Originally posted on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 3/27/12

While NFL talking heads have been balls deep in the Peyton Manning hysteria over the past few weeks, there have been many other personnel moves made that could help some teams out once 2012 comes around. Draft weekend needs are becoming a little more clear for each club as their roster rounds into shape. Here are a few signings that you may have missed while engulfing yourself in some March basketball.

Steve Smith, WR: Philadelphia Eagles –> St. Louis Rams

Smith is just two years removed from a 107-catch campaign with the Giants, but hasn’t been able to stay healthy the last two seasons. In 2011, Smith’s season was a microcosm of the Eagles team he signed on with, as his production dipped and a knee injury landed him on IR in December. Although two strait years foiled with knee injuries is probably a red flag to some, the receiver-hungry Rams will definitely take a flyer on the former USC star, who gets a one-year contract and a chance to prove his worth to Jeff Fisher’s Tom Selleck-esque mustache.

Curtis Lofton is leaving Atlanta for a division rival.

Curtis Lofton, LB: Atlanta Falcons –> New Orleans Saints

Since coming into the league four years ago, Curtis Lofton has held it down in the middle of the Falcons’ defense, never missing a game. Lofton’s 147 tackles last year were a career-high, and he also got his first career pick-six in what turned out to be his last game in an Atlanta uniform. While we don’t know how Lofton will fit into the Saints’ linebacking corps, which as of now still features Jon Vilma, his beast-like play should earn him some hefty bounty checks from Saints’ coaches.

Eric Winston, OT: Houston Texans –> Kansas City Chiefs

Winston hadn’t missed a game for the Texans since 2006, and was a starter on the right side this year for a team that had one of the top ground attacks in the league. The 28-year-old Winston was let go with a year left on his contract, however, after failing a physical. KC swooped in and took a chance on the former Miami Hurricane, who will try and pave the way for a Chiefs offense that figures to rely heavily on the running game.

Jason Allen hopes to get a few INTs like one this next season in a Bengals uniform.

Jason Allen, CB: Houston Texans –> Cincinnati Bengals

Corner was one of the Bengals biggest needs coming into the offseason, and the signing of Allen could at least put a band-aid on one of Cincy’s sore spots. A seven-year vet who has 10 picks over the past three seasons, Allen should help complement Leon Hall, who is recovering from a popped achilles. No word yet on what sort of strip-club hazing Pac Man Jones may try on his newest teammate.

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