NFL Nation: Mike Schneck
While I was out getting hurricane supplies (Gatorade and food) for a long night in the NFC South Blog bunker, I started getting hit with texts and e-mails from the Falcons and the Buccaneers.
Let’s start with the Falcons because they’ve made the most interesting move so far. They have agreed to a contract extension with cornerback Brian Williams, which prevents him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
This one’s big because it may allow the Falcons to focus entirely on getting a defensive end early in the draft. The Falcons believed they had a solid starting cornerback in Williams last year until he went down with a season-ending injury. Plug him back in with Chris Houston and Brent Grimes and the Falcons suddenly look a lot better in the secondary.
I don’t have any details on Williams’ contract yet, but I’ll see what I can get. In another move, the Falcons announced the retirement of long-snapper Mike Schneck. The 12-year veteran joined the Falcons in 2009.
I’ll be back in a bit with news on the Bucs. Hint: It’s not anything flashy and involves a couple of punters.
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Longtime Cardinals snapper Nathan Hodel has landed with the Patriots not long after Arizona released him. New England announced the signing Tuesday.
We've seen veteran snappers hit the market regularly this offseason. The Broncos released Mike Leach and signed the Patriots' snapper, Lonie Paxton, as an unrestricted free agent. The Texans' Bryan Pittman also hit the unrestricted market.
Snappers are expendable until you can't replace one. The Seahawks have employed Thomas Gafford, Jared Retkofsky, Derek Rackley, Boone Stutz, Tim Lindsey, Jeff Robinson, Ryan Senser and Schmitt since watching J.P. Darche leave after the 2006 season. They have also brought in Pittman, Mike Schneck, Matt Overton and Joe Maese for tryouts.
Releasing Hodel spared the Cardinals from paying a $200,000 roster bonus this offseason. Hodel has snapped in every game for Arizona since 2002.
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