The New England Patriots continue to add to their defence, signing CB Aqib Talib to a one-year deal worth $5 million according to a tweet from Adam Schefter.
Talib joins Adrian Wilson and Kyle Arrington in the Patriots secondary. A relatively weak market for Corner Backs prevented the former University of Kansas star from getting a multi-year deal. That, and a troublesome past that has included several arrests.
New England acquired Talib in a trade with Tampa Bay last season. In six games for the Pats the 27-year old recorded 13 tackles and one interception.
Phoenix area reporter Mike Jurecki is reporting former Cardinals Safety Adrian Wilson has signed with the New England Patriots.
The Patriots had Wilson come into their facilities on Friday morning. The Pats had also been hosting John Abraham and Dwight Freeney.
Whoa. Greg Jennings has pulled a Brett Favre of sorts.
Adam Schefter reports the deal is for five years. Jennings caught 36 passes for 366 yards and 4 touchdowns in limited action due to a groin injury.
With the departure of Percy Harvin, the Vikings were in desperate need of a go to target. They have that now with Jennings. Initially, the former Green Bay WR had said Quarterback play would factor into his decision. With Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel standing behind center in Minnesota, you have to believe money won the day.
Ed Reed is heading back to Baltimore after spending time with the Texans. It’s believed the all-pro safety left George Bush Intercontinental Airport with an offer in hand, and will give the Ravens an opportunity to match.
Texans Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips had heavy Praise for Reed, stating in a tweet “easy to see why Ed Reed is a hall of famer – very smart with great talent.”
The Ravens defense has been ravaged by free agency, with Cary Williams, Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger departing for more money. It’s easy to see why Baltimore wants to keep their leader after the exodus. They’ll need veteran leadership to help inexperienced players–who will need to fill the void– get acclimated.
Josh Cribbs is deciding between two teams and neither of them are the Browns. The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot reports the ace kick returner has narrowed his choices down to the Patriots and Cardinals, according to her source.
The Pats are looking to replace Julian Edelman and Josh Demps while the Cardinals probably don’t want Patrick Peterson putting his body on the line returning kicks while honing his cornerback skills.
Cribbs amassed 1,178 yards on kick returns, including three 40+ runs. He ran for 457 yards on punt returns, extending seven of them beyond 20 yards.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear close to a deal with 49ers free agent safety Dashon Goldson, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Stephen F. Holder.
Holder reports Goldson will likely sign a deal close to the one received by Chargers safety Eric Widdle, who averages around $8 million per year.
If Tampa Bay could add Goldson and deal for Jets CB Darrelle Revis, it would be a major coup for GM Mark Dominik, who would probably like to make the news for positive reasons after yesterday’s embarrassing debacle with Buddy Nix.
The Buccaneers secondary needs a lot of help. They ranked last in the league in defending the pass, allowing 297.4 yards per game through the air in 2012.
Former first overall pick Jake Long could be a member of the St.Louis Rams provided his physical goes well on Wednesday. That’s according to NFL.com’s Albert Breer.
With Jermon Bushrod off the market, Long becomes the most highly sought after Left Tackle. Other teams interested in Long include the Eagles, but the at this point it seems as though it’s either going to be the Rams or Dolphins.
For Long’s sake, let’s hope that physical tomorrow goes well. A lot of money is depending on it.