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Kreutz might be on way out of Chicago
Six-time Pro Bowl center Olin Kreutz could be on his way out of Chicago after 13 seasons with the Bears because contract negotiations are going nowhere.
Kreutz is a free agent and agent Mark Bartelstein says ''right now, it doesn't look good.''
Bartelstein and Kreutz had made it clear that the preference was to stay in Chicago, but the odds are dwindling. They were initially looking for a multiyear contract, but Bartelstein says they ''made that clear'' they would be willing to accept a one year deal.
Steelers meet with Burress
Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert, owner Art Rooney and coach Mike Tomlin all met with the 34-year-old wide out on Saturday morning, and Burress was expected to spend the day with the team. Burress spent five years with the Steelers, who drafted him in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
Burress was released from prison on June 6 after serving 20 months for a gun charge. He sat down with New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin on Friday.
Bears agree to terms with Okoye
"It feels good," Okoye said. "I've been locked out for awhile and now I'm going to get a chance to put a helmet on and play some football."
Okoye said a number of teams expressed interest in him, but the Bears were the most aggressive.
"You looked at all of the options and they made the most sense," Okoye said. "They wanted me.
"(Defensive coordinator) Rod Marinelli was looking foward to me coming out there, (head coach) Lovie Smith and most importantly the administration wanted me to come there."
Bengals reach agreement with CB Clements
The 31-year-old Clements became a free agent on Thursday, when San Francisco released the 10-year veteran. Clements was Buffalo's first-round pick in 2001 out of Ohio State and played for the Bills through 2006. He was the 49ers' top defensive signing in March 2007.
Clements started 16 games last season and had one sack and three interceptions.
''He's been a great cover corner,'' coach Marvin Lewis said. ''He just wanted to get in a situation where he felt good and comfortable. I'm glad it worked out the way it did. He wanted to make sure he wasn't — as he termed it — going to play some place that was rebuilding. He wanted to be a piece that could push everything over the top.''
The Bengals needed another cornerback after Joseph signed with Houston earlier in the week. They didn't have a replacement for Joseph on the roster, and weren't sure who would be available to team with cornerback Leon Hall.
Eagles sign DL Jenkins
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free agent defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins to a five-year contract and traded former defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley to the Cleveland for a fifth-round pick in next year's draft.
Jenkins started 66 games in seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He had a career-high seven sacks in 11 games with the Super Bowl-champion Packers last year.
He can play defensive tackle or defensive end but has generally lined up inside throughout his career.
Raiders sign Edwards to back up Campbell
Edwards, a third-round draft pick in 2007 out of Stanford, opened the 2010 season as Buffalo's starter but was benched and released after two games. The Jaguars claimed him off waivers in late September.
The 27-year-old Edwards has passed for 6,019 yards and 26 touchdowns in his career while throwing 30 interceptions and getting sacked 69 times.
''He has some characteristics that I look for in a quarterback,'' Raiders coach Hue Jackson said. ''Having an opportunity to sit down and talk to him, he was what I was looking for. I mean, he's a big, strong, physical guy that can throw the ball. Loves football. Very passionate about the game. He's a gym rat. He likes to go in and study from morning to night. It's important to him. He's looking for an opportunity and we're a place that has an opportunity.''
Rams bring in Sims-Walker
Sims-Walker had 43 catches with a 13.1-yard average and seven touchdowns last year for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Rams have been making do with lower-profile wide receivers under coach Steve Spagnuolo, who's entering his third season.
— Associated Press
Chargers reach deal with Volek
The Chargers and backup quarterback Billy Volek have agreed to a two-year contract Saturday.
Volek, 35, enters his sixth season with the club. He hasn't started for the Chargers, but after Philip Rivers was hurt against the Colts in the 2008 Divisional Playoffs, Volek replaced him and led the Chargers to the victory at Indianapolis.
Volek started 10 games for the Titans from 2003-05 and has a career passer rating of 84.9.
Dolphins sign LB Burnett
Crowder, a six-year starter for Miami, was released Friday following the first practice of training camp to pave the way for Burnett's acquisition.
Burnett played for San Diego the past two seasons. He started seven games in 2009 and all 16 games last year, when he had 80 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions.
Texans cut Okoye, Orlovsky
Okoye was 19 when he was drafted 10th overall in 2007, the youngest player ever taken in the first round.
Orlovsky played in only one game in two seasons in Houston and did not complete a pass. He signed a three-year contract with Houston in March 2009, and was Matt Schaub's backup in 2010.
— Associated Press
Ravens keep CB Carr
Carr says there were ''numerous teams'' interested in signing him, and that he ''almost did leave.''
But he says he wanted to remain in Baltimore because ''you want to be a place where you're happy and winning.''
Graham stays in Chicago
Cornerback and special teams contributor Corey Graham has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Chicago Bears.
The Bears announced the agreement on Saturday.
Graham has appeared in 61 games over four seasons with the Bears and has 111 tackles, one interception and nine pass breakups. His 82 special teams stops rank second to Adrian Peterson's 110 on the club's list since the statistic was first recorded in 1995.
— Associated Press
Cardinals add CB Marshall
The fifth-year player started all 32 games with the Carolina Panthers the past two seasons. Marshall has never missed a game in his NFL career.
Bengals sign two QBs
The Bengals signed quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Bruce Gradkowski before their first practice of training camp on Saturday, giving them a chance to work with their new teammates.
Dalton was a second-round draft pick from TCU. Owner Mike Brown has indicated that Dalton will get a chance to start, even though he wasn't able to learn the system with coaches during the NFL lockout.
Gradkowski got a two-year deal as a free agent from Oakland. He agreed to terms on Wednesday.
— Associated Press
Report: Jets re-sign Smith
A person familiar with the deal says the Jets have re-signed safety Eric Smith to a three-year contract, keeping the key backup in New York.
Smith, also a hard-hitting special teams player, has been with the Jets since they drafted him in the third round out of Michigan State in 2006. The signing comes after New York lost out Friday night to the Philadelphia Eagles in its pursuit of free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced the move.
Pats hang on to Faulk, Morris
Meanwhile, Pro Bowl offensive guard Logan Mankins signed his franchise tender.
That's a good development for New England since Mankins has been disgruntled for a while about not getting a long-term deal offer to his liking and not being granted free agent status.
The Patriots also signed free defensive lineman Steve Williams.
Report: Chiefs sign veteran DT Gregg
With talks coming up empty with veteran San Francisco 49ers Defensive Tackle Aubrayo Franklin, the Kansas City Chiefs stepped up their efforts to fill the void by departed defensive lineman Ron Edwards and Shaun Smith.
Early Saturday morning, they came to terms with Wichita Kansas native, Kelly Gregg.
The former Raven is entering his 12th NFL season and was a key cog in the middle of the Baltimore defense in nine of the last ten seasons.
Browns sign kicker, draft picks
Unrestricted free agents Brandon Jackson, a running back from Green Bay and defensive back Usama Young of New Orleans also were among the signings announced Saturday before new coach Pat Shurmur held his long-awaited first practice.
Signing tenders were Dawson as a franchise player, tight end Evan Moore as a restricted free agent and linebacker Marcus Benard and defensive lineman Brian Schaefering as rights players. Offensive lineman Billy Yates also re-signed.
The only unsigned draft pick remaining is No. 1 Phil Taylor, a defensive lineman from Baylor.
DL McDaniel re-signs with Dolphins
In the first hours of free agency Friday, the Dolphins also signed quarterback Matt Moore. They confirmed the signings of two rookies - second-round pick Daniel Thomas and fourth-round choice Clyde Gates.
