Friday, February 27, 2009

First Day Free Agency Wrap-up

by: Chris Sullivan

Well guys, I don't have to tell you this was a big day. While we haven't heard too awful much about things from the Seahawks point of view, we only lost one of our free agents (adieu, Mo Morris!) and have solid leads on Chris Canty and Houshmandzadeh (who becomes much more important given the Rams' improved line; they are more likely to grab Crabtree now, though perhaps not much more likely).

A few new pieces of news for you:

  • Chris Canty will be in NY visiting the Giants tomorrow and part of Sunday, then flying to Seattle for Sunday / Monday. He could be an incredible addition to the Hawks' line, and would provide instant help. He probably fills in as a defensive tackle, though would be a DE if the Hawks end up doing a bit of 3-4 hybrid stuff as is all the rage nowadays. Check out Aaron Weinberg's excellent write-up on Canty this morning at Next Season Sports.
  • Kurt Warner's agent apparently had very "fruitful" talks with the 49ers. I call B.S. on his interest there; I think it's just to show the Cardinals that there is interest in Warner from other teams.
  • The Redskins apparently do not operate under the same salary cap as you and I. They signed G Dockery to a big fat contract today, too.
  • The Redskin - Albert Haynesworth contract is not actually as big as it sounded. It's basically a 4 year, $48 million contract with a whole bunch of ego stroking. There's a $29 million "poison pill" involved, though what that was is unclear. Anyway, many teams could have afforded Haynesworth for $12 million a year, but it's clear he wanted to go to Washington.
  • Brian Dawkins signed with the Broncos today, shocking me quite honestly. Dawkins in not-green-and-white? Sorry, Pete, guess you've gotta get a McNabb jersey now.
Below the cut is a list of every transaction today. There are a LOT, including some big ones. Thanks to for putting it in such an easily digestable format:

2009 Offseason Free Agent News Feed:

49ers sign FB Moran Norris
49ers re-sign ILB Takeo Spikes

Bears sign OT Frank Omiyale
Bengals re-sign FS Chris Crocker
Bengals re-sign RB DeDe Dorsey
Broncos sign FS Brian Dawkins
Broncos sign RB Correll Buckhalter
Broncos sign RB J.J. Arrington
Broncos sign WR Jabar Gaffney
Broncos sign FS Renaldo Hill
Buccaneers acquire TE Kellen Winslow Jr. from Browns for a 2nd-round pick (2009) and 5th-round pick (2010)
Cardinals re-sign QB Brian St. Pierre
Chiefs acquire DE/OLB Mike Vrabel from Patriots for an undisclosed pick
Dolphins sign G Joe Berger
Eagles sign OT Stacy Andrews
Falcons re-sign S Jamaal Fudge
Jaguars re-sign C Brad Meester
Jaguars re-sign CB Scott Starks
Jaguars sign SS Sean Considine
Jets acquire CB Lito Sheppard from Eagles for a 2009 5th-round pick and a conditional 2010 pick
Jets re-sign FB Tony Richardson
Jets re-sign G Brandon Moore
Jets sign ILB Bart Scott
Lions sign RB Maurice Morris

Patriots sign RB Fred Taylor
Patriots sign TE Chris Baker
Ravens sign CB Domonique Foxworth
Ravens cut DE Marques Douglas
Ravens re-sign CB Derrick Martin
Redskins re-sign CB DeAngelo Hall
Redskins sign DT Albert Haynesworth
Redskins sign G Derrick Dockery
Redskins cut CB Shawn Springs
Redskins re-sign KR/CB Allen Rossum [that should be the 49ers]
Saints re-sign ILB Jonathan Vilma
Steelers re-sign G Chris Kemoeatu
Texans re-sign DE Stanley McClover
Texans re-sign C Chris White
Titans re-sign QB Kerry Collins
Titans re-sign FS Vincent Fuller
Vikings acquire QB Sage Rosenfels from Texans for a 4th-round pick
Vikings cut QB Gus Frerotte
Vikings re-sign TE Jim Kleinsasser