Talib (knee) signed a six-year, $57 million deal with Denver on Tuesday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter
Talib was one of the top remaining defensive backs left in free agency, and will ink a huge deal with the Broncos, which features $26 million in guaranteed money. Talib resurrected his career with the Patriots in 2013, accumulating 41 combined tackles, 13 passes defended and four interceptions. The Broncos also signed free agent safety T.J. Ward on Tuesday, showing that they are placing the highest priority on mending their defensive back woes. This combination should more than make up for the loss of Champ Bailey, and help them improve a pass defense that was ranked 27th in the NFL in 2013 with 254 yards allowed per game.
Byrd signed a six-year deal with the Saints on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Byrd was one of the most sought after free agents on the market, and his move to New Orleans comes as a slight surprise, considering the Saints' cap situation. They'll be gaining one of the league's top safeties however, as Byrd will bolster a pass defense that ranked only behind the defending Super Bowl champs in passing yards allowed in 2013. At 27 years old, Byrd has racked up 22 career interceptions over five NFL seasons with Buffalo.
Gonzalez was released by the Falcons on Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Gonzalez has already stated that he plans to hang up his cleats this offseason, so the move is little more than a way to free up some cap space sooner rather than later. If Gonzalez does decide to come back, he would be a free agent.
Jenkins agreed to a three-year, $16.25 million deal with the Eagles on Tuesday, Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports.
Jenkins has had a solid five-year career with the Saints, recently racking up 68 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions over his 2013 campaign. The Eagles needed to address their week secondary, and were able to reel in Jenkins with $8.5 million in guaranteed money. He should step right into a starting safety role and he remains a quality IDP option due to his playmaking ability.
The Ravens signed Monroe to a five-year deal worth $37.5 million, ESPN.com reports.
The Ravens let Monroe dabble in free agency, but ultimately they brought him back at a decent rate, when compared to the deals that fellow left tackles Branden Albert, Jared Veldheer and Rodger Saffold landed in the open market Tuesday.
The Raiders have re-signed McFadden to a one-year, $4 million contract, ESPN.com reports.
It remains to be seen whether the Raiders will bring in additional backfield competition as the offseason rolls along, but with Rashad Jennings headed to the Giants, it looks like the Raiders are comfortable with giving McFadden -- who can be productive when healthy -- another shot at heading their backfield after an injury-marred 2013 campaign in which ran for 379 yards and five touchdowns on 114 rushing attempts and adding 108 yards on 17 receptions in 10 games.
03/11/14 - 2:47PM ETVontae Davis
: Inks Four-Year Deal with Colts
Davis agreed to a four-year, $39 million deal with the Colts on Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.
Davis was a fixture in the Colts' secondary in 2013, accumulating 46 combined tackles and one interception, while tying a career-best number of 12 passes defended. Keeping Davis was the Colts' top priority in free agency.
The Giants will sign Jennings, the Star-Ledger reports.
Taking advantage of added opportunities created by Darren McFadden's injury woes, Jennings recorded 733 yards and six touchdowns on 163 rushing attempts, while adding 292 yards on 36 receptions, in 15 games for the Raiders in 2013. Jennings now gives the Giants additional running back depth -- to go along with Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox -- with Andre Brown a free agent and David Wilson bouncing back from a neck injury.
03/11/14 - 2:40PM ETT.J. Ward
: Inking Deal With Broncos
Ward will sign with the Broncos, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Ward had one of the best seasons of his career as a Brown in 2013, racking up 112 combined tackles, two interceptions, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. The campaign made him one of the most highly-touted free agent safeties on the market, and he wasted no time catching on with a championship-caliber team Tuesday.
The 49ers have acquired Gabbert from the Jaguars for a sixth-round draft pick, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Look for Gabbert -- the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft -- to replace Colt McCoy as Colin Kaepernick's top backup this coming season. While the move provides Gabbert with a fresh start after his rocky stint with the Jags, it obviously wipes out his fantasy value as long as Kaepernick is healthy.
Bethea has signed a four-year, $23-million deal with the 49ers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The 29-year-old Bethea, who will replace fellow safety Donte Whitner, should retain IDP relevance in 2014 on the heels of his fourth straight 100-plus tackle season with the Colts. Along with his 110 tackles in 2013, Bethea added a sack and two picks.
