Free Agency Blog: 3/6/2010

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Posted by: CHARLIE BERNSTEIN, JAGNATION.com
at 03/06/2010 9:46 PM ET

Jags Get Special Player

The Jacksonville Jaguars came to terms with free agent wide receiver and special teams ace Kassim Osgood earlier this afternoon. JagNation looks at how Osgood's services will help the Jaguars special teams, and what he could mean in terms of actual wins and losses.  http://jac.scout.com/2/951848.html

Jaguars: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Doug Farrar, Northwestfootball.net
at 03/06/2010 8:54 PM ET

Rams Closing In on Robbins

Multiple reports indicate that the St. Louis Rams are finalizing a deal with former New York Giants defensive tackle Fred Robbins. The 32-year old Robbins lost his starting job to Chris Canty after undergoing microfracture surgery before the 2009 season. For the Rams, he could fill a role as a rotational nose tackle (he's got the size at 6-4, 325 pounds) and 3-technique.

Acquiring Robbins would not change any plans the Rams may have to select Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy with the first overall pick, if that's the direction they choose. Robbins would reunite with Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo, formerly New York's defensive coordinator.

Rams: News | Forums | Roster

Giants: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: TIM YOTTER, VIKING UPDATE
at 03/06/2010 8:32 PM ET

Hicks Reflects on New Situation

The Vikings' loss is the Redskins' gain. Veteran and versatile offensive lineman Artis Hicks signed a three-year, $9 million deal with the Washington Redskins, where he will play in a familiar West Coast offense and zone-blocking scheme.

 "I like the system that they're implementing. They've got a plan that fit and I just felt like it was a good fit for me, so I jumped on board," he told Viking Update.

He is expected to have a chance to compete for a starting job at either guard or tackle.

 "I felt like I had an opportunity to go out and compete for a starting spot, as opposed to automatically being penciled in as the sixth guy," he said. "That makes a huge difference for me. After you've been out there and had a taste of it, there's nothing like it. You always want to give yourself a chance to get back there in that position again."

Vikings: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 03/06/2010 8:32 PM ET

Dolphins Announce Dansby Signing

The Miami Dolphins officially signed veteran LB Karlos Dansby, the team announced Saturday.
 
The 6-4, 250-pound Dansby spent the previous six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Originally, a second-round pick in the 2004 draft from Auburn University, the linebacker accumulated 563 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 25 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles and 10 interceptions with Arizona. 
 
Dansby is a unique linebacker who can play inside or outside, but he figures to see a majority of his snaps inside in place of Akin Ayodele, who was released on Friday.

Dolphins: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: MICHAEL ERLER, SF ILLUSTRATED
at 03/06/2010 8:17 PM ET

49ers Passed After Test Drive on Carr

So much for free agent QB David Carr signing on to be the Niners' backup quarterback. The two sides hit a snag in their negotiations and Carr left the complex without even speaking to reporters, which he had been scheduled to do as of last night. The talks between his agent and the 49ers aren't officially dead yet, and Carr certainly doesn't have to be present for them, but it's unusual for a player to blow off the media in these situations. Maybe Carr got wind of some negative comments LB Patrick Willis made about him on Twitter, but that's pure speculation.

49ers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 03/06/2010 8:10 PM ET

Bell Receiving Interest From Several Teams

As Scout.com first reported earlier today, restricted free agent RB Mike Bell has a visit with the Seattle Seahawks coming up for Monday.

Bell is also receiving interest from other teams including the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, a source said.

Bell's experience in the West Coast offense earlier in his career with the Denver Broncos could be a reason why the Eagles have interest in him. Plus, with veteran RB Brian Westbrook released on Friday, the team needs a veteran to back up new starting RB LeSean McCoy.

With the Browns releasing veteran RB Jamal Lewis recently, the Browns have a need for a veteran back to go along with RB Jerome Harrison.

