Oakland Raiders veteran cornerback Stanford Routt has restructured his three-year, $31.5 million contract, boosting the deal now to five years and a total of $54.5 million, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
According to the source, Routt restructured his deal by reallocating the majority of his $10 million base salary this year and tying it to a roster bonus and tacking on two years to the deal at the same salary as his scheduled 2013 compensation of $11.5 million.
Routt’s deal allows the Raiders to improve their salary cap situation. The Raiders also restructured defensive end Richard Seymour’s deal, allowing them to sign tight end Kevin Boss to a four-year, $16 million deal.
From one former Michigan man to another, Jim Harbaugh is asking Braylon Edwards to grow up and be accountable for his actions. Like they were taught in Ann Arbor.
Edwards is asking for a chance to contribute with the 49ers under Harbaugh.
San Francisco signed the wideout to a $3.5 million, one-year contract Thursday, and he joined his new team on the practice field for the first time — albeit a little late and wearing No. 81, the number formerly worn by Terrell Owens.
”Listen here, that number’s temporary,” declared Edwards, who has worn No. 17. ”I’m not trying to be known as the next him.”
Veteran tight end Bo Scaife, a former Tennessee Titans franchise player, is scheduled to visit the Cincinnati Bengals and the St. Louis Rams, according to a league source with a knowledge of the situation.
Scaife is an athletic tight end who played collegiately at the University of Texas.
He played with Vince Young in both college and in Nashville.
Starting cornerback Brandon Carr has signed his restricted free agent tender with the Kansas City Chiefs, making him the last significant player to arrive at training camp.
The former fifth-round draft pick has started all 48 games in three seasons with the Chiefs, making 207 tackles and four picks while pairing with Brandon Flowers to create a shutdown defensive backfield.
The Chiefs had placed a first-round tender on Carr.
The team also announced the signing of free agent safety Sabby Piscitelli on Thursday.
Scout.com: TE Boss works out for Raiders
In serious need of a tight end after Pro Bowl tight end Zach Miller joining the Seattle Seahawks, the Oakland Raiders worked out New York Giants free agent Kevin Boss.
Boss isn’t a Pro Bowl tight end, but is well-respected for his blocking and all-around ability. He’s also considered to be a high-character individual.
It wasn’t an easy contract for Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli to get done, but it’s over.
In the new five-year deal, linebacker Tamba Hali will get $35 million guaranteed from the Kansas City Chiefs. Should he play all five years, hit incentives and receive roster and workout bonuses, the contract has a maximum value of $60 million. The new deal was first reported by the Kansas City Star late Wednesday evening.
Hali is a vital part of the Chiefs defense. With pass rushers at a premium in the NFL, his signing should show Chiefs fans that the organization is serious about re-shaping their defense for the long haul.
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that top pass rusher Tamba Hali and the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms on a five-year deal worth $60 million.
The person, who spoke late Wednesday on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made, said $35 million of the contract is guaranteed. The person also said that Hali will be at training camp Thursday afternoon on the campus of Missouri Western State University.
Hali had been designated as the Chiefs’ franchise player after a breakthrough season in which he led the AFC with 14 1/2 sacks. His new contract places him in the same echelon as Cowboys pass rusher DeMarcus Ware, who has a six-year, $78 million deal.
The Vikings re-signed offensive lineman Ryan Cook to a two-year deal Wednesday. The team had a roster spot available after releasing Bryant McKinnie on Tuesday, so no additional roster move was necessary to create space.
Despite the release of McKinnie, don’t expect Cook to see much time at tackle. He told Viking Update in a text that the team was looking at him initially for "more interior positions." He arrived in Mankato Wednesday evening.
The New England Patriots have re-signed running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Green-Ellis was a restricted free agent, but is staying with New England, where he spent his first three seasons after making the club as an undrafted free agent. Green-Ellis started 11 games last season and ran for 1,008 yards and 13 touchdowns.
