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March 5 News and Notes Miami to cut veteran safety -- 12:08 p.m.

The Miami Dolphins have informed veteran FS Gibril Wilson that he will be released, his agent, Alvin Keels, said via his Twitter account.

Wilson, after being released by the Oakland Raiders last February, signed a five-year, $16.3 million deal with Miami soon after he became available. A source said he pocketed nearly $8 million for his one season with the Dolphins.

Wilson appeared in all 16 regular season games last season for Miami and started 14. He was originally selected in the fifth round of the 2004 draft by the New York Giants.

With Wilson out of the way, that could pave the way for the team to make a run at suddenly free-agent FS Antrel Rolle.

-- Adam Caplan,

Denver to meet with ex-Dolphins CB -- 11:56 a.m.

The Denver Broncos, in addition to bringing back veteran OL Russ Hochstein, have also reached a deal to re-sign veteran WR Brandon Lloyd, the team announced.

Lloyd, who originally was signed by the Broncos on June 15, 2009, is an eighth-year wide receiver who played in two contests during the 2009 season, including a start in Denver's regular-season finale against Kansas City.

He has played in 81 career regular-season games (48 starts) and has totaled 164 receptions for 2,370 yards (14.5 avg.) with 15 touchdowns.

He fits in as a fourth or fifth receiver.

-- Adam Caplan,

Denver to meet with ex-Dolphins CB -- 11:51 a.m.

Free-agent CB Nathan Jones (Dolphins) has a visit set up with the Denver Broncos, has confirmed.

Jones appeared in 16 game for Miami last season and started 4. Jones was one of Miami's best special teams players and also saw roughly 44 percent playing time on defense.

The Denver Post first reported Jones had a visit set up with the Broncos.

-- Adam Caplan,

Broncos retain veteran OL -- 11:04 a.m.

The Denver Broncos and veteran OL Russ Hochstein have agreed on a two-year deal, a league source told The deal could worth up to $3.5 million should he win a starting job.

Hochstein, who turns 33 in October, was acquired last August in a trade with the New England Patriots. He suffered a torn ACL late last season. He started 10 games for the Broncos.

-- Adam Caplan,

Panthers announce cuts officially -- 10:49 a.m.

The Carolina Panthers officially released QB Jake Delhomme, DTs Damione Lewis and Ma'ake Kemoeatu, and LBs Landon Johnson and Na'il Diggs, the team announced.

Delhomme will still be owed over $12 million over the next three to four yeas while not being on the team. Matt Moore takes over as the starting quarterback.

Lewis and Kemoeatu were both starters, so the Panthers are very thin on depth at defensive tackle. Kemoeatu, who is coming off of Achilles surgery, and Lewis had a large option bonuses due soon.

Diggs, a source said, had a small option bonus due. Dan Connor seems like the odds-on favorite to replace him in the lineup. Diggs started 46 games over the past four years at SLB for the Panthers.

Johnson started a bit last season due to the injury to starting WLB Thomas Davis.

All of these players were released largely as a result of the team trying to accommodate DE Julius Peppers' $16.683 million franchise salary of from last season. The team targeted several veterans for renegotiation just to get Peppers' salary under the 2009 salary cap.

-- Adam Caplan,

Eagles make Weaver NFL's top-paid FB -- 9:51 a.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles and starting FB Leonard Weaver have reached an agreement on a three-year, $11 million deal, a league source told The contract includes $6.5 million guaranteed plus incentives.

This new deal will make Weaver the highest paid fullback in the NFL. The contract will eclipse Jacksonville Jaguars FB Greg Jones' renegotiated deal from 2008 that averages $3.4 million per season.

After leaving the Seattle Seahawks last March, Weaver signed a one-year, $1.75 million deal last March with the Eagles that included $750,000 in guaranteed money.

Weaver turned out to be perhaps one of the biggest surprises for the Eagles last season. He posted a career-high in touches, carries, and touchdowns. What surprised personnel evaluators was how well he moved for his size.

-- Adam Caplan,

Agent says Panthers will release linebacker -- 9:17 a.m.

The Carolina Panthers will be releasing LB Landon Johnson Friday, his agent, Andy Simms posted via Twitter.

Johnson, who turns 29 next week, had one year left on his contract with a base salary at $1.33 million. A source said he had a $750,000 roster bonus due soon, so that could have contributed to Carolina's decision to release him.

Johnson appeared in 25 games over the last two years for Carolina and started three.

