NFL Free Agent Moves [Sports]

Pats Sign Stallworth and Gallery, Manning Headed To Denver

The NFL's silly season continued today, with several big names joining new teams.

The huge news is that free agent QB Peyton Manning appears poised to sign with the Denver Broncos. Released from Indianapolis, he has been visiting Miami, Arizona, San Francisco, and Tennessee. Today, he announced that he has instructed his agent to reach a deal with Denver.

The Manning move pretty much spells the end of Tim Tebow in Colorado. Tebow, who drew a lot of attention this year with his religious beliefs, led Denver into the playoffs. Tebowmania will most likely be traded to some QB needing team, maybe Miami or Jacksonville (where he has a large following from his college days). Maybe he could play fullback for New England.

New England made some additional moves today. First, after signing Brandon Lloyd and Anthony Gonzalez to catch passes, they went out and added WR Donte Stallworth. Stallworth played here during the near-undefeated season, but he has bounced to a pair of teams and a prison stint for killing someone while drunk-driving. If he works out, he'll be another deep threat.

Stallworth, Gonzalez, Lloyd, Wes Welker, Deion Branch, and Julian Edleman will fight for what I presume are 5 roster spots. Matthew Slater, who re-signed earlier this week, is more of a special teams player. I hope you enjoyed Chad Ochocinco's time in New England, because it is probably over.

We also signed OL Robert Gallery. Gallery played for Seattle last year, after being drafted and playing for Oakland. He was the #2 overall pick, and was supposed to man Oakland's blind side for 15 years. Instead, he struggled before switching from tackle to guard. He's 6'7", and 325 pounds.

With Matt Light weighing retirement and Brian Waters doing the same, Gallery provides superb veteran insurance for New England's offensive line.

We lost big-name safety Laron Landry to the Jets. The oft-injured Landry signed a one year deal with New York today.

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