Signings: Frerotte signs three-year deal with Rams

Updated: March 18, 2006, 9:59 AM ET
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Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Gus Frerotte signed a three-year contract with the St. Louis Rams on Friday.

Frerotte played under new Rams coach Scott Linehan at Miami last season and in Minnesota the two previous seasons. The Rams will be the seventh NFL team for the 13-year veteran.

Frerotte guided Miami to a 9-7 season last year but was released earlier this week when the Dolphins traded for Daunte Culpepper. Frerotte backed up Culpepper in Minnesota.

-- The Associated Press

Patriots sign former Charger Caldwell

The Patriots made their first move in free agency by reaching a two-year agreement with Chargers wide receiver Reche Caldwell.

Terms of the deal were unavailable, but the deal, like many given by the Patriots, gives Caldwell a lot of incentives if he does well on the field. After the losses of David Givens and Andre' Davis in free agency, the Patriots were in need of receiving help. They were down to Deion Branch and Bethel Johnson. Troy Brown and Tim Dwight are currently free agents and they are visiting other teams.

The 26-year-old Caldwell had 14 starts in his four seasons with the Chargers. He's caught 76 passes for 950 yards and seven touchdowns during his career. He has the potential to make big plays. During his career, he's had seven receptions of 30 yards or more.

The Chargers made him the 48th selection in the 2002 draft.

-- John Clayton

Cowboys ink Fabini to address O-line woes
The Cowboys made a second move to improve their offensive line by reaching a three-year, $6 million deal with former Jets left tackle Jason Fabini. Clauses in the contract could grow the deal to $7.5 million over the three years.

Fabini will be moved to right tackle with the Cowboys and fix one of the team's biggest problems last season. The Cowboys had right tackle problems starting in beginning of training camp. They ended up trying Torrin Tucker in the pre-season at right tackle and then went with rookie Rob Petitti for the regular season.

Fabini, a salary cap cut for the Jets, visited the Patriots and was in heavy negotiations with the Bucs but decided to go to the Cowboys. Earlier this week, Dallas added Kyle Kozier, who is expected to help out at guard, to a five-year, $15 million deal.

-- John Clayton

Bills sign Cardinals guard Wells to offer sheet
The Arizona Cardinals will have a tough choice in trying to decide whether to match the offer sheet the Bills gave to guard Reggie Wells.

Wells signed a five-year, $17.6 million offer sheet that has a $3 million signing bonus and another $2 million in a guaranteed roster bonus. The Cardinals have seven days to match the offer. If they don't, they would receive a sixth-round draft choice.

-- John Clayton

LB Simmons inks one-year deal with Saints
Seven-year veteran linebacker Anthony Simmons, who did not play in the NFL in 2005 as he recovered from a broken wrist, has signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the New Orleans Saints, ESPN.com has learned.

A first-round pick in the 1998 draft, Simmons was a standout for the Seattle Seahawks until the team released him last spring. Simmons, 29, had auditions with several teams last spring and summer but, with his wrist slow to heal, was unable to sign with any of them. Over the last few weeks, he met with officials from the Miami Dolphins and the Saints, and his workouts went well.

Simmons appeared in 87 games for the Seahawks, and he had 590 tackles, 10 sacks, nine interceptions and seven forced fumbles. In a few of his better seasons, the former Clemson standout was a Pro Bowl-caliber player. Unfortunately, in a three-season span, between 2002-2004, injuries limited Simmons to just 27 appearances.

--Len Pasquarelli

Chiefs sign RB Griffin to one-year deal
Quentin Griffin is moving from one AFC West team to another.

The Kansas City Chiefs signed the reserve running back to a one-year contract on Friday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Griffin spent his first three years with the Denver Broncos. He began the 2004 season as Denver's starter and rushed for 311 yards and three touchdowns in five games. But he was then hobbled by an ankle injury and ended up missing five games.

Last season, the Broncos cut Griffin in September after he fell behind Mike Anderson, Tatum Bell and Ron Dayne on the depth chart, but re-signed him later in the month.

Griffin has appeared in 16 regular-season games and compiled 656 yards and two touchdowns on 179 carries. His best game came in the 2004 season opener when he ran for 156 yards against Kansas City.

Now the Chiefs will likely use him as a backup to Larry Johnson if Priest Holmes decides to retire.

Kansas City also re-signed long snapper/tight end Kendall Gammon to a one-year contract on Friday.

--SportsTicker

Haggan and Reed agree to terms with Bills
The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms with restricted free-agent linebacker Mario Haggan and unrestricted free-agent wide receiver Josh Reed. Reed signed a four-year deal for $10 million, with a $2 million signing bonus, ESPN.com's John Clayton reports.

Haggan was a seventh-round pick in 2003 and was a highly regarded member of Buffalo's special-teams unit. Haggan led the Bills with 25 special-teams tackles in 2005. Haggan played in all 32 games in the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

In 2005, Reed was one of two Buffalo Bills to catch a pass in all 16 games. Reed registered 32 receptions for 449 yards and two touchdowns in 2005.

Dolphins sign Renaldo Hill, re-sign Travis Minor
The Miami Dolphins signed defensive back Renaldo Hill to a three-year contract Friday as an unrestricted free agent from the Oakland Raiders.

The Dolphins also re-signed running back Travis Minor and tight end Alex Holmes, both to one-year contracts.

Hill began his career as a seventh-round draft choice of Arizona in 2001.

He played his first four years with the Cardinals before signing with the Raiders as a free agent in 2005.

--The Associated Press

Fonoti signs with Buccaneers
Free-agent guard Toniu Fonoti signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday.

The former second-round pick has appeared in 34 games, with 33 starts, in four NFL seasons with San Diego and Minnesota. He started two games with the Chargers in 2005 before being traded to the Vikings on Oct. 18.

Fonoti, who made one start for the Vikings, was the 39th player taken in the 2002 draft. He started 14 of 15 games he played as a rookie in San Diego. He missed the 2003 season because of an injury, then started all 16 games for the Chargers in 2004.

--The Associated Press

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