Latest NFL free-agent movement
Source: Posluszny to Jaguars for $7 million annually
Posluszny's pending addition, which can become official Friday when NFL teams are allowed to sign unrestricted free agents, should provide a run-stopping presence to the Jaguars' defense.
The former Buffalo Bills starter has had his share of injuries and isn't the most fluid athlete, but is regarded as a tough, coachable player who draws high marks for his character.
Player rep Spikes headed to Chargers
Linebacker Takeo Spikes, who served as the 49ers NFL Players Association team representative throughout the lockout and was a visible face for the players' side during the labor impasse, warned fans he was unlikely to be in a San Francisco uniform this season. Tuesday, his prediction became reality.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Spikes, 34, has agreed to terms of a new contract with the Chargers, beating out suitors such as the Seahawks, the Rams and the Titans.
Spikes told the Sacramento Bee in a series of text messages on Tuesday the 49ers showed little interest in keeping him. Asked by the Bee if he thought his career was over in San Francisco, Spikes wrote, “Yes. Didn’t have a choice.”
Like other NFL free agent players, Spikes cannot sign his new contract until Friday.
He was a 16-game starter in 2010, finished second on the team in tackles and tied for the team lead in interceptions with three. Spikes was an acknowledged team leader and had developed a strong bond with All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis. — Nancy Gay
Ravens retain OL Marshal Yanda
The Baltimore Ravens are wasting no time shaping their roster for the 2011 season.
The Ravens on Tuesday night agreed to terms on a five-year, $32 million contract with offensive lineman Marshal Yanda, an unrestricted free agent who has spent his entire four-year career in Baltimore. Drafted in the third round of the 2007 draft, the 6-foot-3, 315-pound Yanda is equally effective at guard and tackle.
Retaining Yanda was a priority for general manager Ozzie Newsome, who cleared salary-cap space for the sturdy lineman dumping the contracts of four notable veterans.
Alex Smith officially back with 49ers
In what may be the biggest no-brainer of the disrupted offseason, quarterback Alex Smith is returning to the San Francisco 49ers after agreeing to a one-year contract. Multiple reports peg the deal at $5 million.
Before the lockout, new 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh forged a bond with Smith, giving the seventh-year pro and former No. 1 overall draft pick a copy of his new playbook. They went over schemes using Powerpoint slides.
After the lockout, Smith led the 49ers players in offseason workouts, establishing himself as a team leader more than he did before. Harbaugh told FOXSports.com in March he admired Smith’s work ethic, and thought the quarterback’s knowledge of the West Coast offense would be helpful if the 49ers opted to re-sign him.
— Nancy Gay
Report: Broncos looking to move Orton
QB Kyle Orton is headed to the trading block on the first day of the trading period, the Denver Post reported. The NFL’s trading period opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Orton has been clear that he does not want to serve as a backup to Tim Tebow under new head coach John Fox. He is coming off his finest two seasons as a pro, throwing 41 touchdown passes and only 21 interceptions in Denver.
Report: Johnson, Panthers agree on deal
Johnson, who led Carolina with 11.5 sacks last season, has agreed to a six-year, $72 million deal according to several reports. Johnson was considered one of the top defensive free agent prospects this offseason.
Johnson was picked in the third round from the University of Georgia in 2007 and looks to flourish in new head coach Ron Rivera’s 3-4 defense.
Jets agree with OL Hunter
Agent Kenny Zuckerman says Tuesday night that ''there was some other sincere interest from a few teams,'' but Hunter chose to remain with the Jets because ''Wayne and his family love the Jets organization.''
Hunter provides the Jets with depth on the offensive line, particularly at right tackle, where he filled in late last season when starter Damien Woody went down with a season-ending injury. Woody was cut before the lockout and could be considering retirement.
Report: Seahawks pick up Tarvaris Jackson
After two frustrating seasons serving as Brett Favre’s backup in Minnesota, QB Tarvaris Jackson is headed to the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent signee, the Seattle Times reported (confirming an earlier report on KJR-Radio). Terms of the agreement are not known.
Under the revised NFL personnel rules put in place as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Jackson cannot sign a contract with the Seahawks until Friday. He is expected to arrive in Seattle Tuesday evening.
The move is interesting on several fronts:
• Any notion that Matt Hasselbeck would remain in Seattle is now kaput.
• Jackson reunites with former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who left Minnesota in January and signed a two-year contract with Seattle to join Pete Carroll’s staff. Bevell is familiar with Jackson’s talent and also his shortcomings. Used sporadically as a fill-in for an injured Favre, Jackson was wildly inconsistent. The Vikings’ second-round pick in 2006,
Jackson started 20 games for Minnesota, peaking in a 2008 game against the Arizona Cardinals in which he completed 11 of 17 passes for 163 yards and four touchdowns. He flopped in the Vikings’ home playoff loss to the Eagles, however, and then-coach Brad Childress made the move to acquire Favre.
