NFL free agency first wave live blog, open thread

USA TODAY Sports

The blog will be updated as free agent news is released.

Free agency kicks off at 1:00pm Pacific Time (4pm ET). Once the clock strikes 1pm, the flood gates will be opened and the first wave of signings will go down. Beforehand, be sure and check out our Raiders free agency primer to get up to speed.

For the Raiders' part, they have several free agents looking to be headed elsewhere. Their top two free agents are Jared Veldheer and Lamarr Houston who have both been reported as having found new homes. Veldheer is said to have agreed with the Cardinals and Houston is said to be headed to Chicago to join the Bears.

Darren McFadden is said to have received some interest on the market. It will be interesting to see if he ends up in Cincinnati as I have long thought he would.

The Raiders have been talking with one outside free agent. That's Rodger Saffold who they have pegged to replace Jared Veldheer. They have also been talking with one of their own -- running back Rashad Jennings.

Other Raiders free agents the team could consider bringing back are cornerback Tracy Porter, defensive tackle Pat Sims, safety Charles Woodson, safety Usama Young, and offensive tackle Tony Pashos.

Tick, tock... Boom!

Raiders wasted no time in immediately signing offensive tackle Rodger Saffold who they hope can replace Jared Veldheer who signed with the Arizona Cardinals simultaneously as free agency began.

Lamarr Houston also signed with the Bears right as free agency started as was expected. The Raiders have no replacement for him at a position they already were incredibly weak. Now instead of a desperate need at one defensive end position, they have desperate need at BOTH positions. Houston also signed for a meager $7 million per season which the Raiders should damn well have outdone.

So, within minutes (seconds even) into free agency, the Raiders two best players are gone.

The Colts have signed defensive tackle Arthur Jones.

The 49ers have released cornerback Carlos Rogers

Titans sign RB Dexter McCluster

Cowboys release DE DeMarcus Ware

Ravens re-sign OT Eugene Monroe

Steelers release OLB Lamarr Woodley

DL Tyson Jackson signs with Falcons

Jaguars sign OG Zane Beadles

Falcons sign OG Jon Asomoah

Jaguars sign CB Walter Thurmond III

Eagles sign S Patrick Chung

Bills release QB Kevin Kolb

Seahawks sign LB O'Brien Schofield

S Stevie Brown re-signs with Giants

Falcons sign DT Paul Soliai

RB Rashad Jennings signs with the Giants
Raiders re-sign RB Darren McFadden

Buccaneers sign CB Alterraun Verner

Browns sign LB Karlos Dansby

Saints sign S Jairus Byrd

Browns sign S Donte Whitner

Vikings sign OG Linval Joseph

49ers sign S Antoine Bethea

Broncos sign S T.J. Ward

S Mike Mitchell signs with Steelers

Giants sign OG Geoff Schwartz

Broncos sign CB Aqib Talib

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