Cowboys, Redskins file joint grievance against NFL

The Cowboys and Redskins have formally objected to the salary-cap penalties they were handed by the NFL.

It is called a system arbitration case (Article 15 of the CBA) and will be heard by Professor Stephen Burbank of the University of Pennsylvania, according to the league.

On Friday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said his team planned to take action against the NFL after it docked the Cowboys $10 million in salary-cap space for manipulating contracts in the 2010 uncapped year.

The Redskins lost $36 million for similar infractions. Both teams’ lost cap space can be spread through the next two seasons.

Jones indicated that he reached out to his longtime NFC East rivals about fighting the league’s ruling.

The NFL took away millions in salary-cap space from both teams after they pushed spending into the uncapped year to save money under the cap in 2011 and ’12.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Rounding up Friday’s free-agent visits

According to league sources, the Rams had tryouts for offensive linemen Chilo Rachal, Jamey Richard and Robert Turner on Friday.

A number of other free agents also made visits to teams on Friday. Here is a list of the visits that, according to league sources, took place.

Bengals — DE Matt Roth

Packers — DT Anthony Hargrove

Rams — LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, OT Barry Richardson

Seahawks — DE Dave Tollefson

Free-agent LB Wheeler to visit Dolphins

Free-agent LB Philip Wheeler will visit the Dolphins on Saturday, according to a league source.

Wheeler had 80 tackles and one sack for the Colts in 2011, his fourth season in Indianapolis.

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Tamme lands with Broncos

The Broncos have agreed to terms with TE Jacob Tamme, according to a league source.

The three-year deal is worth $9 million and has $3.5 million guaranteed.

“Excited to announce I’ll be joining the Denver Broncos & I look forward to getting to work,” Tamme tweeted Friday. “I want to thank Mr. Irsay, the Colts organization, Colts fans, & most of all, my teammates for what has been a great 4 years in Indy.”

Tamme is the second tight end the Broncos reached a deal with Friday, as they also agreed to terms on a deal with ex-Texan Joel Dreessen.

“Added two quality TEs and a good young CB to our roster today,” executive vice president of football operations John Elway wrote on Twitter. “Joel Dreessen, Jacob Tamme and Tracy Porter will make big contributions for us in 2012.”

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Ex-Colts center Saturday agrees to terms with Packers

The Packers have agreed to terms on a deal with former Colts center Jeff Saturday, according to a league source.

Saturday, who was a starter on Indianapolis’ Super Bowl XLI championship team, had been with the Colts for the past 13 seasons, starting at center since the 2000 season.

Saturday had been linked to the Broncos and Titans during his search for a new team.

Saturday made five Pro Bowls and twice was a first-team All-Pro selection during his time with the Colts.

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Broncos negotiating with Tamme after landing Dreessen

The Broncos still are negotiating with TE Jacob Tamme, league sources said Friday, even after signing TE Joel Dreessen earlier in the day.

The Seahawks also are trying hard to sign Tamme, who has 92 receptions for 855 yards with five touchdowns in four career seasons with the Colts.

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Porter agrees to terms with Broncos

Former Saints CB Tracy Porter has agreed to terms with the Broncos on a one-year deal, according to a league source.

Porter had seven interceptions in four years with the Saints, including the game-sealing interception of then-Colts QB Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLIV.

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Smith’s deal with 49ers doesn’t include signing bonus

Niners QB Alex Smith‘s three-year deal does not include a signing bonus and is worth $8 million in 2012 — with a $5 million fully guaranteed base salary, a $3 million roster bonus and another $1.25 million in incentives.

In 2013, he has a guaranteed salary of $7.5 million, with a $1 million roster bonus and another $1.25 million in incentives.

His 2014 base of $7.5 million is not guaranteed. He has another $1.25 million available in incentives in 2014 as well.

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Jones re-ups with Bengals

The Bengals have re-signed CB Adam “Pacman” Jones, according to a league source.

Jones had 28 tackles last season and started seven games, his most since the 2006 season with the Titans.

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Broncos face competition for Manning’s former teammates

The Broncos have met with two of Peyton Manning‘s former teammates, TE Jacob Tamme and C Jeff Saturday, and have interest in signing both, league sources said. But other clubs are pursuing them hard as well.

The Seahawks are very intent on trying to land Tamme (the Seahawks appear in position to spend, having been unable to get a visit with RB Michael Bush, a player they had strong interest in, before he signed with Chicago on Thursday). Saturday had good visits with the Packers and the Titans — teams that are in need of a starting center — and is mulling all three options as of now, according to a league source.

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Carr visiting Chiefs, Vikings

Free-agent cornerback Chris Carr is visiting with the Chiefs on Thursday and has a meeting set up with the Minnesota Vikings, according to a league source.

Carr started one game in nine appearances for the Ravens last season after starting every game for the team in 2010.

Carr has recorded six interceptions and seven forced fumbles in seven seasons with the Raiders, Titans and Ravens.

Stanton might ask Jets to trade or cut him after Tebow trade

Jets backup QB Drew Stanton is considering asking for a trade or release, according to a league source.

Only a week ago, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum recruited Stanton to New York to be the Jets’ No. 2 quarterback behind starter Mark Sanchez. Now, with Tim Tebow in town after Wednesday’s trade with the Broncos, sources said those close to Stanton feel lied to and betrayed.

Stanton turned down the chance to explore two other options and also took less money to go to New York because Tannenbaum was unequivocal that the QB was being brought in to be the No. 2 and the team wouldn’t draft or sign any other QBs. Sources also said Tannenbaum acknowledged Stanton, who performed well in occasional relief in Detroit, likely could earn more elsewhere.

Given Sanchez’s struggles and New York’s success over the past few years, Stanton took a $1.75 million deal from the Jets, based on opportunity and fit. With Tebow in tow, that has changed, and discussions between Stanton and the Jets are expected in the coming days.

Given the questions of team chemistry and cohesion the Jets will face, an issue with the No. 3 QB is somewhat minor on the grand scale, but it’s indicative of some of the fallout for this bold move for Tebow.

Saints looking at free agents who could replace Vilma

As the only Saints player named specifically in the NFL’s news release announcing the punishments of Saints personnel involved in the team’s “bounty” program, LB Jonathan Vilma is likely in line for steep discipline, prompting the team to look at free agents who could fill in for the eight-year veteran.

Vilma’s contract and health have been something of a concern. If he ends up missing considerable time, then that’s all the more reason for the team to seek reinforcements.

The Saints have been looking for linebackers. They have been interested in Curtis Lofton in for a visit, and they also brought in David Hawthorne, an outside linebacker.

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Rounding up Tuesday’s free-agent visits

According to league sources, the following free-agent visits took place on Tuesday.

Arizona — DB William Gay

Cincinnati — RB Michael Bush

Cleveland — LB Jonathan Goff

Green Bay — C Jeff Saturday

Minnesota — WR Ted Ginn

New England — RB Spencer Larsen

Tennessee — DB William Gay

Raiders, DB Lee agree to one-year deal

Free-agent DB Patrick Lee has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Raiders, league sources said Wednesday.

The deal will reunite ex-Packer Lee with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, who was in the Packers’ front office when the player was there.

Lee was a second-round pick by the Packers in the 2008 NFL Draft.

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