— Nancy Gay
Wiegmann returns to Chiefs
Two other NFL teams made inquiries about the center.
Wiegmann hasn't missed a snap since 2001, playing over 10,000 consecutive snaps.
Is Ruud done in Tampa?
Draft picks Mason Foster and Daniel Hardy have agreed to contracts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, kicking off what figures to be a frenzied week of player transactions.
Foster's agreement on the first day following the end of the NFL lockout increased speculation that veteran middle linebacker Barrett Ruud has played his last game for the Bucs.
Ruud is an unrestricted free agent, and general manager Mark Dominik said little to dispel the notion that the seventh-year pro no longer fits in the team's plans.
Dallas Cowboys dump big names, salaries
The Cowboys wasted little time cutting ties to some of their most expensive and least productive players in 2010. Owner Jerry Jones met with several veterans to tell them they would not be on the team this season.
• WR Roy Williams: Disappointing, overpaid player whom Dallas acquired via trade for a first- and third-round pick to Detroit. Told by Cowboys not to report to camp, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
• RB Marion Barber: No surprise here. Contract made him expendable, as did his 374 yards rushing in 2010. Got $16 million guaranteed from Dallas; Barber’s release saves the team $4.75 million in 2011.
• G Leonard Davis: Cap casualty; Davis was due $6 million in base salary this season. He may return if he agrees to a reduced contract.
• K Kris Brown: Also told not to report, probably due to his $910,000 base salary this season. Signed two days before the season finale against Philadelphia, Dallas signed a cheaper replacement, Oklahoma State kicker Dan Bailey.
• OT Marc Colombo: The Star-Telegram reports Colombo met Tuesday with Jones about his future with the team and that the longtime tackle “was very vague” when asked whether he’ll remain with the Cowboys.
Giants ax two offensive linemen
A source close to each veteran told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the team told the players they would be cut on Thursday in what are salary-cap moves.
The Giants are roughly $10 million over the NFL's new $120.4 million salary cap. The releases of O'Hara ($3.45 million in 2011) and Seubert ($2.25 million) will reduce the problem by roughly $6 million.
Raiders agree to deal with Moss
Although he appeared in only five games for the Oakland Raiders in 2010, the club apparently saw enough of former first-round defensive end Jarvis Moss to want him back, and Len Pasquarelli has learned that the two sides on Tuesday reached a one-year agreement.
The unrestricted free agent will return to the Raiders for $1.25 million. The contract, agreed to in the opening hours of free agent negotiations under the provisions of the new collective bargaining agreement, can be officially signed on Friday after 6 p.m.
Moss, 26, was a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2007, the 17th choice overall in that year's draft. The former University of Florida star was released by the Broncos last November, and signed with Oakland six days later.
Vikings cut veteran defensive lineman
DT Jimmy Kennedy was nformed by the team on Tuesday that he will be let go, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The veteran lineman played in 13 games as a reserve last season; his departure saves the team $2.5 million.
Banta-Cain done in New England
Veteran LB Tully Banta-Cain’s days with the Patriots are over, ESPN reported. The team told Banta-Cain he will be released on Thursday. Banta-Cain played in 15 games in 2010, starting six and posting five sacks.
Herzlich signs with Giants
Mark Herzlich, the Boston College linebacker who survived cancer, has signed with the New York Giants as a free agent.
Herzlich announced his decision Tuesday morning in a tweet.
''Decision is made,'' he tweeted, adding that he's happy to be a Giant and can't wait to get to New York.
Barnett won't return to Packers
It looks like linebacker Nick Barnett is done in Green Bay.
Barnett was among the first Packers players to return to Lambeau Field on Tuesday morning. He left without talking with reporters, but tweeted that he had met with team officials and then thanked everyone ''for the great 8 years.''
Barnett says he was happy to be part of the team's run to the Super Bowl championship last season and Green Bay will always be special to him.
Bengals won't deal Palmer
The Bengals say they won't trade quarterback Carson Palmer, who wants to leave one of the NFL's least-successful franchises.
Owner Mike Brown said on Tuesday that he won't satisfy the quarterback's request for a trade. Brown says that a trade would reward Palmer for failing to play out the rest of his contract. Instead, they'll let him go ahead with his plan to retire rather than play for the Bengals.
Brown indicated that the team will look for another veteran quarterback in free agency, but plans to move ahead with second-round draft pick Andy Dalton as the possible starter.
Report: Hasselbeck done in Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks will not re-sign veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, The Seattle Times reported Tuesday.
Hasselbeck, an unrestricted free agent, has been with the Seahawks for 10 seasons.
According to The Times, the Seahawks attempted to re-sign the 35-year-old prior to the NFL lockout, but the team has reportedly struck a deal with another quarterback a day after the league's work stoppage came to end.
Ravens cut McGahee, Heap
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who welcomed several players to the team's training complex on Tuesday, confirmed the cuts. The moves won't become official until Thursday.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report