Wide Receivers Continue to Sign

A few more of the top free-agent wide receivers on the market have had their signings go official over the past few days. We check in around the league to get the recent signings, trades and more.

  • WR D.J. Hackett, the top unrestricted free agent left on the market, signed a two-year, $3.5 million deal with Carolina. It comes after a whirlwind week in which Hackett visited with Washington, Tampa Bay and Carolina, and apparently strongly considered returning to Seattle. At 6-feet-2, Hackett provides the big veteran target opposite Steve Smith the Panthers have been seeking. They let Keary Colbert and Drew Carter leave in free agency, and Dwayne Jarrett has yet to prove he is ready to step up into the role.

  • WR Bryant Johnson's deal with the 49ers was made official Monday, and it is reportedly for five years. Johnson will compete for significant playing time in a receiver mix that includes Isaac Bruce, Arnaz Battle and second-year man Jason Hill.

    "Bryant is a player that we have been familiar from or division contests against Arizona," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "He has been very productive when given the opportunity and we are excited to have him as a member of the 49ers.

  • DE Corey Smith re-signed with the Lions for one year. Financial terms were not available. Smith had 32 tackles and 2.5 sacks last season.

  • Vikings LT Bryant McKinnie pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an incident outside a Miami nightclub on Feb. 14. McKinnie was arrested on charges that include felony battery for fighting with security personnel at the club. He has an April 11 hearing in Miami to determine whether the case will go to trial.

    This is the latest in a string of off-field incidents for McKinnie, who was involved in the "Love Boat" scandal. He has been arrested two other times since entering the league, but had the charges dropped each time.

  • DE Ellis Wyms signed a one-year deal worth between $1-1.5 million with the Vikings after spending last season in Seattle. Wyms also visited with Detroit during free agency.

  • CB DeAngelo Hall continues to draw closer in contract negotiations with the Raiders, a source told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. If Hall is dealt to the Raiders, the Falcons would get Oakland's second-round (34th overall) and sixth-round picks in April.

  • WR Roy Williams will not be traded, according to coach Rod Marinelli. "I guess probably when you're a beautiful girl, everybody keeps knocking on your door for a date," Marinelli told reporters Monday, referring to teams who continue to contact the Lions about Williams. "Then the old dad keeps coming out and says, 'Nope.'"

  • WR Laveranues Coles has not shown up for the team's first offseason program this week as he remains in a contract dispute with the Jets. This week's minicamp is voluntary, so Coles will not be fined if he doesn't show. The team has offerred to guarantee the $11 million he is due to earn over the next two years, but Coles wants a new contract altogether.

  • DT Dewayne Robertson did not show up for the start of the team's offseason conditioning program Monday, which wasn't a big surprise as the Jets continue to explore trade opportunities. He could head to Denver if the Broncos and Robertson are able to agree on a restructured contract. His current deal has two years and $18 million remaining.

  • WR Anquan Boldin is hopeful the team will address his contract after ponying up $40 million over four years for Larry Fitzgerald, but said he's going to leave any discussions up to agent Drew Rosenhaus. Boldin's contract runs through 2010 and averages just under $4 million annually.

    "I leave that up to my agent (Drew Rosenhaus)," Boldin told the Arizona Republic after working out at the team's facility Monday. "They'll go back and forth. He'll keep me in the loop for the most part, but I can't be worried about that. I think when players get involved in that, that starts to affect their play on the field.

    "Me, I can go home and sleep good at night, staying out of the business side of it and just concentrating on what I need to do."

  • PK Jason Elam, who has been unable to agree to a new contract with Denver, is expected to visit with Atlanta on Wednesday. Elam, 38, attended high school in the Atlanta area.

  • RB Reggie Bush is expected to take part in the Saints' first offseason conditionaing program this week. "He's planning on being involved in all of our offseason, which is encouraging and good," coach Sean Payton said. "It's important for him, especially with running backs and the pounding they take, to be real diligent in the weight room."

  • CB Mike McKenzie continues to rehab following ACL surgery for the injury he suffered in Week 16. Coach Sean Payton said he's not prepared to predict whether or not McKenzie will be ready for the start of the season.

  • DL Kevin Carter chose to return to Tampa Bay for a one-year deal that was less than the offer he received from Oakland. In the end, Carter didn't want to move his family from the Tampa area. Carter, 34, had 73 tackles in 14 games last season. He will compete for playing time on the left side with Greg White and Marques Douglas.

  • DB Eugene Wilson officially signed his one-year deal with Tampa Bay. He has experience at safety and corner, but is expected to play corner for the Bucs, who lost Brian Kelly in free agency.

  • C LeCharles Bentley has been given the Browns' blessing to continue working out in Arizona, his agent told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Bentley has not played since tearing his left patella tendon in July 2006. Bentley's contract was restructured to make him an unrestricted free agent after next season. He will earn the NFL minimum $605,000 for his experience, but can make up to $4 million through incentives.

  • C Chris Myers was traded by Denver to Houston for a sixth-round draft pick, and he signed a new four-year deal reportedly worth $11 million with $3 million guaranteed. A restricted free agent, Myers visited with the Texans last week. He started five games at left guard and 11 at center last season. The Texans were in need of a center after releasing Mike Flanagan and with Seth McKinney 32 years old and coming off major knee surgery. Another positive is Myers' familiarity with the zone blocking scheme of new running game assistant head coach Alex Gibbs, who previously worked in Denver among other stops.

