March 02, 2007
Yahoo! Sports monitors the latest news as NFL free agency kicks into high gear.
Ahman Green: The free agent running back is expected to meet with Houston on Saturday and has received interest from both Oakland and Baltimore. Green spent Friday in Denver after negotiations with Green Bay on Thursday night were unproductive. Baltimore had indicated that it would re-sign Jamal Lewis, who was cut on Wednesday.
Walt Harris: The San Francisco 49ers extended the contract of the Pro Bowl cornerback by two years through 2009. Terms of the deal were not available. Harris, an 11-year veteran, had a career-high eight interceptions last season. Harris, a first-round pick by Chicago in 1996, has played for four teams.
Aubrayo Franklin: The Ravens re-signed the defensive tackle. Terms of the deal were not available. Franklin, who was a fifth-round pick in 2003, has become a steady backup for the Ravens in the past two years.
Ronald Curry: An NFL source said that Oakland was close to re-signing wide receiver Ronald Curry to a five-year contract on Friday. The deal is believed to include $5 million in guarantees.
Curry, a five-year veteran, is coming off a season in which he caught a career-high 62 passes for 727 yards and one touchdown. In his career, Curry has 119 receptions for 1,449 yards and seven touchdowns. His career has been marred by injuries that ended two of his seasons.
Adalius Thomas: The free agent linebacker is expected to decide later on Friday on where he will visit first on what is expected to be a short list of suitors. San Francisco, which could offer Thomas in excess of $20 million in guaranteed money, and New England are among the top teams on Thomas' list, agent Bus Cook said Friday.
"Those are the possibilities," said Cook, who was waiting for Thomas to undergo a brief out-patient surgery on Friday before talking to Thomas about possible visits. Cook didn't know the exact nature of the procedure, but said that it wasn't expected to keep Thomas from traveling. -- Jason Cole
Darrell Jackson: The Seahawks might have found a suitor for the talented but injury-prone wide receiver. The issue now is agreeing on compensation. Seattle has reportedly talked to the Jaguars about getting a day one draft pick in return for Jackson. -- John Murphy
Shaun Smith: The restricted free agent defensive tackle, who received a no-compensation tender offer from the Bengals, will be visiting the Browns this weekend. -- Charles Robinson
Roderick Hood: The cornerback has visits scheduled for Cleveland on Saturday and Arizona on Monday. -- Charles Robinson
Kevin Curtis: The wide receiver visited Minnesota on Friday. His future visits are not known, but a team source with the Lions said on Wednesday that the wideout would be a priority on the team's free agent list. -- Charles Robinson
Drew Bennett: The wide receiver, a UCLA alumnus and Berkeley, Calif. native, apparently wants to move back to the west coast. The 49ers are believed to be high on his wish list. -- John Murphy
Daniel Graham: The tight end visited with the Broncos on Friday and expects to visit with Oakland and Seattle over the weekend. -- Charles Robinson
Leonard Davis: The offensive lineman, contacted by several teams at the start of free agency, reportedly has a new dark-horse suitor in the mix: the Jets. -- John Murphy
Ovie Mughelli: The fullback visited with the Falcons on Friday and is believed to be close to coming to terms on a contract. -- Charles Robinson
A fifth-round pick in the 2003 NFL draft, Pashos spent the last four years with the Baltimore Ravens. The mauling run-blocker started 23 games over the last two seasons at right tackle, including all 16 regular season games this year. Pashos is expected to immediately step into the starting lineup at right tackle for the Jaguars, who will be shifting veteran Maurice Williams to the left side of the line. -- Charles Robinson
Chris Brown: The former Tennessee Titans running back has as many as three visits setup for next week, according to a well-placed source. Teams that have shown interest in possibly signing the former 1,000-yard rusher include the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.
Additionally, both the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions had initially made contact regarding Brown before Thursday's trade that might put the Broncos in position to have greater interest in speaking with Brown's representatives.
However, there is an indication that the Lions may actually keep newly acquired running back Tatum Bell on the market between now and the draft to judge his true value around the league before making a final decision on him. The thought there is that the Lions would be willing to trade him if the right package were to present itself. -- John Murphy
Dewayne White: The defensive end, considered one of the top defensive ends available in free agency, was on his way to visit Detroit on Friday in his first free-agent trip, a source said. The 6-foot-2, 273-pound White had five sacks last season, but he is considered an improving player who couldn’t get enough playing time with the Buccaneers.
White was a second-round pick from Louisville in 2003.
The Lions are expected to be hot in pursuit of defensive line help this offseason and have considered some of the top defensive linemen in the draft as well. They may sign White and still pursue a defensive lineman in the draft. -- Jason Cole
Donnie Edwards: The former San Diego Chargers linebacker, an 11-year veteran, was in talks with both the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs, said a source. Edwards, who has had more than 100 tackles in each of the past 10 years and has missed only one game in that stretch, will not re-sign with the Chargers after having a falling out with management over his contract last season.
Edwards began his career in 1996 with Kansas City after being taken in the fourth round. He was traded to San Diego in 2002. Since joining the Chargers, Edwards has had no fewer than 129 tackles in a season and has topped the 140 mark in each of the past four seasons. -- Jason Cole
Dominic Rhodes: The running back is visiting with the New York Giants. The Giants are seeking a second running back to split time with Brandon Jacobs. As of early Friday, Rhodes did not have any other scheduled visits. -- Charles Robinson
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