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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.
Green Bay’s Matt Flynn _ considered the top available QB behind Manning _ had a scheduled visit to Seattle.
The Cowboys bolstered their secondary with Brandon Carr, who was a starting cornerback for Kansas City and will replace Terence Newman, released this week by Dallas. Carr got a five-year deal.
The Chargers re-signed left tackle Jared Gaither to a four-year contract and signed former Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson to a four-year deal. Gaither helped solidify the Chargers’ line during the last five games after he was waived by Kansas City. He replaces Marcus McNeill, who was released Tuesday.
San Diego also agreed to a one-year deal with tight end Kory Sperry, whose contract had expired.
The Super Bowl champion Giants signed tight end Martellus Bennett to a deal. They lost starter Jake Ballard and backup Travis Beckum to major knee injuries in the Super Bowl win over the Patriots. Bennett has played behind Jason Witten in Dallas.
The Jets re-signed kicker Nick Folk, who spent the last two years with the team, and cut safety Gerald Alexander.
Oakland cut two more players as part of an offseason overhaul: right guard Cooper Carlisle and defensive tackle John Henderson. The Raiders are now about $10 million under the salary cap.
Cleveland released veteran offensive guard Eric Steinbach, once a major acquisition who missed last season following back surgery and was due to make $6 million this season.
Tight end John Carlson signed a five-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, bringing him to the team he grew up cheering for as a kid in Litchfield, which is about 90 minutes west of the Twin Cities.
A person familiar with the negotiations told the AP that nose tackle Paul Soliai signed a $12 million, two-year contract to remain with the Miami Dolphins. The deal includes $6 million guaranteed.
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