McDaniel, a sixth-year pro, spent the past two season with Miami and made a significant contribution off the bench. Trusnik, a fifth-year pro, started a total of 15 games the past two seasons for the Jets and Browns.
Moore is expected to compete with Chad Henne for the starting job at quarterback. He went 1-4 as a starter last year for Carolina.
Thomas is a running back from Kansas State. Gates is a receiver from Abilene Christian.
Lions land starting cornerback
Wright, who has played all four of his NFL seasons with Cleveland, has agreed to leave the Browns and join the Lions, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the team hadn't announced the move.
Wright started all 16 games in 2008 and 2009, and 10 games last season.
Detroit did announce several other signings, some of which seemed like formalities after agreements were confirmed earlier in the week by agents or the players themselves. Teams could talk to veteran free agents, but couldn't sign them until Friday.
The Lions signed free agents Justin Durant, Rashied Davis, Maurice Leggett and Quinn Pitcock. Durant, a linebacker, played four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Davis, a wide receiver, played six years for the Chicago Bears.
No hard feelings: Jackson signs franchise tag
Vincent Jackson appreciates what boxers go through, having done workouts for that sport during the 41/2 months of the NFL lockout.
"It was exhausting," Jackson said Friday, three hours after signing a franchise tag with the San Diego Chargers for nearly $11 million. "It was a new workout for me. It's a great workout."
Jackson, coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2009, missed last year's training camp and most of the season because of a salary dispute. But for all the sparring between his agents and Chargers management, he said there is no bad blood between him and the club.
"When I came in this afternoon, it was like a reunion with your family," Jackson said in his first public comments since January. "Guys welcomed me with open arms."
Among the well-wishers, he said, were Chargers president Dean Spanos and general manager A.J. Smith, who were on the other end of last year's nasty contract dispute.
"We never had any confrontations, anything personal about it," Jackson said. "It is a business. Things can be shot back and forth. But honestly I've never had a problem with anybody in this building. I feel like this is home."
Coughlin meets with Plaxico Burress
Plaxico Burress received his chance to convince Tom Coughlin that he again can be a productive member of the New York Giants in a roughly 90-minute meeting on Friday night.
Burress pled his case to his former coach in a face-to-face meeting at the Giants headquarters on the first day of training camp.
Burress was not made available to the media, and he left via a side door to avoid contact.
He arrived at 6:30 p.m., and left shortly after 8, spending nearly an hour with Coughlin. He then spent 15 minutes each with president John Mara and general manager Jerry Reese.
When he arrived, and again on his way out of the complex, he had conversations with many of his former teammates and coaches, notably running back Brandon Jacobs, who restructured his deal this week to remain a Giant.
Cowboys re-sign DE Spears
Even though Friday will be remembered as the day the Dallas Cowboys missed out on adding free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, it shouldn't be overlooked that Rob Ryan's defensive unit quietly re-signed a significant piece at the defensive end position.
Marcus Spears reportedly agreed with the Cowboys on a five-year deal that's worth around $19 million, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Despite being a starter in Dallas since the Cowboys drafted him in 2005, Spears received a one-year contract heading into the 2010 season that paid him less than reserve defensive ends Stephen Bowen, who signed with the Washington Redskins Thursday, and Jason Hatcher.
But apparently the Cowboys front office really took notice of Spears' value when he was sidelined with a calf injury in the eighth game of the season.
Bears sign Williams, Gholston
Williams receives a one-year contract one day after he was officially cut by the Dallas Cowboys. Williams flourished in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's system in Detroit, finishing with 1,310 yards receiving in 2006, and has strong ties to Bears receivers coach Darryl Drake from their days at Texas.
Gholston was selected by the New York Jets with the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft but was released in March after three disappointing seasons.
Ravens to talk contract with Ngata
The Baltimore Ravens intend to launch contract talks with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata within the next few days.
Ngata is the Ravens' franchise player and due roughly $12 million this year, all of which counts against the salary cap.
"The Ravens have had discussions with representatives of Haloti Ngata," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a telephone interview. "Once the dust settles at the beginning of training camp, we will start to negotiate an extension to his contract."
Eagles land Asomugha
Burned in the air at a record-setting rate last year, the Philadelphia Eagles have loaded up to stop the pass.
Nnamdi Asomugha became the latest star cornerback to join the Eagles, signing a $60 million, five-year deal on Friday.
The agreement was first reported by FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer.
One day after acquiring two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from Arizona, the Eagles stunned the NFL world by landing Asomugha, a two-time All-Pro.
Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie will team up with Asante Samuel, a four-time Pro Bowl pick, to form probably the best cover secondary in the league.
Packers cut several vets
Mark Tauscher, a fixture at right tackle for the better part of a decade for the Green Bay Packers, was among five veteran players released by the team Friday.
None of the cuts was particularly surprising, given that all five players are coming off season-ending injuries. But the release of both Barnett and Chillar does leave the Packers thin behind starting inside linebackers A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop.
Seahawks keep Mebane
The toughest part of John Schneider's week wasn't the lack of sleep or the endless phone calls, emails and text messages.
It probably came when his young son punched him and ran out of the room crying when it became public that Matt Hasselbeck wasn't returning to Seattle.
"So I get it," Schneider said on Friday afternoon. "I get it."
After a wild five days, Schneider spoke about Seattle's bounty of free agent signings that was capped on Friday afternoon when the Seahawks announced they had re-signed defensive tackle Brandon Mebane to a reported five-year deal worth $25 million.
Seattle confirmed its big free agent splashes — quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, offensive lineman Robert Gallery, defensive lineman Alan Branch and wide receiver Sidney Rice — and locked up all its draft picks when first-round selection James Carpenter and third-round pick John Moffitt signed their contracts on Friday.
Dolphins cut LB Crowder
Not long after veteran linebacker Channing Crowder mentioned the possibility of being cut, he was released by the Miami Dolphins.
Two people familiar with the decision confirmed it Friday. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins hadn't announced the move.
It came not long after Crowder took part in the first Dolphins' practice of training camp. As he walked off the field, he talked with reporters about the absence of former teammate Ronnie Brown, a free agent.
''It's wild, man,'' Crowder said. ''Me and Ronnie came in together. We're best friends. It's tough, but it's part of the NFL. The Dolphins are going to cut me one day, to be honest.''
That day came with Crowder entering the final year of his contract. He was to make $5 million this season.
Glazer: Falcons land Edwards
The Falcons are beefing up, signing defensive end Ray Edwards to a five-year deal, FOXSports.com has learned.
Atlanta provided an attractive landing spot for the former Vikings standout, as he will now be able to rush the passer opposite veteran John Abraham. The deal comes on the same day the Falcons agreed to a five-year contract with offensive tackle Tyson Clabo.
Edwards played five seasons for Minnesota, finishing with 29.5 sacks and 139 total tackles.
Analysis: Falcons add to pass rush
Ray Edwards, 26, who spent his first five seasons with Minnesota, has 29.5 career sacks, including 8.0 last season. Combined with John Abraham, who ranked fifth in the NFL in sacks last season with 13.0, the Falcons now have a potentially lethal pass-rushing tandem.
For the last two seasons, the Falcons’ greatest weakness has been its pass defense. Last season, despite earning the NFC’s top regular season record with a 13-3 mark, the Falcons had the NFL’s 22nd ranked pass defense as they allowed an average of 226.6 yards per game.
In their lone playoff game, the Falcons got torched by eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay and quarterback Aaron Rogers in handing the Falcons a 48-21 defeat.
In losing two of their late-season games to top NFC opponents – New Orleans and then Green Bay in the playoffs, both with elite quarterbacks – the Falcons faced situations in which their rushers were in alone on the quarterback but could not bring him down. As a result, the organization felt that their schemes were good and their defensive coaching staff remained unchanged in the offseasons.
