NFL Transaction Wire Blog (4/19-4/25)
LanDale White (Getty Images
LanDale White (Getty Images
Senior NFL Reporter
Posted Apr 25, 2010


Lots of moves were made this week in order to get rosters set before the draft. Last Updated: Sunday at 11:59 PM ET.

Arizona Cardinals

Saturday: Traded CB Bryant McFadden and a 2010 sixth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a 2010 fifth-round pick.

Comments: Second-year CB Greg Toler figures to take over for McFadden in the starting lineup. The trade leaves the Cardinals thin on depth at cornerback.


Atlanta Falcons

Monday: Placed TE Jason Rader on the Reserve/Retired list, re-signed RB Jerious Norwood, re-signed P Michael Koenen.

Comments: Norwood and Koenen signed their one-year RFA tenders.


Baltimore Ravens

Monday: Re-signed WR Demetrius Williams, re-signed OT Tony Moll.

Comments: Both players signed their one-year RFA tenders.


Buffalo Bills

Tuesday: Claimed TE Michael Matthews off of waivers from the Detroit Lions.


Carolina Panthers

Tuesday: Re-signed LB James Anderson, re-signed DE Louis Leonard, re-signed CB C.J. Wilson.

Comments: All three players signed their one-year RFA tenders.


Chicago Bears

Monday: Re-signed LB Nick Roach.

Wednesday: Re-signed LB Jamar Williams.

Sunday: Signed the following undrafted free agents: RB Brandon Minor, WRs Freddie Barnes and Greg Mathews, Antonio Robinson, OT Levi Horn, C Tim Walter, DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen, DEs Lawrence Wilson and Barry Turner, LB Matt Mayberry, and S Quentin Scott.

Comments: Roach and Williams signed their one-year RFA tenders.

Williams did a nice job of filling in for injured starter SLB Pisa Tinoisamoa last season.


Cincinnati Bengals

Tuesday: Re-signed G Evan Mathis.

Friday: Signed K Mike Nugent.

Comments: Mathis signed his one-year RFA tender.

Nugent will compete against Dave Rayner for the kicker job.


Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys


Denver Broncos

Monday: Traded TE Tony Scheffler and a seventh-round pick to the Detroit Lions and acquired a fifth-round pick (137th overall via Cleveland) from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Comments: The coaching staff had soured on Scheffler, so it comes to no surprise that they moved him. The problem for Denver is they have little athleticism left at the position.


Detroit Lions

Monday: Traded LB Ernie Sims to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Denver Broncos TE Tony Scheffler and a seventh-round pick from Denver (220th overall), waived TE Michael Matthews, claimed G Trevor Canfield off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

Tuesday: Re-signed S Daniel Bullocks.

Comments: This is a good deal for Detroit. Sims never really lived up to his lofty draft status in 2006 and the current front office and coaching staff were not involved with that draft. Veteran LB Landon Johnson figures to take over at WLB for the Lions.

Scheffler really adds badly needed athleticism to the tight end position for the Lions.

As first reported by Scout.com, Bullocks signed his one-year RFA tender.


Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts


Jacksonville Jaguars

Wednesday: Traded DE/LB Quentin Groves to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

Saturday: Acquired LB Kirk Morrison and a 2010 fifth-round pick from the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a 2010 fourth-round pick.

Signed the following undrafted free agents: QB Trevor Harris, RB Chad Kackert, FB Ben Stallings, WRs Chris McGaha, Roren Thomas, and Jason Harmon, OTs Kevin Haslam and Daniel Baldridge, G John Estes, TE Mike Caussin, P Robert Malone, DT Kommonya Quaye, LBs Kyle Bosworth and Jacob Cutera, CB Chris Hawkins and Josh Gordy, and S Terrell Whitehead.

Comments: Groves had been a big disappointment for the Jaguars, but he'll get a chance to revive his career with the Raiders.

Morrison figures to compete for the MLB job against Justin Durant.


