With the NFL issuing a memo Friday ostensibly prohibiting teams from reaching agreements with other than their own unrestricted free agents, the first day of the new negotiating period was rather tame.
Very little was revealed about discussions, leading to the belief that the league wants a major surge Tuesday when the league year officially begins at 4 p.m. Eastern time.
However, what did occur were several instances where teams were able to sign their own free agents.
Notable among them was the five-year, $30 million contract signed by safety William Moore to stay with the Atlanta Falcons.
"It's a relief," Moore told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "That was my ultimate goal, to continue to be here in Atlanta and try to get the Super Bowl. I'm very pleased with the negotiations."
The Buffalo Bills re-signed cornerback and kick returner Leodis McKelvin to a four-year deal worth a reported $20 million.
Also making headlines was the Pittsburgh Steelers release of linebacker James Harrison. The two sides were unable to reach agreement on a restructured contract that would have helped the Steelers become compliant with the salary cap.
Harrison said, "There was already an understanding between them and I on what was going to happen. We just couldn't come to an agreement that was comfortable for both sides."
In other agreements, the San Diego Chargers re-signed potential unrestricted free agent Nick Novak to a four year contract. Restricted free agents that signed were Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount (one year); Washington tight end Logan Paulsen and fullback Darrel Young (each three years); New Orleans linebacker Junior Galette (three years) and San Diego long snapper Mike Windt (four years).
Multiple reports indicated the Blount signing is merely a prelude to a potential trade.
Accounting for recent transactions, following is the latest list of top free agents available. Those players released are able to sign before the start of the league year. The numbers in parentheses are the franchise and transition tags for each position.
Quarterbacks ($14.896/$13.068 million)
Jason Campbell, Chicago
David Carr, N.Y. Giants
Drew Stanton, Indianapolis
Matt Leinart, Oakland
Brady Quinn, Kansas City
Running Backs ($8.219/$6.970 million)
Steven Jackson, St. Louis
Reggie Bush, Miami
Shonn Greene, N.Y. Jets
Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh
Cedric Benson, Green Bay
Ahmad Bradshaw (released by Giants)
Best of the rest: Michael Turner (released by Falcons); Felix Jones, Dallas; LaRod Stephens-Howling, Arizona