Seahawks agreed to terms with K Steven Hauschka to a three-year, $9.15 million contract.
The deal includes $3.35 million guaranteed. Hauschka has quietly emerged as one of the game's most reliable kickers, going 57-of-62 (91.9 percent) on field goals over the last two seasons. That includes an 11-of-12 mark from 40-49 yards out and a perfect 3-of-3 from 50+ last season. Hauschka's average annual salary of $3.05 million is in line with recent deals signed by Jets K Nick Folk and Panthers K Graham Gano. Hauschka was fantasy's No. 4 kicker last season, a ranking he won't have trouble repeating.
Colts owner Jim Irsay is facing preliminary charges of four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance in addition to operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Late Sunday night, police in Carmel, Indiana pulled over Irsay over for "driving at a slow rate of speed, stopping in roadway and failure to signal turn." They say they found several Schedule IV prescription drugs not associated with the bottles found in the vehicle. Irsay allegedly failed several roadside field sobriety tests. It appears he was not legally drunk, but authorities believe he was under the influence of the pills. The outspoken son of former Colts owner Robert Irsay will be subject to the league's personal conduct policy.
Free agent S Ryan Clark's asking price is reportedly exceeds what the Redskins want to pay.
Even though Clark will turn 35 years old in October, he's apparently seeking more than a veteran minimum kind of deal. The Redskins are absolutely starved for safety help, but not even Dan Snyder is crazy enough to succumb to Clark's demands.
Free agent G/C Kevin Boothe will visit the Raiders Monday.
The swap meet between the Giants and Raiders continues. GM Jerry Reese may want Boothe back as a short-term bridge at center, but Reggie McKenzie can blow him out of the water financially. Of course, getting into a bidding war here would be silly as Boothe was a liability in both the pass and run games while playing center for the final six games of last year.
Free agent G Travelle Wharton has no plans to retire at this time.
Like just about every other Panthers offensive lineman, the 32-year-old Wharton flirted with the idea of retirement following the season. His camp has probably informed him that his market is too warm to go down that path. Wharton was our No. 2 guard available when free agency started and he's been linked to the Vikings.
Eagles re-signed S Nate Allen to a one-year, $2 million contract.
There's another $1 million available in playing-time incentives. Allen, the No. 37 overall pick in 2010, was a horrific bust through his first three seasons. But he showed enough improvement last season that the Eagles are going to give him another chance. He'll likely compete with a draft pick to be a third safety behind Malcolm Jenkins and Earl Wolff.
Saints re-signed RT Zach Strief to a five-year, $20.5 million contract.
Strief, who gets $8.5 million guaranteed, was our No. 2 tackle still available behind only Donald Penn. The 30-year-old veteran is coming off his best NFL season, as he started 15 games for the Saints while allowing just four sacks and five quarterback hits. The re-signing is excellent news for Drew Brees, as the 6'7/320 Strief has emerged as an elite pass blocker. He'll bookend with exciting left tackle prospect Terron Armstead.
Giants beat writer Dan Graziano says it seemed clear that Hakeem Nicks' "chief motivation" last season "was to stay healthy so that he could cash in as a free agent."
The Colts are hoping Nicks' effectiveness was sapped by his mind, not an accumulation of lower-body injuries. He posted a 56-896-0 line, reportedly frustrating coaches with his inability to get open and make plays. The other concern is that 26-year-old Nicks is operating on a one-year deal once again, leaving Graziano to wonder if he'll tip-toe through another season. There are a lot of yellow flags here despite Nicks' natural talent and the presence of Andrew Luck.