NFL free agency heats up
Published 12:00 am Friday, February 29, 2008
Isaac Bruce and Lorenzo Neal are on the move. Tedy Bruschi is staying put. So is Flozell Adams.
On the eve of free agency, the St. Louis Rams cut longtime star receiver Bruce, while the San Diego Chargers released All-Pro fullback Neal. Then Pro Bowl tackle Adams re-signed with Dallas and, on Thursday night, Bruschi agreed to a multiyear deal in New England.
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Bruce, the last player remaining from the Rams’ 1995 move from Los Angeles, was a second-round draft pick in 1994. The 35-year-old wideout is among the NFL career leaders with 942 receptions for 14,109 yards and 84 touchdowns. He was the Rams’ second leading receiver last season with 55 catches for 733 yards and four TDs.
Neal, 37, was among three veterans released by the Chargers, who also parted with safety Marlon McCree and right tackle Shane Olivea. General manager A.J. Smith said all three requested their release so they can quickly jump into free agency.
Dallas also moved to keep three restricted free agents, putting tenders on Pro Bowl running back Marion Barber ($2.56 million, the highest possible), defensive end Chris Canty ($2.017 million), and guard Joe Berger ($927,000).
Derek Anderson, the 24-year-old Cleveland quarterback who stepped in as a starter after the first game and led the Browns to a 10-6 record last season, was tendered a one-year offer for $2.5 million. But he didn’t sign it, becoming a restricted free agent.