Tracking the comings and goings in free agency


Nov 23, 2005
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Free agency has opened with a flurry of activity. Already, numerous teams are on the board. Take a glance at the deals, and the potential soon-to-be deals.
Tuesday, March 6

Denver reached an agreement Tuesday night with TE Daniel Graham on a five-year, $30 million contract that includes $15 million guaranteed. The deal makes Graham the highest-paid tight end in the NFL.

Minnesota reached an agreement with free agent wide receiver Bobby Wade on a five-year, $15 million deal.

The Raiders landed their first free agent by signing C Jeremy Newberry to a one-year contract. The deal included no bonus money.

The Cincinnati Bengals reached agreement with TE Reggie Kelly on a three-year, $9 million deal that includes a $3 million signing bonus.

Free-agent wide receiver Donte Stallworth received an offer from the New England Patriots. He is scheduled to meet March 7 with Titans officials in Tennessee and with the Dolphins on March 8.

The Miami Dolphins and LB Joey Porter have reached agreement on a five-year, $32.5 million deal that includes $20 million worth of guaranteed money.

Newly-acquired running back Thomas Jones has signed a four-year, $20 million contract that includes $12 million worth of guaranteed money, with the New York Jets. He was scheduled to go into the last year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2007 season.

Miami free-agent fullback Darian Barnes met with the Jets.

San Francisco has signed free-agent LB Tully Banta-Cain to a three-year, $8.7 million deal, which includes a $2.9 million signing bonus. Pittsburgh and St. Louis each had been interested in signing Banta-Cain.

The Chiefs are offering Trent Green the chance to return at a restructured contract, but they granted him permission to talk to other teams to see what other opportunities might be afforded him.

Free-agent LB Napoleon Harris has reached an agreement with the Kansas City Chiefs on a six-year, $24 million deal that includes $7.5 million in guaranteed money and $13 million in the first three years.

Free-agent tackle Luke Petitgout has reached agreement with Tampa Bay on a three-year, $15.5 million deal that includes a $6 million guaranteed money.

Carolina cut veteran quarterback Chris Weinke.

Buffalo cut veteran guard Tutan Reyes.

Seattle free-agent tight end Jerramy Stevens visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Arizona free-agent cornerback David Macklin visited the Chiefs.

Chicago free-agent safety Todd Johnson visited Miami.

San Francisco free-agent tight end Eric Johnson and Cincinnati free-agent safety Kevin Kaesviharn visited the Saints.

Denver free-agent guard Cooper Carlisle visited the Seattle Seahawks.

Free-agent quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo visited the Cleveland Browns and is scheduled to visit the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers later this week.

St. Louis free-agent wide receiver Shaun McDonald is in Detroit today; the Chargers and Eagles Dolphins and Raiders are also interested in his service.

Tennessee free-agent running back Chris Brown is scheduled to visit the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday.

Free-agent RB T.J. Duckett is in Detroit visiting with Lions. Duckett is scheduled to visit the New York Jets on Wednesday and the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.

Free-agent fullback Justin Griffith will be visiting Green Bay today.
Monday, March 5

Free-agent RB Dominic Rhodes is scheduled to visit Buffalo on Tuesday.

The Seattle Seahawks signed DE Patrick Kerney to a six-year, $39.5 million deal including $19.5 million in guaranteed money.

The Dallas Cowboys reached agreement Monday night with free-agent quarterback Brad Johnson on a three-year, $7.5 million deal. Johnson will be reunited with Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, his former teammate in Tampa Bay.

Denver signed former New Orleans free-agent guard Montrae Holland.

Indianapolis re-signed linebacker Rob Morris.

Arizona hosted visits with Rams free agent cornerback Travis Fisher, Eagles cornerback Roderick Hood, Cowboys center Al Johnson, Bengals safety Kevin Kaesviharn and Bengals tight end Reggie Kelly.

Kansas City hosted a visit with linebacker Napoleon Harris.

The Jets hosted a visit with Dolphins free agent defensive end David Bowens

San Francisco hosted a visit with Patriots free agent linebacker Tully Banta-Cain

Houston signed free agent wide receiver Charlie Adams.

Seattle signed free agent running back Josh Parry.

The Dolphins have cut both quarterback Joey Harrington and tight end Randy McMichael.

