A few former Patriots made moves around the NFL, as well as one safety who may affect who falls to the Patriots in the 2007 Draft. Get the moves and news made around the league in the last few days.
WR Justin Gage signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Titans. Gage, who received a $400,000 signing bonus, was told he'd have a chance to win a spot in the team's starting lineup and that Gage hopes to establish himself in Tennessee and re-sign with a long-term deal. "Justin is a big, physical and athletic receiver who has a good deal of playing experience with the Bears," Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said. "He gives us a different body type and he will compete for a role with our receiving corps."
WR Bobby Engram signed a two-year deal to remain a Seahawk. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
S Ken Hamlin signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys. Terms were not disclosed.
G Chris Liwienski signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins. The signing re-unites Liwienski with head coach Cam Cameron, who became Indiana University's head coach in 1997 when Liwienski was a senior.
TE Jermaine Wiggins signed a one-year deal with the Jaguars. Wiggins had asked for his release from the Minnesota Vikings shortly after the 2006 season ended, feeling he was not a good fit for coach Brad Childress and his West Coast style offense. Wiggins had some familiarity with one of the Jaguars' assistant coaches. Wiggins was with the Vikings in 2004 and '05, leading the team in receptions both seasons with a combined total of 140 catches, while playing for head coach Mike Tice, now an offensive assistant coach with Jacksonville.
LS John Denney, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with the Dolphins. Financial terms of the one-year deal were undisclosed.
LB Marcello Church signed with the Steelers. Terms were undisclosed.
LB Carlos Polk signed a two-year deal to remain a Charger. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. "This is a big move for us because we wanted Carlos to return and we were able to make that happen," general manager A.J. Smith told reporters. "Had Carlos left, depth at outside linebacker would have been a bit of a concern for us. His signing is a tremendous help in that area, plus he's a top-notch special teams player. We're thrilled that it worked out."
DT Shaun Rogers was conspicuously absent at the start of the off-season conditioning program. Rogers is supremely talented and plays a critical position in coach Rod Marinelli's beloved Tampa Two defense, but his attitude is an issue. "He knows when it started," Marinelli told reporters. "I was just hoping he'd be here. I want them all here. It's not mandatory. I want them all here and functioning and working as a group."
LG Derrick Dockery, who started 61 consecutive games for the Redskins, knows the pressure is on after signing a seven-year, $49 million contract, richest in Bills' history. "I think there's a lot of expectations with that size of a contract," he said. "They expect you to come in and be a leader. And I welcome it."
RB Domanick Williams was cut by the Texans on Friday. Williams, who changed his name from Davis while rehabbing from a career-threatening knee injury, missed all of 2006 and may not play in 2007, if ever again.
RB Ron Dayne re-signed with the Texans on March 23, the same day the Texans released RB Domanick Williams. Dayne, the Texans' leading rusher in 2006, provides the Texans with a solid backup to RB Ahman Green, who signed as a free agent this offseason.
FB Vonta Leach had the four-year, $7 million offer sheet he signed with the Giants matched by the Texans.
DL Montae Reagor signed a three-year, $8.25 million deal to join the Eagles. Reagor, whose deal includes $2 million in guaranteed money, was a four-year starter for the Colts. He played in just five games last season after getting hurt in an October car accident. He suffered a broken nose and fractured the orbital bone near his left eye in the accident and was put on the team's non-football injury list. Reagor weighs just 285 pounds, which is light for a defensive tackle. But he fits defensive coordinator Jim Johnson's one-gap, stop-the-run-on-the-way-to-the-quarterback philosophy.
QB Chris Redman signed with the Falcons. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
QB Marques Tuiasosopo, a career backup quarterback with Oakland, has signed a one-year contract with the Jets. He is expected to challenge second-year player Kellen Clemens for the No. 2 job behind incumbent Chad Pennington. The Jets needed someone for that role after they released Patrick Ramsey earlier this month.
S Bryan Scott signed a one-year deal to join the Titans. Financial terms were undisclosed. Scott could nudge his way into the fight for the starting free safety job, where incumbent Lamont Thompson is a weak link and Calvin Lowry and Vincent Fuller are expected to challenge. But if he's not starting, the Titans expect Scott will be an important reserve and special teamer.