NFL free agency: Follow all the moves


Flynn picks Seahawks

Former Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn is the Seattle Seahawks’ new quarterback after agreeing to terms today, the team announced.

Flynn also visited the Miami Dolphins, who are hosting San Francisco 49ers free agent quarterback Alex Smith today.

Flynn had previously visited the Seahawks.

Rather than use a $14.4 million franchise tag on Flynn, the Packers let him become an unrestricted free agent.

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Cardinals cut Stuckey

The Arizona Cardinals have cut veteran wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, according to a league source.

Stuckey caught just four passes for 39 yards last season.

He was due a $1.75 million base salary and a $2.15 million salary-cap figure in 2012.

Stuckey, 28, has caught 106 career passes for 1,082 yards and five touchdowns.


Hayes looks at Broncos

Tampa Bay Buccaneers veteran free agent Geno Hayes visited the Denver Broncos this weekend, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Hayes, 24, is a former Florida State standout who recorded 64 tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception in 13 starts last season.

Hayes had four sacks two years ago and 82 tackles, and 98 tackles with three sacks three years ago.

For his career, he has 257 tackles, seven sacks, four interceptions and four fumbles.



Bush visited Jets

Green Bay Packers veteran free agent defensive back Jarrett Bush visited the New York Jets on Saturday, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

The Jets attempted to sign Reggie Nelson, but he rejoined the Cincinnati Bengals and have also met with Washington Redskins free agent safety LaRon Landry.

Bush, 27 had 30 tackles, two interceptions and 1 1/2 sacks last season.

The 6-foot, 200-pound has 130 career tackles, three interceptions and one forced fumble.


Bengals add Nelson

Veteran free agent safety Reggie Nelson has rejoined the Cincinnati Bengals following his visit Saturday with the New York Jets, according to reports.

Nelson, 28, recorded 85 tackles, four interceptions, two sacks and two forced fumbles last season.

For his career, Nelson, who played for the Bengals the past two seasons after three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, has posted 326 tackles, 39 pass deflections, three sacks and 13 interceptions.


Broncos to re-sign Mays

The Denver Broncos have agreed to a deal to re-sign linebacker Joe Mays to a three-year contract, the team announced tonight.

Mays, 26, visited the New Orleans Saints and was scheduled to visit the Indianapolis Colts.

Mays is a stocky 5-foot-11, 250-pounder who recorded 75 tackles last season in a dozen starts for the Broncos.

Mays has a previous stint for the Denver Broncos and has piled up 133 career tackles with one forced fumble.


Garrard to meet Dolphins, Rams

Former Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback David Garrard is scheduled to visit the Miami Dolphins on Monday followed by the St. Louis Rams later this week, if a deal with Miami isn’t worked out.

The Dolphins met with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith on Sunday as Matt Flynn signed a three-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks one day after meeting with Miami team officials.

Garrard missed last season due to a herniated disc in his back that was surgically repaired, but is healthy now.

"David is 100-percent cleared and ready to go play football, he’s feeling fine," agent Albert Irby said in a telephone interview. "Not only did the time off clear up his physical issues, but it created a very anxious and excited quarterback. David has never not played football for a whole year since he was a litle guy. He’s tremendously able and feeling great. He wants to get back on the football field."

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Cardinals cut Hadnot

The Arizona Cardinals have quietly released veteran offensive lineman Rex Hadnot.

Hadnot, 30 was cut primarily for salary-cap purposes as he carried a $2.65 million salary-cap figure and was scheduled to make a $1.5 million base salary.

The Cardinals have interest in bringing him back, though. The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder started every game last season for the Cardinals. He’s also expected to draw interest from other NFL teams looking for a versatile interior lineman.

He has previous stints with the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins and has started 93 of 114 career games.



Hawthorne to visit Lions

Seattle Seahawks veteran free agent linebacker David Hawthorne is scheduled to visit the Detroit Lions on Tuesday after previously visiting the New Orleans Saints, according to a league source.

The Lions appear to be hedging their bets in case they don’t hold onto veteran linebacker Stephen Tulloch.

Hawthorne recorded 115 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks, returning one interception for a touchdown.

The Saints are also eyeing Atlanta Falcons free agent middle linebacker Curtis Lofton.

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49ers big contenders for Manning

Jim Harbaugh coaching Peyton Manning. In the Bay Area, they’re beginning to think about the possibility and believe it truly might happen.

A former NFL quarterback, Harbaugh worked wonders with Alex Smith last season and now all signs point to the 49ers being a serious player in the Manning sweepstakes. Smith, who had a three-year offer on the table to return, traveled to Miami on Sunday to meet with the Dolphins.

If San Francisco doesn’t sign Manning, the 49ers will have some serious relationship-building to do.

The Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos, the other two Manning finalists, could face similar issues if they don’t get him.

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Banta-Cain drawing interest

Former New England Patriots starting outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain is drawing preliminary interest from the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens after not playing last season, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Banta-Cain visited the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders last season.

Banta-Cain is healthy now after undergoing surgery repair a strained abdominal muscle last summer.

Banta-Cain, 31, recorded 45 tackles, five sacks and one fumble recovery in 2010.

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Fells to visit Patriots

Denver Broncos veteran free agent tight end Daniel Fells is scheduled to visit the New England Patriots on Monday, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Fells, 28, caught 19 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns last season for the Broncos.

The 6-foot-4, 252-pounder from Cal-Davis has caught 88 career passes for 1,001 yards and eight touchdowns.

Fells has previous stints for the St. Louis Rams and the Atlanta Falcons.


Jags let go of Collins

The Jacksonville Jaguars have removed their qualifying offer to defensive tackle Nate Collins, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

He’s now an unrestricted free agent.

Collins is facing a single charge of possession of marijuana.

Collins, 24, was arrested recently following a traffic stop in Northern Virginia where the former University of Virginia defensive lineman was pulled over for an illegal window tint.

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Schwartz to visit 49ers

Carolina Panthers free agent offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz is scheduled to visit the San Francisco 49ers this week after he meets with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Schwartz, 25, is also being pursued by the Detroit Lions.

Schwartz became an unrestricted free agent when the Panthers didn’t give him a restricted free agent tender offer.

The Vikings cut former Pro Bowl offensive guard Steve Hutchinson before free agent, and he has now joined the Tennessee Titans.

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Source: Alex Smith visits with Dolphins

A person familiar with the move says that San Francisco free agent quarterback Alex Smith will visit with Miami.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced Sunday’s meeting.

Smith’s visit with the Dolphins comes after Peyton Manning worked out for San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh last week at Duke. The 49ers are one of the finalists in the Manning sweepstakes, along with the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans.

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— AP