When I’m awake during free agency, it’s my entire existence. But at some point, healthy natural sleep is still essential, mostly because I’m getting far too old, and existing purely on a concoction of Red Bull and orange juice is unhealthy.
So here’s a quick roundup of the other signings from late last night and earlier today that didn’t quite make the cut for the many, many, many full-length posts we’ve written during the first 22 hours since the market opened.
So sit back and catch up on anything you’ve missed. Bring your green hat.
1. The Vikings officially ended the Visanthe Shiancoe era by signing John Carlson to five-year deal that’s reportedly worth $25 million, with $11 million guaranteed. He may still be relatively young at 28, but that’s a rather absurd price for a key offensive player who just missed an entire season with a shoulder injury, and prior to that Carlson had only 31 receptions over 15 games in 2010.
2. Kyle Orton is now well into the clipboard-holding stage of his career. Any thought of a QB competition in Kansas City immediately faded when he signed a three-year deal with the Cowboys. He’ll replace Jon Kitna as Tony Romo’s backup on a team where the backup is vitally important. Romo is one year removed from missing 10 games, and last year he played with a punctured lung.
3. Prior to his collarbone injury which set in motion a series of unfortunate events that led to Carson Palmer joining Oakland, Jason Campbell was pretty OK during his six games last year, completing 60.6 percent of his passes. He likely thought that would have been enough to land somewhere as a temporary starter at the very least, and maybe a bridge to a young QB who will be drafted in just over a month. He was wrong, and now he’s Jay Cutler’s backup after signing a one-year deal with the Bears.
4. Cory Redding followed Chuck Pagano to Indianapolis, signing a three-year deal with the Colts worth $10.5 million. Pagano was Redding’s defensive coordinator in Baltimore, and his push to acquire Redding means it could be a matter of hours/days until a Dwight Freeney deal is completed, although Jason La Canfora’s sources are still saying a Freeney trade is becoming increasingly unlikely.
5. Harry Douglas re-signed with the Falcons, agreeing to a four-year deal. Used primarily as a slot receiver, Douglas had 498 receiving yards on 39 receptions in 2011, both career highs.
6. Cortland Finnegan, the top cornerback on the market, reunited with Jeff Fisher in St. Louis, signing a five-year contract worth $50 million, with $25 million guaranteed. The feisty and highly physical corner will fortify a strong secondary that allowed only 206.3 passing yards per game last year.
7. The run on cornerbacks continued with Carlos Rogers, who re-signed with the 49ers for four years on a contract worth $31.3 million. The length of the deal is a little worrisome with Rogers ready to celebrate his 31st birthday prior to next season, but after six interceptions last year he’s certainly worth that pay day. The cornerback market is quickly thinning, and it could be even thinner with Brandon Carr likely to sign with Dallas.