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Tag:2011 NFL Free Agency
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:22 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 10:22 am
 

Braylon Edwards tweets that Jets don't want him

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jets haven't shied away from making aggressive plays in free agency thus far. They signed Santonio Holmes on Wednesday morning to the tune of $50 million over five years and are reportedly going hard after Nnamdi Asomugha as well.

Unfortunately, they don't seem to interested in wide receiver Braylon Edwards. At least that's according to Braylon himself anyway.

"I would love to be a Jet but the feeling doesn’t seem to be mutual with the management," Edwards wrote in a tweet Wednesday.

Edwards has since deleted the tweet (you could argue it's harmless, but, yeah, probably not the smartest move) and later added that he "Will always love jets nation no matter what happens."

Braylon then brought a little humor to his Twitter account ([sic]'s may apply):

"On another note whatever team wants B easy step to the fore front so we can get this thing moving forward. "will work for touchdowns" lol," Edwards tweeted.

The wideout also made some jokes about his trip to the courthouse on Wednesday and his avoiding a prison sentence for DUI.

Edwards was the 30th-ranked player on Pete Prisco's Top-50 free-agent list, but he's also now one of two unsigned wide receivers, along with the Giants' Steve Smith) on that list.

He'll certainly find a market somewhere, but it doesn't appear to be with Gang Green.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:41 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 9:53 am
 

Jason Babin back to Eagles on 5-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

The Eagles had a chance to re-sign Jason Babin after the 2009 season and passed. This time around, they didn't, and Babin is now set to join the team for his second tour of duty in Philadelphia, this time on a five-year deal.

The news, as first reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, makes absolute sense because of the personnel change on Philadelphia's coaching staff.

As CBSSports.com's own Clark Judge notes, the addition of Jim Washburn as Philadelphia's defensive line coach makes Babin -- who played under Washburn in 2010 when he registered 12.5 sacks with the Titans -- a perfect fit for the Eagles.

This leads us to the question that Pete Prisco asked when he ranked Babin 21st on his Top-50 free agent list: "Can he do it again?"

Well, yes, he can. Although he's a little longer in the tooth at this stage, he's clealry got the talent and with Washburn bringing out the best in Babin. Add in the aggressive defense that the Eagles are known for and there's certainly a recipe for continued success.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:05 am
 

2011 NFL Free Agency Experience, Day 4

Posted by Will Brinson

First rule of free-agency club: don't bother sleeping. If you do, you might wake up to find out that Albert Haynesworth has been traded to the Patriots (no, really!) and that the Dolphins and Saints are engaged in talks to move Reggie Bush down to South Beach.

Dive on into the maw below, and don't forget to follow our 2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker for all the latest movement.



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Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:58 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 9:19 am
 

Dolphins trade for Reggie Bush, signs 2-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Reggie Bush was considered all but certain to be a salary cap casualty for the New Orleans Saints thanks to his $11.8 million salary for 2011 ... until they managed to trade him to the Miami Dolphins on Thursday morning.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports inititally reported the news (very) early on Thursday morning and the Miami Herald's Jeff Darlington confirmed the news, reporting that 'Fins GM Jeff Ireland wanted to "sleep on it."

Well, it looks like Ireland's awake now, and Bush is Miami-bound, as reports now indicate that Bush signed off on a two-year deal with the Dolphins.

Bush could be motivated to prove that he can indeed succeed as the featured back on a roster, which a move to Miami would likely let him do -- he and Daniel Thomas would theoretically provide a one-two punch in South Beach.

Plus he now get a fresh start -- things got ugly after the Saints decided to draft another former Heisman winner in Mark Ingram and Bush awkwardly tweeted "it's been fun" afterwards.

The running back market now changes dramatically, as the Dolphins were expected to compete for Ahmad Bradshaw and Ronnie Brown. Their decision to trade for Bush should allow inflation on running backs to sink a bit.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:22 am
 

Report: Kolb camp wants $30M guaranteed extension

Posted by Will Brinson



Over and over again this offseason, I've said that no one's seen a bigger boost in their value than Kevin Kolb. That at this point all that value is squarely concentrated in terms of leverage against the Arizona Cardinals is neither here nor there.

