John Abraham is headed to the Cardinals (USA Today Sports Images)
Thursday was another jam-packed day in the NFL as veterans on 14 teams reported to training camp and some teams hit the field for the first time as a group. Here's a quick roundup of today's comings and goings in the NFL:
• The Arizona Cardinals are nearing a two-year deal with veteran defensive end John Abraham, who was released by the Atlanta Falcons earlier this offseason for salary cap purposes. Abraham, 35, had 10 sacks and six forced fumbles for the Falcons last season and will provide the Cardinals with a little more pressure off the edge.
• To handle pressure off the edge, the Cardinals reached a one-year deal with veteran offensive tackle Eric Winston. Like Abraham, Winston was released earlier this offseason by the Kansas City Chiefs due to financial reasons. On the field, Winston is a valuable player who will upgrade a Cardinals' offensive line that has struggled to protect their quarterbacks in recent seasons. The only downside to the signing is that it could hinder the development of Bobby Massie, a 2012 fourth-round pick who could end up as the No. 3 tackle behind Winston and left tackle Levi Brown.
To make room for Abraham and Winston, the Cardinals waived fourth-year linebacker O'Brien Schofield and placed sixth-round wide receiver Ryan Swope on the "reserve/retired" list. Swope, 22, caught 252 passes for 3,117 yards and 24 touchdowns during his 51-game career at Texas A&M, but sustained multiple concussions that negatively impacted his draft stock and have ultimately ended his NFL career before it began.
• Thursday was a busy day for draftee signings. The Minnesota Vikings were the busiest of the bunch, signing first-round picks Shariff Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarelle Patterson to four-year contracts, getting them in the fold just in time for the start of training camp. The Oakland Raiders signed cornerback D.J. Hayden, the No. 12 overall pick in the draft who received a unique contract structure, perhaps due to the rookie coming off surgery to remove scar tissue after undergoing abdominal surgery last year. Green Bay Packers linebacker Datone Jones, New York Giants first-round offensive tackle Justin Pugh and fourth-round quarterback Ryan Nassib, New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson and Denver Broncos defensive tackle Sylvester Williams also signed their four-year contracts.
Here's a look at the four draft picks who haven't yet signed their rookie contracts:
• While four current Top 10 picks remain unsigned, a Top 10 pick from the 2007 NFL draft is back in the NFL. Former Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Jamaal Anderson signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears. Anderson, the No. 8 overall pick of the '07 draft by the Falcons, provides the Bears with a versatile defensive lineman in the wake of the sudden retirement of Sedrick Ellis. The Bears have some familiarity with Anderson as GM Phil Emery was in the Falcons' director of scouting when Anderson was drafted.
• The New England Patriots added a veteran guard, re-signing Tyronne Green and placing undrafted rookie offensive lineman Matt Stankiewitch on waivers. Green spent 18 days with the Patriots in May, but was released on May 31. Green's previous deal included a $10,000 weight clause, which suggests that conditioning may have been a factor in his release. As for Stankiewitch, his three-year deal with the Patriots included a $2,500 signing bonus and a $2,500 base salary guarantee.
• Veteran defensive lineman Leger Douzable signed with the Jets, who also re-signed veteran wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Running back Mike Goodson, a free agent addition this offseason, did not report to camp and was placed on the "did not report" list. Head coach Rex Ryan said the team knew why Goodson was not reporting, but declined to go into specifics. Goodson was arrested on drug and weapons charges in May.
• The Washington Redskins made some minor moves at defensive back, waiving safeties Jordan Bernstine and Devin Holland in the morning and signing safety Jose Gumbs and cornerback Ryan Mouton in the afternoon.
• San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was officially placed on the "physically unable to perform list". Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee spotted Crabtree walking without a limp. The 49ers placed defensive tackle Lamar Divens on the "non-football injury" list. The team did not specify what body part is ailing Divens, but it might have something to do with him delivering multiple headbutts to the beer bottle Ahmad Brooks was holding on June 8.
• Two items that really should come as no surprise: Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will open training camp on the "physically unable to perform list" due to his troublesome right ankle. Also, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie was above his prescribed weight when he reported to training camp.
And, finally, water is wet.
What's on tap for Friday: Veterans on the Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers report to training camp. Once that happens, only the veterans on the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills will be left to report to camp. The Colts and Bills will welcome their veterans to camp on Saturday.
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