John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the Seattle Seahawks have signed free agent S Deon Grant (Jaguars) to a six-year contract worth more than $30 million. The deal included what is believed to be the largest signing bonus ever given to an NFL safety
Les Bowen, of the Philadelphia Daily News, reports agent Drew Rosenhaus and unrestricted free-agent WR Donte' Stallworth (Eagles) might decide to go for a one-year deal and then attack free agency again next year. There doesn't seem to be a lot of interest in the former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver at the $10 million-to-$15 million guaranteed-money level that Rosenhaus apparently envisioned.
Rhodes leaves Super Bowl champs to sign with Raiders
By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer March 9, 2007
Running back Dominic Rhodes is going from the Super Bowl champions to the team that posted the worst record in the NFL last season, after agreeing Friday to a two-year contract with the Oakland Raiders that could be worth up to $7.5 million.
"I just want to come in and help this team win," Rhodes said. "It's an honor to be here and an awesome experience to play for the Raiders. The whole history of the Raiders, I love it."
Rhodes likely will split time in Oakland with LaMont Jordan, who is staying with the team after agreeing earlier in the week to reduce his roster bonus from $4.75 million to $3 million. Jordan rushed for only 434 yards and two touchdowns before going down with a season-ending knee injury Nov. 19.
The Raiders had one of the worst offenses in NFL history last year on the way to a 2-14 record. They scored just 168 points -- fifth fewest in a 16-game season -- and had only 12 offensive touchdowns. Oakland had the worst-ranked offense and ranked 29th out of 32 teams in yards rushing.
New coach Lane Kiffin was brought in to upgrade the offense. The team already cut ties with last year's starting quarterback, Aaron Brooks, and is expected to use the No. 1 draft pick on quarterback JaMarcus Russell of LSU or Brady Quinn of Notre Dame.
"Dominic will be a dynamic presence that can diversify our offense both as a runner and pass catcher," Kiffin said. "He is focused and determined to come here and compete immediately with our other running backs."
Earlier in the week, the Raiders signed offensive lineman Jeremy Newberry to a $1.5 million, one-year deal.
Rhodes, who has played his entire six-year career with Indianapolis, will be counted on to improve a running game that averaged 3.9 yards per carry in 2006.
He started all 16 regular-season games last season, rushing for 641 yards and five touchdowns. After backing up Edgerrin James since entering the league, Rhodes shared the job last season with rookie Joseph Addai. He has 2,274 yards rushing in his career.
Rhodes had one of his best performances in the Colts' Super Bowl win over the Chicago Bears, rushing for 113 yards in Indianapolis' 29-17 victory.
Just a few weeks later, Rhodes was arrested for drunken driving after being pulled over for driving 81 mph in a 55-mph zone near Indianapolis. If convicted of the class A misdemeanor, penalties range from no jail time to one year behind bars. A conviction on a first-time offense typically results in probation, a fine and substance abuse treatment, according to prosecutors.
Should have known Dominic Rhodes would end up with the Raiders after his arrest for drunken driving.To be fair mabeye in his defense he was drunk when he signed the contract,or could it be that the Raiders free agency signing policy is to get them drunk and signed up.Because thats the only way they they could get any free agents to sign for them.lol lol lol lol lol
A week after the Cowboys paid more than $49 million to add Leonard Davis to the right side of their defensive line, the Cowboys filled out the rest of the right side by re-signing right tackle Marc Colombo.
Colombo received a two-year, $7 million deal that included a $4 million signing bonus. The Jets were among other teams pursuing the former Bears No. 1 draft choice, but Colombo opted to stay with the Cowboys.
With Colombo under contract, Davis can now concentrate on playing right guard. Columbo's re-signing was considered a top priority of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. He re-signed center Andre Gurode before the start of free agency and then added Davis last week. The return of Colombo ends any uncertainty about the offensive line.
If these guys stay healthy, man its like the old Redskins O Line average height 6'6 average weight 330lbs..............thats a whole lota O Line ;D
LT Adams - 6'6 340 LG Kosier - 6'5 305 C Gurode - 6'4 312 RG Davis - 6'6 366 RT Colombo - 6'8 320
New England continued its busy offseason by agreeing to terms with wide receiver Donte Stallworth on a detailed six-year contract that could be worth as much as $33.1 million or as little as $3.6 million for one season.
