Archive for the ‘Free agency’ Category

New England Patriots v Miami Dolphins

The New England Patriots and wide receiver Julian Edelman are expected to agree to a new one-year deal later today, according to multiple reports.

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Even after signing Danny Amendola, the Patriots still needed wide receiver depth. Brandon Lloyd was released, and as we creep closer to April 25 and the draft gets mocked with increasing frequency, wide receivers are being slotted to New England in the first round. The urgency to get more soft hands for Tom Brady’s soft lobs may have grown even more with the possibility that Rob Gronkowski could miss regular-season time.

There’s always been a widely rumored solution to this little wide receiver quandary: Emmanuel Sanders. Now, the Patriots have turned rumor into reality, signing the Steelers restricted free agent to a one-year offer sheet.

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New England Patriots v Denver Broncos

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms with defensive end Andre Carter, according to multiple reports.

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If there’s one truism in the NFL, it’s that a player can always become who he was four or five years ago with the right coach. Or maybe I just made that up entirely.

But with the semi-spiral that Dawan Landry finds himself in, a reunion with Rex Ryan — his former defensive coordinator in Baltimore — is something to feel good about. Unfortunately, it may be the only good feeling the Jets get with this signing.

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Bill Belichick has a thing for large, aging men. Wait, that came off wrong.

Bill Belichick has a thing for defensive tackles who may be a little older, and a little past their prime, and therefore they can be had on the cheap while still making a sold contribution and being a disruptive force up the middle.

First Albert Haynesworth fit that description, and then he was promptly released when it was discovered that he’s still a turd. Now the torch has been passed to Tommy Kelly, and while it’s difficult to determine whether or not he can regain his interior pass rushing strength that led to 14.5 sacks between 2010 and 2011, he’s infinitely better than Fat Albert.

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Falcons sign Brian Banks

Brian Banks

The Atlanta Falcons are taking a chance on linebacker Brian Banks, signing him to a contract on Wednesday.

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The moment Nnamdi Asomugha was released by the Eagles, San Francisco became a widely-rumored destination. Now, rumor has become reality, and he’s signed a one-year deal with the defending NFC champs, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

But while reporting the latest signing with free agency now officially in its third week, The Scheft also passed along a peculiar (see: sort of baffling) contract detail. Asomugha will make a base salary of $1.35 million during the 2013 season that could increase to $3 million with incentives, but he won’t get a dime of guaranteed money. Why? He didn’t want any.

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