Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays three-year contract is worth $12 million and includes $4.5 million in guaranteed money through a fully guaranteed $3.5 million base salary this year, a $500,000 signing bonus and $500,000 of his base salary in 2013 being fully guaranteed, according to a league source with knowledge of the deal.
Mays is due a $4 million base salary in 2013 and a $3.5 million base salary in 2014 when he's due a $500,000 roster bonus.
Mays, 26, visited the New Orleans Saints and was scheduled to visit the Indianapolis Colts
Hours after visiting the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots veteran free agent defensive end Mark Anderson is visiting the Buffalo Bills tonight.
The Bills announced his visit and released a photograph of him shaking hands with team officials upon his arrival. Anderson visited the Tennessee Titans this weekend and previously visited the Miami Dolphins.
Anderson, 28, recorded 10 sacks and forced two fumbles last season for the Patriots, operating as a speedy edge pass rusher.
The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed wide receiver Early Doucet to a two-year contract, rewarding him after a career-high season.
Doucet caught 54 passes for 689 yards and five touchdowns last year, his fourth NFL season as he played in every game.
Doucet caught a game-winning screen pass against the Philadelphia Eagles, also catching touchdown passes fo 70 yards and 60 yards against the Carolina Panthers and the San Francisco 49ers, respectively.
The San Francisco 49ers agreed to terms with quarterback Alex Smith, NFL Network reported on Tuesday.
The terms were not disclosed.
Smith, who had been a free agent on a short-term deal from last offseason, progressed in the 49ers defense. Smith led the 49ers to the NFC Championship game last season in head coach Jim Harbaugh’s first season.
The Detroit Lions held onto linebacker Stephen Tulloch by hammering out a five-year contract today, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Tulloch registered a team-high 111 tackles last season after joining the Lions on a one-year contract last year. He previously played for the Tennessee Titans.
"I want to thank all of the Detroit Lion fans for sticking with me through this process," Tulloch wrote on his Twitter account after news broke of the deal to remain in Detroit. "This is a special team & I'm glad to be apart of it."
Former San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers defensive end Everette Brown is scheduled to visit the Detroit Lions Wednesday, a league source confirmed. Brown, 24, is a former Panthers second-round draft pick from Florida State who worked out for the New York Giants, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans and the Lions since being released by Carolina prior to the regular season last year.
As a rookie, Brown recorded 22 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and two forced fumbles.
The Miami Dolphins' lack of success at landing top free agents has enraged some of their fan base, prompting an old-fashioned picket line today.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, roughly 30 protesters, including some wearing paper bags over their heads, have assembled outside the Dolphins' offices. The Dolphins failed to land quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn and signed David Garrard after he was out of football last year due to a back injury.
San Francisco 49ers veteran free agent wide receiver-kick returner Ted Ginn is visiting the Minnesota Vikings after visiting the Baltimore Ravens and the Detroit Lions, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
A former Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick from Ohio State, Ginn, 26, caught 19 passes last season, scoring on both punt and kickoff returns.
He ranked second in the league in punt return yardage with a 13.3 average.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is holding a press conference today where he's expected to announce his retirement after being released from the AFC North franchise prior to free agency.
This ends an era of toughness and clutch play from Ward.
“We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year,” Steelers team president Art Rooney II said in a statement earlier this month. “Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998 and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve. He has meant so much to this organization, both on and off the field, and we appreciate his efforts over the past 14 years. Hines’ accomplishments are numerous, and he will always be thought of as one of the all-time great Steelers. We wish him nothing but the best.”
Veteran free agent defensive back Jarrett Bush has agreed to a three-year contract to stay with the Green Bay Packers after visiting the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Jets, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
No financial details were available.
Bush also drew interest from the Dallas Cowboys. The Packers remain a possibility for Bush to be re-signed.
The Jets attempted to sign Reggie Nelson, but he rejoined the Cincinnati Bengals and have also met with Washington Redskins free agent safety LaRon Landry.
Former Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley has agreed to a five-year, $35 million contract with the Tennessee Titans, a league source confirmed.
The contract includes $13.5 million guaranteed.
The story was first reported by Adam Caplan of Sirius NFL radio.
Wimbley, 28, immediately became one of the top pass rushers available once he was cut by the Raiders last week due to salary-cap reasons. He has 369 career tackles, 42 1/2 sacks and eight forced fumbles.