Raiders bring in Wade to compete for starting center position

Updated: March 31, 2008, 7:22 PM ET
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Uncertain whether they would re-sign Jeremy Newberry, last year's starting center, the Raiders signed Bucs starting center John Wade. Terms of the contract weren't available.

Wade lost his job in Tampa Bay when the Bucs signed Jeff Faine to a six-year, $37.5 million contract. The 33-year-old Wade started 106 games for the Bucs and Jaguars in 10 NFL seasons.

Wade spent his first five years in Jacksonville and his last five years in Tampa Bay. He will compete against Jake Grove for the starting job.

-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

Freed from the cap problems of the old Larry Fitzgerald contract, the Cardinals re-signed cornerback Matt Ware Monday. Ware became the sixth Cardinal to re-sign in the past week following the four-year, $40 million Fitzgerald deal that freed up almost $8 million of cap room.

Ware, 25, is expected to compete for the third cornerback job. He comes the third defensive player to re-sign in the past week, joining defensive end Joe Tafoya and defensive end Bo Schobel. The Cardinals now have 20 defensive players on their roster.

-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

Safety Chris Crocker signed a $1.15 million, one-year contract Monday with the Miami Dolphins and is expected to compete for a starting job.

The Dolphins also were awarded sixth-round and seventh-round compensatory draft picks by the NFL.

Crocker's deal includes $300,000 guaranteed. He started 14 games and had three interceptions for Atlanta last year, and he has 52 starts in five NFL seasons.

Other safeties with Miami include Yeremiah Bell, Renaldo Hill, Jason Allen, Keith Davis and Courtney Bryan.

The Dolphins have nine selections in the draft, including the top pick.

-- The Associated Press