Left tackle Jared Gaither signed a four-year contract Wednesday to remain with the San Diego Chargers, who also signed unrestricted free-agent linebacker Jarret Johnson, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, to a four-year deal.
One of the NFL’s hottest offensive line commodities is set to make his second stop on a free-agency tour.
After meeting with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, a source told FOXSports.com that Eric Winston is heading to Kansas City for a Thursday meeting with the Chiefs.
St. Louis and Baltimore also have shown strong interest, the source said.
Winston is the most attractive right tackle on the free-agent market after his surprising release Monday by Houston. Winston, 28, started every game the past five seasons for one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses.
The Dolphins are seeking to bolster the right side of their offensive line with both 2011 starters (guard Vernon Carey and tackle Mark Colombo) now free agents. As first reported by FOXSports.com, Cleveland guard/tackle Artis Hicks is meeting Wednesday night with the Dolphins.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Hillis agreed to terms on a contract, the team announced Wednesday.
Hillis, who will be reunited with former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, gives the Chiefs another dimension to their running game.
He had a breakout season in 2010, running for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns, but had a setback in 2011. Hillis suffered from several injuries and an ongoing contract dispute that seemed to affect his play.
Hillis is known for his bruising style of running and it was speculated he would sign a short-term deal to increase his value into the market.
— Ross Jones
Jaguars land WR Robinson
Dallas Cowboys free agent wide receiver Laurent Robinson has joined the Jacksonville Jaguars on a five-year, $35 million maximum value deal that includes $14 million in guaranteed money, according to a league source.
The deal averages nearly $7 million per year.
The Jaguars also hammered out a deal with defensive lineman C.J. Mosley, a three-year, $7.5 million deal with $2 million guaranteed. The deal is worth up to $10 million through incentives.
The Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers and the Cowboys also displayed interest in Robinson, per an NFL source.
The 6-foot-2, 194-pounder is coming off a strong season where he caught 54 passes for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms with San Francisco 49ers free agent offensive lineman Adam Snyder, the team announced.
A former third-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2005, Snyder started 15 games at right offensive guard last season as San Francisco made it to the NFC championship game.
Snyder,30, started 69 games in the past seven seasons.
As Snyder visited the Arizona Cardinals, former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro guard Leonard Davis visited the San Francisco 49ers.
Report: Soliai rejoining Dolphins
Veteran free agent nose guard Paul Soliai is rejoining the Miami Dolphins on a two-year deal after initially being scheduled to visit the Denver Broncos, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Including the $12.476 million franchise tag Soliai played under last season, he’ll make $24 million in a three-year period that included $18 million in guaranteed money with 75 percent of the total figure guaranteed.
Soliai can hit the free agent market again in 2014. Tht’s when the NFL television deal will cause the salary cap to rise exponentially.
The Broncos made a strong push for Soliai, but he preferred to remain with the Dolphins. Soliai staying with Dolphins
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with wide receiver DeSean Jackson on a five-year, $51 million contract, a league source with knowledge of the deal confirmed.
Jackson was originally designated as the Eagles’ franchise player under a one-year, $9.4 million tender.
The Eagles had made it clear that they wanted to sign Jackson on a long-term basis, issuing a statement to that effect when they franchised him.
"We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “DeSean is a talented player and a proven playmaker in this league and we look forward to him continuing his career in Philadelphia. It’s our understanding that he has the same desire. We will continue our efforts on getting a long-term deal done with him.”
The Dallas Cowboys have found their replacement for cornerback Terence Newman, who was released on Tuesday.
Brandon Carr, who played four years for the Kansas City Chiefs, has come to an agreement with the Cowboys, according to multiple reports. The contract terms are reportedly for five-years and $50 million.
Carr was the No. 1 free agent cornerback left on the market, as the St. Louis Rams had already locked down Cortland Finnegan.
Carr was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft and played in all 16 games each season for the Chiefs.
The Cowboys freed up $7 million in cap space by releasing Newman.
— Ross Jones
Browns land Rucker
The Cincinnati Bengals’ loss is the Cleveland Browns’ gain.
The Browns have reached a five-year deal worth at least $20 million with Bengals free agent defensive end Frostee Rucker, a league source confirmed.
Rucker, 28, recorded 44 tackles and four sacks last season.
A former USC standout, Rucker has 105 tackles and seven sacks in six NFL seasons.
A person with knowledge of the negotiations says cornerback Carlos Rogers is returning to the San Francisco 49ers on a $31.3 million, four-year contract.
The sides reached agreement Tuesday, but the person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team had yet to formally announce the deal. Rogers still needs to travel to the Bay Area in order to sign, and that still could take a couple of days.
The 30-year-old Rogers and safety Dashon Goldson shared the team lead with six interceptions last season for the NFC West champion 49ers, who now have their 11 defensive starters intact heading toward 2012. Rogers had said he hoped to stay put with the Niners on a long-term deal.
The Seattle Seahawks will be hosting free agent quarterbacks Chad Henne and Matt Flynn on visits this week.
