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  • #16
    Bills Tender Urbik, Rinehart
    by DC Insider Rick Bennett

    In a day of bigger, flashier moves, the Bills opted to stay low key. They've announced that they've applied RFA tenders to offensive lineman Kraig Urbik and Chad Rinehart. The tenders are equal to the round the players were drafted in.
    Last edited by BeerBaron; 02-14-2012, 07:52 PM.


    • #17
      Falcons Franchise Grimes, Release Baker
      by DC Insider Rick Bennett

      Baker a goner, Grimes sticking around.

      The Falcons have announced their first moves of the offseason today, starting with the application of the franchise tag to CB Brent Grimes. Grimes was clearly the teams best corner in 2011, but it likely wasn't easy to decide between him and LB Curtis Lofton. Grimes will be paid over $9 million as part of his franchise tender.

      On the opposite end, the Falcons have announced the release of OT Sam Baker. Baker, a former first round pick, fell out of favor with the team and ended up on the bench in 2011. His release will save the team $2.5 million towards the 2012 cap.

      FB Mike Cox was also released.
      Last edited by BeerBaron; 02-14-2012, 07:56 PM.


      • #18
        Raiders Release Three
        by DC Insider Rick Bennett

        Henderson one of the casualties.

        The Raiders, in a rough position with few draft picks and very little cap space, have tried to free themselves up a little bit by releasing three players.

        The biggest name is DT John Henderson. His release will free up around $4 million.

        CB Chris Johnson and S Hiram Eugene were also cut, which will save the team a combined $6 million.


        • #19
          Bears Franchise Forte
          by DC Insider Rick Bennett

          Staying in the Windy City for another year.

          The only move the Bears announced thus far was the application of the franchise tag to RB Matt Forte. Forte is one of the best all-around RBs in the league and was playing extremely well before getting injured to finish the 2011 season.

          The franchise tender for RBs is in the $8 million range.


          • #20
            Bengals Tag Jerome Simpson
            by DC Insider Rick Bennett

            More flips in Cincy to come?

            In one of the first big surprise moves of the offseason, the Cincinnati Bengals have opted to apply the franchise tag to WR Jerome Simpson.

            Few would contend that he's worth top 5 WR in the league type money, but the Bengals are so far under the cap that this move will barely affect them.

            Simpson is a fan favorite and an effective #2 WR across from rookie phenom AJ Green.

            The franchise number for WRs is right around $10 million.


            • #21
              Barber, Smith, Faulk and Wiegmann to retire
              by DC Insider Rick Bennett

              Barber wraps up a successful career.

              Four veteran players announced their retirement from the NFL today.

              CB Ronde Barber - Bucs - Barber has had a long, successful career in Tampa as one of the premier corners of his generation. He won a Superbowl with the Bucs in 2002.

              DE Aaron Smith - Steelers - When you think of modern 3-4 DEs, Smith is one of two names that should immediately jump to mind (along with Richard Seymour.) Smith has missed most of the last few seasons due to injury, and has decided to hang it up.

              RB Kevin Faulk - Patriots - Faulk was a very underrated part the Patriots success in the past decade as one of the best "3rd down" backs in that span. It was unfortunate that he had to sit out in the Superbowl that otherwise would have been his final game.

              C Casey Wiegmann - Chiefs - Wiegmann, at 38, was the oldest non-specialist player in the league last year. The team drafted Rodney Hudson to develop behind him and Wiegmann played the role of mentor well.


              • #22
                Bill Franchise Stevie Johnson
                by DC Insider Rick Bennett

                Johnson will spend another year listening to god in Buffalo.

                After some further deliberation, the Bills have decided to use their franchise tag after all. They chose to apply it to WR Stevie Johnson, who has been a pleasant surprise these last two seasons.

                Johnson will earn around $10 million as a franchise tender.


                • #23
                  Steelers Release Five, Including Ward
                  by DC Insider Rick Bennett

                  Former Superbowl MVP Ward amongst the Steelers cuts

                  The Steelers entered the offseason as one of the most cash-strapped teams in the league when it comes to cap space. They restructured a lot deals early in the offseason, but still needed to make some cuts in order to get under the cap.

                  The players they released were WR Hines Ward, OG Chris Kemoeatu, S Will Allen, LB Larry Foote and K Shaun Suisham.

                  Ward is a former Superbowl MVP, a huge fan favorite, and holds nearly all of the teams career receiving records. Look for the Steelers to potentially try to resign him more cheaply.

