Anyone with some lingering doubts that football is still not back need only tune in to ESPN as almost every 10 minutes is bringing some major free agent signing that is likely to change the landscape of the NFL. Big names are moving right now, or staying, and keeping up with all the activity would take a war room the size of Rhodes Island.
But barring Donald Trump setting me up with something like that, I'm left to scramble on my own to keep track of the signings. Here are some of the major movements in the NFL so far. It's pretty safe to say that by the time you read this, more will have happened.
*The Tennessee Titans, bereft of a quarterback since jettisoning the dissapointing Vince Young, have come to terms with former Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck is expected to be the starter and to help groom Titans rookie Jake Locher.
*The Hasselbeck deal comes on the heals of his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, coming to terms with QB Tavaris Jackson. Jackson was the on-again, off-again starter for the Minnesota Vikings.
*The New York Jets have made their choice as to who they want as their number 1 receiver as Santonio Holmes has agreed to a 5 year, $50 million dollar contract to stay in New York. This deal means that the Jets other high profile free agent receiver, Braylon Edwards, is likely to be gone.
*It looks like the Washington Redskins have decided to go another route with their quarterback situation as they have traded starter Donovan McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings. The Redskins are reported to be receiving a sixth round pick in 2012 and a conditional one in 2013.
*The Houston Texans have made moves to keep their high scoring offense intact as they have agreed to terms with two of their own free agents. Wideout Jacoby Jones and tackle Rashad Butler will remain Texans.
*The NFL Champs have agreed to a 5 year deal to keep kicker Marion Crosby a Green Bay Packer.
*Defensive tackle Ron Edwards, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, has agreed to join the Carolina Panthers in their rebuilding effort. Carolina also was able to retain defensive end Charles Johnson
*The Dallas Cowboys have come to terms with free agent left tackle Doug Free. Not living up to his name, Free agreed to a 4 year deal worth $32 million with $17 of that on signing.
*Former New York Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield is running to the bank happy as he has agreed to a lucrative deal with the Washington Redskins. The exact size of his haul has yet to be reported. The Redskins have also resigned WR Santanna Moss to a 3 year deal.
*The Pittsburgh Steelers have kept one of their own big free agents with the signing of cornerback Ike Taylor to a four year deal.
*The Chargers agreed to terms with linebacker Takeo Spikes, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, on a three year deal as well as agreeing to terms on a four-year deal with right tackle Jeromey Clary.
*The Ravens struck a deal with Marshal Yanda late Tuesday afternoon, agreeing to terms with the coveted offensive lineman on a multi-year deal that is being reported as being a five-year, $32 million deal that includes $10 million signing bonus
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