Thursday Free Agency Thread (LATEST: Bennett to SEA)

11:00 a.m. ET:

Chiefs release QB Matt Cassel.
Redskins agree to terms with OT Jeremy Trueblood.
Cardinals will reportedly release QB Kevin Kolb.
Lions re-sign LS Don Muhlbach to one-year deal.
C Todd McClure retires.

2:00 p.m. ET:

Chiefs sign CB Sean Smith to a three-year deal.

4:00 p.m. ET:

Vikings sign QB Matt Cassel.
Colts sign DL Ricky Jean-Francois to four-year deal.
Bears re-sign DL Nate Collins.
Ravens re-sign DB Chris Johnson.
Giants re-sign LB Keith Rivers.
LT Jeff Backus retires.
Saints sign CB Keenan Lewis to five-year deal reportedly worth $26 million, $11 million of which is guaranteed.
Eagles sign S Kenny Phillips and CB Cary Williams.
Falcons agree to contract with RB Steven Jackson.

6:30 p.m. ET:

Eagles agree to terms with DL/LB Connor Barwin on six-year, $36 million deal, $8 million of which is guaranteed.
Giants sign S Ryan Mundy.
Buccaneers sign WR Kevin Ogletree.

7:30 p.m. ET:

Seahawks sign DE Michael Bennett to one-year deal reportedly worth $5 million.
Patriots sign RB Leon Washington to one-year deal.
Cardinals sign LB Jasper Brinkley to a two-year deal.


44 comments, Last at 18 Mar 2013, 2:26pm

1 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread

So...Anyone think Andy Reid regrets trading Alex Smith for a 2nd when he could have had Kolb for free? I'm not saying I agree, but I bet Reid sees it that way.

2 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread

Kolb's release isn't exactly a surprise. I'm sure that if Reid preferred Kolb he would have gotten him, either by waiting for his release or by trading a lower-round draft pick for him.

Remember, Kolb wasn't all that impressive in Philadelphia - 73.2 rating, 5.2 AY/A over 319 attempts. And in Arizona, he showed signs of developing David Carr syndrome after getting battered behind that atrocious OL. Right now, there's not much of a reason why anyone would want to project Kolb as their starter, unlike Smith.

3 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread

I doubt he regrets it that much... Smith has a much stronger body of work than Kolb, and Reid did already trade Kolb away once to go with an aging, brittle Vick and a rookie backup. I think if Reid brought Kolb to KC now, he would clearly be 2nd string behind Smith.

Actually, I can totally see that happening since KC also released Cassel today.

4 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread

Soooo, what is AZ gonna do at QB? Sign Cassel and upgrade the OL in the draft? Draft a QB and get him shell-shocked behind the current OL?

27 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread

The crazy thing is that Stanton is probably better than the scrubs the Cards have started since Warner retired.

He's not terribly accurate, but he's mobile, and he did get a few games starting experience in Detroit.
Biggest problem was making poor on-field decisions. If he's matured in that department, he's just talented enough to stabilize the QB situation in AZ for 2-3 years.

So maybe you've finally got your chance to prove you can be the starter, Drew. Make the most of it...

9 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread

What about this guy the media keeps talking about? Francis....not sure of his last name. They say he has lots of experience and good decision making skills. Maybe he'll be the starter.

17 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread

There used to be a really tall tight end in Arizona named Leonard... I forget his last name. I think he plays for Pittsburgh now. If he becomes available, he would be a great target for Francis whatshisname in the red zone.

12 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread

With the money drying up the niner trade for Boldin doesn't look like quite as good a move as it did. He probably wouldn't have commanded more than $6 million on the open market and Greg Jennings might have been a better option. I'm not bothered about losing the 6th round pick it's the cap room, maybe even Heyward Bey would have been a good signing if it was for less money.

21 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread

Jennings is probably asking for more money than that. On ESPN Wisconsin yesterday, one of their reporters said Jennings had turned down an extension from the Packers last season for about $10M per year. He didn't know the length or amount guaranteed. For all he knew, it may have only been a one year extension. But in any case, he might be looking for Wallace-level money but not getting it. His injuries (MCL and groin) the last couple years don't help his cause either.

15 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread

"Hi, I'm Todd McClure. You may remember me from such retirements as...this one."

18 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread

Ha ha.

Congrats to McClure on a very respectable career. A 7th round pick by Dan Reeves in 1999, he played 14 seasons under four regimes and has the Falcons record for consecutive starts (north of 130, I believe). Never a Pro Bowler, though, and I'm not sure he was ever really in a discussion for one. Competent player who showed up every week and wasn't overpaid. Good luck to the Mud Duck.

22 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread (LATEST: Delmas to SF)

Delmas's signing seriously endangers SF keeping the best Adjusted Games Lost for defense in 2013.

31 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread (LATEST: Bennett to SEA)

I like that the Eagles have completely made over their secondary with young players with something to prove: Chung and Phillips at safety, Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams at CB. No stars or big money thrown around like last time...But I'm not sure about giving bags of money to Connor Barwin. A) I don't think he's worth that much, and B) it's going to lock the Eagles into a 3-4. Dangerous move to make when most of the existing talent they have in the front 7 is at 4-3 DE (Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry). None of them would seem natural fits at 3-4 OLB. I'm sure 1 or 2 of them will adjust, but it just seems odd.

35 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread (LATEST: Bennett to SEA)

I'm not sure going out and grabbing players who have to "prove" they are any good football like Chung and fletcher is all that exciting. They certainly are acquiring quite the collection of journeymen and disappointments, though. Also their most exciting young talent is Kendrick's and I have no idea how he factors into a 3-4. Cole, sadly, appears to be headed into steep decline and graham having a decent four game stretch hardly warrants building a defense around. Oh well, at least I'll never have to see Nate Allen again and I always liked Phillips.

Anyhoo, this teams somehow looks worse than the one they fielded last year, which is a pretty amazing feat of managerial incompetence. I have no idea how they should even go with their first pick. It all doesn't matter if Vick is starting anyway...

39 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread (LATEST: Bennett to SEA)

Oh well, I must be the glass half full guy (a rarity for an Eagles fan I know...). I think the secondary looks way better already. Last years safeties in particular were awful. And I'm more than willing to try someone else at corner - even if Williams and Fletcher aren't as exciting on paper as they could be. I think Cole was not near as bad as his sack numbers say, and I think Graham had more than just 4 good games, it's just that he wasn't on the field enough early in the season to get big numbers. Babin's release helped him a lot in that way.

41 Re: Thursday Free Agency Thread (LATEST: Bennett to SEA)

Eagles apparently wanted Keenan Lewis, even offered him more money than the Saints, but he chose them instead. And with Sean Smith going to Chiefs, I guess the market for tall CBs was starting to thin out. Cary Williams was the last one I know of that was starting material, maybe Antoine Cason - but I prefer Williams personally. Aqib Talib is still out there too of course, but he's got that extra character red flag. Perhaps they paid too much for Williams, but he's about the best that could be had.