Reggie Wayne has agreed in principle to a new deal that will keep him with the Colts, according to a person with knowledge of the deal but who requested anonymity because the details were still being worked out. Wayne is expected to sign Wednesday morning.
It’s a rare move for the Colts, who last week cut Peyton Manning, linebacker Gary Brackett and safety Melvin Bullitt — all captains — along with tight end Dallas Clark and running back Joseph Addai. They also lost free agent receiver Pierre Garcon to the Redskins on Tuesday.
–The Associated Press
Reports: Vincent Jackson bags big Bucs
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made a major play in the free agency sweepstakes. Vincent Jackson has agreed to a deal with Tampa Bay, according to multiple reports.
Cortland Finnegan and his former head coach are about to be reunited.
A source told FOXSports.com that Finnegan and St. Louis “have a deal in place” that would bring the Tennessee Titans cornerback to the Rams. Contract details weren’t immediately available, but the source said the salary was expected to average around $10 million a season.
Quarterback Jason Campbell agreed to a one-year contract Tuesday with the Chicago Bears and will back up Jay Cutler.
Campbell has spent the past two years in Oakland after playing his first four seasons with Washington and has started 70 of the 71 games he has appeared in. But he was injured midway through last season and the Raiders brought in Carson Palmer.
He has completed 1,296 of 2,131 passes for 14,417 yards, 74 touchdowns and 50 interceptions in his career.
The New York Jets have re-signed veteran outside linebacker Bryan Thomas to a one-year contract.
“Bryan has meant a lot to this organization over his 10 seasons and we are excited he will continue his career here," general manager Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement. “He is a versatile defender who is adept as a pass rusher and against the run. He understands the defense, allowing him to play a variety of roles for us.”
Thomas ended last season on injured reserve with an Achilles injury.
For his career, he has recorded 452 tackles, 32 1/2 sacks, 63 1/2 tackles for losses, eight forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, 14 pass deflections and an interception in an AFC championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Portis drawing interest
Former Washington Redskins star running back Clinton Portis has two upcoming visits to NFL teams and has been contacted by four teams since free agency began, according to his agent, Jason Fletcher.
Portis, 30, rushed for 227 yards on 54 carries in 2010, but didn’t play last season as he recuperated from a serious groin injury.
Portis has rushed for 9,923 career yards and 75 touchdowns with a career 4.4 average per carry.
“Clinton looks like he did when he first came out of the University of Miami," agent Jason Fletcher of B&F Sports said in a telephone interview. "He is in tip-top shape. He has been medically cleared since January. He is in Arizona training six days per week. He is a chiseled 222 pounds, and he is eager to re-establish himself as one of the top running backs in the NFL, not only as a rusher, but also as a pass blocker and as a receiver."
The Dallas Cowboys released veteran cornerback Terence Newman on Tuesday and will visit with his possible replacement Tuesday night.
The Cowboys were expected to have interest in Kansas City corner Brandon Carr and according to multiple reports, they’ll get their chance to meet with him face-to-face.
Carr, 25, is a 6-0, 207-pounder who intercepted eight passes in four seasons with the Chiefs. He had four interceptions last year and has broken up 59 passes in the last three seasons. Carr, a former standout at Division II Grand Valley State University, was drafted by Kansas City in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
The chances of the Chiefs re-signing the veteran corner seem slim considering they recently signed cornerback Stanford Routt to a three-year deal worth nearly $20 million. Kansas City also extended the contract of starting cornerback Brandon Flowers in September, rewarding him with a five-year, $50 million extension.
The Redskins aren’t letting the salary cap penalty hold them down in the first day of free agency.
After locking down former Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon, the Redskins agreed to terms with wide receiver Josh Morgan, according to multiple reports.
Morgan suffered a season-ending injury last season when he broke his leg. Although Morgan only played in five games for the 49ers last season, he has shown the ability to consistently contribute in over first three years in the league.
Morgan, who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech, looks to be a major factor in the Redskins’ offense.
— Ross Jones
Williams visits Bills
Houston Texans free agent defensive end Mario Williams is visiting the Buffalo Bills today.
Team executive Russ Brandon announced the visit on Twitter and the Bills also posted a photograph of the consensus top pass rusher arriving in Buffalo with general manager Buddy Nix.
The former top overall pick of the draft, Williams is regarded as one of the best five free agents and is an accomplished pass rusher.
The 6-foot-6, 283-pounder finished last season on injured reserve with a torn pectoral, but had five sacks and a forced fumble in just five games while lining up at outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme.
Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl offensive guard Ben Grubbs is visiting the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
He could step in as a more affordable replacement for free agent offensive guard Carl Nicks.
The Ravens made what coach John Harbaugh termed a “substantial offer,” to Grubbs. And Grubbs’ agent, Pat Dye, met with the Ravens at the NFL scouting combine, calling it a "positive meeting."
However Dye acknowledged that the Ravens’ offer needed to be examined in comparison to what other teams might offer to the former Auburn standout who’s thought of as the team’s top all-around offensive lineman.
