LB Victor Hobson signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, who are looking for an infusion of youth along their aging linebacker corps. He is coming off a down seasons with the Jets in which he had just two sacks. Hobson was ill-suited on the strong side of the Jets' 3-4 scheme the past two years, and is likely to play inside for the Patriots. He is considered a strong run defender.
WR Roy Williams knows his name has been tossed into rumors about possible draft-day trades, but told the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram that he has been told he will be a Lion for at least one more season by the team. A popular landing spot in trade rumors is Dallas. "Man you know I can't answer that question," he told the Star-Telegram when asked if he'd like to play for Dallas if the former Texas Longhorn isn't in Detroit.
QB David Garrard's six-year, $60 million contract extension includes $18 million in guaranteed money. It's the biggest contract in franchise history. "It was time to make everybody happy," Garrard said of agreeing to the deal. He had reportedly been seeking something close to the $67.5 million deal Tony Romo got from Dallas.
San Diego Chargers:
SS Clinton Hart has agreed to a five-year deal with the Chargers. As a first-year starter last season, Hart was second on the Chargers with five interceptions and added 109 tackles. "It's all just a blessing," Hart told the San Diego Union Tribune. "I'm happy to be a part of this organization. We fell short last year, but we have a great opportunity."
S Omare Lowe siged with the Seahawks. Lowe is a special teams ace who lost that title while on IR (knee) last season for Atlanta. The former Washington Husky was one of the final cuts in Seattle's 2005 training camp.
DT Steve Williams (released from reserve/injured with injury settlement by Panthers 9/7) was added to Carolina's roster.