Running back Travis Henry agreed to a five-year contract for $22.5 million that includes $12 million worth of guaranteed money with the Denver Broncos. Henry was scheduled to visit Oakland, Green Bay and the New York Giants and those visits were cancelled after he reached the deal with the Broncos. The Broncos also bolstered their backfield, signing St. Louis free-agent fullback Paul Smith, a special teams maven, to a three-year contract.

St. Louis free-agent WR Kevin Curtis is scheduled to visit the New York Giants on Monday night.

Wide receiver Joe Horn is scheduled to arrive in Atlanta tonight for a visit with Falcons. He is scheduled to have dinner tonight with new Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino. Horn hopes to make a decision within the next 48 hours.

Tampa Bay WR Joey Galloway agrees to a restructured deal, signing a three-year, $7.5 million deal that includes $3.1 million worth of guaranteed money. He was due $2.8 million this year, the new deal calls for him to make $1.2 million in base salary, with a $1.8 million roster bonus payment, and $100,000 workout incentive. Galloway is also now scheduled to make $1.767 million in 2008 and $2 million in 2009. It was quite the busy weekend for the Bucs.

Free-agent quarterback Brad Johnson is visiting the Dallas Cowboys. He's expected to decide between the Cowboys and Broncos by Wednesday.

The Raiders restructured the contract of wide receiver Ronald Curry, who was due a $5 million option bonus payment. Instead, the Raiders signed him to a five-year, $20 million contract, including $8.5 million worth of guaranteed money.

Free-agent cornerback William James (formerly Will Peterson) is scheduled to visit the Saints on Tuesday and Falcons on Wednesday.

Free-agent guard Sean Mahan is visiting the Cleveland Browns on Monday and scheduled to visit the Seattle Seahawks Tuesday.

Cincinnati free-agent TE Reggie Kelly is visiting with the Raiders.

The Bengals re-signed running back Kenny Watson, a good third-down back and special teams ace, to a three-year contract.

Tight end Daniel Graham is scheduled to visit the Seahawks after visiting the Raiders on Sunday and Broncos on Saturday.

Patrick Kerney is wrapping up a visit with Seahawks. He is expected to decide between the Seahawks and Broncos by Tuesday morning.

The Dolphins signed free-agent tight end David Martin, the former Green Bay Packer.

Free-agent running back Travis Henry spent Sunday visiting with the Broncos.

Sunday, March 4

Running back Ahman Green reached agreement on a contract with the Houston Texans. The deal is for $23 million for four years, including $6.5 million guaranteed.

The New Orleans Saints are expected to reach agreement Monday with Cincinnati free-agent linebacker Brian Simmons. The Bengals released Simmons last week, surprising Cincinnati's players. One Bengals veteran called Simmons "our best defensive player."

The Dallas Cowboys reached agreement with free-agent OL Leonard Davis on a seven-year, $49.6 million contract with $18.75 million guaranteed and $24 million in the first three years of the deal. Dallas is still uncertain whether Davis will play at right tackle or right guard.

Cincinnati free-ageny safety Kevin Kaesviharn is scheduled to visit Arizona on Sunday and New Orleans on Monday.
Saturday, March 3

Former Giants TE Visanthe Shiancoe signed with the Minnesota Vikings for $18.5 million over five years.

Free-agent DE Antwan Peek agreed to terms with Browns.

Free-agent wide receiver Ashley Lelie signed a two-year deal with the 49ers for $4.3 million, including a $2 million signing bonus.

Free-agent RB Ahman Green will visit with the Texans. Other visits on Saturday included: Cincinnati tight end Reggie Kelly with the Falcons, Seattle guard Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack with the Falcons, Eagles defensive back Roderick Hood with the Browns, Bengals wide receiver Kelley Washington with the Dolphins and Rams defensive back Travis Fisher with the Redskins.

New England free-agent TE Daniel Graham left Denver and is scheduled to visit Oakland on Sunday.

Dallas free-agent center Al Johnson visited Tampa Bay on Friday and Saturday and is scheduled to visit Arizona on Sunday.

The Titans have released RB Travis Henry rather than pay him the $8.3 million roster bonus due to him. Henry is now scheduled to visit Broncos on Saturday night.

The Lions have signed free-agent DE Dewayne White to a five-year, $29 million deal.

The Patriots plan to sign Miami restricted free-agent wide receiver Wes Welker to a five-year offer sheet worth $18.1 million. Once Welker signs the offer sheet, the Dolphins will have seven days to match it. If they decide not to, they would get the Patriots' second-round draft pick.

