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After watching several members of their Super Bowl winning defense sign deals elsewhere, the Seattle Seahawks managed a deal to keep one of their unrestricted free agents in town.
A source confirmed to PFT the Seahawks have reached an agreement with defensive tackle Tony McDaniel. It’s a two-year deal with a maximum value of $6.3 million. The deal was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.com.
Seattle signed McDaniel to a one-year contract last season but gave him the chance to start along the defensive line. McDaniel started 15 of 16 games for the Seahawks and racked up 53 tackles and two sacks on the year.
McDaniel played primarily on early downs as a part of Seattle’s bigger front along with Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant. With Bryant, Clinton McDonald and Chris Clemons all moving on, keeping McDaniel helps Seattle keep some continuity along the defensive line.
Price was a third-round pick of the New England Patriots out of Ohio University in 2010. However, he has failed to become a productive player so far in his career.
Has has just five catches for 80 yards in six games played with the Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has spent the last two seasons on injured reserve after suffering injuries in training camp each year with Jacksonville.
The Love Boat might not be sailing the shores of Minnesota any longer, but they might be getting a new Captain.
Munnerlyn is a short but altogether serviceable cornerback, who can play the slot. He had 3.0 sacks and two interceptions for the Panthers last year, his fifth.
The former seventh-round came back to the Panthers last year on a one-year deal, but is looking for something bigger this time.
Coincidentally (or not), Johnson recently has begun following Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Twitter, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.
At a time when players like Julius Peppers, Ware, and Darrelle Revis are being cut, the Titans are squatting on Johnson because they can. His contract contains no trigger or bonus that compels the Titans to cut the cord in the immediate future.
If Johnson isn’t traded (and he likely won’t be), he’ll be cut. And he seems to be interested in the Cowboys. The question is whether they’re interested in him.
Maybe Jones will drop a hint by following Johnson back.
One of the many big moves over the last two days was tackle Eugene Monroe’s decision to remain with the Ravens on a long-term deal after joining the team in a midseason trade with the Jaguars.
Monroe will join the crew on Pro Football Talk on NBCSN on Wednesday to talk about the reasons why he decided to stick around Baltimore. We’ll try to see what other interest Monroe got before deciding to sign on the dotted line and get his take on the other moves the team has made this offseason as well.
As mentioned up top, Monroe’s deal is just one of many significant ones signed since free agency opened a little more than 24 hours ago. We’ll break down everything that’s gone down during the show, including Demarcus Ware’s arrival in Denver and Darrelle Revis‘ departure from Tampa.
It all gets underway at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
The Chiefs spent Tuesday watching a lot of players walk out the door.
On Wednesday, they added a couple of players to the roster. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the Chiefs have signed veteran linebacker Joe Mays to a two-year, $6 million deal and agent Andy Simms announced his client Jeff Linkenbach has also signed in Kansas City.
Mays spent the 2013 season with the Texans, where he started 13 games and made 67 tackles during the dismal 2-14 season in Houston. Mays’ arrival in Houston made him teammates with quarterback Matt Schaub, who lost part of his ear on a head-first hit that earned then-Bronco Mays a one-game suspension during the 2012 season.
Mays started his career in Philadelphia in 2008 and played two years with the Eagles, which means he’s a familiar face to current Chiefs coach Andy Reid from Reid’s days with the Eagles.
Linkenbach played both guard and tackle in Indianapolis, but had just one full season as a starter. Whatever role he winds up playing, his arrival should be welcome after the Chiefs lost Jon Asamoah, Geoff Schwartz and Branden Albert on Tuesday.
While corporate logos and advertisements have yet to conspicuously infiltrate in-game NFL uniforms (the Nike swoosh is somewhat organic), the league is selling pretty much every other space into which a company’s name and/or mark can be placed.
According to Bloomberg.com (via SportsBusiness Daily), “Bose” will appear on all coaches’ headsets this year, after a full season with no name appearing on one of the most commonly-seen pieces of equipment during an NFL broadcast.
The league rejected an offer from Motorola that would have paid $50 million per year over five years, but the NFL passed, opting to have nothing other than the NFL shield on headsets in 2013. Presumably, the NFL is getting even more from Bose than Motorola offered.
And in the stroke of a pen, that’ll be more than enough to cover the annual salary and benefits of Commissioner Roger Goodell. All for the placement of four letters on the side of a plastic thing that covers a middle-aged man’s ear while he’s at work.
It’s enough to make the average fan drop a jaw and mutter a four-letter word. Or two.
The Factory of Sadness has made Browns fans a little more happy by firing a pair of key assembly line workers.
First it was Brandon Weeden, a failed first-round pick in 2012 who desperately wanted out. Now, it’s veteran Jason Campbell, who was due to be paid a $250,000 roster bonus if still on the team after 4:00 p.m. ET Wednesday.
The team has announced that Campbell has indeed been cut.
Campbell, a first-round pick of Washington in 2005, started eight games last year, losing seven. But he has shown that he can still be a competent backup quarterback, and he should get an opportunity to land on a depth chart somewhere — especially since there aren’t 32-times-three competent quarterbacks to go around.
The Vikings signed defensive tackle Linval Joseph on Tuesday and they drafted defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd in the first round last year, but they are still thinking about adding to their options at the position.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Henry Melton is scheduled for a visit with the Vikings on Thursday. Melton, who came in at No. 32 on PFT’s Hot 100 list of free agents, is very familiar to Minnesota after four years with the Bears.
