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Free-agency roundup: DeSean Jackson, Brandon Carr lead non-Megatron deals

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• Out of nowhere, the Eagles and DeSean Jackson came together to agree on a five-year deal worth $51 million, which is about the going rate for No. 1, non-elite receivers these days. I thought the franchise tag was a pretty ideal fit for the Eagles ‒ they like Jackson, but don't know if they're in love with him, so why not take things slow with a one-year agreement, then see what happens? Great news for DeSean Jackson. We'll see how it works out for the Eagles.

• An under-the-radar signing, but one that could be a big factor: The Chargers snapped up linebacker Jarret Johnson, an unsung cornerstone of the Baltimore defense. He's not a big name because he's not a sack guy, and he plays in the shadow of Ray-Ray, Sizzle and Ed Reed, but he's physical, he's great against the run and the Chargers had a huge need at the position. The Chargers also held on to offensive tackle Jared Gaither, who solidified their line last year.

• Also leaving the Ravens defense: stout defensive end Cory Redding, who is expected to anchor the Colts' new 3-4 defense. Wednesday was a pretty good day for Pittsburgh Steelers who are paid to run the football.

• After the release of Terence Newman, dependable, physical cornerback Brandon Carr became an absolute need for the Cowboys, and they got him. Carr was pretty much in a position to write his own check.

• Staying with the Cowboys for a second, Tony Romo got a new caddy in Kyle Orton. They also lost tight end Martellus Bennett, who once seemed like an exciting young player, to the Giants. Neither of these things will shift the balance of power in the NFC East.

• While we're on the subject of things that don't matter much, the Jaguars signed Chad Henne to back up Blaine Gabbert, and Laurent Robinson to be, I don't know, their No. 1 receiver? I like Laurent Robinson, but I don't know if he's a five-year, $32.5 million, $14 million of it guaranteed, kind of guy.

• Defensive tackle Paul Soliai will be staying in Miami. After declining to franchise tag him again, it wasn't anticipated that Miami would be able to keep him. They did, though, for two years and $12 million. I'm really surprised no one else stepped in and made a big play for the run-stuffer.

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