Eagles: News | Forums | Roster

Browns: News | Forums | Roster

Seahawks: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 03/06/2010 8:10 PM ET

Redskins Sign Artis Hicks

A source told FOXSports.com's Alex Marvez that Washington has signed G/OT Artis Hicks to a three-year contract that could yield as much as $9 million through incentives.
 
Over the past four seasons in Minnesota, Hicks started 27 games and appeared in 29 others as a backup and special-teams player. Hicks is versatile enough to play right guard or left tackle, a position of need for the Redskins after Pro Bowl LT Chris Samuels retired because of health issues.
 
Veteran LT Chad Clifton was Washington's top choice to replace Samuels via free agency, but Green Bay re-signed him Friday. 

Redskins: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  JON SCOTT, PATRIOTS INSIDER
at 03/06/2010 7:50 PM ET

Reed to Visit New England

Buffalo Bills free agent WR Josh Reed is expected to visit the Patriots for his first stop in free agency. According to a report by ProFootballTalk.com, the visit is expected on Sunday, though an ESPN report indicates the actual visit will occur Monday.
 
Marginalized by Buffalo during T.O.'s one-and-done season, Reed will try to hook on with a division rival.  Reed, 29,  caught 27 passes for 291 yards and one TD in 14 games last season.  Reed fits the Patriots history of looking at older free agents looking for a fresh start with a new team.

With Wes Welker's timetable for a return still uncertain, adding a player like Reed could provide much-needed depth to a roster sorely lacking targets for Tom Brady.

Patriots: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 03/06/2010 7:34 PM ET

Raiders Release Fargas

The Oakland Raiders released veteran RB Justin Fargas, the team announced on their website. The reason listed was for a failed physical.
 
A league source told Scout.com that Fargas had a small roster bonus due soon of $500,000, so that could have also contributed to his release.
 
Fargas, who turned 30 earlier this year, still should have some productive years left in him in a No. 2 role if he's healthy.

With Fargas out of the picture, that leaves Darren McFadden and Michael Bush to handle the rushing load.

Raiders: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 03/06/2010 7:50 PM ET

Cardinals Trade for Rhodes

The New York Jets have traded veteran FS Kerry Rhodes to the Arizona Cardinals for a 2010 fourth-round pick and a 2011 seventh-round pick, the both teams announced.
 
"We all know that the safety position was a hole we needed to fill," said Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt. "To be able to do that so quickly and with a proven starter off the NFL's #1 defense is a tremendous positive for our football team. Kerry has the experience and ability to step in right away. He fits a lot of the things that we do defensively and the prospect of having him alongside a perennial all-pro like Adrian Wilson is very exciting."
 
Rhodes was one of the top free safeties in the NFL prior to the 2009 season, but he struggled in head coach Rex Ryan's scheme and wound up being benched for a short period of time. Rhodes is signed through 2013 and was due a roster bonus next week worth $2 million, sources said. The Jets apparently weren't going to pay him the bonus, so they moved him. 

Cardinals: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Doug Farrar, Northwestfootball.net
at 03/06/2010 06:09 PM ET

Marshall to Seattle Won't be Slam Dunk

Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall is in Seattle visiting the Seahawks at their Renton, Washington facility, but don't expect a signing tonight. The Seahawks have to know that the Brandon Marshall they're getting is mature enough to handle the responsibility the team will put on him. Then, the process of a long-term deal must take place -- there's no point in trading for a guy you can't sign. Then, the Seahawks and Broncos will have to talk about compensation for Marshall. Denver has placed a first-round tender on Marshall, which would require the Seahawks to give up their first overall pick at the sixth spot (they also have the 14^th overall pick, but league rules require the highest pick in a round to go in a trade if there is not further negotiation). The likelihood of Seattle giving up the high pick for Marshall is negligible, so more low picks will be involved, perhaps from this year and next year. If this deal happens, there will be a lot of moving parts and it will not take place in a flash.

