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Patriots sign Adrian Wilson — 7:45 p.m

The New England Patriots caught lightning in a bottle when adding Rodney Harrison to their roster in 2003 following his release by San Diego.

The Patriots hope another storied veteran safety who hit the free-agent market can do the same 10 years later.

Ex-Arizona safety Adrian Wilson has reached a contract agreement with the Patriots, XTRA-910 AM Radio in Phoenix reported. Financial details weren’t immediately available.

Wilson was a four-time All-Pro during his 12 seasons in Arizona. He holds the NFL record for most sacks in a single season by a defensive back with eight in 2005. Read moreAlex Marvez

Jennings signs with Vikings — 7:24 p.m.

The image of Brett Favre in a Minnesota Vikings uniform will always stick in the craw of Green Bay Packers fans.

The same is going to happen with one of Favre’s favorite wide receivers.

A source confirmed to that wide receiver Greg Jennings has agreed to contract terms with the Vikings. Details weren’t immediately available.

Jennings should greatly upgrade a Vikings offense that lost its best wideout when Percy Harvin was traded earlier this week to Seattle. Jennings, 29, has proven one of the NFL’s top deep threats during his seven seasons in Green Bay.

However, Jennings is coming off an injury plagued 2012 season. The Vikings were the only team to entertain Jennings on a free-agent visit and that came two days after Tuesday’s start of the free-agent signing period. Read moreAlex Marvez

Garay to Jets — 7:15 p.m.

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the New York Jets have signed former San Diego Chargers nose tackle Antonio Garay to a one-year deal.

Garay, 33, spent the last three-plus seasons with the Chargers after being signed off the Jets’ practice squad in December 2009. He was scheduled to make $3.5 million plus a $1.5 million roster bonus this season, but was released by San Diego earlier this week.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the signing, first reported by WFAN Radio and ESPN.

Garay played in just eight games last season, but will add depth to the Jets’ defensive line after New York cut Sione Po’uha and Mike DeVito signed with Kansas City. — AP

Cardinals land Cason — 6:37 p.m.

San Diego cornerback Antoine Cason is changing teams after five seasons.

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with Cason, the Arizona Republic reported.

A 2008 first-round pick, Cason started all 16 games for the Chargers last season. Cason, 26, finished with 73 tackles, 11 passes defensed and two interceptions.

The Cardinals signed Indianapolis cornerback Jerraud Powers to a free-agent contract earlier in the week. — Alex Marvez

Jets sign Colon — 6:34 p.m.

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the New York Jets have signed former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon.

Colon, a fourth-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2006, will add depth to the Jets’ offensive line and could potentially fill one of the guard spots with Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson free agents.

The deal is for one year, $1.2 million, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the signing.

Colon, a Bronx native who played at Hofstra, was an offensive tackle from 2006-11 but moved to guard last season. Colon missed all but one game in the 2010-11 seasons due to injury, and was sidelined for five games last season. — AP

Cardinals bring in Shaugnessy — 6:15 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals have reached agreement on a one-year contract with defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, the seventh free agent acquired by the team this week.

Shaughnessy started all 16 games last season with the Oakland Raiders. He had 3.5 sacks along with 42 tackles, 29 solos. The Raiders selected Shaughnessy in the third round of the 2009 draft out of Wisconsin, where he was a teammate of Arizona outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield.

Shaughnessy, who has 11 career stacks, adds depth to a Cardinals defensive front already considered one of the team’s strengths. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound lineman has played in 51 games, 29 as a starter, in his NFL career. — AP

Jaguars sign three players — 6:08 p.m.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, quiet during the first few days of free agency, have signed cornerback Alan Ball, running back Justin Forsett and defensive tackle Roy Miller.

They signed contracts Friday, joining linebacker Geno Hayes in the team’s free-agent class.

Ball spent last season in Houston after playing five years in Dallas. He is expected to compete for a starting job for the Jaguars, who recently parted ways with cornerbacks Derek Cox, Rashean Mathis and Aaron Ross. Ball has 22 career starts and three interceptions.

Forsett has played for Indianapolis (2008), Seattle (2008-11) and Houston (2012). He has 1,661 yards and eight touchdowns. He will compete for the backup job behind Maurice Jones-Drew. — AP

Delmas staying in Detroit — 6:03 p.m.

