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Burress passes on Giants, gets one-year Jets deal

IN THE FOLD: Vikings rookie quarterback Christian Ponder, a former FSU standout, signs autographs after reaching a deal.

Associated Press

IN THE FOLD: Vikings rookie quarterback Christian Ponder, a former FSU standout, signs autographs after reaching a deal.

NEW YORK — Plaxico Burress, a former Super Bowl star with the Giants who was recently released from prison after serving 20 months on a gun charge, agreed to a one-year deal with the Jets on Sunday.

Burress, who turns 34 on Aug. 12, pleaded guilty in August 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon after accidentally shooting himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub.

He took $3.017 million guaranteed instead of a Giants offer that might have been worth more, but with incentives.

Burress will wear No. 17 — Braylon Edwards' number the past two seasons. Edwards, a free agent, likely now will move on, with the Cardinals a possibility.

Burress wrote on his Twitter page: "East Coast here I come!"

Bears: Six-time Pro Bowl pick Olin Kreutz's 13-year run is over after the team agreed to a two-year contract with former Seahawks center Chris Spencer. Kreutz was willing to take a one-year deal, but the sides were apparently $500,000 apart.

Broncos: Running back Willis McGahee signed and will complement starter Knowshon Moreno with his powerful style.

Cardinals: Two-time All-Pro tight end Todd Heap signed a two-year deal. The Ravens cut him last week after 10 seasons.

Eagles: Prized free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha cited a "first-class'' organization in what attracted him. "To a man, and woman, everybody that was on my team, they knew that the No. 1 team was the Eagles, from March," he said. "When the Eagles became a possibility, we knew it was a match."

Jaguars: Punter Matt Turk, 43, signed a one-year contract worth nearly $2 million, joining his seventh franchise in 18 seasons. Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis ended a five-day holdout.

Ravens: All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach left the Texans and signed a three-year, $11 million deal.

Redskins: Running back Tim Hightower was acquired from the Cardinals for defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday and an undisclosed pick. He will push Ryan Torain for the starting job.

Seahawks: Middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu was cut. The defensive captain reportedly declined to restructure his contract. That leaves linebacker Leroy Hill and cornerback Marcus Trufant as the last links to the 2005 team that lost in the Super Bowl.

Vikings: First-round pick Christian Ponder, a quarterback from FSU, signed for four years and about $10 million. Also, defensive back Mistral Raymond, a sixth-round pick from USF, and former Leto High receiver and 2004 first-round pick Michael Jenkins, slowed by a shoulder injury last season in Atlanta, signed.

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