Coach hopeful for Chad Greenway deal

Updated: August 4, 2011, 1:43 AM ET
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Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says he expects star running back Adrian Peterson to return to training camp on Friday following the birth of his son.

Peterson practiced with the Vikings on Monday before heading home to Texas after his fiancee went into labor. Frazier said on Wednesday that he spoke with Peterson and was told that everything went well. The plan is for Peterson to be back at practice on Friday.

Frazier also says he's hoping that a new deal with linebacker Chad Greenway "will happen here soon." Greenway received the franchise tag and is due to make $10 million this season. But the team and his agent have been working on a deal that will reduce his cap number and keep him in Minnesota for the long term.

49ers sign CB Rogers, S Williams, C Goodwin

The San Francisco 49ers signed free agent cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety Madieu Williams to one-year contracts.

The team made two other moves Wednesday, adding former Saints center Jonathan Goodwin and linebacker Blake Costanzo.

A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Goodwin's deal is for three years and $10.9 million, including $4 million guaranteed.

Rogers spent the past six seasons in Washington and had 43 tackles and two interceptions in 2010. The ninth player taken overall in the 2005 draft, the 30-year-old Rogers is likely to replace Nate Clements, who was released by the 49ers in a cost-cutting move last week.

Williams played for Minnesota the past three seasons but was largely a disappointment with the Vikings after joining the team following a four-year stay in Cincinnati. Williams, who was due to make $5.4 million this season, made 50 tackles with one interception last season.

Goodwin's signing shores up a position that had been in flux for the 49ers since David Baas signed with the New York Giants. The 6-foot-3, 320-pounder started 45 games over the past three seasons in New Orleans.

Patriots re-sign RB Green-Ellis

The New England Patriots have re-signed running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Green-Ellis was a restricted free agent, but is staying with New England, where he spent his first three seasons after making the club as an undrafted free agent.

Green-Ellis started 11 games last season and ran for 1,008 yards and 13 touchdowns.

New England also signed offensive linemen Chris Morris and Jonathan Compas and rookie free agent running back Richard Medlin.

The team released running back Thomas Clayton and rookie offensive linemen Mike Berry.

Source: Rabach flunks Ravens physical

Casey Rabach failed his physical with the Ravens due to a bad shoulder, leaving Baltimore in search of a fill-in center, a source told ESPN.com senior NFL writer John Clayton.

Rabach had agreed to a two-year, $3.2 million deal Tuesday after the Ravens learned center Matt Birk needed arthroscopic knee surgery.

Rabach is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. According to a source, he should be completely healed in a couple of weeks.

One possible candidate for the opening is former Bears center Olin Kreutz, whose agent told ESPN.com on Tuesday that Kreutz would be interested in playing for a potential Super Bowl team this season.

The Ravens did add depth in their defensive backfield Wednesday, agreed to a two-year deal with free agent safety Bernard Pollard, a source told ESPN.com senior NFL writer John Clayton.

Dolphins moving Carey to right guard

Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Vernon Carey is moving to guard after spending the past six seasons as a starter at tackle.

Carey lined up at his new position during practice Wednesday, and coach Tony Sparano said he's there to stay. The change makes newcomer Marc Colombo the favorite to start at Carey's old right tackle spot.

Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long is back, although he has yet to practice because of left knee and shoulder injuries. The likely interior line starters are Carey and veteran Richie Incognito at guard and top draft pick Mike Pouncey at center.

The 340-pound Carey's size and experience made him a good candidate for the move to guard, Sparano said, and it will aid Pouncey's adjustment to the NFL.

"Vernon is a smart player, and smart players are good inside," Sparano said. "And that is critical right now with Pouncey in the middle."

Carey has started 92 games for the Dolphins since they selected him in the first round of the 2004 draft. He last lined up at guard for the University of Miami.

"I have no problem playing it," he said. "I'm playing for the Dolphins, and I'm just happy to be here."

Source: Rams add Cadillac to backfield

The St. Louis Rams and free-agent running back Cadillac Williams agreed to a one-year deal Wednesday, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen earlier Wednesday the Rams were interested in adding Williams to complement Steven Jackson, along with recent free-agent signee Jerious Norwood.

The Rams had offered Williams' former Auburn teammate Ronnie Brown a near-minimum-wage deal with various incentives only to see Brown sign with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Both Norwood and Williams have had a history of injuries.