The Washington Redskins held onto defensive lineman Adam Carriker with a four-year, $20 million contract that includes $7 million in guaranteed money, a league source confirmed Carriker is a former St. Louis Rams first-round draft pick from Nebrasa.
For his career, he has recorded 124 tackles and nine sacks.
Carriker has 71 tackles and seven sacks over the past two seasons in Washington after being traded from the Rams.
Garcon signing with Redskins
Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon announced that he’s signing with the Washington Redskins.
A source told FOXSports.com’s Alex Marvez that Garcon has signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract that includes about $21.5 million guaranteed
I wanted you all to hear it from me 1st before u saw it on the news," Garcon wrote on his Facebook account. "I will be signing with the Washington Redskins and I’m very excited about the opportunity in front of me.
"I want to thank all Colts fans from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support you’ve shown me the past 4 years and I hope that at some level u will still follow my career, as I will continue to share my life with you on here."
Garcon, 25, caught a career-high 70 passes for 947 yards and six touchdowns last season for the Colts despite Peyton Manning missing the entire season following neck surgery.
Dallas Cowboys free agent wide receiver Laurent Robinson is visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars tonight, according to a league source. The 6-foot-2, 194-pounder is coming off a strong season where he caught 54 passes for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Robinson is a former Atlanta Falcons third-round draft pick who has also played for the St. Louis Rams.
Robinson played collegiately at Illinois State.
In five NFL seasons, Robinson has caught 143 passes for 1,858 yards and 15 touchdowns.
The San Francisco 49ers re-signed linebacker Tavares Gooden to a one-year contract.
The athletic former Baltimore Ravens third-round draft pick played in every game last season and recorded 12 special teams tackles.
“Tavares was an integral part of our success on special teams last year,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. “He brought an energy to our locker room that was evident on the field as well. We are pleased to have him back with us for another season, and look forward to his continued growth as a player.”
The former University of Miami standout has played in 41 career games and 12 starts, recording 67 tackles on defense and 34 tackles on special teams.
The Dallas Cowboys have cut kicker David Buehler, the team announced.
Buehler’s release creates roughly $1.6 million against the salary cap for the Cowboys, who were penalized $10 million by the NFL for dumping contracts during the uncapped 2010 year in violation of a league directive.
Buehler dealt with groin and hip injuries and was limited to four games, undergoing surgery late last year.
The New York Giants have held onto injured cornerback Terrell Thomas, reaching an agreement with him today before he could become an unrestricted free agent.
A league source confirmed the deal without disclosing terms, and Thomas celebrated via his Twitter account: "It’s a GREAT day to be a NEW YORK GIANT!" Thomas led the NFC East club with five interceptions two seasons ago, but shredded his knee during a preseason game last summer.
Texans ax Vickers
The Houston Texans have cut fullback Lawrence Vickers, according to a league source.
Vickers, who replaced All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach last year when Leach signed with the Baltimore Ravens, was due a $1 million base salary next season.
He played in 14 games last season for the Texans, blocking for Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster.
Vickers, 28, is a former Cleveland Browns starter who now joins the group of unrestricted free agents.
The New Orleans Saints have kept one of their top wide receivers from testing the market.
FOXSports.com has learned that wide receiver Marques Colston agreed to a five-year contract extension just hours before he was set to become an unrestricted free agent.
Colston has played all six of his NFL seasons with Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Colston has posted 1,000-yard receiving seasons in five of them, including a career-high 1,143-yard campaign in 2011.
Brees isn’t under contract with the Saints but he cannot test the market after being tagged as an exclusive franchise player. New Orleans now has 13 players set to become unrestricted free agents led by left guard Carl Nicks, wide receiver Robert Meachem and cornerback Tracy Porter.
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed offensive tackle Todd Herremans to a three-year contract extension, and he’s now under contract through the 2016 season.
Over $11 million of that figure is guaranteed and includes a $6 million signing bonus.
He started every game last season. "We are excited to be able to sign Todd to a new contract," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "Todd’s intelligence, toughness, durability, and leadership are second to none. Very few players in the NFL can play at an extremely high level at both the guard and tackle positions and Todd has done that for us. He has been a big part of the success of our offense over the last several years."
Herremans started every game at right tackle last season after shifting over from left guard.
The Tennessee Titans don’t know if they can land Peyton Manning, but the franchise is now assured of having its starting strong safety back in the fold.
A source told FOXSports.com that Jordan Babineaux has agreed to a two-year contract extension that has a maximum value of $5 million.
After spending his first seven NFL seasons in Seattle, Babineaux made a solid impact in his 2011 Titans debut. Babineaux notched 93 tackles in 14 starts and had a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 31-13 victory over Cleveland.
The Titans remain in pursuit of Manning, the star free-agent quarterback who already has met with team officials from Denver, Arizona and Miami. As first reported by ESPN, the Titans entertained seven-time Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson on a free-agent visit Tuesday.