Sorgi can't get away from Mannings

Updated: March 9, 2010, 8:44 PM ET
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After six years backing up Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, Jim Sorgi will get a chance to do the same for Peyton's brother Eli.

The Giants announced Tuesday that they signed Sorgi to a one-year deal. Contract terms were not disclosed.

Sorgi will compete with second-year man Rhett Bomar for the Giants' backup quarterback job.

The 6-foot-5, 196-pound quarterback was the Colts' sixth-round draft choice in 2004.

He has appeared in 16 NFL games, completing 99 of 156 pass attempts for 929 yards, with six touchdowns and one interception. He played in only one game in 2009, and was placed on injured reserve in December with shoulder tendinitis.

Sorgi worked out for the Giants on Monday and said his shoulder felt fine.

-- The Associated Press

LLOYD GOES NORTH TO VIKINGS; SAPP RE-SIGNS
The Vikings signed kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd and re-signed cornerback Benny Sapp. They announced the deals Tuesday.

Lloyd handled kickoffs for the Carolina Panthers the past two seasons, leading the NFL with 30 touchbacks in 2008. He had 21 touchbacks last year, tied for fourth-most in the league.

Ryan Longwell remains the regular kicker for the Vikings. He was second in the NFL in field-goal percentage, but had only five touchbacks last year, 23rd in the league.

Sapp started a total of seven games last season while filling in for injured starter Antoine Winfield, totaling 25 tackles, two passes defensed and two forced fumbles during a particularly strong six-game stretch. He finished the regular season with 55 tackles, the most in his NFL seasons.

Sapp served the rest of the season as the nickel back, and his presence this year will be important since Winfield and fellow starter Cedric Griffin are coming off injuries.

-- The Associated Press

CARDINALS ARRANGE TO HAVE MORE QB OPTIONS
The Arizona Cardinals have scheduled a visit with Chargers quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, a restricted free agent, as they explore adding depth as well as potential competition for Matt Leinart, sources said. The visit is planned for Tuesday and Wednesday.

If the Cardinals sign Whitehurst and the Chargers decline to match the offer, Arizona would owe San Diego a third-round draft pick, which is the qualifying contract tender that was used on the quarterback, who was a third-round choice in 2006. That tender is worth $1,176,000 for the 2010 season.

The Cardinals have two third-round draft choices next month, having acquired Baltimore's third- and fourth-round picks in a deal that sent wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the Ravens.

Leinart is the only quarterback currently under contract on the Cardinals' roster.

-- ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen

SAINTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DB TORRENCE
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has agreed to re-sign reserve defensive back Leigh Torrence to a one-year contract.

Torrence has been with the Saints since being claimed off waivers in November 2008.

He played in five games for New Orleans in 2009 before injuring his shoulder and finishing the year on injured reserve.

The 5-foot-11, 179-pound former Stanford standout has played four NFL seasons, including stints with Atlanta and Washington.

Loomis did not disclose the financial terms of Torrence's deal.

-- The Associated Press

RAIDERS RELEASE WALKER, ELLIS
The Oakland Raiders have released wide receiver Javon Walker and defensive end Greg Ellis.

The team announced the moves on its Web site on Monday. Walker was a big disappointment after signing a $55 million free-agent contract with an $11 million signing bonus before the 2008 season. He caught 15 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown in two injury-plagued seasons in Oakland.

Walker restructured the deal last year and will be paid $2.6 million this season despite his release.

Ellis signed a two-year contract with Oakland last June. He was tied for the team lead with seven sacks last season despite dealing with knee problems. He was due $2.5 million next season.

-- The Associated Press

EAGLES TRADE WR BROWN TO BUCS
The Philadelphia Eagles traded wide receiver Reggie Brown to Tampa Bay for the Buccaneers' sixth-round pick in 2011.

The two sides have been discussing the deal the past few days and consummated it Monday, giving the Buccaneers another veteran wide receiver with free agent Antonio Bryant not expected to return.

The 29-year-old Brown has 177 career receptions and 17 touchdowns.

Brown was selected third in the second round of the 2005 draft after playing four years at the University of Georgia.