But maybe Kolb's getting a little ahead of himself. See, according to a report from Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter, Kolb's camp is demanding an extension when he's dealt that features $30 million in guaranteed money.

No, really.

Kolb obviously wants to be traded -- he's intimated as much before and he might not show up to Philly's training camp on Wednesday -- but he doesn't just want to get traded, apparently.

He also wants to get paid. And paid like he's one of the best players in the NFL.

Oh, and he wants the team that's about to give up a player like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as well a high draft pick in order to acquire him to do the paying. I mean, obviously he wants Arizona to cough up the cash, but it seems like Kolb's camp might be overstepping their bounds a bit on this issue.

Is Kolb worth the value discussed -- DRC plus a high draft pick -- in the potential deal? Maybe. We honestly don't know, and won't until (if?) we see him on the field for the Cardinals.

And, regardless of how much scouting they've done on Kolb, neither will they. Which is what makes a demand like $30 million guaranteed pretty ridiculous.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:16 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Donovan McNabb trade to Vikings 'done'

Posted by Will Brinson

At various points on Tuesday and Wednesday, Donovan McNabb was as good as gone from Washington, borne out into the great midwest to mentor Christian Ponder with the Vikings, as first reported by CBSSports.com's own Mike Freeman.

But there was a little matter of McNabb agreeing to changing up his contract, since Minnesota obviously wasn't going to give him eight figures to do so.

That issue appears to have been cleared though, and the McNabb-to-Minny deal is "now official."

That's according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, who reported Wednesday that the deal is "done" and will be announced on Thursday.
Free Agent Frenzy

A league source has confirmed the report to Freeman as well.

There haven't been precise details of the trade released yet, but it stands to reason that, as we previously noted, the Redskins will still receive a pair of sixth-round picks in return for McNabb.

Given that near-sickening drop in value, it's hard to imagine that McNabb will be getting all that much money from the Vikings just to play the role of mentor. But then again, he's out of Washington so whatever he had to give up is probably worth it.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:31 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Steve Breaston headed to Chiefs on five-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Wednesday was another day of bananas free agent rumors, signings and general insanity (reminder: follow everything in our updating Free Agency Experience and with our 2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker!), but there was a really fun little run on wide receivers late in the evening when Seattle went out and got themselves a downfield threat in Sidney Rice and Kansas City stepped out and grabbed a very good No. 2 in now-ex-Cardinal Steve Breaston.

Breaston, according to Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter, is reuniting with old offensive coordinator Todd Haley with the Chiefs, and doing so with a five-year deal that guarantees him $9.5 million.

The last time Breaston and Haley were working together, 2008, the wideout piled up 1,006 yards and caught three touchdowns. (Since then, he's totaled 1,430 yards and four touchdowns in two seasons.)

Breaston's addition to the Chiefs roster gives them a non-rookie option (Jonathan Baldwin is there as well) to line up across from Dwayne Bowe, and should help equate to pretty strong offensive firepower from the defending AFC West champions.

Just for comparison's sake, Breaston's pretty good value too, when you consider that Rice netted $18.5 million guaranteed from Seattle, and the Jets coughed up $24 million guaranteed over five years for Santonio Holmes.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:01 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Sidney Rice gets 5 years, $41M from Seahawks

Posted by Will Brinson

With the exception of Rex Ryan's crew making a big-time, big-money play for Santonio Holmes, the high-profile wideout market's been a little quiet. Not anymore -- according to a report, Sidney Rice has agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks and will be goin' out west on a five-year deal.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, who initially reported the news, did not provide immediate information on the financials of the deal.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reporte that Rice will receive $41 million over the course of the deal with $18.5 million guaranteed.

Free Agent Frenzy

One very interesting point: Rice is probably going to have to pass a physical before that deal is consummated. That's no surprise for any free agent, but most of the players we're discussing aren't coming off a year where they struggled with a hip injury.

Another interesting point: as we mentioned when discussing the recent signing of Tarvaris Jackson, the Seahawks were very much in the market for Rice thanks to the presence of Jackson and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, formerly of the Vikings.

The reunion might not necessarily guarantee on-field offensive success for the Seahawks, but Seattle's ability to put up points looks improved over 2010. And if they can land a franchise quarterback in 2012, they might actually have a nice little thing going on up there.

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