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NFL Hot Stove, Weekend Recap

Monday, March 18, 2013



New York Jets: The Jets were just as active as the Giants over the weekend. GM John Idzik got four players under contract: kicker Nick Folk, running back Mike Goodson, guard Willie Colon, and defensive lineman Antonio Garay. … Goodson scored a three-year, $6.9 million deal, and he’s an intriguing get. The soon-to-be 26-year-old has never carried the ball more than 103 times in a season, but he should easily eclipse that amount in 2013. Goodson and second-year back Bilal Powell are expected to complement each other. Goodson has much more big-play ability in his legs. … Colon signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal, and he’s expected to take over one of the guard spots. The biggest concern with Colon is his health. He has missed 36 games over the last three seasons. … Garay will likely back up Muhammad Wilkerson at right end, but he could also see snaps at nose tackle. He’s a much better pass rusher than run defender. … Folk signed a one-year deal. He’ll likely face competition in camp for the third straight season. … The Jets paid cornerback Darrelle Revis a $1 million roster bonus on Saturday. He’s still expected to be traded before the draft. … New York reportedly has interest in free agents safety Dawan Landry and offensive lineman Kevin Boothe. Landry is the older brother of ex-Jets safety LaRon Landry. Dawan is more of an in-the-box safety. Boothe would play one of the guard spots for the Jets. … Free agent outside linebacker Antwan Barnes left his visit without a contract. He’s drawing interest elsewhere. … The Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League are interested in Tim Tebow and have a contract offer waiting for him if he can’t find a job in the NFL. Tebow is likely to be released by the Jets sometime soon.

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders snagged a pair of linebackers this weekend. Nick Roach and Kevin Burnett will help shore up what was one of many weak spots in Oakland last season. The Raiders have an entirely new linebacker corps, and it’s not clear where each of Roach, Burnett, and Kaluka Maiava will play. Our best guess is that Maiava will handle the strong side, Roach the middle, and Burnett on the weak side. That is subject to change.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles made a trade with the Bucs on Friday. Philadelphia acquired receiver Arrelious Benn and a 2013 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2013 sixth-round pick and a 2014 conditional pick. Benn, a former second-round pick, fell out of favor with the Bucs. He has the ability to return kicks and could give Jason Avant a run for No. 3 receiver duties. … Safety Nate Allen is reportedly still in the mix for the starting free safety job, but we would expect Kenny Phillips to beat him out. … The Eagles don’t plan to trade or release pass rusher Trent Cole. We expect Cole to strictly rush the passer from one outside linebacker spot, while Connor Barwin drops into coverage a little bit on the other side. Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry will rotate in.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Free agent running back Beanie Wells’ physical with the Steelers reportedly revealed a “bad wheel.” He may be on the market for a bit. … The Steelers were interested in a couple of ex-Bears tight ends in Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth. They chose to sign Spaeth on Friday night. He’ll likely handle blocking duties this season. … Free agent outside linebacker Victor Butler left his visit without a contract. The Steelers are reportedly interested in free agent pass rusher Elvis Dumervil after his release from the Broncos. He’d be an upgrade on James Harrison. … Restricted free agent receiver Emmanuel Sanders has not received an offer sheet from the Patriots. … Pittsburgh is one of two teams to reportedly have interest in running back Ahmad Bradshaw. He makes a lot more sense for the Steelers than Wells does. Bradshaw is easily the top the back left on the free-agent market, and interest in him should start heating up soon.

San Diego Chargers: The Bolts locked up a couple of running backs on Friday. Danny Woodhead was signed to a two-year contract, and veteran Ronnie Brown signed up for another season. Both backs will see plenty of third-down work while Ryan Mathews handles the early downs. Look for coach Mike McCoy and OC Ken Whisenhunt to get the ball in Woodhead’s hands in space just as the Patriots have done over the last couple seasons. He’ll be a guy to monitor in PPR formats.

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers added safety Craig Dahl on a three-year, $5 million contract on Saturday. It’s unlikely that he’s viewed as a starter, but he could compete for the free safety gig with an early-round draft pick. The 49ers could also still be looking at free agent Charles Woodson. … San Francisco remains in the hunt for free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. He left his visit on Saturday without a contract, though. … The Niners plan to play Glenn Dorsey at nose tackle. He’s a bit undersized for your typical nose, but look for the 49ers to put him in position to rush the passer more than he did while in Kansas City. … Teams are reportedly interested in free agent receiver Randy Moss, but the soon-to-be 36-year-old has gone silent. Moss is still deciding on whether he should continue his playing career. San Francisco is not one of the teams with interest.

Seattle Seahawks: New defensive end Cliff Avril is expected to play the “Leo” pass-rush position in addition to strong-side linebacker with the Seahawks. … Seattle released special teamer and receiver Ben Obomanu on Friday. The 29-year-old was due $2.3 million in 2013.

St. Louis Rams: The Rams finally landed their man on Sunday night. Left tackle Jake Long signed a four-year, $34 million contract. The deal could reportedly be worth up to $36 million. Long left his three-day visit in St. Louis on Friday to return home to Miami where the Dolphins were making a strong push to retain him. Both sides reportedly offered similar deals, but Long likes the direction the Rams are heading in. Incumbent left tackle Rodger Saffold is now expected to slide over to the right side, or he could also play guard. Long’s signing gives quarterback Sam Bradford a four-time Pro Bowler on his blind side. Long is also a top-notch run-blocker. His biggest question mark is going to be his health.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs added tight end Tom Crabtree on a two-year, $1.6 million contract on Saturday. He wasn’t tendered an offer by the Packers as a restricted free agent last week. Crabtree has just 18 career catches. As the depth chart stands right now, he could be the top dog. … The Bucs will reportedly wait a few more weeks to entertain a trade for Darrelle Revis. Tampa Bay wants to see what else the free-agent cornerback market has to offer. The Bucs could be interested in bringing back free agent E.J. Biggers. He hasn’t drawn any interest, yet. Biggers was the best of a bad bunch of corners in Tampa last season.

Tennessee Titans: The Titans hosted two free agents for visits over the weekend: linebacker Brad Jones and safety Bernard Pollard. There are reportedly several teams interested in Jones, but Tennessee was his first visit. There doesn’t appear to be a starting job open with the Titans among the linebackers. If Pollard were to sign, it would likely push George Wilson to the No. 3 safety behind Pollard and free safety Michael Griffin. Pollard would bring some attitude to a defense that was far too soft in 2012.

Washington Redskins: The Redskins were one of the teams to express some interest in running back Reggie Bush. They don’t have the money for that kind of pickup, but it shows Washington wants to find a back to pair with early-down stud Alfred Morris. Morris caught just 11 passes in 16 games last season. … Free agent cornerback DeAngelo Hall reportedly could be brought back. He hasn’t drawn much interest on the open market since the Redskins released him last week. Washington isn’t expected to be in the running for free agent cornerback Brent Grimes, who is going to start narrowing his choices down this week. Grimes is expected to be too expensive for the Redskins.



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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