— John Manasso
Henne: Dolphins sign QB Moore
As training camp begins, it's clear the Miami Dolphins need to work on their timing.
As quarterback Chad Henne spoke to reporters after the first practice Friday, he mentioned that the team had reached a contract agreement with free-agent quarterback Matt Moore. The only problem: The Dolphins had not confirmed the deal, first reported by the Oregonian.
A team executive winced as Henne spilled the beans about the addition of Moore and said he's ready for the competition to start. The deal likely takes the Dolphins out of the market for Denver quarterback Kyle Orton, who has been the subject of trade talks.
— Associated Press
Jags ax former first-round pick
The Jacksonville Jaguars have given up on former first-round draft pick Derrick Harvey, releasing the defensive end after three disappointing seasons.
The Jaguars also cut starting guard Vince Manuwai, who showed up at training camp injured, out of shape and overweight. The team also parted ways with defensive back Tyron Brackenridge.
None of the Friday moves came as a big surprise.
— Associated Press
Colts bring back Bullitt, Vinatieri
The Colts confirmed Friday that both players have agreed to new contracts. Details were not released and neither player can sign until later Friday.
Indy also announced it has signed 15 undrafted rookies, including running backs Darren Evans and Chad Spann, both of whom played high school football in the Indy area.
— Associated Press
Falcons agree with Clabo
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with Pro Bowl tackle Tyson Clabo, locking up a cornerstone of their offensive line with a five-year deal.
Clabo can officially sign the $25 million agreement Friday evening. The contract will include about $11.5 million in guaranteed money.
The Falcons had all of their draft picks under contract for the first day of training camp, including top choice Julio Jones. The receiver agreed to a four-year, $16.2 million deal late Thursday.
— Associated Press
Falcons release Jenkins, Anderson
The Falcons announced the moves Friday, the opening day of training camp. By cutting the former first-round draft picks, the team clears $7.8 million under the salary cap.
Anderson was the eighth overall pick by Atlanta in 2007 but never developed into a pass-rushing force. He had only 3.5 sacks in four seasons.
— Associated Press
Steelers release veteran Flozell Adams
The Pittsburgh Steelers released veteran offensive tackle Flozell Adams on Friday, a move made possible after the team agreed to terms with free agents Willie Colon and Jonathan Scott late Thursday night.
The 36-year-old Adams was in the second year of a two-year deal with the Steelers and was scheduled to make $5 million this season. He started all 16 games in 2010 after Colon went down with an Achilles injury.
The five-time Pro Bowler spent the first 12 years of his career with Dallas.
— Associated Press
Niners cut Heitmann, Nedney
The team made the announcement Friday morning ahead of its first practice under new coach Jim Harbaugh scheduled for the afternoon.
The 31-year-old Heitmann was placed on season-ending injured reserve last November in his ninth NFL season because of a neck injury that wasn't healing as quickly as the Niners had hoped.
— Associated Press
Manning heads to Texans
Former Chicago Bears S Danieal Manning has agreed to a four-year, $20 million deal with the Texans, joining former Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph in the revamped Houston secondary.
Manning is a rangy centerfield-type who should upgrade the NFL's 32nd-ranked pass defense. Manning turned down a three-year, $6 million extension from the Bears in February.
Not only is he a solid safety, he's a Pro Bowl-caliber kickoff returner. No player has more returns of 40-plus yards since 2008 than Manning.
Titans add DL Smith
An agent for Shaun Smith says the defensive lineman has agreed to terms with the Tennessee Titans.
Neil Schwartz confirmed the deal to The Associated Press. Tennessee has declined comment on any deals until the team is able to sign veterans Friday afternoon.
Smith, an eight-year veteran, spent last season with the Kansas City Chiefs and had 56 tackles and one sack with 10 starts. He has 208 tackles and three sacks in 79 career games.
— Associated Press
Jets cut QB Brunell
Brunell's status was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people with knowledge of the situation. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced the move.
Releasing Brunell was among the Jets' first moves Friday morning as the team was in intense negotiations to try to reach an agreement with free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Several other teams are interested in the player considered to be this year's top free agent.
— Associated Press
Reports: Vince Young headed to the Eagles
After being released by the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, embattled quarterback Vince Young is headed to the Philadelphia Eagles, according to multiple reports.
Young, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the team and will serve as a backup for Michael Vick.
The Eagles traded their backup quarterback, Kevin Kolb, to the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday.
Young is 30-18 in five seasons with the Titans, including a playoff loss, but just 13-14 against teams finishing a season at .500 or better. He has battled questions about his work ethic, leadership and injuries.
Report: Dawan Landry close to joining Jags
The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the verge of signing Baltimore Ravens free agent safety Dawan Landry, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Landry is a hard-hiting enforcer type of safety who plays best when he's close to the line of scrimmage, but does have solid range.
Landry recorded a career-high 111 tackles last season.
The Ravens couldn't afford to keep him and have a tradition of only paying big money to one safety: All-Pro free safety Ed Reed.
It's no surprise that the Jaguars are going after Landry after a hot pursuit of San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle. Weddle remained in San Diego, though, for a $40 million contract.
Report: Packers to release Brandon Chillar
Brandon Chillar has been told he will be released by the Packers when teams are allowed to make such transactions later today, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The move was based on health. Chillar, who told Packer Report recently that he had recovered from a third operation on his right shoulder that limited his 2010 season to eight games, reportedly had suffered a serious hamstring injury.
Chillar's release will save the Packers $1.78 million against this year's cap.
With this move, the Packers have no veteran inside linebackers under contract. They released Nick Barnett earlier in the week. Matt Wilhelm is an unrestricted free agent. Right now, the top backup at the position is sixth-round pick D.J. Smith.
Spitz agrees to deal with Jaguars
Jason Spitz is going home, agreeing to a deal with his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars.
Spitz started 41 games during his first three seasons in the league. He won the starting center job in 2009 but started four games before a back injury required surgery and sent him to injured reserve. He never really was in the mix at center or left guard last summer and played on offense in just two games. When good friend Daryn Colledge went down in the Detroit game in December, Spitz replaced him but eventually was benched in favor of T.J. Lang.
He reportedly will ink a three-year deal at the urging of former Packer Aaron Kampman, according to Jacksonville.com.
Brandon Jackson signs with Browns
A day after starting left guard Daryn Colledge decided to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, the Packers lost third-down back Brandon Jackson to the Cleveland Browns. Jackson signed for the modest price of two years and $4.5 million, according to reports.
"New journey, fresh start," Jackson said on Twitter.
Jackson’s departure leaves a huge void on the offense. Simply put, he was taken for granted by outside observers, who only saw a second-round pick unable to become a 1,000-yard rusher or a real dynamic open-field threat. While he was a disappointment as a runner, he built himself into arguably one of the best third-down backs in the league. He didn't allow a sack in either of the last two seasons.
Report: Bears acquire WR Roy Williams
According to an ESPN report, the Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with former Dallas Cowboys WR Roy Williams. Williams will be reunited with Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who coached the WR in Detroit.
Report: Romo among Cowboys willing to restructure
In order to make some needed roster moves, the Dallas Cowboys will likely need to restructure the contracts of a few players.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said that the team was in the process of adjusting some current deals.
— FOX Sports Southwest
Seahawks beef up defensive line
The Seattle Seahawks have bolstered their defensive line after reaching deals with free agent defensive tackles Alan Branch and Junior Siavii on Thursday night. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the agreements with Branch and Siavii to The Associated Press.
Branch has played in all 32 games at nose tackle the past two seasons for Arizona. Last season, Branch made three starts and recorded a career-high 35 tackles.
Siavii spent part of last season with Seattle before being placed on injured reserve in late December after suffering a serious stinger.
Also on Thursday, the Seahawks locked up linebacker and special teams standout Matt McCoy with a one-year deal. Fullback Michael Robinson also appears headed back to the Seahawks after posting on Twitter on Thursday morning that he had reached agreement on a deal with Seattle.
— The Associated Press
Report: Chiefs cut veteran guard Waters
Offensive lineman Brian Waters, who went from undrafted free agent in 2000 to two-time All-Pro, has been released by Kansas City.
Waters initially clashed with the regime of general manager Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley, but they seemed to settle their differences last year.
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for scout.com at www.profootball.scout.com
Source: Goodell reinstates wideout Burress
Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress is a free man, a free agent and now officially reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell from the reserve/suspended list, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Burress is free to sign with any team Friday night. However, he can't practice with any team he joins before the league year begins on Aug. 4.
Source: Bucs, guard Joseph agree to $52.5M deal
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms with guard Davin Joseph on a seven-year, $52.5 million contract with $19.5 million guaranteed, a source told FOXSports.com.
Joseph was atop Tampa Bay’s priority list of pending free agents that it wanted to re-sign. Considered one of the league’s top interior linemen, the 27-year-old Joseph has started 67 games for the Bucs over the past five seasons.
Report: Texans have deal with CB
While they pursued Nnamdi Asomugha, the Texans reportedly ended up with perhaps the second-best cornerback on the free-agent market in Johnathan Joseph.
Joseph, 27, spent the first five years of his career with the Bengals after they selected him in the first round of the 2006 draft. While considered an excellent starting cornerback, Joseph has missed 12 games over the past three years because of injuries.
Bears trade top TE to Panthers
Less than a day after agent Drew Rosenhaus emailed personnel departments throughout the NFL announcing that the Bears were willing to shop his client, Greg Olsen, a deal was finalized to ship one of the league’s most talented tight ends to the Carolina Panthers.
The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday the Bears traded Olsen to the Panthers for an unnamed player and a draft pick. While there has been speculation Carolina was willing to part with receiver Steve Smith, the Tribune reported the player in the deal is not believed to be Smith.
Olsen caught 41 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns last season.
His departure comes on the heels of the announced release of tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, one year after Chicago signed him to a five-year, $15 million deal.
While Mike Martz’s offense doesn’t feature the tight end, the moves are surprising. Still, the Bears covered themselves by agreeing to contract terms with unrestricted free agent Matt Spaeth as a blocking tight end.
— Nancy Gay
Eagles trade QB Kolb to Cards
Arguably the lockout’s biggest hostage finally found what he was looking for all along: a starting quarterback job.
The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to trade backup QB Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for starting cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick, NFL.com reported Thursday.
In addition to dealing away their one-time Pro Bowl CB Cromartie and a coveted draft pick, the Cardinals extended Kolb’s current contract for five more years and $63 million ($21 million guaranteed).
Niners make change at kicker
In a move that has all the makings of a salary cap purge, the San Francisco 49ers have signed free-agent kicker David Akers, formerly of the Eagles, and will part ways with longtime kicker Joe Nedney, according to multiple reports.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Akers’ move to San Francisco, while CNSBayArea.com offered the likely reason for the departure of Nedney, the 49ers' kicker the past six seasons: Nedney was due $1.87 million this season under his current contract.
— Nancy Gay
Vikings release S Madieu Williams
Madieu Williams arrived in Minnesota three seasons ago with a big paycheck and high expectations.
He certainly met them off the field, where he was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year last season for his charitable works. But a neck injury in his first training camp with the team seemed to set him back from Day 1, and he never made the impact on the field that the Vikings wanted.
Williams was one of the first three players officially cut Thursday by the cash-strapped Vikings, who are working to add players and get below the new $120 million salary cap. The Vikings also cut backup defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy and seldom-used receiver Freddie Brown, but Williams, the team's starting safety, was the most significant move.
Former Colts LB Session headed to Jaguars
Colts linebacker Clint Session has agreed to a new 5-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars worth slightly more than $29 million.
Agent Harold Lewis says the deal for his client includes $11.5 million in guaranteed money and that the Colts did not make a strong push to keep Session. Free agents cannot officially sign contracts until Friday.
Colledge agrees to deal with Arizona
Daryn Colledge, the starting left guard for the Super Bowl champion Packers, is waving goodbye to Green Bay after agreeing to a five-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
Colledge tweeted Thursday that after contract talks with Arizona, his time with the Packers has come to an end. Colledge started 76 games over five seasons for Green Bay.
''Thanks for the love guys,'' Colledge tweeted. ''It truly breaks my heart to leave. It has been my greatest honor.''
Titans cut ties with QB Vince Young
The Tennessee Titans have released Vince Young, finally cutting ties with the quarterback they made the No. 3 pick overall in the 2006 draft.
The team announced the move Thursday, nearly eight months after owner Bud Adams said the team would trade or release Young.
Young is 30-18 in five seasons, including a playoff loss. He's battled questions over his work ethic, leadership and injuries.
49ers cut star cornerback
The San Francisco 49ers have cut ties with cornerback Nate Clements.
Clements confirmed on his Twitter account that the Niners have released him. The 10-year veteran started every game for the team during a disappointing 6-10 campaign last season.
Clements returned in 2010 after missing the final nine games in 2009, when he broke his right shoulder blade in the Niners' 18-14 loss at Indianapolis on Nov. 1 that year. San Francisco had been eager to see more big plays from Clements last season after giving him an $80 million, eight-year contract in March 2007.
Bills, ex-Jets WR Smith agree on deal
Brad Smith's coming to Buffalo, and the wildcat can't be far behind after the multitalented offensive player agreed to a four-year contract worth about $15 million with the Bills.
Smith's agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed his client's agreement and the terms of the contract Thursday.
Smith's versatility as a receiver, rusher and ability to take snaps out of the quarterback spot in wildcat formations complements Bills coach Chan Gailey's wide-open offensive philosophy. A four-year NFL player, Smith also has vast special teams experience as a punt-returner and on coverage units.
— Associated Press
Peterson returns to Atlanta
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a one-year contract with linebacker Mike Peterson.
The deal was announced Thursday. Free agents can formerly sign on Friday, when the Falcons are scheduled to hold their first practice of training camp.
Peterson started 13 games for the NFC South champions last season, making 79 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
— Associated Press
Bills agree on 3-year deal with CB
Both Florence and a person familiar with talks confirmed the agreement on Thursday, a day after the player had posted a note announcing the deal on his Twitter account.
''It's official I'm back buffalo see ya at fisher!!!!,'' Florence had tweeted, referring to St. John Fisher College, the Bills training camp facility. Players are scheduled to report for camp on Friday.
Florence then proceeded to discuss his return on Buffalo's WGR Radio Thursday morning, saying he's excited to be back.
Saints reach deals with Romeus, Bussey
The New Orleans Saints say they've agreed to contract terms with seventh-round draft choices Greg Romeus and Nate Bussey.
Romeus, a 6-foot-5, 267-pound defensive end, was taken 226th overall out of Pittsburgh, where he was among the Panthers' top defensive players before back and knee injuries caused him to miss most of his senior season.
As a junior, he was the 2009 co-Big East defensive player of the year, with 43 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for losses and eight sacks.
Bears agree to 5-year deal with Podlesh
The Chicago Bears have agreed to a five-year contract with punter Adam Podlesh that makes him one of the highest-paid players at his position.
