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March 4 News and Notes

Glazer: Panthers release Delhomme — UPDATED 11:53 p.m.

A surprise name has been added to the list of unrestricted free agents. has learned the Carolina Panthers released quarterback Jake Delhomme. Full story ...

Glazer: Jets to get Cromarie from Chargers — UPDATED 10:49 p.m. has learned that the Jets agreed to terms with the Chargers to trade for cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Full story ...

Redskins looking at centers — 10:14 p.m.

The Washington Redskins had veteran center Casey Wiegmann in for a free agent visit Thursday. However, both sides couldn't come to an agreement on a contract, a source said. Later in the day, sources said the team was working on re-signing starting center Casey Rabach, who's set to be an unrestricted free agent Friday.

— Adam Caplan,

Eagles, Weaver still talking — 9:51 p.m.

While the Philadelphia Eagles placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on fullback Leonard Weaver, a league source said both sides are still working toward a contract extension. Both sides have been negotiating for several days.

— Adam Caplan,

Cowboys make tender offer to Austin — 9:36 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys gave restricted free agent Miles Austin the highest possible tender offer Thursday, requiring any team that signs the Pro Bowl receiver to give up a first- and third-round pick as compensation. Full story ...

CB Harper to become free agent — 9:34 p.m.

Veteran cornerback Nick Harper, who started 38 games for the Tennessee Titans over the past three seasons, will hit the free agent market after both sides could not come to an agreement on a new deal.

Harper, who turns 36 in September, should find work fairly soon based on his ability to play in man or zone coverage schemes.

— Adam Caplan,

Bronocs, RB Arrington agree to deal — 8:36 p.m.

Denver is bringing back running back J.J. Arrington,'s Alex Marvez confirmed.

FOX's Denver television affiliate was the first to report the latest agreement.

The Broncos signed Arrington to a four-year, $10 million deal last season. However, he was unable to sufficiently recover from offseason knee surgery and was cut before playing a game.

'Skins do the roster shuffle — 7:58 p.m.

Not only did Washington Redskins starting OLT Chris Samuels announce his retirement on Thursday, but the team made several roster moves.

They released the following players: QB Todd Collins, RBs Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright, WR Antwaan Randle El, G Randy Thomas, DT Cornelius Griffin, and CB Fred Smoot.

RB Marcus Mason, FB Eddie Williams, and DE J.D. Skolnitsky were also waived.

While the team announced these players have all been let go, the new league year starts on Friday, so teams are still dealing with a salary cap until 12 a.m. ET.

A source said the veterans that were released carried well over $30 million in bonus proration.

— Adam Caplan,

Jets offer tender to WR Edwards — 7:27 p.m.

The New York Jets placed a first- and-third round tender on wide receiver Braylon Edwards, and tendered seven other restricted free agents. Full story ...

Champs make cuts, including star DE — 6:49 p.m.

The New Orleans Saints have released G Jamar Nesbit and MLB Mark Simoneau and will release starting DE Charles Grant on Friday, the team announced.

Grant's pending release shouldn't come to a surprise since the move has been rumored to be on the block for several weeks.

A league source said another reason why Grant will be released is because he has over $11 million left in bonus proration from the extension he signed in March of 2008.

Still, Grant should be able to find work because he's a decent pass rusher and is good against the run.

Simoneau should be able to find work because of his ability to play MLB and WLB.

Nesbit is known in league circles as a solid backup guard.

— Adam Caplan,

Bucs chop three, including two punters — 5:43 p.m.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released the following players: Ps Josh Bidwell and Dirk Johnson and CB Torrie Cox.

The team now has just one punter left on their 80-man roster.

— Adam Caplan,

Chiefs offer first-round tender to MLB — 3:55 p.m.

The Kansas City Chiefs have tendered restricted free agent LB Derrick Johnson at his original draft round level (first), has confirmed through a league source.

Johnson would receive $1.226 million or 110 percent of his base salary for last season, whichever is greater. Johnson's base salary for 2009 was $2.25 million, so he'll earn $2.475 million on a one-year tender.