New England also signed offensive linemen Chris Morris and Jonathan Compas and rookie free agent running back Richard Medlin. The team released running back Thomas Clayton and rookie offensive linemen Mike Berry.
Jets bring back Brodney Pool
The New York Jets retained free agent safety Brodney Pool.
The veteran free agent agreed to terms to rejoin the Jets today, according to the New York Post.
A former Cleveland Browns second-round draft pick from Oklahoma, Pool played last season under a one-year, $1.3 million deal.
The Kansas City Chiefs have acquired former Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl fullback Le’Ron McClain, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal.
Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli did a lot of research on McClain throughout the process, talking to his contacts in Baltimore at McClain’s alma mater, the University of Alabama, and to scouting colleagues around the league.
McClain rushed for a career-high 902 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008, but his workload was reduced as far as touching the football over the past two seasons.
The Indianapolis Colts have altered this year’s game plan.
After sticking to the traditional strategy of keeping their own players, the Colts have surprisingly emerged as a major player in free agency.
Since Monday, they’ve signed three former first-round draft picks — defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson, linebacker Ernie Sims and now defensive tackle Tommie Harris — along with their own first-round pick, left tackle Anthony Castonzo. They may not be done, either.
The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with free agent kicker Jeff Reed.
Reed finished last season with the San Francisco 49ers after playing the majority of his first 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Reed was released by the Steelers after nine games in which he converted 15 field goals in 22 attempts.
Undrafted free agent kicker Wes Byrum tweeted that Seattle had released him to make room on the roster for Reed.
The Associated Press
Houston finds their fullback
After letting Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach defect to the Baltimore Ravens rather than pay him his $11 million asking price, the Houston Texans have replaced him with a less expensive option.
The Texans signed former Cleveland Browns fullback Lawrence Vickers to a two-year, $3 million deal that includes a $500,000 signing bonus, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Vickers is known as a bruising fullback capable of knocking back linebackers.
Unrestricted free agent Gerald Sensabaugh is returning to the Dallas Cowboys to fill one of their safety spots.
On his Twitter account, Sensabaugh wrote that he was ”Headed back to the Big D” and was on his way Wednesday to training camp. A story on the team’s website said Sensabaugh got a $2.5 million, one-year contract.
Dallas lost out last week in its pursuit of free agent safety Nnamdi Asomugha, who took a $60 million, five-year deal from NFC East rival Philadelphia.
The Tennessee Titans always prided themselves on having a strong offensive line when Mike Munchak coached the group.
Nothing has changed now that he is the head coach.
The Hall of Fame offensive lineman hired close friend Bruce Matthews, also a Hall of Famer, to replace him. Then the Titans re-signed left guard Leroy Harris to make sure all five starters returned intact to block again for Chris Johnson.
The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with former New England Patriots defensive lineman Ty Warren.
Warren was released by the Patriots on Friday.
Warren was the 13th overall pick in the 2003 draft out of Texas A&M. He spent all of last season on injured reserve with a hip injury after being a regular starter for six seasons, collecting 20-1/2 sacks in 92 games for the Patriots.
The Bengals have signed free agent guard Max Jean-Gillis to a one-year deal, the second time they’ve tried to add depth to their line in the past few days.
Jean-Gillis played for Philadelphia the past four seasons. He was a fourth-round draft pick and started 26 games in his career, including 10 last season. He signed his deal on Tuesday night and will be able to practice with the team on Thursday.
Jean-Gillis became a backup plan when guard Deuce Lutui failed his physical. The Bengals had reached agreement on a two-year deal with Lutui, but he came to camp weighing more than expected. Latui ended up staying with Arizona on a one-year deal.
— The Associated Press
Rams add Norwood to backfield
Running back Jerious Norwood has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the St. Louis Rams, who need a backup for Steven Jackson.
Norwood, 28, spent almost all of last season on injured reserve with the Atlanta Falcons after injuring his right knee on a kickoff return.
Also, the Rams and linebacker Brady Poppinga, released by the Packers last week, have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.
