The market for former Bucs DE Michael Bennett wasn’t strong when free agency kicked off. Eventually, he signed a one year, $5 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks on March 15th.
Now we know why.
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com states it’s unknown whether Bennett will undergo surgery to repair the tear. Surgery could require rehab, which would put his availability for opening day in doubt.
With Chris Clemons recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, Pete Carroll’s defensive line has some major questions marks going forward.
Update 4:56 pm
Adam Schefter reports the Ravens have given Dumervil a five-year deal worth up to $35 million, including $8.5 million in year one.
The Elvis Dumervil saga is finally over. The former Bronco is heading to Baltimore according to Denver Post reporter Mike Klis.
Klis reports Dumervil–one of the most highly sought after free agents this year–has agreed to a multiyear contract with the Ravens, according to two of his sources.
The move will create a domino effect across the league. The Broncos are expected to make a hard push for John Abraham, and if they can’t get him, Klis reports Dwight Freeney would be the next option. Both players visited with the team on Thursday.
The Ed Reed era in Baltimore has ended, but the former Raven star opted to say thanks one more time before beginning a new chapter in Houston.
Ravens Nation, My eleven seasons in Baltimore were more than I would have everimagined, which is why I have such deep love for you all. I will forever cherish my time with the Ravens and the chills that ran down my spine when I finally kissed the Lombardi Trophy. Special thanks to the City, Team, Organization and all the Fans! I’m going to miss being a part of this tremendous team and organization, but I’ll always be Baltimore and my Foundation will remain in this community, this is not a goodbye, but a See You Soon.
Thank you for everything Baltimore, God Bless you.
ED REED #20
The full page ad appeared in Sunday’s edition of the Baltimore Sun. Reed signed a three-year deal with the Texans on Friday. The nine-team Pro Bowler will get a chance to say thank you in person when the Ravens host Houston this season.
Image via The Baltimore Sun
The New England Patriots have locked up a key cog in their offensive line this morning.
The Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian reports the Patriots are expected to sign RT Sebastian Vollmer to a four-year deal on Monday, according to her source.
The Patriots have now locked up their entire starting line, which is certainly a good thing considering they’re tasked with protecting the team’s biggest asset, one Tom Brady.
Though Vollmer’s back has been a concern, the Houston alum made 15 starts last season and was voted to Pro Football Focus’s All-NFL 2nd team.
The Atlanta Falcons are set to replace John Abraham with a younger pass rusher and an equally impressive resume.
According to Mike Florio, Osi Umenyiora is expected to sign with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday or Monday, at the latest.
Umenyiora became a full time starter with the Giants in 2005, but by last season, he had become a role player for Tom Coughlin. Though he appeared in every game for the G-Men, Umenyiora only started four.
Last season the London, England native compiled six sacks, one forced fumble and 42 total tackles.
A potential domino in the Darrelle Revis saga may be about to fall.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports a league source has told him the Bucs are shopping CB Eric Wright. The former UNLV Rebel was signed by the Bucs to a five-year $37.5 million deal on March 12th, 2012.
Wright was suspended for four games after violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy last season. His $7.75 million base salary for 2013 is no longer guaranteed after being suspended.
Florio speculates that with the current cornerback market what it is, Wright would have to restructure his deal in order to facilitate a trade.
The Miami Dolphins have been extremely active in free agency and they don’t appear to be content with their current haul.
The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero reports the Dolphins are now seen as a viable option for veteran free agents thanks to the signings of Mike Wallace and Dannell Ellerbe.
One of those players could be former Giants DE Osi Umenyiora. Salguero indicates the Dolphins have spent a considerable amount of time studying Umenyiora’s tape and called his agents to see if a fit was there.
The 31-year old has notched 26.5 sacks over the past three seasons and would likely be employed on the right side as star pass rusher Cam Wake occupies the left side.