|07.27.11 at 8:26 am ET|
The Titans came to an agreement with former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on a multiyear deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Hasselbeck played 14 games last year with the Seahawks and threw for 3,001 yards and 12 touchdowns. Hasselbeck had been with the Seahawks for 10 seasons.
The Titans were entering 2011 with some uncertainty at quarterback as they had three QBs start games for them last season. Vince Young opened the season as the starter and played eight games before suffering a thumb injury and being placed on injured reserve. In January, Titans owner Bud Adams said in a press release that Young would no longer be a part of the Titans franchise. Veteran Kerry Collins, who started seven games for Tennessee last season, was slated to be the team’s starter, but the job now could go to Hasselbeck.
|07.27.11 at 12:23 am ET|
Linebacker Paul Posluszny reportedly agreed to a six-year deal with the Jaguars on Tuesday. The 6-foot-1, 238-pound Posluszny, who will turn 27 in October, was considered one of Buffalo’s best defenders ‘ after missing much of his rookie season in 2007, evolved into a top-flight linebacker, and had 103 tackles in 14 games last season with the Bills. He figures to be the starting middle linebacker for Jacksonville in their 4-3 defense.
|07.26.11 at 11:48 pm ET|
The Panthers agreed to a six-year, $72 million contract with defensive end Charles Johnson on Tuesday, the biggest new deal of the post-lockout era. Johnson, who will receive a $30 million signing bonus, had a breakout season for the Panthers in 2010 with 11 1/2 sacks in his first year as a starter. He had a combined 10 sacks his previous two seasons playing behind veteran ends Julius Peppers and Tyler Brayton. The 25-year-old is a 6-foot-2, 275-pounder out of Georgia who will be entering his fifth season in the NFL.
|07.26.11 at 7:13 pm ET|
Tuesday’s news that Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins will sign his franchise tender and report to training camp this week should be taken as positive news ‘ the first good news in a long time when it comes to the relationship between the franchise and the player.
Mankins and the Patriots have spent much of the last year sniping at each other, but Mankins’ agent Frank Bauer talked of a ‘fresh start’ when he discussed the tender ‘ worth $10.116 million for one season, according to the NFL Network ‘ with ESPN Boston on Tuesday.
‘Early this morning, Logan spoke with (coach) Bill (Belichick) and both are very happy, happy to get started. Logan is looking forward to being with his teammates and coaches, with a fresh start,’ Bauer told ESPN Boston.
In a relationship that’s been one of the worst between a high-profile player and agent in New England in recent memory, Bauer’s words are tantamount to a verbal bouquet. The enmity between the two sides is familiar ground for most Patriots fans: Mankins was set to become a restricted free agent last offseason, which was the result from the NFL going from a salary cap year in 2009 to an upcapped year in 2010. But he made it clear in no uncertain terms that he didn’t want to sign the $3.26 million tender, and he held out for the first half of the season because of it. There was talk of lying, an apology and further bitterness, especially after the Patriots cut his tender to $1.54 million, which ended up being prorated over the final nine games of the season once he did return.
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|07.26.11 at 6:53 pm ET|
According to several reports, Tarvaris Jackson will sign with the Seahawks and compete with Charlie Whitehurst for the starting quarterback job in Seattle. The announcement confirms several rumors from the last few days of the lockout, and comes shortly after the Seahawks decided they would not re-sign veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
Jackson will be reunited with former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. The 28-year-old has started only 20 games in his five-year career, and spent the last two seasons behind Brett Favre on Minnesota’s depth chart.
Jackson will reportedly arrive in Seattle Tuesday night, and sign his new contract (the details of which have not been released) on Friday.
|07.26.11 at 6:19 pm ET|
Cross one big-name wide receiver off the open market. Adam Schefter reports (via Twitter) that Santana Moss is staying with the Redskins after signing a three-year deal for $15 million that includes a $5 million signing bonus and $6 million in guaranteed money.
Moss caught a career-high 93 passes last season for 1,115 yards and six touchdowns.
|07.26.11 at 6:12 pm ET|
Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson was expected to be one of the most sought-after free agents in the wake of the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, but Johnson has decided to stay with the Panthers, according to a report on Pro Football Talk. Per the report, Johnson will sign a 6-year, $76 million deal to stay in Carolina, including a $30 million signing bonus.
The 25-year-old Johnson had 11.5 sacks in a breakout 2010 season, more than doubling his previous career total.