NFL free agency: Follow all the moves

Look back: Tuesday | Monday | March 13-18

Saints, Bunkley agree to deal

The New Orleans Saints and free agent defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley have agreed on a five-year contract.

Bunkley spent last season with the Denver Broncos, appearing in all 16 regular-season games and starting 13. He was credited with 43 tackles during the regular season and also had a sack and forced fumble during the Broncos’ two playoff games.

General manager Mickey Loomis calls Bunkley ”an energetic player that can contribute in stopping the run.” The Saints did not release financial terms.

The 6-foot-2, 306-pound Bunkley began his NFL career with Philadelphia, which used a first-round draft pick to take him out of Florida State in 2006.

In addition to his six regular seasons, he Bunkley has played in nine playoff games and started five.

— The Associated Press

Seahawks add Omiyale

The Seattle Seahawks have signed former Chicago Bears offensive lineman Frank Omiyale, the team announced.

Omiyale was cut recently by the Bears, where he had lined up at left tackle, left guard and right tackle.

Omiyale, 29, played for Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable previously with the Atlanta Falcons, for whom he was a fifth-round draft pick in 2006.

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Barnes, Lee sign with Raiders

The Oakland Raiders re-signed offensive tackle Khalif Barnes to a one-year, $2 million contract to remain the starting right tackle, according to his agent, Kenny Zuckerman.

Barnes started every game last season for Oakland.

The Raiders also signed former Green Bay Packers second-round cornerback Pat Lee to a one-year deal. Terms were undisclosed.

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Caldwell to Broncos on two-year deal

Cincinnati Bengals veteran free agent wide receiver Andre Caldwell has agreed to a two-year contract with the Denver Broncos, a league source confirmed.

Caldwell, 26, caught 37 passes for 317 yards and three yards last season, starting two of 13 games played.

In four NFL seasons, the former University of Florida standout has caught 124 passes for 1,172 yards and six touchdowns.

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Schwartz joins Vikings

Carolina Panthers free agent offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz has agreed to a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings, according to a league source.

He also visited the San Francisco 49ers and was 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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Breaking down Wimbley’s deal

Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley’s five-year $35 million deal includes a $9 million signing bonus and a fully guaranteed $2.5 million base salary this year, according to a league source.

The deal includes a $4 million base salary in 2013, $2 million of which is fully guaranteed.

The deal has base salaries of $6 million in 2014, $6.5 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2016.

Wimbley carries salary-cap figures of $4.3 million in 2012, $5.8 million in 2013, $7.8 million in 2014, $8.3 million in 2015 and $8.8 million in 2016.

Gay visited two teams

Pittsburgh Steelers free agent cornerback William Gay visited the Tennessee Titans and the Arizona Cardinals, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

The former Louisville standout intercepted a career-high two passes last season and recorded 61 tackles in 15 starts.

Gay, 27, has 247 tackles, three interceptions, 43 pass deflections and two forced fumbles in five seasons with the Steelers.


Vikings cutting Ayodele

The Minnesota Vikings are cutting veteran defensive tackle Remi Ayodele today, according to his agent, Jordan Woy.

Ayodele signed a three-year contract last year, but there may be concern that the former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman could face punishment from the NFL for the Bountygate findings.

The Vikings have signed Letroy Guion and shifted him to nose guard and also re-signed backup nose guard Fred Evans.

Ayodele had 15 tackles last season despite being a starter.

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Bengals grab Green-Ellis

The Cincinnati Bengals have hammered out a three-year contract with New England Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, a league source confirmed.

Green-Ellis rushed for 1,008 yards and 13 touchdowns two seasons ago and is known for his durability, short-yardage running and ball security.

Green-Ellis is expected to operate as the primary replacement for free agent Cedric Benson with Bernard Scott working in tandem with him.

He gained 667 yards and scored 11 touchdowns last season.

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Breaking down Garrard’s deal

Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard’s one-year contract is worth $3.35 million and has a maximum value of $4.85 million if incentive clauses for playing time, touchdowns and wins are triggered, according to a league source.

Garrard received a $1 million signing bonus, a $2.25 million base salary and a $100,000 workout bonus.

Garrard was sidelined all of last season with a herniated disc in his back that required surgery.

Garrard, 34, was released by the Jaguars last summer as he was due roughly $8 million.

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Report: Smith agrees to deal

Quarterback Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms on a three-year contract that will pay him $8 million per season with $16.5 million guaranteed, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. Smith was expected to sign within the day. Smith’s new deal, which was all but done late Tuesday, can pay him up to $33 million.

