Tuesday, March 3, 2009
NFL free-agency roundup: March 3
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JAGUARS SIGN RESERVE DE WYCHE
Reserve defensive end James Wyche signed a new contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday.
Wyche, a seventh-round draft pick in 2006, has yet to play in an NFL game. He was on the practice squad for most of his rookie year and spent the last two years on injured reserve.
He suffered a knee injury in the 2008 preseason and injured his groin in the final preseason game in 2007.
Details of his new contract were not released.
RAIDERS RE-SIGN CARLISLE, STEWART
The Oakland Raiders re-signed two free agents -- guard Cooper Carlisle and tight end Tony Stewart -- Tuesday, the same day they lost center Jake Grove to the Miami Dolphins.
Carlisle, 31, was an important player to keep because he's started 31 games over the past two seasons for the Raiders. Although he made a visit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Tom Cable, his offensive line coach the past two seasons, kept in touch, trying to convince him to stay.
According to a source, Carlisle signed a five-year contract.
Stewart has been a valuable backup and role player for the offense. He started four games last season and caught 11 passes in 2008.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com
VIKINGS RELEASE CIURCIU
The Minnesota Vikings have released linebacker Vinny Ciurciu, who was primarily a special teams player.
The move was made on Tuesday. Ciurcui signed a three-year contract with Minnesota in 2006 worth up to $3 million with $500,000 guaranteed, but injuries were a problem and he didn't make a big impact on the Vikings' coverage units.
Undrafted out of Boston College, Ciurcui has played seven seasons in the NFL. He was active for 14 of 16 regular-season games in 2008 for Minnesota, recording eight tackles on special teams and three on defense.
CROMARTIE NOT ON THE BLOCK
Cornerback Antonio Cromartie is not being traded by the San Diego Chargers.
Responding to stories about a possible trade for the former Pro Bowl cornerback, Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said Tuesday that Cromartie is not on the trading block.
According to agent Drew Rosenhaus, the Chargers expressed interest in bringing back cornerback Drayton Florence, who left the Chargers last year to sign with the Jaguars and was cut last month. Florence is still on the Chargers' radar, but if San Diego signs him, it doesn't affect Cromatrie.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com
BILLS RE-SIGN MCINTYRE
Fullback Corey McIntyre, who started two games in 2008 and saw action on special teams, has re-signed with the Bills, the team said Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not announced.
McIntyre had two receptions out of the backfield and five special-teams tackles in 2008. He's a four-year veteran with previous stops in Atlanta, New Orleans and Cleveland.
FALCONS KEEP DAVIS
Free agent defensive end Chauncey Davis, a key reserve lineman for the Atlanta Falcons, has agreed to re-join the team.
Davis, 26, will sign a four-year contract worth $14 million to stay with the team, sources told ESPN.com. He was an unrestricted free agent and briefly tested the waters around the league during the first few days of free agency.
Retaining Davis was a key offseason priority for the Falcons. He has been the team's No. 3 defensive end behind starters John Abraham and Jamaal Anderson. Davis has logged an increasing number of snaps over the years, and has become particularly effective against the run.
The former Florida State star was a fourth-round pick in the 2005 draft. He has never missed a game, playing in all 64 contests in four years, starting 19. Thirteen of those starts were in 2006 after starter Patrick Kerney was injured.
For his career, Davis has 132 tackles, eight sacks, and two pass deflections. Davis had a career-best four sacks in 2008, and has improved every year as a pass-rusher.
-- Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com
COWBOYS SIGN STEWART
The Cowboys added depth at linebacker, signing Matt Stewart to a one-year deal Tuesday.
Stewart, who hasn't appeared in an NFL game since 2006 with Cleveland, has 291 tackles, eight sacks and an interception in 93 career games.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.