Two veterans with illustrious careers were told on Friday that their times with their teams is over
The Indianapolis Colts informed defensive end Dwight Freeney, the franchise's all-time leader in sacks, that his contract will not be renewed, and the Green Bay Packers released defensive back and Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson after seven years with the club.
The move to part with Freeney, 32, is the latest in a massive reconstruction project by general manager Ryan Grigson, owner Jim Irsay and coach Chuck Pagano.
Freeney spent 11 seasons (2002-12) with the Colts and was named to the Pro Bowl seven times.
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star reported that wide receiver Austin Collie was also told by the Colts he won't be re-signed.
Woodson, 36, won the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award in 2009 and was All-Pro twice during his time with the Packers.
--- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made nearly $30 million in 2011, according to a Sports Business Daily report.
His earnings nearly tripled from 2010 as the result of a $22.3 million bonus paid in 2011 as part of his compensation structure tied to his job performance. The bump was largely the result of his negotiations work on a new 10-year labor deal and television contracts.
---The St. Louis Rams announced what was widely known for a week that Detroit Lions secondary coach Tim Walton will be the team's new defensive coordinator.
Walton replaces a coordinator the Rams never really had last season. Gregg Williams was suspended for the 2012 season for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program and the job was left to a collaboration of defensive assistants. Williams left St. Louis last month.
---The Buffalo Bills have re-signed quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, the team announced.
Jackson came to the Bills last August in a trade with Seattle for a draft pick. In 2011, he started 14 games for the Seahawks and passed for 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.
---The Denver Broncos will pin the franchise tag on All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady.
Teams are allowed that designation for one player on their roster, and executive vice president John Elway told the Denver Post on Thursday that the Broncos would use theirs on Clady.
---Wide receiver Titus Young, who joined the St. Louis Rams just 10 days ago, was released by the Rams..
The troubled Young was released by the Detroit Lions in early February after a series of public complaints about the Lions.
--Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said on Friday the team "has no intent" to trade wide receiver Percy Harvin, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.
There had been reports that the Vikings were actively trying to trade Harvin, who has been productive on the field but presented some off-field problems for the team, primarily regarding a confrontation with head coach Leslie Frasier. Harvin will be in the final year of his contract in 2013, but he is seeking a long-term extension.
---Veteran tight end Tony Gonzales indicated after the season that retirement was a near certainty, but Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff isn't writing him off just yet.
There's still a chance the 37-year-old Gonzalez will be back next season, Dimitroff said, despite Gonzalez saying he was 95 percent to 97 percent sure he would walk away from the game after the Falcons' loss to San Francisco in the NFC championship game in January.