NFL Transaction Wire Blog (3/15-3/21)

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The free agency signings have slowed down a bit, but some veterans are finding new homes. Last Updated: Saturday at 8:37 AM ET.

Arizona Cardinals

Monday: Signed LB Paris Lenon.

Wednesday: Signed QB Derek Anderson.

Friday: Signed LB Joey Porter, re-signed S Hamza Abdullah.

Comments: Lenon will get a chance to compete for a starting ILB job.

Anderson will back up starting QB Matt Leinart.

Porter will replace OLB Chike Okeafor in the starting lineup.


Atlanta Falcons

Tuesday: Released CB Tye Hill, signed S Matt Giordano.

Comments: Hill didn't contribute much after being acquired from the Rams last season. Giordano figures to see most of his playing time on special teams.


Baltimore Ravens


Monday: Re-signed TE Edgar Jones, re-signed S Marcus Paschal.

Comments: Jones was not tendered as a restricted free agent. Paschal was an exclusive rights free agent.


Buffalo Bills

Tuesday: Signed LB Andra Davis.

Wednesday: Signed DL Dwan Edwards.

Comments: He'll start next to LB Paul Posluszny in Buffalo's new 3-4 defensive scheme.

Edwards will start at DE for the Bills.


Carolina Panthers

Monday: Signed OT Rob Petitti, signed S Marcus Hudson.

Comments: Both will compete for backup jobs.


Chicago Bears

Tuesday: Signed CB Tim Jennings, released FB Jason McKie.

Wednesday: Released CB Nathan Vasher.

Comments: Jennings should be able to compete for Chicago's nickel role. The team now has two untested FBs left on the roster to take over for McKie.

Vasher's role was significantly reduced, so it's not a surprise that he was released.


Cincinnati Bengals

Monday: Re-signed SS Roy Williams.


Cleveland Browns

Monday: Signed QB Jake Delhomme, re-signed TE Greg Estandia.

Tuesday: Re-signed the following exclusive rights free agents: RB Chris Jennings, LBs Blake Costanzo and Marcus Benard.

Wednesday: Re-signed G Billy Yates.

Comments: Delhomme will likely be the starter behind center this season with the Browns while the coaches groom a younger signal caller.

Estandia was not tendered as a restricted free agent. He'll compete for the No. 3 TE job.


Dallas Cowboys


Denver Broncos

Monday: Released QB Chris Simms, re-signed S Josh Barrett.

Comments: Simms' job became expendable after the team acquired QB Brady Quinn.

Barrett was an exclusive rights free agent.


Detroit Lions

Monday: Acquired QB Shaun Hill from the San Francisco 49ers for a 2011 draft selection, re-signed DE Copeland Bryan, re-signed CB DeAngelo Smith.

Tuesday: Re-signed the following exclusive rights free agents: RB Cedric Peerman, TE Jake Nordin, OT Corey Hilliard, LB Zack Follett.

Wednesday: Re-signed CB Kevin Hobbs.

Comments: Hill could be given a chance to compete for the No. 2 QB job, but likely wind up as the No. 3.

Smith was an exclusive rights free agent. Hobbs was a restricted free agent.


Green Bay Packers

Monday: Re-signed OT Mark Tauscher.

Tuesday: Signed P Chris Bryan, re-signed CB Will Blackmon.

Comments: The Packers now have both of their starting offensive tackles under contract.

Blackmon was a restricted free agent.


Houston Texans

Monday: Signed OL Wade Smith.

Comments: Smith likely will compete for the starting RG job, but he's capable of playing four offensive line positions.


Indianapolis Colts

Monday: Signed OT Adam Terry.

Comments: Terry figures to back up at right tackle.


Jacksonville Jaguars


Kansas City Chiefs

Tuesday: Signed G Ryan Lilja.

Comments: Lilja will likely take over at RG.


Miami Dolphins

Wednesday: Signed G Richie Incognito.

Friday: Re-signed WR Devone Bess, re-signed K Dan Carpenter.

Comments: Incognito will compete for the starting RG spot.

Bess and Carpenter were exclusive rights free agents.


Minnesota Vikings


Wednesday: Re-signed DT Jimmy Kennedy.

Comments: He should be the first interior lineman off the bench each game.


New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints


New York Giants

Monday: Re-signed RB Danny Ware, re-signed TE Scott Chandler.

Thursday: Signed P Jy Bond.

Comments: Ware and Chandler were exclusive rights free agents.

Bond is now the only punter under contract.


New York Jets

Monday: Signed DE Rodrique Wright.

Tuesday: Signed RB LaDainian Tomlinson.

Thursday: Re-signed S Eric Smith.

Friday: Re-signed WR David Clowney.

Comments: Wright was out of the NFL last season.

Tomlinson will back up second-year RB Shonn Greene.

Clowney was an exclusive rights free agent.

Smith was a restricted free agent. As of now, he's the starting free safety.


