It's a jungle out there as NFL teams scramble

It's a jungle out there as NFL teams scramble to make roster moves and get ready for the start of free agency with no new CBA in place. Here's what's going on throughout the league, including with the 49ers, who officially tendered offers to four of their free agents Thursday.

The 49ers officially announced that they have tendered contract offers to restricted free agents Brandon Lloyd and Ken Dorsey and exclusive rights free agents Mike Adams and Maurice Hicks.

The team indicated last week that it would tender both Lloyd and Dorsey. Coach Mike Nolan would not confirm at which level each player was being tendered, but it's believed Lloyd is being tendered at the high amount of approximately $1.6 million - which would require first-round compensation - while Dorsey is being tendered at the low amount of approximately $700,000, which would require seventh-round compensation.

Lloyd and Dorsey can negotiate with any other NFL team until April 21, at which time their rights will revert to the 49ers. If either accepts an offer from a new club, the 49ers will have the right to match the offer and retain the player. If the 49ers elect not to match the offer, they may receive draft-choice compensation depending on the level of their qualifying offer to each player.

Because they have two or fewer years of NFL experience, Adams and Hicks now have no outside negotiating power after being tendered offers. Their rights now belong to the 49ers, and they may not negotiate with other teams. They have no NFL options open to them other than dealing with the 49ers.

Here's a rundown of other player transactions that are taking place around the NFL:

--- Scout.com had confirmed that the Kansas City Chiefs had planned to release All-Pro G Will Shields on Thursday, but the extension of CBA negotiations changed that plan and it now appears the Chiefs will try to work out a contract extension with Shields before Monday's new deadline. He still could be released then if a deal isn't worked out. "Will understands the landscape of the NFL without a CBA and it's disappointing that his career with the Chiefs went this way now," his agent Joe Linta told scout.com Thursday. Linta confirmed Shields still wants to play and it's not out of the question he re-signs with the Chiefs. "Will Shields will play this year, hopefully with the Chiefs but certainly with someone." Litna added he expects several teams to be interested due to him being in excellent shape. Shields has never missed a game in his 13 years of service. The 49ers could have some interest in Shields at the right price.

--- The Chiefs also have released linebackers Gary Stills and Shawn Barber and cornerbacks Eric Warfield and Dexter McCleon. Offensive lineman Chris Bober could also become a cap casualty, though that's not confirmed.

--- TE Jeb Putzier was released by Denver in a cost-cutting move. Putzier could be one of the 49ers' top targets in free agency if the price is right. They see him as a solid complement to Eric Johnson in the kind of offensive schemes the team would like to employ. The oft-injured Johnson is on the final year of his contract, but Putzier is looking for a starting job, so that could mean the 49ers aren't a strong contender for his services. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, scout.com has learned that the New York Jets and Houston Texans also have strong interest in signing Putzier. The Chicago Bears also are in the running. The Jets extended an offer sheet to the then-restricted free agent Putzier last year, which Denver wound up matching. The problem is New York doesn't currently have the salary cap room to sign him. Houston could use a tight end with pass catching skills. The Texans haven't had a good receiver at the tight end position since Billy Miller played for them (2002-2004).

--- DE Raheem Brock, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, was signed to a new five-year contract by the Colts. Financial terms were not disclosed.

--- S Brent Alexander, whose two seasons with the Giants and 12-year NFL career have been marked by consistency and durability, was released. Alexander has never missed a game in his NFL career, playing in all 192, with 178 starts. Alexander started the last 130 games of his career, including every one in his last eight seasons. In 2005, Alexander led the Giants with four interceptions and 12 passes defensed and was seventh on the team with 61 tackles (46 solo). Alexander's career totals are 1,014 tackles (685 solo), 28 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. His most recent interception was on Dec. 4 against Dallas, when he picked off a Drew Bledsoe pass intended for Keyshawn Johnson in the fourth quarter. Alexander was signed by the Giants as a free agent on May 27, 2004 and immediately stepped into the starting lineup. Prior to joining the Giants, he spent four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, two with the Carolina Panthers and four with the Arizona Cardinals, who signed him as an undrafted rookie in 1994.

--- DE Orpheus Roye signed a three-year contract extension with Cleveland.. He is coming off a season in which he registered a career-high 95 tackles. "I didn't really want to go anywhere else to get familiar with another organization, team or fans," Roye said. "I felt like I established a relationship with the Browns and players here." Roye had surgery on his knee following the season.

--- LB Gary Brackett, who was a restricted free agent, agreed to a multi-year deal to stay with the Colts. Brackett led the team with 131 tackles last season.

--- QB Tony Banks was released by Houston, leaving Dave Ragone as David Carr's top backup for now.

--- S Marcus Coleman was released by Houston. He was due to make $1.785 million next season and $2.1 in 2007.

--- LB Rashad Jeanty was added to Cincinnati's roster. He played with Edmonton of the CFL last year.

--- TE Daniel Wilcox agreed to a new three-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

--- FB Andrew Pinnock re-signed with San Diego as a potential restricted free agent. Terms were not disclosed.

