Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Afternoon notes out of the AFC South
By Paul Kuharsky
Some midday free-agency thoughts out of the AFC South:
If Glover Quin signs with the Lions, it will be a significant blow to the Texans, who also lost fullback James Casey to the Eagles.
Without Quin, a starting safety to go with Danieal Manning would rank as Houston’s top priority. It’s a good year to draft a safety, so perhaps they will be patient and start a kid in their secondary in 2013. There are a lot of quality veterans available, too. The Giants' Kenny Phillips could be a fit.
I say it’s a good time for Gary Kubiak to jiggle his offense and do away with the fullback, just allowing an H-back/tight end type to do the job as needed.
Some financial details on the Colts' signings have emerged. Right tackle Gosder Cherilus will count $7.5 million against the 2013 cap and collect $15.5 million in cash this year between bonus and salary. Adam Schefter says guard Donald Thomas’ deal is for four years and $14 million.
Jim Irsay tweeted that safety LaRon Landry was in Colts headquarters and that the team is not finished adding veteran players. He also said Robert Mathis is “going 2 RT OLB pass rusher,his perfect fit,[Erik} Walden coming n2 hold the edge at L.OLB.”
Fair or not, there is some symbolism to the first free-agent visitor for a team, particularly one under new leadership. The first known visitor for the Jaguars is uninspired: cornerback Alan Ball played poorly for the Texans last season.
As Ball's visit became known, the Jaguars announced they've signed veteran linebacker Geno Hayes, who played under Gus Bradley in Tampa Bay in 2008, when he was a sixth-round pick out of Florida State. Hayes played last year for Chicago and finished the year listed as a backup for Lance Briggs at weakside linebacker. Also not real exciting. Is he a starter in Jacksonville?
The Titans will introduce their newest players at a 5:30 ET news conference. Guard Andy Levitre and tight end Delanie Walker should be there. Running back Shonn Greene and/or defense tackle Sammie Lee Hill could be part of it as well. I’ll be there and let you know what’s said.
There have been two different reports floating around about the value of Levite's deal. It's six years, $46.5 million. Levitre will count $4.25 million against the cap this year while collecting $13 million in cash between bonus and base salary.
Walker's contract is for four years, $17.5 million.