Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Chiefs add more firepower to already explosive offense with Breaston signing

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It’s wide receiver day on the free-agent market.  With Santonio Holmes andSidney Rice signed to big-money deals, another lower-profile wideout has made the move to a new team.
A league source tells PFT that Steve Breaston has agreed to terms with the Chiefs on a five-year deal.
The move reunites Breaston with coach Todd Haley, who previously was the offensive coordinator in Arizona.
Breaston joins a receiving corps that features Dwayne Bowe and rookie first-rounder Jonathan Baldwin.


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign their top three draft picks

The Buccaneers did much of the heavy lifting on the draft front Wednesday, getting their top three choices under contract.
The Bucs confirmed via press release that first-round pick Adrian Clayborn, second-round pick Da’Quan Bowersand third-round pick Mason Foster all have been signed.
The team also came to terms with seventh-round pick Daniel Hardy.


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Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle is cleared to play football

Sergio KindleAP
The Ravens are finally getting close to seeing their top pick in the 2010 NFL draft on the field.
Sergio Kindle, a linebacker from Texas who missed all of last season after suffering a head injury in a fall down two flights of stairs, has been cleared for contact at training camp and will not be placed on the physically unable to perform list, a source told Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun.
Kindle’s status is still a little murky, as he signed only a one-year contract with the Ravens right now and is currently an exclusive-rights free agent. He will presumably sign another one-year contract with the Ravens this week, which would make him eligible to practice starting on August 4.
The Ravens took Kindle in the second round of last year’s draft, with the 43rd overall pick.


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Sidney Rice agrees to terms with Seattle Seahawks

Yesterday I predicted that Sidney Rice would end up in Seattle with Tarvares Jackson and coach Darrell Bevel.
Now it has come to pass, as he has agreed to terms with the 'hawks.  With Golden Tate, Mike Williams and now Sidney Rice, the 'hawks could actually have a formidable receiving corp this year.

The signing was reported on NFL network.

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Josh Wilson agrees to terms with the Washington Redskins

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The Redskins didn’t pilfer guard Marshall Yanda from the Ravens as planned, but they will take one of the Ravens’ cornerbacks.
Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun reports that Josh Wilson will join the Redskins on a deal averaging $4.5-$5 million.  We were impressed with Wilson last year; he was probably Baltimore’s best cornerback down the stretch in 2011.  He ostensibly replaces Carlos Rogers in Washington.
The mid-level cornerback market is starting to thin out slightly with Drayton Florence and Wilson off the board.  This is a strong sign the Redskins won’t go after any of the big cornerback names on the market.
The Ravens may up their efforts to re-sign Chris Carr now . . . assuming they aren’t getting into the Asomugha business.
UPDATE: Wilson’s deal is for $13.5 million over three years, with $6 million guaranteed according to Adam Schefter.


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Possible Free Agent Destinations: Day 2

See Day 1 here

Stephen Tulloch &  Jonathan Joseph - Detroit Lions
I reported Tulloch going to Detroit months ago after he had made some flattering comments about Jim Schwartz and the direction of the Lions organization.  I think it is just a matter of making sure there are no other offers that he can't refuse.  As far as Jonathan Joseph, see this article here and here.


Antonio Cromartie - CB - Houston Texans
I think that the Texans make a play for Nnamdi, but can not land him, so they end up going for Cromartie as a consolation prize.

Kyle Orton - QB - Miami Dolphins
I said yesterday that I thought Orton would end up in Arizona, and I still think he SHOULD.  But at this point,  it sounds like he will end up in Miami at this point.  The Broncos have been in talks for the past 2 days with Miami about working out a trade.  Keep in mind, that if they can work out the trade, Brandon Marshall would be reunited with Orton again.


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Lions resign Drew Stanton and John Wendling

Source Posted by Josh Alper, PFT

The Lions have resigned 3rd string quarterback Drew Stanton and special teams ace John Wendling.

Not a lot of people know who Wendling is, but last year he was one of, if not the top special teamers in the league.  They typically do not get much attention, but he was probably one of the largest Pro-Bowl snubs of 2010.

The Lions still have some work to do resigning some other players, and they still need to bring in help at outside linebacker and corner.

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Panthers resign OLB Thomas Davis


Another bit of news on what has been a wild day in Carolina.
The Panthers, who already have made a bunch of moves, reportedly haveagreed to terms with linebacker Thomas Davis on a new five-year contract.

That’s a nice gesture by the Panthers because they technically did not have to do anything with Davis at the moment. Since he spent all of last season on the physically-unable-to-perform list, Davis’ 2010 contract tolled over to this season and prevented him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

But the Panthers promised Davis they would take care of him and they followed through on that. It’s also nice that they’re rewarding a player who has spent his entire career with the organization, but there are no guarantees with this one.

Davis is coming back from his second torn anterior cruciate ligament and it remains to be seen if he can be the player he was before. If he is, the Panthers could have one of the league’s top groups of linebackers. Before the first injury, Davis was considered a rising star at outside linebacker.

