NFL Transaction Wire Blog (3/8-3/14)

Kevin Faulk (AP)

Last week was typically busy as it was the opening of free agency. Most of the top players have signed with new teams, but the secondary free agency market could get busier soon. Last Updated: Sunday 6:42 PM ET.

Arizona Cardinals

Wednesday: Re-signed TE Anthony Becht, re-signed TE Stephen Spach, re-signed DT Jeremy Clark.

Thursday: Re-signed OL Jeremy Bridges.

Friday: Signed G Rex Hadnot, re-signed G Ben Claxton.

Comments: The Cardinals are expected to commit more to the running game this season and Becht and Spach are solid blockers.

Re-signing Bridges is key since he's capable of backing up at four out of the five offensive line positions.

Hadnot will compete for playing time at guard and could also compete for time at center.


Atlanta Falcons

Monday: Traded CB Chris Houston and fifth-round pick in 2010 draft to the Detroit Lions for fifth-round and sixth-round picks in 2010 draft, re-signed LS Joe Zelenka.

Tuesday: Re-signed CB Brent Grimes, waived WR James Swinton.

Comments: Houston's play since he was drafted in 2007 has been up and down, so it's not a surprise that the team looked to deal him. Chevis Jackson, Tye Hill, Brian Williams, and Grimes figure to complete for the vacated spot.;


Baltimore Ravens

Wednesday: Re-signed WR Derrick Mason.

Comments: Re-signing Mason is huge for Baltimore's passing game and QB Joe Flacco. They finally have a deep receiver corps.


Buffalo Bills

Monday: Signed OL Cornell Green, re-signed LB Jon Corto.

Thursday: Re-signed TE Joe Klopfenstein.

Comments: Green will take over the right tackle job.


Carolina Panthers

Monday: Released FB Brad Hoover, signed WR Wallace Wright.

Friday: Re-signed QB Matt Moore.

Comments: The salary purge continues. Hoover was only making $860,000 for 2010, but his replacement, Tony Fiammetta, is only on the books for $395,000 in base salary for 2010.

A source said Wright received a $200,00 signing bonus on a two-year deal. The deal also includes a workout bonus of $30,000. He'll make $650,000 in base salary in year one.

Moore signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender of $3.043 million.


Chicago Bears

Tuesday: Released RB Kevin Jones.

Wednesday: Signed FB Eddie Williams.

Thursday: Re-signed S Josh Bullocks.

Comments: The addition of veteran RB Chester Taylor made Jones' roster spot expendable.

Bullocks signed his one-year RFA tender.


Cincinnati Bengals

Wednesday: Re-signed TE Daniel Coats.

Friday: Signed WR Antonio Bryant, signed WR Chris Davis.

Comments: The Bengals now have three tight ends under contract for 2010.

If healthy, Bryant gives the Bengals a legitimate physical presence in their passing game. Bryant also is capable of stretching the field, something that was lost in their passing game last season.


Cleveland Browns

Monday: Acquired QB Seneca Wallace for a 2011 undisclosed draft choice.

Tuesday: Released QB Derek Anderson.

Friday: Signed TE Ben Watson, released TE Steve Heiden, re-signed LB Jason Trusnik.

Sunday: Traded QB Brady Quinn to the Denver Broncos for FB Peyton Hillis, a 2011 sixth-round pick, and a conditional 2012 draft choice. Traded LB Kamerion Wimbley to the Oakland Raiders for a 2010 third-round pick.

Comments: The Browns now have three quarterbacks on their 80-man roster. Wallace may not just play quarterback for the Browns. Cleveland is very light on depth at receiver, so it's possible that he sees a dual role for his new team.

Watson is a solid addition to a passing game that lacks proven receiving options.

Trusnik signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender and was a pleasant surprise last season for the Browns after being acquired from the Jets.

The Browns will almost certainly select a quarterback fairly high in this year's draft with Quinn out of the picture. Hillis will compete for the starting FB job against Lawrence Vickers.

Look for the Browns to address Wimbley's vacancy at OLB in this year's draft.


Dallas Cowboys


Tuesday: Signed CB Cletis Gordon.


Denver Broncos

Tuesday: Signed DE Jarvis Green, signed NT Jamal Williams, re-signed K Matt Prater.

Wednesday: Released DL Kenny Peterson, waived G Mitch Erickson.

