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Free Agent Signings: Around The NFL

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    I think he definitely is in a Martz system...he covers speed and route running...I don't think Decker is really a burner. Plus, he's white...more of the Ricky Proehl/Dane Looker role.
     
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    Cardinals reel in Ted Ginn Jr. with a three-year deal
    Posted by Darin Gantt on March 13, 2014

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    It took Ted Ginn Jr. some time to establish himself as an actual wide receiver in the NFL.

    But it didn’t take him long to find a new job.

    The Cardinals just announced they reached a three-year contract with the former Panthers wide receiver.

    Ginn scored five touchdown on offense for the Panthers last year, or one fewer than the former first-rounder had scored in his first six seasons in the league.

    He’s also continued to be a threat as a return man, and with the Cardinals, there’s no pressure on him to be more than a third option and a special-teamer.
     
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    If we didn't have Austin, I might have had interest in Ginn.... but not for big money.
     
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    Fast and Spurious
    NFL free agency opened with more than 60 contracts and a $1 billion binge on the first day alone, but the eye-popping numbers don’t tell the whole story. Let's pause to assess the winners, the losers and the leaps of faith ... plus, my take on Vince Wilfork’s impending divorce from the Patriots and why Everson Griffen—who?—became a rich man
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    Linval Joseph (l.) got a five-year, $31.25 million deal from the Vikings, but in reality it’s a two-year deal for $13 million. (Ron Cortes/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT/Sipa USA)


    NFL free agency usually has a few stages. The first day is when teams throw big money at impact players, along with a few targeted signings that perfectly fit team needs. The next couple days involve veterans who are a little pickier about money and the corresponding cap hit. This weekend, we’ll witness the beginning of the next stage: the musical chairs installment, when players and agents start to get a bit more desperate to find a new team before the big money dries up. After that, the value shoppers will start picking over the discount bin.

    So, this is the perfect time to hit pause and assess some of the moves that have already gone down. That said, I won’t get into the whole grading thing—“champions” in March have little correlation to the champions in February—but I like to group the key moves in a few different categories. Basically, it breaks down into moves that I really liked, those I’m cautious about, and leaps of faith, which may or may not pay off.

    YOU’LL BE HAPPY
    DE Willie Young, Bears (3 years, $9 million): An overlooked but very effective member of the Lions’ defensive line who should take the next step in Chicago. He’s an improving pass rusher with a great motor. Bears get bang for their bucks on this one.

    OT Jared Veldheer, Cardinals (5 years, $35 million): If he didn’t have the torn triceps last year, he might have been the highest paid tackle on the market. He’s a very good player and Arizona should finally have a left tackle they can count on.

    CB Alterraun Verner, Buccaneers (4 years, $25.5 million): Of the top cornerbacks on the market, Verner is the youngest and perhaps the best fit for what coach Love Smith likes to do on defense. Tampa Bay got a great deal because many teams don’t think Verner is a shutdown corner; those teams might be sorry they felt that way.

    SS T.J. Ward, Broncos (4 years, $22.5 million): While many of these contracts are configured so the team can get out after one season, Ward should see the end of this deal, which is fair to both the player and team. He’s 27 and has more upside than other safeties on the market, such as Donte Whitner and Antoine Bethea. Denver will be happy.

    CB Darrelle Revis, Patriots (Real deal: one year, $12 million): It’s a two-year contract, which allows the Patriots to spread the cap hit out. Revis will likely be there for one season, and then we’ll see happens. Regardless, the Patriots get a lockdown cornerback who is an upgrade over Aqib Talib in every way, especially durability.

    OT Eugene Monroe, Ravens (5 years, $37.5 million): He’s been very good the past two seasons, and he’s only getting better. Smart move by both sides to keep a relatively young player (Monroe turns 27 in April) in the fold so he can continue to grow.

    DT Linval Joseph, Vikings (5 years, $31.25 million): This is really a two-year deal for $13 million. Joseph is just 25, durable and more of a two-way (run and pass) defender than most realize. That’s great value up front for Minnesota.

