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Saturday, March 8, 2008
Updated: March 10, 6:10 PM ET
Kelly agrees to deal with Lions, becomes 4th ex-Buc to land in Detroit


Cornerback Brian Kelly, who voided his contract with the Bucs, became the fourth former Tampa Bay defender to join Rod Marinelli in Detroit.

Kelly agreed Saturday to a three-year deal with the Lions, the terms of which weren't immediately available. Kelly joins defensive tackle Chuck Darby, safety Dwight Smith and safety Kavlin Pearson, who signed a restricted free agent offer sheet, to work out deals with the Lions.

Marinelli was a former Bucs assistant head coach and defensive line coach from 1996-2005, before taking over as head coach of the Lions in 2006.

Kelly, a former second-round pick, started 73 games in his 10 seasons with the Bucs.

-- John Clayton, ESPN.com.

The Denver Broncos, who have spent the week looking for safety help, reached a three-year, $4.5 million deal with Marquand Manuel, who spent last season with the Carolina Panthers.

The deal includes a $500,000 signing bonus.

Manuel, 28, beat out Chris Crocker, Marlon McCree and others for the chance to compete for a starting safety job. Manuel signed a five-year, $10 million deal in 2006 with the Packers after he left the Seahawks following their Super Bowl season.

Manuel was cut by the Packers before spending last season as a backup with the Panthers, for whom he started two games.

-- John Clayton, ESPN.com.