The complex nature of the contract reflects the fact that Stallworth is currently in the NFL substance abuse program, according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Another violation of the program could result in a suspension.
"We considered a number of other opportunities for Donte," agent Drew Rosenhaus said. "This was a terrific opportunity to play with Tom Brady and a Patriots team that looks like a behemoth right now with all the moves they’ve made coming off the playoffs."
The deal is also reflective of how difficult a time the Patriots had replacing departed receivers Deion Branch and David Givens last season. Stallworth is the second receiver the Patriots have acquired this offseason, following a trade the team made for former Dolphins receiver/return man Wes Welker. Welker, who the Patriots gave up second- and seventh-round picks to get, was also given a five-year, $18 million contract upon joining the Patriots.
Stallworth is the fifth player overall that the Patriots have acquired this offseason after losing to Indianapolis in the AFC Championship Game. Earlier in free agency, New England added prized linebacker Adalius Thomas.
To get Stallworth, the Patriots agreed to pay him a $1 million signing bonus, a $300,000 workout bonus, $700,000 base salary and a $1.6 million roster bonus if Stallworth makes the 53-man roster. He has another $400,000 in incentives.
In 2008, the Patriots will have to decide on whether to give Stallworth a $6 million option bonus. If so, Stallworth would receive another $2 million roster bonus on the first day of the league year in March of that year, $400,000 workout bonus, $1 million base salary and a $1.6 million bonus for making the 53-man roster. That’s a total of $11 million that Stallworth could earn in the second year of the deal.
From there, Stallworth can earn another $18.5 million over the final four years of the contract in a similar combination of bonuses and base salary.
The Patriots featured a revolving door at wide receiver last season. They had four players with at least 40 receptions, led by Reche Caldwell with 61. However, the team didn’t have a consistent deep threat. They acquired Doug Gabriel in training camp for that role, but cut him late in the season. The Patriots also recently lost No. 2 tight end Daniel Graham in free agency.
Stallworth is considered an excellent deep threat. He caught 38 passes for 725 yards and five touchdowns last season with Philadelphia. He was a first-round pick by New Orleans in 2002 and was traded to the Eagles in training camp last season.
Welker gives the Patriots a possession receiver who is good at working the middle of the field despite being only 5-foot-9. However, there is ample irony to the moves by the Patriots at wide receiver.
The moves come less than a year after the Patriots battled Branch in contract negotiations and let Givens go in free agency. Branch held out during training camp and was eventually traded to Seattle for a first-round pick. Branch, who was a favorite of Brady, received a six-year, $39 million contract.
Stallworth received contract offers from Tennessee, Miami and Philadelphia and received some interest from San Francisco.
Eagles signed Cowboys LB Ryan Fowler to offer sheet, should be official unless Dallas decide to match the offer in 7 days, but I don't think they're likely to.
And hopefully we'll sign ex-Ram Kevin Curtis, to sort out WR issue. Still need to find a power RB, but the draft should be alright for that. Or Buckhalter might still return.
Wouldn't be suprised to see at least 1 trade Eagles before the season starts. LJ might be someone Eagles would be willing to trade, if we aren't gonna get him signed to a new deal this season, then he's gonna be too hot a property to keep next FA i think. Might wanna think of next years draft, since we'll need to start thinking QB by then, unless we take one this year.
No way would Dallas match that for basically a back up and a ST player..............but the Titans did
IRVING, Texas - The status of linebacker Ryan Fowler, as far as the Cowboys go, didn't exactly change much over weekend.
Like it appeared on Friday, Fowler probably won't be returning to the Cowboys next season.
However, while it was initially reported he had agreed to sign a four-year offer sheet with the Eagles, who actually announced the move in a press release on Sunday, Fowler made a late change and has now signed an offer sheet with Tennessee.
Fowler, a restricted free agent, signed a four-year, $11.5 million offer sheet with the Titans, who are obviously giving the three-year veteran a chance to start, something that didn't seem likely here in Dallas.
I dont know about Randy Moss going to the Patriots but they have signed wide receiver Kelly Washington who was with the Bengals.The deal is reported to be structured along the lines of the contract that Dante Stallworth signed.It is Reported Washington will receive a $300,000 signing bonus but nothing else in the form of guaranteed money.The deal could stretch to five years and be worth a maximum of $22 million,but the Patriots must pick up an option bonus in 2008 worth $4 million for it to be more than a one-year deal.