The Broncos agreed to a two-year deal worth a reported $5.65M with free agent guard Shelley Smith (6-4, 310) on Friday. Smith turns 28 in May and figures to replace left guard Orlando Franklin, who signed with San Diego earlier in the week.
A native of Phoenix, Smith was drafted out of CSU in the sixth round of the 2010 Draft by Gary Kubiak's Texans. He spent two years in Houston, but never dressed.
The Broncos have agreed to a two-year deal with Darian Stewart, who is expected to replace Rahim Moore as their starting free safety. Financial terms have not yet been reported.
Stewart (5-11, 214) made $1.3M on a one-year contract with Baltimore last season. He started 14 regular season games (782 snaps, plus-3.0) for them and two more in the postseason (117 snaps, plus-4.0), and will turn 27 in August.
Terrance Knighton is off to Washington on a one-year, $4M deal, according to Josina Anderson. It's a far cry from the figures floated by Mike Klis and Troy Renck in recent months, but we're talking about a guy who plays limited snaps and doesn't generate much of a pass rush.
Per Troy Renck, the defensive tackle had also drawn interest from New England, Indy, and San Diego. Seattle and Baltimore may also have been involved. As noted by Lindsay Jones, Knighton will team up with onetime Broncos tackle Chris Baker; the two grew up together in Windsor, CT.
The Broncos signed punter Karl Schmitz on Thursday, it was announced. If you thought signing an undrafted tight end out of the GNAC was an obscure move by the Broncos, wait until you get a load of this guy.
Schmitz is a former member of the Jacksonville University Dolphins, who play in the Pioneer Football League. He played for them in 2008 (!), and made such an impression that they don't even have his name spelled correctly in their archives.
The Broncos have agreed to terms with former Chiefs, Raiders, and Falcons defensive lineman Vance Walker (6-2, 305), it was announced. According to Mike Klis, Walker will sign a two-year deal worth $4M that can reach $5M with incentives.
A street free agent, Walker was released by KC last Friday; he'd been due a $2.7M salary in the second season of the three-year, $10.02M deal he signed a year ago.
Rahim Moore is the latest Broncos starter to depart via free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $12M deal with the Texans. The 2011 second-rounder follows draftmates Orlando Franklin and Julius Thomas out the door; Nate Irving is visiting Arizona.
Former Ravens safety Darian Stewart was/is reportedly visiting on Thursday as a possible replacement for Moore.
Johnson would have replaced Eddie Royal, who left the Chargers for a three-year deal with Chicago, where he'll reunite with Jay Cutler and Adam Gase.
Oakland has opened Wednesday's free agency activity with a big splash, agreeing with linebacker Curtis Lofton and defensive tackle Dan Williams, according to Rand Getlin. The Raiders had added linebacker Malcolm Smith on Tuesday.
On Monday, New Orleans cut Lofton, their leading tackler of 2014 and defensive captain. Williams was a rumored target of Denver's as well.
Let's get caught up on the latest happenings within the AFCW:
Ryan Mathews is expected to sign with the Eagles, where he'll be at least part of the plan to replace LeSean McCoy. This will prompt all sorts of anti-Chip Kelly handwringing, but given the financial differences, it's not like Mathews has to replace McCoy's production all by himself. Anyway, San Diego had reportedly tried to bring Mathews back, but obviously failed.
Two years after their divorce, the Jets and Darrelle Revis are back together again. According to Manish Mehta, Revis will receive a whopping $39M in full guarantees (oops) and $48M total over the first three years of a five-year, $70M deal.
Per Mehta, Revis's contract breaks down as follows: