guaranteed to start, but will receive plenty of playing time in the new Bills system. Whether a starter or not, Pace will at the very least provide a coach on the field, and a player who will provide quality depth.
DeVito has been an unheralded player for the Jets. He is a solid rotational player who will provide the Bills quality depth along their defensive front in both the 4-3 and 3-4 defense. DeVito is known as a run stuffer which seems to be a common theme this offseason. Landry, Pace, and DeVito are all known for their run stuffing ability.
In additional news, the Bills have resigned CB Leodis McKelvin to a new 3 year deal today. McKelvin has had an up and down career at CB but is the top punt returner in the NFL and will get a chance to compete for the starting LCB job in Buffalo. Also re-signed was Guard Chad Rhinhart who agreed to a new 1 year 1 million dollar deal to provide quality depth once again behind the newly re-signed Andy Levitre and Guard Kraig Urbik.
Lastly, the Bills bolstered their WR corps by adding the reliable David Nelson with his 1.3 million dollar tender signed, and also added WR Kevin Walter to a 3 year deal to compete for one of the slot WR spots
02-24-2013, 10:18 PM
Patriots cut Kafka, Ebert, Holmes
New England made three roster moves today, releasing reserves Mike Kafka (QB), Jeremy Ebert (WR), and Andre Holmes (WR.) All three players are considered candidates for the practice squad, but they are expected to explore other opportunities as well. The moves save $1.5 million in cap room for the Patriots.
02-24-2013, 10:36 PM
Panthers Pounce on Patriots' Seconday, Resign Edwards, Cut Gross and Others
CHARLOTTE, NC -- The Carolina Panthers made a couple splashes in the first wave of free agency by adding S Patrick Chung and CB Kyle Arrington from the New England Patriots. Coming into the offseason, the Panthers wanted to shore up their secondary after cutting Chris Gamble and losing Sherrod Martin and Captain Munnerlyn to free agency. Inserting Chung and Arrington into the mix should move the Panthers back towards having a respectable secondary in a division with Drew Brees and Matt Ryan.
The Panthers also announced that they have resigned DT Dwan Edwards to a two-year deal. Edwards flourished on the defensive line in his first year with the Panthers and earned a good payday because of it. The Panthers are rumored to still be actively looking for a NT to relieve some pressure off of Edwards.
In other related news, the Panthers have cut long-time left tackle Jordan Gross. The Panthers felt that his cap hit ($8.7 million) was much too high for the production they were getting out of him, so they thought cutting him would be the best option for the franchise. Carolina will certainly be looking to bring Gross back at a more reasonable contract.
Other cuts today include QB Jimmy Clausen ($630,000), K Graham Gano ($715,000), S Nick Hixson ($405,000), and OL Thomas Austin ($555,000).
02-25-2013, 12:56 PM
Changes are made in the Mile High State
The payroll of the Denver Broncos just got a lot more flexibility, with the release of Caleb Hanie and a slew of players who would not make the 53 man roster. The players (including Hanie) gives the Broncos 7.365 million more in salary cap room to get some more players to Denver to help with the championship run.
The team now has 12.765 million in salary cap space.
02-25-2013, 02:08 PM
The Tennessee Titans are reportedly close to a deal in shopping either WR Kenny Britt, WR Nate Washington or WR Damian Williams. When asked of the rumors, Titans GM Ruston Webster confirmed they have been in serious talks with one specific team. Webster refused to comment on which of the WRs could be on the move, what the compensation may be, or where the WR may be going, simply saying "We have been in serious talks with a fellow member of the league regarding one of our receivers. We are still in the negotiating process, and the player is still a member of the Tennessee Titans until I tell you otherwise." He continued with "The 3 players are still on the block until the trade contracts have been signed and passed through league officials, until then Kenny, Nate and Damian are all members of the Titans."
Paul Kuharsky of ESPN, tends to think the player on the move is Damian Williams, and that the suitor might surprise people, saying "Damian is a player that has never really been given a fair shot in Tennessee. He's a hard-worker, and has produced well when given the opportunity. A team would be well-advised to bring the former 3rd round pick to compete for a #2 or #3 job."
