Fletcher’s ‘Skins deal for two years, $10.75M

While LB London Fletcher‘s deal with the Washington Redskins is technically for five years, it will expire in two, a league source said Monday.

That the contract is structured that way allows for some salary-cap relief. Washington has structured several contracts that way this offseason after incurring penalties from the league for salary-cap infractions.

Fletcher’s contract is with worth $10.75 million over the first two years, with $5.25 million fully guaranteed.

Fletcher agreed to the deal last week, first announcing the development over his Twitter account.

“Redskins fans your captain is back!” he tweeted.

Fletcher has 1,546 tackles and 34 sacks in 14 career seasons. He’s been with the Redskins for the past five years.

Broncos might reunite Manning, WR Stokley

The Broncos remain interested in signing WR Brandon Stokley, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

It remains quite possible Denver could re-acquire Stokley, one of Peyton Manning‘s favorite receivers, pending medical tests. The Broncos will bring Stokley in for a visit and the free agent might end up back with the club, sources said.

The 35-year-old Stokley has played for five teams in his NFL career, including the Colts, where he teamed with Manning from 2003 to 2006. He also had a stint with 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 seven yards with the Giants in 2011.

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Free agent Jason Brown gets offer from Ravens

Free-agent C Jason Brown is drawing interest from several teams, including the Ravens, league sources said Friday.

Baltimore, which does not have much salary-cap room, made a conservative one-year offer to Brown, sources said.

Brown has a history with the Ravens. The team picked him in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and he played four seasons in Baltimore before signing a five-year, $37.5 million deal to join the Rams in 2009. Brown has visited the 49ers and Panthers and also talked with the Packers and Titans.

Brown could still end up with the Ravens — he enjoyed his time with the team, and Baltimore needs a guard who can help replace Ben Grubbs (who left via free agency) and offer additional protection for aging center Matt Birk. But Brown is seeing what the market will bear and taking his time mulling his options.

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Raiders FB Reece missing team workouts

Raiders fullback Marcel Reece is not participating in the start of the team’s offseason program, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Reece, a key cog in the team and a Pro Bowl alternate, is sitting on an exclusive-rights tender worth $545,000. Many would say he has out-performed that level of compensation.

He has yet to sign and report for offseason work. Oakland’s run game is in flux, with Michael Bush lost to free agency and Darren McFadden coming off an injury-marred 2011.

Reece led all fullbacks in receiving yards last season with 301. He also had two touchdowns on 27 receptions, and, in a very limited role, rushed 17 times for 112 yards.

Raiders safety Tyvon Branch also has yet to sign his franchise tender.

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Ravens’ Williams to miss start of team workouts

Ravens CB Cary Williams will not report for the beginning of offseason work Monday, a league source said Friday.

Williams, who emerged as a starter in 2011, has yet to sign the restricted free-agent tender placed on him by the team, and he is unlikely to sign it soon.

He has secured a waiver that would allow him to participate in offseason work without a signed contract. Williams is very amenable to a long-term deal, and he and the Ravens have had preliminary talks. Teams have until April 20 to sign restricted free agents from other clubs to offer sheets.

Williams, still recovering from hip surgery, would be unable to participate in football activities at this point, anyway. He will report at some point this offseason, but likely not until May at the earliest. In the meantime, he is continuing to rehab in Tennessee, away from the team facility.

The 27-year-old Williams has been with the Ravens since 2009. He was selected by the Titans in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

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Tanard Jackson signs one-year deal with ‘Skins

The Washington Redskins have signed safety Tanard Jackson to a one-year deal, according to a league source.

Jackson was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday after a failed physical. Jackson is three months removed from a failed physical, but his agent said Jackson will be 100 percent for training camp.

Jackson will be reunited with his former head coach, Raheem Morris, who is currently the Redskins’ secondary coach.

Jackson was suspended for a year in 2010 for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He started 10 games last season and had 35 tackles and two interceptions.