The Patriots also signed LB Adalius Thomas as expected. The deal is for $37.5 million for five years, which includes $24 million in the first three years. The Patriots also signed TE Kyle Brady with a two-year, $5.3 million deal.

After visiting Seattle and looking at Cleveland, free-agent guard Kris Dielman opted to re-sign with San Diego, landing a six-year, $39 million deal that included $17 million worth of guaranteed money.

The Buccaneers and free-agent quarterback Jeff Garcia have reached a contract ageement. The deal is similar to the one the Bucs gave Chris Simms.

The Texans have restructured the contract of Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson and extended him. The move frees up cap space and gets their best player committed for a long time.

The Broncos have acquired DT Dan Wilkinson from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a sixth-round pick. Denver plays the same defensive system as Miami, so Wilkinson should have no problem with the transition.
Friday, March 2

The Patriots are expected to sign free agent LB Adalius Thomas and TE Kyle Brady.

The Saints are scheduled to host free agents CB Ken Hamlin and LB Brian Simmons on Saturday.

The 49ers have signed CB Nate Clements to the biggest contract ever given to a defensive player -- eight years, $80 million, including $22 million guaranteed.

Browns have signed OT Eric Steinbach to seven-year contract worth $49.5 million with $17 million guaranteed.

Bills have agreed to terms with guard Derrick Dockery on seven-year deal worth $49 million with $18.5 million guaranteed.

(Note: Last year, Steve Hutchinson deal was worth $49 million for seven years with $16.5 guaranteed. Dockery (guard) matches that, and Steinbach (tackle) just beats it. Both Steinbach and Dockery got more guaranteed money than Hutchinson.)

Also, the Bills and OT Langston Walker have agreed to terms on five-year deal worth approximately $25 million.

Buccaneers have signed free-agent DE Patrick Chukwurah to five-year contract worth $5.5 million with $400,000 guaranteed.

The Falcons have signed FB Ovie Mughelli to a six-year contract worth $18 million, including $5 million guaranteed.

Giants officially sign C Shaun O'Hara.

Free-agent LB Napoleon Harris scheduled to visit the Buccaneers Friday and Chiefs Saturday.

Rams hosted visits with free agents LB Tully Banta-Cain and WR Drew Bennett.

Patriots hosted visits with free agents TE Kyle Brady and RB Sammy Morris.

49ers also played host to free-agents S Michael Lewis.

Browns hosted visit with DE Antwaan Peek.

Redskins hosted visit with free-agent LB London Fletcher. Redskins also scheduled to host visit with CB Fred Smoot today.

Broncos hosted visits with free agents TE Daniel Graham, RB Ahman Green and DE Patrick Kerney, and scheduled to welcome QB Brad Johnson on March 3.

Free-agent RB Dominic Rhodes is scheduled to visit the Giants Friday.

Free-agent G Kris Dielman is scheduled to visit the Seahawks Friday.

Free-agent FB Justin Griffith is scheduled to visit the Bucs Friday.

Free-agent WR Kevin Curtis is scheduled to visit the Vikings Friday and the Lions Saturday.

Free-agent QB Jeff Garcia is scheduled to visit the Raiders Friday.

Free-agent DE Dewayne White scheduled to visit the Lions Friday.

The Jaguars have signed RT Tony Pashos and K Josh Scobee, each to five-year deals. Pashos' deal is for $24 million, including a $9 million signing bonus.
Other news

Quarterback Jake Plummer is expected to retire. The Broncos and Buccaneers had agreed to terms on a trade to send Plummer to Tampa Bay in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick, but the trade would be nullified by Plummer's decision to retire.

Dolphins have released DE Kevin Carter and G Jeno James, the team announced. (Dolphins have yet to release Joey Harrington. His roster bonus is not due until next week, so they have some time.)

The Patriots have released RB Corey Dillon and re-signed RB Heath Evans.

Jets have released QB Patrick Ramsey.

The Lions released TE Marcus Pollard, DT Marcus Bell and DT Tyoka Jackson; The Lions also traded DE James Hall to St. Louis for their second 2007 fifth-round draft choice. Detroit's trade of Dre' Bly to Denver became official.

The Falcons released LB Edgerton Hartwell and LB Ike Reese.

Vikings have released S Tank Williams.

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