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Free-agent target Golden Tate signs with Lions

GOLDEN TATE Wide receiver, Seattle Seahawks UPDATE, March

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Golden Tate officially is off the board.

The former Seahawks wide receiver confirmed on Twitter that is now a member of the Detroit Lions. Tate confirmed to ESPN's Josina Anderson that he signed a five-year, $31-million deal that includes $13.25 million guaranteed.

Former Bronco Eric Decker is still perceived to be the top wide receiver on the free-agent market. On Wednesday he visited...

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QB Josh McCown signs two-year deal with Bucs

JOSH MCCOWN, QB Bears vs. Ravens After filling

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Josh McCown never made it to Florham Park.

The free-agent quarterback -- who was scheduled to visit the Jets after stopping in Tampa Bay and Houston first -- instead signed a two-year deal with the Bucs on Wednesday.

"Excited for @JoshMcCown12 agreeing to a 2 year deal with the @TBBuccaneers," tweeted his agent, Mike McCartney.

Last year, McCown, 34, was coaching high school football....

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Report: WR Eric Decker visiting Jets

Denver Broncos' Eric Decker talking with the press

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After a quiet start to free agency, the Jets could be gearing up to make a splash on Day 2.

Eric Decker -- the top free-agent wide receiver -- will visit the Jets on Wednesday, according to Kim Jones of NFL Network.

Decker posted career highs in receptions (87) and receiving yards (1,288) and catching 11 touchdown passes in 2013. But many question whether that had more to do with having...

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CB Trufant agrees to terms with Browns

Isaiah Trufant of the Jets tackles Marcus Thigpen

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Looks like Antonio Cromartie isn't the only cornerback the Jets will need to replace.

Isaiah Trufant has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns, his agent Doug Hendrickson announced on Twitter. Trufant will be reunited with former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who is now the Browns head coach.

Trufant, an undrafted free agent, played four seasons with the Jets....

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RT Austin Howard reaches agreement with Oakland

Austin Howard #77 of the New York Jets

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Austin Howard has a new home.

The former Jets right tackle has reached an agreement with the Oakland Raiders, a source confirmed to Newsday. According to ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter, it's a five-year, $30 million deal, which includes $15 million guaranteed. 

Locking up Howard was a big offseason priority for the Jets. But the right tackle, who turns 27 later this month,...

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QB Josh McCown to visit Jets, others

Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) gets hit

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The Jets have some competition for Josh McCown.

A source said the former Browns quarterback will visit the Bucs, Texans and the Jets – in that order. But there’s always a chance McCown, 34, won’t make it to Florham Park. He said on Sirius radio Monday that he knows the “one or two teams” he’s going to play for and that he wants to get a deal done quickly.

The longer it takes for...

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Jets sign K Nick Folk to a multi-year deal

Nick Folk reacts after kicking the game-winning field

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Nick Folk finally got more than a one-year deal.

The veteran kicker signed a multi-year deal, the Jets announced Tuesday.

The team placed the franchise tag on Folk almost two weeks ago – the franchise-tag amount for kickers is projected $3.55 million – but both sides were able to reach a long-term deal.

Folk, who made $780,000 last season, had a career year in 2013. He connected...

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RT Austin Howard can't strike deal with Jets, becomes free agent

AUSTIN HOWARD Tackle

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Austin Howard officially is on the market.

A source said the Jets' right tackle is now a free agent after his agent and the Jets could not agree on a multi-year deal. Locking up him was one of the Jets’ biggest priorities this offseason, but now Howard – who turns 27 later this month – will get to test the market.

Free agency officially started at 4 p.m. Tuesday. 

Despite...

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Jets agree to terms with CBs Ellis Lankster and Darrin Walls

Jets players Quinton Coples (98), Dawan Landry (26)

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The Jets announced Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with Ellis Lankster and Darrin Walls.

The pair of cornerbacks were set to become free agents on Tuesday -- Ellis an unrestricted free agent, while Walls would have been restricted. But both avoided free agency by agreeing to return to the Jets.

Lankster, a seventh-round pick of the Bills in 2009, has been key on special...

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Jets claim former Chargers CB Johnny Patrick off waivers

San Diego Chargers cornerback Johnny Patrick, right, hits

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The Jets announced Wednesday that they have acquired cornerback Johnny Patrick off of waivers from the Chargers.

Patrick, 25, was waived Tuesday.

A former third-round pick of the Saints in 2011, Patrick played in 13 games (four starts) and posted a career-high 34 tackles during his first season with the Chargers in 2013. He also recorded the first interception of his NFL career against...

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