After a brief break to discuss the improper placement of Vicks vapor rub, we return to our regularly scheduled free agency programming. As expected, the pace has slowed a bit now that many of the marquee names have been lifted from their dip in the free agency pool, but there were still a few notable names signed late Thursday afternoon and into the evening that didn’t warrant full-post coverage.
So join me as we embrace the list again and catch up on some NFL player purchases that you may have missed.
1. Eddie Royal was being pursued by the Redskins earlier in the week, and he would have completed a free agency wide receiver trio along with Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan. But alas, Dan Snyder’s pocket couldn’t lure another overpriced wideout, and Royal signed with the Chargers, agreeing to a three-year deal worth $13.5 million, with $6 million guaranteed. Royal and Robert Meachem are now San Diego’s replacements for the departed Vincent Jackson.
2. Levi Brown‘s time away from the Cardinals lasted only two days. The tackle was cut just prior to free agency in a cap-clearing move since he was due to make $17 million next year, a mountainous price for the underperforming lineman. He re-signed with the Cards, agreeing to a five-year deal. Although the value wasn’t released, we can assume that Brown is now set to play under a contract that’s significantly cheaper. And even without knowing the price, we can also assume that the Cardinals are still overvaluing a tackle who was rated as one of the league’s worst pass blockers last year. A thin market leads to desperate measures.
3. Kevin Boss will be a Chief for the next three years after signing a contract worth $9 million last night. With Tony Moeaki returning from an ACL injury that forced him to miss the entire 2011 season, Kansas City’s addition of Boss is yet another sign that the dual tight end system pioneered by the Patriots is spreading. The NFL will always be a copy-cat league.
4. This isn’t a signing, but it will be soon enough. The Raiders are reportedly set to release outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. He has 17 sacks over the past two years, so after Mario Williams was signed by Buffalo yesterday Wimbley will be very appealing to teams looking to upgrade their pass rush.
5. The Redskins found their replacement for LaRon Landry, signing Brandon Meriweather to a two-year deal worth $6 million. Now they just need to hope that new defensive backs coach Raheem Morris can help Merweather regain his two-time Pro Bowl form that he had before his abrupt tumble in 2011, when he was cut by two teams.