03/11/14 - 2:11PM ETKevin Kolb
: Released by Bills
Kolb (concussion) has been released by the Bills, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.
Kolb's medical issues are still up in the air and the team will either bring in a healthier veteran to put behind EJ Manuel - who for now is the future of the position - or just keep developing three youngsters together between Manuel, Thad Lewis, and Jeff Tuel (and perhaps a draft pick). As for Kolb, his days as an NFL starter are probably over and we can only hope he gets enough good news on the health front that he might be able to stick around as a backup for a bit. Right now, that's anything but promising, as early reports indicate Kolb was released due to a failed physical.
The Browns have signed Whitner to a four-year, $28 million deal, ESPN.com reports.
The hard-hitting Whitner, who recorded 73 tackles and two picks for the 49ers in 2013, is in line to replace fellow safety T.J. Ward this season, with his signing coming on the heels of the Browns' splashy addition of inside linebacker Karlos Dansby.
The Redskins have re-signed Moss to a one-year deal, the Washington Post reports.
The 34-year-old recorded 42 catches for 452 yards and two touchdowns for the Redskins in 2013, but the team's signing of fellow wideout Andre Roberts could well cut into Moss' looks in the team's offense this coming season.
03/11/14 - 1:42PM ETBranden Albert
: Signs Five-Year Deal with Dolphins
Albert will sign a five-year deal with the Dolphins, the Miami Herald reports.
Albert's deal will reportedly pay him over $9 million per season. He'll now anchor the Dolphins' offensive line for the foreseeable future, which is great news for QB Ryan Tannehill, who was sacked a league-high (and franchise record) 58 times this past season.
McCluster has agreed to a three-year deal with the Titans, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The report suggests that McCluster's new contract is worth up to $12 million and includes $4.5 million in guaranteed money. McCluster will provide the Titans with a nice boost at both wideout and in the return game, on the heels of a 2013 season in which he recorded a career-high 53 receptions on 81 targets for 511 yards and two touchdowns.
Ware (elbow) has been released by the Cowboys, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
The 31-year-old Ware is coming off a season in which he recorded 40 tackles and a career-low six sacks in 13 games for the Cowboys, but it was his reluctance to restructure his deal that led to his release, which saves the Cowboys $7.4 million against the team's 2014 salary cap. Ware is recovering from a recent surgery to repair nerve damage in his elbow, but he expects to return to form in 2014 now that he's had that issue addressed.
Dansby is set to sign a four-year deal with the Browns worth $24 million, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Dansby, who racked up 122 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four picks for the Cards in 2013, is slated to replace fellow LB D'Qwell Jackson, who led the Browns in tackles this past season. Now manning the middle in Cleveland, Dansby should remain a useful IDP in 2014.
The Giants have re-signed Brown (knee), the Star-Ledger reports.
Brown tore his ACL this past preseason, but the report suggests that he is ahead of schedule with his recovery at this stage. Once he re-proves his health, look for Brown to compete for safety reps with Will Hill, who emerged in Brown's absence in 2013.
Edelman will hit free agency after turning down the Patriots' latest offer, the Boston Herald reports.
While Edelman could still circle back with the Patriots, he's set to see what's available on the open market on the heels of a breakout season in 2013 in which he recorded 105 catches for 1,056 yards, with six touchdowns.
03/11/14 - 10:06AM ETJohnny Jolly
: Healed From Neck Surgery
Jolly's neck fusion has healed as of Tuesday and he can now embark upon strength work, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
After undergoing the Jan. 10 procedure to fuse his C-5 and C-6 vertebrae, Jolly has been given the go-ahead by a medical professional to begin lifting for the upcoming season. The unrestricted free agent received the good news on the same day free agency opens up, but considering the Packers' loyalty to the defensive end, he'll more than likely listen to the organization over all others.
03/11/14 - 9:58AM ETJoique Bell
: Agrees to Two-Year Extension
Bell agreed to a two-year, $7 million extension, including $4.3 million guaranteed, with the Lions on Monday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM reports.
