NFL Transaction Wire Blog (3/1-3/7)
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Orlando Pace (Getty Images)
Senior NFL Reporter
Posted Mar 7, 2010


We're continuing to track every player transaction all year. Note: Contracts that haven't been signed aren't included here. Once the deal is signed, we'll list it under the team's transactions for the week. Last Updated: Sunday at 7:32 PM ET.

Arizona Cardinals

Thursday: Released FS Antrel Rolle.

Friday: Traded WR Anquan Boldin and a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft to the Baltimore Ravens for third- and fourth-round picks in the 2010 draft.

Saturday: Acquired FS Kerry Rhodes from the New York Jets for a 2010 fourth-round pick and a 2011 seventh-round pick.

Comments: Boldin was on the final year of his contract and the team didn't try to extend his contract, so he became expendable to a degree. WR Steve Breaston, who is slated to replace him in the lineup, is a restricted free agent. However, he got a first-round tender, so it's likely no other team will try to sign him to an offer sheet.

Rhodes will take over at free safety for Rolle.


Atlanta Falcons

Thursday: Re-signed CB Brian Williams, announced LS Mike Schneck retired.

Friday: Re-signed QB Chris Redman.

Comments: Williams is coming off of a serious knee injury, so it's not out of the question that he gets moved to FS down the road. Some personnel evaluators thought he would play at free safety at some point in his career because he's willing to be physical.


Baltimore Ravens

Friday: Acquired WR Anquan Boldin and a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft from the Arizona Cardinals for third- and fourth-round picks in the 2010 draft, re-signed DT Lamar Divens.

Comments: The Ravens have to do all that they can to help QB Joe Flacco. Boldin will give the Ravens a badly needed physical nature at the receiver position, but they still lack down field speed there.


Buffalo Bills

Tuesday: Signed DT Marlon Favorite.


Carolina Panthers

Friday: Released the following players: QB Jake Delhomme, DTs Maake Kemoeatu (failed physical) and Damione Lewis, LBs Na'il Diggs and Landon Johnson.

Comments: The Panthers will still owe Delhomme a significant amount of money even if he finds another job. Matt Moore takes over as the starting QB. Considering how many teams need a backup QB, Delhomme should be able to find another job relatively soon,

Lewis and Kemoeatu were starters, so the Panthers will have to look at their younger defensive tackles to replace them.

Dan Connor figures to replace Diggs. Johnson should find work as a backup with another team.


Chicago Bears

Monday: Released OT Orlando Pace, waived G Tyler Reed, waived TE Fontel Mines.

Friday: Signed FB Chester Taylor, signed TE Brandon Manumaleuna, signed DE Julius Peppers.

Comments: Chris Williams or Kevin Shaffer will move to LT to replace Pace.

Taylor will give the Bears an excellent fallback option should starting RB Matt Forte get hurt or should he struggle with consistency as he did last season.

Manumaleuna is one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL and is like having an extra tackle on the field.

Peppers gives the Bears a proven pass rusher opposite veteran DE Alex Brown.


Cincinnati Bengals

Thursday: Released WR Laveranues Coles.

Comments: A source said Coles, for his one season with the Bengals, received over $9 million. It's unclear who will replace him in the starting lineup at this point.


Cleveland Browns

Wednesday: Released C Hank Fraley.

Friday: Traded DL Corey Williams and a 2010 seventh-round pick to the Detroit Lions for a 2010 fifth-round pick.

Sunday: Signed OT Tony Pashos, signed LB Scott Fujita.

Comments: Fraley had one year left on his contract at a base salary of $1.630 million. But the reason why they may have released him is he had a $500,000 roster bonus due.

As Scout.com noted recently, Williams was totally out of sorts playing in a 3-4 scheme, so he'll move to Detroit where they play a 4-3. He also get back to playing inside where he's more comfortable.

Pashos should bring stability to the right side of Cleveland's offensive line.

Fujita should be playing inside this coming season in Cleveland's 3-4 defensive scheme.


