Free Agency: Tuesday Wire (11:45pm)

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Updated 11:25 PM

Scout.com has learned that the Vikings trade of Daunte Culpepper to the Miami Dolphins has been approved. The Vikings traded Culpepper to the Dolphins for a second-round pick earlier Tuesday, pending Culpepper passing a physical. Culpepper's physical with the Dolphins satisfied Miami officials enough to finalize the trade. The Vikings will receive Miami's second-round pick in the 2006 draft.


Updated 8:30 PM

The Texans met with Steelers S Chris Hope on Tuesday.


Updated 7:45 PM

The Steelers have signed DE Brett Keisel to a four-year contract. He'll replace Kimo von Oelhoffen, who signed with the Jets, in the starting lineup.

The Jets signed Steeler DE Kimo Von Oelhoffen (Steelers) to a three-year contract for $3.2 million. Von Oelhoffen, 35, just finished his 12th season in the league.

The Browns released nose tackle Jason Fisk on Tuesday. Fisk, an 11-year veteran, signed a three-year deal with the team last year. Fisk became expendable when Cleveland signed Ted Washington.

Free agent quarterback Jon Kitna signed with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday. The former Bengal and Seahawk paid a visit to the Jets on Monday, but the Lions were always the favorites to land him.

Jets Confidential is reporting that the New York Jets are likely to pursue trade discussions with the Washington Redskins for QB Patrick Ramsey.

Jaguars.com reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed DE Marcellus Wiley to an undisclosed contract.

The Seattle Times reports that former Arizona Cardinals DT Russell Davis had a very productive visit in Seattle today. Talks are expected to continue on Wednesday between the team and Davis' agent, Pat Dye.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that New York Jets DE John Abraham is in Seattle for a visit.

Packers OL Kevin Barry visited with the Detroit Lions today.


Updated 5:30 PM

The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed unrestricted free agent TE Dan Campbell to a five-year deal. Additional contract terms were not disclosed. Campbell was in Dallas last season, but the team chose not to resign him.

According to Howard Bryant in the Washington Post, the Redskins signed backup QB Todd Collins (Chiefs). They also lost safety Ryan Clark who apparently has signed four-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Updated 3:55PM

scout.com has confirmed he Dallas Cowboys have released WR Keyshawn Johnson. He was due a $1 million roster bonus.

The Detroit Lions announced today that they have re-signed WR/KR Eddie Drummond to a four-year deal. Additional contract terms were not disclosed.

The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have terminated the contract of WR Terrell Owens. Owens was due to reciver a bonus if he was still on the roster as of 3:00pm. The Eagles were unable to make a trade for the outspoken receiver and part ways after just a single season.

The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have signed unrestricted free agent TE Matt Schobel to a ­­­five-year contract. Schobel had spent the four previous seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

scout.com has learned the Oakland Raiders have reached a one-year contract agreement with UFA G Toniu Fonti (Vikings) on Tuesday. He'll receive a base salary of $585,000 and 415,000 in guaranteed money/$1 million total.

Jim Wexell of SteelerBlitz.com reports that free agent TE Aaron Shea (Browns) visited with the Steelers today. His signing is expected to follow shortly.

The Titans agreed to terms with center Kevin Mawae (Jets). The 35-year-old Mawae, a six-time Pro Bowler, missed much of last season with a triceps injury.

The AP is reporting that OT Mike Williams (Bills) signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday.

Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com reports that mMoments after the Dolphins got Daunte Culpepper in a trade with the Vikings, free agent quarterback Drew Brees agreed to a six-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. Financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

The Minnesota Vikings have confirmed reaching a trade in principle with the Miami Dolphins for QB Dante Culpepper. Scout.com reports that the Dolphins will send the Vikings a second-round draft pick in the 2006 NFL Draft for compensation. The deal will be completed pending a physical.


Updated 1:35 PM

Free agent WR David Givens has agreed to terms with the Tennessee Titans. The former Patriot has reportedly agreed to a five-year $24 million deal with a $8 million signing bonus. A press conference has been schedule for today in Tennessee to announce the move


Updated 12:15 AM

During the team’s press conference yesterday, Browns general manager Phil Savage made mention that free-agent LB Willie McGinest does not currently reside on the team’s frontburner.

Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post reports the Seahawks are expected to visit with free agent DL Kimo von Oelhoffen (Steelers).

Mike Sando of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Seahawks LB Kevin Bentley is visiting with the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee is looking for depth at the position and to strengthen its special teams.

Tim Eisenhut of Bengals Insider is reporting that free agent DT Sam Adams has narrowed his choices down to Miami and Cincinnati. It will be interesting to see how the much-rumored Brew Brees signing in Miami affects this, should it happen.


Updated 11:40 AM

Craig Massei of Scout.com's San Francisco Illustrated reports that San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan said late Monday afternoon that free-agent safety Chris Hope will make a visit to team headquarters at some point in the next few days. While saying that San Francisco never came close to making an offer to Andre Carter that was comparable to what he received Monday to sign with Washington, Nolan indicated that recent developments during the start of free agency have improved the 49ers' chances of re-signing free-agent linebacker and Julian Peterson.

Ed Thompson of Coltpower.com reports that the Colts may move forward with K Jose Cortez and the young kickers currently on their roster in lieu of pursuing a veteran free agent.

Philadelphia Eagles WR Terrell Owens is due a roster bonus as of 3:00 m this afternoon. The Eagles are expected to release the controversial Owens. Kansas City, Dallas, Denver and Miami are some of the teams prominently mentioned as destinations for TO.


Updated 8:35 AM

Patriots free agent WR David Givens extended his stay in Tennessee to Tuesday. According to a report in the Boston Globe, Tennessee is offering Givens a deal in the $24 million range, nearly $5 million more than Houston was reportedly willing to offer.

Former Giants CB Will Allen was in Kansas City on Monday.

The Tennessean is reporting that Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper said he's not interested in playing for Tennessee, and that statement has played a contributing role in the team's decision not to pursue him further.

The Steelers have talked to former Redskins S Ryan Clark since it appears they will be losing S Chris Hope.

scout.com has confirmed that UFA G Toniu Fonoti (Vikings) is close to agreeing to a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders. Fonoti could take over the starting right guard position since veteran G Ron Stone was released (March 2) prior to the start of free agency. The Minnesota Vikings offered Fonoti a multi-year deal to re-sign but not much over the veteran minimum per season.

The thinking is if Fonoti plays well, he'll either get a solid offer in free agency again or from the Raiders to re-sign. The key for him is to keep his weight down.

Jim Wexell of SteelerBlitz.com reports that QB Charlie Batch, who agreed to terms over the weekend, will sign a three-year contract with the Steelers on Tuesday.

Scout.com has confirmed the details of the four-year deal that scout.com first reported over the weekend for veteran G Will Shields signing with the Kansas City Chiefs. He'll receive $2.29 million in guaranteed money, $810,000 in base salary, a $400,000 roster bonus, and $100,000 workout bonus.

The Dallas Cowboys signed linebacker Akin Ayodele, who had been with the Jacksonville Jaguars, to a five-year contract on Monday.

The Carolina Panthers signed journeyman P Micah Knorr.

Former Colts K Mike Vanderjagt visited with the Dolphins on Monday. Rumors have been floating around that Dallas or Green Bay would be his likely home in 2006, so Miami was a surprise entrant into the mix.

Jaguars CB Kenny Wright has a visit scheduled with the Cardinals.

The Titans met with Giants LB Nick Greisen and Steelers S Chris Hope on Monday. Hope also has a visit with the 49ers planned for later this week.


From 3/13/06 - RECAPPED

  • LB Matt Chatham a free agent from New England joined former Patriots coach Eric Mangini in New York. Chatham agreed to a three-year deal with the Jets on Monday night.

    OG Ryan Krug was released by New England. The former undrafted free agent has not played in an NFL game.

    LB Chad Brown was released by the Patriots. The move saves New England close to $1 million against the cap. The 35-year old Brown will explore his options according to his agent.

