NFL Free Agency News and Transactions

The NFL free agency period is now open for agents to negotiate with teams.

The New York Jets have reached an agreement on a new deal with tight end Jeff Cumberland.

Cumberland, who will turn 27 this summer, had 26 receptions for 398 yards and a team-high four receiving touchdowns last season. He showed flashes of a No. 1 TE last year, but he'll likely go back to being a backup in 2014. That same report also lists free agents Brandon Pettigrew, Ed Dickson and Scott Chandler as potential No. 1 options.

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St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Rodger Saffold's agent said his client will test the open market.

That's good news for the Bengals' quest to keep Anthony Collins, as some teams will have Saffold rated higher as a free agent. He has more starting experience and can play both guard and tackle.

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The Tennessee Titans haven't had any recent contract talks with cornerback Alterraun Verner.

Verner, one the league's best CBs, was not franchise tagged and will be allowed to reach the open market. Verner could approach $10 million annually from a CB-needy team like the Vikings or Lions.

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Indianapolis Colts CB Vontae Davis is looking for a deal greater than the one the Dolphins signed Brent Grimes to.

That was a four-year, $32 million contract, and Davis is on the same level as Verner. It will be interesting to see which of those CBs are signed first.

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The Arizona Cardinals signed TE John Carlson to a two-year, $4.65 million contract.

Carlson finished the 2013 season with 32 catches for 344 yards and one touchdown in 13 games with eight starts for Minnesota. He's played in 27 out of a possible 32 games over the past two seasons while catching 40 balls for 387 yards and a touchdown.

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The Minnesota Vikings re-signed free agent quarterback Matt Cassel to a two-year contract.

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