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SATURDAY MARCH 1
-- The free agent spending spree continues. Click here to see all the signed players to date.
-- Keith Brooking has signed a three year deal with the Dallas Cowboys.
-- Jon Kitna's nomadic NFL career continues. Next stop: Dallas.
-- Geoff Hangartner heads from sunny Charlotte to Buffalo, New York. Pack a scarf.
-- The Houston Texans get a little more help on the defensive line by signing the Cards Antonio Smith.
-- Matt Cassel joined Mike Vrabel in going from the Patriots to the Chiefs.
-- Here are LB Jonathan Vilma's contract details.
-- The Vikings may very well not be done making changes at the quarterback position.
-- Baltimore's Jim Leonhard seems to remain in high demand, and is visiting the Jets.
-- Darrell Reid and a history of damaging hits on special teams heads to Denver (check out the video).
-- The Bills have added QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for depth at that position.
-- The Redskins got back a little of their cap space, but are down one veteran cornerback.
-- Remember how bad the Steelers offensive line was supposed to be? They're coming back in 2009, and the media seems to love it now.
-- The Atlanta Falcons defense is sure going to look different next year.
-- Fred Taylor adds to the running back depth in New England.
-- Lito Sheppard shuffles off to Philadephia.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27
-- Scout.com's Adam Caplan reports that CB Jabari Greer will be visiting the Lions on Saturday.
-- Reggie Williams went one toke over the line.
-- The New York football Giants are keenly interested in some defensive players, including LB Michael Boley. In more news involving New York and linebackers, Jets Confidential tells us that the Ravens upped their offer for Bart Scott.
-- Bear Report's John Crist and PantherInsider's Brad Thomas analyze the Bears acquisition of OT Frank Omiyale.
-- Adam Caplan reported that the Detroit Lions reached a three-year, $7 million deal with RB Maurice Morris.
-- It looks like Scott Pioli has worked a deal with his old team to bring 33-year-old Mike Vrabel to Kansas City.
-- Warpath has a Q-and-A with DE Andre Carter about the Haynesworth signing and seeing some of his old friends cut by the team.
-- Kerry Collins will be returning to quarterback the Tennessee Titans again in 2009.
-- The Super Bowl Champions keep their own: left guard Chris Kemoeatu signed a new deal with the Steelers.
-- Offensive Tackles are getting a lot of attention today.
-- Yours truly runs Scout's Cleveland Browns site, so I've been a little busy this morning, since the Browns dealt Kellen Winslow to the Bucaneers for undisclosed draft picks. Here are articles on the Browns site, Bucs site, and a 20+ pages of discussion about it on the OBR.
-- Adam Caplan reports that the market for CB Jabari Greer is open for business, and it's getting a lot of potential customers.
-- Packer Report's Bill Huber has an exclusive about the chase for DE Chris Canty.
-- Adam Caplan brings details not yet available anywhere else regarding OT Frank Omiyale's deal with the Chicago Bears.
-- Adam also details the deal that brought Sage Rosenfels to the Vikings.
-- Scout.com has also confirmed that Sean Considine is going to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars.
-- The Dallas Cowboys may disappoint fans who are looking for them to make a big early splash in free agency, signing the likes of Ray Lewis.
-- Warpath talks about the risk/reward of spending $154 million in the first twelve hours of free agency when you supposedly only have $7 million available on the cap.
-- John Taylor, Lane Adkins, and Barry McBride have been throwing exclusive scoop into the OBR's Insider Blog on the Cleveland Browns interest in a free agent linebacker, wide receiver, and unreported contract changes that might portend the release of a veteran player.
-- The Vikings were negotiating with their own veteran free agents late into the night .
-- In Atlanta, they're wondering if discarded Jaguar DE Paul Spicer could be the team's answer.
-- "Vinny the Fly" somehow escaped Eric Mangini's fly swatter in Berea and offers some inside buzz .
-- That was fast. J.J. Arrington and Correll Buckhalter have signed with the Broncos. We've updated the available running backs in the free agency database.
-- Here's the latest from the Houston Texans rumor mill at Battle Red Nation.
-- Eric Hartz of Coltpower handicaps the likelihood of Colts free agents staying with the team.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 26
-- Adam Caplan has been very busy fellow, breaking stories about the Redskins interest in C Jason Brown among others. Check out his amazing Free Agency News Blog for scoops on the destiny of Ray Lewis, where T.J. Houshmanzadeh is hoping to sign, and Keith Brooking's exit from Atlanta.
-- FalconInsider.com breaks the news on Keith Brooking voiding his contract.
-- John Keim of Warpath Insiders has been covering the Redskins since 1994. Here's his perspective on what Dan Snyder's club is likely to do when free agency kicks off.
