After a dizzying first two full days of free agency for the Vikings, we come up for air and take a look at the other moves made around the league.
WR Bernard Berrian made his first free agent visit to Minnesota, and on Saturday agreed to a six-year, $42 million contract that includes $16 million in guaranteed money. Berrian immediately becomes the big-play downfield threat the Vikings' offense has been seeking since Randy Moss' departure.
S Gibril Wilson agreed to a six-year, $36 millon deal with the Raiders. While Wilson has experience at both safety spots, he will play on the strong side for the Raiders, who desperately needed to improve their tackling in the secondary. Wilson's presence will allow Michael Huff to slide to the free side.
DE Spencer Johnson signed with Buffalo. Johnson joins the Bills after playing the last four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings who signed the 6'3, 286-pound Auburn Tiger as an undrafted free agent in 2004.
WR Donte' Stallworth has agreed to a seven-year deal with Cleveland. The six-year veteran was with New England last season, and has 279 career receptions for 4,213 yards and 31 touchdowns. He will figure into the mix with Browns WRs Braylon Edwards and Joe Jurevicius and TE Kellen Winslow.
DE Justin Smith signed a six-year, $45 million contract with San Francisco that includes $20 million in guaranteed money. Smith (6-4, 275) enters his eighth NFL season with a streak of 107 consecutive starts after originally being drafted in the first round (4th pick overall) of the 2001 Draft out of the University of Missouri by the Cincinnati Bengals. During his sevens seasons with Cincinnati, Smith saw action in 111 games with 107 starts, missing only one game due to contract negotiations as rookie. He has led the Bengals defensive line in tackles in each of the past six seasons and has posted at least six sacks in five of his seven seasons played. In his career, Smith has tallied 627 tackles, 43.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, two interceptions and 15 passes defensed.
OLB Lance Briggs will stay in Chicago after all, with multiple reports saying he has agreed to a six-year, $36 million contract.
OLB Calvin Pace is reportedly close to signing with Miami, although after meeting with the Dolphins on Friday said he still planned on visiting the Jets. He is reportedly seeking around $15 million in guaranteed money.
DT Randy Starks has signed with Miami. The deal is reportedly for five years and $21 million, with $7 million in guaranteed money.
S Erik Coleman signed with Atlanta. Coleman, 5-10, 200 pounds, has totaled 338 tackles (230 solo), seven interceptions, two sacks and 23 passes defensed in four seasons with the New York Jets.
DT Marcus Stroud was acquired by Buffalo in exchange for undisclosed draft picks sent to Jacksonville. Stroud is entering his eighth season in the NFL after spending the previous seven with the Jaguars. The 6'6, 310-pounder has played in 100 career games, including 84 starts, and was a first-round (13th overall) draft choice by Jacksonville in 2001.
LB Brian Simmons had his contract terminated by New Orleans, which traded for Jonathan Vilma on Feb. 29 while also re-signing Mark Simoneau.
WR Devery Henderson, an unrestricted free agent who had 20 catches for 403 yards and three touchdowns in a somewhat disappointing 2007, was re-signed by the Saints. Since being drafted in 2004, Henderson has 74 catches for 1,497 yards and 11 touchdowns.
CB Von Hutchins signed with the Falcons. He brings vertsatility as Hutchins has experience at safety and corner while spending his first two seasons with Houston.
CB Ricardo Colclough has signed a two-year, $4 million deal with Carolina. He was waived during the 2007 season by the Steelers, who drafted him in the second round in 2004. He finished last year with Cleveland.
PK Josh Brown signed a five-year, $14 million contract with St. Louis that includes a $4 million signing bonus. He was offered similar money to stay in Seattle, but said the deal was longer and had more backloaded money. "I never felt like we were really, really close," Brown said of the Seahawks. "I felt like we just kept dancing around things, we just kept going back and forth, and nothing was ever being finalized and certain things that I perceived to be important were not being paid attention to."
S John Lynch will return for another season in Denver after agreeing to a pay cut. He was due to make $3.12 million next season, a figure that would have led to his release.
"I could probably go make more money elsewhere in the free agent market," Lynch told Denver-area media outlets. "And I had really gone to bed excited about that.
"And then I woke up thinking, 'What am I doing?' I've got four kids who are happy here. I've found a home here and I didn't want to be one of those guys going from team to team. I felt I had earned what I had coming to me but sometimes you have to step back and look at the big picture. And the big picture to me was: I had to find a way to make this work."
CB Drayton Florence signed with the Jaguars. The free agent from San Diego will compete for the starting job with Brian Williams opposite Rashean Mathis. "We're really pleased to be able to add Drayton," coach Jack Del Rio said. "This is a move that will significantly strengthen our secondary. Drayton is entering the prime of his career and he's a real good fit for us and our defense."
DE Chris Clemons signed a five-year deal with the Eagles. The 26-year-old had a career-high 8.0 sacks last season. Clemons (6-3, 240) was one of just four players in the NFL to record at least eight sacks while starting in fewer than 10 of his team's contests in 2007. The others were Giants DE Justin Tuck (2 starts, 10 sacks), Packers DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (2 starts, 9.5 sacks) and Buccaneers DE Greg White (2 starts, 8 sacks).
QB Mark Brunell had his contract voided by the Redskins, saving the team $3.4 million under the salary cap. The 37-year-old still might return to the team at a lower prce.