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Patriots, lineman Wilfork agree to terms

| Sunday, March 7, 2010

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Two-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork agreed to a long-term contract that will keep him with the New England Patriots.

The team put the franchise tag on Wilfork last month, keeping him from becoming a free agent and giving the sides more time to work out a contract. Wilfork announced the deal on his Twitter feed Saturday and Patriots spokesman Stacey James confirmed that an agreement had been reached., citing an NFL source, said the contract was for five years and $40 million.

Jets deal S Rhodes

The New York Jets traded safety Kerry Rhodes to the Arizona Cardinals for undisclosed draft compensation, one day after the Cardinals lost Pro Bowl safety Antrel Rolle, who signed as a free agent with the New York Giants.

Rhodes has four years left on his contract and was due $2 million roster bonus next week. Expected to be one of the standouts on coach Rex Ryan's defense last year, Rhodes struggled and even lost his starting job.

Lions sign 2

Detroit signed the players it coveted most in free agency — defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and receiver Nate Burleson — a day after acquiring defensive Corey Williams in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.

"They were the No. 1 guys we wanted to go after," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Saturday. "To able to get it done is very gratifying."

Vanden Bosch got a five-year contract worth $26 million. Burleson will make $10 million guaranteed as part of a $25 million, four-year deal. Williams has four years and nearly $20 million in base salary left on his contract.

Rams get QB Feeley

The St. Louis Rams signed free agent A.J. Feeley as part of what could be a big shakeup at the quarterback position.

Terms of the deal announced Saturday were not disclosed, but media reports said Feeley, who was a backup for Carolina in 2009, got a two-year contract.

Rams starting quarterback Marc Bulger and backup Kyle Boller may not be back. The Rams' short list of candidates for the No. 1 overall pick includes two quarterbacks — Sam Bradford of Oklahoma and Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame.

Packers keep LT Clifton

The Green Bay Packers have re-signed veteran left tackle Chad Clifton, wrapping up one of their major offseason concerns early in the NFL's free-agent signing period. reported that Clifton's deal was for three years and $20 million, with $7.5 million guaranteed.

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