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March 19, 2016

NFL Free Agency In Full Swing

by Larry Leek

NFL free agency is in full swing and to get you up to date on player moves, WOYSM has the list of free agent moves/resigns to date. with the 2016 NFL Draft just around the corner, teams are beginning to scramble for whatever morsels are out there for the picking that might be left.

So far this off season there’s been nothing major to move the Richter Scale, but there have been some moves that have caught the professional eye.

Here is a list of the most notable moves/re-signings and offer sheets thus far and also Whats On My Sports Mind about the move.


Cowboys sign Benson Mayowa to offer sheet

Dallas has signed the restricted free-agent defensive end to an offer sheet, according to sources, and now must wait to see if the Raiders match. Could this signal the end of Greg Hardy in Big D? My Sports Mind thinks so. Hopefully Mayowa can boost the Cowboys pass rush that has been dormant for YEARS now.

James Starks staying in Green Bay

The 30-year-old running back remains with the Packers. For a guy who’s spent his entire career in Green Bay  Starks now appears to be able to finish up  his career there.

Thursday, March 17

Daryl Smith headed to Tampa  Bay

The Buccaneers have agreed to terms with the former Ravens linebacker.

Broncos agree with Russell Okung

Denver is finalizing a five-year contract with Okung. The only bad thing is that Okung does not have an agent representing him which means all the OT’s that do got a 3-day head start on Okung because of the NFL tampering rule. My Sports Mind feels thats NOT good and could work to the Bronco’s favor.

Chris Johnson staying in Arizona

The veteran running back agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Cardinals. My Sports Mind feels with his career winding down, he best be glad to take what he can get.

Andre Smith agrees to deal with Vikings

The former first-round pick by Cincinnati will get a one-year deal in Minnesota.

49ers add Zane Beadles

The recently released offensive lineman agreed to a three-year, $11.75 million contract.

Wednesday, March 16

Shea McClellin is latest Bear headed to Patriots

The former Chicago linebacker and New England have reached an agreement on a three-year contract.

James Laurinaitis joining New Orleans

The longtime Rams linebacker is signing with the Saints.

Rahim Moore to sign with Browns

Cleveland is taking a one-year flier on the former Houston safety, according to a league source.

Andre Branch signs with Dolphins

The veteran defensive lineman is headed to Miami after four seasons in Jacksonville.

Evan Mathis lands one-year deal in Arizona

A day after trading their right guard, the Cardinals found his replacement.

Jets land Steve McLendon

The veteran nose tackle will replace Damon Harrison, who signed a free-agent deal with the New York Giants.

Raiders retain Donald Penn

The offensive tackle’s return assures that free-agent addition Kelechi Osemele will play guard in 2016.

Chris Hairston staying in San Diego

The versatile offensive lineman agreed to terms on a two-year deal, a source confirmed. The deal was first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Demario Davis leaving Jets for Browns

The linebacker has agreed to terms on a two-year deal for $8 million.

Tuesday, March 15

Junior Galette will remain with Redskins

After missing the 2015 season because of a torn Achilles, Galette will return to Washington.

Chris Long gets one-year deal with Patriots

The former Rams defensive end is headed to New EnglandMy Sports Mind feels that the Pats and Head Coach, Bill Belichick got a huge inking when they signed Long.


Jets expected to add Steve McLendon

The former Steelers nose tackle will sign a three-year deal with New York, a source told ESPN.

Kelvin Beachum agrees to deal with Jaguars

Beachum will earn $4.5 million in the first year and can earn up to $6 million if he reaches incentives.

Redskins pry David Bruton away from Broncos

The safety and special-teams stalwart signed a three-year deal.

Former Broncos OT Ryan Harris to join Steelers

The arrival of Harris likely spelled the end of Kelvin Beachum in Pittsburgh.

Broncos to match Dolphins’ offer sheet to C.J. Anderson

The 25-year-old running back will get a guaranteed $5.25 million signing bonus, and his base salary of $675,000 will also be guaranteed. My Sports Mind has to give the Bronco’s an A for resigning the former California Golden Bear. Now their BIGGEST question is who will be their starting quarterback?

Mike Wallace heading to Baltimore

The veteran receiver brings much-needed speed to the Ravens, who averaged an NFL-worst 10.4 yards per reception last season. QB, Joe Flacco has to be dancing in the streets right now and My Sports Mind can certainly understand why.

