Pats replace Welker with Amendola; Denver in on Asomugha; Raiders sign Hunter; Seahawks nab Avril

Not exactly a shocker, but New England has replaced Wes Welker with Rams WR Danny Amendola (five years, $31M, $10M guaranteed), who is one of the players who took over for Welker at Texas Tech.

According to Mike Florio, the Broncos are among four teams currently in pursuit of former Eagles and Raiders corner Nnamdi Asomugha. Anyone care to imagine a secondary trio of Champ Bailey, Asomugha, and Chris Harris, with Tony Carter at the dime?

While the Denver media was busy assuming that Jason Hunter would be playing a larger role in the Broncos defense this year, they forgot he was an unrestricted free agent (we didn't). But the Raiders didn't, and they've signed Hunter, along with Bengals DT Pat Sims and Browns LB Kaluka Maiava.

Again, keep checking back - we'll update this page throughout the day and night. We'll largely stick with yesterday's format, but add a timestamp at the end of each team's line when it's updated. Stamping each item would be a bit cumbersome, so perhaps this is a good compromise.


Louis Vasquez reportedly received a $5M bonus as part of his deal with Denver, which is worth $23.5M over four years with $13M guaranteed over the first two years. This continues Denver's habit of giving out small signing bonuses, which is smart caponomics. (3:57pm ET)

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos are likely to cut Chris Kuper, are indeed looking to replace Willis McGahee, and don't figure to re-sign Justin Bannan, especially if they add Terrance Knighton. He says the team views Stewart Bradley as a ST ace and potential starting Mike, which is a familiar tune to our friends Niko Koutouvides and Joe Mays. Bradley is apparently choosing between Denver and Indy. (2:35pm ET)

What also may be of special interest to Broncos fans is that Wes Welker and the Pats are said to be far apart in their negotiation. But Jason La Canfora thinks Welker may have trouble finding a better offer elsewhere, while Bill Simmons is hearing Welker is choosing between Denver and New England. (2:24pm ET)

Rashard Mendenhall won't be making his visit to Denver, as he's agreed to a one-year deal worth around $2.5M to reunite with Bruce Arians in Arizona. (2:42pm ET)

Whoops, forgot this tidbit from Mike Klis's article this morning - Denver is reportedly interested in Lions safety Louis Delmas, although they do not have a visit scheduled with him, as of the filing of Klis's story. Delmas is set to meet with the Rams on Wednesday, as is Dolphins T Jake Long. (10:30am ET)

According to Patrick Smyth, Kevin Vickerson's new deal has been made official. (12:16pm ET)

Adam Schefter says Chargers LB and longtime Broncos killer Shaun Phillips is another fallback plan (in addition to Dwight Freeney) should Elvis Dumervil be cut. (12:20pm ET)

Lindsay Jones hears the Broncos were indeed in on Andy Levitre prior to his signing with the Titans, and Denver's addition of Louis Vasquez. (11:49am ET)


San Diego has added Bills G Chad Rinehart and re-signed KR/WR Richard Goodman, and will host Colts CB Jerraud Powers, who is also visiting the Cards. (3:17pm ET)

Kansas City has announced its acquisition of QB Alex Smith from the Niners; they're trying to trade QB Matt Cassel (LOL) and will release him as soon as today; Colts WR Donnie Avery will visit is joining the Chiefs. (12:05pm ET)

Oakland has reportedly been sniffing around on QB Vince Young, and they will host Bears LB Nick Roach. (7:00pm ET)


New England may land Browns KR/WR Josh Cribbs, who is also considering an offer from Arizona. (10:30am ET)

The LOLJets have retained RB Lex Hilliard, restructured the contract of OctoDad and will host Rams WR Brandon Gibson, who is also set to meet with the Dolphins. (4:30pm ET)

Jets TE Dustin Keller is visiting the Dolphins, and the two sides may be nearing a deal. (7:00pm ET)

Buffalo added Bengals DE Manny Lawson (10:35am ET)


Baltimore released Patriot-killing safety Bernard Pollard and re-signed G Ramon Harewood. (1:18pm ET)

The Steelers added Bengals QB Bruce Gradkowski and expectedly cut T Willie Colon. (12:32pm ET)

Cleveland added former Cards LB Quentin Groves on a two-year deal, will likely add Panthers TE Gary Barnidge, and is reportedly interested in Washington TE Fred Davis. (11:00am ET)


Jets RB Shonn Greene has agreed with (three years, $10M) the Titans. Tennessee has re-signed FB Quinn Johnson and is expected to retain QB Derek Anderson. They've also signed DT Sammie Lee Hill away from Detroit and added Colts LB Moise Fokou. (8:03pm ET)

Jacksonville waived WR Laurent Robinson and added Bears LB Geno Hayes. (3:06pm ET)

Indy added Pats lineman Donald Thomas and is hosting Jets S LaRon Landry, who's scheduled to also visit the Niners (1:08pm ET)

Ravens safety Ed Reed will visit the Texans on Thursday. (7:00pm ET)


TE Jared Cook's deal with the Rams is reportedly worth $35.1M over five years with $19M (!) guaranteed. (10:30am ET)

Seattle tendered DT Clinton McDonald, S Chris Maragos, and LS Clint Gresham, and landed Lions DE Cliff Avril with just a two-year deal. (8:01pm ET)

The Cardinals signed Washington LB and special teams ace Lorenzo Alexander, Colts QB Drew Stanton, and Colts CB Jerraud Powers, released S Kerry Rhodes, and is hosting Bengals LB Rey Maualuga, Chargers CB Antoine Cason, and Vikings LB Jasper Brinkley, who met with the Giants today. (7:30pm ET)

On the same day they finalize their trade of Alex Smith to KC, the Niners sign DT Glenn Dorsey away from the Chiefs. (3:21pm ET)


Washington retained DL Kedric Golston with a three-year deal. (10:30am ET).

The Giants added Bengals K Josh Brown and retained RB Andre Brown, formerly of the Broncos. (2:00pm ET)

Dallas released DE Marcus Spears.


Green Bay was said to be the leading pursuer of Rams RB Steven Jackson, but they're cautious of overpaying him; they've reportedly offered WR Greg Jennings around $10M/year to stick around. (10:30am ET)

Detroit reportedly told Reggie Bush he'd be their starting RB, and he's agreed to join them, for a surprisingly reasonable four-year deal worth $16M. They've retained CB Chris Houston for five years and added Seattle DL Jason Jones and Texans S Glover Quin. (2:36pm ET)

Chicago cut TE Kellen Davis and TE Matt Spaeth, and is expected to release DT Matt Toeaina. (1:31pm ET)


The Saints released LB Will Herring and freed up around $11M in cap space by restructuring with LB Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith. (10:30am ET)

Reports that the Falcons re-signed CB Brent Grimes have been retracted. (12:12pm ET)

Tampa Bay has landed one of the bigger fish of free agency in Niners S Dashon Goldson, and added Saints LB Jonathan Casillas. (7:27pm ET)

Carolina added CB Drayton Florence, who failed to make the Broncos out of camp last year, on a one-year deal. (4:30pm ET)

Updated 8:03pm ET

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