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The verbose Ochocinco didn’t speak with reporters, although the Patriots officially announced the trade for undisclosed draft considerations on Friday. They still hadn’t announced the trade for Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

New England did release seven players, including defensive end Ty Warren, tight end Alge Crumpler and offensive tackle Nick Kaczur. All carried salary cap numbers of at least $3 million. Also released were linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, defensive lineman Marcus Stroud, cornerback Tony Carter and linebacker Ryan Coulson.

The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers released Mark Tauscher, a fixture at right tackle for the better part of a decade, along with linebackers Nick Barnett, Brandon Chillar and Brady Poppinga and defensive lineman Justin Harrell.

At Spartanburg, S.C., No. 1 draft pick Cam Newton signed a deal with the Carolina Panthers and was attending team meetings. The Panthers said on Twitter that the quarterback “had officially signed on the dotted line.”

Bus Cook, Newton’s agent, told The Associated Press via a text message Friday night that the deal was for four years and “$22 million-plus.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera had said earlier Friday that he expected the former Auburn quarterback to be at Wofford College when Carolina held its first practice session Saturday.

San Francisco has its new quarterback, too, and it’s a familiar face: Alex Smith.

He signed his one-year free agent contract, as expected, giving new coach and former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh an experienced starter for this season. Within minutes of completing his deal, Smith was on the sidelines for the team’s first training camp practice _ even though he can’t formally take part in physical activity until Aug. 4 under the new labor requirements.

Meanwhile, running back Frank Gore was a no-show for the first day of camp, apparently fulfilling his plan to hold out for a new contract. The two-time Pro Bowl selection, in the final year of his current deal, has been deemed healthy by his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who didn’t respond to phone messages or email inquiries Friday.

Gore went down with a season-ending fractured hip in a Monday night game at Arizona last Nov. 29, but has recovered.

San Francisco released veteran kicker Joe Nedney and center Eric Heitmann after they failed physicals. Nedney will be replaced by five-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers, late of the Eagles, who agreed to a deal Thursday.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has a new target and Roy Williams has a chance to redeem himself.

The former Pro Bowl receiver will try to re-energize his career in a system he knows well after signing a one-year deal with Chicago, one of several big moves by the Bears. They also re-signed defensive tackle Anthony Adams and linebacker Nick Roach to two-year contracts, and agreed to a one-year deal with former New York Jets defensive lineman Vernon Gholston.

Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora failed to report for the opening day of the New York Giants training camp and was placed on the reserve-did not report list.

Umenyiora, who said during the recent lockout that general manager Jerry Reese failed to live up to a promise to renegotiate his contract, can be fined $30,000 a day. Umenyiora missed his physical, a team meeting and a conditioning session.

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