Kansas City Chiefs

Tuesday: Re-signed LB Corey Mays.

Sunday: Signed the following undrafted free agents: FB Tevaris Johnson, WR Rich Gunnell, WR Jeremy Horne-Murdock, TE T.C Drake, OL Tyler Eastman, OL Nick Landry, OL Andrew Lewis, OL Lemuel Jeanpierre, DL Garrett Brown, LB Justin Cole, and LB Michael Johnson.

Comments: Mays signed his one-year RFA tender. Mays turned out to be a nice surprise last season for the Chiefs.


Miami Dolphins

Tuesday: Re-signed LB Quentin Moses.

Friday: Acquired LB Tim Dobbins along with 2010 first, fourth, and sixth-round picks from the San Diego Chargers in exchange for 2010 first, second, and fourth-round picks.

Comments: Moses signed his one-year RFA tender.

Dobbins should see time on special teams in addition to challenging ILB Channing Crowder for playing time.


Minnesota Vikings

Monday: Re-signed QB Tarvaris Jackson.

Wednesday: Signed CB Lito Sheppard.

Comments: Jackson signed his one-year RFA tender.

Sheppard will provide insurance for starting CB Cedric Griffin who is coming back from an ACL injury.


New England Patriots

Monday: Re-signed LB Pierre Woods.

Tuesday: Signed WR Torry Holt.

Wednesday: Signed DL Amon Gordon.

Saturday: Signed DT Gerard Warren.

Comments: Holt will give the team some badly needed veteran depth at receiver.

Woods signed his one-year RFA tender.

Gordon fits in at defensive end in New England's 3-4 defense. Warren will be able to give the team better depth on their defensive line.


New Orleans Saints

Tuesday: Re-signed WR Courtney Roby, re-signed LB Marvin Mitchell, re-signed S Usama Young, signed DE Jimmy Wilkerson.

Comments: The first three players signed their one-year RFA tenders. Wilkerson, who signed for a year, will provide depth at defensive end.


New York Giants


New York Jets

Wednesday: Signed OLB Jason Taylor.

Saturday: Released G Alan Faneca, traded RB Leon Washington to the Seattle Seahawks and a 2010 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2010 fifth-round pick.

Comments: Taylor played in 80 percent of the defensive snaps last season for the Dolphins, but it's more likely that he sees about 30-50 percent of the defensive snaps with the Jets. He'll probably rotate with starting OLB Bryan Thomas.

The Jets released Faneca despite still owing him $5.2 million of his $7.5 million base salary for 2010. Second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse and second-year G Matt Slauson will compete for the starting LG job.

The Jets drafted RB Joe McKnight in the fourth round. He figures to handle Washington's change of pace role.


Oakland Raiders

Wednesday: Acquired DE/OLB Quentin Groves from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2010 fifth-round pick.

Saturday: Traded LB Kirk Morrison and a 2010 fifth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a 2010 fourth-round pick, acquired QB Jason Campbell from the Washington Redskins in exchange for a 2012 fourth-round pick.

Comments: Groves will provide depth at DE.

First-round pick Rolando McClain will take over for Morrison at MLB.

Campbell will get a chance to compete for the starting job against JaMarcus Russell and Bruce Gradkowski.


Philadelphia Eagles

Monday: Acquired LB Ernie Sims from the Detroit Lions in a three-way trade. In exchange, they traded a fifth-round pick to the Denver Broncos.

Thursday: Re-signed P Sav Rocca.

Comments: Sims will immediately compete for the starting WLB job against Akeem Jordan.

Rocca signed his one-year RFA tender.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Tuesday: Acquired QB Byron Leftwich from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 2010 seventh-round pick.

Saturday: Acquired CB Bryant McFadden and a 2010 sixth-round pick from the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a 2010 fifth-round pick.

Comments: With starting QB Ben Roethlisberger suspended for at least four games, the team wanted to get some insurance. Leftwich played for the Steelers in 2008.

