NFL Free Agent Tracker, Day Two

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NFL Free Agent Tracker, Day Two

Day Two

Welcome to Day Two of the Tracker.

Remember to keep refreshing as often as possible for updates of major deals and trades.

 

1:41 PM EST

TRADE: Patriots trade QB Matt Cassel to Kansas City for draft picks

Reaction: This was not a huge surprise and now the Chiefs have their franchise quarterback.

Cassel will compete with Tyler Thigpen for the starting job and this also signals the end of Brodie Croyle's time in Kansas City.

Tom Brady's backup is playing for his old boss in Scott Pioli and the Patriots save more cap room to get better through the draft.

The deal reportedly gives New England the Chiefs' second round pick.

According to NFL.com, Cassel was potentially in the middle of a blockbuster three-team trade that could have sent him to the Broncos and Jay Cutler to the Buccaneers in exchange for Detroit draft picks.

 

Deal: Jets re-sign G Brandon Moore (4-year deal)

Reaction: Moore was not originally going to be signed as the Jets were looking to get Chris Kemoeatu from the Steelers but a good move by New York to keep an underrated member of their offensive line.

 

Deal: Giants sign LB Michael Boley (5-year deal)

Reaction: The Giants did not have strong linebacker play in trying to defend their world championship last season.

Boley fits their system quite well and with the return of Osi Umenyiora to the defensive line, he should have more room to make big plays.

 

2:06 PM EST

Deal UPDATE: Broncos sign S Brian Dawkins (5 years, $17M)

Reaction: Yesterday, Dawkins originally signed a two-year contract but he has re-agreed to a new five-year deal with $7.2 million in guaranteed money.

Escalators could have this contract worth $27 million over five years, but it can be voided to two years, $9 million.

I like the acquisition but this new length for a guy who will be 36 soon is a little baffling to me.

I am not questioning Dawkins' passion and abilities but I believe he made a mistake in leaving Philadelphia to play in a new conference and system.

 

Deal: Lions sign WR Bryant Johnson (3 years, $9M)

Reaction: Detroit apparently has another first round wide reciever.

Johnson, a 2003 first round pick to Arizona, was in San Francisco last season and now replaces Roy Williams opposite Calvin Johnson.

 

3:26 PM EST

Trade: Lions trade QB Jon Kitna to Cowboys

Reaction: Good move to get a veteran to backup Tony Romo after the release of Brad Johnson.

The Lions now should focus on possibly zeroing in on Matthew Stafford for the first overall pick in the draft.

No immediate word on what the Cowboys will get in return.

 

3:47 PM EST

Deal: Texans sign DE Antonio Smith (5 years, $35M; $12.5M guaranteed)

Reaction: Houston upgrades a mediocre pass rush featuring a sizzling hot Mario Williams.

The Texans had 25 total sacks, Williams had 10 on his own.

Smith finished with four sacks and two forced fumbles for the defending NFC champion Arizona Cardinals.

Houston's defensive front four features three first-round picks in Williams, Amobi Okoye and Travis Johnson.

 

4:27 PM EST

Deal: Saints re-sign T Jon Stinchcomb (5 years)

Reaction: MVP candidate Drew Brees won't have to worry about a new line to protect him in 2009 as he keeps the same group that went 8-8 in 2008 and allowed him to throw for the second most yards in NFL history.

Stinchcomb was coveted by Seattle but New Orleans keeps one of their most prized linemen.

The Saints also re-sign LB Jonathan Vilma yesterday to a five-year extension, allowing the team to keep all 22 starters but they must do better in the draft to improve a porous secondary.

 

6:17 PM EST

Deal: FoxSports.com- Cowboys sign LB Keith Brooking (3 years)

Reaction: Brooking was the last remaining member of the Falcons 1998 team that went to the Super Bowl and now joins former Atlanta defensive coordinator Wade Philips, who now retains the same duties in Dallas in addition to being the head coach.

This signing now almost but officially closes the door on the possible acquisition of LB Ray Lewis.

 

Report: S Darren Sharper meets with New Orleans

Reaction: The Saints need an upgrade in the secondary as they gave up way too many touchdown passes in 2008 and Josh Bullocks has not panned out in their coverage scheme.

 

6:30 PM EST

Deal: Broncos reportedly acquire RB Derrick Ward

Reaction: The Broncos released two halfbacks last week and though this deal is still pending, Ward will be the starting back in Denver for 2009.

He will meet with the front office on Sunday to discuss details of the agreement.

 

6:59 PM EST

Update to deal: Jets extend CB Lito Sheppard's contract

Reaction: Sheppard was originally signed to a three-year, $11 million deal but he was given a two-year extension with an added bonus if he plays in 39 percent of the snaps in 2009 and plays all five years of the new contract.

The potential downside is that Sheppard becomes the no. 1 corner in New York which could make his job even harder against some of the better receivers in the division in Randy Moss, Lee Evans and Ted Ginn.

 

7:29 PM EST

Report: Giants reportedly close to acquiring DT Rocky Bernard

Reaction: The Newark Star-Ledger just broke this story and a deal could be completed shortly so keep your eyes open.

Bernard may not be a three-down player but he will surely be a good fit in platooning with DTs Fred Robbins and Barry Coefield giving them added pressure on the quarterback, which the Giants lacked down the stretch last season.

There are also reports that the Giants could raid DE Chris Canty from the Cowboys.

UPDATE: Deal is official at 8:04 pm EST; terms not immediately disclosed

8:22 PM EST

 

Report: T.J. Houshmandzadeh will decide on Sunday between Vikings, Buccaneers and Eagles

Reaction: All these teams need a no. 1 receiver of his caliber and he has told these three teams that he will make a decision as to who he will land with on Sunday evening.

 

9:19 PM EST

Seems that things have cooled down today so I will close the book on day two and start up fresh tomorrow with day three.

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