NFL Season 2012 – Day No. 1

The NFL’s 2012 season began at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Since that number went off here’s a running look at roster moves and news around the league.

11:00 p.m. CST

Big fish out of the water as Bucs hook Jackson – Former Chargers WR Vincent Jackson agreed to a big deal with Tampa Bay, 5 years for a rather strange $55,555,555. Of that total there is $26 million in guaranteed money.

San Francisco retains cornerback – The 49ers were able to keep Carlos Rogers in the house, signing the cornerback to a 4-year, $29.3 million deal. By retaining him, the Niners will have all 11 of their defensive starters back from last season.

Colts find a way to keep Reggie Wayne – Hard to understand why Indy would re-sign Wayne considering their attempts to go young. But Wayne reached free agency and then turned around and signed a 3-year, $17.5 million deal to stay at the house that Peyton built.

Bears add backup quarterback – Chicago learned from its mistake last year when starting QB Jay Cutler went down and they had no competent backup. They signed QB Jason Campbell to a one-year deal.

Rams added CB Cortland Finnegan – The feisty corner jumps to his old Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, now in St. Louis but does it for a 5-year, $50 million contract.

Jags re-sign S Dwight Lowery – Jacksonville keeps one of their better defensive players, getting him done for a 4-year contract.

5:30 CST

Redskins sign another receiver – Not content with just adding Pierre Garcon, Washington has also worked out a deal with Josh Morgan, who leaves the 49ers for the nation’s capital.

Carolina signs/chops on offensive line – The Panthers have re-signed RG G eoff Hangartner to a 3-year deal, but they have released starting LG Travelle Wharton.

Seattle re-signs DL Red Bryant – One of the more talented defensive players in the 2012 free agent class Bryant signed a 5-year deal for $35 million to stay with Seahawks.

4:40 CST

Tight end will visit with Chiefs – John Carlson is on his way to Kansas City to visit with the Chiefs reports several media outlets. Carlson is 6-5, 251 pounds and will soon turn 28. He was selected by Seattle in the 2008 NFL Draft in the second round. He did not play last season because of a torn labrum in his shoulder that he suffered in the pre-season. In three previous seasons, Carlson caught 137 passes for 1,519 yards and 13 TDs in 47 games.

4:00 CST

Carr set for Dallas visit – Chiefs long-time starting CB Brandon Carr is now an unrestricted free agent and he’s headed for Dallas to visit with the Cowboys. Word out of Jerry Jones-Land has had the Cowboys very interested in Carr, especially so after they released veteran starter Terence Newman on Tuesday.

Arizona cuts loose big tackle – In order to create some room under the salary cap, the Cardinals released starting LT Levi Brown on Tuesday.

Garcon will sign with Redskins – WR Pierre Garcon is leaving Indianapolis and headed to the Washington Redskins. Garcon made the announcement on his Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon.

Orton set to visit Dallas – Chiefs QB Kyle Orton has scheduled his first visit of free agency and it’s not in Kansas City. He’ll spend it in Dallas, talking with the Cowboys.

Bears get Brandon Marshall – The Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins put together a deal that sent WR Brandon Marshall to the Windy City in exchange for a pair of third-round draft choices one in April, the other in next year’s draft. The move reunites Marshall with QB Jay Cutler; they were together for three years in Denver.

Cowboys slice Newman – The Dallas Cowboys released CB Terence Newman on Tuesday. The Kansas State product hits the street as a 33-year old, nine-year veteran of the Cowboys.

Bears re-sign Jennings – Before he reached free-agency street CB Tim Jennings signed a two-year deal with the Bears. Jennings lost his starting job temporarily with Chicago last year.

Jaguars release Osgood – Special teams standout Kassim Osgood was released Tuesday by Jacksonville. He turns 32 in May.

Browns kicker signs tender – Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson signed the franchise player tender offer made to him when the Browns placed the tag on him. He’ll get $3.81 million this season.

Chargers cut left tackle and re-sign starting center – San Diego’s offensive line is undergoing a lot of changes in this off-season. On Tuesday, they released starting LT Marcus McNeil. He was sliced for salary cap reasons. Also on Tuesday, they re-signed center Nick Hardwick to a three-year contract.

5 Responses to “NFL Season 2012 – Day No. 1”

  • March 13, 2012  - the other dave says:

    Looks like we can cross Miami off of Peyton’s list.

  • March 13, 2012  - ED J says:

    Chiefs trying get Carlson would be good signing we need the depth at the position would love for us go after Shincoe too. Eric Winston would be good pickup at right tackle position too. Lets Go Chiefs lets fill these wholes.

  • March 13, 2012  - txchief says:

    Carr will probably be lost to the Cowboys, as they are in a world of hurt to improve their secondary. Jerry Jones talking to Orton is strange. While Romo is wearing out his welcome in Dallas, Jones seems to have the hots for Stephen McGee as the backup. I can’t imagine the Cowboys offering Orton alot of money to ride the bench. I think Orton really wants a starting gig, and staying in KC as the starter is probably his best opportunity.

    I’m sure looking forward to the Chiefs picking up some top tier talent in free agency, not only another injury-prone TE. There are starting OTs out there as well as Soliai to start at NT. Get your ass in gear, Chiefs!

  • March 13, 2012  - Niblick says:

    tx-Winston the RT, and Tolbert and Hillis the running backs are all scheduled for visits in the next couple of days. I would love to se us sign Tolbert and Winston. I’m not as high on Hillis.
    I haven’t seen anything yet on Soliai. He was scheduled to visit Miami. At least we are moving fairly quickly.

  • March 13, 2012  - txchief says:

    Niblick, I agree totally. Hillis’ antics last season would take him out of contention if I were the GM. Tolbert has the talents the Chiefs need in a second back (assuming Trent Richardson isn’t available a the eleventh pick). Richardson might fall to KC depending upon his performance when he runs later this month, but I doubt he’ll really be there for the Chiefs on draft day.

    I believe that Soliai must be the top target in free agency because there are so few talented NTs around for the 3-4. Dontari Poe is probably gone by pick eleven, although I think he is a risky, “boom or bust” player. Since the Chiefs have whiffed so many times on defensive linemen, I’d much rather see the organization pay for a proven free agent than blow another high draft pick on the defensive line. Jonathan Martin probably will be there when the Chiefs select, and a team can never have too many talented offensive linemen. With the current salary cap rules, Martin may be more economical than a veteran such as Winston.

    On another note, if the Chiefs are really serious about holdng onto their fans, they had better make some serious moves this year. I’ve lived and breathed Chiefs football since I saw my first game at the old Municipal Stadium on 9/28/70, beating the Colts. Now, many of my friends and family members riducule me for being a Chiefs fan because they’ve not done anything for a such a very long time.

    Blame whomever you would like, but unless the Chiefs organization takes the steps to reinvigorate their fan base, the once pround franchise will fade into complete irrelevance. I see far too many young people in the stands excited to see the Chiefs play when I’m at the games. My own 12 year old son could care less about going to see the Chiefs play at this point. Please Clark, the time is now to make some bold moves!

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