Thursday, March 14, 2013

Exclusive: Jaguars signed former Patriots, Texans CB Antwaun Molden

Per source, the Jaguars have re-signed former Texans 3rd round pick CB Antwaun Molden.

Molden spent the 2011 season with the Patriots and played an extended role in the Superbowl against the Giants. After signing and been released by the Giants last season, he signed with the mid-season Jaguars but only saw action in 3 games.

The 6-,1 198 pound CB fits into Gus Bradley's defense who likes tall CB who can press.

Exclusive: Falcons have re-signed TE Tony Gonzalez

The Falcons have re-signed TE Tony Gonzalez to a 1-year deal, per source, the transaction has already filed to the league.

15-year veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez didn't waste a lot of time to say he likely just played his last NFL game after the Falcons lost to the 49ers in the NFC Championship game. During the post-game interviews Gonzalez said he is "97%" certain his NFL career ended.

 However, the Falcons organization didn't quit on their Pro-Bowl TE and after talks between the two sides, Gonzalez decided to come back to play in the 2013 season.

Gonzalez reporedly was looking to return a 1-year deal that is worth $7 million and in addition wants an added clause that will allow him to decide if he will show up to the entire off-season training camp or even a part of it.

The 13 time Pro-Bowler is the NFL's all-time leader in catches (1,242) and yards (14,268) by a tight end.

Patriots sign former Seahawks RB Leon Washington

The Patriots have signed Seahawks and Jets RB/Returner Leon Washington.

Washington has recently been released by the Seahawks, he was due to $1.5 million in base salary in 2013. The Seahawks have tried to shop him around the league with little success as the Buccaneers was the only team interested.

After the trade to bring former Vikings WR Percy Harvin to Seattle, the Seahawks had no more use of Washington and also had to save cap space.

Washington was never used much as a running back with the Seahawks since arriving via trade from the Jets during the 2010 draft for a fifth round pick but has been one of the better return man in the league.

Washington recorded 4,398 return yards [both kick and punt returns] during his 3-years with the Seahawks and also scored 4 TDs.

Chiefs release QB Matt Cassel

The Chiefs have finally cut ties with their former starter, the team announced the release of QB Matt Cassel.

In 2009 the Chiefs traded their 2nd round pick to the Patriots for Cassel and LB Mike Vrabel after Cassel led the 2008 Patriots to an 11-5 record. Then signed him to a 6-year, $63 million contract. After an up and down 2009 season, Cassel played very well in 2010 and after a 27 TDs-7 INTs he took the Chiefs to the playoffs only to lose in the wildcard round to the Ravens.

It was nothing but decline for Cassel since, he committed 30 turnovers over his past 18 starts.

The Chiefs tried to shop Cassel this off-season with the Vikings reportedly showing the most interest but they couldn't work out the deal. [Probably because Cassel wasn't willing to re-do his deal]

The Patriots and Vikings will probably now try to sign him as a free-agent, which could mean that the Ryan Mallett trade talk will receive a spark as the Patriots can now have a capable back-up to Tom Brady, the Browns are still very interested in Mallett but the move will probably only happen in April if it does.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bears release TE Kellen Davis

The Kellen Davis experiment is over in Chicago.

According to Pro Football Talk, Davis has been released.

Coming into the 2012 season it was thought that Davis had a lot of talent but never reached his potential because of Mike Martz's untightend friendly offense, which landed him a 2-year, $6 million contract with the Bears in the off-season. However, it turns out that it was Davis who simply couldn't play, in 16 games in 2012 Davis caught just 19 passes and scored only two TDs while also struggling with drops.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Raiders release WR Heyward-Bay, Safety Huff, DE Tollefson

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie joined the team last season an imminently started a process to clear the Raiders awful cap space situation. Two seasons in, the Raiders are still making surprising move to save cap space.

The Raiders have released two former top 10 picks, Safety Michael Huff and  WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and in addition also released last year's free-agent acquisition DE David Tollefson who they signed to a two years, $2.5 million deal.

Huff played both Safety and CB last season although he was a Safety throughout most of his career, he was originally selected 7th overall out of Texans in the 2006 draft and recorded 11 INTs and 5.5 sacks in his career. In 2010, the Raiders gave Huff a $32 million extension.

Heyward-Bey was the 7th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Maryland but never managed to develop into a big time playmaker, in his 4-year career Hayward-Bey caught 140 passes for 2,071 yards and 11 TDs.

Tollefson came over from the Giants after a 5 sack season during their 2011 Superbowl run but busted out with the Raiders with only half a sack in 15 games.

The team also re-signed CB Phillip Adams.

Steelers re-sign FB/TE David Johnson to a 1-year deal

The Steelers have announced that FB/TE David Johnson will return to a 1-year deal.

The 2009 7th round pick started all 16 games in 2011 and recorded career high 12 catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.

Fellow TE Heath Miller had his entire knee explode late last season and will need time to recover, while Johnson can't replace his receiving abilities, Johnson is a great run blocker who can play TE or FB for the Steelers.