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NFL Hot Stove, Day 3

Thursday, March 14, 2013


New York Jets: Free agent receiver Brandon Gibson spent all of Wednesday in New York, and stayed overnight. He may not get out of town without a deal. The Jets are considered the favorite for him. Gibson would be the No. 2 to Santonio Holmes. … Free agents running back Mike Goodson and outside linebacker Antwan Barnes are scheduled to visit. The Jets are interested in Goodson to replace Shonn Greene’s touches. Barnes was drafted in Baltimore while coach Rex Ryan was there. He’d add a little juice to the pass-rushing efforts. … New York re-signed FB Lex Hilliard to a one-year pact. He’s a special-teamer. … GM John Idzik is reportedly holding out for the Bucs’ first-round pick (No. 13 overall) in a Darrelle Revis trade. So far, Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik isn’t budging. Dominik is willing to offer the 2013 second-rounder or a 2014 first-rounder.

Oakland Raiders: The Silver and Black signed a trio of young veterans on Wednesday. Defensive tackle Pat Sims signed a one-year deal, defensive end Jason Hunter inked an undisclosed deal, and outside linebacker Kaluka Maiava agreed to a three-year, $6 million contract. Sims highlights the group, but all three players could end up starting on such a talent-deficient roster. Sims is a former third-round pick, one-dimensional run-stuffer. Hunter was with coach Dennis Allen in Denver, but he missed the entire 2012 campaign with a torn triceps. Maiava started 13 games for the Browns last season, playing surprisingly well versus both the run and the pass. … Free agent linebackers Nick Roach and Dan Connor have scheduled visits. The Raiders entered Wednesday with all three starting linebacker spots open. … Oakland reportedly has preliminary interest in free agent quarterback Vince Young. We wouldn’t bet on it happening. … Exclusive rights free agent cornerback Coye Francies was re-signed to a one-year, $630,000 contract.

Philadelphia Eagles: Nothing but rumors surrounded the Eagles on Wednesday, a day after inking five players. Free agent defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois was in town for a visit, but he left after the sides were reportedly far apart on terms. … The Eagles may be eyeing free agent right tackles Sebastian Vollmer and Andre Smith. We wouldn’t expect Philadelphia to sign either one. Reports are that the Eagles don’t plan to dole out big money to any free agents. … Free agents outside linebackers Connor Barwin and Victor Butler, along with cornerback Cary Williams reportedly interest the team. Even after signing Bradley Fletcher on Tuesday, the Eagles are likely seeking another corner. You can never have enough pass rush, so Butler and Barwin make sense as the Eagles transition to the 3-4 scheme. … Philadelphia has withdrawn from the Darrelle Revis trade talks. It seems to be Tampa Bay or bust for Revis.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers signed a few veterans and set up a few free-agent visits on Wednesday. … Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski signed a three-year deal to back up Ben Roethlisberger. Long snapper Greg Warren re-signed on a one-year contract, as did receiver Plaxico Burress. Burress will be no higher than the fourth receiver, if he even makes the team. … Free agents outside linebacker Victor Butler and tight end Kellen Davis are scheduled to visit on Thursday. Butler could replace James Harrison in the starting lineup, and Davis could be the blocking tight end with Leonard Pope being a free agent. … Free agent linebacker Dan Connor was supposed to visit on Wednesday, but he never did. He’s now headed out to Oakland for a visit.

San Diego Chargers: The Bolts added a couple of pieces on Wednesday. Guard Chad Rinehart signed a one-year deal, and cornerback Derek Cox landed a four-year, $20 million contract. Rinehart is expected to start at one of the guard spots, and he spent the last three seasons in Buffalo with new Chargers’ offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris. Cox was a top-six free-agent corner, and they got him at a good rate. When healthy, he’s one of the top cover corners in the league.

San Francisco 49ers: San Francisco signed former No. 5 overall pick defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey to a two-year contract on Wednesday. He’ll replace Ricky Jean-Francois as the run-stuffing backup at both end spots. … Free agent safety Louis Delmas is scheduled to visit on Thursday after the 49ers missed out on LaRon Landry. The Niners are looking for Dashon Goldson’s replacement. … San Francisco has been mentioned as a possible destination for free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks were just minding their own business until Wednesday night they swooped in and nabbed top pass rusher Cliff Avril on a two-year, $15 million deal. It’s a huge discount rate for Avril, who was believed by some to be the top overall free agent entering the offseason. He and Bruce Irvin will team up to replace Chris Clemons as the “Leo” pass rusher as Clemons recovers from his torn ACL.

St. Louis Rams: The Rams spent the entire day putting free agent left tackle Jake Long through a physical before finally taking him out to dinner on Wednesday night. A decision is expected by Thursday. If the Rams do sign Long, incumbent left tackle Rodger Saffold will reportedly ask for a trade. He doesn’t want to play right tackle. … Free agent safety Louis Delmas received a contract offer on Wednesday, but he left town and is headed for San Francisco. There is an abundance of free agent safeties on the market to choose from. … St. Louis was reportedly willing to offer receiver Danny Amendola $4 million annually, but he ended up signing in New England for a shade over $6 million per season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs landed the big fish of the day in free safety Dashon Goldson. They signed him to a five-year, $41.25 million deal. Goldson’s $8.25 million annual average is third-highest in the league among safeties. A ball-hawk who isn’t afraid to come up and hit a running back, Goldson will pair up with Mark Barron to form one of the best duos in the league. … Linebacker Jonathan Casillas signed a one-year deal worth up to $3 million. The former Saint flashed in limited opportunities throughout his young career, and he’ll likely get a chance to start on the strong side in 2013. … The Bucs have reportedly been in talks with free agent return man Leon Washington. He’d be an upgrade on Roscoe Parrish. … GM Mark Dominik is unwilling to give up the No. 13 overall pick in the draft to the Jets for Darrelle Revis. However, he is willing to give up a 2013 second-rounder or 2014 first-rounder. The Jets haven’t budged, yet.

Tennessee Titans: The Titans entered the offseason in the market for a bigger back to complement Chris Johnson. On Wednesday, they think they found one. Running back Shonn Greene was signed to a three-year, $10.5 million deal. Greene isn’t as superb in the short-yardage game as one would believe. He’s likely to siphon some scoring opportunities from Johnson in 2013. … Linebacker Moise Fokou signed a two-year deal after spending a year with the division rival Colts. He’ll likely back up all three spots, and play on special teams. … Receiver Brandon Gibson is scheduled to make a free-agent visit on Friday, but he still has to get through his visits with the Jets and Dolphins first. If signed, Nate Washington will likely be traded. He said he prefers to be released, obviously. … Tennessee is reportedly interested in free agent safety Gerald Sensabaugh. He’d be the third safety with the Titans. Gerald’s cousin, Coty, plays for the Titans.

Washington Redskins: Washington is interested in three free agent cornerbacks: Aqib Talib, Antoine Cason, and Antoine Winfield. They’ve yet to set up visits for any of them, but all three would be the new No. 1 corners in D.C. after DeAngelo Hall’s release. … Free agent offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood is scheduled to visit. He’d be an option at right tackle if Tyler Polumbus doesn’t re-sign. Trueblood was booted from the starting lineup in Tampa Bay last season due to poor play. … Strong safety Brandon Meriweather took a pay cut. He sliced his salary from $2.45 million to $1.2 million after playing in just one game last season due to a knee injury.



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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