The first live blog post of the day was a pretty solid success, but with it starting to fill up, the time has come for NFL free agency open thread part two. Everybody loves a sequel!
4:30 p.m. - So, Amendola gets more than Welker from the Patriots. I know he's younger, but those injuries have to be a concern.
The Patriots agreed to a 5-year deal with Danny Amendola, source says. 5 years, $31M. $10 guaranteed. Avg: $6.1— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2013
4:25 p.m. - Ricky Jean Francois did not get a deal done in Philadelphia. He is now off to Indianapolis.
#49ers FA DL Ricky Jean Francois finished his trip in Philadelphia and is on his way to Indianapolis, agent said.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) March 13, 2013
2:45 p.m. - The Cardinals have signed Drew Stanton and Lorenzo Alexander. The 49ers reportedly had some interest in Alexander. Stanton gives them another backup QB option. Woo hoo.
Drew Stanton has signed a 3-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Lorenzo Alexander also signing with the Cardinals.— JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) March 13, 2013
2:35 p.m. - This Welker thing is raising just a little bit of drama for the Patriots with Tom Brady. I'm kind of amused by all this, as well as a little bit stunned:
Spoke to someone close to Tom Brady. Beyond enraged at contract details that netted Broncos Wes Welker. "Disgrace""disservice" were used.— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) March 13, 2013
My understanding is the Patriots' final and only recent offer was $10M over two years with incentives. Didn't make a big effort to keep him.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 13, 2013
2:15 p.m. - This is an interesting release. If you're the 49ers, do you get Rhodes in the building as a potential free safety option?
Kerry Rhodes is being released. Veteran purges continue— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 13, 2013
1:55 p.m. - Schefter reporting Wes Welker agreed to a deal with the Broncos. That's certainly interesting. AFC West isn't messing around.
1:50 p.m. - Uh oh....Nnamdi Watch could be on the horizon!
CB Nnamdi Asomugha's potential destinations include Texans, 49ers, Broncos, and Cardinals, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 13, 2013
After a relatively quiet start, the 49ers signed Glenn Dorsey to an as yet undetermined contract. He will compete for time on the defensive line, and really could end up filling a Ricky Jean Francois type of role. Based on all the chatter, it sounds like he might get a chance to compete for nose tackle play, but also could work behind Justin Smith and Ray McDonald. We'll see what OTAs and training camp bring on that front.
Charles Woodson is in town for a visit, but there is no word yet on how that discussion has gone. The 49ers saw Dashon Goldson leave for a five year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, opening up a sizable hole in the back end of the 49ers defense. If Woodson does not work out, LaRon Landry is expected to visit San Francisco on Thursday.
Elsewhere around the league, Reggie Bush joined the Lions and Shonn Greene joined the Titans. Wes Welker may have some kind of offer from the Broncos, but he might be giving the Patriots an opportunity to match. That drama could also dictate what happens with Danny Amendola.
The 49ers still have work to do, but if they can lock down Charles Woodson, that and the Dorsey deal would fill some early needs. There are still plenty of holes to consider, but the 49ers are slowly making progress.