Your NFL Free Agency Feeding Frenzy Update
As the NFL lockout came to an end on Monday, your television was filled with NFL analysts breathlessly telling you how there would soon be an "unprecedented" amount of free agent activity. Well, they weren't joking.
Starting yesterday, teams could begin talking with free agents. And although the official signings won't occur until Friday, we still know where some players are going, and where some are likely headed.
QUARTERBACKS QUARTERBACKS QUARTERBACKS
After a flurry of rookies were signed yesterday, NFL teams can now start negotiating contracts with veteran free agents. Former Seahawk Matt Hasslebeck has been signed by the Titans. The Vikings are reportedly close to trading for former Redskin Donovan McNabb. Former Viking Tarvaris Jackson is now a Seahawk (and will be earning $8 million over the next two seasons, which is a lot for a mediocre quarterback). Alex Smith will stay with the 49ers. No movement yet on Kevin Kolb (the rumor is Arizona) or Kyle Orton. Vince Young also remains for a team to sign.
IMPORTANT GUYS WHO ARE STAYING WITH THEIR CURRENT TEAMS
UPDATE 11:00 AM: According to ESPN, Santonio Holmes is staying with the New York Jets. Adam Schefter reports that the deal is for five years, and is somewhere in the "$10 million-a-year range." Because the deal is a big one, this means the Jets probably won't re-sign Braylon Edwards.
Charles Johnson will stay with the Panthers, and will be overpaid by the Panthers. Ike Taylor has agreed to a four-year contract with the Steelers. Santana Moss is staying with the Redskins. And after cutting veterans Marion Barber, Leonard Davis, and Roy Williams to free up some cap room, the Cowboys have decided to actually keep someone: key O-lineman Doug Free.
MEN OF NOTE WHO ARE MOVING ON WITH THEIR LIVES
Takeo Spikes, who was very visible as a 49ers player rep during the lockout, will be playing for the Chargers now. The Jaguars fill a key need by signing former Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny. No one is surprised that Barry Cofield left the Giants, and he's keeping it in the NFC East: he's now a Redskin.
THE BEST FREE AGENTS LEFT (A VERY JET-CENTRIC LIST)
1. Nnamdi Asomugha, New York Jet? It could happen, and it has the New York Post frothing at the mouth.
3. Antonio Cromartie has told the Jets he won't give them a hometown discount. And, really, that's about all we know so far.
4. The Bengals are "furiously" trying to re-sign cornerback Jonathan Joseph.
5. Sidney Rice is being fought over by the Seahawks and Vikings.
SportsGrid will be keeping track of some of the bigger free agent moves throughout the day.
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