--- FB Joey Goodspeed (released by Rams 9/4) was added to Minnesota's roster.

--- CB Duane Starks was released by New England.

--- LS Chris Massey, a potential unrestricted free agent, re-signed with St. Louis. Terms were not disclosed.

--- LB Jamal Brooks (released by Browns 9/4) was added to St. Louis' roster. --- RB Ran Carthon (released by Colts 11/30, ended season on Packers practice squad) was added to Seattle's roster.

--- RB Marquis Weeks (released by Seahawks 9/4, ended season on Seahawks practice squad) was added to Seattle's roster.

--- LB Kellen Brantley was cut by Buffalo.

--- OT Joaquin Gonzalez was cut by Indianapolis.

--- DB Calvin Branch was placed on the reserve/retired list by Oakland.

--- LB Phil Archer (released by Chargers 9/4, ended season on Vikings practice squad) was added to San Diego's roster.

--- OT John St. Clair (released by Bears 2/23) was added to Chicago's roster.

--- C Joe Iorio was released by the Giants. Iorio was signed by the Giants on Jan. 23. He entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Indianapolis Colts in 2003. After being waived by the Colts, he spent time on the practice squads of the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Feb. 7, 2005. He was waived on Aug. 29 and was out of football last season. Iorio started 30 games at Penn State.

--- DT Ethan Kelley signed a one-year deal with the Browns.

--- CB Juran Bolden, who was to become an unrestricted free agent, has re-signed. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

--- DT Rob Meier has agreed to a new contract with the Jaguars. Terms were not disclosed.

--- LB Tony Gilbert has agreed to a new contract with the Jaguars. Terms were not disclosed.

--- RB Tony Hollings was released by Houston.

--- Washington QB Mark Brunell has agreed to restructure his contract with the Redskins. He was due to count $5.433 million against next year's salary cap.

--- Tampa Bay QB Chris Simms has signed a new deal with the Bucs, although terms of the deal were not released.

--- RB Stephen Davis was released by Carolina. Davis had a $3.8 million salary cap figure and the team will save around $1.8 million with the move.

--- DT Brentson Buckner, a former 49er, also was released by the Panthers. Buckner had a $2.5 million salary cap figure and the team will save around $1.5 million with the move.

--- DT Sam Adams was released by Buffalo. Adams was scheduled to make $2 million next season and had a roster bonus of $750,000 due Friday.

--- S Lawyer Milloy was released by Buffalo. He was scheduled to count $3.75 million against next year's salary cap.

--- DE Trevor Pryce was released by Denver in a cost-cutting move. He had 64 sacks in 121 regular-season games with the team.

--- RB Mike Anderson was released by Denver in a cost-cutting move. He led the Broncos with 1,014 rushing yards last season.

--- CB Sam Madison was released as the Dolphins attempt to get under the salary cap before the start of free agency. Madison was due to make $3.42 million in base salary next season.

--- RB/KR Rod Smart was released by Carolina. The team will save around $700,000 million with the move.

--- TE Mark Campbell was released by Buffalo.

--- SS Tebucky Jones was released as the Dolphins attempt to get under the salary cap before the start of free agency Friday. Jones was due to make $3 million in base salary next season. --- LT Damion McIntosh was released as the Dolphins attempt to get under the salary cap before the start of free agency. McIntosh was due to make $3.3 in base salary next season.

--- CB Reggie Howard also was released by the Dolphins. Howard was due to make $2 million in base salary next season.

--- CB Michael Bragg (released by Giants 7/30, 8/30) was added to Kansas City's roster.

--- DT Grant Bowman's practice squad contract with Pittsburgh expired.

--- WR Walter Young's practice squad contract with Pittsburgh expired.

--- TE Erik Jensen's practice squad contract with Pittsburgh expired.

--- S Jeremy LeSueur (released by Broncos 9/4, by Jets 11/22, ended regular season on Jets practice squad, ended season on Seahawks practice squad) was added to Seattle's roster.

--- DE Bryant McNeal's practice squad contract with Seattle expired.

--- RB Marquis Weeks' practice squad contract with Seattle expired.

--- P Mike Barr (released by Steelers 9/4) was added to Pittsburgh's roster.

--- TE Erik Jensen (released by Rams 8/31, from 49ers practice squad 10/4, ended season on Steelers practice squad) was added to Pittsburgh's roster.

--- OG Brandon Torrey (Howard) was added to Pittsburgh's roster.

--- DE Nathaniel Adibi's practice squad contract with Seattle expired.

--- OT Thomas Barnett (released by Chiefs 8/31, 9/4, from Falcons practice squad 9/20) was added to Kansas City's roster.

--- WR Sloan Thomas (released by Titans 9/4, 12/19, ended season on Titans practice squad) was added to Tennessee's roster.

--- PK E.J. Cochrane (Montana State) was added to Atlanta's roster.

--- CB Ronyell Whitaker (released by Buccaneers 8/31) was added to Minnesota's roster.


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