Albert Haynesworth walked into the front lobby of Redskins Park on the first day of free agency. After being congratulated by front office chief Vinny Cerrato, the All-Pro defensive tackle turned and introduced his mother.
Once the pleasantries were done, the parties went to work - completing the paperwork on a seven-year contract that is worth about $100 million and includes an NFL-record $41 million in guaranteed money.
The Washington Redskins were back to their old form as champions of the offseason, snagging the biggest name available in the first few hours of the open market. They agreed to terms with Haynesworth around dawn Friday, culminating a sleepless night that included a just-after-midnight deal - six years, $54 million, $22.5 million guaranteed - to re-sign cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
"Wow! Amazing!" said Redskins defensive tackle Lorenzo Alexander, providing the almost universal reaction to Haynesworth's guaranteed payout, which tops the $37 million the Atlanta Falcons gave Michael Vick in 2004.
All this from a team that has laid off at least 30 people since the start of the year in two rounds of cutbacks. The Redskins are among 10 to 12 teams that have cut staff because of the economic crisis, according to an NFL estimate, but marquee free agents appear recession-proof.
FALCONS: Keith Brooking, the last remaining player from Atlanta's Super Bowl team, became a free agent after failing to work out a new contract with the Falcons.
The 33-year-old linebacker is a five-time Pro Bowler and the team's leading tackler each of the last eight seasons. But he struggled in pass coverage and was caught out of position when Arizona converted a third-and-16 to clinch its playoff victory vs. the Falcons.
JAGUARS: Receiver Reggie Williams, expected to leave the team as a free agent, was charged with DWI and possession of marijuana after being arrested during a traffic stop early Friday.
Houston police department spokesman John Cannon said the 25-year-old Williams was arrested about 2 a.m. on Houston's southwest side after officers smelled alcohol on his breath and a "strong odor" of marijuana in his vehicle. A search of the vehicle found a small amount of marijuana in its console, Cannon said.
Both charges are Class B misdemeanors and carry maximum sentences of six months in jail.
JETS: New York bolstered its defense in a big way, signing former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Bart Scott to a six-year, $48 million deal.
The 28-year-old Scott agreed to terms early Friday, visited the team and signed later in the day, agent Harold Lewis told The Associated Press. Scott will make $27 million over the first three years of the deal.
"These guys really pursued me hard," Scott said in a statement released by the team. "They picked me up from my house early in the morning and really let me know they care, they are serious and they are committed to winning."
Scott is reunited with Rex Ryan, who left Baltimore after four years as the Ravens' defensive coordinator to become coach of the Jets.
"The opportunity to play under Coach Ryan again was huge," Scott said. "I've made it no secret how big a role he has played in me taking the steps from being an undrafted rookie free agent to where I am today. I wanted to keep that chemistry going."
PATRIOTS: Running back Fred Taylor signed with New England after spending 11 seasons with Jacksonville.
Taylor was cut by the Jaguars in a salary-cup move. He joined a team in which running back Laurence Maroney has been bothered by injuries for most of his career.
TITANS: Kerry Collins agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with Tennessee after leading the Titans to an NFL-best 13-3 record last season.
Coach Jeff Fisher had said he wanted the 36-year-old veteran back, and Collins had said he wanted to play again in Tennessee.
VIKINGS: Acquired quarterback Sage Rosenfels from the Texans and signed him to a two-year, $9 million contract.