Colts re-sign Morris; Collins staying with Titans

Updated: March 6, 2007, 1:15 PM ET
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Indianapolis Colts: The Colts on Monday re-signed veteran linebacker and unrestricted free agent Rob Morris. He had 48 tackles during the 2006 regular season, followed by 21 tackles, including 17 solo tackles, during the Colts' four playoff victories.

Team president Bill Polian said keeping Morris was one of the team's top priorities and that he expects the converted middle linebacker to continue to start on the strong side, where he excelled in the playoffs. Terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed.

Arizona Cardinals: Former Dallas Cowboys center Al Johnson agreed to a four-year contract with the Cardinals on Monday, the team's first free-agent acquisition of the year. Terms of the contract weren't disclosed.

Johnson said Sunday that he had an offer on the table from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but liked what he heard from new Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt and offensive line coach Russ Grimm.

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons kept up their offseason purge Monday, releasing offensive guard Matt Lehr.

Lehr started 26 games at left guard in two years with the Falcons. He served a four-game suspension this past season for a violation of the NFL's steroids policy.

Dallas Cowboys: Kicker Martin Gramatica agreed to a two-year deal with the Cowboys on Monday. Financial details were not available. Gramatica made six of eight field-goal attempts last season and all 23 extra-point attempts.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos signed special teams player/fullback Paul Smith to a three-year deal, Smith's agent Steve Baker confirmed Monday.

Smith, 29, played last season for the St. Louis Rams. He has 46 carries for 210 yards in his career, which includes three seasons with Detroit and three more in San Francisco.

Detroit Lions: The Lions re-signed defensive end Corey Smith to a one-year contract on Monday. Smith, who was an unrestricted free agent, had 10 tackles and two sacks in Detroit last season. He started in one of eight games after signing with the Lions in November.

Houston Texans: The Texans re-signed cornerback Roc Alexander, defensive end N.D. Kalu and offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam, all free agents.

Alexander, who also returns kicks, missed all but one game last season after a season-ending knee injury in Houston's opener.

Kalu, a 10-year veteran, appeared in 15 games and had 21 tackles and two sacks. Salaam played 15 games, starting 14 last year.

Miami Dolphins: Miami signed tight end David Martin to a three-year contract. Martin had 87 receptions for 766 yards and nine touchdowns in six seasons with Green Bay. He caught 21 passes last season and scored a touchdown against Miami.

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks added some depth on offense Monday, re-signing reserve tight end Will Heller and backup fullback Josh Parry.

Heller played in all 16 regular-season games last year for Seattle, used mostly as a blocker when multiple tight ends were used. Parry played in eight games, mostly on special teams, but suffered a foot injury and was placed on injured reserve Nov. 29.

St. Louis Rams: The Rams on Monday signed free agent punter B.J. Sander to a contract. Terms weren't immediately available. Sander, who was out of football last season, was a third-round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2004, but did not play that season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Free-agent defensive end Kevin Carter signed with the Buccaneers on Monday.

Carter is fourth among active players with 97.5 career sacks and has not missed a game in 12 seasons with the Titans, Rams and Dolphins, who released him last week after he was unable to reach an agreement on a restructured contract.

In 2005 he averaged 39.2 yards on 64 punts in 14 games with the Packers, missing the final two games of the season with a knee injury.

Tennessee Titans: The Titans agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent QB Kerry Collins. The 12-year veteran started three games for the Titans last season, throwing for 549 yards and one touchdown before handing over the reigns to rookie Vince Young.

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