NFL Buzz: Latest free agency updates

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Week of March 8-14: News and Notes


Glazer: Raiders acquire Browns LB Wimbley — 7:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Browns have traded outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley to the Oakland Raiders for undisclosed draft compensation, a league source told

Wimbley’s career with the Browns started off well after he was selected in the first round of the 2006 draft. He posted 11 sacks as a rookie, but totaled only 16.5 over the next three seasons.[More]

— Adam Caplan,

Glazer: Browns trade Quinn to Broncos — 6:51 p.m.

The Cleveland Browns have traded their former starting quarterback, Brady Quinn, to the Denver Broncos, has learned.

In return, the Browns will receive running back Peyton Hillis and two conditional draft picks. [More]

— Jay Glazer

Glazer: Tomlinson agrees to deal with Jets — 6:35 p.m.

LaDainian Tomlinson has agreed to terms with the Jets on a mulityear deal, has learned.[More]

— Jay Glazer


Delhomme joining Browns — 6:49 p.m.

Free agent quarterback Jake Delhomme has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.

The QB’s agent, Rick Smith confirmed Delhomme’s agreement with the Browns, who have been busy trying to fix a troublesome position. Delhomme, 35, was released last week after seven seasons with the Carolina Panthers.[More]

— Associated Press

LT leaves Jets with no deal — 5:40 p.m.

LaDainian Tomlinson flew home to San Diego on Saturday to consider his options after spending a day with the New York Jets and leaving without a deal.[More]

— Associated Press


Packers sign 2 key parts of defense to long-term deals — 10:21 p.m.

The Green Bay Packers signed safety Nick Collins and nose tackle Ryan Pickett to long-term contract extensions Friday, securing the services of two cornerstones in their much-improved defense.

The team did not release details of either deal. Collins’ agents, Dave Butz and Alan Herman, confirmed a report on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Web site that Collins’ deal was for three years and $23.4 million.

Pickett was an unrestricted free agent, but the Packers placed the franchise tag on him earlier in the offseason. Collins was a restricted free agent.[More]

— Associated Press

Browns upgrade at tight end  — 10:03 p.m.

The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent tight end Ben Watson to a multi-year contract.

Watson spent the past six seasons with the New England . Patriots. He has worked in the past with Browns coach Eric Mangini and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.

Last season, the 29-year-old started all 16 games and caught 29 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns. [More]

— Associated Press

RB Johnson signs with Redskins — 7:55 p.m.

Running back Larry Johnson has signed a three-year deal with the Washington Redskins.

The contract’s base value is $3.5 million, but Johnson could make as much as $12 million if he meets certain incentives.[More]

— Associated Press

Titans bring back CB Hood — 6:14 p.m.

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with cornerback Rod Hood, an unrestricted free agent.

Hood, heading toward his eighth NFL season, made four starts for the Titans in 2009. He had 18 tackles and tied for second on the team with three interceptions after being signed as a free agent in October. He returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown against Buffalo.

In seven NFL seasons, he has made 47 starts with 221 tackles, 14 interceptions, a sack and five fumble recoveries. He played previously for Philadelphia and Arizona.

— Associated Press

Baskett returns to Eagles — 2:05 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free agent wide receiver Hank Baskett to a one-year contract.

Baskett was released by the Eagles last September after three seasons in Philadelphia. He then signed with Indianapolis and played 15 games, including playoffs.[More]

– Associated Press


Derrick Mason signs two-year deal with Ravens — 9:12 p.m.

Wide receiver Derrick Mason has agreed to re-sign with the Baltimore Ravens after accepting terms on a two-year deal.

Mason’s future with the team appeared unclear after the Ravens obtained free agent wideout Donte’ Stallworth and traded for wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Mason also hinted after the 2009 season that he might retire, and there was also a chance he would sign with another team as an unrestricted free agent.

But now he’s set to play a fifth season in Baltimore, and the Ravens are delighted to have him back.

Coach John Harbaugh called the news of Mason’s return outstanding.”

The 36-year-old Mason had 73 catches for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009.

