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NFL Hot Stove, Day 3

Thursday, March 14, 2013



Detroit Lions: The Lions brought in a nice free agency haul on Wednesday. Running back Reggie Bush landing in the Motor City was blatantly obvious for weeks. He signed up on a four-year, $16 million deal. Bush’s addition adds some much-needed juice to what was a vanilla backfield. The Lions are reportedly set to make Bush a full-time, three-down back. To get a sense of what Bush’s signing means for fantasy purposes, peep Adam Levitan’s piece on Bush from Wednesday afternoon. … Bush wasn’t the only player the Lions snatched up. Defensive lineman Jason Jones inked a three-year, $9.5 million deal, and safety Glover Quin scored a five-year, $25 million contract. Jones can play both end and tackle. He played under coach Jim Schwartz in Tennessee. Quin is an above-average run supporter. He lacks adequate coverage skills, which is one reason the Texans moved him from cornerback to safety prior to the 2011 season. … Cornerback Chris Houston re-upped in Detroit on a five-year, $25 million deal, as well. Ideally, the Lions would go out and get a No. 1 corner, but for right now Houston is set to fill that role for the third straight season. … Detroit came up as a possible suitor for free agent cornerback Cary Williams. He and Houston are essentially the same player – susceptible to the big play.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers are reportedly getting closer to a three-year deal with free agent running back Steven Jackson. They don’t appear to have much competition for his services, and the major hang-up sounds like money. … Tight end Jermichael Finley is reportedly “sitting on pins and needles” as the Packers wait to see what happens with free agent receiver Greg Jennings. If Jennings re-ups in Green Bay, which seems like a real possibility at this point, Finley would likely be dangled in a trade or released.

Houston Texans: Houston was linked to three free-agent defensive backs on Wednesday. Safety Ed Reed is scheduled to visit the facility on Thursday. If he gets out of town without a deal, safety Charles Woodson could be an option. The Texans are in the market for someone to play next to Danieal Manning after losing Glover Quin to the Lions on Wednesday. Houston has been named as a possible destination for free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. If the price is right, Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson could use some help in coverage.

Indianapolis Colts: After a big opening day in free agency, GM Ryan Grigson added another piece to his defensive backfield. Safety LaRon Landry inked a four-year, $24 million deal with the Colts. We didn’t expect him to land $6 million annually like he did, but Landry earned it after posting a career-year with the Jets in 2012. He’ll overtake Tom Zbikowski for the starting strong safety gig. … Free agent defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois arrived late on Wednesday for a visit. He’s been a coveted man.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars weren’t linked to a single free agent on Tuesday, but they got in on the spending a little bit on Wednesday. Linebacker Geno Hayes signed a two-year, $2 million contract. He was with DC Bob Babich in Chicago last season. Hayes could be asked to fill free agent Daryl Smith’s shoes on the strong side, but more likely he’ll back up all three spots. … Jacksonville also set up three free-agent visits with running back Justin Forsett, right tackle Tyler Polumbus, and cornerback Alan Ball. Forsett was in Seattle with OC Jedd Fisch in 2010. Polumbus wouldn’t be much of an upgrade on the in-house candidates. Ball was not good in Houston last season. … The Jaguars released receiver Laurent Robinson on Wednesday, just one year after he signed a five-year, $32.5 million deal. He suffered four, yes FOUR, concussions in 2012. He has reportedly been cleared to continue his career, but we’re worried that Robinson could be heading down a dangerous road.

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs laid low for much of Wednesday. Kansas City brass introduced quarterback Alex Smith to the media. They did find Smith a weapon, though. Receiver Donnie Avery was signed to a three-year, $8.55 million deal. We’re not sure if we really like the move all that much. Smith doesn’t have a big arm, and Avery is a one-trick pony as a go-route runner. However, he does add an element to the receiver corps that was missing. … We learned some further details to quarterback Chase Daniel’s three-year deal that was inked on Tuesday. If Daniel throws for more than 2,000 yards and 12 touchdowns in any season, his deal will void. Obviously, that will only happen if he becomes the starter.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins kept quiet after blowing through a load of cash on Tuesday. Free agent tight end Dustin Keller was in town undergoing a physical and having dinner with the Miami brass. He could be signed on Thursday, and would be an upgrade on recently departed Anthony Fasano in the passing game. … Free agent receiver Brandon Gibson is scheduled to visit on Thursday, but that’s only if he gets away from the Jets. Gibson was in New York all day on Wednesday and spent the night. He’d be the No. 3 or 4 receiver in Miami. … The Dolphins remain hopeful they can re-sign free agent left tackle Jake Long, but he spent the entire day in St. Louis.

Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota remains interested in Greg Jennings, but his price is going to have to come down significantly. … Free agent linebacker Brian Urlacher has reportedly been in contact with the Vikings, but local beat writers aren’t buying it. We aren’t, either. Urlacher has slowed down, and the Vikings are going to stick to their plan of getting younger. … The Vikings continue to be linked to Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel. There’s zero chance they’ll trade for him, but he could become an option if/when he’s released.

New England Patriots: Talks officially broke down with receiver Wes Welker on Wednesday, and he jettisoned to Denver on a two-year, $12 million deal. The Patriots wasted no time in finding his replacement. Slot machine Danny Amendola signed a five-year, $31 million contract, which included $10 million guaranteed. We really like the move, even if Amendola is an injury-risk. He’s younger, bigger, quicker, and stronger than Welker. Amendola can also play on the outside if need be, as he isn’t limited to just the slot. He’s a legit threat for 100 grabs in 2013. New England may now look to re-sign receiver Julian Edelman to back up/platoon with Amendola.

New Orleans Saints: The Saints remain low on funds. Long snapper Justin Drescher was re-signed to a four-year deal. That was the only transaction for New Orleans on Wednesday. … Free agent cornerback Keenan Lewis is reportedly on his way for a visit, and the Saints could be in on free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Either of the two would be upgrades for the worst pass defense in the history of the NFL.

New York Giants: The G-Men moved on from free agent kicker Lawrence Tynes by signing Josh Brown to a one-year deal. Brown kicked for the Bengals at the end of last season. He made the winning field goal to clinch Cincinnati a playoff berth. … Free agents linebacker Jasper Brinkley and safety Ryan Mundy have set up visits. Brinkley would be an upgrade on Chase Blackburn in the middle as a two-down thumper. Mundy would replace Kenny Phillips as the third safety in New York. … Free agent left guard Kevin Boothe reiterated his desire to re-sign with the Giants. There hasn’t been much movement on that front.


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Nick Mensio is a football writer for Rotoworld.com. The 2014 NFL season marks his third with Rotoworld. He can be found on Twitter at @NickMensio.
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