He’ll join Jon BeasonJames Anderson and Dan Connor as Carolina’s top linebackers. Anderson already agreed to a new contract, and the Panthers might be working on an extension for Beason, who still has a year remaining on his deal.


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Vinatieri will stay with the Colts

Adam Vinatieri is off the market.
The 38-year-old kicker has agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Colts, according to a league source.
Vinatieri joined the Colts in 2006 after a celebrated 10-year run with the Patriots. He’s coming off his best season in five years in Indianapolis, having connected on 26 of 28 field-goal attempts in 2010. He tallied 129 points, the second-highest total of a potential Hall of Fame career.


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49ers making room for Nnamdi? Release CB Nate Clements.

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The 49ers continue to clear room for a possible run atNnamdi Asomugha.
Matt Maicco of CSNBayArea.com reports that San Francisco has told cornerback Nate Clements that they will release him.  It was long believed Clements needed to take a pay cut to return, and they didn’t work something out.
It’s the sensible move.  It clears major salary cap space for a player that struggled to be a league average starter.  If the 49ers want to upgrade at cornerback, they could also make a move for Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph.


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Bucs lock in linebacker Quincy Black for 5 more years

Quincy Black, Matt Moore
We told you a little while ago that the Buccaneers were working to keep linebacker Quincy Black from leaving the team as a free agent.
Mission accomplished.
Black’s agent Marc Lillibridge tweeted the news on Wednesday afternoon and, being an agent, attached the terms of the deal to his tweet. It is a five-year, $29 million deal with Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com adding that $11.5 million is guaranteed.
Black, a third-round pick in 2007, started 11 games for the Bucs last season before a knee injury ended his season. He had two sacks and an interception and showed an ability to play in all areas of the defensive game. If Black’s healthy and the Buccaneers don’t regress, he could grow a bigger profile in their defense.



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Bruce Gradkowski signs with the Cincinnati Bengals

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A veteran quarterback is on the way to Bengals camp, but it’s not Carson Palmer.
Bruce Gradkowski has agreed to a deal to play in Cincinnati, agent Rick Smith announced on Twitter.
At the moment, it would appear that Gradkowski has a decent chance of being the Bengals’ Week One starter. Palmer isn’t showing up any time soon if at all, and it may be tough to get rookie Andy Daltonup to speed in six weeks.
Gradkowski’s first two seasons in the league were in Tampa Bay, where he played for head coach Jon Gruden. Now he’ll play for Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, who was an offensive assistant during Gradkowski’s time in Tampa and runs a similar system to his brother.
Gradkowski played in six games for the Raiders last season and started four. He completed 83 of 157 passes for 1,059 yards, with five touchdowns and seven interceptions.



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The first official trade of the 2011 NFL League year

Albert Haynesworth, Jeremy JarmonAP
We have our first completed NFL trade since the league got back to business this week. It involves the Washington Redskins. But it does not involve Donovan McNabb.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Broncos have traded wide receiver Jabar Gaffney to the Redskins in exchange for defensive end Jeremy Jarmon.
Gaffney played in all 16 games for the Broncos last season and started 11, catching 65 passes for 875 yards. His acquisition shows once again that the Redskins considered upgrading the receiver position their top priority: It’s the third move the Redskins have made at the position, following the signings of Santana Moss and Donte Stallworth.
Jarmon joined the Redskins as a third-round pick in the 2009 supplemental draft. In two seasons he played in 16 games, starting one and recording 0.5 sacks.


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Former first round pick, Robert Gallery, is headed to Seattle

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One of the most repeated rumors of the offseason has turned into reality.
Guard Robert Gallery agreed to a three-year contract with the Seahawks Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Tom Cable went from Oakland to Seattle to coach the offensive line, and he brought Gallery with him.  Seattle could use some bulk and help in the running game, so it’s a fine fit. Gallery was also believed to be in talks with the Bengals.
You can question how Pete Carroll is building other parts of the Seahawks, but he’s smartly made offensive line a priority the last two years.  It was a terrible group in the past, and has potential to be quite good in 2011.


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The DeAngelo Williams to Denver speculation can end

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For the second day in a row, the Carolina Panthers have spent big to lock up one of their free agents.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Panthers and running back DeAngelo Williams reached an agreement on a five-year, $43 million deal that includes $21 million in guaranteed money. The deal comes a day after the Panthers gave defensive end Charles Johnson an even bigger deal.
When healthy, Williams is one of the game’s elite running backs. In 2008 he had a sensational year, with 1,515 yards, 18 touchdowns and a 5.5 yards per carry average. But his numbers slipped and he missed three games in 2009, and in 2010 he played in just six games, gaining just 361 yards and one touchdown, at 4.1 yards a carry.
So the biggest question is whether Williams can stay healthy. The Panthers obviously think he can.


