Free Agency Roundup

Having a hard time keeping up with who is signing where? Here is the list of acquisitions, roster moves and contract terms across the NFL so far this week.


  • LG Steve Hutchinson officially became a Vikings after Seattle declined to match the seven-year $49 million contract he signed with Minnesota on March 12. The Seahawks and the NFL contested a provision in the deal that guarantees the full amount of the contract if Hutchinson is not the highest paid offensive lineman on his team, but an arbitrator ruled Seattle had to accept the clause if it wished to match the offer sheet. The Seahawks declined and Hutchinson became a Viking with a contract that includes $16 million in guaranteed money.

  • LG Larry Allen was cut by Dallas in a move that will save the team around $3.5 million against the salary cap. He will still count more than $4 million against the cap next season, but was due a $2 million roster bonus next week and would have counted $7.5 million against the 2006 cap. Kyle Kosier, signed in the early days of free agency away from Detroit, is the most likely successor at left guard.

  • K Adam Vinatieri has agreed to a contract with Indianapolis. The team announced the deal Tuesday night, but did not disclose the terms.

  • QB Aaron Brooks appears as though he will be the Raiders' starting quarterback next season after agreeing to a two-year deal with the team Wednesday. The contract is worth around $8 million. Brooks will compete with Marques Tuiasosopo and Andrew Walter, but is expected to at least open the season as the starter. Brooks threw 17 interceptions and just 13 touchdowns last season, but new Raiders coach Art Shell likes that Brooks brings a veteran presence to the position. "Aaron gives us great depth at the quarterback position and provides us with a veteran presence," Shell said.

  • DE John Abraham's contract with the Falcons is for six years and is worth $45 million. Roughly $18 million of that is guaranteed, with $15.5 million of that reported to be in signing bonuses this year.

  • QB Brian Griese has agreed to a five-year deal with the Bears. Griese's agent, Ralph Cindrich, indicated the Bears told his client that he will be given an opportunity to compete with Rex Grossman for the starting job.

  • WR Eric Moulds has been given permission by Buffalo to seek a trade. Moulds, who is scheduled to count around $10.8 million against next year's salary cap, has been unable to reach an agreement with the Bills on a restructured contract.

  • FB Tony Richardson, a free agent from Kansas City, agreed to a contract with Minnesota. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the agreement came after Richardson visited the Vikings on Monday.

  • G Reggie Wells will remain in Arizona after the Cardinals matched a five-year, $17.6 million offer sheet from Buffalo that includes $5 million in signing bonuses. The Cardinals tendered him at $721,600 and retained the right to match any offer or to receive a sixth-round pick in compensation if they had refused to match the offer.

    "We consider him as one of the pieces of the nucleus that we'd like to keep together," said Rod Graves, the Cardinals vice president for player personnel. "He is very talented and the arrow is still up on him. I feel he has a chance to be one of the better offensive linemen in the league eventually and we certainly didn't want to lose him."

  • QB Joey Harrington, who will not be returning to Detroit, has received some interest from Arizona. "We have considered both of those, but we're going to weigh that against draft considerations as well, and see where we come out," Cardinals vice president for player personnel Rod Graves said. "There's certainly no opposition to looking at Joey Harrington." The Cardinals are looking for a backup for Kurt Warner.

  • DT John Henderson signed a contract extension with the Jaguars. Terms of the deal were not disclosed."I want to thank Wayne Weaver for stepping up and allowing me to remain part of the Jaguars' organization," Henderson said. "We have a great nucleus of players here and we are looking forward to building on last year's success."

  • OLB Julian Peterson, an unrestricted free agent from San Francisco, has agreed to a deal with Seattle. The contract is reportedly worth $54 million over seven years and includes $18.5 million in guaranteed money.

  • DE Jared DeVries signed a five-year deal to return to Detroit. He was also being pursued by Buffalo.

  • TE Jeb Putzier, released last week by Denver, has signed with Houston.

