NFL notebook: QB Osweiler headed to Texans

Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler warms up for a game against the San Diego Chargers on Jan. 3, 2016, in Denver.
Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler warms up for a game against the San Diego Chargers on Jan. 3, 2016, in Denver.
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| Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:06 p.m.

The Texans filled their biggest need, starting free agency with a splash by snagging Brock Osweiler from Denver.

The Broncos hoped to keep Osweiler in the wake of Peyton Manning's retirement on Monday.

Instead he's heading to Houston where the Texans were looking to upgrade the position after Brian Hoyer's struggles last season, particularly his turnover-filled performance in their wild-card playoff loss to Kansas City.

According to multiple reports, Osweiler's contract (four years, $72 million) will pay him about $18 million a year. The Broncos were offering about $16 million a year.

Osweiler appeared in eight games with seven starts last season for the Super Bowl champion Broncos. He started the last seven games of the regular season, but was benched in favor of Manning for the postseason. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound player spent the first four years of his career with the Broncos after being drafted in the second round in 2012 out of Arizona State.

The Texans also will sign running back Lamar Miller, the Dolphins' starter the last three seasons, for four years and $26 million with $14 million fully guaranteed.

Miller, who rushed for 1,971 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Dolphins in the last two seasons, was expected to depart because he couldn't agree to contract terms with the team.

Jets sign RB Forte

One day after losing running back Chris Ivory to free agency, the Jets signed former Bears running back Matt Forte, according to multiple reports.

Forte has averaged over 1,000 yards rushing per season and missed only eight games in eight years in Chicago.

Chargers get WR Benjamin

The Chargers and free agent receiver Travis Benjamin agreed to terms on a four-year, $24 million deal.

Benjamin had 68 catches for 966 yards and five touchdowns with the Browns last season. He also ranked third in the league at 11.6 yards per return.

Falcons, Mack agree to $47M deal

The Falcons agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth a reported $47.5 million with three-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack, addressing one of the team's most pressing needs.

The 30-year-old Mack will be a good fit for Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme. Shanahan spent the 2014 season with Mack as Cleveland's offensive coordinator. Mack missed 11 games that season with a broken leg, but started the other 101 games in his seven seasons with the Browns.

Report: Lions get ex-Bengal WR Jones

One day after Calvin Johnson announced his retirement, the Lions agreed to terms with the best receiver available in free agency, according to multiple reports.

Former Bengals receiver Marvin Jones signed a five-year deal worth a reported $40 million.

Jones caught a career-high 65 passes for 816 yards last year and was the Lions' top target at the wide receiver position.

Giants land Vernon, Jenkins

The Giants made a huge splash on the first day of NFL free agency, agreeing to terms with former Dolphins pass rusher Olivier Vernon, top free agent cornerback Janoris Jenkins and former Jets defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison.

Jenkins' deal is five years and worth about $60 million, and Vernon's is a five-year, $85 million contract.

Eagles to sign QB Daniel

The Eagles and quarterback Chase Daniel agreed on a three-year contract worth a reported $21 million, including $12 million guaranteed, according to a person familiar with negotiations.

Daniel spent the past three seasons backing up Alex Smith in Kansas City, where new Eagles coach Doug Pederson was the offensive coordinator.

Daniel's addition likely means Mark Sanchez won't return to play behind Sam Bradford. The Eagles signed Bradford to a two-year deal last week.

The 29-year-old Daniel played his first three seasons with New Orleans and last three for the Chiefs. He is 1-1 in two career starts.

Chiefs lose draft picks

The Chiefs were penalized for violating the NFL's anti-tampering rules for having impermissible contact with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin during last year's free agency.

The Chiefs were stripped of their third-round pick this April and sixth-round pick next year and fined $250,000.

Bucs re-sign All-Pro RB Martin

All-Pro running back Doug Martin is staying in Tampa, re-signing for five seasons.

The top player at his position on the market, Martin will get more than $35 million, with $15 million guaranteed.

Martin, 27, has had two outstanding seasons with the Buccaneers and two injury-plagued years. In 2015, he rushed for 1,402 yards, second in the NFL, and six touchdowns. His 4.87-yard average was the highest in team history.

Bears secure LB Trevathan

The Bears boosted their defense, agreeing to a four-year contract with Super Bowl champion linebacker Danny Trevathan.

The 25-year-old Trevathan was the leading tackler on the league's No. 1 defense and helped Denver win the championship last season. He is leaving the Broncos for a team that won just six games but showed improvement in its first year under coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace.

Financial terms of the contract were unknown, but it was reported Trevathan was asking for at least $7 million per season.

Raiders reach deal with Irvin

The Raiders filled another hole in free agency by agreeing to a four-year contract with former Seattle pass rusher Bruce Irvin worth a reported $39 million.

Irvin was a first-round pick by Seattle in 2012 out of West Virginia and had 22 sacks in four years, including 5 12 last season.

Around the league

The Colts released wide receiver Andre Johnson after one season with the team. … Star tight end Antonio Gates agreed to a new two-year, $12 million deal that will allow him to retire as a member of the Chargers, the team he joined as an undrafted rookie in 2003. … The Saints and former Colts tight end Coby Fleener agreed to the terms of a five-year contract. ... The Cardinals reached agreement on a two-year, $10 million contract with free agent safety Tyvon Branch. … Defensive end Charles Johnson agreed to take a major pay cut to return to the Panthers. … Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck announced he will retire following 17 NFL seasons and join his brother Tim as an analyst for ESPN, reportedly replacing Mike Ditka on the set of “Sunday NFL Countdown” and “Monday Night Countdown.” … The Dolphins released four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes.

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