Veteran cornerback Phillip Buchanon has rejoined the Washington Redskins, his second stint with the NFC East club.
Buchanon made the announcement on his Twitter account.
Following practice today, though, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan announced that Buchanon is suspended for the first four games of the regular season. So, he can only practice and play in preseason games before having to serve his NFL punishment.
Indianapolis has signed free agent linebacker Ernie Sims, the second former first-round draft pick to join the Colts in less than 24 hours.
Sims’ agent, Todd France, says the deal is for one year. He did not provide financial details.
For the Colts, this represents a signing frenzy. On Monday night, they picked up defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson, Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2007. Sims was Detroit’s first-round pick in 2006. Indy has only one other unrestricted free agent on the roster, kicker Adam Vinatieri.
Former first-round draft pick Jamaal Anderson has agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts and is expected to arrive at training camp Tuesday.
Agent Joel Segal confirmed the deal, but would not disclose terms of the contract.
The Atlanta Falcons took the 6-foot-6, 289-pound defensive lineman with the No. 8 overall selection in 2007. But the Arkansas alum never lived up to expectations. In 47 career starts, he had 83 tackles and 4 1/2 career sacks.
A person familiar with the deal says running back Ahmad Bradshaw is returning to the New York Giants.
The free agent agreed to contract terms with the Giants on Monday, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
Bradshaw took over the as Giants’ starting halfback last season and rushed for 1,235 yards and eight touchdowns. He had problems with fumbles, and Brandon Jacobs started the next five games. Bradshaw started the season finale against Washington.
— The Associated Press
Chiefs land Brandon Siler
Bolstering their linebacking corps, the Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran free agent linebacker Brandon Siler.
The 6-foot-2, 239-pounder has a dozen career starts with the San Diego Chargers, registering 124 tackles, 89 solos, three sacks, two interceptions, four pass deflections, one fumble recovery and 56 special-teams tackles.
A person with knowledge of the deal says the New England Patriots have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Matt Light on a two-year contract.
An unrestricted free agent, Light would earn up to $12 million, with $7 million guaranteed. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
A Patriots spokesman did not respond to an inquiry about Light.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Light has been protecting Tom Brady’s blind side for 10 years. He started every game last season at left tackle. The Patriots drafted a tackle, Nate Solder, with their first pick in this year’s draft.
After losing out on Nnamdi Asomugha, the New York Jets turned to their backup plan: the guy they were trying to replace.
A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press early Monday morning that the Jets agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Antonio Cromartie, keeping the cornerback in New York. Cromartie, acquired last offseason from San Diego, was solid for New York opposite Darrelle Revis, finishing with 42 tackles and three interceptions.
The New York Post reported the deal is worth $32 million, according to a source.
Star Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson plans to end his holdout for a new contract, WPVI-TV reported Sunday, citing a source.
Jackson failed to show up at the team’s training camp Thursday, officially starting his holdout, and so far has missed the first four days of camp. But the source said the 24-year-old was planning to report for the first time on Monday or Tuesday.
The speedy two-time Pro Bowl player is entering the final year of a four-year contract, and it is no secret he wants a new deal.
Free agent defensive end Turk McBride has agreed to contract terms with the New Orleans Saints, adding depth at a position where the Saints may need it in the beginning of the season.
The addition of the 6-foot-2, 278-pound McBride, a five-year veteran who has started 12 games during the past two seasons for the Detroit Lions, was confirmed by Saints spokesman Greg Bensel on Sunday night.
The Oakland Raiders are bringing back another of their free agents, completing a deal with free safety Michael Huff.
Huff signed his contract Sunday and reported to the team’s training camp in Napa. While he can’t practice until Thursday, Huff stood on the sidelines wearing his familiar No. 24 jersey and watched his teammates go through a two-hour workout.
New Broncos coach John Fox used a two running back system during his later days in Carolina, with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart sharing the backfield duties.