  • RB Cecil Sapp is weighing offers from the Broncos and three other teams, his agent told the Denver Post. If he returns to Denver, Sapp will likely play fullback.

  • DE Julius Peppers was seen at a Denver Nuggets game Sunday, but Panthers GM Marty Hurney said that there is no truth to rumors that Peppers could be traded to the Broncos.

  • WR Troy Brown visited and worked out with the Jets on Monday. Brown, 36, will not be re-signed by New England, and is apparently open to joining a team that would play the Patriots twice a year -- apparently signaling a change of heart from previously not wanting to suit up against his former team.

  • DE Kalimba Edwards, released last week by Detroit, visited with Tennessee on Monday. Edwards has 26 sacks in seven seasons, but managed just three last year in eight games. The Titans are seeking help after losing Antwan Odom and Travis LaBoy in free agency.

  • FB Dan Klecko signed with Philadelphia for two years. A five-year veteran, Klecko has been known for his versatility during stops with New England and Indianapolis, where he has picked up a combined three Super Bowl rings. He has played defensive tackle, fullback and linebacker during his career, but is expected to be primarily a fullback for the Eagles.

  • OT Qasim Mitchell signed with San Francisco. He has not played in a regular season game since 2005, having been cut by Carolina and Arizona in training camp the past two seasons.

  • C Chris Myers was traded by Denver to Houston for a sixth-round draft pick. A restricted free agent, Myers visited with the Texans last week. He started five games at left guard and 11 at center last season. The Texans were in need of a center after releasing Mike Flanagan and with Seth McKinney 32 years old and coming off major knee surgery.

  • DT Matthias Askew signed with the Redskins. Askew, 6-5, 302 lbs., was selected in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He spent the 2004-05 season with the Bengals, playing in six games recording five tackles. He was waived during the 2006 preseason. In 2007, he spent time in Washington during the preseason before being waived prior to the start of the regular season. Askew played in 35 games over three seasons at Michigan State. He earned first-team All-Big Ten before entering the draft after his junior season.

  • WR Steven Harris was released by Washington.

  • WR Mike Espy was released by Washington.

  • LB Dallas Sartz signed with Minnesota. He was cut by the Redskins with an injury settlement before the start of last season.

  • DE Ellis Wyms signed with the Vikings after spending last season in Seattle. Wyms also visited with Detroit during free agency.

  • LB Tracy White agreed to a two-year deal that is worth $1.8 million and includes a $250,000 signing bonus, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. White visited Denver and Pittsburgh in free agency before deciding to return to Green Bay, but told the Journal Sentinel he wasn't comfortable fighting for a roster spot in the Steelers' 3-4 and the Broncos cooled after adding Niko Koutouvides. White is the top backup at both outside spots for the Packers and is considered a strong special teams player.

  • TE Bubba Frank has agreed to a one-year, $1.7 million deal with the Jets. Franks has been slowed in recent years by knee problems, but remains a strong blocking tight end and the Jets hope he will provide a receiving threat opposite starter Chris Baker as well.

  • RB Deuce McAllister believes he will be ready for the team's minicamp in late May, and is willing to prove his health enough that he pushed back a $1 million signing bonus that was due last Saturday until April 15, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. McAllister had surgery on both knees in September. He is due to earn a $3.6 million base salary next season.

  • RB LenDale White was cited early Saturday morning for destruction of property, disobedience to a lawful order/interference and resistance in Denver over the weekend. He was at a club throwing a party in his honor Friday night. The Titans are already believed to be considering a running back during the early rounds of the draft to compete with White and second-year man Chris Henry under new offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger. White's court date is unknown.

  • WR Tab Perry chose to join Miami for a one-year, $927,000 deal rather than return to the Bengals. Perry is the latest in a line of second-tier free agents the Dolphins have targeted for their special teams ability. Cincinnati had declined to tender Perry at $927,000 next season, hoping instead to sign him to a multi-year deal that was cheaper annually. He has just 10 career receptions, but had 75 kickoff returns for a 23.7-yard average.

  • C Justin Hartwig is expected to meet with Kansas City early this week, according to the Kansas City Star. Released by the Panthers last week, Hartwig would be a veteran addition for a Chiefs line that lost OG John Welbourn (released) and C Casey Wiegmann, a free agent they aren't expected to re-sign.

  • WR Jacoby Jones was arrested and charged for driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning. He was released on $500 bond.

  • FS Chris Crocker visited with the Titans on Monday. Crocker was released by Atlanta this offseason after starting 14 games last year.

  • CB Evan Oglesby, an exclusive rights free agent, was signed to a one-year, $520,000 deal, according to the Dallas Morning News.

  • QB Jamie Martin is unlikely to return to the Saints after the team signed Mark Brunell, coach Sean Payton acknowledged Monday.

  • WR Jacoby Jones' blood-alcohol level was .13 according to breath tests taken after he was found asleep at the wheel early Sunday morning. The legal limit in Texas is .08. He was released on $500 bail, according to the Houston Chronicle.

  • DT Amon Gordon (not tendered as ERFA by Ravens 2/28) re-signed with Baltimore.

  • OT Trai Essex, a restricted free agent, has re-signed with Pittsburgh. Terms were unknown.

  • CB Steve Gregory, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with San Diego. Terms were unknown.

  • OT Brandon Gorin, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with the Rams. Terms were unknown. He started on the right side at the end of the season because of massive injuries on the line.

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