Latest Cuts Analysis

The cuts slowed down the last couple of days, but there were still some interesting players saying good-bye to their old teams. Here is the analysis on the most recent cuts and re-signings, with at least one high-profile player waiting to test his market value.


TE Lorenzo Diamond (Miami): A diamond in the rough this diamond is not. Does not offer any true threat or significance and should be viewed a role player.

WR Johnnie Morton (San Francisco): Nearing the end of his career, still runs routes well, but has slowed and does not catch the ball nearly as well as in his days in Detroit. Can help as a reserve, but shouldn't be counted on to be a major contributor.

LB Junior Seau (Miami): Age and injuries have slowed this one-time perennial All-Pro linebacker. Seau was never able to equal his dominant play as a member of the San Diego Chargers when arriving in Miami. Due to physical issues over the past few seasons, he should not be counted on to be a major factor for a defense, but can provide experience and leadership in a depth capacity. Seau, 37, has said he intends to play somewhere next season. "Ideally, we would like to keep many of those players on our roster, but we are simply not able to do that," coach Nick Saban said.

LB LaVar Arrington (Washington): Athletically gifted, Arrington has proved to be a disruptive force when healthy and in the right mindset. Knee injury slowed his progress in Washington's defensive scheme of Gregg Williams, and was not open to adapting to the new scheme in place. As the 2005 season progressed, Arrington began to surface as a player in the scheme, it didn't hurt that he also tuned down his attitude (was not getting along with the coaching staff). Has the ability to rush the passer and play the run effectively, at times is too aggressive, but should improve with experience and confidence in the defensive scheme. A definite salary-cap related release, but issues with the staff helped solidify his release. Will command immediate attention in free agency and will be expected to be a high-impact signing.

S Russell Stuvaints (Pittsburgh): Special teams type / project player.

S Mike Logan (Pittsburgh): Adequate run and pass defender, has the ability to help a team as a depth player. Should not be deemed a serious starting quality safety, but can step in and fill a gap in the short-term.

WR Isaac Bruce, unable to agree to a restructured deal with the Rams, was released by the team. There remains the possibility Bruce could return to the Rams, but he is now an unrestricted free agent free to sign with any team. "Isaac has been an integral and valuable member of our organization for a long time, both on and off the field," President of Football Operations Jay Zygmunt said Monday. "This has been a difficult process. However, we remain optimistic that a contract extension can be completed in the near future."


RB Shaun Alexander signed a new eight-year, $62 million contract to stay with the Seahawks on Monday. "This has been a dream of mine to turn the Seahawks around and eventually win a Super Bowl, and I have big goals for the city of Seattle and the state of Washington, and it's great to know I'll be able to do my best to accomplish them all," Alexander said.

RB Ahman Green official signed a one-year deal that will pay him $2 million in base salary and reportedly includes $3 million in incentives. "For me the sooner the better -- I didn't want to drag it out," Green said. "Now I can focus on rehabbing and getting myself and my head into the playbook."

LB Derek Smith has re-signed with the 49ers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the deal keeps Smith from becoming an unrestricted free agent. "We are excited about retaining Derek as member of the 49ers team," coach Mike Nolan said. "We were diligent in our efforts to retain Derek as a member of the San Francisco 49ers and we are pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that reflects his value to the team while addressing future needs of the club."

Smith's 163.0 tackles led the 49ers for the fifth straight year and were the third-most in his career. Smith was the co-recipient of the 49ers Bill Walsh Award, along with K Joe Nedney. The award honors the team's most valuable player and is voted on by the coaches. Smith had ten or more tackles in 12 of the 49ers 16 games. Smith has started all but three of his 140 career games, including all 76 games as a member of the 49ers. He set a team-record with a career-high 189 total tackles in 2003.

FB Chris Hetherington has re-signed with the 49ers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hetherington (6-3, 245) is entering his 11th NFL season and second with the 49ers. He originally signed with Cincinnati as an undrafted free agent out of Yale in 1996. He was waived in training camp and signed to the Bengals practice squad before joining the Indianapolis 53-man roster. Following three seasons (1996-1998) with the Colts, Hetherington played for Carolina (1999-2001), St. Louis (2002) and Oakland (2003-2004). He was waived by the Raiders right after training camp last season and then signed by the 49ers. Hetherington played in all 16 games with six starts for the 49ers last season.

WR/KR Antonio Chatman is no longer a restricted free agent after the Packers declined to tender him an offer.

CB Jason Horton (Packers) was re-signed Monday afternoon. Contract details not divulged.

FB Obafemi Ayanbadejo (Cardinals), a former Viking, has signed a two-year contract extension with Arizona.

LB Isaac Keys (Cardinals), a former Viking, has signed a one-year contract extension with Arizona.

RB Damien Anderson has signed a one-year contract extension with Arizona.

DE Anton Palepoi has signed a one-year contract extension with Arizona.


DT La'Roi Glover, released by Dallas last week, agreed to a three-year deal with the Rams. Glover, 31, has started 143 consecutive games. "He's going to fit a big part of what we're trying to get done here, add some veteran leadership, as well as his obvious playing ability on the defensive front," coach Scott Linehan said. "It is one of those things where if you can get somebody that can help you play at a higher level and also bring key leadership to your team and get things done the way we want to get them done, it's a big bonus."

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