It is now official. Sage Rosenfels has joined the Minnesota Vikings.
Sage seemed very happy to be with the team, as he became the first new guy to join the 2009 Vikings as part of the free agency carousel that began today. The Vikings sent the Texans a fourth-round draft pick and Rosenfels received a new contract from the Vikings. He was in the last year of a $1.35 million deal; today, he signed a deal with the Vikings that will be worth $9 million over three years.
Free Agent Updates:
TJ Houshmandzadeh is visiting with the Seattle Seahawks today. Don’t be surprised if he does not leave Seattle without a contract. The Seahawks desperately need help at the WR position, but if they cannot work a deal with Houshmandzadeh, the Vikings may get a chance at signing him.
Nate Washington will also be visiting elsewhere today. Washington has decided to go to Detroit today; this move struck me as surprising, because I expected Detroit to take a WR in the first round of the draft. Is that era actually over? Anyway, Washington may be the hottest WR out there this year. He is reportedly drawing interest from several teams, including Minnesota, Detroit, and Tampa Bay.
Albert Haynesworth has officially become the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. Today, Haynesworth signed a deal with the Washington Redskins for $100 million over seven years. Jared Allen was previously the highest-paid defensive player, but he was in the $70 million range, just a few million shorter than Haynesworth. According to ESPN, the deal could be worth up to $115 million if Haynesworth performs at a certain level.
DeAngelo Hall will remain a Washington Redskin; the team so far has dished out $145 million in just two signings. They are easily the most active team in terms of money.
Bart Scott has become a member of the New York Jets. Scott agrees to a five-year, $40 million deal with the green team in New York.
Fred Taylor has agreed in terms to join the New England Patriots in 2009. Per ESPN, he will be competing for playing time with former University of Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney.
Frank Omiyale will become a Chicago Bear. The former Panthers OT is a fourth-year pro, but last year was the first year he saw real action. Omiyale started one game and played in 10 last season.
Kellen Winslow of the Cleveland Browns has been traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for draft picks.
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