NFL Weekly Transaction Tracker

March 14, 2014 in 2014-free-agency, NFL Personnel



By Staff Writer Matt Pearce:

Tuesday, the NFL's free agency period started which means teams made numerous moves over the last few days. A few of the major ones are discussed here while the rest are listed below––where other major ones are highlighted in red.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers release and New England Patriots sign CB Darrelle Revis

Up first is Revis, who when he was released by the Buccaneers became the number one free agent on the market and the Patriots quickly signed him.

Darrelle Revis

Courtesy of ICON SMI

Just one year after trading a first and fourth round pick to the New York Jets for him, the Buccaneers released him. This happened for a few reasons. One, he is a man coverage cornerback and the Buccaneers new coach Lovie Smith runs a zone defense. This means that Revis wouldn't be used to the best of his abilities. Another reason for this move is that he was being paid $16 million each season. That is a ton of money to pay for a cornerback who is better off in a different scheme. Lastly, if he was on the Buccaneers roster at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, their fourth round pick that they sent to New York would have turned into a third round pick.

With New England, he signed an interesting deal. It is a one-year deal worth $12 million. However, there is a team option for the 2015 season at $20 million. With the cap number being so high, it is highly unlikely that this team option is exercised. What this means though is that the Patriots can't place their franchise tag on him at the end of the season, ensuring that he would hit the open market again next season.

For the Patriots, this move makes tons of sense. After watching the Denver Broncos sign a few key free agents––including former Patriots' cornerback Aqib Talib––the Patriots strike back by signing arguably the best cornerback in football. Since it is only a one-year deal, Revis could potentially only be a Patriot for one season. However, if he does leave next offseason, the Patriots are essentially guaranteed a third-round compensatory pick. Overall, this signing is perfect for New England and is a complete Bill Belichick move.

Seattle Seahawks re-sign DE Michael Bennett

Next is Bennett, who decided to stay with the Seahawks after receiving interest from the Chicago Bears where his brother Martellus plays.

A four-year deal, Bennett receives $28.5 million with $16  guaranteed and a signing bonus of $8 million. This is an average of just over $7 million per season.

For the Seahawks, this is a smart re-signing. The locked up one of the best pass rushers on the market for a relatively cheap price. (He turned down more money from the Bears.) Last season he had 8.5 sacks playing defensive end and lining up at defensive tackle in sub-packages. This allows them to keep one of their better players from their Super Bowl-winning team. Their defense absolutely dominated offenses at times and he was a major reason for this.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign DE Michael Johnson

One of the other top defensive ends on the market was Johnson, a former Cincinnati Bengal who has left to join the Buccaneers.

His contract is a five-year deal worth $43.75 with $24 million guaranteed. This is an average of $8.75 million per season. He gets more money than Bennett, but players always receive a bit more money on the open market than they do if they re-sign with their old team.

With the hiring of Smith as their new head coach, Tampa Bay committed to a more defensive approach and this is the first result of that. Johnson is a better run defender than pass rusher, but he has shown flashes of pass-rushing ability. In 2012 he had 11.5 sacks, but this past season this dropped all the way down to 3.5 sacks. Smith knowns how to get the best out of defensive players though, so Johnson should succeed with the Buccaneers.

Dallas Cowboys release and Denver Broncos sign DE DeMarcus Ware

In a surprise move, the Cowboys released their best pass rusher in a move precipitated by the salary cap. Unsurprisingly, he was quickly signed by a playoff contender.

Cutting him saved the Cowboys $7.4 million in cap room for a team that had less than $1 million available. With the Broncos, he signed a three-year deal worth $30 million with $20 million guaranteed.

For the Cowboys, this move makes a little, but not a lot of sense. Yes they needed cap room, but they got rid of their best defensive player in doing so. He is only 31-years old and is still one of the better pass rushers in the league.

