2011 NFL Free Agency Signings and Trade Rumors: NFC Summary, Chris Johnson and More!



Have you missed all of the latest 2011 NFL Free Agent Signings? NFL Trades? Not sure where Sidney Rice or Zach Miller will be catching passes this season? Well we’ve got you covered.

It today’s posting, we cover every player in the NFC who has changed teams and their contract terms if we have them. It’s a plain and simple post, but a must read for NFL fans and fantasy football geeks alike.

Before the NFL Signings summary, here are some quick hits from around the NFL:

Running backs Mike Bell and Jerome Harrison signed contracts with the Detroit Lions as they are desperate to find another option after losing rookie RB Mikel Leshoure for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

Titans Running back Chris Johnson still refuses to report to camp, holding out for a new contract.  He is without a doubt the biggest fantasy player to watch as he is going in the top 5 in almost all mock drafts.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith dislocated a finger and will miss about ten days.

The NFL will have random PED  tests on game days this season. “Don’t take the field yet, we need you to pee in this cup.”

In this post, we are not covering players who re-signed with their old teams. This focuses on NFC players who are joining new teams via trade or free agency signing.  Here we go:

Dallas Cowboys

Free Agent Signings:

Safety Abram Elam, one year, $2.5 million from the Cleveland Browns

New York Giants

Free Agent Signings:

Stacy Andrews (Seattle Seahawks), DT Gabe Watson (Arizona Cardinals), TE Ben Patrick, Chris White (Seattle Seahawks), C David Baas (San Francisco 49ers), punter Steve Weatherford (New York Jets).

Philadelphia Eagles

Free Agent Signings:

DE Jason Babin (Tennessee Titans, five years, $28 million), DT Derek Landri (Carolina Panthers), FS Jarrad Page (New England Patriots), Aug. 2; OT Ryan Harris (Denver Broncos), RB Ronnie Brown(Miami Dolphins), DT Cullen Jenkins (Green Bay Packers-five years, $25 million), QB Vince Young (Tennessee Titans) CB Nnamdi Asomugha (Oakland Raiders, five years, $60 million), WR Johnnie Lee Higgins (Oakland Raiders), TE Donald Lee (Green Bay Packers).


CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (from Arizona Cardinals for QB Kevin Kolb)

Washington Redskins

Free Agent Signings:

LB Keyaron Fox (Pittsburgh Steelers), OT Sean Locklear (Seattle Seahawks), Kicker Shayne Graham (New England Patriots), DE Stephen Bowen, (Dallas Cowboys, five years, $27.5 million); Center Chris Chester (Baltimore Ravens, five years, $20 million), DT Barry Cofield, (New York Giants, six years, $36 million), WR Donté Stallworth, (Baltimore Ravens), QB Kellen Clemens (New York Jets), CB Josh Wilson (Baltimore Ravens, three years, $13.5 million), RB Tim Hightower (Arizona Cardinals)


WR Jabar Gaffney (from Denver Broncos for DT Jeremy Jarmon).


Chicago Bears

Free Agent Signings:

C Chris Spencer (notes), July 31 (Seattle Seahawks, two years, $6 million); DT Amobi Okoye (Houston Texans), RB Marion Barber (Dallas Cowboys), DL Vernon Gholston (New York Jets), WR Roy Williams, (Dallas Cowboys) WR Sam Hurd, (Dallas Cowboys), TE Matt Spaeth (Pittsburgh Steelers), Punter Adam Podlesh (Jacksonville Jaguars).

Detroit Lions

Free Agent Signings:

WR Nate Hughes (Jacksonville Jaguars), WR Maurice Stovall (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), LB Stephen Tulloch (Tennessee Titans), WR Rashied Davis (Chicago Bears), OLB Justin Durant (Jacksonville Jaguars).

Green Bay Packers

Free Agent Signings: None

Minnesota Vikings

Free Agent Signings:

OT Charlie Johnson (Indianapolis Colts), WR Michael Jenkins (Atlanta Falcons), WR Devin Aromashodu, (Chicago Bears).


QB: Donovan McNabb (From Washington Redskins)


Atlanta Falcons

Free Agent Signings:

DE Ray Edwards, July 29 (Minnesota Vikings, five years, $30 million).

Carolina Panthers

Free Agent Signings:

S Sean Considine(Jacksonville Jaguars), DT Ron Edwards(Kansas City Chiefs, three years, $8.25 million LB Omar Gaither (Philadelphia Eagles), PK Olindo Mare(Seattle Seahawks), TE Ben Hartsock(New York Jets), S Kevin Payne(St. Louis Rams)


TE Greg Olsen (From the Chicago Bears for a 3rd round draft pick).

New Orleans Saints

Free Agent Signings:

C Olin Kreutz (Chicago Bears), CB Trumaine McBride(Arizona Cardinals), OT Alex Barron(Dallas Cowboys), S Paul Oliver(San Diego Chargers), DT Aubrayo Franklin(San Francisco 49ers), DE Turk McBride (Detroit Lions), CB Fabian Washington(Baltimore Ravens), FB Korey Hall (Green Bay Packers), LB Will Herring(Seattle Seahawks), RB Darren Sproles(San Diego Chargers, four years, $14 million), LB Curtis Johnson(St. Louis Rams).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Free Agent Signings:

P Michael Koenen (Atlanta Falcons)



Arizona Cardinals

Free Agent Signings:

TE Todd Heap(Baltimore Ravens), CB Richard Marshall (Carolina Panthers), WR Chansi Stuckey(Cleveland Browns), OT Floyd Womack(Cleveland Browns), LB Stewart Bradley (Philadelphia Eagles), OG Daryn Colledge (Green Bay Packers), TE Jeff King (Carolina Panthers).


Acquired QB Kevin Kolb (from the Philadelphia Eagles for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick) Kolb agrees to new five-year contract worth $63 million).

San Francisco 49ers

Free Agent Signings:

WR Braylon Edwards(New York Jets, one year, $3.5 million); SS Donte Whitner(Buffalo Bills), LB Blake Costanzo(Cleveland Browns), C Jonathan Goodwin (New Orleans Saints), CB Carlos Rogers (Washington Redskins), S Madieu Williams (Minnesota Vikings, OLB Antwan Applewhite(San Diego Chargers), David Akers (Philadelphia Eagles)

Seattle Seahawks

Free Agent Signings:

PK Jeff Reed (San Francisco 49ers), TE Zach Miller, (Oakland Raiders, five years, $34 million); DE Jimmy Wilkerson (New Orleans Saints), WR Sidney Rice, (Minnesota Vikings, five years, $41 million); OG Robert Gallery(Oakland Raiders), QB Tarvaris Jackson, (Minnesota Vikings, two years, $8 million); DL Alan Branch, (Arizona Cardinals).

St. Louis Rams

Free Agent Signings:

OT Quinn Ojinnaka(New England Patriots), RB Cadillac Williams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), LB Brady Poppinga (Green Bay Packers), RB Jerious Norwood (Atlanta Falcons), DT Justin Bannan (Denver Broncos), WR Mike Sims-Walker(Jacksonville, Jaguars), OG Harvey Dahl (Atlanta Falcons), S Quintin Mikell (Philadelphia Eagles), OLB Zac Diles (Houston Texans), DT Daniel Muir (Indianapolis Colts).



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