With NFL free-agency in full swing, several Mountaineers find themselves at the end of contracts. Some will remain with their previous teams, while others may be in search of greater opportunities somewhere else. We already know that Pat McAfee will return to Indianapolis. Here is a look at the other free-agents and try to take a look at the future. This week, we’re adding Pat White to this list.
- Pat White –
UFA– Washington Redskins (Pat White signs with the Redskins)
- Darius Reynaud – UFA- Tennessee Titans (Reynaud re-signs with the Titans for one season)
- Corey McIntyre – UFA – Buffalo Bills
- Pat McAfee -
UFA– Indianapolis Colts (Colts placed Franchise Tag on McAfee (3/1/13)
- Adam Pacman Jones –
UFA– Cincinnati Bengals (Adam Pacman Jones re-signs with the Bengals)
- Ryan Mundy – UFA –
Pittsburgh SteelersNew York Giants (Ryan Mundy signs with the New York Giants)
- Steve Slaton – UFA – Miami Dolphins
- Brandon Hogan – UFA – Carolina Panthers
- Owen Schmitt – UFA – Oakland Raiders
* 3/30/13 UPDATE *
This week, Mundy signed on the dotted line for the Giants for a one-year $750,000 veterans minimum salary which could climb to $1 million with incentives.
We hope to hear news about Steve Slaton soon.
*3/23/13 UPDATE *
In case you missed it, Ryan Mundy will play with the New York Giants next season and will have a chance to start. He would not have that chance if he stayed in Pittsburgh. Darius Reynaud re-signed with the Titans on Thursday.
* 3/13/13 UPDATE Part II *
Ryan Mundy will visit with the New York Giants as a potential replacement for Kenny Phillips. After playing behind Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark for the last four seasons, he would have a chance to start for the G-Men.
* 3/13/13 UPDATE *
For various Mountaineers, the start of free-agency was quiet. We’ve heard of no official signings as of yet, but it looks like Adam Pacman Jones will re-sign with the Bengals based upon what we’ve seen and heard, possibly as a two-year deal.
Talks broke off between Darius Reynaud and the Tennessee Titans, and now he is drawing interest from several teams according to Terry McCormick of TitansInsider.
* 3/9/13 UPDATE *
- Ellis Lankster – Although not free-agent, some interesting stats popped up at GangGreenNation.com about Lankster and where he plays his best while he’s on the field. He is under contract for one more season with the New York Jets and is slated to earn $630,000 next season.
Lankster really struggled playing in the slot. He allowed 8 catches in just 43 plays defending the slot. Those catches averaged over 11 yards per pop. On the outside, he allowed one catch per every 11.5 plays covering. Kyle Wilson was at a completion every 11.7 plays. Antonio Cromartie was at 13.2.
- Corey McIntyre – The fullback/ special teams ace wants to test the free-agent market, but has not ruled out a return to Buffalo. The team has expressed some interest in re-signing McIntyre.
“I just want to see what else is out there, that’s it,” McIntyre said. “I just want to see what’s available for me.”
“Buffalo is still an option though; it’s definitely still an option.”
* 3/8/13 UPDATE *
NFL.com’s Greg Rosenthal calls Adam Pacman Jones one of his best bargain free-agents:
He was a very good return man and a very good slot cornerback last season. Jones is a year-to-year proposition, but he’s quietly evolved into a useful veteran defensive player.
Jones is likely to return to Cincinnati, but he has hinted that he could play elsewhere, even a return to Tennessee.
* 3/6/13 UPDATE *
With the start of free-agency a few days away, we have an update on Darius Reynaud.
After a breakout season with the Tennessee, Darius Reynaud is one of the Titans’ top offseason priorities to re-sign. They are expected to open talks with Reynaud soon. If he hits the free-agent market, expect for him to attract several offers. Cleveland could be in play while they search for a replacement for Josh Cribbs if he leaves via free-agency according to the NFL Network.
* 3/2/13 UPDATE *
A few notes today. First, as you may have seen on the list above, we had our first official movement of the offseason when the Colts placed the Franchise Tag on McAfee which will guarantee him around $2.8 million for one season.
The Bills are interested in re-signing Corey McIntyre. Under new head coach, Doug Marrone, they plan to feature a fullback more in the offense. They also love his play on special teams as he was a captain last season. However, according to his agent, McIntyre plans on testing the waters of free-agency.
“The Bills have made it clear they want Corey back, and obviously he appreciates the opportunities they’ve given him,” McIntyre’s agent, Brett Tessler, said.
“He’s established himself as one of the best fullback/special-teamers in the league, and right now it looks like we’re going to wait for the start of free agency before making any decisions.”
* 2/26/13 UPDATE*
- Pat McAfee is one of the best punters in the NFL, and he works hard to get even better. Last year, he had the best year of his career with a 40.3 net punt average with 30.5% landing inside the 20-yard line. On kickoffs, he had a 60.5% touchback rate. Defense was a weak point for the Colts, but McAfee’s Boomstick made them better by setting up opponents in poor field position to start drives.
There is a lot of talk that the Colts will use the Franchise Tag on the Mountaineer star punter. In the interview with ProFootball Talk’s Mike Florio (below), McAfee said that he would have no problem getting the Franchise tag, in which case he would earn somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.9 million for one season.
- Last year, the Redskins almost signed Owen Schmitt before he signed with the Raiders. This article indicates that the ‘Skins still hold interest: Are the Redskins Eyeing Owen Schmitt?
- This article suggests that Ryan Mundy may not return to the Steelers: Seven Safeties the Steelers could draft in 2013
- Could Darius Reynaud be a good fit in Detroit? Lions in need of affordable, productive Tailback
We can see McAfee, Jones and Reynaud remaining with their previous teams. The Bengals have already expressed some interest in re-signing Jones who despite his early career off the field problems, is said to be a good and helpful teammate in Cincinnati.
Mundy will test the free-agency waters after signing a one-year contract with Pittsburgh heading into last season.
Brandon Hogan is healthy, and has worked out for at least one team in recent weeks.
At 34-years old, Corey McIntyre would likely only re-sign with the Bills for his great work on special teams.
We will update this tracker as these players make decisions about their futures.