Here is the latest NFL dirt & gossip. Enjoy:
- After spending 11 seasons in Philadelphia as one of the top LT's in football, LT Tra Thomas has signed a three year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars had cut several veterans this offseason and vowed to rebuild through the draft. However, they felt Tra Thomas was too good a player to pass on.
- 33 year-old free agent CB Shawn Springs has found a new home - with the New England Patriots. The veteran signed a three-year; $10.5 mil deal with the team. Springs had also considered signing with the Eagles. The signing of Shawn Springs continues a tradition by the Cheatriots of signing veteran players on defense in the offseason. The Cheatriots, eh, I mean, Patriots also acquired Eagles WR Greg Lewis in a trade. The Patriots get WR Greg Lewis and an undisclosed Eagles 2010 draft pick. The Eagles get an undisclosed 2009 draft pick from the Patriots.
- Perhaps the biggest surprise for Ravens fans this offseason is the team's failure to sign a WR in free agency. Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, and Demetrius Williams will all be free agents next season. A name that has come up in the rumor mill for possible acquisition is WR Torry Holt, who has requested to be released from the Rams.
- The Chargers have cut off negotiations with RB LaDanian Tomlinson. However, if things don't work out in San Diego, don't expect the former probowler to be out of work for long. Saints QB Drew Brees told a San Diego radio show that he would love LT to join him in New Orleans, and has been lobbying for his team to sign Tomlinson should be be released.
- Word out of Detriot is that the Lions appear to be the front runner to acquire the services of free agent TE L.J. Smith. The Lions have already lost two TE's this offseason, and can't afford NOT to upgrade the position on their roster.
- Rams former #1 draft pick - OT Orlando Pace - will be wearing a different uniform next season. If the Rams cannot get something for Pace in a trade, he will be released.
- With QB Kurt Warner signing on for two more years with the Cardinals, former 1st round pick QB Matt Leinart faces the possibility of not being the starter until 2011; when he will be 28. However, Leinart is not disgruntled and has not asked for a trade. He intends to stay in Arizona with the team that drafted him, and compete for the starting job.