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NFL Roundup: Garrard's knees to force retirement

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Any New York Jets quarterback competition will have to go on without David Garrard.

According to NFL Network's Adam Schein, Garrard plans to retire because of chronic knee issues. Garrard, 35, had signed a one-year contract to compete for the starting job with incumbent Mark Sanchez.

Schein reported he received a text from Garrard on Wednesday that said "Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do."

Garrard has not appeared in a game since the 2010 season with Jacksonville but had a strong training camp with the Miami Dolphins before he suffered a knee injury, cutting short a bid for a comeback from back surgery.

---Linebacker Rolando McClain's NFL career is over at age 23. The Baltimore Ravens placed the troubled former first-round draft pick on the reserve/retired list Wednesday, about a month after he signed a one-year contract with the team on April 12.

"Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said.

After signing with the Ravens, McClain was arrested 10 days later in Decatur, Ala., and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He faces a July 9 court date on those charges. McClain's past legal troubles include a December 2011 arrest on a third-degree assault charge and an arrest for a window tint violation on his vehicle this past January.

---Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams won't be released after agreeing to a restructured contract that reduces his cap figure and saves the franchise money on the final two years of the deal.

Williams, 30, was a first-round pick out of Memphis and has played his entire career in Carolina. He's the team's all-time rushing leader with 5,784 yards and 43 touchdowns.

The Panthers lowered Williams' cap figure by $3.2 million in 2013 and reduced his salary by as much as $8 million in 2014 and '15. Carolina reportedly added two years to his deal, which now runs through 2017.

---Assistant general manager Doug Whaley will be named general manager of the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, following the succession plan set in motion by Buddy Nix's retirement Monday.

Whaley signed a new contract in February that accounted for Nix's anticipated move out of the GM's chair. Nix stepped down Monday as general manager of the Bills and into a new role as special assistant with the team. He was the Bills' general manager since 2009.

--The return of Brett Favre to Lambeau Field? Green Bay Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said it's time to make peace with the retired quarterback.

"We want to have (Favre) back in the family," said Murphy, speaking at the Packers Tailgate Tour.

Favre retired in March 2008, then reversed course and said he wanted to come back. But the Packers had closed the door on Favre in favor of 2005 first-round pick Aaron Rodgers. The three-time NFL MVP was traded to the Jets and played two more seasons with the Vikings.

---Free agent Dwight Freeney is scheduled to visit the San Diego Chargers.

According to multiple reports, Freeney was set to be in San Diego after the Chargers lost 2012 first-round pick Melvin Ingram to a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in a non-contact drill in Tuesday's offseason team activity practice.

--Former New York Jets and Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini is in discussions with the 49ers about becoming a consultant.

CBS first reported that Mangini, who was 33-57 as a head coach in stints with the Jets (2006-08) and Browns (2009-2010), was a candidate to join the NFC champions.

His role will largely be focused on assisting the offense in strategy sessions and game-planning for certain defenses.

---The Jacksonville Jaguars were awarded defensive end Brandon Deaderick off waivers from the New England Patriots.

Deaderick was a seventh-round pick in 2010 and started 14 games in three seasons. He could play left defensive end or defensive tackle in new coach Gus Bradley's scheme.

Undrafted rookie receiver Cole McKenzie was waived by the Jaguars to create a roster spot.

---The New England Patriots signed 2013 third-round draft pick Duron Harmon.

Harmon, 22, was the 91st overall pick, the second of two third-round picks by the Patriots in 2013. He was one of three Rutgers players drafted with the team's seven total picks.

---The Washington Redskins signed 2013 fifth-round draft pick Chris Thompson and free-agent Lance Lewis on Wednesday.

Thompson, a 22-year-old running back from Florida State, rushed for 1,735 career yards and 14 touchdowns on 277 carries and caught 45 passes for 430 yards and one TD with the Seminoles. Lewis, a 24-year-old wide receiver, was in training camp with the Redskins last year before he was released on Aug. 27.

---The Buffalo Bills signed rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso to an undisclosed contract on Wednesday.

Alonso, the 46th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, was one of the Bills' two second-round selections.

The Bills have now signed six of their eight 2013 draft picks.

---Free agent return specialist Josh Cribbs followed a recent "great visit" with the Oakland Raiders by signing a contract with the team Wednesday.

The Raiders were one of a handful of teams to show interest in Cribbs, who is primarily a kick returner but also had a role as a receiver with the Cleveland Browns.

Cribbs was on the verge of signing a deal with Arizona early in the free-agent period and also had at least lukewarm interest from the New York Jets and Detroit Lions, but the Cardinals and Jets were openly concerned about the health of his knees. The 29-year-old Cribbs was not fully recovered from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

---Brian Urlacher isn't close to finding a new home in the NFL if he's expecting that destination to be Minnesota.

Head coach Leslie Frazier told NFL Network on Wednesday that the Vikings aren't near a deal with Urlacher, as was reported over the weekend, and prefer to take a long look at the options on the current roster before considering other alternatives.

---The Miami Dolphins signed quarterback Aaron Corp and waived long snapper Patrick Scales, the team announced Wednesday.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Corp was waived by the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills in the past two weeks. He's expected to compete for the Dolphins' No. 3 quarterback spot.

---For the second time this week, the New England Patriots released a contributing defensive lineman. On Wednesday, starting defensive tackle Kyle Love followed Brandon Deaderick out the door.

The Boston Herald reported Love, 26, lost more than 20 pounds in a short time and last month was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes. Per the report, the Patriots informed Love he was being released based on medical uncertainty.
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