NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on March 23, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Rex Grossman | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
K.C. Johnson, of the Chicago Tribune, reports Chicago Bears QB Rex Grossman is not worried about the Bears' recent signing of QB Brian Griese. "I feel like anytime you're in a situation where you're being pushed, it brings out the best in anyone," Grossman said. "That's any situation in life. You bring in a backup quarterback coach, it's going to make the quarterback coach work harder. That's just human nature to make you want to work harder, prove yourself. That will be a positive for me. If I take care of what I need to take care of, understand this offense, keep meeting with (Bears offensive coordinator Ron) Turner and play the way I'm capable of playing, everything will be fine."

QB | Mike McMahon | Free Agent Players | Transaction
Updating a previous report, Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the two-year contract signed by Minnesota Vikings QB Mike McMahon is worth $2 million and includes about $400,000 in upfront money. McMahon will also receive a $300,000 roster bonus next spring.

QB | Chad Pennington | New York Jets | Injury News, Fantasy
Ken Berger, of Newsday, reports New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said QB Chad Pennington (shoulder) is participating in the team's offseason conditioning program, which began Monday, March 20, but wouldn't say to what extent.

QB | Aaron Brooks | Oakland Raiders | Transaction
Raiders.com reports the Oakland Raiders have signed QB Aaron Brooks to an undisclosed contract.

QB | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
ESPN.com reports agent Bus Cook told ESPN's Chris Mortensen Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre is still undecided on his status for 2006. However, Cook did confirm that Favre and the Packers had agreed to a second extension on the deadline for the $3 million roster bonus Favre is due. The bonus deadline was originally extended by a week to March 20. Now, according to Cook, it has been extended until the first week of April.

QB | Josh McCown | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chrissie Zavicar, of DetroitLions.com, reports the Detroit Lions will continue to keep four quarterbacks on their roster and each will be given a shot at the starting position. Detroit has signed three free agent quarterbacks this offseason, Josh McCown (Cardinals), Shaun King (Cardinals) and Jon Kitna (Bengals), in addition to second-year QB Dan Orlovsky, who was with the team in 2005.

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (knee) said Wednesday, March 22, said he has extension back in his left leg and will be moving on to strengthen the leg. "Everything is going as scheduled and planned," Palmer said in his first interview since undergoing knee surgery to repair ACL and MCL tears in his left knee Jan. 10. "I'm just starting to get to the point where I can push weight around." Palmer said while he can't predict the future, he still expects to be the team's starting quarterback on opening day and play in the opening preseason game.

QB | Kerry Collins | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Arizona Cardinals vice president for player personnel Rod Graves said the Cardinals have spoken with agent David Dunn about his client, free agent QB Kerry Collins (Raiders). Graves said the team will look at their draft possibilities and compare them to Collins and Detroit Lions QB Joey Harrington, who the team also has some interest in.

QB | Marc Bulger | St. Louis Rams | Injury News, Fantasy
Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams QB Marc Bulger (shoulder) was pleased to hear head coach Scott Linehan has keeping Bulger healthy high on his list of priorities. Bulger has suffered four injuries to his throwing shoulder the past two years. Bulger said, "We're not going to run the ball on first and second down and throw it on third just to protect me. At the same time, I think (Linehan is) going to be more selective in when we should take shots down the field. And there might be some more quick passing game than we've done in the past. We'll see; you can't sit there and hold back the offense because you want to protect a guy too much."

QB | Matt Leinart | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information, Free Agency News
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports the New York Jets are reportedly looking for ammunition, by trading DE John Abraham, to move up to the No. 2 slot in the April NFL Draft. The team wants to draft USC QB Matt Leinart.

QB | Jeff Garcia | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction
Philadelphia Eagles QB Jeff Garcia signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $710,000 (2006).

QB | Steve McNair | Tennessee Titans | Draft Information, Free Agency News, Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports the Baltimore Ravens have to decide when to pursue another veteran quarterback. They can wait another month to see what happens to Tennessee Titans QB Steve McNair or begin to pursue free agent QBs Kerry Collins (Raiders) and Brian Griese (Buccaneers) right now. According to a league source, the Ravens have discussed the possibility of not adding a veteran quarterback until after the NFL draft, which is the earliest the Titans would consider cutting McNair. There is not a clear consensus within the Ravens on either Collins or Griese, the source said. Also, there's no guarantee that the Titans will cut McNair.

