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NFL Signings, Notes
PK Jonathan Nichols was cut by Minnesota.
PK Jose Cortez was cut by Indianapolis.
CB Kenny Wright, an unrestricted free agent from Jacksonville, signed with Washington. Wright, 6-1, 207 lbs., has played in 110 games with 47 starts over his seven-year NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings. Over that span Wright has tallied 344 tackles (259 solo), six interceptions and three sacks. Wright spent last season with Jacksonville, appearing and starting in all 16 games at right cornerback. He finished the year with 78 total tackles (50 solo), six pass deflections and two interceptions.
LB Raonall Smith, a free agent from Minnesota, signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with St. Louis. He is expected to compete with Brandon Chillar for the starting strong-side linebacker spot.
LB Patrick Chukwurah, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with Denver.
C Shawn Lynch, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Arizona.
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QB Steve McNair, at an impass with the Titans over restructuring his contract, has been told to stay away from the team's offseason workouts, according to the Daily Tennesseean. McNair is due to count $23.46 million against the 2006 cap, which the team wants to cut down through a restructured contract, but the two sides have yet to agree to anything.
WR Eric Moulds said he is looking forward to some stability after being traded to Houston for a fifth-round draft pick. He played for six different offensive coordinators and with nine different starting quarterbacks in 10 years in Buffalo. "After playing with so many different quarterbacks and having different coaches, you need a little stability," Moulds said. "Coming here, I know David Carr is going to be the guy at quarterback and I know the coaching situation is solid.
With the Bills bringing in new management and new people at the coaching positions, I just felt it was time for me to go in another direction and get an opportunity to play somewhere else."
Moulds' contract is for four years and $14 million with a $5 million signing bonus.
QB Joey Harrington's next stop appears to be between Miami and Cincinnati. While the Dolphins have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with Harrington, the Bengals are believed to have offered a one-year deal. But negotiations are stalled with the Lions reportedly upping their asking price to a third or fourth-round draft pick.
QB J.P. Losman's name has surfaced in trade rumors, but GM Marv Levy was quick to deny that notion. Losman will enter training camp in a three-way battle for the starting job with Kelly Holcomb and Craig Nall.
FS Sean Taylor's trial on felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident where he is accused of pointing a gun at three people will start April 17. The trial is expected to last 2-4 days. He faces two aggravated assault counts that carry sentences of three to 15 years, and a simple battery charge that carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail.
CB Ty Law has been in Seattle Wednesday and Thursday visiting with the Seahawks, who have more than $10 million in room under the salary cap.
The Bengals announced that they terminated the contract of safety Kim Herring.
Herring, a nine-year veteran, signed with the Bengals in free agency in 2004 but did not play at all in 2005 because of a preseason shoulder injury. He played in 12 games with 10 starts in 2004. The release does not come as a surprise.
LB Jamie Winborn, an unrestricted free agent from Jacksonville, signed with Tampa Bay.
DT Sam Adams' three-year deal with the Bengals is reportedly worth $7.5 million. "I'm here to win a championship," Adams said. "They don't need me. I'm another bullet in (coach) Marvin (Lewis)'s gun."
QB Jamie Martin is drawing interest from the Dolphins, who are still trying to trade for Detroit's Joey Harrington but are drawing competition from Cincinnati.
CB Gary Baxter will not be making a move to safety at this point, with coach Romeo Crennel saying the team doesn't have enough depth at corner to consider such a move. Baxter said he won't even consider moving to safety.
C Casey Rabach suffered a deep laceration when he fell off an all-terrain vehicle while clearing brush at his home and will miss three weeks of the offseason conditioning program.
WR Quincy Morgan resigned with the Steelers.
DE N.D. Kalu, a former standout at Rice, signed a one-year deal worth $750,000 with the Texans.
He played in 15 games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season and started eight. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound veteran will be critical in helping the Texans in their transition to a 4-3 defense.
DT Ron Edwards signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs.
Edwards, 26, started 25 of 48 games with the Bills from 2001-05. He started four games for the Bills last year before injuring his shoulder and going on injured reserve.
WR Terry Glenn signed a five-year, $20 million extension with the Cowboys.
Glenn received a $2 million signing bonus. He is also slated to get a $5 million roster bonus next season, which makes it a glorified one-year deal.
The Broncos re-signed veteran linebacker Keith Burns.
