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Atlanta Still Looking For Secondary Help?
Despite signing free agent CB Lewis Sanders this week, the Atlanta Falcons had free agent CB William James in for a visit on Thursday. The Philadelphia Eagles, according to a league source, would like to re-sign James for their vacant nickel job.
Graham and Ramsey Deals Not Official For Denver…Yet
As of Thursday evening, the free agent signings of TE Daniel Graham (New England Patriots) and QB Patrick Ramsey (New York Jets) haven't been made official. Both are expected to sign their deals by this weekend.
Meanwhile, the team had a visit from free agent QB Anthony Wright on Thursday.
New Orleans Looking For Secondary Depth
The New Orleans Saints, looking for a cornerback possibly challenge veteran CB Fred Thomas, brought in free agent CBs Rod Hood and William James on Thursday. Hood served as the nickel back for the Philadelphia Eagles for most of 2006. James only played in three games for the Eagles this past season.
Thomas restructured his contract recently but he struggled mightily during the NFL playoffs.
What's interesting is Thomas had a visit with Philadelphia a few years back when he was a free agent.
San Diego Looking For Receiver Depth
Free agent WR Shaun McDonald had a visit with the San Diego Chargers on Thursday. The team now has an opening for a veteran receiver after releasing Keenan McCardell recently.
The speedy McDonald also can return punts and if signed, he could take that role over for Eric Parker who struggled with injuries last season.
Tennessee Looking at Defensive Help
In no great surprise, the Tennessee Titans have brought in free agent cornerback talent for visits this week. The team could be in dire straights if CB Adam "Pacman" Jones is suspended due to off the field issues.
As first reported by scout.com on Wednesday, the Titans would be bringing in free agent CB Nick Harper (Indianapolis Colts) in for a visit. That visit was completed on Thursday. The 32-year old veteran had been a full-time starter for the Colts for the past four seasons but the team has three cornerbacks on the roster that they selected on the first day of the past two drafts thus making Harper expendable.
The Titans also brought in free agent CB Jamar Fletcher (Detroit Lions) in for a visit earlier this week.
Meanwhile, as Terry McCormick of the Nashville City Paper suggested to scout.com, the Titans could have some interest in free agent DE Grant Wistrom who was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.
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- As first reported by scout.com days ago, the Arizona Cardinals had interest in free agent free agent S Terrence Holt (Detroit Lions). On Thursday, Arizona signed him to a five-year deal and he'll start at FS.
Holt became expendable with the Lions after they selected FS Daniel Bullocks in the second round of last year's NFL draft.
- Howard Balzer of The Sports Xchange and Gridrongateway.com reports the Seattle Seahawks today terminated the contract of DE Grant Wistrom as a post-June 1 designation.
That allows the Seahawks to spread the remaining signing bonus proration over the next two years. Wistrom received a $14 million signing bonus on a 6-year, $33 million contract in 2004.
He currently counts $5.833 million against the cap. After June 1, his cap figure for this year will drop to 2.33 million and it will be 4.67 million in 2008.
Wistrom's contract is another example of why quoting total dollars in free-agent contracts is often misleading because many players never receive the total value of the original deal. Of the $33 million in Wistrom's contract, he was paid a total of $21 million.
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Agent Joe Linta has informed scout.com that free agent OL Ross Tucker, who was with the Cleveland Browns briefly last August, signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins.
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A league source told scout.com that free agent RB Corey Dillon postponed his visit to the Buffalo Bills on Thursday. Dillon is expected to set up a visit for some time next week.
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As first reported by scout.com early Tuesday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens were discussing a deal with the Buffalo Bills to acquire disgruntled RB Willis McGahee.
League sources indicate that Baltimore had set a deadline by the end of the week to either re-sign RB Jamal Lewis or trade for McGahee. Lewis signed with the Cleveland Browns Wednesday evening which set Baltimore's attention straight on trading for McGahee.
The deal was completed Thursday according to Ravensider.com's Aaron Wilson. The teams swapped third round and seventh round picks in this year's draft and Baltimore's third-round pick next year for McGahee.
Baltimore also had expressed interest in free agent RBs Corey Dillon and Chris Brown in recent weeks.
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CURTIS IN PHILLY: League sources have confirmed free agent WR Kevin Curtis is expected to visit the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants over the next two days.
Curtis fired his agent Tom Condon earlier this week and the earliest that his new representatives can handle a potential contract negotiation is Saturday according to sources.
Curtis, sources say, is just visiting teams, and is unlikely to sign anywhere before Saturday.
Philadelphia is very young at the receiver position and could use a veteran presence with the kind of speed that Curtis possesses.
ANOTHER WR IN THE NEST: Philadelphia also signed free agent WR/KR Bethel Johnson on Thursday. Johnson, a former second-round pick of the New England Patriots, has tremendous speed but has been very injury prone over his four seasons of play.
Johnson is a good for Philadelphia's down field passing game and it's really a look and see kind of contract. They have nothing to lose by taking him to training camp.
BUSY, BUSY BROWNIES: According to a league source, the Cleveland Browns have had the most free agent visits through Wednesday (12 players/signed 4):
BROWN TRAVELING AROUND: Free agent RB Chris Brown (Tennessee Titans) met with the Buffalo Bills Wednesday night and is scheduled to leave town early in the afternoon. He's expected to meet with the Detroit Lions on Thursday evening and part of Friday according to league sources.