    OT Austin Howard, Raiders (5 years, $30 million): The overall deal is a bit rich for a player like Howard, but there’s beauty in how it’s structured. GM Reggie McKenzie worked hard to get the Raiders’ cap in order and now he’s installing a pay-as-you-go system. As soon as the player doesn’t perform, he’s gone with no cap hit.

    DE Michael Bennett, Seahawks (4 years, $28.5 million): Looks like this is really three years and $27 million, and that’s a fair deal for a player who is extremely versatile and knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl.

    DT Arthur Jones, Colts (5 years, $33 million): Given his knowledge and comfort in Chuck Pagano’s defense, Jones won’t have the same learning curve as many free agents playing with new clubs. An average of $6.6 million per year (at an important position in the scheme) should be solid value.

    DL Red Bryant, Jaguars (4 years, $17 million): There’s only $5.25 million guaranteed in this contract, and Jacksonville got the kind of guy who will be as steady as an oak on that line.

    FS Jairus Byrd, Saints (6 years, $54 million): The total value is startling, but that’s a reflection of how important the free safety position has become if you want to play man coverage. His deal is going to need some renegotiation at some point (probably after a second season), but Byrd will be worth it.

    OG Jon Asamoah, Falcons (5 years, $22.5 million): Atlanta needed an upgrade on the line and got it with an underrated player who brings a nasty edge to the unit. His best football is ahead.

    CB Captain Munnerlyn, Vikings (3 years, $15 million): The NFL’s worst pass defense got a young (26), feisty and versatile player. Instant upgrade.

    WR Golden Tate, Lions (5 years, $31 million): Detroit finally gets a viable receiver to pair with Calvin Johnson, and it didn’t break the bank to do it.

    CB Nolan Carroll, Eagles (2 years, $5.2 million): An underrated player with the Dolphins, Carroll should be a better fit in Philadelphia where his length is a big asset.

    A BIT RISKY
    FS Mike Mitchell, Steelers (5 years, $25 million): Mitchell had a very good season for the Panthers and got rewarded. Now we’ll find out if he overachieved with help from Carolina’s front seven, or if he’s really that good.

    CB Aqib Talib, Broncos (6 years, $57 million): Judging by the total value of the deal, this seems risky. In reality, it’s a three-year deal for $27 million, but the Broncos have left themselves outs after the first and second seasons. That was smart, because Talib has a history of being one of the most volatile players on and off the field. Even if he’s past his off-field issues, his health is always a concern.

    OLB DeMarcus Ware, Broncos (3 years, $30 million): Ware has good football ahead of him—and pairing him with Von Miller could be lethal—but his recent injury history should give pause. It’s a great deal if he’s on the field. If he’s not, the Broncos could be in trouble. Overall, this was risk worth taking.

    ILB Karlos Dansby, Browns (4 years, $24 million): In reality, there’s $14 million guaranteed in this contract. There’s no question Dansby played great last season, but he turns 33 in November. Will his body hold up to the contract?

    DE Lamarr Houston, Bears (5 years, $35 million): This is probably two years at $14.9 million, which is similar to Bennett’s deal with the Seahawks. Bennett is more versatile and a better pass rusher. It all depends on how Chicago uses Houston. He’s such a unique player, but his skills could go to waste.

    SS Antoine Bethea, 49ers (4 years, $23 million): I think he is better overall than the player he’s replacing, Donte Whitner. But Bethea is 30, and while he hasn’t missed a game in six years, can that injury luck continue?

    BUYER BEWARE
    LB D’Qwell Jackson, Colts (4 years, $22 million): Nobody questions Jackson’s leadership and work ethic, but he’s been declining, especially when in a 3-4 defense like this one. He might be better in a 4-3. A lot of risk for the Colts in this one.

    DE Michael Johnson, Buccaneers (5 years, $43.8 million): This is a bit pricey for a player who has yet to show he can be the type of dominating pass rusher that normally commands this salary. Tampa is taking a leap of faith that he’ll be better in its system. Maybe he will, but there’s definite risk here.

