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NFL News and Notes - April 13, 2010

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NFL News and Notes - April 13, 2010

Here's your morning spin around the National Football League.

Two more draft-eligible prospects, including Illinois wide receiver Arrelious Benn, visited the New England Patriots recently.

Free agent running back Rodney Ferguson signed with the Buffalo Bills.

New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum acknowledged the "significant risk" in acquiring wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who was officially suspended for the first four games of the 2010 NFL season on his first full day as a Jet.

Someone inside the Miami Dolphins' organization leaked a secret meeting between Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano and free agent linebacker Jason Taylor to ESPN.

Having been burned by first-round wideouts recently, the Jacksonville Jaguars are unlikely to use their first-round pick on one in this draft.

Free agent quarterback Chris Simms has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.

Indianapolis Colts middle linebacker Gary Brackett wouldn't mind if the team added another linebacker in the next week's draft.

A deep defensive back draft class should help the Houston Texans, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Idaho guard Mike Iupati and Florida center Maurkice Pouncey may be first-round options for the San Diego Chargers.

Renegades need no longer apply for positions with the Oakland Raiders, writes Jerry McDonald.

The Santonio Holmes-to-the-Jets trade hurts the Denver Broncos' chances of getting fair value for Brandon Marshall, opines Mike Klis of the Denver Post.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Thomas Jones doesn't think playing time will be a problem, reports Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.

Cincinnati Bengals guard Bobbie Williams officially re-signed with the team on Monday.

Penn State defensive lineman Jared Odrick visited the Cleveland Browns on Monday, with Texas quarterback Colt McCoy on tap for today. (Disregard article's headline; teams are not allowed to work out players at their headquarters.)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was told to "grow up" by the Georgia D.A. who announced the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback would not face sexual assault charges.

Iowa tight end Tony Moeaki will visit the Baltimore Ravens, reports Aaron Wilson for the Carroll County Times.

Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung would be honored to play for the Washington Redskins.

Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis visited the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

Several draft-eligible prospects, including Penn State linebacker Sean Lee, visited the New York Giants on Monday, reports Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.

The Santonio Holmes trade makes the Dallas Cowboys' acquisition of Roy Williams look even worse, writes Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.

UMASS offensive tackle Vladimir Ducasse and Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant are scheduled to visit the San Francisco 49ers this week.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times reports that Seattle Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones is not expected to attend this week's voluntary mini-camp, which gets underway today.

St. Louis Rams minority owner Stan Kroenke is making a bid to purchase the rest of the team.

Free agent running back Brian Westbrook is getting a look from the Green Bay Packers.

Three Minnesota Vikings restricted free agents signed their one-year tenders on Monday, which also happened to be the start of the team's off-season workout program.

Defensive end Jared DeVries is excited to be back with the Detroit Lions, reports John Niyo of the Detroit News.

Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa re-signed with the Chicago Bears on Monday, reports Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

New Orleans Saints restricted free agent offensive lineman Zach Strief signed his one-year tender, and is thrilled to be back with the Saints.

Tennessee safety Eric Berry was one of several draft prospects to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday.

Mississippi State linebacker Jamar Chaney will visit the Atlanta Falcons.

Free agent safety and special teams ace Aaron Francisco signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, reports Darin Gantt.

Today's NFL birthdays: Bills safety Bryan Scott (29), Broncos wide receiver Matt Willis (26), Chiefs running back Kehstan Moore (23), Dolphins wide receiver Taurus Johnson (24), Vikings running back DeAndre Wright (24), and free agents tight end Dan Campbell (34), cornerback DeJuan Tribble (25), guard Keydrick Vincent (32).

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