Contracts are reworked, rehabilitations continue and signings and re-signings go on.
OL Sean Mahan signed a five-year, $17 million deal with the Steelers. Mahan, who comes over from Tampa Bay, is expected to compete for a starting job at center. "They want me to come in and play center, so they've seen (video) back to 2004 when I played center," said Mahan, who played for the Bucs when new Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was on their staff. "Me playing left guard was because of injuries primarily. Tampa wanted me to play center and then we had injuries on the line so I moved out to left guard, right guard because I'm a versatile player." Mahan received $4 million in guarantees.
WR Terrell Owens is still recovering from a March 1 surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right ring finger. He is rehabbing in Miami and it's unknown when he will return to Dallas to participate in the team's offseason conditioning program. Owens is not expected to start catching passes until training camp.
RB Reuben Droughns has a newly-reduced contract to celebrate his acquisition by the Giants. He will make $750,000 this year instead of the $1.25 million due on his Cleveland contract. In 2008 his salary drops to $1 million from $1.75 million and in 2009 he'll earn $1.25 million instead of $2.75 million. In addition, he won't get the $1.75 million roster bonus he was due in a few weeks from the Browns; rather, he'll get a $1.25 million bonus spread out over the remaining three years of his new contract. That makes him a cheap acquisition, in today's terms.
OL Todd Wade re-signed with the Redskins. He received a three-year, $6.2 million deal with $3.5 million guaranteed. Wade plans to make the move to guard after being a tackle his entire career
RB T.J. Duckett signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Lions. The signing of Duckett might have less to do with Kevin Jones' foot injury than the Lions' lack of a short-yardage game. The Lions needed insurance for Jones, who might miss part of the 2007 season, but acquiring Tatum Bell from the Broncos seemingly took care of that. Duckett brings a bruising inside running game — though critics in Atlanta and Washington say he runs softer than he looks — and the Lions have had a lot of trouble running in the red zone.
QB Drew Henson, who spent six weeks on the team's practice squad last season, re-signed with the Vikings. Henson, who was with Dallas in 2004-05, reportedly agreed to a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum.
RB Kenny Watson signed a three-year deal to stay with the Bengals. Terms were undisclosed.
DT Shaun Smith signed a four-year, $8 million offer sheet with the Browns. The Bengals have until March 23 to match.
DL Robaire Smith, who played with the Titans in 2006, signed a four-year deal with the Browns. Terms were undisclosed.
DT Tommie Harris still isn't moving with the quickness that got him voted to the past two Pro Bowl teams, but he's confident that he'll be full strength long before the Bears start training camp in late July. "I'm doing well," Harris said three months after a season-ending hamstring injury. "I'm just rehabbing every day, trying to get back and experience the same thing that my teammates got to experience this year (Super Bowl XLI)." Harris said his rehab is restricted only by common sense. "I do whatever I want," he said. "I can run, I can jump, I can jog. I just have to do it a little slower now, but as time goes on, I'm getting better and better each week and I'll be ready."
CB DeJuan Groce re-signed with the Saints. He inked a one-year contract worth $700,000.
LB Bryan Thomas re-signed with the Jets. Thomas received a five-year, $25 million deal.
OL Wade Smith signed a one-year deal to remain a Jet. Terms were undisclosed.