Seahawks: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/06/2010 05:41 PM ET

Packers Re-Sign Clifton

The Green Bay Packers have re-signed starting OLT Chad Clifton, the team announced Saturday. He became an unrestricted free agent on Friday.

"We are happy to be able to have Chad as a member of the Packers," executive vice president, general manager and director of football operations Thompson said. "He has been a valuable teammate and contributor to our team. We look forward to him continuing to work to help us build and prepare for a successful 2010 season."

Clifton has played his entire career for the Packers and was selected by the team in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

Packers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Alfie Crow, JagNation.com
at 03/06/2010 05:30 PM ET

Jaguars Ink Osgood

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed special teams ace Kassim Osgood today. Osgood flew into Jacksonville yesterday in the hopes of finding a team that would allow him the chance to compete at the wide receiver position. With no proven receivers outside of Mike Sims-Walker and Mike Thomas, Osgood should have no problem trying to work his way into the rotation.

Osgood was a 3-time special teams pro bowler in San Diego. He had become increasingly frustrated with the Chargers not giving him a chance at the wide receiver position. Osgood's size and speed combination can make for a match up nightmare.

Jaguars: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Ed Thompson, Scout.com
at 03/06/2010 04:30 PM ET

Sensabaugh Making Trips

The Dallas Cowboys' second-round tender offer to restricted free agent Gerald Sensabaugh may not have been high enough to discourage other teams from attempting to sign the talented young safety to an offer sheet.

An NFL source has told Scout.com that the sixth-year safety, who finished fourth on the team in tackles in 2009, has three visits in the planning stages with teams that have an immediate need for starter-quality talent at the position.

Sensabaugh was originally a fifth-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2005 NFL Draft. After four seasons with the Jaguars, he signed with the Cowboys prior to the 2009 season. He's started 39 games, including 15 for Dallas last year, and has appeared in 65.

Cowboys: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/06/2010 04:30 PM ET

Falcons Sign Robinson

The Atlanta Falcons signed free agent CB DUNTA ROBINSON, the team announced Saturday. Robinson signed six-year deal, a source said.

Robinson, who turns just 28 in April, was selected in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.

Robinson's addition immediately upgrades a shaky Falcon secondary that struggled for most of the past few seasons. Robinson brings a physical nature to his position and is known as one of the top cornerbacks in the league, so Atlanta's defense should improve with him in the fold this season.

Falcons: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by: Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/06/2010 04:21 PM ET

Seattle Brings in Bell

Restricted free-agent RB Mike Bell (New Orleans Saints) is scheduled to visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, a league source told Scout.com.

Bell was tendered at the lowest level, which means the Saints could match an offer sheet from the Seahawks, but they wouldn't get any compensation back in return if they chose not to match it.

As Scout.com reported previously, free-agent DE Tyler Brayton also has a visit set up with the Seahawks. Like Bell, he's scheduled to arrive in Seattle on Sunday, and is expected to meet with the team on Monday.

Seahawks: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Michael Erler, San Francisco Illustrated
at 03/06/2010 4:00 PM ET

No Offers Made For OT Sims

49ers free agent OT Barry Sims has reportedly had a couple of teams contact him, but as of yet hasn't received any offers. The 49ers have expressed lukewarm interest in bringing him back, but they're certainly not going to back up the Brinks truck for him and will probably wait until the initial wave of signings are over to even address the situation. Sims did play very well last season, starting seven games in relief injured LT Joe Staley, and he's versatile enough to play on both sides of the line, but he's also 35-years old. If the team allows both he and Tony Pashos to leave, with the latter very likely to do so, then they won't have any experienced reserve tackles on the roster going into 2010. Of course, if they were to draft a tackle in the first round, like most people speculate they will, then current starting RT Adam Snyder becomes their top reserve, and he also has experience playing both sides.