-- Adam Caplan,

WR Washington receiving interest -- 8:39 a.m.

Free-agent WR Kelley Washington (Ravens) has received interest from the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills since free agency started this morning, a league source said.

Washington fits in as a third receiver and is also a solid special teams player.

-- Adam Caplan,

Manumaleuna agrees to deal with Bears -- 8:14 a.m.

The Chicago Bears aren't fooling around in free agency.

Ex-San Diego tight end Brandon Manumaleuna -- one of three players visiting with the team Friday -- already has agreed to a five-year contract, a source confirmed to The Chicago Tribune first reported the deal.

Financial details weren't immediately available.

The 6-foot-2, 295-pound Manumaleuna will serve as the blocking tight end in new offensive coordinator Mike Martz's system. Manumaleuna entered the league with St. Louis in 2001 when Martz was the Rams' head coach. Manumaleuna spent the past four seasons playing in San Diego.

The Bears hope they can strike again quickly in free agency by signing defensive end Julius Peppers (Carolina) and running back Chester Taylor (Minnesota) during their Friday visits.

- Alex Marvez

Source: Alexander staying with Skins -- 7:00 a.m.

At least one of Washington's 10 restricted free agents will be around for the long haul.

A source told that linebacker Lorenzo Alexander has agreed to a three-year contract. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Alexander began emerging as a difference-maker on defense during his third season with Washington in 2009. He notched 23 tackles and two sacks as part of Washington's defensive line rotation. He will be converting to outside linebacker in Washington's new 3-4 scheme.

Alexander, 26, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Baltimore in 2006. The 6-foot-1, 297-pound Alexander was released and then signed by the Redskins, where he played on the offensive line and on special teams in 2007 before settling into a defensive role.

Alexander was tendered Thursday by Washington with a right-of-first-refusal offer that would require no draft pick compensation.

-- Alex Marvez

Report: Peppers to visit Bears -- 2:13 a.m.

Julius Peppers, who has been with the Carolina Panthers for eight seasons, will visit Chicago on Friday. Full story ...

Source: WR Burleson, Lions reach deal -- 2:06 a.m.

Free-agent wide receiver Nate Burleson has reached a contract agreement with the Detroit Lions, a league source told No other details were immediately available.

The final year of Burleson's four-year contract with Seattle was voided, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.

Burleson joins Calvin Johnson, Dennis Northcutt, Bryant Johnson and Derrick Williams to form a very deep group of receivers.

-- Adam Caplan,

Source: DT Bannan to visit Broncos, Browns -- 1:25 a.m.

Free-agent defensive tackle Justin Bannan has visits set up with the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns, a source said.

Bannan, who was with the Ravens last season, could be one of the top sleeper defensive players in free agency because of his versatility.

Denver and Cleveland run 3-4 defensive schemes, similar to the Ravens.

-- Adam Caplan,

Source: Veteran guard to visit Broncos -- 1:17 a.m.

Guard Rex Hadnot will head to Denver for a free-agent visit, a source told

Entering his seventh season, the 6-foot-2, 320-pound Hadnot started nine games last year for the Browns after suffering a knee injury during training camp. Prior to that absence, Hadnot had missed only one start the previous four seasons in Cleveland and Miami combined.

Hadnot, 28, also can play center. The Broncos, who released center Casey Weigmann earlier this week, have a need at both interior line spots.

-- Alex Marvez

RB Taylor to visit Bears -- 1:07 a.m.

Free-agent running back Chester Taylor is scheduled to visit the Chicago Bears on Friday, his agent, Ken Sarnoff, confirmed.

Taylor could be a very solid backup to Matt Forte. He's also excellent in short-yardage and third-down situations.

A source told's Alex Marvez that the bidding for Taylor has started at $8 million guaranteed with several teams besides Chicago in the mix.

-- Alex Marvez and Adam Caplan

Report: Lions coach courts Vanden Bosch -- 12:37 a.m.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz was at the home of free-agent defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, according to The Tennessean .

Vanden Bosch played for Schwartz when Schwartz was the Titans' defensive coordinator.

Texans re-sign Turk -- UPDATED 12:13 a.m.

The Houston Texans have re-signed punter Matt Turk to a one-year contract, agent David Canter announced on his Twitter feed. Turk was set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Although one of the NFL's oldest players at age 41, Turk remained among the top punters in 2009 with yardage averages of 42.8 (gross) and 39.4 (net) on his 67 attempts.

-- Alex Marvez