– Associated Press

Witherspoon signs three-year pact with Tennessee — 11:58 p.m.

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a three-year, $11 million deal with linebacker Will Witherspoon, according to reports.

The team confirmed that the 29-year-old Witherspoon visited the team Tuesday. The Tennessean and The (Nashville) City Paper reported on their Web sites Tuesday night that the team had reached its first deal of free agency.

Witherspoon was released by Philadelphia last week after being acquired from St. Louis in a trade last October. Neither the Titans nor Witherspoon’s agent, Tom Condon, immediately returned messages left by the Associated Press.

The eight-year veteran played 17 games last season, the last 12 for the Eagles.

– Associated Press

Vikings agree to terms with CB Benny Sapp — 8:29 p.m.

The Minnesota Vikings and cornerback Benny Sapp have agreed to terms on a new contract. The deal to bring back Sapp was announced Tuesday.

Sapp started a total of seven games last season while filling in for injured starter Antoine Winfield, totaling 25 tackles, two passes defensed and two forced fumbles during a particularly strong six-game stretch. He finished the regular season with 55 tackles, the most in his NFL seasons.

Sapp served the rest of the season as the nickel back, and his presence this year will be important since Winfield and fellow starter Cedric Griffin are coming off injuries. Sapp first signed with the Vikings in 2008 as an unrestricted free agent.

— Associated Press

Chiefs sign RB Thomas Jones — 6:53 p.m.

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed free agent running back Thomas Jones, who led the New York Jets to the AFC championship game last season and was the NFL’s third-leading rusher. The Chiefs announced the deal Tuesday, but declined to disclose the terms.

Jones had career highs of 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. He was a 2008 Pro Bowl selection with 1,312 yards and 13 touchdowns. The 31-year-old is expected to supplement third-year running back Jamaal Charles, who was Kansas City’s MVP last season with 1,120 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

Jones was drafted seventh overall in 2000 by the Arizona Cardinals. He was traded to Tampa Bay in 2003, went to Chicago in 2004 as a free agent and was traded to the Jets in 2007.

— Associated Press

Agent: Bodden re-signs with Pats — 6:49 p.m.

The New England Patriots have re-signed cornerback Leigh Bodden to a four-year deal. Bodden’s agent, Alvin Keels, made the announcement Tuesday on his Twitter account. Full story

— Associated Press

Sorgi to backup the other Manning in 2010 — 5:47 p.m.

After six years backing up Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, Jim Sorgi will get a chance to do the same for Peyton’s brother Eli. The New York Giants announced Tuesday that they have signed Sorgi to a one-year deal. Terms were not disclosed.

Sorgi will compete with second-year man Rhett Bomar for the Giants’ backup quarterback job. Full story

— Associated Press

Derek Anderson cut by Cleveland — 5:04 p.m.

Quarterback Derek Anderson’s uneven five-year stint with the Cleveland Browns is over. The team released the one-time Pro Bowl quarterback Tuesday, one day after they acquired backup Seneca Wallace in a trade from Seattle.

Anderson made the Pro Bowl in 2007 when he threw 29 touchdown passes and led the club to a 10-6 record. However, his promising career has been in a tailspin ever since. He lost his starting job to Brady Quinn last season, got it back when Quinn was injured but then played poorly.

The 26-year-old Anderson spent five seasons with Cleveland, which claimed him off waivers from Baltimore in 2005. Anderson was due a $2 million roster bonus March 19 and his salary was set for $7.45 million in 2010. Full story

— Associated Press

Pittsburgh brings back WR, re-signs S  — 1:47 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, normally one of the quietest teams in NFL free agency, suddenly are one of the busiest.

The Steelers made a pair of surprise moves by re-signing safety Ryan Clark and bringing back wide receiver Antwaan Randle El on Tuesday, a day after signing two backups who excel on special teams, safety Will Allen from the Buccaneers and wide receiver Arnaz Battle from the 49ers.