Fletcher, Redskins in contract negotiations

The Washington Redskins and linebacker London Fletcher are trying to finalize a deal before start of offseason program Monday, according to a team source.

Fletcher, a Pro Bowl-quality linebacker and the lifeblood of Washington’s locker room, remains unsigned, but both sides are making a push to get it done and there is a sense it could come together this weekend.

Fletcher, 36,  is a fan favorite and one of the most durable and fundamentally sound players in the game, despite his age. It has surprised some a deal did not get done sooner, but there has been a renewed intensity in talks with the start of offseason workouts looming on April 16.

Briggs’ new contract worth $17.5M

Lance Briggs‘ new contract with the Bears includes over $8.25 million in new guarantees, and richly rewards the linebacker for his work with the team. A year after requesting a trade, and at a time when linebackers have been struggling mightily to get significant contracts on the open market, Briggs secured a strong deal from the Bears thanks to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Briggs was set to make $4 million this season and $6.25 million in 2013, with his future with the Bears beyond 2012 seemingly somewhat in doubt. Under the new deal he will make $6.25 million guaranteed in all in 2012 ($3 million signing bonus, $3 million base salary and $250,000 workout bonus). In 2013 he makes $5.75 million, total, with $1 million coming in a roster bonus, $4.5 million base salary ($2 million of which is fully guaranteed) and $250,000 workout bonus. In 2014 he would make a total of $5.25 million. So the deal is worth a total of $17.5 million over three years and is essence guarantees Briggs will be with Chicago through 2013.

New general manager Phil Emery continues to make strong moves to restore good will with the locker room — something that was an issue under the prior regime — and now must resolve the Bears’ final major lingering issue — getting Matt Forte off the franchise tag — which sources say he won’t sign anytime soon — and getting him signed to a long-term deal.

Terence Newman strikes deal with Bengals

Cornerback Terence Newman‘s deal with the Bengals is for one year, according to a league source.

Newman, a nine-year veteran of the Dallas Cowboys, was released this offseason. In 2011, Newman collected 53 tackles and four interceptions with one returned for a touchdown.

Safety Madieu Williams to join Redskins

Safety Madieu Williams has agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins, according to a league source.

Williams played in 15 games last year for the San Francisco 49ers, including three starts.

Williams, 30, has 35 interceptions in eight seasons with the Bengals, Vikings and 49ers.

Jacobs’ deal with 49ers worth max of $1.575M

Brandon Jacobs’ one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers will include a $950,000 base salary with $150,000 guaranteed in the form of a signing bonus and a possible $475,000 roster bonus, according to a league source. Jacobs’ contract is worth a maximum of $1.575 million, the source said.

Jacobs carried 152 times for 571 yards with seven rushing touchdowns for the New York Giants last year.

Williams visits Falcons

The Falcons hosted S Madieu Williams on a visit Monday, a league source said.

Williams met with the Redskins on Friday. He had nine tackles last year as a reserve with the 49ers.

The Titans met with LB Jonathan Casillas on Monday, according to a league source.

He recorded 43 tackles and three sacks for the Saints last season.

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Tollefson, Raiders agree to two-year deal

Former New York Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with a maximum of $3 million with the Oakland Raiders, according to a league source.

Tollefson had an offer to return to the Giants, according to the New York Post, and also had interest from the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans.

Despite making just two career starts over five seasons with the Giants, Tollefson has registered 10 sacks.

Rams agree to one-year deal with Hayes

The Rams have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with DE William Hayes, according to a league source.

Hayes visited with the Rams on Thursday.

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Dixon, Simpson try out for Rams

The Rams hosted tryouts for former Steelers QB Dennis Dixon and former Bengals WR Jerome Simpson on Thursday, according to a league source.

The team also had WR Jerricho Cotchery and DE William Hayes in for visits.

Meanwhile, the Titans brought in C Dan Koppen and DE Dave Tollefson for visits Thursday.

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