With the struggles of CB William Gay last season, and with veteran CB Deshea Townsend unsigned, the team felt the need to add another veteran cornerback to roster.


San Diego Chargers

Monday: Re-signed LB Tim Dobbins.

Tuesday: Re-signed LB Antwan Applewhite.

Friday: Traded LB Tim Dobbins along with 2010 first, fourth, and sixth-round picks to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for 2010 first, second, and fourth-round picks.

Comments: Applewhite was an exclusive rights free agent.


San Francisco 49ers

Friday: Signed DE/OLB Travis LaBoy.


Seattle Seahawks

Tuesday: Signed OL Ben Hamilton.

Saturday: Acquired RB Leon Washington and a 2010 seventh-round pick from the New York Jets in exchange for a 2010 fifth-round pick, acquired RB LenDale White, DT Kevin Vickerson, 2010 fourth and sixth-round picks from Tennessee Titans in exchange for 2010 fourth and sixth-round picks.

Added the following undrafted free agents: WR Quintin Hancock, TE Patrick Devenny, OT Kyle Burkhart, C Adrian Martinez, OT Jacob Phillips, DT DeMarcus Granger, DE Rob Rose, LBs Reggie Carter, Joe Pawelek, and Kevin Dixon, Ss James Brindley and Will Harris, CBs Marcus Brown and Josh Pinkard.

Comments: Hamilton is capable of playing guard or center.

Washington, once he's healthy, could return punts and will compete for a change of pace role at running back. White figures to handle a short-yardage role.


St. Louis Rams

Monday: Re-signed DT Gary Gibson.

Tuesday: Traded DL Adam Carriker a fifth-round pick (No. 163 overall) and a seventh-round pick (No. 208 overall) to the Washington Redskins for a fifth-round pick (No. 135 overall) and a seventh-round pick (No. 211 overall).

Comments: Carriker wasn't healthy the past two seasons and wasn't a really good fit for their 4-3 scheme.

Gibson was not tendered as a restricted free agent, thus giving him the chance to sign with any other team and the Rams would not have received any compensation back in return.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tuesday: Traded QB Byron Leftwich to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2010 seventh-round pick, re-signed CB Elbert Mack.

Wednesday: Re-signed LB Barrett Ruud.

Comments: Leftwich carries a $2 million base salary for this season and is signed through 2011. A source said he also carries a roster bonus of $3.5 million, but it's not known when it's due.

Mack was an exclusive rights free agent.

Ruud signed his one-year RFA tender.


Tennessee Titans

Monday: Re-signed QB Chris Simms.

Thursday: Re-signed DT Tony Brown.

Saturday: Traded RB LenDale White, DT Kevin Vickerson, 2010 fourth and sixth-round picks from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for 2010 fourth and sixth-round picks.

Comments: Simms will take over the No. 3 role at the position.

Brown, who was a restricted free agent, signed a three-year deal.

Second-year RB Javon Ringer now becomes Chris Johnson's backup. Tennessee is deep at defensive tackle, so they felt they could deal Vickerson.


Washington Redskins

Monday: Signed RB Ryan Torain, signed WR Marques Hagans, signed WR Roydell Williams, signed DT Howard Green.

Tuesday: Acquired DL Adam Carriker and a fifth-round pick (No. 163 overall) and seventh-round pick (No. 208 overall) from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for a fifth-round pick (No. 135 overall) and a seventh-round pick (No. 211).

Saturday: Traded QB Jason Campbell to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a 2012 fourth-round pick.

Comments: All four players who signed on Monday participated in Washington's minicamp last week on a tryout basis. The first three players didn't play last season.

Carriker missed all of last season due to shoulder problems. He also had shoulder problems in 2007. If healthy, Carriker will be a perfect fit in Washington's 3-4 defense at end.

Rex Grossman is now the backup for starting QB Donovan McNabb.


For transactions from last week, click here.



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