-- ESPN.com news services

BROWNS TRADE FOR SEAHAWKS' WALLACE
Cleveland Browns executive Mike Holmgren reached out for one of his favorites Monday.

Seattle traded quarterback/wide receiver Seneca Wallace to the Browns for an undisclosed pick in 2011.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and ESPN.com's John Clayton first reported the trade.

"This will give Seneca a chance for a fresh start," Seattle general manager John Schneider said in a statement. "The Browns front office's familiarity with his abilities will give him an opportunity to compete for playing time. We wish him nothing but the best."

Wallace's best season was 2008 when he started eight games in Holmgren's last season and threw for 1,532 yards and 11 touchdowns. Wallace started two games last season while starter Matt Hasselbeck was injured.

Wallace was drafted in the fourth round by Seattle in 2003. He played in 46 career games with the Seahawks, including 14 starts at quarterback, throwing for 25 career touchdowns with a passer rating of 83.2.

-- ESPN.com news services

COLTS RELEASE GUARD LILJA
Indianapolis Colts guard Ryan Lilja has been cut by Indianapolis, his agent told The Associated Press.

Lilja started all 19 games, including the Super Bowl loss to New Orleans Saints, last season for the Colts, but the team decided to release him Monday, agent Craig Domann said.

The 28-year-old Lilja received his $1.7 million roster bonus before being cut.

The Indianapolis Star first reported the move on its Web site.

Lilja signed with Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2004, and was later released and signed with the Colts. Indianapolis re-signed him in 2008 to a five-year deal that was worth about $19 million, but he missed that season with a knee injury.

-- The Associated Press

SOURCE: SAINTS REACH OUT TO RAMS' LITTLE
New Orleans lost free-agent linebacker Scott Fujita to Cleveland, but it wasted no time reaching out to Rams free-agent defensive end Leonard Little, according to a league source.

The source said Little is now scheduled to visit New Orleans on Wednesday night and Thursday.

Little had 6½ sacks last year for the Rams.

-- Adam Schefter

SOURCE: WR BRYANT TO FLY INTO CINCINNATI ON MONDAY
Free-agent wide receiver Antonio Bryant is scheduled to fly into Cincinnati on Monday for a visit Tuesday, a league source said.

The Bengals want to add a veteran wide receiver and are contemplating Bryant, Terrell Owens, and Brandon Marshall.

-- Adam Schefter

SOURCE: CARDS WOOING DT EASON AND OL SMITH
The Arizona Cardinals are bringing in free-agent defensive tackle Nick Eason and free-agent offensive lineman Wade Smith for dinner Monday and visits Tuesday, according to a league source.

Eason had 16 tackles in eight games last year for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith played for the Kansas City Chiefs.

-- Adam Schefter

SOURCE: EAGLES' OL ANDREWS RESTRUCTURES DEAL
Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Stacy Andrews restructured his contract Monday, according to a league source.

The source said he lowered his 2010 base salary from $2.95 million to $1.15 million. Andrews also had his $4.1 million roster bonus moved up from the 30th day of the league year -- the beginning of April -- to Monday. So the Eagles paid the bonus to Andrews on Monday, and lowered his base salary $1.8 million dollars.

-- Adam Schefter

SOURCE: LIONS SIGN EX-RAMS CB WADE TO 1-YEAR DEAL
The Detroit Lions, who worked to fix their defensive line with the acquisitions of defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and defensive tackle Corey Williams, started to improve their secondary after reaching a one-year deal with former St. Louis Rams cornerback Jonathan Wade, according to a source.

The source said Wade received a one-year deal. A third-round choice of the Rams in 2007, Wade was scheduled to be a restricted free agent but the team opted not to give him a restricted free agency tender, making him a free agent.

The 5-foot-10, 198-pound Wade started six games during his three seasons with the Rams.

-- John Clayton

SOURCE: PATRIOTS TE WATSON VISITING SEAHAWKS, BROWNS
New England tight end Benjamin Watson will visit the Seahawks on Monday and the Browns on Wednesday, according to a league source.

