2011 NFL Signings and Trade Rumors: Olin Kreutz, Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson and more!


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The Chicago Bear’s Olin Kreutz has a new team, Brett Favre is not joining the Miami Dolphins and the Oakland Raiders replace Zach Miller. What are the latest 2011 NFL signings? NFL trade rumors? News from around the NFL?

The Sportsbank has NFL fans covered with the latest from around the league.

Here’s yesterday’s new from around the league:

The New Orleans Saints signed former Chicago Bears free-agent center Olin Kreutz to a one-year $4 million contract with incentives yesterday. He was immediately snapping the ball with the first team to quarterback Drew Brees in practice later in the day. Kreutz replaces starter Jonathan Goodwin, who with the San Francisco 49ers this week. This is a good move for Sean Payton’s Saints as they get an experienced center, and a clubhouse leader, with a strong desire to win. Kreutz is a six-time Pro Bowl player, who began his career with the Bears in 1998. He will be missed in Chicago.

Despite the Miami Dolphin’s Tony Sparano saying: “I can’t rule anything out,” when asked about the team’s interest in Brett Favre, it seems the quarterback has no plans of coming back. Favre told the Miami Herald on Friday, “No,” when asked if he had interest in a comeback. This should end the Brett Favre comeback rumors for now.

Despite being in the final year of his contract, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the cornerstone of the team’s offense has no plans of holding out on the team. If he is not franchise tagged, he will surely be the most sought-after free agent in years. Peterson owns Minnesota Vikings records. He’s tied for the franchise record in rushing TDs (52) and owns the single season rushing yards record (1,760). Last year he rushed for 1,298 yards and scored 12 TDs.

As first suggested here, Malcom Floyd is returning to the San Diego Chargers, signing a two-year contract, with the team. The Chargers will have Vincent Jackson and Floyd catching passes from Phillip Rivers this season. Meanwhile the Carolina Panthers signed former San Diego Chargers wide receiver Legedu Naanee to a contract.

After the Seattle Seahawks signed Oakland Raiders tight end Zach Miller, the team needed to find a replacement. On Friday, they did just that signing New York Giants tight end Kevin Boss to a 4-year, $16 million contract. As much as Miller was a beloved star in Oakland, Boss’s number compare favorably given his cheaper price. Miller had 685 receiving yards and scored 5 TDs last season, while Boss had 531 receiving yards and also scored 5 TDs. While the yardage variance is different, Miller was a top-target in Oakland, while Boss shared targets from Eli Manning with top wide receivers. Boss should at least be a top red zone target with the team.

Finally those waiting to see internet searched sensation and Florida Gators star Tim Tebow breaking into the starting gig with the Denver Broncos, may have to wait a bit longer. Thus far Kyle Orton has been taking all snaps with the first team. Tebow may actually be battling Brady Quinn for the number two position.


Soxman is a Sportsbank senior contributor and a White Sox columnist and sports reporter for Chicago Tribune Red Eye Edition. He’s also a frequent guest on local television and radio programs in Chicago. You can e-mail him at thesoxman72@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: @thesoxman72.

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