Terence Newman returning to Vikings

The veteran cornerback signed a one-year deal and will be back for his 14th NFL season as The former Cowboy re-inks with the Vikes.

Nolan Carroll staying with Eagles

The cornerback, who made a visit to Dallas last week, has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with Philadelphia.

Raiders retain Andre Holmes

Holmes, Oakland’s No. 3 receiver last season, has agreed to a one-year deal.


Monday, March 14

Panthers add Paul Soliai

The defensive tackle is signing a two-year, $7 million deal with Carolina after being released by Atlanta.

Bears retain Zach Miller

Chicago gives a two-year deal to the tight end, who had 34 catches and five touchdowns last season.

Rams agree to deal with Coty Sensabaugh

The former Tennessee cornerback is getting a three-year deal with Los Angeles.

Eric Weddle heads to Baltimore

Phil Dawson sticks with 49ers

The one-year deal is reportedly worth $3.134 million.

Will Blackmon gets two-year deal with Redskins

He had two interceptions and three fumbles for Washington last season.

Chris Conte re-ups with the Bucs

The 27-year-old DB started 13 games for Tampa Bay last season.

Tim Wright re-signs with Lions

The four-year veteran is currently the fifth tight end on the Lions’ roster.


Sunday, March 13

Akiem Hicks lands deal in Chicago

Hicks, who was traded to the Patriots in October, agreed to a two-year deal with the Bears.

Casey Hayward lands in San Diego

The former Packers cornerback agreed to a three-year deal.

Jermaine Gresham staying with Cardinals

A source  reported that the tight end turned down contracts for four years and up to $23 million to stay in Arizona on a one-year deal My Sports Mind can’t help but wonder if he made the right choice .

Eugene Sims re-signs with Rams

The 29-year-old defensive lineman got a three-year deal after starting nine games last season.


Saturday, March 12

Jerrell Freeman chooses Bears

The linebacker led the Colts in tackles in 2012 and 2013, his first two years with the team.

Rod Streater lands with Chiefs

Kansas City looks to bolster its receiving corps by inking Streater to a one-year deal.

Rafael Bush picks Detroit

The former Saints safety and special teams missed all but one game last season.


Friday, March 11

Robert Ayers heading to Buccaneers

The 30-year-old defensive end has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal.

Morris Claiborne staying in Dallas

The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal to keep the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Prince Amukamara leaving Giants for Jaguars

The cornerback and former first-round pick has signed a one-year deal. Yet another BIG signing by the Jags.

Brent Grimes joining Buccaneers

The cornerback has agreed to a two-year deal worth $16.5 million, sources confirmed.

Johnny Manziel waived by Browns

The 22nd overall selection of the 2014 draft was brought down by off-the-field struggles and limited on-field success.

Kendall Reyes agrees to one-year deal with Redskins

The 26-year-old led all San Diego defensive linemen in combined tackles (32) and quarterback hits (11) in 2015.

Patriots sign Chris Hogan to offer sheet

The Bills have five days to match the $12 million deal for their wide receiver.


Thursday, March 10

Seahawks to retain Jermaine Kearse

The wide receiver has reached a three-year deal with Seattle.

Nick Perry staying in Green Bay

The former first-round pick will sign a one-year deal with the Packers.

Cedric Thornton going from Eagles to Cowboys

The 27-year-old defensive end has agreed to a four-year deal with Dallas. My Sports Mind hopes MY Boys can get that Doomsday Defense back to its old glory days, Hopefully Thornton can help them achieve that.

49ers sign QB Thad Lewis

Speculation continues to mount about the future of Colin Kaepernick in San Fran.  My Sports Mind feels that come Sept. Kaepernick’s name will NOT be on the 49ers roster.

Dolphins ink C.J. Anderson to offer sheet

The Broncos have five days to match the $18 million deal for their running back. My Sports Mind does believe that the Broncos will match the offer.

Mohamed Sanu gets five-year deal with Falcons

The former Bengals WR will bring a lot of versatility to Kyle Shanahan’s offense. with Roddy White released by Atlanta My Sports Mind feels they best get someone to replace White or QB, Matt Ryan’s numbers could dip even further.

Bengals retain Vincent Rey

The linebacker becomes the third free-agent defender to re-sign with Cincinnati.

