MONDAY MORNING UPDATE
While you were out playing 60 this weekend, all 32 NFL teams were hard at work improving their rosters.
Check out the latest and let us know: who did the best?
The Saints re-resigned OT Zach Strief.
The Patriots re-signed WR Julian Edelman and signed WR Brandon LaFell.
The Jets re-signed LB Calvin Pace.
The Colts signed WR Hakeem Nicks.
The Browns signed RB Ben Tate.
The Eagles signed S Nate Allen.
The Giants signed CB Walter Thurmond.
The Broncos signed WR Emmanuel Sanders.
WR Lance Moore is visiting with the Steelers.
QB Brandon Weedenand DE Jared Allen are speaking with the Cowboys.
FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE
Free agent Friday fun fest! The action keeps happening furiously fast. Which of these moves do you the like the best...or not like at all?
The Bears re-signed Charles Tillman.
The Packers resigned DT B.J. Raji.
The Vikings resigned WR Jerome Simpson.
The Buccaneers signed C Evan Dietrich-Smith.
The Dolphins signed DB Cortland Finnegan and G Shelly Smith.
The Ravens signed WR Steve Smith.
The Titans have signed Michael Oher.
The Dallas the Cowboys are looking at DE Julius Peppers.
WR Emmanuel Sanders is talking to the 49ers and the Chiefs.
DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is talking to both the Jets and the Giants.
FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE
Did you sleep well last night? Because while you were dreaming of puppy dogs and cotton candy, several NFL teams were shaking, baking and deal-making.
Be sure to leave a comment about which teams are making the best moves.
The Ravens re-signed LB Daryl Smith.
The 49ers re-signed CB Tarell Brown.
The Lions re-signed TE Brandon Pettigrew.
The Titans signed LB Wesley Woodyard.
LB Brandon Spikes is talking with the Bills today. Stay tuned.
DE Henry Melton is deciding between the Cowboys and the Seahawks.
OT Donald Penn is close to signing with the Raiders.
WR Julian Edelman will visit the 49ers today.
THURSDAY NIGHT UPDATE
The Bills re-signed TE Scott Chandler.
The Jaguars re-signed DE Jason Babin.
The Cardinals signed WR Ted Ginn and LB Matt Shaughnessy.
The Raiders signed DT Justin Tuck and DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley.
The Redskins signed DTs JasonHatcher and Clifton Geathers and LB Darryl Sharpton.
The Vikings signed DB Captain Munnerlyn.
The Colts signed C Phil Costa.
The Chargers signed QB Kellen Clemens.
TE Brandon Pettigrew is reportedly nearing a deal with Jets.
WR Andrew Hawkins is on the verge of a deal with the Browns.
THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE
In a bizarre series of events, OT Rodger Saffold failed his physical with the Raiders and then was re-signed, and passed his physical, by the Rams.
The Ravens re-signed WR Jacoby Jones.
WR Steve Smith was released by the Carolina Panthers. Some team is going to get a great "catch" there.
CB Darrelle Revis signed with the Patriots. Wow.
The New York Jets signed WR Eric Decker.
The Eagles traded for RB Darren Spoles and signed CB Nolan Carrol.
The Buccaneers made yet another big move by signing OT Anthony Collins.
The Jaguars signed DE Chris Clemonsand DT Ziggy Hood.
The Redskins signed DB Tracy Potter.
Not Sure, Yet
WR Hakeem Nicks has visited the Panthers, Colts and Chargers.
The Giants are reportedly talking with WR Ted Ginn.
The Dolphins re-signed DT Randy Starks.
The Ravens re-signed WR Jacoby Jones.
The Giants have re-signed LB Jon Beason.
The Seahawks have re-signed DT Tony McDaniel.
ON THE MOVE
Wow! The Broncos continued their massive talent build-up by signing Pro Bowl DE DeMarcus Ware.
The Lions signed WR Golden Tate.
The Buccaneers signed QB Josh McCown.
The Vikings signed DT Linval Joseph.
The Buccaneers released DB Darrelle Revis.
The Browns released QBs Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE
It's on! The first day of Free Agency hit like an all-pro linebacker, as teams rushed to add the best available players to their rosters.
Surprise...Darren McFadden is staying with the Raiders! But a bunch of other players landed on new teams, check it out below.
The Ravens have re-signed OT Eugene Monroe.