Norwood, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Rams on Tuesday, will also contribute as a kick returner.

Chiefs sign FB McClain

The Kansas City Chiefs signed Pro Bowl fullback Le'Ron McClain on Wednesday.

Terms of the deal, which was first reported in the Kansas City Star, weren't immediately available.

McClain is expected to provide a short-yardage and blocking option to go with a group of speedy running backs that includes Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles.

Jones appeared to lose a step late in the year, though, and he turns 33 later this month. Coach Todd Haley would like to spread the ball around to keep both of them fresh, and McClain gives the team another option along with the versatile Dexter McCluster, who saw time at running back and receiver last season.

"There's some interesting things to think about, you know, some of the skill position guys we have between Jamaal's ability to catch the ball, Dexter's versatility," Haley said earlier Wednesday.

McClain is a former fourth-round draft pick who spent four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. The two-time Pro Bowl selection was voted first-team All-Pro after running for 902 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008.

The 260-pound fullback's work load had dwindled the past two years. He ran for just 180 yards in 2009 before carrying 28 times for 85 yards last season.

Running back Brown returns to Giants

Andre Brown is back where it all started.

Brown, whose brief but well-traveled NFL career has included five teams and a recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon, has signed with the New York Giants, the team that selected him in the fourth round of the 2009 draft.

Brown, who missed all of 2009 with an Achilles injury, was waived by the Giants in 2010 after leading the team in rushing during the preseason. His journey then took him to Denver, Indianapolis, Carolina and Washington, which waived him last week. He has played in four NFL games.

At NC State, Brown rushed for 2,539 yards and 22 touchdowns and caught 70 passes for 631 yards and two TDs.

Free agent DT Harris joins Colts

The Indianapolis Colts have signed free agent defensive tackle Tommie Harris.

He's the third free agent added to Indy's roster this week. All three are former first-round draft picks.

In Chicago, Harris was a three-time Pro Bowler and played a prominent role in the Bears' Super Bowl run during the 2006 season. But he's been hampered by injuries in recent years and was released by the team in February.

Coach Jim Caldwell says the Colts like Harris because he is familiar with Indy's defensive system.

Titans lose CB Mouton to Achilles surgery

Tennessee cornerback Ryan Mouton will have surgery to repair his right Achilles tendon, making him the second player to have his season ended by that injury since training camp opened.

Mouton was hurt late in Tuesday night's practice in what appeared to be an ankle injury. An MRI on Wednesday showed the severity of the injury. Rookie free agent receiver O.J. Murdock injured his Achilles on Sunday.

Titans coach Mike Munchak says he doesn't think the NFL lockout has anything to do with the injuries. He notes both occurred with no contact, and he says the game has always been that way.

Mouton, going into his third season, had been expected to provide crucial depth in the secondary and has been a gunner on punt coverage.

Veteran kicker Reed, Seahawks agree

The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with free agent kicker Jeff Reed.

Reed finished last season with the San Francisco 49ers after playing the majority of his first 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Reed was released by the Steelers after nine games in which he converted 15 field goals in 22 attempts.

Undrafted free agent kicker Wes Byrum tweeted that Seattle had released him to make room on the roster for Reed.

Reed will now battle two-year veteran Brandon Coutu in camp competing for the kicking job.

The Seahawks were in the market for a kicker after losing Olindo Mare to the Carolina Panthers.

The Seahawks confirmed the release of Byrum along with defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye, guard Michael Huey, quarterback Zac Lee and linebacker Blake Sorensen.

The team also announced the signings of linebacker Michael Johnson and running back Chase Reynolds.

Browns replace punter Hodges with McGee

The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent punter Richmond McGee to replace Reggie Hodges, who suffered a season-ending injury.

McGee, recently waived by the Chicago Bears, was brought in for a tryout after Hodges tore his Achilles' tendon during practice Tuesday. McGee has spent part of two seasons on the Bears' practice squad. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Philadelphia in 2008, when Browns general manager Tom Heckert was with the Eagles.

The Browns also signed cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who started nine games last season for the Eagles. He has appeared in 50 regular-season games since joining the NFL with Washington in 2005. Last season, Patterson recorded a career-high 62 tackles and four interceptions.

Cleveland also signed undrafted free agent linebackers Archie Donald and Eric Gordon.

Information from ESPN.com senior NFL writer John Clayton, ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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