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean seems to think the player could be Nate Washington or Kenny Britt after the Titans just acquired Miles Austin in free agency. "Kenny is a great player, he can be the #1 WR on many teams." Britt played much of the season, but was on a snap count as he his knee recovered from surgery. Reports are this offseason he has been running and cutting great. Wyatt continues with Washington, "Nate is a great #2 or #3, if you're looking for a big play #2, #3 WR I don't think you can get much better than Nate." Washington has posted catches of 71 yards in 2 of the past 3 years. When asked what Wyatt expected the compensation to be, he replied "Well Kenny was a 1st round pick just a few years ago, I'd expect nothing less than a 2nd. Nate is a hard player to place a value on, but I'd expect something in the 3rd or 4th for him. He's better than any receivers you're going to draft there, that's for sure."
We will update this with any new revelations in the story.
02-25-2013, 02:38 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars Start Free Agency Off With A Bang
The new regime in Jacksonville wasted no time establishing their identity. Free Agency began with the sigining of four players: Cliff Avril, Jason Jones, Danny Amendola, and E.J. Biggers.
Former Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril, who played high school football for the nearby Clay High Blue Devils, signed a four-year, $32 million deal. He is expected to play the Leo role in Gus Bradley's defense, which was filled by rookie Bruce Irvin in Seattle last year.
The Jaguars added another defensive end, this time one head coach Gus Bradley is very familiar with. Jason Jones, who served as a rotational defensive lineman in his one year in Seattle, signed a three year deal for $12.6 million. These two signings leave the status of Jason Babin, who was claimed off waivers from Philadelphia last season, in limbo.
More help was added on the defense with the signing of cornerback EJ. Biggers. The former corner from Tampa Bay signed a four year deal with the Jaguars. He is deperately needed as the Jaguars appears to be losing both Rasehan Mathis and Derek Cox.
The offense was not ignored completely however. WR Danny Amendola was added to an already solid group of starting receivers in Cecil Shorts and second year pro Justin Blackmon. Amendola is expected to fill a similar slot role as he played in St. Louis.
But it does not appear that the Jaguars are done signing. They still have near $6 million in cap space. Expect the offensive line and secondary to continue to be addressed.
02-25-2013, 04:22 PM
Focus on Strengthening the Defense
There were rumours the Texans were going to make a big splash in free agency, and while they didn't offer a mega contract to bring a guy like Mike Wallace in they did come away with a nice haul in the initial stages of free agency.
Safety Kenny Phillips is the big name to come in and he is likely who the Texans were very excited about within the last week. Also joining Phillips on the defensive side are former Cowboys NT Jay Ratliff who played his best under the tutelage of Wade Phillips and former first round pick Adam Carriker. It's safe to say the Texans were less than thrilled with their defensive performances against some of the elite teams this past year.
I spoke with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport this week about the Texans' moves thus far. "Everyone was expecting a WR to take the attention off Andre Johnson, but to a lot of league insiders these moves make more sense" Rapoport stated. "You are going up against Gronk and Hernandez in New England, Pitta in Baltimore and let's not forget Cook and the two young Colts TEs Fleener and Allen. The Texans just didn't get the play from the safety position they had hoped for".
Kenny Phillips can play either free or strong safety but is more suited to manning the deep middle while also having enough size to play man coverage on the league's premier TEs.
One pick which a lot of people saw coming was a reunion of Ratliff and Phillips. Ratliff was an all pro in Dallas and he never played beside such a dominating defensive lineman like JJ Watt. "Man, I'm happy to be back with Wade" announced Ratliff, "I like what he asks his linemen to do and it fits my style perfectly. Bringing myself and Carriker in, and obviously having a tremendous guy like Watt as well, I think we can be the best d line in the league"
The addition of Carriker is an intriguing one. Drafted in the first round out of Nebraska he has been nothing more than a solid depth guy throughout his career, but there is hope in Houston that both he, and Jared Crick can contribute across from Watt.
The other move made by Houston was to resign James Casey. The versatile FB was considered a priority resign and it makes a lot of sense to have him back.
The next few days and weeks leading up to the draft will be interesting as Houston still has over $4m in cap space. They may look to bring in some more pieces before getting ready for the draft.
