NFL Transaction Wire Blog (6/14-6/20)
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Richard Seymour (Getty Images)
Senior NFL Reporter
Posted Jun 20, 2010


Several veterans signed their RFA tenders before Tuesday's deadline, while the rookie signings have really picked up. Last Updated: Sunday at 10:03 PM ET.

Arizona Cardinals

Monday: Re-signed G Deuce Lutui.

Comments: He signed his one-year RFA tender. Lutui will have a tough time winning a starting job because the team signed veteran G Alan Faneca.


Atlanta Falcons

Tuesday: Signed fourth-round pick OL Joe Hawley, signed fifth-round pick CB Dominique Franks, waived K Garrett Lindholm, waived LS Justin Drescher, waived DT Trey Bryant, waived CB Dominique Daniels.

Friday: Signed third-round pick G Mike Johnson.

Comments: Hawley is capable of backing up at guard and center. Johnson could challenge for a starting job as soon as his second season.

Franks should be able to compete for a spot within the top-four jobs at cornerback.


Baltimore Ravens

Thursday: Waived UDFAs DE John Fletcher, CBs Courtney Smith and Ashton Hall, and S Brad Jones, waived C Daniel Sanders.


Buffalo Bills

Wednesday: Signed fourth-round pick WR Marcus Easley, waived UDFA LB Mike Wright.

Comments: Easley, who signed a four-year deal, has a legitimate shot to garner serious playing time this season since the team is weak at receiver.


Carolina Panthers

Tuesday: Signed sixth-round pick WR David Gettis, signed seventh-round pick CB R.J. Stanford.

Thursday: Signed sixth-round pick DE Greg Hardy, signed sixth-round pick S Jordan Pugh, signed seventh-round pick CB Robert McClain, waived UDFAs RB Daniel Porter, TE Andrew George, OT Mark Ortmann, P Blake Haudan, K Aaron Pettrey, S Matt O'Hanlon.

Comments: Gettis, because Carolina is very light on depth at receiver, has a realistic chance to make the final roster coming out of the preseason.

Stanford and McClain will compete for a job as the team's fourth or fifth cornerback.

Carolina has little depth at safety, so Pugh's chances of making the final roster coming out of the preseason are probably stronger than at first thought.

Carolina is in dire need of pass rushing help, so Hardy could see a decent amount of snaps this season.


Chicago Bears


Cincinnati Bengals

Friday: Released CB Keiwan Ratliff, waived UDFA S Bryan Evans, RB Walter Mendenhall, UDFA P Jake Richardson, CB DeAngelo Willingham.


Cleveland Browns


Monday: Re-signed RB Jerome Harrison, re-signed FB Lawrence Vickers, re-signed LB Matt Roth, re-signed LB D'Qwell Jackson, re-signed S Abram Elam. Waived the following players: FB Jed Collins, UDFA TE Ryan Moya, DTs Jonathan Lewis and UDFA Martin Tevaseu, and UDFA S Matthew Harris.

Tuesday: Claimed OL Paul Fanaika off waivers from Washington Redskins, waived C Eric Ghiaciuc.

Thursday: Released K Shaun Suisham, waived CBs John Bowie and Ramzee Robinson, UDFA CB Benjamin Burney, RB Thomas Brown, OT Jason Capizzi, UDFA Auston English, and WR James Robinson.

Comments: Harrison, Vickers, Roth, and Elam signed their one-year RFA tenders.

According to league source, four other teams put in a waiver claim for Fanaika.

With Chiaciuc off the roster, the center position is light on depth.

Phil Dawson remains as the lone kicker on Cleveland's 80-man roster.


Dallas Cowboys


Denver Broncos

Monday: Re-signed LB Elvis Dumervil, waived/injured LB Braxton Kelley.

Tuesday: Claimed RB Kolby Smith off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs, waived UDFA LB Korey Bosworth, waived P A.J. Trapasso, placed LB Braxton Kelly on IR.

Thursday: Signed third-round pick C J.D. Walton, waived UDFA DL Jaron Baston, waived/injured FB Kyle Eckel.

Comments: Dumervil signed his one-year RFA tender.

Smith will have an uphill battle to make the team. His best chance is to beat out RB J.J. Arrington for the No. 3 job.

Walton has an excellent chance to start this season depending on where the team lines up veteran OL Russ Hochstein, who is recovering from ACL surgery.


