Revis, Sproles, Smith, Harrison, Tuck on move
Cornerback Darrelle Revis and running back Darren Sproles have new homes in the NFL, while wide receiver Steve Smith and James Harrison are homeless.
Revis’ stay in Tampa Bay was short, and he might not be in New England much longer. After less than a year as a Buccaneer, he was cut on Wednesday and officially agreed to terms with the Patriots on Thursday — but only on a one-year deal, albeit worth about $12 million.
New England had a need at the position because Aqib Talib left for Denver. Revis’ contract impasses have led him from the New York Jets to the Bucs to the Patriots since last April, and he was the latest big name on the move.
Versatile running back-kick returner Sproles will add some juice to Philadelphia’s already high-energy offense after he was acquired from New Orleans. And someone — Baltimore, maybe — will grab veteran Smith after the standout wide receiver was released by Carolina.
Smith has been the face of Carolina’s franchise for a decade. But he turns 35 in May and would have cost the Panthers $7 million under this year’s salary cap. The Panthers still owe Smith $3 million.
As for Harrison, the 2008 defensive player of the year was cut by Cincinnati. Harrison, 35, had a limited role with the Bengals after he helped Pittsburgh win a pair of Super Bowls. He played in 15 games, starting 10, and finished 12th on the team in tackles.
It was yet another busy period on the third day of NFL free agency in which Jonathan Martin signed a two-year contract with San Francisco.
Martin passed his physical to complete a trade that sent the tackle from the Miami Dolphins to the 49ers to be reunited with his college coach, Jim Harbaugh. The teams first announced the move on Tuesday for Martin, who left the Dolphins last autumn after accusing teammate Richie Incognito of bullying in a scandal that overshadowed another mediocre Miami season.
Tampa Bay cut tackle Donald Penn and signed Anthony Collins to replace him; Oakland signed defensive end Justin Tuck, who helped the New York Giants win two Super Bowls; Green Bay re-signed linebacker Mike Neal and tight end Andrew Quarless; and Jacksonville formally signed defensive end Chris Clemons, defensive lineman Ziggy Hood and re-signed defensive end Jason Babin, who led the team with 7½ sacks in 2013.