There’s more, too. They’re also bringing in offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, who played the last two seasons in Buffalo under new Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler. Scott started eight games last season but wasn’t given even the lowest tender offer to stay with the Bills. Full story

— Associated Press

Seahawks send QB to Browns — 10:01 p.m.

The Seattle Seahawks have traded quarterback Seneca Wallace to the Cleveland Browns for a 2011 undisclosed draft choice, the Seahawks announced.

"This will give Seneca a chance for a fresh start," said general manager John Schneider. "The Browns front office’s familiarity with his abilities will give him an opportunity to compete for playing time. We wish him nothing but the best."

Wallace was drafted by Seattle in the fourth round in the 2003. He played in 46 career games with 14 starts, throwing for 3,530 yards on 332 for 555 passing, with 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for an 83.2 passer rating. He also caught four passes for 76 yards and rushed 54 times for 214 yards.

Wallace is now one of four quarterbacks on Cleveland’s 80-man roster. However, it’s believed the Browns will release Derek Anderson before his roster bonus is due on March 19 if they aren’t able to trade him.

It’s also not out of the question that the Browns line up Wallace some at receiver since they are light on depth at the position.

The Seahawks now have just two quarterbacks on their roster. Sources told that the team is expected to pay veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck his $1 million roster bonus which is due Thursday.

— Adam Caplan

Eagles send WR Brown to Bucs — 8:30 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles have traded veteran WR Reggie Brown to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 2011 sixth-round pick, the Buccaneers announced.

Brown was selected in the second round (35th overall) of the 2005 draft by the Eagles and has played in 72 games with 45 starts for Philadelphia. Brown has totaled 177 receptions for 2,574 yards and 17 touchdowns and 11 career rushes for 68 yards and one touchdown.

Brown posted a career-high 61 catches for 780 yards and four touchdowns in 2007. He notched a career-best eight touchdown receptions and a career-high 816 receiving yards in 2006 on 46 receptions. In 2005, Brown led all rookie wide receivers in receiving yards (571), ranked second in receptions (43) and third in receiving touchdowns (four).

Brown has five years left on his contract and carries a base salary of $1 million for 2010.

Philadelphia looked to trade him last season, but couldn’t absorb the $3.5 million accelerated bonus proration that would have come along with the move. Without a salary cap to deal with in 2010, the move became easier to complete.

Brown will get a chance to compete for a starting job this season with the Buccaneers. With the Eagles, he would have been no better than No. 4 on the depth chart at receiver.

— Adam Caplan

Raiders dump WR Walker, DE Ellis — 8:25 p.m.

The Oakland Raiders released wide receiver Javon Walker and defensive end Greg Ellis on Monday in their latest dumping of veteran players.

The moves follow Saturday’s decision to cut ties with longtime running back Justin Fargas.

Walker was a disappointment right from the start after signing a $55 million contract that included an $11 million signing bonus two years ago. Full story …

— Associated Press

Veteran OT Green joins Bills — 8:23 p.m.

An expensive steak dinner he couldn’t finish and an offer he couldn’t refuse were enough to persuade veteran offensive tackle Cornell Green to sign with the Buffalo Bills.

A night after being wined and dined by the Bills, Green signed a three-year contract on Monday, the team’s first addition three days into the NFL’s free-agency period.

Listed at 6 feet 6 and 315 pounds, Green said he has been told he’ll be the team’s new starting right tackle, taking over the position after Brad Butler retired last month. Green is a 10-year NFL veteran who spent the past three seasons as the Oakland Raiders starting right tackle. Financial terms were not available. Full story …

— Associated Press

Source: Lions acquire CB from Falcons — 6:36 p.m.

Third-year cornerback Chris Houston is now a Detroit Lion.

Atlanta has traded Houston to Detroit for a sixth-round draft choice and a swap of fifth-round picks, a source told The Falcons will move up 16 spots to the second overall fifth-round selection.

Houston started 10 games for the Falcons last season and 37 of 48 overall contests since becoming a 2007 second-round selection. Houston, though, became expendable when Atlanta re-signed Brian Williams and added ex-Houston starter Dunta Robinson with a lucrative free-agent contract.

