NFL update: Spikes to Chargers; Baas to Giants?

NFL update: Spikes to Chargers; Baas to Giants?
July 27, 2011, 4:06 pm
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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