49ers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Michael Erler, San Francisco Illustrated
at 03/06/2010 3:52 PM ET

OT Pashos Likely Ex-49er

The Washington Redskins, usually big-time movers-and-shakers this time of year, haven't made a single acquisition yet, and that has to be troublesome for the 49ers. The Redskins reportedly had free agent OT Chad Clifton over for a visit, but Clifton decided to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers. It has been confirmed that 49ers free agent OT Tony Pashos is scheduled to visit Washington in the near future (as well as the Denver Broncos if that doesn't work out), and with Chris Foerster, Pashos' line coach at Baltimore and San Francisco, already on the Redskins staff and the team desperate to make a move, it's hard to envision Pashos leaving the Redskins offices without a contract.

49ers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Michael Erler, San Francisco Illustrated
at 03/06/2010 3:45 PM ET

San Francisco Checks Under the Hood

Free agent quarterback David Carr, is visiting the 49ers in their Santa Clara, CA headquarters as we speak and the team is putting him through a physical. Sources say they are looking to sign him to a two-year deal with the understanding that he'll be the backup to Alex Smith in 2010. Offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye's playbook calls for some mobility from the quarterback position, as well as a strong arm for the occasional play-action bomb, and Carr's skills are more suited for this kind of scheme than current backup QB Shaun Hill is. The team wants all of its quarterbacks to be of the same physical mold, so if one goes down they won't have to radically change the game plan on the fly to suit his game.

The Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, and Carr's former team, the New York Giants, have all expressed interest in him as well, but he's the 49ers' to lose.

49ers: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/06/2010 3:37 PM ET

Robinson Finds New Nest

The Atlanta Falcons signed free agent CB Dunta Robinson, the team announced Saturday. Robinson signed six-year deal, a source said.

Robinson, who turns just 28 in April, was selected in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.

Robinson's addition immediately upgrades a shaky Falcon secondary that struggled for most of the past few seasons. Robinson brings a physical nature to his position and is known as one of the top cornerbacks in the league, so Atlanta's defense should improve with him in the fold this season.

Falcons: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Ed Thompson, Scout.com
at 03/06/2010 3:34 PM ET

Cowboys Could be Outbid

The Dallas Cowboys' second-round tender offer to restricted free agent Gerald Sensabaugh may not have been high enough to discourage other teams from attempting to sign the talented young safety to an offer sheet.

An NFL source has told Scout.com that the sixth-year safety, who finished fourth on the team in tackles in 2009, has three visits in the planning stage with teams that have an immediate need for starter-quality talent at the position.

Sensabaugh was originally a fifth-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2005 NFL Draft. After four seasons with the Jaguars, he signed with the Cowboys prior to the 2009 season. He's started 39 games, including 15 for Dallas last year, and has appeared in 65.

Cowboys: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Jon Scott, PatriotsInsider.com
at 03/06/2010 3:26 PM ET

Dunta's Deal Boosts Bid For Bodden

Leigh Bodden's agent Alvin Keels said he was lining up visits for his client on Friday. Trying to decide where to go first is always a dilemma for one of the best available free agents at his position. Perhaps all Keels had to do was wait for the top free agent corner, Dunta Robinson, to ink a deal and then ask, "who can afford my guy now?" Robinson agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons. The 6-year deal is worth $57 million with $25.5 million guaranteed according to Adam Schefter of ESPN ( click here ). Robinson made $9.9 million last year playing under the franchise tag. Bodden, who signed a one-year deal in New England, earned just $2.25 million in New England last season.

Patriots: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/06/2010 3:20 PM ET

Seahawks to Ring Bell?

Restricted free-agent RB Mike Bell (New Orleans Saints) is scheduled to visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, a league source told Scout.com. Bell was tendered at the lowest level, which means the Saints could match an offer sheet from the Seahawks, but they wouldn't get any compensation back in return if they chose not to match it. As Scout.com reported previously, free-agent DE Tyler Brayton also has a visit set up with the Seahawks. Like Bell, he's scheduled to arrive in Seattle on Sunday, and is expected to meet with the team on Monday.

