NFL Transaction Updates !
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:50 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 2:53 pm
Transactions for Friday, July 29, 2011
Michael Jenkins - WR - Falcons
Falcons released WR Michael Jenkins.
The writing was on the wall for the blocking receiver when the Falcons gave up the farm to draft Julio Jones at No. 6 overall. There's no way they were going to keep a No. 3 or 4 wideout at a $3.5 million base salary. Jones will start opposite Roddy White, with Harry Douglas coming into the slot on three-wide sets.
Jamaal Anderson - DL - Falcons
Falcons released DE Jamaal Anderson.
The No. 8 overall pick in the 2007 draft is a better run stopper than pass rusher. For a defensive end scheduled to make $3.55 million, that's not good enough. Anderson's wildly disappointing Falcons career ends with 4.5 sacks in 60 games.
Jimmy Smith - DB - Ravens
Ravens signed No. 27 overall pick Jimmy Smith to a four-year contract.
The Ravens plan to use Smith as a shadow corner, tracking opposite No. 1 wide receivers all over the field. He'll likely be a Week 1 starter across from Domonique Foxworth, assuming Foxworth returns at his $4.4 million salary. Smith was a top-ten talent in the draft. He fell due to off-the-field concerns, but the Ravens are banking on their "culture" keeping him on the right path.
Marcell Dareus - DL - Bills
Bills signed No. 3 overall pick DT Marcell Dareus to a fully guaranteed four-year, $20.4 million contract.
Athletic and fluid with the ability to split double teams, Dareus can play the nose or two-gap in Buffalo's 3-4 scheme. He'll start his career at left defensive end, moving inside in nickel packages. As long as the Bills pick up a linebacker or two in free agency, Dareus should be a boon for the run defense.
Otis Leverette - DL - Panthers
Panthers released DE Otis Leverette.
Sam Hurd - WR - Bears
Bears agreed to terms with WR Sam Hurd, formerly of the Cowboys.
Hurd follows Roy Williams to Chicago and offensive coordinator Mike Martz. His main role will be as a core special teamer, but he'll also get a chance to battle for snaps as the No. 4 receiver.
Brian Leonard - RB - Bengals
Bengals agreed to terms with RB/FB Brian Leonard on a two-year deal.
This won't affect the likelihood that the Bengals will be bringing back Cedric Benson. Leonard is more of a third-down specialist and glue guy than a pure running back. He doesn't figure to get much more than the 2.6 touches he averaged per game a year ago.
Morgan Trent - DB - Bengals
Bengals waived CB Morgan Trent.
Trent claimed to be 100 percent in April after losing the final two months of last season with a knee injury. It wouldn't be a surprise if it turns out he failed his physical.
Antwan Odom - DL - Bengals
Bengals released DE Antwan Odom.
Chalk another one up to injuries. After piling up eight sacks in the first six games of 2009, Odom blew out his Achilles. He tried to return last season, but managed just four ineffective games before getting suspended for violating the substance-abuse policy and injuring his wrist. Odom will be 30 in September and can't be counted on as a starting-caliber player.
Willis McGahee - RB - Broncos
Broncos agreed to terms with Willis McGahee on a three-year, $7.5 million contract.
McGahee will receive $3 million in guarantees, hardly starter's money. Turning 30 in October, McGahee is coming off a down season averaging 3.8 YPC and a miniscule 3.9 yards on 14 receptions. He'll see part-time work on early downs and possibly at the goal-line, but McGahee is a complement to Knowshon Moreno -- not the other way around. Moreno's low-end RB2 value has survived intact after concerns that he would be moved to a third-down role. McGahee shouldn't be drafted any higher than a RB4.
Dylan Gandy - C - Lions
Lions agreed to terms with OG Dylan Gandy on a two-year contract.
Gandy returns to the Lions as a backup for the interior of the line. He's clearly not insurance for LT Jeff Backus' pectoral woes.
Brandon Chillar - LB - Packers
Packers released ILB Brandon Chillar.
Chillar severely pulled his hamstring during personal workouts during the lockout and was also coming off shoulder surgery. He wasn't going to pass his physical and may have been hampered by injuries all season.
Makoa Freitas - G - Colts
Colts released G/T Makoa Freitas.