-- Charger GM A.J. Smith admitted the team won't chase their unrestricted free agents, and answered a number of other questions.
-- Packer Report's Bill Huber worries that, after the big guns are gone, there isn't a lot of talent left over even for teams with all kinds of money to spend. Huber also relays the news about who did and didn't get tender offers in Green Bay.
-- Scout.com's Adam Caplan reports that recently released Lion TE Dan Campbell has signed with the New Orleans Saints.
-- Steelers beat writer Jim Wexell reports on the team's free agent tenders and the release of former first-round draft pick Kendall Simmons. The Ranch Report also updates Cowboys fans on the release of QB Brad Johnson, as does Jets Confidential regarding the release of OG Brandon Moore.
-- Dan Leberfeld of Jets Confidential talks about a free agent "sleeper" who might fly under the radar to New York .
-- Additional free agency database updates, including RB Noah Herron, OG Brandon Moore, OG Kendall Simmons, and S Eugene Wilson.
-- Another target vanishes from the Minnesota Vikings radar .
-- As the clock ticks down, Falcons Insider looks at linebackers who may be free agent targets for the team, and Dolphin Digest gets a scouting report on DB Gibril Wilson from Raiders beat writer Michael Wagaman of Silver and Black Illustrated.
-- We've updated our free agency database again, including the releases of quarterbacks Brad Johnson and Trent Green, as well as wide receivers Laverneous Coles and Drew Bennett, and Bills OG Derrick Dockery. Also added: TE Robert Royal, OT Ephraim Salaam, DE Anthony Weaver and more…
Check out Adam Caplan's Free Agency News Blog for some more updates, including a ton of detailed bulletins on team cap space and likely suitors for one of the league's top offensive linemen.
-- Scout.com's Adam Caplan is reporting that the Steelers have put a first-round tender on RT Willie Colon, which will cost them about $2.2 million.
-- Dan Leberfeld from Jets Confidential reports on who is going to take over for departed WR Laverneous Coles in the Big Apple. Could Coles wind up in Buffalo? Tyler Dunne looks at the possibilities .
-- One offensive guard won't hit the market, as Mike Lombardo if SDBoltReport.com reported yesterday. OG Kynan Forney inked a two-year deal with the Chargers.
-- New head coach Eric Mangini has black helicopters hovering over every possible entrance to the team's Berea compound. The OBR's Lane Adkins manages to sneak in under radar, though, and provide some clues as to what the Browns are plotting .
-- Viking Update's John Holler thumbs through the catalogue to see what gifts might be under the Christmas-in-March tree for Vikings fans this year.
Catching up a little with some items published earlier:
-- With the economy the way it is, not all of us have the problem of wondering what to do with all our piles of cash, but that's a problem facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who now have accumulated about $50 million to spend when the bell goes off after midnight tonight. BucsBlitz.com's Matt Postins says the Bucs have more cap savings… now what? Matt also ponders the end of an era with the release of LB Derrick Brooks (right).
-- The Miami Dolphins aren't waiting for the bell to ring to start spending money. The mammals-not-fish re-signed Channing Crowder and Vernon Carey and last night locked up S Gibril Wilson, who had previously been cut by the Raiders.
-- Greg Cosell of NFL Films gets access to more game film than anyone on the planet, and shares with Vikings Update's Tim Yotter his thoughts on the offensive line options available in free agency this year. You won't be able to find someone who can give you more insight into these players' strengths and weaknesses.
-- Despite what you might be reading elsewhere, The Ranch Report has the latest on what could very well be going down with Terrell Owens . For the TO-watchers in all of us.
Houton Texans TE Owen Daniels emerged as one of the league's top tight ends in 2008, and the Texans are going to treat him as such, with a $2.792 million tender, according to Scout.com's Adam Caplan.
BuffaloFootballReport.com is reporting that the Bills are letting go of a lot of beef. Offensive guard Derrick Dockery, all 6'6" 335 pounds of him, is being let go prior to the team having to pay his $1.75 million roster bonus.
The Packers may be looking to bolster their offensive line. Bill Huber of Packer Report takes a look at who is available (and at which price tag) starting Friday morning at 12:01AM.
Aaron Wilson of Ravens Insider takes a look at the club's upcoming free agent dramas, starting with the likely resolution to the Ray Lewis mystery and the Ravens last-minute attempt to keep stellar LB Bart Scott on the team.
The Cleveland Browns have a history of making big splashes on the first weekend of free agency, but the Eric Mangini era may mark a step in a new direction. Cleveland Browns scoopmeister John Taylor provides the latest buzz on the team's plans .