NFL free agency: Follow all the moves


Saints land OG Grubbs

The New Orleans Saints have locked up Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl offensive guard Ben Grubbs to a five-year, $36 million deal that included $10 million in guaranteed money, a league source confirmed.

Grubbs replaces former Saints standout Carl Nicks, who joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a $47.5 million deal that made him the highest-paid guard in the league.

The Ravens made what coach John Harbaugh termed a “substantial offer” to Grubbs prior to free agency. However, the Saints’ offer trumped that bid to hold onto Grubbs.

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Giants sign Horton

The New York Giants have signed former Washington Redskins safety Chris Horton to a one-year contract.

Horton didn’t play last season after being cut by the Redskins on Sept. 3, 2011, but tried out for the Seattle Seahawks and the Dallas Cowboys.

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FB Robinson returning to Seahawks

Free agent fullback Michael Robinson said on Twitter on Thursday night that he’s returning to the Seattle Seahawks.

The team said an agreement with Robinson, who spent the past two seasons in Seattle, was not yet official.

Robinson was a Pro Bowl alternate last season as the blocker in front of running back Marshawn Lynch. Robinson was also a captain and versatile on special teams for the Seahawks.

With Robinson’s expected return, the Seahawks have already brought back five of their own key free agents: Lynch, defensive end Red Bryant, offensive linemen Paul McQuistan and Breno Giacomini, and special teams standout Heath Farwell.

–The Associated Press

Dolphins, Hicks agree to deal

The Miami Dolphins agreed to contract terms Thursday night with guard/tackle Artis Hicks. has learned that Hicks received a one-year, $2 million contract that also offers another $500,000 in incentives.

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Eddie Royal joins Chargers

Denver Broncos free agent wide receiver and return man Eddie Royal has signed a three-year contract with the San Diego Chargers after being pursued by several teams.

That includes the Washington Redskins.

He visited the Redskins when free agency started, and there were erroneous reports that a two-year, $12 million deal had been struck.

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Source: McClain to visit Broncos

Baltimore Ravens veteran free agent inside linebacker Jameel McClain is scheduled to visit the Denver Broncos, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

McClain finished second on the team in tackles last season behind All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis. McClain, 26, played last season under a $1.85 million restricted tender.

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Source: Chiefs sign Boss

Former Oakland Raiders tight end Kevin Boss has joined the Kansas City Chiefs on a three-year, $9 million contract, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Boss is also due $2 million from the Raiders after being cut one year into a four-year, $16 million contract.

Operating as the replacement for Pro Bowl tight end Zach Miller last year, Boss hauled in 28 receptions for 368 yards and three touchdowns as he played in all but two games.

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Bears keep Idonije

The Chicago Bears have re-signed defensive end Israel Idonije to a one-year contract.

The Bears nearly landed defensive end Jeremy Mincey when free agency started. However, he opted to remain with the Jacksonville Jaguars on a $27.2 million contract.

Idonije played last season for $2.4 million, but his two-year contract expired and he was briefly an unrestricted free agent.

Idonije, 31, recorded 52 tackles, five sacks and one forced fumble last season.

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Browns re-sign two

The Cleveland Browns re-signed unrestricted free agent offensive lineman Oniel Cousins and tight end Alex Smith, the team announced.

Plus, exclusive-rights free agent defensive lineman Brian Schaefering has signed his one-year tender.

Smith caught 147 career passes for 1,414 yards with 12 touchdowns. In four starts last season for the Browns, he hauled in 14 passes for 131 yards with one touchdown. Cousins has appeared in 30 career regular season games with five starts. Last season, he played in four games with one start at right tackle for the Browns.

A former Baltimore Ravens third-round draft pick from Texas-El Paso, Cousins has played both guard and tackle. For more coverage of the NFL, go to


Cowboys sign LB Connor

The Dallas Cowboys have signed inside linebacker Dan Connor, the team announced.

Connor, 26, is a former Carolina Panther starter who’s expected to be plugged in next to Sean Lee, his former Penn State teammate.

