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Both the Chargers and Dolphins had reportedly offered deals for the 34-year old tackle, but McKinnie ultimately chose to return to the Ravens where he will continue to protect Flacco's blindside through 2014.
When the Bengals signed James Harrison, it was bound to make some waves in the AFC North. Here's what both Benglas and Steelers fans had to say.
The Bengals have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with free agent linebacker James Harrison. What does this mean for Aaron Maybin?
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is hopeful that the Bengals can re-sign Andre Smith and sign either James Harrison or Karlos Dansby before the draft this coming Thursday.
The Bengals remain interested in signing free agent linebacker Karlos Dansby after their talks with James Harrison have "broken off.
Bengals newly signed tight end Alex Smith's one-year deal is reportedly worth $905,000.
The Bengals signed Bernard Scott to a one-year deal worth $715,000 with a cap number of $791,250, per Joe Reedy.
If James Harrison signs with the Bengals, it wouldn't only give Cincinnati a new SAM linebacker, but it could get their games against the Steelers bumped to primetime.
A few Bengals players weighed in on the potential signing of former Steelers linebacker James Harrison.
The Bengals officially announced the re-signing of running back Bernard Scott on Monday.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is visiting the Bengals on Thursday, according to sources.
On Wednesday, the Patriots officially submitted an offer sheet on Steelers RFA Emmanuel Sanders, requiring the Steelers to either match their offer or accept a third-round pick as compensation.
The Bengals are hosting linebacker Karlos Dansby for a visit, according to Ian Rapoport.
Scott will be going through drills in Oakland to show off his progress coming back from the injuries that plagued him during his shortened 2012 season. If he checks out medically, he could be a hot commodity for either the Raiders or the Bengals.
The Bengals were at one point rumored to have interest in McClain, but it now appears that he is close to signing with the linebacker-needy Baltimore Ravens.
The Cleveland Browns continued their roster overhaul on Monday by signing former Buffalo Bills wide receiver, David Nelson.
Due to the depth at the offensive tackle position in the draft, the window is closing on the Bengals re-signing Andre Smith, according to league sources.
The San Francisco 49ers sealed one of their core players Friday to a long-term deal.
The Cincinnati Bengals lost their sixth free agent this offseason when Brian Leonard signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Carson Palmer is likely on his way out of Oakland after the Raiders are reportedly dealing with the Seahawks to acquire Matt Flynn.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, like the Cincinnati Bengals, are facing a significant shortage of running backs.
The Philadelphia Eagles are known to be looking at help for a right tackle and were even rumored to be interested in Smith several weeks ago.
The Baltimore Ravens are rebounding after losing several significant contributors this offseason.
After losing QB Josh Johnson to the Bengals, the Browns went out and signed one of the better backups on the market in QB Jason Campbell.
Even though their salary cap space is limited, the Baltimore Ravens found a way to pull off a major move in free agency. The move should help their depleted defensive roster immediately.
The signing of Davis marks the sixth outside free agent the Browns have signed during their hot start in the new league year.
Another Ravens player has bolted to another team after the Super Bowl champs couldn't afford to keep him. This time, it's the safety with an "iffy" reputation that went elsewhere.
The Cincinnati Bengals are still looking for a running back while one of the remaining free agents available is working his way back after foot surgery.
The future Hall of Fame safety chose to eschew an opportunity to remain with his Baltimore Ravens. As somewhat expected, he is bolting for the Houston Texans.
After stints with the Bengals and Buccaneers, Shipley finally landed with the Jaguars, where he earned a two-year deal after closing out the season with them in 2012.
Ted Ginn Jr., one of CIncinnati's targets during free agency, visited with the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday.
The free agent quarterback won't be reunited with the Cincinnati Bengals this year.
Now that the Bengals have met with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (and it appears interest is strong), anything related to his future will be examined.
The AFC North foes from Pittsburgh have started to throw their hat into the free agency ring with reported interest in two high-profile free agents.
After visiting Friday with the Bengals, TE Matt Spaeth has altered course, opting to sign with the Steelers.
While we prioritize news and information with the Cincinnati Bengals, we're keeping a close eye on our enemies in Baltimore.
The New York Jets, who lost Shonn Greene earlier this week, signed Mike Goodson, who visited with Cincinnati earlier this week.
The Cincinnati Bengals lost their fifth player in free agency; this time a significant special teams player.
Following Williams' signing with the Eagles, the Ravens' defense has now lost three starters from their 2012 Super Bowl team.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost another defensive player after Keenan Lewis signed a five-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.
