Day No. 2 – NFL Free Agency 2012

Carr is gone; signs with CowboysAfter four solid seasons with the Chiefs, CB Brandon Carr got his pay day not from the Hunt Family franchise but from the Dallas Cowboys. Agrees to 5-year, $50.1 million deal. Big loss for Chiefs.

Jaguars get QB and WR — Jacksonville was active on Wednesday, signing QB Chad Henne and then adding WR Laurent Robinson in a 5-year, $32.5 million deal.

McClain leaves Chiefs for Chargers — FB Le’Ron McClain spent just one year with the Chiefs, but he must have left an impression on the folks in San Diego, as he signed a 3-year deal with the Bolts on Tuesday.

Eagles workout deal with Jackson – WR DeSean Jackson has agreed to a 5-year, $47 million, with $15 million in guaranteed money.

Dolphins keep their nose tackle – Miami kept NT Paul Soliai with a two-year deal with an option, averaging $6 million per season.

Dolphins get a defensive back — CB Richard Marshall is leaving Arizona and headed to Miami in a 3-year deal for $16 million.

Browns get Bengals DE to come north – Cleveland has signed DE Frostee Rucker of the Bengals to a 5-year, $21 million contract.

Patriots also get Bengals DL – New England jumped into the free agency madness and signed DE Jonathan Fanene of the Bengals.

Cowboys TE heads for New York – TE Martellus Bennett is leaving Dallas for the Giants on a 1-year deal for $2.5 million.

Chargers sign OLB/DE type from Ravens – Jarrett Johnson is heading for San Diego after agreeing to a deal with the Chargers.

Raiders still pruning roster – Oakland released on Wednesday veteran G Cooper Carlisle and DT John Henderson; more attempts by new GM Reggie McKenzie to clear cap space.

Orton lands in Dallas – It’s a 3-year contract for QB Kyle Orton as he signs to be the backup for Cowboys starter Tony Romo. Not sure why Orton would join a team where his chances of being the No. 1 guy are slim, but money talks. Orton listened.

11:30 a.m. CDT

Detroit goes big to keep Megatron – The Lions have signed WR Calvin Johnson (above) to a contract extension that totals up to 7 years, $132 million with $60 million in guaranteed money. It’s one of the richest player contracts in pro football. The deal also dropped Johnson’s cap number for the 2012 season and allowed the Lions to gain some mobility under the salary cap.

Chargers keep GaitherSan Diego re-signed Jared Gaither, the left tackle they got off the waiver wire at the end of last year courtesty of the Chiefs.

Colts-Eagles in trade – Indianapolis sent its sixth-round pick in next month’s draft to the Eagles in exchange for OT Winston Justice and the Eagles sixth-round pick.

Carlson cuts short KC trip to go to Minnesota – The former Seattle TE was born and raised in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, so don’t be surprised if he doesn’t end up signing today with the Vikings.

10:30 a.m. CDT

Chargers replace Jackson with Meachem – With Vincent Jackson gone to Tampa Bay, San Diego stepped up and signed former Saints WR Robert Meachem to a 4-year, $25.9 million deal with $14 million in guaranteed money.

Bucs had cap space and they are using it – The signings of Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks and Eric Wright has Tampa Bay leading the free agency race after one day. The total package on those three deals was $140 million with $72.5 million in guaranteed money.

Bucs score again with CB addition – Joining WR Vincent Jackson and G Carl Nicks, Tampa Bay has gotten another free agent signed in CB Eric Wright. He got a 5-year deal for $37.5 million with $15.5 million in guaranteed money. Wright spent the 2011 season with Detroit.

Bucs hit second big signing – They got WR Vincent Jackson out of the way and then Tampa Bay came back and put together a deal for G Carl Nicks, as he leaves the Saints for a $47.5 million deal over five years with $31 million in guaranteed money.

Bears sign another receiver – Along with the addition of Brandon Marshall, Chicago stepped up and signed free agent WR-Returner Eric Weems who had played four years in Atlanta.

14 Responses to “Day No. 2 – NFL Free Agency 2012”

  • March 14, 2012  - Tim Raine says:

    We’ll see how it all ends up, but Carlson’s deal was too rich. I’m getting a sinking feeling that my suspicions are coming true that some of these guys are avoiding KC a bit. If we don’t hit on a RB, or perhaps Solai or Justice if we can even get them to KC, then we know our rep is at play & we’re not realizing we’re going to have to overpay until we change it.