Detroit Lions

Tuesday: Claimed K Justin Medlock off waivers from the Washington Redskins.

Comments: Medlock could get a chance to be a kickoff specialist.


Green Bay Packers

Tuesday: Re-signed DE Johnny Jolly.

Thursday: Re-signed CB Tramon Williams.

Friday: Waived UDFA QB Noah Shepard, WR Kahlil Jones, waived UDFA LB Tim Knicky, waived CB Trevor Ford.

Comments: Both players signed their one-year RFA tender. Williams actually signed his earlier this week.


Houston Texans

Monday: Placed UDFA WR Trey Stross on IR.

Wednesday: Signed sixth-round pick G Shelley Smith, signed FB Justin Griffith, signed TE Derek Fine, signed WR Bobby Williams, released TE Michael Gaines, waived the following UDFAs: FB Jack Corcoran, WR London Crawford, G Kristian Matte, LB Will Patterson, QB Tyler Sheehan, OT Adam Ulatoski.


Indianapolis Colts

Wednesday: Claimed K Garrett Lindholm off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons, waived LB Brandon Renkart.

Thursday: Waived QB Drew Willly, waived DT J.T. Skolnitsky.

Comments: Lindholm is now the third kicker on the Colts' 80-man roster.


Jacksonville Jaguars


Kansas City Chiefs

Monday: Waived the following players: QB Matt Gutierrez, RB Kolby Smith, TE Leroy Banks, OTs Nick Landry and Jermail Porter, and CB Andre Jones.


Miami Dolphins

Tuesday: Signed seventh-round pick LB Chris McCoy.

Comments: McCoy figures to compete for a job as the team's fourth ILB.


Minnesota Vikings

Monday: Re-signed DE Ray Edwards, signed fifth-round LB Nate Triplett, and waived the following players: RB James Johnson, WR Aaron Rhea (injured), OTs Matt Hanson and Marlon Winn, C Eddie Adamaski, and CB Angelo Williams.

Tuesday: Signed RB Ryan Moats, placed WR Aaron Rhea on IR.

Comments: Triplett, who signed a four-year deal, is expected to challenge for the backup MLB job this season. Edwards signed his one-year RFA tender.

Moats will challenge for playing time against rookie RB Toby Gerhart and third-year RB Albert Young.


New England Patriots

Wednesday: Signed fifth-round pick P Zoltan Mesko.

Comments: He's the only punter on New England's 80-man roster.


New Orleans Saints

Monday: Re-signed RB Pierre Thomas.

Tuesday: Re-signed S Roman Harper, waived/injured WR Roy Hall.

Wednesday: Waived/injured CB Greg Fassitt, placed WR Roy Hall on IR.

Thursday: Placed CB Greg Fassitt on IR.

Friday: Waived UDFA RB Christian Ducre, re-signed WR Lance Moore.

Saturday: Traded OT Jammal Brown to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a conditional draft compensation.

Comments: Thomas, Moore, and Harper signed their one-year RFA tender offer.

With Brown gone, backup OT Jermon Bushrod, who started for Brown last season, will take over full-time at LT.


New York Giants

Monday: Waived K Sam Swank.


New York Jets

Friday: Waived K Jared Ballman, UDFA DT Mick Williams, S Brannon Condren.


Oakland Raiders

Tuesday: Signed DT John Henderson.

Friday: Re-signed DE Richard Seymour.

Comments: Henderson should wind up being no worse than the team's third defensive tackle, and he might wind up starting. Seymour signed his one-year exclusive franchise tender worth over $12 million,


Philadelphia Eagles

Tuesday: Signed fourth-round picks QB Mike Kafka and TE Clay Harbor.

Wednesday: Signed third-round pick DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim.

Thursday: Waived UDFA CB Devin Ross.

Comments: Kafka will handle the No. 3 QB role this season, but could move up to the No. 2 spot in 2011.

Harbor has a decent chance to handle the No. 2 TE role this season. He may be the best blocker at the position that the team currently has on their 80-man roster.

Te'o-Nesheim is expected to see most of his playing time as an interior defensive lineman in Philadelphia's nickel package.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Tuesday: Signed third-round pick WR Emmanuel Sanders, signed fifth-round pick LB Stevenson Sylvester, signed sixth-round pick RB Jonathan Dwyer, signed sixth-round pick WR Antonio Brown, waived the following players: WR Jason Chery, UDFA Bradley Vierling, K Piotr Czech, P Adam Graessle, UDFA DT Cordarrow Thompson, UDFA LB Derrick Doggett, and CB Trae Williams.

