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|3/12/2014||Alterraun Verner, CB||The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have begun an overhaul of their roster, agreeing to contracts with Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner, defensive end Michael Johnson and two other potential new starters on the first day of free agency.
Analysis: Verner had five interceptions for the Tennessee Titans last season.
|3/12/2014||Michael Johnson, DE||The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began to overhaul their roster on Tuesday, agreeing to contracts with Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner, defensive end Michael Johnson and two other potential new starters on the first day of free agency.
Analysis: Johnson had 11 1/2 sacks for the Cincinnati Bengals two years ago.
|3/12/2014||Aqib Talib, CB||The Broncos spent the first day of free agency bolstering their defensive backfield, agreeing to a four-year deal with Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward on Tuesday afternoon and then hours later reaching an agreement on a six-year contract with Talib.
Analysis: ESPN first announced the agreement with Talib, which is reportedly worth $57 million. Talib and Ward will play in a secondary that will be without Champ Bailey, who was released last week, and may be moving on from Rodgers-Cromartie, who entered free agency without a new deal from the Broncos.
|3/12/2014||Donald Brown, RB||Former Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown has agreed to a three-year deal with the San Diego Chargers.
Analysis: Chargers general manager was in the Colts' front office when they took Brown in the first round of the 2009 draft. Brown ran 102 times for 537 yards and a career-high six touchdowns in 2013. In five seasons he has 551 carries for 2,377 yards and 17 touchdowns. Tuesday's deal came on the first day of free agency.
|3/11/2014||Zane Beadles, G||The Jaguars agreed to terms with former Denver Broncos guard Zane Beadles.
Analysis: Beadles was en route to Jacksonville on Tuesday afternoon, and pending a physical, was expected to sign a five-year deal worth $30 million. General manager Dave Caldwell says, "He could really flourish with us." A second-round draft pick from Utah in 2010, Beadles started 62 games for Denver the last four years. He didn't miss a single snap last season.
|3/11/2014||Blaine Gabbert, QB||The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to acquire quarterback Blaine Gabbert from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a sixth-round draft.
Analysis: The 24-year-old Gabbert was the 10th overall draft pick in 2011 out of Missouri. He has thrown for 22 touchdowns in three NFL seasons, completing 414 of 777 passes for 4,357 yards in 28 games and 27 starts.
|3/11/2014||Nick Folk, K||The New York Jets have re-signed kicker Nick Folk to a multiyear contract, less than two weeks after placing the franchise tag on him. The team announced the deal Tuesday, shortly after the NFL's free agency period began. The Jets did not release terms.
Analysis: Folk, coming off perhaps the best season of his seven-year NFL career, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. Folk had said late last season he believed he had earned a potential long-term deal after making 33 of 36 field-goal attempts, including three winning kicks. He also broke the franchise records for most consecutive field goals from the start of a season (23) and most consecutive home field goals (20). Folk also had a career-high 30 touchbacks on his kickoffs.
|3/11/2014||Arthur Jones, DE||The Colts agreed to contract terms Tuesday with free agent defensive end Arthur Jones. Indianapolis officials made the announcement less than an hour after the free agent market officially open. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Analysis: The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Jones started a career-best 13 games with Baltimore last season and finished with a career-high 53 tackles. He was Baltimore's fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft and spent his first two seasons with the Ravens when Colts coach Chuck Pagano was on the coaching staff. Colts general manger Ryan Grigson issued a statement calling Jones an "outstanding producer" against the run and the pass.
|3/11/2014||Santana Moss, WR||The Washington Redskins have re-signed receiver Santana Moss to a one-year deal.
Analysis: Moss, who turns 35 in June, returns for a 10th season with the Redskins. He had 42 catches for 452 yards last year as the team's No. 3 receiver.
|3/11/2014||Justin Forsett, RB||The Jacksonville Jaguars have released running back Justin Forsett after an injury-plagued season.
Analysis: Forsett missed seven games in 2013, most of them because of a foot injury that eventually landed him on injured reserve. He also missed part of training camp with turf toe. He finished with six carries for 31 yards and 15 receptions for 82 yards.
|3/11/2014||Brice McCain, CB||The Houston Texans have released cornerback Brice McCain.