QB | Gus Frerotte | St. Louis Rams | Transaction, Free Agency News
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the St. Louis Rams have signed free agent QB Gus Frerotte (Dolphins) to a three-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Running Back

RB | Fred Taylor | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver said he believes both RB Fred Taylor and WR Jimmy Smith will remain part of the team's offense. "As far as I'm concerned, on opening day, both of those players will be on the roster," said Weaver. "I don't always make those final decisions. We think Fred and Jimmy both have plenty of football left and we're excited to have them as a part of our roster."

RB | Mewelde Moore | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News, Fantasy
Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Mewelde Moore (wrist) will have a pin removed from his surgically-repaired hand Wednesday, March 22, and is getting married this weekend near his Louisiana home. Head coach Brad Childress said Moore is scheduled to return in time for Monday's workout sessions, March 27, at Winter Park.

RB | Maurice Morris | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
BuffaloBills.com reports the Buffalo Bills are visiting with free agent RB Maurice Morris (Seahawks) Tuesday, March 21. He arrived in town yesterday for the visit.

RB | Deuce McAllister | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
Jimmy Smith, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints RB Deuce McAllister (knee) reported Monday, March 20, for the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program and said the rehabilitation of his surgically repaired right knee is on or ahead of schedule. "The doctor hasn't released me to go full speed or anything on it just yet. I'm just running some hills and doing some different exercises on it. You have some good days and some bad days. (After cutting on the knee) it was fine, knock on wood. I haven't had a lot of tendonitis or true setbacks with it. It's just one day at a time." He has been rehabbing in New Orleans and said he expects to participate in the Saints' conditioning program that runs through June 15. Its unlikely McAllister will take part in either of the Saints' offseason minicamps in April and June.

RB | Jamal Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction
Baltimore Ravens RB Jamal Lewis signed a three-year contract with base salaries of $1.0 million (2006), $5.0 million (2007), and $5.0 million (2008).

RB | Mike Anderson | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction
Baltimore Ravens RB Mike Anderson signed a four-year contract with base salaries of $1.0 million (2006), $1.2 million (2007), $1.8 million (2008), and $2.0 million (2009).

RB | Quentin Griffin | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the team has agreed to terms with free agent RB Quentin Griffin (Broncos) on a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RB | Anthony Thomas | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
BuffaloBills.com reports the Buffalo Bills visited with free agent RB Anthony Thomas (Saints) Friday, March 17.

RB | Michael Bennett | New Orleans Saints | Free Agency News
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the New Orleans Saints have reached a contract agreement with free agent RB Michael Bennett (Vikings). Bennett, who will serve as the primary backup to RB Deuce McAllister, will sign a two-year contract worth $3 million. The deal also includes a $1 million signing bonus. Bennett can also earn $1 million in incentives in each year of the deal.


Fullback

FB | Fred Beasley | Miami Dolphins | Transaction, Free Agency News
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the Miami Dolphins have signed free agent FB Fred Beasley (49ers) to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FB | Tony Richardson | Minnesota Vikings | Free Agency News
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a two-year contract with free agent FB Tony Richardson (Chiefs). The deal will pay Richardson about $2.5 million.

FB | Mack Strong | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have contacted free agent FB Mack Strong (Seahawks), but no visit was scheduled.

FB | Mike Alstott | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction
Tampa Bay Buccaneers FB Mike Alstott signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $1.5 million (2006).


Wide Receiver

WR | Keyshawn Johnson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Pat Yasinskas, of the Charlotte Observer, reports free agent WR Keyshawn Johnson (Cowboys) was expected to visit the Carolina Panthers Thursday, March 23, according to league sources.

WR | Jabar Gaffney | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Reuben Frank, of PhillyBurbs.com, reports the contract signed by Philadelphia Eagles WR Jabar Gaffney is a one-year deal worth $900,000.

WR | Chris Chambers | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Harvey Fialkov, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins WR Chris Chambers said he is excited about the prospect of catching balls from QB Daunte Culpepper. "If you would've told me we'd have Daunte Culpepper last season, I would have to smack you," said Chambers. "It's unbelievable to get a guy of his caliber. I'm looking forward to playing with a quarterback that's mobile."