When he’s healthy and playing, safety Louis Delmas is the heart and soul of the Detroit Lions’ secondary.

The Lions confirmed Friday that they have agreed to a two-year contract with their emotional leader, one of their many unrestricted free agents this season. The deal is worth more than $9 million.

The agreement comes two days after the Lions signed Glover Quin, a free-agent safety from Houston, and re-signed cornerback Chris Houston. Read more. —

Dolphins add another piece — 5:46 p.m.

The Miami Dolphins keep spending in free agency.

Just hours after adding former New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller to the roster, the team announced the signing of wide receiver Brandon Gibson. Gibson’s agents announced he signed a three-year contract.

Gibson posted career highs in touchdowns (five) and receiving yards (691) in 2012 with St. Louis. The Dolphins also added Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Wallace at the start of Tuesday’s free-agent signing period.

Gibson, 25, visited with the New York Jets before meeting with Dolphins officials and signing the contract.

The Dolphins also announced that Atlanta cornerback Brent Grimes took a free-agent visit Friday. Grimes, 29, is coming off a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered in the 2012 season-opener. Grimes has spent all six of his NFL seasons in Atlanta and was considered one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks before his injury.

Miami has a cornerback need after losing Sean Smith in free agency to Kansas City.– Alex Marvez

Brown returning to Bolts — 5:42 p.m.

Danny Woodhead wasn’t the only running back to sign Friday with the San Diego Chargers.

The team announced that Ronnie Brown will be returning in 2013 on a one-year contract.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 draft by Miami, Brown joined the Chargers in 2012 after spending the previous season with Philadelphia. Brown, 31, rushed for 220 yards but tallied a career-high 49 catches for 371 yards in a backup role. — Alex Marvez

Broncos forced to cut Dumervil — 5:40 p.m.

A person familiar with the situation says the Denver Broncos were forced to cut defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil after a delay in getting paperwork completed on a new contract that both parties had agreed to.

The person who spoke to The Associated Press on Friday did not want to be identified because the negotiations were not public.

The Broncos, who wanted Dumervil to take a pay cut, had to reach a deal by 1:59 p.m. Denver time on Friday, or Dumervil’s $12 million contract in 2013 would be guaranteed. They came to an agreement about a half-hour before the deadline, but because the team hadn’t received the paperwork to make the deal official before 1:59, it was forced to release him. Read more — AP

Bucs lose DT Miller, trade Benn for picks — 5:02 p.m.

The Buccaneers made news late Friday afternoon with two items coming right before the weekend.

First, former Buccaneers defensive tackle Roy Miller signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars for a two-year deal. The signing was first reported by Miller’s agent, Mike McCartney. A 2009 third-round pick out of Texas, Miller played in at least 15 games in all four of his seasons in Tampa. He joins Gus Bradley’s Jaguars defense that ranked last in the league in sacks a season ago. The Bucs had the league’s No. 1 rush defense last year, with Miller playing a vital role in that effort.

Minutes after the Miller signing was reported, the Eagles announced that they’d traded a 6th round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and a conditional pick in the 2014 NFL Draft for Buccaneers fourth-year wideout Arrelious Benn and a 7th round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Benn has 59 career receptions in three seasons. He played in just eight games in 2012 due to injury. — Peter Schrager

Bears agree on deal with CB Bowman — 4:02 p.m.

The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with cornerback Zack Bowman.

Bowman has appeared in 57 games with 16 starts over five seasons with the Bears, recording seven interceptions and 13 pass break ups and five fumble recoveries – including two for touchdowns.

He played in 11 games last season, recovering two fumbles and returning one for a touchdown.

The Bears announced the agreement on Friday. — AP

Reed leaves without deal — 3:53 p.m.

Free agent safety Ed Reed is leaving Houston with no deal in place with the Texans.

The nine-time Pro Bowl safety departed Reliant Stadium on Friday after two days of talks. Reed arrived in Houston on Thursday aboard team owner Bob McNair’s private jet and had a full day of meetings. The team announced on its Twitter site Friday morning that Reed was back in its offices at Reliant.

The Texans are trying to sign Reed to make up for an otherwise disappointing week. Receiver Kevin Walter was cut, safety Glover Quin signed with Detroit, and tight end James Casey and linebacker Connor Barwin signed with Philadelphia.