ESPN first reported the deal, and his agent Richard Rosa confirmed it to the Associated Press on Thursday. He would not reveal terms, but did say it puts Podlesh in the top five among punters. He replaces Brad Maynard, whose contract expired after a 10-year run in Chicago.
As a junior, he was the 2009 co-Big East defensive player of the year, with 43 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for losses and eight sacks.
Source: Titans DT, Lions LB released
Brown, who was set to earn $4 million in 2011, is coming off offseason knee surgery. The 30-year-old Brown started 59 games the past six seasons with the Titans.
Dizon never lived up to expectations with the Lions as a 2008 second-round draft choice. Dizon missed all of last season with a knee injury.
— Alex Marvez
Source: Texans look to deal WR
The Houston Texans are trying to trade wide receiver David Anderson, a source told FOXSports.com.
Anderson caught 11 passes for the Texans as a backup last season and has 81 receptions in his five-year NFL career. He became expendable Wednesday when Houston re-signed wide receiver Jacoby Jones.
— Alex Marvez
Durant, Davis set to join Lions
Free agents Justin Durant and Rashied Davis are set to join the Detroit Lions.
Durant, a linebacker who played four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, confirmed Thursday that he will sign a two-year contract with the Lions. Davis, a wide receiver who played six years for the Chicago Bears, is also headed to Detroit, according to his agent.
The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Durant started nine games last season for the Jaguars while battling injuries. The 5-foot-9, 187-pound Davis caught nine passes for 84 yards and a touchdown last season for Chicago.
Both players are unrestricted free agents. Teams can talk to veteran free agents, but can't sign them until Friday.
— Associated Press
WR backs out of deal with Redskins
It's rare for an NFL player to back out of a deal, especially a veteran.
Even more so after his agent announces the contract, but that's what has unfolded with wide receiver Brandon Stokley and the Washington Redskins.
"Spoke to soon," Stokley's agent, Rick Smith, wrote on his Twitter account today. "Brandon Stokley won't sign with Redskins. Too many WR's signed.
Scout.com: Chargers sign LB for $3.2 million
Veteran outside linebacker Antwan Barnes has agreed to a two-year, $3.2 million deal with the San Diego Chargers, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Barnes is a former Baltimore Ravens fourth-round draft pick who also has played for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The New York Jets were interested in Barnes. Barnes played for Jets coach Rex Ryan when he was the Ravens' defensive coordinator.
Starting G says he's done in Green Bay
Daryn Colledge, the starting left guard for the Super Bowl champion Packers, says he is done in Green Bay.
Colledge tweeted Thursday that after talks with the Arizona Cardinals ''it seems my time'' with the Packers has come to an end.
There was no immediate word from the Packers or Cardinals.
The Packers earlier told veteran linebacker Nick Barnett that he would not be returning; A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop are expected to be the team's starting inside linebackers and Barnett is coming off a season-ending wrist injury.
Report: Patriots land DT Haynesworth
The New England Patriots obtained defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins Thursday, The Washington Post reported.
The Patriots reportedly surrendered a fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft to obtain the former All-Pro.
After establishing himself as one of the game's best defensive linemen as a Tennessee Titan, Haynesworth struggled in two seasons in Washington, collecting only 6.5 sacks in 20 games. He also had numerous run-ins with head coach Mike Shanahan in 2010, including during last year's training camp when Shanahan questioned Haynesworth's conditioning.
The trade is contingent on Haynesworth passing a physical with his new team.
Glazer: Eagles make free-agent splash
The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms Thursday on a five-year contract with defensive end Jason Babin, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reports.
According to The Tennessean, the 31-year-old Babin's deal is worth about $28 million, with $5-6 million in guaranteed money. The deal cannot become official until Friday.
Babin made the Pro Bowl last season with the Tennessee Titans, recording 12.5 sacks. Babin spent the 2009 season with the Eagles and his return will reunite him with defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who was with the Titans last season.
Babin, a first-round pick of the Houston Texans in 2004, was reportedly disappointed the Titans did not offer him a contract, according to the paper.
Randle El joins Starks among Steelers cuts
Players arrived for the start of training camp Thursday with the team more than $10 million over the $120.4 million salary cap.
Randle El, a college quarterback at Indiana who became a receiver in the NFL, threw a touchdown pass to Hines Ward to clinch Pittsburgh's win over Seattle in the 2006 Super Bowl. He parlayed his Super Bowl success into a lucrative contract with the Redskins, but struggled in four seasons in Washington before returning to Pittsburgh in 2010.
He failed to make a significant impact, posting career lows in receptions (22) and yards (253) as his playing time diminished following the rise of wide receiver Mike Wallace.
Redskins send players packing
Rabach said in a text message Thursday that the Redskins told him they were ''going younger and had enough depth'' at offensive line.
Daniels announced his news via Twitter, saying: ''Sad news guys. I just got released.''
The 33-year-old Rabach has been reliable for the Redskins, missing only one game in six seasons. But he also had surgery on his right shoulder during the offseason.
Saints, Dolphins agree to Bush deal
A surprising trade has popped up in this hectic NFL week.
The New Orleans Saints traded former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush to the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, FOXSports.com has learned.
The deal was contingent upon Bush’s agent Joel Segal working out a new contract with the Dolphins, which was finalized Thursday morning as the RB/punt returner settled on a two-year contract. It is unclear what the Saints are receiving in return.
New Orleans had no intention of keeping Bush this season under the terms of his current contract — an $11.8 million base salary and a cap figure of $16 million.
— Jay Glazer
McNabb to Minnesota is official
The deal first reported by Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com on Tuesday is now complete: The Minnesota Vikings have acquired quarterback Donovan McNabb from the Washington Redskins in exchange for a 2012 sixth-round pick and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2013.
The trade was contingent on McNabb agreeing to restructure the five-year, $78 million extension he signed with the Redskins. Minnesota simply did not have the cap room to accommodate that contract.
McNabb, 34, is a six-time Pro Bowler but the Redskins seem content to go with John Beck as their starter, at least in Week 1.
Glazer also reported that McNabb was the Vikings’ second choice; the team initially sought to acquire quarterback Tyler Thigpen. Thigpen, a former Vikings draft pick, has started 12 NFL games. — Nancy Gay
Longwell returns to Vikings
Mr. Reliable is headed back to Minnesota.
Kicker Ryan Longwell said in a text message to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that he has agreed to terms on a four-year contract to return to the Vikings. ''We're excited to be back!'' Longwell said.
The Vikings didn't hesitate to give the steady, 15-year veteran a four-year deal, even though he will turn 37 in August. If anything, Longwell has gotten better with age, posting the two highest field goal percentages of his career over the last two seasons in the comfy confines of the Metrodome.
Report: Breaston signs with Chiefs
Wide receiver Steve Breaston is reuniting with Todd Haley, signing with the Chiefs, according to the Kansas City Star.
Breaston caught 187 passes for 2,528 yards and seven touchdowns in four seasons with the Cardinals. In Arizona's Super Bowl season of 2008, with Haley serving as offensive coordinator, he had career highs of 77 catches for 1,006 yards. Bothered by a knee injury much of last season, Breaston caught 47 passes for 718 yards.
Breaston's departure leaves the Cardinals without a consistent receiving threat alongside star Larry Fitzgerald.
Source: Steelers to cut LT Starks
The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to release left tackle Max Starks on Thursday, a source told FOXSports.com.
Starks had signed a four-year, $26.3 million contract extension that included a $10 million signing bonus in the 2009 offseason. The Steelers, though, still made a Super Bowl run without him last season after Starks missed the final nine regular-season games with a neck injury that required surgery.
The 29-year-old Starks was set to earn $5.14 million in 2011 according to rotoworld.com. Starks was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2004.