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Eric Weddle resigned with the Chargers

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With several teams pursuing him aggressively, the man who has sued Alka-Seltzer probably needed a shot or two of the bubbly stuff to calm the contents of his stomach.
In the end, he decided that home is where his heart is.
Safety Eric Weddle has agreed to terms with the Chargers, the team with which he has spent all four years of his NFL career.  The news comes courtesy of Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The Jaguars, Browns, Vikings, Cowboys, and Texans were all reportedly interested.  At one point, erroneous reports surfaced of a deal with Jacksonville.
The deal was accomplished despite public barbs between agent David Canter and Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith over which man was “baffled” by the lack of pre-lockout contract talks.
At least they weren’t debating the question of which guy is actually Shmoopie.
UPDATE:  Canter has declared on Twitter that Weddle is the highest-paid safety in NFL history.  Until we see the contract and compare it to the likes of the ones signed by Troy Polamalu and Antrel Rolle, we’ll opt for skepticism.  Acee reports that it’s a five-year, $40 million deal with $19 million guaranteed.


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The Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes are heating up

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Nnamdi Asomugha may be staying in the Bay Area.
Although the conventional wisdom that the Jets are working hard to land Asomugha remains in place, there’s a new competitor to the Jets in the competition for Asomugha’s services: The San Francisco 49ers.
Michael Lombardi of NFL Network reports that the Jets’ main competition for Asomugha right now is San Francisco, and the 49ers are in it strong.
The Houston Texans are also still in the mix, and it’s entirely possible that there’s a surprise entrant in the Asomugha sweepstakes will make an appearance. But right now, San Francisco is apparently looking like a good destination.
Adding Asomugha, the ex-Raiders cornerback who’s widely viewed as the top prize in all of free agency, would be a huge coup for the 49ers.


Keep in mind that Nnamdi has made it clear that he has a serious desire to focus on an acting career when his football days are over.  That being said, New York has a decided advantage because of Broadway.  However, in the end, usually money talks.

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Vikings bring in wide receiver Devin Aromashodu

Devin Aromashodu | WR 2010 Team: Chicago    Exp: 3 years

Analysis:  Aromashodu has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Vikings,ESPN reported. Aromashodu had spent the previous three seasons with the Bears, catching 10 passes for 149 yards during the NFC North-winning campaign in 2010.




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Ike Taylor get 4yr deal to stay in Pittsburgh

Ike Taylor | CB 2010 Team: Pittsburgh    Exp: 8 years

Analysis:  Taylor is a free agent, but he isn't going anywhere. The veteran cornerback agreed to a four-year deal to stay in Pittsburgh, a league source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.




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Brandon Jacobs willing to take a pay cut to stay in New York

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Giants running back Brandon Jacobs appears willing to take a pay cut and stay with the Giants, who would spend some of the savings on a deal to retain free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger reports thatJacobs is open to the possibility of restructuring his contract, which is set to pay him a $4.65 million base salary this season. That would help the Giants stay under the salary cap and still get a deal done with Bradshaw.
Jacobs said in March that he would be willing to take a pay cut as long as it’s “fair.” It appears that the Giants are getting closer to an offer that would satisfy Jacobs and free up some cap space for Bradshaw.
Last season Bradshaw started 11 games and finished the year with 276 carries for 1,235 yards. Jacobs started five games and had 147 carries for 823 yards.


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Redskins agree to 6 year deal with Barry Cofield

The Redskins have agreed to a six-year contract with free-agent defensive lineman Barry Cofield that will pay him $12.5 million in guaranteed money, The Washington Post said Tuesday, citing multiple reports.
Cofield, 27, had 54 tackles and four sacks for the NFC East rival New York Giants last season. He's expected to play either nose tackle or end in the Redskins' 3-4 defense.
The Redskins, who also reportedly agreed Tuesday to trade quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings


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Hasselbeck heading to Tennessee

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Veteran free-agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has agreed to terms on a multiyear deal with the Tennessee Titans, sources confirmed to NFL Network’s Albert Breer on Wednesday.
Hasselbeck, who will be 36 in September, presumably will start for the Titans and help groom first-round draft pick Jake Locker, who was able to follow Hasselbeck’s career closely while playing at the University of Washington. Hasselbeck played the past 10 seasons in Seattle and led the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL, the team’s only Super Bowl appearance.
NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday that the Seahawks were unlikely to re-sign Hasselbeck. Later Tuesday, Seattle reportedly agreed to terms with former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson


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Santonio Holmes agrees to a 5 year deal with the Jets

Jets agree to five-year deal with Holmes

The Jets have agreed to terms on a deal with WR Santonio Holmes, a league source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora on Wednesday. NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi confirmed the deal is for five years.
On Tuesday, sources told La Canfora that the Redskins planned to make a run at Holmes, hoping to pair him with Santana Moss, but the Jets got a deal done first.
The 2010 season marked Holmes’ first season with the Jets, he caught 52 passes for 746 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games. He was suspended for the first four games.



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