Day 5: NFL free-agency blog

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NFL free agency has finally arrived, with plenty of big names and NFL icons available. Check out all the news and notes from Alex Marvez, and's Adam Caplan. (All times ET)

SS Phillips visits West Coast -- 11:40 p.m.

Free-agent strong safety Jermaine Phillips visited the San Diego Chargers and is on his way to visit the Seattle Seahawks, a league source told San Diego, another source said, might be looking for another safety to push safety Clinton Hart. Seattle seemingly is set at strong safety with Deon Grant, who signed a five-year, $30.3 million deal last year. Phillips is known as one of the better in-the-box safeties in the league. — Adam Caplan

Bills add CB depth -- 11:01 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms with veteran free agent cornerback Drayton Florence late Tuesday night. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The 28-year-old Florence will provide the secondary with some depth as he becomes the fifth cornerback on the team's roster. Buffalo will head into the 2009 season with Terrence McGee and 2008 first-round pick (11th overall) Leodis McKelvin as the starters, with Florence in the mix to occupy the nickel role. Full story ... — Associated Press

Broncos sign DT -- 10:14 p.m.

The Denver Broncos continued retooling their defense Tuesday by signing unrestricted free agent tackle Ronald Fields to a two-year deal. Fields spent his first four NFL seasons in San Francisco, where new Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan was head coach from 2005 until his firing midway through last season. Fields is the sixth projected starter signed in free agency by the Broncos, whose top priorities are fixing a dysfunctional defense and smoothing over hard feelings with Jay Cutler over trade talks that angered their franchise quarterback. — Associated Press

Raiders keep starting guard -- 8:48 p.m.

The Oakland Raiders have reached a five-year contract agreement with guard Cooper Carlisle, has confirmed. Carlisle originally signed a two-year deal with Oakland in 2007. The Houston Texans and Denver Broncos also pursued Carlisle hard, and the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers also showed interest in the veteran lineman. Carlisle is expected to remain Oakland's starting right guard. — Adam Caplan

Pro Bowl C visits Ravens -- 8:07 p.m.

Free agent C Matt Birk visited the Baltimore Ravens and will meet with officials again on Wednesday, has confirmed. A source said that there's a good chance that Birk will make his decision on where he wants to play (Baltimore, with another team, or back with the Minnesota Vikings) by the end of the week. — Adam Caplan

Broncos hosting free-agent RB -- 4:14 p.m.

Veteran NFL running back LaMont Jordan was expected to meet with the Denver Broncos Tuesday evening, KDVR (Denver) FOX 31's Josina Anderson has learned. Jordan, 30, spent the 2008 season with New England where he carried the ball 80 times for 363 yards and 4 touchdowns. Full story ... —

Bengals retain RB Benson -- 3:59 p.m.

One day after losing their top receiver to free agency, the Cincinnati Bengals made sure not to also get ditched by their leading rusher. The team announced Tuesday via press release that it has re-signed RB Cedric Benson to an undisclosed contract. Benson had reportedly visited and negotiated with the Houston Texans over the first weekend of free agency, but decided to return to the Bengals. —

Vikings let go of LB -- 3:57 p.m.

The Minnesota Vikings have released linebacker Vinny Ciurciu, who was primarily a special teams player. The move was made on Tuesday. Ciurcui signed a three-year contract with Minnesota in 2006 worth up to $3 million with $500,000 guaranteed, but injuries were a problem and he didn't make a big impact on the Vikings' coverage units. Full story ... — Associated Press

Giants GM: Plax is welcome -- 1:36 p.m.

New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese says Plaxico Burress would be welcomed back if he can straighten out his legal problems and get his life in order. Burress' future is cloudy because he faces illegal weapons charges relating to a self-inflicted wound in November. He could get 3 1/2 years in prison if convicted. His case is scheduled to be heard at the end of the month. — Associated Press

Cowboys add LB depth -- 1:35 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys have signed free agent linebacker Matt Stewart to a one-year contract. Stewart, who signed Tuesday, was out of football in 2008 after getting released by Arizona in the final roster cuts before the season started. Full story ... — Associated Press

Bills retain FB -- 1:34 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills announced that they have re-signed fullback Corey McIntyre to an undisclosed deal. McIntyre played in 11 games, starting two, for the Bills in 2008 in minimal action. — Associated Press

Source: Leonhard is a Jet -- 1:10 p.m.

Rex Ryan got his man, again. A source has confirmed that despite some late interference from the Broncos, free-agent S Jim Leonhard will sign a three-year contract with the New York Jets. Full story ... — Alex Marvez

Denver RB deal collapses -- 1:05 p.m.

The Denver Broncos' considerable offseason haul has gotten a bit lighter. The Denver Post reports that the agreement between the Broncos and free-agent RB J.J. Arrington has collapsed and that Arrington is again drawing offers from other teams — including his former team, the Cardinals. —

Raiders: Out with the old -- 12:51 p.m.

Oakland isn't waiting long to seek a replacement for departed center Jake Grove. A source told that Buffalo center Duke Preston is taking a free-agent visit today with the Raiders. Preston, 26, was promoted to the starting lineup for the final 11 games last season to replace Melvin Fowler at center. Preston has nine other career starts in his four NFL seasons and also can play guard. Grove signed Tuesday with Miami, which was seeking a center to replace Samson Satele. The Bills are expected to replace Preston and Fowler at center with Geoff Hangartner, a recent free-agent signing from Carolina. — Alex Marvez

Source: Dolphins sign C Grove -- 12:20 p.m.

The Miami Dolphins announced that they have signed free-agent center Jake Grove to a multi-year agreement. Grove leaves the Oakland Raiders after five seasons in which he played all three interior offensive line positions, including 46 starts and 54 games played. —

Source: Not so fast, Jets -- 12:15 p.m.

The free-agent happy Denver Broncos are trying to pry away what was thought to be a slam dunk signing for Rex Ryan in New York. A late bid by the Broncos has ex-Ravens safety Jim Leonhard reconsidering his verbal agreement to sign a free-agent contract with the Jets, a source told Full story ... — Alex Marvez

CB Greer continues FA tour -- 11:26 a.m.

Free agent CB Jabari Greer is scheduled to visit the New Orleans Saints after he's done with his visit with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, has confirmed. The defensive back has already visited with the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers previously. — Adam Caplan

Source: Jets bag another Raven -- 10:59 a.m.

Baltimore Ravens safety Jim Leonhard has verbally agreed to a free-agent contract with the New York Jets, a source told Leonhard was was a one of Baltimore's biggest best defensive surprises last year after signing a free-agent deal with the Ravens. The ex-Bills safety registered a career-high 68 tackles and six passes defended for Baltimore's No. 2-ranked defense in 2008. — Alex Marvez
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