For the Broncos, this move continues their offseason spending spree on the defensive side of the ball. They are going all-in to try and win a Super Bowl in the next two seasons while Peyton Manning is still playing. Ware improves their pass rush greatly, but in a few seasons, they are going to have salary cap troubles.

Chicago Bears sign DE Lamarr Houston

The last of the top pass rushers on the market was Houston, a former Oakland Raider.

Signing a five-year deal worth $35 million with $15 million guaranteed, the Bears turned to him after failing to sign Bennett.

A versatile defensive lineman, he can play defensive end but also move inside to defensive tackle at times. He is a better run defender than a pass rusher, but he is an impact defensive lineman. The value of the contract is fair so this is a good deal both ways. This move allowed the Bears to release Julius Peppers, an aging defensive lineman who had a high cap hit.

Miami Dolphins sign OT Branden Albert

On the offensive side of the ball, the Dolphins filled a hole on their offensive line by signing Albert, a former Kansas City Chief.

A five-year deal worth $46 million with $25 million guaranteed, the contract averages $9.2 million per year.

Last season, Miami tried to trade for him before the draft, but this proved unsuccessful. This is a major contract for a left tackle who isn’t elite. He is good, but has never been great. Considering the second and third best left tackles on the market got $7.5 million and $7 million per season, the Dolphins overpaid. Albert is also older than those other two left tackles. In the end though, the Dolphins needed to sign a left tackle as their offensive line needs to be rebuilt.

New Orleans Saints sign S Jairus Byrd

Back to the defensive side of the ball, the Saints made a surprise move to take the best safety off the market.

Despite a lack of cap space–less than $2 million after this signing–New Orleans gave Byrd a six-year deal worth $54 million with $26.3 million guaranteed.

While this move gives the Saints very little cap space to work with, they now have one of–if not the best–safety combination in the league. Byrd is one of the best free safeties in the league and strong safety Kenny Vaccaro had a very promising rookie season. In Rob Ryan’s aggressive defense, these two will be relied on to make splash plays.

Other Moves:

Free Agent RB Rashard Mendenhall has announced his retirement.
The Arizona Cardinals sign TE John Carlson to a two-year deal.
The Arizona Cardinals release G Daryn Colledge.
The Arizona Cardinals re-sign K Jay Feely.
The Arizona Cardinals sign OT Jared Veldheer to a five-year deal.
The Arizona Cardinals sign TE Jake Ballard.
The Arizona Cardinals sign DE Frostee Rucker.
The Arizona Cardinals re-sign OLB Matt Shaughnessy.
The Arizona Cardinals sign RB Jonathan Dwyer.
The Arizona Cardinals sign OL Ted Larsen.
The Arizona Cardinals re-sign LB Marcus Benard.
The Arizona Cardinals cut LB Dontay Moch.
The Arizona Cardinals sign WR Ted Ginn Jr. to a three-year deal.
The Atlanta Falcons re-sign OL Mike Johnson.
The Atlanta Falcons re-sign DT Jonathan Babineaux to a three-year deal.
The Atlanta Falcons re-sign C Joe Hawley.
The Atlanta Falcons release S Thomas DeCoud.
The Atlanta Falcons sign G Jon Asamoah to a five-year deal.
The Atlanta Falcons sign DT Paul Soliai to a five-year deal.
The Atlanta Falcons sign DE Tyson Jackson to a five-year deal.
The Baltimore Ravens re-sign LB Albert McClellan.
The Baltimore Ravens re-sign LT Eugene Monroe to a five-year deal.
The Baltimore Ravens re-sign WR Jacoby Jones to a four-year deal.
The Baltimore Ravens re-sign S Jeromy Miles.
The Buffalo Bills re-sign TE Mike Caussin.
The Buffalo Bills release QB Kevin Kolb.
The Buffalo Bills re-sign K Dan Carpenter.
The Buffalo Bills sign G Chris Williams to a four-year deal.
The Buffalo Bills sign CB Corey Graham to a four-year deal.
The Buffalo Bills sign LB Keith Rivers.
The Buffalo Bills re-sign TE Scott Chandler to a two-year deal.
The Carolina Panthers re-sign FB Richie Brockel.
The Carolina Panthers re-sign OL Garry Williams.
Carolina Panthers OL Geoff Hangartner has announced his retirement.
The Carolina Panthers re-sign CB James Dockery.
The Carolina Panthers cut WR Steve Smith.
The Carolina Panthers re-sign QB Derek Anderson.
The Chicago Bears re-sign DT Nate Collins.
The Chicago Bears re-sign QB Jordan Palmer.
The Chicago Bears cut TE Dante Rosario.
The Chicago Bears release RB Michael Bush.
The Chicago Bears re-sign LB D.J. Williams.
The Chicago Bears sign LB Jordan Senn.
The Chicago Bears sign S Ryan Mundy.
The Chicago Bears release DE Julius Peppers.
The Chicago Bears sign S M.D. Jennings.
The Chicago Bears sign DE Willie Young to a three-year deal.
The Chicago Bears sign WR Domenik Hixon.
The Chicago Bears re-sign TE Dante Rosario.
The Cincinnati Bengals re-sign WR Brandon Tate.
The Cincinnati Bengals release C Kyle Cook.
The Cincinnati Bengals re-sign S Taylor Mays.
The Cincinnati Bengals release LB James Harrison.
The Cleveland Browns sign LB Karlos Dansby to a four-year deal.
The Cleveland Browns sign S Donte Whitner to a four-year deal.
The Cleveland Browns sign CB Isaiah Trufant.
The Cleveland Browns release QB Brandon Weeden.
The Cleveland Browns release QB Jason Campbell.
The Cleveland Browns sign TE Jim Dray.
The Dallas Cowboys release WR Miles Austin.
The Dallas Cowboys sign DT Terrell McClain.
The Dallas Cowboys sign DE Jeremy Mincey.
The Dallas Cowboys sign LB Will Herring.
Denver Broncos G Chris Kuper has announced his retirement.
The Denver Broncos re-sign WR Andre Caldwell.
The Denver Broncos sign S T.J. Ward to a four-year deal.
The Denver Broncos sign CB Aqib Talib to a six-year deal.
The Detroit Lions re-sign CB Chris Greenwood.
The Detroit Lions re-sign RB Joique Bell to a three-year deal.
The Detroit Lions re-sign WR Kevin Ogletree.
The Detroit Lions sign WR Golden Tate to a five-year deal.
The Detroit Lions sign DL Vaughn Martin.
The Detroit Lions sign DL Darryl Tapp.
The Detroit Lions re-sign TE Brandon Pettigrew to a four-year deal.
The Green Bay Packers re-sign CB Sam Shields to a four-year deal.
The Green Bay Packers re-sign OLB Mike Neal to a two-year deal.
The Green Bay Packers re-sign TE Andrew Quarless.
The Houston Texans release CB Brice McCain.
The Houston Texans release TE Owen Daniels.
The Houston Texans re-sign TE Garrett Graham.
The Indianapolis Colts re-sign P Pat McAfee to a five-year deal.
The Indianapolis Colts re-sign LB Justin Hickman.
The Indianapolis Colts re-sign DT Fili Moala.