Thursday: Re-signed DE Le Kevin Smith, released LB Andra Davis, released DL J'Vonne Parker.

Sunday: Traded FB Peyton Hillis, 2011 sixth-round pick, and 2012 conditional draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for QB Brady Quinn.

Comments: These two players complete a complete overhaul to Denver's front-three in less than five days. Green is a savvy veteran who has done quite well in New England's 3-4 defensive scheme over the years.

Williams, if healthy, is a supreme run defender. Denver's front-seven should be vastly improved this season.

The release of Davis is somewhat surprising considering he was a starter.

Quinn, who is signed through 2011, will get a chance to compete for the starting job against QB Kyle Orton.


Detroit Lions

Monday: Traded a fifth - and six-round picks in 2010 draft to the Atlanta Falcons for CB Chris Houston and fifth-round pick in 2010 draft, signed WR Brian Clark, re-signed TE Will Heller, released DE Dewayne White.

Tuesday: Signed CB Jonathan Wade.

Wednesday: Re-signed OT Jon Jansen, re-signed LB Ciurciu.

Comments: Houston becomes an immediate starter for the Lions. Detroit still may not be done acquiring cornerbacks. Wade figures to compete for a backup job.

White, while talented, has dealt with injury issues over the past few seasons.

Jansen will back up at right tackle and could see time at guard.

Ciurciu will see most of his playing time on special teams.


Green Bay Packers

Tuesday: Signed WR Charles Dillon.

Wednesday: Re-signed S Nick Collins.

Friday: Re-signed DT Ryan Pickett.

Comments: Collins signed his one-year, $3.3495 million restricted free-agent tender and then was able to sign a long-term extension later in the week.

Dillon spent time with the Colts in training camp two years ago.

Pickett signed a long-term extension.


Houston Texans

Monday: Re-signed WR Kevin Walter, re-signed P Matt Turk.

Comments: Walter's numbers dipped a bit last season, but he's still a solid starter. Houston remains very deep at the receiver position.


Indianapolis Colts

Monday: Released G Ryan Lilja (failed physical), claimed LS J.D. Skolnitsky off waivers from Washington Redskins.

Thursday: Signed G Andy Alleman.

Comments: Lilja's release leaves the door open for Mike Pollak and Jamey Richard to compete for the starting LG job.

Alleman is capable of playing guard and center and could be a candidate to be the top backup at both spots.


Jacksonville Jaguars


Kansas City Chiefs

Monday: Re-signed WR Chris Chambers.

Wednesday: Signed DT Shaun Smith.

Thursday: Signed WR Jerheme Urban.

Friday: Signed C Casey Wiegmann.

Comments: Good move to bring back Chambers as the Chiefs were really hurting at receiver. They still need to improve their depth at the position, however.

Smith has experience playing in the 3-4. He'll likely line up at end.

Urban figures to compete for the No. 3 receiver job this season.

Wiegmann will compete for the starting job at center against Rudy Niswanger.


Miami Dolphins

Monday: Re-signed QB Chad Pennington.

Tuesday: Re-signed NT Jason Ferguson, waived OT SirVincent Rogers (failed physical).

Comments: With Pennington back in the fold, QB Tyler Thigpen's job could be a bit tenuous once he gets back to full strength.

Ferguson, even as a part-time player, is important to have around because he's solid against the run.


Minnesota Vikings

Tuesday: Signed K Rhys Lloyd.

Comments: Lloyd is a kickoff specialist, so look for him to handle the role with the Vikings. Lloyd spent 2008 and 2009 with Carolina where he handled kickoff duties for the Panthers. In 2008 he led the NFL with a career-best 30 touchbacks, the most in the NFL since the move to the K-ball. Lloyd followed that with 21 touchbacks in 2009, tied for the 6th-most in the NFL.


New England Patriots

Tuesday: Re-signed G Stephen Neal, re-signed NT Vince Wilfork.

Thursday: Re-signed RB Kevin Faulk.

Friday: Re-signed CB Leigh Bodden, signed LB Marques Murrell.

Comments: Had the Patriots not re-signed Neal, they would have probably moved up backup G Dan Connolly into his starting spot. Getting Wilfork back under contract is huge considering New England didn't have anyone that was ready to replace him.

Faulk's very important to New England's third-down package and to their special teams.

Bodden will continue to start. Who plays opposite him remains to be seen.


New Orleans Saints


Tuesday: Re-signed CB Leigh Torrance.

