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_The Dallas Cowboys are releasing veteran defensive tackle Marcus Spears, with the move designated for June 1, when it will save the Cowboys $2 million against the salary cap. Spears, who turned 30 last week, was the second of two first-round picks after DeMarcus Ware in 2005.

_Seattle and defensive end Cliff Avril reached agreement on a deal that addresses one of Seattle’s big offseason concerns, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The agreement was still pending a physical.