    SS Donte Whitner, Browns (4 years, $28 million): Whitner is a good player, but he’s in this category because I don’t understand why Cleveland didn’t retain T.J. Ward for less money, especially because he’s younger and, in my opinion, has more upside.

    OG Zane Beadles, Jaguars (5 years, $30 million): He struggled down the stretch and in the Super Bowl. Beadles will need to prove that it was an aberration to live up to this contract, which could turn into two years at $12.5 million.

    CB Vontae Davis, Colts (4 years, $39 million): Davis has always looked the part and flashed shut down ability — he just hasn’t done so consistently. He also has a tendency to get dinged up (see last year’s playoffs). Like Jackson, this is another roll of the dice by GM Ryan Grigson, who is also betting on RB Trent Richardson to pay off.

    DE Tyson Jackson, Falcons (5 years, $25 million): Jackson’s going to receive at least $16 million out of this deal, which is a little rich for a player who is very good against the run but doesn’t provide much in pass rush.

    TE Brandon Pettigrew, Lions (4 years, $16 million): I don’t get this one. Pettigrew has always been an inconsistent player who has teased with his potential. He has shown no signs of being more than just average.

    NICKEL PACKAGE
    1. We all know football is a tough business, but it’s still sad to see an impending divorce between the Patriots and nose tackle Vince Wilfork. The NFL Network reported that the 10-year veteran has asked to be released. The plan always appeared to be that Wilfork would be fairly extended this offseason, before the final year of his deal, and that he would rightfully finish his career in New England. But Wilfork, who missed just six games in his first nine years, tore his Achilles last season and that changed things. The Patriots probably factored in an injury discount, and Wilfork decided he’d rather take less elsewhere than continue on with the Patriots. That happens when a player feels disrespected. Why would Wilfork feel that way?

    Just an educated guess: after the Patriots made him honor his rookie contract by playing for six years way below market value, Wilfork probably didn’t take kindly to the team not sticking to the market-value extension both agreed to in 2010. The Patriots were just playing the game in a system that will always be stacked against the player, which is their right. Both the team and fans get upset if a player holds out and doesn’t honor his contract. Then teams, when given the chance, will quickly say, “Take a pay cut or leave.” (Wilfork isn’t a descending and/or injury-prone player like others who are often cut loose). NFL teams get to have it both ways. People love to talk about loyalty, but if the team isn’t going to show it, the player shouldn’t be expected to either.

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    2. I like the decision by the Bills to move middle linebacker Kiko Alonso to weakside linebacker in their new scheme. As a rookie last season, Alonso was impressive at middle linebacker, but now he’ll have the opportunity to make more plays. He has that kind of potential.

    3. According to two front office sources, Vikings free-agent end Jared Allen is looking for a contract that will pay him in the neighborhood of $12 million per season. That would keep him where he was under his contract with the Vikings. Allen is still a very good and durable player with a lot to add as a veteran presence, but it’s hard to see him getting more than DeMarcus Ware ($10 million with Broncos). The list of contenders who are a good scheme fit with that kind of cash isn’t very long. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. The Jaguars would be a good fit, but they don’t have a quarterback.

    4. Many fans don’t know much about Vikings end Everson Griffen. After all, he started just one game in his first four seasons. So there was probably some surprise when he received a five-year, $42.5 million contract. But NFL teams viewed Griffen as a diamond in the rough because his lack of playing time resulted from being behind Jared Allen and Brian Robison on the depth chart. When he played, Griffen was very effective and a versatile chess piece. This is a fair deal for a rising player.

    5. One thing that will have to be looked at once free agency is over: the amount of contracts in which teams basically hold an option after each season in the form of roster bonuses. Because of this wrinkle, fully guaranteed money (against injury, skill and cap) is becoming less and less. For example, Aqib Talib’s deal with the Broncos has a total value of six years and $57 million.

    But the Broncos could get out after one year at $12 million. His salaries in ’14 and ’15 are guaranteed for injury only, and don’t kick in until the third day of each league year. With the new draft system guaranteeing more of rookie salaries, most assumed that it would trickle up to veteran contracts. That hasn’t happened. It’s such a recent shift that it’s too early to gauge whether this is good or bad for the players.
     