Oakland Raiders

Monday: Re-signed C Chris Morris, re-signed QBs Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye, re-signed LS Jon Condo.

Tuesday: Re-signed the following exclusive rights free agents: WR/CB Jonathan Holland, WR Todd Watkins, LB David Nixon.

Comments: Morris will back up starting C Samson Satele. Gradkowski and Frye will get a chance to compete for the starting QB job in training camp.


Philadelphia Eagles

Tuesday: Signed RFA RB Mike Bell to offer sheet, traded DE Chris Clemons and a 2010 fourth-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks for DE Darryl Tapp.

Wednesday: Released OL Shawn Andrews (failed physical).

Thursday: Released DE Darren Howard, released WR Kevin Curtis.

Comments: Bell, if the Saints don't match the offer sheet, will back up new starting RB LeSean McCoy. It's doubtful the Saints will match based on the terms of the deal. The league informed both teams late Thursday that the offer sheet was executed on Tuesday, so the Saints have to make their decision by 11:59 PM ET on 3/23.

Tapp has plenty of talent and upside, but has underachieved to a degree. The Eagles signed him to an extension right away, so they obviously think he can immediately push for a starting job opposite DE Trent Cole.

The talented, but troubled Andrews hopefully will get his back and mental state well enough so that he can resume his career.

Howard, who turns in November, can play DE or move inside in passing situations.

Curtis, who turns 32 in July, fits in as a third or fourth receiver at this point in his career. He clearly looked to have lost a step last season.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Monday: Signed LB Larry Foote, re-signed LB Patrick Bailey.

Comments: Foote be the top backup ILB. Bailey was an exclusive rights free agent.


San Diego Chargers

Wednesday: Re-signed DL Ian Scott.

Thursday: Traded QB Charlie Whitehurst and a 2010 second-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2010 second-round pick and an undisclosed 2010 draft pick.

Comments: Whitehurst wasn't ever going to play for the Chargers, so they got what they could, which wound up being plenty. They'll move up 20 spots from the 60th overall pick to the 40th, plus they'll get an additional pick in next year's draft. That's getting great value.


San Francisco 49ers

Monday: Signed QB David Carr, traded QB Shaun Hill to the Detroit Lions for a 2011 seventh-round pick.

Wednesday: Signed CB Karl Paymah.

Comments: Carr could wind up pushing Alex Smith for the starting QB job.

Paymah figures to compete for playing time in San Francisco's dime defense as well as a role on special teams.


Seattle Seahawks

Monday: Signed TE Chris Baker, signed WR Ruvell Martin, released S Deon Grant, re-signed DE Darryl Tapp, waived LS Matt Overton (Non-Football Injury), waived FB Tyler Roehl.

Tuesday: Traded DE Darryl Tapp to the Philadelphia Eagles for DE Chris Clemons and a 2010 fourth-round pick (originally property of the New York Jets), signed LB Matt McCoy.

Thursday: Traded a 2010 second-round pick and 2011 undisclosed pick to the San Diego Chargers for QB Charlie Whitehurst and a 2010 second-round pick, signed RB Quinton Ganther.

Comments: Whitehurst will have to get up to speed on the West Coast offensive scheme before he can compete for the starting job against veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks are taking a big risk on a player who hasn't thrown a pass in a regular season game in four seasons.

Baker will back up TE John Carlson.

Martin has a chance to make Seattle's roster as a fourth or fifth receiver.

The release of Grant is somewhat surprising since that leaves FS Jordan Babineaux and Jamar Adams as the only safeties left on Seattle's roster. Grant was signed through 2012 and carried a base salary of $4 million for 2010. A source believes the reason why the Seahawks cleared Grant's $4 million in base salary out is because they plan to sign or trade for WR Brandon Marshall. Veteran WR Deion Branch could next on the chopping block because of his $5.470 million base salary.

Tapp only started five games last season, so his role should be easily replaced.

McCoy fits in as a backup at WLB.


St. Louis Rams


Tuesday: Signed C Hank Fraley, re-signed G Mark Setterstrom.

Thursday: Re-signed RB Ken Darby, re-signed LS Chris Massey.

Comments: Fraley will back up starting C Jason Brown and is also capable of playing guard. Setterstrom could get a chance to compete for the starting RG job.

Darby was an exclusive rights free agent.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Wednesday: Signed S Sean Jones.

Comments: He'll likely compete for the strong safety job.


Tennessee Titans

Monday: Signed P/K Ricky Schmitt.

Tuesday: Re-signed DE Dave Ball, signed DE Jason Babin to offer sheet.

Comments: Ball was a restricted free agent. Look for the Eagles to decline to match the offer sheet. Should that happen, Babin would likely handle the third DE role for the Titans. The deadline for the Eagles to match is by 3/23 (11:59 PM ET).


Washington Redskins


Wednesday: Signed QB Rex Grossman.

Comments: Grossman will likely be the backup for starting QB Jason Campbell.


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