Free Agency: The News Keeps Coming

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 (depending on the CBA discussions). Check out the list, along with analysis and numbers. Instead of cutting players, the Patriots are in the enviable position of being able to sign some once free agency finally begins.

CUT (possibly pending CBA)
QB Kerry Collins (Oakland): The salary-cap strapped Raiders did 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) was 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. Will receive some serious interest in free agency, as he remains a viable starting quarterback option.

C Kevin Mawae (Jets): 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, wasn't the biggest center, but certainly was 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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