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Two days after the lockout ended, NFL teams are doing deals at a frantic pace, with some big names changing addresses and others staying put.
Not going anywhere is Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who signed a one-year extension Wednesday that keeps him with the team through 2012.
“As we said after the season, we strongly believe in Tom,” co-owner and team president John Mara said of the coach who led the Giants to the 2007 NFL championship. “We believe in the job he has done, and we believe in his ability to lead our team in the future. Everybody was on the same page in arriving at the extension.”
Hasselbeck is leaving Seattle for Tennessee, where he likely will start. He spent the past 10 seasons with the Seahawks, leading them to the 2005 NFC title. The Titans drafted quarterback Jake Locker eighth overall in April but needed a veteran presence after Kerry Collins retired; they plan to trade or release Vince Young.
Given the lack of offseason opportunities for Locker to get up to speed, Hasselbeck figures to be the starter in Nashville.
There’s no question Holmes will start for the Jets. The team made the 2009 Super Bowl MVP their top priority among their five key players who are not under contract. His deal is for five years.
Holmes has had some off-field issues, which led to Pittsburgh trading him to New York. He performed well for the Jets, with 52 catches for 746 yards and six touchdowns after serving a four-game suspension
Free agents aren’t allowed to sign contracts until Friday.
In other moves Wednesday:
*DeAngelo Williams, the Panthers’ career rushing leader, agreed to remain in Carolina. Williams’ 2010 season was cut short by a right foot injury. Carolina also agreed to terms for three years with defensive tackle Ron Edwards .
*The Jaguars hooked up with linebacker Paul Posluszny for a six-year contract worth $45 million, including $15 million guaranteed.
*Eric Weddle agreed on a five-year, $40 million deal to stay with San Diego. The pact guarantees Weddle $19 million. Weddle, 26, led the secondary in tackles with 72 last season.
*Cleveland will release quarterback Jake Delhomme on Thursday. He was 2-2 as a starter in 2010, but Colt McCoy has that job this year. Delhomme was scheduled to make $5.4 million in base salary.
*The Texans agreed to terms with backup quarterback Matt Leinart.
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