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NFL free agency continues with more moves

NFL free agency continues with more moves

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets have agreed to terms with former Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker, considered by many the top free agent at his position.

Decker spent all day Wednesday at the Jets’ facility and had dinner with a contingent of team officials, including coach Rex Ryan. He gives quarterback Geno Smith and the offense a sorely needed playmaker and No. 1-type wide receiver.

The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Decker, who’ll be 27 on Saturday, set career highs last season catching passes from Peyton Manning with 87 catches and 1,288 yards receiving to go along with 11 touchdowns. He had 85 receptions for 1,064 yards and a career-best 13 TDs in 2012.

Getting a top receiver was a priority as the Jets headed into free agency.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released cornerback Darrelle Revis, the five-time Pro Bowl cornerback they were unable to trade.

The move Wednesday saved the Bucs a $1.5 million bonus that Revis would have been due if he remained on the roster; his salary is $16 million a year. It also freed salary cap space the team intends to use to continue an overhaul of the roster under new coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht.

Revis was obtained in a pre-draft trade from the Jets last spring, a deal that cost the Bucs a first-round pick in 2013, as well as a fourth-rounder this year.

If Revis had remained on Tampa Bay’s roster at 4 p.m. Wednesday, he would have been due a $1.5 million bonus and the 2014 pick for the Jets would have become a third-rounder.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos kept their free agency focus on defense as they agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with pass rusher DeMarcus Ware.

Ware didn’t fully intend to agree to a deal right away with Denver when he flew into town Wednesday morning, but was persuaded by Broncos boss John Elway. The Hall of Fame quarterback turned executive stressed toWare the Broncos’ commitment to defense even with a prolific offense led by Peyton Manning.

Ware was let go Tuesday by Dallas in a salary-cap move.

Elsewhere:

UNDATED (AP) — On this, the second day of NFL teams being able to sign free agents, the announcements continue to pour in:

— Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert has signed a five-year, $47 million deal with the Dolphins. Albert was a first-round pick by the Chiefs in 2008 and started 83 games for them over the past six seasons.

— Quarterback Brandon Weeden has been released by the Cleveland Browns. The first-round pick in 2012 never quite worked things out with the franchise. His two-year record as a starter was 5-15.

— The Bills have signed free-agent offensive guard Chris Williams to a four-year contract. He has six years of NFL experience with the Bears and Rams after being the 14th pick in the 2008 draft by Chicago.

— Running back Pierre Thomas has agreed to the terms of a two-year contract extension with the New Orleans Saints. He has played with the Saints since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He has averaged 821 yards from scrimmage every season.

— Tampa Bay has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free agent quarterback Cade McCown. The move reunites him with Lovie Smith. McCown started five games for the Bears last seasons when Jay Cutler was injured. He won three of the five outings with 13 touchdown passes.

— Free agent linebacker Dekoda Watson has agreed to terms on a contract with Jacksonville. A seventh-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2010, Watson had 106 tackles in four years with the Buccaneers.

— The agent for free agent cornerback Isaiah Trufant says his client has agreed to a deal with the Browns. The 31-year old Trufant played 16 games last season as a backup with the Jets.

— The agent for wide receiver Steve Smith says the five-time Pro Bowl selection is done playing for the Panthers. Derrick Fold told The Associated Press that he’s now sure the transaction will be announced but that he expects Smith will be released.

__ A source familiar with the deal says the New York Giants have agreed to terms with linebacker Jon Beason, who will be entering his eighth NFL season. Beason was acquired from Carolina last October for a seventh-round pick after he lost his job. He played well for New York, which had been weak in the middle of its defense.

— Linval Joseph has a new team. After starting 46 of 48 games for the Giants over the last three seasons the free agent has agreed to terms with the Vikings. Joseph averaged 55 tackles and three sacks over the last three seasons.

— The Steelers have come to terms with three veterans; offensive lineman Cody Wallace, safety Will Allen and long snapper Greg Warren. Allen and Warren got one-year deals while Wallace agreed to a three-year pact.

— A pair of Browns have re-signed with the Giants. Placekicker Josh Brown set a franchise record last season by making 17 consecutive field goals while safety Stevie Brown missed the 2013 season with a knee injury.

__ The Baltimore Ravens and wide receiver Jacoby Jones have agreed on a four-year contract. The 29-year-old Jones, the Ravens’ hero from the Super Bowl triumph following the 2012 season, had interviewed with the Giants earlier in the day.

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