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Agent: Steve Smith done in Carolina

Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers reacts

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Wide receiver Steve Smith, for years the face of the Carolina Panthers, will not be returning to the team for the 2014 season. So says his agent, Derrick Fox, who told the Associated Press today that Smith is done in Carolina.

“[Smith] is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that,” Fox told the AP. “I just don't know when that transaction is going to take place.”

Fox...

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Broncos go all in on free agency

John Elway, executive vice president of football operations

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It wasn't even two months ago that the Broncos were crushed by the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. But the way director of football operations John Elway has been behaving so far in free agency, the iconic ex-quarterback's mantra seems to be: Don't get mad, get better. 

The Broncos have been ultra-aggressive so far in filling their needs, and it looks as if they're not...

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Aqib Talib to Denver; Revis to Pats?

Aqib Talib reportedly signed with the Denver Broncos

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Well, this is getting very interesting now, isn't it? 

The Broncos have come up with a major upgrade at cornerback just hours after coming up with a major upgrade at safety. Denver has signed Patriots free agent cornerback Aqib Talib to a six-year, $57 million deal, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. This comes not long after the Broncos scored a coup by getting Browns safety T.J. Ward. (And...

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Jonathan Martin traded to 49ers

Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the Dolphins in October after being bullied by teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, will move forward with a new team in 2014. 

Martin was traded by the Dolphins to the 49ers, where he will be reunited with head coach Jim Harbaugh, who coached Martin when the two were at Stanford. 

Martin was thrilled at the news of his trade. 

"Opportunities...

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Free agent frenzy, Day 1

Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd flexes his

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We're just a little over six hours - six hours! - into the free agency signing period, and already there have been so many deals and so much money being spent, it's ridonkulous. 

And we haven't even gotten a final resolution to the Darrelle Revis situation in Tampa, so there's plenty more drama - and cash - to come in the next day or two. 

For now, here are the highlights from...

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Johnson to Tampa and other news

MICHAEL JOHNSON Defensive end, Cincinnati Bengals UPDATE, March

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With unrestricted free agency set to begin today at 4 p.m., there's still plenty of action going on with teams trying to sign some of their own players and  some apparently already working out deals with impending free agents. 

Here's a look: 

* ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Bucs and Bengals free agent defensive end Michael Johnson have agreed to a five-year, $43.8...

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Could Darrelle Revis be back with the Jets?

Darrelle Revis looks on before a game against

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With plenty of speculation that the Bucs are looking to trade Darrelle Revis and possibly release him if no trade partner can be found, how about this as a potential scenario: Revis back with the Jets. 

Sounds crazy, but there could be something to it. 

There's no way the Jets would trade for Revis, not with his $16 million-a-year contract. But if he's released, and because...

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Reports: More Darrelle Revis trade talk

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis #24 is

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As the start of free agency looms on Tuesday, it appears the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are giving serious consideration to trading away the player they traded for just 11 months ago. 

Yup, the Darrelle Revis trade watch is back on in Tampa. And if no trade happens, it could be the end for Revis in Tampa. ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Revis will be released Wednesday afternoon if the team...

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Flurry of action on eve of NFL free agency

Santonio Holmes reportedly a Lisfranc fracture of his

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Unrestricted free agency doesn't begin until 4 p.m. eastern on Tuesday, but already there has been a dizzying series of events in anticipation of the time when teams can begin to pick and choose players on the open market. 

The biggies of the day: 

* Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has decided to remain with the team rather than take more money elsewhere. The Bears were...

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Alterraun Verner wants big payday, sort of

Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner.

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Alterraun Verner said his free agency isn’t all about the money. At least not directly.

The highly-coveted Tennessee Titans cornerback who hits the open market on Tuesday was on SiriusXM’S Mad Dog Sports Radio on Monday saying that he wants a big contract not for the cash, but for the clout.

"Money is (a priority) but it isn't,” he said. “I look at it differently. Some look at it tangibly....

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