After two productive campaigns, the former undrafted free agent has cashed in. To date, Bell has been a modicum of health, as opposed to backfield mate Reggie Bush, thereby providing insurance in case the latter suffers through injuries in the coming seasons. Through two full seasons, Bell, a dual threat, has totaled 248 carries for 1,064 yards (4.3 YPC) and 11 touchdowns, while accumulating 105 receptions (on 138 targets) for 1,032 yards.
Daniels was cut by the Texans on Tuesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The move isn't a surprising one, considering Daniels was owed $4.5 million next season and he appeared in 11 or fewer games in three of the last five years. In his eight campaigns with the Texans, he hauled in 385 catches (on 595 targets) for 4,617 yards and 29 touchdowns. If healthy, he could very well be an effective red-zone target with a new organization, but he will have to prove that he has recovered from his broken right fibula.
Johnson inked a five-year, $43.75 million deal with the Bucs on Tuesday, including a guaranteed $24 million, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Despite regressing to 3.5 sacks in 2013, Johnson notched a career-best 56 tackles (35 solo) with nine passes defended and two forced fumbles on the ledger. In five NFL campaigns, he's missed just one game, while racking up 26.5 sacks. He'll now act as a pass-rushing and run-stopping complement to defensive stalwarts Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy.
The Redskins have signed Roberts, the Washington Post reports.
With Santana Moss and Josh Morgan slated to hit free agency, Roberts -- who recorded 43 catches for 471 yards and two TDs for the Cards this past season -- provides the Redskins with a needed receiving weapon to go along with top wideout Pierre Garcon. In addition, Roberts can help the Redskins as a returner.
The Colts have signed Vinatieri to a two-year contract, the Indianapolis Star reports.
The 41-year old Vinatieri is coming off a 2013 season in which he made 35-of-40 field goal attempts, while going 4-of-6 from beyond 50 yards. In doing so, he maintained fantasy utility by recording 139 points, which was good for eighth in the league.
Monday, March 10
03/10/14 - 8:38PM ETAaron Dobson
: Out 2-3 Months For Foot Surgery
Dobson underwent surgery to repair the stress fracture in his left foot Monday, and the procedure comes with an estimated recovery period of two-to-three months, the Boston Herald reports.
Dobson can essentially be ruled out for the beginning of the Patriots' offseason program on Apr. 21, and he'll likely miss a sizable chunk of OTAs. However, the pessimistic end of the recovery period (three months) would have him ready in mid-June, about 11 weeks before Week 1 of the 2014 season. Barring any major setbacks, Dobson should have plenty of time to compete for a role in the New England offense. It remains to be seen what the team will do this offseason, but the 2013 second-round pick will likely be in the mix for a significant role, if he isn't handed one.
McClain plans to play in 2014, the Carroll County Times reports.
McClain's rights still belong to the Baltimore Ravens, after the team signed him last offseason, only to watch the young linebacker "retire" a few months later. McClain took a year off to get his off-the-field life in order but is seemingly satisfied with his progress and ready to play again. While he never figures to justify his status as a former top-10 pick, the 24-year-old McClain has all the raw tools to develop into a starting inside linebacker. Of course, whether he'll actually do so remains to be seen. With Daryl Smith slated to hit free agency, the Ravens could certainly use a cheap option at ILB.
03/10/14 - 3:40PM ETJay Feely
: Re-Signs with Cardinals
Feely has re-signed with the Cardinals, according to the kicker's own twitter account.
Feely is coming off a strong season that saw him make 30-of-36 (83.3 percent) field-goal attempts, including 3-of-5 from beyond 50 yards. The Cardinals will give reserve/futures signing Danny Hrapmann a look, but Feely will likely hold onto his job heading into his age-38 season. The veteran is still a solid kicker but doesn't have great range and is attached to a mediocre offense.
The Bears plan to terminate Bush's contract, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Biggs adds that the move saves the Bears $1.85 million against the salary cap. Bush will now look to catch on elsewhere, with his short-yardage skills likely to earn him another NFL gig before too long.
The Panthers are reportedly trying to deal Smith, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
As Rapoport points out, the 34-year-old Smith's $7 million cap number, combined with his age, figure to make it tough for the Panthers to deal the wideout. In the absence of a trade, Smith would then presumably be a candidate to be released by Carolina.
