Short-term free-agency solutions
March, 12, 2009
With 127 of the league's 336 unrestricted free agents off the market as of Thursday at 9:30 ET, free agency is hitting the short-term stage. Many of the deals now are one- or two-year contracts. Young free agents such as cornerback Travis Daniels (Kansas City), offensive lineman Daniel Loper (Detroit), defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy (Minnesota) are accepting one-year deals in hope of doing better financially and finding more security after those contracts expire. That makes this a buyers' market for teams because they don't have to commit to huge signing bonuses. Hot corners: Eric Green's multi-year contract with the Dolphins shows there is still a little left in the cornerback market. Green, who lost his starting job in Arizona, signed with the Dolphins on Thursday. Karl Paymah of the Broncos and Chris Carr of the Titans are two of the hottest corners on the market. Carr has extra value because he can help on special teams as a returner. If Carr leaves the Titans, Tennessee might sign Justin Miller, the former Jets first-round corner. He finished last season with the Raiders. Turnover in Cleveland: New Browns coach Eric Mangini continues to put his stamp on his new team. In the past week, he signed three former New York Jets role players: cornerback Hank Poteat, linebacker David Bowens and defensive tackle C.J. Mosley. On Thursday, he started to rid the team of players brought in by former general manager Phil Savage. In the past 24 hours, he cut left tackle Kevin Shaffer and wide receiver Joe Jurevicius. The Browns also released backup tight end Brad Cieslak. Shaffer was signed by Savage as a left tackle but struggled and was moved to the right side.