Vontae Davis flirted with a jump into the ranks of elite NFL cornerbacks last season. Now, the Colts are paying him like he’s already there.
Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay announced on Twitter shortly after the open of free agency that Davis was staying put. Irsay handed him a four-year, $39 million deal that includes $20 million guaranteed. That’s top-five money (for now) at the cornerback position. The contract matches what Green Bay forked over to keep its own No. 1 CB, Sam Shields, though Davis will receive an extra $7.5 million guaranteed compared to Shields’ contract.
The Colts dealt a 2013 second-round pick to Miami to land Davis. The Dolphins drafted Boise State CB Jamar Taylor with the extra pick.
The New York Giants will sign former Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings to shore up the team’s backfield, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN and a tweet sent out by Jennings.
The Giants are desperately in need of a running back, as David Wilson is recuperating from a neck injury and Andre Brown is a free agent. Jennings spent last season with Oakland, where he rushed for 733 yards and six touchdowns.
In their Super Bowl loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Denver Broncos saw what happens when a hard-hitting enforcer-type safety roams your defense. Seahawks defender Kam Chancellor, who should have been the game’s Most Valuable Player, thumped Denver’s receivers on all manner of underneath routes, making sure that the Broncos understood that success would invite punishment.
Denver couldn’t get Chancellor, but Executive Vice President John Elway and head coach John Fox may have come close, striking a deal with former Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward. According to the Denver Post, the contract will be worth about $23 million over four years, with $14 million guaranteed. Continue Reading
The numbers on that Jenkins deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter: three years for $16.25 million with $8 million guaranteed. Considering that the Eagles saved $3.25 million for next season by releasing Chung, nothing in that Jenkins contract will stand as too painful of a financial hit.
This could be the best shot yet taken by Philadelphia to shore up its safety position in the post-Brian Dawkins days. Chung, Nate Allen and rookie Earl Wolff failed to provide much of an impact together there in 2013, though Allen delivered his best season as a pro. Only Wolff was on the roster as of Tuesday, with Chung handed his pink slip and Allen an unrestricted free agent.
After losing their two best linemen — offensive tackle Jared Veldheer to the Arizona Cardinals and defensive end Lamarr Houston to the Chicago Bears — to the vagaries of free agency, the Oakland Raiders have tried to spackle an offensive line that has been fairly disastrous for years by agreeing to terms with former St. Louis Rams tackle Rodger Saffold on a five-year, $42.5 million deal. It’s possible that Saffold may play guard for Oakland, which he did fairly well for the Rams in a pinch last season, but no matter how you slice it, this is a lot of money for a player who still hasn’t proven that he can play at an elite level.
Selected in the second round of the 2010 draft out of Illinois, Saffold started all 16 games in his rookie year, but hasn’t been able to match that since. He’s been waylaid by a number of injuries and played 12 games for St. Louis in 2013, switching between tackle positions and excelling inside when he needed to. Despite Saffold’s injury history, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher believed at the scouting combine that re-signing him was a priority. Continue Reading