Saints: News | Forums | Roster

Seahawks: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/06/2010 2:26 PM ET

Lions Get Into the Game

The Detroit Lions finally announced two key free agent signings on Saturday. WR Nate Burleson and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch officially signed their contracts.

Burleson will challenge veteran WR Bryant Johnson for a starting job opposite Calvin Johnson. He's also capable of handling a punt return role.

Vanden Bosch gives the Lions a proven pass rusher to play opposite DE Dewayne White. Head coach Jim Schwartz coached Vanden Bosch previously with the Tennessee Titans, so he knows what to expect from the veteran defensive lineman--that's a hard working player who never takes a play off.

Lions: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com
at 03/06/2010 1:38 PM ET

Texans Losing a Quarterback?

Rex Grossman has experienced all the ups and downs of pro football as he was a former top-ten draft pick who took his Bears to their first Super Bowl appearance in over 20 years before being dumped just two years later. The former Florida Gator was signed to be the third-string quarterback in Houston, but moved up to the backup position behind Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Schaub.

Former Texans offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan left the team to work for his father Mike in Washington, and it is rumored that Shanahan is interested in taking Grossman with him to the nation's capitol.

Texans: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 03/06/2010 1:33 PM ET

Saints Go Insurance Shopping

The New Orleans Saints re-signed another veteran on Saturday. This time, it's C Nick Leckey to a one-year deal, the team announced. Earlier, they re-signed veteran S Pierson Prioleau to a one-year deal.

Leckey, a six-year veteran from Kansas State University, signed with the Saints as an unrestricted free agent last offseason after prior stints with the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals.

He played in eight games during the 2009 regular season, primarily on special teams with spot duty at center as well, and also appeared in all three postseason contests. The 6-3, 291-pound lineman has played in 65 games in his NFL career, starting 32.

Leckey will give the Saints good insurance behind starting C Jonathan Goodwin.

Saints: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 03/06/2010 12:48 AM ET

Rams Double-Take

The St. Louis Rams re-signed veteran S Craig Dahl to an extension and signed free-agent QB A.J. Feeley to a two-year deal, the team announced.

Dahl, who the Rams signed as a backup last season, wound up playing in 14 games and starting 8.

Feeley, who played for offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur with the Philadelphia Eagles when Shurmur coached the quarterbacks, is the fourth quarterback now under contract for the Rams. Feeley spent last season with the Carolina Panthers.

It's believed that veteran QB Marc Bulger, who is set to make $8.5 million in base salary this season, will be asked to take a large pay cut or could be eventually be released.

Rams: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  ED THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM
at 03/06/2010 12:31 PM ET

Same Chief in Town

The Kansas City Chiefs announced that the club has re-signed unrestricted free agent Terrance Copper.

The 6-foot-tall, 207-pound receiver and special teams ace has played in 78 games and started seven during his career. He's played for the Cowboys, Saints, Ravens, and Chiefs since entering the league as an undrafted free agent with Dallas back in 2004.

Copper has caught 50 passes for 668 yards and has scored six touchdowns during his career. He's returned 27 kickoffs for 520 yards (19.25 average) and has made 57 special teams tackles during his NFL career. He finished second on the Chiefs last year with 16 special teams tackles.

Chiefs: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  ED THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM
at 03/06/2010 12:08 PM ET

Sweet Carolina or Music City for Jets DE?

Jets defensive end Marques Douglas finished the 2009 season with 64 tackles, fourth-best on the team. But an NFL source has told Scout.com that the Carolina Panthers and the Tennessee Titans are currently showing the most interest in the unrestricted free agent.

Douglas played a key role in helping the rest of the Jets defensive linemen learn head coach Rex Ryan's defensive scheme since Douglas had played for Ryan in Baltimore during the 2008 season.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound player entered the league in 2000 as an undrafted free agent out of Howard University. While playing for the Saints, Ravens, 49ers and Jets during that span, he's started 91 games, appeared in 120, made 316 tackles and logged 20.5 sacks.

