Overflow Thread: Free Agency

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Free agency starts at 11:00 PM CST. 

Updates will be put into this post.

*Providence Journal - Fred Taylor will choose the Patriots over the Bills mostly due to Pats' success

After visiting both the Patriots and Bills over the past few days, it is believed that free agent running back Fred Taylor will sign with New England.

*Report: Ravens offer Ray Lewis $24 million over 3 years. It had been previously speculated that the Ravens were still in play for Bart Scott but an $8 million/year investment in Ray Lewis (if he chooses to sign) would place a price tag of over $20 million in just two linebackers.

*DeAngelo Hall re-signs with the Washington Redskins. Per Pro Football Talk, it's a 6 year, $54 million deal with $22.5 million guaranteed.

*Redskins contact Chris Canty says Sporting News.  Canty has been discussed around here as a 3-4 defensive end option.  However, if the Redskins are getting involved early I don't see the Chiefs ponying up that kind of money.

**Not free agency related but the Chiefs hired a new coach.  On Monday. Per the Post-Journal:

Nick Sirianni has landed a job as the offensive quality control coach with the National Football League team. Sirianni, 27, interviewed with new Chiefs' head coach Todd Haley last Saturday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, was hired on Monday, is preparing to move to Missouri this weekend and will start his new job next week.

*Broncos grab a pair of tailbacks via FOX Sports:

The Broncos have acquired two up two of them by agreeing to multiyear contracts with Correll Buckhalter (Philadelphia) and J.J. Arrington (Arizona) at the midnight opening of the signing period, FOXSports.com has learned. The deals will become official when both pass physical exams.

ESPN's John Clayton reports that the deal between the Broncos and the two running backs is NOT done. Instead the Broncos will host both players today.

*FOX Sports reports Tony Richardson signs a 1 year deal with the Jets.

*John Clayton of ESPN says Haynesworth's cell phone "blew up" when free agency opened. So, despite certain reports otherwise, he appears to have plenty of suitors. Clayton says offers are coming in at $16 million per year and between $30-40 million guaranteed.

*John Clayton of ESPN repots that CB Ronald Bartell, one of the top free agent corners available, will visit with the Saints today.

*Panthers beat reporter from the Rock Hill Herald says he is "convinced" Julius Peppers will not be in Carolina uniform next season. The rumor goes that he'll be dealt sometime before the trade deadline.

*T.J. Houshmandzadeh says (via ESPN) he's be interested in playing for Philladelphia, New York, Seattle and Minnesota.  The Bengals will reportedly make a hard attempt to sign him. 

Houshmandzadeh expects to know who's in the running tonight.

*Tampa Tribune says the Bucs are "in the mix" for Houshmandzadeh as well.

*FOX Sports reports that Ravens C Jason Brown and LB Bart Scott will visit with the Rams.  If true, then these players won't sign tonight. ESPN's John Clayton says Brown is seeking $8 million per year after turning down the Ravens $6 million per year proposal.  Clayton also says Bart Scott will visit with the Jets on Friday.

*Jonathan Vilma has received an offer from the Saints that's being faxed over right now according to John Clayton. The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that the Bucs are trying to set up a visit with Vilma.

*Trade would have to "satisfy" Matt Cassel:

"Matt is in no big hurry to be traded," the source said, adding that the $14.65 million salary Cassel will receive as a result of being franchised by the Pats is more than enough to keep the QB satisfied. "If a situation works out for him that he feels secure, fine. If not, he'll stay with the Patriots. … The deal is going to have to satisfy three parties: the Patriots, the team that trades for him and Matt."

*The Houston Texans "covet" DE Antonio Smith (a 3-4 DE) according to the Houston Chronicle.

*The Broncos will be in touch with Michael Clayton's agent today according to the Denver Post.

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