Day No. 3 NFL Free Agency 2012

9 p.m. CDT

Chargers continue to add talent – San Diego didn’t sign Vincent Jackson, so they went out and added two receivers to take his place. They got Robert Meacham from New Orleans on Wednesday and on Thursday signed Eddie Royal, late of the Broncos. Washington thought it had Royals locked up, but the Chargers came in the backdoor and grabbed Royals in a 3-year deal.

Bills get their Mario for big bucks – DE Mario Williams never could get out of Buffalo, having been there for three days in what was supposed to be a one-day visit. But it all worked out as Williams signed a 6-year, $96 million contract, with something like $50 million in guaranteed money. That’s a huge addition for the Bills defense.

Dolphins sign big offensive lineman – The versatile Artis Hicks has left the Browns for South Beach. He can play guard and tackle.

Patriots add a safety for poor defense – S Steve Gregory has left the Chargers and signed on with the Patriots. That deal went down Thursday morning.

Broncos add a safety – Veteran S Mike Adams signed in Denver, leaving the Browns.

Lions retain safety – Erik Coleman finished up the 2011 season on the injured-reserve list with Detroit, but signed for another year with Gunther Cunningham and his defense.

Titans add big blocker for Peyton – If Tennessee can convince Peyton Manning to sign there, he will have a veteran star blocking for him as G Steve Hutchinson signed with the Titans in a 3-year deal.

Cowboys sign another UFA – LB Dan Connor inked a deal with Dallas, as he leaves Carolina. He’ll be paired up there with another Penn State LB in Sean Lee.

Cartwright takes the Bay Bridge to new job – FB and special team ace Rock Cartwright signed with the 49ers on Thursday, leaving the Raiders.

DE leaves Eagles for Browns – Cleveland got a signature on a free agent contract from DE Juqua Parker.

Saints replace Nicks with Grubbs – New Orleans saw starting G Carl Nicks walk away for big money in Tampa Bay. They turned around and put big money on the table themselves, signing Ravens guard Ben Grubbs to a 5-year contract for $36 million with $16 million in guaranteed money.

Redskins still active, adding safety – After being penalized by the NFL for salary cap violations from the previous two seasons, Washington hasn’t let that slow them down. They added S Brandon Meriweather on Thursday in a 2-year, $6 million deal.

Buccaneers still active, adding QB – Dan Orlovsky the quintessential NFL backup quarterback signed in Tampa Bay in a 2-year deal for $2. 5 million.

Cowboys add another DB – Not satisfied with just CB Brandon Carr’s addition, Dallas signed S Brodney Pool to the roster. Pool spent last season with the New York Jets.

4 Responses to “Day No. 3 NFL Free Agency 2012”

  • March 15, 2012  - R W says:

    Good for Buffalo. Proving that a commited owner/GM can piss in the tall grass with the big dogs. Jr.Hunt/Pioli should take note but that’s highly unlikely.

  • March 15, 2012  - R W says:

    By the way, belated love to Herm for identifying Brandon Carr in the 2008 draft. Herm got more than his share of criticism (Dick Curl???–from me) but Herm had his upsides so this is my moment to acknowledge a fair coach, a better good guy, and a superb evaluator of DB talent.

  • March 16, 2012  - mike owens says:

    Anyone notice how inactive the consistent playoff bound franchises have been so far with free agent signings? Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Baltimore, New England for example. Seems like these teams must be drafting better and smarter while all the others are trying to catch up. Wouldn’t it be nice if our favorite team would some day have that kind of roster. But until then it is good to see they are not setting on their hands like a lot of us feared.

  • March 16, 2012  - el cid says:

    mike, could be they drafted kid who could start in a couple of years? or they have elite QBs or at least something better than backups? Not exactly what the Chiefs have done since Derrick Thomas days.

    As for actions this year, I think Boss was a definite improvement as I see Moeaki among the walking wounded every stinking year. If I give you Routt as a wash for Carr (not my opinion but what the heck), this team is not a lot better than a healthy 2011 team. We still do not have a C who has taken a snap in the NFL, no RT, no NT, little depth. Also Hunt’s extra 20 million (he actually said he wanted to spend some) is burning a hole in my pocket, just not Pioli’s. Not all roses yet, still one or two “name” OLinemen might change my mind.

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