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Jennings spent seven years getting the best of the Vikings’ secondary while playing for their bitter rivals in Green Bay. No longer feeling as important to the Packers after two seasons shortened by injuries, Jennings crossed the border and found a team that welcomed him with desperately open arms.

Jennings signed a five-year contract with the Vikings on Friday, leaving Aaron Rodgers and that high-octane passing offense in Green Bay for the unproven Christian Ponder and the ground-and-pound Vikings. In 2011, he missed three games with a sprained left knee. He said he felt lost in the shuffle behind younger Packers receivers such as James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb and sounded determined to prove that his best years are not behind him.

“I can definitely still do it,” said Jennings, who will turn 30 on Sept. 21. “I can definitely still make plays and be as exciting as I was in my earlier years.”

Arizona released Kolb, ending the quarterback’s two injury-filled seasons with the team. The move came just ahead of the deadline for paying Kolb a $2 million roster bonus. The Cardinals paid Kolb some $20 million over two seasons after acquiring him in a trade that sent a second-round draft pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The move reportedly saved $7 million in salary cap space. Meanwhile, the Cardinals were spending the money left and right, agreeing to terms on one-year contracts with former San Diego and ex-University of Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason and ex-Oakland defensive end Matt Shaughnessy.

In Miami, Ryan Tannehill now has plenty of potential pass targets, thanks to a spending spree by the Dolphins.

Miami signed Keller and wideout Brandon Gibson to complete a much-needed upgrade of the receiving corps. The Dolphins earlier added Mike Wallace, the top pass-catcher in free agency, and re-signed wideout Brian Hartline last week.

The moves transform the passing game into a potential strength.

“We feel that we have added some very good pieces to our passing game,” general manager Jeff Ireland said.

Keller and Gibson agreed.

“In today’s NFL, you’ve got to have more than one or two ways to get people the ball,” Gibson said. “This is a young and talented group. If we stick together, we could be very good.”

Gibson spent the past four seasons with the St. Louis Rams, where he made 38 starts. Last year, he had 51 receptions for a career-high 691 yards and five touchdowns while starting 13 games.

Keller, who had 17 career touchdown catches with the Jets, signed a one-year contract as a replacement for Anthony Fasano. Keller was slowed by a left ankle injury last year, when he made 28 catches for 317 yards and two scores in eight games.

“It was pretty frustrating,” he said. “This is a fresh start for me. It’s an opportunity to go somewhere and re-prove myself.”

Meanwhile, the Jets had their busiest day yet of free agent signings after watching several of their key players leave during the early days of free agency.

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