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Undrafted wide receiver Duron Carter, the son of 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Cris Carter, will sign with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent, ESPN reported.
The Buffalo Bills announced on Monday that cornerback Leodis McKelvin signed a contract extension.
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys have released safety Gerald Sensabaugh to clear more room under the salary cap.
Joe Flacco's six-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens has been finalized, and he is scheduled to sign the contract on Monday, multiple media outlets reported.
Free agent wide receiver reportedly asking for $12 million per year.
The Atlanta Falcons announced the release of veteran running back Michael Turner, defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson on Friday. "As a football coach it is never easy to cut any player, especially veteran players who have been valuable members of the organization," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said in a statement released by the team. "The guys we released today have contributed to the success that we have had over the last five years, and we greatly appreciate their efforts." Turner's release is not unexpected. The Falcons signed Turner to a six-year, $34.5 million contract as a unrestricted free agent in 2008 and, over his time with the Falcons, he has rushed for 6,081 yards, coming within 550 yards of becoming the franchise's all-time leader in rushing yards. Turner is the Falcons' all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (60) and total touchdowns (61) and that success, in part, led to his release on Friday. [More NFL: Jacoby Jones had to overcome playoff failure before shot on 'DWTS' ] During his Falcons' tenure, Turner triggered $1.4 million of a possible $1.5 million in base salary escalation for the upcoming season. With Turner turning 31 in February, and seeing that his yards per carry average dropped by nearly a full yard in 2012, the Falcons were not going to bring him back at a $6.9 million salary with an $8.9 million cap number. Robinson was another free agent addition, signing a six-year, $57 million contract with the Falcons in 2010. Robinson has been a three-year starter for the Falcons, but has just four interceptions in 48 games. Robinson turns 31 in April and was entering the back-end of his contract, which had three seasons and $29.5 million remaining, including an $8 million base salary and $9 million cap number in 2013. [Also: NFL retractable-roof stadiums stay closed for 66 percent of games ] The release of Abraham comes as a bit of a surprise as the Falcons had an ineffective pass rush in 2012, producing just 29 sacks during the regular season. Abraham had 10 of those sacks and had six of the team's 15 forced fumbles. Abraham's solid season triggered a $1 million escalator to his base salary and by releasing Abraham, the Falcons will save $6.5 million in cash and $5.75 million in cap space, which could be used to pursue a (slightly) younger pass-rusher, such as Osi Umenyiora, a 31-year-old who lives in the Atlanta area in the offseason and will be an unrestricted free agent on March 12.
The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms on a trade that will send quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com reports. According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, the 49ers will get a second-round pick in 2013 and a similar draft choice in 2014. Per NFL rules, the trade will not be made official until the 2013 league year begins at 4:01 p.m. ET on March 12. Glazer adds that the Chiefs have made " a clear commitment ", which likely refers to Smith's contract. The 49ers re-signed Smith to a three-year, $24 million deal last offseason that included $15.5 million in guaranteed money. Nearly half of those guarantees refer to Smith's $7.5 million base salary in 2013, which is currently guaranteed for injury only. If Smith were on the 49ers' roster on April 1, the amount would become fully guaranteed. Smith was also scheduled to receive a non-guaranteed $1 million roster bonus on March 14, which is why trading him before the new league year was the most appealing option to the 49ers. Trading Smith before that roster bonus is due clears $8.5 million in cap space for the 2013 season. By acquiring Smith, the Chiefs will part ways with Matt Cassel, who had two years and $17 million remaining on a six-year, $63 million he contract he signed after being traded to Kansas City by the New England Patriots, who had placed the franchise tag on the former USC quarterback following the 2008 season. Releasing Cassel will clear $7.75 million in cap space for the Chiefs, who hired head coach Andy Reid and hold the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. [ Related: Quarterback's might not like Tom Brady's new contract ] Smith was selected by the 49ers with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Over eight seasons with the 49ers, Smith started 80 games, completing 59.3 percent of his pass attempts for 14,280 yards with 81 touchdowns and 63 interceptions for a passer rating of 79.1. The 28-year-old blossomed under head coach Jim Harbaugh, passing for a career-high 3,144 yards with 17 touchdowns and just five interceptions in 2011, leading the franchise to an appearance in the 2011 NFC championship game. Smith passed for 495 yards and five touchdowns with one rushing touchdown during the 49ers' run at return to the Super Bowl, but the 49ers lost in overtime to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
Former Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren reported has talked to the Oakland Raiders about a leadership role in the team.
The Ravens are Super Bowl champions, but it is the Patriots, once again, proving that they’re a step ahead of the rest of the NFL.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Monday that they released defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.