Update 8:45 PM EST
Colts defensive tackle Larry Tripplett has been signed by the Bills to
fill the vacancy created by the departure of Sam Adams. "Larry has played
well in the style of defense that we are going to be playing here," Bills
general manager Marv Levy said today.
One top free agent kicker is off the market on day one of free agency. The Vikings have reportedly signed Green Bay kicker Ryan Longwell. That should further drive up the price for the market's two remaining top kickers -- Mike Vanderjagt and Adam Vinatieri. The Packers are rumored to be one of a number of teams rumored to be interested in Vinatieri, who obviously has plenty of experience kicking in cold weather and snow.
Jacksonville made a big investment today, but
surprisingly it was on the defensive side of the ball -- which is already their
strength. They snagged Vikings cornerback Brian Williams, third on the
Minnesota depth chart, for $32 million over 6-years, including a $10 million
Cleveland continues it's torrid pace, reaching agreement on a four-year deal with Seattle wide receiver Joe Jurevicius rumored to be worth about $10 million.
Carolina LB Will Witherspoon is expected to sign with either the Rams or the Saints by the end of the weekend.
Lions cornerback R.W. McQuarters is on the Giants schedule for a visit on Sunday.
Giants CB Will Allen is in Seattle today.
Rams defensive tackle Ryan Pickett is visiting with the Packers today.Update - 5:30 PM EST
Colts DT Larry Tripplett has been listed as a free agent visitor at the Bills' official website. No other details were available yet.
Colts LB David Thornton will visit AFC South rival Tennessee this weekend.
Ravens DE Anthony Weaver has agreed to a deal with the Texans.
Texans guard Milford Brown visited with the Cardinals today.Patriots OLB Matt Chatham is rumored to have visits set up with the Texans, Jets and 49ers. Teammate Tom Ashworth (OT) is rumored to have a visit lined up with the Jets, the Jaguars, and the Dolphins -- who appear to have very strong interest in bringing him on board. Update - 4:50 PM EST
The Texans are hosting Green Bay center Mike
Flanagan today as they continue to address their offensive line problems.
They are also visiting with Miami quarterback Sage
Rosenfels. On Sunday, Patriots wide receiver David Givens will
meet with Gary Kubiak and his staff. Givens is in Miami visiting with the
Cowboys linebacker Scott Fujita will visit New Orleans on Sunday and Jacksonville on Monday.
Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington met with the Dolphins today and will meet with the Giants on Sunday.
Chargers quarterback Drew Brees is met with some Dolphins representatives today before leaving for his visit with the Saints.
The Browns and Seattle wide receiver Joe Jurevicius are rumored to be close to a deal even though he won't officially visit Cleveland until Sunday.
We reported earlier today that Dallas was hosting Lions G Kyle Kosier and was likely to sign him. They got it done today, agreeing on a five-year, $15 million deal that includes a $5 million signing bonus.
We also mentioned earlier that Redskins chief Joe Gibbs had restricted free agent WR Brandon Lloyd on his wish list. But to make sure they get their man, they are reportedly working on a trade with the 49ers that would give San Francisco the Redskins' third-round pick this year and their fourth-round pick next year. Lloyd has to complete a physical but according to a report at NFL.com, the deal should be done by the end of the weekend. The three other Gibbs favorites are all in Washington for visits today. St. Louis safety Adam Archuleta, San Francisco defensive end Andre Carter, and Pittsburgh WR Antwaan Randle-El are all there looking at the opportunity the Redskins want to provide. Archuleta and Randle-El both have visits with the Bears scheduled within the next two days.
The Redskins have scheduled a visit with Chiefs backup quarterback Todd Collins for Sunday.
Pittsburgh defensive tackle Kimo
Von Oelhoffen is visiting the Jets today.
The Bengals are looking to upgrade their safety situation. They are meeting with the Bills' Lawyer Milloy and the Ravens' Will Demps today and Buccaneers safety Dexter Jackson on Sunday. Jackson and Demps both have a visit lined up with the Vikings on Monday.
Chargers linebacker Ben Leber is in Minnesota today.
The Cardinals have agreed to terms with Giants DT Kendrick Clancy on a four-year, $8.1 million deal. Meanwhile, Arizona quarterback Josh McCown has a visit with the Lions on Sunday. He is also scheduled to visit the Dolphins and the Saints.
Redskins tight end Robert Royal will be playing for the Bills after agreeing to a five-year, $10 million deal that includes a $2.5 million signing bonus.
Carolina linebacker Will Witherspoon is scheduled to visit the Saints on Sunday.Update - 4:16 PM EST
Titans left tackle Brad Hopkins has visited Tampa Bay but no offer has been made yet. Hopkins, 35, who is entering his 14th season, also visited the Jets and Falcons.
A report out of Jacksonville indicates that TE Kyle Brady will receive a $400,000 roster bonus this weekend and be back for another season.