Connor started 11 games last season for Carolina and recorded 87 tackles and a forced fumble.

Connor was sidelined for his rookie season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament after being drafted in the third round. He missed half of the 2010 season with a hip injury.

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Adams to Broncos

Cleveland Browns free agent safety Mike Adams has agreed to a two-year contract with the Denver Broncos, a league source confirmed.

Adams, 30, started every game last season and recorded a career-high three interceptions to go with 64 tackles, six pass deflections and one forced fumble.

For his career, the former Delaware standout has 398 tackles and 12 interceptions.

Adams is a physical player at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, and the Broncos needed an enforcer for their secondary with Brian Dawkins likely at the end of his career.


Gregory agrees with Patriots

San Diego Chargers free agent safety Steve Gregory has agreed to a three-year contract with the New England Patriots today, confirmed a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Gregory, 29, recorded 67 tackles and one interception last season that he returned for a touchdown.

In six NFL seasons, Gregory has 241 tackles, 17 pass deflections and four interceptions.

The former Syracuse standout is from the East Coast, growing up in Staten Island, N.Y.


Mathis on visiting Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Philadelphia Eagles veteran free agent offensive guard Evan Mathis’ visit with the Baltimore Ravens will continue tonight as he’ll have dinner with team officals.

No deal has been struck yet, though.

"I think it’s a good fit," Mathis said in a telephone interview "We had a good meeting."

Asked if a deal is imminent, Mathis replied: "We’re not at that point yet."

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Hutchinson joins Titans

Minnesota Vikings free agent offensive guard Steve Hutchinson agreed to a three-year contract to join the Tennessee Titans, according to reports.

Hutchinson, 34, is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection cut by the Vikings last weekend.

He visited the Titans first and then was meeting with his original team, the Seattle Seahawks, when the deal was struck.

Signed six years ago by Minnesota to a seven-year, $49 million contract, Hutchinson was due a $6.95 million base salary next season.

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Saints looking at Lofton

The New Orleans Saints are targeting Atlanta Falcons free agent linebacker Curtis Lofton as a potential acquisition, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.

If the Saints acquire Lofton, they are expected to part ways with middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

Lofton, 25, is an athletic, productive linebacker who recorded 147 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and two interceptions.

In four NFL seasons, the former University of Oklahoma standout has piled up 492 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

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Slaton stays in Miami

Veteran running back Steve Slaton remains with the Miami Dolphins after agreeing to a one-year contract, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Slaton rushed for 64 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries in three games last season.

For his career, Slaton has rushed for 1,896 yards and 13 touchdowns.

He has caught 100 career passes for 808 yards and five touchdowns.

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Redskins land Meriweather

The Washington Redskins have hammered out a two-year, $6 million contract with Chicago Bears free agent safety Brandon Meriweather, a league source with knowledge of the deal confirmed.

A former University of Miami standout who was drafted in the first round by the New England Patriots, Meriweather started four games last season for Chicago and registered 32 tackles. Three years ago, Meriweather intercepted five passes and posted 83 tackles.

For his career, he has 293 tackles, two sacks, 12 interceptions and five forced fumbles.

Meriweather is a hard hitter, but has drawn fines from the NFL for his head-hunting approach to the game.

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Henne to Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars are paying backup quarterback Chad Henne decent money to provide a challenge to incumbent Blaine Gabbert.

According to a league source, Henne’s two-year deal is worth $6.75 million and includes a $3 million signing bonus and annual $50,000 workout bonuses. Henne ended last season on injured reserve with a separated non-throwing shoulder.

Henne completed 57.1 percent of his throws for 868 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions before his season was ended prematurely after four games.

A former second-round draft pick from Michigan, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder has passed for 7,114 career yards, 31 touchdowns and 37 interceptions for a 75.7 quarterback rating.


Shaw to visit Lions

Veteran free agent linebacker and special-teams ace Tim Shaw is scheduled to visit the Detroit Lions early next week, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Over the past three years, Shaw ranks in the top three in the NFL with 52 special-teams tackles.


