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Player activity from each NFC North Division team

CHICAGO BEARS
The Bears solidified their offensive line situation when unrestricted free agent Terrence Metcalf agreed to terms last Friday on a six-year contract for $9 million with a signing bonus believed to be $2.5 million.

Metcalf started 13 games at right guard last season but will have to win the job back from Roberto Garza, who started three of the last four regular-season games after Metcalf suffered a shoulder injury. Garza, who signed a six-year, $10 million contract two months ago, also started the playoff loss to the Panthers after Metcalf suffered a knee injury in the season finale.

"It's good to get Terrence Metcalf signed," coach Lovie Smith said. "He's a big part of what we want to do, so that's getting it off on the right foot."

Whichever player doesn't start on the right side will be the top backup at both guard spots. Garza also started four games last season at left guard in place of 34-year-old Ruben Brown, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None

TRANSITION PLAYER: None

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB Jerry Azumah; QB Jeff Blake; TE John Gilmore; S Bobby Gray

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): LB Marcus Reese

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Hunter Hillenmeyer; DE Israel Idonije

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: TE Gabe Reid

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: OG Terrence Metcalf

PLAYERS ACQUIRED: None

PLAYERS LOST: None

DETROIT LIONS
QB Jon Kitna agreed to a contract with Detroit on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

TE Dan Campbell signed with Detroit, where he will be a good blocking option behind starter Marcus Pollard, who is a much better receiver.

DE Kalimba Edwards re-signed with Detroit to a five-year deal.

WR/Kr Eddie Drummond re-signed with Detroit to a five-year deal.

WR Corey Bradford signed a four-year deal with Detroit. Bradford, who played for Houston the past four years after beginning his career in Green Bay in 1998, reunites with receivers coach Kippy Brown, who was Bradford's position coach with the Texans.

CB Andre Goodman agreed to a three-year deal with Miami that is reportedly worth $5 million with another $2.5 million in potential incentives.

OL Kyle Kosier signed with Dallas, where he could play a number of positions. Kosier started 11 games at left guard for Detroit last season, but has also started at both tackle spots in his career. Kosier signed a five-year, $15 million deal that includes a $5 million signing bonus.

FRANCHISE PLAYER:OT Jeff Backus

TRANSITION PLAYER: None

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE Jared DeVries; WR Troy Edwards; S Vernon Fox; QB Jeff Garcia; C Brock Gutierrez; MLB Earl Holmes; WR Kevin Johnson; S Scott McGarrahan; LB Wali Rainer; FB Paul Smith; S Bracy Walker; LB Nate Wayne; LB LeVar Woods

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): LB Matt Grootegoed

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB James Davis; TE Casey FitzSimmons; FS Terrence Holt; DE Cory Redding

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: WR Glenn Martinez; TE Sean McHugh; LS Don Muhlbach; RB Artose Pinner

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: RB Shawn Bryson; WR/KR Eddie Drummond; DE Kalimba Edwards

PLAYERS ACQUIRED: TE Dan Campbell; QB Shaun King; QB Jon Kitna

PLAYERS LOST:CB Andre Goodman; OG Kyle Kosier; OG David Loverne; CB R.W. McQuarters

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
CB Brian Williams, who had the transition tag from Minnesota rescinded by the Vikings, signed with Jacksonville on the first day of free agency. His deal is for six years and reportedly worth around $32 million with a $10 million signing bonus.

S Corey Chavous signed a five-year deal with St. Louis that reportedly is worth $12 million during the first three seasons.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None

TRANSITION PLAYER: None

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RB Michael Bennett; CB Ralph Brown; LB Sam Cowart; PK Paul Edinger; OG Toniu Fonoti; C Melvin Fowler; QB Shaun Hill; DE Lance Johnstone; LB Keith Newman; LB Raonall Smith; RB Moe Williams; C Cory Withrow.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WR Nate Burleson

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: OG Adam Goldberg

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: S Willie Offord; WR Koren Robinson

PLAYERS ACQUIRED: FB Joey Goodspeed; LB Ben Leber; PK Ryan Longwell; RB Chester Taylor; OG Jason Whittle

PLAYERS LOST: S Corey Chavous; QB Daunte Culpepper; CB Brian Williams

GREEN BAY PACKERS
DT Ryan Pickett has signed Wednesday with Green Bay. The free agent from St. Louis will replace Grady Jackson, who himself is a free agent.

WR Rod Gardner has agreed to return to Green Bay, reportedly for a one-year deal.

DL Kenny Peterson re-signed with the Packers. Peterson, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive lineman from Ohio State, re-signed as a restricted free agent. The Packers' third-round choice in the 2003 NFL Draft, Peterson last season posted career highs in tackles (30), solo stops (17), sacks (three), passes defensed (four) and forced fumbles (two). The fourth-year player, who helped the Buckeyes to a national championship in 2002, has played both defensive tackle and defensive end for the Packers.

OT Kevin Barry re-signed with the Packers. Barry, a 6-foot-4, 332-pound offensive tackle out of Arizona, rejoined the club as an unrestricted free agent. A fifth-year player who hails from Racine, Wis., Barry originally made the Packers' season-opening roster in 2002 as a nondrafted rookie free agent. In four seasons Barry has made eight starts while playing in 59 games, including all 16 in 2005.

FS Marquand Manuel agreed to a multi-year contract with Green Bay in a deal that had been rumored to be in the works before free agency began. Manuel, a 6-foot, 209-pound safety out of Florida, filled a major void in the Seattle secondary last season and helped the Seahawks to a berth in Super Bowl XL. Elevated to replace an injured Ken Hamlin in Week 7, Manuel started at free safety over the team's final 13 games, including playoffs. In 16 regular-season contests (11 starts), Manuel tied for third on the club with 67 tackles (54 solo), two passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

DE Aaron Kampman signed a four-year contract extension with the Packers. "This is a great, great moment for myself and my family," said Kampman, who added he had begun to receive calls from other teams. "In the end this is the place I wanted to be."

WR Harry Williams was claimed by Green Bay on waivers from the New York Jets. Williams, a 6-foot-2, 186-pound wide receiver from Tuskegee, played in one contest during his 2005 rookie season.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None

TRANSITION PLAYER: None

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RB Najeh Davenport; RB Tony Fisher; C Mike Flanagan; S Todd Franz; FB William Henderson; NT Grady Jackson; LB Paris Lenon; QB Craig Nall; G/C Grey Ruegamer.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): WR/KR Antonio Chatman; WR Andrae Thurman, S Todd Franz.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: DT Colin Cole; DL Cullen Jenkins

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: OT Kevin Barry; LS Rob Davis; WR Rod Gardner; RB Ahman Green; CB Jason Horton; DE Aaron Kampman; DL Kenny Peterson

PLAYERS ACQUIRED: S Marquand Manuel; DT Ryan Pickett; WR Harry Williams

PLAYERS RELEASED/LOST: LB Na'il Diggs (released); PK Ryan Longwell (Vikings)


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