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NFL: Ex-Utah star Steve Smith will not play next year in Carolina, agent says

Broncos get Ware; Bucs cut Revis; Decker to Jets.

First Published Mar 12 2014 10:49 pm • Last Updated Mar 12 2014 11:14 pm

Not quite keeping pace with the nonstop nature of Day 1 of NFL free agency, Day 2 on Wednesday did include an expected move by Carolina receiver Steve Smith, whose agent, Derrick Fox, told The Associated Press the five-time Pro Bowl pick "is not going to play for the Panthers next year." Fox said he expected Smith to get cut, although Carolina was trying to trade him.

Pass rusher DeMarcus Ware got a $30 million, three-year contract from the Denver Broncos, less than 24 hours after being released by the Dallas Cowboys.

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Not quite keeping pace with the nonstop nature of Day 1 of free agency, Day 2 did include the Buccaneers releasing cornerback Darrelle Revis after failing to trade him; wide receiver Eric Decker bolting Denver to sign with the New York Jets; receiver Golden Tate leaving the Super Bowl champion Seahawks to play alongside All-Pro Calvin Johnson with the Lions; and the Browns cutting two quarterbacks, Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell.

The Revis move saved the Bucs a $1.5 million bonus that would have been due if he remained on the roster with his $16 million salary. It also freed up room under the cap for a continuing roster overhaul under new coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht.

With Broncos executive John Elway showing the same ability to close a deal that he did during his Hall of Fame career as a quarterback — and used two years ago to lure Peyton Manning to Denver — Ware’s first team visit resulted in a deal that includes $20 million in guaranteed money.

The 31-year-old Ware had 117 sacks and went to seven Pro Bowls in nine seasons with the Cowboys. He had a career-low six sacks last season, when he missed time with a thigh injury, then had offseason elbow surgery.

The Cowboys made another move to clear cap space Wednesday, jettisoning receiver Miles Austin, as expected, saving about $5.5 million. Austin’s release is effective June 1. And they signed free agent defensive linemen Terrell McClain and Jeremy Mincey.

Revis, meanwhile, spent only one season with the Bucs, who got him from the Jets for a 2013 first-round draft pick and a 2014 fourth-round choice.

In other news Wednesday:

• Yet another pass rusher became available when defensive end Chris Clemons was released by the Seahawks. Clemons was due to make $7.5 million in base salary next season. He is the fourth member of Seattle’s defense to be released or sign with another club as a free agent.


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• Seattle did add a player finally, agreeing with former Jaguars receiver Taylor Price on a one-year deal. But it also lost guard Breno Giacomini to the Jets.



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