The Colts have re-signed DB Vontae Davis.
The Raiders have re-signed RB Darren McFadden.
The Falcons signed DT Paul Soliai, DE Tyson Jackson and G Jon Asamoah.
The Browns signed LB Karlos Dansby and S Donte Witner.
The Dolphins signed OT Branden Albert and DT Earl Mitchell.
The Cardinals signed OT Jared Veldheer.
The Raiders signed OT Rodger Saffold.
The Jaguars signed G Zane Beadles.
The Buccaneers signed DE Michael Johnson.
The Chicago Bears signed DE Lamarr Houston.
The Colts signed LB Arthur Jones.
The Titans signed KR Dexter McCluster.
The Broncos have signed S T.J. Ward.
The 49ers signed S Antoine Bethea.
The Eagles signed S Malcom Jenkins.
The Giants signed RB Rashad Jennings and LB O'Brien Schofield.
The Redskins signed WR Andre Roberts.
Which team made the best Free Agent pick-up so far? Tell us in comments!
TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE
In the calm before tonight's storm of transactions, we have a couple of updates to give you on players re-signing with their current teams ... and a few other rumors to whet your appetite.
Players staying with their current teams
The Bengals have re-signed KR Brandon Tate.
The Colts have re-signed K Adam Vinatieri for two more years.
The Giants re-signed a trio of players: DB Trumaine McBride, RB Peyton Hillis and G Kevin Boothe.
The Redskins have re-signed LB PerryRiley.
The Lions are not letting RB Joique Bell get away; they signed him to a two-year extension.
The Falcons have resigned Jonathan Babineaux.
If there are not able to strike a trade, the Buccaneers are expected to release DB Darrelle Revis.
Word on the street has the Panthers and WR Steve Smith parting ways.
The Buccaneers are rumored to have a deal in place with DE Michael Johnson.
It looks like the Redskins will be signing WR Andre Roberts.
The Colts and the Steelers are the favorites to land LB Arthur Jones.
Bears are actively pursuing DE Lamarr Houston.
As expected, the weekend saw a flurry of activity...but the real fun begins tonight at midnight. That's when free agent players are officially able to sign with other teams. Stay tuned, it's going to get crazy!
A bunch of teams resigned their stars before they could test the free agent waters, most notably the Seahawks resigning star defensive end Michael Bennett.
Check out who else is staying with their current team:
DE Michael Bennett resigned with the Seahawks.
LB D'Qwell Jackson resigned with the Colts.
CB Sam Shields resigned with the Packers.
DB Brent Grimes resigned with the Dolphins.
QB Chad Henne resigned with the Jaguars.
QB Matt Cassel resigned with the Vikings.
WR Anquan Boldin resigned with the 49ers.
TE Dennis Pittare signed with the Ravens.
The Dolphins appear on the verge of signing OT Branden Albert.
The Cardinals are the early favorite to sign LT Jared Veldheer.
The Colts are close to a deal to keep DB Vontae Davis.
The Jets are hoping to sign S T.J. Ward.
T Eugene Monroe is expected to resign with the Ravens.
DB Antonio Cromartie was released by the Jets.
The NFL's version of The Wild West begins this Saturday at noon, as hundreds of NFL players will be free to sign with any team that offers them a contract. Think of it as a massive fantasy football swap meet with teams bidding on the players of their choice.
It's going to be crazy! Lucky for you, we've got this handy-dandy NFL RUSH Free Agent Tracker for you. We will constantly update with all the free agent action, so check back often.
We've listed our top 10 offensive and defensive free agents below. Tell us in comments which one you want for your team!
Top 10 Offensive Free Agents
Top 10 Defensive Free Agents
1. Eugene Monroe
2. Branden Albert
3. Ben Tate
4. Eric Decker
5. Hakeem Nicks
6. Knowshon Moreno
7. Julian Edelman
8. Darren McFadden
9. Maurice Jones-Drew
10. Michael Vick
1. Jairus Byrd
2. Michael Johnson
3. Aqib Talib
4. Alterraun Verner
5. Lamarr Houston
6. Michael Bennett
7. Vontae Davis
8. T.J. Ward
9. Randy Starks
10. Karlos Dansby
Be sure to tune into the NFL Network this weekend to catch all of the action!
Wow! It’s been a wild week of players changing teams, re-signing with their own teams and, in some cases, finding themselves without a team at all.