On Tuesday, Peyton Manning was formally introduced in Denver after the 49ers pursued the four-time NFL MVP. Coach Jim Harbaugh worked out Manning at Duke last week.

The 27-year-old Smith met with Miami on Sunday but ultimately decided to stay put with the storied franchise that drafted him first overall in 2005.

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Bills add Anderson

The Buffalo Bills have made their second major defensive-line signing of the offseason.

New England defensive end Mark Anderson on Wednesday signed a free-agent contract with the Bills, the Bills announced. A source said the deal is for four years.

The Bills made a huge splash earlier this month by signing Houston defensive end Mario Williams to a six-year, $100 million contract. The expected addition of Anderson will further bolster Buffalo’s pass rush as the team moves to a 4-3 defensive scheme under new defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt.

Anderson, 28, enjoyed a career resurgence in 2011 with the Patriots. Anderson posted his first season with double-digit sacks (10) since his rookie campaign with Chicago in 2005.

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Goff visits Browns

New York Giants veteran free agent linebacker Jonathan Goff visited the Cleveland Browns, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Goff, 26, is a 6-foot-2, 241-pounder from Vanderbilt who missed the entire 2011 season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Two seasons ago, Goff started every game and recorded 80 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and two pass deflections.

For his career, Goff has 107 tackles and four pass deflections.

Larsen visits Patriots

Former Denver Broncos fullback-linebacker Spencer Larsen visited the New England Patriots, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Larsen, 28, is a versatile 6-foot-2, 243-pounder who has 38 career tackles, 62 rushing yards, one touchdown and 13 catches for 120 yards.

The former sixth-rounder from Arizona has started 15 career games.


Bills extend Scott

The Buffalo Bills have signed defensive back Bryan Scott to a contract extension, the team announced. Scott recorded 59 tackles, two interceptions and one sack last season in seven starts for Buffalo.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound former Penn State standout has registered 483 tackles with seven interceptions and 10 1/2 sacks in 127 games and 62 starts.

He entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick with the Atlanta Falcons before playing for the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and joined the Bills in 2007.

Allen, Gallery to Patriots

The New England Patriots have signed veteran cornerback Will Allen to a one-year contract, according to a league source.

The Patriots also signed offensive lineman Robert Gallery, The Associated Press reported. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Allen started six games last season and had 43 tackles and three pass deflections.

Allen was re-signed by the Dolphins last year after the team cut Bennie Sapp in the wake of him being beat for a 99-yard touchdown by New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker.

Allen was cut during the final major roster cutdown last year.

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Steelers sign two

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed two former West Virginia players to their offseason roster, adding tight end Wes Lyons and fullback Will Johnson.

Lyons is a 6-foot-8, 233-pounder who has also played wide receiver and was cut prior to the regular season last year.

Johnson is a 6-2, 238-pounder who went undrafted last year after playing tight end and wide receiver for the Mountaineers.

Tamme to visit Broncos

Indianapolis Colts free agent tight end Jacob Tamme is set to visit the Denver Broncos, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

He previously visited the Seattle Seahawks.

Tamme, 27 caught 19 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown last season.

He caught 67 passes for 631 yards and four touchdowns two seasons ago, and has 92 career receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns.

Ross agrees with Jaguars

Former New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross has agreed to a three-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, giving the team added depth in the secondary.

Ross is in Jacksonville and is scheduled to sign his contract Wednesday. The deal could be worth up to $15.3 million, an investment that indicates Ross will compete with veteran Rashean Mathis for a starting spot.

Mathis signed a one-year deal earlier this month.

Ross, a first-round pick by the Giants in 2007, had a career-high four interceptions last season. He was inserted back in the starting lineup after Terrell Thomas went down with a season-ending knee injury.

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Colts sign Satele

Oakland Raiders free agent center Samson Satele signed with the Indianapolis Colts following his recent arrest for disorderly conduct in Hawaii.

“Samson is an experienced, productive and highly competitive offensive center,” Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said.” He has all the necessary traits to be one of the top centers in the NFL. He is not only a great player, but a great person and family man as well. We wanted him and we got him. We couldn’t be happier that he will now be a Colt for years to come and help us reach our ultimate goal.”

Satele is a former Miami Dolphins second-round draft pick who has started for the past two seasons for the Raiders.

“It’s a brand new team,” Satele said. “In talking with Coach (Pagano) and everyone else, it feels like a family. It’s a fresh, new start for me and a fresh, new team. I can’t wait to get this rolling.” For more coverage of the NFL, go to