Chargers sign second-round LB
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a four-year $3.263 million contract with second-round linebacker Jonas Mouton, according to a league source
The former University of Michigan standout will receive an $873,360 signing bonus.
The deal also includes base salaries of $375,000, $523,335, $671,670 and $820,000.
Ravens sign rookie receiver
One day ago, Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith predicted that it wouldn't take long for his contract to be finalized.
The second-round draft pick was correct in his assessment as he agreed to terms tonight, according to a league source.
Source: Chargers agree two-year deal with DE
Antwan Barnes agreed to a two-year, $3.2 million deal with the San Diego Chargers, according to a league source.
Barnes is a former Baltimore Ravens draft pick who also has played for the Philadelphia Eagles.
An undersized pass rusher, Barnes played collegiately at Florida International.
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for scout.com at www.profootball.scout.com
Jets agree to terms with K Folk
Kicker Nick Folk is rejoining the Jets after agreeing to terms with the team on a one-year deal.
Folk wrote on his Twitter page Wednesday night that he's ''Happy to be headed back to Jersey on Friday.'' Folk was 30 of 39 on field-goal attempts last season, his first with the Jets after three years kicking for the Dallas Cowboys. He was also two for three on field goals in the postseason.
-- The Associated Press
Source: Seahawks agree to terms with Rice
Wide receiver Sidney Rice is headed to the Great Northwest, agreeing to a five-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks.
Yet another former Vikings offensive player is now reunited with former Minnesota offensive coordianator Darrell Bevell, who joined Pete Carroll’s staff last January. On Tuesday, former Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson also agreed to a contract with the Seahawks.
Rice excelled under Bevell’s offense before sustaining a hip injury in 2010 that limited his playing time and effectiveness; he had only 17 receptions for 280 yards and two touchdowns. In Seattle, a healthy Rice should quickly establish himself as the top receiving threat.
A second-round pick by Minnesota in the 2007 draft, Rice has 146 career catches for 2,129 yards (14.6 average) and 18 touchdowns.
Source: Josh Wilson, Redskins agree on terms
Baltimore Ravens free agent cornerback Josh Wilson is defecting to the Washington Redskins after agreeing to a three-year, $13.5 million contract that includes $6 million in guaranteed money, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Wilson played collegiately at the University of Maryland and was drafted in the second round by the Seattle Seahawks. He was acquired by Baltimore via a trade last year and eventually replaced Fabian Washington as the starter in Baltimore.
Now, the Maryland native will remain in the area with a new employer.
The Ravens are expected to try to retain free agent cornerback Chris Carr now that Wilson is leaving the AFC North franchise.
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for scout.com at www.profootball.scout.com
Conflicting reports surface about 49ers' Clements
In a prime example of the confusion that a hectic free agency market can create, conflicting reports have surfaced on the roster status of San Francisco 49ers veteran cornerback Nate Clements.
NFL Network reported today that Clements will be cut on Thursday.
However, a league source close to the situation said that the report is incorrect at worst and premature at best.
Cutting Clements couldn’t become official until Thursday at the soonest.
If the 49ers were to release Clements and clear his eight-year, $80 million deal off their salary cap, then it would be to acquire an even higher profile cornerback: Oakland Raiders free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
The 49ers are interested in trying to land Asomugha and keep him in the Bay Area, but the New York Jets are very much in the picture for his services as well. Asomugha played collegiately at Cal-Berkeley.
Since joining the 49ers after leaving the Buffalo Bills, Clements has recorded 10 interceptions.
However, he hasn’t been named to a Pro Bowl.
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for scout.com at www.profootball.scout.com
Quincy Black gets $29 million to stay a Buc
Quincy Black isn't leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers via free agency.
He agreed to a five-year, $29 million contract to remain in town, according to a league source.
The deal includes an $11.5 million signing bonus.
Drafted in the third round out of New Mexico, Black has started for two years in Tampa Bay.
Source: 'Skins agree to terms with Stokley
A person familiar with the deal says the Washington Redskins have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent receiver Brandon Stokley.
The 35-year-old Stokley becomes the fourth wideout age 30 or older to reach a deal with the Redskins in 24 hours. The team has also agreed to terms to sign Donte' Stallworth and re-sign Santana Moss. Plus, it traded for Jabar Gaffney.
Stokley has played for four teams over 12 NFL seasons. He had 31 catches for 354 yards last year with the Seattle Seahawks.
Gradkowski to Bengals
Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Bruce Gradkowski has agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to his agent, Rick Smith.
The Bengals' need at quarterback stems from Carson Palmer's refusal to play for the team after demanding a trade.
The Bengals drafted Texas Christian quarterback Andy Dalton, who seems to be unusually well-prepared for a rookie.
Colts agree to terms with Vinatieri
The Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms with kicker Adam Vinatieri on a three-year deal.
Vinatieri, who has played the last five seasons with the Colts, is one of the most accurate kickers in the game.
Last season, Vinatieri hit 26 of 28 field goal attempts and was perfect in 51 PAT's -- FOX Sports
Source: Saints, Moore agree to 5-year deal
A person familiar with the deal says Lance Moore has agreed to terms on a new five-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.
Moore, who was a free agent, has been with the Saints since 2005 and steadily worked his way up from the practice squad to become one of quarterback Drew Brees' favorite receivers.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the Saints had not announced the move.
Last season, Moore played in all 16 regular season games and had 66 receptions for 763 yards and eight touchdowns.
Redskins acquire Gaffney from Broncos
The 30-year-old Gaffney has 375 receptions over nine NFL seasons with Houston, New England and Denver. He had 65 catches for 875 yards and two touchdowns last year.
He joins a Redskins receiving corps that will include Santana Moss, Anthony Armstrong and Donte' Stallworth. Moss is re-signing with the team, and Stallworth agreed to a deal Wednesday.
Report: Leinart staying with Texans
Quarterback Matt Leinart won’t reunite with his college coach after all.
In a somewhat surprising move, Leinart ignored multiple media reports predicting he would sign with the Seattle Seahawks and instead, agreed to remain with the Houston Texans, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Leinart was looking for a team that would give him a starting opportunity, the Chronicle reported, but Seattle moved in a different direction on Tuesday by agreeing to contract terms with former Brett Favre backup and erstwhile Vikings starter Tarvarvis Jackson.
As along as Matt Schaub remains with the Texans and stays healthy, Leinart seems destined to remain a backup in Houston. In training camp, he’ll have to beat out Dan Orlovsky and rookie T.J. Yates for the No. 2 QB job.
-- Nancy Gay
Agent: Seahawks sign Robert Gallery
Veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery will be reunited with former Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable in Seattle.
Gallery's agent, Rick Smith, confirmed that the Seahawks have agreed to a three-year deal for the former first-round draft pick from Iowa.
Gallery was drafted second overall in 2004 and eventually emerged as a well-respected offensive guard after not making the grade as a left offensive tackle.
Reports: Panthers retain RB Williams
The Carolina Panthers retained DeAngelo Williams, having reached terms on a five-year contract, according to multiple reports.
The deal is believed to be worth a total of $43 million, with $21 million guaranteed.
The six-year veteran was hampered by a foot injury last season but broke the 1,000-yard mark the previous two years. He rushed for 1,515 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2008 and 1,117 in 2009. The Memphis product has averaged 5.0 yards a carry in 64 NFL games.
-- Kevin Huhn
Source: Browns release Delhomme
The Cleveland Browns are releasing quarterback Jake Delhomme, two sources told FOXSports.com
Delhomme, 36, was scheduled to earn $5.4 million in base salary in 2011.
