Daryl Smith, who had reportedly been a target for Denver at middle linebacker, has agreed to a four-year deal worth a reported $16.1M to stay with Baltimore.
Smith spent his first eight seasons playing under Jack Del Rio, making him an obvious fit with the Broncos.
Well, at least he didn't end up with the Patriots, who were his first free agency hosts.
Wesley Woodyard has reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with Tennessee worth $16M.
In six years, Woodyard went from undrafted rookie longshot, to special teams stalwart, to key defensive starter.
I'm very thankful for my four years in Denver. I think it's one of the greatest cities to play in. Unfortunately, I never got an offer from the Broncos. Denver will always be a part of me. I'm excited about New York being my new community and starting a new chapter in my life. On top of all that, my wife's expecting our baby any second.
New England has added corner Darrelle Revis to the tune of a one-year deal worth $12M. Of course, this is a good 26% more than the AAV given Aqib Talib by Denver, and Revis wasn't cut loose until today.
This is a fitting move in every aspect; Revis gets to stay the league's highest paid corner and again be the center of attention next offseason, and the Pats don't have to commit beyond 2013.
Wednesday brought another flurry of activity, headlined by Denver's signing of DeMarcus Ware.
The details on Ware's contract are out, and it's essentially a two-year deal for $23M, with $16.5M fully guaranteed.
He'll make a guaranteed $13M in 2014, and half of his $7M salary in 2015 is fully guaranteed.
We used to say that NFL contracts are all about the guarantees.
But then, we learned that it's only full guarantees that matter, as we were just discussing with our pal Elvis Dumervil.
It's why we try not to react too strongly to initial contract reports, and recommend our readers do the same.
The Cowboys have quickly replaced DeMarcus Ware with former Jaguars and Broncos DE Jeremy Mincey.
According to Alex Marvez, Mincey signed for two years and $4.5M, including $2M guaranteed.
Adam Schefter is reporting that the Broncos and DE-OLB DeMarcus Ware have agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract, with $20 million guaranteed.
This sounds like another good deal for the Broncos, but we'll see how the particulars break out.
Schefter is reporting that Ware will make $13 million this year, which makes the backside of the deal sound pretty palatable.
This would presumably take them out of the running to re-sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or pursue Darrelle Revis.
We'll be interested to see how much of that $26M is fully guaranteed (our guess is around half).
Eight of PFF's top ten ranked free agent safeties have already signed new deals, with Chris Clemons and Ryan Clark the only exceptions.