Johnson was selected in the first round by the Chiefs in the 2005 draft.

— Adam Caplan,

Cards cut, hope to re-sign Rolle — 3:51 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals released starting FS Antrel Rolle on Thursday.

Rolle was due $8.1 million in base salary for 2010 and also was due a roster bonus of $4 million, sources said. Recent reports indicated that the Cardinals would attempt to re-sign Rolle at a lower base salary.

— Adam Caplan,

Bengals cut WR Coles — 3:49 p.m.

The Cincinnati Bengals released veteran WR Laveranues Coles on Thursday.

Coles signed a four-year, $27.1 million deal last year. A league source said Coles made over $9 million last season based on his roster bonus, base salary, and signing bonus.

— Adam Caplan,

Chiefs re-sign Vrabel before deadline — 3:36 p.m.

The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed veteran OLB Mike Vrabel. The team announced that the deal is actually an extension. Vrabel's current contract was set to expire at 12 AM ET Friday.

Vrabel came over to the Chiefs along with QB Matt Cassel during the 2009 offseason trade with New England.

— Adam Caplan,

Source: Bucs to let LB run free — 1:56 p.m.

Tampa Bay will not be making a restricted free-agent tender to linebacker Rod Wilson, a source told

As the backup to middle linebacker Barrett Ruud last year, Wilson played in nine games before landing on injured reserve with an undisclosed ailment. The 28-year-old Wilson entered the NFL in 2005 with Chicago and appeared in 28 games as a backup and special-teams player in 2006 and 2007.

— Alex Marvez

Source: Falcons re-sign veteran CB — 1:42 p.m.

One of the key members of Atlanta’s secondary before getting injured in 2009 will have a chance for redemption this season.

The Falcons are re-signing cornerback Brian Williams to a one-year contract, a source told Financial details weren’t disclosed.

The 30-year-old Williams started Atlanta’s first five games last year after being signed at the end of the preseason following his release from Jacksonville. Williams then suffered a major knee injury against Dallas in October. Full story ...

— Alex Marvez

Patriots hope to stand Pat via tenders — 1:38 p.m.

The Patriots announced that they've made free agent tenders to some of their restricted free agents prior to the League's March 5th deadline. OG Logan Mankins, LB Pierre Woods and K Stephen Gostkowski were all tendered today the team announced.

Mankins received the high tender 1st and 3rd level tender, Gostkowski received a 2nd round tender and Woods received a low tender (first right of refusal).

Pats Insider,

Eagles give 2nd-round tender to WR — 1:27 p.m.

A league source told that Philadelphia Eagles WR Jason Avant, who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on Friday, is expected to receive a second-round tender.

If Avant does wind up getting a second-round tender, he would earn a one-year base salary of $1.759 million. As a restricted free agent that's tendered, the Eagles would have a chance to match any offer sheet he signs. If the Eagles declined to match it, they would receive a second-round pick in this year's draft as compensation.

— Adam Caplan,

Colts tender star safety — 12:35 p.m.

The Indianapolis Colts gave a first-round tender to Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea on Wednesday.

The tender, worth $2.521 million for the position, means the Colts will have seven days to match any offer by another team, and if Bethea were to depart Indianapolis, the Colts would get that team's first-round draft choice. That likely means Bethea will be back with the team in 2010.


Bears TE on trading block? — 12:29 p.m.

Rumors continue to swirl in the Windy City that tight end Greg Olsen could be on the market. While Bears general manager Jerry Angelo told reporters at the Scouting Combine that he isn't in the business of trading his best players, the local NBC affiliate cited friends of Olsen saying the former first rounder isn't happy Mike Martz is Chicago's new offensive coordinator. Martz has never featured tight ends in his passing game, preferring beefy-types that can block.

One potential destination that keeps popping up is New England. The Bears have no picks in the first two rounds because of previous trades for Jay Cutler and the late Gaines Adams, while the Patriots have three selections in Round 2. Tom Brady has always thrown to his tight ends liberally, and Olsen led Chicago in both receptions (60) and receiving touchdowns (eight) this season.

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