NFL notebook: Dolphins trade Martin to 49ers
Jonathan Martin, the offensive tackle who accused a Dolphins teammate of bullying, was traded to the 49ers on Tuesday night and will be reunited with his college coach, Jim Harbaugh.
The Dolphins acquired a conditional draft pick.
Martin's move cross country brings him back to the Bay Area to play again, and he has been at Stanford taking classes.
“This is great for him to get back on the field, and he's in Palo Alto right now. It couldn't be much better,” his agent, Ken Zuckerman, said. “I just think everyone wanted this to happen. Harbaugh knows Jonathan, I think the Dolphins were compensated and Jonathan wants to get back on the field. It's a good day.”
Cowboys cut Ware, Austin
The Cowboys released franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware to save salary cap room after the worst season of his career.
Owner Jerry Jones said in a statement it was “extremely difficult” to make a decision announced just as free agency opened.
ESPN reported the Broncos are the favorites to land Ware.
The Cowboys also released receiver Miles Austin.
Browns revamp defense
The Browns made two significant signings, adding safety Donte Whitner and linebacker Karlos Dansby.
Whitner, a Cleveland native who spent the previous three years with the 49ers, agreed to a four-year, $28 million contract, ESPN reported.
Dansby agreed to a four-year, $24 million deal, according to multiple reports.
Saints sign safety Byrd
The Saints agreed to a six-year, $54 million contract with All-Pro safety Jairus Byrd, shoring up a depleted defensive backfield. The deal includes $28 million in guarantees.
Around the league
The Bears released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers and signed defensive end Lamarr Houston to a five-year contract. ... The Ravens re-signed left tackle Eugene Monroe to a five-year, $37.5 million deal. ... The Broncos agreed to terms with former Browns safety T.J. Ward on a four-year, $23 million deal. ... The Bucs agreed to a four-year, $26.5 million contract with cornerback Alterraun Verner. .... The Colts re-signed cornerback Vontae Davis to a four-year, $39 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. ... The Dolphins signed left tackle Branden Albert to a five-year, $46 million contract. ... Left tackle Rodger Saffold agreed to a five-year, $42.5 million contract with the Raiders. Left tackle Jared Veldheer left the Raiders for a five-year, $35 million contract with the Cardinals.
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