It became clear in the off-year that Freitas would not be healthy in time for the season. He wasn't able to overcome a nagging foot ailment. The Colts are scary-thin at backup tackle.
Jaimie Thomas - G - Colts
Colts agreed to terms with seventh-round OG Jaimie Thomas on a multi-year contract.
A big guard at 6'4/323, Thomas started three years at Maryland. He's likely ticketed for the practice squad as a rookie.
Derrick Harvey - DL - Jaguars
Jaguars waived DE Derrick Harvey.
Harvey was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2008 draft. It appears that the Jags just ran out of patience on Harvey after he lost playing time to Jeremy Mincey last season and showed almost no pass-rushing ability in three years. Harvey will get another chance thanks to his measurables, but we don't have high hopes.
Vince Manuwai - G - Jaguars
Jaguars released OG Vince Manuwai.
Manuwai pulled a Max Starks, arriving to camp overweight and out of shape. He follows fellow-veteran Justin Smiley out the door, opening left guard for new signee Jason Spitz. The Jags are also high on third-rounder Will Rackley, who will provide depth. Manuwai won't attract much interest on the open market.
Brad Cottam - TE - Chiefs
Chiefs placed TE Brad Cottam (neck surgery) on the reserve/PUP list.
Cottam, who broke his neck toward the end of last season, cleared waivers after failing his physical on Wednesday. His placement on the reserve/PUP list means that he won't play before Week 7, and we'd be shocked if the Chiefs actually activated him. Considering his injury history, Cottam's career may be over before it ever had a chance to get off the ground.
Matt Moore - QB - Dolphins
Dolphins agreed to terms with QB Matt Moore to a two-year contract.
After bombing in preseason action with Carolina last year, Moore lost his starting job to rookie Jimmy Clausen two games in. Moore rejoined the lineup because Clausen was so bad, then tore the labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder. He's supposedly healthy, but the Dolphins' quarterback situation is now among the worst five in football. While we don't doubt that Moore has some talent, he's faced questions about his dedication to football and blew a golden opportunity with the Panthers. The Fins are now out of the mix for Kyle Orton, leaving Moore to battle Chad Henne for the starting job. This is going to be a game-losing offense again, and Reggie Bush won't be the savior.
Daniel Thomas - RB - Dolphins
Dolphins agreed to terms with No. 62 overall pick RB Daniel Thomas on a four-year contract.
Thomas was lauded for his between-the-tackles physical style and underrated receiving skills at Kansas State, and the Fins traded up to make him their feature back. Reggie Bush will eat into his snaps on passing downs, but Thomas is still a good bet for 250 touches as a rookie. That number could go down if the Dolphins add a veteran backup such as Marion Barber, Ricky Williams, or Ronnie Brown.
Stanley Arnoux - LB - Saints
Saints released LB Stanley Arnoux and LS Jason Kyle.
Arnoux likely failed his physical after tearing his Achilles' tending for a second straight season. Kyle was deemed unworthy of his $865,000 salary.
Danny Clark - LB - Saints
Saints agreed to terms with LB Danny Clark.
Clark's calling card is his versatility, as he can play all three linebacker spots. The Saints rotated him on the strong side last season, and Clark also played some on special teams. At age 34, he's an end-of-the-roster type.
David Tyree - WR - Giants
Super Bowl XLII hero David Tyree will retire after signing a one-day contract with the Giants.
Tyree played five seasons with the Giants, mostly as a special teamer, but his career will be defined by his "helmet catch" that led directly to one of the greatest Super Bowl upsets of all time. Along with the "Immaculate Reception," Tyree's catch will go down as perhaps the most memorable playoff moment in NFL history.
Jerrel Jernigan - WR - Giants
Giants signed No. 83 overall pick WR/KR Jerrel Jernigan to a four-year contract.
The Sun Belt Conference's all-time leader in catches and receiving yards, Jernigan is an explosive slot prospect. The Giants are likely to re-sign Steve Smith and/or Plaxico Burress, limiting Jernigan's rookie-year impact to kick returns. He could push Dominik Hixon off the roster.
Will Billingsley - DB - Jets
Jets waived DB Will Billingsley and OG Marlon Davis.
Both players were signed to reserve/future contracts back in January. They are practice squad caliber players.
