Signings, trades and contract extensions, oh, my! The NFL keeps ticking even when the league's top personnel were at the owners meetings.
LB Takeo Spikes was traded along with QB Kelly Holcomb from the Bills to the Eagles in exchange for DT Darwin Walker and a conditional 2008 draft pick.
"This is something that has been brewing," Bills general manager Marv Levy said. "Takeo is a good person, but we wanted to strengthen our defensive tackle. They've been looking for a linebacker and I think they wanted an experienced backup quarterback."
Spikes is due to make $9.5 million over the next two seasons, including $4.5 million in 2007.
RB Frank Gore has agreed to a four-year contract extension that reportedly includes more than $14 million in guaranteed money. Gore was due to earn just $435,000 next season.
QB Kelly Holcomb was traded along with LB Takeo Spikes from the Bills to the Eagles in exchange for DT Darwin Walker and a conditional 2008 draft pick.
DT Darwin Walker and a conditional 2008 draft pick were acquired by the Bills from Philadelphia in exchange for LB Takeo Spikes and QB Kelly Holcomb.
OF Ruben Brown signed a one-year, $2.2 million deal to return to the Bears.
DT Anthony Adams, a free agent from the 49ers, signed a four-year deal with the Bears that includes a $1 million signing bonus.
FB Vonta Leach will return to the Texans after the team matched the four-year, $7 million offer he signed with the Giants last week.
LB Kawika Mitchell, an unrestricted free agent from Kansas City, signed with the Giants. Mitchell played inside for the Cheifs, but will play outside with the Giants, next to MLB Antonio Pierce. "I'll be playing outside. I'm not even thinking about playing the middle right now," Mitchell said. "I'm not quite sure how things are going to work out right now, but when I meet with the coaches I'm sure they'll explain it. But Antonio is a good leader and a great player."
CB Dre Bly has agreed to a multi-year extension with the Broncos, which had been the main driving force behind his unhappiness in being dealt from Detroit to Denver earlier this offseason.
"Washington was talking to Dre Bly and I think he had a long-range contract in place, I think he was hoping he would be traded to the Washington Redskins because his home was very close and I think they had a five or a six-year contract already agreed upon," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said earlier on Wednesday, before the new deal was announced. "I could see where I'd be happy too if I had that and going home too. That was the scenario. But he wasn't traded to Washington for whatever reasons, I didn't make that decision, Matt Millen did. We gave away a couple players, switched a fifth and a sixth, positions in the fifth and the sixth. Now most people, they come to Denver, don't want to leave.
"I wouldn't be surprised if we don't get a deal done with Dre Bly even before the season starts. And if it doesn't turn out that way I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't want to stay after he plays for us for a year.''
OL Jason Fabini signed with Washington. Fabini, 6-7, 309, is a 10-year NFL veteran who signed with the Dallas Cowboys prior to the 2006 season. He played in 15 regular season games for Dallas in a reserve role and was inactive for one game. Prior to his tenure in Dallas, Fabini played nine seasons (1998-2005) with the New York Jets. During his career, he has played in 129 regular season games with 114 starts.
LB Tony Gilbert, an unrestricted free agent, was re-signed. Gilbert, 27, played in all 16 games for the Jaguars last season for the third consecutive year. The 6-0, 239-pound linebacker led the team with 16 special teams tackles and added 16 tackles (12 solo), one sack and one quarterback pressure on defense.
Gilbert has played four seasons in Jacksonville after being signed off the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad on Oct. 29, 2003. He was originally a sixth round draft out of Georgia by the Cardinals. The Macon, Georgia native has played in 56 games, all with Jacksonville, and has recorded 38 career special teams tackles. He has 23 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery on defense.
S Kevin McCadam signed with the Jaguars. McCadam, 28, was originally a fifth round draft pick in the 2002 NFL draft by Atlanta after playing collegiately at Virginia Tech. The sixth-year veteran played in all 16 games for the Panthers after signing as an unrestricted free agent on March 21, 2006. The 6-1, 215-pound safety ranked second on the team with 18 special teams tackles.
OG Zach Piller, an unrestricted free agent from the Titans, signed a one-year deal with Detroit.
S Tyrone Carter has agreed to a three-year deal to return to the Steelers.
CB Curtis Deloatch signed a one-year deal with Carolina.
DT Chad Lavalais, who was out of the league last season, signed with Carolina.
S Deke Cooper, who appeared on one game for San Francisco last season, signed with Carolina. He played 10 games for the Panthers in 2002.
OL Grey Ruegamer, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with the Giants.
QB Bradlee Van Pelt, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with the Texans.
LB Kenneth Pettway, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with the Jaguars.
RB Derrick Wimbush, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with the Jaguars.
TE Sean Ryan, a restricted free agent, re-signed with the Jets.
DE Andre Wadsworth (not tendered as RFA by Cardinals 3/1/01) signed with the Jets.
CB Duane Starks, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with the Raiders.
QB Jeff Otis (released by Cardinals 8/22) signed with Oakland.
FB Terrelle Smith (released by Browns 3/14) signed with Arizona.
RB Chris Taylor, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with the Texans.