49ers cut Spencer

The San Francisco 49ers have cut veteran cornerback Shawntae Spencer, the team announced.

By cutting him, the 49ers save $3.3 million against the salary cap.

“The 49ers would like to thank Shawntae for his eight years of service to the organization and the Bay Area community,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “He has always represented himself, his family and this organization with the utmost class. We wish him, and his family, the very best.”

Spencer, 30, was a starter until last season when he played in nine games with no starts.

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Bills land Mario Williams

As first reported by, defensive end Mario Williams agreed Thursday on a multiyear contract. NFL insider Jay Glazer reports the deal includes a staggering $50 million guaranteed, making it the largest free-agent contract ever signed by an NFL player. It’s a six-year deal with a maximum value of $100 million.

The deal ends a two-day courtship of Williams that included a trip to Buffalo by his fiancé. Having failed to reach the playoffs since the 1999 season, the Bills made Williams the focus of their free-agent push after re-signing wide receiver Stevie Johnson to a multiyear contract extension on Monday.

Williams is Buffalo’s most dynamic defensive roster acquisition since Smith, the Hall of Fame defensive end who spent the first 15 years of his NFL career (1985 to 1999) with the Bills. Williams also was considered the top defensive player on this year’s free-agent market. The Texans didn’t have enough money under the salary cap to re-sign him to a contract extension.

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— Alex Marvez

Cowboys sign Pool

The Dallas Cowboys have signed New York Jets free agent safety Brodney Pool, coach Jason Garrett announced during a conference call with reporters.

Terms weren’t immediately disclosed.

Pool started six games last season for the Jets, recording 36 tackles, a half-sack and one interception.

The 6-foot-2, 214-pound former Oklahoma standout has a previous stint playing for Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan with the Cleveland Browns three years ago.

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Bucs sign Orlovsky

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed quarterback Dan Orlovsky to a two-year, $2.5 million contract, the team announced.

Orlovsky is slated to back up starter Josh Freeman.

Orlovsky passed for 1,201 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions for an 82.4 quarterback rating last season for the Indianapolis Colts.

He has previous stints with the Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans with 14 career touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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Schilens paying Jets a visit

Oakland Raiders free agent wide receiver Chaz Schilens is on his way to visit the New York Jets today, according to a league source.

He has already visited the Arizona Cardinals this week.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder caught 23 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Schilens broke a metatarsal bone in his left foot three years ago and dealt with knee and leg problems two seasons ago.

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McNeill, Ginn to visit Lions

Former San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Marcus McNeill is going to visit the Detroit Lions on Thursday, the team announced.

Plus, San Francisco 49ers free agent wide receiver-kick returner Ted Ginn is scheduled to visit Thursday.

McNeill was released this week.

He carried an $11.79 million salary-cap figure and a $10.5 million base salary that would have become fully guaranteed if he had remained on the roster by Thursday.

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Source: Stanton visits Jets

Detroit Lions free agent quarterback Drew Stanton is visiting the New York Jets today, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder started three games in 2010, passing for four touchdowns and three interceptions for 78.1 quarterback rating. Full story


Source: Jones heads to Seattle after Rams visit

Tennessee Titans veteran free agent defensive lineman Jason Jones is traveling today to visit the Seattle Seahawks after he met with the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday and left without agreeing to terms, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

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Source: Nakamura visits Panthers

Baltimore Ravens free agent safety and special-teams contributor Haruki Nakamura is visiting the Carolina Panthers today, according to a league source.

Nakamura is an unrestricted free agent and is looking for increased playing time. Full story


Seahawks cut guard Gallery

As the Seattle Seahawks had former Minnesota Vikings offensive guard Steve Hutchinson in for a visit and re-signed offensive guard Pat McQuistan, they cut offensive guard Robert Gallery.

Gallery, 31, was due a $5 million base salary next season.

He dealt with knee problems last season and suffered an abdominal injury and underwent surgery.

Hutchinson, 34, is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection who was cut by the Vikings this week. The former Seahawks standout visited the Tennessee Titans before his Seahawks visit.

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