Packers shore up defense with Manuel
Packers on the defense: The Packers continue to fix their defense, making their second key signing in two days.
The Packers reached a five-year, $10 million deal with Seahawks safety Marquand Manuel. Included in the deal is a $2 million signing bonus.
The Seahawks have been trying to re-sign him for the past five days but didn't get an agreement when free agency started Friday night. Manuel is scheduled to head to Green Bay on Sunday and he will sign the deal then.
On Friday night, the Packers re-signed defensive end Aaron Kampman to a five-year, $25 million deal that included $11 million in guarantees. On Sunday, they are scheduled to have Rams defensive tackle Ryan Pickett in for a visit.
Ravens find a replacement: The Baltimore Ravens wasted no time in replacing defensive end Anthony Weaver Saturday, reaching a five-year, $25 million agreement with former Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce.
Pryce has been one of the most dominating defensive linemen in the league whether he has played at defensive end or defensive tackle. The Broncos cut him in a cap-related move last week that saved the Broncos $8.5 million of cap room.
Included in the deal for Pryce is $10 million of guarantees.
Longwell on the move:The Vikings made the first major strike in the free-agent kicker market by reaching a five-year, $10 million deal with Packers kicker Ryan Longwell. Included in the deal is a $3 million signing bonus.
The Packers were trying to re-sign him but have now lost their kicker to an NFC North rival.
The Bucs pursued Longwell on Saturday but the Vikings stepped up and took the offer to $2 million a year and gave him a $3 million signing bonus and the deal was done.
Taylor received a four-year deal worth $14.1 million and included guarantees of $5.6 million.
Leber received a five-year deal worth around $20 million that included a $4 million signing bonus.
Bidding for Brees: After a visit in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday morning with Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban and general manager Randy Mueller, Chargers quarterback Drew Brees flew to New Orleans to visit the Saints, where negotiations have heated up.
Brees is considered the top free-agent quarterback available even though he's coming off shoulder surgery.
Dr. James Andrews, who performed Brees' surgery, said Brees is on schedule with his rehab to be able to throw in May and participate in minicamp. If the Saints sign Brees, they will release quarterback Aaron Brooks.
Royal, who spent the past four seasons with Washington, agreed to a reported five-year, $10 million contract that includes a $2.5 million bonus. The move came shortly after he visited the team at its Orchard Park headquarters.
The Bills made their second acquisition of Saturday by reaching an agreement with Colts defensive tackle Larry Tripplett. Terms of the deal weren't available, but defensive tackles who were being signed Saturday have been getting contracts in the $4 million range.
Tripplett is a former second-round pick of the Colts but he probably didn't have much of a chance to return to Indianapolis. The Colts re-signed defensive Raheem Brock for big money and there has been some thought of using him a little at defensive tackle.
Clancy a Card: The Arizona Cardinals have signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy, who had the best season of his career in 2005, to a four-year, $8.1 million contract, ESPN.com has confirmed. The deal will pay Clancy $3.5 million in 2006 between his signing bonus and base salary.
Clancy, 27, had started only four times in his 53 appearances with the Pittsburgh Steelers 2000-2004, and the Giants signed him to a one-year contract last spring more for depth. But the former University of Mississippi standout started in 15 of 16 games in New York last season and registered 39 tackles and two sacks, while providing an inside presence against the run. Clancy entered last season with just 30 tackles and no sacks for his career.
The Giants had hoped to keep Clancy, a third-round pick of the Steelers in the 2000 draft, but the Cardinals brought him in for a Saturday visit and struck a quick deal.
Kosier shaking up Cowboys: In a move that could affect their two veteran guards, the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday reached an agreement with unrestricted free agent offensive lineman Kyle Kosier, a versatile four-year veteran who has started at tackle and guard during his career.
Kosier, who played for the Detroit Lions in 2005 after spending three seasons in San Francisco, agreed to a five-year contract that includes $5 million in bonus money.
The Cowboys have told Kosier that they expect him to play guard and it remains to be seen how that affects the tandem of Larry Allen and Marco Rivera. Allen is due a $2 million roster bonus on April 1 and that will push his 2006 salary cap charge to more than $7 million. It's possible the Cowboys could move Allen from left guard to right tackle, a longtime problem area for the team.
Running with it: The Texans added a fullback in Jameel Cook of the Bucs on Saturday in what could be adding to an enhanced backfield.
Domanick Davis is the starting running back but the Texans are looking at drafting Reggie Bush with the first pick. The signing of Cook gives them a blocking back in what should be an upgraded running game.
The Texans will decide in a month whether or not to draft Bush or take quarterback Vince Young.
Nedney staying put: The 49ers announced Saturday that kicked Joe Nedney has been re-signed. Terms of the contract were not announced by the team.
Nedney, a 10-year NFL veteran, is in his second season with San Francisco. He finished 26-of-28 on field goal attempts and 19-of-19 on extra point attempts for a team-leading 97 points last season. Nedney owns a career field goal percentage of 77.2 (153 of 198) and has converted on 98.6 percent of his extra-point attempts.
Vikes get bitten: The Vikings overplayed their hand a bit Friday by putting a deadline on three of the teams they were talking to in trade conversations for quarterback Daunte Culpepper.
All three had the perception from the Vikings that one of the teams were offering a second-round pick.
The Raiders dropped out and were only considering a conditional third-round choice before they got too heavy into the bidding. The Dolphins weren't going to go that high, but might have been willing to give a solid third.
Titans general manager Floyd Reese officially notified the Vikings that he is no longer interested and won't do any more bidding for Culpepper. Reese labeled the talks exploratory and said he liked the current group of Titans quarterbacks. He said that the Titans will concentrate on longer term solutions in the future as opposed to a short-term acquisition.
Chargers bolster secondary: For the second consecutive year, the Chargers used free agency to help the safety position.
The Chargers reached a five-year, $16 million agreement Saturday night with Panthers safety Marlon McCree. Included in the deal is $6 million in roster bonuses over the first two years of the contract.
Last year, the Chargers brought in Bhawoh Jue from the Packers and he helped to improve the secondary. McCree was brought in with the idea of playing free safety but he also has the versatility to play at strong safety.
Though the Chargers have $24 million of cap room, they are not going to be big players in free agency. McCree is expected to be their biggest signing. The Chargers prefer to build through the draft and spot free agency moves and spend their money in re-signings and extensions.
ESPN.com senior NFL writers Len Pasquarelli and John Clayton and The Associated Press contributed reporting for this article.