Transactions amid all the turmoil

Despite the start of free agency being pushed back once again, there were a number of big-name players making news over the weekend, some cut and some re-signed (as long as they stick with the timing of free agency pushed back). Check out the list, along with analysis and numbers.

PLAYERS CUT (possibly pending CBA)

QB Kerry Collins (Oakland): Collins remains a Raider for now, despite many reports Sunday that he had been released. But he may not be with the team much longer, even if there is a new CBA extension. The salary-cap strapped Raiders do not have many options in getting below the league-mandated $94.5 million dollar cap. Collins, due to his large cap number (approximately $13 million), is an easy target. Still possessing a big arm, Collins is a vertical game-type quarterback and has shown the tendency to be prone to turnovers. While his decision-making process has improved, he still locks on receivers far too often. He will receive some serious interest in free agency, as he remains a viable starting quarterback option.

C Kevin Mawae (Jets): He was playing at a high level prior to a left triceps injury that cost him the majority of the 2005 season. Tough and highly respected, Mawae remains a solid center who can generate better than average results in the run and passing game, but should not be counted on to be an elite player at this advanced stage of his career (35 years old, 12-year veteran). Was a cap casualty. The 6-foot-4, 289-pound Mawae, who played eight seasons for the Jets, isn't the biggest center, but certainly is one of the most athletic. The Jets used him much like a pulling guard in their running game, as he often was the lead blocker for Curtis Martin on sweeps. He started 125 consecutive games for the Jets, both in the regular season and playoffs, until a torn triceps against Buffalo on Oct. 16 ended his 2005 season.

LB LaVar Arrington (Redskins): Has reached an agreement on a contract buyout with the Redskins, the team announced Sunday. Arrington will become a free agent.

LB Chris Claiborne (Rams): Was released by St. Louis (failed physical/knee).

CB Andre Dyson (Seahawks): Was cut by Seattle.

LB Jamie Sharper (Seahawks): Was cut by Seattle (failed physical/knee).


RB Shaun Alexander (Seahawks): Has agreed to an eight-year, $64 million contract to stay with the Seahawks. Alexander has not officially signed the deal, which must be approved by the league. The contract reportedly including $15.1 million in guaranteed money.

QB Chad Pennington (Jets): Agreed to a restructured contract that guarantees $3 million in 2006 and includes $6 million in playing time bonuses.

RB Ahman Green (Packers): Has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal that will pay him $2 million in base salary and includes $3 million in incentives.

LB Derrick Brooks (Bucs): Has reportedly agreed to a restructured contract that provides the Bucs with salary cap help while extending his contract four years. Brooks was due to count $7.75 million against next year's salary cap, which would have been too pricey for Tampa Bay unless a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached. But the new deal provides the team around $5 million in salary cap relief.

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