But he’s a game-breaker that coach Andy Reid wanted back.
“He has the speed and ability to score from anywhere on the field, and he has proven himself to be a big threat for our offense,” Reid said.
Eagles defensive end Trent Cole, who had 11 sacks last season, agreed to a four-year extension with Philadelphia.
Chicago agreed to a three-year deal with wide receiver Eric Weems, also a standout on special teams who could ease the kick returns burden on Devin Hester. The previous day, the Bears traded with Miami for wideout Brandon Marshall and signed quarterback Jason Campbell.
Yet the Bears also brought back Josh McCown on a one-year deal. McCown joined Chicago late last season and appeared in three games, making two starts after Caleb Hanie struggled filling in for Jay Cutler.
New St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher brought in one of his regulars when he was with the Titans, agreeing with cornerback Cortland Finnegan on a five-year contract. Finnegan was an All-Pro in 2008 and is known for his physical style. He got into a punching match with Texans star receiver Andre Johnson during a game in 2010 and both were fined $25,000.
“Obviously, I’ve had a relationship with him, know him very well and I know he’s going to fit in and be a very fine player for us. We’re very, very excited about that,” Fisher said. “He’s a complete corner in that he’s got great cover skills, he’s a run support corner. He’s got flexibility to move inside. There’s always potential to match him up with a top receiver on a game-to-game basis.”
Finnegan will get $50 million, $27 million guaranteed and $33 million in the first three years. He also can earn and additional $1 million with incentives.
Another Tennessee player, defensive end Jason Jones, was visiting Rams Park on Wednesday
Pro Bowl cornerback Carlos Rogers will get $31.3 million over four years to remain with the 49ers, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. Rogers had six interceptions last season and his return would mean all 11 starters from San Francisco’s strong defense will be back for the upcoming season.
The Peyton Manning courtship continued, with the Titans taking their turn at wooing the four-time MVP quarterback who was released earlier this month by Indianapolis. Coach Mike Munchak, general manager Ruston Webster and owner Bud Adams’ top executive in Tennessee took off in the team’s private plane to Raleigh-Durham, N.C., picked up Manning and returned to meet in Nashville.
The quarterback’s suitors already include Denver, Arizona and Miami.
Dallas landed its backup to Tony Romo when it agreed on a three-year deal with Kyle Orton, who has been a starter in Chicago, Denver and Kansas City. Jon Kitna, Romo’s backup the last two years, retired after last season.
Derek Anderson said he has agreed to remain in Carolina as Cam Newton’s backup. He did not throw a pass last season.
Two other quarterbacks on the market, Green Bay’s Matt Flynn _ considered the top available QB behind Manning _ and Chad Henne have scheduled visits to Seattle.