Open Thread: Friday Free Agency

UPDATE: The Chiefs have traded for LB Mike Vrabel. Click here for the discussion.

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Let's just say that free agency can, um, be hit or miss

The Kansas City Chiefs haven't signed any free agents yet but the biggest news is that OL Brian Waters wants to leave Kansas City because of the arrogance of Todd Haley and GM Scott Pioli. Click over to that thread to chat about it.

The Chiefs have also retained restricted free agents C Rudy Niswanger, S Jarrad Page  and WR Jeff Webb. And if you were wondering just what a restricted free agent is, here you go:

Restricted free agents have received qualifying offers from their old clubs and are free to negotiate with any club until April 21, at which time their rights revert to their original club. If a player accepts an offer from a new club, the old club will have the right to match the offer and retain the player. If the old club elects not to match the offer, it may receive draft-choice compensation depending on the level of the qualifying offer made to the player.

That's all the free agency news right now as far as the Chiefs are concerned. Of course, that will change throughout the day. I'm back in the (relatively) frozen tundra that is Kansas City for the weekend. Every else I know is at work right now so I'm going to be sitting right here blogging for most of the day.

Use this thread for any free agency discussion. We'll be updating you throughout the day. Make sure you keep a close eye on the FanPosts and FanShots. If something goes down, you'll probably see an item posted in one of those sections about five minutes after it happens.

Peter King has a pretty good general recap of what some of the big stories are in free agency. Check it out. Also, Fanhouse has a free agency tracker that is getting updated quickly.

All updates will be after the jump.


5:00 PM Per ESPN, the Broncos have signed S Brian Dawkins.

4:40 PM The Saints have agreed to a deal with LB Jonathan Vilma.

2:55 PM Following up on an earlier item, Arizona DE Antonio Smith is scheduled to visit with the Houston Texans on Sunday.

2:54 PM Guard Chris Keomoet re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2:00 PM Bart Scott to Jets not a done deal says Sporting News. Scott is giving the Ravens a chance to match the 5 year, $40 million offer by the Jets.  The Ravens might prefer Scott over Ray Lewis because he is 5 years younger.

1:29 PM Brian Dawkins will visit with the Broncos

1:27 PM Chiefs nab Vrabel in trade with Pats for undisclosed draft picks

12:03 PM The Redskins canceled a visit with Chris Canty because they are "running out of money."

11:36 AM Schefter: Browns trade Kellen Winslow to Bucs for undisclosed draft picks.

10:56 AM The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with OT Frank Omiyale.

10:50 AM 3-4 Arizona DE Antonio Smith has offers to visit from the Buccaneers, Giants, Eagles, Texans and Falcons.

9:18 AM The Chiefs were reportedly one of the five teams interested in new Redskin DT Albert Haynesworth. (ESPN)

9:02 AM Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh will visit with the Seattle Seahawks. If he signs with Seattle, that will have ripple affects in the draft since Seattle has the #4 overall pick and was reportedly strongly interested in Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree. (PFT)

8:52 AM Former Bengal tackle Stacy Andrews has reportedly agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles. (PFT)

8:43 AM The Vikings have traded a 4th round draft pick for Texans QB Sage Rosenfels. (ESPN) H/T JComp11

8:32 AM LB Bart Scott is expected to sign with the New York Jets for $8 million a year. UPDATE: Looks like this one is official now. (Adam Schefter @



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