Trade Rumors Lead NFL Wire

While most of the top free agents have been signed, there are still some interesting trade rumors out there for quality starters. Get the rumors, signings and other transactions of the last few days around the NFL.

RUMORS

  • CB DeAngelo Hall is close to being traded to Oakland for the Raiders' No. 36 overall pick and a sixth-round pick in April, according to several reports. Hall, the Falcons' No. 1 pick in 2004, has stated his desire to be traded. The only hangup at this point appears to be contract negotiations with the Raiders. Hall was reportedly in Oakland on Friday, but there are varying stories to how close the sides are on a new contract.

    "As of right now, we're still at the same stages that I was at with every other team," Hall told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "New York, Washington, Dallas, and Jacksonville. Nothing has been OK'd on my end. Unless they agreed to something that I don't know about, but I don't think no team is going to sign me without talking to me and getting everything right on my end."

    Hall is reportedly seeking a deal similar to the six-year, $57 million contract Asante Samuel got from Philadelphia that included $20 million in guaranteed money.


  • LB Chaun Thompson signed with the Texans for a two-year deal worth $2.4 million and including a $650,000 signing bonus, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Primarily a special teams player for the Browns last season, Thompson is expected to compete for a top backup linebacker spot as well for the Texans. Thompson played nearby for West Texas A&M in college.


  • CURRENT PATS
  • DL Mike Wright, a restricted free agent, re-signed with the Patriots.

  • FORMER PATS
  • LB Willie McGinest, who is now part of a three-man rotation, has taken a pay cut. Citing the players union website, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, McGinest is now scheduled to earn $900,000 next season. That's a 47 percent cut from the $1.9 million he was originally due to earn. However, he does have playing time incentives that could get him back to his original salary.

  • TE Jason Rader signed with Atlanta.


  • AROUND THE LEAGUE
  • WR Robert Ferguson re-signed with the Vikings for one year and close to $1 million. He also has a chance to make an extra $500,000-600,000 in incentives, according to multiple reports. Ferguson was second on the team with 32 receptions for 391 yards and a touchdown last season.

  • WR Bryant Johnson has agreed to a five-year deal with the 49ers, which led to the team's release of Darrell Jackson.

  • TE Bubba Franks is close to signing with the Jets, according to the Newark Star Ledger. The team has been seeking a tight end to play opposite Chris Baker in two-tight end sets. A three-time Pro Bowler, Franks remains a strong blocker even though knee issues have taken away from his receiving numbers in recent seasons.

  • CB Nate Jones became the lastest former Cowboys to join Bill Parcells & Co. in Miami. A good blitzer out of nickel packages and strong special teams performer, Jones signed a two-year deal with Miami.

  • LB Derrick Pope signed a one-year deal with the Vikings, which was seeking to upgrade depth at the position. Pope started nine games for Miami last season, and is also considered a good special teams players.

  • TE Ben Utecht, a restricted free agent, has signed an offer sheet for a three-year deal with Cincinnati. The Colts have until Friday to match the offer, but would not receive compensation if they decline to because Utech entered the league as an undrafted free agent.

  • DT William Joseph signed with Oakland. He missed all of last season after being placed on injured reserve with a back injury. A bust as a first-round pick by the Giants in 2003, Joseph has seven sacks in 55 career games.

  • DE Jason Taylor said he intends to play next season, and that it will be with the Dolphins unless something changes. He denied an internet report that suggested he and the team had agreed to part ways. However, a team source told the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel that the Dolphins would still trade Taylor in the right deal and are listening to offers.


  • LB Andra Davis has taken a pay cut, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Citing the players union website, Davis' contract for next year is now $1.675 million, and the final two years of his contract have been wiped out. Davis signed a five-year, $20 million extention in 2005. Davis lost playing time last season with the emergence of Leon Williams. However, he can still earn his orginal base salary if he reaches incentives in the new deal.

  • OT Jonathan Palmer, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with the Raiders.

  • WR Sean Morey had his contract terminated by Arizona.

  • PK E.J. Cochrane (released by Eagles 8/28) signed with Baltimore.

  • WR Paris Warren, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Tampa BAy.

  • WR Steven Harris was waived by Washington.

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