Drayton Florence still set to visit with Denver Broncos

Drayton Florence was still in Tennessee Wednesday after meeting with the Titans Tuesday, but the cornerback still has a visit scheduled with the Denver Broncos, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

The San Diego Chargers are also interested in the veteran cornerback who spent his first five years in the league with the team.

Florence was released by the Buffalo Bills on Friday.

Pittsburgh Steelers auditioning kicker Dave Rayner

The Pittsburgh Steelers have brought in veteran kicker Dave Rayner, sources with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.

The NFL journeyman kicker has played with eight teams in as many years where he has racked up 65 field goals on 90 attempts and has made 77 of 78 extra points.

Rayner will be another leg in Steelers camp and could serve as some competition for Shaun Suisham.

Rayner was with the Buffalo Bills last season.

DB Crocker visits with Lions, will see Cardinals

Defensive back Chris Crocker visited with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday and has a visit scheduled with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The 32-year-old came into the league in 2003 with the Cleveland Browns, and has also played for the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals.

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Jabar Gaffney, Patriots agree to two-year deal

Former Redskins WR Jabar Gaffney has agreed to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The Patriots confirmed Gaffney signed with the team on Monday.

The Redskins released Gaffney on Tuesday, even though the 31-year-old receiver was coming off his most productive season as a pro, with 68 catches for 947 yards and five touchdowns.

Gaffney, a second-round pick by the Texans in the 2002 NFL Draft, was in Houston for four seasons before spending three with the Patriots and two with the Broncos. He played just one year with the Redskins.

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Jerome Simpson’s Vikings contract worth $2 million

Wide receiver Jerome Simpson‘s one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings is worth a total of $2 million, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

Simpson will earn a $800,000 base salary, a $950,000 roster bonus and $250,000 workout bonus.

Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn won’t be at second round of draft

Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn, who was one of six players left in the 2012 NFL Draft Green Room at the end Thursday night, will not be a Radio City Music Hall during the second round of the draft on Friday night.

Glenn is flying back to Atlanta and will not be in New York, according to a league source.

Samuel’s contract details with Falcons

Asante Samuel’s deal with the Atlanta Falcons includes $4.375 million guaranteed, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

He will make $1.25 million in base salary in 2012 (guaranteed for injury), with an $875,000 roster bonus and a $2.25 million option bonus.

In 2013, he makes $3 million, with a $1.675 million roster bonus (not guaranteed). And in 2014 he makes $3.5 million with a $1.625 million roster bonus.

So, if the Falcons wanted to get out from the deal after one season, they could with minimal cap or financial difficulties.

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Lions looking to trade up, eyeing Stephon Gilmore

The Lions are seriously pursuing options to trade up in Thursday’s NFL draft, and multiple team executives believe South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore would be a prime target.

Multiple team executives said Thursday that Detroit is one of a few teams looking to move up. The Lions, who currently hold the No. 23 pick in the draft, did a lot of work on cornerbacks and are very high on Gilmore.

There is no shortage of teams looking to drop down, including many in the low-to-mid teens, where Gilmore could be available.

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Aubrayo Franklin visited Falcons on Monday

Free-agent DT Aubrayo Franklin visited the Falcons on Monday, according to a league source.

Franklin started 10 games for the Saints last season after spending the previous four with the 49ers.

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Yeremiah Bell visiting New York Jets

Free-agent safety Yeremiah Bell is visiting the Jets, a league source said Monday.

Bell, an eight-year veteran, started all but one game for the Dolphins the past four seasons. He made the Pro Bowl in 2009, and is coming off a season during which he recorded two sacks and an interception.

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Linebacker Bryan Kehl, Redskins agree to deal

Free-agent linebacker Bryan Kehl is visiting the Washington Redskins, a league source said Monday.

The Redskins later announced, via their official website, they had agreed to terms on a deal with Kehl.

Kehl, a former Giant and Ram, recently visited the Dolphins.

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Titans, Falcons interested in veteran DL Odom

Veteran pass rusher Antwan Odom is nearing a comeback, and several teams have expressed interest in the 30-year-old, according to league sources.

Odom, who had become an elite pass rusher for the Cincinnati Bengals, missed all of last season due to a wrist injury. There were complications from wrist surgery where a pin was inserted, resulting in an injury settlement.

The defensive lineman is now about a month away from being able to return, and the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons are among the teams monitoring him, sources said. He has begun light lifting and making good progress, a source added.

Odom first injured the wrist early in the 2010 season and has not played since. In 2009, he was limited to just six games — but posted eight sacks in that span. He entered the league with the Titans in 2004.

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Free-agent WR Jerome Simpson to visit Vikings

Free-agent wide receiver Jerome Simpson plans to visit the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, according to a league source.

The Rams have maintained interest in the former Bengal, and other teams have called as well.

The Bengals have also not ruled out bringing back Simpson, who has had some off-field issues, including having served a 15-day jail sentence on a felony drug charge.

Simpson could be facing a suspension for the charge.

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Ravens sign QB Curtis Painter

The Ravens bolstered the QB depth on Thursday with the signing of Curtis Painter, according to a league source.

The Ravens also brought in Kyle Boller and Dennis Dixon for workouts, but ultimately opted for Painter, who played for offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell while with the Colts.

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Stokley agrees to one-year deal with Broncos

Free-agent WR Brandon Stokley has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Broncos, a league source said Monday and the team later confirmed.

Sources said Friday that Stokley was drawing interest from the Broncos, and had been set to make a visit and have medical tests performed.

Stokley, 35, played with new Broncos QB Peyton Manning from 2003 to 2006 when both were members of the Colts. Stokley played for the Broncos from 2007 to 2009.

He has 339 career receptions for 4,680 yards and 34 touchdowns. Most recently, he played in two games and caught just one pass for 7 yards with the Giants in 2011.

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