NFL Player Wire

See the movement of players around the league from Tuesday's signings, some of the terms, and who could be on their way out the door.

  • WR Bobby Wade was signed by the Vikings to a three-year, $15 million deal. He's not the dominating No. 1 receiver the team still lacks, but he is very effective in the slot working the middle of the field. At 5-10, 188 pounds, Wade has excellent open-field skills and can also help as a return man on special teams.

  • TE Daniel Graham signed a six-year, $30 million deal with the Broncos after a strong bidding war between Denver and Seattle. Graham, who played at the University of Colorado and attended Thomas Jefferson High School, will receive $15 million in guaranteed money. Considered one of the league's best blockers at the position, Graham should also see an increased role in the Broncos' passing game. Graham's contract averages $6 million per season, which will be second only to the $6.3 million Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez is scheduled to earn annually in his new five-year deal.

  • LB Napoleon Harris, a free agent from the Vikings, signed a six-year deal with Kansas City. He had 96 tackles, three interceptions and 2.5 sacks in six games last season. He is expected to take free agent Kawika Mitchell's starting job at middle linebacker if Mitchell doesn't re-sign.

  • QB Chris Weinke was released by Carolina. Weinke, 34, played in 12 games over the past five years.

  • C Cory Withrow, a backup to Pro Bowler Nick Hardwick, re-signed with San Diego for three years. Financial terms were unknown.

  • Bears RB Cedric Benson becomes the unquestioned starter following the trade of Thomas Jones. He had a career-high 647 yards rushing last season. Jones was traded to the Jets for the 37th overall pick in April's draft. Chicago also sent the Jets the 63rd pick.

  • OLB Joey Porter signed a five-year, $32 million contract that includes a reported $20 million in guaranteed money with Miami. Porter, who has 60 career sacks, will provide another pass rushing option opposite DE/OLB Jason Taylor.

  • QB Trent Green might have played his final game for the Chiefs. When Damon Huard re-signed, there figured to be a quarterback battle in training camp. But then came a statement from the team on March 6 that Green will be allowed to "explore other potential opportunities in the National Football League." Translation: Huard is the quarterback the Chiefs are counting on next season, and Green will be back only if he agrees to restructure his contract. Green, who will be 37 in July, is due to earn $7.2 million this year. That's too hefty a sum for Kansas City to swallow for a declining quarterback who at best figures to be Huard's backup.

  • LB Tully Banta-Cain signed with San Francisco. Banta-Cain, who had a career high 40 tackles and 5.5 sacks last season, spent his first four seasons with New England.

  • K Martin Gramatica signed a two-year deal to stay with Dallas. He solved the team's questions at kicker.

  • RB Musa Smith has yet to prove he can stay healthy, but the Ravens re-signed him to a one-year deal.

  • OT Luke Petitgout signed a three-year, $15.5 million deal with Tampa Bay. Petitgout, 30, also visited Washington, but chose the Bucs in part because of a better opportunity for playing time. There's a chance he could start at left tackle, with Anthony Davis sliding to guard. That scenario becomes even more likely if LG Dan Buenning suffers any setbacks in his return from knee surgery or isn't ready for the start of the season.

  • P Andy Lee, a restricted free agent, signed an offer sheet with the Steelers. Terms of the offer are unknown, but the 49ers have until March 13 to either match the offer or accept a sixth-round pick in April's draft as compensation. There had been speculation that Steelers punter Chris Gardocki's job could be in jeopardy and this is the first evidence that it is accurate. Gardocki, a 17-year veteran who turned 37 on Feb. 7, averaged 41.3 yards a punt with a net of 36.7 last season. He had 11 punts downed inside the 20. Lee had a higher average of 44.8, with a net of 36.8 and 22 punts inside the 20. He will be 25 in August. A sixth-round pick in the 2004 draft, Lee attended the University of Pittsburgh.

  • OT Ephraim Salaam re-signed and will return as a backup. He was valuable stepping in for the injured Charles Spencer last season. He was also a good leader in the locker room and coach Gary Kubiak values veteran leadership.

  • CB Roc Alexander was re-signed by the Texans. He spent almost the entire season on injured reserve.

  • DE N.D. Kalu wants to stay in Houston to retire, a re-signed with the team for another year. He proved to be valuable last season -- moving inside to tackle even. He is a great leader in the locker room and will likely return.

  • OL Tyson Walter re-signed with Green Bay. He was signed late in the season to shore up depth concerns and can play all five spots on the line.

  • OL Tutan Reyes has been released by Buffalo.

  • Redskins CB Ade Jimoh was re-signed. He is fine as a gunner on special teams, but he's a serious liability in pass coverage as he showed again last year after Shawn Springs was hurt and he was forced into a role in nickel packages.

  • LB Larry Izzo re-signed with the Patriots. He continued to be a key playmaker and contributor as New England's special teams captain. His value is probably greater to the Patriots than elsewhere and is likely to be brought back.

  • CB Donald Strickland, who was previously released, re-signed with the 49ers.

  • C Jeremy Newberry, who was told by the 49ers he would not be offered a contract, signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Raiders.


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