Dallas Cowboys


Denver Broncos

Friday: Signed DT Justin Bannan, signed CB Nate Jones, signed RB J.J. Arrington, re-signed OL Russ Hochstein, re-signed WR Brandon Lloyd.

Comments: Bannan will take over as the nose tackle for Denver. As Scout.com noted recently, even at 31, he has plenty left in the tank.

Jones will compete for nickel job and will play on special teams.

Arrington was supposed to sign with Denver last year, missed 2009 with a knee problem.


Detroit Lions

Friday: Released CB Phillip Buchanon, released DT Grady Jackson, acquired DT Corey Williams and a 2010 seventh-round pick from the Cleveland Browns for a 2010 fifth-round pick.

Saturday: Signed DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, signed WR Nate Burleson.

Comments: Buchanon's release isn't surprising considering he was benched for a bit with the Lions last season.

Jackson is a solid run-stopper, but is more of a rotational player at this point in his career.

Burleson will fit in well the Lions because of his size and versatility. It will be interesting to see how veteran WR Bryant Johnson fits in now that Burleson is in the fold.

Vanden Bosch's sack numbers have dipped the past few seasons, so there might be a concern that he's starting to regress. However, he hasn't had much help on the other side, either. If veteran DE Dewayne White is healthy, both veteran ends could really form a solid pass-rushing tandem.


Green Bay Packers

Friday: Released DE Mike Montgomery, released S Matt Giordano.

Saturday: Re-signed OT Chad Clifton.

Comments: Good move for the Packers to bring back the venerable offensive lineman,


Houston Texans


Indianapolis Colts

Friday: Released DL Raheem Brock, released QB Jim Sorgi, signed G Andy Alleman, re-signed LB Gary Brackett.

Comments: Brock's versatility should land him a job before too long.

The Colts don't have a veteran to back up Peyton Manning with Sorgi out of the picture.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Monday: Re-signed DT Montavious Stanley.

Thursday: Re-signed DT Atiyyah Ellison, re-signed G Kynan Forney.

Saturday: Signed WR Kassim Osgood.

Sunday: Signed DE Aaron Kampman.

Comments: Osgood, at the very least, upgrades their special teams coverage units.

While signing Kampman might be a good move, he turns 31 in November and is coming off of a torn ACL. So who knows where he'll be at physically this season considering how he suffered the injury late last season.


Kansas City Chiefs

Wednesday: Waived RB Dantell Savage, released WR Devard Darling (failed physical).

Thursday: Re-signed OLB Mike Vrabel.

Friday: Re-signed RB/FB Jackie Battle.

Saturday: Re-signed WR Terrance Copper.

Comments: The team is still looking for a receiver to play opposite Dwayne Bowe.


Miami Dolphins

Friday: Released S Gibril Wilson, released LB Akin Ayodele, released LB Joey Porter.

Saturday: Signed LB Karlos Dansby.

Comments: Wilson has been cut by two teams in the past two seasons. The free safety position now is open for the Dolphins.

Ayodele will be replaced by Dansby. Dansby will likely start inside, but look for the coaching staff to move him around since he's a solid pass-rushing LB.

Porter had a roster bonus due, so the team decided not to pick it up. He'll look for work with a team that runs a 3-4 scheme.


Minnesota Vikings

Friday: Re-signed WR Greg Lewis.


New England Patriots

Thursday: Released TE Chris Baker, re-signed OLB Tully Banta-Cain.

Comments: The Patriots have just two tight ends under contract and both are undrafted free agents.


New Orleans Saints

Thursday: Released LB Mark Simoneau, released G Jamar Nesbit.

Friday: Released DE Charles Grant (failed physical), re-signed S Pierson Prioleau.

Saturday: Re-signed C Nick Leckey.

Comments: Grant is coming back from a torn triceps injury, so it's not known when he'll be fully recovered. The Saints are very thin on depth at end, so they may address that position in the draft.


New York Giants

Saturday: Signed S Antrel Rolle, waived S Aaron Rouse, waived CB Londen Fryar.

