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Sproles, Revis, Smith, Harrison, Tuck on the move

Sproles Headed To Philadelphia






Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles found landing spots in the Northeast. Now Steve Smith and James Harrison look for new NFL homes.

Revis' stay in Tampa Bay was short, and he might not be in New England much longer. After less than a year as a Buccaneer, he was cut Wednesday and officially agreed to terms with the Patriots on Thursday - but only on a one-year deal, albeit worth about $12 million.

The 28-year-old shutdown cornerback whose contract impasses have led him from the Jets to the Bucs to the Patriots since last April, was the latest big name on the move. Versatile running back-kick returner Sproles will add some juice to Philadelphia's already high-energy offense after he was acquired from New Orleans. And someone will grab veteran Smith after the standout wide receiver was released by Carolina.

As for Harrison, the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year was cut by Cincinnati, where he spent only the 2013 season after being released by Pittsburgh.

Yet another busy period on the third day of NFL free agency in which Tampa Bay cut tackle Donald Penn and signed Anthony Collins to replace him; Oakland signed defensive end Justin Tuck; Green Bay re-signed linebacker Mike Neal and tight end Andrew Quarless; and the Jaguars formally signed defensive end Chris Clemons, defensive lineman Ziggy Hood and re-signed defensive end Jason Babin, who led the team with 7 1/2 sacks in 2013.

Revis' business manager, John Geiger, tweeted: "Now it's Official.(at)Revis24 has agreed to terms with the New England Patriots!"

Tampa released the three-time All-Pro before he was due a $1.5 million bonus. Revis was cut after efforts to trade him and his $16 million salary failed.

New England had a need at the position because Aqib Talib left for Denver. The Patriots have not announced the Revis move.

The Eagles were eager to let the world know about the addition of the 30-year-old Sproles, who figures to be a threat as a receiver, runner, returner and in pass protection against blitzers - all the things he did so well in New Orleans.

"Darren Sproles is an unbelievable offensive weapon," coach Chip Kelly said. "He can do it all: run, catch, plus he's a proven winner. And on top of that, he can bring all of those dynamic skills to the return game as well. There is no question we were all excited once we found out we were going to be able to trade for him."

Sproles had 71 catches for 604 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 220 yards and two scores in 2013.

Smith has been the face of Carolina's franchise for a decade. But he turns 35 in May and would have cost the Panthers $7 million under this year's salary cap. The Panthers still owe Smith $3 million.

"When I took this position I knew that difficult decisions would have to be made along the way," general manager Dave Gettleman said. "To move on from a storied veteran player is probably the most difficult of all. A decision not to be taken lightly. However, after much thought I feel very strongly it's the right one."

Cincinnati no longer was the right place for Harrison, 35, who had a limited role with the Bengals after he helped the Steelers win a pair of Super Bowls.

Harrison played in 15 games, starting 10, and finished 12th on the team in tackles. He had two sacks and one interception.

"It was great for our coaches, players and fans to have James on our team last year," coach Marvin Lewis said. "He's a player everyone looks up to because of his ability, his accomplishments and his drive to be the best. He helped us win a division title with his play and with the example he set.

"It's time for us to go a different direction now, with some younger guys, but we will all still reap benefits from having had James with us as a Bengal last year."

Tuck, soon to turn 32, got a two-year deal in Oakland. He spent nine seasons with the New York Giants during which he helped them win two Super Bowls. Tuck has made two Pro Bowls and has 60 1/2 career sacks, 20 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in 127 career games.

In other moves:

-Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and Tarvaris Jackson agreed to a one-year contract for him to back up quarterback Russell Wilson.

-Cleveland signed tight end Jim Dray to a three-year, $5.62 million contract, with $2.25 million in the first season. And the Browns signed Cincinnati slot wide receiver Andrew Hawkins to a four-year offer sheet. The Bengals have five days to match the offer or they'll lose the elusive and speedy Hawkins to one of their AFC North rivals.

-Washington agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent linebacker Darryl Sharpton, according to a person familiar with the deal.