The long-time Ram officially came to terms with the Atlanta Falcons today, after almost completing a deal with the Packers.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have brought free agent running back and former Buckeye Chris "Beanie" Wells in for a physical, according to Pro Football Talk.
The Bengals lost their third free agent on Wednesday with the departure of a big defensive tackle. It's been a rough start to free agency for Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Bengals never really had a shot at Nnamdi Asomugha, but four teams are being listed as possible locations.
The Cincinnati Bengals were caught up in the Dashon Goldson rumor-gate, which really didn't amount to a single thing.
The Cincinnati Bengals were loosely connected to Rashard Mendenhall during free agency before the running back signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals.
As Mike Garafolo predicted, the cornerback market has been notably slow thus far in the new league year. The Detroit Lions, however, just scored one of the first major blows to the market, re-signing CB Chris Houston to a multi-year deal. Houston was widely regarded as one of the better free agent corners available and helps the Lions solidify their pedestrian, 19th-ranked pass defense,
Prior to re-upping with the Lions, the Miami Dolphins were rumored to have interest in the 28-year-old corner. Now they'll have to head back to the drawing board and target a different corner. That shouldn't be a problem, though, as the cornerback market is still full of talent.
Pending the contract details of Houston's deal, his signing might have financial implications for a number of other corners waiting for teams to extend them offers. Two such corners are Adam Jones and Terence Newman, who the Bengals have not yet approached about re-signing. Perhaps the Houston signing will be the falling domino that leads to more and more cornerback deals getting done in the coming week.
After making a big splash yesterday, the Cleveland Browns kept at it early this morning by signing former Cardinals linebacker Quentin Groves to a two-year deal. Groves, who contributed 46 tackles and four sacks while starting seven games last season, is expected to add depth to the outside LB position for the Browns, as they make the switch to a 3-4 defensive scheme under new DC Ray Horton.
Horton, funnily enough, was the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals in 2012. His familiarity with Groves is likely why the Browns opted to pull the trigger and get a deal done sooner rather than later, as the Cardinals were also rumored to be in the market to retain Groves services.
With Groves in fold, that brings the free agent count up to three for the Browns. Yesterday, Cleveland landed one of the first major punches of the signing period by poaching LB Paul Kruger from the Ravens and then followed it up by signing DT Desmond Bryant away from the Raiders. All three signings have been for players on the defensive side of the ball.
The Browns were rumored to be one of the aggressive teams at the start of free agency, and thus far they have not disappointed.
Former Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson is visiting the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday for an opening in their running back group. He's starting to pick up interest from a couple of other teams as well.
The Eagles have signed five new players. How is new head coach Chip Kelly starting the new regime?
It sounds like the 2013 Dolphins are trying to compete with the 2011 Eagles for the newest "Dream Team". For their fifth new acquisition of the day (yes, FIFTH), the Miami Dolphins have signed outside linebacker Phillip Wheeler, formerly of the Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts. ProFootballTalk reports that the contract is valued at $26 million, with $13 million guaranteed over five years.
Wheeler was someone that many Bengals fans and media members pointed to as a god fit for Cincinnati (including our own Joe Goodberry). Wheeler plays the SAM outside linebacker position and the Bengals have a big need at that position.
And, in case you need reminding, the Dolphins were right up there with the Bengals in having the most available cap space this season.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on Tuesday night that the Falcons have re-signed cornerback Brent Grimes to a one-year deal. Grimes, a former Pro Bowler, generated interest in St. Louis and Tampa Bay before returning to Atlanta.
Writes the AJC:
Grimes' situation was complicated by the Achilles injury he suffered in the season opener against Kansas City. The recovery from his injury and subsquent surgery takes nine months, according to Falcons head coach Mike Smith, meaning he might not be ready to show teams he's fully recovered until June.
[UPDATE] Or Not:
Misread a text: Grimes has not reached a one year deal with the #Falcons— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) March 13, 2013
The Rams are finalizing a deal for tight end Jared Cook
If you need a salary cap cautionary tale, you could look at the Oakland Raiders. For the past two offseasons, the Raiders have been in salary cap rescue mode and the moves that they have made have almost solely surrounded contract re-structuring and the waiving of current players. That trend continued on Tuesday.
The Raiders have released wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and Michael Huff, per multiple reports. Ridding themselves of Heyward-Bey saves the Raiders roughly $5.3 million in salary cap space. Both players were brought into the organization during the Al Davis and the moves were somewhat expected and there may be more moves from them.
Both of these players should get some good attention on the open market. Heyward-Bey could be a solid No.2 deep threat receiver for a team that needs one and Huff has played both corner and safety in the league.
