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The Ravens also got a four-year deal with linebacker Daryl Smith that solidifies the middle of Baltimore’s defense. The sides reached agreement on Smith’s 32nd birthday.
"I’m really just fired up. I knew I wanted to be back and I’m happy we could come to an agreement so I could get back in there for four years," Darryl Smith said.
He started all 16 games for the Ravens in 2013 and led the team with 123 tackles. He also had a career-high 19 passes defensed, setting a Ravens record by a linebacker.
In other moves Friday:
—Chicago agreed to a one-year contract with two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman. Tillman, 33, is coming off a season limited to eight games because of a torn right triceps.
—Eight-year veteran cornerback and rookie negotiator Cortland Finnegan found a new home in Miami after an injury-plagued 2013 with the Rams. Finnegan said he spoke with a lot of general managers and head coaches around the NFL, but his only free-agent visit was to Miami, and the 2008 All-Pro represented himself.
The Dolphins added former Rams guard Shelley Smith with a $5.5 million, two-year contract.
—Detroit re-signed tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who will get a $16 million, four-year contract with half the money guaranteed. He has 284 receptions for 2,828 yards and 16 touchdowns in five NFL seasons with the Lions.
—Green Bay re-signed defensive tackle B.J. Raji to anchor their defensive line. He started all 16 games last season for the Packers.
—Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press on Friday, "You can say I’ve been released, yes" when asked if Tennessee had cut him. He started nine games for the Titans last season and went 217 of 350 for 2,454 yards with 14 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. The 31-year-old Fitzpatrick has thrown for 16,790 yards, 106 touchdowns and 93 interceptions in 85 career games.
The Titans also agreed to a multiyear deal with linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who spent the last six years with the Denver Broncos. During the 2012 season, Woodyard was the only player in the NFL with at least 100 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions.
Tennessee also agreed to a multiyear deal with tackle Michael Oher, who spent his first five seasons with the Ravens.
—Minnesota re-signed receiver Jerome Simpson, who bounced back from an injury-plagued first season with the team in 2012 with a solid season. He caught 48 passes for a career-high 726 yards in 2013.
—Linebacker Jameel McClain joined the Giants. He started 55 games for Baltimore and won a Super Bowl ring.
—Center Evan Dietrich-Smith agreed to a contract with Tampa Bay. Dietrich-Smith spent the past three seasons with the Packers.
—San Francisco signed cornerback Chris Cook to a one-year deal. Cook spent his four NFL seasons with Minnesota.
—New Orleans re-signed linebacker and special teams player Ramon Humber to a one-year contract.
—Carolina added a player when it signed tight end Mike McNeill from the St. Louis Rams to a two-year contract. McNeill mostly is a blocking tight end.
—Pittsburgh addressed depth issues along the defensive line, signing Cam Thomas to a two-year deal. The 27-year-old Thomas started a career-high 10 games for San Diego in 2013, finishing with 30 tackles and an interception.
—Kansas City signed former Raiders defensive tackle Vance Walker to a three-year contract and announced the signing of linebacker Frank Zombo, who agreed to terms earlier in the week. Zombo appeared in 16 games for Kansas City last season.
—Free agent linebacker Will Herring isn’t joining the Cowboys after all. The team reported the signing on its website Thursday, but said Friday the deal was off in "a mutual parting of the ways that had to do with the language of the contract."Next Page >
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