Reed is the Ravens’ franchise leader in interceptions with 61 and his 1,541 return yards with those pickoffs is an NFL career record. — AP

Chiefs add Schwartz — 3:01 p.m. ET

The Kansas City Chiefs signed veteran offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz on Friday in an attempt to bolster their depth.

Schwartz, who can play both guard and tackle, started 16 games for Carolina in 2010, but missed the following season with a hip injury. He spent last season as a backup in Minnesota.

The former seventh-round pick could compete with Donald Stephenson for the job at right tackle, which came open when the Chiefs released Eric Winston. But Schwartz admitted he’s more adept at guard, where he could compete with Jon Asamoah and Jeff Allen for playing time.

Schwartz said on a conference call with reporters that he’s been told by the Chiefs there will be open competition, and that ”the best five will roll.” — AP

Chargers land Woodhead — 2:57 p.m.

Wes Welker isn’t the only popular New England Patriots player headed to the AFC West in 2013.

The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a reported two-year deal with reliable running back Danny Woodhead on Friday. Undrafted, Woodhead was released by the New York Jets in training camp in 2010, but has excelled as a Patriots back for the past three seasons in New England. He scored a touchdown in New England’s last Super Bowl appearance.

The Chargers announced the signing on their website.

Woodhead joins a Chargers team that hired a new head coach, former Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, in January. — Peter Schrager

Colts cut Zbikowski — 2:47 p.m.

The Indianapolis Colts have released safety Tom Zbikowski after one season with the team.

The Notre Dame alum and professional boxer followed coach Chuck Pagano and teammates Brandon McKinney and Cory Redding from Baltimore to Indy last season. He started 11 games, finishing with 47 tackles, one sack and one interception while returning six kickoffs for 123 yards.

When the Colts signed Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry to a four-year, $24 million contract late Wednesday night, Zbikowski became expendable.

The move comes after a flurry of free-agent signings. Indy has already signed seven players, five on defense, and also re-signed cornerback Darius Butler who was a free agent, too. — AP

Arrington stays in New England — 1:57 p.m.

The New England Patriots have kept one of their starting cornerbacks.

Kyle Arrington announced on his Twitter account (@Arrington24_7) that he has re-signed with the Patriots.

“Thankful and Blessed for another opportunity,” Arrington wrote. “Extremely grateful for all the support from the NE community and beyond.”

The Boston Herald first reported that Arrington had signed a four-year deal.

Arrington, 26, has started 40 of a possible 48 games the past three seasons. Arrington had seven interceptions in 2011 but didn’t record any last season.

Aqib Talib, who started for New England last year following a midseason trade with Tampa Bay, remains an unrestricted free agent. — Alex Marvez


Redskins re-sign Kehl  — 12:50 p.m.

The Washington Redskins have announced the re-signing of unrestricted free agent linebacker Bryan Kehl.

Kehl’s strength is special teams, and his signing Friday helps soften the blow of the loss of Lorenzo Alexander, the Pro Bowl special teams player who left the Redskins as a free agent this week to sign with the Arizona Cardinals.

Kehl was in training camp with the Redskins last year but was cut before the start of the regular season. He then signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and was waived after appearing in three games.

The Redskins claimed him off waivers in late November, and he played in Washington’s final five regular season games as well as the playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. — AP

Johnson stays in Cincinnati — 12:21 p.m.

The third of eight players given a franchise tag this offseason has re-signed with his current team.

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson has inked his one-year, $11.2 million contract tender. Johnson’s agent announced the news Friday on Twitter.

Johnson, 26, is coming off his best season with the Bengals. He notched 11.5 sacks in 2012, which matched Johnson’s total from his previous three seasons combined.

The Bengals have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term contract extension with Johnson. If a deal can’t be reached, a new contract can’t be signed until the start of the 2014 offseason. — Alex Marvez


Cardinals release Kolb — 12:13 p.m.

Another veteran quarterback has joined the free-agent market.

The Arizona Cardinals have released Kevin Kolb after failing to reach agreement on a restructured contract. The news was first reported on Twitter by long-time NFL journalist Adam Caplan (@adamcaplan).

Kolb’s failure to make a positive impact during his two seasons in Arizona contributed to the January firing of head coach Ken Whisenhunt. The Cardinals sent a second-round draft choice and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Philadelphia during the 2011 offseason for Kolb, who never lived up to the five-year, $64 million contract he signed with Arizona. Kolb, 28, battled injuries throughout his two-year tenure and started only 14 of a possible 32 games.

