With the final day of the work week upon us, let's take a look back at the free agent news from around the NFL on Thursday. The Green Bay Packers announced two signings on Thursday: one we knew about a day before (Mike Neal) and another that was news to everyone.
Around the league, the second wave of free agency started to slow, but several big-name players were busy signing contracts. It seemed that staying put was a theme on Thursday, though, with several of those players re-signing with the team that they played for in 2013.
How Friday will play out is anyone's guess, but my hunch is that we'll see the Packers announce the re-signing of one or two of their 2013 players today. Join us in the comments as we discuss the day's news.
Packers: re-signed Andrew Quarless
The deal is very team-friendly, as Quarless will earn $3 million over the next two seasons.
Ravens: re-signed ILB Daryl Smith
Smith stays in Baltimore on a four-year, $16 million deal.
Raiders: signed DE Lamarr Woodley
Oakland replaces Lamarr Houston with Lamarr Woodley, someone who we speculated as a good fit for the Packers. There's no way he was worth $6 million per year to be a rotational player though.
Redskins: signed DT Jason Hatcher
The former Cowboy ends up in Washington on a four-year contract.
Lions: re-signed TE Brandon Pettigrew
He gets $4 million annually over four years, with half of his contract guaranteed. Jermichael Finley could get more annually if he is cleared medically, but probably will have less guaranteed money.
Jaguars: signed DE Chris Clemons
This is Chris Clemons the defensive end who played for Seattle, not the safety from Miami. That Chris Clemons is still on the market, and we think he would be a good add for the Packers.
Jaguars: re-signed DE Jason Babin
The veteran edge rusher stays in Jacksonville to provide pass-rushing skills for their defense.