WR | Eric Moulds | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Mark Gaughan, of the Buffalo News, reports Buffalo Bills WR Eric Moulds' agent, Greg Johnson, has said he has been talking with some teams about the possibility of a trade. "There is interest, obviously," said Johnson. "Who wouldn't be?" Johnson reiterated that Moulds has no desire to take a pay cut from the team.

WR | Troy Brown | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Tom E. Curran, of the Providence Journal, reports sources said the New England Patriots may be close to re-signing free agent WR Troy Brown (Patriots). Earlier reports said he was probably going to sign elsewhere.

WR | Michael Lewis | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, free agent WR Michael Lewis (Saints) remains in talks with the New Orleans Saints about remaining in his hometown of New Orleans.

WR | Koren Robinson | Minnesota Vikings | Transaction, Fantasy
Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings finally announced the re-signing WR Koren Robinson, who agreed to a three-year, $12.7 million deal March 11.

WR | David Tyree | New York Giants | Free Agency News
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants WR David Tyree's five-year contract is worth $7.5 million. It also included a signing bonus of about $1.5 million. Giants' general manager Ernie Accorsi insisted that "this has nothing to do with the receiver situation. Quite simply, this signing is about special teams." "David Tyree is clearly the best special teams player I've ever been around," Accorsi added. "That's enough for him to earn the money he will receive." Accorsi added that the Giants stepped up their effort to re-sign the restricted free agent because of "rumblings" about a team signing him to an offer sheet. The Baltimore Ravens had expressed an interest in Tyree.

WR | Rod Gardner | Green Bay Packers | Transaction
Bob McGinn, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers WR Rod Gardner signed a one-year contract worth $855,720. The contract has a base salary of $700,000, a workout bonus of $55,720, and a signing bonus of $100,000. Gardner was offered multi-year contracts from two teams, but rejected them to stay with the Packers for one year with comparable money.

WR | Nate Burleson | Minnesota Vikings | Free Agency News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports the Seattle Seahawks were weighing the possibility of extending an offer sheet toward restricted free agent WR Nate Burleson (Vikings). He visited with the team last week.

WR | Ike Hilliard | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction
ESPN.com's John Clayton reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed WR Ike Hilliard to a four-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

WR | Joey Galloway | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Roy Cummings, writing for the Sporting News, reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are designing more plays that call for WR Joey Galloway to either line up in the slot or run routes across the middle of the field. Galloway has traditionally been a player who works outside the numbers, but a lot of his success last season was due to the fact he ran more routes inside the numbers. By lining Galloway up in a variety of places and using him inside the numbers more, the team keeps defenses off guard and reduces the number of double teams Galloway faces.

WR | Terrell Owens | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agency News
Agent Drew Rosenhaus said free agent WR Terrell Owens (Eagles) had interest from many teams before he signed with the Dallas Cowboys. He said the Cowboys and Owens were a "perfect fit."

WR | Kevin Johnson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Katherine Smith, of the Tampa Tribune, reports free agent WR Kevin Johnson (Lions) visited with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, March 17.

WR | Josh Reed | Buffalo Bills | Transaction, Free Agency News
BuffaloBills.com reports the Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms with free agent WR Josh Reed (Bills). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WR | Reche Caldwell | Free Agent Players | Transaction, Free Agency News
Patirots.com reports the New England Patriots have signed free agent WR Reche Caldwell (Chargers) to an undisclosed contract.

WR | Kevin Curtis | St. Louis Rams | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports there are rumors circulating that there may be a late bid by another team, possibly the Seattle Seahawks, for St. Louis Rams restricted free agent WR Kevin Curtis (Rams).

WR | Corey Bradford | Detroit Lions | Transaction
Detroit Lions WR Corey Bradford signed a four-year contract with base salaries of $800,000 (2006), $1.25 million (2007), $1.5 million (2008), and $1.7 million (2009).

WR | Brian Finneran | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction
Atlanta Falcons WR Brian Finneran signed a four-year contract with base salaries of $710,000 (2006), $990,000 (2007), $1.3 million (2008), and $2.0 million (2009).


Tight End

TE | Mark Campbell | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports the New Orleans Saints have reportedly reached an agreement on a three-year contract with free agent TE Mark Campbell (Bills). Campbell is not a major offensive weapon, but he is solid and reliable as both a blocker and pass catcher.

TE | Jeb Putzier | Houston Texans | Transaction
HoustonTexans.com reports the Houston Texans announced they have officially signed TE Jeb Putzier to an undisclosed contract.

