The (Hollywood) Hills may have eyes -- or at least they did on Thursday.
Free-agent linebacker Kyle Van Noy tweeted a trio of wide-eyed emojis in the morning, and Chargers defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day followed Van Noy with his own set of intrigued eyeballs (before he eventually deleted the tweet). The reason became evident soon thereafter: Van Noy was meeting with the Chargers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. And a few hours later the team made it official by announcing that Van Noy was signing with Los Angeles.
Van Noy began his career in Detroit before the Lions traded him to New England in 2016, where he became an important part of a Patriots defense that reached the Super Bowl in 2016, 2017 and 2018, winning two of the three. Van Noy parlayed that success into a four-year, $51 million deal with the Miami Dolphins in 2020, but lasted just one season in South Florida before being released and returning to the Patriots.
And now at 31 years old, Van Noy will move west to a Chargers team that expects to contend in 2022 after narrowly missing the playoffs last season. He'll be joining a defense that includes Joseph-Day, Joey Bosa and offseason acquisition Khalil Mack.
It's certainly an enticing proposition for a nine-year veteran in search of another chance to pursue a title, and he'll be bringing with him Super Bowl-winning experience to a Chargers team that could use such a presence in its locker room.
In other Chargers news, Los Angeles also signed free agent defensive back Bryce Callahan, per the transaction wire.
- The Baltimore Ravens signed sixth-round pick Tyler Badie, a running back.
- The Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms with No. 22 overall pick Quay Walker on his first-round deal, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, and agreed to terms with No. 28 overall pick Devonte Wyatt on his $12.86 million rookie deal, Rapoport reported, as well.
- The Kansas City Chiefs have waived six players, per the transaction wire: wide receivers Gehrig Dieter and Gary Jennings, tight ends Nakie Griffin-Stewart and Josh Pederson, defensive tackle Lorenzo Neal, and defensive end Jonathan Woodard.
- The Las Vegas Raiders have waived running back Trey Ragas, per the transaction wire.
- The Minnesota Vikings announced on Thursday that they had agreed to terms with undrafted free agent kicker Gabe Brkic, and had waived defensive tackle Jordon Scott to make room on the roster for Brkic.
- The New England Patriots have released linebacker Terez Hall, the team announced Thursday.
- The New York Jets claimed offensive lineman Nate Herbig off waivers, NFL Network's Miek Garafolo reported Thursday. The Eagles had waived Herbig earlier in the week.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed undrafted free agent defensive end Tyree Johnson, per the transaction wire.
- The Philadelphia Eagles announced the signing of first-round pick Jordan Davis. The Alabama product, who had one of the more memorable NFL Scouting Combine showings for a defensive lineman, was selected 13th overall. The team also announced the signings of sixth-round picks Kyron Johnson, a linebacker out of Kansas, and Grant Calcaterra, a tight end out of SMU.
- The Atlanta Falcons hosted veteran linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski for a visit Thursday, NFL Network's Tom Pelisseo reported, per a source. Kwiatkoski also has two more visits scheduled, and should sign somewhere soon, per Pelissero.