NFL Buzz: Latest free agency updates

Last month's Super Bowl participants have been tidying up their rosters on the second day of this year's no-cap free-agency period. Follow the announcements and rumors here in our NFL free-agency blog.

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Week of March 8-14: News and Notes

Lions retain OT Backus -- 4:14 p.m.

The Detroit Lions got off to a fast start in free agency last week. They signed WR Nate Burleson and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, acquired DT Corey Williams, and released DT Grady Jackson and CB Phillip Buchanon.

And it appears a key member of their offensive line will return for his 10th season with the club.

A league source told that the team has picked up a $1 million roster bonus on starting OLT Jeff Backus. Backus, who was selected in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Lions, will also earn $4.95 million in base salary for 2010.

-- Adam Caplan,

Browns guard to hit Arizona -- 3:57 p.m.

Cleveland guard Rex Hadnot is set to take his second free-agent visit of the offseason.

A source told that Hadnot will meet Tuesday and Wednesday with the Arizona Cardinals.

The 6-2, 320-pound Hadnot started 21 games the past two years in Cleveland. Hadnot, 28, spent his first four seasons with Miami.

Hadnot took a weekend free-agent visit to Denver but didn't sign.

Both of Arizona's starting guards (Reggie Wells and Deuce Lutui) are under contract, but the Cardinals are letting top backup Jeremy Bridges test the free-agent market.

-- Alex Marvez

Saints making play for Rams DE -- 3:27 p.m.

The rich may get richer and the poor even poorer if New Orleans successful completes its first free-agent conquest of the offseason.

A source told that the Saints will host St. Louis defensive end Leonard Little on a visit Wednesday and Thursday.

The 35-year-old Little has played with the lowly Rams for all 12 of his NFL seasons. Little started 13 games last season and had 6.5 sacks on a 1-15 squad. He has 87.5 career sacks. Full story ...

-- Alex Marvez

Philly re-signs WR Avant -- 1:44 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles and wide receiver Jason Avant agreed on a five-year contract Monday.

Avant was a restricted free agent. He had a career-best 41 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns last season as Philadelphia's slot receiver.

"Jason Avant has developed into one of our most dependable and productive players on offense," coach Andy Reid said. Full story ...

-- Associated Press

Eagles to pick up Vick bonus -- 1:41 p.m.

Michael Vick is getting one more big check from the Philadelphia Eagles. The one after that still could be from a new team.

A person with knowledge of the contract said the Eagles will pay Vick a $1.5 million roster bonus due Tuesday. This mirrors what's Adam Caplan reported on Sunday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the move hasn't been announced. Paying Vick the bonus doesn't preclude Philadelphia from trading the former Pro Bowl quarterback. Vick is under contract for $5.2 million this year. Full story ...

-- Associated Press