02-25-2013, 04:48 PM
The media has speculated for months that Tim Tebow's NFL career may have come to end following the poor experiment conducted by the New York Jets with him. There appears to be at least one team willing to give him a shot, the Green Bay Packers. Tebow matches well with Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy's importance placed on the character of players, and he possesses a workable skill set while never really having the opportunity to be developed by a quarterback guru. The Packers have also struggled in recent memory with goal line offense, and Tebow could serve as an asset in that department.
March 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm
Lions upgrade at cornerback, still look to add help on defense
By Chris McCosky The Detroit News 7 Comments
The Lions signed former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Greg Toler
Allen Park - The Lions took a major step Tuesday in upgrading their secondary.
The Lions re-signed cornerback Chris Houston and signed former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Greg Toler. The Lions' secondary was one of their biggest room for improvement and they did just that.
Houston signed a 5-year, $30 million contract. The deal includes $12.5 million in guaranteed money. Houston, who was easily the Lions' best cornerback and only bright spot on a poor secondary, was a priority for the team. Houston was originally looking to top the 5-year, $38 million contract that former Lion Eric Wright signed last year. However, after not receiving as much interest on the market as he had hope; Houston signed for a bit less.
Toler signed a 3-year, $13.5 million deal and is expected to start opposite Chris Houston. Toler has missed time over the past few years, including all of the 2011 season, due to injury but has excelled on the field when healthy. Toler likely would've been able to get more money had he not had a questionable injury history.
NFL sources indicate that the Lions are not done in free agency. The team has been looking at linebackers, safeties, and defensive linemen. The team is still looking to replace six more defensive starters either through free agency or the draft. The Lions are reportedly not that interested in bringing back safety Louis Delmas at his current asking price and already lost defensive end Cliff Avril to the Jacksonville Jaguars. It also doesn't appear that the Lions are interested in bringing back linebacker DeAndre Levy.
The Lions are also still waiting to hear if offensive tackle Jeff Backus is going to play in 2013 or retire.
02-26-2013, 08:55 PM
PATRIOTS RELEASE LLOYD
The New England Patriots have reportedly declined wide receiver Brandon Lloyd's $3 million option bonus, saving the team a total of $4.9 million against the salary cap in 2013. New England will still be on the hook for additional money guaranteed to Lloyd. The move was reportedly influenced by Lloyd's off-the-field behavior. The 31 year-old target caught 74 passes for 911 yards and four touchdowns last season. The move comes as a surprise considering Lloyd's close relationship with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels; New England's lack of depth at the wide receiver position is also a concern, as Wes Welker and special teams ace Matthew Slater are the only two players still on roster at the position. New England currently stands at $12.1 million under the salary cap, with the 2013 NFL Draft quickly approaching.
02-27-2013, 08:52 AM
Bills Release Long time Kicker Rian Lindell: Sign K Lawrence Tynes
Under much scrutiny this past year for his short kickoffs, and his even shorter field goal attempts, the Bills decided to release Rian Lindell from his contract. The move to sign Tynes shows that the Bills had a plan to replace Lindell quickly and in the process saved 1.5 million in cap space.
Tynes reportedly signed a 2 year 2 million dollar deal to be the new Bills placekicker.
03-01-2013, 09:31 AM
BILLS PASS ON QUARTERBACK AND RECEIVER, TAKE ANSAH IN ROUND 1
With the 8th pick in the 2013 draft, the Buffalo Bills went BPA and selected Ezekiel Ansah of Brigham Young University. Ansah is a raw player with unlimited potential and is a perfect fit for the new Bills hybrid defense. Ansah is particularly good at stopping the run and has a non stop motor. While his playing experience is limited, he has the potential to become a feared sack artist across from Mario Williams in the 4-3 or as a 270 pound long armed OLB in the 3-4.
Here is a transcript from GM Gonzo's press conference after the selection:
"Our intention was never to reach for a Quarterback in the first round of this draft. The only quarterback we would have considered was Geno Smith who obviously went first overall to Kansas City. Once that selection was made, Quarterback was completely off the board for us.
Question: Obviously QB is a huge need but you already explained that, was there any consideration to taking Cordarelle Patterson with your first pick?
