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09 Mar 2014

Free Agency Open Thread: Monday

Not a whole lot of activity so far, but I assume things will start moving a little faster as the deadline gets closer. Here's what we've got for now from the last few days...

-Colts re-sign P Pat McAfee to five-year, $14 million contract.
-Jets re-sign TE Jeff Cumberland to three-year, $3.7 million contract, with $1 million in guarantees.
-Jaguars re-sign QB Chad Henne to two-year, $8 million contract, with a $1.5 million signing bonus.
-Vikings re-sign QB Matt Cassel to two-year, $10 million contract.
-Cardinals sign TE John Carlson to two-year, $4.65 million contract.
-Bucs released OG Davin Joseph
-Cardinals released OG Daryn Colledge
-Saints "expected" to release RB Darren Sproles, actually released WR Lance Mooore.
-Jaguars sign DE Red Bryant to a four-year, $17 million deal.
-Packers re-sign CB Sam Shields to a four-year, $39 million deal, with a $12.5 million signing bonus.
-Vikings re-sign DE Everson Griffen to five-year, $42.5 million deal, with $20 million in guarantees.
-Jets released CB Antonio Cromartie.

-Vikings re-sign LB/ST Larry Dean.
-Pats re-sign TE Michael Hoomanawanui to two-year deal.
-Cowboys OG Mackenzy Bernadeau agrees to pay cut.
-Pittsburgh will reportedly release LaMarr Woodley as a June 1 cut.
-Jets release WR Santonio Holmes
-Jason Babin voided his contract with Jacksonville to become a free agent.
-Seahawks re-sign DE Micheal Bennett to four-year, $28.5 million contract with $16 million in guarantees.
-Giants release OL David Baas.
-Rams release OL Harvey Dahl.
-Broncos OL Chris Kuper retires.
-49ers release CB Carlos Rogers.
-Dolphins release CB Dimitri Patterson
-Arizona re-signs K Jay Feely.
-Seattle re-signs TE Anthony McCoy.
-Miami signs S Louis Delmas to one-year, $3.5 million deal.
-Bucs reportedly will release CB Darrelle Revis. Good use of first- and third-round picks.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 09 Mar 2014

23 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2014, 6:45pm by LionInAZ


by Theo :: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 3:10pm

Chad Henne does nothing a street free agent can't do after 1 training camp.
Anything above league minimum is a waste of money.
Good for him though.

by LionInAZ :: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 4:30pm

That's for sure. They could have offered Shaun Hill the same money and gotten a much better QB to get them through developing a new draftee. But they are apparently used to the familiar smell of Henne.

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 5:30pm

Henne's main attraction the Jaguars is apparently him being a non-Blaine Gabbert quarterback with experience in their system.

by LionInAZ :: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 8:32pm

What kind of system makes a team overpay for a QB who has been consistently below average for years?

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 8:39pm

I never said it was logical. Teams/coaches tend to keep "the devil you know" over what they see as unknown commodities (even if they have plenty on film). See Bill Parcells later years in Dallas with Drew Bledsoe.

by tuluse :: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 8:56pm

Henne ranked 21st, 22nd and 20th in DVOA for 2009, 2010, 2011 respectively. It's not like those Dolphins teams were loaded with offensive talent around him either.

I also find it odd that people are complaining about this signing when there is another QB signing listed right below him for more money, for a QB who has consistently performed worse.

by LionInAZ :: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 11:46pm

That's different. I applaud when the Vikings make a bone-headed move. Beyond that, it's not so obvious that Cassel has been consistently worse than Henne if you look back over the past six years.

by tuluse :: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 11:53pm

He's had worse production than Henne most years. The Jags signed a borderline starter to a slightly above average deal for a backup QB. Plus they have tons of cap room. I don't see how this is bad for them at all. It's not flashy, but flashy isn't always good.

by LionInAZ :: Wed, 03/12/2014 - 6:12pm

I respectfully disagree. If you look at the past 6 years of DVOA/DYAR, Cassel and and Henne have split up and down years. I would also argue that Henne had much better receivers (Marshall, Hartline, Bess, & Ginn) than Cassel (Bowe, that POS McCluster, and a bunch of other guys you probably don't remember).
I'd also argue that Cassel has demonstrated a higher ceiling (2011 season) than Henne. We could argue about OLs and Charles vs Ronnie Brown/Ricky Williams, but I don't think those are the dominant factors.

by tuluse :: Wed, 03/12/2014 - 7:56pm

Let me be clear. I think this is a very average move for a team which is coming off several years of making disastrous moves. I don't see why it merits any derision.

Henne is a solid backup, and a reasonable plan C starter for a team which could count the number of quarters it legitimately competed in last year in the single digits.

by Sixknots :: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 4:12pm

Michael Bennett signs with Seattle. 4 year deal for $32-34 M

by Pen :: Tue, 03/11/2014 - 4:37am

I'm hearing $28.5

by mehllageman56 :: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 11:54pm

Man, as a Jets fan I'm really mad the Bucs are cutting Revis. They should never trade with them again.

by coboney :: Tue, 03/11/2014 - 7:36am

As a Jets fan now you can watch Rex resign Revis and smile at the thought that you get him back after fleecing Greg Schiano and have Rex use Revis as he deserves - as a shutdown man-corner.

by mehllageman56 :: Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:47pm

The Bucs are basically cutting him so they give up only a 4th, not a 3rd, which is why I was annoyed. The whole thing is really foolish on their part. I doubt Revis signs with the Jets again, there's too much bad blood.

by Tim Wilson :: Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:53pm

Are there big time savings here (real $ and cap)? Or do they still take a massive cap hit? The contract is only a year old so I assumed that this would incur a ton of dead money.

by Danish Denver-Fan :: Wed, 03/12/2014 - 5:00am

I remember something about Revis' deal being a bit funky. Something like a ton of money no guarantees, or almost no money all guaranteed. ?

by The Ancient Mariner :: Wed, 03/12/2014 - 1:53pm

There was no signing bonus, just $16 million per year.

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Tue, 03/11/2014 - 7:26am

I'm ambivalent about the Lions losing Louis Delmas. On the one hand he finally stayed healthy last year and Detroit has no viable replacement currently on the roster. On the other hand, in an apparent effort to prove his worth, he turned into a mini-Brandonerriweather: frequently out of position while trying to get interceptions, and racking up dumb personal fouls trying to get big hits.

by LionInAZ :: Tue, 03/11/2014 - 6:29pm

Me too. Even with his flaws, the pass D was much better when Delmas was on the field than when he was off. The injuries just made him too much of a risk, I guess, but I wouldn't have been bothered if they had signed him to another 'prove it' deal. I just hope they don't do something goofy like signing Ryan Clark or Bernard Pollard.

I'd rather have seen Pettigrew go.

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Thu, 03/13/2014 - 9:41am

Agree with you about Pettigrew. I was hoping they would go after Scott Chandler. He's not an outstanding blocker, but he's not a liability, either, and he's a decent receiver. And I think he can be had for relatively cheap.

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Thu, 03/13/2014 - 9:38am

Regarding Delmas' replacements, James Ighedibo (sp?) is reportedly visiting. Despite his infamous hailmary play, he was very good against the run, and at least competent in coverage. But he seems like on odd fit, since the Lions are going back to the traditional FS/SS configuration. Glover Quin seems like he provides the same thign Ighedibo does.

by LionInAZ :: Thu, 03/13/2014 - 6:45pm

It appears he left without a contract, so that doesn't look as if it's going to happen anyway.

I thought they might look at Bethea, but he was probably going to be too expensive for the Lions.