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By Staff Writer Matt Pearce:

Another slow week for NFL moves but there are still two that we can discuss.

Denver Broncos sign DB Quentin Jammer

Last week, the Broncos missed out on signing veteran defensive back Charles Woodson, as he chose the Oakland Raiders over the Broncos. This week, the Broncos have found a veteran defensive back who would sign with them in Jammer.

As of right now, no contract details are available but we can guess that the deal will be similar to Woodson’s but probably worth a little less.  I would expect the deal to be one-year long, like most veteran’s deals this offseason.  Money wise, Woodson received a maximum of $4.3 million with a base salary of $1.8 million and s signing bonus of $700,000.  I would expect Jammer’s deal to be worth a maximum of $2 million with a similar signing bonus and a base salary of about $1 million.

In 2002, the San Diego Chargers drafted Jammer, a cornerback out of Texas, with the 5th overall pick.  He then spent eleven seasons with the Chargers, missing only four games in those eleven years.  Jammer has 21 career interceptions and 137 career pass deflections.

The Broncos are expected to play Jammer at free safety.  He would then compete with Rahim Moore for playing time this season.  Jammer will be 34 years old when the season starts and Moore is 23 years old.  Overall, Moore had a good season playing free safety for the Broncos but, the play that will be remembered most from his season will be when he misplayed a Joe Flacco pass in the Divisional Playoffs letting Jacoby Jones catch a game-tying touchdown pass with less than one minute left in the game (play here, Moore is number 26).  The Broncos would then lose the game in overtime.  While Moore had this one awful play on national television, he had a very good season overall and is still just 23 years old so he has room to improve a bunch.

I would expect Moore to be the Broncos starting free safety this year.  This would make Jammer a situational player, coming in for sub-packages in passing situations.  This would allow the Broncos to get the most out of Jammer as his skills are declining due to age and he shouldn’t be an every down player anymore.

WR Steve Smith retires

Earlier this offseason, Smith signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but now, he has decided to call it a career.  On Wednesday, Smith announced his retirement from the NFL.

Throughout his career, Smith was known as “the other Steve Smith,” as the Carolina Panthers had a receiver with the same name.  The Panthers Steve Smith came into the league earlier and had a lot more success in his career, which is still going on.

Steve Smith

Former New York Giants WR Steve Smith announced his retirement from the NFL.

The Steve Smith that retired, is best known for his one great season, in 2009.  That year, Smith was quarterback Eli Manning’s favorite target over the course of the season.  He had 107 catches for 1,220 yards, and 7 touchdowns, leading to his only Pro Bowl appearance in his six year career.  His 107 catches is also a Giants single season record (nobody else has more than 86 catches in one season).

A 2nd round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, Smith won a Super Bowl with the Giants as well.  In his rookie year, the Giants made it to Super Bowl XLII and the Giants upset the previously unbeaten New England Patriots.  That regular season, Smith only played in 5 games and caught 8 passes. In the playoffs though, he played in all 4 games and caught 14 passes for 152 yards, including 5 catches for 50 yards in the Super Bowl.  This was the start of Smith becoming Manning’s favorite target.

In 2010, Smith suffered a knee injury and he has never made a full recovery.  To make matters worse for Smith, he was negotiating a new contract with the Giants at the time.  He then left in free agency for the Philadelphia Eagles catching 11 balls in 9 games and last season he caught 14 balls in 9 games.

Smith lost quite a bit of money from his knee injury as he was never able to regain his pre-injury form.  That season, he was betting on himself in order to try and get a bigger offer from the Giants, but due to the knee injury, he lost the Giants offer and had to settle for a 1-year deal worth $2 million with the Eagles.

“I’ve been blessed to play the game that I love at the highest level for the past six years,” Smith said according to a press release from the Buccaneers, “I will always cherish my time with the New York Giants and our Super Bowl victory in 2007.  I also want to thank the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers organizations for the opportunities they gave me.  This was not an easy decision, but it’s the right decision for me at this time.”

Other Moves:

The Atlanta Falcons cut RB Deon Goggins.
The Buffalo Bills sign WR DeMarco Sampson.
The Buffalo Bills cut DB Vernon Kearney.
The Carolina Panthers sign OT Patrick Brown.
The Carolina Panthers cut G Robert Jones.
The Cleveland Browns cut WR Perez Ashford.
The Cleveland Browns sign LB Tommie Smith.
The Dallas Cowboys sign OT J.B. Shugarts.
The Dallas Cowboys sign LS Jackson Anderson.
The Dallas Cowboys cut WR Carlton Mitchell.
The Dallas Cowboys cut LS Charley Hughlett.
The Detroit Lions release DT Michael Brooks.
The Detroit Lions cut WR Chastin West.
The Detroit Lions sign DE Robert Maci.
The Detroit Lions sign DT Spencer Nealy.
The Detroit Lions release QB Alex Carder.
The Detroit Lions sign RB Montell Owens.
The Green Bay Packers sign S David Fulton.
The Indianapolis Colts cut LB Jake Killeen.
The Kansas City Chiefs cut DT Risean Broussard.
The Miami Dolphins cut WR Terrell Sinkfield.
The Miami Dolphins sign WR Courtney Gardner.
The Miami Dolphins cut OT Taylor Stockemer.
The Miami Dolphins sign G Brian Thomas.
The Miami Dolphins cut OT Patrick Ward.
The Minnesota Vikings sign LB Stanford Keglar.
The New York Giants waive TE Michael Palmer.
The New York Giants sign TE Chase Clement.
The New York Giants sign LB Kyle Bosworth.
The New York Giants cut TE Morgan Stewart.
The New York Giants cut DB John Stevenson.
The New York Jets sign WR Ben Obomanu.
The Seattle Seahawks waive/injured TE Anthony McCoy.
The Seattle Seahawks sign OT Jake Bscherer.
The Seattle Seahawks sign WR Greg Herd.
The Seattle Seahawks cut WR Matt Austin.
The Seattle Seahawks waive G Jordan Roussos.
The St. Louis Rams waive/injured WR C.J. Akins.
The St. Louis Rams sign TE Colby Prince.

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