Detroit was seeking help in its secondary after releasing 2009 starter Phillip Buchanon. The Lions signed ex-St. Louis cornerback Jonathan Wade on Monday, according to and the Detroit Free-Press.

— Alex Marvez

Colts cut starting guard — 5:06 p.m.

A new position coach isn’t the only change Indianapolis will have along its offensive line in 2010.

A source told that the Colts have released fifth-year left guard and Super Bowl XLIV starter Ryan Lilja.

It’s believed the move was made so the Colts would avoid having to pay Lilja a scheduled $1.73 million roster bonus. Lilja, 28, was signed to a five-year, $19 million contract extension in the 2008 offseason.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Lilja missed the entire 2008 campaign with knee problems but rebounded to regain his starting spot and play every game for the Colts last season.

Colts president Bill Polian had expressed disappointment in his team’s offensive line after a 31-17 Super Bowl loss to New Orleans.

— Alex Marvez

DT Robbins rejoins Spags in STL — 4:26 p.m.

The St. Louis Rams have signed free-agent DT Fred Robbins, the team announced. It’s believed to be a three-year deal.

Robbins (6-4, 325) entered the NFL in 2000 as a second-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings, where he played four seasons. He signed with the Giants in 2004 and spent six years there. Robbins, who is known as an accomplished run defender who can also press the pocket as a pass rusher, has recorded 28.5 career sacks. He was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2008.

Robbins, who played for Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo when both were with the New York Giants, will help beef up the interior of St. Louis’ defensive line.

— Adam Caplan,

Lions retain OT Backus — 4:14 p.m.

The Detroit Lions got off to a fast start in free agency last week. They signed WR Nate Burleson and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, acquired DT Corey Williams, and released DT Grady Jackson and CB Phillip Buchanon.

And it appears a key member of their offensive line will return for his 10th season with the club.

A league source told that the team has picked up a $1 million roster bonus on starting OLT Jeff Backus. Backus, who was selected in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Lions, will also earn $4.95 million in base salary for 2010.

— Adam Caplan,

Browns guard to hit Arizona — 3:57 p.m.

Cleveland guard Rex Hadnot is set to take his second free-agent visit of the offseason.

A source told that Hadnot will meet Tuesday and Wednesday with the Arizona Cardinals.

The 6-2, 320-pound Hadnot started 21 games the past two years in Cleveland. Hadnot, 28, spent his first four seasons with Miami.

Hadnot took a weekend free-agent visit to Denver but didn’t sign.

Both of Arizona’s starting guards (Reggie Wells and Deuce Lutui) are under contract, but the Cardinals are letting top backup Jeremy Bridges test the free-agent market.

— Alex Marvez

Saints making play for Rams DE — 3:27 p.m.

The rich may get richer and the poor even poorer if New Orleans successful completes its first free-agent conquest of the offseason.

A source told that the Saints will host St. Louis defensive end Leonard Little on a visit Wednesday and Thursday.

The 35-year-old Little has played with the lowly Rams for all 12 of his NFL seasons. Little started 13 games last season and had 6.5 sacks on a 1-15 squad. He has 87.5 career sacks. Full story …

— Alex Marvez

Philly re-signs WR Avant — 1:44 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles and wide receiver Jason Avant agreed on a five-year contract Monday.

Avant was a restricted free agent. He had a career-best 41 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns last season as Philadelphia’s slot receiver.

"Jason Avant has developed into one of our most dependable and productive players on offense," coach Andy Reid said. Full story …

— Associated Press

Eagles to pick up Vick bonus — 1:41 p.m.

Michael Vick is getting one more big check from the Philadelphia Eagles. The one after that still could be from a new team.

A person with knowledge of the contract said the Eagles will pay Vick a $1.5 million roster bonus due Tuesday. This mirrors what’s Adam Caplan reported on Sunday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the move hasn’t been announced. Paying Vick the bonus doesn’t preclude Philadelphia from trading the former Pro Bowl quarterback. Vick is under contract for $5.2 million this year. Full story …

— Associated Press