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Saturday FA Signing Roundup

 

Rams sign WR Drew Bennett for six years, $30 millionESPN.com news services

 

 

St. Louis Rams: The Rams filled a potential void if wide receiver Kevin Curtis leaves by signing Drew Bennett to a six-year, $30 million contract that includes $10 million in guarantees.

 

 

Between bonuses and base salary, Bennett will pocket $9.5 million in 2007. He will earn $13 million in the first two years of the contract and $21 million over the first four seasons of the deal.

 

 

Bennett leaves the Tennessee Titans and joins one of the most productive receiving duos in the NFL in Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. Curtis visited the Minnesota Vikings Friday and is scheduled to also visit the Detroit Lions.

 

 

A former quarterback, Bennett has been a successful possession receiver with the Titans. He's played six seasons after making the team as an undrafted player in 2001.

 

 

-- ESPN.com senior writers John Clayton and Len Pasquarelli.

 

Arizona Cardinals: The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms Saturday on three-year contracts for running back Marcel Shipp and safety Hanik Milligan. Both were unrestricted free agents after finishing last season with the Cardinals. Terms were not disclosed.

 

-- The Associated Press

 

Kansas City Chiefs: Offensive tackle Damion McIntosh has agreed to a six-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

 

McIntosh, an unrestricted free agent who started 13 games at Miami last season -- 11 at left tackle and two at right guard -- will likely play left tackle for the Chiefs, general manager Carl Peterson said.

 

-- The Associated Press

 

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings signed former Giants tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to a five-year, $18.5 million deal, with $7 million guaranteed and $8.2 million in the first year. The Vikings also signed Vinny Ciurciu.

 

 

-- ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton

 

New England Patriots: The Patriots continued their signing spree Saturday. After reaching an agreement with Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas and Jaguars tight end Kyle Brady. New England also signed halfback Sammy Morris of the Dolphins. Terms of the deal weren't available.

 

Morris ran for 400 yards and one touchdown on 92 carries last season. In seven NFL seasons with the Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, he has 1,469 yards rushing and 14 rushing TDs, as well as 112 recpetions for 792 yards and one TD catch.

 

-- ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton

 

 

New Orleans Saints: Offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb, who overcame a catastrophic knee injury to resurrect his career in 2006, has agreed to a two-year contract that will keep him with the Saints. The contract is worth $7 million and will pay Stinchcomb $5 million in 2007, between his signing bonus and base salary.

 

Stinchcomb, 27, drew interest from other teams on the opening day of the NFL's free agent period, but opted to remain with a Saints team that brought him into the league in 2003. He also turned down a longer-term offer from the Saints, one that would have included a larger signing bonus, after he and agent Pat Dye Jr. decided the two-year contract actually offered more flexibility.

 

 

The shorter deal will allow Stinchcomb, who has only started one year, to further establish himself and then be eligible again for free agency in the spring of 2009.

 

 

A second-round choice in the '03 draft, Stinchcomb appeared in only 10 games, none as a starter, in his first three seasons. Stinchcomb sustained a ruptured right patella tendon in training camp in 2005, sidelining him the entire season and jeopardizing his career. But he rehabilitated diligently, won a starting spot in training camp and performed at a high level all season as the Saints won the division title.

 

-- ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli

 

 

San Diego Chargers: For days, Chargers general manager A.J. Smith was dreading an expected phone call that guard Kris Dielman was leaving for another team in free agency. As it turned out, Dielman didn't want to make that call. He decided to stay in San Diego.

 

 

Dielman shunned a more lucrative offer from the Seattle Seahawks and a few other teams to stay with the Chargers. Dielman agreed to a six-year, $39 million deal with the Chargers that had $17 million in guarantees. The Seahawks, Browns and a few other teams were willing to play more.

 

But Dielman wanted to stay on a 14-2 team. He woke up in Seattle on Saturday morning and before a breakfast meeting with the Seahawks, he instructed his agent, Mike McCartney, to get a deal done with the Chargers. McCartney scrambled and got him $17 million in guarantees.

 

-- ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton

 

San Francisco 49ers: Defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin signed a three-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, making him the third free agent in two days to come in to bolster one of the NFL's worst defenses last season.

 

 

 

The 49ers also re-signed Bryan Gilmore, their third receiver last season.

 

-- The Associated Press

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Saturday FA Signing Roundup

 

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings signed former Giants tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to a five-year, $18.5 million deal, with $7 million guaranteed and $8.2 million in the first year. The Vikings also signed Vinny Ciurciu.

 

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings signed former Giants tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to a five-year, $18.5 million deal, with $7 million guaranteed and $8.2 million in the first year. The Vikings also signed Vinny Ciurciu.

 

WHAT THE DUCE? :confused:

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Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings signed former Giants tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to a five-year, $18.5 million deal, with $7 million guaranteed and $8.2 million in the first year. The Vikings also signed Vinny Ciurciu.

 

WHAT THE DUCE? :confused:

Shank is going to florish in Min...Watch. People forget Shank was a great pass catching TE in college and was GREATLY misused here in NY.

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Shank is going to florish in Min...Watch. People forget Shank was a great pass catching TE in college and was GREATLY misused here in NY.

Yes I also agree that he was very misused while he was here. Hopefully for him he will be able to throw the rust off and flourish. It seems they were trying to turn him into the Reincarnation of the Hands of Stone ...Howard Cross. That seems to be a problem of the post 90's Giants across the board. Always trying to get the players to fit the system instead of the other way around. :confused:

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Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings signed former Giants tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to a five-year, $18.5 million deal, with $7 million guaranteed and $8.2 million in the first year. The Vikings also signed Vinny Ciurciu.

 

WHAT THE DUCE? :confused:

That's Ballin'???

 

Wow!

 

Anyway, Shank took the money and I predict he'll get 35-40 catches in Minnesota.

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