Drew Stanton, who was signed away from Indianapolis earlier this week as a free agent, told me and co-host Gil Brandt on SiriusXM NFL Radio he was told by Cardinals brass that he would have the chance to compete for the starting position in training camp. Brian Hoyer, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley are the other quarterbacks on Arizona’s roster. Read more — Alex Marvez

Giants bring back Rivers — 12:03 p.m.

Outside linebacker Keith Rivers will be back for a second season with the New York Giants.

The team announced Friday that Rivers had re-signed. No other details were immediately available.

The No. 9 overall pick in the 2008 draft by Cincinnati, Rivers has battled injuries throughout his five-year NFL career. Rivers was traded by the Bengals last offseason to New York, where he missed five more games with a strained hamstring.

“Obviously, I have to prove I can stay healthy,” Rivers told the team’s web site. “I haven’t necessarily been able to be trusted to stay healthy. Hopefully, taking a big rest this offseason will help me do that.”

Rivers, 26, started six games and played in five more for the Giants in 2012. He finished with 44 tackles. — Alex Marvez


Keller to Dolphins 11:40 a.m.

The Miami Dolphins have raided a division rival for their new starting tight end.

Dustin Keller is leaving the New York Jets to join the Dolphins. Keller’s brother first referenced the signing on his Twitter account (@Damien05Keller) and a one-year contract was later reported by ESPN.

Keller, 28, spent all five of his NFL seasons in New York after being the 30th player selected overall in the 2008 draft. Keller only played in eight games last season because of injuries but he is considered a receiving upgrade to former Dolphins starter Anthony Fasano, who left to Kansas City in free agency earlier this week.

The Dolphins added further firepower to their offense this week by signing Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Wallace to a five-year, $60 million contract. — Alex Marvez


Report: Raiders sign former Bears LB Roach – 10:49 a.m.

The Oakland Raiders inked former Bears linebacker Nick Roach to a free agent deal on Friday. The signing was first reported by Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago.

Roach started 29 games for the Bears over the past two seasons and has been a steady contributor since joining the team in 2007. He is the second Bears linebacker to sign with another team this week, as Geno Hayes inked a deal with Jacksonville on Wednesday. Roach is a versatile backer who and can play both the inside and outside spots in a 4-3 scheme.

All eyes now turn to Bears free agent linebacker Brian Urlacher, as of Friday, still unsigned. – Peter Schrager

Report: Jets sign RB Goodson – 10:23 a.m.

The New York Jets have made their first free-agent signing of the offseason.

Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson has agreed to contract terms, ESPN reported.

Goodson, 25, has spent almost his entire four-year NFL career as a backup. He rushed 35 times for 221 yards last season in Oakland, which acquired him from Carolina in a trade.

Goodson will be in the mix to compete for the starting spot that opened when Shonn Greene left the Jets in free agency for Tennessee. – Alex Marvez

Top players remain as free agency continues – 10:22 a.m.

As the third day of the free-agent signing period dawns, here’s a quick status report on five of the top players still on the market:

Green Bay wide receiver Greg Jennings: He met Thursday night with the Minnesota Vikings, which need to find a top-flight wideout after trading Percy Harvin to Seattle. The Packers also are still in the mix to re-sign Jennings, who has played all seven of his NFL seasons there.

Miami left tackle Jake Long: He took a visit Thursday to St. Louis, which is seeking to upgrade the left tackle position that Rodger Saffold currently mans. ESPN reported that Miami is now making a “strong push” to re-sign Long, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft.

Baltimore free safety Ed Reed: The Houston Texans have made a strong attempt to bring him into the fold, even sending team owner Bob McNair’s private jet to pick up Reed for his free-agent visit. Reed must decide whether to begin his NFL career anew in Texans or re-sign with the franchise where he forged a Hall of Fame career.

Cincinnati right tackle Andre Smith: Smith and New England’s Sebastian Vollmer were considered two of the top right tackles to hit the market but no media reports have surfaced that either has taken a free-agent visit.

New England cornerback Aqib Talib: He is being linked to the Washington Redskins, which released DeAngelo Hall before the start of the signing period, but the Patriots also are believed in the mix to retain Talib’s services. Atlanta’s Brent Grimes is considered the next best corner still unsigned. – Alex Marvez