Lions QB Jeff Garcia is drawing interest from the Eagles to serve as Donovan McNabb's backup. If that happens, Koy Detmer, who has been with the Eagles since 1998, will be released.
The Jets and Lions are both reportedly interested in former Seattle and Cincinnati starter Jon Kitna.
The Vikings lost defensive back Corey Chavous to the Rams.
As reported earlier today, the Panthers were one of the teams pursuing Ravens defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu. They reached an agreement with him today on a 5-year, $23 million deal with $8 million guaranteed.
Update - 3:48 PM EST
Our Cowboys affiliate, RanchReport.com has learned that Jaguars linebacker Akin Ayodele is in Dallas visiting with the team today. Ayodele was the Jaguars' third-round pick out of Purdue in 2002 and recorded 70 tackles and 2.5 sacks last year.
Cleveland has been busy today, signing two players to infuse talent into their offensive line. Saints center LeCharles Bentley and Falcons left offensive tackle Kevin Shaffer are both off the market after agreeing to long-term deals with the Browns.
Pittsburgh's starting FS, Chris Hope, has scheduled a visit with the Browns this week. He's reportedly looking for a contract much higher than the Steelers can offer.
Update - 2:36 PM EST
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic believes the Cardinals could afford to offer Edgerrin James a deal similar to Shawn Alexander's. Even though Alexander's 8-year deal for $62 million appears to be huge, he points out that with his $11.5 million signing bonus, the first four years of his deal will cost the Seahawks $28.6 million. And with the way it's structured, his cap figure is $6.5 million in 2006 and increases less than $1 million in the first three years. The Cardinals can afford a similar hit with close to $30 million in cap space to work with this year.
Carolina safety Marlon McCree is visiting the Chargers today.
According to a report in the Associated Press, Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs has four players high on his wish list: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antwaan Randle-El, San Francisco's Brandon Lloyd (wide receiver) and Andre Carter (linebacker) and St. Louis safety Adam Archuleta .
Cincinnati released defensive end Duane Clemons who missed the first four games of 2005 for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Update - 12:44 PM EST
Indianapolis' Mike Vanderjagt is expected to get a call from the Tampa Bay as they've made the kicker position one of their top priorities during this offseason. New England's Adam Vinatieri and the Packers' Ryan Longwell are also expected to get consideration. Vinatieri could go off the market quickly though. A report out of Dallas claims that the Cowboys are sending the Patriots kicker an offer today.
As reported earlier today at ColtPower, running back Edgerrin James and his agent Drew Rosenhaus are in Arizona today. The Cardinals , who are a projected $29 million under the cap, are expected to put an offer on the table that could convince James to sign this weekend.
Lions offensive guard Kyle Kosier is visiting the Cowboys today and is expected to be the Cowboys first free agent signing if he passes his physical and his interviews go well.
Scout.com has confirmed that UFA RB Sammy Morris (Miami) has a visit set up for Monday with Seattle. If signed, Morris would replace Maurice Morris as the team´s number two back. Morris, Seattle's current backup to Shaun Alexander, is an unrestricted free agent and has been linked in various reports to the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens.
Dallas is reportedly setting up a visit with Seahawks tight end Ryan Hannam.
Panther RB DeShaun Foster has signed a 3-year, $14.5 million deal to return to Carolina.
Bucs RB Mike Alstott has signed a one-year deal to return to Tampa Bay.
Vikings WR Koren Robinson is off the market after signing a 3-year deal to return to Minnesota.
ESPN.com reports that the Seahawks have contacted former Giants CB Will Allen about a visit, and that the Vikings are possibly looking to outbid Seattle for transition-tagged All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson.
While the Patriots are working to re-sign linebacker Willie McGinest, the Browns are expected to talk to him this weekend. And the Broncos are rumored to be interested as well if they can't get a deal done with Jets DE John Abraham. Abraham has four visits scheduled for this week, and while they have not been confirmed, sources believe the Broncos, Redskins, Seahawks and Falcons are interested.
Ray Lewis' backup in Baltimore, Bart Scott, would like to stay with the Ravens. But the Browns and the Patriots are both rumored to be interested in talking to him.
Jets offensive tackle Jason Fabini is rumored to be in preliminary discussions with the Cowboys.
Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey has been given permission to talk to other teams who might be willing to trade for him. The Jets appear to be the current front-runner with the Dolphins rumored to be in the picture as well.
The Dolphins, Eagles, and Cowboys are all reportedly interested in Jets center Kevin Mawae.
The Dolphins have expressed serious interest in Buffalo defensive tackle Sam Adams, but the Cincinnati Bengals may have the upper-hand in landing him.
The Ravens would reportedly like to hold on to nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu, but the Redskins, Dolphins, Panthers and Cardinals are expected to drive up his market value.
San Diego quarterback Drew Brees is being pursued heavily by the Saints, but Miami is still rumored to be in the picture.