With Houshmandzadeh in Seattle, Engram visits Chiefs

After adding a quarterback over the weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs now are looking at a wide receiver.

Free-agent wide receiver Bobby Engram is in Kansas City today visiting with the Chiefs.

The visit makes sense on two fronts. Back when Engram played in Chicago, he spent one season working with a young assistant coach, Todd Haley, who now is the Chiefs’ head coach. Also, the Seattle Seahawks moved on a receiver Monday when they signed T.J. Houshmandzadeh, leaving much less playing time for Engram, a 13-year NFL veteran.

Engram has produced at his two previous stops — five seasons in Chicago and the last eight in Seattle. Now he could have the chance to do the same in Kansas City.

RB Ward agrees to terms with Bucs

Running back Derrick Ward has agreed to terms with Tampa Bay on a four-year contract worth $17 million. Ward will make $6 million in guarantees in the first year, $9.25 million over two years, and $13 million over three years.

Denver continues to reshape roster, adds DT Fields

Denver has been more active than anyone — and continues to be. It reached agreement Monday with former 49ers DT Ronald Fields on a two-year deal worth $5 million. Fields will be reunited with his former head coach Mike Nolan, now Denver’s defensive coordinator.

Houshmandzadeh lands with Seahawks

Free-agent WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh has agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks.

The deal is for five years for $40 million, with $15 million guaranteed.

Titans sign WR Washington, DT Haye

The Tennessee Titans reached agreements with free-agent WR Nate Washington on a six-year deal worth deal worth $27 million, including $9 million guaranteed and with free-agent DT Jovan Haye on a four-year, $16 million contract.

The team will have a press conference today to introduce both players to the media.

Washington had 40 receptions for 631 yards and three touchdowns for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008. Haye made 14 starts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.

Rams re-sign CB Bartell

The cornerback market continues to explode. On Monday, the St. Louis Rams reached an agreement with free-agent CB Ron Bartell on a four-year, $28 million contract that includes $13.5 millon in guaranteed money.

Bartell started 16 games for the Rams in 2008 and recorded three interceptions.

NFL ‘will look into’ incident involving Broncos’ Marshall

Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall escaped legal problems Monday, when the disorderly-conduct charge against him in Atlanta was dropped and the case was dismissed. But Marshall isn’t expected to receive the same treatment from the NFL.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday that the league “will look into” Marshall’s situation, and that isn’t good news for the wide receiver.

When the NFL reduced Marshall’s suspension from three games to one last year, the league did so with the warning that if he was involved in any more legal incidents, it would be grounds for a lengthy ban, according to sources close to the player.

Those who know Marshall and are familiar with his case believe his next suspension will be longer — quite possibly considerably longer — than three games. Aiello said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will review this latest incident in which Marshall and his fiancĂ©e publicly argued before police had to separate them.

If he is found to be in violation of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy, Marshall could be benched indefinitely. As it is, the situation might influence any talks that Marshall and the Broncos could have regarding a long-term contract extension. Marshall will have to worry about how this incident affects those talks and, more importantly, the commissioner’s thinking about a suspension.

Peppers will be harder to trade than Cassel

Now that QB Matt Cassel has been dealt to the Kansas City Chiefs, trade speculation has shifted to another franchised player, Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers.

Yet the two situations are as different as the two players.

Peppers has a franchise tender and cannot be traded until he signs it, which means any trade discussions must go through his agent, Carl Carey. Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Carolina is prohibited from discussing a deal for Peppers with another team. If the Panthers did, it immediately would bring an NFL Players Association grievance.

Cassel had a signed contract and was trade-able, just like any other player with his contract. Once he signed the franchise tender, he forfeited his rights to broker a deal. It’s why the Patriots were able to trade Cassel to the Chiefs on Saturday morning without the blessing of the quarterback and his representative.

These are minor points but points of clarity. New England was able to trade Cassel. Carolina cannot trade Peppers — not until he has signed his franchise tender, which he has not.

And it’s hard to envision finding a team that would satisfy Peppers’ wishes and the Panthers’ asking price.

Cutler’s agent: No meeting yet between QB, Broncos

The Internet is abuzz with speculation that Broncos QB Jay Cutler is in Denver and ready to have a sit-down meeting with team officials, possibly even including new head coach Josh McDaniels.

