A busy Thursday on the free-agent market brought numerous deals, including trades and signings of big-name players … and even a couple of interesting releases.
WR Joe Horn agreed to a multi-year deal with Atlanta reportedly for three years with around $2 million in guaranteed money, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Horn has missed 11 games over the past two seasons with groin and hamstring injuries, but the Falcons covet his experience to help underachieving youngsters Michael Jenkins and Roddy White.
RB Jamal Lewis signed with the Browns for one year and reportedly for $3.5 million with a possibility of earning as much as $5 million if he reaches all incentives. That a much sweeter deal than the one-year, $2 million offer he received from Baltimore.
Lewis is believed to have wanted to stay with the Ravens, but didn't know what Baltimore's plans for the starting job would be even if he returned.
Lewis was cut last month so the team could avoid paying a $5 million roster bonus, but the two sides seemed interested in working out a new deal.
DE Grant Wistrom's contract was terminated by the Seahawks as a post-June 1 designation Thursday. That allows the Seahawks to spread the remaining signing bonus proration over the next two years. Wistrom received a $14 million signing bonus on a six-year, $33 million contract in 2004.
He currently counts $5.833 million against the cap. After June 1, his cap figure for this year will drop to $2.33 million and it will be 4.67 million in 2008. Wistrom's contract is another example of why quoting total dollars in free-agent contracts is often misleading because many players never receive the total value of the original deal. Of the $33 million in Wistrom's contract, he was paid a total of $21 million.
RB Willis McGahee was traded by the Bills to Baltimore for three draft picks. Buffalo gets a third- and seventh-round pick this year and a third-round pick in 2008.
CB Lewis Sanders signed with Atlanta. The seven-year veteran started seven games for Houston last year before ending the season on injured reserve (broken wrist).
QB Patrick Ramsey, released by the Jets, agreed to a two-year deal reportedly worth $5 million with the Broncos.
FB William Henderson, 36, was released by Green Bay.
LG Edwin Mulitalo, who missed most of last season with a torn triceps, was released by Baltimore. The move came as a bit of a surprise, but cleared $2 million under the Ravens' salary cap.
OG Jason Brown, who started 12 games last season, becomes the full-time starter on the left side after the release of Edwin Mulitalo.
LB Danny Clark, who has played for Oakland and New Orleans, signed a one-year deal with Houston.
CB Fred Thomas will return to the Saints after working out a renegotiated contract. Scheduled to make $2 million this season, Thomas likely would have been released without a new deal. Terms of the new contract were unknown.
MLB Brian Simmons has agreed to a three-year deal with the Saints. He had spent his first nine seasons with Cincinnati, and will compete with Brian Simoneau for the starting job in the middle.
K Jay Feely, who opted out of his contract with the Giants, has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $6 million deal with the Dolphins that includes $2.5 million in guaranteed money. Miami is expected to release veteran K Olindo Mare.
K Olindo Mare is expected to be released after the Dolphins reportedly agreed to a three-year, $6 million deal with former Giants K Jay Feely.
TE Eric Johnson has agreed to a reported one-year, $2 million deal with the Saints. He is expected to step into the starting role and offer the team a better receiving option over the middle.
WR Bethel Johnson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Eagles. Financial terms were not immediately known.
TE Randy McMichael, released by Miami, has agreed to a three-year deal with the Rams. Terms weren't known. McMichael is familiar with Rams coach Scott Linehan, who was previously the Dolphins' offensive coordinator. "This has been in the works for a while," Linehan said. "We even considered trading for him. He is an every-down tight end and a proven starter in the league."
S Todd Johnson, who spent the past four seasons with Chicago, signed a four-year deal with St. Louis. Financial terms were not known.
DT Keith Traylor re-signed with the Dolphins for a two-year deal. He was still a quality run-stuffer in 2006 even at age 38 but a chronic knee problem may end his NFL career.
TE Reggie Kelly signed a three-year deal to stay with the Bengals.
S Terrence Holt, a free agent from the Lions, signed a five-year deal with the Cardinals. Holt started 15 games last season, but Detroit let him go to clear room for Daniel Bullocks. In Arizona, he will line up next to former N.C. State teammate SS Adrian Wilson.
P Andy Lee will return to the 49ers after the team matched Pittsburgh's offer to the restricted free agent. Lee signed a six-year, $7 million offer sheet with the Steelers on Monday.
LS Jean-Phillipe Darche, a long snapper who spent seven years in Seattle, signed with Kansas City.
RB Aveion Cason, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with Detroit for one year.
DL Cleveland Pinkney, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with Detroit for one year.
P Chad Stanley, an unrestriced free agent, has re-signed with the Texans. Terms were not disclosed.
LB Tracy White, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with the Packers. Terms were not disclosed.
T/G Todd Steussie, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with the Rams. Terms were not disclosed.
DE Kenyon Coleman, an unrestricted free agent from Dallas, signed with the Jets.
DE Bobby Hamilton (released by Jets 2/28) was added to the Jets' roster.
FB Paul Smith (Rams), an unrestricted free agent, signed with Denver.
OL Ross Tucker signed with the Redskins. Terms were not disclosed. The five-year veteran began his career with the Redskins in 2001.