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Monday, July 25, 2011
Paul Posluszny to test free agency

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Though Paul Posluszny would prefer re-signing with the Buffalo Bills, the linebacker will consider offers from other teams now that the labor dispute has been settled and the league's free agency period is about to open.

Speaking to The Associated Press by phone shortly after NFL players voted to OK a deal on Monday, Posluszny said he considers the Bills to be his "top priority."

Posluszny, he added, "I'm definitely going to have to be responsible and hear what other teams have to say and go that route."

Selected in the second round by Buffalo in the 2007 draft out of Penn State, Posluszny completed the fourth and final year of his contract last season. He had expressed an interest in re-signing with the team before the lockout began in March.

Players can begin talking to teams on Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET, but cannot sign contracts until 6 p.m. ET on Friday. They will not be able to participate in physical activities with their team until the league year begins.

Eagles rescind tag on Akers

The Philadelphia Eagles have rescinded the transition tag they placed on Pro Bowl kicker David Akers in Febraury.

Since a team cannot use its transition tag and franchise tag in the same season under the rules of the new labor settlement, the move was expected.

The 36-year-old Akers was cut by three different teams before signing with the Eagles in 1999. He went on to set the franchise record for points, field goals, extra points, games played in the regular season and in the playoffs. He was selected to the NFL's All-Decade team for the 2000s, and only Morten Andersen (seven) and Jan Stenerud (six) have made more Pro Bowls.

During his time in Philadelphia, the three other teams in the NFC East -- Dallas, Washington and New York Giants -- have used 31 kickers.

Akers has spent 12 seasons with the Eagles and is the longest-tenured athlete in the city. He's coming off consecutive Pro Bowl seasons and showing no signs of slowing down -- he set a career high with 23 touchbacks last year.

Under the previous collective bargaining agreement, transition tags paid players the average of the top 10 at the position, plus it gave teams the ability to match any offer given to the designated player in free agency.

Source: Maynard won't be a Bear

The Chicago Bears will not attempt to re-sign veteran punter Brad Maynard once NFL free agency officially begins Friday, a source close to the player confirmed.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the Bears contacted Maynard on Monday to inform him of their plans.

According to the source, the punter was told by the coaching staff in late January that his chances of returning to the team were slim during an exit physical following the NFC Championship Game loss to the Green Bay Packers.

The team took issue with Maynard's statistical performance in 2010, when the veteran had an average of 40.1 yards per kick to go along with a net average of 35.2 yards. Some in the organization believed Maynard, 37, is no longer suited to kick in a cold-weather city like Chicago.

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.