Erik Ainge - QB - Jets
Jets backup QB Erik Ainge has decided to retire from football.
Ainge cited January foot surgery and a recent diagnosis of a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder as the primary reasons. The 2008 fifth-rounder said walking away from the game "isn't the next step I wanted, but it's the hand I'm dealt." After battling serious drug addiction the past couple of years, Ainge was no longer in the Jets' long-term plans. He never threw a regular-season NFL pass.
Kevin O'Connell - QB - Jets
Jets released QB Kevin O'Connell.
The Jets are trimming fat in order to stay above ground in the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes. Mark Brunell will be re-signed at a cheaper rate to be Mark Sanchez's backup and Greg McElroy will be the No. 3 quarterback.
Mark Brunell - QB - Jets
Jets released QB Mark Brunell.
Brunell was Mark Sanchez's mentor and under contract for just $1.25 million this season. Now all that's behind Sanchez are seventh-round rookie Greg McElroy and Kevin O'Connell, who is coming off a torn labrum in his throwing arm. The Jets may have a move up their sleeve here, such as bringing Brunell back at an even cheaper rate and using the saved money for Nnamdi Asomugha.
s - T - Steelers
Steelers released OT Flozell Adams.
Adams refused to take a pay cut on his $5 million salary, so he's gone. It's the smart move after Pittsburgh re-signed Willie Colon. Adams is 36 years old, and would be better suited for a backup role at this stage of his career.
Chris White - C - Seahawks
Seahawks released G/C Chris White, DL Barrett Moen, S James Brindley, and LB Joe Pawalek.
They were camp body types. White had the most experience of the group and was once considered a solid zone-blocking prospect. It's a bad sign for his career that the Seahawks cut him after hiring zone-blocking guru OL coach Tom Cable.
Leroy Hill - LB - Seahawks
Seahawks agreed to terms with LB Leroy Hill.
Hill's off-field woes combined with injuries have sapped all his buzz. But the Seahawks need him after losing Will Herring to the Saints. Now Hill will just try to rehab his image as a backup.
James Carpenter - T - Seahawks
Seahawks signed No. 25 overall pick OT James Carpenter to a four-year contract.
Carpenter is expected to step right in as the starting right tackle. The first-team All-SEC product should have an instant impact in the run game. The Seahawks managed just 3.7 yards per carry as a team last year.
Eric Heitmann - C - 49ers
49ers released C Eric Heitmann.
Heitmann failed his physical. It's no surprise considering he was deemed unlikely to play football in 2011 due to neck surgery. Heitmann's career is in doubt and with David Baas now in New York, the Niners are desperate at center.
Lance Kendricks - TE - Rams
Rams agreed to terms with No. 47 overall pick TE Lance Kendricks on a four-year contract.
A field-stretching tight end, Kendricks averaged nearly 15 yards per catch at Wisconsin. The Rams plan to use him as a "move" tight end while Michael Hoomanawanui stays in-line. Kendricks garnered high praise for his work in player-organized workouts and is a strong bet to lead all Rams tight ends in catches. He's no more than a low-end TE2 as a rookie, however.
Jake Locker - QB - Titans
Titans agreed to terms with No. 8 overall pick Jake Locker on a four-year, $12.2 million contract.
Titans coaches deemed Locker not ready to step right in as a rookie, so they went out and signed Matt Hasselbeck. It's an ideal situation for Locker, who can learn from the veteran quarterback while working on his constantly-questioned accuracy. Barring an injury to Hasselbeck, Locker is unlikely to start any games this season.
Shaun Smith - DL - Titans
Titans agreed to terms with DT Shaun Smith, formerly of the Chiefs.
The Chiefs have now lost both their nose tackles this week as Ron Edwards bolted for Carolina a couple days ago. Smith can play some end in a 3-4, but he'll stick to the defensive tackle spot in the Titans' 4-3. If the Titans can keep Smith's attitude in check and his motor running, he'll be a nice rotational piece against the run.
Mike Williams - T - Redskins
Redskins placed OG Mike Williams (blood clots) on the reserve/non-football illness list.
Williams is out for the 2010 season, taking blood thinners to alleviate blood clots near his heart. The Redskins hope to re-evaluate Williams in six months or so, at which point he could be medically cleared for next season.
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