Raiders sign DL Antonio Smith, formerly of the Texans, to a two-year, $9 million deal.
Smith racked up 27 sacks over the last five seasons playing right end in Houston's 3-4 scheme, but he will likely move inside in the Raiders' base 4-3 defense. Even at 32, Smith is an above average interior pass rusher and, along with new additions LaMarr Woodley and Justin Tuck, should improve an Oakland pass-rushing unit that struggled to get to the quarterback in 2013.
Raiders sign CB Tarell Brown to a one-year, $3.5 million fully guaranteed deal.
The 49ers were reportedly offering a three-year, $10 million deal, but Brown decided to bet on himself and take the one-year offer. Brown will pencil in as the starter opposite D.J. Hayden and should have plenty of chances to prove his worth before taking another run at free agency next offseason.
Chiefs signed DL Vance Walker to a three-year, $13 million contract.
Walker will replace Tyson Jackson at left end in Kansas City's 3-4 scheme after spending the last five seasons as a 4-3 defensive tackle. He started 15 games in 2013, finishing with 40 tackles and three sacks. Walker isn't an impact signing, but could see an increase in sacks with the Chiefs.
Colts agreed to terms with Hakeem Nicks, formerly of the Giants, on a one-year, $3.5 million deal.
The deal reportedly contains an extra $2 million in incentives. GM Ryan Grigson has reputation for being a closer, so it was always unlikely Nicks left Indianapolis without a deal. Still only 26-years-old, Nicks would theoretically provide playmaking ability on the outside, allowing T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne to move around the formation. If his heart is in it, the Colts will provide Nicks the offense and opportunity to reemerge as a fantasy relevant wide receiver.
Patriots signed CB Brandon Browner to a three-year, $17 million contract.
Browner also received interest from the Redskins, Saints, and Jets before signing with the Patriots. It's a slightly longer contract than expected, as New England initially only offered a two-year deal. The $5.6 million annually places Browner among the top-seven cornerbacks in the league in terms of average salary, ahead of Vontae Davis and Alterraun Verner. Browner is suspended for the first four games of 2014, but will start on the outside opposite Darrelle Revis when reinstated. The Patriots have drastically improved their secondary this offseason and plan to run a physical man-to-man scheme with Browner and Revis.
ESPN reports free agent Emmanuel Sanders may not receive the long-term contract he wants due to medical concerns regarding his feet.
Sanders has a screw in each of his feet and was limited by a foot injury the last two months of 2013. He is reportedly looking for something close to the five-year, $31 million, $13 million guaranteed deal Golden Tate received from the Lions, but his injury history should put that kind of money out of reach. Sanders may have to settle for a one or two-year deal. He is our No. 5 remaining free-agent wide receiver.
Free agent LT Donald Penn will visit with the Redskins on Saturday.
Penn met with the Raiders on Friday, but left without a contract. He would presumably be moved to right tackle with Washington, bookending Trent Williams. Penn has started every game for the Bucs the last six seasons and is the top offensive tackle remaining on the open market.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman said he would like to re-sign free agent LG Charlie Johnson.
Johnson has started 47-of-48 games the past three seasons for the Vikings, but won't be guaranteed the left guard job if he re-signs. He graded out negatively in both run blocking and pass protection last year, and is best suited for a "swing" role. Johnson turns 30 this offseason and should be limited to one-year deals.