Free Agency

After 10 seasons in Seattle Matt Hasselbeck will be dawning a lighter blue for the next three years. Today the Tennessee Titans signed free agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to a three year contract worth $21 million. Hasselbeck turned down a one and two year contract in Seattle before signing with Tennessee. Hasselbeck wasn't in Seattle's long-term plans dating back to last season when the team acquire Charlie Whitehurst. Pete Carroll and John Schneider wanted Whitehurst to win the competition but he failed. Hasselbeck won the job, and threw for over 3,000 yards again to go along with two stellar post-season games again New Orleans and Chicago. While Tennessee doesn't give Hasselbeck the best shot at a playoff berth, he will get a chance to start week one. Titans first-round pick [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
Former Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable is reunited with Robert Gallery. Today the Seattle Seahawks signed free agent guard Robert Gallery to a three year contract, terms were not released. Gallery will fill a void at left guard left by Stacy Andrews and Chester Pitts. Rookie guard John Moffit is expected to start at right guard. Gallery played under Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable during his tenure in Oakland so he's well acclimated to the system Cable will run. He will also serve as a good veteran leader to a young offensive line who combined have 27 NFL starts. Seattle's projected lineup is now (from left-to-right): Okung-Gallery-Unger-Moffitt-Carpenter. A much improved line from 2010 to say the least. You can follow Lars at Twitter [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
One of the prominent cornerbacks is now off the market. The Steelers have re-signed cornerback Ike Taylor to a four-year contract, term's weren't released. Taylor, 31, was considered one of the best free agent corners behind Nnamdi Asomugha, Antonio Cromartie, and Jonathan Joseph. A fourth-round pick in 2003, Taylor has had an impressive career in Pittsburgh racking up 481 tackles and 11 interceptions in eight seasons. Taylor also has two Super Bowl rings to his credit, the only free agent corner with any. Pittsburgh's next objective will be to re-sign Willie Colon. Note: Keep in mind while teams can’t make signings official til Friday these deals basically will only need pen-to-paper to make it official. Wanted to clear that up. But all of these signings are done [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
According to NFL.com's Jason La Canfora the Baltimore Ravens have re-signed right tackle Marshal Yanda to a five-year contract. The Ravens made it clear they wanted to keep Yanda this offseason and solidify an iffy right tackle position. Yanda's deal is worth $32 million, with $10 million guaranteed. The first three years are worth $21 million according to Adam Schefter. A third-round pick in 2007 Yanda has been Mr. Versatile for the Ravens starting at right guard and right tackle in his five years in Baltimore. There were some reports that at least three or four teams could be interested in him but he decided re-upping with Baltimore was the best option. Note: Keep in mind while teams can’t make signings official til Friday these deals basically will only need pen-to-paper to [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
According to ESPN analyst Chris Mortenson the Seattle Seahawks have signed quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Tarvaris Jackson. Terms of the contract are expected to come down tonight. After news broke that Seattle would not re-sign Matt Hasselbeck, Jackson and Leinart's deals got done. Jackson is expected to receive "starting quarterback" money in his deal while Leinart will compete with Whitehurst for the No.2, 3 spot in the depth chart. We've known for weeks that Tarvaris Jackson would sign in Seattle given his relationship with Darrell Bevell. Matt Leinart was also expected to sign as well because of his connections with Pete Carroll. Leinart, much like Whitehurst, is on his last leg in the NFL. Both are going to get the opportunity to start, but this will most likely be their [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
Breaking news per ESPN insider Adam Schefter. The St. Louis Rams have signed former Eagles safety Quintin Mikell to a four-year contract. Details of the contract will come out later in the day. This deal is great for St. Louis because it gives the team a legitimate, veteran strong safety they lacked in 2010. Mikell, 30, started all but one game in 2010 and finished the season with 88 tackles and three interceptions. Since being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2003, Mikell has become on of the most consistent defensive back on the Eagles defense playing all but five games. He finishes his Eagles career with 446 tackles and 10 interceptions in his nine year career in Philly. Coming to St. Louis Mikell will bring a sense of consistency to a spotty secondary and a true veteran [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
Breaking news according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter the Washington Redskins have signed free agent Santana Moss. The deal is reportedly worth $15 million, five million in bonuses and six million guaranteed. The deal brings back Moss to D.C and gives their offense a legitimate receiving option outside of tight end Chris Cooley. There have been reports that Washington was looking to sign free agents Santonio Holmes and/or Braylon Edwards. Both are still in play but it will be interesting to see whether Washington goes for the speedy Holmes or tall Edwards. In 2010 Moss finished with 93 receptions, 1,115 yards receiving and six touchdowns in 16 games. A good first signing for the Redskins in free agency. Still could add another wide out. Note: Keep in mind while teams can't [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
As the NFL Lockout draws to an end, speculation begins to spread like wildfire with everything from free agency to fantasy, trade rumors to depth chart projections and rookie expectations to quite possibly the hottest, most sought-after topic—early season predictions.  Lucky for me and much of the Gridiron Grit team, previews and predictions happen to be my specialty—what gets my blood going and the passionate and creative juices flowing the most. This article breaks down the five NFL surprise teams on the rise, who didn’t get in the playoffs last year and look to make the cut in 2011.     1. St. Louis [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
As the NFL Lockout draws to an end, speculation begins to spread like wildfire with everything from free agency to fantasy, trade rumors to depth chart projections and rookie expectations to quite possibly the hottest, most sought-after topic—at least in August—season predictions.  Lucky for me and much of the Gridiron Grit and NFLTouchdown team, previews and predictions happen to be a specialty for some of us—what gets our blood going, and the passionate, creative juices flowing the most. This audacious article breaks down five NFL teams most likely to disappoint in 2011.  Fun Fact: Three of these teams made the playoffs last season and none of them had a losing record.   1. Chicago Bears [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
After a less-than-impressive cornerback class in the 2011 NFL Draft, many [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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