News: The Indianapolis Colts re-signed kicker Adam Vinatieri on Tuesday, hours before he was to become an unrestricted free agent. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Impact: Vinatieri is widely considered the best clutch kicker in league history. He made two Super Bowl-winning kicks with New England and owns four Super Bowl rings. Last season, as the oldest player in the league, he finished with the second-highest point total of his career (139), made 35 of 40 field goals and became the seventh player in league history to top 2,000 career points. He turns 42 in December.
News: The Buffalo Bills have re-signed kicker Dan Carpenter to a four-year contract. The deal was reached shortly after the NFL's free agency period opened Tuesday, and after Carpenter arrived at the team's headquarters after traveling from his home in Florida. Under NFL rules, Carpenter was not allowed to re-sign with Buffalo before free agency began because he had signed a one-year deal at the league veteran minimum.
Impact: Carpenter's 33 field goals last year were a career high and tied Buffalo's single-season record. Buffalo scrambled to sign Carpenter six days before the start of last season after rookie sixth-round draft pick Dustin Hopkins hurt his groin. The sixth-year player hit 33 of 36 attempts, including 29 of 30 from inside 50 yards last season.
News: The Pittsburgh Steelers released linebacker LaMarr Woodley on Tuesday, with a post-June 1 designation to save money under the salary cap. By postponing the move until after June 1, the Steelers free up about $8 million in salary cap space in 2014. The money saved will likely go toward signing the team's selections in the NFL draft in May. Woodley will, however, count $8.5 million against the team's cap number in 2015.
Impact: Selected by the Steelers in the second round (46th overall) of the 2007 draft out of Michigan, Woodley signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract in 2011, but has struggled to remain healthy. He missed at least three games in each of the last three seasons as hamstring and other lower body issues kept him sidelined for long stretches.
News: The Dallas Cowboys are releasing franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware to save salary cap room after the worst season of his career.
Impact: Ware was set to count $16 million against the salary cup. His release saves about $7.4 million and gives Dallas about $9 million to spend at the moment. The 31-year-old Ware had 117 sacks in Dallas and went to seven Pro Bowls.
News: A person familiar with the deal says the Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with Chiefs running back, receiver and kick returner Dexter McCluster. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Tuesday because the deal had not been announced minutes after NFL free agency started. ESPN.com first reported the deal.
Impact: McCluster was switched between wide receiver and running back early in his career but flourished in 2013 as a slot receiver and punt returner for new Kansas City coach Andy Reid. The former second-round pick caught a career-high 53 passes for 611 yards and two touchdowns, and also had two punt return touchdowns, earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl.
News: The Buffalo Bills have re-signed restricted free agent tight end Mike Caussin. The move was announced Tuesday, shortly before the start of the NFL's free-agency period.
Impact: Caussin missed the past two seasons because of injuries. He was sidelined last season with a hip injury sustained early in training camp. Caussin missed the 2012 season because of a knee injury. Caussin had five catches for 41 yards in six games, including two starts, with Buffalo in 2011 after being promoted off the team's practice squad.
News: The Houston Texans have released tight end Owen Daniels.
Impact: Daniels has spent his entire eight-year career with the Texans and was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2012. He played just five games last season after breaking fibula in his right leg and finished with just 252 yards receiving. One of his best seasons came in 2012 when he had 62 receptions for 716 yards and a career-high six touchdowns.
News: The Jacksonville Jaguars have released running back Justin Forsett after an injury-plagued season.
Impact: Forsett missed seven games in 2013, most of them because of a foot injury that eventually landed him on injured reserve. He also missed part of training camp with turf toe. He finished with six carries for 31 yards and 15 receptions for 82 yards.
News: The Colts agreed to contract terms Tuesday with free agent defensive end Arthur Jones. Indianapolis officials made the announcement less than an hour after the free agent market officially open. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Impact: The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Jones started a career-best 13 games with Baltimore last season and finished with a career-high 53 tackles. He was Baltimore's fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft and spent his first two seasons with the Ravens when Colts coach Chuck Pagano was on the coaching staff. Colts general manger Ryan Grigson issued a statement calling Jones an "outstanding producer" against the run and the pass.
News: The New York Jets have re-signed kicker Nick Folk to a multiyear contract, less than two weeks after placing the franchise tag on him. The team announced the deal Tuesday, shortly after the NFL's free agency period began. The Jets did not release terms.
Impact: Folk, coming off perhaps the best season of his seven-year NFL career, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. Folk had said late last season he believed he had earned a potential long-term deal after making 33 of 36 field-goal attempts, including three winning kicks. He also broke the franchise records for most consecutive field goals from the start of a season (23) and most consecutive home field goals (20). Folk also had a career-high 30 touchbacks on his kickoffs.
News: Dobson underwent surgery to repair the stress fracture in his left foot Monday, and the procedure comes with an estimated recovery period of 2-to-3 months, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Dobson can essentially be ruled out for the beginning of the Patriots' offseason program on Apr. 21 and will likely miss a sizable chunk of OTAs. However, the pessimistic end of the recovery period (three months) would have him ready in mid-June, about 11 weeks before Week 1 of the 2014 season. Barring any major setbacks, Dobson should have plenty of time to compete for a role in the New England offense. It remains to be seen what the team will do this offseason, but the 2013 second-round pick will likely be in the mix for a significant role, if he isn't handed one.
News: Rinehart has agreed to a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers keeping him from the free-agent market.
Impact: Rinehart joins safety Darrell Stuckey and linebacker Donald Butler as potential unrestricted free agents who are remaining with the team. The deal was announced on Monday. Rinehart joined the Chargers as a free agent last offseason. Including the playoffs, he started nine games at left guard and three at right guard.
News: Reid faces misdemeanor charges following a fight at a strip club in Key West, Florida.
Impact: Key West police say the fight broke out early Sunday at the Red Garter strip club when 21-year-old Edmond Mussa bumped into Reid. The two then exchanged words and 25-year-old Reid head-butted Mussa. Police say Reid continued attacking Mussa until he fell on the ground. He then began kicking Mussa. When a security guard tried to break up the fight, Reid punched him in the face.
News: The Associated Press is reporting the Pittsburgh Steelers will part ways with linebacker LaMarr Woodley. The 29-year-old Woodley will be designated a post-June 1 salary cap cut, but will be allowed to sign with another team when the new league year begins Tuesday afternoon.
Impact: Woodley signed a six-year, $61 million contract in 2011, but has struggled to remain healthy. He missed at least three games in each of the last three seasons.
News: Free agent defensive end Michael Bennett is returning to Seattle after agreeing to a multi-year deal with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.
Impact: Terms of the contract were not immediately available on Monday. Bennett was considered one of the top free agents in the NFL after a breakout season with the Seahawks where he led the team in sacks and proved a versatile option as a defensive end and defensive tackle.
News: Delmas has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins that's worth up to $3.5 million.
Impact: Miami also released cornerback Dimitri Patterson on Monday. Patterson was plagued by injuries the past two seasons, and his departure frees up more than $5 million in salary-cap space. Delmas spent the past five seasons with the Detroit Lions, who released him last month. He's expected to replace Chris Clemons, who can become a free agent Tuesday. Delmas started 15 games in 2013 and had a career-high three interceptions. The South Florida native was a second-round draft pick who made 64 starts for the Lions.