The Indianapolis Colts re-sign K Adam Vinatieri to a two-year deal.
The Indianapolis Colts sign DE Arthur Jones to a five-year deal.
The Indianapolis Colts re-sign S Sergio Brown.
The Indianapolis Colts re-sign CB Vontae Davis to a four-year deal.
The Indianapolis Colts re-sign RB Ahmad Bradshaw.
The Indianapolis Colts sign C Phil Costa.
The Jacksonville Jaguars re-sign QB Chad Henne to a two-year deal.
The Jacksonville Jaguars sign DE Red Bryant to a four-year deal.
The Jacksonville Jaguars release RB Justin Forsett.
The Jacksonville Jaguars sign G Zane Beadles to a five-year deal.
The Jacksonville Jaguars trade QB Blaine Gabbert to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth round pick.
The Jacksonville Jaguars re-sign CB Will Blackmon.
The Jacksonville Jaguars sign LB Dekoda Watson.
The Jacksonville Jaguars sign RB Toby Gerhart to a three-year deal.
The Jacksonville Jaguars sign DE Chris Clemons to a four-year deal.
The Jacksonville Jaguars sign DT Ziggy Hood.
The Jacksonville Jaguars re-sign DE Jason Babin.
The Kansas City Chiefs re-sign LB Frank Zombo.
The Kansas City Chiefs re-sign S Husain Abdullah.
The Kansas City Chiefs sign LB Joe Mays.
The Kansas City Chiefs sign OT Jeff Linkenbach.
The Miami Dolphins release CB Dimitri Patterson.
The Miami Dolphins sign S Louis Delmas to a one-year deal.
The Miami Dolphins sign DT Earl Mitchell to a four-year deal.
The Miami Dolphins trade OT Jonathan Martin to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional 2015 seventh round pick.
The Miami Dolphins sign DT Randy Starks to a two-year deal.
The Minnesota Vikings re-sign CB Marcus Sherels.
The Minnesota Vikings re-sign QB Matt Cassel.
The Minnesota Vikings re-sign DE Everson Griffen to a five-year deal.
The Minnesota Vikings sign LB Jasper Brinkley.
The Minnesota Vikings re-sign LB Larry Dean.
The Minnesota Vikings sign DT Linval Joseph to a five-year deal.
The Minnesota Vikings re-sign C Joe Berger.
The Minnesota Vikings re-sign DT Fred Evans.
The Minnesota Vikings sign CB Captain Munnerlyn to a three-year deal.
The Minnesota Vikings sign CB Derek Cox.
The New England Patriots re-sign LS Danny Aiken.
The New England Patriots re-sign TE Michael Hoomanawanui.
The New England Patriots cut WR T.J. Moe.
The New England Patriots cut DL Cory Grissom.
The New England Patriots cut RB Sam McGuffie.
The New England Patriots cut LB Taylor Reed.
The New England Patriots cut OT Elvis Fisher.
The New England Patriots cut RB Quentin Hines.
The New England Patriots release DT Isaac Sopoaga.
The New England Patriots cut OT Markus Zusevics.
The New Orleans Saints cut WR Lance Moore.
The New Orleans Saints re-sign RB Pierre Thomas to a two-year contract extension.
The New Orleans Saints trade RB Darren Sproles to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fifth-round pick.
The New Orleans Saints sign LB Ramon Humber.
The New York Giants re-sign LB Mark Herzlich.
The New York Giants re-sign CB Trumaine McBride.
The New York Giants release C David Bass.
The New York Giants re-sign RB Peyton Hillis.
The New York Giants re-sign QB Curtis Painter.
The New York Giants re-sign S Stevie Brown.
The New York Giants sign RB Rashad Jennings to a four-year deal.
The New York Giants sign G Geoff Schwartz to a four-year deal.
The New York Giants cut LB Marcus Dowtin.
The New York Giants re-sign K Josh Brown.
The New York Giants re-sign LB Jon Beason to a three-year deal.
The New York Giants sign C J.D. Walton.
The New York Giants re-sign FB Henry Hynoski.
The New York Giants sign LB Jameel McClain.
The New York Jets re-sign TE Jeff Cumberland to a three-year deal.
The New York Jets release CB Antonio Cromartie.
The New York Jets cut WR Santonio Holmes.
The New York Jets re-sign K Nick Folk to a four-year deal.
The New York Jets sign OT Breno Giacomini.
The New York Jets re-sign DT Leger Douzable.
The New York Jets sign WR Eric Decker to a five-year deal.
The Oakland Raiders re-sign S Brandian Ross.
The Oakland Raiders re-sign RB Darren McFadden to a one-year deal.
The Oakland Raiders sign OT Austin Howard to a five-year deal.
The Oakland Raiders sign DE Justin Tuck to a two-year deal.
The Oakland Raiders sign LB LaMarr Woodley to a two-year deal.

