2014 NFL Free Agency/Day #1: March 11th

The first day of free agency in the NFL always has that raucous feel as teams go after players, and players go after teams.

Tuesday was no different as the 2014 NFL season kicked off and had plenty of action in the first hour.

By the time the clock struck midnight, every team had registered some sort of transaction during the day except Green Bay. The Packers didn’t sign anybody, or lose anybody in the first hours.

When it came to losing players, the Chiefs led the league with five of their free agents gone. Seattle and the New York Giants lost three players each. Tamba Bay added the most players with 4 free agents, while Chicago, Atlanta and the Giants added three players each.

Among the 32 teams, there were 13 clubs that did not sign a free agent from another team. That group included the Chiefs, along with Super Bowl champion Seattle.

Here’s the club-by-club look at what went down on Tuesday:


Signed: LT Jared Veldheer (Oakland), 5 years, $35 million.

Re-signed: DE Frostee Rucker, 2 years, $2.15 million, $590K guaranteed; TE Jake Ballard, 1-year deal.

Lost: LB Karlos Dansby (Cleveland); WR Andre Roberts (Washington).


Signed: G Jon Asamoah (Chiefs), 4 years, $18 million; DE Tyson Jackson (Chiefs), 5 years, $25 million; DT Paul Soliai (Miami), 5 years, $33 million, $14 guaranteed.

Re-signed: DT Jonathan Babineaux, 3 years, $9 million; C Joe Hawley, 2 years, $6.5 million, $3 million guaranteed.

Released: FS Thomas DeCoud; TE Tony Gonzalez.


Re-signed: LT Eugene Monroe, 5 years, $37.5 million, $19 million guaranteed.

Lost: DE Arthur Jones (Indianapolis).


Re-signed: K Dan Carpenter; TE Mike Caussin.

Lost: S Jairus Byrd (New Orleans).

Released: QB Kevin Kolb.


Retired: OL Geoff Hangartner after 8 seasons.

Lost: S Mike Mitchell (Pittsburgh); LB Jordan Senn (Chicago).


Signed: DE Lamarr Houston (Oakland), 5 years, $35 million, $15 million guaranteed; LB Jordan Senn (Carolina), 1-year deal; S Ryan Munday (NY Giants), 2 years.

Re-signed: LB D.J. Williams.

Released: RB Michael Bush; DE Julius Peppers.


Re-signed: S Taylor Mays; OL Mike Pollak; WR Brandon Tate.

Released: C Kyle Cook.

Lost: DE Michael Johnson (Tampa Bay).


Signed: LB Karlos Dansby (Arizona), 4 years, $24 million, $14 million guaranteed; SS Donte Whitner (San Francisco) 4 years, $28 million.

Offer sheet: made to restricted free agent wide receiver Andrew Hawkins of the Bengals. Cincinnati has the right to match the offer in the next seven days or lose Hawkins with no compensation.

Lost: G Shawn Lauvao (Washington); S T.J. Ward (Denver).


Released: WR Miles Austin; DE/OLB DeMarcus Ware.


Signed: CB Aqib Talib (New England), 6 years, $57 million, $26 million guaranteed; SS T.J. Ward (Cleveland) 4 years, $23 million, $14 million guaranteed.

Re-signed: WR Andre Caldwell, 2 years, $3.45 million.

Lost: G Zane Beadles (Jacksonville).


Re-signed: RB Joique Bell, 3 years, $9.3 million, $4.3 million guaranteed; WR Kevin Ogletree, 1-year, $795,000, $100K guaranteed.

Green Bay

No activity.


Released: TE Owen Daniels; CB Brice McCain.


Signed: DE Arthur Jones (Baltimore), 5 years, $33 million, $16 million guaranteed.

Re-signed: RB Ahmad Bradshaw, 1-year deal; S Sergio Brown, 1-year deal; CB Vontae Davis, 4 years, $39 million, $20 million guaranteed; K Adam Vinatieri, 2 years, $5 million.

Lost: S Antoine Bethea (San Francisco); RB Donald Brown (San Diego).


Signed: G Zane Beadles (Denver), 5 years, $30 million, $13 million guaranteed; RB Toby Gerhart (Minnesota), 3 years, $10.5 million, $4.5 million guaranteed.

Re-signed: CB Will Blackmon, 2 years, $1.875 million.

Released: RB Justin Forsett.


Re-signed: S Husain Abdullah, 2 years.

Lost: LT Branden Albert (Miami); G Jon Asamoah (Atlanta); DE Tyson Jackson (Atlanta); WR Dexter McCluster (Tennessee); G Geoff Schwartz (NY Giants).