                  Suisham is also somewhat of a surprise, but the team apparently felt that a 74% kicker was not worth over $1 million.

                  The total amount saved figures to be around $14 million, which will give the Steelers a little bit of maneuvering room under the cap.


                  • #24
                    Chargers Release McNeil, Castillo
                    by DC Insider Rick Bennett

                    Too many injuries for former first rounder Castillo

                    The Chargers have made their first two moves of the offseason, releasing OT Marcus McNeil and DE Luis Castillo. Both players have their share of injury concerns.

                    McNeil was not cleared to play by team doctors and his playing future is up in the air due to a spinal cord injury.

                    Castillo fractured a leg early in 2011, continuing a stretch of ill health for the former first round pick.

                    Releasing both players will clear a combined $14 million 2012 cap space.


                    • #25
                      Texans Tender RFAs, Foster Included
                      by DC Insider Rick Bennett

                      Foster likely to stay in Houston.

                      The Texans first moves came in the form of RFA tenders.

                      Most notably, they've applied a first round level tender to RB Arian Foster. Foster has established himself as one of the most explosive backs in the league and the Texans would likely prefer to lock him up long term, with the RFA tender as a starting point.

                      Also tendered was S Quintin Demps. The Texans placed an "original round" tender on Demps, who was drafted in the 4th round.


                      • #26
                        Titans Franchise Jones, Griffin and Finnegan to Walk
                        by DC Insider Rick Bennett

                        Franchise caliber player?

                        The Titans have opted to use their franchise tag, not on Cortland Finnegan or Michael Griffin as expected, but on DT Jason Jones.

                        A few years ago, Jones was seen as an up-and-coming young defensive lineman, but his sack numbers have decreased each season of his career and he was largely ineffective in 2011.

                        The Titans will lock him up for one more season in hopes he can get his career back on track.

                        The tender amount for a DT is over $7 million.


                        • #27
                          Bills Announce Cuts
                          by DC Insider Rick Bennett

                          Terrence McGee amongst cuts

                          After franchising Stevie Johnson earlier in the day, the Bills decided to create some additional cap space by releasing several veteran players.

                          CB Terrence McGee, as well as pass rushers Chris Kelsay and Shawne Merriman, were the biggest names on the list.

                          The Bills also trimmed the bottom of their roster, releasing DL Lionel Dotson, TE Fendi Onobun, OG Cordaro Howard, WR Kamar Aiken, OL Colin Brown, LB Danny Batten and DE Kyle Moore.

                          This series of moves saves the Bills over $21 million towards the 2012 cap. Look for the Bills to be major players on the free agent market as a result.


                          • #28
                            Pats tag Welker, release Ochocinco and Wright

                            by Matthew Jones

                            As expected, the New England Patriots immediately placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Wes Welker at the start of free agency. Negotiations regarding a contract extension will continue, but for the time being the Patriots have secured Welker's rights for one year at a guaranteed salary of roughly $9.4 million. Welker caught 122 passes for 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011, and has spent the past five seasons with New England.

                            The Patriots additionally announced the release of WR Chad Ochocinco, DT Mike Wright, and eight other players: QB Mike Hartline, FB Lousaka Polite, WR Britt Davis, WR Tiquan Underwood, OL Matt Kopa, OL Nick McDonald, LB Mike Rivera, and S Ross Ventrone. Ochocinco failed to establish a role in New England, finishing with 15 receptions, 276 yards, and one touchdown. His $3.1 million salary made it unreasonable for him to return in 2012. Wright has suffered season-ending concussions in consecutive seasons and is likely to retire in order to preserve his health.


                            • #29
                              Matt Light Traded to Cardinals
                              by DC Insider Rick Bennett

                              Matt Light is on the move.

                              The league has announced a the first trade of the offseason today. The New England Patriots are sending Tom Brady's long time blind side protect Matt Light to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for 5th and 6th round picks in this years draft.

                              With young bookend tackles Sebastian Volmer and Nate Solder in place, the veteran Light was expendable.

                              The 33 year old Light will likely assume the Cardinals LT position, protecting Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and/or whoever else the Cardinals may target at the position this offseason.

                              Light is under contract at $3.4 million for the 2012 season.


                              • #30
                                Steelers Continue Making Cuts
                                by DC Insider Rick Bennett

                                Long time NT Casey Hampton is one of them.

                                Continuing in their efforts to create more cap space, the Pittsburgh Steelers have announced two more cuts today.

                                NT Casey Hampton and OG Jonathan Scott were the casualties this time around. Their release will save the team around $6 million in cap room.



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