But Cutler’s agent, James “Bus” Cook, called Sunday night to say that his client isn’t in Denver, has no immediate plans to be in Denver and doesn’t know the next time he’ll be in Denver.

On top of that, there was and is no meeting scheduled between Cutler and the Broncos.

“At some point in the future, I’d imagine there probably will be a meeting,” Cook said. “But right now, there’s absolutely nothing scheduled. There’s nothing to (the speculation).”

Meanwhile, Broncos sources have maintained just as adamantly that Cutler isn’t on the trading block and will not be dealt.

So there is plenty to talk about it regarding Cutler and the Broncos. But for the time being, those talks aren’t occurring between the two sides.

Broncos give ex-Dolphins CB Goodman five-year deal

The Denver Broncos and free-agent CB Andre’ Goodman agreed Sunday night to a five-year, $25 million contract that includes over $10 million in guaranteed money.

Goodman is a seven-year NFL veteran who started all 16 regular-season games for the Miami Dolphins last season and had a team-high five interceptions.

Texas Tech’s Crabtree opts for surgery on left foot

A running story since the NFL Scouting Combine now involves no running.

After initially intending to try to go through his pro day, Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree changed his mind this weekend and opted to have surgery on the slight stress fracture in his left foot.

“After thorough consideration and discussion with my advisers and doctors, I decided to have the surgery rather than risk any further injury,” Crabtree said in a statement. “As a competitor, I wanted to run at my pro day, but it became clear that the best thing for me is to have the surgery and be ready to get on the field as soon as possible.”

Renowned surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the procedure on Crabtree on Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C. Crabtree will have a pin inserted in his left foot and is expected to be sidelined for 10 weeks.

Any NFL team that drafts Crabtree next month won’t be able to clock him in the 40-yard dash before selecting him. A team will draft — and invest millions in Crabtree — before getting the chance to see him run. However, teams do have enough game tape to make an informed decision, and it’s on those tapes that Crabtree shines.

But the running story now will shift from whether Crabtree should run at his pro day to how much his decision to have surgery will impact his position in the draft.

Initially, Crabtree was viewed as a surefire top-five pick and arguably the best player in the draft — someone who could easily go to the Seattle Seahawks with the No. 4 overall pick. But teams now must decide whether they are willing to draft a player without watching him work out at the combine in Indianapolis or at his pro day on March 26.

Giants give DE Canty six-year, $42 million deal

The New York Giants continue making bold moves to shore up their defense.

One day after signing DT Rocky Bernard and LB Michael Boley, the Giants signed free-agent DE Chris Canty to a six-year, $42 million contract that includes $17.25 million in guaranteed money. Now Dallas’ loss is New York’s gain.

Dallas could not afford to keep Canty, and the Green Bay Packers were trying to arrange for him to visit the team. But Sunday afternoon, Canty took the Giants’ offer.

The Giants have gotten defensive. Again.

WR Washington to meet with Titans

Free-agent WR Nate Washington is scheduled to arrive in Tennessee for a visit with the Titans tonight and Monday.

In his fourth season with the Steelers, Washington posted career highs in receptions (40) and yards (631), adding three touchdowns for the Super Bowl champions.

CB McFadden talking to Cards; Steelers want him back

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals battled in Super Bowl XLIII, and they’re having a pseudo rematch today.

Steelers free-agent CB Bryant McFadden is visiting the Cardinals today. The Steelers would like to re-sign McFadden, but former Pittsburgh assistant coaches Ken Whisenhunt (now Arizona’s head coach) and Russ Grimm (now an Arizona assistant) will try to convince McFadden to follow the same path they did.

DT Cole picks Seahawks over returning to Packers

One of the Green Bay Packers’ big offseason priorities was re-signing DT Colin Cole. But early Sunday morning, Cole wound up signing a five-year, $21 million contract that includes $5 million guaranteed with the Seattle Seahawks. Now Cole will follow the same path that former Packers coach Mike Holmgren once did.

With Cole out of the picture, Green Bay has stepped up its efforts to sign Dallas Cowboys free-agent DE Chris Canty, who is deciding between the Packers and New York Giants. Canty is expected to make his decision shortly, but Cole already has. He opted for Seattle over Green Bay.

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