Wednesday, March 4, 2009
NFL free-agency roundup: March 4
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SOURCES: SIMMS TO BUCS
Tennessee quarterback Chris Simms is close to agreeing to a contract with the Denver Broncos, a source told ESPN.com.
Simms, 28, was with the Titans last season after being cut by Tampa Bay. He was behind Kerry Collins and Vince Young on the depth chart and played only one game.
REPORT: JETS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FEELY
The New York Jets have agreed to terms with kicker Jay Feely on a one-year deal, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press.
Feely, who became the Jets kicker last season when Mike Nugent was injured in the season opener at Miami, returned to New York on Wednesday with a contract that is fully guaranteed, said the person who requested anonymity because the team hadn't announced the deal.
Feely, 32, went 24-of-28 on field-goal attempts, including 2-for-2 from 50 yards or longer, for New York last season, his eighth in the NFL.
GREER AGREES TO 4-YEAR DEAL WITH SAINTS
After being replaced in Buffalo, cornerback Jabari Greer didn't have any problem finding a new home.
The former Bills cornerback agreed to a four-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, the team announced Wednesday. Terms of the four-year deal weren't available.
On Tuesday, the Bills took away Greer's chance to return to Buffalo by reaching a two-year, $6.6 million contract with cornerback Drayton Florence. Greer, who had been visited teams in free agency over the past week, quickly struck his deal with the Saints.
"Jabari is a young and energetic corner and will fit in nicely into our defensive backfield," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said. "He's an aggressive player and has outstanding speed and athleticism and translates the skills very well to the football field. We are excited to have him on our football team."
Greer has four career interceptions, including two last season that he returned for touchdowns. He missed the final six games last season because of a knee injury.
The Saints had looked at cornerback Ron Bartell but he re-signed with the Rams. The 5-11, 180-pound Greer was an undrafted player in 2004. He's been with the Bills for the past five seasons and has 70 career starts.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com
BRONCOS, PETERSON AGREE TO DEAL
Even though new Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels was changing the defensive personnel around him, Broncos defensive tackle Kenny Peterson felt secure, because McDaniels and Peterson both played their high school football at McKinley High School in the mid-1990s in Canton, Ohio.
On Wednesday, according to a source, Peterson agreed to a three-year contract to stay in Denver.
McDaniels, who was a quarterback in high school, left to go to John Carroll University in 1995. Peterson was part of the Ohio Division I championship team in 1997 and ended up getting a scholarship that year.
The 30-year-old Peterson has spent three seasons with the Broncos and has one start. His role is to be part of the rotation at defensive end and defensive tackle in the Broncos' new 3-4 defense.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com
SAINTS RE-SIGN HENDERSON
Deep threat Devery Henderson re-signed with the Saints for four more years. Henderson, who averaged over 23 yards per catch over the last three seasons, says he talked to four other teams but had no other offers.
Henderson has 18 receptions of 40 yards or more during his career. In 2008, he set a career high with 793 yards on 32 catches, leading the NFL with an average of almost 25 yards.
A second-round pick in 2004 out of LSU, Henderson has started 32 of 60 games in his career.
Henderson is the third high-profile player to re-sign with the Saints since the start of free agency on Friday. Middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma and right tackle Jon Stinchcomb are also staying with the team.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.