The quick start out of the free-agency gate has slowed a bit in the last 48 hours, but the rest of the NFL is trying to catch up, announcing signings, extensions, trades … and even the retirement of a certain Packer.
QB Brett Favre has told the Packers he will retire. In a statement, general manager Ted Thompson said: "Brett Favre has informed us of his intention to retire from the Green Bay Packers and the NFL. He has had one of the greatest careers in the history of the National Football League, and he is able to walk away from the game on his own terms - not many players are able to do that.
"The Packers owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude. He has given Packers fans 16 years of wonderful memories, a Super Bowl championship among them, that will live on forever. Brett's many accomplishments on the field are legendary. He leaves the game holding virtually every career passing record, plus his consecutive starts streak, which may never be duplicated.
"The uniqueness of Brett Favre - his personality, charisma and love of the game - undoubtedly will leave him as one of the enduring figures in NFL history."
TE Alge Crumpler officially joined the Titans on Monday with a two-year deal reportedly worth $5 million. "The thing that stands out when you look at Alge as a player is his production and reliability," said Titans General Manager Mike Reinfeldt. "He is a complete tight end; a dynamic receiver for the Falcons offense, who also contributed as blocker to a run offense that ranked first in the league in three of the last four years."
WR Larry Fitzgerald continues to negotiate on a restructured contract with the Cardinals. He is due to count $14.6 against the salary cap next season and $17.4 in 2009. To lower that figure Arizona has reportedly offered a new deal that would make Fitzgerald the highest paid receiver in the game and includes $25-30 million in guaranteed money.
WR Randy Moss agreed to a three-year deal worth $27 million, including $15 million in guaranteed money and a $12 million signing bonus. The Eagles made a serious push for Moss, but the receiver ultimately decided he wanted to return to New England, where he resurrected his career in 2007.
"What Randy did for our team last year was outstanding," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. "He is one of our most consistent, competitive and team-oriented players and it is undoubtedly a relationship we are excited to continue."
DT Dewayne Robertson's trade to the Bengals broke down after he refused to re-negotiate the final two years of his contract that is due to pay him $9.8 million in base salary next season and $8.29 million in 2009, according to the New York Daily News.
OLB Calvin Pace's deal with the Jets is for six years and $42 million, including a $20 million signing bonus and $22 million in guaranteed money.
RB Warrick Dunn, who was released by Atlanta on March 3, said he has already talked with Tampa Bay. He played for the Bucs before spending the past for years with the Falcons. Dunn has also said he'd be interested in playing for Dallas, with Denver and Houston also mentioned as possibilities. Dunn still owns a home in Tampa, where he would be in the mix with Earnest Graham and Cadillac Williams.
MLB Dan Morgan was expected to meet with Detroit early this week.
RB Julius Jones was expected to meet with Detroit early this week.
TE Kris Wilson is getting interest from the Packers, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wilson, who can line up at fullback or tight end, would replace the role of recently released Bubba Frank. He has also drawn interest from Seattle.
DT Corey Williams' new deal with the Browns is for six years and $38 million. It includes a $6.5 million signing bonus and a $1.5 million roster bonus for 2008.
OG Jacob Bell agreed to a six-year deal with the Rams that is worth $36 million, including a $7 million signing bonus and $13 million in guaranteed money. He is expected to take the starting left guard job from Mark Setterstrom.
QB Trent Green visited with New Orleans on Monday and was expected in St. Louis on Tuesday. Green played for the Rams from 1999-2000.
WR Bryant Johnson was hopeful of signing with the Bills after visiting with the team Monday, although he does have Washington, Chicago and Tampa Bay on his list of teams he plans to visit. "Hopefully I won't have to take any more visits after I leave here," Johnson said. "My agent is going to talk with them (the Bills) and hopefully we can work something out and make both of us happy."
LB Darryl Blackstock was expected to meet with the Browns on Tuesday and work out for the team Wednesday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
S Yeremiah Bell signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal to return to Miami. He missed the final 15 games last season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon.
