Tag:2011 NFL Free Agency
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 10:33 pm

Report: Kolb won't report to Eagles training camp

Posted by Will Brinson

The Eagles already have one potential star who could hold out from training camp on their hands in DeSean Jackson and according to a report on Wednesday, they might have another: backup quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Though Kolb might not be a "star" per se, he is heavily involved in all the trade talk circulating around the NFL, particularly with the rumor that he's headed to the Cardinals in exchange for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and some draft-pick compensation.

But Philly and Arizona haven't been able to reach a deal as of yet, and so Kolb remains an Eagle for now. However, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kolb won't be showing up to Philadelphia's camp at Lehigh University when it begins on Thursday.

McLane also adds that "other teams are interested" in Kolb, but correctly points out that there "aren't many viable candidates remaining." That's because there aren't -- as I've noted before, the Cardinals seem to be playing a dangerous game of chicken with the Eagles, hoping that market fluctuations would allow them to get the 26-year-old at a discount.

But with most of the other potential quarterbacks that Arizona could chase ending up with other teams, it's going to be tough for the Cards to convince the Eagles they actually do have other options.

There's is an argument that Kolb's decision to hold out would actually help Arizona, because Philadelphia might be more inclined to get a potential headache off their hands.

Although given the Eagles track record with pawning off quarterbacks at the right time, don't expect them to panic too much.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:27 pm

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

GradkowskiPosted by Josh Katzowitz

The past few months, we’ve paid quite a bit of attention to QB Carson Palmer and whether Bengals owner Mike Brown would trade him and get something of value for his estranged QB or if he’d let him retire.

Now that Brown has said he’d rather let Palmer rot in California than trade him (he said it a little nicer than that), the Bengals had to turn their attention to finding another veteran QB who can compete with rookie Andy Dalton for the starting spot.

As Rapid Reporter Paul Dehner writes, Cincinnati has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with former Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski.

The move makes sense on a couple different levels.

1) When Gradkowski played in Tampa Bay, he worked with Jay Gruden, who’s now in charge of the Bengals offense. Their familiarity with each other certainly will help Gradkowski, particularly since Dalton hasn’t gotten any practice time in Gruden’s offense.

2) Gradkowski is a legit starting quarterback, compiling a 6-14 record in 20 starts (a third of those wins came against the Bengals!). Yes, that record is not impressive, but he’s the kind of guy that can provide some veteran leadership to help a young quarterback (you saw that a little bit last year in Oakland with Jason Campbell).

Either way, Gradkowski was so excited, he tweeted the following: “Bengal fans let’s get ready to rock and roll! Can’t wait for this great opportunity!”

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:21 pm

Frank Gore and DeSean Jackson plan to hold out

GorePosted by Josh Katzowitz

During the first two days of free agency, we haven’t heard too much about players threatening to hold out from training camp. Mostly, it’s been about high-priced veterans getting cut or teams overpaying for players who aren’t what they once were.

But that annual rite of training camp is about to begin, and, as the Sacramento Bee and the Philadelphia Sports Daily writes, that first two players who have made the probable decisions to hold out are 49ers RB Frank Gore and Eagles WR DeSean Jackson.

Gore is entering the final year of his contract, in which he’ll make a $2.9 million base salary with a $2 million roster bonus. But now that he’s 28, this might be the last chance he has to make a huge payday before teams consider him too old to be an effective starting RB.

It should also be noted that instead of participating in player-led offseason workouts that QB Alex Smith organized during the lockout, Gore remained in Miami to continue rehabbing his broken hip that ended his season last year.

For Jackson, the frustration has been evident since the beginning of training camp last year. He'll enter the final year of his rookie contract set to make $565,000, and QB Michael Vick intimated Tuesday that Jackson might not be at training camp, saying, "DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make."

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 2:43 pm

DeAngelo agrees to $43M deal with Panthers

Posted by Will Brinson

If you thought the Carolina Panthers might sit on their laurels in free agency, well, whoops: less than a day after dropping a $76 million beast of a deal on defensive end Charles Johnson, the Panthers have reportedly signed running back DeAngelo Williams to a five-year, $43-million deal that features $21 million in guaranteed money.

"DeAngelo Williams is back #doubletrouble" Jonathan Stewart, Williams' backfield partner, tweeted shortly after Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network first reported the deal.

Williams, like Johnson, became an unrestricted free agent following the implementation of the new CBA rules and cashed in big-time with his hometown team on Wednesday.

Reports also indicate that the Denver Broncos and Williams' former coach John Fox were in heavy pursuit of the running back, but much like Johnson, it appears the Panthers were willing to pony up and keep him in-town.

The Panthers have also since signed kicker Olindo Mare to a four-year, $12 million deal and signed tight end Ben Hartsock. Yes, it's safe to say they're being a tad active this offseason.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 1:33 pm

Report: Weddle to return to Chargers

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Free agent S Eric Weddle is returning to the Chargers after all.

Despite trumped-up interest from a number of teams (among them, the Jaguars, Broncos and Colts) who wanted to sign the DB coming off a strong season (96 tackles, two interceptions), the San Diego Union Tribune reports he’s agreed to terms to return to San Diego.

Take this for what it’s worth, but his agent David Canter proclaimed it the richest deal ever for a safety. That would be, according to the Union-Trib, that's a five-year, $40 million deal with $19 million of it guaranteed.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:31 pm

Giants, Burress can't meet until Friday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For those wondering if free agent Plaxico Burress would really re-sign with the Giants – and there’s always that possibility – it’s going to take a little bit longer than originally thought.

The Newark Star Ledger explains why, reporting that the Giants were trying to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Burress, so they could poke and proud his brain. All along, they knew, per the new league rules, they couldn’t meet with him at their facility, but they thought they could arrange a get-together at a neutral site.

Apparently, that’s not the case.

So, New York, like everybody else in the league since nobody owns Burress’ rights, will have to wait until Friday before trying to determine whether the Giants really want to bring him back to the team.

If Burress’ rights were still owned by the Giants, only then could the team meet with him in person.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:30 am
Edited on: July 27, 2011 11:51 am

2011 NFL Free Agency Experience, Day 3

Posted by Will Brinson

Free agency is ROLLING, folks, and so are we -- Day 3 of our 2011 NFL Free Agency Experience kicks off just like before.

We'll have live updates, chats, questions, pictures, rumors and -- maybe, just maybe -- some rants. Especially if the rumors about how much money Matt Hasselbeck is getting are true.

Dive in and don't forget to check out our 2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: July 27, 2011 10:52 am

Santonio Holmes agrees to 5-year deal with Jets

Posted by Will Brinson

The wide-receiver dominos are beginning to fall -- Santonio Holmes agreed to terms on a five-year deal with the Jets, according to multiple reports.

Holmes was considered one of the priority for this offseason for the Jets, especially given that the Washington Redskins were rumored to be pursuing him as well.

[Related: 2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker]

However the Redskins made their own noise over the past two days in terms of wideouts, re-signing incumbent No. 1 Santana Moss and then inking Donte Stallworth on Wednesday.

Holmes was a critical addition to the Jets in 2010 and despite missing several games because of suspension, still posted big numbers.

The Jets decision to re-up on Holmes contract means it's unlikely that they'll re-sign Braylon Edwards. It also means that we could see a big run on free-agent wideouts in the near future as other free agents now see what the market Bears out and beginning heavier negotiations with other teams.

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