Front office executives around the NFL are reportedly "fuming and crying foul" over Emmanuel Sanders' decision to sign with the Broncos.
It has nothing to do with the Broncos, but everything to do with Sanders and his agent. Sanders reportedly agreed to terms with the Chiefs earlier in the week before his agent took that offer to Tampa Bay and engaged in talks with the Bucs. The 49ers had a visit set up with Sanders before he and his agent blew it off. "This was one of the worst situations in modern football negotiations," one executive said. Another said Sanders' agent, Steve Weinberg, broke "every rule in negotiations." What Weinberg did isn't against the rules, but it's commonly accepted that once sides agree with a handshake or in writing, the deal is set. Weinberg has two clients currently in the NFL.
Free agent DE Anthony Spencer is visiting the Rams.
Spencer is currently rehabbing his knee following October microfracture surgery but is expected to be ready for camp. The Rams already possess a solid trio at defensive end led by Robert Quinn, Chris Long, and Eugene Sims, but coach Jeff Fisher and DC Gregg Williams love pass rushers. Spencer just turned 30.
The Florida Times Union believes Jaguars DE Andre Branch could be back on the trade block again this summer.
The Jaguars dangled Branch in training camp last year but found no takers. Now that he's coming off a six-sack sophomore campaign, Branch might be able to fetch a draft pick. However, we're not sure the addition of Chris Clemons and re-signing of Jason Babin makes Branch expendable. Both Clemons and Babin are well into their thirties. Branch won't turn 25 until July.
Jaguars DE Tyson Alualu will be backup in 2014 after the team signed LE Red Bryant.
Alualu, the tenth overall pick in 2010, has started all 64 games in his career and played 754 defensive snaps last season. He doesn't play great run defense and brings little to the table as a pass rusher. In Alualu's defense, he's battled a balky knee his entire career. He may not play more than 300-400 snaps in 2014.
Giants signed S/KR Quintin Demps, formerly of the Chiefs.
The Giants have found their kick returner after striking out on Ted Ginn and Jacoby Jones. Demps finished third in the league with his 30.1 kickoff return average, bringing one back to the house. He shouldn't play much defense with the G-Men but does have experience and is a quality depth player.
Giants signed CB Walter Thurmond III, formerly of the Seahawks, to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
The Giants are arguably having the best free agency period, not that that necessarily means a whole lot. Thurmond, 26, has good size at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds and can play the slot and outside. We'd tentatively expect him to start opposite Prince Amukamara. Trumaine McBride will be the No. 3 corner. Thurmond's market was likely affected by his November suspension.
Patriots signed WR Brandon LaFell to a three-year, $11 million contract.
LaFell will give the Patriots another receiver to compete with Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. A disappointing four-year player, LaFell posted 49 catches, 627 yards, and five touchdowns with Carolina last season. LaFell won't be higher than the No. 3 wideout in New England and will struggle for consistent snaps. The Panthers have now lost their top-four receivers to free agency and currently have Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt atop their depth chart.
The Texans haven't ruled out re-signing free agent LG Wade Smith.
Smith has been a starter the last four seasons with Houston and could be re-signed at the right price. He's Rotoworld's No. 8 remaining free agent guard.