The Indianapolis Colts have signed defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois to a four-year deal worth $22 million. The big man out of Louisiana State University was drafted by the 49ers in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Jean-Francois was a member of the National Championship winning LSU Tigers team and was named defensive MVP of the Championship Game the next year. Last season, Jean-Francois appeared in all 16 games for the 49ers, recording 12 tackles and two sacks.
The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent linebacker Kaluka Maiava to a three-year, $6 million contract. The Former Cleveland Brown was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He appeared in all sixteen games for the Browns in the last two seasons.
Last season, he collected 35 solo tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.
The Arizona Cardinals have signed free agent quarterback Drew Stanton.
Stanton was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the 43rd pick of the 2007 NFL Draft but did not play a snap that season as he was placed on the injured reserve. Stanton backed up Dan Orlovsky, Daunte Culpepper, and Matthew Stafford in Detroit before signing with the New York Jets in March of 2012. After the acquisition of Tim Tebow, Stanton was traded to the Indianapolis Colts where he backed up Andrew Luck.
This season, Stanton has a chance to challenge for the starting job in Arizona.
The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly interested in free agent corner back Nnamdi Asomugha. Asomugha was released by the Philadelphia Eagles this week. According to reports, there are four teams (Texans, Broncos, Cardinals and the 49ers) that are interested in acquiring the services of the corner.
Asomugha made the Pro Bowl in each of his first 3 seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He was signed to the Eagles as part of their “dream team” revamp but never again found the touch that he had in Oakland.
The Tennessee Titans have signed defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill to a three-year deal worth $11.4 million with $4 guaranteed. Hill was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He is the first player to attend Stillman College to be drafted into the NFL.
Hill appeared in 15 games for the Lions last year, starting three and finished with 9 solo tackles and 3 pass deflections.
UPDATE (6:09 p.m. ET, Mar. 14): Well, this took a bit of a turn. After a signing seemed like nearly a formality, Keller is leaving Miami without a contract, although the communication will continue.
The Miami Dolphins are continuing their spending ways by being on the verge of inking free agent tight end Dustin Keller to a deal. The former New York Jet is in Miami getting a physical and, pending a pass, will talk length and finances with the team.
Keller was drafted 30th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Jets and put up over 500 yards in each of his first four seasons in the league, peaking with a 65 catch, 815 yard performance in 2011. Last season, Keller was limited to eight games due to a pulled groin and high ankle sprain and finished with 317 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The San Francisco 49ers have reached an agreement with defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. Dorsey was drafted fifth overall by the Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft and signed a five-year, %51 million contract with the team. The former First-team All-American missed only one game in the first four years of his NFL career.
Last season, however, Dorsey suffered a calf injury in week 3 before being placed on IR in November, ending his season. In four games, he had four tackles. He has a career 159 tackles in 66 games.