NFL free agency update: Ed Reed reportedly agrees to deal with Texans; Brian Urlacher parts ways with Bears
|03.20.13 at 7:54 pm ET|
A quick free agent roundup as business comes to a close on Wednesday:
• Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reported late Wednesday that veteran safety Ed Reed had agreed on a contract with the Texans. Reed, who will turn 35 in September, has played 11 seasons in the NFL, all of them with the Ravens. The long-time favorite of Patriots coach Bill Belichick figures to be in the final stages of a Hall of Fame career — the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Miami product has 61 picks over the course of his career, and will go down in history as one of the finest in the game at his position.
• The Bears announced Wednesday they were planning to move on without linebacker Brian Urlacher, who has been a fixture in the middle of the Chicago defense since he was drafted out of New Mexico in 2000. The eight-time Pro Bowler, who will turn 35 in May, has 1,229 tackles and 41.5 sacks over the course of his career.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Urlacher was seeking a two-year deal worth $11.5 million, but the team wouldn’t budge from a one-year, $2 million offer the linebacker called a “slap in the face.”
“We were unable to reach an agreement with Brian and both sides have decided to move forward,” general manager Phil Emery said in a statement. “Brian has been an elite player in our league for over a decade. He showed great leadership and helped develop a winning culture over his time with the Bears. We appreciate all he has given our team, on and off the field. Brian will always be welcome as a member of the Bears.”
• And the game of musical pass-rushers continues. Reportedly, Elvis Dumervil was unimpressed with the latest offer from the Broncos, and will reportedly test the free agent market. The pass rusher, who was released last week after a snafu involving a fax machine, has apparently drawn the interest of the Ravens, as well as the Titans and Steelers. However, it’s not sure what teams are on his itinerary at this point. (According to the Denver Post, although Denver head of football operations John Elway wouldn’t discuss the specifics of the new offer, expectations are that it would be a three-year deal for significantly less than the $30 million Dumervil would have been owed under his original contract.)
With that in mind, it was hardly a surprise to hear that both John Abraham and Dwight Freeney are set to visit Denver on free-agent visits. Abraham and Freeney have reportedly drawn the interest of the Patriots, but could be part of a fallback plan that the Broncos have if they are unavailable to come to terms with Dumervil. The 34-year-old Abraham, who recently was cut loose by the Falcons after seven seasons in Atlanta, has spent a total of 13 seasons in the league. The 6-foot-4, 263-pounder has at least 9.5 sacks in each of his last three seasons, and has 122 sacks over the course of his career. As for Freeney, the Connecticut native is an 11-year veteran who was taken in the first round by the Colts out of Syracuse in 2002. Over the course of his impressive career, the 33-year-old Freeney racked up 107.5 sacks, including 13.5 over the last two seasons with Indy.
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