  • DE Robert Mathis, a restricted free agent, has re-signed with Indianapolis.

  • WR Ike Hilliard, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with Tampa Bay.

  • WR Andre Johnson likes the demeanor of new coach Gary Kubiak, and said he didn't even think it was Kubiak's voice the first time he called the Texans receiver. "I remember the first time he called me I thought someone was playing on my phone," Johnson said. "I was like, ‘Stop (messing) with me. This isn't Gary Kubiak.' He's a real down-to-earth guy. I'm really looking forward to playing for a guy with such enthusiasm and such a love for the game."

  • TE Darnell Dinkins, an unrestricted free agent from Baltimore, signed with Cleveland.

  • WR Kevin Walter signed a four-year, $6.4 million offer sheet as a restricted free agent with the Houston Texans that Cincinnati decided not to match. Walter and his wife traveled to Houston and had dinner Saturday night with Texans coach Gary Kubiak and other staff members. The Bengals did not match and will replace Walter on the roster with former Green Bay wide receiver Antonio Chatman, who signed last week. Cincinnati will also receive a seventh-round pick from Houston as compensation.

  • WR Kelly Campbell (released from reserve/injured by Vikings 10/4) signed with Miami.

  • DT Josh Shaw (released by Dolphins 9/5, 10/17, 11/23, 12/31) re-signed with Miami.

  • OT Brad Lekkerkerker, an exclusive rights free agent, has re-signed with Oakland.

  • WR Lee Mays, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with Pittsburgh.

  • OG Kris Dielman, a restricted free agent, re-signed with San Diego.

  • LB Rocky Boiman (Titans) signed with Dallas as an unrestricted free agent.

  • CB Jacques Reeves, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Dallas.

  • DB Torrie Cox (not tendered as RFA by Buccaneers 3/10) re-signed with Tampa Bay.

  • DT Colin Cole, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Green Bay. Cole, a 6-foot-2, 325-pound defensive tackle out of Iowa, played in all 16 games last year in his first full NFL season. Three of his four starts came in consecutive fashion from Dec. 11-25. He came away with a career-high 62 tackles (34 solo), including his career's initial two sacks, and batted down two passes.

  • QB Tom Arth signed with Green Bay. Arth, a quarterback from John Carroll University, has spent all or parts of the last three seasons with the Colts. Originally a nondrafted free agent, Arth last season was on the team's practice squad. As a senior in college, he earned first-team All-America honors at Division III John Carroll.

  • DE Israel Idonije will return to Chicago after the Bears matched the four-year offer sheet he signed with Buffalo.

  • LB LeVar Woods, an unrestricted free agent who started three games for Detroit last season, re-signed with the Lions for one year.

  • LB Paris Lenon, who spent his first five seasons with Green Bay, has signed a three-year deal with Detroit.

  • LB Gary Stills, who made the Pro Bowl as a special teams player in 2003, signed a three-year contract with Baltimore.

  • CB Corey Ivy, who had a career-high 57 tackles for St. Louis in 2005, signed a three-year deal with Baltimore.

  • DL Amon Gordon was claimed by Denver off waivers from Cleveland.

  • WR Bill Flowers was waived by Denver.

  • OT Kirk Chambers, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Cleveland.

  • S Jammal Lord, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Houston.

  • WR Donovan Morgan, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Houston.

  • OT Chad Slaughter, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with Oakland.

  • S Kevin McCadam, an unrestricted free agent from Atlanta, signed with Carolina.

  • T/G Rex Tucker, an unrestricted free agent from St. Louis, signed with Detroit.

  • LS Don Muhlbach, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Detroit.

  • TE Garrett Cross (from reserve/left squad) was reinstated to the roster by Green Bay.

  • WR Harry Williams (failed physical) was cut by Green Bay.

  • LB Terrence Melton, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with New Orleans.

  • TE Dave Moore, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with Tampa Bay.

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