TE | Justin Peelle | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
MiamiDolphins.com reports the Miami Dolphins have officially signed TE Justin Peelle to a three-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

TE | Matt Schobel | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction
Philadelphia Eagles TE Matt Schobel signed a five-year contract with a base salary of $585,000 (2006), $700,000 (2007), $850,000 (2008), $950,000 (2009), and $865,000 (2010).

TE | Aaron Shea | San Diego Chargers | Transaction, Free Agency News
The San Diego Chargers have announced the team has signed free agent TE Aaron Shea (Browns) to a three-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Place Kicker

PK | Mike Vanderjagt | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the contract signed by Dallas Cowboys PK Mike Vanderjagt is a three-year deal that can be worth a little more than $6 million. The deal includes a signing bonus of $2.5 million and base salaries of $810,000 each for 2006-2007 and $1 million for 2008. Vanderjagt can receive workout bonuses of $90,000 each in 2006-2007 and of $100,000 for 2008, with a roster bonus of $100,000 due in the spring of 2008. He can earn also an annual bonus of $200,000 based on field goal percentage.

PK | Paul Edinger | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports free agent PK Paul Edinger (Vikings) will soon visit with the Green Bay Packers. The visit could happen this week because the NFL owner's meetings are next week.

PK | Adam Vinatieri | Indianapolis Colts | Free Agency News
Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports according to a source familiar with the agreement, free agent PK Adam Vinatieri (Patriots) received a five-year deal from the Indianapolis Colts that was worth $7.5 million over the first three years, $9.6 million over the first four, and included a $3.5 million signing bonus. By most accounts it is the richest deal ever for a kicker.

PK | Ryan Longwell | Minnesota Vikings | Free Agency News
Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports the Green Bay Packers have over $25 million left in salary cap space. In order to sign free agent PK Adam Vinatieri (Patriots), the team will likely have to top the five-year, $10 million contract Minnesota Vikings PK Ryan Longwell received. Longwell also received a $3 million signing bonus. Vinatieri arrived in Green Bay Thursday, March 16, with the intent of meeting with the Packers.


Defensive Line

DL | Brentson Buckner | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Garafolo, of the Star-Ledger, reports agent George Mavrikes said in an e-mail message that he spoke to the New York Giants Wednesday, March 22, about free agent DT Brentson Buckner (Panthers), but "they are waiting until next week before they address defensive tackle." Mavrikes said the Giants are one of six teams the Buckner would consider joining.

DL | Robert Mathis | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed restricted free agent DL Robert Mathis (Colts) to his one-year, $2.096 million tender offer.

DL | John Abraham | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction
The Atlanta Falcons have announced the acquisition of DE John Abraham as part of a three-way trade between the Falcons, Denver Broncos and New York Jets has been finalized. Atlanta traded their first-round pick (No. 15 overall) to Denver in exchange for the Broncos' first-round pick (No. 29 overall), a 2006 third-round pick (No. 93) and a 2007 fourth-round pick. In turn, Atlanta traded the first-round pick acquired from Denver to the Jets in exchange for Abraham.

DL | Grady Jackson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Bob McGinn, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports free agent DT Grady Jackson (Packers) said the New York Giants are in the running for his services. They are one of four teams competing to sign him.

DL | Kimo von Oelhoffen | New York Jets | Transaction, Free Agency News
The New York Jets have officially announced the team has signed free agent DL Kimo von Oelhoffen (Steelers). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DL | John Henderson | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction
The Associated Press reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to a six-year contract extension with DT John Henderson. Financial terms of the deal were not released, but Henderson's agent, Tim McGee, said the new contract gave Henderson more guaranteed money than any other NFL defensive tackle.

DL | Carlos Hall | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction
The Kansas City Chiefs announced they have officially re-signed DE Carlos Hall to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DL | Anthony Weaver | Houston Texans | Transaction
Houston Texans DL Anthony Weaver signed a five-year contract with base salaries of $1.0 million (2006), $2.5 million (2007), $3.5 million (2008), $3.5 million (2009), and $4.0 million (2010).

DL | Kendrick Clancy | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction
Arizona Cardinals DL Kendrick Clancy signed a four-year contract with base salaries of $1.5 million (2006), $1.5 million (2007), $1.5 million (2008), and $1.6 million (2009).

