NFL Free Agency Wire

The free agent pool continues to get thinner by the day. While Wednesday wasn't quite the impact day in the NFL that Tuesday was, there were a number of starters switching teams.

  • LB Willie McGinest signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Browns that includes $6 million in guarantees and bonuses.

  • DE Brett Keisel was re-signed by Pittsburgh to a four-year, $13.1 million deal that includes a $3.29 million signing bonus. Keisel has seen increased playing time as a reserve the past two season, but has never started an NFL game. The position is one the Steelers still might look to address in free agency or the draft, but Keisel has shown the ability to produce with three sacks and a forced fumble in the regular season in 2005. "I'm sad my boy Kimo (von Oelhoffen) is not going to be here," Keisel said. "He's one of my mentors. I'm excited about the opportunity, to show what I can do and to stay in Pittsburgh."

  • WR Darnerien McCants re-signed with the Eagles for a one-year deal.

  • S Will Demps signed with the Giants, and will likely replace released FS Brent Alexander. "I think this is a good fit," Demps said. "They need a veteran safety to come in and run the back end (of the defense). This is a first-class, prestigious organization. I thought I'd be a perfect fit here. The things they do in Tim Lewis' defense are very similar to what we did in Baltimore. He saw a lot of things he can do with me, and I love that."

  • RB Shawn Bryson officially re-signed with Detroit on Wednesday. Before free agency opened, he was believed to have agreed on what wass reported to be a three-year contract worth $4.5 million. Although he is listed on the depth chart as the backup to Kevin Jones, Bryson has been one of the Lions most valued players since being signed three years ago as an unrestricted free agent, coming off knee surgery in Buffalo. During the past season Bryson rushed 64 times for 306 yards and a touchdown, and he also caught 37 passes for 284 yards. His value goes beyond the numbers, however, because he is capable of filling in as a fullback, is the Lions best receiver out of the backfield and is their best at picking up the blitz. The Lions reached an agreement with Bryson shortly after the NFL reached an agreement on a CBA extension.

  • QB Aaron Brooks was released by New Orleans on the same day the Saints officially announced they had signed Drew Brees.

  • CB Walt Harris, who was released by Washington last week, signed with San Francisco. "I'm definitely ready to come in and help," Harris said. "I've been a young guy before, and I know how I thought as a young guy. I was surrounded by a lot of veteran leadership, and that helped me out a whole lot. I just really want to return the favor."

  • FS Chris Hope signed a six-year deal with Tennessee on Wednesday. He leaves a Pittsburgh team that is coming off a championship season to join a rebuilding Titans team. "(The Steelers) said that I was their main priority and I know that they would've liked to have me back," Hope said. "I have a lot of great friends over there. It's kind of sad leaving, but this is a new opportunity for me and I'm going to try too do the same thing I did there and try to turn this program around, especially in the secondary."

  • DT Rocky Bernard, who was being courted heavily by the Chiefs and visited Kansas City on Tuesday, has agreed to re-sign with Seattle. The deal is reportedly for three years and $13 million with a $5.4 million signing bonus.

  • WR Peter Warrick has re-signed with Seattle for a one-year deal reportedly worth $1 million.

  • DT Ryan Pickett has signed with Green Bay. The free agent from St. Louis will replace Grady Jackson, who himself is a free agent.

  • OT Stockar McDougle, a free agent from Miami, has signed with Jacksonville. The deal is reported for two years and a little more than $1.5 million. He will receive a $100,000 signing bonus.

  • LB Nate Webster, a free agent from Cincinnati has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with Denver worth around $1.5 million.

  • DL Kenny Peterson re-signed with the Packers. Peterson, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive lineman from Ohio State, re-signed as a restricted free agent. The Packers' third-round choice in the 2003 NFL Draft, Peterson last season posted career highs in tackles (30), solo stops (17), sacks (three), passes defensed (four) and forced fumbles (two). The fourth-year player, who helped the Buckeyes to a national championship in 2002, has played both defensive tackle and defensive end for the Packers.

  • OT Kevin Barry re-signed with the Packers. Barry, a 6-foot-4, 332-pound offensive tackle out of Arizona, rejoined the club as an unrestricted free agent. A fifth-year player who hails from Racine, Wis., Barry originally made the Packers' season-opening roster in 2002 as a nondrafted rookie free agent. In four seasons Barry has made eight starts while playing in 59 games, including all 16 in 2005.

  • TE Brian Jones, an exclusive rights free agent, signed his one-year tender. Jones, 24, played in 13 games starting one last season for the Jaguars. The 6-3, 252-pounder caught two passes for 49 yards and finished tied for third on the team with 10 special teams tackles.

  • OG Lewis Kelly re-signed with the Giants. Kelly spent most of last season on the practice squad. He was elevated to the active roster for the season's final three games and played on special teams in a victory over Kansas City on Dec. 17.

  • WR Rod Gardner has agreed to return to Green Bay, reportedly for a one-year deal.

  • RB Travis Minor has agreed to a one-year deal to return to Miami. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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