NFL Free Agency: Big Names, New Laundry, Lots of Dough


The first day of NFL free agency fired up Tuesday afternoon and the signings came fast and furious as a number of big names are headed to new homes.

Here’s the rundown:

Michael Johnson: Johnson was the first big name to drop off the board, as the defensive end agreed to a five-year, $43.75 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Aqib Talib: The Denver Broncos scooped up conference rival the New England Patriots best defensive player in Aqib Talib. Talib signed a six-year, $57 million deal with $26 million in guaranteed money making him the highest paid cornerback in football.

T.J. Ward: As if signing Talib wasn’t enough, the Broncos added safety T.J. Ward to a  four-year contract for $23 million.

Jairus Byrd: The New Orleans Saints grabbed one of the best in the game as they inked former Bills three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd to a six-year, $54 million deal.

Jared Veldheer: The Arizona Cardinals grabbed one of the best offensive lineman on the market as they signed Veldheer for $35 million over five years.

Branden Albert: The Miami Dolphins are reshaping their offensive line as they signed left tackle Albert to a five-year deal worth about $45 million.

Alterraun Verner: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner to a four-year, $26.5 million deal.

Lamarr Houston: Defensive end Houston bolts the Raiders for the Chicago Bears and $35 million deal over 5-years.

Zane Beadles: The offensive lineman has agreed to a five-year, $30 million deal to move from the AFC Champion Denver Broncos to the four win Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dexter McCluster: McCluster is leaving KC for Music City as the Titans signed him to a $12 million deal over three years.

Darren McFadden: Raiders running back Darren McFadden will remain in Raider Nation as he signed a one-year, $4 million deal.

Vontae Davis: The Colts re-signed cornerback Vontae Davis. The contract is for four years, $39 million with $20 million guaranteed.

Adam Vinatieri: Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has agreed to a two-year deal to remain in Indy.

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