Watson played in every game last season for the Patriots, hauling in 29 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns.

Patriots free-agent defensive end Jarvis Green is on his way to visit the Broncos Monday night and Tuesday, according to a league source.

-- Adam Schefter

PANTHERS RELEASE LONGTIME FULLBACK HOOVER
The Carolina Panthers have added to their purge of veterans with the release of longtime fullback Brad Hoover.

The move Monday comes in a one-week stretch where the Panthers let defensive end Julius Peppers leave in free agency, then cut quarterback Jake Delhomme, defensive tackles Damione Lewis and Maake Kemoeatu, and linebackers Na'il Diggs and Landon Johnson.

Letting the 33-year-old Hoover go saves the Panthers close to $1 million in payroll for the 2010 season and ends his 10-year stay in Carolina.

Signed as an undrafted rookie out of Western Carolina, the Thomasville, N.C., native became a mainstay as a reliable blocker and special teams player.

The Panthers will likely turn to second-year pro Tony Fiammetta at fullback.

The Panthers' first signing came later Monday, when they inked receiver Wallace Wright, who was mostly a special teams player the past four seasons with the New York Jets.

-- The Associated Press

LIONS RE-SIGN HELLER, PICK UP WR CLARK
The Detroit Lions have re-signed tight end Will Heller to a three-year deal and signed free agent wide receiver Brian Clark to a one-year deal.

Terms were not disclosed Monday.

The 6-foot-6-inch, 275-pound Heller joined the Lions before last season as an unrestricted free agent. He had 29 receptions, 296 yards and three touchdowns for Detroit.

The team says the 6-2, 204-pound Clark will compete at the wide receiver position and contribute on special teams.

The Lions also released defensive end Dewayne White.

-- The Associated Press

BILLS SIGN EX-RAIDERS OT GREEN FOR THREE YEARS
Offensive tackle Cornell Green's agent says his client has agreed to a three-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.

The deal is for $9 million over three years, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Philip Williams says the agreement was reached as Green, a free agent, visited with the team on Monday. Green spent the past three seasons playing for the Oakland Raiders.

Green becomes the first player to join the Bills since the NFL's free-agency period opened Friday. He fills a significant need on a team that lacks depth at tackle after starter Brad Butler retired last month and with Demetrius Bell recovering from a knee injury.

Green entered the NFL in 1999 as an undrafted free agent with Atlanta. He has 46 starts in 89 career games, having also played for Tampa Bay and Denver.

-- ESPN.com news services

CHARGERS CLAIM RB MASON OFF REDSKINS WAIVERS
The San Diego Chargers have claimed running back Marcus Mason off waivers from the Washington Redskins, beginning the process of restocking their backfield.

Mason spent most of his first two NFL seasons on the practice squads of the Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. He played in nine games last season for the Redskins, gaining 127 yards on 32 carries.

The Chargers recently released running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Michael Bennett.

-- The Associated Press

TEXANS RE-SIGN WR WALTER, PUNTER TURK
Receiver Kevin Walter and punter Matt Turk, both unrestricted free agents, have been re-signed by the Houston Texans.

Walter started 14 games opposite Andre Johnson last season and had 53 receptions for 611 yards and two touchdowns. He joined the Texans in 2006 and has 195 receptions for 2,470 yards and 15 touchdowns since arriving in Houston.

Walter, who has started 45 games in the last three seasons, signed with the Texans after three seasons in Cincinnati.

Turk averaged a franchise-best 42.8 yards per punt last season and landed 24 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. The 41-year-old spent the last three seasons with the Texans after a year in St. Louis.

Terms were not disclosed Monday.

-- The Associated Press

DE BABIN WRAPPING UP VISIT WITH TITANS
Free agent Jason Babin is wrapping up a visit with the Tennessee Titans, who are looking to add depth on the defensive line.

The Titans are looking for help after losing defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch to the Detroit Lions in the early hours of free agency on Friday.

Babin had 2½ sacks for the Philadelphia Eagles last season. He was a first-round draft pick out of Western Michigan by the Houston Texans in 2004 and also has played for the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs.

-- The Associated Press