February 2009 - Football Wiretap
Reports: Broncos Entertained Trading Cutler
Multiple reports have revealed that the Broncos have entertained the idea of trading quarterback Jay Cutler. The Buccaneers and Broncos were reportedly trying to swing a three-team deal that would have sent Matt Cassel from New England to Denver and Cutler from Denver to Tampa Bay, with the Patriots receiving some sort of compensation. The Lions also reportedly inquired about Cutler. "I've heard the rumors," Cutler told Vic Lombardi of CBS in Denver. "I know what they're trying to do. Even though I love Denver and I'd love to remain a Bronco, I know how this business works. If they want me to play somewhere else, so be it."
Orlovsky Visits With Texans
Quarterback Dan Orlovsky visited with the Texans on Saturday, just a day after Patrick Ramsey spent some time in Houston. Orlovsky opted to become a free agent after Daunte Culpepper was given the starting job in Detroit.
T.J. Will Make Decision On Sunday Night?
Free agent T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the top receiver on the market, claims that he'll decide on Sunday night whether to stay with the Bengals or sign elsewhere. Cincinnati has reportedly made an offer to keep Houshmandzadeh. He's visited Seattle and Minnesota, and the Giants are rumored to be involved as well.
Denver Is Next Stop For Derrick Ward
After visiting with the Bengals, free agent running back Derrick Ward is expected to visit the Broncos on Sunday. His age, 28, is an issue, but he's still one of the top runners on the market.
Jets Add Two Years To Lito's Contract
After acquiring cornerback Lito Sheppard from the Eagles, the Jets have added two years to a contract that has three years remaining. Sheppard will earn $3 million in 2009, his former base salary. From there, it's a four-year, $21 million deal.
Houshmandzadeh Visits With Minnesota
Free agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh was scheduled to meet with the Vikings on Saturday after visiting the Seahawks on Friday. Cincinnati also reportedly has an offer on the table to keep Houshmandzadeh.
Lions Sign Bryant Johnson To 3-Year Deal
The Lions have reportedly signed free agent wide receiver Bryant Johnson to a three-year deal worth $9 million. Johnson spent his first five seasons with the Cardinals, before signing with the 49ers last spring.
Jets Re-Sign Moore To 4-Year Deal
The Jets wanted to replace guard Brandon Moore with Pittsburgh's Chris Kemoeatu, but after a deal fell through they re-signed Moore. New York inked Moore to a four-year, $16 million deal a day after Kemoeatu re-signed with the Steelers. "At the end of the day, when it was said and done, who did they come back to and who ended up there?" Moore said. "I ended up back with the team I wanted to be with. ... We worked it out at the end."
Brooking Signs With Cowboys
The Cowboys have signed linebacker Keith Brooking to a three-year deal, according to his agent. Brooking had been a member of the Falcons. Dallas coach Wade Phillips was a member of Atlanta's staff a few years ago. "That played a big part in the decision," Dye said of the chance for Brooking to be reunited with Phillips.
Texans, DE Smith Agree To 5-Year, $35M Deal
The Texans have agreed to terms with defensive end Antonio Smith on a five-year, $35 million deal. Smith, who appeared in the Super Bowl with the Cardinals earlier this month, will receive $24 million over the first three years of the contract.
Jets, Eagles Complete Lito Trade
It took nearly a year, but the Eagles have finally traded disgruntled cornerback Lito Sheppard.
Detroit Signs RB Morris, CB King
The Lions have signed veteran running back Maurice Morris and cornerback Eric King to contracts.
Lions Send Kitna To Cowboys For Henry
The Loins have traded quarterback Jon Kitna to the Cowboys, who will use the veteran as insurance for starter Tony Romo.
Broncos Give Dawkins Five-Year Deal
The Broncos, who have been busy since free agency kicked off on Friday morning, have signed veteran safety Brian Dawkins to a five-year, $17 million deal.
Cassel Traded To Chiefs
The Patriots have agreed to trade quarterback Matt Cassel to the Chiefs, making him the third person to go from New England to Kansas City this offseason.
Houshmandzadeh Tried To Dupe Eagles?
The chances of T.J. Houshmandzadeh signing with the Eagles appear to have vanished after a report that receiver's agent lied to the team's management.
Jaguars Sign Sean Considine
Jacksonville has signed Sean Considine to a contract, making him the second Philadelphia safety to leave to team in a matter of hours.
Seahawks Begin Courtship Of T.J.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh visited with the Seahawks on Friday, and the team attempted to impress him by putting his name up in lights at Qwest Field.
Bills Sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
The Bills have signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to be the backup to Trent Edwards.
Redskins Add Dockery To Spending Spree
The Redskins have agreed to terms on a five-year deal worth roughly $27 million with guard Derrick Dockery.
Eagles To Pair Andrews Brothers On OL
The Eagles have signed right tackle Stacy Andrews, which means they'll likely pair him with his brother Shawn on the offensive line next season.
Rams Agree To Terms With Jason Brown
The Rams have agreed to terms with center Jason Brown on a five-year deal worth $37.5 million.
Frerotte Isn't Surprised By Release
Veteran quarterback Gus Frerotte was unfazed on Friday after Vikings coach Brad Childress informed him that the team was releasing him.
Jets Will Acquire Lito Sheppard Via Trade
The Jets will add another high profile player to their defense in successive days.
Warner's Agent Talking To Niners
Kurt Warner's agent has had in-depth conversations with San Francisco 49ers officials.
Dawkins To Denver Appears Close
The San Francisco Chronicle has reported that the Broncos have agreed to terms with Philadelphia safety Brian Dawkins and that a press conference will be held Saturday.
Redskins Release Shawn Springs
The Washington Redskins announced today that they have released defensive back Shawn Springs.
Eagles Could Target Weaver, Brown And T.J.
The Eagles could show serious interest in free agents such as fullback Leonard Weaver, center Jason Brown or wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Dolphins Going After Laveranues Coles?
A league source says that the Dolphins have interest in wide receiver Laveranues Coles, but only if he'll sign for the right price.