"We considered selecting Cordarelle with our first pick. He is an electric player when the ball is in his hands, but he came in much shorter than we were expecting, and were worried about his hand size because he dropped quite a few balls while in college and at the combine. On top of all of that, we feel this is an extremely deep class of WR's and reaching for a WR in the first round was not in our best interest."
Question: So why Ezekiel Ansah? What drew you to him as your pick in this situation
Ziggy is a player who has so much untapped potential. He has only played for 2 years and has made huge leaps and bounds. I think he showed his true potential at the combine as well as dominating offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl game. 270 pound guys with 35 inch arms that run 4.6 dont grow on trees guys. I know that people are going to say, well his college production wasn't there, but I disagree. Either way, and let me say this, we were going to take who we felt was the best available player at the time. If Ziggy was off the board, we most likely would have taken Dion Jordan or we would have strongly considered Eric Fisher at pick # 8 if he was still there.
Question: What about Jarvis Jones who is still on the board as we speak
You know we like Jarvis as a football player but we have a couple of questions on him that were not sure can satisfy us to select him that high. First, everyone knows about his medical situation at Southern Cal. I mean thats scary stuff period. Secondly, while he is a great pass rusher, we have our doubts about him stopping the run at the NFL level. We have been one of the worst run defenses in the NFL for the last couple of years and adding him wouldn't have helped that situation. We feel with the addition of Calvin Pace, LaRon Landry, Mike DeVito, and now Ezekiel Ansah, we are on our way to helping shut down the run game.
03-01-2013, 02:50 PM
Houston We Have Lift Off
With the draft already under way Houston pulled off the biggest move thus far without selecting a player. The Texans have agreed to send 2nd and 3rd round draft choices and swap 4th round choices for the rights to Percy Harvin. The former Vikings electric playmaker will join top standouts Andre Johnson and Arian Foster at the offensive skill positions.
With the additions of Kenny Phillips and the aggressive trade for Percy Harvin the Texans are setting themselves up for a major run at the Superbowl this year. Gary Kubiak knows he needs to outscore the Ravens and Patriots and has strengthened his team on both sides of the ball to do just that.
Losing a second and third round pick isnít a massive blow to the Texans who received a third rounder as a compensatory pick for losing Mario Williams last year. With a receiving core of Andre Johnson, Percy Harvin, Harry Douglas and Devier Posey, along with the tight end duo of Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham the Texans could have an explosive offense outside of the top notch running game they already have.
03-01-2013, 05:10 PM
Bengals open negotiations with Dunlap and Atkins
The front office has announced it is meeting with the representatives for both young defenders in the coming weeks. Dunlap is expected to see a nice pay raise. While not producing the numbers he did previously, he is still applying pressure in his snaps and improving each year vs the run. Atkins has proven to be the top 4-3 DT in the league and will by all accounts be paid as such.
03-02-2013, 09:07 AM
PITTSBURGH STEELERS GM, HINES PRESS CONFERENCE REGARDING FIRST ROUND PICK KEENAN ALLEN
You had many other needs. Why did you choose a WR with your first pick?
He was the best player on the board. We liked how he ran routes, caught the ball, and was a playmaker. He's not as explosive as a Mike Wallace, but we like his make up. He was the best player on our board and we believe Allen fits a huge need with Mike Wallace leaving Pittsburgh.
Can you describe his strengths as a football player? Weaknesses?
What jumped out to Coach Tomlin and I is that he had a big catch radius, which our team severely lacks. He doesn't have great speed, but he's fast enough to run away from defenders. He works hard in his craft and he prepares well. As a football player and human, he symbolizes what we as an organization look for and value. Everytime we watch film on him, his play jumped out. His routes, hands, body control, etc. We know about his knee surgery, but that doesn't concern us. Our doctors cleared him and he's ready to go. We're excited to have him.
With not a lot of draft picks and very little money, how do you approach the rest of the draft and free agency?
Just how we usually do business. We will continue to take the best player available regardless of the position. We always evaluate every situation and go from there. That's all the time I have for now. Take care.
03-02-2013, 02:00 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers invest in defense in first two rounds
After the selection of Barkevious Mingo in the first round the Buccaneers invested there second round pick in Cornerback Robert Alford from Southeastern Louisiana. With both prospects out of Louisiana they further improved the defense. After they resigned Michael Bennett and Ronde Barber and added Derek Cox, Larry Grant, Brice McCain, Israel Idonije and Amobi Okoye there defense will look completely different.