Analysis: McCain was a sixth-round draft pick by Houston in 2009 and appeared in all 16 games last season with one start.
|3/11/2014||Owen Daniels, TE||The Houston Texans have released tight end Owen Daniels.
Analysis: Daniels has spent his entire eight-year career with the Texans and was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2012. He played just five games last season after breaking fibula in his right leg and finished with just 252 yards receiving. One of his best seasons came in 2012 when he had 62 receptions for 716 yards and a career-high six touchdowns.
|3/11/2014||Mike Caussin, TE||The Buffalo Bills have re-signed restricted free agent tight end Mike Caussin. The move was announced Tuesday, shortly before the start of the NFL's free-agency period.
Analysis: Caussin missed the past two seasons because of injuries. He was sidelined last season with a hip injury sustained early in training camp. Caussin missed the 2012 season because of a knee injury. Caussin had five catches for 41 yards in six games, including two starts, with Buffalo in 2011 after being promoted off the team's practice squad.
|3/11/2014||Dexter McCluster, WR||A person familiar with the deal says the Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with Chiefs running back, receiver and kick returner Dexter McCluster. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Tuesday because the deal had not been announced minutes after NFL free agency started. ESPN.com first reported the deal.
Analysis: McCluster was switched between wide receiver and running back early in his career but flourished in 2013 as a slot receiver and punt returner for new Kansas City coach Andy Reid. The former second-round pick caught a career-high 53 passes for 611 yards and two touchdowns, and also had two punt return touchdowns, earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl.
|3/11/2014||DeMarcus Ware, DE||The Dallas Cowboys are releasing franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware to save salary cap room after the worst season of his career.
Analysis: Ware was set to count $16 million against the salary cup. His release saves about $7.4 million and gives Dallas about $9 million to spend at the moment. The 31-year-old Ware had 117 sacks in Dallas and went to seven Pro Bowls.
|3/11/2014||LaMarr Woodley, LB||The Pittsburgh Steelers released linebacker LaMarr Woodley on Tuesday, with a post-June 1 designation to save money under the salary cap. By postponing the move until after June 1, the Steelers free up about $8 million in salary cap space in 2014. The money saved will likely go toward signing the team's selections in the NFL draft in May. Woodley will, however, count $8.5 million against the team's cap number in 2015.
Analysis: Selected by the Steelers in the second round (46th overall) of the 2007 draft out of Michigan, Woodley signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract in 2011, but has struggled to remain healthy. He missed at least three games in each of the last three seasons as hamstring and other lower body issues kept him sidelined for long stretches.
|3/11/2014||Dan Carpenter, K||The Buffalo Bills have re-signed kicker Dan Carpenter to a four-year contract. The deal was reached shortly after the NFL's free agency period opened Tuesday, and after Carpenter arrived at the team's headquarters after traveling from his home in Florida. Under NFL rules, Carpenter was not allowed to re-sign with Buffalo before free agency began because he had signed a one-year deal at the league veteran minimum.
Analysis: Carpenter's 33 field goals last year were a career high and tied Buffalo's single-season record. Buffalo scrambled to sign Carpenter six days before the start of last season after rookie sixth-round draft pick Dustin Hopkins hurt his groin. The sixth-year player hit 33 of 36 attempts, including 29 of 30 from inside 50 yards last season.
|3/11/2014||Joique Bell, RB||The Detroit Lions and running back Joique Bell have agreed to a $9.3 million, three-year contract.
Analysis: Bell had a team-high eight touchdowns rushing last season. He was second on the team with 166 carries for 650 yards rushing.
|3/11/2014||Anthony McCoy, TE||The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed tight end Anthony McCoy to a one-year deal after he missed the entire 2013 season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Analysis: McCoy had 18 receptions and three touchdowns during the 2012 season in a backup role. He said Tuesday he should be ready to participate in the Seahawks' offseason program.
|3/11/2014||Adam Vinatieri, K||The Indianapolis Colts re-signed kicker Adam Vinatieri on Tuesday, hours before he was to become an unrestricted free agent. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Analysis: Vinatieri is widely considered the best clutch kicker in league history. He made two Super Bowl-winning kicks with New England and owns four Super Bowl rings. Last season, as the oldest player in the league, he finished with the second-highest point total of his career (139), made 35 of 40 field goals and became the seventh player in league history to top 2,000 career points. He turns 42 in December.
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