During those four years, Melton established himself as one of the better three technique defensive tackles in the game but his 2013 season came to an end after three games because of a torn ACL. Joseph appears to be set for the nose tackle spot with Floyd filling the three technique spot vacated by Kevin Williams, but Melton would give the Vikings options and enviable depth at the position.
They aren’t the only team interested in Melton, however. The Cowboys are also reportedly interested in securing his services and Melton’s agent Jordan Woy said that his client would be interested in playing for Dallas. If Melton did land with Jerry Jones’ crew, he’d be reunited with former Bears defensive coordinator and current Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
The Jaguars are continuing their aggressive approach to free agency, bringing in a pair of Steelers who could fill immediate needs.
Sanders figures to draw plenty of interest after his 67-catch, six-touchdown season last year, which came after the Steelers matched New England’s offer sheet when he was a restricted free agent.
Hood hasn’t lived up to expectations that came with being a first-round pick, but the Jaguars are developing a deeper line (with the addition of Red Bryant), so he could become more of a rotational player.
The Patriots have lined up visits with several free agents over the last two days, but they have yet to add anyone to the roster.
Sopoaga came to the Pats in an October trade with the Eagles as New England scrambled to find ways to replace Vince Wilfork in the middle of their defensive line. Sopoaga saw action in six games and made two tackles before being inactive for the final two regular season games and both playoff contests.
That did little to alleviate the loss of Wilfork and the Patriots gain $2.5 million in cap space by parting ways with Sopoaga. Some of that money could be useful if the Patriots, as rumored, decide to pursue cornerback Darrelle Revis now that he’s been cut by the Buccaneers.
The Ravens continue an impressive offseason of hanging onto their own.
The team just announced they had agreed to a new four-year contract with wide receiver Jacoby Jones.
He had visited the Giants Wednesday, but was on his way back to Baltimore to sign the deal.
His return ability alone makes him worth keeping, but he lends a deep element to the passing game that is needed, especially with a run game that struggled the way Baltimore’s did a year ago.
Brandon Weeden’s days in Cleveland have come to an end, officially.
The Browns announced on Wednesday afternoon that Weeden has been released.
Weeden, a first-round draft pick in 2012, has been a major disappointment while playing for a dysfunctional Browns franchise. He was a disappointment as a 15-game starter his rookie year and was every bit as bad in his second season, in 2013, when both Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell were more effective running the Browns’ offense than Weeden was.
Although the Jaguars were able to finagle a sixth-round pick from the 49ers for Blaine Gabbert, Weeden wouldn’t even attract that kind of compensation. The Browns won’t get anything for him.
Now the question is whether Weeden can catch on anywhere else. Some team might let him compete for a backup job, but just two years after he was a first-round draft pick, it’s entirely possible that Weeden has thrown his last NFL pass.
The defending Super Bowl champions are losing one of their key passing game targets.
The Lions and Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate have reached a five-year contract, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.
Tate told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that the contract is for $31.25 million and includes $13.25 million in guarantees.
DetroitLions.com first reported that the club had the makings of a deal with Tate, and ESPN first confirmed completion of the agreement.
Tate, 25, caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns for Seattle in 2013. He was the No. 26 overall player and the No. 2 wide receiver on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.
Tate (5-10, 202) will be the primary complement to Lions go-to receiver Calvin Johnson in the Detroit passing game. The Lions have lacked consistent quality receiver play beyond Johnson in recent seasons. Veteran Nate Burleson, who was the most reliable wideout other than Johnson, was released earlier in the offseason.
Now, Tate will get his shot to fill the role opposite of Johnson, who draws considerable attention from opposing secondaries.
The Buccaneers are doing business in bulk, but their biggest move is ending with a whimper.
The anticipated release of cornerback Darrelle Revis is now official. The team announced the move on Wednesday.
In the end, the Bucs weren’t going to get a trade with Revis unwilling to renegotiate his deal, despite many teams getting in touch.
Now, he’s free to negotiate his own new deal, with the Patriots figuring to be high on the list.
That makes for an expensive rehab assignment for the Bucs, who spent $16 million and two picks (last year’s 13th overall and this year’s fourth-rounder) for the privilege of a not-full speed Revis in a miscast role under Greg Schiano.
Welker and Talib became teammates for the second time when the Broncos signed Talib on Tuesday, and at Talib’s introductory press conference he said there are no hard feelings toward Welker, whom he first befriended when they played together in New England.
“Wes is a good friend of mine,” Talib said. “I watched the play 1,000 times and I can promise you, he didn’t do it on purpose.”
That’s a sharply different reaction than Belichick, who called Welker’s hit “deliberate” and said that Welker “wanted to take out Aqib.” Belichick viewed the hit as “one of the worst plays I’ve seen.”
But the NFL confirmed afterward that Welker’s hit on Talib was legal, and if Talib didn’t have a problem with it, it seems that Belichick is the only person who did.
Talib also said he was surprised to learn the Broncos were making him an aggressive offer in free agency, and expressed excitement that he’ll be a teammate of Peyton Manning’s, and playing for John Fox.
“Peyton is a great quarterback,” Talib said. “I had the opportunity to be on the other side a couple times last year. The opportunity to play with him, that offense, this defense, coach Fox, it was a surprise to me. A definite surprise. I can’t wait to get to work.”
Talib and Welker will enjoy working together in practice, where they won’t be putting any hard hits on each other.