WR Sam Aiken signed a two-year deal that could be worth up to $2 million with the Patriots, according to the Boston Globe.
LB Tedy Bruschi's two-year deal with the Patriots includes base salaries of $1 million in 2008 and $1.9 million in 2009, along with a $1.2 million signing bonus.
DT Kris Jenkins has incentive to stay in shape. In his new contract that includes $9.5 million in guaranteed money, the New York Daily News reported that he's eligible for an annual workout bonus of $500,000 and annual weight bonus of $250,000. He will earn $25,000 every time he meets a prescribed weight during 10 annual weigh-ins.
LB Dallas Sartz, who was cut by the Redskins with an injury settlement before the start of last season, recently worked out for the Vikings, according to the Star Tribune.
DT Ian Scott visited the Panthers on Monday, according to the Charlotte Oberserver. He spent last season on injured reserve for the Eagles.
LB Brendon Ayanbadejo isn't being pursued by the Bears, but reportedly visited with the Jets and has drawn interest from the Jaguars and Packers.
RB T.J. Duckett visited with the Seahawks on Monday, according to the Seattle Times. He also visited with the Seahawks last offseason before signing with Detroit, where he played in 12 games.
LB Nick Greisen is expected to visit with the Seahawks this week, according to the Seattle Times.
DE Tyler Brayton is receiving serious interest from Carolina and Indianapolis. He met with the Panthers over the weekend and the Colts on Monday.
LS Lonie Paxton re-signed with New England for one year. He will make a $730,000 base salary and a $150,000 signing bonus, according to the Boston Globe.
LB Larry Izzo's one-year deal is worth $830,000, including $40,000 signing bonus, according to the Boston Globe.
CB Jason Webster was scheduled to meet with the Patriots on Tuesday, according to the Boston Herald.
Patriots WR Kelley Washington's two-year deal will pay him a salary of $605,000 next season and $800,000 in 2009, according to the Boston Herald.
TE Ben Utecht is scheduled to meet with the Jets next week, according to the New York Daily News.
OT Damien Woody has signed a five-year deal worth $25.5 million with the Jets that includes $11 million in guaranted money. Woody, who finished last season as Detroit's right tackle, will replace Jets RT Anthony Clement.
RB Warrick Dunn was released by Atlanta. The move was expected after the team signed free agent Michael Turner on Sunday. Dunn spent six seasons in a Falcons uniform and finished his tenure in Atlanta ranked third on the franchise's all-time rushing yards list (5,979) behind Gerald Riggs (6,631) and William Andrews (5,986). He helped the Falcons lead the League in rushing for three consecutive seasons (2004-2006) while reaching the 1,000-yard plateau in each campaign.
QB Ben Roethlisberger has signed a new contract with the Steelers, the team announced Monday. The eight-year deal puts him under contract through 2015, and is reportedly worth $102 million with more than $36 million guaranteed. "Ben has been an outstanding leader on the field for the Steelers since his rookie year and we are very happy to know that he will be our quarterback for many years to come," said Steelers President Art Rooney II.
DE Jason Taylor will be with the Dolphins next season unless he decides to retire. that's according to Bill Parcells, who told multiple South Florida newspapers that rumors of a split between Taylor and the team are untrue and that the Dolphins have no intention of trading Taylor.
WR Keary Colbert agreed to a three-year, $7.2 million deal with Denver that reportedly includes a $2.5 million signing bonus. Colbert, whose numbers declined the past three seasons after a stellar rookie year with Carolina, will be expected to step up as the starter opposite Brandon Marshall.
DT Marcus Thomas faces drug possession charges after he was arrested in Florida on Saturday morning, according to the Florida Times-Union. He was reportedly a passenger in a car that was stopped by police, who found a back with a trace amount of cocaine. His lawyer said Thomas did not know about the cocaine in the car until the police found it. Thomas was suspended at the University of Florida in 2006 after reportedly failing at least one drug test.
CB Jacques Reeves new deal with Houston is for five years and $20 million, including a $4 million signing bonus.