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Patriots and sixth-round pick Markell Carter agree on four-year contract

07.27.11 at 3:51 pm ET
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The Patriots agreed on a deal with their sixth-round draft pick Markell Carter Wednesday afternoon ‘€” a four-year contract ‘€” according to a league source. Carter is the first Patriots pick to sign this year. A 6-foot-4, 248-pounder out of Central Arkansas, he totaled 62 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior, and finished his college career with 16.5 sacks. Here’s video of him in action as a collegian:

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Report: Redskins ink former Jet Kellen Clemens

07.27.11 at 3:40 pm ET
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In the midst of potentially trading veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb, the Redskins have reportedly signed Kellen Clemens to a one-year deal, according to a tweet from Adam Schefter.

After a four-year career at Oregon, Clemens was drafted by the Jets in the second round, 49th overall, of the 2006 draft. Clemens has played sparingly throughout his five-year career, only seeing serious playing time in 2007. Filling in for a struggling Chad Pennington, Clemens started eight games that season, compiling 1,529 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Since then, he has started just one game, in 2009.

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Report: Matt Leinart to sign with Texans

07.27.11 at 3:39 pm ET
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Quarterback Matt Leinart has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Texans, according to a tweet from John McClain. The signing would eliminate the chances of a Leinart-Pete Carroll reunion in Seattle.

According to a tweet from Adam Schefter, the deal will net the former Southern California star $5.5 million, with $3.75 million guaranteed.

Leinart signed a one-year deal with the Texans last September, but failed to take a snap in 2010. He will join Matt Schaub, Dan Orlovsky and rookie T.J. Yates as the four playcallers in Houston’s training camp.

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Olindo Mare, Mason Crosby get paydays

07.27.11 at 3:29 pm ET
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While money has been flying in the NFL the last two days, it hasn’t been limited to the bigger playmakers. A couple of kickers became richer on Wednesday, as mutliple reports have Olindo Mare inking a four-year, $12 million deal with the Panthers and Mason Crosby staying with the Packers on a five-year, $14.75 million deal.

Mare, who had spent the last three seasons with the Seahawks, will reportedly receive a $4 million signing bonus. He made five of seven field goals from between 40 and 49 yards last season, and made one of two attempted kicks from 50 or more yards.

Crosby was drafted by the Packers in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. He made eight of 10 field goals from between 40 and 49 yards last season, and made two of four attempted kicks from 50 or more yards.

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Browns to release Jake Delhomme

07.27.11 at 3:24 pm ET
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The Browns are showing a lot of faith in second-year quarterback Colt McCoy.

According to a tweet from Adam Schefter, Cleveland is set to release veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme.

Delhomme signed a two-year deal with the Browns last offseason and after winning the starting job over Seneca Wallace, suffered a high ankle sprain in the second quarter of the first game of the season. Ultimately starting four games, Delhomme threw seven interceptions and just two touchdowns. Schefter also indicated that the Louisiana-Lafayette product is not ready to hang up his cleats for good.

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Lance Moore re-signs with Saints

07.27.11 at 2:58 pm ET
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Saints receiver Lance Moore tweeted Wednesday that he has re-signed with the team, with the two sides reaching a five-year deal to keep the Toledo product in New Orleans.

Tweeted Moore: “Welp, its been real new orleans……..But let’s make the next five years even more real. I’m coming back baby!!! #whodat.”

Moore had 66 receptions last season for 763 yards with eight touchdowns. His best season came in 2008, when he caught 79 balls for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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Patriots reportedly unanimous in vote to recertify NFLPA on Wednesday

07.27.11 at 2:47 pm ET
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The Patriots became the first team in the NFL to vote unanimously to recertify the National Football League Players Association as a union after lengthy meeting with NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith on Wednesday, according to Ron Borges of the Boston Herald. The recertification of the players’ association is expected to continue throughout training camp and without an issue, as all 32 teams are expected to vote on the issue sooner rather than later.

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