Barkevious Mingo who is by most viewed as a pass rusher from the DE or OLB spot will be fit in as the new SLB for the Buccaneers. With Lavonte David and Mason Foster already in place the Buccaneers where looking for a replacement for Quincy Black. Many expected them to slide Foster to the strong side and with the addition of MLB Larry Grant this looked to be the plan. However the new GM decided to go another route with the addition of the athletic Mingo.
For the second round the GM chose to add another piece to the already improved secondary with the physical Robert Alford. After they already added Derek Cox and Nickleback Brice McCain they now completed the rehaul of the leagues worst secondary. At safety Mark Barron is a surefire starter while good old Ronde Barber is penciled in for the other spot.
03-04-2013, 07:01 PM
Rodgers Neighborhood Gets New Residents
The Green Bay Packers have invested four of their first five selections on the offensive side of the ball. Following a free agency period where the team beefed up the defensive line, they chose to make sure the long term success of their offense and franchise quarterback would hold for years to come.
First round selection, at the 32nd pick overall, was Louisiana Tech receiver Quinton Patton. Patton had put together two wonderful seasons at Tech and jumped on the radar big time following a senior season where Tech experienced success and Patton continued the momentum during Senior Bowl week and the Combine. Patton reminds many within the organization of current receiver Jordy Nelson, and if he can duplicate his production then the pick will be worthwhile.
The team's first third round selection went to California center Brian Schwenke. Schwenke shined brightest this year at the Senior Bowl, showing off his tenacity and overall toughness for the position. Green Bay gave a 2nd round tender to Evan Dietrich Smith, and while he is the slotted starter, he now has competition for spot.
Green Bay's second third round selection was used to pick up South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore, a back touted as a first round candidate to start the season, suffered a significant injury during the season and it sent his stock in free fall. With reports of impressive progress, the Packers feel he's someone who can be worked in throughout the year and be the team's back for 2014.
The Packers traded up in round four to select Rice tight end Vance McDonald. McDonald is an athletic tight end and while his statistics might now wow, his game has the ability to be a difference maker at the next level. Earlier in the off-season the tam cut Jermichael Finley and McDonald is projected to be his long term replacement.
Green Bay has a handful of picks during the last four rounds and it's widely assumed they'll look towards the defensive side of the ball for the remainder of the draft.
03-08-2013, 11:47 AM
REPORT: PATRIOTS WILL RELEASE CONNOLLY, GREGORY FOLLOWING DRAFT
Multiple reports indicate that the New England Patriots will be releasing two of their 2012 starters in the days following the 2013 NFL Draft: offensive guard Dan Connolly and safety Steve Gregory. The two moves, which will clear $3.5 million in roster space ($2.25 for Connolly, $1.25 for Gregory), come as little surprise after the Patriots re-signed offensive guard Donald Thomas in free agency and targeted upgrades at the safety position, signing strong safety Charles Woodson and selecting Alabama prospect Robert Lester in the sixth round of the draft.
In addition, the Patriots will reportedly release defensive linemen Jermaine Cunningham and Brandon Deaderick, as well as defensive back Malcolm Williams. The releases may come as some surprise considering the 955 combined snaps Cunningham and Deaderick accounted for in 2012; New England must be comfortable in their ability to replace any production lost via 2012 third-round pick Jake Bequette, recent signing Armond Armstead, and 2013 second-rounder Sam Montgomery. Those three moves, combined with cap room saved by releasing Connolly and Gregory, will save New England a total of $5.3 million, suggesting they may be active during post-draft free agent signings.
03-08-2013, 06:57 PM
Saints Release Oft-Injured DE Greg Romeus
Many thought this year would be the year that third year defensive end Greg Romeus might see the field, however, after today's news that won't be the case.
The Saints have decided to waive the former Pittsburgh standout likely due to the duo of defensive ends just recently drafted. It also didn't help that Romeus was limited in his first year recovering from a torn ACL and then repeated that ACL while adding a torn MCL in the same knee last year, his second with the team.
The team saves the Saints a little over $500,00 in cap space.
