One former Tiger is a little ink away from joining a new team. Another is reportedly taking his time.
The NFL free agent period starts this week, where the rookie contracts for both C.J. Spiller and Byron Maxwell expire.
Sunday, reports emerged of the Philadelphia Eagles being willing to pay upwards of $10 million per season to the former Seahawk, Maxwell. KBME radio host Jayson Braddock reports $25 million guaranteed for the former sixth-round pick and Super Bowl champ.
Sunday night, Maxwell confirmed to ESPN he was Philly-bound.
In two seasons as a starter, Maxwell put up six interceptions with 24 passes defended and 58 tackles as a member of the “Legion of Boom.”
With suitors still courting, Spiller reportedly turned down a $4.5 million offer (per season) to stay in Buffalo.
Spiller may not make it out of the AFC East. New York and New England are possible landing spots.
Also out of Buffalo is offensive tackle Chris Hairston, a restricted free agent. Clemson’s Bills’ contingent is down to receiver Sammy Watkins, going into his second season, and third-year defensive back Jonathan Meeks.
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Ginn returns to Panthers The Panthers are bringing Ted Ginn Jr. back to North Carolina, hoping the eight-year veteran will bolster their passing offense and return game. Team officials said in a statement that Ginn has signed a two-year deal.
The Panthers also announced they’ve re-signed four exclusive rights free agents – running back Fozzy Whittaker, wide receiver Brenton Bersin, linebacker Ben Jacobs and offensive lineman Brian Folkerts. Whittaker received a two-year deal, while the others signed one-year deals.
Panthers backup quarterback Joe Webb is remaining with Carolina after signing a one-year contract, the team announced on Monday.
Moves Needing to add depth in the secondary, the Seahawks signed free agent cornerback Will Blackmon. Seattle also extended the contracts of tight end Anthony McCoy and special teams standout Mike Morgan. ... Wide receiver Andre Johnson has been released by the Houston Texans, a source told The AP. ... A source says prospects “look good” for a deal between ex-49ers left guard Mike Iupati and the Cardinals. ... Two people familiar with the decision say free agent wide receiver Brian Hartline intends to sign with the Browns. ... Safety Devin McCourty says he’s returning to the Patriots for five more years. ... The Cardinals re-signed Alameda Ta’amu to a one-year contract. ... The Buccaneers re-signed four more of their own free agents, reaching contract agreements with tight end Luke Stocker, linebacker Jason Williams and defensive ends Larry English and Lawrence Sidbury. ... The Steelers signed linebacker Arthur Moats to a three-year contract and released veteran defensive end Brett Keisel. ... The Browns have tendered a qualifying offer to Pro Bowl safety Tashaun Gipson and three other defenders – starting inside linebacker Craig Robertson, special-teams dynamo Johnson Bademosi and reserve nose tackle Ishmaa’ily Kitchen. ... The Eagles agreed to a four-year contract with linebacker Brandon Graham. ... Tight end Derek Carrier has received a two-year contract extension from the 49ers that takes him through the 2017 season. ... Quarterback Ryan Mallett has agreed to terms on a two-year contract to remain with the Texans.