Bennett agreed to a deal with the Seahawks on Monday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
As expected, Bennett didn't allow any hometown discount, as his four-year deal is worth $32 million, with $16 million of that guaranteed. He would have been one of the most highly sought-after defensive ends on the free-agent market after his 2013 campaign, in which he accumulated 8.5 sacks and 31 combined tackles. However, he'll remain in Seattle, where he'll be a key component in containing Colin Kaepernick of the division-rival 49ers.
Holmes was released by the Jets on Monday, the team's official site reports.
The release of Holmes will save the Jets $8.25 million in cap room, making the move somewhat of a no-brainer for the team. The 30-year-old caught just 23 passes on 59 targets in 2013, totaling 456 yards and one score. Holmes would be the perfect candidate for a short-term, "prove it" deal for a team looking to add a potential deep threat. His 2014 fantasy potential will greatly depend on the quarterback situation and offensive scheme of the destination in which he happens to land.
Woodley will be released by the Steelers on Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.
Woodley will be classified as a post-June 1 cap casualty, which will make him a free agent starting at 4 ET on Tuesday. The seven-year veteran was due to make $8 million in 2014, and the Steelers didn't feel that the 29-year-old, who had just five sacks in 2013, was worth that type of cap hit. He'll be free to sign elsewhere and automatically becomes one of the top pass-rushing free agents on the market.
McCown indicated Monday that his representatives have been in talks with four teams as free agency approaches, ESPN.com reports.
While the QB didn't name the teams, it's thought that the Bears, Buccaneers, Jets and Texans are the organizations most likely to pursue McCown in free agency. Meanwhile, he suggests that if he ends up leaving the Bears, it would most likely be in the event that he is provided with a scenario in which he would be able to compete for a starting assignment elsewhere.
The Colts are thought to be nearing a deal with Davis, the CBS's Jason LaCanfora reports.
The report further notes that the deal to keep Davis with the Colts could be done as soon as Monday. Davis is coming off a 2013 season in which he recorded 46 tackles and a pick in 16 games for the team.
The Jets have released Cromartie, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.
The report adds that cutting Cromartie saves the Jets $9.5 million against the salary cap. Meanwhile, the team is thought to be open to the possibility of re-signing the cornerback -- who recorded 38 tackles and three picks for the team this past season -- at a reduced rate.
The Vikings have signed Brinkley to a one-year deal, 1500espn.com reports.
Brinkley, who recorded 27 tackles in 15 games with the Cardinals last season, returns to the Vikings, where he played the first four seasons of his career after being drafted by the team in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL draft. Brinkley started at middle linebacker for the Vikings in 2012, recording 99 tackles, with his addition to the 2014 mix giving the team some added depth at the position, following the release of Erin Henderson.
Griffen signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract with the Vikings on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
The 26-year-old has been handsomely rewarded after playing in all 48 games over the past three seasons, with an impressive 17.5 sacks during that span. This likely ensures Jared Allen won't be back with the team, so the Vikings figure to seek out a replacement to start opposite Griffen in the draft.
03/09/14 - 9:46AM ETTony Romo
: (Back) Rehab On Schedule
Romo says he's right on schedule in his rehab from back surgery in December, the Dallas Morning News reports. "It's going good," Romo said. "We're getting close now. Usually it takes three months, it's just normal kind of roundabout date that they give you and we're right on schedule. Really ahead in a lot of ways. Just going to be ready to go here in about a month and rehab is going good, no setbacks of any kind."
At this point there's no reason to think the back will be an issue for him next season. With some young, improving offensive lineman in front of him and Dez Bryant and Jason Witten still in the fold, Romo should once again be one of the stronger QB fantasy plays in 2014.
Nicks has circulated medical assurances to all clubs that his past foot and knee should not inhibit his 2014 season, ESPN.com reports.
Dr. James Andrews wrote to teams to say Nicks' knee is "completely healed" from February 2013 PCL surgery, and Dr. Robert Anderson wrote that a recent MRI provided no discernible ankle or foot problems that would prevent the 26-year-old from playing in 2014. It's good news for Nicks with free agency set to begin Tuesday, but given the question marks surrounding his durability, he figures to have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason. The Giants are not expected to bring him back.