Whoooeee!. What a busy couple of days this has been. I think that most people predicted that it would be busy but the amount of mayhem coming through. Normally free agency is spread out over 3 or 4 months. The first day you'll have a few big name signings, and then news will trickle in. Due to the lockout everything had to be done immediately. Negotiating with your own free agents, signing undrafted free agents, talking to other team's free agents, all in the space of a few days to beat the rat race.
To complicate things even further this free agency is turning into a spending spree due to the new CBA rules. In 2011 99% of the salary cap has to be spent on actual salary, and in 2012 it has to be 95%. This means that teams who are way under are going to have to spend big, and teams that are way over are slashing players left and right.
On to the news. I'm going to focus on the NFC West in particular and big name free agents as we have time.
David Baas signs 3 year deal with the Giants. No idea on the value of the contract. Apparently he has family in New York and wanted to be closer to them.
Clements was rumored to be cut, and then he wasn't.
Frank Gore is apparently going to hold out for something.
No rumors leaked about Lawson or Franklin
Ray McDonald signs a 5 year $20 million deal with $7 million guaranteed.
Nmandi Asomugha is a priority free agent acquistion for the 49ers.
Sidney Rice signs a a 5 year $44 million deal with $18.5 million
Tarvaris Jackson signs a
Robert Galley signed a 3 year deal . He'll be reunited with Tom Cable
They also sign a UDFA kicker, a whole bunch of other UDFA
Matt Hasselbeck signs a 3 year deal with the Titans. It's worth $21 million, with $11 million guaranteed.
Brandon Mebane is in talks with the Seahawks to stick around.
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Quentin Mikell signs a 4 year deal
Larry Grant is cut by the team.
A whole bunch of undrafted free agents got signed by them too
Rumor has it that the Rams and the Eagles are the primary contenders for Reggie Bush. Supposedly they're interested in Brandon Mebane as well as Malcolm Floyd
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