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    Dolphins land Knowshon Moreno
    Posted by Mike Wilkening on March 27, 2014

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    The Dolphins are adding one of the top backs left in free agency.

    The club has come to terms on a one-year deal with Denver’s Knowshon Moreno, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

    Moreno led the AFC-champion Broncos in rushing in 2013, racking up 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns on 241 carries. He was also a key contributor in the passing game, hauling in 60 receptions for 548 yards and three TDs.

    Moreno is likely to compete with third-year pro Lamar Miller for work in the Miami backfield.

    Moreno, who turns 27 in June, was No. 76 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.
     
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    Report: Raiders, Maurice Jones-Drew agree to terms
    Posted by Michael David Smith on March 28, 2014

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    Maurice Jones-Drew traveled to Oakland on Thursday, and he reportedly won’t be leaving without a contract.

    Jones-Drew has agreed to terms on a contract with the Raiders and will sign it if he passes his physical today, CSNBayArea.com reports.

    Jones-Drew met with Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie on Thursday and will now join a backfield that also features Darren McFadden, 2013 sixth-round pick Latavius Murray and former CFL star Kory Sheets.

    The 29-year-old Jones-Drew grew up in Oakland and is now coming home to play for his hometown team. The Raiders hope that after back-to-back disappointing seasons, Jones-Drew can show he still has something left.
     
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    Pats keep Wilfork with new 3-yr, $22.5M deal

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    Patriots agreed to terms with DT Vince Wilfork on a new three-year, $22.5 million contract.

    According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, only $3 million is guaranteed, but Wilfork could make up to $8 million in 2014 through incentives. It's a rare happy ending for a veteran in New England after Wilfork reportedly demanded his release earlier this month. Wilfork was upset that the Patriots had asked him to rework the final year of his contract, which called for $7.5 million. Going on 33, Wilfork was limited to four games by a torn Achilles' tendon last season. With the Pats since 2004, it's possible Wilfork won't play out his new contract.
     
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    Report: Steelers strike two-year deal with LeGarrette Blount
    Posted by Mike Wilkening on March 28, 2014

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    The Steelers got the backfield help they wanted.

    Aaron Wilson of National Football Post reports the Steelers reached a two-year deal with Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount on Friday.

    Blount comes off a productive one-season stint with New England, which acquired him late last April. Blount proved a key addition to the Patriots’ backfield, gaining 772 yards and scoring seven touchdowns in regular season play. He played especially well in the latter stages of the season, highlighted by a four-TD performance against the Colts in the divisional playoffs.

    Blount (6-0, 250) will be the primary complement to Le’Veon Bell in the Steelers’ backfield. His departure from New England leaves Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden as the Patriots’ top three tailbacks.
     
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    Eric Winston would like to sign with team before draft
    Posted by Josh Alper on March 30, 2014

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    Tackle Eric Winston has been elected as the president of the NFL Players Association, but he doesn’t want those responsibilities to be the only things on his plate in 2014.

    While he’s protecting the interests of the league’s players as a group, he’d like to be advancing the interests of one team as a member of their offensive line. Winston would like to return for another year in the desert, although he knows that might not be possible. Whether it is in Arizona or elsewhere, Winston would like to sign before the draft in May.

    “I can’t say there have been super-positive talks or anything like that,” Winston said, via Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic. “It doesn’t seem like anything is being done. I’d still love to come back to Arizona. I love the guys in the locker room, love the city, and I think the team will be really good with or without me. They’re ready to have a special run out there. At the same time, it is what it is. I’m looking to get on a team as soon as possible, hopefully before the draft. I know I still have some miles left on the tires, and I’m looking to burn them off.”

    Winston didn’t sign until just before camp last year and while he feels he held up well under the circumstances, his play wasn’t quite up to previous levels. Getting more time with a team couldn’t hurt, although it seems there’s still some work for Winston to do in terms of convincing someone to offer him an appealing deal.
     
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    Titans releasing Chris Johnson
    Posted by Mike Wilkening on April 4, 2014

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    Chris Johnson’s six-season run with Tennessee is officially over.

