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Sunday Recap of Transactions

Posted by Brad On July – 31 – 2011

The entire day for me was wrapped up at Cleveland Browns training camp and away from the computer and cell phone.  It was nice to catch up with some old faces in the Browns organization but the day away was busy in the NFL world.  Here’s a list of what we missed:

The Washington Redskins and T Jamaal Brown agreed to a 5-year contract.

Deuce Lutui showed up to his Cincinnati Bengal physical overweight and was promptly sent packing back to Arizona.  Lutui’s weight has been an issue in the past as he has topped the scales at near 400 lbs in the past.

Tim Hightower was sent to the Washington Redskins for a conditional pick and Vonnie Holliday.  Hightower could start in Washington and appears to be a good fit in Shanahan’s running game.

John Kuhn signed a 3-year deal to stay with the Packers.  Packer fans will be happy as he’s a favorite of the Pack.

Fresh off an assault charge Cedric Benson re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Justin Blalock agreed to a 6-year deal to stay with the Atlanta Falcons

The Detroit Lions were able to retain the services of Chris Houston on a 2-year deal.

The Chicago Bears will not be able to retain Olin Kreutz so they signed C Chris Spencer to a 2-year deal.

Nick Barnett agreed to a 3-year, $12 million deal, $6 million guaranteed with the Buffalo Bills.  He will replace Paul Posluszny at MLB who was lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier in free agency.

Daniel Graham will join the Tennessee Titans on a 3-year deal.

Aaron Rodgers made a public plea for the Packers to keep James Jones and today they listened.  Jones agreed to a 3-year deal to stay with the Packers.

Vonta Leach and the Baltimore Ravens agreed to 3-year, $11 million deal with $6 million guaranteed.

The New Orleans Saints agreed to a 1-year deal with CB Fabian Washington

Ray Edwards to Atlanta on a Five-Year Deal

Posted by Brad On July – 29 – 2011

"Ray Edwards to Atlanta"The Falcons have just jumped into “having a strong free agency period” conversation.  After reports surfaced last night that Ray Edwards to Cleveland was heating up they were quickly scorched by Cleveland media.  Atlanta found themselves this morning as the only pony in this race and in the end they get their man.

Clearly, after re-signing Tyson Clabo they were going to focus their attention to Edwards.  Locking up Clabo happened yesterday afternoon and locking up Ray Edwards for the next five years today.  Jay Glazer of reported that the Falcons came to terms with Ray Edwards on a five-year deal.  The deal is a 5-year, $30 million with $11 million guaranteed.  Thomas Dmitroff and the rest of the Atlanta Falcon front office win the award for smartest moves by a front office this offseason.  They were able to get Tyson Clabo for $5 million/year and Ray Edwards for $6 million/year.  #WINNERS

In his five seasons in Minnesota, Edwards has racked up 29.5 sacks in 58 starts.  In Atlanta, Edwards will have the same setup as in Minnesota where he plays alongside another solid pass rusher in John Abraham. 

The Edwards deal came on the the heels of the Jamaal Anderson and Michael Jenkins which were believed to be signs of a pending Ray Edwards signing.

ATL Re-ups With Tyson Clabo

Posted by Brad On July – 28 – 2011


"Tyson Clabo re-signs with Falcons"Tyson Clabo, arguably the best OT on the free agent market, has decided to re-sign with the Atlanta Falcons, according to various reports. Terms of the agreement are undisclosed. While nobody will ever confuse Clabo with D’Brickashaw Ferguson from an athletic standpoint, the 6th-year veteran is a steamrolling run-blocker and one of the nastiest players in the league. There’s been speculation as to whom the Falcons would make their top priority from among a handful of free agent O-line starters (Clabo, Justin Blalock & Harvey Dahl), and in my opinion, their decision to move quickly to keep the line’s tone-setter was the right one. 

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