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Free agency updates on March 5

By John Murphy and Jason Cole

Monday, Mar 5, 2007 3:17 pm EST
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Running back Jamal Lewis is waiting to hear back from Baltimore about a new contract offer. Lewis has yet to visit any teams since being cut by the Ravens last Wednesday.

The Ravens had been hoping to re-sign Lewis for approximately $2 million a year, but recent the four-year, $23 million contracts inked by Fred Taylor (Jaguars) and Ahman Green (Texans) in the last week could drive up the stakes.

Lewis rushed for 1,000-plus yards in five of his six seasons with the Ravens, but dropped significantly in production after gaining 2,066 ground yards in 2003. -- Jason Cole, Yahoo! Sports

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Former Dolphins defensive lineman Kevin Carter has been in talks with Tennessee about returning there after spending the past two years in Miami. Tampa Bay has also expressed interest in Carter, who has maintained a home in Tennessee.

Carter registered 5 1/2 sacks for the Dolphins last season. -- Jason Cole

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The Saints have formally met with free agent linebacker Chris Draft (Panthers) and safety Deon Grant (Jaguars) after spending part of this past weekend with former Bengals linebacker Brian Simmons and safety Ken Hamlin (Seahawks).

Grant, expected to visit Seattle on Tuesday, is supposedly being pursued by Jacksonville, though the team has been hesitant to meet agent Mitch Frankel's asking price ($3 million-$4 million).

Hamlin was expected to draw great interest from the *****, who signed safety Michael Lewis on Friday. As a result, Grant is lining up visits, which could include the Cowboys and Texans.

The Saints are in the market for a veteran outside linebacker, but would also like to increase the range of their free safety. -- John Murphy, Yahoo! Sports and Jason Cole

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Former Eagles cornerback Will James (formerly known as Will Peterson) will visit New Orleans on Tuesday and the Falcons on Wednesday.

The Texans and Cowboys have also shown interest in possibly meeting or speaking with him before week's end. -- John Murphy

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Dolphins wide receiver Wes Welker will visit New England on Monday, but has yet to be offered a contract, agent Vann McElroy said. Welker is a restricted free agent who the Dolphins put a second-round tender on before the start of free agency.

Welker was primarily a No. 3 receiver for the Dolphins the past two years. -- Jason Cole

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Former ***** defensive tackle Lance Legree will meet with the Buccaneers on Wednesday.

Legree played in 75 of 80 games during his first five years in the league with the Giants and Jets, but was limited to just two contests with the ***** in 2006. -- John Murphy

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Offensive lineman Sean Mahan (Buccaneers) visited with the Browns on Monday. He is also expected to take 2-3 other visits this week, but his ability to play both center and guard could cause the Browns to make him a sizable offer before he leaves town.

The Buccaneers continue to show interest in re-signing the versatile lineman as well. -- John Murphy

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Offensive lineman Cooper Carlisle (Broncos) was in Seattle for a visit over the weekend.

Carlisle is considered Seattle's fallback position after failing to lure guard Kris Dielman from San Diego. -- Jason Cole