Comments: Rolle will take over at free safety for Kenny Phillips who is dealing with a major knee problem. While the team says he's making progress, it's clear he'll either have to move to SS or be a backup for the team in the future.


New York Jets

Thursday: Released CB Lito Sheppard, acquired CB Antonio Cromartie from the San Diego Chargers for a 2011 draft pick.

Friday: Released RB Thomas Jones, released CB Donald Strickland.

Saturday: Traded S Kerry Rhodes to Arizona Cardinals for a 2010 fourth-round pick and 2011 seventh-round pick.

Comments: Cromartie will replace Sheppard in the starting lineup. The Jets' defensive scheme will require Cromartie to be aggressive, so he'll have to be more physical than in year's past.

Shonn Greene becomes the starting running back for the Jets now with Jones out of the picture.


Oakland Raiders

Saturday: Released RB Justin Fargas (failed physical).

Comments: The Fargas release leaves the team with Michael Bush and Darren McFadden as the top two backs on the roster.

Fargas could draw attention from the Seattle Seahawks where his former college coach, Pete Carroll, is now the head coach.


Philadelphia Eagles

Friday: Re-signed FB Leonard Weaver, released LB Will Witherspoon, released RB Brian Westbrook.

Comments: The Eagles made Weaver the highest paid fullback in the league with his new deal. Weaver is not only a very good player, but he's an even better person.

Witherspoon got off to a good start after his trade from the Rams, but he really struggled down the stretch. He also was make $5 million in base salary for 2010. It's not out of the question that the Eagles try to bring him back at a much lower base salary.


Pittsburgh Steelers


San Diego Chargers

Thursday: Released RB Michael Bennett, released DT Jamal Williams, re-signed DT Antonio Garay, traded CB Antonio Cromartie to the New York Jets for a 2011 draft pick.

Friday: Re-signed DT Alfonso Boone, re-signed TE Kris Wilson.

Comments: Williams' release leaves a big hole inside the Chargers' front-three. Former first-round pick Antoine Cason will take over for Cromartie in the starting lineup.


San Francisco 49ers

Thursday: Re-signed ILB Matt Wilhelm.


Seattle Seahawks


St. Louis Rams

Wednesday: Waived DT Claude Wroten from Reserve/Suspended List.

Thursday: Released DT LaJuan Ramsey, waived TE Derek Fine.

Saturday: Signed QB A.J. Feeley, re-signed S Craig Dahl.

Comments: Feeley could push veteran QB Marc Bulger off their 80-man roster considering he's making $8.5 million in base salary for 2010.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Thursday: Released Ps Dirk Johnson and Josh Bidwell, released CB Torrie Cox.

Comments: Sam Paulescu is the only punter that remains on Tampa Bay's roster.


Tennessee Titans

Thursday: Re-signed LS Ken Amato.


Washington Redskins

Friday: Released the following players: QB Todd Collins, RBs Ladell Betts (failed physical) and Rock Cartwright, WR Antwaan Randle El, G Randy Thomas, DT Cornelius Griffin, OT Chris Samuels (failed physical), and CB Fred Smoot. Waived the following players: RB Marcus Mason, FB Eddie Williams, DE J.D. Skolnitsky, OT Chris Samuels announced retirement. Re-signed DE/OLB Lorenzo Alexander, re-signed DE Phillip Daniels, re-signed OT Mike Williams.

Saturday: Signed OL Artis Hicks.

Comments: The cuts were made because the team could get out of the contracts easily since there's no salary cap for 2010. The team saved over $15 million in base salary. The loss of Samuels is big considering they don't really have a proven replacement for him. Samuels announced his retirement this week.

The Redskins don't have a veteran backup QB to provide depth should starter Jason Campbell get hurt.

With Betts and Cartwright gone, that leaves the team with no quality depth at the running back position.

Hicks could wind up replacing Thomas or he could take over at LT for Samuels.

Griffin will likely be replaced by Kedric Golston.


For transactions from last week, click here.



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