Jets: News | Forums | Roster

Panthers: News | Forums | Roster

Titans: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  ED THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM
at 03/06/2010 11:42 AM ET

Mr. Holland's Interest

The Dallas Cowboys are showing some interest in re-signing offensive lineman Montrae Holland, but the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also in the mix, according to an NFL source.

The eighth-year veteran, who is an unrestricted free agent, was traded to the Cowboys from the Denver Broncos back in 2008 for a fifth-round pick in this year's NFL Draft. Since joining the Cowboys, he has started in just two games and appeared in seven as a reserve after being a 16-game starter for the Broncos in 2007, so a fresh start with another team might benefit the -6-foot-2, 326-pound lineman.

Originally a fourth-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, Holland has appeared in 75 games and started 48, including all 16 during the 2007 season with the Broncos.

Cowboys: News | Forums | Roster

Redskins: News | Forums | Roster

Bucs: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Scout.com
at 03/06/2010 11:39 AM ET

Free Agency Database Update!

Releases, signings, franchise tags… how can a football fan keep up? First place to start should be the Scout.com Free Agency Database, which has been freshly updated with latest transactions and ratings. Dig into who's available by position, which teams have signed and lost the most free agents, and more...

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Posted by:  Doug Farrar, NorthwestFootball.net
at 03/06/2010 10:55 AM ET

Wallace an Unlikely Match

A report in a local Cleveland paper indicates that the Cleveland Browns, under the guidance of team president Mike Holmgren, may be interested in Seahawks backup quarterback Seneca Wallace. Holmgren developed Wallace over a six-year period from 2003 through 2008 in Seattle, so the two have a solid rapport. But it's questionable whether the Browns' roster shakes out in a way that makes sense for Wallace. The newly-signed Josh Cribbs is the obvious option quarterback, and the battle between Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson will likely leave one survivor as a short-term starter, while Wallace is a good backup. And with their own roster in flux under a new regime, it's doubtful whether the Seahawks would let Wallace go. He's been a capable injury replacement for Matt Hasselbeck over the last few seasons.

Browns: News | Forums | Roster

Seahawks: News | Forums | Roster

 


Posted by:  Ed Thompson, Scout.com
at 03/06/2010 10:50 AM ET

Another Rocky Mountain Visitor

Scout.com has been told by an NFL source that unrestricted free agent Marques Murrell has a visit scheduled with the Denver Broncos.

During his first three seasons in the league, the 6-foot-2, 250-pound linebacker has appeared in 26 games, making 17 special teams tackles and another 21 tackles from the linebacker position.

Broncos: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  KEN PALMER, GIANT INSIDER  
at 03/06/2010 10:32 AM ET

Giants D Ready to Rolle

New York wasted little time in trying to rebuild its secondary late Friday evening with the signing of Cardinals free agent safety Antrel Rolle.
Rolle, the eighth overall pick in the 2005 draft, signed a five-year contract worth $37 million with $15 million guaranteed.

The 27-year-old Rolle's contract is one of the top deals ever for a safety, with the guaranteed portion of his contract coming in behind the contracts for Bob Sanders ($20 million), Adrian Wilson ($18.5 million) and Troy Polamalu ($15.375 million).

"Antrel is a young, ascending veteran player," Giants GM Jerry Reese said, "and he is an outstanding person who will bring leadership, versatility and more big play ability to our secondary."

Giants: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/06/2010 10:10 AM ET

Saints Make Roster Moves

The New Orleans Saints made two roster moves after the start of free agency.

As expected, they released veteran DE Charles Grant. Grant had four years left on his contract and carried a base salary of $4 million for 2010. Without a salary cap to deal with this year, it made it easier to cut him without ramifications. They won't be responsible for any of the over $8 million in bonus proration.

Grant, who turns 32 in September, is a decent pass rusher and is good against the run.

The Saints also re-signed veteran S Pierson Prioleau. The journeyman defensive back appeared in all 16 regular season games last season for the Saints and started one game.