Signed: LT Branden Albert (Chiefs), 5 years, $46 million, $25 million guaranteed; S Louis Delmas, released by Detroit; DT Earl Mitchell (Seattle), 4 years, $16 million, $9 million guaranteed.

Released: CB Dimitri Patterson.

Lost: DT Paul Soliai (Atlanta).


Signed: DT Linval Joseph (NY Giants), 5 years, $31.5 million.

Re-signed: OL Joe Berger, 1-year deal.

Lost: RB Toby Gerhart (Jacksonville).

New England

Released: OT Elvis Fisher, DT Cory Grissom, RB Quentin Hines, RB Sam McGuffie, WR TJ Moe, LB Taylor Reed, OT Brice Schwab.

Lost: CB Aqib Talib (Denver).

New Orleans

Signed: S Jairus Byrd (Buffalo), 6 years, $54 million, $28 million guaranteed.

Lost: S Malcolm Jenkins (Philadelphia).

New York Giants

Signed: RB Rashad Jennings (Oakland), terms unknown; DE O’Brien Schofield (Seattle), 2 years, $8 million; G Geoff Schwartz (Chiefs), terms undisclosed.

Re-signed: FS Stevie Brown, 1-year deal; RB Peyton Hillis, 2 years, $1.8 million; CB Trumaine McBride, 2 years, $3.1 million; QB Curtis Painter, 1-year deal.

Released: LB Marcus Dowtin.

Lost: DT Linval Joseph (Minnesota); S Ryan Munday (Chicago); TE Brandon Myers (Tampa Bay).

New York Jets

Re-signed: Franchise player K Nick Folk to a multi-year contract.

Released: WR Santonio Holmes.

Lost: OL Austin Howard (Oakland).


Signed: OL Austin Howard (NY Jets), 5 years, $30 million, $15 million guaranteed; LT Rodger Saffold (St. Louis), 5 years, $42.5 million, $21 million guaranteed.

Re-signed: RB Darren McFadden, 1-year, $4 million.

Lost: DE Lamarr Houston (Chicago); RB Rashad Jennings (NY Giants); LT Jared Veldheer (Arizona).


Signed: S Malcolm Jenkins (New Orleans), 3 years, $16.25 million, $8.5 million guaranteed.

Re-signed: P Donnie Jones, 3 years, $6 million.

Released: FS Patrick Chung.


Signed: FS Mike Mitchell (Carolina), 5 years, $25 million.

Released: LB LaMarr Woodley.

St. Louis

Lost: LT Roger Saffold (Oakland).

San Diego

Signed: RB Donald Brown (Indianapolis), 3 years, $10.5 million, $4 million guaranteed.

San Francisco

Signed: S Antoine Bethea (Indianapolis), 4 years, $26 million.

Acquired: QB Blaine Gabbert from Jacksonville for a 6th-round choice in 2014 NFL Draft; OT Jonathan Martin from Miami for a 7th-round draft choice in 2015 if Martin makes the 53-man roster in 2014.

Re-signed: K Phil Dawson, 2 years; CB Eric Wright, 1-year deal.

Lost: S Donte Whitner (Cleveland).


Re-signed: DE Michael Bennett; TE Anthony McCoy.

Lost: DT Clint McDonald (Tampa Bay); DT Earl Mitchell (Miami); LB O’Brien Schofield (NY Giants).

Tampa Bay

Signed: DE Michael Johnson (Cincinnati), 5 years, $43.75 million, $24 million guaranteed; DT Clint McDonald (Seattle), 4 years, $12 million; TE Brandon Myers (NY Giants), 2 years, $4.25 million, $2 million guaranteed; CB Alterraun Verner (Tennessee), $26.5 million, $14 million guaranteed.

Re-signed: CB Danny Gorrer, 1-year deal; G Jamon Meredith, 1-year deal; WR Eric Page, 1-year deal.

Released: K Lawrence Tynes.

Lost: LB Adam Heyward (Washington).


Signed: WR Dexter McCluster (Chiefs), 3 years, $12 million, $4.5 million guaranteed.

Re-signed: RB Leon Washington, 1-year deal.

Released: WR Kevin Walter.

Lost: CB Alterraun Verner (Tampa Bay).


Signed: LB Adam Hayward (Tampa Bay), 3 years, $3 million; G Shawn Lauvao (Cleveland), 4 years, $17 million; WR Andre Roberts (Arizona), terms unknown.

Re-signed: WR Santana Moss, 1-year deal; ILB Perry Riley, 3 years, $13 million.

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