The team confirmed that Henne would visit on Wednesday with Flynn schedule to arrive and meet with team officials on Thursday.
The Seahawks are in the market for a QB with only two currently on their roster, including last year’s starter Tarvaris Jackson. Jackson played well at times during his first year in Seattle but has just one year remaining on his deal.
Flynn turned heads with his performance in Green Bay’s season finale when he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns against Detroit. Henne started four games last season for Miami before having season-ending shoulder surgery.
The Minnesota Vikings landed Seattle Seahawks free agent tight end John Carlson with an agreement in principle on a five-year, $25 million contract that includes $11 millon in guaranteed money, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Carlson, 27, was heavily pursued by the Kansas City Chiefs and was scheduled to visit initially. However, the Vikings’ offer trumped the Chiefs’ overtures.
Carlson also drew interest from the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts
Carlson didn’t play last season due to a torn labrum in his shoulder.
San Diego Chargers free agent safety Steve Gregory is visiting the New England Patriots today, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Gregory, 29, recorded 67 tackles and one interception last season that he returned for a touchdown.
In six NFL seasons, Gregory has 241 tackles, 17 pass deflections and four interceptions.
The former Syracuse standout is from the East Coast, growing up in Staten Island, N.Y.
Chargers sign Gaither
The San Diego Chargers have signed offensive tackle Jared Gaither to a four-year contract after he had a resurgent run at the end of last season.
Signed off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs the former Baltimore Ravens draft pick started five games for the Chargers.
"Jared has got everything going in the right direction now," agent Kevin Pompey said prior to Gaither re-signing with San Diego. "He’s excited about the Chargers." The Chiefs cut Gaither in the wake of an untimely false start penalty against Pittsburgh Steelers.
Gaither signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs prior to last season. The 6-foot-9, 340-pound former Ravens fifth-round supplemental draft pick missed the entire 2010 season with a thoracic disc injury in his upper back that didn’t require surgery.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed linebacker Russell Allen to a three-year contract with a maximum value of $9 million that includes $2.6 million in guaranteed money, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Allen, 25, is an undrafted free agent success story from San Diego State who emerged as a starting weakside linebacker last season with 48 tackles in six starts with a half-sack, an interception and two forced fumbles.
For his career, he has 136 tackles.
An athletic 6-foot-3, 235-pounder, Allen made the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie three years ago.
Eric Winston isn’t the only free-agent offensive lineman drawing interest from the Miami Dolphins.
FOXSports.com has learned that Cleveland guard/tackle Artis Hicks is meeting Wednesday with team officials.
Hicks has 71 career starts in 10 NFL seasons split between Philadelphia, Minnesota, Washington and Cleveland. If signed, Hicks would likely compete to start on the right side of the offensive line with both 2011 starters (guard Vernon Carey and tackle Mark Colombo) now that both are unrestricted free agents. Hicks also could be a valuable swing backup.
Hicks, 33, appeared in nine games with three starts last season for the Browns.
The Cleveland Browns have not made a contract offer to free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn and have no plans to do so, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Wednesday, citing a league source.
The source spoke to debunk a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Tuesday that claimed the Browns were battling the Dolphins for the 26-year-old former Packer backup, with both teams making salary pitches to his agent.
Flynn’s attempt to step out of Aaron Rodgers’ shadow in Green Bay has seen him masked by another NFL behemoth, Peyton Manning, in the free-agency quarterback market.
Manning’s decision was tipped to decide Flynn’s destination, though, with the Dolphins predicted to pick him up should they miss out on the four-time MVP.
Johnson signs big extension
The Lions landed their biggest prize of the NFL’s young free-agent signing period, and they didn’t have to go outside their own locker room to do it.
The Lions and All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson reached agreement on a contract extension Wednesday morning, ending speculation that Johnson might eventually test the free-agent waters.
The extension is worth about $130 million over seven years.
A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m at the team’s headquarters facility to officially announce the deal.
The Chicago Bears are signing Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl alternate free agent wide receiver and special-teams ace Eric Weems to a three-year contract, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Weems, 26, caught 11 passes for 90 yards last season. The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder is a strong special-teams contributor in kick coverage and as a return specialist.
Last season, Weems returned 24 kicks for 563 yards and 32 punts for 315 yards and recorded 12 tackles on special teams.
The former Bethune-Cookman standout was selected as a first-team alternate for the Pro bowl as a special teams player.
Eagles sign Cole to extension
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole to a four-year contract extension, the team announced.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have landed Detroit Lions free agent cornerback Eric Wright, signing him to a five-year contract. Wright intercepted four passes last season, also registering 74 tackles for the Lions.
Peyton Manning appears to have entered the home stretch of his search for a new landing spot. The four-time MVP quarterback will meet with Titans owner Bud Adams, coach Mike Munchak and several other club officials Wednesday at an undisclosed location amid reports he has narrowed his choices to the Broncos and Tennessee.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are re-signing veteran defensive end Jeremy Mincey to a four-year, $27.2 million maximum-value contract that includes $9 million in guaranteed money, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.