ColtPower Free Agency Wire: March 12

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Updated 9:50 PM

The Cowboys are committed to getting a veteran kicker according to owner Jerry Jones. But Adam Vinatieri will command the highest price in the market right now and signing Mike Vanderjagt could require using a second roster spot for a kickoff specialist.

The Texans met with Patriots WR David Givens, but he reportedly wants $25 million over five years and that's more money than Houston is willing to pay. The Titans are the next stop on Givens' tour on Monday.

The Panthers have re-signed QB Chris Weinke to a three-year deal worth $4.5 million.

Steelers defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen met with the Jets on Saturday, but left without a contract.

The Bengals are reportedly interested in Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox, while the Giants continue to show interest in Pittsburgh cornerback Deshea Townsend

Steelers special-teams co-captain Clint Kriewaldt will sign a 3-year contract with the team Monday morning. He turned down an offer from the New York Giants.

Updated 7:58 PM

One possible employer for kicker Mike Vanderjagt went by the wayside late yesterday. The Buccaneers re-signed kicker Matt Bryant.

Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El agreed to a six-year contract with Washington, according to He reportedly turned down a six-year, $18 million offer from Chicago before deciding to go to work for the Redskins.

The Ravens re-signed linebacker Bart Scott after he turned down a larger, longer-term offer from the Browns. Scott left the Browns' training complex after agreeing in principle to a three-year contract with Baltimore. The deal is worth $13.5 million, including a $6.5 million signing bonus.

Updated 5:35 PM

The Titans offered restricted free agent S Donnie Nickey a one-year tender. The Titans would receive a fifth-round draft choice as compensation if he signs elsewhere for the 2006 season.

Geoff Hobson, of, reports the Texans might have signed restricted free agent WR Kevin Walter (Bengals) to an offer sheet. The Bengals might not match the offer since it is expected to average $1.5 million a season with $2.5 million up front. If the team does not match the offer and Walter signs with the Texans, the Bengals would receive a seventh-round draft choice as compensation.

The Baltimore Ravens have reached a deal with former Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Justin Bannan, according to an NFL source.

The Vikings have signed Seahawks guard Steve Hutchinson to an offer sheet that, according to Jay Glazer of, is for $49 million over seven years, including $16 million in guaranteed money. It's big money for a guard and frontloaded to discourage Seattle from matching the offer sheet.

Tampa Bay safety Dexter Jackson is scheduled for a visit with the Vikings on Tuesday. So is Ravens safety Will Demps, but his agent noted that he's visiting with other teams before then and told our Vikings affiliate, Vikings Update, "We'll see if he makes it that far." has confirmed the Pittsburgh Steelers and C Chukky Okobi are close to agreeing on a contract extension. The deal could be announced over the next few days. and Warpaint Illustrated have confirmed that All-Pro Guard Will Shields has agreed to a four year contract extension that will ensure he will retire as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The St. Louis Rams have agreed to a six-year contract with LB Will Witherspoon. Witherspoon (6-1, 231) is entering his fifth season in the NFL out of Georgia. He spent his first four seasons with the Carolina Panthers., our Browns affiliate, has learned that Ted Washington has agreed to a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns that will pay him $6.5-$7 million over the next two seasons.

Former Ravens punter Dave Zastudil has signed a five-year contract with the Cleveland Browns to step in as their new punter.

Our Cowboys affiliate,, is reporting that not only is Seahawks TE Ryan Hannam coming to Dallas for a visit this week, but also already has a deal in hand for his consideration.

Updated 4:55 PM

The Cardinals convinced Edgerrin James to sign a four-year contract, ending his tenure in Indianapolis. Financial details weren't yet available.

Bengals QB Jon Kitna visited with the Lions yesterday. Detroit is hosting Cardinals' quarterback Josh McCown today and hope to bring in Packers' offensive lineman Kevin Barry in for a visit this week.

The Baltimore Ravens have moved on from the loss of massive nose guard Maake Kemoeatu and are pursuing jumbo-sized veterans Grady Jackson or Sam Adams, according to an NFL source.

The Browns continue to strike early in free agency. They signed NT Ted Washington to a contract today and are reportedly in serious negotiations with LB Bart Scott, Ray Lewis' backup in Baltimore.