Delhomme was 2-2 as a Browns starter in an injury plagued 2010 campaign. He had spent the past seven seasons as a starter in Carolina, which could have interest in re-signing him as a backup and mentor for 2011 first-round pick Cam Newton.
Colt McCoy will enter this season as Cleveland’s starting quarterback.
-- Alex Marvez
Source: Taylor remains a Steeler
The Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to terms on a four-year contract with veteran cornerback Ike Taylor, a league source confirmed.
By retaining the speedy 6-foot-2, 195-pounder, the Steelers held onto their top cover cornerback. Taylor is regularly assigned to cover opponents' most dangerous wide receivers.
Source: Weddle stays in San Diego
After testing the market and being hotly pursued by multiple NFL teams, including the Jacksonville Jaguars, veteran safety Eric Weddle decided to remain with the San Diego Chargers, according to a league source.
Weddle remained with the Chargers on a multi-year contract.
Panthers agree to terms with DT Edwards
The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Ron Edwards.
The 32-year-old Edwards could start right away at nose tackle, alongside rookie defensive tackle Terrell McClain from South Florida.
Stallworth says he'll sign with 'Skins
Donte' Stallworth says he'll be joining the Washington Redskins.
The veteran receiver told 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday that he's ''excited to be a Redskin now.''
Stallworth is expected to sign his deal Friday, the first day teams are allowed to finalize free agent contracts under the labor rules implemented at the end of the NFL lockout.
Texans re-sign WR Jones, T Butler
The Houston Texans have agreed to terms with free agent receiver Jacoby Jones and tackle Rashad Butler.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Jones caught 51 passes for 562 yards in 2010, his fourth season with Houston. Jones also was the Texans' top punt returner, averaging seven yards on 29 returns.
The 6-4, 308-pound Butler played in all 16 games last season. He started four games at left tackle when regular starter Duane Brown served a suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Bills agree to 3-year deal with Thigpen
The Buffalo Bills have agreed to a three-year contract with free agent quarterback Tyler Thigpen.
Thigpen's agent, Joel Turner, confirmed the deal Wednesday, saying that his client is looking forward to playing for Buffalo coach Chan Gailey again.
Gailey was Thigpen's offensive coordinator in Kansas City in 2008. Thigpen started 11 games with the Chiefs that season, completing 54.8 percent of his passes, and throwing 18 touchdowns.
Report: Cofield agrees to Redskins deal
A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent defensive tackle Barry Cofield has agreed to a 6-year, $36 million deal with the Washington Redskins.
In the deal $12.5 million is guaranteed, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because free agent contracts can't be signed until Friday.
Cofield has been a steady presence up front for the New York Giants for five seasons, although he'll have to make the transition to nose tackle in the Redskins' 3-4 defense.
Cowboys ink top priority LT Free
The Dallas Cowboys have come to terms with offensive lineman Doug Free, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News has confirmed with a league source.
The deal is for four years at $32 million, with a $17 million signing bonus.
Free became an unrestricted free agent after the terms to the new collective bargaining agreement was signed. Re-signing Free was considered the Cowboys' top priority during this hectic free agency period.
Report: Jets re-sign star WR Holmes
The New York Jets took care of their top priority quickly Wednesday, coming to terms with wide receiver Santonio Holmes on a five-year deal, according to a source.
FOXSports.com's Adam Schein reports that the contract is for five years and $24 million guaranteed after Holmes turned down more money from other teams.
It took the Jets just about 24 hours from the time free agency began to bring back their top receiver and provide QB Mark Sanchez with a premiere target for the next several years.
The 27-year-old had 52 catches for 746 yards and six touchdowns despite missing four games due to a suspension in his first year with the Jets.
Report: Titans add Hasselbeck at quarterback
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to contract terms with free agent Matt Hasselbeck, according to several reports.
The acquisition of Hasselbeck, 35, who led Seattle to the Super Bowl in 2005, will usher in a new era at quarterback for the franchise under first-year head coach Mike Munchak. Whereas the Titans alternated for the last several years between the Vince Young-Kerry Collins drama, the organization has elected to part ways with Young and Collins, 38, retired several weeks ago.
Having drafted Jake Locker in the first round, the Titans now will have their quarterbacks of the present — Hasselbeck to play and tutor Locker — and of the future.
Burress talking with Giants?
Plaxico Burress is seriously considering a return to the New York Giants, an NFL source told the New York Post late Tuesday.
The source said the interest is mutual and Burress recognizes he would have to have a conversation with coach Tom Coughlin to repair the bridge he burned in a post-prison interview.
Giants co-owner Steve Tisch, who has developed a friendship with Burress, has called him, and so has Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
Asked point-blank whether Burress has ruled out the Giants, the source said, "No," before adding, "The Giants are a possibility."
A report on nj.com stated Burress will meet Wednesday with Coughlin at the Giants’ practice facility. Burress, according to the report, said, "I really don’t know what I’m going to say. I’m just going to go in there and speak from the heart, be truthful with him and let him know how I feel. I’m pretty sure there are things he wants to say, too."
Source: Posluszny to Jaguars for $7 million annually
Inside linebacker Paul Posluszny has agreed to a six-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars that averages $7 million per year, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Posluszny's pending addition, which can become official Friday when NFL teams are allowed to sign unrestricted free agents, should provide a run-stopping presence to the Jaguars' defense.
The former Buffalo Bills starter has had his share of injuries and isn't the most fluid athlete, but is regarded as a tough, coachable player who draws high marks for his character.
Player rep Spikes headed to Chargers
Linebacker Takeo Spikes, who served as the 49ers NFL Players Association team representative throughout the lockout and was a visible face for the players' side during the labor impasse, warned fans he was unlikely to be in a San Francisco uniform this season. Tuesday, his prediction became reality.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Spikes, 34, has agreed to terms of a new contract with the Chargers, beating out suitors such as the Seahawks, the Rams and the Titans.
Spikes told the Sacramento Bee in a series of text messages on Tuesday the 49ers showed little interest in keeping him. Asked by the Bee if he thought his career was over in San Francisco, Spikes wrote, “Yes. Didn’t have a choice.”
Like other NFL free agent players, Spikes cannot sign his new contract until Friday.
He was a 16-game starter in 2010, finished second on the team in tackles and tied for the team lead in interceptions with three. Spikes was an acknowledged team leader and had developed a strong bond with All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis. — Nancy Gay
Ravens retain OL Marshal Yanda
The Baltimore Ravens are wasting no time shaping their roster for the 2011 season.
The Ravens on Tuesday night agreed to terms on a five-year, $32 million contract with offensive lineman Marshal Yanda, an unrestricted free agent who has spent his entire four-year career in Baltimore. Drafted in the third round of the 2007 draft, the 6-foot-3, 315-pound Yanda is equally effective at guard and tackle.
Retaining Yanda was a priority for general manager Ozzie Newsome, who cleared salary-cap space for the sturdy lineman dumping the contracts of four notable veterans.
Alex Smith officially back with 49ers
In what may be the biggest no-brainer of the disrupted offseason, quarterback Alex Smith is returning to the San Francisco 49ers after agreeing to a one-year contract. Multiple reports peg the deal at $5 million.
Before the lockout, new 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh forged a bond with Smith, giving the seventh-year pro and former No. 1 overall draft pick a copy of his new playbook. They went over schemes using Powerpoint slides.
After the lockout, Smith led the 49ers players in offseason workouts, establishing himself as a team leader more than he did before. Harbaugh told FOXSports.com in March he admired Smith’s work ethic, and thought the quarterback’s knowledge of the West Coast offense would be helpful if the 49ers opted to re-sign him.