Thursday: Re-signed LS Jason Kyle.

Comments: Torrance figures to see most of his playing time on special teams.


New York Giants

Tuesday: Signed QB Jim Sorgi.

Comments: He'll compete for the backup job against Rhett Bomar.


New York Jets

Wednesday: Re-signed TE Ben Hartsock.

Friday: Signed S Brodney Pool.

Comments: Hartsock will mostly handle a blocking role.

Pool will get a chance to compete for the starting free safety job.


Oakland Raiders

Monday: Released WR Javon Walker, released DE Greg Ellis.

Tuesday: Re-signed OT Khalif Barnes.

Thursday: Released DT Gerard Warren.

Sunday: Acquired LB Kamerion Wimbley from the Cleveland Browns for a 2010 third-round pick.

Comments: Walker turned out to be a major disappointment for the Raiders as been the case with many of their free agent signings over the past few years. Ellis dealt with knee problems last year, but should have a few good years left as a situational pass rusher.

Barnes, as of now, will get a chance to compete for the LT job against Mario Henderson.

Warren was due $5.925 million option bonus by the 10th day of the new league, a league source said, which is March 14, so they made the decision not to bring him back a few days in advance. The Raiders now only have two defensive tackles left on their 80-man roster.

Sources believe Wimbley will likely move to defensive end in Oakland's 4-3 defensive scheme.


Philadelphia Eagles

Monday: Re-signed WR Jason Avant, traded WR Reggie Brown to Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 2011 sixth-round pick.

Wednesday: Signed CB/S Marlin Jackson.

Thursday: Signed WR Chad Hall.

Friday: Signed WR Hank Baskett.

Comments: Avant is one of the better slot receivers in the league and is a key component to Philadelphia's passing game.

Brown's role decreased the past two seasons, so the handwriting was clearly on the wall for him.

Jackson will compete for a roster spot at free safety where he can use his size.

Hall is a candidate for the No. 5 WR role. He'll also vie for a role on special teams. Baskett figures to handle the No. 4 WR role in addition to his special teams role.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Monday: Signed WR Arnaz Battle, signed S Will Allen.

Tuesday: Re-signed S Ryan Clark, signed OT Jonathan Scott, signed WR Antwaan Randle El.

Comments: Battle could challenge for a role on special teams as well as one as a backup receiver.

Allen will back up Clark. Scott is capable of backing up at right or left tackle. Randle El could challenge for a punt return role as well as in a backup receiver role.


San Diego Chargers

Monday: Claimed RB Marcus Mason off waivers from Washington Redskins.

Friday: Signed CB Donald Strickland.

Comments: Strickland figures to compete for a role in San Diego's nickel defense.


San Francisco 49ers


Seattle Seahawks

Monday: Traded QB Seneca Wallace to Cleveland Browns for 2011 draft choice.

Tuesday: Re-signed K Olindo Mare.

Comments: Seattle is now down to just two quarterbacks on their 80-man roster.

Mare signed his franchise tender and will earn a one-year guaranteed base salary of $2.814 million.


St. Louis Rams

Monday: Signed DT Fred Robbins.

Wednesday: Re-signed TE Daniel Fells.

Comments: Robbins will give them badly needed beef in the interior of their defensive line.

Re-signing the underrated Fells is a good move for a team that has little depth at the tight end position.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday: Acquired WR Reggie Brown from Philadelphia Eagles for 2011 sixth-round pick.

Friday: Signed LB Jon Alston.

Comments: Brown will easily be able to challenge for a starting job based on the lack of talent the Buccaneers currently have.


Tennessee Titans

Wednesday: Signed LB Will Witherspoon.

Friday: Re-signed CB Rod Hood.

Comments: Witherspoon's play with the Eagles really regressed with the Eagles after a fast start. He'll take over at WLB for Keith Bulluck who remains unsigned.

Hood could compete for a starting job since the Titans are light on depth at CB.


Washington Redskins

Wednesday: Signed DT Maake Kemoeatu.

Thursday: Signed TE Sean Ryan.

Friday: Signed RB Larry Johnson.

Saturday: Re-signed OL Will Montgomery.

Comments: Kemoeatu is coming off a torn Achilles, so it's hard to determine when exactly he'll be ready to play. When healthy, he's a very solid interior defensive lineman.

Ryan is known as a solid blocking tight end.

Johnson will vie for a role as starting RB Clinton Portis' backup.


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