    The Titans announced they will release Johnson, their star tailback, on Friday.

    Johnson, 28, rushed for 7,965 yards and 50 touchdowns in regular season play for Tennessee, which drafted him in Round One in 2008. He has exceeded 1,000 yards rushing in all six of his NFL seasons, and he has missed just one game in that span.

    At his best, Johnson has been a clear-cut blue-chip player — one of the game’s most dynamic tailbacks. He has 68 rushes and 15 receptions of 20 yards or more in his pro career. However, he gained a career-low 3.9 yards per carry a season ago, and he was due $8 million in salary in 2014.

    “As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans. Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six year career with our team,” Titans G.M. Ruston Webster said in a statement issued by the club on Friday.

    “We have had an open dialogue with Chris’ agent, Joel Segal, over the last few weeks, and we appreciate the patience and professionalism they have shown throughout this process. We made an effort to trade Chris but were unable to do so. We wish Chris the best and thank him for the six seasons he spent with us.”

    Johnson’s best season came in 2009, when he rushed for 2,006 yards on 358 carries, gaining a college-like 5.6 yards per rush. While he hasn’t reached those heights since, he has been a stalwart for Tennessee.

    Now, Johnson enters a market that hasn’t exactly been kind to running backs this offseason. Then again, Johnson has been far from ordinary for the vast bulk of an exceedingly productive NFL career.


    Bills acquire Mike Williams for a sixth-round pick

    Posted by Josh Alper on April 4, 2014

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    Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams has had a run of bad headlines associated with his name over the last few months and it appears he’ll be heading home to Buffalo to see if he can put his career back on the right track.

    James Walker of ESPN.com reports that the Bills have sent a sixth-round pick to the Buccaneers in exchange for Williams’ services. PFT has confirmed the trade pending Williams’ physical with the Bills.

    Williams grew up in Buffalo and stayed in upstate New York to attend college at Syracuse University. Williams played for Bills head coach Doug Marrone at Syracuse until Williams left the team during the 2009 season, Marrone’s first at the school.

    Williams’ 2013 season came to an end in October because of a hamstring injury, but he kept finding his way into the news because of an arrest, lawsuits stemming from his conduct at a rental home and a stab wound in the thigh that was the result of an attack by his brother. The first two things led new Bucs coach Lovie Smith to say that Williams’ pattern of behavior was disturbing, the first sign that a parting of the ways might be in the cards for a player who signed a six-year extension with Tampa before last season.

    There’s no cap charge for the Bucs in the trade as Williams had no signing bonus in that deal. He has a salary of $1.8 million for the coming season.

    The Bills had Stevie Johnson, T.J. Graham, Marquise Goodwin and Robert Woods at receiver before making a move for Williams and they were reportedly interested in DeSean Jackson before Jackson signed with Washington. There’s been some question about whether Johnson remains in the team’s plans after a rough 2013 season, although the Bills have said that they are excited about his future in Buffalo.
     
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    Saints sign Champ Bailey for two years
    Posted by Darin Gantt on April 4, 2014

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    The Saints must think Champ Bailey has a little something left.

    The veteran cornerback has agreed to a two-year contract with the Saints, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

    The 35-year-old corner lends some experience to the Saints secondary, though he’ll need to prove himself healthy to be valuable.

    A foot injury made him appear to be a shell of his former self last year, leading the Broncos to cut the 12-time Pro Bowler.

    He had expressed a willingness to play some safety but that’s not a need in New Orleans, after they signed Jairus Byrd to pair with Kenny Vaccaro.

    The Saints need some help opposite Keenan Lewis after releasing Jabari Greerthis offseason, so they obviously think Bailey still has something left.
     
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    Titans waive Adewale Ojomo after solicitation arrest
    Posted by Josh Alper on April 7, 2014

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    Defensive end Adewale Ojomo’s tenure with the Titans started when he was signed to a reserve/future contract in December, which means he’s never played any games for the team.

    He won’t be changing that in 2014. A little more than two weeks after Ojomo was arrested for soliciting a prostitute in Miami, the Titans announced that they have waived Ojomo.