— Nancy Gay
Report: Broncos looking to move Orton
QB Kyle Orton is headed to the trading block on the first day of the trading period, the Denver Post reported. The NFL’s trading period opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Orton has been clear that he does not want to serve as a backup to Tim Tebow under new head coach John Fox. He is coming off his finest two seasons as a pro, throwing 41 touchdown passes and only 21 interceptions in Denver.
Possible suitors for Orton, the Post reports, include the Vikings, Titans, Cardinals, Seahawks, Redskins, Bengals and Dolphins.
Report: Johnson, Panthers agree on deal
The Carolina Panthers have taken care of their top offseason priority: Lock down defensive end Charles Johnson.
Johnson, who led Carolina with 11.5 sacks last season, has agreed to a six-year, $72 million deal according to several reports. Johnson was considered one of the top defensive free agent prospects this offseason.
Johnson was picked in the third round from the University of Georgia in 2007 and looks to flourish in new head coach Ron Rivera’s 3-4 defense.
Jets agree with OL Hunter
The agent for offensive lineman Wayne Hunter tells The Associated Press that his client has agreed to terms with the New York Jets on a four-year deal.
Agent Kenny Zuckerman says Tuesday night that ''there was some other sincere interest from a few teams,'' but Hunter chose to remain with the Jets because ''Wayne and his family love the Jets organization.''
Hunter provides the Jets with depth on the offensive line, particularly at right tackle, where he filled in late last season when starter Damien Woody went down with a season-ending injury. Woody was cut before the lockout and could be considering retirement.
Report: Seahawks pick up Tarvaris Jackson
After two frustrating seasons serving as Brett Favre’s backup in Minnesota, QB Tarvaris Jackson is headed to the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent signee, the Seattle Times reported (confirming an earlier report on KJR-Radio). Terms of the agreement are not known.
Under the revised NFL personnel rules put in place as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Jackson cannot sign a contract with the Seahawks until Friday. He is expected to arrive in Seattle Tuesday evening.
The move is interesting on several fronts:
• Any notion that Matt Hasselbeck would remain in Seattle is now kaput.
• Jackson reunites with former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who left Minnesota in January and signed a two-year contract with Seattle to join Pete Carroll’s staff. Bevell is familiar with Jackson’s talent and also his shortcomings. Used sporadically as a fill-in for an injured Favre, Jackson was wildly inconsistent. The Vikings’ second-round pick in 2006,
Jackson started 20 games for Minnesota, peaking in a 2008 game against the Arizona Cardinals in which he completed 11 of 17 passes for 163 yards and four touchdowns. He flopped in the Vikings’ home playoff loss to the Eagles, however, and then-coach Brad Childress made the move to acquire Favre.
— Nancy Gay
Wiegmann returns to Chiefs
Veteran center Casey Wiegmann has agreed to return to the Kansas City Chiefs on a one-year deal, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Two other NFL teams made inquiries about the center.
Wiegmann hasn't missed a snap since 2001, playing over 10,000 consecutive snaps.
Is Ruud done in Tampa?
Draft picks Mason Foster and Daniel Hardy have agreed to contracts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, kicking off what figures to be a frenzied week of player transactions.
Foster's agreement on the first day following the end of the NFL lockout increased speculation that veteran middle linebacker Barrett Ruud has played his last game for the Bucs.
Ruud is an unrestricted free agent, and general manager Mark Dominik said little to dispel the notion that the seventh-year pro no longer fits in the team's plans.
Dallas Cowboys dump big names, salaries
The Cowboys wasted little time cutting ties to some of their most expensive and least productive players in 2010. Owner Jerry Jones met with several veterans to tell them they would not be on the team this season.
• WR Roy Williams: Disappointing, overpaid player whom Dallas acquired via trade for a first- and third-round pick to Detroit. Told by Cowboys not to report to camp, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
• RB Marion Barber: No surprise here. Contract made him expendable, as did his 374 yards rushing in 2010. Got $16 million guaranteed from Dallas; Barber’s release saves the team $4.75 million in 2011.
• G Leonard Davis: Cap casualty; Davis was due $6 million in base salary this season. He may return if he agrees to a reduced contract.
• K Kris Brown: Also told not to report, probably due to his $910,000 base salary this season. Signed two days before the season finale against Philadelphia, Dallas signed a cheaper replacement, Oklahoma State kicker Dan Bailey.
• OT Marc Colombo: The Star-Telegram reports Colombo met Tuesday with Jones about his future with the team and that the longtime tackle “was very vague” when asked whether he’ll remain with the Cowboys.
Giants ax two offensive linemen
A source close to each veteran told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the team told the players they would be cut on Thursday in what are salary-cap moves.
The Giants are roughly $10 million over the NFL's new $120.4 million salary cap. The releases of O'Hara ($3.45 million in 2011) and Seubert ($2.25 million) will reduce the problem by roughly $6 million.
Raiders agree to deal with Moss
Although he appeared in only five games for the Oakland Raiders in 2010, the club apparently saw enough of former first-round defensive end Jarvis Moss to want him back, and Len Pasquarelli has learned that the two sides on Tuesday reached a one-year agreement.
The unrestricted free agent will return to the Raiders for $1.25 million. The contract, agreed to in the opening hours of free agent negotiations under the provisions of the new collective bargaining agreement, can be officially signed on Friday after 6 p.m.
Moss, 26, was a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2007, the 17th choice overall in that year's draft. The former University of Florida star was released by the Broncos last November, and signed with Oakland six days later.
Vikings cut veteran defensive lineman
DT Jimmy Kennedy was nformed by the team on Tuesday that he will be let go, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The veteran lineman played in 13 games as a reserve last season; his departure saves the team $2.5 million.
Banta-Cain done in New England
Veteran LB Tully Banta-Cain’s days with the Patriots are over, ESPN reported. The team told Banta-Cain he will be released on Thursday. Banta-Cain played in 15 games in 2010, starting six and posting five sacks.
Herzlich signs with Giants
Mark Herzlich, the Boston College linebacker who survived cancer, has signed with the New York Giants as a free agent.
Herzlich announced his decision Tuesday morning in a tweet.
''Decision is made,'' he tweeted, adding that he's happy to be a Giant and can't wait to get to New York.
Barnett won't return to Packers
It looks like linebacker Nick Barnett is done in Green Bay.
Barnett was among the first Packers players to return to Lambeau Field on Tuesday morning. He left without talking with reporters, but tweeted that he had met with team officials and then thanked everyone ''for the great 8 years.''
Barnett says he was happy to be part of the team's run to the Super Bowl championship last season and Green Bay will always be special to him.
Bengals won't deal Palmer
The Bengals say they won't trade quarterback Carson Palmer, who wants to leave one of the NFL's least-successful franchises.
Owner Mike Brown said on Tuesday that he won't satisfy the quarterback's request for a trade. Brown says that a trade would reward Palmer for failing to play out the rest of his contract. Instead, they'll let him go ahead with his plan to retire rather than play for the Bengals.
Brown indicated that the team will look for another veteran quarterback in free agency, but plans to move ahead with second-round draft pick Andy Dalton as the possible starter.
Report: Hasselbeck done in Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks will not re-sign veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, The Seattle Times reported Tuesday.
Hasselbeck, an unrestricted free agent, has been with the Seahawks for 10 seasons.
According to The Times, the Seahawks attempted to re-sign the 35-year-old prior to the NFL lockout, but the team has reportedly struck a deal with another quarterback a day after the league's work stoppage came to end.
Ravens cut McGahee, Heap
Wide receiver Derrick Mason and nose tackle Kelly Gregg also were told their contracts will be terminated.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who welcomed several players to the team's training complex on Tuesday, confirmed the cuts. The moves won't become official until Thursday.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report