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DBs: Texans, Reed meet

DBs: Texans, Reed meet

CNNSI.com ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Mar 14, 2013
HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans gave safety Ed Reed the star treatment on Thursday while losing another key player in free agency.
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  • Are Ravens interested in James Harrison?

    Are Ravens interested in James Harrison?

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    There's no question that linebacker James Harrison is interested in playing for the Baltimore Ravens. He'd get to stay in the familiar surroundings of the AFC North and get to face the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team that released him after he refused to …
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  • Desmond Bryant wants to move on from mug shot

    Desmond Bryant wants to move on from mug shot

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    Desmond Bryant knows everyone’s laughing at the picture. But he’s not going to keep talking about the unfortunate photo that made him an internet sensation long before the Browns made him a rich man. “I’ve seen the picture and I’ve heard that it
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  • Backup QB market taking shape with Cassel going to Vikings

    Backup QB market taking shape with Cassel going to Vikings

    CNNSI.com Mar 14, 2013
    This offseason's QB market isn't as star-laden as last year's, but there is still some intrigue. Don Banks sizes up the backups who could be on the move and starting for new teams.
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  • Steelers can't hold onto Keenan Lewis

    Steelers can't hold onto Keenan Lewis

    Long before free agency began, you knew it was going to be hard for the Pittsburgh Steelers to keep cornerback Keenan Lewis. Even after Pittsburgh signed William Gay to add depth to the secondary, there was still that glimmer of hope that the Steelers c…
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  • Plaxico Burress: Pittsburgh was the only place I wanted to be

    Plaxico Burress: Pittsburgh was the only place I wanted to be

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    Plaxico Burress is back with the Steelers, and he says he wouldn’t have had it any other way. Burress told the team’s website that he told Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and General Manager Kevin Colbert at the end of last season that if the Steelers woul
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  • Beanie Wells had a physical earlier this week with the Steelers…

    Beanie Wells had a physical earlier this week with the Steelers.

    Beanie Wells had a physical earlier this week with the Steelers. He's headed back for another visit with the team tomorrow, at least once his mother gets done packing his lunch.
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  • Ravens lose sixth starter in Williams

    Ravens lose sixth starter in Williams

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    If you're counting at home, the Baltimore Ravens lost their sixth starter from their Super Bowl team, when cornerback Cary Williams signed a three-year, $17 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. The Ravens knew they weren't going to be …
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  • Bengals bring Josh Johnson, Ted Ginn in for visits

    Bengals bring Josh Johnson, Ted Ginn in for visits

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    With a vacancy for a backup quarterback, and apparently for a former Ohio State star, the Bengals have started poking around the free agent market. According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals brought quarterback Josh Johnson and wide …
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  • Details for recent AFC North contracts

    Details for recent AFC North contracts

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    Here are some details for free-agent contracts involving AFC North teams ... BALTIMORE RAVENS Chris Canty, defensive lineman: Three years for a maximum total of $8 million. It includes a $2 million signing bonus and a $500,000 roster bonus if he's on th…
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  • Patriots recoup $2.5 million from Jonathan Fanene

    Patriots recoup $2.5 million from Jonathan Fanene

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    The Patriots will recoup $2.5 million in bonus money given to former defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Thursday. Fanene, who signed with the Patriots last March after seven seasons with the Bengals, was released in …
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  • Steelers' Rooney not worried about changes

    Steelers' Rooney not worried about changes

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    While no AFC North team can match the exodus going on in Baltimore, the Pittsburgh Steelers are having turnover with their roster as well. Wide receiver Mike Wallace signed with Miami. Running back Rashard Mendenhall went to Arizona. Outside linebacker …
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  • Dan Skuta visiting 49ers

    Dan Skuta visiting 49ers

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    Nnamdi Asomugha isn’t the only player visiting the 49ers on Thursday. The other player headed to San Francisco doesn’t have quite as big a profile, however. Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com reports that Bengals linebacker Dan Skuta is also meeting w
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  • Giants close to deal with Ryan Mundy

    Giants close to deal with Ryan Mundy

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    Apparently, the Ryan Mundy visit with the Giants went well. According to USA Today‘s Mike Garafolo, the Steelers safety is close to a deal while in New York. The addition of a safety with five starts in four years isn’t necessarily interesting in and
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  • RB Ogbonnaya agrees to re-sign with Browns

    RB Ogbonnaya agrees to re-sign with Browns

    The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with running back Chris Ogbonnaya (O-bin-eye-ya) on a two-year contract.
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  • Interesting Mallett-to-Browns trade scenario

    Interesting Mallett-to-Browns trade scenario

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    The rumor of the Cleveland Browns trading for New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett won't go away. Whether you're for or against this move, everyone can probably agree that it's getting to the point where the Browns need to make a decisio…
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  • Josh Cribbs offers up a classy Instagram farewell to the city o…

    Josh Cribbs offers up a classy Instagram farewell to the city of Cleveland

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Mar 14, 2013
    There are many different ways to leave a team for whom you've played your entire career; you can pitch a fit, you can burn every bridge, or you can go out with class. Josh Cribbs, free agent return specialist, has spent his entire eight-year career with…
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  • Raiders hosting Terence Newman

    Raiders hosting Terence Newman

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    Bengals free agent cornerback Terence Newman will visit Oakland on Thursday, Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reported Thursday morning. Newman will be 35 in September, and it’s unlikely he would be a long-term fit in Oakland. That said, Newman played wel
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  • Browns closing in on TE Fred Davis?

    Browns closing in on TE Fred Davis?

    It's been a few hours since the Browns signed someone, so you know there has to be another deal brewing. Next up is apparently Redskins free-agent tight end Fred Davis. A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the Browns "are serious about…
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  • Wake-up: Bengals looking to re-sign Smith

    Wake-up: Bengals looking to re-sign Smith

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    Here's a recap of the first two days of free agency in the AFC North: the Browns signed players, the Ravens lost starters, the Bengals focused on re-signing their own players and the Steelers created more salary-cap space. If you want more details about…
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Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: No Peyton this time, but quarterback market is cranking to life

    Mar 14
    Compared to last year's headline-fest in both the first round of the draft and free agency (see Peyton-palooza), it has been a relatively sleepy NFL offseason for quarterback movement. Especially since ex-49ers starter Alex Smith found his new work addr…