The Philadelphia Eagles re-sign P Donnie Jones.
The Philadelphia Eagles sign S Malcom Jenkins to a three-year deal.
The Philadelphia Eagles release S Pat Chung.
The Philadelphia Eagles sign S Chris Maragos.
The Philadelphia Eagles sign LB Bryan Braman.
The Philadelphia Eagles sign CB Nolan Carroll.
The Pittsburgh Steelers release LB LaMarr Woodley.
The Pittsburgh Steelers sign S Mike Mitchell to a five-year deal.
The Pittsburgh Steelers re-sign LS Greg Warren.
The Pittsburgh Steelers re-sign C Cody Wallace.
The St. Louis Rams cut G Harvey Dahl.
The St. Louis Rams cut CB Cortland Finnegan.
The St. Louis Rams re-sign OT Rodger Saffold to a five-year deal.
The St. Louis Rams re-sign LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar.
The San Diego Chargers re-sign S Darrell Stuckey.
The San Diego Chargers re-sign G Chad Rinehart to a two-year deal.
The San Diego Chargers sign RB Donald Brown to a three-year deal.
The San Diego Chargers sign TE David Johnson.
The San Diego Chargers sign LB Kavell Conner.
The San Diego Chargers sign QB Kellen Clemens.
The San Diego Chargers sign LB Reggie Walker.
The San Diego Chargers sign CB Brandon Ghee.
The San Diego Chargers re-sign CB Richard Marshall.
The San Francisco 49ers release CB Carlos Rogers.
The San Francisco 49ers re-sign K Phil Dawson.
The San Francisco 49ers sign S Antoine Bethea to a four-year deal.
The San Francisco 49ers re-sign CB Eric Wright.
The Seattle Seahawks re-sign S Jeron Johnson.
The Seattle Seahawks re-sign C Lemuel Jeanpierre.
The Seattle Seahawks re-sign TE Anthony McCoy.
The Seattle Seahawks release DE Chris Clemons.
The Seattle Seahawks sign WR Taylor Price.
The Seattle Seahawks re-sign DT Tony McDaniel to a two-year deal.
The Seattle Seahawks re-sign QB Tarvaris Jackson.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-sign LB Jonathan Casillas.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers release G Davin Joseph.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign TE Brandon Myers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign DT Clinton McDonald to a four-year deal.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut K Lawrence Tynes.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-sign OT Jamon Meredith.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign CB Alterraun Verner to a four-year deal.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign QB Josh McCown to a two-year deal.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign OT Anthony Collins to a five-year deal.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers release OT Donald Penn.
The Tennessee Titans sign WR Dexter McCluster to a three-year deal.
The Tennessee Titans cut WR Kevin Walter.
The Tennessee Titans sign RB Leon Washington.
The Tennessee Titans release OT David Stewart.
The Tennessee Titans sign DT Al Woods.
The Tennessee Titans sign QB Charlie Whitehurst.
The Washington Redskins re-sign LB Perry Riley.
The Washington Redskins sign WR Andre Roberts to a four-year deal.
The Washington Redskins re-sign WR Santana Moss.
The Washington Redskins sign G Shawn Lauvao to a four-year deal.
The Washington Redskins sign LB Adam Hayward.
The Washington Redskins sign CB Tracy Porter.
The Washington Redskins sign LB Darryl Sharpton.
The Washington Redskins sign DE Clifton Geathers.
The Washington Redskins sign DT Jason Hatcher to a four-year deal.




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