Updated 12:10 PM

Here's another Larry Tripplett quote for you, this time from the Seattle Times who tracked his collegiate career as a Washington Husky. "I feel like I'm still growing as a player," Tripplett told the Times. "The coaches here see me playing the type of football that I like to play. I'm just ready to get started."

According to Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle's earlier report today about WR David Givens canceling his trip to Houston is wrong and Givens will visit with the Texans as planned.

The Texans have released WR Allen Suber.

The Jets have scheduled a visit with Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna. He's expected to spend two days with the Jets beginning Monday.

The Dolphins met with Patriots WR David Givens on Saturday.

The Denver Broncos re-signed defensive end Gerard Warren, running back Ron Dayne and long snapper Mike Leach.

Kicker Joe Nedney re-signed with the 49ers for four more years.

Updated 11:20 AM

According to one report at the Star-Ledger, the Titans are showing interest in Jets center Kevin Mawae after learning that their starter, Justin Hartwig, is preparing to sign with Carolina.

The Texans have lost their shot at another prospect they were eyeing. Former Patriots and Browns WR Andre Davis has signed with the Bills. Buffalo is also scheduling visits with Cardinals QB Josh McCown and Rams DT Ryan Pickett.

Although Steelers WR/KR was visiting Washington on Saturday, he already had an offer on the table from the Bears believed to be in the $20 million range over six years. Randle El plans to continue to shop around, but so will the Bears. They are rumored to be interested in Eddie Drummond (Lions), Tim Dwight (Patriots), Antonio Chatman (Packers), and Torrie Cox (Buccaneers). Randle El will not visit Chicago today as previously reported widely by the media.

The Redskins completed a trade that sent 2006 3rd-round and 2007 4th-round picks to San Francisco for WR Brandon Lloyd while Antwaan Randle-El was still in town visiting. While the Redskins are still interested, it's believed that the move may have decreased Randle-El's interest in Washington as he wants to land with a team where he will get the ball more.

The Chargers signed Carolina safety Marlon McCree to a five-year pact. But they lost LB Ben Leber to the Vikings the same day. Leber landed a four-year deal estimated to be in the $20 million range.

San Diego had hoped to make a play for Saints center LeCharles Bentley, but the Browns signed him on Saturday.

Updated 9:25 AM

Here's another quote from Larry Tripplett following his signing with the Bills on Saturday as he talked about his level of experience despite not being a starter. "I played quite a bit because we rotated in a lot," Tripplett said. "Although I didn't start many games, there wasn't many games where I didn't have as many snaps as the people who did, and sometimes I had even more."

left tackle Brad Hopkins is already making the rounds after being cut for cap reasons, but now it appears the Titans will lose another starter from their offensive line. Center Justin Hartwig received an offer from the Carolina Panthers that Tennessee general manager Floyd Reese was hoping to have the opportunity to match. But early indications from Hartwig's agent -- Drew Rosenhaus, Edgerrin James' agent -- is that Hartwig is ready to sign with Carolina.

.The Texans were expecting to meet with Patriots WR David Givens today, but his agent cancelled the trip. Speculation out of New England is that Givens has reached agreement on a new deal with the Patriots. They met with Bengals WR Kevin Walter on Saturday and also appear to be interested in the Patriots' Andre Davis.

The Ravens reached an agreement on a five-year contract worth $25 million that includes $10 million in guaranteed money.with four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Trevor Pryce on Saturday. Pryce has been a starter in Denver for the past nine years. The Ravens needed to backfill a vacancy created earlier in the day when Anthony Weaver signed a five-year, $26.5 million contract that included a $12 million signing bonus to join the Texans.

The Texans also took care of their backup quarterback position on Saturday. They had released veteran quarterback Tony Banks in a cap move prior to the start of free agency, but then signed free agent QB Sage Rosenfels to a four-year, $6.4 million contract that included a $2 million signing bonus.

Houston signed Tampa Bay FB Jameel Cook signed a five-year, $5 million contract. Cook will compete with FB Moran Norris for the starting job at fullback.

While the Texans are very interested in signing Packers OL Mike Flanagan, he apparently left Houston without signing a contract on Saturday. They also took a look at OL Bob Hallen of the Chargers.

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