After striking out on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn, the Miami Dolphins finally have a QB for 2012. FOXSports.com has learned the Dolphins agreed to a one-year deal with David Garrard.
Garrard Garrard and his agent later confirmed the deal, the QB saying he was told he will get an opportunity to compete with last year’s starter, Matt Moore, who passed for 2,497 yards and 16 TDs with nine interceptions as the Dolphins went 6-10.
Garrard, who has passed for 16,003 and 89 TDs against 54 interceptions in his nine-year career, led the Jaguars to a playoff berth in 2007 and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 2009, when he passed for 3,597 yards and 15 TDs. He was cut prior to last season.
Tennessee Titans free agent tight end Jacob Tamme and Chicago Bears free agent cornerback Corey Graham visited the Seattle Seahawks today, according to a league source with knowlege of the situation.
Minnesota Vikings free agent tight end Visanthe Shiancoe also visited Seattle.
Tamme, 27 caught 19 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown last season. He caught 67 passes for 631 yards and four touchdowns two seasons ago, and has 92 career receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns.
The Oakland Raiders re-signed offensive guard Cooper Carlisle and announced the previously reported deal for former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Shawntae Spencer.
“We are pleased to welcome Shawntae Spencer to the Raiders,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said in a statement. “In addition, we’re pleased to have Cooper, who has been a valued member of the offensive line, back with us.”
Carlisle has started 79 of 80 games since signing with Oakland five years ago. The former Denver Broncos fourth-round draft pick started every game last season.
The San Diego Chargers have reached an agreement in principle on a one-year contract with veteran free agent tight end Dante Rosario, the team announced.
For his career, the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder has caught 89 passes for 1,011 yards and five touchdowns.
The Chargers also have star tight end Antonio Gates and backup Randy McMichael. McMichael signed a two-year, $2.7 million contract with the Chargers. Rosario has previous stints with the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins.
Washington Redskins free agent safety LaRon Landry has joined the New York Jets on a one-year, $4 million contract, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Landry visited the Jets and the New England Patriots
A former first-round draft pick from LSU whose older brother, Dawan Landry, plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Landry has a reputation as a big hitter.
He finished last season on injured reserve due to a left Achilles tendon injury and has played in only 15 games over the past two seasons.
Patriots land Gallery
Veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery has agreed in principle to a one-year contract with the New England Patriots, a league source with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
Gallery was recently cut by the Seattle Seahawks after starting a dozen games last season. He has started 103 career games.
Gallery was drafted second overall in 2004 and eventually emerged as a well-respected offensive guard after not making the grade as a left offensive tackle.
Stallworth to Patriots
The New England Patriots have agreed to a one-year contract with former Washington Redskins wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth, a league source confirmed.
Stallworth has been training with other NFL players in South Florida.
Stallworth caught only five passes for 46 yards this season after signing a one-year deal during training camp.
The former New Orleans Saints first-round draft pick has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens. The former University of Tennessee standout was suspended by the league for the entire 2009 season after pleading guilty to driving under the influence manslaughter charges in Miami Beach, Fla.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett signed his $2.742 million first-round restricted free agent tender today.
Bennett, 26, recorded a career-high four sacks last season, leading the Buccaneers with nine tackles for losses and tying for second with 13 quarterback pressures.
He registered 47 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
Bennett is a former undrafted free agent from Texas A&M.
Wimbley visiting Titans
Former Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley is visiting the Tennessee Titans today, a league source confirmed.
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.
The Titans, who haven’t gotten much production out of former first-round defensive end Derrick Morgan, met Sunday with New England Patriots free agent defensive end Mark Anderson.
Coached by Romeo Crennel, the Cleveland Browns’ head coach when they drafted Wimbley in the first round out of Florida State, the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to also display interest in Wimbley.
Following intense courting from numerous NFL franchises, Jay Glazer has confirmed that the future Hall of Fame quarterback has opened contract negotiations to become the next QB of the Denver Broncos.
The other finalists in the bidding were Tennessee and San Francisco. Manning threw for the Broncos, 49ers and Titans in private workouts last week to show where he stands in his recovery from a series of neck surgeries.Before he traveled to meet with the Titans and Arizona Cardinals, the Broncos hosted the first of Manning’s three free-agent visits. Manning also met with members of the 49ers and Miami Dolphins.
Of all the teams in the running, Denver has the most salary-cap space available to sign Manning. The presence of Broncos executive vice president John Elway, a Hall of Fame quarterback, and a standout veteran head coach like John Fox also had appeal.
By working with Manning, the Broncos may be ready to cut ties with current starter Tim Tebow. One of the NFL’s most polarizing figures, Tebow led the Broncos into the second round of the playoffs last season but is also an unconventional quarterback who may not be able to run the kind of pro-style offense that Denver wants to employ.
Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams expressed disappointment upon learning that Peyton Manning has chosen the Denver Broncos over the Titans and a competing bid from the San Francisco 49ers.
"I want to thank the whole organization for their efforts in trying to sign Peyton and also to Peyton for the time he put into the process," Adams said in a statement. "Peyton called me this morning to inform me of his decision and obviously I am disappointed, because I thought we would be a perfect fit. Now that we move forward, I want our fans to know that our expectations haven’t changed – winning a championship is still the goal."
The Titans worked out Manning in Knoxville, Tenn., over the weekend.
The Titans will go with starter Matt Hasselbeck and backup Jake Locker as their quarterbacks.
Former San Diego Chargers veteran defensive end Luis Castillo visited the New England Patriots over the weekend, a league source confirmed.
A former first-round draft pick, Castillo missed the majority of last season after breaking his tibia in the first game of the year.
Castillo has started 79 games since joining the Chargers in 2005, recording 19 sacks and 43 tackles for losses.
He played collegiately at Northwestern.
Tolbert to Carolina
San Diego Chargers veteran free agent running back Mike Tolbert has joined the Carolina Panthers on a four-year contract, according to a league source.
He visited the Panthers and also visited the Kansas City Chiefs, drawing interest from the San Francisco 49ers and also had an opportunity to remain with the Chargers.
A former undrafted free agent from Coastal Carolina, the stocky 5-foot-9, 243-pounder rushed for 490 yards and eight touchdowns last season while averaging four yards per carry. He also caught 54 passes for 433 yards and two touchdowns.
In four NFL seasons, Tolbert has rushed for 1,410 yards and 20 touchdowns and caught 109 passes for 1,012 yards and six touchdowns.
Details of Weems’ deal
Newly minted Chicago Bears special-teams ace Eric Weems’ three-year contract is worth slightly over $6 million, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
He’s expected to contribute as a slot receiver, kick returner and in kick coverage.
Weems, 26, caught 11 passes for 90 yards last season. The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder is a strong special-teams contributor in kick coverage and as a return specialist.
Two seasons ago, Weems returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to set a franchise record and ran one back 102 yards against the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs, setting a playoff record for the longest play in NFL postseason history.
Green Bay Packers veteran free agent defensive back Jarrett Bush is visiting the Arizona Cardinals today after visiting the New York Jets on Saturday, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Bush has also drawn 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.