Tuesday was a huge day in the NFL, with the trade of one franchise quarterback and the signing of another. However, there were more than 30 other moves, including a couple of big releases that signaled a dramatic year of change around the NFL. Get all the moves.
WR David Givens signed a five-year deal and gives the Titans a proven receiver with plenty of years remaining in his prime. "He's young, he's healthy, he's productive, he is as classy as anyone you will ever want to meet, he will be a leader on our young team," Reese said. "And to top it all off, he has more Super Bowl rings than he has fingers for. That's very, very important to us."
QB Jon Kitna agreed to a contract with Detroit on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
QB Drew Brees has agreed to terms on a six-year deal with New Orleans. Financial details were not immediately known, but Brees is expected to arrive in New Orleans on Wednesday. The contract is reportedly for around $60 million, including a $10 million signing bonus and a $12 million option for 2007.
WR Terrell Owens' two-year stint with the Eagles officially ended with his contract being terminated Tuesday. There was no press conference, just a simple one-line statement from the team that read: "The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have terminated the contract of WR Terrell Owens."
QB Daunte Culpepper has been traded to Miami in exchange for a second-round draft pick. The Dolphins will officially announce the deal once Culpepper, who is coming off major knee surgery, passes a physical, but Scout.com learned Tuesday evening that Culpepper physical satisfied Miami's requirements.
WR Keyshawn Johnson was released by the Cowboys in somewhat of a surprise move that didn't save the team much money against the salary cap. Johnson was due a $1 million bonus this month, but was scheduled to make just $1.5 million next season. But he's a possession receiver who is also 34, and lacks the downfield playmaking ability (can you say Terrell Owens?) quarterback Drew Bledsoe desperately needs. "Keyshawn is one of a handful of the top competitors that have ever played for the Dallas Cowboys," owner Jerry Jones said. "The more he was a part of our team, the more we appreciated him as a player."
WR Kevin Walter has received an offer sheet from Texas; Bengals have until March 20 to match or receive 7th-round pick as compensation.
LB Matt Chatham signed a three-year contract with the Jets. No financial terms of the deal were disclosed, but the contract was structured so Chatham will make more money should he win a starting job.
OT Mike Williams signed with Jacksonville, where he is expected to push RT Maurice Williams for a starting job. "My goals in Jacksonville are to become the dominant offensive tackle that I know I am and in the process help this team win games," he said.
RG Will Shields will return for a 12th season with Kansas City after agreeing to a restructured four-year contract. Shields, who had been due a $5.1 million salary in 2006, had been in danger of being released.
CB Fakhir Brown signed a five-year contract with St. Louis. An unrestricted free agent, Brown played in 12 games, including four starts, for New Orleans last season.
LB/DE Andre Carter, a free agent from San Francisco, has agreed to a deal with Washington. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. He will likely be the replacement for LaVar Arrington, playing the role of an outside pass-rushing linebacker.
WR Bryan Gilmore was signed by the 49ers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Our wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan has a history with Bryan," coach Mike Nolan said. "He feels he is a young receiver with a huge upside. He is a big, strong receiver with speed who is physical and will contribute. I am looking forward to adding Bryan to our receiving unit." Gilmore (6-0, 193) is a six-year NFL veteran who played for the Arizona Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins. He has played in 55 games with 13 starts and has caught 38 passes for 533 yards and four touchdowns. Gilmore is reunited with 49ers wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan, who coached Gilmore in Arizona from 2001-03 and in Miami in 2004.
S Ryan Clark signed with Pittsburgh. He received a four-year deal. Clark, who will enter his fifth season in the NFL in 2006, finished this past season with 72 tackles for the Washington Redskins, which was fourth on the team. He also posted his first two career interceptions and added his first career forced fumble. In 2004, Clark tallied a career-high 91 tackles, including 65 solo.
QB Gus Frerrote was released Tuesday after the Dolphins acquired Daunte Culpepper in a trade with Minnesota.
C Kevin Mawae agreed to terms with Tennessee on a four-year, $13 million deal that includes a $4 million signing bonus. It will become official after Mawae passes a physical.
DE Kimo von Oelhoffen signed a three-year, $9.2 million deal with the Jets. Von Oelhoffen spent the past six years with the Steelers.
DE Marcellus Wiley re-signed with Jacksonville on Tuesday. Wiley, 31, played in 11 games with one start last season with the Jaguars. The 6-4, 275-pound defensive end recorded 11 tackles and four quarterback pressures. The 10th year veteran has started 79 of his 135 career games with Jacksonville, Dallas, San Diego and Buffalo. He has 398 career tackles, 44 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He was originally selected in the second round of the 1997 NFL draft by the Bills out of Columbia.
CB Terry Cousin re-signed with Jacksonville on Tuesday. Cousin, 30, played in all 16 games for the Jaguars and started five contests. The 5-9, 185-pound cornerback tallied 56 tackles, four interceptions and a half sack. In his 10th season, he has started 62 of his 130 career games while playing with Jacksonville, New York Giants, Carolina, Miami, Atlanta and Chicago. He has 427 career tackles, 10 interceptions, 5.5 sacks and five fumble recoveries. He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Chicago in 1997 out of South Carolina.
LT Bob Whitfield re-signed with the Giants. "Whitfield gives us tremendous peace of mind at the critical left tackle position," GM Ernie Accorsi said.
LS Mike Schneck re-signed with Buffalo. Terms were not disclosed.