Bilal Powell agrees to new deal with Jets

Powell will pair with new addition Matt Forte in New York’s new-look backfield.

Nigel Bradham gets two-year deal from Eagles

The former Bills LB thrived under Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in 2014.

Sean Smith headed to Oakland on four-year deal

The 28-year-old CB has $20 million in guaranteed money in the deal.


Wednesday, March 9

Richard Matthews lands in Tennesse

The Titans get QB Marcus Mariota another weapon.

Jeremy Lane gets new deal in Seattle

The Seahawks bolstered their secondary by agreeing to terms with Lane.

Adrian Clayborn sticks with Atlanta

The Falcons maintained all along that they wanted to bring Clayborn back, and they followed through with a two-year deal.

Victor Cruz agrees to reduced salary with Giants

The injury-riddled WR took a sizable pay cut to stay in New York.

J.R. Sweezy headed to the Bucs

The former Seahawks O-lineman nabs a five-year deal worth $32.5 million.

Derrick Johnson opts to stay in KC

The Chiefs continue to retain their talent on defense by giving the veteran Johnson a three-year, $21 million deal.

Tashaun Gipson inks $35.5 million deal with Jags

Jacksonville revamps its secondary with the play making safety. My Sports Mind has to start taking the Jags serious.

Adam Jones re-signs with Bengals

Cincinnati retains one of its key cogs on defense. Key Cogs? Well maybe Pacman, OOPS! I mean Adam has finally grown up, for the Bengals sake My Sports Mind hopes so.

Coby Fleener heads to New Orleans

The former Colts TE gets $36 million to pair up with Drew Brees in the Big Easy.

Mitchell Schwartz finalizing five-year deal with Chiefs

Kansas City gets a consistent, dependable interior lineman.

Brandon Mebane, Dwight Lowery headed to San Diego

The Chargers upgrade their defensive line (Mebane) and secondary (Lowery) .

Olivier Vernon gets blockbuster deal from Giants

The Giants continued their overhaul on defense by signing one of the best pass-rushers on the open market.

Matt Cassel Tennessee-bound

The former Cowboys quarterback received a one-year deal. HEY! and boy is My Sports Mind happy to hear this adios Cassel.

Tyvon Branch headed to Arizona

The Cardinals fill a need at safety by signing the eight-year veteran.

Danny Trevathan agrees to join Chicago

The three-down linebacker is leaving the Super Bowl champion Broncos for the Bears.

Damon Harrison reaches agreement with Giants

“Big Snacks” will be playing his home games in the same stadium next season, but he’ll be with the Giants instead of the Jets.

Rams reach deals with Mark Barron, William Hayes

Los Angeles (really sounds strange to this Sports Mind saying that name again) was able to reach agreements with the converted linebacker and defensive end.

Brandon Brooks to sign with Eagles

The offensive guard will get a five-year, $40 million deal with Philadelphia.

Lions bringing back Haloti Ngata

The enormous defensive tackle has reached an agreement on a two-year deal.

Lamar Miller joining Brock Osweiler in Houston

Miller, who rushed for 872 yards in Miami last season, adds to the Texans’ offensive haul.

Brock Osweiler bolts for Houston

The former Broncos signal-caller is signing a four-year, $72 million deal with the Texans that includes $37 million in guaranteed money. My Sports Mind can’t help but wonder if the Bronco’s let the next Peyton Manning get away? Probably NOT….

Matt Forte will be a Jet

The longtime Bear has found a fit in New York after Chris Ivory left. Its always sad when a player for one team so long leaves for another. Forte’s brilliant career is over in Chicago and My Sports Mind wishes the pro bowl RB all the best.

Doug Martin staying put in Tampa Bay

Martin, who rushed for 1,402 yards last season, will sign a five-year deal worth more than $35 million. My Sports Mind has to ask, WHY would the Bucs let him sign ANYWHERE else?

Alex Mack spurns Browns for Falcons

The three-team Pro Bowl center will reunite with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta.

Rodney McLeod agrees with Eagles

The former Rams safety will sign a five-year, $37 million deal with Philadelphia.

Ladarius Green to replace Heath Miller in Pittsburgh

The former Chargers tight end adds depth and playmaking for the Steelers.