DL | Tyoka Jackson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports free agent DL Tyoka Jackson (Rams) said he's talked to Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli and Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz about possibly joining the Lions. Marinelli was Jackson's position coach in Tampa Bay from 1996 through 2000; Martz was his head coach in St. Louis from 2001 through 2005.


Linebacker

LB | LaVar Arrington | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports free agent LB LaVar Arrington (Redskins) did not visit the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, March 23.

LB | Sam Cowart | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are still talking to free agent LB Sam Cowart (Vikings), but agent Paul Healy said Wednesday's conversation, March 22, didn't include a contract offer. Cowart is also weighing an offer from the Houston Texans.

LB | Paris Lenon | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Detroit Lions have announced the team has signed free agent LB Paris Lenon (Packers) to a three-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LB | Jamie Winborn | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans will visit with free agent LB Jamie Winborn (Jaguars) Wednesday, March 22.

LB | Ben Taylor | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Bob McGinn, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports free agent LB Ben Taylor (Browns) is deciding whether to re-sign with the Cleveland Browns or to accept an offer from the Green Bay Packers. The Packers view Taylor as a starter, according to agent Bob Lattinville. However, he said their one-year offer didn't reflect that. "I know Ben won't be retiring off the offer he's got from Green Bay," Lattinville said. "Right now he'd come in as a starter. We were hopeful he might get offered starter money, but that's their prerogative." The Browns have offered him a comparable offer. The Carolina Panthers have also reportedly entered the fray.

LB | Julian Peterson | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction, Free Agency News
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Seattle Seahawks have reached an agreement with free agent LB Julian Peterson to a seven-year contract worth $54 million. The deal includes $18.5 million in guarantees, including $10 million for the 2006 season.

LB | Willie McGinest | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
Cleveland Browns LB Willie McGinest signed a three-year contract with base salaries of $900,000 (2006), $1.9 million (2007), and $2.9 million (2008).

LB | Brandon Moore | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
San Francisco 49ers LB Brandon Moore signed a five-year contract with base salaries of $585,000 (2006), $850,000 (2007), $1.0 million (2008), $1.25 million (2009), and $1.465 million (2010).

LB | Akin Ayodele | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
Carolina Panthers LB Akin Ayodele signed a five-year contract with base salaries of $600,000 (2006), $2.4 million (2007), $2.5 million (2008), $2.75 million (2009), and $3.25 million (2010).

LB | Will Witherspoon | St. Louis Rams | Transaction
St. Louis Rams LB Will Witherspoon signed a six-year contract with base salaries of $2.0 million (2006), $4.0 million (2007), $4.0 million (2008), $2.5 million (2009), $5.0 million (2010), and $5.0 million (2011).

LB | Peter Boulware | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Armando Salguero, of the Miami Herald, reports free agent LB Peter Boulware (Ravens) could be someone the Miami Dolphins may want to take a look at as they work to bolster their outside linebacker position.

LB | Dexter Coakley | St. Louis Rams | Draft Information
Nick Wagoner, of StLouisRams.com, reports the St. Louis Rams still have a need to fill at strong-side linebacker. The team would likely have a competition between LB Dexter Coakley and LB Brandon Chillar. The team could decide to take a linebacker in the 2006 NFL Draft.

LB | Anthony Simmons | New Orleans Saints | Transaction, Free Agency News
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free agent LB Anthony Simmons (Seahawks) a one-year, $1.5 million contract. Simmons did not play in 2005 as he was recovering from a broken wrist.

LB | Nick Greisen | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports the Tennessee Titans remain interested in free agent LB Nick Greisen (Giants).


Cornerback

CB | Jerry Azumah | Retired | Transaction
The Associated Press reports Chicago Bears CB Jerry Azumah has retired after a seven-year tenure in the NFL. Azumah, 28, retired due to neck and hip pain the past two seasons. "This has been a great ride," Azumah said. "It's nothing to cry about or hold my head down to. Just looking at everything I accomplished and achieved, being here with the Bears and how they've embraced me, has been tremendous."

CB | Chad Scott | New England Patriots | Transaction
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports the New England Patriots have re-signed CB Chad Scott to an undisclosed contract.

CB | Lito Sheppard | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Marc Narducci, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Philadelphia Eagles CB Lito Sheppard (ankle) said he planned to be ready for training camp. He missed the final six games of the 2005 season after suffering a high left-ankle sprain Nov. 20 against the New York Giants. Sheppard said that he wouldn't be ready for the May minicamp, but that he is making progress by running in water.