03-09-2013, 02:00 AM
STEELERS GM HINES DISCUSSES HIS 2013 NFL DRAFT:
ON KEENAN ALLEN:
We already discussed him during our press conference, but we can't speak enough of how high we are on Keenan. He believe the sky is the limit for this kid.
On LSU LB Kevin Minter:
Loved his tape. He's the prototypical MLB we look for. We do believe he can play all three downs and be the leader of our defense. Very, very excited for Kevin's future with us.
On Justin Pugh:
We have a new OL coach and he raved about how well he pulled and trapped. He believes we have a Pro Bowl OG on our hands. When we turned on the film and watched him at the combine, we couldn't be anymore impressed. With Willie Colon gone, we needed that extra depth.
On Tony Jefferson:
Going into the draft we were looking for a young safety to groom. We believe we found one. He's a better football player than tester, but we liked his overall body of work enough to draft him in this spot. He's getting his start at SS and will be a special teams demon. He can play multiple roles in our defense.
On Chris Gragg:
We needed depth behind Heath Miller due to him being out for a while. Gragg showed up on our radar watching Tyler Wilson. We loved his speed and ability to separate. He can line up in various spots in our offense and be a match up problem. We really like this kid.
On Ace Sanders:
Ace is a playmaker. He is such a joystick out on that field and makes a lot of people miss. We expect him to make an impact on special teams first, but he has WR potential as well. We like him in the slot and have a lot of creative ways to get him the football.
On Sean Renfree:
Love Sean. He has everything you look for in a QB and we needed to develop a young QB for the long term. We would feel comfortable with Sean in the game if Ben were to go down. Smart, smart kid.
On Michael Ford:
The reality is we stunk running the football last year. We need to get better. Michael's speed and power showed up on tape and it really impressed us. His special teams work is also impressive. I don't know what role he will be playing because he isn't good at pass blocking, but we will make him better.
03-09-2013, 09:37 PM
Jaguars Cut Ties With Henne
After just one season with the team, Chad Henne is once again in the unemployment line. After failing to beat out Blaine Gabbert, Henne only played in 10 games in the 2012 season, with six starts. He won only one game while amassing mediocre statistics. And with the addition of rookie E.J. Manuel, he was expendable. The move saves the Jaguars over $2 million in 2013.
03-09-2013, 10:01 PM
Cardinals Cut Five
After finishing their draft the Cardinals continued to make moves reshaping their roster. With the resigning of Kolb & Hoyer and the addition of Mallett, Arizona saw no need to retain former starting QBs Lindley & Skelton. Arizona also released former 1st round selection Beanie Wells, 3rd rounder Early Doucet & Veteran Jeff King. While all three had been starters at sometime in their careers in Arizona their cap number simply did not reflect their on field production and thus were released.
Lions make final roster cuts
The Detroit Lions have cut five players, just one day after the 2013 Draft concluded. The players released were: WR Patrick Edwards, WR Devin Thomas, WR Terrence Austin, CB Ross Weaver, and CB Lionel Smith. Edwards and Thomas both looked like strong candidates to make the team, but became expendable after the team drafted two wide receivers - Cobi Hamilton and Jasper Collins - in the 4th and 7th rounds of the Draft. Weaver and Smith were both longshots to make the team, but could still end up on the practice squad.
03-09-2013, 10:32 PM
Titans have cut the following players
QB Rusty Smith, RB jamie harper, FB Collin Mooney, OT Daniel Baldridge, OG Mitch Petrus, OT Byron Stingily, DE Scott Solomon, S Al Afalava
03-09-2013, 10:54 PM
The Buffalo New is reporting that the Buffalo Bills have finally laid the hammer to former starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, who has fallen out of favor with the fan base, is now expected to find work in another city next year. The Bills are expecting to have Tavaris Jackson begin the season as the starting QB and be a bridge to future starter Matt Barkley, who was drafted in the 3rd round this year.
Fitzpatrick isn't the only name cut the Bills have gotten ride of. Today, the Bills announced that they reached an injury settlement with TE Scott Chandler. Chandler became expendable when the Bills used their 2nd and 4th round picks on TE's Zach Ertz and Jordan Reed.
Also released today includes RB Zach Brown, OL David Snow, OL Sam Young, and FS Manu Silva
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