The move was expected but took a while to become official. Burns is Denver's special-teams captain and a popular figure in the locker room. He led the Broncos in special-teams tackles last year.
WR Chris Horn signed with the Saints.
has mostly been a reserve in three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He had 18 catches for 187 yards last year while playing in 14 games with three starts. He ranked fourth on the club with 16 special teams tackles.
DT Cedric Woodard resigned with the Saints.
Woodard was signed by the Saints late last season after spending his first five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He joined the team for the final five games of the season, but was inactive for each game.
RB Chad Scott was cut by the Giants.
LB Hannibal Navies, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with Cincinnati.
S Guss Scott, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with New England.
TE Dwayne Blakley, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Atlanta.
C Austin King, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Atlanta.
S Jermaine Hardy, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Carolina.
CB Reggie Howard (released by Dolphins 3/6) signed with Carolina.
C Scott Peters (released by 49ers 9/4, ended season on Panthers practice squad) signed with Carolina.
LB Kevin Bentley, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with Seattle.
C Thatcher Szalay, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Baltimore.
RB Shaud Williams, an exclusive rights free agent, has re-signed with Buffalo.
LB Marcus Wilkins, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with Cincinnati.
OG Scott Kooistra, a restricted free agent, re-signed with Cincinnati.
DT Demetrin Veal, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Denver.
WR Jake Schifino (released with injury settlement by Patriots 8/2) signed with Houston.
RB James Mungro, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with the Colts.
K Dave Rayner was cut by Indianapolis.
RB Sammy Morris, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with Miami.
CB Eric Warfield (released by Chiefs 3/2) was added to New England's roster.
DT Tim Bulman, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Arizona.
P Jason Baker, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with Carolina.
DE Demetric Evans, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with Washington. Evans, 6-3, 285 lbs., has been a strong contributor to the Redskins defensive line since signing with the team in 2004. He originally entered the League as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 2001. During his career, he has appeared in 48 games with 10 starts and recorded 105 tackles (56 solo), 6.5 sacks, and recovered and forced one fumble. Three of his 6.5 sacks came during the 2005 season. Evans had a standout career at the University of Georgia.
OL Grey Ruegamer, a free agent from Green Bay, signed with the Giants. Ruegamer, a 6-4, 305-pounder, has played in 76 regular season games with 16 starts (14 at center, two at right guard). He has also played in six postseason games with one start.
Ruegamer, a product of Arizona State, just completed a three-year stint in Green Bay. In 2005, he played in 13 games with two starts -- the Dec. 5 and Dec. 25 games vs. Chicago, his first career starts at right guard. Ruegamer had his best season in 2004, when he started at center in 11 of the 15 games in which he played after Mike Flanagan suffered a knee injury. His first Packers start was on Oct. 3 against the Giants. He also started the NFC Wild Card Game against Minnesota.
OT Tony Pashos, a restricted free agent who received a one-year tender, re-signed with Baltimore.
QB Brian St. Pierre, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Baltimore.
LB Wali Rainer, an unrestricted free agent from Detroit, signed with Houston.
TE Ben Utecht, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with the Colts.
CB Lenny Walls (released from reserve/injured by Broncos 11/28, by Raiders failed physical 12/2) signed with Kansas City.
OT Damion McIntosh (released by Dolphins 3/2) signed with Jacksonville.
S Mel Mitchell, an unrestricted free agent from New Orleans, signed with New England.
DT Kenny King, a restricted free agent, re-signed with Arizona.
K Nick Novak, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Arizona.
DT Jordan Carstens, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Carolina.
WR Mike Furrey (not tendered as RFA by Rams 3/10) signed with Detroit.
P Matt Turk (released by Dolphins from reserve/injured 10/11) signed with St. Louis.
TE Tony Jackson signed with the Giants. The 6-2, 266-pound Jackson was the Seattle Seahawks' sixth-round choice in the 2005 NFL Draft. He was released on Sept. 3 and was out of football last season.
CB Kiwaukee Thomas signed with Buffalo. He played for Miami last year after spending his first five seasons with Jacksonville.
OG Aaron Gibson signed with Buffalo. He was out of football in 2005.
DB James Bethea signed with Buffalo. He was on Washington's practice squad last year.
OL Matt Morgan, a free agent from St. Louis, signed with Buffalo.
QB Quincy Carter, who was out of football last season, has signed a one-year deal with Montreal of the CFL.
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