Osgood, who spent the past seven seasons with San Diego, signed a three-year, $6.6 million contract with the Jaguars on Saturday.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Osgood made the Pro Bowl as a special teams ace in three of the last four seasons (2006, '07, '09). He left San Diego in hopes of catching more passes. Jacksonville, which parted ways with starter Torry Holt last month, will give him a shot.
Osgood, who signed with the Chargers as a rookie free agent in 2003, has 33 receptions for 647 yards and four touchdowns. He also has 96 special team tackles. He has missed just four games and has played in 64 straight.
The team confirmed the deal on Saturday. It was reported Friday that the Falcons and Robinson had agreed to terms.
Robinson's signing is important because the Falcons finished 28th in the league against the pass last season. The native of Athens, Ga., had 13 interceptions in the last six seasons with Houston. He will be introduced at a press conference on Monday.
The Texans made Robinson the 10th overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft. He had a career-high six interceptions as a rookie, and has started in 79 of 84 career games.
According to reports, Burleson and Detroit were discussing a $25 million, five-year contract.
Burleson caught 63 passes for the Seahawks last season.
The free-agent linebacker will sign for five years and $43 million -- with $22 million guaranteed, according to the paper. --
The Baltimore Ravens have completed a trade for Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin, the seventh-year veteran whose name had been mentioned prominently in trade rumors for the past two years. Baltimore will receive Boldin and Arizona's fifth-round pick this year, while the Ravens will send third and fourth-round selections in the 2010 draft to Arizona.
As part of the deal, Baltimore will award Boldin a new four-year contract worth $28 million, or an average of $7 million per year. That's about $1 million per year less than what Boldin had reportedly been seeking. The trade is contingent upon Boldin passing a physical with Baltimore sometime next week.
The Ravens, Patriots and Chiefs were locked into competition for Boldin Friday afternoon, and talks intensified as the day wore on. New England was originally reported to be the frontrunner for Boldin, given that the Patriots own three second-round picks in April's draft -- and four of the top 53 choices.
According to a league source, Baltimore was close to striking a deal with free-agent Texans receiver
The Ravens are one of the most receiver-needy teams in the NFL, and last month signed former Browns receiver
Boldin has not been able to play a full season since 2006 due to health issues, which is one reason why Baltimore was strongly considering Walter. The Ravens had targeted the Texans' No. 2 receiver in recent weeks, and had done extensive film study on him.
The Cardinals were not interested in paying Boldin the salary he sought due to the large financial commitment they made in recent years to fellow Arizona receiver
The deal calls for Peppers to earn $40 million over the first three years, according to ESPN, which cited a source it did not identify. Agent
Until the Eagles decide to shop one of their spare arms, things look pretty quiet these days on the quarterback carousel. But in the backup market, I expect the recently released
Saunders was Collins' offensive coordinator both in Kansas City and Washington, and Ravens offensive coordinator
Ravens backup quarterback
Other teams that might be a decent match for Collins include the Giants, who are expected to lose backup
• Seattle -- They weren't in the
But don't count out the Seahawks just yet. They're on the trail of restricted Denver receiver
• Houston -- After finally scratching their way to the first winning record in the franchise's eight-year history, the Texans can't just sit back and get complacent. They're going to lose both No. 2 receiver
I'm not sure who they're after, and how much they'll spend, but the Texans have to make a dent in this market somewhere. If only to make sure they keep their forward progress alive.
• Kansas City -- All I know is that Chiefs general manager
• New England -- The Patriots always seem to make some serious headlines in free agency, and other than owner
• Washington -- They are the Redskins after all. How long can they possibly keep up this sense of restraint? I give them 12 more hours, tops. Then
The Bears pulled off a double whammy by signing Minnesota free-agent running back
Taylor turns 31 in September, but he doesn't have the same wear and tear of 30+ running backs who've been released this offseason. He was a backup to
You can't blame
Sometimes you can't make this stuff up. There may be two Adrian Petersons in the NFC North, but there's only one Chester Taylor.