There are still a lot of deals to be done, so the moves are far from over.
Broncos: Denver came into the offseason looking to tighten up their defense. With the signing of DE DeMarcus Ware and DBs Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward, we think they are looking pretty tight. Mission accomplished!
Buccaneers: Tampa Bay did more in three days than most teams do in a year. DE Michael Johnson, CB Alterraun Verner and QB Josh McCown will help new coach Lovie Smith and the Buccaneers quest for the playoffs next season.
Patriots: Acting quickly after losing Aqib Talib, New England pounced on all-pro CB Darrelle Revis, one of the best shutdown corners in the NFL.
Best Available Offensive Players
Best Available Defensive Players
1. RB Ben Tate
2. WR Hakeem Nicks
3. WR Julian Edelman
4. OT Michael Oher
5. WR Steve Smith
6. QB Michael Vick
7. RB Knowshon Moreno
8. WR Emmanuel Sanders
9. RB LeGarrette Blount
10. RB Maurice Jones-Drew
1. DE Jared Allen
2. DT B.J. Raji
3. DT Henry Melton
4. DE Julius Peppers
5. DB Antonio Cromartie
6. LB Brandon Spikes
7. CB Charles Tillman
8. LB Shaun Philips
9. DE Anthony Spencer
10. DE Corey Wotten
Wow, where do we even begin? With over 40 deals announced -- 20 in a 30-minute period! -- it’s safe to say yesterday was a busy day for the players, teams and fans of the NFL.
Defense and protecting the QB were the names of the game on day one. So who's doing the best so far?
Can you say "all in?" That describes the Broncos moves to make sure they not only make it to next year’s Super Bowl, but they come home as champions. They signed two of the top available players in Pro Bowl CB Aqib Talib and S T.J. Ward. It’s been widely reported that they are the favorites to add Pro Bowl DE DeMarcus Ware.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Don’t look now, but the Buccaneers have put together a defense that might just rate up there with the Seahawks and 49ers. They added Pro Bowl DEs Michael Johnsonand Clinton McDonald to a line that already has Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy. They then snatch up CB Alterraun Verner to go along with last year’s free agent signing, SDashon Goldson, and young studs S Mark Barron and CB Jonathan Banks.
For a team wanting to get tougher on both lines, the re-signing of DT Jonathan Babineaux, the addition of G Jon Asamoah and DTs Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai would suggest they did just that.
Eugene Monroe (Ravens), Branden Albert (Dolphins), Jared Veldheer (Cardinals) and Rodger Saffold (Raiders) we all quickly signed to big money long-term deals within the first hours of the signing period. Not too long after the intial flurry, Austin Howard (Raiders) was another offensive tackle heading to a new team.
Considered by many as the crown jewel of this year’s free agency class, Pro Bowl S Jairus Byrd signed a 5-year contract with the Saints. He joined other coveted safeties T.J. Ward (Broncos), Louis Delmas (Dolphins), Mike Mitchell (Steelers), Ryan Mundy (Bears), and Stevie Johnson (Giants) who were added to rosters around the league.
The first ever fantasy-style draft was held to determine the rosters of the two teams playing in this year's NFL Pro Bowl game. NFL legends Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders served as the captains and took turns choosing players for each squad.
Take a look at the two teams below and let us know which team you think has the best chance of winning on Sunday.
