Quarterback Kevin Kolb was traded by the Philadelphia Eagles to the Arizona Cardinals, who released quarterback Derek Anderson yesterday during the third day of National Football League free-agent negotiations.
The New England Patriots were talking to the Washington Redskins about acquiring defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said during a televised news conference.
Running back Reggie Bush, who won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints after the 2009 season, was traded to the Miami Dolphins, Saints quarterback Drew Brees said during a news conference at training camp.
The NFL and its players ended a 4 1/2-month lockout July 25 with agreement on a 10-year labor accord. According to ESPN, the new labor agreement will prevent players signing new contracts from practicing with their teams until Aug. 4.
The Tennessee Titans released quarterback Vince Young, who argued with former coach Jeff Fisher after being injured during a game Nov. 21 and then threw his shoulder pads and jersey into the stands. Young had a 30-17 record as a starter for the team.
The Patriots would get Haynesworth from the Redskins for a fifth-round draft pick in 2013, according to the Washington Post. Belichick said the deal wasn’t complete.
Deal Not Complete
“I talked to (Redskins coach) Mike Shanahan last night and we are in the process with Haynesworth, but that’s not complete yet, so I really can’t comment on that at this point until it’s completed, if it is completed,” Belichick said. “We’ll see how all that goes.”
The Patriots also acquired wide receiver Chad Ochocinco from the Cincinnati Bengals, who received one draft pick each of the next two years, ESPN said, citing people with knowledge of the negotiations. The player, slated to make $6.35 million this season, accepted a restructured three-year contract to fit the team’s salary cap, the network said.
Philadelphia traded Kolb to the Cardinals for a second-round pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, cousin of former New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, the Eagles announced in a news release.
“I can’t tell you I won’t miss him as a person and as a player, but I think he’s very well deserving of this opportunity,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said during a news conference yesterday. “He’s in a good position there with good players around him and I know he’ll do a great job.”
Best Quarterback Available
The Cardinals released Anderson, who had seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 12 games during his only season with the Cardinals, and linebacker Gerald Hayes, the team said in an e-mail.
“We went after a guy we had the highest rated and a lot of people thought he was the best quarterback available,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said on the team’s website. “But none of that really matters. What matters is whether we win as a team.”
Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who missed the last two seasons while serving a 20-month prison sentence on a weapons charge, is expected to meet with both the Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers this week, ESPN said, citing people with the teams and NFL it didn’t identify.
Haynesworth, a Pro Bowl selection as a member of the Titans in 2007 and 2008, joined the Redskins in 2009, accepting a seven-year, $100 million offer that made him the highest-paid defensive lineman in the league, according to ESPN.
Suspended by Redskins
Haynesworth, 30, clashed with Shanahan last season, failing to pass his conditioning test at the start of training camp, skipping team workouts and questioning the team’s defensive formations. He was suspended for the final four games of the season for conduct detrimental to the team and had a career-low 13 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks in eight games.
Ochocinco, 33, caught 67 passes for 831 yards and four touchdowns last season with the Bengals. In 2009, he had 72 receptions for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns.
Bush, 26, was drafted second by the Saints in 2006 after winning the Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player during his final season at the University of Southern California. Bush forfeited that trophy in September after the National Collegiate Athletic Association ruled he was ineligible to play that season due to his involvement with an agent.
“Obviously, we had five great years here with Reggie,” Brees said. “I think this whole offseason that this has been a big topic and I think in the end, obviously Reggie felt like maybe that the opportunity for him was elsewhere.”
Bush, who has scored 29 touchdowns in his five-year career, missed eight games last season with a broken right leg and had career lows in touchdowns, rushing attempts and receptions.
As part of the trade, Bush agreed to a two-year contract worth about $10 million, AP said. He was scheduled to earn $11.3 million this season under his former contract.
Burress flew to New Jersey on July 26 to meet with Giants coach Tom Coughlin, but was unable to meet face-to-face with the team until today.
Giants President John Mara said he had considered talking to Burress about returning to the team since Burress left prison June 6, although the team needs to be assured he will be an asset. Burress served 20 months of a two-year sentence after accidently shooting himself in the leg at a nightclub in New York in November 2008.
“Can he live within this system here, and once we get past that, can we make it with the salary cap?” Mara told a radio station. “It’s really a two-fold step that begins tomorrow night. We’re still a long ways from signing a contract and agreeing to terms with him.”
The 33-year-old wide receiver, who caught the game-winning touchdown in the Giants’ Super Bowl victory over the Patriots following the 2007 season, will meet with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin following his meeting with the Giants, according to ESPN.
Burress was drafted No. 8 by the Steelers in the 2000 NFL Draft, and played five seasons in Pittsburgh before joining the Giants.
Giants Keep Kiwanuka
The Giants also reached an agreement to keep defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who was limited to three games last season because of a neck injury. He has 166 tackles and 23.5 sacks in his five-year career with the team.
Kolb, as a starter and backup to Mike Vick, completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,197 yards and seven touchdowns. The 26-year-old will sign a five-year, $63.5 million deal including $21 million guaranteed, with the Cardinals, according to ESPN.
Rodgers-Cromartie, the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2008, had 13 interceptions, four returned for touchdowns, in three years in Arizona. The 2009 Pro Bowl selection joins a secondary that gave up 216.8 yards passing a game last year.
Young, a two-time Pro Bowl pick, was released a day after the Titans agreed to terms with former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselback. The Titans also drafted University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker with the eighth pick in April.
Bears Trade Olsen
The Chicago Bears traded tight end Greg Olsen to the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed draft pick, the Bears said on their website. Olsen caught 194 passes for 1,981 yards and 20 touchdowns in four seasons with Chicago.
The San Francisco 49ers released cornerback Nate Clements and quarterback David Carr and placed on the physically unable to perform list wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Dominique Zeigler and fullback Bruce Miller. Carr, 32, appeared in one game in his only year with the team, completing five of 13 pass attempts for 67 yards and one interception
The Cincinnati Bengals agreed to terms with wide receiver A.J. Green, the team’s first-round draft pick (fourth overall) from the University of Georgia, the team said on its website. The 49ers also signed their first-round draft pick (seventh overall), former Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith, the team announced on its Twitter page. The 49ers have signed all of their 2011 draft picks.
Other first-round draft picks signed yesterday include linebacker Von Miller, taken second by the Denver Broncos; defensive end Adrian Clayborn, picked No. 20 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and offensive tackle Tyron Smith, selected No. 9 by the Dallas Cowboys. The teams announced the signings on their websites.
The Eagles also reached agreement with 31-year-old defensive end Jason Babin, a 2010 Pro Bowl selection with the Titans, ESPN reported.
The Buffalo Bills added former Jets wide receiver Brad Smith, signing the 27-year-old to a four-year, $15 million contract, ESPN reported without saying where it obtained the information.