Chase Daniel reunites with Doug Pederson

The Eagles’ new head coach was Daniel’s offensive coordinator in Kansas City. Daniel gets a multi-year deal to back up QB Sam Bradford. Definitely a good thing, even though Bradford had no major injuries last season My Sports Mind can’t help but wonder how long it will be before Bradford goes down again.

Alex Boone jumps to Vikings

The guard started all but one game he played for the 49ers the past four seasons.

Chargers re-sign Antonio Gates, pick up Travis Benjamin

This increases the likelihood that Gates will retire as a Charger. You got keep a stud like Gates, My Sports Mind  couldn’t see letting a player like Antonio get away. Benjamin will also be a nice add for the Chargers as well.

Bengals retain George Iloka

Cincinnati shelled out $30 million over a five-year deal to keep one of the NFL’s best coverage safeties.

Rolando McClain re-ups with Cowboys

The linebacker will make $5 million on a one-year deal. My Sports Mind is glad to see My Boys resign McClain, He’s a Great force at Linebacker.

Mason Foster staying with Redskins

It’s a two-year deal for the 27-year-old linebacker.

Ian Williams sticks with San Francisco

The defensive tackle has agreed to return to the 49ers on a five-year deal.

Marvin Jones headed to Detroit

The Lions waste no time trying to fill the void left by Calvin Johnson’s retirement. Well when one great retires you need to bring in another and My Sports Mind feels that the Lions did just that.

Janoris Jenkins cashes in with the Giants

One of the premier CBs on the open market will pocket $12 million per year.

Roman Foster sticking with Steelers

The offensive lineman will get a three-year deal.

Colt McCoy returning to D.C.

The QB will serve as Kirk Cousins‘ No. 2 with the Redskins. My Sports Mind feels he may just have well resigned, because I don’t think there were too many offers elsewhere.



Tuesday, March 8

Kelechi Osemele to sign with Raiders

The offensive lineman will reportedly get a five-year deal worth a maximum $60 million.

Malik Jackson headed to Jacksonville

Jackson’s deal is expected to average $15 million per season and will be a five- or six-year contract. My Sports Mind feels this was a win, win move for the Jags.

Jason Pierre-Paul returning to Giants

The defensive end is expected to sign a one-year deal for up to $10.5 million. Of course they should resign Paul, My Sports Mind would absolutely LOVE to have Jason in Big D.

Richie Incognito staying in Buffalo

Incognito will sign a three-year deal with the Bills.

Tamba Hali sticking with Chiefs

Hali has reached an agreement on a three-year deal that will allow him to finish his career in Kansas City.

Benjamin Watson agrees to deal with Ravens

The 35-year-old tight end, who had a career year in 2015 with New Orleans, is headed to Baltimore. Watson is getting on up there in age but My Sports Mind feels he can still be a force for the Ravens as well as a nice BIG target for Flacco, kudos to the Ravens for the signing.

Leodis McKelvin headed to Philly

The cornerback, who was cut by the Bills last week, agreed to a two-year contract with the Eagles.

Mario Williams agrees to deal with Dolphins

The defensive end will sign a two-year deal with Miami after being released by Buffalo. The former stud leaves for the Dolphins and My Sports Mind feels he still has some good years left, so kudos to the Dolphins for inking Williams.

Charles Johnson staying in Carolina

After visiting with the Giants and Buccaneers, the defensive end plans to return to the Panthers.

Adam Vinatieri signing extension in Indy

The 42-year-old kicker with four Super Bowl rings isn’t going anywhere after agreeing to a new deal with the Colts. My Sports Mind has to ask the question, Is Vinatieri trying to out last Tom Brady?

Titans lure Ben Jones

The former Houston center/guard is headed to Tennessee on a four-year deal.

Raiders bolster pass rush with Bruce Irvin

Irvin is headed to Oakland to pair with Khalil Mack. With the signing of Irvin it’s likely that the Raiders won’t match the Cowboys offer sheet for DE, Benson Mayowa, My Sports Mind has to say GOOD 😉

Chris Ivory joining T.J. Yeldon in Jaguars’ backfield

Ivory, who set career highs for carries and rushing yards last season with the Jets, is headed to Jacksonville. Does anybody else besides My Sports Mind feel that the Jags. are trying to make a run at the post season?


Donald Stephenson to sign with Broncos

The 27-year-old offensive tackle is leaving Kansas City for Denver.

So Whats On Your Sports Mind about this subject?







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