|TEAM RICE||TEAM SANDERS|
QB Drew Brees, Saints
QB Philip Rivers, Chargers
QB Alex Smith, Chiefs
WR Josh Gordon, Browns
WR Alshon Jeffery, Bears
WR Brandon Marshall, Bears
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
TE Jimmy Graham, Saints
TE Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles
RB DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
RB Matt Forte, Bears
FB Mike Tolbert, Panthers
T Joe Thomas, Browns
T Tyron Smith, Cowboys
T Jordan Gross, Panthers
G Jahri Evans, Saints
G Ben Grubbs, Saints
G Evan Mathis, Eagles
C Ryan Kalil, Panthers
C Nick Mangold, Jets
DE Robert Quinn, Rams
DE Cameron Jordan, Saints
DE Cameron Wake, Dolphins
DT Jason Hatcher, Cowboys
DT Marcell Dareus, Bills
DT Kyle Williams, Bills
OLB Justin Houston, Chiefs
OLB Robert Mathis, Colts
OLB John Abraham, Cardinals
ILB Vontaze Burfict, Bengals
ILB Derrick Johnson, Chiefs
CB Joe Haden, Browns
CB Brandon Flowers, Chiefs
CB Antonio Cromartie, Jets
CB Alterraun Verner, Titans
S Eric Reid, 49ers
S Jairus Byrd, Bills
S Antrel Rolle, Giants
ST Justin Bethel, Cardinals
PR Dexter McCluster, Chiefs
K Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
P Johnny Hekker, Rams
LS Matt Overton, Colts
QB Andrew Luck, Colts
QB Cam Newton, Panthers
QB Nick Foles, Eagles
WR A.J. Green, Bengals
WR Dez Bryant, Cowboys
WR Antonio Brown, Steelers
WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles
TE Jason Witten, Cowboys
RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
RB Eddie Lacy, Packers
FB Marcel Reece, Raiders
T Trent Williams, Redskins
T Duane Brown, Texans
T Branden Albert, Chiefs
G Marshal Yanda, Ravens
G Logan Mankins, Patriots
G Kyle Long, Bears
C Mike Pouncey, Dolphins
C Alex Mack, Browns
DE J.J. Watt, Texans
DE Greg Hardy, Panthers
DE Mario Williams, Bills
DT Ndamukong Suh, Lions
DT Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers
DT Dontari Poe, Chiefs
OLB Brian Orakpo, Redskins
OLB Tamba Hali, Chiefs
OLB Terrell Suggs, Ravens
ILB Luke Kuechly, Panthers
ILB Paul Posluszny, Jaguars
CB Patrick Peterson, Cardinals
CB Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers
CB Brent Grimes, Dolphins
CB Tim Jennings, Bears
S Eric Berry, Chiefs
S Eric Weddle, Chiefs
S T.J. Ward, Browns
ST Matthew Slater, Patriots
PR Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings
K Justin Tucker, Ravens
P Brandon Fields, Dolphins
LS J.J. Jansen, Panthers
Don’t miss the NFL Pro Bowl this Sunday at 7:30PM ET on NBC.
This year, the Pro Bowl is going to be a little different. Just a brief recap of the new format: Two legendary players, Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice are going to draft teams out of players that we vote to the Pro Bowl. They are going to draft not even caring about conference or team - it will just be about the players in it. After that, we can finally see a rejuvenated Pro Bowl. I think that it is a lot better to be unconferenced with teammates going against each other. I think that it is also cool that the two leading vote getters will be captains for each of the teams.
My ballot is a little biased because I am a Texans fan, but this my current ballot for some of the important positions:
QB- Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Phillip Rivers, Matt Stafford, and Drew Brees
RB- Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, Jamaal Charles, Knowshon Moreno
WR- Victor Cruz, Eric Decker, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson, Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Torrey Smith
TE- Jordan Cameron, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas
DE- Chandler Jones, Jordan Cameron, Shaun Phillips, J.J. Watt, Mario Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson
Linebacker- Kiko Alonso, James Laurenitis, Sean Lee, Paul Pouslunzy, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Ryan Kerrigan, Whitney Mercillus, Robert Mathis, Terrel Suggs
Cornerback-Brandon Carr, Tim Jennings, Kareem Jackson, Jonathan Joseph, Richard Sherman, Aqib Talib, Charles Tillman, Alterraun Verner,
Safety- T.J. Ward, Major Wright, Eric Reid, Earl Thomas
Now that you have seen my ballot, I want to do some explaining of my ballot. You are probably wondering why Tom Brady isn't on my ballot. I just don't think that he has been one of the top six quarterbacks this year. I think that he will make it because of popularity. I think that he might be able to make it onto my weekly ballot if he can step it up for the rest of the year.
I think that Andrew Luck isn't on there because he just doesn't have the stats. I want to put him on there, but I need to see some performance the rest of the year.
I think that Frank Gore deserved a spot, but he just didn't have enough room. He can earn his way on if Arian Foster is out for awhile.
Someone who may be a surprise on my ballot is Torrey Smith. He has been average on the Ravens offense, but has tallied 629 yards, and has been a great go-to man on a dysfunctional Ravens receiving corp.
Now that you know my ballot, I want your opinion on what you think of it. I also want to know what I messed up on and what I got right. Also, who do you have on your ballot? Tell me in the comments, and let's keep looking forward to the new look 2014 Pro Bowl.