Though Atlanta has had nothing to announce yet in regards to its pursuit of cornerback
Another good sign for the Falcons is Robinson is not negotiating or in contact with any other NFL club, giving Atlanta a window of exclusivity in the contract talks. Atlanta wants to improve a pass defense that ranked 28th last season, and Robinson, who turns 27 in April, is regarded as the top available cornerback. He reportedly turned down $23 million in guarantees from the Texans last year as part of a multiyear deal to play under the franchise tender for $9.57 million. Dimitroff prefers to build through the draft, but is unafraid of spending on the right free agent if he feels the player is a perfect fit. Two years ago he signed Chargers free-agent running back
With Robinson secured, and veteran cornerback
Though it's not known whether contract talks are anywhere near the final stages, the Ravens are believed to be focused on Houston receiver
The Ravens are one of the teams most in need of a receiver in free agency or the draft, and sources said they've been targeting Walter, the Texans' No. 2 receiver behind All-Pro
It's also believed the Ravens would rather sign Walter for somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million a year, than give up a third-round draft pick to Arizona for 29-year-old receiver
The Ravens think the 6-foot-3 Walter will fit nicely as their No. 2 receiver, and with his height, speed and skill set, he blends well with the recently signed
As it turns out, head man
Linehan, who also coached Burleson as the Vikings offensive coordinator in 2004, when Burleson had his finest NFL season, flew to Seattle on Thursday and wound up taking his target to dinner at around 9:30 p.m. PST. While Burleson and Linehan chowed and talked shop, Lions president
And that's probably not even including the dinner tab that Linehan had to pick up.
Saints strongside linebacker
Fujita, an eighth-year veteran, remains a free-agent priority for New Orleans, but the Saints opted to let him test the market. Their hope is Fujita's desire to remain in New Orleans, where he has made his home and been involved in the rebuilding of the community, gives them the opportunity to beat any potential free-agent offer.
Fujita will turn 31 next month. He played in 11 games for New Orleans last season, missing five due to a leg injury. He finished sixth on the team with 75 tackles, adding one sack, two forced fumbles and three tackles for loss. He joined the Saints in 2006 in the same free-agency class as quarterback
The Browns, under new team president
I asked one league source who knows Vanden Bosch well what Detroit acquired with the four-year, $26 million deal it eagerly handed the ex-Titan:
"They're not getting the Pro Bowl player of a couple years ago, but he's still a warrior, and a guy who's just wired differently,'' the league source said. "He's played a lot of snaps in recent years, but I still think he'll be productive for the Lions. He won't be exposed. He's just not quite the impact player he was.
"But the other part of what they're getting is player who knows
Though the Titans didn't make much of an effort to retain Vanden Bosch, they still thought the 31-year-old veteran had something left in the tank. He's a high-effort, big-motor player, but Tennessee planned to cut into his playing time in 2010, hopefully getting more results from playing him 30-35 snaps a game rather than his usual 50-60. He still could have started in Tennessee, but the Titans wanted to take a less-is-more approach to a player they saw as starting to wear down physically in 2009.
"[Vanden Bosch] played over 1,000 snaps two years ago, and for a defensive lineman, that's ridiculous,'' the league source said. "But he was able to play at a high level for those 1,000 snaps. But at this point in his career, he's probably better off playing about half that amount. After a while you get to a certain point, after so many snaps, the body starts to give way on you.
"So his role was going to have to change in Tennessee, and he knew that. He probably didn't want to hear that, and he kind of made up his mind that it was time to go and try to play for someone else. But as far as leadership, and showing guys how to be a pro and what's expected of them, he's got a lot of value left. He's the kind of player you want. It's a perfect deal for Schwartz and what he's trying to do in Detroit.''
Just after 11:30 ET this morning, Detroit coach
Vanden Bosch and Williams will be part of the new Lions new defensive line that, if Schwartz has his way, might also include whichever defensive tackle falls to them in the draft -- Oklahoma's
Vanden Bosch spent the past five seasons with the Titans, getting all of his 43 1/2 career sacks. He was a first alternate for the AFC last season, despite only three sacks, and played in his third Pro Bowl in January.
Rolle, a former first-round pick who broke into the league as a cornerback, is a very good cover safety and has a reputation for making plays when he gets his hands on the ball. His visit to New York is a clear indication the Giants have concerns about whether standout safety
Arizona is hopeful of re-signing Rolle, whom they released because they didn't want to pay him $12 million in bonus and salary this season, but the chances of that happening appear remote. Miami, Rolle's hometown team, also is said to have an interest in him.
A league source confirms that Feeley is scheduled to visit St. Louis on Friday, and given the dearth of talent the Rams have at the position, the two sides are expected to reach an agreement.