Wednesday: Signed fifth-round picks OT Chris Scott and CB Crezdon Butler, waived UDFA S Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith.

Comments: The speedy Sanders could get into the top-four of the receiver rotation this season. He also could wind up competing for a role as a special teams returner.

Sylvester figures to compete for a role as the team's fourth ILB.

Dwyer didn't run well at all during the NFL Combine, so that really hurt his draft stock. Still, he's a nice value where the Steelers got him. He'll fit in well since the team is expected to take on more of a power rushing philosophy on offense.

Brown figures to compete for a role as the team's fourth or fifth receiver.

Scott likely will vie for a backup job at LT. Butler will compete for a job as the team's fourth or fifth cornerback.


San Diego Chargers


San Francisco 49ers

Monday: Signed sixth-round pick RB Anthony Dixon.

Friday: Released CB Keith Smith, waived LB Brandon Long.

Comments: Dixon, who signed a four-year deal, has much more talent than current No. 2 RB Glen Coffee, so don't be surprised if Dixon takes over that role before too long.


Seattle Seahawks

Wednesday: Claimed CB Cord Parks off waivers from the St. Louis Rams.

Friday: Waived UDFA WR Victor James, released WR Reggie Williams, signed fourth-round pick CB Walter Thurmond, signed fourth-round pick DE C.J. Wilson.

Comments: Seattle has had major coverage problems in the secondary over the past few seasons, so it's not a surprise that they want to take a look at a developmental CB such as Parks.


St. Louis Rams

Tuesday: Waived DE Sean Conover, waived UDFA Ernest Reid, waived UDFA Freddie Harris, waived CB Cord Parks, waived UDFA S Jeromy Jones.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday: Signed third-round pick CB Myron Lewis, waived DE Maurice Evans.

Wednesday: Signed sixth-round pick P Brent Bowden, released WR Mark Bradley.

Friday: Waived UDFA LS Matt Mauriello, waived S Emanuel Cook, claimed S UDFA S Matt O'Hanlon off waivers from the Carolina Panthers, released LB Angelo Crowell, signed seventh-round picks LB Dakoda Watson and DE Erik Lorig.

Comments: Lewis, who signed a four-year deal, could wind up being the eventual successor to veteran CB Ronde Barber, who turned 35 in April.

Bowden is now Tampa Bay's only punter under contract.

Lorig figures to challenge for a roster spot as the team's fourth or fifth defensive end. Watson likely will compete for playing time at SLB.


Tennessee Titans


Monday: LB Gerald McRath suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season, re-signed LB Stephen Tulloch.

Tuesday: Signed fourth-round pick CB Alterraun Verner, signed sixth-round pick S Myron Rolle, signed seventh-round pick WR Marc Mariani, signed seventh-round pick DT David Howard, placed CB Rod Hood on IR.

Comments: McRath had a legitimate shot to start at SLB this season over veteran David Thornton, but those plans have to be shelled for the time being. Tulloch signed his one-year RFA tender.

Verner, who signed a four-year deal, could get in the mix right away at CB since the team is very young opposite starter Cortland Finnegan.

Rolle will compete for playing time in back of starting FS Michael Griffin.

Mariani and Howard are long shots to make the team. Both, however, could wind up on Tennessee's practice squad in the fall.

Hood suffered a torn ACL during a OTA practice earlier this week.


Washington Redskins

Monday: Re-signed LB Rocky McIntosh, waived G Paul Fanaika, waived K Justin Medlock.

Wednesday: Signed seventh-round pick WR Terrence Austin.

Friday: Waived CB Melvin Stephenson, waived DT Greg Peterson, claimed CB Ramzee Robinson off waivers from the Cleveland Browns, signed fourth-round pick LB Perry Riley.

Saturday: Acquired OT Jammal Brown from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a conditional draft compensation.

Comments: McIntosh signed his one-year RFA tender. Riley figures to compete for a roster spot as a ILB

Austin figures to challenge for a job as a special teams returner.

Brown's addition will give the Redskins tremendous flexibility for their offensive line. With the addition of rookie OT Trent Williams, Brown could play on the right side. OT Stephon Heyer could be moved to guard.


For transactions from last week, click here.



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