NFL Free-Agent Notes

A couple of noteworthy receivers and a defensive end have been making news with other NFL clubs the last few days. See their situations and many more contracts being extended or terminated around the league as free agency draws closer.

  • WR Marty Booker has reportedly told Chicago he would be interested in returning to the Bears. Booker was traded to Miami in 2004, but was released by the Dolphins this week. He still holds the Bears' single-season record with 100 receptions in 2001. "We're excited," Raymond Brothers, Booker's agent, told the Chicago Sun Times. "Unfortunately, Marty was part of a team that had several quarterbacks, but he's still been productive. I don't see why he couldn't be as productive as he was when he was with the Bears. He's in great shape and is the same athlete he was when he left there."

  • LB Terrell Suggs will not become an unrestricted free agent as Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told the Baltimore Sun the team will use the franchise tag if necessary. A one-year franchise tender would be $8.065 million. Newsome did say the sides have been negotiating on a long-term contract.

  • WR Chad Johnson, who wants out of Cincinnati, is reportedly drawing interested from the Redskins. The report said Johnson's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is trying to broker a deal. "I understand the reports," Rosenhaus told the Cincinnati Inquirer. "But I have no comment, other than to say again that whatever conversations I am having with the Bengals regarding Chad will remain private."

  • LB Warrick Holdman had his contract terminated by Denver.

  • P Jeff Feagles signed a two-year deal to stay with the Giants. The 20-year veteran has played in an NFL-record 320 consecutive games. He also holds league records for punts (1,585), yards (65,793) and punts inside the 20 (508).

  • OG Mike Wahle, released earlier this week by Carolina, was expected to meet with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday. The Seahawks are looking to bolster the interior of their offensive line, which particularly struggled in run blocking last season. Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren drafted Wahle in Green Bay in 1998.

  • S Dwight Smith pleaded guilty obstructing traffic, although a charge of possessing marijuana was dropped. Smith was cited in December for having a small amount of marijuana in his car outside a Minneapolis strip club.

  • OT Matt Lepsis was officially placed on reserve/retired by the Broncos. He announced his intention to retire on Dec. 31.

  • MLB Al Wilson, who was out of football with a neck injury in 2007, visited with the Lions. He was medically cleared to resume his career last month, and the Lions are his first official visit.

  • PK Martin Gramatica re-signed with the Saints on Tuesday. He made all five of his field goals after replacing injured Olindo Mare for the final three games last season, and is expected to battle Mare for the kicking job in training camp.

  • PK Lawrence Tynes is reportedly close to signing a five-year, $7 million contract that would keep him off the free-agent market.

  • WR Kelley Washington has been told the Patriots won't pick up his $4 million option, according to the Boston Globe. Washington, who emerged as one of the league's top special teams players in 2007, signed a five-year deal last offseason. Under his current deal, Washington is scheduled to make $600,000 in base salary next season. Even if his option isn't picked up, the Patriots are expected to try to work out a new deal to keep Washington.

  • LB Roy Manning was waived by the Bengals.

  • WR Derrick Hamilton (ended '07 season on Texans practice squad) was added to Denver's roster.

  • LB Brandon Archer was waived by the Colts.

  • LB T.J. Slaughter (not tendered as UFA by 49ers 6/4) was added to the Patriots' roster.

  • LB Kyle Bissinger's practice squad contract with New England expired.

  • TE Jason Rader's practice squad contract with New England expired.

  • WR Bam Childress' practice squad contract with New England expired.

  • CB Gemara Williams' practice squad contract with New England expired.

  • S Etric Pruitt (failed physical) had his contract terminated by Detroit.

  • DE Matthew Rice (failed physical) was waived by Detroit.

  • CB Jeff Shoate's practice squad contract with the Giants expired.

  • PK Justin Medlock (released by Chiefs 9/12) signed with the Rams.

  • LB Brandon Archer was assigned to Denver on waivers from the Colts.

  • LB William Kershaw (released by Chiefs 9/19, by Texans 12/18, ended '07 season on Eagles practice squad) was added to Denver's roster.

  • WR Carlton Brewster was waived by Denver.

  • WR Todd Watkins was waived by Atlanta.

  • Cowboys WR Isaiah Stanback had offseason shoulder surgery and has already begun rehab.

  • Cowboys CB Evan Oglesby had offseason shoulder surgery and has already begun rehab.

  • Cowboys LG Kyle Kosier had offseason ankle surgery and has already begun rehab.

  • Cowboys S Keith Davis had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle and has already begun rehab.


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