The 2008 free-agent signing period is under way, and the NFL Network's Adam Schefter is burning up the phone lines. Follow all of Monday's free-agent action right here. Check back frequently for updates.
Dunn on the market
Monday marks a shift in free agency. It's when the market shifts and instead of teams going to agents, agents start going to teams.
Saying that, the first news of the day is in. The Atlanta Falcons have released running back Warrick Dunn, making him a free agent. The 33-year-old Dunn, who rushed for 720 yards last season and has rushed for 10,181 yards in 11 NFL seasons, became expendable when the Falcons signed free-agent running back Michael Turner on Sunday.
“Warrick Dunn holds himself to the highest standards of the National Football League,” said Falcons owner and CEO Arthur Blank. “His contributions, not only to the Falcons but to the entire NFL both on and off the field, have been well documented. The legacy he leaves in Atlanta will be long-remembered and appreciated by his fellow players, fans and the community. In my mind, Warrick will always be part of the Falcons family. At times like this our hearts are heavy, but the nature of the game sometimes requires making these kinds of decisions, however difficult they are for all of us. I wish Warrick continued great success in his future endeavors.”
According to NFL Network's Adam Schefter, Dunn plans to sign with a playoff contender. At least three teams already are eyeing him, including possibly Tampa Bay and Indianapolis. Dunn spent the first five seasons of his career playing for Tampa Bay, and his head coach with the Bucs was current Colts head coach Tony Dungy.
Moss deal done
Woody, Pace sign with Jets
Free-agent offensive tackle Damien Woody reached agreement with the New York Jets on a five-year, $25.5 million deal that includes $11 million worth of guaranteed money. The first three years of Woody's deal pay him $17.25 million. This comes on the heels of the signing of free-agent left guard Alan Faneca on Saturday as the Jets look to upgrade their offensive line.
The Jets have doled out $137.75 million worth of contracts, including $67 million worth of guaranteed money in the past 48 hours.--Adam Schefter
Giants make a move
And the world-champion New York Giants are on the free-agent board. The Giants reached agreement Monday with former Jacksonville free-agent safety Sammy Knight, who will be expected to try to help replace Gibril Wilson. The deal will pay Knight $5.1 million over three years.--Adam Schefter
Bengals sign Odom
Cincinnati reached agreement with former Tennessee defensive end Antwan Odom on a five-year, $29.5 million deal, including $11.5 guaranteed. --Adam Schefter
Odom recorded eight sacks in his first season as a starter for the Titans and will replace departed defensive end Justin Smith. Odom will stop opposite left end Robert Geathers, and will keep the Bengals in the 4-3 defense. The Bengals have made the defensive line a priority, but failed in attempts to acquire Shaun Rogers and Dwayne Robertson.
Cardinals sign LaBoy
Free agent defensive end Travis LaBoy has reached agreement with the Arizona Cardinals on a five-year, $22 million agreement, including $7.5 guaranteed money.--Adam Schefter
Steelers get Moore
After Pittsburgh shelled out $102 million on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it still had some left over for former Vikings free-agent running back Mewelde Moore, who became the Steelers first free-agent acquistion this winter. Moore and the Steelers reached agreement Monday on a three-year contract.
Multiple teams attempted to acquire Moore from Minnesota before last season’s trade deadline.
Moore will be a solid third-down back in Pittsburgh and provides insurance in the event that running back Willie Parker struggles to return from last sesaon’s fractured leg. -- Adam Schefter
St. Louis gets help on offensive line
St. Louis has agreed to terms on a six-year contract with guard Jacob Bell. Bell, a fifth-round draft choice (138th overall) of the Titans in 2004, has played in 55 career games with 46 starts. The Rams were besieged by injuries on the offensive line in 2007.
Griese returns to Tampa Bay
Trades keep stealing some of the free-agent headlines, and now another is about to be completed. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who never have enough quarterbacks, have agreed to a trade for quarterback Brian Griese. -- Adam Schefter
» The Jaguars released guard Chris Naeole on Monday. Naeole, 33, missed the final eight games last season with a torn quadriceps tendon.--Adam Schefter
» The Panthers came to terms Monday with guard Keydrick Vincent on a two-year, $2 million deal. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Vincent started 16 games in Pittsburgh in 2004 and 12 games with Baltimore in 2006. --Associated Press
» The Cardinals announced that the team has signed free agent tight end Jerame Tuman to a two-year contract.
» The Saints have re-signed receiver David Patten who finished last season with 54 receptions for 792 yards and three touchdowns.
» The Texans have signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Kevin Bentley. He spent the last three seasons with the Seahawks where he appeared in 43 games, starting five. Last season he started a pair of games and recorded 17 tackles. He recorded a season-high 10 tackles against San Francisco on Nov. 12 to lead the Seahawks defense in a 24-0 win. He was a major contributor on special teams, piling up 32 special teams stops in three seasons.
» The Lions have signed tight end Michael Gaines, who is coming off the best season of his four-year NFL career. The 6-foot-3, 277-pound Gaines made 25 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns in his only season with the Buffalo Bills. Gaines is expected to be used primarily as a blocking back, since the Lions are looking to improve their running attack. --The Associated Press
» The Denver Broncos attempted to shore up their linebacking crew, signing former Seattle free-agent linebacker Niko Koutouvides to a multi-year deal that will pay him $2.5 million per season. --Adam Schefter
» Patriots defensive back Eugene Wilson is visiting Tampa Bay today.
» Buffalo free-agent cornerback Jason Webster is visiting the New England Patriots today.
» Tennessee free-agent defensive end Antwan Odom is wrapping up his visit in Cincinatti and headed to Minnesota tonight to visit the Vikings.
» Dallas free-agent running back Julius Jones is visiting the Detroit Lions today.