The Cincinnati Bengals were reportedly interested at one point in Beanie Wells, which turned out to be true.
Two of the AFC North teams are in good salary cap shape, while two others are quite strapped. The Ravens and the Steelers have had the misfortune of losing some of their key players this offseason and are scrambling to gain some positive momentum. The Steelers released outside linebacker James Harrison earlier this week and now it appears that one of their rivals are interested in his services.
According to The Baltimore Sun, the Ravens' front office has reached out to Harrison's agent for preliminary talks. Bill Parise, Harrison's agent, was quoted as saying: "It's early and we're not in negotiations, but we're having some good conversations. Baltimore would be an outstanding place for James to play because he knows the division and has that familiarity and they're a class organization. We'll see where it goes."
Harrison is 35 years old, but could be a good one or two year rental for a club.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been busy this offseason. After finishing up a dismal 2-14 season in 2012, they have signed two quarterbacks (Alex Smith, Chase Daniel), a solid cornerback (Dunta Robinson), and now a good defensive tackle. Per multiple sources, the Chiefs signed former New York Jets defensive tackle, Mike DeVito.
he is known as a run-stopper and has good size at over six feet tall and 300-plus pounds. Though it's easy for a 2-14 team to do so, the Chiefs have done some nice work over the past couple of weeks to better their team.
The Ravens have already lost Ray Lewis,Anquan Boldin, Paul Kruger and Danell Ellerbee from their Super Bowl team. Signing Chris Canty doesn't make up for the losses, but it is a nice consolation prize. According to Canty's Twitter account, the defensive lineman and former Giant has signed with the Ravens.
There are a handful of quality safeties on the NFL free agent market this year with none being more highly-touted than Dashon Goldson. Though there was a bit of a stir with Goldson being interested in potentially playing in Cincinnati, but that seemed to have little weight as he's now scheduled to visit the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay has reportedly sent their private jet to fetch him.
Former Texans safety, Glover Quin, who some feel would be a good fit in Cincinnati because of his mixture of ability and price, is set to visit the Lions, per multiple reports. Opinions vary of Quin, but he does have the coveted ability to line up in the slot and run with receivers, if needed.
And, finally, former Lions safety, Louis Delmas, is set to visit the St. Louis Rams. It's become clear that the Lions won't be retaining Delmas, who is talented but injury-prone. It will be interesting to see if this visit leads to a contract between the two parties.
No contracts have been agreed upon as of yet, but the Buccaneers appear to be dead-set on grabbing Goldson.
The Bears are doing what they can to protect quarterback, Jay Cutler this offseason. In an effort to bolster their offensive line, the Bears have signed high-profile offensive tackle, Jermon Bushrod. He was formerly of the New Orleans Saints, who have had their front line ravaged over the past two seasons in free agency with his and Carl Nicks' departures.
The deal's terms haven't been released yet, but it likely will be a good barometer for the contract for Andre Smith. Early reports say it's a five-year deal. Bushrod's contract marks the second highly-regarded tackle off of the market, along with Phil Loadholt with the Vikings. Jake Long is getting some attention from teams, as is Eric Winston, but the market is a little quiet with the Bengals' tackle.
Pro Football Focus rated Bushrod as the league's 44th best pass protector last year, potentiall pegging him as a bit overrated because of the system he played in. Still, the Bears need major offensive line help and Bushrod is a nice addition.
The Dolphins have reached an agreement in principle with former Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, according to Aaron Wilson.
And the first AFC North team makes a splash in free agency. According to multiple sources, the Cleveland Browns and linebacker/defensive end Paul Kruger have agreed to terms. Kruger was formerly with the Baltimore Ravens and won a world championship with them last season.
Jamison Hensley, ESPN's AFC North blogger, cites the contract is a five-year one, worth up to $40 million. Kruger is an ideal fit for the Browns' new defense, as they are again switching to a 3-4 and that's the type of system that Kruger played in with Baltimore. Former Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton is implementing this system in Cleveland this year.
The move comes as the first in a complete rebuild of the Dawg Pound. New owner Jimmy Haslam has brought in a new G.M., new head coach and two new coordinators. We'll have to see what other moves the Browns make under the new regime.
In a not-so-surprising move, the Philadelphia Eagles have released veteran cornerback, Nnamdi Asomugha. He was a major free agent signing back in 2011, but really fell from grace (along with the rest of the Eagles) last season and didn't look like the same Pro Bowler that we saw from the mid-2000s when he was with the Oakland Raiders.
