NFL player ticker: A wild first weekend of FA
--- RB Edgerrin James doesn't see signing with Arizona as giving up on trying to win a Super Bowl. James, who agreed to a four-year, $30 million contact Sunday, said, "It's a great situation. All they really need is a back." James will earn $14.75 million in the first year of the contract when salary, signing bonus and roster bonuses are put together. "OK it's a risk," James said of the move from Indianapolis to Arizona. "But hey, I'm a poker player. You can take it to the river. I'm not scared to make a change. I'm not scared to go out on a limb and try something different." --- WR Brandon Lloyd was acquired from San Francisco in exchange for the Redskins' third-round pick this year and their fourth-round pick in 2007. He caught 48 passes for 733 yards and five touchdowns last season, but never really got along well with coach Mike Nolan's staff. --- WR Antwaan Randle El signed a seven-year contract Sunday with the Washington Redskins that could be worth up to $31 million. He caught 35 passes for 558 yards for Pittsburgh last season. --- LG Steve Hutchinson signed an offer sheet with Minnesota reportedly for seven years and a total of $49 million, with $16 million in guaranteed money. Hutchinson is Seattle's transition player, so the Seahawks have seven days to match the deal or lose him without compensation. --- RB Chester Taylor was signed by the Vikings away from Baltimore. His deal is for four years and $14.1 million with $5.6 million in guaranteed money. "Just getting out there and seeing what I can do," Taylor said when asked about his reason for signing with Minnesota. "Being the go-to guy and being the right man. Going out there and taking it independently on me. I want the ball in my hands when it comes down to it." --- C LeCharles Bentley signed a six-year deal that is reported to be worth $36 million with $12.5 million in guaranteed money. --- LB Will Witherspoon signed a six-year deal with St. Louis believed to be worth around $33 million. "What it all came down to was that I knew several teams were interested and the Rams were the first choice that kind of came down that list," Witherspoon said. "They want me to be there first. I want to be there first too, so let's go ahead and get it out of the way. Everything from that point on worked out." --- OL Kyle Kosier signed with Dallas, where he could play a number of positions. Kosier started 11 games at left guard for Detroit last season, but has also started at both tackle spots in his career. Kosier signed a five-year, $15 million deal that includes a $5 million signing bonus. ---- TE Christian Fauria signed with Washington. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Fauria, 6-4, 250 lbs., has played in 167 games with 119 starts during his 11-year NFL career. During that time span he has recorded 245 receptions for 2,473 yards and 20 touchdowns. He spent the previous four seasons with the New England Patriots, where he was a member of the Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX championship teams. --- K Ryan Longwell defected from division-rival Green Bay. Already one of the league's top kickers, Longwell should benefit from playing eight games a year in the Metrodome instead of Lambeau Field. "It absolutely factored in," Longwell said of kicking indoors. "I've braved the winds and the field and the cold in Lambeau for a long time. There's always been an appeal to me to see what I could do in a neutral environment. I've had good games here in the past and I expect to continue on that. Certainly it was a factor to be able to play in a controlled environment. It's not an intimidation to go to Lambeau or Soldier Field and kick there. I'm very comfortable kicking there. I do think we're at an advantage in playing in this division, which is huge. You've gotta win the division to get in the playoffs." --- LB Ben Leber left one of the league's top defenses to help fill a big need for the Vikings. "I had the opportunity to play in this style of defense in my first two years in San Diego, so I'm familiar with the schemes," Leber said. "I think everyone is very familiar with the Tampa 2 coverage and that whole scheme. So I've had two years of experience with it, and I think I will fit in pretty well." --- WR Joe Jurevicius signed a four-year deal to leave Seattle and join Cleveland. "This is where it all started for me," said Jurevicius. "I had opportunities to go to a couple different places. First and foremost, I wanted to become a Cleveland Brown, put on the orange helmet, play in front of Lake Erie and enjoy the feelings. This is going to add years to my career because of excitement that comes along with it." --- LT Kevin Shaffer, who was signed away from Atlanta, started 16 games for the Falcons last season. He will replace free agent left tackle L.J. Shelton. --- DE Trevor Pryce has agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with Baltimore that includes a $10 million signing bonus. --- S Marlon McCree agreed to a five-year, $16 million deal with San Diego on the first day of free agency. The deal includes $6 million in guaranteed money. The team has not decided if McCree will play free or strong safety. --- LB Bart Scott agreed to a new three-year, $13.5 million contract with Baltimore that includes a $6.5 million signing bonus. He will earn base salaries of $1 million in 2006, $2.6 million in 2007 and $3.4 million in 2008. --- P Dave Zastudil signed a five-year deal to leave Baltimore for division-rival Cleveland. Financial terms were not disclosed. "I grew up a Cleveland Browns fan and it is really exciting for me to be able to play for the team I grew up watching and rooting for," he said. "I can't wait to get to work and be able to do my part to help the team succeed." --- DT Kendrick Clancy signed a four-year deal reported to be worth $8.1 million to leave the Giants to join Arizona. --- FB Mike Alstott will return for an 11th season with Tampa Bay after agreeing to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. --- DT Larry Tripplett signed a five-year, $18 million contract with Buffalo that includes a $5.5 million signing bonus. --- TE Robert Royals signed a five-year deal with Buffalo reportedly worth $10 million with a $2.5 million signing bonus. --- DT Gerard Warren signed a six-year deal to stay with Denver. "Gerard joined our team in 2005 and made an immediate impact on the defensive front," general manager Ted Sundquist said. "Players of his ability are very difficult to come by, and ensuring that Gerard remained a Bronco was one of our top offseason priorities." --- RB Ron Dayne signed a four-year deal to remain with Denver. "Ron showed us in 2005 that he certainly has the skills to be a productive part of the Broncos' rushing attack," general manager Ted Sundquist said. "His contributions should only be greater in 2006, and we feel he has finally found a place where he can showcase his talent." --- CB Brian Williams, who had the transition tag from Minnesota rescinded by the Vikings, signed with Jacksonville on the first day of free agency. His deal is for six years and reportedly worth around $32 million with a $10 million signing bonus. --- S Corey Chavous signed a five-year deal with St. Louis that reportedly is worth $12 million during the first three seasons. --- DE Aaron Kampman signed a four-year contract extension with the Packers. "This is a great, great moment for myself and my family," said Kampman, who added he had begun to receive calls from other teams. "In the end this is the place I wanted to be." --- WR Andre Davis signed with Buffalo. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. --- QB Sage Rosenfels signed with Houston. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Rosenfels, (6-4, 225), has played in 13 games with two starts in five professional seasons. He saw action in four games with one start in 2005, completing 34 of 61 passes for 462 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. --- DE Tony Weaver signed with Houston. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Weaver (6-3, 280), returns to the state of Texas. Born in Killeen, Weaver moved to upstate New York as a youth. He attended Notre Dame where he was named the team MVP as a senior in 2001. During his senior season, Weaver totaled 59 tackles and seven sacks. --- FB Jameel Cook signed with Houston. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. --- DT Chris Hovan has re-signed with Tampa Bay. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. --- LS Mike Leach signed a four-year deal to remain with Denver. --- K Matt Bryant re-signed with the Bucs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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