  • WR Eric Moulds believes the Bills have no intention of keeping him at his current salary and has asked to be released. Moulds, who has two years left on his contract, is scheduled to make $7.1 million next season and count $10.85 million against the salary cap. Moulds will become a top free agent target if the Bills decide to part ways with him.

    OL Greg Jerman resigned with the Bills. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

  • OL L.J.Shelton, a free agent from Cleveland, signed a four-year deal with Miami, and will take over for Damion McIntosh.

    DB Andre Goodman, a free agent from Detroit, signed a three-year, $5 million with Miami that reportedly includes $2.5 million in incentives. With Sam Madison gone, the Dolphins are seeking a starter opposite Travis Daniels.

    S Yeremiah Bell, an exclusive rights free agent, signed a qualifying offer to stay with Miami.

    TE Alex Holmes, an exclusive rights free agent, signed a qualifying offer to stay with Miami.

    CB Eddie Jackson, an exclusive rights free agent, signed a qualifying offer to stay with Miami.

    LB Sedrick Hodge, a free agent from New Orleans, signed a two-year deal with Miami reportedly worth $2 million with another $1 million in incentives. He will compete for a starting job now that Junior Seau has been released.

  • WR Brian Finneran was signed to a new four-year deal by the Falcons.

    "It was a priority for us to retain Brian Finneran and we're happy that we have gotten this deal accomplished," said president/general manager Rich McKay. "Brian is an integral part of our passing game and compliments our running game with a physical presence, in addition to contributing on special teams."

  • OLB Scott Fujita agreed to a contract with New Orleans, although details of the deal were not immediately known. He has not missed a game in his four-year career and has started 49 of those 64 contests. Dallas was working on re-signing Fujita, and the Patriots were believed to be interested.

  • WR Harry Williams was claimed by Green Bay on waivers from the New York Jets.

  • CB R.W. McQuarters signed with the Giants. He reportedly received a three-year, $6 million deal that includes $3 million in guaranteed money and escalator clauses that could be worth an addition $1.5 million.

    CB Jason Bell became the third free-agent corner to sign with the Giants. Terms of the deal for the former Houston Texan were not disclosed.

    S Quentin Harris signed with the Giants, reportedly for a two-year deal.

    QB Tim Hasselbeck signed a three-year, $2.25 million contract to stay with the Giants.

  • DE Darren Howard, who spent his first six seasons with New Orleans, signed a six-year, $30 million deal with Philadelphia.

    TE Matt Schobel signed with Philadelphia. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.

  • LB Khary Campbell has re-signed with Washington. Terms were not disclosed.


  • WR Corey Bradford signed a four-year deal with Detroit. Bradford, who played for Houston the past four years, reunites with receivers coach Kippy Brown, who was Bradford's position coach with the Texans.

    WR/KR Eddie Drummond re-signed with Detroit. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    FS Marquand Manuel agreed to a multi-year contract with Green Bay in a deal that had been rumored to be in the works before free agency began.
  • LB Brandon Moore re-signed with San Francisco. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


  • LB Clint Kriewaldt re-signed with the Steelers. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.

  • S Dexter Jackson, a free agent from Tampa Bay, has signed a four-year contract with Cincinnati.

  • RT Orlando Brown was released by the Ravens, who are planning on starting Tony Pashos in that spot.

  • RB Mike Anderson, who agreed to a four-year deal reportedly worth $8 million with Baltimore, will now share the rushing load with Jamal Lewis. Upon re-signing Monday, Lewis said he will be happy to team with the former Broncos star. "He's one of those multipurpose backs," Lewis said of Anderson. "He can play fullback and he can play tailback. He's a good asset to this team and I will love to play with him."

  • RB Jamal Lewis agreed to a three-year, deal worth around $25 million on Monday. With Chester Taylor gone, Anderson will now share the rushing load with Lewis.

  • PK Jose Cortez was re-signed. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it gives the Colts an insurance policy in the event free agent Mike Vanderjagt signs elsewhere.

  • DT Damione Lewis was signed by Carolina on Monday. Terms were not disclosed for the five-year veteran who has 10.5 career sacks.

  • DL Gary Walker said he will consider retiring following his release by Houston on Monday.

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