Reggie Bush, other NFL players, on the move Thursday
Reggie Bush is traded from the Saints to the Dolphins. Chad Ochocinco joins Reggie Bush in changing NFL teams on Thursday.
Day 3 of the compressed, post-lockout offseason was wild, and there promised to be more fun to come.
NFL clubs made a move a minute Thursday, with everything from contract agreements to trades to cuts, that teams were finally allowed to start announcing at 4:01 p.m. EDT. Among the released players were Young by the Titans, Nate Clements by the 49ers, and Jake Delhomme by the Browns.
In the first dramatic example of how the new labor deal's rookie salary system will affect elite players, No. 2 overall draft pick Von Miller got $21 million guaranteed over four years from the Denver Broncos. The No. 2 pick in 2010, Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, signed a five-year deal worth $40 million guaranteed and as much as $68 million overall.
Broncos football chief John Elway tweeted, "We have agreed to terms with our 1st round pick, LB Von Miller. Can't wait to get him on the field."
The man widely regarded as the best available player in free agency, Nnamdi Asomugha, hasn't picked a team yet. But Joseph, another top cornerback, agreed to terms with the Houston Texans, according to a person with knowledge of the deal, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the signing hadn't been announced.
Bill Belichick has had success reining in outspoken, do-it-my-way players such as receiver Randy Moss. Now New England's coach gets two more guys who fit that description in defensive tackle Haynesworth and receiver Ochocinco.
All the Patriots gave up for Haynesworth was a 2013 fifth-round pick. By shipping the defensive tackle to New England, the Washington Redskins rid themselves of a two-year distraction and fiasco of a free-agent signing — Haynesworth was guaranteed a then-record $41 million in the seven-year, $100 million contract he got in the early hours of free agency in 2009. On the same day, he infamously declared: "You're not going to remember Albert Haynesworth as a bust."
Haynesworth played in only 20 games for Washington, making 6½ sacks, and was in constant legal trouble away from the field. Last season, he feuded with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and was suspended for the final four games for conduct detrimental to the club.
A person with knowledge of the Ochocinco deal told the AP he agreed to a three-year contract with the Patriots. It was not known what the Bengals received in return.
In the Kolb deal, Philadelphia received cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 second-round draft pick from Arizona, which was in need of a starting quarterback. Kolb had lost the Eagles' No. 1 QB job to Michael Vick and wanted a chance to lead a team.
Kolb, who turns 27 next month, reportedly will get a $63 million, five-year contract with the Cardinals. Rodgers-Cromartie, who went to the Pro Bowl in 2009, will play opposite four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel in Philadelphia, shoring up a pass defense that struggled last season.
The Dolphins completed their trade for Bush by negotiating a two-year contract for nearly $10 million with the running back. New Orleans gets reserve safety Jonathon Amaya in the swap, which also involves an exchange of draft picks.
New Orleans replaced Bush with Sproles, who told the AP on Thursday night he had agreed to a four-year contract with the Saints.
In other transactions Thursday:—Five-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers agreed to a deal with San Francisco, leaving Philadelphia after 12 seasons. Akers told The Associated Press on Thursday that his contract with the 49ers is for three years.
—Chicago traded tight end Greg Olsen to Carolina for an undisclosed 2012 draft choice. A first-round draft pick in 2007, Olsen has 194 catches for 1,981 yards and 20 touchdowns in his career, but Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz prefers blocking tight ends. Olsen finished 2010 with his lowest totals in receptions (41) and yards (404) since he was a rookie.
The Bears also agreed to a five-year contract with punter Adam Podlesh, who comes to Chicago from Jacksonville to replace Brad Maynard, whose contract expired after he spent 10 years at Soldier Field.
—Linebacker Clint Session left the Colts but stayed in the AFC South when he agreed to a five-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars worth slightly more than $29 million, with $11.5 million in guaranteed money.
—Dallas made official nine cuts, many of them leaked previously. Gone are tackle Marc Colombo, guard Leonard Davis, receiver Roy Williams, running back Marion Barber, kicker Kris Brown, offensive linemen Robert Brewster and Travis Bright, linebacker Kelvin Smith and receiver Troy Bergeron.
—Minnesota released starting safety Madieu Williams, who spent three seasons there but was largely a disappointment after signing a big-money deal to come over from Cincinnati in 2008. He was due to make $5.4 million this season.The Vikings also released defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy and receiver Freddie Brown.
—Philadelphia put defensive end Brandon Graham (left knee) and offensive tackle Winston Justice (left knee) on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Also, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and cornerback Samuel were excused from training camp for personal reasons.