7/8-Linebacker Kavell Conner signed a three-year contract with the Chargers. He is the second former Colts player to sign with the Chargers in the last three days, joining running back Donald Brown.

-Chicago agreed to a three-year contract with defensive end Willie Young and a one-year deal with receiver Domenik Hixon. Young spent four years with Detroit and Hixon had seven catches for 55 yards with Carolina in 2013. He previously played for Denver (2006-07) and the New York Giants (2007-12).

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James March 14 2014 at 2:49 AM

Going to miss you Justin.............you were a rock in NY. Good luck with the Raiders. Hope you retire as a Giant.

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Tom and Diane March 13 2014 at 11:36 PM

Why do we even care about "our team" The players and owners are all about the money not loyalty.

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Tom Tom and Diane March 14 2014 at 5:51 AM

Did you just figure that out?

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talbot2295 March 14 2014 at 9:08 AM

As a life long Cowboys fan, I am disgusted by Jones and his ego..Im thinking of becoming a Dolphins fan..at least if I go to a game..it will be warm, theres a beach close by, and I won't be disillusioned with the thoughts of being "America's Team"!!

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vvaruss March 14 2014 at 10:10 AM

Someone needs to pick up Ryan Mallett. Several teams need better QBs and Ryan will do well wherever he goes.

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Howdy, Susie March 13 2014 at 9:21 PM

AOL - Get deliawdenker off of these boards permanently! Get scum scam off of here, or why are we paying?

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lcarter33 March 13 2014 at 11:05 PM

I firmly believe NFL Stars are not fully committed to the game and not being loyal to the millions of fans. Yes it's about money and definitely the owner of teams. I am a die hard Cowboys Fans and want Jerry Jones to hire a GM who know how to draft players. We need a good back up for Romo should he stays and definitely need good safeties and cornerbacks.

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Bill lcarter33 March 14 2014 at 1:37 AM

Jerry Jones is your problem.He thinks he can run the team better than any GM and he can't
He's an ego maniac.

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reddog22o5 lcarter33 March 14 2014 at 2:16 AM

Im a Cowboys fan as well. Its absolutely sickening to see what Jerry Jones has done. Free agents have no interest in coming here, Jason Garrett is arguably the worst coach in the NFL, worse enough now does not have talent to compete. Cowboy fans need to stop buying merch and going to games. Let Jerry rot in his "palace" he built.

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Rich reddog22o5 March 14 2014 at 10:25 AM

Amen

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usafgolfrvs March 13 2014 at 10:10 PM

NOW I GUESS THE WORLD KNOWS, THE NFL IS NOT A SPORT, ITS A BUSINESS. SO PLAYERS IN THE NFL, NBA, AND NLB SHOULD GET ALL YOU CAN GET WHILE YOU CAN GET IT. NO MATTER HOW YOU GIVE YOUR HEART AND SOUL TO A TEAM YOU ARE A PEICE OF MEAT THAT MONEY WILL DECEIDE YOUR RETIREMENT JERSEY. DALLAS, SAINTS, BUCS, CAROLINA SHAME ON YOU. I HOPE EACH OF YOU DO NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS THIS YEAR. THAT WILL BE A LITTLE PAYBACK

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Bill usafgolfrvs March 14 2014 at 1:40 AM

Every sport is a business to think otherwise is foolish. Owners don;t invest the amount of money they do without the desire to make money.

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Welcome Justin usafgolfrvs March 14 2014 at 8:04 AM

The NBA and MLB are more heartless businesses than the NFL has ever been, although, this year proves the NFL is getting closer to the others.

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Daddy O March 14 2014 at 11:08 AM

I just read Pelosi wants congress to act on changing the Red Skins name. All the high schools here are being forced to remove names like braves, chiefs, etc. Soon there will be no mention of the native american people> Is that what they are going for?

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CornStove7 March 13 2014 at 8:44 PM

Daren Sprouls is a STEAL for the Eagles!!!!!

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STINKDOG March 13 2014 at 8:50 PM

I just don't want that sack of crap Michael Vick to head to my Jets!!!

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