Feeley, who will be 33 in May, spent last season in Carolina, but did not get into a game as a reserve behind
If they add Feeley, the Rams would have him and starter
The Atlanta Falcons plan to sign backup quarterback
Arizona wants to re-sign inside linebacker
Dansby is scheduled to meet with the Dolphins today and says he will visit with other teams as well. If none offers him more than Brackett received, the odds swing toward him returning to Arizona -- if he indeed wants to return.
Everybody will be talking bracket in March in Indianapolis, site of this year's men's Final Four. But why wait for the hoops tournament to start? Colts fans can start getting excited right now, given that Indy has reached an agreement with middle linebacker
In the past the Colts have never hesitated to let their free-agent linebackers walk if the price tag got too high, as the departures of
For me, Brackett's value was never showcased any better than when New Orleans faced that 4th and goal from the Colts 1 in the second quarter of Super Bowl XLIV. Down 10-3 at the time, New Orleans gave running back
Things I'm wondering about early in free agency:
• How long until
• And how long until the defending champion Saints realize Delhomme would make a much better veteran backup for
• A no-trade clause request by
• I liked the novelty of the
• Is this the kind of free-agent market where
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Indianapolis Colts have agreed to a five-year deal with linebacker
If there's one fascinating sub-plot to keep track of in free agency (on SI.com's free-agent tracker, no less) it's Baltimore's potential interest in receiver
Which is pretty intriguing because many have assumed that Baltimore would sign Owens over
Even though Ravens head coach
"He did call Ozzie a racist at some point in the past, so draw your own conclusions from that (in regards to Baltimore's interest),'' the league source said. "I don't think they're going to be very eager to sign T.O.''
I guess there's still some pockets of silly money available this year, because the Lions were willing to give a reported $11 million in guarantees to ex-Seahawks receiver
True, Burleson had that success for the Vikings in '04, whose offensive coordinator was
A five-year, $25 million contract for an almost 29-year-old receiver who averaged just 12.9 yards per catch last season (63 receptions for 812 yards and three touchdowns) sounds like the familiar story of a losing franchise having to overpay to attract decent free agents. The Seahawks certainly weren't willing to ante up anywhere near that much for Burleson, whose inconsistency and history of injuries marred his four-year stay in Seattle. In two of his four years as a Seahawk, Burleson posted five and 18-catch seasons.
See, we told you this year's NFL free agency was going to be unlike any other. We're already more than nine hours into the proceedings, and the Washington Redskins haven't signed even one new player yet. The best
That's not going to get it done when it comes to locking up that coveted Offseason of the Year award that Washington perennially runs away with. No
I have to admit, I fell for all the rumors the Redskins would jump on Peppers like a
But even the Redskins look a bit cautious in the NFL's new uncapped world. Shanahan and Allen are going to go shopping, but there's nothing to suggest a wild spending spree is on tap. If you can't count on Washington to set the market and the pace of free agency, what can you consider a given in a setting that has repeatedly been characterized as -- altogether now -- "uncharted waters?''
As the first full day of free agency unfolds on Friday, I'm thinking the most prescient thing I've heard lately will wind up being what one veteran agent told me a couple weeks ago as he looked into his crystal ball at the NFL's 2010 shopping season:
"Free agency is going to work for less than 50 players this year, whereas maybe it was 100 players or so in years past,'' he said. "And I think that means you're going to only have 12 to 15 guys who are going to get good deals in the open market. That's it. The rest of the premier players will get tagged.
"A lot of teams won't do much because the uncertainty of what's to come in 2011. A lot of teams are going to be cautious. Not knowing what the rules will be in the future, they won't want to commit to anything this year. The vibes I'm getting from everyone is that when we sit down and calculate how much money is spent on free agency this year, it'll be a lot less than it was last year. I'm sure of that.''
It's still early, but the players' bonanza that the uncapped year sounded like for so long is off to a pretty slow start. Even if you happen to believe that Chad Clifton is the answer in Washington.
In addition to the Jets-Chargers trade, there was plenty of activity around the midnight hour, especially involving the Panthers. Ex-Carolina DE
The Jets upgraded a position of need by trading for Chargers cornerback
Cromartie won't lack for motivation: He's in the final year of his rookie contract, will get to play the press coverage that he favors, and will have teammates and coaches who'll hold him accountable if he backs away from contact on the field. His failure to even attempt to tackle running back
Interestingly, several Chargers players said the coaching staff rarely, if ever, called out Cromartie for shying away from contact. That won't happen in New York, where leaders such as linebacker