Now he can try it in Denver, as the Broncos have signed Willis McGahee to a free-agent contract to join incumbent starter Knowshon Moreno.
The styles of Moreno and McGahee make it unlikely that the Broncos will have the speed-power combo that Fox’s Panthers had. Instead, Fox will find out this training camp whether he has a pair of workhorses.
The San Francisco 49ers say running back Frank Gore will return to the team Monday after missing the first four days of training camp due to a holdout.
A team spokesman confirmed late Sunday that Gore has spoken with coach Jim Harbaugh and has decided to practice while he attempts to negotiate a contract extension with the team. Gore is scheduled to earn $2.9 million in base salary and $2 million in a roster bonus in 2011 — the final season of his current deal.
The Bengals have agreed on a one-year deal with running back Cedric Benson, who was an unrestricted free agent but wanted to stay in Cincinnati.
Coach Marvin Lewis says he’s happy to hear the news. Benson has been the Bengals’ leading rusher since 2008. He worked out with the rest of the team in Cincinnati in June even though he was a free agent, showing how much he wanted to stay.
Benson was arrested in July on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting his former roommate in Texas. He could face discipline from Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The Bengals need a dependable running game as they transition to rookie quarterback Andy Dalton and an inexperienced group of receivers.
— The Associated Press
Blalock stays with Falcons
Justin Blalock has been a steady contributor for the Falcons’ offensive line and now has been graciously rewarded.
FOXSports.com’s Alex Marvez first reported that the Falcons agreed to terms with Blalock on a six-year deal.
Blalock, who has started every game for the Falcons in his tenure, is one of the key pieces to the intricate offense.
Atlanta was unable to keep the offensive line fully intact this offseason. Last week, Harvey Dahl agreed to terms with the St. Louis Rams, which made the re-signing of Blalock very important to Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Source: Snelling to visit Giants
Atlanta Falcons veteran free agent running back Jason Snelling is on his way to New York to visit the Giants, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Snelling is a versatile all-around back who could provide a boost to the Giants’ running game and passing game with his tackle-breaking ability and added diemsnion as a receiving threat.
Having been only with one team for eight years, linebacker Nick Barnett didn’t know what to make of the Buffalo Bills when they invited him for a visit shortly after he had been released by the Green Bay Packers.
The more Barnett learned about the team and community, the better he liked it by signing a three-year, $12 million contract on Sunday.
The Baltimore Ravens have filled their fullback void, hammering out a three-year, $11 million contract with Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach.
The contract includes a $4 million bonus and a total of $6 million in guaranteed money.
"I’m happy to be a Raven, I can’t wait to get up there," Leach said in a telephone interview. "I’m ready to go." Leach is one of the top lead blockers in the game, clearing pathways for NFL rushing champion Arian Foster last year. "Your mentality has to be that every play is a car crash collision," Leach said. "You have to be willing to sacrifice your body." Leach said that he talked with Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis during the Pro Bowl.
Plaxico Burress is back in the Big Apple — with the New York Jets.
The former Super Bowl star with the Giants, recently released from prison after serving 20 months on a gun charge, reached an agreement in principle Sunday on a one-year deal with the Jets.
Burress, who turns 34 on Aug. 12, caught the game-winning touchdown in the Giants’ upset of the unbeaten New England Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl, before his career derailed after he accidentally shot himself in a New York nightclub in 2009.
The New York Jets will not be re-signing wide receiver Braylon Edwards because of financial constraints, the New York Daily News reported Saturday, citing a source.
On Wednesday, the Jets agreed with Santonio Holmes on a five-year deal reportedly worth $50 million, which Edwards knew was not a good sign for him. He said later that same day that while he wanted to return to the Jets, he was afraid they did not want him.
"I would love to be a Jet but the feeling doesn’t seem to be mutual with the management," he wrote on Twitter.
The Jets will reportedly now shift their focus to re-signing cornerback Antonio Cromartie after they missed out in the race for Nnamdi Asomugha, who signed with the Eagles.