The move signals an overhaul at the position for the "Iggles", as they are also letting Dominique Rogers-Cromartie test the free agent market. The "Dream Team" from the 2011 season has almost all but disbanded because of a huge collapse last season.
Which players that new head coach Chip Kelly brings in will be an interesting sight, as he'll likely have a lot of say in the team's roster. Either way, Asomugha won't be in their plans, especially after the team tried to restructure his contract and couldn't reach an agreement.
Arguably this year's big-money banks free agent, wide receiver Mike Wallace signed a five-year deal worth $65 million with $30 million of that guaranteed, reports Omar Kelly with the Sun-Sentinel and ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton.
If Mike Wallace was given $30M guaranteed the only WRs he trails is Calvin Johnson (60M) and Andre Johnson (48M) in guaranteed money.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 12, 2013
And @claytonespn reports Dolphins give Mike Wallace a five-year deal worth up to $65 million.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2013
According to the official Twitter account of the Buffalo Bills, they made the surprising move to release quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He had had an up-and-down career in the Northeast over the past few seasons and never fully lived up to the big contract he signed during the middle of the 2011 season. The move saves the Bills about $10 million in cap space.
The Bills now have limited options at the position going into 2013. Tarvaris Jackson is waiting in the wings on their roster and the prospects coming out in this year's draft aren't the most promising or pro-ready, by most scouts' standards. It will be interesting to see how they fill the position going forward.
If you remember, Fitzpatrick had one forgettable season as the Bengals' starter in 2008 in relief of an injured Carson Palmer. He joined the Bills in 2009 after that debacle of a season in Cincinnati.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed linebacker Larry Foote, entering free agency as an unrestricted free agent, to a three-year deal on Tuesday.
Steelers reached agreement on a multi-year deal with veteran LB Larry Foote.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2013
Foote is entering his 12th season in the NFL, all but one season with the Steelers. He posted career highs in tackles (113) and sacks (4.0).
Pittsburgh was planning to bring Dan Connor in for a visit this week.
The Minnesota Vikings are purging. After trading wide receiver Percy Harvin on Monday for a one and seven in 2013 and a three in 2014, the Vikings released cornerback Antoine Winfield on Tuesday according to Tom Pelissero with 1530ESPN.com.
BREAKING: #Vikings just released Antoine Winfield.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 12, 2013
The market is going to be pretty bad for experienced cornerbacks and defensive backs in general. More players flood the market, thus reducing the market considerably. Just a handful of names available includes Sean Smith, Aqib Talib, Cary Williams, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and maybe Nnamdi Asomugha.
The Vikings are giving Jerome Simpson another go.
According to Jay Glazer with Fox Sports, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has elected to continue his Hall of Fame career at last one more season. Throughout much of the offseason it was believed that Gonzalez was going to retire, but one report suggested that since a TV job hasn't opened up, Gonzalez will give the NFL one more year.
Tony Gonzalez told me he has officially informed Falcons he is coming back and they are working out a deal now. story on foxsports dot com— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 12, 2013
The defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers continues to go through a constant turnover. In particular, Dick Lebeau's esteemed linebackers are coming and going like a revolving door. James Harrison was released yesterday, while free agent Larry Foote isn't expected to return to the Steelers next year.
Rather, the Cardinals are "strong favorites" to sign Foote. The Steelers are busy making other plans, though, including pursuing former Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor, according to CBS Sports insider Jason LaCanfora.
Connor was released by the Cowboys on Monday, most likely because Connor won't fit in the new 4-3 defense in Dallas. Connor was a third round pick out of Penn State back in 2008, but the Carolina Panthers didn't re-sign him after his rookie contract ran out.
Connor plays the same position as Foote - an inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. If the Steelers let Foote go elsewhere (likely Arizona), Connor would be a good replacement for the Steelers.
The Cincinnati Bengals could still sign Michael Johnson to a long-term deal once Cliff Avril and Paul Kruger sign their respective deals, giving Cincinnati an idea on Johnson's value.
According to sources, free agent running back Reggie Bush is likely to land in Detroit, where he will play for the Lions in 2013 and beyond.
According to Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network, soon-to-be free agent Paul Kruger appears likely to land in Cleveland when free agency starts on Tuesday. Kruger, who spent four seasons in Baltimore, posted a career high 9.0 quarterback sacks in 2012.
Aaron Wilson with the Baltimore Sun wrote on Tuesday that the Browns are "closing in" on Kruger, who has also reportedly been targeted by the Indianapolis Colts.
Many suspect that Kruger is looking for something north of $10 million per season; a demand that the Cleveland Browns, flush with money, can afford.
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