  • March 14, 2012  - Tim Raine says:

    …not sure Justice is the right name of the OT cut from the Texans, but that’s who I mean. He is coming off an injury though. Interesting that San Diego resigned Gaither.

  • March 14, 2012  - Tim Raine says:

    If it were me, I’d be looking at Eddie Royal perhaps as well. we’re not deep at the slot & he has return ability too. Not sure we need to be too enamored with Dexter McCluster as much as I like him. If we sign a FA rb, have Jamal Charles, resign McClain & draft a rb then no room for McCluster

  • March 14, 2012  - Niblick says:

    Tim-The OT from Houston is Winston. I’m with you. If he gets in here today or tomorrow we had better try and get a deal then. Tolbert is coming in today or tomorrow also. He’s another one I really like and hope we can sign. I’m not near as high on Peyton Hillis. I don’t think we resign McClain. I think we keep McCluster at least one more year.

  • March 14, 2012  - TimR says:

    Niblick… After I paid for the year, the website changed my displyed name back to my entire name & I had to go back to change it…so I’m the guy above. I agree with you, just not sure the extent of the ankle injury on the OT. My only thing about Dexter is that we’ve been trying to figure out his role for a couple of years now. Just seems to me we need a TRUE rb & TRUE wr rather than this great athlete that doesn’t fit either mold at the NFL level, hence the Eddie Royal comment. I just hope we can fill some holes!

  • March 14, 2012  - TimR says:

    I realize they don’t play the same positions, but does anybody really think T Jackson is worth a B. Carr? Wasn’t TJs contract similar in total numbers? Bob, it would be good if you could analyze how getting rid of some of our more “controversial” players on defense would impact our cap situation, whether cut, trae, etc. We all know Dorsey, while productive against the run, is a square peg in a round hole & TJ just hasn’t been all that. I believe that same level of production could be had at a better financial value. Of course the rules have changed & we no longer have to pay draftees like before. This will be a BIG help going forward. They BIG numbers in FA are likely to be more the norm. The norms will just be higher now because clubs have to pay to the floor.

  • March 14, 2012  - Graig says:

    Chiefs defense just got worse w/ the loss of Carr. Route is not an upgrade, just a bargain. I hope we find some diamonds in the rough in free agency and have another 2008/2010 draft.

  • March 14, 2012  - txchief says:

    Well, Soliai just resigned with the ‘fins for two years. Maybe he never wanted to leave Miami, but he didn’t even come to KC to test the waters. Sigh.

  • March 14, 2012  - txchief says:

    I’m sorry to see both Carr and Orton sign with the Cowboys. Carr really hit it rich, $50.1M for five years. That is alot of money for a number two corner, but Dallas needs serious upgrades in the secondary. I’m not sure that Routt is that much a downgrade from Carr. I’d much rather see the Chiefs pay $10M per year on some top tier talent at RT or NT.

  • March 14, 2012  - txchief says:


  • March 14, 2012  - ED J says:

    Yea Cowboys overpaid big time for Carr he’s not worth that kind of money. Routt was solid signing and in this defense with his skill set may give better production than what Carr gave. We need sign Mike Tolbert now since we lost Mcclain to the Chargers. Looks like Chargers trying pick up our scraps. Orton going to Cowboys is mind boggoling must not be willing to compete for starting job no chance he’s beating out Romo in Dallas. Guess we didn’t need him anyways don’t want a guy who doesn’t have heart to compete. Only true Qb out there now that is a vet that could provide competition is Chad Henne at least QB that has connection with current Chiefs coaching staff. Orton to Dallas and Campbell to the Bears

  • March 14, 2012  - TimR says:

    Pretty clear many FAs are stayin’ away from KC. I wonder why??? lol Not sure where the “competition” for Cassell is going to come from. I’m ok with the Hillis signing. I’d rather have Tolbert though. I think letting McClain get away was not smart. Hillis isn’t a blocker. You need a “thumper” in some of these packages. Hope the OT gets signed that’s coming in tomorrow if his medical prognosis is ok. If he gets out of KC, I doubt he’ll be back.

  • March 14, 2012  - TimR says:

    Pioli & Hunt, I fear, are beginning to look like “Mighty Casey” at bat. C’mon, show us somethin’. We’re still waiting…and have hope.

  • March 14, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Tim, if I remeber right, Casey was striked out on three pitches. Pioli/Hunt, I’m afraid, is looking for a walk.

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