CB | Andre Dyson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports the New York Jets remain interested in free agent CB Andre Dyson (Seahawks), who recently visited with the team.

CB | Jamar Fletcher | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Howard Bryant, of the Washington Post, reports the Washington Redskins have contacted free agent CB Jamar Fletcher (Chargers), but they have yet to plan a visit with him. He has drawn interest from other teams as well.

CB | Tyrone Poole | Oakland Raiders | Transaction
Raiders.com reports the Oakland Raiders have officially signed CB Tyrone Poole.

CB | Will Allen | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
MiamiDolphins.com reports the Miami Dolphins have officially signed CB Will Allen to a four-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

CB | Ty Law | Free Agent Players | Transaction, Free Agency News
Jeff Darlington, of the Palm Beach Post, reports the signing of CB Will Allen by the Miami Dolphins likely eliminates the potential addition of free agent CB Ty Law (Jets). The Dolphins expressed interest in Law, who was waived by the Jets as a salary cap casualty. Adding both Law and Allen would probably cost more than the Dolphins are willing to spend.

CB | Walt Harris | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
San Francisco 49ers CB Walt Harris signed a two-year contract with base salaries of $835,000 (2006) and $835,000 (2007).

CB | R.W. McQuarters | New York Giants | Transaction
New York Giants CB R.W. McQuarters signed a three-year contract with base salaries of $975,000 (2006), $1.475 million (2007), and $2.525 million (2008).

CB | Deshea Townsend | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agency News
ESPN.com's John Clayton reports free agent CB Deshea Townsend (Steelers) has agreed to a four-year deal, $8 million contract that could be worth an additional $400,000 a year with incentives to re-sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Though the signing bonus numbers weren't available, Townsend will make $3 million in the first year of the contract.

CB | Lenny Walls | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
ESPN.com's John Clayton reports the Oakland Raiders will be visiting with street free agent LB CB Lenny Walls (Raiders) Monday, March 20. The team claimed him off waivers late in the 2005 season, but he failed his physical.

CB | Renaldo Hill | Miami Dolphins | Transaction, Free Agency News
ESPNews reports the Miami Dolphins have agreed to a three-year deal with free agent CB Renaldo Hill (Raiders). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Strong Safety

SS | Tank Williams | Free Agent Players | Transaction, Free Agency News
Adam Caplan, of the Pro Football News and Injury Report, reports the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with free agent S Tank Williams (Titans). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SS | Lawyer Milloy | Atlanta Falcons | Breaking News, Fantasy
AtlantaFalcons.com reports the Atlanta Falcons introduced new safety Lawyer Milloy (Bills) at a press conference, Tuesday, March 21. He had other visits with the Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals, but stated that the passion and family-orientation at the Falcons made him feel this was his best option.


Free Safety

FS | Ken Hamlin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Danny O'Neil, of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, reports Seattle Seahawks S Ken Hamlin (head) has been cleared to resume playing football next season, his agent said Wednesday, March 22. Hamlin suffered a fractured skull in a fight outside a Pioneer Square nightclub in October. Lawrence Temple, Hamlin's agent, said Wednesday his client had undergone examinations and would be ready for training camp in July.

FS | Lance Schulters | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Alex Marvez, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports agent Brian Levy said free agent S Lance Schulters (Dolphins) will visit Wednesday, March 22, with the Seattle Seahawks. They are seeking to replace recently departed S Marquand Manuel. Schulters is unlikely to re-sign with the Miami Dolphins.

FS | Tebucky Jones | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports the New York Jets remain interested in free agent S Tebucky Jones (Dolphins), who recently visited with the team.

FS | Will Demps | New York Giants | Transaction
New York Giants S Will Demps signed a five-year contract with base salaries of $750,000 (2006), $1.6 million (2007), $1.85 million (2008), $2.125 million (2009), and $2.35 million (2010).

FS | Dexter Jackson | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction
Cincinnati Bengals S Dexter Jackson signed a four-year contract with base salaries of $800,000 (2006), $1.0 million (2007), $1.3 million (2008), and $1.5 million (2009).

FS | Omar Stoutmire | New Orleans Saints | Free Agency News
NewOrleansSaints.com reports the New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with free agent S Omar Stoutmire (Redskins) on an undisclosed contract.

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