    Ojomo allegedly approached an undercover police officer during a sting operation and offered her $100 for sex. He was arrested and his car was also impounded when the police identified themselves.

    Ojomo made the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and played one game with the team that season. He was waived early in the 2013 season and spent time on practice squads with the Seahawks and Bills before winding up in Tennessee.

    Panthers add Jason Avant to rebuilt receiving corps
    Posted by Darin Gantt on April 7, 2014

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    The Panthers might not have anything resembling a solid No. 1 wide receiver.

    But they’re now closer to having an acceptable collection of No. 2s and No. 3s.

    The team announced they had signed former Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant to a one-year deal.

    He’ll pair up with Jerricho Cotchery as another guy who played a bit role for a team in the past, but will be counted on more heavily now.

    The Panthers had nothing to speak of at the position after cutting Steve Smith and letting the rest of their wideouts walk into free agency.

    Avant had 38 catches for 447 yards and two scores last year with the Eagles, but averaged 52 catches for 633 yards per year over the three that preceded Chip Kelly’s arrival in Philadelphia.

    “We are happy to have Jason with the Panthers,” says head coach Ron Rivera. “He provides a versatile player at receiver and brings good size as well as experience to the position.”

    Again, it’s not a signing on its own that will turn the Panthers around. But if they can put the right kids alongside him, it’s at least a positive step for Cam Newton.
     
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    Good signing. I'm a little surprised he didn't get snatched up earlier.
     
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    I still think they're hard targeting Mike Evans. I could see Buffalo trading down for the TE Ebron if Evans and Lewan are gone.
     
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    Two familiar names in this article: Matthew Mulligan and Fendi Onobun.

    Bears reach deal with TE Matthew Mulligan

    Posted by Mike Wilkening on April 8, 2014

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    A tight end known for his blocking is headed to Chicago.

    The Bears have reached a
    one-year deal with Matthew Mulligan, the club announced Tuesday night. The 6-4, 267-pound Mulligan caught a combined three passes for 22 yards in regular season and postseason play for New England in 2013. Overall, he played 339 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus data.

    The 29-year-old Mulligan will compete for playing time with reserves Zach Miller,
    Fendi Onobun and Dante Rosario. The Bears’ top tight end, Martellus Bennett, rarely comes off the field. He played 964 snaps in 2013, according to PFF.

    In addition to his stint with New England, Mulligan has played for the Dolphins (2008), Titans (2008-2009), Jets (2009-2011), Rams (2012) and Packers (2013).

     
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    What the hell didnt konw Onobun was still floating around the league.
     
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    Panthers sign Thomas DeCoud
    Posted by Mike Wilkening on April 10, 2014

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    Thomas DeCoud is switching addresses in the NFC South.

    DeCoud, a starting safety with Atlanta for the last five seasons, has signed a two-year deal with Carolina, his new club announced Thursday night.

    According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, DeCoudwill receive a $500,000 signing bonus, and the total value of the deal can reach $3.75 million.

    The 29-year-old DeCoud has notched 375 tackles and intercepted 14 passes since entering the NFL in 2008. He had played his entire career with the Falcons, who released him in March. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2012, a season in which he intercepted a career-high six passes.
     
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    Josh Freeman agrees to contract with Giants
    Posted by Michael David Smith on April 16, 2014

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    Josh Freeman is Eli Manning’s new backup quarterback.

    Shortly after news broke that Freeman and the Giants were close, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reported that the two sides have agreed to terms.

    The Giants were the opponent for Freeman’s only start in a Vikings uniform, and Freeman was terrible: He completed just 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception, and the Vikings lost 23-7. But the Giants must have seen something that day — and in Freeman’s body of work with the Buccaneers — to make them think he has potential.

    Freeman will compete with 2013 fourth-round draft pick Ryan Nassib and veteran Curtis Painter for the right to serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Manning, and Freeman will probably enter training camp as the favorite to win the backup role. At age 26, there’s still time for Freeman to show that he has what it takes to be a starter, but that won’t happen in New York as long as Manning is around.
     
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