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AFC North Team by Team Offseason Transactions

Posted by Brad On August – 8 – 2011

"Team by team offseason transactions"

Baltimore Ravens

Signed RB Ricky Williams

Signed TE Kris Wilson

Cut FB Jason McKie

Signed S Bernard Pollard

Announced retirement of QB Marc Bulger

Signed C Casey Rabach

Signed FB Vonta Leach

Re-signed CB Chris Carr

Re-signed RB Jalen Parmele

Re-signed WR Marcus Smith

Cut NT Lamar Divens

Re-signed LB Prescott Burgess

Re-signed T/G Marshall Yanda

Cut RB Willis McGahee

Cut TE Todd Heap

Cut WR Derrick Mason

Cut NT Kelly Gregg

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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

Bengals replace Jon Joseph with Nate Clements

Posted by Brad On July – 30 – 2011

Even I was beginning to feel bad for Bengals fan and I’m a Browns fan.  But they can breathe a sigh of relief after this one.

Houston nabbed Jonathan Joseph from out underneath the Bengals and fans weren’t happy or should I say pissed.  To serve them up some relief the Bengals have signed Nate Clements.  Clements signed an enormous 8-year, $80 million contract with SF back in 2007 but never lived up to it in San Fran.  So he was released in an effort to nab one of the other top free agent corners (Joseph or Nnamdi) which didn’t happen.  Now San Francisco, not Cincinnati is the team on the outside looking in with most of the decent corners signing already.

Clements was expected to be SF’s big play corner which never materialized.  He finished 2010 with 82 tackles, 3 INT’s and 3 forced fumbles.  He finished his 4 years with San Francisco with 10 INT’s in 54 games.  Not exactly what they expected from a $10 million/year corner.  The 31-year old Clements will hope to revive his career in his home state for the Bengals.

Two AFC North Signings

Posted by Brad On July – 28 – 2011

The Cinicinnati Bengals have agreed to terms with OLB Thomas Howard on a two-year, $6.5 million contract

Also, as expected the Pittsburgh Steelers re-sign OT Willie Colon to a five-year, $29 million contract

Underrated Signing of the Day: Gradkowski to Bengals

Posted by Brad On July – 27 – 2011

"Bruce Gradkowski to the Cincinnati Bengals"Bruce Gradkowski signed a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals today.  Gradkowski isn’t going to be a star in the league but he brings a feistiness to the QB position that could very well make him an effective starter on a bad Bengals team.

The Bengals were faced with starting Jordan Palmer, Dan LeFevour, and/or rookie Andy Dalton.  Given that lineup, Gradkowski is a major upgrade. Gradkowski has played on four teams in six seasons including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, and now Cincinnati Bengals.

Gradkowski comes into a great situation for a guy looking for a chance to run a team.  In 32 career games, Gradkowski has thrown for 3,883 yards, 20 TD’s, and 23 INT’s.  With Carson Palmer looking more and more like retiring, Gradkowski can serve as a stopgap between two eras in Bengal football.  The Carson Palmer era was marked by a off the field issues and distractions mixed in with a couple good seasons.  The future holds Andy Dalton, the second round pick in 2011.  With Gradkowski’s perfect timing could be added formidable weapons in A.J. Green, Jordan Shipley, and Jerome Simpson.

Terms of Gradkowski’s contract have yet to be released but whatever they paid him will more than make up for lost ticket revenue of having to watch Jordan Palmer or rookie Andy Dalton take snaps.   This, to me is a very solid signing by the Bengals and offers a win-win for this inept organization.

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