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NFL Free Agency Begins

Kruger in with Browns; Fitzpatrick cut by Bills

March 13, 2013
By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Ryan Fitzpatrick is out at Buffalo and Paul Kruger is in with the Browns in the first major moves as NFL free agency began Tuesday.

The Bills' starting quarterback was cut 1 years after getting a six-year, $59 million contract extension. Fitzpatrick struggled after signing the new deal, and the Bills went 6-10 in 2011 and in 2012.

Buffalo has not made the playoffs since 1999, the longest active streak in the NFL. For now, the Bills' No. 1 quarterback is Tarvaris Jackson.

Kruger helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl, leading the team with nine sacks. The outside linebacker added 2 in the postseason.

But he was too expensive for Baltimore to keep and Kruger moves north in the AFC North to Cleveland, which needs help everywhere. He got a five-year deal for $40 million.

The Ravens also made official their trade of receiver Anquan Boldin, another playoff and Super Bowl standout, to San Francisco for a sixth-round draft pick.

Also Thursday:

-Tony Gonzalez changed his mind about retirement and decided to return to the Falcons.

-Philadelphia released cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

-Defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma agreed to restructure their contracts to remain with New Orleans.

-Tight end Martellus Bennett agreed to a four-year contract with the Bears.

-San Diego released 11-year veteran tight end Randy McMichael and signed kicker Nick Novak to a four-year contract; the New York Jets cut nose tackle Sione Po'uha and restructured the contract of receiver Santonio Holmes; Cincinnati re-signed defensive end Wallace Gilberry; Arizona re-signed safety Rashad Johnson to a three-year contract; and Tennessee guard Steve Hutchinson retired after 12 seasons.

 
 

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