Saints: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  John Crist, BearReport.com
at 03/06/2010 10:09 AM ET

A Tour of the NFC North

Will Detroit inevitably pick one of the two defensive tackles at the top of April's draft? Is Jeremy Kapinos to blame for Green Bay's awful special teams? Can Adrian Peterson stop fumbling in Minnesota? The Sports Exchange has the latest on Chicago's three rivals in the NFC North.

Bears: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com
at 03/06/2010 09:46 AM ET

Kamping Out in Florida

JagNation is reporting that former Packers defensive end Aaron Kampman is in Jacksonville meeting with the Jaguars. The Jaguars are desperate for a defensive end as they finished tied for last in the NFL in sacks a year ago.

Jaguars: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/06/2010 09:42 AM ET

About the Colts Moves...

The Indianapolis Colts made three roster moves throughout the day on Friday.

They released veterans QB Jim Sorgi and DL Raheem Brock. They also signed G/C Andy Alleman, a league source told Scout.com.

Sorgi, as Scout.com noted previously, was due $1.080 for 2010 and carried a roster bonus of $275,000. As a vested veteran, Sorgi is now free to sign with any team. Sorgi's release leaves the Colts without a veteran quarterback behind starter Peyton Manning.

Brock, who started 104 games during his eight years with the Colts, carried a $3.79 million base salary for 2010 along with a $500,000 roster bonus.

The versatile defensive lineman should be able to find work fairly quickly because of his ability to play tackle or end.

Alleman was not tendered by the Kansas City Chiefs as a restricted free agent, so he was free to sign with any team. Alleman was originally selected in the 2007 draft in the third round by the New Orleans Saints.

Colts: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  John Crist, BearReport.com
at 03/06/2010 09:13 AM ET

Bears: Is Peppers the Key?

What are the Chicago Bears getting in pass rusher Julius Peppers?  Is Peppers the missing piece of the puzzle? Bear Report has the insider's perspective from Scout.com senior NFL reporter Adam Caplan.

Bears: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Eric Hartz, ColtPower.com
at 03/06/2010 08:28 AM ET

Brock: Prophetic Tweet

Thursday, Raheem Brock Tweeted that the Super Bowl was the last game he would play in a Colts uniform. It now appears those words were true, as numerous sources report the Colts have indeed terminated his contract. Brock, who was signed by the Colts in 2002, had more time with the team than all but six players (Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Jeff Saturday, Dwight Freeney, Justin Snow and Ryan Diem).

Colts: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Tim Yotter, VikingUpdate.com
at 03/06/2010 08:23 AM ET

A New Balance of Power?

The Chicago Bears made the biggest free-agent splash in the opening day of free agency, but they did they really address their biggest weakness? The Detroit Lions also made some moves on free agents, but do those players have much left in the tank? John Holler of VikingUpdate.com examines if there has really been a balancing of power in the NFC North.

Vikings: News | Forums | Roster

Bears: News | Forums | Roster

Lions: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Dave Jones, giant insider
at 03/06/2010 08:10 AM ET

Giants Find Rolle for Safety

The Giants upgraded their secondary  with the acquisition of safety Antrel Rolle. Rolle, spent his first five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, who released him on Thursday. 

"Antrel is a young, ascending veteran player, and he is an outstanding person who will bring leadership, versatility and more big play ability to our secondary," general manager Jerry Reese said.

"I'm extremely excited for the opportunity, and I feel truly blessed. They have the confidence I can come in and be the player that they expect me to be, and I will live up to everything they expect and go beyond."

Giants: News | Forums | Roster


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 03/06/2010 06:59 AM ET

DB Quickly Returns

Scout.com's Adam Caplan reported last night that the Browns have quickly re-signed defensive back and special teams whiz Ray Ventrone, who they failed to tender the previous day. Ventrone was one of several New York Jets acquired by the Browns during the 2009 season. 

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