NFL update: Spikes to Chargers; Baas to Giants?

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NFL update: Spikes to Chargers; Baas to Giants?

July 27, 2011NFL PAGEEditor's Note: Bookmark this link and follow the updates over the next several days in what is expected to be a whirlwind of signings and roster makeovers.

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Chargers agreed to terms with three veteran free agents, linebacker Takeo Spikes, tackle Jeromey Clary and tight end Randy McMichael, on Tuesday.

"I think defensively you want to be as strong as you can be down the middle and with Spikes and then Sanders, you've got two strong personalities that bring a real aggressive presence to the defense," coach Norv Turner said.

A hard-hitting veteran entering his 14th season, Spikes got a call from general manager A.J. Smith on Tuesday morning, when teams were allowed to negotiate with free agents. The deal is for three years.

"He is an outstanding player. Takeo will bring his physical, aggressive style to our defense," Smith said. READ MORE

Report: Baas heading to New York
NEW YORK -- Center David Baas, who stepped in a center after Eric Heitmann was lost for the season, will sign a deal with the Giants, according to a Wednesday report in the Sacramento Bee.

The 6-foot-4, 330-pounder started at center and left and right guard in six seasons with San Francisco.

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Hasselbeck leaves Seattle for Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Titans have reached a deal with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, according to a person familiar with the agreement.

Hasselbeck spent the past 10 seasons with Seattle, and the Titans are hoping he can bring stability to the position and work with rookie Jake Locker, the No. 8 overall draft pick.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. ESPN.com first reported the agreement, which was reached Wednesday morning. READ MORE

Ravens to cut Heap, McGahee, Mason, Gregg
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- The Ravens on Tuesday night agreed to terms on a five-year, 32 million contract with offensive lineman Marshal Yanda, an unrestricted free agent who has spent his entire four-year career in Baltimore. Drafted in the third round of the 2007 draft, the 6-foot-3, 315-pound Yanda is equally effective at guard and tackle.

Running back Willis McGahee, former Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap, wide receiver Derrick Mason and nose guard Kelly Gregg have been told they will be cut, coach John Harbaugh confirmed Tuesday. READ MORE

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

PHOENIX – The Raiders hope to play the next three years in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas. They were approved to relocate on Monday at the NFL owners meetings, but can’t leave right away because Las Vegas doesn’t have a suitable temporary NFL venue.

The Raiders have team options on one-year leases to play at Oakland Coliseum during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and are expected to do exactly that. Owner Mark Davis said he’s open to negotiating a lease to play the 2019 season there as well before moving into new Vegas digs in 2020.

The Oakland Coliseum authority may not grant that request.

"I would say to you with the highest level of confidence, my opinion and recommendation and that of my board members, I don’t believe there is any appetite for a third season (in Oakland),” director of the Oakland Coliseum joint powers authority Scott McKibben told USA Today.

McKibben said hosting a Raiders game is a financial loss for the JPA.

If the Raiders can’t reach an agreement to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019, they have other options in the Bay Area, though none is ideal. They could play at Cal’s Memorial Stadium or use Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as a last resort in the Bay Area, sources told CSN California reporter Scott Bair.

They could renovate UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium – locker room and security upgrades are mandatory – though the Raiders would prefer to avoid that route.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

PHOENIX – Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith has been banished from the NFL for over 16 months now as a repeat offender of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t ruled on Smith’s reinstatement application and it’s hard to imagine movement coming soon on that front after a pair of recent run-ins with the law.

He was reportedly involved in a domestic incident and was questioned by San Francisco police last month. Then he was a passenger in a vehicle that hit an unmarked police car on March 10, an incident where the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Smith seemed out of sorts when interviewed by media after emerging from a San Francisco police station.

Smith’s banishment states he can’t have contact with Raiders personnel outside the director of player engagement, a stipulation head coach Jack Del Rio has criticized in the past.

He did so again Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, saying it’s unfortunate the organization can’t support Smith during difficult times.

“It’s a little bit frustrating to not be able to be a part of the process,” Del Rio said. “My feel is that I could help him, but the experts know. The experts don’t allow that. We have to follow the rules.

“It does get frustrating to not be able to help a young man and provide support and provide structure. Somebody else has to make those decisions. It’s just out of my hands.”

The Raiders can’t petition for greater involvement, and are therefore in a wait-and-see mode regarding their troubled, yet talented player.

“He has to get himself together,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “(Smith’s status) is totally on the league office. They know more than what we know.”