NFL: Graham goes to Seahawks; Revis to Jets
As free agency began Tuesday, the NFL looked more like fantasy football. Trades, anyone? Monster deals sending Jimmy Graham to Seattle and Sam Bradford to the Eagles stole the spotlight from free-agent signings.
As free agency began Tuesday, the NFL looked more like fantasy football.
Monster deals sending Jimmy Graham to Seattle and Sam Bradford to the Eagles stole the spotlight from free-agent signings.
New Orleans agreed to send its star tight end to the Seahawks for center Max Unger, with draft picks changing hands. The Saints are to get a first-round pick, while Seattle receives a fourth-rounder.
New York and Darrelle Revis are back together with a five-year, $70 million deal with $39 million guaranteed, according to reports. The Jets pulled off one of the biggest moves of the day, getting the all-pro corner rom the Patriots, his agents announced.
New York also confirmed the agreed upon trade, getting receiver Brandon Marshall from Chicago for a fifth-round draft pick. The Jets also released Percy Harvin, whom they acquired last season from Seattle.
Indianapolis added Frank Gore and former Eagle Trent Cole. An online report also had wide reciever Andre Johnson signing too, but there was nothing official.
Gore's deal is expected to be similar to the three-year, $12 million offer he had from the Eagles, according to reports. Gore's contract also includes $8.5 million in guaranteed money, reports say. Cole's deal is for two years and is worth roughly $16 million with $8 million guaranteed, according to reports.
San Francisco is replacing wide receiver Michael Crabtree with Torrey Smith, late of Baltimore. The 26-year-old Smith's deal is said to be for five years and $40 million, with $22 million guaranteed. He had 49 receptions for 767 yards and 11 touchdowns.
New York signed former Patriots running back Shane Vereen and linebacker Jonathan Casillas, offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse, return specialist Dwayne Harris, and linebacker J.T. Thomas.
Vereen's contract is for three years and slightly more than $12 million. Casillas got a three-year $10.5 million deal, and Harris' deal is worth $17.5 million over five years, with $7.1 million is guaranteed. Newhouse's contract was for two years for a little more than $3 million. Thomas got a three-year deal for $12 million.
Baltimore dealt nose tackle Haloti Ngata to Detroit, which is about to lose all-pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in free agency. Ngata, 31 and a five-time Pro Bowl player, is due $8.5 million next season and has a $16 million salary cap figure.
The Bills confirmed acquiring LeSean McCoy for linebacker Kiko Alonso; McCoy also signed a contract extension for $40 million over five years.
Jacksonville, with lots of salary cap room, grabbed tight end Julius Thomas away from Denver among a slew of moves. The Jaguars agreed to deals with defensive end Jared Odrick, right tackle Jermey Parnell, cornerback Davon House, linebacker Dan Skuta and safety Sergio Brown. Thomas agreed on a five-year deal worth $46 million, with $24 million guaranteed.
Arizona got probably the best run blocker in this year's group, guard Mike Iupati, who agreed on a five-year, $40 million contract with $22.5 million guaranteed. The 6-foot-5, 331-pound lineman played five seasons with San Francisco, is a three-time Pro Bowl player and made the all-pro team in 2012.
Arizona also re-signed linebacker LaMarr Woodley.
Atlanta fortified the middle of new coach Dan Quinn's defense by signing free-agent linebackers Brooks Reed and Justin Durant.
Reed had 14 sacks in four seasons as a starter with the Houston Texans. Durant, 29, has eight seasons with Jacksonville, Detroit and Dallas.
His 2014 season with the Cowboys ended when he was placed on IR Oct. 29 with a torn biceps in his right arm. He led the Cowboys with 59 tackles before the injury.
The Falcons signed free-agent offensive lineman Mike Person, a backup with the Rams in 2014.
The Falcons also re-signed running back Antone Smith, who showed big-play ability while scoring on two runs and three receptions last season. He had 13 catches for 222 yards and 23 carries for 144 yards.
LB Malcolm Smith, the 2014 Super Bowl MVP with Seattle, agreed to terms with Oakland; linebacker A.J. Hawk, who spent nine years with Green Bay, agreed to terms with Cincinnati on a two-year deal; WR Brian Hartline to Cleveland; S Tyvon Branch to Kansas City; TE Owen Daniels to Denver; G Orlando Franklin to San Diego; FB Jerome Felton to Buffalo; and QB Shaun Hill to Minnesota, which also re-signed RB Matt Asiata.
Carolina released DeAngelo Williams, its career rushing leader.
The Seahawks trade center Max Unger and draft picks to the Saints for tight end Jimmy Graham (left).
The Colts add free-agent running back Frank Gore and receiver
The Jets bring back cornerback Darrelle Revis.
The 49ers pick up receiver Torrey Smith.
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